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Study finds some groups fare worse than others in online courses | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds some groups fare worse than others in online courses | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Improving the quality of all online courses is at the heart of the findings. Mindful creativity might be in order

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Choosing from a learning experience menu

Choosing from a learning experience menu | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A learning experience should be a solution best suited to an organizational need. It is part of a system of aligned solutions. A learning experience menu: A balanced diet In keeping with the Thanks...

Via callooh, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Learning and teaching mingle together. The metaphor of menu is one which suggests we order, but sometimes it takes guidance from others to make good decisions. They are our decisions, but the help is a necessary ingredient.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 22, 1:57 PM

Interesting........cast a wide net to engage the most people

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Alfredo Corell
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There are some interesting global ideas in the article.

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Kristy Poteete-Kriegermeier's curator insight, July 21, 6:31 AM
How is mobile technology democratizing education?
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 22, 2:20 PM

Improving access to mobile learning ultimately begins with educators themselves. Here’s how you can help make a difference in this important movement:

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-educators-are-practicing-mobile-learning/#ixzz38EbWeSzN

ExamTime's curator insight, Today, 1:50 AM

Really great article, full of insights.

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Information Literate

Information Literate | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What 10,000 students and 1,200 librarians told us about research skills.  GUEST COLUMN | by Emily Gover and Michele Kirschenbaum The education landscape is constantly changing. Understanding the in...
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This is an interesting article that suggests teaching is important in the learning students undertake. Teachers need to improve their pedagogy. They need to improve the relationships they have with students as pedagogy is about inviting students into relationships where they can acknowledge they might not know something and express what is important in their learning.

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Beyond institutions: Stephen Downes at NetworkEDGE

Beyond institutions: Stephen Downes at NetworkEDGE | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Yesterday I attended our new series NetworkEDGE: The Future of Education online, because we live stream (and record) these things and therefore I could. We were lucky enough to have Stephen Downes ...
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Are we really beyond institutions? I think we are changing the way we understand institutions. For something to be post i.e. post-institution, there has to be something it is grounded in and preceded it.

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Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Key TakeawaysA university-wide survey on students' mobile learning practices showed that ownership of mobile devices is high among students and that tablets are the most popular devices for academic purposes.The survey also found that mobile learning typically occurs outside the classroom, with only limited guidance from instructors.To improve mobile learning effectiveness, students and instructors need help adopting more effective learning and teaching practices across content areas.
Via Kim Flintoff, What Just Changed
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The key issues section is important. Many factors exist that have not been fully explored. They might never be with the pace of change. That is not bad if we have a plan to try make sense of what happens in classrooms, how teaching and learning are impacted in local situations.

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Daniel Tan's curator insight, June 13, 12:48 AM

Universities should go beyond ICT Plans to SMICT (Social Mobile Information Communication Technologies) strategies. And even the, this would just be the tip of the ice-berg. While synergized, it will change and create new business models for campus teaching, learning, living, wellness, performance/assessment modes and measurements, learning space designs,

 

Really, you ain't see anything yet!

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Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing?

Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The challenge of implementing disruptive innovation within a school has never been more apparent than in recent weeks, as skeptics turned giddy when Rocketship Education, one of the most innovative school systems in the nation, stumbled....

Via Chris Carter
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Disruption is not a totally dismantling of the organization or institution. Even though I think School is an overly bureaucratic, technocratic technology, it is about trans-forming structure based on what works, what does not, and what new needs to be added. Trans is the in-between space this work happens in.

 

Most School re-form, de-form is undertaken by those furthest from the action. Some of those folks were in classrooms and could not wait to get out. It is like changing Mars from Earth. It cannot be done as an external ordering by bureaucrats, technocrats, and vested interests.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 19, 1:16 PM

Discussion starter.

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Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges - Edudemic

Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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What is interesting is that most research on assessment indicates that assigning grades or, in this case, badges is counter to learning.

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Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media?

Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Social media isn't just about cyberbullying and selfies. Journalist Lucy Ward explores how schools are using the likes of Twitter and Facebook to engage parents • 10 tips for how schools use social media.

 

Learn more:

 

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

 


Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen, Dean J. Fusto, Nancy J. Herr
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There is no doubt that social media provide excellent ways to communicate with parents, but they are not the only ways. It is one way that includes face-to-face conversations. It would be interesting to find out what Derrida might conclude in using his concept differance which was not a correctly spelled word.

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RESENTICE's curator insight, July 18, 1:30 AM

Comment utiliser les médias sociaux avec les parents?

