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The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools| The Committed Sardine

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools| The Committed Sardine | distance education | Scoop.it

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The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | distance education | Scoop.it

This graphic features some scientific facts about the impact of the act of writing on our brain. I find these facts and stats very enlightening and thought you might want to have a peek as well. Enjoy


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Writing is good for the brain? Somehow I already knew that... ;)

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Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education - Wired

Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education - Wired | distance education | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education Wired Enabling students to meet other students who are learning the same material as they are allows students to leverage their classmates to increase their understanding of...

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Nice to get reassurances like this. ;)

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Blogging Second Life: Alphabetical List of Bloggers

Blogging Second Life: Alphabetical List of Bloggers | distance education | Scoop.it

Would you like your blog listed on this page? You can apply using the Blogger Application.


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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement | distance education | Scoop.it

There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model.


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US & Worldwide Texting Trends (infographic)

US & Worldwide Texting Trends (infographic) | distance education | Scoop.it
Email is about to go the way of the fax machine. Texting has surpassed email, phone and face-to-face conversation as the main communication vehicle for 12-17 year olds. Read more stats and trends about the new default form of communication.

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Making Interactive Lectures

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This module on Interactive Lectures provides strategies and specific examples of techniques and activities designed to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. The module is designed for the instructor who does not want to replace lecture, but rather to enhance and punctuate lecture to create an interactive classroom experience


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, August 9, 2012 9:44 AM
Interactive lectures can increase student engagement with course material and facilitate learning. In traditional lectures, the majority of class time is devoted to the instructor’s delivery of information. During interactive lectures, the instructor interrupts the lecture to allow time for short activities.
These activities can take on many forms as discussed later, but they are important in that they allow students to use material learned in class and contribute to their own learning.During lecture breaks, the instructor poses a question or problem that promotes students to actively work with the concepts learned in class. Because learners tend to retain information based on their involvement in the learning process, transforming students from passive receivers of information into active users of information leads to increases in student retention of material.
The idea of incorporating activities within lecture time is often met with the criticism that it wastes time that could be used to cover additional course material. However, sustained lectures that exceed the typical attention span of 10-20 minutes do not ensure that the material is actually reaching students. In fact, students record in their notes a greater percentage of material from short lecture segments than they do from longer lectures. Many of the activities described below take only a few minutes to implement, but still provide important learning opportunities for students.Another benefit of using activities within lectures is that it can create a feedback loop for instructors to get information about student learning earlier than the exam or major assignment date. Seeing students struggle with an activity can be the stimulus for the instructor to review important concepts related to that activity.
In recent years, the lecture has fallen on hard times.
Prominent researchers have raised doubts about its use, claiming that lectures rely on rote learning and fail to promote active engagement. Yet most of us have either attended or delivered wonderful lectures—lectures that have expanded our thinking, provided fresh insights, or opened our eyes to new worlds. Clearly, lectures can be an efficient way of transmitting large amounts of information in a relatively small amount of time.
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48% of taught-postgraduates at Oxford keep a blog

48% of taught-postgraduates at Oxford keep a blog | distance education | Scoop.it
‘must have’ technologies...

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50 Must-See Blogs For Special Education Teachers | Edudemic

50 Must-See Blogs For Special Education Teachers | Edudemic | distance education | Scoop.it

A great list of blogs focused on special education. There are six categories:

 

* Special Education Topic Strategies

 

* Technology and Assistive Technology

 

* Special Topics

 

* Special Education News and Policy

 

* Special Education Law

 

* Various Topics on Special Education

 

Great resouces to be found.


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Why Use Infographics for SEO and Social Media?

Why Use Infographics for SEO and Social Media? | distance education | Scoop.it

"Nowadays, Infographics, also known as Information Graphic that is a graphic visual representation of any given information, data or knowledge, has become a trendy new way of sharing and communicating large chunks of complex information quickly and clearly in a much simplified way on the web.

 

Their importance to SEO is even more highlighted in the age of social media. SEO experts are now increasingly using infographics in grabbing the attention of the viewer by being visually attractive and by possessing substantial, useful and easily readable and understandable information embedded within them".

 

Read More: http://www.premiumseosolutions.com.au/blog/2012/07/why-use-infographics-for-seo-and-social-media/


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[Wizardry and Steamworks] Free Scripts and Knowledge ;-)

[Wizardry and Steamworks] Free Scripts and Knowledge ;-) | distance education | Scoop.it

Open the secondlife-Folder and find up to 50 interesting scripts/items (some of them are available at SLMP too).


