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Should I Teach My Kid To Code?

Should I Teach My Kid To Code? | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Code literacy is a hot topic. But notions about how to teach it--and when--are still very much in play, raising questions for parents.
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What do you think?  As a parent of a young eager Minecraft player I know my kids would love this.  And will there be many creative (or otherwise) jobs in the future that do not require some understanding of digital?

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers : Teacher Reboot Camp

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers : Teacher Reboot Camp | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
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Some useful ideas for the start of a new term!

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11 Must-Read Digital Inclusion Reports & Case Studies | Ross McCulloch

11 Must-Read Digital Inclusion Reports & Case Studies | Ross McCulloch | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
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Some light reading...

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Free online tutorials for learning to use technology and ict in education

Free online tutorials for learning to use technology and ict in education | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Free online training for teachers and students in ICT. These are step by step camtasia screencasts that take you through a whole range of ict and web2.0 tools. These are free online tutorials and
cover podcasts, blogs, html and much more
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Great resource for teachers and trainers trying to keep up with technological change.

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Billionaire establishes radical rival to schools - News - TES

Billionaire establishes radical rival to schools - News - TES | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Jim McColl’s college will provide vocational training from age 13
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Struggling to understand ventures like this. How will funding be sustained? Why are colleges not encouraged to follow these paths? How is this different from what is currently on offer?

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Michael Gove says Tories will aim to wipe out illiteracy within a generation - Telegraph

Michael Gove says Tories will aim to wipe out illiteracy within a generation  - Telegraph | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Michael Gove will outline his moral crusade to “save lives which are currently wasted” and ensure that all children leave school with strong reading and maths skills
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As worthy as this 'crusade' is I am interested to see a similar focus on illiteracy in adults and digital illiteracy. And again and again we have to ask, where is the funding?

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GUEST POST: Digital Literacy – the importance of providing useful and accessible services | Digital By Default News

GUEST POST: Digital Literacy – the importance of providing useful and accessible services | Digital By Default News | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
The implications of the widespread digitizing of services and facilities will require more than a basic course in IT and literacy, it will require a cultural shift, says Karen Dorrat.
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My guest post on Digital by Default - Internet training needs more funding for it to grow and continue. 

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Web training 'would cut loneliness'

Web training 'would cut loneliness' | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Loneliness among the over-65s could be tackled by training more older people to use the internet, according to a think tank.
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Digital Literacy for older people - There is not enough funding for this training, we cannot continue to rely on volunteers. More funding needs to be made available to all those colleges, training providers and charities to make this a reality.

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Try our free courses

OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from university study. With over 700 free courses on a range of subjects, we hope you'll find something that interests you.
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Handy for Learning at Work Week!

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Jisc RSC Scotland - iTech 2014

Jisc RSC Scotland - iTech 2014 | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
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Looks like a great event for those interested in tech in education. 

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Developing digital literacies

Developing digital literacies | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
This infoKit provides ideas and resources to inspire the strategic development of digital literacies ie those capabilities which support living, learning and working in a digital society.
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JISC is a great help to those looking for information on e-learning, teaching, technology and much more. I find their 'infoKits particularly useful for introducing new topics and getting a handle on the basics. Here we can see a good overview of digital literacies.

 

As I progress through the #ocTEL course (Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning) and am about to begin the JISC RSC online Learning Online: Digital Literacies for Digital Learning course #rsclol I'm sure I will be referring to this resource frequently!

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A Brief History of Instructional Design

A Brief History of Instructional Design | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
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This was a great little history lesson for me. 

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Is Sweden's Classroom-Free School the Future of Learning?

Is Sweden's Classroom-Free School the Future of Learning? | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Is Sweden's Classroom-Free School the Future of Learning?

Via CFoote
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Sounds fantastic, a combination of spaces to work alone and in groups and presumably a larger space to bring whole school together. Design looks typical of Scandinavian stylish standards and one I'm sure the children would thrive in. 

