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Online Learning in a Networked Age

Presentation given at SUNY Learning Networks SOLSummit in Syracuse, New York on February 28, 2013

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Where eLearning is Headed: How to Get From Here to There

Where eLearning is Headed: How to Get From Here to There | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
To figure out how to get from here to there, eLearning professionals have to first understand where the "there" actually is. This list represents the newest and most important "rules" for eLearning today.

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The first point is that no student is an island and that is so true. The use of digital technologies can lead to creating isolation. Their uses are the work of competent teachers.

 

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Tech Basics for Active, Collaborative Learning -- Campus Technology

Tech Basics for Active, Collaborative Learning -- Campus Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Classrooms designed for active and collaborative learning are transforming the teaching and learning experience for students and faculty.

Via Kiruthika Ragupathi
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We did not have the digital technology set up, but used tables for the entire time I taught at Stony Creek. I found not all teachers liked it. Others complained it was too noisy. I found the students worked together and accomplished a lot.

 

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Some Students Have To Swim To School In This Country

Some Students Have To Swim To School In This Country | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
SAJANPURA VILLAGE, India (AP) — It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in part of western India. If they want to learn, they have no choice but to swim.

The boys and girls carry books, papers and changes of clothing in plastic bag...

Via Suvi Salo
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In recent travels, I realized some students take ferries to School. Swimming is one step beyond and a reminder that things we take for granted here are not universal.

 

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A Philosophy of Faculty Development « Learning In a Flat World

A Philosophy of Faculty Development « Learning In a Flat World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“…want to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of adult learning theory and practice, specifically in the fields of Human Resource Development and Adult Literacy, and through exploring technology in learning in ...

Via Blaine Morrow, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ines Bieler, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I remain unconvinced that the world is flat when it comes to teaching and learning. It does not mean digital technologies do not move and collect information faster. It means teaching and learning remain nuanced and textured thus the world cannot be flat.

 

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Wifi in the Woods

Wifi in the Woods | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The opportunity to fully disconnect is at risk in an ever-more-connected world.

Via Suvi Salo
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There has to be times we disconnect, voluntarily and otherwise. I find when I am away from constant connectivity I do not reach for my PDA. It feels good.

 

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Thoreau on “uncommon schools.” What do we mean by good jobs and education? (Walden 74)

Thoreau on “uncommon schools.” What do we mean by good jobs and education? (Walden 74) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. It is time that villages were universities, and their elder inhabitants the fell...
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John Dewey suggested the only time we separate means from ends is in language. In life, they are inseparable. I wonder if that is true now? Have we reached a point where we means and ends even in living them become separate?

 

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Edupunk and student centred learning through technology

Edupunk and student centred learning through technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

I’ve often wondered why it is that the internet is such an amazing, creative and inspiring place full of so many fantastically interesting things, and yet so many educational software, applications and e-learning products turn out to be so dull.


Via Nik Peachey, Yashy Tohsaku
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It is interesting that we think there are no economic interests at play in the e-learning world. There are and they are significant. It does not mean we don't use various digital technologies, but let us make sure we ask questions and challenge their usages when needed.

 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 11, 8:56 AM

This is an article I wrote some time ago. It looks at the limitations put on teacher creativity within the educational technology sphere and how to confront these.

harloff's curator insight, August 12, 3:24 AM

A to the point analysis of why we need a punk attitude to educational institutions. They slow down adoption of new technology in education

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Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Largely, teachers and learners are already picking the key points of the larger subject. Modules are smaller perhaps, but is his good for teaching and learning.

 

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Does Tech Hold Back Educators?

Does Tech Hold Back Educators? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I just read a post by my friend, Tony Sinanis, #EdCamp: What's The Point? Tony had an unconnected colleague attend an Edcamp. The colleague was most impressed with the ever-present passion. Accordi...

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There is a broad assumption made in the article that a group is made of homogenous individuals and that we can assume one way works best for each student.

