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Learning 3.0 and the Smart eXtended Web

This slide show accompanied a keynote presentation given for the ICL conference in Villach, Austria on 28 September, 2012.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

 

 

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“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.”

 

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

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Une vidéo trés intéressante (et amusante) où Ken Robinson parle du système éducatif américain. Mais ses propos s'appliquent aussi au notre...

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The highest form of intelligence: Sarcasm increases creativity for both expressers and recipients

The highest form of intelligence: Sarcasm increases creativity for both expressers and recipients | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Despite sarcasm’s nasty reputation, new research finds that it can boost creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.

 

Despite being the lingua franca of the Internet, sarcasm isn’t known as a sophisticated form of wit or a conversational style that wins friends. From the Greek and Latin for “to tear flesh,” sarcasm has been called “hostility disguised as humor,” the contempt-laden speech favored by smart alecks and mean girls that’s best to avoid.


But new research by Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School, Adam Galinsky, the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, and Li Huang of INSEAD, the European business school, finds that sarcasm is far more nuanced, and actually offers some important, overlooked psychological and organizational benefits.


“To create or decode sarcasm, both the expressers and recipients of sarcasm need to overcome the contradiction (i.e., psychological distance) between the literal and actual meanings of the sarcastic expressions. This is a process that activates and is facilitated by abstraction, which in turn promotes creative thinking,” said Gino via email.


While practitioners of sarcasm have long believed intuitively that the “mental gymnastics” it requires indicate “superior cognitive processes” at work, the authors say, it hasn’t been clear until now in which direction the causal link flowed, or that sarcasm boosted creativity in those receiving it, not just those dishing it out.


“Not only did we demonstrate the causal effect of expressing sarcasm on creativity and explore the relational cost sarcasm expressers and recipients have to endure, we also demonstrated, for the first time, the cognitive benefit sarcasm recipients could reap. Additionally, for the first time, our research proposed and has shown that to minimize the relational cost while still benefiting creatively, sarcasm is better used between people who have a trusting relationship,” said Gino.


In a series of studies, participants were randomly assigned to conditions labeled sarcastic, sincere, or neutral. As part of a simulated conversation task, they then expressed something sarcastic or sincere, received a sarcastic or sincere reply, or had a neutral exchange.


“Those in the sarcasm conditions subsequently performed better on creativity tasks than those in the sincere conditions or the control condition. This suggests that sarcasm has the potential to catalyze creativity in everyone,” said Galinsky via email. “That being said, although not the focus of our research, it is possible that naturally creative people are also more likely to use sarcasm, making it an outcome instead of [a] cause in this relationship.”


Of course, using sarcasm at work or in social situations is not without risk. It’s a communication style that can easily lead to misunderstanding and confusion or, if it’s especially harsh, bruised egos or acrimony. But if those engaged in sarcasm have developed mutual trust, there’s less chance for hurt feelings, the researchers found, and even if conflict arises, it won’t derail the creative gains for either party.


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Seven things security experts do to keep safe online

Seven things security experts do to keep safe online | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
From using password managers to checking urls, best practices revealed in new study
Cybersecurity experts aren’t like you or I, and now we have the evidence to prove it.

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This Is What Today's Online Learning Content Tells Us About The Future Of School

This Is What Today's Online Learning Content Tells Us About The Future Of School | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Today’s children are extremely savvy. They’ve grown up in a world where information was always just a button away. Buttons? Soon, they won’t even need buttons. With Windows 10, they’ll simply say, “hey Cortana.” She’s more like the world’s greatest librarian than a personal assistant. She delivers content on command. [...]

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Screencast-o-Matic Pro at YSJ

Screencast-o-Matic Pro at YSJ | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
For quite a while now, Staff & Students at YSJ have been recording screencasts for a variety of reasons, in a range of different ways, and using many different tools (including Screencast-o-Matic, Jing, Screenr, Screencastify, Camtasia Relay, Camtasia Studio etc.)! Common uses for screencasts at YSJ include software demonstrations, assessment feedback, video lectures, student presentations, mid-module evaluation, or module/assessment information.
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MOOC Dropout Rates

MOOC Dropout Rates | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
MOOCS are criticized for high dropout rates. Are dropout rates a barrier to learning? Should we be worried about low completion rates? We think it's incorrect to use dropout rates to gauge the success of MOOCs. We should NOT be worried about completion rates. Here’s why:



The Medium is the Message

If we take a deep, realistic look at the medium, we won’t consider dropout rates for assessing the success of MOOCs. As Marshal McLuhan tells us—"Technology shapes our behaviour." We step into the online medium (which is like an ocean with no beginning and no end) and we’re automatically drawn to what’s interesting. Our purpose is not to read the Internet or its resources like a book from beginning to end.

