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Find, Collect and Organize Curated Learning Resources with Avoca Learning

Overview of how Avoca's education search engine lets students, teachers and parents search, manage and share millions of education resources and online lessons

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The Avoca Learning platform is a web service which facilitates the finding, collection and organizing of vetted learning resources from dozens of the leading educational sites.


The platform already offers over 20,000 resources from over 35 leading education sites. In the near future new educational resources in the fields of of Language Arts/Reading, and History/Social Studies will be added.


Users can search the already vetted and curated resources and then collect and organize them into specific "albums" dedicated to specific topics.


From the official site: "The Avoca Learning Platform brings together thousands of online learning resources that students, parents and teachers can search, manage and share.


Whether you’re looking for a very specific resource for a single concept (equivalent fractions, for example) or a collection of content that’s aligned to an entire course, the Avoca Learning Platform provides a powerful curation engine to bring you the resources you need, when you need them."


"Avoca Learning helps to solve that problem by finding and indexing the best digital content, allowing users to organize and save that content, and then making it easy to share that curated content with other users."


Curated results can also be filtered by subjects, topics, resource type, media type and grade level.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://avocalearning.com


Video tutorial on how "search" works in Avoca: http://vimeo.com/63171301


How it works: http://www.avocalearning.com/how-it-works/



Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:56 PM

Ferramenta para filtrar as informações relevantes da net e aprimorar a curadoria de conteúdo para fins de estudo ! Vale a consulta .

Nimah Nirvanova's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:27 AM

sharing is the only way in education

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Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule

Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

At the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin left formal schooling to become an apprentice to his father. As a teenager, he showed no particular talent or aptitude aside from his love of books.

 

When he died a little over half a century later, he was America's most respected statesman, its most famous inventor, a prolific author, and a successful entrepreneur.

 

What happened between these two points to cause such a meteoric rise? Underlying the answer to this question is a success strategy for life that we can all use, and increasingly must use.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 14, 6:58 PM

Benjamin Franklin did this 1 hour a day, 5 hours a week. Why you should do it too.

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Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.'s curator insight, July 15, 4:30 PM
Succinct article about the power of consistent learning. Great examples of role models and their approach.
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How to Make Beautiful and Effective Infographics via  Jeff Rum

How to Make Beautiful and Effective Infographics via  Jeff Rum | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS
An interactive whiteboard (IWB) is a large interactive board that connects to a computer. A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand.


They are used in a variety of settings, including classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, in broadcasting studios, and others.


The first interactive whiteboards were designed and manufactured for use in the office. They were developed by Xerox Parc around 1990. This board was used in small group meetings and round-tables.


The interactive whiteboard industry was expected to reach sales of US$1 billion worldwide by 2008; one of every seven classrooms in the world was expected to feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011 according to market research by Future source Consulting. In 2004, 26% of British primary classrooms had interactive whiteboards. The Becta Harnessing Technology Schools Survey 2007 indicated that 98% of secondary and 100% of primary schools had IWBs. By 2008 the average numbers of interactive whiteboards rose in both primary schools (18 compared with just over six in 2005, and eight in the 2007 survey) and secondary schools (38, compared with 18 in 2005 and 22 in 2007).


Uses for interactive whiteboards may include:


• Running software that is loaded onto the connected PC, such as a web browsers or other software used in the classroom.


• Capturing and saving notes written on a whiteboard to the connected PC


• Capturing notes written on a graphics tablet connected to the whiteboard


• Controlling the PC from the white board using click and drag, mark up which annotates a program or presentation


• Using OCR software to translate cursive writing on a graphics tablet into text


• Using an Audience Response System so that presenters can poll a classroom audience or conduct quizzes, capturing feedback onto the whiteboard


• An interactive whiteboard (IWB) device is connected to a computer via USB or a serial port cable, or else wirelessly via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz wireless. In the latter case WEP and WPA/PSK security is available


• A device driver is usually installed on the attached computer so that the interactive whiteboard can act as a Human Input Device (HID), like a mouse. The computer's video output is connected to a digital projector so that images may be projected on the interactive whiteboard surface.


