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Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads

Chromebooks Gain Ground In The Education Market; But A Majority of Educators Still Prefer iPads | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Schools around the world are trading in desktop PCs for tablets, netbooks and increasingly Chromebooks, especially in the United States, new research shows.

 

The unexpected popularity of Chromebooks, which were dismissed when they first came out as stripped-down machines with limited appeal, is a challenge for Apple." from source: http://www.forbes.com/

 

See followup Article too:
"Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs" http://onforb.es/13A4O1B

 

#chromebooks #ipad #eLearning #education #OLPC #Training #Cloud

ghbrett's insight:

These two articles are interesting arguments for the Chromebook. I think the Chromebook in features resembles a portable dumb terminal (e.g. VT100) with a graphical user interface. The fact that all apps and content are stored remotely in the Cloud or on a Mainframe means that students are loggin on remotely not locally. This permits multiple students to share the same unit without surrendering control of their data / content. Also, the IT manager in cooperation with the curriculum specialist (e.g., Teacher, Trainer, etc..) can arrange a set of apps and storage space online. Another result of this approach is that students should be able to access their classwork and assignments offline from home or other sites such as public library PC's. Although their comment about iPad related to no key board, I wonder how much the inability to run Flash or Java is part of the problem.

 

Although the initial article is brief, it serves as a good starting point which gives six examples why the educators are switching to Chromebooks. It's good food for thought as we continue to move into the Cloud (e.g., Mainframe like enviornments.)

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"These aren’t single tools to “try,” but news ways to think about how learners access media, how educators define success, and what the roles of immense digital communities should be in popularizing new learning models." from: source: http://www.teachthought.com/


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This is a good article about shifts from traditional modes of learning and training to come in line with emerging trends in teaching and training. It presents a wholistic concept for how a teacher can combine analog and digital processes and concetps to ensure successful experiences for the learner.

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Barbara Truman's curator insight, February 28, 2013 8:12 AM

Many of these principles apply to cross-generational learning that can take place all the time, everywhere if we figure out how to make it so. 

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"With YouTube, Wikipedia, search engines, free chatrooms, blogs, wikis, and video communication, today’s self-learners have power never dreamed-of before. What does any group of self-learners need to know in order to self-organize learning about any topic? The Peeragogy Handbook is a volunteer-created and maintained resource for bootstrapping peer learning.

This project seeks to empower the worldwide population of self-motivated learners who use digital media to connect with each other, to co-construct knowledge of how to co-learn. Co-learning is ancient; the capacity for learning by imitation and more, to teach others what we know, is the essence of human culture. We are human because we learn together. Today, however, the advent of digital production media and distribution/communication networks has raised the power of co-learning to a new level." -- from the source: http://peeragogy.org/
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ghbrett's curator insight, December 14, 2012 3:02 PM

  This project / living document for co-eLearning will be a site worth participating in or a the least reading periodically. Howard Rheingold, under the "Resources" section has a post about "How to use this Handbook" at http://peeragogy.org/how-to-use-this-handbook/ ;  So be sure to check this out. BTW there is an initial YouTube! video clip by Howard introducing Peeragogy at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDuSpOUtyJE   

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7 tips for a Game-Based Learning success

7 tips for a Game-Based Learning success | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
Are you thinking of using games as a new way to develop eLearning content? Are you thinking of applying the theory of gaming in eLearning but you do not know how to?

 

... The use of games with learning purposes is not new. Perhaps one of the most remarkable and significant person on this issue is Jean Piaget and his Constructivism approach. According to this, learning is an active process where the learner takes part of it since he builds up new ideas based upon current or past knowledge." from the source:

 http://elearningindustry.com/subjects/concepts/item/398-7-tips-game-based-learning


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Can schools survive in the age of the web?

Can schools survive in the age of the web? | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Online, the global appetite for learning is becoming a powerful force. As the author and digital guru Clay Shirky put it in a widely-debated recent blog post, education is being disrupted by “a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible.”

  The web itself is old news, as are the brute facts of online information‘s dominance; we’ve had Wikipedia for over a decade. What’s new is the increasingly trusting eyes we turn towards online media for something more fundamental: the skills, knowledge and instruction required to thrive in the modern world.

  “The possibility MOOCs hold out isn’t replacement,” Shirky observes. Rather, it’s that “education can be unbundled.” Much like many other fields – from broadcasting and newspapers to games and shopping – technology promises not so much to replace older institutions as to break up the packages they once offered, providing particular parts of them at a scale and cost unmatchable by the old order.
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  For those who don’t realise this – and soon – the future of education is likely to prove an uncomfortable place." - from the source: http://www.bbc.com/

 

NOTE: This is a very interesting article from BBC.com about eLearning and it's impact on traditional educational and training methodologies. There are a number of useful citations beyond just Mr. Shirky's insights. This is a worth while reading.

