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Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review

Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?
"If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford’s Model-T production line, or even the bicycle. The list goes on.

Now answer this one: what’s been the single biggest innovation in education?

Don’t worry if you come up blank. You’re supposed to. The question is a gambit used by Anant Agarwal, the computer scientist named this year to head edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, to anyone who wants one. His point: it’s rare to see major technological advances in how people learn."

 

 


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UW-Stout: E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate

UW-Stout: E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program Infographic

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Here's an infographic I've been working on to give you all a sense of the E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout

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I will take a look at this program.  If I could start Monday that would be perfect! I'm probably too late which would be sad because it seems to be relatively inexpensive.

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Every Child Can Win the Memory Game

Every Child Can Win the Memory Game | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As a student, I had great difficulty concentrating during lesson time and consequently didn't retain much knowledge. I was diagnosed with dyslexia and had the symptoms of attention deficit disorder.

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As a classroom teacher I taught Tony Buzan's memory building methods to my Middle School Students. Not only do they work, more importantly they break down the  'I can't do this".mindset so common in young teens.  


Memory work is good work. Investigate this!

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Tony Bates: Time to retire from online learning?

Tony Bates: Time to retire from online learning? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Tony Bates: I was 75 yesterday and as I’ve tried to do each birthday for the last 25 years, I spent the day skiing at Whistler. (A wonderful day: sunshine and still tons of snow, and a lot of terrain to cover). How to spend yesterday was an easy decision. The hard one is how to spend the rest of my life (yeah, welcome to the club). In particular, I have decided to stop (nearly) all professional activities from now onwards. I want to go through the reasons for this, because the reasons are as much professional as personal. Also this change has implications for my blog in particular. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/15/time-to-retire-from-online-learning/#sthash.DscyKoXi.dpuf

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Tony Bates remains a great mind and a visionary thinking. His teaching has always been part of my universe.  


Congratulations on 'retiring with style'!

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Introduction to Google Tools: Free self paced video course: Udemy

Introduction to Google Tools: Free self paced video course: Udemy | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics, and Google Tools - Free Course


This course gives an overview of several powerful Google tools that are free to web site owners. It focuses mainly on Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. Webmaster Tools helps web site owners track the health of their website. Google Analytics helps web site owners track conversions and visitors.

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Use E-Books and Videos to get stared with Google tools. 

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Tom Perran's curator insight, April 21, 7:54 PM

Great place to start your journey into the world of Google tools for education! 

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Technology Integration Matrix

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.

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The infographic style of presentation sit atop a deep set of resources.

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Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product"

Larry Ferlazzo: Differentiating Lessons By "Content, Process or Product" | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo: An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom ChallengesThe ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.

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Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.    

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David Miles's curator insight, April 19, 6:10 PM

I find it challenging to work out how to differentiate (or whether I am differentiating) lessons in secondary school classes where everything is driven by the needs of an examination system. This idea, that there are multiple incarnations of differentiation, I find quite helpful.

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Dennis T OConnor's insight: Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.
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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC] | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. 


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I started with BRS searches and Bulletin Boards. How about you?

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Serge Dielens * Soci(et)al Marketing Communication expert @ EdgeCommunication.be *'s curator insight, April 18, 5:34 AM

Qui peut prédire la suite?

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Breve historia de los Medios de Comunicación Social

Manuel Pinto's curator insight, April 20, 9:17 AM

More a timeline than a history. Useful, anyway.

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Elearning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate University of Wisconsin-Stout

Elearning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate University of Wisconsin-Stout | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Elearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate information. Learn how to teach and improve online and blended classes.


Eight-week intensive online courses
Expert facilitation by veteran online instructors
Small highly interactive classes
Professional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches
Career mentoring and job placement assistance
Highly competitive tuition
Credits may also apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program

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I highly recommend this program. It's been my passion for over a decade. Join us, change your future.

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Blended Learning: Creating Awesome Online Discussions

Blended Learning: Creating Awesome Online Discussions | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Tim Robinson: If our students think that the discussion posting is useless and not at all entertaining. It likely means that it is useless and not at all entertaining. We know this because we often feel the same way when we have to make contrived discussions posts. It’s not that our jobs are about entertaining students, but we do need to do what we can do make it at least tolerable.


If we can expand our understanding of the tool to get beyond just ‘discussions’ but see it as a platform for other creative ways to explore a topic, we’ll find a much richer level of learning. We can, maybe, even have some fun with it.

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, April 8, 6:35 PM

Tim Robinson gives examples on how to make online discussions more engaging and interactive, how to encourage students to participate and how to make discussion posting more entertaining. 

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Thanks for sharing!
Jamie Torgerson Willett's curator insight, April 10, 5:03 PM

Online discussions can be awesome or a pain.  I think we've all experienced that.  Here's a way to help ensure that they are awesome.  

