Web design, Ruby, coding, and learning online are all critical skills needed for both students and tech-savvy teachers. These boards will help you out.
This week’s Top Ten Learnist boards are dedicated to the theme of coding, web design, and all things technical. There is a conversation ensuing between educators, policy makers, and industry leaders about the importance of teaching students coding and web design to prepare them for 21st century careers and entrepreneurship. Some are saying this is part of the Common Core Standards in technology, while others insist it’s actually another literacy, and should be treated as such.
This week’s boards contain a special treat–Learnist is partnering with Udemy, the online university, to bring you some of these featured boards. You can enjoy the Learnist boards at any time. Then you can commit to a deeper study of coding and web design by taking a Udemy course.
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This week’s Top 10 Learnist boards will feature some of the best. From literacy and numeracy to technology, these elementary boards will get you excited to try new things, whether they spark an idea for your classroom or your children at home.
Social learning startup Grockit on Tuesday announced a $20-million-dollar round of financing led by Discovery Communications.
Farbood Nivi, Grockit’s founder, said he wants Learnist to help turn learning into a casual, lifelong part of person’s daily routine. For example, while in line, instead of reading a short article or shopping online, he wants people to digest a brief learn board on the news of the day or U.S. history via Learnist’s app. That kind of on-the-go engagement is no doubt appealing to cable channel Discovery, which is clearly interested in new distribution outlets. This summer, it led a round in brain fitness game maker Lumosity and announced an investment in digital textbooks.
In addition to the funding, Grockit announced a redesign for Learnist that shifts its aesthetic from a Pinterest-like display to a look that more closely resembles traditional media sites. It also displays authors names more clearly and more prominently features content from bigger names on the site, such as Bobby Chang, founder of In-Case, Clark Scheffy, founder of Ideo, and Eric Ries, the best selling author of The Lean Startup.
and weekly offer trending boards that teachers can use as resources, or models to create new boards.
But for many teachers it has been off-limits due to the facebook-required sign-in, as the social media giant is often blocked by aggressive content filtering. All that has now changed, and Learnist is now available with a traditional email log-in. Grockit founder Farbood Nivi explained the change.
“Since we launched Learnist Beta, we’ve had a great response from educators who want to use Learnist in the classroom. We’ve received emails, Facebook posts, iTunes reviews, phone calls, and more asking for a registration method that would work from behind school firewalls. So, we’re excited to announce that you can now create a Learnist account without needing any third-party authentication. All you need is an email address.”
And on a related note, five days remain in the Learnist Teacher Content Challenge. Please vote for you favorite boards so that the top three finishers receive iPad and iPod products courtesy of Learnist!
Schoox is an Academy for Self-Learners where members can teach, learn and certify their knowledge online. Users can create private or public online courses by using files or web resources incredibly easy and in seconds.
Social learning platform, unified campus for all the students of the world... ...
Learning is and has always been a social phenomenon. We learn everyday from things and people around us. As William Butler Yeats said "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire". Today almost everything is globalized and Education is nonetheless under the same radar. Globalization is aimed at providing diverse perspectives on ways in which education is being shaped. Knowledge is distributed across a network that includes people and objects. To navigate, make sense, and come to understand knowledge, the process of cognition is also distributed across networks, and includes "interactions between people and with resources and materials in the environment". A decade ago, information was consolidated and packaged into books or instructional material like journals, course etc. Not anymore. Today, the students can acquire Information from varied sources. We take a piece, add to it, reframe or rethink and end up with some pattern that symbolizes the meaning. The view that students coordinate activity in "interaction, whereby individuals cognitive processes are affected and new domains of social sense-making can be generated that was not available to each individual on their own"- is particular valuable in a networked world.
Mit learni.st kann man nach dem "Baukasten" Prinzip mashups aus freien Lernmaterialien zusammenstellen: kleine Lerneinheiten, Lern-Nuggets, Mini Open Courses für den täglichen Gebrauch in der Uni, Schule oder Weiterbildung,
Die Plattform ist super einfach zu handeln, wunderbar via Browser-Bookmarklet zu "befüllen", fluide und smart in der Bedienung und es gibt eine App :-)
Die Struktur ist dabei sehr einfach: eine Art Timeline, mit Tags und wunderbaren Verknüpfungen, Anschlüssen und Sharing via Social Networks ...
