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IncitED -a crowdfunding community designed for educators

IncitED -a crowdfunding community designed for educators | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"To incite important educational initiatives and innovations that benefit learners and their communities around the world. We want to provide a powerful and intuitive platform where educators can:
> Fund worthwhile projects
> Find, share, and replicate effective practices
> Collaborate and inspire one another

 

We aim to do this by simplifying the process of contributing to excellent projects worldwide for all who share the goal of bettering education."

 

from source:  - http://incited.org/

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It's great to see a crowdfunding (crowdsource funding) site for Education! Have a look and see if your education or training activities might benefit from such funding or at least the exposure to this community online.

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OER Training Toolkit

OER Training Toolkit | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
This web site is designed to support a self-directed, activity-based approach to understanding how open education resources (OER) can be used to support teaching and learning in open and distance learning contexts.

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TED Prize Winner: The School In the Cloud

TED Prize Winner: The School In the Cloud | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Education has been a growing theme at TED. It's one that seems to strongly resonate across the community, from techies to creatives to entrepreneurs to big business C.E.O.'s. One idea that is gaining popularity is around the notion that education has to encourage and reinforce kids' natural curiosity. Unfortunately, conventional education does a very efficient job of beating kids' natural curiosity out of them. This year's TED prize winner, Dr. Sugata Mitra—the first to step up to $1 million in prize money—tackles this issue head on.

 

Dr. Mitra, an educational researcher and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), wishes to design the School in the Cloud—a learning lab in India, based on his vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE). The school draws inspiration from Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments, in which he observed children both learning and teaching on their own and without any guidance or intervention." from source: http://www.linkedin.com

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There is not much I can say, but Congratulations to Dr. Mitra and WAKE UP America!  Many of you all who are reading this already know the value of Dr. Mitra's work, if only indirectly by using similar techniques and technologies yourselves. It is becoming critical that administrators, as well as local, state, and federal education agencies and personnel better understand what they must do to preserve an nation of life long learners. 

 

Thank you T.E.D. administrators, staff, and community for bringing this to the attention of your world wide community. Dr. Mitra well deserves this award.

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Chromebook Trial: Open Badges Tinkering


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Social Media applications have been using badges as recognition and awards for some time now. Lately the location based application like FourSquare have been more aggressive. This reviewer can see how open online courseware could adopt Badges as interim solutions to awarding grades or certificates until there is a more rational accreditation process. Or perhaps, the badges will build enough street cred that we won't need to parchment or sheep skin to prove our worth. 

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DML Competition's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:25 AM

Bit if a tangent for this post, but as Open Badges aren't well catered for in Google Apps and I have had to explore workarounds for Chromebooks, relevant!

I'm attending an Open Badges meetup in London next week to talk about recognising the skills of digital leaders.  I'm really excited to have been invited because as a Trust we really want to develop and enhance the role of digital leaders and have them link between academies and work together.  I'm also looking forward to it because much as I love the idea of Open Badges, I find the published info and material a bit of a labyrinth of technical geekery and frankly I haven't had time to decode it.

I got my head around storing badges and publishing them after some mucking about over Christmas - if you use beta.openbadges.org it isn't difficult to open an account there (using your Google ID perhaps) and have a place to receive and share your badges.  This is my current crop of awards - not too impressive I'm afraid!

I've added a link to my backpack to my email signature to use at Eastfield and The Arbours which seems to be a nice and simple way to display them although it would be way, way more fun to have the row of badges at the bottom much like many school letterheads became....

AAEEBL's curator insight, January 20, 2013 10:50 PM

Badging is an interesting area for creating evidence, credentialing, and recognizing learning. 

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California Passes Nation’s First Open Source Textbook Legislation

California Passes Nation’s First Open Source Textbook Legislation | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Only a signature away, Governor Jerry Brown will have an opportunity to lower the cost of college textbooks by creating the nation’s first free open source digital library for college students and faculty.

