Today we are extraordinarily pleased to announce Wikispaces Classroom to the world.
Wikispaces Classroom is a brand new product from the Wikispaces team entirely and exclusively for teachers and students.
Over the years we’ve distilled what we believe and do into one simple thing: help teachers help students. And Wikispaces Classroom is our attempt to take that to the next level.
When we ask ourselves, our users, and our customers, what we can do to better help teachers help their students, the message always comes down to three things: Keep it simple. Help teachers and students engage deeply. Help teachers improve student outcomes. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Simplicity. Wikispaces was built to help people work together. All kinds of people, in all kinds of contexts. Over the years we made it easier and easier for teachers and students to use Wikispaces but there were always parts of Wikispaces that weren’t designed for the classroom and frankly, got in the way. In Wikispaces Classroom, all that is gone. It’s streamlined and focused, it puts everything you need to manage your classroom right up front, and it gets everything you don’t need right out of the way.
Learn about Education Datbase Online and the features available to discover online and campus schools in your field of interest.
Education Database Online is a comprehensive resource designed to help current and prospective students learn about the many educational opportunities and higher degree programs available within the United States.
" Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day but teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime " this quip summarizes the essence of education and learning. Teach students how to learn and they will...
Over the past two weeks, we've looked at Filtering: A Challenge and Responsibility for Learning Professionals, and Curation: A Core Competency for Learning Professionals.
So what does this all mean to a learning and performance professional? How will what we do look differently when we add curation to our skill sets? Consider these examples:
Social media usage continues to rise as a means for supporting social learning. Learning and performance professionals will need to be a part of the communities that emerge, possibly even serving as community managers. Technology could be used to analyze the sharing going on and spot potential trends (as a simplified example, consider a word cloud). As a curator, learning and performance professionals would seek out these themes and trends and elevate them to higher visibility across the entire organization.
In a world where anyone can create content, our need to create content to address a learning and performance need is dramatically reduced. Learning and performance professionals would function as curators of content, connecting workers with existing resources both internally and externally that support performance.
The definition of 'course' will likely change in the future. Currently course content is constrained and controlled, usually behind an LMS portal login. Courses are becoming increasingly open, allowing learners and workers to find and reference their own resources.Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) are a step in this direction. In this open format, learning professionals can help curate the shared resources, highlighting those that resonate best with the objectives of the program.
Curation is here, and it's already having an impact on the learning and performance profession. The technology is readily available to bring curation into organizations, and many forward-thinking organizations are already using it to their advantage. If you aren't already enhancing your learning and performance strategies via curation, you should be enhancing your awareness and skill sets in this area. It isn't so much a matter of 'If' your learning and performance programs will be impacted by curation; it's a matter of 'When'.
The only question is: Will you be ready to support it?
Who Owns Your Education Data?(and Why Does It Matter?) Audrey Watters @audreywatters #ETMOOC
I have given a number of talks lately on this topic: who owns education data? (And will give a couple more next week -- on a panel at SXSWedu and then, a related but expanded version as a keynote at WebWise.)
I'm not sure why the topic has resonated so deeply with me lately -- perhaps it's all the talk outside the ed-tech sector about the promises of big data; perhaps it's the metaphor of mining vis-a-vis data mining; perhaps it's this new obsession with becoming "data-driven" that I hear politicians posit for schools and students (and thus all the ed-tech products that follow suit); perhaps it's that I am both intrigued and concerned by the emerging field of learning analytics; perhaps it's because I continue to be frustrated by our lack of attention to terms of service and to control of our content (which is data); perhaps it's that I struggle with thinking through exactly how to navigate the personal and the public demands for sharing education data.
Anyway, last night I facilitated a session as part of ETMOOC, a MOOC about education technology and media, organized by Alec Couros. Here's a link to the webinar recording and a link to my slides, along with the wonderful visual notes taken by the even-more-wonderful Giulia Forsythe.
This video is an edited version of the official video, without the intro and the audience discussion. You can also watch this video with some pretty fancy slideshow overlays here. Thanks to Donald and the team at LTUK for making this video available to me!
