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Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs

Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
As a guy who delivers two-day #edtech workshops during my breaks from full-time classroom teaching, I’m often asked the same questions again and again: How

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I recommend this site for anyone who wishes to look beyond the machines; that is, their use/non use, social issues, and reflective thinking about this brave new world.

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Blake Turnbull's curator insight, March 6, 2013 1:05 AM

This article is an interesting look at technology not as a motivator itself, but as a means by which students can become motivated. The author here states that kids are motivated through the opportunities to sociaise and participate with oneanother in the classroom, not by the use of technology itself. Thus, they suggest that we should employ technology as a means to provide students with the chance to participate, and consequently motivate them in doing so.

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Language Learning: Why Most Fail and How YOU Can Succeed [COMPLETE]

This is the complete version of the presentation I entered in the "Fuze Tell a Story Contest." It expands much more on 1) why most learners fail to learn forei (Language learning: why most fail and how you can succeed
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This is not PhD material, but it is straight forward, direct and simple. The only problem I see with this slide show is that it gives the impression that there is only one right and true way to learn languages. Not so, we all learn them in a slightly different way.

 

Interesting item about iTunes... haven't seen that come up any where before. Take two minutes and see the slides, whaddaya think?

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Antonie Alm's comment, April 27, 2013 1:56 AM
Lots of slides, but a nice overview. We did look at iTunes when we talked about listening (Podcasts and second language learning).
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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!...

John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!... | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it's all good news. (John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language.
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A thought-provoking short talk on texting. The talk looks at some fundamental differences between the communication occurring in the 'old way' - speech (at least 80,000 years old) - and communication by writing, the 'new way' only some few thousand years old.

 

Speech is language; its speed, its temporal constrictions and necessary perspective, its temporary existence, Writing is not representative of speedh, it is different. Writing is slow, drawn out, a reflective or 'looking back' process.That is, until now. The means now exist to communicate as rapidly as speech.

 

How this influences language is the main point of this talk. Texting is not bad writing, it's 'finger talk'. What can happen when people text is not a corrupted form of writing, this speaker argues that a new form of language is being seen... in this case made possible due to technological creation.

 

This form of communication, while not speech, is able to follow many of its conventions... while creating some of its own. 

 

This talk is fascinating in its demonstration of how closely tied humanity can become with its creations.

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Half an Hour: E-Learning Generations

E-Learning Generations by @Downes http://t.co/twC49JbuXT #elearning #MOOCs #highered #education
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OK, I admit it... I had to go over this article3 more than once to get the ideas. This is an article on the evolution of computing and thought interfaces, a history, from a connectivist perspective. The article both details the past but also makes predictions of what is to come. It is the widest of wide views.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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e-learning

e-learning | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
e-learning, by Jocelyne Germain: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (e-learning is out!
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Do you go in for 'embedded' information? Here is a site that does what scoop.it does in a narrow subject area. I found some of the same sites mentioned (as scoop.it) but then also some new ones. Using a site like this really depends on how much information one needs.

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Poorest pupils lack home internet

Poorest pupils lack home internet | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
More than a third of the poorest children do not have the internet at home and a similar number do not have a computer, official figures suggest.
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This article illustrates the other side of the coin (of e-learning). It also brings an observation; that although there will always be discussion about the relative value of e-learning, it is how education is pursued nowadays, and anyone not plugged in will definitely be left out (not necessarily left behind, but certainly left out & all what that means).

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the

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OK, this is not machine oriented - mea culpa - but it is full of wise insight into what it is that being a student, teaching and education is all about. The video is problematic, but what lucidity the speaker has! The process needs thinking.

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30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use

30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, "information over

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This item details some of the sites and means by which the massive amount of news can be filtered. Yes, Scoop.it is there, but so are lots of other ways and means that yield similar results. Any of a number of these plans are things that I would find useful. Maybe a content curation scheme is needed for curation schemes?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:01 PM

I'll stick with Scoop.it, still here is a roundup of systems for curation. 

Vincenzo Storti's curator insight, March 14, 2013 10:41 AM

Per gli specialisti di marketing, i migliori tools di content curation.

Jorge Rubio Navarro's curator insight, March 16, 2013 2:08 AM

Si quieres saber cual es la mejor herramienta en tu estrategia de Content Marketing aquí desde luego tienes por donde empezar. 

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Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs

Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
As a guy who delivers two-day #edtech workshops during my breaks from full-time classroom teaching, I’m often asked the same questions again and again: How

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Guy Garey's insight:

I recommend this site for anyone who wishes to look beyond the machines; that is, their use/non use, social issues, and reflective thinking about this brave new world.

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Blake Turnbull's curator insight, March 6, 2013 1:05 AM

This article is an interesting look at technology not as a motivator itself, but as a means by which students can become motivated. The author here states that kids are motivated through the opportunities to sociaise and participate with oneanother in the classroom, not by the use of technology itself. Thus, they suggest that we should employ technology as a means to provide students with the chance to participate, and consequently motivate them in doing so.