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Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Safety and Citizenship to Elementary School Students

Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Safety and Citizenship to Elementary School Students | Digital Learning | Scoop.it

Source: www.freetech4teachers.com See on Scoop.it – FootprintDigital http://elearningfeeds.com/five-good-resources-for-teaching-digital-safety-and-citizenship-to-elementary-school-students/


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Digital Scotland (digiscot) on Twitter

Digital Scotland (digiscot) on Twitter | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
The latest from Digital Scotland (@digiscot). Tweets from the Royal Society of Edinburgh Inquiry into Spreading the Benefit of Digital Participation in Scotland. Scotland
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Hashtag to follow today for those who can't make it to Edinburgh #digiscot 

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Why Parents Sometimes Turn Out to be Edtech Entrepreneurs - gamesandlearning.org

Why Parents Sometimes Turn Out to be Edtech Entrepreneurs - gamesandlearning.org | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Why Parents Sometimes Turn Out to be Edtech Entrepreneurs gamesandlearning.org Many parents can relate to the hours of sifting through numerous websites, like Singh and Saini encountered, in hopes of finding the learning program best suitable for...
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Another great example of 'mumpreneurship'.. and indeed 'parentpreneurship'

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More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years: Donald Clark at TEDxGlasgow - YouTube

Search, links, media sharing, social media, Wikipedia, games, open source etc. are ground breaking shifts in the way we learn, says Donald Clark. Unfortunate...
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One of the speakers from yesterday's RSC Scotland conference, looking at how teaching and learning have changed over time. 

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whodunnit | Jisc RSC Scotland - iTech 2014

whodunnit | Jisc RSC Scotland - iTech 2014 | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
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Great conference yesterday in Glasgow organised by RSC Sotland. Keep an eye out for the keynotes to go online, some really interesting discussions on the future of learning and teaching technology.

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Multimedia Journalism Archives - Elearning Examples

Multimedia Journalism Archives - Elearning Examples | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Multimedia Journalism and Flash Journalism examples of interactive news graphics created by top news organizations.
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Some great examples of how journalism can demonstrate innovative ways to present information. E-learning designers can be inspired by some of these. 

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Internet Training

The budget required to make this happen....time to increase funding!

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Policy Exchange has called for every person in the UK to be taught basic digital skills, including how to send emails and use social networking sites.

Training 6.2 million people without basic digital skills would cost £875m by 2020, or £141 per person, it said.

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#edcmooc venturing into e-learning

KDwriting brings together copywriting, digital/social media and interests in education, literacies, libraries and learning.  Based in Fife, I have recently completed ITALL PDA (Intro to Tutoring in...
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My original artefact created as part of #edcmooc - the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC in connection with Coursera and Edinburgh University.

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Web science: how the web is changing the world — University of Southampton — FutureLearn

Web science: how the web is changing the world — University of Southampton — FutureLearn | Digital Learning | Scoop.it
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Open Educational Resources and the open movement - ocTEL Webinar Week 3 - YouTube

This week's webinar is about learning materials, Open Educational Resources, and the open movement in general, and aims to offer a range of opinions and pers...
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If you are interested in Open Education, you will at some point need to consider the issue of copyright. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Understanding the difference between licence types can be tricky and this video will help with that, and also if you are producing your own materials help you consider the impact of commercial/non commercial decisions.

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Sugata Mitra: Lessons from an Indian Slum (Houston A+ Speaker Series) - YouTube

TED Prize winner and education technology pioneer Sugata Mitra spoke about his work - the Hole in the Wall experiment and School in the Cloud initiative - on...
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The inspiring Sugata Mitra tells it like it is. The future of learning depends on people with ideas like his. It is amazing to learn more about the history of learning and see how things have developed. 

Thomas Edison proclaimed "Books will soon be obsolete in schools….It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture." (1913)H. G. Wells writes about accessing information in his book, World Brain (1938) "A World Encyclopedia no longer presents itself to a modern imagination as a row of volumes printed and published once for all, but as a sort of mental clearing house for the mind, a depot where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarized, digested, clarified and compared. It would be in continual correspondence with every university, every research institution, every competent discussion, every survey, every statistical bureau in the world. It would develop a directorate and a staff of men of its own type, specialized editors and summarists. They would be very important and distinguished men in the new world. This Encyclopedic organization need not be concentrated now in one place; it might have the form of a network." What is your view of the future like?How can we see further and more clearly?
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Groups

Groups | Digital Learning | Scoop.it

Bringing together some of the great discussions and links I've discovered during my time taking part in #ocTEL14 (Open Course in technology Enhanced Learning)

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