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The Content Grid v2 [Infographic] | Eloqua Blog

The Content Grid v2 [Infographic] | Eloqua Blog | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The Content Grid v2 picks up where its predecessor left off. Intact is the prescriptive connection between content type and distribution channel. New is the perspective of the buyer, a multi-stage purchase funnel, and a comprehensive collection of KPIs (like they say, “What isn’t measured, isn’t purchased.”). Although v2 contains significantly more information than the original, the new design is infinitely more simple. This achievement is a tribute to the unrivaled design team at JESS3 – and the clarity of client/agency communication that comes only with time and trust." -- from the Source.

 

http://media.eloqua.com/images/The-Content-Grid-v2.jpg

 

NOTE: While this infographic is focused on marketing, it can also be applied to the timeline of developing courseware as well. 

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Rebooting the Academy: Tim McCormick, Jeffrey Young: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

"Table of Contents for: Rebooting the Academy 12 Tech Innovators Who Are Transforming Campuses
Introduction - Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education
1. Salman Khan, Khan Academy
Profile: An Outsider Calls for a Teaching Revolution
Essay: YouTube U. Beats YouSnooze U.
2. Daniel J. Cohen, George Mason University
Profile: A Digital Humanist Puts New Tools in the Hands of Scholars
Essay: Is Google Good for History?
3. François Grey, Tsinghua University
Profile: One Researcher's Solution to the Data Deluge: Enlist `Citizen Scientists'
Essay: Opening Up Science, One Lab at a Time
4. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association
Profile: An Academic Hopes to Take the MLA Into the Social Web
Essay: Networking the Field
5. Bradley C. Wheeler, Indiana U.
Profile: A Business Professor Turned CIO Practices What He Teaches
Essay: Fixing the High Price of Textbooks
6. Robert W. Mendenhall Western Governors U.
Profile: A President Brings a Revolutionary University to Prominence
Essay: Using Technology to Build a New Kind of University
7. Jim Groom, U. of Mary Washington
Profile: Self-Described `EduPunk' Says Colleges Should Abandon Course-Management Systems
Essay: Innovation As a Communal Act
8. Adrian Sannier, Pearson
Profile: Software Evangelist Wants to Put Learning-Management Software in the Cloud
Essay: Education's Digital Shift: If Not Now, When?
9. Burck Smith, StraighterLine
Profile: Entrepreneur Finds a Way to Offer Credited Courses on the Cheap
Essay: Disrupting College: Lessons from iTunes
10. Candace Thille, Carnegie Mellon U.
Profile: Treating Higher Ed's `Cost Disease' With Supersize Online Courses
Essay: Changing the Production Function in Higher Education
11. Laura Czerniewicz, U. of Cape Town
Profile: Technology Director Turns Cellphones Into Classrooms
Essay: Educational Technology for Equity
12: John P. Wilkin, U. of Michigan
Profile: Grounding Tomorrow's Digital Library in Traditional Values
Essay: The Past, Present, and Future of the HathiTrust Digital Library
Acknowledgements
About the Editors" - Source
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Language Labs - Contextual Thesaurus

Language Labs - Contextual Thesaurus | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"This is a prototype Contextual Thesaurus developed by Microsoft Research. Actually, it’s quite a bit more than that: it’s an English-to-English machine translation system that employs the same architecture that the Microsoft Translator uses when translating different languages. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first large-scale paraphrasing system anywhere." - FAQ from source

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Lessons for digital natives

Lessons for digital natives | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
Digitally 'native' children are not digitally 'literate' - they just accept digital technologies as part of their everyday lives, argues ICT teacher Tristan Ashman. So how, he asks, can teachers meet pupils' expectations?
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Record & Share your Ideas | Present.me

Record & Share your Ideas | Present.me | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Enhance learning with Present.me by providing not just a friendly face, but some great content to go with it. As a teacher, you can use our product for the 'flipped classroom' model to give a recorded lesson on Present.me, which students can then watch in their own time, over and over again if they so desire.

 

This leaves you extra time in class for more interactive work. Or why not submit a Present.me to students after a class to help reinforce a key point or idea?" from source: https://present.me/

ghbrett's insight:

"Present.me is a really easy way to record and share your presentations using your webcam." Present.me is a new service. It is a premium type. The FREE version is limited and then there are scales based on monthly fees. All in all it looks like a pretty interesting idea. 

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IVMOOC: Information Visualization

IVMOOC: Information Visualization | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

This course provides an overview about the state of the art in information visualization. It teaches the process of producing effective visualizations that take the needs of users into account.


Among other topics, the course covers:
> Data analysis algorithms that enable extraction of patterns and trends in data
> Major temporal, geospatial, topical, and network visualization techniques
> Discussions of systems that drive research and development.

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ghbrett's curator insight, January 15, 2013 2:57 PM

This course begins next week, but looks to be an interesting overview of Information Visualization and how it can be found and utilized for research, education, and training. It should prove to be worth the time to participate.

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The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis

The Human Algorithm: Redefining the Value of Data - Brian Solis | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"... The human algorithm is part understanding and part communication. The ability to communicate and apply insights internally and externally is the key to unlocking opportunities to earn relevance. Beyond research, beyond intelligence, the human algorithm is a function of extracting insights with intention, humanizing trends ad possibilities and working with strategists to improve and innovate everything from processes to products to overall experiences.

