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Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Healthland | TIME.com

Do E-Books Make It Harder to Remember What You Just Read? | Healthland | TIME.com | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

Digital books are lighter and more convenient to tote around than paper books, but there may be advantages to old technology.

 

Kate Garland, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Leicester in England, is one of the few scientists who has studied this question and reviewed the data. She found that when the exact same material is presented in both media, there is no measurable difference in student performance.

However, there are some subtle distinctions that favor print, which may matter in the long run. In one study involving psychology students, the medium did seem to matter. “We bombarded poor psychology students with economics that they didn’t know,” she says. Two differences emerged. First, more repetition was required with computer reading to impart the same information.

 

Second, the book readers seemed to digest the material more fully. Garland explains that when you recall something, you either “know” it and it just “comes to you” — without necessarily consciously recalling the context in which you learned it — or you “remember” it by cuing yourself about that context and then arriving at the answer. “Knowing” is better because you can recall the important facts faster and seemingly effortlessly.

 

 

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TED-Ed Launches Innovative Customized Learning Web Initiative

TED-Ed Launches Innovative Customized Learning Web Initiative | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
It's been a long time since anyone's done anything truly revolutionary when it comes to online video, but leave it to the folks at TED to bu...

 

Each video featured on the site is mapped, via tagging, to traditional subjects taught in schools and comes accompanied with supplementary materials that aid a teacher or student in using or understanding the video lesson. Supplementary materials include multiple-choice questions, open-answer questions, and links to more information on the topic.

 

But the most innovative feature of the site is that educators can customize these elements using a new functionality called “flipping.” When a video is flipped, the supplementary materials can be edited and the resulting lesson is rendered on a new and private web page. The creator of the lesson can then distribute it and track an individual student’s progress as they complete the assignment.

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E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges by Sarah Guri-Rosenblit and Begoña Gros

This article, by Sarah Guri-Rosenblit and Begoña Gros, discusses the promises and drawbacks of e-learning in higher education, the gaps in relevant research and challenges in maintaining a student-learning-centred focus in a technology driven environment.


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Adaptive Online Learning – Distance Advising

Adaptive Online Learning – Distance Advising | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

In this age of digital and social networks, knowledge is everywhere. No longer must we buy into the “sage on a stage” notion of learning in which expert faculty pour knowledge into the empty vessels that are students. With the help of technology, we are moving from a teacher-centered paradigm to a learner-centered paradigm; from didactic instruction to collaborative knowledge construction.

 

Siemens (2012) argued that we must align “teaching and learning with the way in which information is created, negotiated, and shared through digital and social networks.”

 

The challenge for educators is to leverage these networks in such a way that facilitates access to reliable sources of information while supporting knowledge creation and collaboration.

 

So how do we achieve this? Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton, is building a system to do it. Ferreira says that “online education is on the cusp of massive change, and only 100 cognoscenti know about it.”

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Distributed Creativity: open education and challenges for higher education

Distributed Creativity: open education and challenges for higher education | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
"I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process [of] establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity." - Joichi Ito

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Can Computers Replace Teachers?

Can Computers Replace Teachers? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Until we figure out how to best use technology in the classroom, the bells and whistles are often a distraction...

The experience to date is less grandiose and more worrisome considering the billions that have been spent on technology in schools in the past few decades. Interactive whiteboards have been around since the early 1990s and done little to transform how teachers teach, and computers are often unaligned with classroom instruction, even though 90% of classrooms around the country have them. Still, according to Department of Education data from 2009, just 61% of students use computers to prepare texts “sometimes or often” and just 45% do more complicated tasks, for instance to “solve problems, analyze data, or perform calculations” on a regular basis.

