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Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World

Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

One “dog year” supposedly equals seven human years. But does one year feel like seven years to a dog? Evidence suggests that distinct species do indeed experience passing time on different scales. A recent study in Animal Behavior reveals that body mass and metabolic rate determine how animals of different species perceive time.

 

Time perception depends on how rapidly an animal's nervous system processes sensory information. To test this ability, researchers show animals a rapidly flashing light. If the light flashes quickly enough, animals (and humans) perceive it as a solid, unblinking light. The animal's behavior or its brain activity, as measured by electrodes, reveals the highest frequency at which each species perceives the light as flashing. Animals that can detect the blinking at higher frequencies are perceiving time at a finer resolution. In other words, movements and events will appear to unfold more slowly to them—think slow-motion bullet dodging in an action movie.

 

The scientists who ran the new study gathered data from previous experiments on the rate at which visual information is processed in 34 vertebrates, including lizards, birds, fish and mammals. The scientists hypothesized that the ability to detect incoming sights at a high rate would be advantageous for animals that must perform the equivalent of bullet dodging—responding to visual stimuli very quickly to catch elusive prey or escape predators, for instance. These animals tend to be lighter and have faster metabolisms. The data bore out the hypothesis: species that perceived time at the finest resolutions tended to be smaller and have faster metabolisms.

 

These findings show that differences in how a mouse and an elephant sense time are not arbitrary but rather are finely tuned by interactions with their surroundings. A link between time perception, body structure and physiology suggests that different nervous systems have developed to balance pressures from the natural environment with energy conservation. Rapid perception might be essential for a hawk but would waste a whale's precious energy. As for Fido, a year really does seem longer to him than it does to you, but probably not by a factor of seven. Dogs can take in visual information at least 25 percent faster than humans—just enough to make a television show look like a series of flickering images.


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More studies needed on blended learning for students with disabilities > Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute | MVU | Michigan Virtual University

More studies needed on blended learning for students with disabilities > Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute | MVU | Michigan Virtual University | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Guest bloggers Mary Rice and Bryan Dykman from the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities suggest that more research on blended l...
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Important issue in online and distance learning.

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The Economic Value of Higher Teacher Quality

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We know an effective teacher can play a huge role in teacher learning - but we just aren't sure yet what makes an effective teacher!

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Introducing Netflix Academy: The best educational videos available for streaming | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Want to turn TV time into learning time? As I explain in greater detail below, free streaming videos from services like Netflix and Amazon are a boon to parents committed to a well-rounded education for their children—and not opposed to a little screen time on occasion. SIGN UP to receive updates from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
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Some of these you need a subscription to watch but if you have the access they are nice resources.

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Tips On How To Use The 6 Laws of Perception in eLearning - eLearning Industry

Tips On How To Use The 6 Laws of Perception in eLearning - eLearning Industry | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
How To Use The 6 Laws of Perception in eLearning. Check invaluable Tips On How To Use The 6 Laws of Perception in eLearning.
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This is a helpful Instructional Design Theory when designing online courses.  Really good resource to keep in mind!

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What's in a Name: Study finds gender perception affects student evaluations

What's in a Name: Study finds gender perception affects student evaluations | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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"College students' assessments of their instructors' teaching ability is linked to whether they think those instructors are male or female, according to new research from North Carolina State University."

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Learning Code by Building Apps: TouchDevelop by Microsoft Research - FRACTUS LEARNING

Learning Code by Building Apps: TouchDevelop by Microsoft Research - FRACTUS LEARNING | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Created by Microsoft’s Research group, TouchDevelop is a touch-friendly app creation environment that allows students to build apps using their phone, tablet or desktop machine. The environment has been designed with a detailed focus on providing a safe and enjoyable space for students to learn coding basics, progress their skills and publish their very own apps to run on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux."


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I went to a Microsoft training a couple of weeks ago and the amount of products they have for education is amazing!  Definitely check this one out!