Die verschiedensten Formate können eingebautr werden: Videos natürlich, Googledocs, Google-Presentations, Google-Books, Grockit Questions, Quizlet, Soundcloud ... etc. pp ... insofern ist die Explosion der Plattformen momentan wirklich sehr anregend.
.. weitere Informationen zu learni.st .
http://blog.tuev-privatschulen.com/social-media-2/learnist-social-learning/ "Learni.st” ist eine Mischung aus Facebook und Wikipedia. Wer Anderen etwas mitteilen oder beibringen möchten, stellt auf recht simple Weise ein “Board” aus Inhalten zusammen und stellt dieses zusammengestellte Wissen zur Verfügung. Alle gängigen sozialen Funktionen (Teilen, Liken, Folgen, Kommentieren) sind integriert – theoretisch ist so gemeinsames Lernen so wirklich gut möglich. Darüber hinaus ist die Plattform auch in Facebook integriert: bei der Anmeldung via Facebook erscheinen die Likes direkt in Facebook."
. http://netzfaktorei.de/2012/09/26/learnist-pinterest-fuer-bildung/ "Learni.st sieht irgendwie so aus wie Pinterest und funktioniert auch irgendwie wie Pinterest und kann natürlich noch viel mehr – und ist damit sicherlich der zurzeit sexieste Bookmarking-Dienst der Webisphäre – gepaart mit allem, was man zum zeitgemäßen Kuratieren (Bewerten von Inhalten) und Kollaborieren (virtuelles Zusammenarbeiten) braucht." By Dörte Giebel ⋅ September 26, 2012 ⋅ Post a comment
Grockit announced the release of its Learnist mobile apps for the iPad and iPhone this morning.
Grockit, a pioneer of the social learning premise that people learn best when they learn together, is a leader in the test prep industry.
Learnist takes the idea of social learning one step further, as it opens up social learning to the masses. Because everything worth learning is already on the internet, says Grockit founder Farbood Nivi, we need only to make sense of it, which is exactly what Learnist does.
Nivi states that learnboards are far more engaging and informative than textbooks, and that because many are creted by teachers and experts, they are properly curated, sequenced and mapped, often offering assessments.
The best news yet for educators--Learnist has boards aligned to and covering 100% of the Common Core State Standards, and now, it's all mobile.
”Learnist redefines social learning by creating a collaborative mobile experience that empowers any learner, consumer and teacher to easily create and curate media-rich content. With Learnist, we have designed interactive mash-ups in a mobile app that allows anyone to learn, share, and teach anytime and anywhere.” – Rusty Greiff, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Grockit
This week, however, I came across something a bit more current called Learnist (created by Grockit). Learnist describes itself as a tool for “people helping other people learn. Learn something, teach something.” Now, I realize there have been a plethora of social learning tools introduced in the last couple years that tout themselves as the application that will revolutionize peer to peer information exchange. Some have even been fairly successful, such as Yammer, Bloomfire, or Microsoft SharePoint. Where I think Learnist shows a lot of promise, though, is in its familiar design and intuitive organization.
Learnist organizes information Into socially-driven lessons, the latest in a line of digital learning tools that are designed to leverage the power of crowds.
With Learnist, educators can curate digital resources–videos, blogs, podcasts, books, infographics, documents, images–that help facilitate learning, and these resources are placed on “boards” for sharing. An available bookmarklet allows you to “pluck” content from across the web as you browse, so you don’t have to be intentionally sitting down to create a board to do so.
While it eschews important elements of instructional design–assessment, personalization, activating prior knowledge, intentional use of ideas like cognitive dissonance, etc.–that’s also part of its charm. It is a playground of media and data that can act as a hub for the flipped classroom (more on that tomorrow) the same way Google+, Edmodo, or YouTube channels can, but ultimately with more flexibility.
“Crowds” can interact, suggest resources, ask questions, and offer insights not from the vantage point of a busy-body social media giant like facebook or Google+, but one that is based on learning topics (Design, Music, Politics) and cultural pathways (e.g., Technology, Art, Olympics).
In this way, Learnist puts the content at the forefront of its design rather than chatter, “likes,” and collaborative pathways, but honors the possibility of both.
