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Towards a Connectivist ePortfolio

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FredGaasendam's curator insight, May 20, 2015 7:33 AM

About the -lack of- development of eportfoliosystems in education.

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7 Learning Design Principles for Online Classrooms

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“7 learning design principles that can help anyone make smart decisions when designing and creating online learning courses”


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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To Learn

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To Learn | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Jackie GERSTEIN: I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines.  I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like.


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 19, 2015 8:02 AM

Diseñando creativamente...Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities | Design | Learning To L... | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 20, 2015 3:45 PM

I like the comment that suggest also adding "Do they care?"

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 24, 2015 4:57 PM

more questions uoon which to reflect when designing lessons

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Seven Laws of the Self-directed Learner | Andragogy | Heutagogy | eSkills

Seven Laws of the Self-directed Learner | Andragogy | Heutagogy | eSkills | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Dr. Bernard Bull is Assistant Vice President of Academics for Continuing and Distance Education & Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin.


In 1888, John Milton Gregory published The Seven Laws of Teaching, providing instruction on what contributes to being an effective teacher.  While this list is over a hundred years old, most readers today will resonate with this list of laws. This is one of a dozen or so books that I try to read each year.  It is a short read that one can usually finish in a few hours.  As I picked up the book to read again today, I started to think about these laws in terms of self-directed learning, rewriting the laws from a self-directed learning perspective (which, by the way, fits nicely with law #7).  


Below is the original list of “elements” from which Gregory devised his seven laws.  Using these as a starting point, I revised them to create the seven elements of a self-directed learner, adding one additional item that did not seem to have adequate emphasis in Gregory’s original list (although it is embedded within several of them).


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

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 18, 2015 5:40 PM

Dr. Bernard Bull is Assistant Vice President of Academics for Continuing and Distance Education & Associate Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin.


In 1888, John Milton Gregory published The Seven Laws of Teaching, providing instruction on what contributes to being an effective teacher.  While this list is over a hundred years old, most readers today will resonate with this list of laws. This is one of a dozen or so books that I try to read each year.  It is a short read that one can usually finish in a few hours.  As I picked up the book to read again today, I started to think about these laws in terms of self-directed learning, rewriting the laws from a self-directed learning perspective (which, by the way, fits nicely with law #7).  


Below is the original list of “elements” from which Gregory devised his seven laws.  Using these as a starting point, I revised them to create the seven elements of a self-directed learner, adding one additional item that did not seem to have adequate emphasis in Gregory’s original list (although it is embedded within several of them).


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


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coaching


Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 19, 2015 3:54 AM

I believe in learning new things whenever there is an opportunity.

Alfio Gangemi's curator insight, May 24, 2015 8:13 PM

This could be helpful for an educator as a checklist when developing a lesson plan to ensure that the way the lesson is set out and implemented builds on a students ability to a become self directed learner.

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This is Why I Teach: Individual Moments Matter

This is Why I Teach:  Individual Moments Matter | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Years ago, I was in my first season as the head coach of the boys basketball team at my middle school.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 15, 2015 10:11 PM

This is what makes teaching worth while.

 

 

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Education Is Harmful When You Measure the Wrong Things - Huffington Post

Education Is Harmful When You Measure the Wrong Things - Huffington Post | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
"Measure the wrong things and you'll get the wrong behaviors." This simple statement succinctly characterizes why the American education system continues beating its head against the wall.

 

Throughout education, an increasingly rigid, closed loop of assessment is systematically making schools worse: Define things children should know or be able to do at a certain age; design a curriculum to instruct them in what you've decided they should know; set benchmarks; develop tests to see if they have learned what you initially defined; rinse and repeat.

This narrow, mechanistic approach to education does not correspond to the reality of child development and brain science, but the metrics and assessment train charges down the track nevertheless.

 

So what's wrong with that, you might ask? Isn't school about teaching kids stuff and then testing them to see what they've learned? In a word, "No." It simply doesn't work, especially with young children.

As Boston College Professor Peter Gray wrote in a recent Psychology Today article:

Perhaps more tragic than the lack of long-term academic advantage of early academic instruction is evidence that such instruction can produce long-term harm, especially in the realms of social and emotional development.

  

"Direct instruction" does increase scores on the tests the instruction is aimed toward, even with very young children. This self-fulfilling prophecy is not surprising. But multiple studies also show that the gains in performance are fleeting -- they completely wash out after 1-3 years when compared to children who had no such early direct instruction.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 16, 2015 11:50 AM
Measure the wrong things and you'll get the wrong behaviors." This simple statement succinctly characterizes why the American education system continues beating its head against the wall.