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12 Prolific Language Learning Bloggers You Should Follow

12 Prolific Language Learning Bloggers You Should Follow | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
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This looks good for the necessary human touch to scenarios for language learning. Worthy of a close look.

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12 bloggers to follow for tips and information on language learning and personal experience stories for a range of different languages

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Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas | Máster en E-learning. Universidad de Sevilla

Adaptability to Online Learning: Differences Across Types of Students and Academic Subject Areas | Máster en E-learning. Universidad de Sevilla | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
CCRC conducts research on community colleges and contributes to the development of practice and policy to promote success for all higher education students.
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This is a study to determine who does better at online courses. A large sample population over a few year's period was studied, giving the study a fairly solid claim to authenticity. Some of the findings were expected, but many were not. One of the conclusions shows that online courses overall did not score as well as face-to-face classes.  

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Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT | ESL & e-l...

Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT | ESL & e-l... | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
From a quick comparison of these two lists it may well look like the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, but those disadvantages are BIG, especially the cost.
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This article probably won't change your life, but it will help teachers to ground themselves a bit further in the functionality of this high profile device. Nik gets around the language learning/teaching community, making sense of new devices or methods to understand language education. He continues in this helpful vein here.

 

It is apparent that Nik is a bit of a gadget fancier - nothing either right or wrong with that - but it is a pleasure to read a review/blog about a device that has the potential to be quite handy in language learning being made in clear, even dispassionate terms. The hype, pro and con, can be rather shrill at times, but not here.

 

The iPad as a type is becoming more common now, a machine capable of diverse utility. Uses for the iPad can easily be made, but I will hold off on that, because it is abundantly clear that these devices are in the beginning stages of the ascent of their trajectory. The technologically-oriented will certainly transform the uses of this device all out of current recogniscence.

 

The biggest caveat one can see in the actual use of iPads, is in the otaining of one. They are expensive. Time will tell if sales volumes will bring the price down, or if something else cheaper will come along to wrest away market share. We live in interesting times.

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Is this the Future of Language Learning? | Voxy Blog

Is this the Future of Language Learning? | Voxy Blog | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Is this the Future of #Language Learning? http://t.co/RYVCd5hLJR
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This is essentially an advertisement... no, wait; it still has utility. Take a moment or two and read through it. The ideas is that with the ability to take computing along with you ('wearable') it becomes (with the right scheme, theirs, of course) part of the context... and with enough computing power can be a context recognition device for language lessons to be adapted to.

 

'...Voxy [the scheme mentioned earlier] is founded on the concept that language learning should be contextual and that mobile technologies allow users to be immersed in their learning experience.' This experience is possible because with wearable computing '...we'll be able to process and filter the data from our daily activities and from the world around us.'

 

If one could have an aid such as was just described - adaptable to any situation and able to use that situation for language learning purposes, unobtrusive and powerful - then a great leap forward might have just occurred.

 

On the other hand, such a device needs to involve the learner without being a distraction.This device is a work of technology, just as the textbook is. It is more refined than a textbook, which was a marvel in its day, but it is still just a device. I wonder what the next step beyond this may be.

 

 

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Is Technology Damaging our Children's Speech & Language Skills? - Playing With Words 365

Is Technology Damaging our Children's Speech & Language Skills? - Playing With Words 365 | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it

I actually fought the smart phone craze for a while…but I also saw the may benefits of having one. I fought it because I got sick of seeing people constantly checking their email and such while around other people. And I told myself I wouldn’t do that.

 

But admittedly, I do sometimes.

 

Being transparent with you all and honest…I do think (and always have) that technology can definitely hinder speech and language development. And here is why.

 

The time spent (for a child) on the iPad is….


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This particular article helps to clarify the perennial discussion of 'how much is enough, & how much is too much?' Is technology something that can be labelled 'good' or 'bad'?  Is it something like sugar, which is fine in small amounts but sickening as the sole dietary ingredient? The scenario presented (technology, especially the TV, in a home with young children) may not be yours at the moment, but the directives contained here are applicable widely. This is a fine rebuttal to a laissez-faire acceptance of any electronic gadgetry 'because it's there.'

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:06 PM

This would apply to a significant few.

Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 25, 2013 11:32 AM

What do you think? New media "talk" to kids ... they're absobing language. Food for thought ...

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:30 PM

A reverse look at technology not as an aid for language learning, but rather as a potentially damaging tool for young children learning speech and other language-related skills.

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How Evernote Is Revolutionzing My Classroom - Edudemic

How Evernote Is Revolutionzing My Classroom - Edudemic | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The great Evernote experiment is underway in the UK. Adam Webster details how he went all-digital with the help of iPads and Evernote.

 

By Adam Webster

 

"From 8th January – 22nd March I chose one class, my First Year class (aged 11-12) to give up using exercise books, reading books and textbooks. Instead, they would use only digital mediums that were available to them through an iPad that they were supplied with during each lesson.

