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The Future of Assessment, Accreditation & The Internet: Deconstructing Mozilla’s Open Badges Project | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

The Future of Assessment, Accreditation & The Internet: Deconstructing Mozilla’s Open Badges Project | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
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Research: Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom -- THE Journal

Research: Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom -- THE Journal | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
An active learning approach produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University.
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Big news!  From the article:  "The researchers concluded that the flipped classroom doesn't produce higher student learning outcomes than a nonflipped classroom when both use an active learning approach. Whether instructors flip their classrooms or not, the key to improving learning outcomes is to involve students actively in the learning process, constructing their own knowledge rather than just passively listening to lectures."  If this research is reliable, it will have big implications for learning design, going forward.

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentat
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Includes useful explanations of such important concepts as "spaced repitition," "interacting images," "dual coding" and several others.  For educatiors, worth reading.

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3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving

3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving

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According to the article, the three ways identified are 1) sharing is becoming more agile, 2) learning is about challenging yourself, and 3) personal is becoming professional.  Read on to learn more...

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People Are More Willing to Dismiss Evidence From Psychology Than Brain ... - Wired

People Are More Willing to Dismiss Evidence From Psychology Than Brain ... - Wired | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
People will more readily dismiss unwelcome evidence if it is psychological in nature, than if it is from neuroscience.
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Fascinating stuff.

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Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.

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A primer on the "Deeper Learning Network."  None of this is new but it is integrated as a practical solution. 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 26, 9:31 AM

Many school administrators, teachers and parents want the education provided to children to be high quality, rigorous and connected to the world outside the classroom. Teachers are trying to provide these elements in various ways, but a group of schools calling themselves the “Deeper Learning Network” have codified some of what they believe are essential qualities of deep learning (check out how students lead parent teacher conferences in this model).


Some of these qualities include learning designated content, critical thinking, communication skills, collaborating effectively and connecting learning to real-world experiences.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/


Sue Alexander's curator insight, February 27, 9:08 AM

Our school is working hard on these goals...a great resource to help spread the word.

Tasia Thompson's curator insight, February 27, 10:31 AM

This really speaks to the focus of the East Zone AP's on how can we enrich  our school's culture and climate in particular areas as related to improved student growth and learning.  

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We Should Be Teaching Our Students Like Yoda Taught Luke - Wired

We Should Be Teaching Our Students Like Yoda Taught Luke - Wired | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
In George Lucas’ classic The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda patiently tutors, challenges and imparts his wisdom to Luke Skywalker deep in the Dagobah swamps, sometimes while perched on the shoulder of his young Jedi-in-training.
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From the article:  “Personalized learning isn’t the latest fad in education. In fact, it’s an approach that great teachers have long used to ward off drudgery, to challenge students to do their best and to infuse their classrooms with energy and a sense of possibility.”  Puts forth some interesting ideas - ones that stir some strong emotions (read the Comments!).  Worth reading.

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The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 8 Web Tools for Doing Formative Assessment in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

"Formative assessment, as we have agreed elsewhere, is assessment for learning which is completely different from summative assessment, which is assessment of learning ..."

Today’s meetSocrativeInfuse LearningiClickerPoll EverywhereMentimeterGedditPlicker

 

 


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From the article:  "Formative assessment... is assessment for learning which is completely different from summative assessment, which is assessment of learning."  Some useful tools are shared if you have a need to develop these assessments yourself.

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Jennifer Meka's curator insight, February 26, 11:52 AM

We'll be offering more Poll Everywhere workshops in the future so you can learn how to use this great tool!

 

TodaysMeet is a great way for participants to share questions, reactions, and feedback during presentations, lectures, etc.

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The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a neuroscientist to promote brain-based learning in your classroom. In fact, it's really quite simple.
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From the article:  "Having seen how interested my students are in learning about their brains and how they respond to that learning with increased motivation and better study habits, I’ve come to believe that instruction about how the brain processes information should be included in the curriculum. Whether as part of health classor class, or in a separate course, students should receive direct instruction in how best to use their most powerful tool."  Worth reading.

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Oscar Week Special: 7 Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Oscar Week Special: 7 Teaching Resources on Film Literacy | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Explore a collection of seven online resources for teachers and parents who are interested in teaching film literacy.
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From the article:  “In this compilation [from Eutopia], you'll find classroom resources from around the web that cover many of this year's [Oscar] nominated films, as well as general resources for using film as a teaching tool.”  A compendium of useful and often entertaining medial resources.

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Lateral Thinking

Lateral Thinking is a skill that can be improved. Learn about Lateral Thinking from Dr. Edward de Bono the man that coined the phrase.
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From the author: 

"On the Internet there is much misleading and erroneous information about 'lateral thinking'. Some of the sites make false claims about me and my work. Because this is my official website I want to take this opportunity of clarifying matters regarding lateral thinking" - Edward de Bono.

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Here's What Happens When A School Pays Its Teachers A Lot, Lot More Money

Here's What Happens When A School Pays Its Teachers A Lot, Lot More Money | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
What if teachers were paid salaries more on par with doctors and lawyers? Lo and behold, the teachers perform better and students learn more.
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A novel idea - pay teachers well and they will perform well.  Why didn't someone think of this before?