 

Friday, the California State Senate unanimously passed the first of its kind open educational resource digital library, or (OER), offering students free access to textbooks in the most commonly taken lower-division courses at public postsecondary institutions." - from the Source


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Wikipatterns - Wiki Patterns

Wikipatterns - Wiki Patterns | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Looking to spur wiki adoption? Want to grow from 10 users to 100, or 1000? Applying patterns that help coordinate people's efforts and guide the growth of content, and recognizing anti-patterns that might hinder growth - can give your wiki the greatest chance of success.

 

Wikipatterns.com is a toolbox of patterns & anti-patterns, and a guide to the stages of wiki adoption. It's also a wiki, which means you can help build the information based on your experiences! Beyond this site, there are many other additional resources." from source: - http://www.wikipatterns.com/

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:31 PM

This is a good source of information about the use of Wikis in general. The two targets are People and Adoption. The site presents the positive aspects as well as barriers or negative aspects of Wikis. A reader or person interested in developing online communities would gain from viewing some of these patterns as useful for other instructional design, social media, online communities, communities of practice,  or online media in organizations.

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Sophistry Blog: From OER to cMOOC to github: A proposal for Open Education

Sophistry Blog: From OER to cMOOC to github: A proposal for Open Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

I have been a learning technologist for 10 years and in that time I have seen at least 3 VLE silos being emptied or recycled or replaced. Change is inevitable when it comes to technology, for sure, but is this the type of change we want, especially as we interact with different learning systems as we continue our professional development.


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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:34 AM

This is an insightful post and one worth consideration as well as discussion. Why not post a comment?

Mark Smithers's curator insight, April 30, 2013 8:01 PM

Worth following up.

tami neuthal 's curator insight, May 1, 2013 2:48 AM

למי שקצת מתעניין באוצרות מתקדמת: איך משמרים תוכנות, קטעי קוד, "שיחות" שלמות ותהליכי פיתוח של משאבים לימודיים כדי לאפשר שימוש חוזר או שימוש ועיבוד מחדש. הצעה מעניינת ברוח "מרכזיות הקוד" של המתכנתים בקוד פתוח.

זה נושא מדובר מאוד כבר עשור שלם בהמשך לתנועת השימוש ב-OER (משאבי למידה פתוחים) . הכותב מציע להתיחס גם לשיח המשתמשים ולדיוים הלימודיים והמשאבים הנגזרים מאותם משאבים פתוחים כ"משאבים דיגיטליים" שיש לשמר ולאפשר לכלל הציבור לגשת אליהם ולהשתמש בהם.

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How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
Aggregation, curation, creation: A step-by-step guide to creating your own textbook -- and involving your students along the way. 

 

"Apple’s iBooks2 and authoring app has created big waves in education circles. But smart educators don’t necessarily need Apple’s slick devices and software to create their own books. How educators think of content curation in the classroom is enough to change their reliance on print textbooks.

 

As the open education movement continues to grow and become an even more rich trove of resources, teachers can use the content to make their own interactive textbooks. It might seem daunting, but the availability of quality materials online and the power of tapping into personal learning networks should make it easier.

 

Here’s how to create a digital textbook and strategies for involving the students in its development in three steps." -- from source: http://blogs.kqed.org/

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A short but useful article / cook book on creating eTextBooks for Apple iBooks. The author cites 3 categories, includes a useful chart and closes with links to related & useful sites. A worth while read.

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Floe -- Flexible Learning for Open Education

Floe -- Flexible Learning for Open Education | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Paving the way toward inclusive Open Education Resources


Learners learn best when the experience is personalized to individual needs. OER is an ideal learning environment to meet the diverse needs of learners, including learners with disabilities. The Floe (Flexible Learning for Open Education) Project supports the OER community in providing a sustainable, integrated approach to accessible learning, addressing the needs of learners who currently face barriers." from: http://www.floeproject.org/

NOTE: The FLOE project is one of a growing number of projects addressing the needs of varied learners. It will work to remove the barriers that keep open educational resources from diverse learners. Also, it will give those who teach these students better tools to improve the learning experience.

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