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The Eight Principles of Connectivism (Visual)

The Eight Principles of Connectivism (Visual) | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
This infographic outlines the learning theory pioneered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 16, 7:39 PM

Have you wondered what connectivism is? This infographic, using information from Stephen Downes and George Siemens provides this definition for connectivism:

"...the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to connect and traverse those networks."

What are the 8 principles? They are listed below but you will find much more information in the infographic.

1. Learning and knowledge rest in a diversity of opinions

2. Learning is the process of connecting specialized nodes

3. Learning may reside in non-human appliances

4. Capacity to know is more important than what is currently known

5. Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning

6. The ability to define connections between concepts is important

7. Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities

8. Decision-making is a learning process as information can change and what is viewed as correct one day may be incorrect the next

The second part of this infographic focuses on What Does an Online Connectist Course Look Like?

There is much information to be found in this lengthy infographic. It also includes a list of works consulted.

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Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
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Storify: Popular curation platform tells stories with social media | Knight Digital Media Center

Storify: Popular curation platform tells stories with social media | Knight Digital Media Center | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
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Storify is a digital storytelling/curation tool that draws together web content to illustrate and tell a story. This site provides great insight into the way that the Storify tool is used in a number of contexts. The value is that social network data can be drawn in to provide contemporary commentary from across the web.

Storify can be used by our students to draw together the comments made on a Twit chat as an asynchronous interaction, and provide a range of perspectives on the opinions that were offered during the event.

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Meet Generation Z ~ sparks & honey

Meet Generation Z ~ sparks & honey | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

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sparks & honey produces regular reports tracking the pulse of trends throughout society. While primarily a public relations agency, their insights tend to be very current, impressive with regard to method, and uncommonly perceptive. This slide deck on the characteristics of Generation Z has much to interest educators.


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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, June 18, 9:25 AM

Agree, educators/decision makers need to be aware of the characteristics  of Gen Z to best serve educational needs.

Jennifer Gordon's curator insight, July 5, 11:34 PM

This is a fascinating look at my current students.  Some of these points are arguable; all are eye-opening.

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Scratch 4 OpenSim Tutorial - YouTube

This tutorial outlines how to create a simple 3D programmable object using OpenSim in conjunction with Scratch 4 OpenSim.

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Jan Eade's curator insight, March 2, 10:49 PM

A wonderful tutorial by Lucy Barrow (Avasari Buninyong in world) which clearly and simply demonstrates how to use "Scratch 4 OpenSim"

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
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This might put me out of business... but it will keep me learning!

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Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say

Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
A study of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain.
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Insight to follow --- I am pondering even simple applications such as peoples' preference for pen and paper brainstorming prior to online investigation... more to come...

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What Content Curation, Chunking Information and Micro-learning have in common?

What Content Curation, Chunking Information and Micro-learning have in common? | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
In this article I’ll present a framework that could help educators to make a shift from designing long, information based online courses to micro-learning, which is a result of content curation techniques and chunking information design strategy.

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Karen Barlow's curator insight, March 31, 6:15 AM

this is important - if, for no other reason than to get it right.  if your only going upload print based materials on the a network or into an LMS, then is what you are doing actually e-learning?

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 6, 2:01 AM

Within a busy clinical ward in a hospital environment, staff do not have time to undertake a 3 hour on-line course.  When management insist that we complete such course, most staff have to undertake such activities in their own time.

 

By introducing micro-learning sessions it will prepare staff for their yearly assessments in a more practical way.  Staff can click on the relevant link if they require more information on a certain area.  This will target your teaching more to enhancing the students knowledge and experience.

 

Micro-learning incorporates the following learning theories of constructivism and cognitivism.

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The MOOC of One - by Stephen Downes

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Stephen Downes presents some interesting ideas about autonomy, freedom and connected learning. Whilst he discusses the nature of MOOCs, there are messages for any online course. I will return to this. The concept of the blog post is the reality of the lived experience and context of the student. Singular. He discusses the actions of people creating their own learning communities and the tension between their engagement with these, and the formal course materials. He provides examples of participants requesting a clear and sequential road-map, who are unable to accept their own role in directing their learning through an assessment of their needs and goals.

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Graphic Organizers: A Review of Scientifically Based Research

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I found this to be quite an interesting piece of research, detailing powerful findings about the efficacy of using graphic organizers. Followers of  Robert Marzano or David Hyerle, and other proponents of using GOs, will not be surprised by this, of course.