Abstract: The implementation of authentic learning elements at education institutions in five countries, eight online courses in total, is examined in this paper. The International Virtual Benchmarking Project (2009-2010) applied the elements of authentic learning developed by Herrington and Oliver (2000) as criteria to evaluate authenticity. Twelve teachers in four benchmarking pairs applied these elements to compare practices and identify development challenges in their online courses. The results indicate multiple roles and perspectives and scaffolding were the most strongly implemented elements. Collaborative construction of knowledge was implemented weakly. Development challenges were identified, such as continuous evaluation in authentic assessment. The project raised teachers’ awareness of cultural background as a factor affecting views on authentic e-learning. Differences in the culture code of e-learning among Finland, Korea, Canada, Belgium and UK are items to consider when developing multicultural learning.**Winner of Outstanding Paper Award at Global Learn 2011**
Leppisaari, I., Herrington, J., Vainio, L. & Im, Y. (2013). Authentic e-Learning in a Multicultural Context: Virtual Benchmarking Cases from Five Countries. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 24(1), 53-73. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
If you're a person who like me uses Gmail for the bulk of your email, Google has just made an announcement that you're sure to like. Now you can add a Google Drive file to your Gmail messages without leaving the Gmail message composer. Now next to the attachment icon you will see a Google Drive icon. Click that icon to add a Google Drive file to your email message. Files added to messages can be up to 10GB (thank you Harry and others for correcting my mistake) in size.
We are excited to announce that the Schoology App Center is now open! The App Center brings the tools, websites, and content you use on a regular basis directly into Schoology in an integrated, seamless experience. You can find apps to extend your classroom and easily install them into your courses.
Greg says, “For the last five years, I’ve been teaching online and hybrid college courses in Philosophy, developing course shells into comprehensive learning environments for classes like Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Introduction to Philosophy. This required scouring the web for quality resources on the topics I was teaching, so I could provide them to my students, typically non-majors taking these courses to satisfy general education requirements. It also involved developing a number of my own resources, ranging from web-pages on key points and concepts, to handouts and worksheets, interactive practice quizzes, pages of links to online texts, and even embedded videos.”
Today’s learners operate in a world that is informal, networked, and filled with technology. Connectivity and digital access is an increasing need for our students and a vital requirement to excel beyond structured learning environments. Our learners are now able to interact with information, learning materials, and peers from around the globe. There is an increasing need to expand and enhance our learners’ involvement in learning technology to support engagement in online learning environments.
With the emergence of collaborative, online tools, educators can take advantage of multidimensional and engaged participation to reach their learning outcomes. Social media creates a space where “everybody and anybody can share anything anywhere anytime” (Joosten, 2012, p.6). Educational paradigms are shifting to include new modes of online and collaborative learning and student-centered, active learning to challenge our students to connect curriculum with real life issues (Johnson, Adams & Cummins, 2012). As a new generation of learners begin to create and share content, educators need to understand how to effectively utilize social web resources to impact in instructional practice create a culture of online participatory learning. ...
Learning with Learni.st - A Great Visual Learning ExperienceSocial LearningBy Karen Masullo EVP, Social Media for FirestormOh those fabulous folks at Grockit.
I can get step by step instructions, Video, advice, and I can keep track of what I've learned by marking the board item or individual modules within as completed. Yes I could use a search engine, but wait, there's more!
I can share it. There is also a conversation stream for questions, clarification, and collaboration.
Plus it's aesthetically pleasing, clean and fast. I'm an impatient, visual learner so this is important to me.
One can also create a collaborative Learni.st experience by inviting others to author or source material within a specific Board. For instance, the initial How To Use Learnist Board is a collaborative effort by a number of authors:
The How To Use Learnist Board itself has video to watch, articles to read, contact information, and general help information.
With Learnist, you can quickly teach and learn from others with:
Use Learnist to share what you know and learn new things. Create Learn Boards on topics you understand and add learnings by pointing to videos, blogs, images and documents on the web. Board creation permissions are granted on rolling basis.
Learnist, a social networking site that launched last May, has just released its official app for iPhone and iPad. Learnist is dedicated to social learning. With its budding online platform, it makes sharing what you know with others easier.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.