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 18, 12:28 PM

As more schools and administrators are seeing the value of social media,  topics like this one can help.

Mark McLendon's curator insight, July 19, 7:21 PM

Tweeting for teachers.

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ISTE 2014: A Tale of Two Paradigms

ISTE 2014: A Tale of Two Paradigms | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A veteran attendee to edtech's big show provides an in-depth analysis. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Gura Now that the dust has settled on the massive ISTE event in Atlanta, part conference and part all a...
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When we mix business with School, we end up with something that might be learning but is non-educative as an extension in John Dewey's thinking. I am for using digital technologies in learning, but not at the expense of education which includes cultivating responsible people in each new generation. Can we do with an instrumentalized version called instruction? Or do we need teaching and pedagogy which are relational?

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Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger

Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is “the Badlands,” and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. Just a few miles to the northwest, the genteel neighborhood...

Via Keith Wayne Brown
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The digital divide grows. Poverty may not be the only reason.

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The internet’s turbulent next decade

Lee Rainie discussed an extensive roster of expert predictions about the internet in the coming decade. He discussed what happens to people’s behavior when the…
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The Internet will be like electricity less visible and deeply embedded for good and ill. It will be increasingly important to think before we use.

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Social media in education: ethical concerns | ALT Online Newsletter

Social media in education: ethical concerns | ALT Online Newsletter | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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The words code of conduct and legislation make may shudder. It suggests we can externally regulate what goes on classrooms. What we need to do is help teachers find their way along with students meeting the particular demands of that class and its inhabitants. What we should know by now is that external ordering does not work.

 

Using digital technologies is an ethical issue, but we cannot allow interlopers, bureaucrats, and technocrats to decide what is best. I once had a School manager who claims to be an authority in the use of social media, but blew off the genuine concerns expressed by parents. That lack of empathy creates a double-bind for a classroom teacher. What are we supposed to do? The parents were right and we need to use technology, but we were being told that this was to be done on "blind faith" by a person who does not have children and is making decisions based on self-interest.

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Pushing Past Political Correctness: Writing Solutions for the Socially Conscious | Beyond The Margins

Pushing Past Political Correctness: Writing Solutions for the Socially Conscious | Beyond The Margins | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

By Becky Tuch In fiction, as in life, people make choices. Sometimes a fictional character’s choices appear self-evident. It’s a given that Jane will want to leave a bad situation or that Sally will struggle to improve her lot.


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Quite often, the theoretical stances taken in critical theory are a reshuffling of the deck rather than exploring what needs to change and making the changes. We live relationally in the world and the theoretical shuffling is almost like a spectator activity.

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Making learning more connected

Making learning more connected | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Teachers know that the classroom is a complex ecosystem and that they constantly draw from the best of various models at any given moment in their teaching in order to tailor instruction to the needs of their students; plus, many models overlap to the point that teachers could be adhering to several of them simultaneously. And so, as I set out to talk about Connected Learning with educators, I kept wishing that it didn’t have a name that sounded so impressive and self-contained, and instead could just be called A Vision for Learning that Encompasses Many of the Best Practices You Already Implement in Your Classroom but Maybe Introduces You to Some New Strategies. Not as catchy, but more accurate.

 


Via Edumorfosis, Suvi Salo
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To be connected means to share a common experience. It is not about sameness but about similarities in those experiences. This has a John Dewey quality. I paraphrase but essentially community is a space where we communicate things we hold and come to hold in common.

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning"


Via EDTC@UTB, J. Mark Schwanz
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This applies to adults, youth, and children in their learning whether it is digital, blended, or face-to-face. Learning should be about questioning, problematizing, getting emotional about something that is important, etc. and sharing those things. Good teaching helps create spaces where that can happen.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 21, 4:33 PM

I'm putting this helpful list in the course design hopper right away. Whether in the classroom or online, we all struggle with distractions.

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Cybergogue: A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory

Cybergogue: A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Whether connectivism is a learning theory or a curriculum or something entirely different feeds a conversation which has to be good for School, if not education.

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Improvisation Blog: Stephen Downes on the Personal Learning Environment at the LSE

Improvisation Blog: Stephen Downes on the Personal Learning Environment at the LSE | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I am not as convinced that personal learning environments do shift the learning from institutions to individuals completely. What it might be doing is shifting our understanding of institutions. There also are economic interests involved. Are those not institutions of a sort?

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How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing.

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing


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We talked about this the other day and the challenges of keeping pace with the styles out there because of social media.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, July 21, 12:42 AM

Good reference guide - there are some loose ideas at university level but it is hard to know what to put down. 