Topics covered include the future of Social-Local-Mobile learning, new technologies that impact learning and training, the future of universities and institutions, new definitions of Learning… and much more. You can download the slides here, or just go to www.gerdcloud.com (my dropbox shared folder) to download it and many other presos and my free books. Enjoy.
"Education technology has changed what’s possible in learning. No longer are students confined to desks, textbooks, or even classrooms or schools. Today, a student has at least the potential for access to apps, an incredible catalogue of videos, podcasts, learning simulations, digital communities and so much more, all through a simple internet connection. The following 7 educational technology platforms are good representatives of some of these changes, and the chart above is a snapshot of how exactly they’ve changed what’s possible in learning, from new sources of data to the potential for a global audience."
This probably sounds familiar: You are with a group of friends arguing about some piece of trivia or historical fact. Someone says, “Wait, let me look this up on Wikipedia,” and proceeds to read the information out loud to the whole group, thus resolving the argument. Don’t dismiss this as a trivial occasion. It represents a learning moment, or more precisely, a microlearning moment, and it foreshadows a much larger transformation--to what I call socialstructed learning.
Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards. The microlearning moment may last a few minutes, hours, or days (if you are absorbed in reading something, tinkering with something, or listening to something from which you just can’t walk away). Socialstructed learning may be the future, but the foundations of this kind of education lie far in the past. Leading philosophers of education--from Socrates to Plutarch, Rousseau to Dewey--talked about many of these ideals centuries ago. Today, we have a host of tools to make their vision reality.
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"A curator (from Latin: cura meaning "care") is a manager or overseer [educator] of a collection [e-resources], traditionally a museum or gallery and is a content specialist responsible for an inst...
Principles for effective E-learning design using the Constructivist Theory
A successful e e-learning course is most effective when developed using a course design model, and with consideration of principles of a given learning theory, such as the constructivist theory (core principles below).
Emphasize the affective domain, make instruction relevant to the learner, help learners develop attitudes and beliefs that will support both present learning and lifelong learning, and balance teacher-control with personal autonomy in the learning environment.
Provide contexts for both autonomous learning and learning within relationships to other students. Group discussion, projects, collaboration as well as independent.
Provide reasons for learning within the learning activities themselves. Have students identify relevance and purpose.
Use the strategic exploration of errors to strengthen the learners involvement with intentional learning processes and self-feedback.
I look forward to the evolution of ‘educator as curator’, and constructivist – I am sure there will be more to come. Keep Learning
"A study by Di Xu and Shanna Smith Jaggars... finds that students perform worse in online courses than they do in traditional ones... The authors looked at the results of more than 40,000 students and their results in nearly 500,000 courses and found that those enrolled in online courses were more likely to drop out or fail compared to their peers taking classes face-to-face with the instructor... Males, Black students, younger kids and those who already had lower grade-point-average had the widest gap between their performance in online courses and those taught in a typical classroom."
Today, Electronic Arts announced that it is currently developing SimCityEDU, an online educational game based on the latest reboot of the company's popular SimCity franchise. Created in a partnership with GlassLabs, SimCityEDU is intended to be a learning tool for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and the game's curriculum will conform with US Common Core Standards. According to EA, teachers will be able to design and share lesson plans for the game online, and students will use the tool to learn important lessons in city planning, environmentalism, and social-economics as their Sims suffer or flourish based on their actions. EA has not yet announced a release date for the new educational platform, but it will likely hit classrooms after SimCity's highly-anticipted March 5th launch.
Students today learn through groups most of which are virtual. They learn and share what they know through social media.Simply put: they network to learn. As teachers and educators we need to help them thrive in these new learning environments and this can not be done unless we ourselves know and appreciate the concept of networked learning.
To shed some light on this concept, I am sharing with you one of the most popular videos done in this regard and I am also introducing you to a great graphic on connected learning . Check them below and let us know what you think of them. Enjoy
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.