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This course was developed as an introduction to using Moodle.
Some of the resources used here were first developed for the RSC Wales course Getting to Know Moodle and have been modified slightly.
By the end of this course you will be aware of
Via Frédéric DEBAILLEUL, Jack Patterson
Teachers are known for their organizational skills, so chances are they’ll love Pinterest‘s intuitive and logical design.
The social network’s user experience has helped it earn a top spot among today’s most popular social networks. Therefore, we predict that teachers will give it a gold star, too.
Our friends at OnlineUniversities.com have put together the following infographic, which details how teachers can use Pinterest to organize lesson plans, distribute curricula, collaborate with other faculty, and even encourage student participation.
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From the official press release:
Say for example, your Argentinian cousin, Carlos, speaks only Spanish. With Transfire XP, you can now chat with each other in real-time, without any language barrier. Send a message wishing Carlos a "Happy Birthday!", and he will read "Feliz Cumpleaños!" on his phone. Carlos then responds, "Gracias," and you read, "Thank you."
TNT Creations announced today the release of their iPhone application, Transfire XP, free for a limited time.
Transfire XP brings the first chat and instant-messaging app with real-time, translated text. The application features a user-friendly interface, fast message delivery, and supports over 50 languages.
Transfire XP finds contacts on your local phone or device, and supports contacts from Gchat and Yahoo Messenger. Upcoming support for chat on Facebook, ICQ, Baidu is coming next.
The translation is made possible by integrating Google Translate.
Transfire XP is free for a limited time.
Find out more about it: http://www.transfireapp.com/
Available in the AppStore here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/translation-fire/id413486753?mt=8&ls=1
Via Robin Good
ISTE’s thought leadership for educational transformation is best represented by its pioneering work developing the educational technology standards for students, teachers, coaches, and administrators widely known as the NETS. By convening K–12 educators, teacher educators, curriculum and education associations, government, business, and private foundations, ISTE built consensus for the framework and momentum for using the standards.
Robin Good: News and content curators are always hungry for RSS feeds, as these are the best vehicle to receive any change-update from a web site without needing to go out and check. But not always, web public services that let users generate content, are open and happy to let you grab a RSS feed.
Case in point Pinterest.
While the service provides a RSS feed for any user that includes all of the updates and posts he has made, these are all uncategorized and mixed together, regardless of which board they were collected in.
"To generate this RSS simply click on the user’s profile and select the RSS icon on the left of the page. Another way to do this is to add feed.rss to the end of the user’s profile; for example, if you want to see the latest pins by Felicia Day your RSS URL would look like this http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/feed.rss."
To get instead the RSS feed for a specific board, here is what you need to do:
"...first open the board (e.g. Felicia Day’s Geekin Board), then, remove the last “/” from the URL and add .rss – your end URL will look like http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/geekin.rss
The RSS feed will show you the last 20 or so pins created in that board rather than the full contents."
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By Lisa Nielsen
"In the 21st century teachers are no longer the sole imparters of information. Instead their role shifts to empowering students to learn independently in part by developing personal learning networks in areas of passions, talents, and interests. Not only are these real-world connections valuable, they enable learning to move from the preparation for life to the living of life by providing individuals with access to learners, leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.
"The five Cs below will empower educators to discover how they and their students can begin building personal learning networks specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe."
Via Jim Lerman
Google announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out a significant redesign for its social networking platform Google+, which will allow users to create a more customized experience on the site.
The company said it will introduce a variety of new features to the site in the next few days, from customizing apps and the navigation bar to more flexibility with profile pages and pictures.
Via The New Company
In the market for a new job? Checking out career opportunities in your field? If you’re thinking about being competitive, make sure you’re in tune with what’s happening to the employment landscape. Paper applications pretty much have become extinct as social network sites like Linked-In and online job searching tools like Monster, Careerbuilder, and BranchOut increase in popularity.
These web-based job pools are being accessed by a wide range of new graduates, whether technical school students, online school students, or campus-based undergrads. Make sure you don’t miss out. Your next job could be just a couple of clicks away.
Via Jonha Richman, Jack Patterson
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
"MIT wants to change all that by tasking thousands of people with analyzing a 0.3-millimeter slice of mouse retinal tissue. Using a new site called Eyewire, MIT will ask users to track a neuron’s path by coloring in each axon (tendril). In the future, MIT will roll out another “game” which challenges users to find the synapses. The end result will be the connectome (a tome of connections) of the mouse’s retina."
Via Howard Rheingold
More on critical thinking and information analysis in this great article by G. Randy Kasten for Edutopia. He lays out his own views on the pitfalls we face in navigating our seas of information, and why our children need to know how to make the best choices for the best results, not to mention the best lives. Read on for more ....
posted by Ian Jukes
Robin Good: I think Sam Gliksman has a vital point here.
The point is this: there is no better way to learn something than to research, organize and build a personal framework of information, facts, resources, tools and stories around it.
And yes, if I do think about it, I can only confirm that my in my experience this has certainly been the case.
Rather than learn by memorizing and going through a predetermined path that someone else has arbitrarily set for me (and thousands of others), by curating my own learning path and curriculum, I am forced to dive into discovery and sense-making for the very start, two essential ingredients for effective learning.
The change is evident: from passive memorization of predetermined info, to personal exploration, discovery and sense-making of what I am interested in pursuing.
With such an approach, the replacement of classic teachers with curators who can act as guides, coaches and wise advisors to my exploratory wanderings may be vital to the success of many learners.
Curation can therefore be a revolutionary concept applicable both to learners and their approach as well as to the new "teachers" who need to become trusted guides in specific areas of interest.
Here's the text excerpt from this article, that sparked in me these ideas:
"Reliance on any type of course textbook – digital, multimedia, interactive or otherwise – only fits as a more marginal element in student-centered learning models.
It’s not the nature of the textbook as much as its reverence in the classroom as “the” singular authority for learning.
Lifelong learners need to be skilled in finding, filtering, collating, evaluating, collaborating, editing, analyzing and utilizing information from a multitude of sources.
Instead we could prioritize “content construction”. Textbooks are an important gateway - a starting point from which students can learn and then begin their exploration of information on any topic (although even on that point I feel we should encourage the “critical reading” of textbooks).
However the days when students could responsibly rely on any textbook as a singular information source are gone.
Also, the process of accessing, synthesizing and utilizing information is often as important as the product.
The skills developed are an essential component of education and life today.
We have access to an exponentially growing amount of information to process and apply [and] there are many excellent tools we can all use to help in constructing and organizing that content."
Insightful. Informative. 8/10
Full original article: http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/supplementing-textbooks
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