 

"We are now at the halfway point of this test, and I wanted to reflect a little on what I have found so far."


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This is the third time or so I have seen instructors give glowing reports about Evernote. One even said that the more information that a user had the better the application worked. Are any of you using this application or one similar?

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:15 AM

Evernote and iPads. If the link doesn't work, try this one

http://www.edudemic.com/the-evernote-experiment/

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:20 PM

Thank you for sharing Jim. I have and will continue to promote Evernote to my students.

 

Ryne Huff's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:15 AM

I love the versitility of this app, allowing students to work on assignment/notes at home on their phone, school on iPad, and anywhere and everywhere in between.

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Students First - then look at the technology

Students First - then look at the technology | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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This is an excellent article that essentially asks all of us - student, teacher, administrator (& even parent) to consider just what is meant by education. The technology available now prods us, forces us, to consider society... a world with different capabilities. It can be, as Mr Richardson says, additive - that is doing the old thing a new way (ironically using a biblical allusion of old wine in new wineskins - some things never change). Or, our reaction can be ecological, that is essentially changed. This may be a case of simultaneously being 'the medium is the message' (our tech forces us to do things differently, and 'the medium is not the message' ('he tangata, he tangata, he tangata - it is people, it is people, it is people'). Highly recommended.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 8, 2013 4:44 PM

The ASCD publish magazines for educators on important issues. This issue is on the use of technology.

Rod Murray's comment, April 2, 2013 8:04 PM
Tech does not drive the learning, learning has to drive the technology.
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7 Social Networks Designed to Help You Learn A New Language - SocialTimes

7 Social Networks Designed to Help You Learn A New Language - SocialTimes | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
In the past few years, there has been an emergence of social networks for learning languages that is making learning more fun, efficient, and interesting than usual.
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This is scooped for private reasons... but there is a wide methodology here. I    I can see it now: "I'm speaking with Britte so I can learn Icelandic...Yeah right. Interesting to note that one site allows posting of data so that it can be purchased. Some of the sites seem to be open slather, while one has detailed and lengthy terms/conditions and legal section. One thing that all sites have in common is the conversation between people who wish to learn each other's languages, but it seems to me that simply being a native speaker (of whatever language) does not necessarily make for being an effective teacher.

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Vidtionary is a video dictionary: expresses words through images, suitable for language leaerners | E-Learning Tools, Werkzeuge, Plattformen, Apps, Anleitungen, Tipps

Vidtionary is a video dictionary: expresses words through images, suitable for language leaerners | E-Learning Tools, Werkzeuge, Plattformen, Apps, Anleitungen, Tipps | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Definition: (preposition) In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; — opposed to below or beneath. ... About Vidtionary is a video dictionary. It defines and expresses words through images.
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A picture worth a thousand words? This dictionary could be of great use to L2 English learners of beginning or low intermediate proficiency. It helps to fix understanding by using visual and audio (including pronunciation) presentations, and so is learned by more than one sense or context. I'm sure that picture dictionaries are available in book form, but this will be right at a learner's fingertips. One caveat to this product is its necessarily limited word quantity.

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Developing the 4 Skills with WEBTOOLS | Life Feast

Developing the 4 Skills with WEBTOOLS | Life Feast | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it

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Without reading the entire book here... it is an involved collection of 40+ tech tools that can be used for teaching; available here as an ebook. Useful for the practitioner.

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Blake Turnbull's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:01 AM

A 50 page online (free!) E-book with advice on incorporating webtools to aid in the development of students' listening, reading, speaking and writing skills.

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10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Using Skype in the classroom shouldn't be a daunting task. In fact, it's a simple and effective education tool that not enough students get to try out!

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Follow the links to get to Skype in the classroom. This may be a possibility looking for a home, but with a little imagination and the will to try new things it looks as if Skype can be used for all manner of applications.

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Blake Turnbull's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:08 AM

10 ways to use Skype in the classroom with at least 7 that could be directly relevant to language learning itself.

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20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning | e-learning and teaching | Scoop.it
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I found this site to be a wealth of good sites. Some of them are even on my topic.

 

Later: I've been back to this site, and have been through it more closely. This site has a wealth of anything to do with teaching; some general teaching, some specific kinds of teaching, and lots to do with the technology involved. While the actual site is relatively quantifiable (one gets the sense of where the stone walls are at the border, this site is very much in the vein of many other sites: one links to another which links to another which links... the process makes me think of sources to a large river - one can end up at the end of any tributary and be far away from any other source while still in the same eventual outlet.

 

This site has another feature shared with others of this type: there is a fairly clearly defined division of articles into Hardware issues and those of the Personnel issues. It seems that it is sometimes too easy to be distracted by the technical detail of the shiny new toys, but here there is the sense of a firm understanding of the purpose of the hardware... that is, utility to people in the education process.  

 

Anyone who wishes to know about teaching in general, and anyone who wishes to know tech systems from an educated layman's perspective will be happy with this site.

 

 

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