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LASI13 is in full swing: it's a nice group here in Stanford and there are 10 local events throughout the world.(Networked conferences should really be explored further. Face to face meetings are nice ..
There’s a whisper in the air. The long-awaited reform in education, they report, is finally here. The proposed solution? Technology. More specifically, iPads in classrooms. Every student, so the argument goes, should have the opportunity to learn at his or her own pace. Fittingly, the movement is called “adaptive learning.”
While this is a radical idea, perhaps the single most innovative concept in the history of education, we have some news: It’s at least 100 years old. Italian physician Maria Montessori pioneered this novel approach to education—an education centered solely on the developmental needs of children. Her greatest insight? That everyone learns differently, and at their own pace. We’re natural learners, she said, born with an insatiable curiosity.
Now I understand that this is Google trying to sell a product. But really isn’t that exactly what we hear educational institutions say? If only it was easier, faster and of course cheaper. What I love is Google is taking on those challenges and is continuing to try and knock down the barriers of technology in the classroom. At some point educational institutions will run out of reasons not to fully integrate technology. The only reason that will be left is fear….and fear is no way to run a school.
Google Play Store for Education
Two things here that make this a game changer:
1) The easy of use to volume purchase an app for a school/district or classroom.
Honestly this to me was the biggest announcement of the three hour keynote. One of the big things I focus on in all my talks is how search is THE skill of our time. If there is one thing that everyone should know how to do today it is to know how to search. Not “find stuff” but really search the web for meaningful information. What they showed of course is pretty basic but this is just the beginning for sure. This is going to be a game changer.
I keep thinking about this and how does this change everything about education? An education system that was built over a hundred years ago on the premise of “Just in Case”? If we can literally learn anything “On Demand” then education has to change. It can not survive a world where there is no “Just in Case”. We need new skills, we need new knowledge. We need to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn quickly and we need to be comfortable always being a beginner.
What are your thoughts? What does school look like if we are preparing an “On Demand Generation” for their future?
I thought, cool, I will be able to create amagazine for EdTech, Assessment, History, News, etc. It just so happens that at the time I was assigning my US History classes a long termproject. My goal in the project was to emphasize student voice and student choice. I really wanted them to engage in the process of research and explore methods of creation or presentation of their findings.
I decided to place students on research teams. They would have 4 or 5 students to be their project support system. The to connect them and give me an inroad to their progress the students are posting weekly to their project Blog and their teammates are responsible for commenting.
My dilemma was trying to figure out a way to efficiently check their Blogs and view the comments. It seemed like it was going to involve a lot of mouse clicks. Then I remembered the FlipBoard magazine.
I was able to make a magazine on Flipboard. Then using the Chrome Extension I opened each student Blog and added it to my newly created project magazine.
I have been reading, following comments, and commenting on my students' Blogs via Flipboard. They're all in one place I have quick access and the Flipboard app is very easy to use. I never anticipated that the Byrne post would make this class project so manageable for me. But boy has it.
If you incorporate student blogging or are thinking about it this is a great tool. If you shy away from student blogging because the logistics of accessing them and reading them seems daunting, try this method. My kids are writing some great reflections on their research, their progress, and maybe most importantly they're encouraging one another.
The MOOC Quality Project will ask 12 experts in 12 weeks for their best thinking on MOOCs and quality.
MOOCs represent the latest stage in the evolution of open educational resources. First was open access to course content, and then access to free online courses. Accredited institutions are now accepting MOOCs as well as free courses and experiential learning as partial credit toward a degree. The next disruptor will likely mark a tipping point: an entirely free online curriculum leading to a degree from an accredited institution.
MOOCs are moving from an early entrepreneurial stage into the reality of more and more educational institutions. Gaining participants, visibility and a growing community worldwide in many occasions the question rises to the surface: Are MOOCs the new model of online education for all? Are they fit to democratize education? and above all – what is a good quality MOOC?
Eine ständige Online-Präsenz, Social Media und Web 2.0 ermöglichen den Studierenden einen schnellen und zugleich unkomplizierten Zugang zu Fakten und Informationen. Dieser Aspekt verändert die Lernkultur. Das Lehren und Lernen unter diesem Fokus neu zu verstehen und zum zweckmäßigen Einsatz digitaler Medien mit einer kreativitätsfördernden Didaktik zu reagieren, ist unerlässlich. Lehr-/Lernszenarien mit digitalen Medien unterstützen ein orts- und zeitungebundenes, an das Lerntempo des Einzelnen angepasstes Lernen. Jedoch reicht Technik allein nicht aus. Eine gute Lehre braucht ein sinnvolles didaktisches Design. Im Vordergrund steht die Frage: wie kann Lernen ermöglicht und mit digitalen Medien unterstützt sowie eine geeignete Lernumgebung geschaffen werden.
CBTec, the e-learning startup founded by ex-Nokians and members of the now defunct MeeGo team, has released an Android app for its Eliademy MOOC platform that's also compatible with the widely used open source VLE Moodle.
"Can ICT redefine the way we learn in the Networked Society? Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share in whole new ways. This dynamic shift in mindset is creating profound change throughout our society. The Future of Learning looks at one part of that change, the potential to redefine how we learn and educate. Watch as we talk with world renowned experts and educators about its potential to shift away from traditional methods of learning based on memorization and repetition to more holistic approaches that focus on individual students' needs and self expression."
The first version of our new HTML5 Moodle Mobile app was recently released on Google Play (for Android) and Apple iTunes (for iOS)!
We’ve called it version 1.2 because the feature set is inherited from the deprecated iOS-only app “My Moodle” which reached version 1.1. Thanks to all the developers who’ve worked on delivering this version of the app: Juan Leyva, Jerome Mouneyrac, Barbara Ramiro and Josep Gifreu.
The new app has been designed as a platform with the following strengths:
It is secure
It can work offline
It makes some Moodle operations faster and more convenient
It will support notifications on all platforms (coming soon)
It can be branded by any Moodle site easily using CSS
It can be customised and expanded by an institution (the code is open source)
It is important to know that the app will never be able to support all the functions of Moodle, because Moodle is a huge fast-moving target and writing secure web services (which is how the app communicates to Moodle) takes a long time to do properly. This is a tradeoff that we had to make, and we know it may disappoint some users who want this app to do everything immediately!
Deeper Inspiration Getting to a deeper understanding of what drives you creatively means you have to have some way to get inspiration. In past posts, I mentioned reading a lot to get ideas and this...
So, what should a teacher use to mine new ideas and write the content at the same time. I suggest Storify, Learnist, and Edcanvas.
The three suggestions I gave all do the same thing and that is to curate content from the Web, create some kind of “board”, and share it with the world. Within the app, you search for content and then organize how you choose. Because you have control over what goes in and that you have to verify the content to make sure it’s what you want, the opportunity to create endless content for students and gain ideas for yourself is limitless.
You now have the ability to create custom point-based grading scales! These scales, as apposed to percentage-based scales, are perfect for assessing a student's level of mastery in relation to Common Core Standards, State Standards, and learning outcomes.
To create a point-based grading scale:
Go to the Grade Setup area of your Gradebook.
Select the Add dropdown menu in the top right corner of your page and click Scale.
When your grading scale creator pops up, notice the toggle allowing you to switch between percentage and point-based scales marked by the red circle below.