Gone are the days when kids would get in trouble for passing notes in class. Today’s youngsters are much more sophisticated, technologically speaking, than those who grew up in the days of flip phones and CD players — let alone those whose only access to a phone growing up was a spin-dial one. This means there’s a lot more texting, tweeting, and Facebooking on smartphones in your average high school or college classroom than ever before.
Does this also mean that kids today are way more distracted by the bombardment of information reaching them via their tablets and iPhones? A new study out of the National Communication Association wanted to find out whether increased smartphone and social media use in class impacted student learning — and what they found was that it had both negative and positive effects.
In the study, researchers analyzed kids who were using phones in class to respond to text messages — both relevant and irrelevant to the class material. They measured the type of messages and the frequency of them, and found that students who were texting about the material actually scored higher on multiple choice tests about the subject than those who were texting about non-class related things.
his video highlights the differences between Moodle 2.6 and 2.8 and the usability improvements that were introduced in the newest release. The tour highlights the differences for the University of Minnesota but also gives a good sense of what a Moodle home page could look like with various new navigation elements, blocks, html areas and the standard Moodle blocks (like course overview).
Additionally the narrator shows how the myMoodle page can be customized and blocks can be moved around. The Course Overview block also is configured to display only those courses that are relevant to the student at a given time.
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""This video highlights the differences between Moodle 2.6 and 2.8 and the usability improvements that were introduced in the newest release. The tour highlights the differences for the University of Minnesota but also gives a good sense of what a Moodle home page could look like with various new navigation elements, blocks, html areas and the standard Moodle blocks (like course overview).
Additionally the narrator shows how the myMoodle page can be customized and blocks can be moved around. The Course Overview block also is configured to display only those courses that are relevant to the student at a given time."
Meg Tufano is co-Founder of SynaptIQ+ (think tank for social era knowledge) and leader of McDermott MultiMedia Group (an education consulting group focused on Google Apps EDU). We have been checking out Google Classroom – with her as the teacher and me … Continue reading →
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."
"Thomas Edison famously predicted in 1913 that "Books will soon be obsolete in schools" - but not because books were to be ground up by a knowledge mill. Rather, Edison believed that one of the technological inventions he was involved with and invested in - the motion picture - would displace both textbooks and teachers alike." :-)
"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.
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Adult and continuing education has the dual function of contributing to employability and economic growth, on the one hand, and responding to broader societal challenges, in particular promoting social cohesion, on the other.
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