Throughout education, an increasingly rigid, closed loop of assessment is systematically making schools worse: Define things children should know or be able to do at a certain age; design a curriculum to instruct them in what you've decided they should know; set benchmarks; develop tests to see if they have learned what you initially defined; rinse and repeat.

This narrow, mechanistic approach to education does not correspond to the reality of child development and brain science, but the metrics and assessment train charges down the track nevertheless.


So what's wrong with that, you might ask? Isn't school about teaching kids stuff and then testing them to see what they've learned? In a word, "No." It simply doesn't work, especially with young children.

As Boston College Professor Peter Gray wrote in a recent Psychology Today article:

Perhaps more tragic than the lack of long-term academic advantage of early academic instruction is evidence that such instruction can produce long-term harm, especially in the realms of social and emotional development.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 18, 2015 10:09 PM

Teaching and education are relational, thus hard to define and hard to measure. Perhaps, Paul Ricoueur's ideas about narrative work better where we use metaphors, myth, and poetic language.

 

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Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started | Edudemic

Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Often used by science professionals to work through problems and research, an inquiry-based approach, or inquiry cycle, is also used in classrooms for scientific and non-scientific topics to encourage students during the learning process. The Center for Inspired Teaching, an organization that provides teacher training, explains that in an inquiry-based approach, teachers help students generate their own appropriate questions and guide the investigation.

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Differentiating Instruction Using Mobile Technology Tools

Differentiating Instruction Using Mobile Technology Tools | Educational Discourse | 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. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

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Connectivism: Learning as a Community - Designed:2:Learn

Connectivism: Learning as a Community - Designed:2:Learn | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
In a modern world where knowledge objects are ubiquitous and openly accessible, the roles of educators and learners must evolve to meet the growing needs of the resulting high-paced, digital society. Connectivism is an emergent, net-enabled learning theory that suggests the most important result of a learning situation is the ability of the learner to make connections between distinct ideas using social capital and the affordances of digital networks.
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Alfio Gangemi's curator insight, May 24, 2015 8:05 PM

This article talks about how educators roles have to evolve to meet the growing needs of a high paced digital society as well as Connectivism and how important it is in a modern day classroom to help students develop better understanding of distinct ideas using social capital and capabilities of digital networks. 

Heraclio Muñoz Cruz's curator insight, May 25, 2015 8:14 AM

Conectivismo: Aprendizaje en comunidad.

Carlos Silva's curator insight, August 30, 2015 1:57 PM

añada su visión ...

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Teacher-tested Tools for Collaboration in Class

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Teacher-tested Tools for Enhancing Collaboration in Class http://t.co/fXwzcEP5oU

#Edtech #mlearn

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 18, 2015 3:14 AM

As  an CCTI student  ICT  Integration in teacher training requires this background knowledge. This is essential component of learning for me.

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Should Teachers Be Held Responsible for a Student’s Character?

Should Teachers Be Held Responsible for a Student’s Character? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

If you’ve followed education in the news or at the book store in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve heard of “grit.” It’s often defined as the ability to persevere when times get tough, or to delay gratification in pursuit of a goal.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:32 PM

That is like saying teachers are responsible for student learning. Those things are not directly connected to teaching. The can be aided by good teaching and being good role models.

 

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Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap

Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
All too often in many countries, students do not get the education they must have to prosper in the twenty-first century. Education technology can help close this skills gap.

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, May 15, 2015 9:05 AM

EL uso de tecnologías digitales aplicadas al desarrollo de habilidades básicas para un buen desempeño social y laboral en el siglo XXI.

Risto Suoknuuti's curator insight, May 17, 2015 3:55 AM

Especially for boys education must be hidden in cames. In qun games we rise attitude to kill and destroy. We should build games and adventures that learn building and devoloping. No so easy task for noncommercial sector. Should be anyway the intrest of hig tech conpanies in commercial sector.

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A Great Web Tool for Creating and Viewing Educational Timelines in 3D ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Web Tool for Creating and Viewing Educational Timelines in 3D ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Tiki-Toki is an excellent web tool for creating beautiful timelines to use in your class. We have already featured this tool in several posts in the past but today we are revisiting it again as it has a very good feature added to it which allow you to view your timelines in 3D. With this new update, teachers will be able to create timelines that can be viewed in 3D format.

