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What is the theory that underpins moocs?

What is the theory that underpins moocs? | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

These are a few of the more prominent attributes of MOOCs that I’ve been involved with. As stated above, there is overlap between our model at that of Coursera/EDx. However, Coursera/EDx emulates the existing education system, choosing instead to transfer it online rather than transform it online. No doubt they will continue to evolve their model and we’ll continue to evolve ours.


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Inkling Finally Brings Its Interactive Textbooks to the Web

Inkling Finally Brings Its Interactive Textbooks to the Web | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Audrey Watters of www.hackeducation.com shares that e-book publisher Inkling has modified some of their offerings allowing them to function on the web and iPad.  Inklinkg has converted several resources to HTML5.  

Thus, the conversion has enabled the feature enhanced interactive e-book app to function multi-platforms.  

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50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education | Online Universities

50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education  | Online Universities | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

OnlineUniversities.com released this blog post on May 30th.  They have compiled their recommendations for the 50 Best iPad apps for STEM.  I like how the blog post starts off with "General" STEM apps recommendations and then addresses S, T, E, M individually with apps that meet those individual fields.

 

So, take a look at their list.  If you fill they have overlooked some great STEM apps share them as responses to this post and together we can collaboratively build our own list. 

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Make Your Mac Look And Act More Like An iOS Device [Feature] | Cult of Mac

Make Your Mac Look And Act More Like An iOS Device [Feature] | Cult of Mac | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Cult of Mac provides the steps and script information needed to convert your Mac to resemble the OS of an iPad.  The five areas are:

1.  Dock and Wallpaper

2.  Menubar and Dock

3.  The Finder and Homescreen

4.  Launchpad to work like your iPhone

5.  Pull down to refresh your Mac

 

 

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iRollout of iPads | Mr Lovegrove

iRollout of iPads | Mr Lovegrove | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

I find this post regarding the roll out of iPads to students and staff well organized.  Mr. Lovegrove covers the "Why", "How", and adds links to additional resources they incorporated.  We too have been considering the Griffin multidock stations for our cart alternatives.  

 

Another point he addressed was the home screen of the iPads.  He stated they went with each iPad's wallpaper having the school logo.  I find this a great way of also identifying who the iPad belongs too.  However, to place a twist on this idea, how about having each student design a screen image using school details as a way of encouraging student creativity, pride, and ownership?  Then, have the student body vote on it.  

 

What do you think of students creating a school iPad screen logo?

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How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series)

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

By Rob Van Nood

 

"I was using portfolios with limited success and spending a lot of time on them, until Evernote came into the picture.

 

"When I first started researching options, I was coming across a lot of companies that were really expensive, charging a lot for each student’s use. I also knew that we needed an app for mobile devices that would make it easy to capture and document paperwork and I wasn’t finding that in most of the tools I was evaluating. Evernote was free, had an app for virtually every device, and we could get started right away.

 

"After creating accounts for the students [learn more about how to get set up in the Portfolio Forum discussion] capturing and organizing information became insanely easy. Here is how we are using Evernote in the classroom:"

 

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Follow a National Geographic Expedition to Everest: Live

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Follow a National Geographic Expedition to Everest: Live | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

"The latest National Geographic magazine in the NG iPad app provides a realtime opportunity to track a current/live expedition to climb Mount Everest." Thanks to John Evans (scoop.it/t/ipads-in-education) for sharing Wesley Fryer's (@wfryer) post on following a live climb to Mount Everest. 


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How do I transfer items created on my iPad to other devices?

How do I transfer items created on my iPad to other devices? | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

A frequently asked question is “How do I transfer items created on my iPad to other devices?” This leads to the issue of workflows and document management on an iPad.  You can find other great resources at www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-concepts ;


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Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey

Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Despite students’ limited ability to access social media in school, it is interesting to see how students are increasingly tapping into the plethora of social media tools and products to create community, develop skills and organize their lives outside of the classroom.  Thanks to @Nik Peachey for your shares on Scoop.it (http://scoop.it/t/learning-technology)


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Visual Understanding Environment

Visual Understanding Environment | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.

 


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Tablets vs. Laptops in K-12 Education

Tablets vs. Laptops in K-12 Education | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
You may already be aware of the in-depth discussion going on inside the Teacher Learning Community on Tablets vs. Laptops for classroom us (Hola students! Add your thoughts: Tablets vs.

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11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards initiative was state led and coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to create benchmarks for learning from kindergarten through 12th grade. 

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Board Cam Standard - live exhibitions of small features for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G ...

Board Cam is the only app that transforms your iPad into a enhanced document camera or a whiteboard. Perform live dynamic presentations of objects, interact with images stored in your device, draw on a whiteboard or over video streaming without changing of application.

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Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind | Langwitches Blog

Evaluating Apps with Transformative Use of the iPad in Mind | Langwitches Blog | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Silvia (@Langwitches) has created another amazing Scribd project.  This project provides an excellent illustrated resource explaing the process of evaluating iPad apps. 

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How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Powerful Learning Practice

How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Powerful Learning Practice | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

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iPad Academic – Animating and Explaining Cell Division in a HS Classroom

iPad Academic – Animating and Explaining Cell Division in a HS Classroom | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
Multiple apps can be used in conjunction toward a larger learning goal, and at an advanced level. This is a biology project, but has potential application in drama and digital story-telling, as well. The purpose of this exercise is for the students to show their understanding of the main concepts of meiosis and to gain fluency with the required vocabulary. Students use three creative apps together: Explain Everything, iMotion and iMovie.

