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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

Via Robin Good
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Robin Good's curator insight, April 30, 2013 6:11 PM



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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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator


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Tim Hopper's curator insight, Today, 3:17 PM

Very interesting presentation of useful resources on professional learning.

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Learner-Centered Pedagogy and the Fear of Losing Control

Learner-Centered Pedagogy and the Fear of Losing Control | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
In the spring of 1991, I returned to teaching after more than five years as a Benedictine monk. The monastery had been founded in China in the 1920s, and when exiled after the Chinese Revolution, the community had relocated to the Mojave Desert in California. During my novitiate, I had taken up a private study of modern Chinese history, even though my research and academic formation at Cambridge University had been in early modern English puritan studies. When my community sent me to study theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, I also studied the history of missiology and continued to read about the modern emergence of Christianity in China. So when the history department of a small liberal arts college in Santa Barbara asked me to teach a non-Western course after I left monastic life, I suggested Modern Chinese History.
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Mistaking teaching with learning - so may times, with short PD sessions and tired teachers after school who insist their preferred learning style is listening to lectures it is easy to fall into telling teachers what I have learned and not letting them learn it for themselves.

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How Brain Works? Surprising Brain Facts For eLearning Designers - eLearning Industry

How Brain Works? Surprising Brain Facts For eLearning Designers - eLearning Industry | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
How Brain Works? Check 3 Surprising Brain Facts For eLearning Designers about How Our Brain Works.
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I found the part about musicians very interesting - I wonder if I should add to my CV that I play clarinet...

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Connectivism: Bearing a Heavy Node

Connectivism: Bearing a Heavy Node | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
I recently came across this infographic on learning theory on the most excellent blog, TeachThought. As you can see, with the digital age, a new theory of learning has emerged called Connectivism. it is a theory advanced by George Siemens that is based ...

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Cheryl Frose's curator insight, February 10, 4:28 PM

Detailed explanation of learning theories. Easy to understand infographics. Well done!

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http://www.mokshastocks.com

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Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides (EdSurge News)

Why Your Students Forgot Everything On Your PowerPoint Slides (EdSurge News) | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Don’t fret, we’ve all been there: You’re up late the night before Thursday and you have to teach a lesson at 8 AM the next day. So, what do you do? Throw some text on a PowerPoint and get ready to talk through your points. Couldn’t hurt, right? You might not always read straight off of the slides--t
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Bridging World History

World History Traveler:

Journey online through world history's thematic pathways and some of the bridges that tie them together.

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Nice resource for World History.

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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
"Netiquette" refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.Read more →

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Using Fundamental Concepts and Essential Questions to Promote Critical Thinking

Using Fundamental Concepts and Essential Questions to Promote Critical Thinking | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Could your students identify the most important concepts in your discipline? Do they leave your class understanding these most fundamental concepts, including the ability to reason using these concepts to answer essential questions? Do your students become critical thinkers who connect concepts and practices in your course with other courses? With their future professional lives?
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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Workplace Happiness

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Workplace Happiness | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Instead of making the usual glum commitments about taming bad habits, why not focus on what will really make you happy at work and in life?
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Good reminders for the new year - I hope I can remember them all year!

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Number 4: 5 must-watch higher education TED talks - eCampus News

Number 4: 5 must-watch higher education TED talks - eCampus News | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Five of the best TED talks given within the last couple of years on higher education and technology.
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Definitely something to re-visit for inspiration!

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E-Learning : Interactivity and the choice of media

E-Learning : Interactivity and the choice of media | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

... This post from my draft for my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age,’ looks at another characteristic of media and technologies, the way they handle interactivity ...

http://www.scoop.it/t/easy-mooc


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Great resource!

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5 Common Myths about the Brain

5 Common Myths about the Brain | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Some widely held ideas about the way children learn can lead educators and parents to adopt faulty teaching principles

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I especially like the attention paid to the fact that learning styles cannot be substantiated by research.  A lot of time and effort is wasted in narrowing down students' learning styles when it is best to use a variety anyway. 

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callooh's curator insight, February 18, 4:55 PM

There's a tendency to make huge leaps from scientific research to claims in brain-based learning. This article debunks some myths.

terry clarke's curator insight, February 25, 12:24 PM

The title speaks for itself, but this is an interesting read!

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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

Personalize Learning: 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning around Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning and Partnerships in Learning.
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Nice summary of how personalized learning is changing the school environment.

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Training Culture vs. Learning Culture - The Performance Improvement Blog

What’s the difference between a “training culture” and a “learning culture”? The answer is, “A great deal.” As the chart shows, in a training culture, responsibility for employee learning resides with instructors and training managers. In that kind of culture...
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I found this blog post to be very helpful in re-focusing the goals of our professional development - what do we really want to be doing?  Training people or teaching them to learn?