 

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 12, 1:32 PM

The bottom line to every teaching method must be learning.  But we also need to take a long view on just what learning we are trying to instill. Technology isn't the answer to everything, but neither is doing what we've always done. 

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Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Mobile Learning - No Pedagogy Required!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development: Mobile Learning - No Pedagogy Required! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Pedagogy, the artful practice of teaching, is necessary. Curriculum is part of a complex conversation and it is critical that, in some fashion, teachers engage in that conversation via whatever technology is used with their students

 

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How BYOD/T is Getting Easier, How it's Getting Harder

How BYOD/T is Getting Easier, How it's Getting Harder | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

 

I've written more posts on BYOD/BYOT (Bring Your Own Device/Technology) than Sylvia Plath penned woebegone prose, so I'm going to put all of you out of your misery and promise you this is the last ...

Via Skip Zalneraitis, Suvi Salo
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Continuous conversation is vital to the issues surrounding BYOD/BYOT. We need to engage students, communities, and colleagues about issues such as equity and safety in ongoing dialogue,

 

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The Standards of Critical Digital Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Standards of Critical Digital Pedagogy - Hybrid Pedagogy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Educational standards limit the consciousness towards which critical pedagogy aims.
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The teacher-student binary using Freire the article speaks about has been known about for some time and little done with it in classrooms. Freire's work was used as grounding for inquiry-based learning which is fine, but does not go far enough.

 

The Dewey reference begins to tap into his thinking on reconstructing. We are using the same matter, discarding what is no longer relevant, bringing in new, and keeping what works for now. It takes us past reforming and reorganizing which are deck chairs being moved around.

 

The article provides considerable food for thought.

 

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Parents feel left behind by the accelerating pace of technology

Parents feel left behind by the accelerating pace of technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
They also wish that schools would make more effort with tech homework assignments that could include parents, and bring them and kids together in...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The pace of digital technology change is such that everyone is being left behind. It is important to develop skills which allow adaptation rather than mastery. The object is not to understand one type of digital technology, but to have skills that allow us to move from one to another as they emerge and work together.

 

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 7, 12:54 PM

No need to feel that you are being left behind. Get down to your library and we can explain it all. @SLS Guernseyeven runs courses for you to learn how to keep up. 

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 9, 5:40 AM

One of our biggest goals and challenges is excellent communication with and engagement of parents. Let's not leave them behind!

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Teacher leadership

Teacher leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Teachers are leaders. There's no doubt that when we stand in front of a group of kids, regardless of their age, we are on the verge of making an impact, influencing them and guiding them through, sometimes, unexplored trails.

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I love the neo-liberal vocabulary i.e. you can bring it down to the education industry. It is important to note that education is not the same as School and is not an industry. The words which form education, educare and educere, are two forms of leading. Pedagogy is leading. It makes sense that teaching is leading. It is not managing which is what people outside classrooms think it is sometimes.

 

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ID and Other Reflections: Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

ID and Other Reflections: Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Micro-learning might work at the adult level. I am unsure about the child level where concrete and tangible are required. It might play a role when connected well to the concrete and tangible in students' lives.

 

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What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

What Is The Future Of Education? Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“What Is This The Future Of Education? Check the The Future of Education Infographic to find our more!”


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I am certain digital technologies will be part of the future. I am just not convinced we know how they will be. It will make the journey more interesting not knowing.

 

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Silvia Martinelli's curator insight, August 18, 6:47 AM

Un doble desafío.

Leer con cuidado en inglés e interpretar datos, cifras, tendencias y discutirlas a la luz de los resultados de las investigaciones en Argentina y Latinoamérica.

Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 18, 7:16 AM

"Degrees may  mean less to employers in the future, instead putting a premium on proven knowledge."

Jane Hadjion's curator insight, August 18, 5:04 PM

Learning or education and the industries employing need to work together to close the gap. The cycle for updating learning cannot continue to be so great or we need to change strategies and accept the irrelevance of some of the content we deliver.

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Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems

Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

One researcher has a compelling hypothesis as to why the once-booming ed-tech sector has struggled.


