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How To Publish A Class E-Book Using iTunes - Edudemic

How To Publish A Class E-Book Using iTunes - Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Often teachers want to share the ebooks their students have made with a wider audience, not least parents!
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What is the role of a textbook. Is it for teaching or learning? If for learning, why aren't our students involved in creating textbooks that demonstrate their learning? Why are we buying textbooks that will be out of date when they arrive? What's holding us back? Here's a guide to help you begin that step towards learning. 

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Connected Learning & Digital Literacy - #aussieED

Connected Learning & Digital Literacy - #aussieED | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Walk through any shopping centre and you will see children as young as 2 years old interacting with some form of digital technology.
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An interesting graphic that makes connections between the various ways that networking and connections can support today's learners in ways that are transformative. 

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Welcome to TakingITGlobal!

Welcome to TakingITGlobal! | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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A great way to get students involved in global issues and thinking about how they can make changes now for the future. 

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Please, No More Professional Development!

Please, No More Professional Development! | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Professional development are two words that teachers dread. But what if leaders and teachers changed the focus and followed this 5 point plan?
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It's time to change professional development beginning with how we conceive it to look like and what is expected of participants. 

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Teacher's Guide to Digital Citizenship | Edudemic

Teacher's Guide to Digital Citizenship | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

While many Americans are scared, overwhelmed or confused by the Internet and the technology evolving around them, they can’t imagine their lives without it. This survey shows people recognize the importance of improving their software skills and staying safe on the web, and are motivated to master new skills and make themselves more digitally literate.

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However, they are discouraged by time and cost restrictions, not knowing where to turn for help and feeling too embarrassed to admit inadequacies—even though they know these skills could help improve their lives.

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/learning-basics-of-cyber-security-by-easy-to-follow-steps/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 17, 8:18 PM

While many Americans are scared, overwhelmed or confused by the Internet and the technology evolving around them, they can’t imagine their lives without it. This survey shows people recognize the importance of improving their software skills and staying safe on the web, and are motivated to master new skills and make themselves more digitally literate.

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However, they are discouraged by time and cost restrictions, not knowing where to turn for help and feeling too embarrassed to admit inadequacies—even though they know these skills could help improve their lives.

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/learning-basics-of-cyber-security-by-easy-to-follow-steps/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

enrique rubio royo's curator insight, Today, 6:39 AM

Ciudadanía digital y comportamiento en la red... magnífica síntesis visual y post que le acompaña

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, Today, 7:14 AM

Pensar antes de publicar algo !!!!

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

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Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor - the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities - John Abbott. Changing schools may mean making adults uncomfortable with the way they fit within in the system and their role in the process of learning. It's no longer a delivery system - it's a change system. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 4, 10:10 PM

The article points out hard truths. One is about training/indoctrinating students as consumers. It is similar to the thinking Bernard Stiegler, Gert Biesta, Bill Pinar, etc. have argued in various ways about schooling.

 

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Online Safety: A Teacher’s Guide to Dealing with Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Privacy | Edudemic

Online Safety: A Teacher’s Guide to Dealing with Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Privacy | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
While most schools take steps to protect students at school & schools are considering setting policies that apply to students’ activities outside of school.
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It's important to move from a "build a wall to keep things out" focus when it comes to students and technology and move toward a "teach them to be safe in the world". Giving students tools, strategies, options and support as they learn is vital in a world that is digital in so many different ways. 

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.

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A great visual of how Design Thinking is part of the students' and teachers' lives each day. 

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Google Sheets: Click Here to Tweet

Google Sheets: Click Here to Tweet | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I like to use a spreadsheet to tweet things. There is a formula you can use in a spreadsheet that allows you to click on a hyperlink and compose a tweet. You can create a list of questions for your...

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A great spreadsheet to help anyone who is moderating a twitter chat. 

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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools: A Quick Guide

s Selected Web 2.0 presentation tools


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A collection of tools to fit almost all types of presentation needs. 

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Alexis Williams's curator insight, April 1, 10:49 PM

I love that this gives simple pictorial walk throughs as well as practical uses. 

Eliana's curator insight, April 4, 7:26 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

liblist4u's curator insight, April 6, 3:47 PM

Moving beyond PowerPoint

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5 Tech Tools to Improve Classroom Collaboration

5 Tech Tools to Improve Classroom Collaboration | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The benefits of collaborative learning are many and powerful. Facilitating this collaboration has never been easier than it is now, with tech tools.