• The user then calibrates the whiteboard image by matching the position of the projected image in reference to the whiteboard using a pointer as necessary. After this, the pointer or other device may be used to activate programs, buttons and menus from the whiteboard itself, just as one would ordinarily do with a mouse. If text input is required, user can invoke an on-screen keyboard or, if the whiteboard software provides for this, utilize handwriting recognition. This makes it unnecessary to go to the computer keyboard to enter text.


• Thus, an IWB emulates both a mouse and a keyboard. The user can conduct a presentation or a class almost exclusively from the whiteboard.


• In addition, most IWBs are supplied with software that provides tools and features specifically designed to maximize interaction opportunities. These generally include the ability to create virtual versions of paper flipcharts, pen and highlighter options, and possibly even virtual rulers, protractors, and compasses—instruments that would be used in traditional classroom teaching.


Interactive whiteboard inside classrooms
In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards have replaced traditional whiteboards or flipcharts, or video/media systems such as a DVD player and TV combination. Even where traditional boards are used, the IWB often supplements them by connecting to a school network digital video distribution system. In other cases, IWBs interact with online shared annotation and drawing environments such as interactive vector based graphical websites.


Brief instructional blocks can be recorded for review by students — they will see the exact presentation that occurred in the classroom with the teacher's audio input. This can help transform learning and instruction.


Many companies and projects now focus on creating supplemental instructional materials specifically designed for interactive whiteboards. Electrokite out of Boston, MA, for example, will have the first complete curriculum for schools and districts.


One recent use of the IWB is in shared reading lessons. Mimic books, for instance, allow teachers to project children's books onto the interactive whiteboard with book-like interactivity.


Dixons City Academy in the North of England was the first non college or university learning environment to make use of interactive whiteboards after the school's then principal Sir John Lewis showed a keen interest in the developing technology. An interactive whiteboard can now be found in every classroom of the school.

Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, July 8, 8:55 AM
I struggle with translating words to images. This helps!
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Helpful for my visual communicators:
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Presentation Tips For Delivering an Amazing Webinar

Presentation Tips For Delivering an Amazing Webinar | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Understand the presentation secrets to creating engaging webinars that will have your audience glued to their screens. These webinar presentation tips will help

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 6, 5:46 AM

Useful tips about how to present your stuff at webinars.

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10 Tools for More Interactive Videos 

10 Tools for More Interactive Videos  | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Forget about PowerPoints with voice-over — that's old school. These "new school" apps can help you engage your students while they're learning from your lectures.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 7, 2:52 PM
A couple of interesting tools here. 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 8, 3:30 PM
La vidéo n'est plus uniquement pour les spécialistes ! C'est à la portée de tous. Vous pouvez surtout demander aux étudiants de créer des films au lieu d'une présentation en classe.
Janette Planck's curator insight, June 13, 5:49 AM
Technologies to assist

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MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report

MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A new MIT report on online education policy analyzes the current state of higher education and consider how advances in learning science and online technology might shape its future.
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I have heard the term "learning engineer" used before - maybe in the early 2000's when #onlinelearning was really beginning to boom.  But I like the way they use it here: "would have expertise in a discipline as well as in learning science and educational technologies, and would integrate knowledge across fields to design and optimize learning experiences."  I feel like an elearning specialist with knowledge in educational technologies and optimizing learning experiences, people seem to doubt my content expertise.  Either they want me only to design courses with a SME or the teacher wants to put their own course together because they don't believe I have the content knowledge and want me to come in at the end and "fix it up."  And let me tell you - that is not easy to do when you were not in on the design.  I find this report interesting.
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7 Lessons In Persuasion From People Who Get Kids To Eat Veggies

7 Lessons In Persuasion From People Who Get Kids To Eat Veggies | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Trying to win over a tough customer? The FoodCorps knows what you’re going through. Founded in 2009, this organization sends young service members to schools in disadvantaged communities with the goal of getting kids to eat more vegetables.

They have their work cut out for them. "We have a culture that is really great at marketing unhealthy food to all of us and to kids in particular," says Curt Ellis, the cofounder and chief executive officer of FoodCorps. Our bodies love salty and sugary tastes, and kids, perhaps for evolutionary reasons, are naturally wary of new foods.