“People don't actually read newspapers. They step into them every morning like a hot bath.” - Marshal McLuhan
It doesn’t matter from where you enter the hot water bath or from where you exit it.
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Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Hope or Hype? - Hidden Brains Blog

Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Hope or Hype? - Hidden Brains Blog | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Predictive analytics is not a new phenomenon. It has been in existence for decades and finally coming of age. Businesses across the globe are looking to use

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Types of Business Analytics  

(1) Descriptive Models:  Descriptive models look into customer’s history to often classify prospects into groups and categorize customers by preferences and life stage. Descriptive models can help you uncover reasons for success and failures in the past, ultimately helping you make informed decisions in the present.   

(2) Predictive Models:  Predictive model uses rules and algorithms to help predict a given outcome from specified units. The objective is to assess the likelihood whether a similar unit in a different sample will exhibit exactly same performance. Predictive models often perform calculations during live transactions to evaluate risk or opportunity in order to guide a decision.  

(3) Decision Models:  Decision models describe the relationship between all the elements of a decision to predict the results. This model drives set of business rules to produce preferred action for every customer or circumstance.

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Stop the privatization of public education

Stop the privatization of public education | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Sen. Ron Johnson and Gov. Scott Walker see the expansion of the taxpayer-funded voucher program as a way to court conservatives on the campaign trail, not help strengthen Wisconsin’s education system.

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There are certain issues for which politicians will fight tooth and nail, and are the reason why they entered into public service in the first place. For me, access to high-quality public education always has been one of those issues. As a kid growing up in a working class home, high-quality public schools with caring teachers helped make me the person I am today.

And as someone who cares deeply about the strength of public education, I am dismayed at the recent attempts by Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson to use Wisconsin's education system as a political poker chip by expanding and promoting the state's taxpayer-funded voucher program.

The latest taxpayer-funded voucher expansion proposal, included in Walker's proposed budget, would cut almost $50 million in funding for public school districts over the next two years and cost taxpayers $800 million over the next 10 years.


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Privacy and the use of learning analytics | Tony Bates

Privacy and the use of learning analytics | Tony Bates | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Making sense of learning analytics

The Open University has always collected data on students since it started. In fact, McIntosh, Calder and Smith (1976) found that statistically, the best predictor of success was whether a student returned a questionnaire in the first week of a course, as this indicated their commitment. It still didn’t tell you what to do about the students who didn’t return the questionnaire. (In fact, the OU’s solution at the time was not to count anyone as an enrolment until they had completed an assignment two weeks into the course – advice that MOOC proponents might pay attention to).

As with so many technology developments, the issue is not so much the technology but how the technology is used, and for what purposes. Conscientious instructors have always tried to track or monitor the progress of individual students and learning analytics merely provides a more quantitative and measurable way of tracking progress. The issue though is whether the data you can track and measure can offer solutions when students do run into trouble.

My fear is that learning analytics will replace the qualitative assessment that an instructor gets from, for instance, participating in a live student discussion, monitoring an online discussion forum, or marking assignments. This is more likely to identify the actual conceptual or learning problems that students are having and is more likely to provide clues to the instructor about what needs to be done to address the learning issues. Indeed in a discussion the instructor may be able to deal with it on the spot and not wait for the data analysis. Whether a student chooses to study late at night, for instance, or only reads part of a textbook, might provide a relatively weak correlation with poorer student performance, but recommending students not to stay up late or to read all the textbook may not be the appropriate response for any individual student, and more importantly may well fail to identify key problems with the teaching or learning.
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Appropriate interventions following the application of learning analytics | Tony Bates

Appropriate interventions following the application of learning analytics | Tony Bates | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Reading sources in the right order can avoid you having to eat humble pie. Immediately after posting Privacy and the Use of Learning Analytics in which I questioned the ability of learning analytics to suggest appropriate interventions, I came across this article in the South African Institute of Distance Education’s (SAIDE) newsletter about a conference in South Africa on Exploring the potential of data analytics to inform improved practice in higher education: connecting data and people.

At this conference, Professor Tim Renick, Vice-President of Georgia State University in the USA, reported on his institution’s accomplishment of eliminating race and income as a predictor of student success.
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The Experience API (xAPI): What You Need To Know

The Experience API (xAPI): What You Need To Know | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Is Experience API the same thing as Tin Can API?

