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Daphne Koller, the AI Researcher Who Founded Coursera | MIT Technology Review

Daphne Koller, the AI Researcher Who Founded Coursera | MIT Technology Review | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

Experts in artificial intelligence are leaving academia to bring online learning to the world. But their most radical ideas are still on hold.

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“We saw the opportunity and the technology and had the ability to leverage it,” says Koller. But putting classes online is only part of what the AI researchers intend with MOOCs. By following the progress of millions of students online, it may be possible to develop new insights into how people learn and tailor classes on an individual level. “What we have here is an unprecedented level of detail and scale of data,” she says.

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Like its technology, Coursera’s business model is a work in progress. One idea considered has been a job board to connect employers to students who have taken specific Coursera classes. Another is to charge students who want to earn an official credit. In November, Antioch University in Los Angeles said it would begin letting its students take two Coursera classes for credit, splitting the modest revenues with the company.

Classes on the site are still of uneven technical quality. A course on Greek and Roman mythology is little more than a talking professor green-screened against bullet points and pictures of temples. But Koller believes this is just the beginning. By collecting an unprecedented amount of data about how students are learning, and analyzing it automatically in real time, educators could realize their dreams of personalized education at a large scale. “The goal is to design personalization, and to identify where someone is struggling and what might be helpful to them,” she says.

Some of Koller’s own academic research, published this February, illustrates how this might work. She and several collaborators applied machine-learning techniques to study an introductory programming class. The researchers created mathematical descriptions of the students themselves, looking for models that would explain their advances and setbacks. One discovery: success in the course was predicted by a student’s approach to solving the first assignments, not by right or wrong answers.

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Open Source: Google stellt E-Learning-Plattform vor

Open Source: Google stellt E-Learning-Plattform vor | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
Mit Oppia hat Google ein quelloffenes E-Learning-Tool vorgestellt. Die dazugehörige Plattform kann ohne Programmierkenntnisse zum Erstellen eigener Lerninhalte genutzt werden.
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Seymour Papert's Mindstorms: Relevant, Thoughtful, an Essential Read for Educators

Seymour Papert's Mindstorms: Relevant, Thoughtful, an Essential Read for Educators | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas by Seymour Papert is a brilliant book. It’s as relevant today as it was when first published in 1980. Its applications to learning and teaching in...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:32 PM

Reading this book as a young man changed my life as a teacher.  I took to Papert's ideas and was soon teaching LOGO to 5th graders. Later I started a summer time school for kids in a storefront at Lake Tahoe.  Great memories.


Papert's work is every bit as fresh now as it was in the 1980's.  Check him out! 

jm gif's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:13 AM

o_o uou!

Margaret McKanna's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:30 PM

I am fascinated by Papert's perception of educators as anthropologists, "using dynamic cultural trends as a medium to carry educational interventions." How then will the face of education change within global communities? This intriguing book review, originally scooped by Dennis O'Connor, prompted me to order my own copy. I think the early insights expressed by Papert continue to shine light on teaching and learning in the 21st century.

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Everyday Math Apps - Free Nov. 4 - 8!

Everyday Math Apps - Free Nov. 4 - 8! | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
McGraw-Hill School Education is a content, software and services-based education company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions, which improve learning outcomes around the world.

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The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children [Infographic]

The Complete Visual Guide To Technology For Children [Infographic] | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
This handy visual guide explores technology use by young children. How much and what do they use, and is it appropriate?

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Paul's curator insight, October 13, 2013 6:16 AM

Great infographic - we always me to consider the human element when we integrate technology into the classroom.

AnnC's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:37 PM

Lots of great information addressing access to and use of technology by children!

Jonathan Climas's curator insight, October 13, 2013 5:16 PM

I love visuals! This works well to show how we can integrate technology with school and kids. 

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EAEA - A new publication on adult and continuing education by the European Commission

EAEA - A new publication on adult and continuing education by the European Commission | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
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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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Wikipedia tools

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Wikipedia tools | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:43 AM

Wikipedia, wikimedia are some of the handiest, more robust resources to the world.  Great to see the stats on it.  ~  Deb

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10 Smart Apps With Built-In Adaptive Learning Mechanics

10 Smart Apps With Built-In Adaptive Learning Mechanics | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
10 Smart Apps With Built-In Adaptive Learning Mechanics, by TeachThought.com
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Learning Analytics and Quantified Self at LASI13

Learning Analytics and Quantified Self at LASI13 | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

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 ..