The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning."
- from the source: http://www.briansolis.com
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NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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ghbrett's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:26 AM

NOTE: This article is in parallel with the increasing number of citations about the need and development of curation in the digital environment by people. This means that while computers can gather, mine, sort, and roughly analyze Big Data, there still is a need for a human interface / filter. These people are necessary not only for research or corporate environments, but also libraries, instructional design, and assessment analytics of eLearning ecosystems.

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Professor Seymour Papert

Professor Seymour Papert | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Today Papert is considered the world's foremost expert on how technology can provide new ways to learn. He has carried out educational projects on every continent, some of them in remote villages in developing countries. He is a participant in developing the most influential cutting-edge opportunities for children to participate in the digital world. He serves on the advisory boards for MaMaMedia Inc. (whose founder, Idit Harel, was once a doctoral student of his at MIT) and of the LEGO Mindstorms product line (which was named after Papert's seminal book Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas).

 

Papert lives in Maine, where he has founded a small laboratory called the Learning Barn to develop methods of learning that are too far ahead of the times for large-scale implementation. He has been named distinguished professor by the University of Maine and is credited with inspiring the first initiative aimed at giving a personal computer to every student of a state. He spends a large part of his time working in the Maine Youth Center in Portland, the state's facility for teenagers convicted of serious offenses.

 

Papert's contributions go beyond the field of education. He is a mathematician and is a cofounder with Marvin Minsky of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT and a founding faculty member of the MIT Media Lab, where he continues to work. Papert collaborated for many years with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva in Switzerland." - from source http://www.papert.org/

 

NOTE: Recent article stated that re-reading "Mindstorms" after some two decades in education caused a revelation and a shift in his teaching. Once again, a timeless book of ideas and philosophy that we can still learn from. Worth Reading.

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The Secret to Highly Effective eLearning - Interactyx Ltd.

The Secret to Highly Effective eLearning - Interactyx Ltd. | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The landscape of training has changed and continues to evolve. As new methods for delivering information become available, the way we design training must continually be analyzed. It is up to the designers of these lessons to keep pace with not only the technology, but the learners’ needs as well. And as more people are exposed to eLearning and online training, it will become increasingly clear just what a difference a great training system can make." from the source: http://interactyx.com/

 

NOTE: This article presents five reasons or secrets of eLearning and Learning Management Systems (LMS's). This is a blog entry from Interactyx Ltd. which is the publisher of a commercial Learning Management System, TOPYX social LMS. While commercial this article can prove useful in understanding better the value of LMS's.

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K12 | Online Public School, Online High School, Online Private School, Homeschooling, and Online Courses options

K12 | Online Public School, Online High School, Online Private School, Homeschooling, and Online Courses options | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
K12 is the number one choice in K-12 online education programs in America. K12 is the trusted provider of online learning for many tuition-free, virtual public schools, as well as homeschooling. Take charge of your child’s education with K12.
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Learning with social technologies: Workplace learner experiences of wiki and blog and perceptions of PLE

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As social technology use is increasing in e-learning, so is the need to complement theoretical work with studies of learner experiences of the new dynamics of e-learning to guide this development. We studied how 15 learners experienced social media tools in a long continuous professional development (CPD) pilot training tailored for a large insurance company. While the training included some contact lectures, it was mainly conducted through blog, wiki, chat, and discussion forum tools. As we have already discussed forum and chat use in another paper on a shorter CPD training (with 40 learners) and this study confirmed the results, we focus here on learner experiences of wiki and blog.
While the wiki process was widely misunderstood, wiki and blog experiences organically led learners to consider their uses as a personal learning environment.

As to blog, the learners who saw it as a tool for self-reflection perceived it positively while others did not, underlining that the benefits and goals of using social tools need to be explicated. Furthermore, social learning process needs to be designed and maintained, as busy workplace learners tend to focus on fulfilling requirements. Simply adding social technology does not necessarily lead to social e-learning.


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Neli Maria Mengalli's comment, July 30, 2012 11:16 AM
Paulo, depois envia o link... Grata,
Paulo Simões's comment, July 30, 2012 11:39 AM
Updated with link.
Thanks, Neli.
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University of Minnesota releases e-book about academic technology | Inside Higher Ed

University of Minnesota releases e-book about academic technology | Inside Higher Ed | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The (E-book) addresses four overarching topics -- ideas for transforming teaching methods, solutions to specific classroom problems, examples of campus leaders providing direction and support for these efforts, and ways the university is spreading its innovation off campus" - from Source

 

NOTE: there is a link to the PDF version of the E-Book in the article. It is worth reading

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 21st century pedagogy teachers should be aware of

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 21st century pedagogy teachers should be aware of | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Practical tips and tutorials about using web2.0 tools and mobile apps in education .The best free web, adnroid, smartphone,iPhone, and samsung applications to help you better enhance your mobile learning."


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