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Collective intelligence is a shared or group intelligence involving knowledge creation and flow. Pooled brainpower emerges from the collaboration and learning actions of a community of connected individuals empowered by social media, participatory tools, and mobile platforms.
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The Importance Of The Evolution Of Education

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The creation of the Internet has had an immense impact upon the way in which we seek to learn and teach and indeed revolutionized our entire perspective of education itself.

 

JUST IN TIME LEARNING

 

In the information age there is a drive to determine different methods of functioning by using non-standardized methodologies and experimenting to determine the most efficient decision making approach. The impact of this development is that it has become imperative, now more so than ever, to acquire correct information in due time.

 

VALUE MULTIPLIER

 

The volume of information engaged by individuals has also risen exponentially with the advent of the internet. Subsequently, the utilization, management and storing of this information has become more advanced and sophisticated with developments in technology allowing greater avenues for storage and accessibility. In order to be able to operate these new technologies the acquiring of technical and professional ability to manage this has also become necessary. Thus, information has become a very important asset and property for both organizations and individuals with the greater amount of research done on the issue leading to improved relevance and value of the information.

 

CONTINUOUS AND LIFELONG LEARNING

 

In order to be abreast the latest information and practices pertaining to any field, students would require both a strong academic base and constant enhancement of the acquired knowledge. The former is perhaps most effectively provided by the conventional means of education that is imparted through regular studies from full time courses. The latter, however, cannot be provided for in same way as the former as career requirements would make it very difficult to engage in full time learning. This is where e-learning and m-learning come in. By allowing the teacher and student to be connected without having to be physically present around each other, modern technologies allow for the possibility rapid and possibly lifelong learning. This works best for professionals who wish to enhance their qualifications while at the same time maintain a professional career.

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Explania: A Useful Source For Free Educational Videos

Explania: A Useful Source For Free Educational Videos | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Explania Offers Free Educational Videos for your classroom on a variety of topics. Videos are animations to help explain a topic or take you step by step on a how-to.

 

Whether or not you prescribe to the idea that there are different types of learners  there are some scenarios in which a visual explanation is extremely helpful in understanding the subject matter at hand. I stumbled upon a site the other day that offers a number of free educational videos that can be useful to teachers who are addressing certain subject matters.

 

Explania describes itself as a place to watch “hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos, and feel free to embed them on your own web pages.” It is free to watch and embed the videos, so if you find one useful, you can easily share it with your classes or even on a class website. Many of the videos are technology how-tos, which may not be useful for your class, but can help you teach your mom to use Twitter, for example. For classroom use, the ‘health’ and ‘ecology’ channels are probably the most likely to contain content that will overlap with classroom topics, but the technology sections are definitely worth checking out – either to find something new for yourself or to help you teach your students to use something new in class.

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Kidaptive To Bring Children’s Educational Apps To iPad

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The iPad is the first computer a generation of children will have access to - a shift in computing which has birthed an industry of kid-focused startups.

 

The iPad is the first computer a generation of children will have access to – a shift in computing which has birthed an industry of kid-focused startups. While some companies build apps purely for entertainment, others are attempting to leverage the technology for educational purposes. And some believe they can do both.  A new entrant in this “edu-tainment” space is Kidaptive, a media and technology company building educational kids’ apps for the iPad.

 

That’s the big idea at Kidaptive, whose first product is an iPad app called Leo’s Pad.  Like a TV show, Leo’s Pad engages children with a storyline that introduces a young Leonardo da Vinci, his pet dragon, and friend Galileo. But it’s also infused with educational activities which are masked as games. For example, kids drag shapes on the iPad’s screen in a puzzle game which has them building a telescope – Leo’s birthday present to Galileo. They also look for letters in the stars, fly their dragon into puffs of smoke, and perform other tasks which will focus on things like shapes, colors, number sense, drawing, letter identification, and more.

 

>> What’s Unique? Learning Performance Feedback <<

 

But Leo’s Pad will do something else, too, which makes it unique to the space – it will offer parents a “Kidashboard” that displays their child’s progress. The dashboard developed by Kidaptive is the most comprehensive we’ve seen so far. It goes beyond simply telling parents what their child did or did not do within the app to identify the child’s individual strengths and weaknesses, their overall personality type, their progress on each skill set (fine motor skills, shape recognition, etc.), and it will even inform parents how they can help continue the child’s education in the offline world with specific tasks.

 

“Under the hood, we’re building a high-dimensional learner profile, and that profile is going to guide all the subsequent actions,” explains Kidaaptive. “As your learner plays though the title, we will have approximately 150 gameplay experiences that will help us build out this longitudinal development profile of the learner across some 25 or 30 learning dimensions.”Or in other words, the app has a really, really smart backend.

 

>> What’s Unique? Parental Involvement <<

 

In addition, Leo’s Pad is the first kid-focused app which encourages parent-and-child co-play, meaning some puzzles and activities are designed for parent and child to do together. If parents don’t help, it doesn’t prevent the story from progressing, but offers parents concerned about the iPad’s role as “digital babysitter” a way to participate. And having parents participate keeps the child motivated to learn.

 

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McGraw-Hill reveals the SmartBook: an 'adaptive' e-book for students

McGraw-Hill reveals the SmartBook: an 'adaptive' e-book for students | Collective Intelligence & Distance Learning | Scoop.it

McGraw-Hill is taking on the one-size-fits-all approach to textbooks with its freshly unveiled SmartBook: an e-book that is claimed to adapt to student's learning patterns.

 

Aimed at college students, the SmartBook service peppers users with questions as they read and determines what topics it should present to reinforce learning. Come sometime this spring, the SmartBook will be available for more than 90 course areas starting at $20. It'll be joined by a handful of similar tools for driving home the curriculum, including something called LearnSmart Achieve, which is designed to serve up videos and other interactive embellishments in response to automatically detected areas of weakness. When you're ready to hit the books, just be careful they don't hit you back.

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Infographic: Customer-Centered Learning

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The eLearning Revolution

www.znanja.com a 3min.video that outlines the growth of the eLearning industry with amazing facts and statistics that shows how fast online ...youtube.com...
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