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University of Wisconsin-Stout - The First Wisconsin University to be Certified for Excellence by the United States Distance Learning Association

University of Wisconsin-Stout - The First Wisconsin University to be Certified for Excellence by the United States Distance Learning Association | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
University of Wisconsin-Stout - The First Wisconsin University to be Certified for Excellence by the United States Distance Learning Association

The University of Wisconsin-Stout has received Quality Standards (QS) certification for excellence from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). University of Wisconsin-Stout is the only university in the UW System to receive this certification. Institutions that receive USDLA/QS certification have been evaluated using 124 standards that focus on the areas of administration, leadership and management, student affairs, and teaching and learning.  Certification is awarded for a five-year period, subject to performance and annual renewal.
"UW-Stout has been a leader in providing online and distance education for decades," said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen. "This announcement tells the world that the programs we provide across the country and the world meet the highest standards for academic rigor and quality." Doug Stevens, director of Stout Online, added, "Going through the process of the USDLA Quality Standards Certification not only validates the quality services that UW-Stout provides, but also identifies areas that we can improve in providing online programs to our students."
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Discussion Board: Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions.

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sian etherington's curator insight, March 27, 1:55 PM

I think this is from the Blackboard people; nevertheless it has some guidance on using Discussion boards which was helpful to me.

flea palmer's curator insight, April 7, 8:42 AM

Good advice here - very timely!

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is used to design curriculum, lessons and instruction based on the diversity of the learners in their classroom.

 

How can UDL guide personalize learning to meet the Common Core?

 

When a teacher understands his/her learners through the UDL lens, he/she creates a flexible learning environment and provides opportunities for learner voice and choice. When lessons are designed using the UDL model, the lesson includes goals, methods, materials, tools, and assessments to reach and support the maximum amount of learners in the classroom.

 

Learners can use this model to help them understand how they learn best and what learning path they can take to become an independent expert learner, leveraging their natural abilities in the process. This process helps the learner create their personal learning profile that is understood by both teacher and learner.

 

The importance of this strategy is that both the teacher and the learner understand who the learner is and how they learn best. The learner and the teacher uses the UDL lens to personalize learning. So what does that look like?

 

An example of an 8th Grade unit on the Civil War serves as an example along with two students who can meet a number of CCSS when they choose and use the tools to support their learning.

 

Explore our new website, Personalize Learning (www.personalizelearning.com), to learn more about the research, models and educators who are personalizing learning.

 


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Éducation / Exemplarité /Peace / Change thé World / Solidarité

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UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core

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Personalized learning is what 21st Century Learning is all about

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Drum Roll, Please! Announcing the Newly Released Doctopus, An Add-on for Google Docs

Drum Roll, Please! Announcing the Newly Released Doctopus, An Add-on for Google Docs | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Doctopus is truly the educator’s virtual personal assistant.

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Teachers don't have an office or a secretary (or they share the overworked front office staff  with 100 other teachers).


Along comes a set of add-ons that make Google Docs more useful for classroom teachers.  Since all teachers are basically broke, these free tools  help good people do a tough job.

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3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech - Edudemic

3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Dear “Nervous To Try Something New With EdTech”: You know when you spoke with me the other day and told me that that introducing more tech into my class was fine for me because I was ‘into it’ and ‘understood’ it? That you were not going to try a new way of doing things (edtech-wise) …

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I've done edtech training for nervous teachers since the days of the Apple ll and the  Commodore 64. Some things never change.  I think it's not so much the fear of tech as it is the fear of losing control of a class when the tech fails (as it always will).  


The cure? Perhaps being flexible enough to have multiple fall back positions when the tech crashes and accepting the role of teacher as learner as you learn the ropes along with your students. 

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Pew Research Report: The Rise of Online Video

A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that online video is growing. 78% of online adults watch or download videos online, up from 69% in 2009, and the share of internet users who upload or post video online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. Kristen Purcell, report author, explains these findings and the reasons behind them. 

For the full report, visit www.pewresearch.org

Follow the Pew Research Center on Twitter: @pewresearch

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7 of the Best New Add Ons for Google Docs and Sheets | Google Gooru

7 of the Best New Add Ons for Google Docs and Sheets | Google Gooru | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Yesterday the Google Drive team announced one of the biggest updates to Docs and Sheets that we’ve seen in a long time. The new Add-ons feature for Docs and Sheets makes it really easy to bring some advanced functionality, or just some missing features, to your most important Drive files.

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Google Drive just keeps getting better.  

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Building a Blended School -- THE Journal

Building a Blended School -- THE Journal | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Rich Kiker, the director of online learning at Palisades School District (PA), talks about how he helped build an online learning environment that offers expanded choice for students and plenty of professional development and support for teachers.
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Does your classroom have an online component? If so, you've dipped a toe in the ocean of blended learning.  Learn more with this article THE journal.

