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Why It’s Time To Build A Powerful Personal Learning Network « Educational Technology

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Teaching Teaching

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Teachers shouldn’t be learning on the job as they go. (Teaching Teaching http://t.co/SjwtdV0fpZ)
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From the article:  An inexperienced teacher stands in front of a class on the first day on the job and stumbles his or her way to eventual success. Even in the best-case scenario, students are being shortchanged by rookie teachers who are learning on the job. In the worst-case scenario, a mediocre (or worse) teacher never figures out what’s required to bring learning alive."

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3 rules to spark learning

3 rules to spark learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity.
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A brief talk on the important role of teachers as the "cultivators of curiosity."

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Top 10 Reasons Why LMS Implementation Fail - eLearning Industry

Top 10 Reasons Why LMS Implementation Fail - eLearning Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Are you planning to implement an LMS or changing over to a new LMS; The Top 10 Reasons Why LMS Implementation Fail is a must read for you!
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If you are responsible for selecting or managing an LMS, you may find this useful.

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What is Gamification? A Few Ideas.

In this whiteboard video gamification expert Karl Kapp describes the term gamification, talks about the two types of gamification (structural and content) an...
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Does a nice job differentiating simulations, game-based learning and gamification. 

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Gamification in the Workplace: When Work Becomes a Game, Companies Win - AllBusiness (blog)

Gamification in the Workplace: When Work Becomes a Game, Companies Win - AllBusiness (blog) | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Gamification in the Workplace: When Work Becomes a Game, Companies Win
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Gamification has been a hot buzz word for a few years now.
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An overview with examples of successful application of gamification.

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6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"When you’re standing in front of a classroom of students who’re not quite sure they even want to be in your class, much less pay attention to what’s being said, things like neuroscience, research studies, and teaching the way the brain learns are an abstraction.

Yet, brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning."


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Six practical suggestions for applying neuroscience in the classroom.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 18, 7:13 PM

What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom.

What are some of the targets?

Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning

What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson.

Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment

What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom?

Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).

Nicole Wallace's curator insight, March 18, 9:57 PM

Great comments in here and how it links to neurobiology.

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 19, 9:48 AM
strong>Referencing Beth Dichter's insight:What if we were able to design our curriculum to support the way the brain learns? Would our students be more engaged in class? Learn about this new model, Teach the Way the Brain Learns, in this post. There is a short discussion about some of the concepts as well as six brain targets, each of which includes a brief neuroscience explanation as well as a "translation" so that you will understand how to implement each target in your classroom. What are some of the targets? Brain Target 1: Establish the emotional climate for learning What does this mean? "Stress impedes learning." Make connections with students and then begin the lesson. Brain Target 2: Creating the Physical Learning Environment What does this mean? The physical space impacts our students. Changing the space may help them learn. What changes could you make in your classroom? Four additional brain targets are provided. You may also want to check out the website Brain Targeted Teaching (http://www.braintargetedteaching.org/) where you will find additional information as well as sample units that utilize this method (and a template to create your own lessons).
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New Theory for Synapse Formation in the Brain

New Theory for Synapse Formation in the Brain | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Jülich, 10 October 2013 – The human brain keeps changing throughout a person’s lifetime. New connections are continually created while synapses that are no longer in use degenerate.

 

To date, little is known about the mechanisms behind these processes. Jülich neuroinformatician Dr. Markus Butz has now been able to ascribe the formation of new neural networks in the visual cortex to a simple homeostatic rule that is also the basis of many other self-regulating processes in nature. With this explanation, he and his colleague Dr. Arjen van Ooyen from Amsterdam also provide a new theory on the plasticity of the brain – and a novel approach to understanding learning processes and treating brain injuries and diseases.

 

The brains of adult humans are by no means hard wired. Scientists have repeatedly established this fact over the last few years using different imaging techniques. This so-called neuroplasticity not only plays a key role in learning processes, it also enables the brain to recover from injuries and compensate for the loss of functions. Researchers only recently found out that even in the adult brain, not only do existing synapses adapt to new circumstances, but new connections are constantly formed and reorganized. However, it was not yet known how these natural rearrangement processes are controlled in the brain. In the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology, Butz and van Ooyen now present a simple rule that explains how these new networks of neurons are formed.

 

"It’s very likely that the structural plasticity of the brain is the basis for long-term memory formation," says Markus Butz, who has been working at the recently established Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre for the past few months. "And it’s not just about learning. Following the amputation of extremities, brain injury, the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, and strokes, huge numbers of new synapses are formed in order to adapt the brain to the lasting changes in the patterns of incoming stimuli."

 

These results show that the formation of new synapses is driven by the tendency of neurons to maintain a 'pre-set' electrical activity level. If the average electric activity falls below a certain threshold, the neurons begin to actively build new contact points. These are the basis for new synapses that deliver additional input – the neuron firing rate increases. This also works the other way round: as soon as the activity level exceeds an upper limit, the number of synaptic connections is reduced to prevent any overexcitation – the neuron firing rate falls. Similar forms of homeostasis frequently occur in nature, for example in the regulation of body temperature and blood sugar levels.

 

"It was previously assumed that structural plasticity also follows the principle of Hebbian plasticity. The findings suggest that structural plasticity is governed by the homeostatic principle instead, which was not taken into consideration before," says Prof. Abigail Morrison, head of the Simulation Laboratory Neuroscience at Jülich. Her team is already integrating the new rule into the freely accessible simulation software NEST, which is used by numerous scientists worldwide.