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The big mistake in elearning

A short but engaging presentation from Cathy Moore on identify the real underlying objective in design effective learning experiences:

 

The one powerful change that will make our elearning a lot more effective

A quick demo of action mapping

A fun example of the type of information that should go in job aids

How to get people to stop telling you, “Turn this information into a course”

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The Daily Illini :: Colleges evolve by teaching with social media

The Daily Illini :: Colleges evolve by teaching with social media | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
From easily accessible design programs to online blogs, college professors are changing the way they teach their classes to adapt to social media trends.
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Granny army teaches in the cloud

Granny army teaches in the cloud | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

How Skype is connecting UK grannies with children thousands of miles away in India.No-one does love and encouragement better than a granny. Now that love is being spread across continents, as UK-based grandmothers extend their embrace to school children thousands of miles away in India.

 

Jackie Barrow isn't a granny yet but as a retired teacher she felt she might qualify for an advert in The Guardian newspaper calling for volunteers to help teach children in India.

 

She did and today, three years on, she is reading "Not Now Bernard" via Skype to a small group of children in the Indian city of Pune.

 

They love it and are engaged in the experience as she holds up an Easter egg to show them how children in the UK celebrated the recent holiday.

Advice and praiseThe Granny Cloud project is the brainchild of Prof Sugata Mitra, best-known for his hole-in-the-wall computer scheme which put basic PCs into some of the poorest parts of India.

 

The work is being supported by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, and MIT's iLab project.

 

 

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Disruptive innovation — in education | KurzweilAI

Disruptive innovation — in education | KurzweilAI | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
For Anant Agarwal, MITx, the Institute’s new online-learning initiative, isn’t just a means of democratizing education.

 

A decade ago, MIT broke ground with its OpenCourseWare initiative, which made MIT course materials, such as syllabi and lecture notes, publicly accessible. But over the last five years, MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif has led an effort to move the complete MIT classroom experience online, with video lectures, homework assignments, lab work — and a grade at the end.

 

The development of such online-learning tools will be crucial to MITx’s expansion. “How do you put a chemistry lab online?” Agarwal asks. “We’re just getting started here. Figuring out how to tailor the platform for MIT’s many disciplines will require collaboration across all our schools.”

MITx is not just a tool for democratizing education; it’s also a tool for education research. “I want to disrupt how education is done,” Agarwal says — not just online but on campus as well.

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Repurposing E-Waste Into E-Learning - Core77

Repurposing E-Waste Into E-Learning - Core77 | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Dand launched ThinkerToys, an initiative to solve these dual problems--massive amounts of electronic waste in landfills in the developing world, and a lack of educational resources for children in those countries. Thinker Toys picks up basic electronic equipment, like keyboards, mice and speakers, none of which need to be modified or brought back to factories. For now, Dand has been using Arduino but he plans to develop low-cost chips, called openTOYS, that make the project more scalable and accessible..
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The text

The text | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Manifesto for teaching online - Written by teachers and researchers in online education. University of Edinburgh MSc in E-learning 2011

Distance is a positive principle, not a deficit. Online can be the privileged mode.

The possibility of the ‘online version’ is overstated. The best online courses are born digital.

By redefining connection we find we can make eye contact online.

‘Best practice’ is a totalising term blind to context – there are many ways to get it right.

Every course design is philosophy and belief in action.

 

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - How to Make Your High School Students Fail Online Courses

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - How to Make Your High School Students Fail Online Courses | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

An interesting take on the mess that online learning represents to some students and teachers.

Most research done for K12 learners show “no significant difference in student achievement” using technology and ‘traditional classroom instruction’
- dropping enrollment and use has followed each kind of technology use
- there is a lack of research into the causes of that failure

will online learning follow this pattern?
- how can we prevent it?


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Connectivism: its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning - University of Salford Institutional Repository

Connectivism: its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning - University of Salford Institutional Repository | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The sociotechnical context for learning and education is dynamic and makes great demands on those trying to seize the opportunities presented by emerging technologies. The goal of this paper is to explore certain theories for our plans and actions in technology-enabled learning. Although presented as a successor to previous learning theories, connectivism alone is insufficient to inform learning and its support by technology in an internetworked world.

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...
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The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning

The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning is a NEW and EVOLVING resource and community site on how to support continuous learning and performance improvement – in the workflow – using non-training approaches.

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