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VoiceThread: Tech Tips from UW-Stout

VoiceThread: Tech Tips from UW-Stout | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Creating Collaborative Learning Experiences with VoiceThread
Discover the multiple uses of VoiceThread in flipped and traditional classrooms, and explore how this versatile tool can increase motivation and assess learning.

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Help your students speak from the heart.


Here's a fresh list of VoiceThread resources compiled by Karen Franker, editor of The Tech Tips Newsletter from UW-Stout.

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E-Learning Certificate Program: Enroll NOW for Summer & Fall 2014 Classes: UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching

E-Learning Certificate Program: Enroll NOW for Summer & Fall 2014 Classes: UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Graduate Certificate Program!

Prepare to be a Great Online Teacher
Develop and enhance your online teaching skills.
Teach online from anywhere as a highly effective e-learning professional.

Hone your skills to compete in a rapidly growing job market!  Review our homepage for all the details: Program Home.

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Courses for Summer and Fall are open now for registration.  Thinking about your future?


"When you come to a fork in the road... Take it!! - Yogi Berra

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Deborah Banker's curator insight, April 13, 12:14 PM

It is not free!  But for those who may be interested, here you go :)

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15 Interesting Ways to use Google Maps to Support Learning

15 Interesting Ways to use Google Maps to Support Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
As many of you will know I am a bit of a map nerd and have always enjoyed peering down at the Earth through a map or using tools like Google Earth and Maps.

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Use the tools, open the minds, teach from the heart.

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, April 13, 8:16 AM

add your insight...

 

 
Gary Harwell's curator insight, April 13, 9:59 PM

Using Google Maps is Good if done effectively.

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love google maps

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Why You Should Care About M-Learning | LearnDash

Why You Should Care About M-Learning | LearnDash | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. There are a variety of reasons for this, but many have to do with the accessibility of mobile devices, the savings associated with a mobile enabled learning program, and the convenience mobile learning affords the learner.

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Interested in grabbing the mobile learning brass ring? Want to understand how to design content for mobile learning? Take Ann Bell's new course at UW-Stout E-Learning: 

EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design
(with Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, and tablets)

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Nicky Mohan's curator insight, April 9, 5:20 PM

What is the best way to stay connected in a connected world?

 

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How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program

How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
If you have been considering an online instructional design certificate program, then you've come to the right place. In this post, I will go over the basics of Instructional Design certificate programs; share 7 tips for choosing the right Instructional Design program, and even highlight 18 Online Instructional Design Certificate Programs that you may want to consider. 
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Great to see UW-Stout's Online Instructional Design Program recognized in this article! 

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.


Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”

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I left the classroom at the end of the 'Nation at Risk' era. I was fed up with top down mandates that put kids learning low on the priority list.  


I dodged the NCLB freight train and have retained my teaching spirit while working online for more than a decade.  

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 7:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 12:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 4:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-) 

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Guidelines for effective online discussions | Technology Solutions for Teaching and Research

Guidelines for effective online discussions | Technology Solutions for Teaching and Research | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Guidelines for effective online discussions 
This resource will help you, as an instructor, consider many factors that contribute to a successful implementation of online discussion in your course. 
 
Variation and incremental development            
Not every suggestion provided in this resource will fit every situation.  You’ll need to find what works best for your students in the context of your course; an iterative approach will likely be necessary in order to meet your learning goals.  Variables like class size and personality, scheduling, and topic might require adjustments.  A group with a sense of community established through in-class interaction might seamlessly continue discussions online, while another groups might require more attention.

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Solid guidelines backed up with a good works consulted list from Chad Shorter at UW-Madison.

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Around the Corner @MGuhlin Cobbling Together an LMS: Towards Self-Directed Learning

Around the Corner @MGuhlin Cobbling Together an LMS: Towards Self-Directed Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

...cutting-edge learning environments that allow learners to be self-directed are where it is at. I sense a mountain of resentment when I'm told to learn something, to use ONE technology (e.g. paper-n-pencil, computer, iPad, whatever) but when I'm invited to explore, to make my own connections with a text, with ideas, I'm inclined to blog it, to curate content, to do more with various devices.


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I can learn anything I want to learn... Pinned on the wall above my computer.

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Google Drive Workflow Solution

Google Drive Workflow Solution | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Using Google Drive, teachers and students can exchange digital work seamlessly. Teachers create and share (view only) a folder or class...
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Base your workflow on this foundation and you'll save yourself some painful trial and error.  Teachers build on other teacher's work... all free on the open web. Drive that Google Drive!

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Jose Pietri's curator insight, March 22, 1:30 AM

Workflows on top of frameworks...