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Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers

Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Wiki Summarizer could be a good tool for students who are just starting a research assignment and are not quite sure what terms to use or what topics to explore. By using the Wiki Summarizer web view or word cloud view students will be able to find some terms and topics that could help them alter and or direct their searches. In other words, Wiki Summarizer could help students who have a very broad research topic narrow down their searches."


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Wow!  What a great tool! 

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Lecture Capture – Sometimes it’s better to be heard…and not seen | ALT Online Newsletter

Lecture Capture – Sometimes it’s better to be heard…and not seen | ALT Online Newsletter | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

In my work as an educational technologist in Higher Education (and with academic/teaching experience in HE) I am more frequently receiving queries and requests from teaching staff who want to make a video of their lecture so it can be available to their students on their module site in the institutional VLE.


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Great point about video not being always necessary!  Just watching someone talk is BORING!  Plus if it is just audio - downloading it becomes portable and now you are not tied to a screen.  I can listen in my car, on my walk, washing dishes...  Yes, maybe I need to listen and take notes, but sometimes a general overview of the content is nice too.

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3 predictors of strong digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

3 predictors of strong digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
An annual report identifies three policies that, when taken together, indicate the strength of a state's digital learning opportunities.
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"Different grades use digital content and tools differently, too, according to the report:

High schools tend to offer fully online courses and many forms of digital content.Elementary schools tend to offer self-paced interactive activities that are topic-focused and collaborativeMiddle schools are a hybrid of high schools and elementary schools, in which younger middle school students are more likely to use interactive and skill-based lessons, while older middle school students use other forms of digital content and begin venturing into online learning opportunities"
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10 research tips for finding answers online

10 research tips for finding answers online | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. An...

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Agnes Ng's curator insight, November 3, 5:12 AM

These great research tips definitely help speed up the research process. Besides these research tips, Libraries also offer good online resources such as subscribed databases, ebooks and ejournals to enhance the research. 

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Build K-12 CC standards-based rubrics in under a minute!

Build K-12 CC standards-based rubrics in under a minute! | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The ThemeSpark™ free web-based teacher tool was designed by former teacher David Hunter. The creator of the innovative Zombie-Based Learning curriculum, he founded our parent company EdCourage, Inc. to offer powerful teacher tools that easily add Authentic Learning to standards-based curriculum. David will be presenting on this topic at ASCD15 in Houston.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 27, 12:50 PM

I set up an account and built a 21st Century Skills Collaboration rubric based on Common Core in less than a minute. Very clever. You can combine standards from different tracks and them share via web address or social media or download. 


This product delivers.  Give it a try. 

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The ThemeSpark™ free web-based teacher tool

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An investigation of middle school science teachers and students use of technology inside and outside of classrooms: considering whether digital natives are more technology savvy than their teachers...

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"Our results indicated that today’s school-age learners are no more technology savvy than their teachers. The previous assumption used to profile students as digital natives (Prenksy 2001; Oblinger 2003) did not apply to the students in this study. In fact, teachers’ technology use experiences surpassed students whether it’s inside or outside of school. We found that overall, people’s outside-school technology usage is voluntary, problem-driven and attached to personal interests. The frequency of using technology outside of school was an indicator of how technology was part of people’s daily routines."

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium 2014 | Wednesday, Nov. 5 - Friday, Nov. 7

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Lessons from Serial: The Myth of the Shrinking Attention Span

Lessons from Serial: The Myth of the Shrinking Attention Span | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
I've been thinking a lot about attention span lately. Since the advent of Twitter, we've been told that our audience is no longer capable of maintaining interest in what we have to say if it's more than 140 characters long. Then Vine appeared on the scene with 6-second videos, and panic nearly ensued. Meanwhile, though, millions of Americans sat down on their couches to binge watch entire seasons of Orange Is the New Black. Clearly, the public at large is perfectly capable of paying attention when it wants to. So what are we to conclude from this information? The problem isn't your audience's attention span--it's your content.
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15 Amazing Features In Office 365 That You Probably Don't Know About

15 Amazing Features In Office 365 That You Probably Don't Know About | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
We asked Microsoft to send us a list of the best new things you could do with the software that most people didn't know it could do.
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There are so many great features in Microsoft 365 - I am especially looking forward to the integration of Skype!