 

This study was commissioned by Inspiration, publishers of Inspiration and Kidspiration software -- two early favorites of mine. Although published in 2003, this work is useful, I think,  because it gathers together results from a rather large number of studies that meet the USDOE's requirements for being scientifically based (29).

 

In my opinion, educators looking for ways to boost student achievement, as assessed using formative or summative measures, would do very well to pay close attention to the effective use of GOs.


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How To Be An Effective Content Curator: A Resources Guidemap from #DCurate MOOC

How To Be An Effective Content Curator: A Resources Guidemap from #DCurate MOOC | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

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Paula Silva's curator insight, March 3, 11:34 PM

A useful source for content curation.

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 4, 12:37 AM

Curate and scoop it- this one shows you how to curate  effectively

Christoph Meier's curator insight, March 11, 9:38 AM
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Here's a valuable resource on content curation, "distilled" by the students of the DCurate MOOC lead Martin Couzins and Sam Burrough which organizes over 60 different articles, guides and tools on the topic.

 

This resources collection is presented in the form of a Pearltrees interactive map, organized into eight sections:

 

1. Why Do We Need Curators

 

2. What Is Digital Curation

 

3. Aggregation vs. Curation

 

4. It's All About Audience

 

5. How Do We Find Valuable Content

 

6. How Do You Decide What To Curate

 

7. Curation Tools

 

8. Contributions from participants

 

If you are new to content curation this is a good resource to bookmark and keep as a reference.

 

DCurate MOOC sign-up: http://www.curatr3.com/portfolio-item/how-to-be-an-effective-digital-curator/  ;


See also: http://sco.lt/99a09Z ;

 

 

Free to use.

 

Explore the guidemap: http://bit.ly/digitalcuratorguidemap ;

 

See also: https://gibbon.co/RobinGood/content-curation-guide ;

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Why games are good for learning?

Why games are good for learning? | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

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Francesco G. Lamacchia's curator insight, November 21, 2013 11:48 AM

Giocando....s'impara! 

Julio Cirnes's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:46 PM

Please teacher, more games!

Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 8:19 AM

Self explanatory visual on the benefits of gaming as a means of learning. Outlined are the rewards, mastery, engagement, intensity, exercise, readiness, and competitiveness. These types of graphics need to be displayed in the classroom. There's always parents who are unsure of how gaming qualifies as teaching. Can't they just sit their kid in front of an iPad all day at home? Well, in the appropriate setting, with the right direction and guidance, games are certainly good for learning. Some people just don't know that from experience yet.

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3 Reasons To Include Videos In Your Blended Learning

3 Reasons To Include Videos In Your Blended Learning | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
While the many advantages of using eLearning instead of traditional classroom training are well known we should not overlook the social benefits of the classroom and the impact it can have on the a...

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Katja Kranjec's curator insight, September 1, 2013 11:21 AM

Some good points made. I like the idea of using videos as a pre-course task to spur interest or explain more complicated topics.

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A Framework for Differentiation

A Framework for Differentiation | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

"Differentiation is adjusting and modifying what skills and concepts student learn, what materials the use, and/or how their learning is assessed based on the needs of the students.

Our students are not all the same, so we cannot expect that teaching a lesson one way will reach every student."


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Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 17, 6:57 PM

These differentiation flowcharts will prompt teachers to make good decisions around scaffolding of student learning.  

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, November 17, 7:08 PM

Check out concepts, assessments, and activities for differentiation...

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 25, 8:02 AM

Excellent resources for your teaching and learning environments. Thank you Mayumi for sharing.

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Introduction to the SAMR Model Video | Common Sense Media

Introduction to the SAMR Model Video | Common Sense Media | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

"Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their instructional practice. You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 15, 6:05 PM

There are many models one can look to when integrating technology into the curriculum and one that is often spoken about is SAMR. SAMR allows teachers to learn how to move from enhancing curriculum to transforming curriculum.

Think of climbing a ladder.

The bottom rung of the ladder would be substitution.

The second step would be modification.

The third step would be augmentation.

The fourth step would be redefinition.

The video takes an example and shows how it changes as it moves up the ladder.

There are also a number of reflection questions provided that may help you understand how to evaluate each of the areas and move your students to use more high order thinking skills (HOTS) as well as impact student achievement.

