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15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps

15 Great Mindmapping Tools and Apps | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"Mindmapping is the process of drawing up diagrams that show relations between various ideas, tasks or information. For many of us this shows to actually be a way of taking notes that can be more useful than just writing down keywords or sentences like we do on a to-do list."


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Eburon's comment, December 14, 2012 10:04 AM
Great list of mind map tools! MindMapp for iPad (just released!) could make a nice addition, see http://mindmapp.net
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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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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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Adapting courses for the digital era: the professors' perspective

Adapting courses for the digital era: the professors' perspective | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
“What I would like to emphasize is that some people see online education as competing with traditional education,” he said. “And I see them as complements.”

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Australian University Eyes Use of Badging for Credit

Australian University Eyes Use of Badging for Credit | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
An Australian university with an international online student body expects to begin accepting digital badging in 2016 that could reduce the amount of time required for people to obtain their master's degrees in IT.

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Why Is Measuring Learning So Difficult? A Video Conversation with iPad Summit Keynoter, Justin Reich

Why Is Measuring Learning So Difficult? A Video Conversation with iPad Summit Keynoter, Justin Reich | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Check out this new video from EDUCAUSE with four experts, including EdTechTeacher co-founder and iPad Summit Boston Keynote Speaker, Justin Reich addressing the question, “Why is measuring learning difficult?

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How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

How to Teach Students to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Becoming critical consumers of online material requires knowing what qualifies as quality content and how to judge what is good material and what is not.

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Promoting Academic Integrity in Your Online Course

It’s no secret that one of the biggest instructor concerns surrounding online courses is how to promote academic integrity, or in other words, how to prevent cheating, plagiarism, and falsification. After all, in an article published in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Watson and Sottile found that “students felt that they were almost four times more likely to be dishonest in on-line classes than in live classes” (Watson & Sottile, 2010). While this statistic may raise alarm, there are a variety of ways in which instructors can foster academic integrity within their online courses.
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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
These teachers made room for playful exploration and student passions in the classroom, helping their students to develop the purpose that drives them.

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Discover why it is important for learners to discover their passion through play so that they can find their purpose.

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How to optimise your brain's waste disposal system

The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has offices, the clusters of cells that work together to achieve specific tasks; it has highways, the fibre bundles that transfer information across long distances; and it has centralised hubs, the densely interconnected nodes that integrate information from its distributed networks.

Like any big city, the brain also produces large amounts of waste products, which have to be cleared away so that they do not clog up its delicate moving parts. Until very recently, though, we knew very little about how this happens. The brain’s waste disposal system has now been identified. We now know that it operates while we sleep at night, just like the waste collectors in most big cities, and the latest research suggests that certain sleeping positions might make it more efficient.

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Flip Your School Culture

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By now, most in education have heard the term “flipped.” It can used when talking about changing the pedagogy or instructional strategy by turning what you’ve traditionally done upside down.

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Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time

Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

This guest post is by Beth Kanter for Socialbrite and this is great for curators just starting out or a refresher for those of you who have been doing this for a while.

 

She tells you why curation is an important tool in your content strategy and gives you some good suggestions on how to do it effectively which I'm going to focus on here. Curation requires time and energy, and Beth's process really works because I'm doing this myself.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Manage you attention, not just your time

 

**Don't just create a to-do list; lay it out on a daily and weekly schedules, breaking down key tasks of the project into chunks.

 

**Consider the level of concentration and focus that each type of task or chunk requires and schedule accordingly

 

**Establish rituals: Rituals in your work life are valuable. A mindmap offers a lot of good suggestions for rituals

 

**Managing email and other distractions: Turn off notifications that pop up on your computer, iPad or moble.

 

**Just say no - it's important to engage with your community on social networks but you have to find the right balance. When you're curating, it requires focus, it's best to schedule this first, then do your community management, check your email unless something requires your immediate attention. When you have a plan, it makes everything easier.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See full article here: [http://bit.ly/MyQ1Nw]


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AEI series on competency-based higher education - AEI

AEI series on competency-based higher education - AEI | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
In an effort to inform the higher education innovation debate, AEI’s Center on Higher Education Reform has commissioned a series of policy briefs examining competency-based higher education from a number of perspectives.

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Study identifies new cheating method in MOOCs

Study identifies new cheating method in MOOCs | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Researchers from MIT and Harvard have identified a new cheating method in MOOCs, and they suggest how to protect course certification.

 

CAMEO users


While analyzing data gathered from learners using the edX online learning platform, the researchers noticed that certain users were answering assessment questions “faster than is humanly possible,” according to Chuang. Upon further examination, the researchers realized that a number of learners appeared to be employing a cheating strategy they refer to as “copying answers using multiple existences online” (CAMEO).