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An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog

An Easy Way to Build Branched Scenarios for E-Learning » The Rapid eLearning Blog | distance education | Scoop.it

The ultimate goal is transitioning from a push model where we just provide information and move to a more interactive model where the learner makes the same types of decisions she’d make in a real-world environment. These decision-making activities are used to reinforce what you want her to practice and learn so that your courses have real-world impact.


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Kitely cuts prices, adds cover charges – Hypergrid Business

Kitely cuts prices, adds cover charges – Hypergrid Business | distance education | Scoop.it

Kitely, the OpenSim grid that charges people for the time they use rather than how much land they have, announced a dramatic price cut today, reducing the cost of its unlimited use plan from $100 to just $35 a month. The company also added a new feature where region owners can bill visitors for the time they spend on their land.


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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | distance education | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey constructivism, radical constructivism Knowledge as mental representation: 1a. Knowledge is not passively received either through the senses or by way of communication; 1b. Knowledge is actively built up by the cognising subject; 2a. The function of cognition is adaptive, in the biological sense of the term, tending towards fit or viability; 2b Cognition serves the subject’s organization of the experiential world, not the discovery of an objective ontological reality., social constructivism connectivism, Taylor Organisation, Holt homeschooling, unschooling, constructivism radical constructivism, Kolb experiental learning, Montessori Montessori education, Social anthropology Lave & Wenger, Vygotsky zone of proximal development, Lave & Wenger situated learning, Education Illich, scientific pedagogy Education based on science that modified and improved the individual., communities of practice Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

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Learning theories

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I love infographics like this that depict the 10,000 foot view to show the overall subject, the various theories or parts, and how the pieces fit together and influence one another.

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10 Excellent Platforms for Building Mobile Apps

10 Excellent Platforms for Building Mobile Apps | distance education | Scoop.it
If you've ever wanted to build an app for your business, blog, product or service, but the heavy investment of both time and money put you off, you're not alone.

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Comments? Is this intimidating to app developers?

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Top Tools for Learning 2012

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 500+ learning professionals worldwide...


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The Top Ten Mobile Landing Page Best Practices

The Top Ten Mobile Landing Page Best Practices | distance education | Scoop.it

According to a recent Gomez study, 74% of consumers will wait 5 seconds for a web page to load on their mobile device before abandoning the site. Even more staggering, the same study found 46% of consumers are unlikely to return to a mobile site if it didn’t work properly during their last visit.

 

Mobile adoption isn’t coming, it’s here. It’s time for marketers to drive meaningful, engaging experiences regardless of what channel they are coming from or how they are accessing your campaigns.

Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be hard. 


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10 Brain-Based Learning Laws That Trump Traditional Education

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A learning trump card is one that reigns over more established education practices. When one strategy trumps another, it means that it is a better way of learning.
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The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher

The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher | distance education | Scoop.it

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Buzzword: Micro-learning | Dawn of Learning via @eLearningPosts

Buzzword: Micro-learning | Dawn of Learning via @eLearningPosts | distance education | Scoop.it

I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning If you're like me, you're...


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10 Key Reasons That Make Content Curation Important for Education And Learning

10 Key Reasons That Make Content Curation Important for Education And Learning | distance education | Scoop.it

Excerpted from long but very interesting article by Master Curator Robin Good:

 

"Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. 

This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.

In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught and the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.

 

In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.

 

These factors are:

 

1) An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be Organized:

New digital literacy skills are of such great importance. They provide the mental tools for individuals to be able to evaluate, assess, filter and organize information in more effective ways than they have done until today.

 

2) A Growing Number of "Open" and Freely Accessible Teaching/Learning Content Hubs:

Learners will soon need some guidance in selecting the most appropriate course, instructor, approach and institution to achieve their goals most effectively.

 

3) From a Static, Unchanging World of Information To a Constantly Changing One:

a) Some of us dedicate their efforts to find, identify, monitor and update which are the most relevant "information sources", hubs or curators in every possible area of interest.

b) We equip our youth and ourselves with appropriate mental tools to be able to carry out such tasks.

 

4) Real-World Information Is Not Held Inside Silos Like Academic Institutions Pretend:

Curation fits in as a more appropriate approach to learning and to prepare for real-world work challenges, by allowing learners to construct meaning by having to research and to understand and to create new relationships between different information-elements.

