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"YouTube founders launched a teaser for a new project called Zeen.
It’s similarly based around the idea of content curation, but whereas Delicious is about tags and bookmarks, Zeen is a more developed version of the ‘social newspaper’ services like Paper.li.
After connecting your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, you get the option to create your first magazine, choosing from a number of template styles and color schemes.
You then dive into creating the magazine, without quite so much guidance about what you’re doing or why. Tools along the top of the magazine allow you to add content from the likes of Google searches, YouTube content, Instagram photos, Twitter, RSS feeds (you have to enter the feed URL) – or content you’ve clipped from around the Web using a blookmarklet.
Once you’ve added as much content as you like, one piece of content per page, you can publish your magazine to share with others. As yet, it appears that these can’t be viewed by anyone not in the beta...."
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Reserve your username and try out it here: http://zeen.com
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
For the past few months Michael Drennan's GCSE and A level students have been doing all their writing via student blogs.
Students realise how high the bar of public domain writing is. This can be initially intimidating, but that removes all apathy or sense of the humdrum. Asking all students to write blogs as learning unfolds and interlinks empowers the teacher to be more supportive because they're less tied to the bureaucracy; it raises challenge levels; it enables IT-skilling; it lets students see their own progress and differentiates well; it means more productive and accelerating learning-talk over rote-writing.
Gust MEES: check out also here to get some ideas...
Via Gust MEES
Posted on July 23, 2012 by Jennifer Funk
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The project arose from Weisgerber’s own experience curating content for students, which she and her St. Edward’s University colleague Dr. Shannan Butler shared at the second annual SXSWedu conference in March.
Today, they answer questions about why they think the museum curator is the perfect model for today’s educators (and students), and how you can become one too.
Via Gust MEES
In order to be a successful teacher using technology for your 21st century learning encounters, you need to be able to model 21st century learning and innovation skills in your encounters with technology.
===> These skills are also known as the 4 C’s: <===
- Critical thinking and problem solving
Read more, very interesting...:
Via Gust MEES
A Necessity for Educators in 2012
What is Twitter? Twitter is an online social networking site which allows users to send and receive messages of up to 140 characters.
Why should I join Twitter? Twitter has really become an extensive online community for anyone to quickly share and gain ideas on any topic. It’s FREE and very easy to use.
What role does Twitter have in Education? Twitter is a really great way to communicate short and concise thoughts. Some great ways Twitter can be used in education are:
Via Gust MEES
Now, flow is a type of intrinsic motivation, that is, there you do what you're doing primarily because you like what you're doing. If you learn only for external, extrinsic reasons, you will probably forget it as soon as you are no longer forced to remember what you want to do. Nor will you be motivated to learn for its own sake. Whereas if you are intrinsically motivated, you're going to keep learning as you move up and so you are in this lifelong learning mode, which would be the ideal.
3. What kinds of school activities are most (or least) likely to promote flow?
Via Nik Peachey, Lou Salza
Continuing our theme of using Twitter in education this week, we bring you a look at the ways Twitter is causing the current lecture model to evolve. The following analysis is brought to you by our content partners over at Online Universities.
Gone is the time when PowerPoint was the most impressive communication technology in the lecture hall. These days, students and professors enjoy the power of Twitter, a tool that allows for digital discussions to supplement and even guide lecture sessions. So how exactly is Twitter changing the college lecture as we know it?
Read on to find out about 10 different ways.
- Mobile devices are welcome in the lecture hall once again
- Lectures become a conversation
- Bashful students are speaking up
- More students get connected in large lectures
- Students stay engaged beyond the lecture
- Dorm discussions don’t happen as much anymore, and that’s OK
- There’s more information saved now than ever before
- Students think about lectures even when they’re not at school
- Review sessions happen anywhere
- Fewer classroom disruptions exist
Via Gust MEES
The differences between literacies, skills and competencies shouldn’t merely be glossed over and ignored. These differences are important.
Literacy is the ability to read and write. Traditionally, this has meant the ability to read and write using paper as the mediating technology. However, we now have many and varied technologies requiring us to ‘read’ and ‘write’ in different ways. As a result we need multiple literacies.
Because literacy depends upon context and particular mediating technologies there is, to my mind, no one literacy to ‘rule them all’. Literacy is a condition, not a threshold.
A skill is a controlled activity (such as a physical action) that an individual has learned to perform. There are general skills (often called transferable skills) as well as domain-specific skills.
Skills are subject to objective thresholds. So, for example, badges awarded by Scouting organisations signify the reaching of a pre-determined level of skill in a particular field.
A competence is a collection of skills for a pre-defined purpose. Often the individual with the bundle of skills being observed or assessed has not defined the criteria by which he or she is deemed to be ‘competent’.
Competencies have the semblance of objectivity but are dependent upon subjective judgements by another human being (or beings) who observe knowledge, skills and behaviours.
Via Gust MEES, Lou Salza
Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. is a global literacy campaign launched as part of Scholastic's 90th anniversary celebration that underscores the importance of reading to better prepare children who will need strong literacy skills to survive...
The subject of what is and isn’t working in education is once again on the front pages of our state’s newspapers.
Regardless of your political leanings, evaluation of teachers and their unions, or opinions about what the right “fix” may be for education, it is easy to agree that our current system of education was created in reaction to a mass industrialization of this country that began well over a hundred years ago in the U.S. Take a second and Google “The Committee of Ten.” This group of ten educators came together in the late 1800s to provide recommendations to the nation in regard to the mass standardization of American education. The eight-year elementary school, four-year high school, agrarian-based school calendar, standard school subject areas and social promotion all are directly or indirectly based on this panel’s work. For the most part, what we do in all levels of education, how we organize and administrate schools and how we move students from one level to another has barely changed since 1892. Since that time, almost every educational reform movement, almost every seminal stride made in educational philosophy and practice and almost every piece of reform legislation has been superimposed, wedged into or relegated to the periphery of the Committee of Ten structure.
Mind-boggling, isn’t it? If the auto industry followed the same progress, we would still be cranking our cars in the morning before our daily commute. While many of the crank car drivers are dedicated, intelligent and caring drivers, and while the crank car may well be successful in getting us from point A to B, we know that today’s car consumers expect and need more. We have an education system without cup holders.
In their recent book “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning,” authors Schwahn and McGarvey describe an educational system that is a bastion of the Industrial Age. The authors argue that with all the amazing educational research and data currently available, all the technological advances that allow content to be delivered efficiently and all we know about who learners are and how they learn, “it is now possible to meet the needs of each learner. Let’s stop tinkering with the current Industrial Age delivery system … (and) leapfrog to the Information Age and beyond.”
Via Lou Salza