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[Infographic] The big benefits of eLearning

[Infographic] The big benefits of eLearning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Did you know 40% of people have access to the internet around the globe today? In 1995, it was less than 1%. The figure increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013 and will only increase in the future. 46% of college student are taking at least one course online. However by 2019, roughly half of all college courses will be eLearning based. In 2011, it was estimated that about $35.6 billion was spent on eLearning across the globe. In 2015, online corporate training alone is estimated to be a $107 billion market. The Big Benefits of eLearning Infographic reviews the top 5 eLearning benefits.

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Using Grading Policies to Promote Learning

Using Grading Policies to Promote Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

We take our grading responsibilities seriously, although most of us wouldn’t rank grading among our favorite teaching tasks. Grades matter—to students, their parents, those who award scholarships, employers, and graduate and professional schools. Who doesn’t think they’re important? But our focus is on the grades, not the policies that govern what’s graded, how much a certain activity counts, or those mechanisms used to calculate the grades.

When students talk about the grades we’ve “given” them, we are quick to point out that we don’t “give” grades, students “earn” them. And that’s correct. It’s what the student does that determines the grade. But that statement sort of implies that we don’t have much of a role in the process—that we’re simply executing what the grading policy prescribes. We shouldn’t let that response cloud our thinking. Who sets up the course grading policy? Who controls it? Who has the power to change it or to refuse to change it? It’s these policies that involve us up to our eyeballs.

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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Perfect Digital Note-Taking

A Quick & Dirty Guide to Perfect Digital Note-Taking | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
All things being equal, I’d choose handwritten notes over digital notes any day of the week — but all things aren’t equal. While I love the feel of pen, pad, and paper, the truth is that digital notes are way more convenient in this modern age.

There are several downsides, of course, and we’ll address them throughout this article, but the biggest problem is that it’s hard to be efficient as a digital note-taker. It’s just not as easy or fluid as traditional notes — that is, until you learn how to take notes the right way.

Here are some of the most effective tips for becoming a digital note-taking pro, and they’re so useful that you may even end up preferring digital over handwritten!
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What Happens When Freud Meets Modern Neuroscience

What Happens When Freud Meets Modern Neuroscience | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The emerging field of “neuropsychoanalysis” is combining two fundamentally different areas of study for a whole new way of understanding how the mind works.

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Of MOOCs and Mutants

Of MOOCs and Mutants | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Even if MOOCs aren’t generally generating direct revenue for schools, they are perhaps the best possible investment a school can make in showing that they are cognizant of the new higher ed reality.

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'Sometimes I'm terrified' of the Internet of Things, says father of the Internet

'Sometimes I'm terrified' of the Internet of Things, says father of the Internet | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Vint Cerf is known as a "father of the Internet," and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring -- most recently, the IoT.

"Sometimes I'm terrified by it," he said in a news briefing Monday at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany. "It's a combination of appliances and software, and I'm always nervous about software -- software has bugs."

The Internet of Things will offer the ability to manage many of the appliances we depend on, acknowledged Cerf, who won the Turing Award in 2004. With its ability to continuously monitor such devices, it also promises new insight into our use of resources, he said.

Devices such as Google's Nest thermostat, for instance, can "help me decide how well or poorly I've chosen my lifestyle to minimize cost and my use of resources -- it can be an important tool," he said.

As with so many technological tools, however, there are plenty of potential downsides. Safety is one of them.
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How To Leverage OER In Online Courses

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Leveraging OER In Online Courses
Thanks to OERs, teachers no longer have to provide their students with outdated information found in textbooks. OER provide open licenses for the use, repurposing and dissemination of a myriad of education resources.

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The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning

The Unique Power of Afterschool Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Education in this country is often the subject of loud and rancorous debate. It is one, however, that most frequently concerns what happens during school hours. But academic and non-academic learning and development don’t stop once the last bell of the day rings. In fact, as any good educator knows, even when a school day is executed perfectly, students will still struggle if they’re not receiving the support they need in the wider community and at home.

 

Afterschool programs are an important and impactful way to address this issue, as they have the potential to continue and even broaden learning while busy parents complete their workdays. Still, though tossing kids into the cafeteria with some Goldfish Crackers will keep them out of any immediate danger, this is not the kind of approach that will radically affect a student’s future. What, then, does a good afterschool program look like, and what can it do for students – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds?


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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. Without your proactive supervision, students might access games, web pages, and social networking sites as you deliver instruction.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 26, 5:53 AM

Some good basic tips.