Some research finds that kids need to be exposed to foods a dozen times before they’ll accept them, which is a problem for lower-income families who can’t afford to waste a dozen servings of kale. "If you have a limited budget to spend on food for your kids, you’re not going to buy foods your kids might spit out," says Ellis.


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The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

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Liberty Kinderman's curator insight, March 29, 2:12 AM

The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

Disera Doss's curator insight, March 29, 7:15 AM

The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

Raahil Kashyap's curator insight, March 29, 7:29 AM

The FoodCorps wins over the toughest possible customers. Here's how they succeed, and how you can too.

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Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both

Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/

 

 


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Why Is A Virtual Classroom Better Than A Real One? - eLearning Industry

Why Is A Virtual Classroom Better Than A Real One? - eLearning Industry | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

VThe analysis of such situations shows that effective eLearning can take the best from traditional education and even surpass it. Modern learning tools should allow instructors and students to create, edit, and comment on all presented materials. This will encourage discussion and keep everybody updated on the latest news. Webinars and instant messages in chats are especially necessary in the corporate sector, for example when new products are put on the market and the first hands-on experiences are highly valued


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Valid points.  E-Learning has evolved. There are so many tools now and ways to collaborate and communicate online.

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Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, March 11, 12:11 PM

Valid points.  E-Learning has evolved. There are so many tools now and ways to collaborate and communicate online.

Pam Huff's curator insight, March 20, 10:40 AM

Valid points.  E-Learning has evolved. There are so many tools now and ways to collaborate and communicate online.

Valeria Valdiviez's curator insight, April 3, 3:34 AM
Brilliant, as usual.

Brilliant, as usual.

 
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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn

 

 


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Arnie Rotenberg's curator insight, March 2, 1:25 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



יפה בן-דרור's curator insight, March 2, 4:10 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



Melanie COVINHES's curator insight, March 8, 4:29 AM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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The NFL's magic yellow line, explained - VOX

"Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive guide to the state of play. The graphic is engineered to appear painted on the field, rather than simply plopped on top of the players, so it doesn't distract from the game at all.

The line debuted during a September 27, 1998, game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. It was developed by a company called Sportvision Inc. and operated by six people in a 48-foot semi-truck parked outside the stadium. 

ESPN was the only network that immediately agreed to pay the steep price of $25,000 per game. Before long, other companies began offering the yellow line to the other networks, and now you won't see a football game without it."


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OK, not much about distance learning here but great STEM resource and just plain fascinating!
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When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing?

When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

The real question we should be asking is not just, how long are they watching? But also, what are they seeing? How is it affecting them? How does what they see challenge their existing beliefs? What sort of cognitive loads and higher order thinking skills do they volunteer themselves for with their online behavior? Do we want them being told a story from a book, or creating their own story in an digital universe where they’re in control? Which one more naturally creates thinking habits and behavioral shifts and skill acquisition that they can transfer to the real world?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 5, 1:51 AM

Some interesting points.

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Struggling Students Motivate Districts To Add Online Blended Learning -- THE Journal

Struggling Students Motivate Districts To Add Online Blended Learning -- THE Journal | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Most schools providing online or blended learning programs rely on their own district budgets for funding, according to a new survey from Fuel Education.
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We have found several of the attribute they found in the report to be true in our antidotal findings in our K-12 settings. It is nice to have the research behind it.
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MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers

MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Have massive open online courses emerged from the Trough of Disillusionment to the Slopes of Enlightenment? Wherever MOOCs belong on the Gartner Hype Cycle, one thing is clear: there are more courses and students now than ever before."


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Great information on numbers and how MOOC's have progressed over the years.
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Skype Announces Free Video Meetings With “PowerPoint Collaboration & Screen Sharing”

Skype Announces Free Video Meetings With “PowerPoint Collaboration & Screen Sharing” | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Skype just announced Skype Meetings, which lets up to ten users participate in a free video call and, unlike the “personal” Skype version, also lets you share screens and PowerPoints. Y…

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This is great!  Makes Skype function more like other desktop videoconferencing software.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, July 7, 9:29 AM
A new tool for collaboration. 
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, July 8, 2:40 AM
a useful improvement of Skype 
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15 Ways to Create Effective PowerPoint Presentations

15 Ways to Create Effective PowerPoint Presentations | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Want your next Powerpoint presentation look like it was constructed and delivered by a pro? Here are 15 ways to create effective PowerPoint presentations.