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The points made in the series of tweets make sense. Teaching and learning are complex. It does take more than fast computers, the latest fads, and more money to make a difference. It takes considering what we want from the technology and how it this might impact teaching and learning. That requires the teacher's voice.

 

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How Teaching Online Made Me a Better Face-to-Face Instructor

How Teaching Online Made Me a Better Face-to-Face Instructor | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“I have been teaching online courses for more than eight years now.”


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I think it is not an either/or situation. It is an "and" situation and various teaching forms inform each other.

 

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How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A teacher shows how to overcome technological anxiety by connecting with a device personally.

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We should be using digital technologies and acknowledging where we come up a bit short. When the latter happens, we can turn to others and become the learner. This is something we should have done all along, but is more necessary in today's rapid changing teaching environments.

 

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, August 15, 6:26 AM

"Fluency" in classroom technology -- personal connection important

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 7:36 PM

Cómo puede un docente dominar la tecnología educativa

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 11:04 AM

Becoming fluent in all the different technologies might not be possible but being able to ask for help and learn to do things in different ways is always possible. Through learning, one can see possibilities of what might be which is one of the foundational cores for creativity and learning. 

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Cyber Bullying!

Cyber Bullying! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Follow my blog with Bloglovin People say sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me, but that's not true, names do hurt, nasty comments do hurt, there are something's then ca...
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This short article makes an excellent point about the long-term impacts of cyber bullying and, for that matter, all bullying. Consider the impact on children in the care of teachers?

 

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For Public Schools, the Long and Bumpy Road to Going Digital

For Public Schools, the Long and Bumpy Road to Going Digital | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Despite every best intention, the transition to digital isn't quite here yet.


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The road will not become less bumpy. Many of the people implementing digital technologies are not in the classroom and it is imposed upon teachers and students arbitrarily as if an edict was enough.

 

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, August 12, 8:10 AM
We are in the digital shore but can't get off the textbook boat.
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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! 


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The teaching we engage in has an impact on students and they carry it with them.

 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 11, 6:40 PM

This week, #HealthyLeadership is all about how teachers can become leadership coaches for our younger set.  


Teacher and consultant, Lydia Dolch joined me to discuss a #Futureleaders session we conducted with her 5th grade class.  


During the interview we discussed how the students were able to apply leadership principles like conflict management, courage and forgiveness as they explored how to interact with others who see the world from a different perspective.  


Checkout the blogcast at: http://bit.ly/1r5nRhZ

Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 13, 9:31 AM

From the post: We can start the process of leadership coaching IN the classroom. All this takes is an intentional approach and tools that teachers can use to teach leadership as part of their curriculum! 

Just like we coach our kids on the court, track or wrestling mat, we need to coach them on how to lead positive change and avoid the inferior behaviors that come so easily with aggression and unmanaged conflict. 

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educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

educational-origami - Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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A lot of links that need to be explored.

 

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4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn - Edudemic

4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There …
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The first three points should have always been in place in teaching and learning. Learning is cooperative, active, differentiated and personal. If it were not those things, I am not sure it is learning.

 

Multitasking is not new either. We need to learn how to manage multitasking in ways that do not obstruct and constrain learning in ways that makes it impossible.

 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 9, 10:12 AM

While some of the points here are true of learning in any way, we still need to learn more about the effect that the technological piece places on how the brain functions.

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What Teachers Want: Digital Solutions for 21st Century Teachers

What Teachers Want: Digital Solutions for 21st Century Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

1. Delivering instruction directly to students.  

2. Diagnosing student learning needs.

3. Varying the delivery method of instruction.

4. Tailoring the learning experience to meet individual student needs.

5. Supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences.

6. Fostering independent practice of specific skills.

 

- See more at: http://fishtreeblog.tumblr.com/post/94167046920/what-teachers-want-digital-solutions-for-21st#disqus_threadzz


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There will be roles that teachers will play. Their relationships with students cannot be programmed and matched by algorithms.

 

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