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students need to be able to regulate their own use of technology and as a teacher it is our place to teach them the correct behaviours.

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Come evitare che i telefonini siano una distrazione

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No room for sloppiness in online classroom

No room for sloppiness in online classroom | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

It’s now time to move on. The university system, which has seen plenty of social and technological change since medieval times not least the introduction of mass printing, is not going to crumble in the face of free online courses underpinned by questionable business models. Instead, something more interesting is happening. In 2009, the US Department of Education published an important study. It reviewed over a thousand evaluations of online learning and found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. And, on average, those students who had a blend of campus and online teaching performed even better.

This lies at the heart of the new debate about online learning and MOOCs: how can we match online learning with classroom teaching, to create more relevant, engaging and effective education?

One way to do that is by extending traditional teaching online. Many universities are now recording lectures and making them available to watch later. Instead of just attending a lecture, making a few notes, then putting these aside till exam time, students are engaging in online learning outside of class, by reviewing the lecture and joining with other students in online assignments.

The other approach is through MOOCs. Because these are free and available worldwide (MOOCs are currently even available in China, a country that has blocked social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook), it isn’t surprising that they have attracted a wide range of learners. Most are motivated by curiosity and a desire to learn, rather than the need to gain a qualification. Some register to find out more about MOOCs in general, some only want a taste of the topic being taught, some skim through the material to gain an overview of the subject, and some engage fully with the teaching and with fellow students.

MOOCs will almost certainly not replace university campuses within our lifetimes. But they are finding a much-needed niche, with universities using free courses as a way to attract students onto postgraduate courses or to prepare students for undergraduate degrees. They are discovering how online learning can blend with traditional teaching. It’s not surprising that companies and public sector organisations are now looking to get in on the act of merging online and classroom teaching. It’s the participation that matters, not the dropout.

 

 

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Learning Myths: Debunked / Learning Styles don't exist

Learning Myths: Debunked / Learning Styles don't exist | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most pervasive myth about education is the ubiquitous “learning styles” myth. A quick Google search will bring up millions of hits. Many of those hits are, tellingly, for websites trying to sell you their “learning styles” program. One of the main reasons the myth is so widespread is because, on the surface, it seems very intuitive. As teachers change up the ways they teach subjects, learners who were previously confused seem to now understand the material. Some people are naturally good at sports; therefore it stands to reason that if we can explain other subjects to them kinesthetically they will grasp the concepts quicker. Unfortunately, as simple and as eloquent a solution this seems to be, the science just isn’t there to back it up.

Rigorous scientific studies have been conducted to determine the efficacy of learning styles, and they all come to the same conclusion: using a student’s preferred “learning style” does not improve learning in any reliable way. The evidence against the myth is so substantial, there is even a cash reward ($5000 at the time of the writing) offered for anyone who can provide proof that preparing lessons while taking learning styles into account can produce meaningful learning benefits. The bounty is still unclaimed after nearly ten years in existence. Anecdotal evidence most certainly exists, but under scientific scrutiny none of it holds up.

Now, this is not to say that differences don’t exist between learners that should be taken into account. Things like baseline knowledge and skill at learning, as well as disabilities such as deafness or blindness, should all affect the type of lesson plans that are written. But these are not “learning styles” as such and should be treated with more respect.
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Science says one thing, but maybe that isn't the whole picture. -Lon

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10 Creative Online Presentation Ideas For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry

10 Creative Online Presentation Ideas For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
When addressing your audience, you don’t just want to transfer information; your goal is to rather create a captivating and engaging eLearning journey. In this article, I’ll share 10 creative ideas for creating online presentations, so that you can be certain that your online presentation is not only highly informative, but also inspiring and greatly memorable.
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MOOCs: What Have we Learned? - YouTube

It has been nearly four years since the first MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) were offered by Stanford University. MOOCs are now offered to tens of millions of learners worldwide, by hundreds of top universities. MOOCs are no longer an experiment - the learning, reach, and value they offer are now a reality. Daphne will show how MOOCs provide opportunities for open-ended projects, intercultural learner interactions, and collaborative learning. She will discuss some of the data that we are collecting from MOOCs, and what we are learning from these data about both courses and learners. Specifically, she will discuss a variety of measurable aspects of course design and how these choices affect learner behavior, satisfaction, and retention. Daphne will also describe both the data and examples of the kind of transformative impact that can be derived from providing millions of people with access to the world’s best education.


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Digital Storytelling: What it is… And… What it is NOT

Digital Storytelling: What it is… And… What it is NOT | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

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