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It is important to SEE beyond the words when discoursing about critical issues in education. One has to have an open mind in seeing both sides of the discussion, and analyze perspectives critically.
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50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today - Edudemic | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
Finding the best education technology tools is a time-consuming task. It may even be viewed as a chore (for some). Not with this fabulous list, though!

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Martin Laidlaw's curator insight, April 17, 2013 6:33 PM

Some really good ones there ...didn't see scoopit

Tracey Healey's comment, April 18, 2013 5:31 AM
Martin - Scoop it is definitely there - 4th row down , 3rd from right :)
Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 25, 2013 5:25 PM

A quick way to check out the tools you may not have seen before.

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Buncee - Communication through Creation

Buncee - Communication through Creation | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

buncee® is a whole new way of creating and sharing online and mobile greetings, memories, interests, new finds, business stories and more in a unique, fun and social way. By leveraging the capabilities of online tools and iOS devices, buncee makes it easy for even the most ‘non-technical’ individuals to create and share engaging and interactive multi-media creations that can be shared publicly or privately.

 


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Sue Alexander's comment, April 18, 2013 3:07 PM
thank you Baiba, your scoops keep my students looking for the next great idea!
Sue Alexander's curator insight, April 18, 2013 3:11 PM

Okay, I admit it was the van Gogh that made me look, but I'm really glad I did. Very user-friendly tool...and free, gotta love free.

Baiba Svenca's comment, April 19, 2013 12:52 AM
Thanks Sue, Van Gogh was a hook (lol)
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Why Teachers Are Trying Out Apple TV In The Classroom - Edudemic

Why Teachers Are Trying Out Apple TV In The Classroom - Edudemic | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

"Apple TV is a little black box that can work miracles in a classroom. Built largely for entertaining purposes by Apple, Apple TV is used increasingly in the classroom by educators who primarily want to take advantage of the mirroring capabilities of the device. For those who are not familiar with the term “mirroring”, simply put, a key feature in Apple devices called “AirPlay” can literally mirror or project your device’s screen (iPod/iPad/iPhone), via an LCD projector that is connected to the Apple TV. All you need aside from an Apple TV is an iPad 2 or newer, an LCD projector, and then, the sky is the limit."


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Emma Glacken's comment, April 11, 2013 6:37 AM
My birthday is coming up soon so you never know I may get one!!!
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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:42 AM

The future of learning lies not only in an open classroom but with gateways and parameters to help navigate the information.  Highways of information need structure.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 2013 4:58 PM

We need innovative movements. This does not mean schools are obsolete. They will look different and should be different. What works is an important consideration.

Gail Worthington-Eyre's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:07 PM

We are already well on the way, the future is knocking on our door so experiencing the changes to come will be exciting and challenging for us all.

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Watch PechaKucha 20x20 presentations

Watch PechaKucha 20x20 presentations | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

The whole thing that powers a PechaKucha event -- whether it's a city-based PechaKucha Night or a "Powered by PechaKucha" event -- is the "20 images x 20 seconds" format. WATCH is where you'll find presentations from all over the world -- get inspired!


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 10, 2013 2:59 PM

A vast collection of PechaKucha 20x20 presentations that may be a great source of inspiration for learning how to do it and creating one's own presentation.

The site hosts presentations in more than 20 languages from events in a huge number of cities all around the world.

PechaKucha is a fantastic activity for students who need to practice their speaking skills. Why not organize a PechaKucha event in your school?

Coffeechug's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:39 PM

I have used this presentation format in my class and it really causes the students to think and plan accordingly.

David Bevington's curator insight, April 13, 2013 7:17 PM

PechaKucha show digital literacy and act as inspiration.