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10,000+ Open & Free Online Courses on OEDB.org

10,000+ Open & Free Online Courses on OEDB.org | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
There are no degrees, no fees, and no admissions. Our database of free online classes provides high-quality education to anyone who wants to learn.

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5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education iNACOL Report

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If states are serious about implementing competency-based  education in the hope that it will prepare students for college and career, policy  makers had better be ready to update their rules and regulations, according to  a new report by the International Association  for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

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Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition)

Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder.

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Why competency-based education matters.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Modularization of Education - I find this to be true in professional development as well.  We are training more and more little one technology skill classes than ever before.  Instead of training a whole day on how to use the SMART Board - one hour or so training on one or two features of the SMART Board.  One or two apps at a time.  One or two small compentencies...

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, November 12, 12:10 PM

No need for an expensive MBA - DIY business training programme!

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A new world of learning lies ahead. Time to pay attention.

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Over 10,000 Take MOOC Course On Ebola Prevention

Over 10,000 Take MOOC Course On Ebola Prevention | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Over 10,000 show up to take a MOOC course on Ebola prevention.

Via Cesar J López Camacho - Jaime Oyarzo Espinosa, L. García Aretio
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.
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"When you praise someone, you are making their actions and performance yours. So they’re looking over their shoulder and not owning their work."

 

Wow!  Interesting concept - making their performance yours.  This is a good article for parents, teachers, employees and employers!

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Clive on Learning: Seven ways that video can transform learning at work

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This goes not only for work but for online classes as well.  But even though it can be done less costly than before quality matters.  If the video or audio quality is so much of a mess that you cannot focus on the message then it isn't worth it.  Also the time matters.  Breaking an hour video into 5 minute chunks is still an hour video.  Be concise and focus on what matters.  No one will watch 10 minutes when it can be said in less than 2.

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Lecture Continues as the Dominant Instructional Strategy, Study Finds

Lecture Continues as the Dominant Instructional Strategy, Study Finds | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers Daniel Smith and Thomas Valentine begin by making an important point. At two-year colleges “the classroom serves as the epicenter of involvement.” (p. 134) The same could be said for commuter campuses as well. Students who attend two-year colleges often do so part-time and regularly do so combining school with work, family, and a host of other responsibilities. The same can increasingly be said of many students who commute to campus to take classes. At many institutions students now spend considerably less time on campus, and so if they are to be engaged with academic life, that involvement pretty much begins and ends in the classroom. So, are faculty using instructional techniques that do involve students in the classroom?
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“The survey respondents consistently rated hands-on activities and practical exercises as the two most effective instructional techniques to accomplish the three student learning outcomes.”  Now that is the interesting part!

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Overcoming the Motivation Challenge in eLearning: 5 Things You Can Do

Overcoming the Motivation Challenge in eLearning: 5 Things You Can Do | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Motivation in eLearning can best be described with a U-shaped curve: novelty and enthusiasm produce high drive at the beginning, but it drops off sharply thereafter, only increasing when the end of the course is in sight. It is up to you to boost and maintain your students' motivation throughout the course, so that they will get the most out of it. Unless they have the motivation to focus and sit through the entire course, they learn nothing at all.

Though every student responds differently, here are some fundamental guidelines you can use to keep your learners motivation levels high from that first splash to the finish line.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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Interesting and reassuring to know ideas I was learning 10+ years ago in graduate school are still the foundation of good elearning.

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Jose Pietri's curator insight, October 29, 5:27 AM

Applicable, in part, to "self-study" approach of LEC (and others). Review, adapt, implement via "How to remain motivated as a self-learner".

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 29, 11:07 AM

Creating bite-sized learning lessons is key..

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4. Engage students with each other is particularly important. Groupwork may not be initially greeted enthusiastically but online collaboration is the future. Often trepidation is replaced by appreciation of new found colleagues with a common interest.