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GAFE - some great tools for collaboration in the classroom. 

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Sumayya Qudrat's curator insight, April 9, 12:22 AM

collaboration between classrooms

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[Infographic] A new visual on Flipped Learning

[Infographic] A new visual on Flipped Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Here is another excellent graphic on flipped learning that we want to bring to your attention. As you see below, “Flipped Learning: The Big Picture” provides a visual illustration of the concept of flipped learning in terms of what it has to offer to students learning both in class and at home. According to this graphic, flipped learning positively impact the learning that takes place in the classroom in the sense that it:Encourages student understanding, enables differentiation, ensures access to expert support, enables student engagement, creates a supportive learning environment, and provides opportunities for collaboration. Read on to learn more about how flipped learning supports students learning.

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añada su visión ...

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2015: The Year of the Data Nerd #Infographic

2015: The Year of the Data Nerd #Infographic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Are you a data nerd? This week’s infographic by New Relic zeroes in on how companies are using data to improve their products/applications and speed up their deployments.

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7 solutions to make slick presentations

7 solutions to make slick presentations | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Speed and agility are traits that define our society today. We avoid reading extensive articles, watching long how-to videos on YouTube or...

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Presentation options continue to grow and evolve. Here are some options to consider for your next presentation. 

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anna's curator insight, April 5, 5:27 PM

somethings new :)

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7 solutions to make slick presentations

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Here are some great tools to assist you in creating your presentations!

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Department of Education Believes Video Games are the Future of Learning

Department of Education Believes Video Games are the Future of Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Teachers and developers join forces to help revolutionize education.
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How to Use Evernote to Build Student Digital Portfolios - Global Digital Citizenship Foundation

How to Use Evernote to Build Student Digital Portfolios - Global Digital Citizenship Foundation | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Every year, students create awesome projects for school which they and their parents are extremely proud of. Be it a media project, a class presentation, or a musical performance, these are things that any parent would want to cherish and that any student would love to revisit. They are personal documents of growth, and testaments to our kids’ genius.

If only they could bring their best projects with them to a job or college interview, or keep them around to show their own children. Enter student digital portfolios, a way to encapsulate all of the best of your child’s work to share with anyone who might be interested.

We’re going to walk you through getting started with Evernote, and then once you get your feet wet, you can explore other options.

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What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

What You Eat Affects Your Productivity | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Don’t let poor lunch decisions derail your day.
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Blended Learning for Leadership Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended Learning for Leadership Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The Blended Learning for Leadership Infographic shows how you can develop your blended learning better & improve the leadership experience in your business.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 6, 8:25 AM

Blended learning has power in schools and in the work place. 

Alice Massignani's curator insight, April 6, 9:32 AM

Interessante

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7 solutions to make slick presentations

7 solutions to make slick presentations | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Speed and agility are traits that define our society today. We avoid reading extensive articles, watching long how-to videos on YouTube or...
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If you need to make a presentation and are looking for some alternatives to the usual PP, these 7 solutions might give you some options. 

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Scaling Innovation in Schools: A Leader's Job Description

Scaling Innovation in Schools: A Leader's Job Description | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"New roles are emerging for educators, teacher leaders, principals, and district officials. These new roles are being shaped many factors including the shift from managed instruction to personalized models and the role of principals as school and business leaders. This blog first appeared on Teaching Science in the 21st Century, a blog by Lindsey Own, a science and health educator and difference maker who we met while at SXSWedu. In the blog, Lindsey shares a job description that could serve as a template for building innovation leadership in any school."


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Maker Education Resources - Edutopia

Maker Education Resources - Edutopia | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"How are educators harnessing the energy of the maker movement to inspire student exploration across multiple subjects? Discover resources and share advice."


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Workplace Learning is not the same as Education

Workplace Learning is not the same as Education | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
"The business of Education is education; the business of Business is business." Continuous learning and performance improvement lies at the heart of any business - not packaged training courses, pr...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 7:59 PM

Education is much broader than workplace learning which might be broader than training. Training is definitely for seals and not humans. Most learning for teachers is the equivalent of being professionally developed.