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Cultures of Thinking: Six Principles

Cultures of Thinking:  Six Principles | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

1. Skills are not sufficient; we must also have the disposition to use them.
Possessing thinking skills and abilities alone is insufficient for good thinking. One
must also have the disposition to use those abilities. This means schools must
develop students’ inclination to think and awareness of occasions for thinking as
well as their thinking skills and abilities. Having a disposition toward thinking
enhances the likelihood that one can effectively use one’s abilities in new
situations.
2. The development of thinking and understanding is fundamentally a social
endeavor, taking place in a cultural context and occurring within the constant
interplay between the group and the individual. Social situations that provide
experience in communicating oneʼs own thinking as well as opportunities to
understand othersʼ thinking enhance individual thinking.
3. The culture of the classroom teaches. It not only sets a tone for learning, but
also determines what gets learned. The messages sent through the culture of the
classroom communicate to students what it means to think and learn well. These
messages are a curriculum in themselves, teaching students how to learn and
ways of thinking.
4. As educators, we must strive to make students thinking visible. It is only by
making thinking visible that we can begin to understand both what and how our
students are learning. Under normal conditions, a studentʼs thinking is invisible to
other students, the teacher, and even to him/herself, because people often think
with little awareness of how they think. By using structures, routines, probing
questions, and documentation we can make studentsʼ thinking more visible toward
fostering better thinking and learning.
5. Good thinking utilizes a variety of resources and is facilitated by the use of
external tools to “download” or “distribute” oneʼs thinking. Papers, logs,
computers, conversation, and various means of recording and keeping track of
ideas and thoughts free the mind up to engage in new and deeper thinking.
6. For classrooms to be cultures of thinking for students, schools must be
cultures of thinking for teachers. The development of a professional community
in which deep and rich discussions of teaching, learning, and thinking are a
fundamental part of teachersʼ ongoing experience provides the foundation for
nurturing studentsʼ thinking and learning.


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Colleges getting serious about reading, writing, and reputation management

Colleges getting serious about reading, writing, and reputation management | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
In an effort to help students clean up their online reputations, some colleges are purchasing a DIY personal search engine optimization tool, called Brand Yourself, that lets people improve their Google results.

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Is This Learning? Let’s discuss the definition of learning.

Is This Learning? Let’s discuss the definition of learning. | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

"A one-classroom school, with 20 or so children of all ages between 6th and 12th grade, each sitting at a computer and wearing headsets...In front sits any reliable adult whom the neighbors vouch for—often, no doubt, some student’s father or mother, taking his turn....Each child does a whole curriculum’s worth of learning online, at the computer. Most of the time he follows canned courses on-screen."


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Cinemagram - a fun and beautiful way to animate your photos

Cinemagram - a fun and beautiful way to animate your photos | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
Cinemagram is a stunning hybrid between photo and video. It's a fun and beautiful way to animate photos. Free download.
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California School Opens Multimedia 'iLab' To Support iPad Initiative -- THE Journal

California School Opens Multimedia 'iLab' To Support iPad Initiative -- THE Journal | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
Following the implementation of its 1:1 take-home iPad program, a California school has revamped its 720-square-foot computer lab to create a flexible, technology-driven learning environment for students.

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Will the new Kindles change the game for tablets in education? – ZDNet | Global Village News

Will the new Kindles change the game for tablets in education? – ZDNet | Global Village News | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
#Technology Will the new Kindles change the game for tablets in education? – ZDNet: Sydney Morning Herald Will the...

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The Separatist Map of Africa

The Separatist Map of Africa | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
When African states gained independence, the continent's new leaders agreed to respect the old colonial borders to avoid endless wars.


This interactive map shows the major conflicts on the African continent where the combatants have geopolitical aspirations to separate from the state and create a new, autonomous state.  Click on the red arrows and you can read about the warring factions and the current situation in that region.   


Tags: political, governance, Africa, unit 4 political, war, conflict, colonialism.


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, January 4, 2013 10:15 AM

Fascinating interactive map looking at the separatist movements in Africa.  

Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 3, 2013 2:00 PM

It seems as though African countries are actually trying to go back to their pre-colonial boundaries. The agreement they made to respect the old colonial borders to avoid war has never been effective.

Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 11:48 PM

Unit IV - Non American

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Zoho Show 3.0

Zoho Show is an online presentation tool that helps you to create visually appealing presentations, collaborate online with your peers and deliver them anywhere...


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Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts With Evernote - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Take a Minute to Collect Your Thoughts With Evernote - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

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Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's comment, April 18, 2013 2:43 AM
I 've been using Personal Brain for the last... almost 10 years and, reading this article, I see no point that would make me switch to Evernote.
Louise B-Johnston's curator insight, April 18, 2013 6:35 AM

This is a comprehensive guide showing how the author uses this great tool.

Bartolomeu Fonseca's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:47 AM

It´s fantastic!