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Orlando Delgado's curator insight, July 6, 8:04 AM
Better PowerPoint presentations!
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 6, 11:37 AM

Useful!

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 7, 1:59 AM
It could help: reiterate and go back to the basics... good summary...
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Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox

Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Ever felt the urge to launch a YouTube channel, only to find that the results don't quite pass muster? A new web app called Showbox is the answer.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 6, 5:58 AM

Showbox is a new web app (in Beta stage) for creating videos. You will need a Chrome browser to use it.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 7:39 AM
This is an excellent resource for your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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Comparing the Effectiveness of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra I

Comparing the Effectiveness of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra I | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
This brief compares educational outcomes through the second year of high school for students who took an online credit recovery course and those who took a face-to-face credit recovery course. The authors conclude that online courses must continue to improve to meet the needs of high-risk students seeking to recover credits.
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Both face-to-face and online credit recovery did not seem to have great results.  Lending interest in the blended learning approach for credit recovery.
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This Inspiring TED Talk Celebrates Imperfection as the Key to Success

This Inspiring TED Talk Celebrates Imperfection as the Key to Success | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

True innovation starts with ditching the ideal of perfection.

 

Studies have shown that self-doubt can potentially be a major hurdle to women's success. There's evidence we might not ask for a promotion, apply for a job we're absolutely qualified for or execute on a big idea because we're not as confident in our abilities as men.

 


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Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

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Dané Davis's curator insight, March 10, 5:43 PM

Are we still teaching our girls growing up to avoid risk and failure, while their counterparts are taught to play rough, swing high, and crawl to the top of the monkey bars just to jump off head first?  Are we perpetuating habits that stiffen women in their future success? 

june holley's curator insight, March 14, 8:14 AM

Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

Melissa Ness's curator insight, March 15, 9:12 AM

Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

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Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation

Public Predictions for the Future of Workforce Automation | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A majority of Americans predict that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work currently done by humans, but few expect their own jobs to
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Sebastian Thrun: AI Pioneer Seeks Education Revolution

Sebastian Thrun: AI Pioneer Seeks Education Revolution | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic)

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic) | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.

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Nice infographic to keep as a reminder while building courses.

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Josi Sierra's curator insight, March 1, 1:57 AM
¿Como implican al alumnado los profes innovadores? Con 10 estrategias pedagogicas innovadoras ;-)
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How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


Melissa Vee Rentchler 's curator insight, March 7, 1:25 PM
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


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Carol S. Dweck: Brainology: Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn

Carol S. Dweck: Brainology: Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"In our society, we seem to worship talent — and we often portray it as a gift. Now we can see that this is not motivating to our students."


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Daniel Jäggli's curator insight, March 8, 5:52 AM

Here's a challenge:  Read this research start to finish.

Then think about your beliefs regarding teaching and learning. 

Does this change you?

Jan Ross's curator insight, March 21, 9:35 AM

When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

Jan Ross's curator insight, March 21, 9:35 AM

When students learn to breathe they open a door to self-knowledge.  Imagine learning in middle school that you can grow your brain and maximise your potential? Brainology is a science based approach that works. 

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Why many kids are leaving social networks

Why many kids are leaving social networks | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Facebook? Twitter? Meh. Modern teens are opting out of the online public square.


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Very interesting ... especially about the impact it has on narrowing their world views to only people who think like them.  The power of the Internet is to connect people with diverse ideas and to think somehow it has become a tool to close people out with different ideas is startling.

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What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
New insights about teaching, publishing and intellectual history.
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This is very cool! And an easy way to lose track of time!
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This map shows where 42 of the greatest American novels took place

This map shows where 42 of the greatest American novels took place | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Where did your favorite books happen?

 

Tags: mapping, English.


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This is fun and cool!  Great way to get in cross curricular lessons!

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