 

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The Learning Relationship Management Movement ~ Eduventures ~ by Brian Fleming

The Learning Relationship Management Movement ~ Eduventures ~ by Brian Fleming | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The learning management system (LMS) market is approaching disruption from a small number of highly specialized companies with a product concept commonly referred to as learning relationship management (LRM). As part of Eduventures’ ongoing coverage of the evolving edtech landscape, we recently spoke with CEOs from three of the most prominent LRM players: Gunnar Counselman from Fidelis Education, Brian Peddle from Motivis Learning, and Terry Nealon from Fishtree. Here’s a snapshot of what we learned about this concept and its product play into the enterprise platform market.

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New Vision for Education_Report2015

Especially check the TOPIC <===> Chapter 1: The skills needed in the 21st century <===> #eSkills!


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https://gustmees.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/practice-21st-century-assessment-flowchart-page3-simplified-pdf.pdf


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/learning-to-learn-for-my-professional-development-i-did-it-my-way/



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David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 7:22 PM

This is a lengthy article detailing the relationship between 21st century skills and the adoption of technology as a way to promote growth in those skill areas. If you are here, you might find this very much "preaching to the choir," but the article provides a solid basis for understanding the need to integrate technology into education.

Melina Dayana Calizaya Torres's curator insight, April 6, 10:19 PM

SO TRUE

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 7, 2:19 PM

The World Economic Forum has published a new white paper called New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology; the link for the full report is included at the end of this article.  The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit international institution headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  Although the focus of this report is worldwide, the gaps in identified twenty-first century skills are very applicable to schools in the USA.  In a powerful statement, the report says: “By the time students enter college and the labour market, deficiencies that have not been addressed earlier can be far more difficult and costly to remedy.” (p 8-9).

The report differentiates 21st century skills among foundational literacies, competencies, and character qualities. It sees foundational skills as what schools and systems traditionally teach and measure: literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, instructional-communication technology literacy, financial literacy, and cultural and civic literacy.  Competencies sited include critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. While curiosity, initiative, persistence/grit, adaptability, leadership, and social and cultural awareness are included in a category called character qualities.  Appendix 1 includes definitions of 21st century skills.

The instructional cycle is referred to as a “closed loop” in this report. Beginning with clear learning objectives through the development of curriculum and instructional strategies to instructional delivery, ongoing assessment, interventions and the tracking of learning outcomes in a repeating complex system.  The report looks at ways that technology can be embedded into each step of the instructional loop to improve student learning outcomes and eliminate the skill gap, providing some resources that might be used at different phases of the cycle.

The report cites differences in the use of technology tools to close the skill gap, looking at different income levels among countries which create different contexts and stating that there are fundamental social and economic problems, such as poverty, that impede learning and underlie the skills gap. Although the deficiencies in many undeveloped countries far surpass those found in the United States, it is my perspective that there are different contexts within the United States itself that must be acknowledged and addressed.

The importance of creativity, problem solving and innovation to the economic well-being of our nation and therefore, the employability of our workforce cannot be stressed enough. The pressure of standardized testing can lead to a standardized curriculum and instruction model that does not allow  the classroom time for these skills to develop. Teachers caught in this dilemma are often driven to insure success on state tests at the cost of providing time for experimentation, reflection, and collaborative feedback. The report does suggest using technology for some of the foundational skills in order to free teacher time to provide instruction on competency and character skills.

In two of the examples from low income countries, technology was used to provide scripted lessons that were created centrally  to under-trained teachers. My preference would be to  more fully train teachers or provide a mentor/coach rather than a “turn the page” curriculum model.

One of the tenants of the article is the need to define and find a metric to assess each of these 21st century skills in order to compare countries skill level. Although I agree with the need to define the skills needed and provide training and resources to teachers so these skills can be embedded into the curriculum and instruction, the idea of an assessment to measure creativity or persistence fills me with dread. Paul Torrance developed a well-used test for creativity used to screen students for school gifted and talented programs.  It is not a test that can be administered and interpreted without training. The idea of administering a standardized test which by definition is convergent in thinking to measure a thinking skill that is divergent by definition seems inappropriate and a major shortcoming of this report.

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A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
NicerTube is an amazing platform that allows users to share YouTube videos getting rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around..
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