There are many videos available that explain SAMR. This one does an excellent job and provides some extra tips...and it in just over 4 minutes in length!

Karla Koop's curator insight, October 18, 10:10 AM

Great article....

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Concept Mapping/Graphic Organizers

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"Reading Rockets shares that "A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept. Using a graphic organizer, students think about the concept in several ways. Most concept map organizers engage students in answering questions such as, "What is it? What is it like? What are some examples?" Concept maps deepen understanding and comprehension."Cast reports: "There is solid evidence for the effectiveness of graphic organizers in facilitating learning." A summary of this finding is that, "When looking across 23 different studies they found a consistent effect on comprehension."



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Of great use when making decisions about supporting higher order thinking in assisted learning.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 18, 9:49 PM

Graphic organizers often help students understand new concepts, and they may help students find misunderstanding or areas of weakness (and strength). This post provides:

* 7 ideas on how to use graphic organizers/concept maps in the classroom

* 5 examples of use in the classroom

* The benefits of graphic organizers

* Concept maps and assistive technology

* Multiple intelligences/learning styles supported

* Sources that provide graphic organizers including a list of online, downloadable, iDevices, Chrome extensions and printables

* A list of websites with additional information

Many great resources are available in this post.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 20, 11:41 AM

Some great links in this article to a plethora of resources. 

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 21, 11:57 PM

A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept.

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Curation as a tool for teaching and learning

What is curation anyway, and how can it be used as a tool for student and teacher learning? This essay will investigate what curation is and the different contexts it is used in. Why is it important; who are the curators, what motivates them and what makes a great curator? What processes and tools are used for curation and what digital literacies are required for successful curation? It will conclude with an investigation into ways teachers can use curation both with and for their students and as a tool for their own professional learning and a brief look at some curation tools.


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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 14, 5:22 PM

Helpful insights on curation of information, lots of good source documents and a little video. 

Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 21, 2:17 AM

Who are the curators, what motivates them and what makes a great curator?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 2:01 PM

Nice essay about curation. A useful example of using storify

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The Definition Of Digital Literacy

The Definition Of Digital Literacy | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

Terry Heick writes: "When we think of digital literacy, we usually think of research–finding, evaluating, and properly crediting digital sources. The “research” connotation makes sense, as it is the sheer volume of sources and media forms on the “internet” that stand out.

But we are living in a world where the internet is disappearing, replaced by sheer connectivity. Are you “on the internet” when you tweet? Skim through a social reader like Flipboard? Send a text? Mark up a pdf and sync it with the cloud so you can access it later? Are the cloud and the “internet” the same thing?"

 


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This makes sense! When my daughter searches for prom dresses, she searches on Facebook. Social networking and reputation have become increasingly important in the connected world. There is also evidence of a growing movement in youth social networks that a Google is not necessarily as reliable as their own extended networks.

 

Is this more broadly applicable? Interesting that yesterday I received a survey request from an online travel agent. The questions were more related to reputation and social networks than internet-provided information.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, May 9, 12:52 PM

Reflecting on the definition is important in our fluid online world. My students are all over the spectrum of being digitally literate!

Mlik Sahib's curator insight, May 13, 10:40 PM

"Cornell University offers a definition that works, but seems a bit limited, and dated as well: “Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.”

This isn’t wrong so much as it focuses too much on technology and “the internet.” Literacy can’t be about the forms unless we’re talking about form literacy. Digital tools exist for access–finding information. Then finding better information. Socializing thinking. Connecting and contributing to digital communities you care about.

It is also a matter of “literacy” to understand concepts like digital footprints and identity. This reflects the overlap between digital literacy and digital citizenship, much in the same way there is overlap between traditional literacy and citizenship.

To settle on a definition then, here’s one that reflects the depth and breadth of the concept without getting overly wordy or complex:

“Digital literacy is the ability to interpret and design nuanced communication across fluid digital forms.”

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Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News

Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne's Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way

 

 teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences." 


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What a fantastic tool. Text analysis is really important and committing one-self safely to this analysis is often problematic. Prism has the potential to support equity, engagement and involvement in text analysis as a collaborative tool. Perhaps it could be coupled with an individual and private activity, followed by the Prism highlighting activity. The individual would then be able to compare their responses with those of others and re-examine their decisions. Beyond this though, it links really well with the "Why did you say that" thinking routine. As a collaborative followup, two ideas occur to me - the first is simply to ask individuals to explain their actions and reasoning. The second is for individuals to explain why others might have made decisions different to their own, followed by interaction between partners, enhancing the complexity of the thinking around certain points.