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Starbucks’ Pick Of The Week Cards Go Digital, Angry Birds Star Wars First Free Title

Starbucks’ Pick Of The Week Cards Go Digital, Angry Birds Star Wars First Free Title | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
The next time you’re at Starbucks, you won’t see the company’s Pick of the Week cards on display. Instead, the coffee maker is now offering free iOS apps via the official Starbucks app, according to CNET.

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Digital Libraries to School Libraries

Digital Libraries to School Libraries | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

This project’s aim is to explore ways in which school librarians can use DL open content to expand and enrich the school library’s resource base and instructional support. This project uses the newest web-based technologies to help school librarians identify DL open content, integrate open content metadata into their OPACs, and help use open content for learning.


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whslmc's curator insight, April 10, 2013 9:03 AM

DL to SL - fabulous resource

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Teachers Manual to A Paperless Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Manual to A Paperless Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

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Geraldine Lefoe's curator insight, April 10, 2013 5:48 PM

Useful for tertiary educators too

online4ed's curator insight, April 12, 2013 8:10 AM

We were discussing this yesterday in a committee meeeting @canisiuscollege.  It's a way to start the paperless movement!  

Audrey Nay's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:27 PM

Heading that way as much as possible!

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Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence

Forecast 2020: Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

"Let’s focus on the resulting element — the “collective intelligence”. Think about it as billions of human brains working using future super computers as a platform. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Srini Devadas described “collective intelligence” as consisting of two pillars: cloud computing and crowd computing. Cloud computing is using the Internet as a platform and making access to information available to everyone. Crowd computing, according to him, involves the analysis of information into “collective intelligence” far beyond what we have today."


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Rachel Botsman: The currency of the new economy is trust

WHAT’S MINE IS YOURS is about Collaborative Consumption, a new, emerging economy made possible by online social networks and fueled by increasing cost consciousness and environmental necessity. Collaborative Consumption occurs when people participate in organized sharing, bartering, trading, renting, swapping, and collectives to get the same pleasures of ownership with reduced personal cost and burden, and lower environmental impact.

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Dennis T OConnor's comment, October 18, 2012 1:47 PM
Collaborative consumption as a basis for a reputation economy is a remarkable insight to where we might all be heading. Who will build the Reputation dashboard to measure the worth of your reputation, intentions, capabilities and values across communities and marketplaces? Intriguing presentation.
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2012 10:09 PM

This is another great TED Talk. I first heard the phrase 'reputation trail' while watching this video. I've since become intrigued by the concept of collaborative consumption and online trust.  

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Key Challenges And Pitfalls Of Transformational Leadership

Perhaps two of the most challenging areas a Transformational Leader will come across, aside from personal skill development and the ongoing challenges that a leadership role will inevitably bring, will be building trust, and managing power.


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Free Technology for Teachers: Cargo Bot - An iPad Game About Logic

Free Technology for Teachers: Cargo Bot - An iPad Game About Logic | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

"Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. The object of the game is to program a robot to complete increasingly complex sequences of tasks. Students start out by programming the robot to move one box from point A to point B. After successfully programming the robot students are advanced to programming more complex tasks like a repeating loop of movements and staggered movements."


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LS_TICE_Philippe Charpantier's comment, December 2, 2012 9:17 PM
Thank you !
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20 e-Learning Blogs You Should Be Reading

20 e-Learning Blogs You Should Be Reading | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
Discover the top e-Learning tips, trends, ideas and more from these 20 fantastic e-Learning blogs. These blogs have countless great tips to use as you develop in Lectora® e-Learning softwareand are sure to spark some great ideas:
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 1, 2012 7:13 PM

There'sa strong instructional design theme in the blogs listed here. 

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'There's Something Very Exciting Going On Here'

'There's Something Very Exciting Going On Here' | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
Stanford's new head of online learning explains his vision for how the Internet can remake college classrooms.


After years of eyeing it with suspicion, many of America's elite colleges are suddenly bear-hugging online learning, and Stanford University is at the forefront of the movement.


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iTeach - helping implement the iPad in education

iTeach - helping implement the iPad in education | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it
iTeach helps teachers and schools implement the iPad in the classroom...

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Innovation: Thinking and Doing the New Normal | Learning the Now

Innovation: Thinking and Doing the New Normal | Learning the Now | Critical Perspectives in Education | Scoop.it

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