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Looking Ahead: The Future of the Internet

Looking Ahead: The Future of the Internet | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What will the internet look like in the near future, 20 years, 100 years? We explore the possibilities in this illustration.

Via Lauren Moss, Ilkka Olander, robosheauk, ICTPHMS
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How do we know? Many futurists thought we would live like the Jetsons by now.

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Miriam Fischer's curator insight, July 20, 1:41 PM

ideen...

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ajouter votre point de vue ...

Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, July 21, 7:06 AM

Muchas personas dicen que el Perú está floreciendo y lo veo reflejado en como el mercado mundial está entrando al nuestro. Pero, si hablamos de tecnología, todavía estamos en un 3er mundo y es eso en lo que deberíamos enfocarnos a desarrollar. 

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Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology

Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
More Americans go to college than ever. But how many think about the return they will get from tuition payments that can easily reach $200,000? Up to half are unemployed or underemployed a year after graduation.

Via Robert Hubert
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Education and School are not synonymous although they are used that way all the time. Education happens 24/7 in a non-prescribed ways. School, at all levels, is a monolithic, technocratic, bureaucratic institution which is difficult to change course with.

 

The general sentiment of the article is one I agree with. We need to trans-form School at the same time and overcome structural inertia.

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What Does Success Look Like For Your School?

What Does Success Look Like For Your School? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Yesterday I posted some reflections on how schools can more effectively move from broad vision statements that sometimes sound formulaic or canned to a real pathway of strategic implementation.  On...
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There are good points made. The one thing is that one can never preplan success. It is a journey which has detours and bumps along the way. It is good to have a road map, but don't get lost using it. Keep your eyes on the terrain.

 

One example might be about professional learning communities. Are they communities which are organic and diverse? Or are they teams with a predetermined destination outlined by School manager and management team? There is a huge difference.

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Rote learning is bad – and other myths about education

Rote learning is bad – and other myths about education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The education system needs to produce 21st century learners, but what if we are going about achieving that in entirely the wrong way?

Via Sharrock
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I found two key points jumped out. First, myths are not always fictional. There is some truth, sometimes a lot, in a myth. With each succeeded generation, we have to figure out is what still makes sense in the story and what needs replacing. This leads to the second point which is that the present state of School is one of binaries and polarities. We are focused on either/or rather than the relational nature of what still works and what does not. Tradition is discarded in total and replaced with whatever the latest fad is.

 

We need more articles which make us think like heretics. The word heretic comes from the ancient Greek meaning "to be able to choose." Do we have choice to be able to choose?

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Sharrock's curator insight, July 16, 12:12 PM

Be Careful: reading this may lead you to becoming a bandwagon heretic!

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, July 16, 10:58 PM

D. Christodoulou's '7 myths about education' book debunks common 21st century ideas about education.

The 7 myths are:

Facts prevent understanding.

Teacher-led instruction is passive.

The 21st century fundamentally changes everything.

You can always just look it up.

You should teach transferable skills.

Projects and activities are the best way to learn. 

Teaching knowledge is indoctrination. 

 

 

 

Mike Clare's curator insight, July 17, 6:07 AM

This article is thought provoking,  what should we keep from the past and what new approaches should we embrace?  Makes for an interesting discussion.

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My Beef with the Gamification of Education. | CTQ

My Beef with the Gamification of Education. | CTQ | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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There are good points made in the post. Teachers need to ask what the context is for the learning which the technology is to be used. Quite often, we shuffle deck chairs instead of making real change. Is School transforming or are we adding new layers of sediments that inhibit good teaching?

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Interventions Promoting Educators’ Use of Data: Research Insights and Gaps

Interventions Promoting Educators’ Use of Data: Research Insights and Gaps | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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The second paragraph in the conclusions section is alarming. The suggestion is that we can use input and output data based on student learning without considering contextual and relational aspects involved in teaching and learning. Certainly, well-done quantitative research is important, but it needs well-done qualitative data to offset its limits.

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Why most MOOCs are boring for nearly everybody involved.

Why most MOOCs are boring for nearly everybody involved. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"White-collar professionals, too, are subject to routinization and degradation, proceeding by the same logic that hit manual fabrication a hundred years ago: the cognitive elements of the job are a...

Via dirkvl, juandoming
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Social interaction can make learning active and enjoyable. A key point in the article is that technology is used to eliminate a group of people who cost more and replace them with technicians who cost less. There are limits to that. For example, can we learn without teaching? We are close to making teaching into a technical activity, but is that good in the long run?

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