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50 tips to develop and run your online courses | eSchool News | eSchool News

50 tips to develop and run your online courses | eSchool News | eSchool News | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
In addition to the already full plates of educators, in-house online content and course development remains a challenge. With a healthy dose of optimism and motivation to better serve their current, digitally-inclined
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Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach

Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Institutions of higher education are increasingly using online courses and fully-online programs as tools to increase enrollment. There are many issues surrounding the subject of online education as an enrollment strategy. For instance, attrition rates are higher in online courses and online programs than in the face-to-face environment (Carr, 2000; Moody, 2004). It has been well-established that academic and social integration are key factors influencing retention, yet many institutions do not take a systematic approach to ensuring adequate integration opportunities for online students. Faculty members, at the front-lines of the retention issue, can help to improve student success rates by providing a sense of community in the online classroom and making meaningful interaction and student engagement a priority. Functional units of student services should work collaboratively with faculty members to expand the breadth of support for online learners, with the conviction that retention is everyone’s issue, and fostering student success is everyone’s responsibility.
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Online Enrollment Growth Slows, But Still Outpaces Brick-and-Mortar -- Campus Technology

Online Enrollment Growth Slows, But Still Outpaces Brick-and-Mortar -- Campus Technology | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The number of higher education students taking at least one online course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent over the previous year — the slowest rate of increase in over a decade, according to a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group.
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Effective Ways to Structure Discussion

The use of online discussion in both blended and fully online courses has made clear that those exchanges are more productive if they are structured, if there’s a protocol that guides the interaction. This kind of structure is more important in the online environment because those discussions are usually asynchronous and minus all the nonverbal cues that facilitate face-to-face exchanges. But I’m wondering if more structure might benefit our in-class discussions as well.

Students struggle with academic discourse. They have conversations (or is it chats?) with each other, but not discussions like those we aspire to have in our courses. And although students understand there’s a difference between the two, they don’t always know exactly how they’re supposed to talk about academic content when discussing it with teachers and classmates. Would providing more structure provide that clarity and make the value of discussions more obvious to students?
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ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend!

ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend! | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The basic cognitive skills needed by previous generations are no longer enough. Students in the conceptual age must also master the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, including creation, metacognition and self-actualization.

“It will require an upgrade to our curriculum, new instructional methods and materials, a new profile of a global graduate and an open mind,” say Smith, Chavez and Seaman.

For ideas about how to re-create your classroom for the conceptual age, including potential classroom setups, blended learning models to mix and match, and a curriculum design process, take a look at the infographic

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 10, 11:55 AM

Big fan of info graphics! 

Suzanne's curator insight, February 11, 7:53 AM

Learning and teaching in the conceptual age.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 12, 2:24 AM

How to implement a new classroom and learning paradigm: A nice outline

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'Interactive Learning Spaces' at the center of Ball State U.'s faculty development program @insidehighered

'Interactive Learning Spaces' at the center of Ball State U.'s faculty development program @insidehighered | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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The Most Important Higher Ed Story of 2015 | Technology and Learning @insidehighered

The Most Important Higher Ed Story of 2015 | Technology and Learning @insidehighered | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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This post does an excellent job explaining how digital learning and MOOCs are changing the face of traditional education FOR THE BETTER!  "Any college or university that bases a significant part of its business model around an information transfer model will be first irrelevant, and then quickly insolvent. "  I hope that this will be true for any K12 school or classroom as well!

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Half-male, half-female bird spotted and scientifically investigated

Half-male, half-female bird spotted and scientifically investigated | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

This bird might look like a holiday ornament, but it is actually a rare half-female, half-male northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis, pictured with female plumage on the left and male plumage on the right) spotted a few years ago in Rock Island, Illinois. Researchers have long known such split-sex “gynandromorphs” exist in insects, crustaceans, and birds. But scientists rarely get to extensively study a gynandromorph in the wild; most published observations cover just a day or so. Observers got to follow this bird, however, for more than 40 days between December 2008 and March 2010. They documented how it interacted with other birds and even how it responded to recorded calls. The results suggest being half-and-half carries consequences: The cardinal didn’t appear to have a mate, and observers never heard it sing, the researchers report this month in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. On the other hand, it wasn’t “subjected to any unusual agonistic behaviors from other cardinals,” according to the paper. Intriguingly, another gynandromorph cardinal sighted briefly in 1969 had the opposite plumage, they note: the male’s bright red plumes on the right, the drabber female feathers on the left.


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Reimaging Teaching in a Blended Classroom

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I really like how they describe the characteristics of a teacher in a blended classroom and the roles they take on.  It has real concrete examples of thways teachers should be working in a blended classroom.

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