 

5) Fast-Food Information Consumption In Rapid Decline - Curation Is the New Search:

Google has lost its "mojo". Search results have become increasingly unsatisfactory as they are often polluted by irrelevant, commercially-driven results or by large brands which Google likes to favor over small, independent and - hard to verify - information sources.

Researchers, educators and guides prefer to refer to trusted "curators" of specific information areas rather than to rely on Google-style secret and commercially-driven algorithms.

 

6) The Job Market is Rapidly Changing:

Outside of traditional "professionals" as doctors and engineers, companies recruiting new people are looking more for "skills and experience" than for degrees and certificates.

Today, the job marketplace requires people who can "think". People who can come up with creative solutions to unexpected problems...

Content curation offers a practical and immediately usable approach to help new learners train themselves in developing such very skills.

 

7) Alternative Certification Systems Are Emerging: Open Badges:

Here a few simple ideas.

Move from teaching and certifying to:

a) curating talent - breed new talent by providing motivated learners with the ideal conditions to study, research and develop new ideas.

 

b) curating educational resources for a specific area of interest / language / region / by creating and maintaining highly qualified "learning paths", and providing assistance, specialized training and resources, to those in specific need of it.

 

c) curating human guides, training future curators - by cultivating and supporting the development of skilled information-guides and coaches that possess the skills of a curator and those of a great story-teller.

 

8) Teachers and Professors Can Now Curate Their Own Textbooks:

Academic and independent teaching curators will design new textbook and teaching curriculums / learning paths. They will do so by selecting and pulling together the best and most relevant material in a variety of formats and configurations to satisfy the needs of many different "audiences".

These individuals will create also great collections of exercises, case studies, real-world examples, people's profiles and toolkits to further facilitate the exploration and learning of such topics.

 

9) Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors:

There are now tens of learning marketplaces and platforms that allow anyone to offer and sell courses online. From WiziQ to Udemy the number of alternative services making it possible for anyone to deliver a "professional" course is rapidly increasing.

Today, anyone can become both a "resource", a supplier of content as well as a curator / editor / publisher of new curated content resources such as book collections, expert guides, curated and annotated lists of resources, examples, or templates galleries.

 

10) Growing Demand for Trusted Guidance Over Learning Content and Curricula:

Traditional academic institutions may indeed become trusted curators and guides to the greater universe of information out there, while specializing their efforts for a set of specific areas, needs and communities of interests.

With such abundance and variety (in quality) of educational materials, learners will soon express a growing demand for trusted guides to help them in selecting quality learning guides, sources, hubs and more than anything, curated learning paths and toolkits to explore and learn deeper about a specific topic.

This is where the opportunity for both sides lies."

 

 

Each factor is analyzed with more information, examples and external links. Read full, long and interesting article here:

http://www.masternewmedia.org/curation-for-education-and-learning/


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Flash Fiction Reading Session, on Book Island, Second Life

Flash Fiction Reading Session, on Book Island, Second Life | distance education | Scoop.it

Saturday, August 11, 1pm SLT, at Flash Fiction Cafe, on Book Island.

 

Join us to hear great flash fiction by talented writers from Second Life, and some very interesting short-short-stories from Backhand Stories.

 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Book%20Island/58/133/37

 

This event is organized for 'Flash Fiction Writers', a group for all SLers who write and enjoy reading flash fiction - also known as sudden fiction, microfiction, micro-story, postcard fiction, and short short stories.

 

Find out more about our group's events and initiatives at
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iPadagogy - Videos on the use of Apps for Education

A channel dedicated to instruction videos of useful apps for education


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40 Future Uses for Educational Technology [Infographic]

40 Future Uses for Educational Technology [Infographic] | distance education | Scoop.it
Education will be significantly different in 30 years.  With the rapid advancement of technology, the nature of these challenges changes almost daily. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 65 percent of grade-school students will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.
So, what exactly will the jobs of the future look like? And what must schools do to keep pace? Edudemic recently posted this infographic from Envisioning Tech, which maps out 40 ways education and technology will change over the next 30 years. Check it out.

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What Does It Take to Create Effective e-learning

What Does It Take to Create Effective e-learning | distance education | Scoop.it
Developing effective elearning requires expertise in Project Management, Computer-based Instructional Design, Multimedia Design, Instructional Technology a...

 

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First Summer 2012 Learning in 3D Class | Kapp Notes

First Summer 2012 Learning in 3D Class | Kapp Notes | distance education | Scoop.it

«It’s that time of year again, time to venture into the world of 3D learning and discover all the wonderful attributes of 3D Virtual Immersive Environments.»


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