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The single most innovative concept in education is at least 100 years old

The single most innovative concept in education is at least 100 years old | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

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.”

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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.

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DE: Qualilangues – LMOOC – Language Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

DE: MOOCs “Massiv Open Online Courses” sind zur Zeit der Trendsetter in der E-Learning-Szene. Kann man MOOCs auch fürs Fremdsprachenlernen nutzen? Wenn ja, wie?


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DE: Workshop zu diesem Thema demnächst in Deutschland

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Google I/O Reflection | The Thinking Stick

Google I/O Reflection | The Thinking Stick | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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A Changing Classroom: Flipboard and Student Blogging

A Changing Classroom: Flipboard and Student Blogging | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
I thought, cool, I will be able to create a magazine for EdTech, Assessment, History, News, etc.  It just so happens that at the time I was assigning my US History classes a long term project.  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.
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The MOOC Quality Project

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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?



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How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education

How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
The design team at Khan Academy is helping lay the foundation for a revolution in education.
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Wiki – Portal:E-Didaktik

Wiki – Portal:E-Didaktik | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

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.


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Wikipedia pilots articles via SMS

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Wikipedia begins piloting a service that sends articles via text message, primarily aimed at users in Africa.

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Francisco Jose Lopez Villa's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:07 AM

Wikipedia está implantando en África un servicio para enviar sus artículos via SMS. Como forma de acercar sus contenidos a las poblaciones sin acceso a internet, pero que si tienen telefonía móvil.

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Eliademy, The MOOC Founded By Ex-Nokians, Gets Android App To Benefit The Wider Moodle Community | TechCrunch

Eliademy, The MOOC Founded By Ex-Nokians, Gets Android App To Benefit The Wider Moodle Community | TechCrunch | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
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.
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The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson

The Future of Learning, Networked Society - Ericsson | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

"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."


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Jeroen Bottema's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:12 AM

"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."

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:34 AM

Maakt de ICT revolutie van ieder kind een Montessori leerling?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:51 AM

Context, as Gregory Bateson pointed out, is the important idea.

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Flipped Learning Network

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Flipped Learning Network Resource Page

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, August 25, 2013 9:05 AM

As the technology grows more availalbe, the Flipped Learning Model offers some very intersting potential related to :Bring Your Own Device.  While in the process of solving a problem, a student can access the content material on a tablet, school computer or the student's own smart phone, right there in class.  This keeps it fresh and present when needed.

Jordi Castells's curator insight, August 25, 2013 11:47 AM

A free online professional learning community for teachers interested in flipped classrooms.

Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, August 25, 2013 12:57 PM

Faculty frequently mention having interest in a flipped classroom. This resource may be helpful in determining how to apply the concept in one's own class.

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How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom - Edudemic

How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom - Edudemic | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
There hasn't been much of a place for Wikipedia in the classroom. But that could soon change after you check out these few learning tips!

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Stephen Downes June 15 2013 - #Connectivism, Online Learning and the #MOOC

Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC by Stephen Downes: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1233804-week-3-learning-teaching-online for the...

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5 Videos That Describe New Learning

5 Videos That Describe New Learning | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
These five videos help describe new learning, including project-based learning, game-based learning, and mobile learning.
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Moodle.org: Moodle Mobile apps now available!

Moodle.org: Moodle Mobile apps now available! | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it

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!

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Creative Curriculum: Deeper Inspiration using Storify, Learnist, and Edcanvas

Creative Curriculum: Deeper Inspiration using Storify, Learnist, and Edcanvas | Curating-Social-Learning | Scoop.it
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...

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So, what should a teacher use to mine new ideas and write the content at the same time. I suggest StorifyLearnist, 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.

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Point-Based Grading Scales

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:

  1. Go to the Grade Setup area of your Gradebook.
  2. Select the Add dropdown menu in the top right corner of your page and click Scale.
  3. 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.
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