I really love this. And it is suitable for any age and type of text.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, May 11, 11:56 PM

Language Arts teachers must check this out. I'm thinking it might be a great tool for that poetry lesson/activity.

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The Big Mistake in Elearning - YouTube

The Big Mistake in Elearning - YouTube | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it
Describes a fundamental shift that I think needs to happen to make corporate elearning more effective.

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Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 6, 1:37 AM

I found this video clip very interesting as I could apply these principles and change the fundamental way learning takes place within my workplace.  At present, within my clinical department all our clinical assessments are based on behaviourism.  You pass your assessment if you recite certain behaviours and key words.  Is this learning?   Can the clinician actually apply their knowledge to solve problems?

 

There has to be a better way to undertake this learning and assessment process.  By  incorporating  problem solving scenarios as a way to  extract the key information and the ability of the practitioner to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities to overcome real life patient problems.  Afterall, as clinicians we have to think on our feet and apply our clinical knowledge to any given patient scenario. 

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Validating Data in Google Forms

Validating Data in Google Forms | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

Alice writes: "I love using Google Forms in my classroom to collect student work, and I know many others do as well. However, did you know that you could validate the data that you collect?"


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Sometimes Twitter is problematic for schools. But we can create our own Twitter-ish thread by using Google Forms... need to investigate further.. be back soon!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, March 26, 2:08 PM

This would be great if you wanted students to write Twitter book reviews.  Set the character count to 140, then add to your library's Twitter feed!

GwynethJones's curator insight, March 29, 9:57 AM

Validating Data in Google Forms + Twitter Book Reviews = WIN!

Søren Bech's curator insight, April 4, 5:23 AM

Validering af data fra Googleforms - fint

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The Digital Learning Weekly

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The Digital Learning Weekly, by Mark Brown: Higher Education for the Digital Age (The Digital Learning Weekly is out!
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Big Data: Large Dataset Curation & Sharing with AcademicTorrents


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Robin Good's curator insight, February 3, 8:13 AM



AcademicTorrents is a new web service which allows any organization owning large datasets (no size limits) to easily distribute them without needing a dedicated infrastructure.


The brainchild of Joseph Cohen and Henry Lo, two PhD students working at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Academic Torrents facilitates the job of researchers, journalists and information analysts in finding, accessing, curating and downloading large-size datasets.


Technically-speaking AcademicTorrents is a bittorrent-type redundant high-speed network and a full distributed system for sharing enormous datasets. As a P2P system it doesn't require intermediate servers, is also fully scalable, secure, fault-tolerant and can act as a reliable repository for data allowing fast downloads.


Users can also search the full index, and can create curated datasets collections containing any kind of files and which can be downloaded as a full bundle.


This type of system could prove to be an excellent resource for libraries storing digital papers as they would store books, and for simplifying the distribution requirements of any organization needing to publish, curate and share large datasets.


"A robust distributed replication design allows libraries to utilize this system as their backbone. Providing fault tolerant hosting of curated data for a university, research lab, or home library.

...Also, this system can be used as the foundation of a new open-access publishing system where libraries manage data instead of licenses for external data sources.
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Find out more: http://academictorrents.com/ 


More info: http://academictorrents.com/about.php 


Browse Datasets: http://academictorrents.com/browse.php?cat=6 


Browse Papers: http://academictorrents.com/browse.php?cat=5 


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Ivan Landuyt's curator insight, February 4, 4:02 AM

Zeker verder te onderzoeken in de context van het aspect "bibliotheek" als het aspect "data resources".

Susie Macfarlane's curator insight, February 4, 6:31 PM

"AcademicTorrents is a new web service which allows any organization owning large datasets (no size limits) to easily distribute them without needing a dedicated infrastructure."

Robin Good

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197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About | Digital Learning Ideas | Scoop.it

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Arthur Correia's curator insight, November 27, 2013 9:15 AM

 It's a reshare...and it won't be tha last :)!

carldowse's curator insight, January 16, 4:56 AM

Must be something there for us!

Judy Brown's curator insight, May 29, 7:32 PM

Autistic kids need to be shown lots of love and need a teacher who will treat them right.