Yes. The Tin Can API is the original name for the next generation of SCORM that ADL was looking for. Rustici Software says “We called this process Project Tin Can because it was meant to be a two-way conversation between us and the eLearning industry. It’s only fitting that the solution be named the Tin Can API – an elegant solution for letting us communicate with one another”.

Today, ADL refers to Tin Can API as the Experience API, or xAPI for short. The name Experience API is fitting for the eLearning community because its purpose is to store and provide access to learning experiences. The ADL explains “The Experience API enables tracking of learning experiences, including traditional records, such as scores or completion. It also stores records of learners’ actions, like reading an article or watching a training video”. Experience API also supports cases that SCORM couldn’t meet easily, like mobile training and content accessed outside a web browser.
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What Makes a Human Brain Unique

What Makes a Human Brain Unique | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists have identified an area of the brain that might give the human mind its unique abilities, including language. The area lit up in human, but not monkey, brains when they were presented with different types of abstract information.

The idea that integrating abstract information drives many of the human brain's unique abilities has been around for decades. But a paper published in Current Biology, which directly compares activity in human and macaque monkey brains as they listen to simple auditory patterns, provides the first physical evidence that a specific area for such integration may exist in humans. Other studies that compare monkeys and humans have revealed differences in the brain’s anatomy, for example, but not differences that could explain where humans’ abstract abilities come from, say neuroscientists.

“This gives us a powerful clue about what is special about our minds,” says psychologist Gary Marcus at New York University. “Nothing is more important than understanding how we got to be how we are.”
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Can Education Thwart Digital Piracy? UK Hopes So

Can Education Thwart Digital Piracy? UK Hopes So | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The United Kingdom is turning to education to help reduce internet piracy by showing users how to access high-quality content legally.

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Essay on whether academe knows how to judge teaching

Essay on whether academe knows how to judge teaching | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

When someone wins an award for outstanding research or artistic expression, we understand that the person has made a critical discovery or created something unique and significant; but when a person wins a teaching award, what do we think he or she did to deserve it? Do we believe the recipient did something extraordinary and important, or do we attribute it to less admirable reasons, such as being popular among students? In my experience, the most positive reasons people give to explain why a colleague won a teaching award is that the person is especially passionate or dedicated to teaching. We applaud colleagues who win teaching awards who have sacrificed in some way for teaching, or who have worked to make their classes particularly fun and engaging, or who inspire students to excel.

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Professional Development: 21st Century Education: Preparing Today’s School for Tomorrow’s Future

Professional Development: 21st Century Education: Preparing Today’s School for Tomorrow’s Future | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The world is changing in exponential ways due to technology. Education is not an exception. Consumers are turning into producers. Kindergarteners are turning into authors with a worldwide audience.

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Where Does Innovative Teaching Come From?

Where Does Innovative Teaching Come From? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
There’s a long-standing tradition of informal sharing of pedagogical innovation among K-12 teachers and a whole line of research on this phenomenon, which is known as teacher leadership. The same type of informal faculty leadership exists in higher education as well, but there is very little research on this topic, according to Pete Turner, education faculty member and director of the Teacher Education Institute at Estrella Mountain Community College.

In an effort to better understand informal faculty leadership in higher education, Turner conducted a study that combined faculty surveys and administrator interviews at three Landmark Learning Colleges identified by the League for Innovation in the Community College. “I wanted to find examples of informal faculty leadership. And I wanted to identify administrative practices that helped foster it and move it forward and the factors that impede it,” Turner says.

Turner coined the term “informal faculty leadership.” “It’s informal in that it doesn’t apply to elected or appointed positions. It doesn’t apply to division chairs or faculty senate presidents, although they certainly can practice informal faculty leadership. But what we’re talking about is faculty members spreading innovation to other faculty members. It’s about causing institutional change simply by a faculty member trying out something different, and as it works, spreading the word,” Turner says.
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Collaboration can help move one faculty member’s innovation from the individual to the institutional level.

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Feeling Like An Expert Has An Ironic Effect On Your Actual Knowledge

Feeling Like An Expert Has An Ironic Effect On Your Actual Knowledge | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Know-it-alls’ don’t know as much as they think, new research finds.

The more people think they know about a topic, the more likely they are to claim that totally made-up facts are true, psychologists have found.

In the study, 100 people were given a general knowledge quiz about personal finance.