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The Best iPad Note Apps [Best Of] | Cult of Mac

The Best iPad Note Apps [Best Of] | Cult of Mac | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Tris Hussey, article writer for Cult of Mac, provides details and screenshots of the Top 5 apps he would recommend for note taking. I completely agree with Tris' recommendation of Notability.  I have been using it myself and like how I can handwrite notes, type, integrate photos, and organize by categories.  The other apps look promising too!  Those are Noteshelf, Remarks, Wacom Bamboo Paper, and FiftyThree's Paper app.

 

Those of you familiar with any of these apps please share your thoughts and advice with us.  Happy note taking everyone!

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iApps for Those who Learn Differently

iApps for Those who Learn Differently | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In a world of social media and networking, I am always appreciative of John Evans and Kathleen McClaskey.  These two folks have a great collection of resources focusin on the integration of iPads into the classroom via Scoop.it.

 

This post in particular caught my attention as I am always on the look out for app recommendations.  This post focuses on students that struggle with text.  I am familiar with PaperPort Notes, Cloudon (cloud based MS Office), and Dragon Dictation.  I have seen posts about Book Creator via Wesley Fryer (@wfryer).  However, the two I have recently downloaded and testing out are Idea Sketch (visual mind mapping) and Side by Side.  Side by Side claims to be able to split your iPad screen into 4 different zones allowing for multitasking. 

 

Oh, not to forget, those of you wanting to be able to share files from Pages to Dropbox should checkout the app GoodReader as it will allow those two apps to connect.

 

Enjoy these apps and let us know your thoughts on how they can be used in the classroom. 

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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

By Kevin Makice

 

"Evansville (Indiana) science teacher Brian Bennett describes the Flipped Classroom as an ideology, not a methodology:

 

'Video itself will not help kids achieve more in your class. The flipped classroom is about making connections with learners and differentiating your instruction. If videos are a part of that multi-faceted plan, great. If they are not, still great.'

 

"Sams seems to concur: “Anyone who blindly adopts ‘The Flipped Classroom’ (or inquiry, or lecturing, or unschooling, or whatever) model and never modifies it to meet the needs of his or her students will blindly lead his or her students into educational ruin.”

 

Entering Phase Three

 

Moving a lecture online changes where that information is consumed, not necessarily the degree of student engagement or its effectiveness. Curricula provider Mathalicious critiqued Khan Academy as “one of the most dangerous phenomena in education today.” That argument is not directed at the site itself, but centers around the negative impact Khan may have on innovation. The Khan style of teaching is the same step-by-step process that students have seen for generations:

 

'Khan Academy is great for what it is — a supplemental resource; homework help — but we’ve turned it into something it’s not. Indeed, something it was never intended to be.'

 

"For Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360, the Flipped Classroom movement represents an important progression toward “Phase Three” of education reform: blended learning. Meaning, the digital form moves beyond simply augmenting face-to-face teaching into a peer role where online and offline interaction directly supports learning goals. State legislators are coming closer to endorsing blended learning as a required experience."


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How to Save iPhone & iPad Apps & Downgrade an App to a Previous Version

How to Save iPhone & iPad Apps & Downgrade an App to a Previous Version | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

"We’ve all had the experience of one of our favorite app getting updated and the new version being worse than the previous version ..."


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Flipping Blooms Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice

Flipping Blooms Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

In media studies we often look at the creation of print and digital advertisements. Traditionally, students learn many of the foundational principles for creating a layout through a lecture or text book reading, and then eventually create their own.

What if we started with creativity rather than principles?


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Olga Boldina's curator insight, January 8, 2014 3:05 AM

Моя практика показывает, что такой путь - верный!

Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, January 10, 2014 3:56 AM

Who ever suggested Bloom's taxonomy as a pyramid that required to master the bottom levels before the top ones?

 

Putting 'creating' first is the logical manifestation of action-oriented teaching.

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, January 10, 2014 11:47 AM

Suena provocador comenzar por la creación y la creatividad en lugar de comenzar con la memorización de información.

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Infographic: Information Literacy Issues

Infographic: Information Literacy Issues | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Developing information literacy skills is perhaps the most important issue in 21st Century Learning and yet the struggle to do so is an uphill battle. We asked our friends in the library world what they think of the state of information literacy in schools. Check out this cool infographic to see what we learned.


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Who’s Developing Whom? Success with Do It Yourself Professional Development

Who’s Developing Whom? Success with Do It Yourself Professional Development | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it
 Why don’t schools routinely tap their best teachers to organize and deliver custom-tailored professional development to their peers? This was the question posed  by Nancy Flanagan regardin... (Who’s Developing Whom?

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SkyDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive: best cloud storage option for iPhone and iPad users | iMore

Well explained comparison via www.imore.com of SkyDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive for iPhone and iPad usage.

 

I found the details and screenshots very informative and well explained.  iMore also states that it really comes down to what you are trying to accomplish in determining which one is best.  So, take a look at this post and decide for yourself. Please return and share your thoughts regarding your preference.

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | EDUcational Chatter | Scoop.it

Steven Anderson @web20classroom has compiled a seven step process to assist schools with the development of Social Media guidelines.  

 

What I really like with Steven's post is that each step has reflection questions to help get lines of communication flowing.  So, be sure to check out the post on Edutopia and even consider downloading the full version for free to share with your school's stakeholders.

 

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