 

These findings are also of relevance for the Human Brain Project. Neuroscientists, medical scientists, computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians in Europe are working hand in hand to simulate the entire human brain on high-performance computers of the next generation in order to better understand how it functions. “Due to the complex synaptic circuitry in the human brain, it’s not plausible that its fault tolerance and flexibility are achieved based on static connection rules. Models are therefore required for a self-organization process,” says Prof. Markus Diesmann from Jülich’s Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, who is involved in the project. He heads Computational and Systems Neuroscience (INM-6), a subinstitute working at the interface between neuroscientific research and simulation technology.

 


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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

The handy graphic below synthesizes the overwhelming to-do list of flipping your classroom into 6 easy steps that make the whole process a little less daunting


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Mary Starry's curator insight, July 18, 7:38 AM

Six basic, but important, steps to take when flipping your class., with an info graphic  for visualization.

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Andrea Stewart's curator insight, July 26, 9:12 PM

Helpful, though I don't quite follow the traditional flip.

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How the Brain Learns | Content Development | Training Industry

How the Brain Learns | Content Development | Training Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Training Industry is your complete resource for training companies, products, services, and technologies for IT, Sales, Leadership, Finance, Healthcare, and On Line Colleges and Universities.
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Some basic information on this very important topic.  Worth reading.

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7 Language-Learning Myths That Are Holding Us Back

7 Language-Learning Myths That Are Holding Us Back | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
A few months ago I was speaking in front of a crowd of American undergraduate students about my work with the Student Language Exchange, discussing the power and benefit of learning a new language. They seemed moderately interested as I spoke, but in the reception following the event, a group [...]
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Provides some interesting insights.  Worth reading.

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A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
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The author identified 9 key skills.  Do you agree with this list?

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Becoming an Instructional Designer – Areas of Expertise and Credentials

Becoming an Instructional Designer – Areas of Expertise and Credentials | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"There is nothing wrong with being a Jack/Jill of all trades, but today's global economy calls for specialists. While some Instructional Designers prefer to specialize in a specific niche, others may build expertise in more than one area. Some popular areas of expertise to consider include:


Curriculum DesignereLearning DeveloperMedia SpecialistAuthoring SpecialistLearning Management SpecialistProject Manager"



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A basic overview of some of the competencies and skill areas in the learning field.  

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50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Today's guest post was published on Getting Smart . And was originally posted on the informED blog.
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Some very useful links identified and provided.  From the blog: "Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Podcasts don’t force you to find more time in your day; they give you the opportunity to capitalize on all the dead time that already exists in your day by simply downloading the .mp3 or syncing a podcast to your iTunes account on your smartphone."

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Utopia series: the schools of the future | Philosophers' Mail

Utopia series: the schools of the future | Philosophers' Mail | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Learning in the future http://t.co/Fgd3AQ8HoT
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From the article:  "We hear that studying literature might help the imagination or that knowing some history will make us more capable of understanding current societies. But these pieties don’t generally rise above the level of generalisations – and are not explored with thoroughness in the actual curriculum. We do not assess courses and classes as we should – according to the help they really do provide in the task of being a good adult."

 

Many interesting points of view shared.

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Instructional Design Models and Theories - eLearning Industry

Instructional Design Models and Theories - eLearning Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
At the Instructional Design Models and Theories article you will find 33 Instructional Design Models and Theories. A New IDM Will Be Added Every Week!
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Good background information from industry guru Christopher Pappas.

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The evolution of computers in the classroom

The evolution of computers in the classroom | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The proliferation of tablets maybe the most revolutionary addition of technology in the classroom, but the path was paved with other tools. PostTV took a detailed look at some of the milestones in classroom technology from the past several decades:

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 21, 1:54 AM

I've lived this timeline. Tablets are another stop on the Oregon Trail of Tech I've seen come and go.  


Indeed, tablets are so two hours ago... I'm surprised this timeline misses a little development called mobile learnig. 

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Is that whole gamification thing really over? - Information Age

Is that whole gamification thing really over? - Information Age | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
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Is that whole gamification thing really over?
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Gartner is forecasting market penetration at a measly 5% to 10%.
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Creative Role-Play Encourages Deeper Science Learning

Learning how the body works becomes an adventure as sixth grade students embark on a biology-based narrative journey at game-based learning school Quest to Learn.
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An encouraging success story.  Watch it.

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Learning and the Brain- A few quick facts

Learning and the Brain- A few quick facts | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
What do we and don't we know about the brain? It used to be that we thought we knew it all. Well, maybe not all. But, over the last couple decades new research reveals and debunks some of our previ...

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 11, 2013 10:56 PM

Thanks for this valuable reference.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, October 12, 2013 1:52 AM

Η γνωστική ψυχολογία και οι νευροεπιστήμες έχουν αναδείξει τη σημασία των γνωστικών και μεταγνωστικών δεξιοτήτων  που λαμβάνουν μέρος στην μνήμη εργασίας, στην πορεία για τη  μάθηση.

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, October 13, 2013 9:05 AM

This is part of the post on infographics as well, but is interesting enough to have a link just in its own.

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2014 survey shows again that company training/e-learning is the least valued way to learn at work

2014 survey shows again that company training/e-learning is the least valued way to learn at work | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
This chart shows the types of learning that were valued most in 2014.  Most interesting that Knowledge Shared with Team and Web Search for Resources are at one end of the spectrum (positively) whil...
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For me, at least, some surprising (and sobering) results.  Worth reading.

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How the Brain Learns - US News

How the Brain Learns - US News | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Researchers study timing, sensory systems, how regions connect.
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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.
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12 Great Web-based Image Editing Tools That Do Not Require Registration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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What is the future of technology in education?

What is the future of technology in education? | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access.
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From the blog:  "Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. In the future, teaching and learning is going to be social."  What do you think?

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How to Create Your Own e-Learning Video

How to Create Your Own e-Learning Video | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Tips and tools needs for creating a training video for online training and e-Learning courses.
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Provides practical tips on the design and production of eL videos.  A good introduction, if you are looking for one.

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