They were also shown a list of financial terms which were mostly real.

Mostly. But not all.

In fact, three terms were made up: ‘pre-rated stocks’, ‘fixed-rate deduction’ and ‘annualized credit’.

People who thought they were financial experts were more likely to claim they knew all about these three totally bogus terms.
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Modern Learners Speak Out. Listen to What They Have to Say!

Modern Learners Speak Out. Listen to What They Have to Say! | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
These are a few of the words that leading analyst firm Bersin by Deloitte uses to describe the modern learner. And they should come as no surprise. Technological advances, increasing customer demands, stiffer competition, and rapidly changing products are transforming the traditional workplace—along with what, and how, employees need to learn. Yet, while organizations should be delivering training that meets modern learners’ changing needs, many businesses are stuck using outdated approaches that simply fall short.

Here’s what three modern learners from three separate industries (information technology, health care, and retail) have to say about the challenges they face and how organizations can provide the best support.
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Using BYOD In Schools: Advantages And Disadvantages - eLearning Industry

Using BYOD In Schools: Advantages And Disadvantages - eLearning Industry | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Like almost everything, BYOD has its own merits and demerits. To start with the advantages, BYOD makes the process of imparting education cheaper, as schools don’t have to install their own technological devices. Furthermore, it ensures that students are more organized. And, if you want, you can also experience a unique classroom where students and teachers swap their roles. But there other benefits of the BYOD policy; here’s a quick look at some of them
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TeacherBox - Management for freelance teachers

TeacherBox - Management for freelance teachers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

TeacherBox is where you organise your tutoring business. Keep all your student records, timetables and invoices in one place. It’s fast, easy to use and it will help free up your time.


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Greg Quinlivan's comment, July 26, 7:52 PM
It looks like they are only offering limited numbers of teachers at this stage. I also subscribed, but when I return to the website it's just the same invitation page. Perhaps Nik Peachey can clarify.
Carol Bently's curator insight, July 27, 2:23 AM

Great tool for TEACHERS!

Greg Quinlivan's comment, July 27, 8:23 PM
I got a response to my email. I now have a new web address to use to use the site. I suggest you email also so the TeacherBox people know about your interest.
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Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y | Teacher Reboot Camp

Digital Activities & Icebreakers for Gen Y | Teacher Reboot Camp | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative … productive … learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer


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Marta Torán's curator insight, July 26, 5:49 AM

Shelly Terrell nos muestra muchas actividades digitales y "para romper el hielo" para la Generación Y.

 

Aprender sacando partido a la tecnología. Me gusta!

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 26, 11:25 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

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Learning Analytics | Institute of Educational Technology | Open University

Learning Analytics | Institute of Educational Technology | Open University | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Learning analytics involves the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of ‘big data’ related to learners and their contexts, with the intention of providing actionable intelligence that supports teaching and learning. At The Open University, there is increased recognition that “smart-and-pedagogically-informed” learning analytics are urgently needed to solve the student-retention problem. In the medium-longer term, we envision a need to provide evidence-based research for and practice-based solutions of personalised, bespoke learning, support and feedback to our students to remain competitive in the global market of education.
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3 Questions to Drive Passion Based Learning

3 Questions to Drive Passion Based Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

These three questions are ones that could create some amazing passion based learning opportunities for our students, and help shape them as learners as much or more than any curriculum could in the year.  They are not something that you only necessarily have to do answer only once in a year, but they will help to shape some of the learning that your students will create for themselves throughout the year.  I will go further into detail on each one.

 

 


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NYCDOE_Create the Digital Image You Want

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NYCDOE_Create the Digital Image You Want | Piktochart Infographic Editor

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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, July 25, 3:05 PM

pretty interesing tool to use

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How we spent class time this week [in a Flipped Class]

How we spent class time this week [in a Flipped Class] | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"With the flipped classroom model, the goal is to free up time during class sessions in order to provide active support to students when they need it. I like the idea of active support because this is how it feels to me during the class sessions."


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Digital Learning Technology: How Will Technology Transform Digital Learning In The Next Decades?

Digital Learning Technology: How Will Technology Transform Digital Learning In The Next Decades? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Let us first see what digital learning technology is offering right now. Some of the advantages of digital learning at the moment are:

* Easy access and ability to adapt to user’s preferences.
* No location or time constraints.
* Multimedia resources and interactive environment.
* Users are part of virtual communities.
* Learning material constantly updated.
* Limited socio-economic status constrains.

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