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New Visual: 25 Success Features Characterizing 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Visual: 25 Success Features Characterizing 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Visual: 25 Success Features Characterizing 21st Century Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/XVTyDtndRj #EdChat
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Move over MOOCs – Collaborative MOOC 2.0 is coming - University World News

Move over MOOCs – Collaborative MOOC 2.0 is coming - University World News | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

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John Shank's curator insight, November 12, 2014 10:16 AM

Will these be more social MOOCs? #edtech #MOOCs #eLearning #blendedlearning #onlinelearning #highered

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3 Design Layouts: Gutenberg Diagram, Z-Pattern, And F-Pattern - Vanseo Design

3 Design Layouts: Gutenberg Diagram, Z-Pattern, And F-Pattern - Vanseo Design | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
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Some key visual design concepts that could be useful for anyone who develops presentations.

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Scaffolding Learning in the Flow of Work - ATD (blog)

Scaffolding Learning in the Flow of Work - ATD (blog) | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The learning sciences give us a number of concepts that can be useful in thinking through how to nurture the kinds of working environments in which learning is well supported. Enter scaffolding. Enter scaffolding.
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From the article:  "In strategizing learning, learning leaders don’t have to choose between structured training and leaving people to their own devices. There are many other tools and learning tactics falling between those two strategies that we can leverage to help people succeed, and scaffolding learning is one of the more powerful techniques to employ."  A useful introduction to the concept of "scaffolding."

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50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students

50 Questions To Promote Metacognition In Students | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

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From the article:  “Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter.”  Organizes the 50 metacognition questions into the following categories:  Reflection & Collaboration, Self-Reflection, Reasoning, Analysis, Connections, Literary Questions, Science and Social Questions.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 19, 10:42 PM

Questions and Critical thinking all on the road to meta-cognition.

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Insights From a Thought Leader—Big Ideas in Mobile Learning - ATD (blog)

Insights From a Thought Leader—Big Ideas in Mobile Learning - ATD (blog) | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to identify trends is to connect with thought leaders who are advancing the training profession by researching and testing actionable ideas, and presenting new points of view. One such thought leader, Dr.
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Three trends identified by Mobile Learning Expert Dr. David Metcalf and discussed in this article are:  1) “increasing use of crowdsourced and user-generated content,” 2) “declining reliance on command and control” and 3) “emerging integration of social, mobile, real-time learning, and geo location.”

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Bilingual babies practice lip-reading long before monolingual counterparts

Bilingual babies practice lip-reading long before monolingual counterparts | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
You’re in a crowded restaurant. You can’t make out what your companion is saying. So your eyes start to drift to your dining companions' lips, to make out what they're saying over the din.

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An interesting report.  From the article:  "The find­ings have 'impor­tant impli­ca­tions for under­standing how infants acquire speech and lan­guage and shed light on how bilin­gual infants — despite their neural and behav­ioral immaturity — manage to learn two dif­ferent lan­guages as easily as mono­lin­gual infants learn one language,' according to a Northeastern University press release."  Who knew?

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Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair

Study Reveals Fascinating Possibilities for Video Gaming and Brain Development and Repair | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Early Brain Development and Gaming: A New Study on Neurogenesis and Brain Connectivity Could a recent study by neuroscientist Simone Kühn reveal new ways of

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From the article:  “The benefits of gaming not only boost early life brain development – but they could extend to decelerating the degenerative span of the brain in mature life.”  I guess it’s time to load up Call of Duty…

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Chris Martin's curator insight, February 24, 10:42 AM

This is really exciting. The sooner mainstream culture accepts technology helping--in all aspects of a child's life--the better.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 25, 9:15 AM

Great, but we gamers knew this all along! 

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Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body

Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Just another reason to call yourself an art lover.
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Interesting!

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What's Worth Learning in School?

What's Worth Learning in School? | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
We teach a lot that isn’t going to matter, in a significant way, in students’ lives, writes Professor David Perkins in his new book, "Future Wise." There’s also much we aren’t teaching that would be a better return on investment.
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From the author:  “The hard fact is that our minds hold on only to knowledge we have occasion to use in some corner of our lives,” Perkins writes. “Overwhelmingly, knowledge unused is forgotten. It’s gone.”  By the way, the article treats this as an open question - particulars to address this questions are alluded to but not detailed.

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Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Inserting longer pauses throughout classroom instruction time can help students and educators open up to greater possibilities.
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From the article:  “One way to promote engagement and learning is to consciously create pauses throughout the day. We can create a sense of spaciousness in our classroom by slowing down the pace of our speech and punctuating our lessons with silence. Introduced well, this practice can improve classroom discourse.”  Read on…

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5 Habits of Effective Instructional Designers

5 Habits of Effective Instructional Designers | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
A habit is defined as “something you do without thinking—a regular practice.” When it comes to our professional development, building new habits, especially the good ones, requires conscious repe...
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The habits are 1) act like a consultant, 2) stay curious, 3) build partnerships with SMEs, 4) study related industry trends, 5) define the standards.  I might add to the list: 1) look for ideas/inspiration from unrelated fields and 2) study and apply basic project management skills.

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6 Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Classroom | Edudemic

6 Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Classroom | Edudemic | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

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5 Levels of Personalized Learning - Brilliant or Insane

5 Levels of Personalized Learning - Brilliant or Insane | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
5 levels of personalized learning.

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