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Instructional Design Basics for Online Learning

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Instructional Design & Online Learning | Full Tilt Ahead

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Next Stop on your #Design Thinking Journey: Creating a #UX Center of Excellence #custsrv

Next Stop on your #Design Thinking Journey:  Creating a #UX Center of Excellence #custsrv | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A major shift is under way – within software vendors and IT departments alike – in how organizations view enterprise software. Time was, the decision to buy a piece of software was made by the head of...

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The Practical Value of a Liberal Education

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Some people believe prospective college students and their parents have to make a choice between a quality, broad-based liberal education and a more career-oriented educational path. This either-or perspective misses the point.

 


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9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers | Teach.com

9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers | Teach.com | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. A makerspace isn't just about the tools and equipment, but the sort of learning experience the space provides to students who are making projects.

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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 - Pew Research Center

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Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online "almost constantly."

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, May 17, 2015 7:38 AM

And its not just teens.... I know many 50 & 60 something's who are online every day, several times a day, and use several social media sites. It is the way of the modern world - socially & educationally. The way we connect with all information now.

Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, May 17, 2015 7:45 PM

This is the 2015 report of the way that teenagers use their mobile devices and the social media tools they use.

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The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic presents the top website where kids can have fun and learn all at the same time!

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Domingos de Almeida Ramos's curator insight, May 17, 2015 2:01 PM

"De menino é que se torce o pepino".

Esta geração multimédia não terá os mesmos problemas de adaptação à aprendizagem online das gerações passadas, profundamente enraizadas num ensino tradicional secular, fortemente centralizado no professor e na sala de aula.

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 17, 2015 3:03 PM

This is a gold mine of free online educational websites for students of all ages. If you teach older students, don't be dismayed by the younger looking graphics.  I found links for older students on some of these sights like Fun Brain.  Take some time to explore these great sites! 

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The role of mindset in design thinking: Implications for capability #designthinking #mindset

Presentation for Design for Business: Research conference, 12-13 May 2015, Melbourne, Victoria. Part of Melbourne International Design Week 2015. Paper abstrac…

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PBL Pilot: Formative Assessment and PBL

PBL Pilot: Formative Assessment and PBL | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Two fifth grade teachers explain how the driving question and the need to know list are a naturally fit for their PBL pilot program.

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Empowerment: An Essential Skill for the Transformational Leader - Wallin Enterprises

Empowerment: An Essential Skill for the Transformational Leader - Wallin Enterprises | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
-*+  Leaders strive to do their best for the organization and the members of their staff.  That ambition for high performance drives some leaders to attempt to control and usurp the authority they have given. This type of leadership actually disempowers and destroys the very people you, as a transformational leader, are attempting to empower.Read More

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 18, 2015 3:09 PM

A critical skill in leadership is the responsibility,it's for decisions made and results achieved. We must remember to share the glory, but take responsibility when so things don't go well. A true leader empowers people to take risks to solve problems and create processes. They review plans in order to be informed and use their experience to provide feedback and guidance. They must be the cheerleaders for people on the front line and find ways to celebrate even small steps of progress. They must shine the spotlight on others,  when things go awry they must shoulder the burden themselves and not deflect blame Onto their subordinates.  That is true empowerment

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 24, 2015 5:03 PM

It is easy for a leader to feel the pressure for high student achievement and give in to micro-management.  This micro-management actually undermines their overal goal of increasing student achievement.  Hire the best teachers, provide a structure and time for the, to collaborate, engage them in collectI've decision making and empower them to provide theor best instruction.  The results...and a leader's goal achievement will follow

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26 Effective Ways to use Twitter for Teachers and Educators Infographic

26 Effective Ways to use Twitter for Teachers and Educators Infographic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Teachers and educators in the present fast-paced, ever evolving world of communication are presented with a plethora of options which might sometimes be overwhelming. To reduce the efforts of teachers in learning a new form of communication, we give you some of the most effective ways of using the most modern form of communication, Twitter. The 26 Effective Ways to use Twitter for Teachers and Educators Infographic is aimed at educators interested in utilizing Twitter as a communication and collaborative tool, for educators who like telling a story and effectively reaching out to an audience who they normally can’t! Check out the 26 effective ways to do that.

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How do You Choose Good Online Sources?

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, "Well, what do you think?" Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your...

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A good infographic that will help students as they look for websites and articles to use. 

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Educational Technology Guy: 20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process

Educational Technology Guy: 20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
All students would agree that it is difficult to study. When you just have too many assignments and projects to work on apart from the other responsibilities, you really need to develop good studying habits if you want to get good grades in class. Thanks to the Internet, there are free online resources that you can use to upgrade your studying process.

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