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My formula for starting a revolution in education

My formula for starting a revolution in education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
RT @PukuBooks: Social media: the formula for starting a revolution in education http://t.co/qLZhn8tdZo

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We need a revolution, that's for sure.

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Social Media Strategy: Why Insight and Evidence is So Important

Social Media Strategy: Why Insight and Evidence is So Important | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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"It’s been said that 85% of the people who work in social media have been in the industry for less than two years. I think it was LinkedIn who first suggested this, but it often explains why there is so much bad advice floating around, so many poorly devised strategic plans and so much money wasted on failed campaigns." We have serious problems because many are self-appointed leaders.

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Attention and the Academy — Contemplative computing

Attention and the Academy — Contemplative computing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The great British philosopher Nigel Thrift has an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (it’s behind a firewall) on “Paying Attention i…

Via Pierre Levy, Mariana Soffer
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So we should pay attention, be mindful, and work to integrate the new into the traditional while discarding that which no longer works.

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Ed. Schools Lag Behind Digital Content Trends

Ed. Schools Lag Behind Digital Content Trends | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Teacher education institutions risk becoming obsolete if they do not do a better job preparing future teachers to use digital curricula, experts say.
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I believe we are behind and falling behind. This is in part due to the implementation of technology based on whims and fads. We need to use the Internet and help children develop strong skills to sift through information. This is not a job for the weak of heart or mind.

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A Real Lesson in Digital Citizenship

A Real Lesson in Digital Citizenship | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
My students and I had an “a-ha” moment the other day, in terms of digital citizenship and how we really need to think before we post images to the Internet. Or maybe even before we take the picture.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Do we have faux leaders reading articles about the importance of digital citizenship?

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What is a Digital Workplace and Why Should You Care?

What is a Digital Workplace and Why Should You Care? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Digital Workplaces aren’t yet taking the world by storm but they are emerging as a very powerful enabling technology for the future. Moreover, they will probably be seen as a critical need as the world becomes more mobile and businesses begin to rely more heavily on social networking.


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The closing line makes the point a digital world will play a role. It won't play the only role. What we need to develop is effective and mindful practices to integrate digital technologies into the workplace and our world.

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luiy's curator insight, May 20, 2013 9:58 AM

In Paul Miller‘s excellent book, The Digital Workplace, he defines the digital workplace as, “the technology-enabled space where work happens.”  He further states that, “it involves all the tools we use to do our jobs:  email, phone, text, intranet, micro-blogging, Internet, office documents, shared documents, teleconferences, video, software packages, smart phones, tablets, and the cloud.”

 

The Digital Workplace is about an overall philosophy and approach for managing a very flexible and free organization.  He is referring to the digital workplace as the entire underlying technical infrastructure that allows such an organization to exist.  It is a very broad usage that includes all of the technical capabilities that power a modern business organization and really focuses on a management philosophy rather than on how to use a specific system to implement that philosophy.

 

Mark Morrell, a noted internet blogger, defines the digital workplace even more generally as, “Work is what you do, not where you go to.”  Again, this definition focuses on an overall philosophy for how we approach work.

For the purposes of this blog series I’m going to focus much more specifically on a digital workplace as a collection of tools and capabilities that allow team members to work much more effectively together, especially in an environment where the participants may be physically separated from their offices, and from each other, by hundreds or thousands of miles.

 

For the purposes of this blog entry, a digital workplace is an integrated collection of tools and capabilities that allow team members to connect, communicate, collaborate, and conduct all of their required work activities wherever and whenever they may be working.

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A Simple Guide to All That Teachers Need to Know about Digital Citizenship

A Simple Guide to All That Teachers Need to Know about Digital Citizenship | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Great resources via @medkh9


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We need resources of this nature to help teachers and students find their way in a constantly changing digital world.

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Teaching Presence for E-Learn - by Terry Anderson

I was asked to present on teaching presence in online environments for a small conference of teachers in the Masters of E-Elearning program at Universitat Obert

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We need to be present for our students in any educational forum.

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2013 Thinking and Learning Conference - Day 3 Materials

2013 Thinking and Learning Conference - Day 3 Materials | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are my session materials for day three of the 2013 Thinking and Learning Conference in Melbourne.  Hope you find them useful: Enhancing and Amplifying Pedagogy with Digital Tools Caught in the...
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The third day of notes and links from the Thinking and Learning conference. I plan on scooping one of the presentations directly.

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The Dream of Technology is Alive in Education

The Dream of Technology is Alive in Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The NEW blog of Jon Samuelson AKA @ipadsammy on "the Twitters." You will be subjected to my random thoughts on Educational Technology and all things in between.

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We want children learning to use technology. What does that mean and is it always the best end?

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Who controls the world?

Who controls the world? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are some take-away from James B. Glattfelder's talk on Who Controls the World. 1. Complexity is the result of simple interactions. The system as a whole is starting to behave in ways which can...
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MOOC's present great opportunity and great risk.

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What is 21st Century Education

What is 21st Century Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
21st Century Schools, Anne Shaw, What is 21st century education?

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There are teachers, who without technology, moved children beyond the bottom rungs of Bloom's. Technology is a tool and we need to treat it as such.

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Jenn Alevy's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:39 PM

This was shared by my friend Gretel Patch who has great insight in how to thoughtfully incorporate technology into education. She added her insights to parts of the article:

When we speak of 21st Century Skills (as defined by groups like ATCS and the Iowa DOE), we seem to have an ethereal idea of the skills children need. But how are they measured or assessed? Does it matter that most of today’s 8th grade students can’t pass exams from the turn of the last century? We have given up the need to memorize facts, thanks to the Internet, but we need to do a much better job at synthesis and evaluation than previously required. In today’s world, we can easily “phone a friend” or at least text them. So why do we insist on requiring memorization for finals and standardized assessment? Technology can help us move away from the lower reaches of Bloom and create more dynamic assessments that require the true 21st century skills of analysis, evaluation, and synthesis. Some great examples of student work focused on creation are available here. How are you helping to move the students in your district to become creators and evaluators of information? As we approach final exams and the end of the year, I think it is a create question to reflect on.

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5 Great Tools for Creating Your Own Educational Infographics

5 Great Tools for Creating Your Own Educational Infographics | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
These fun, mostly free tools can help educators easily create their own Infographics, and bring a very modern twist to instruction. “A picture is worth

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I am always interested in fun and free.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:35 AM

Great for visual learning, and for synthesis of ideas.

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How to be a creative success.

How to be a creative success. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Alessandro Rea, Swati Lahiri M.Ed (Curriculum Design)
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"Branding has finally reached the snobs who think they are above it." This is a great opening line. It also comes with a caveat. Legacies and brands are based on the perception of others who use our services or consume our products. We don't get to decide what they look like.

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Alessandro Rea's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:06 AM

Branding has finally reached the snobs who think they are above it.

Every Gen Y-er knows about personal branding, and every Silicon Valley social media maven has one eye on their Klout score. But this year the New York Times declared that branding is a must-do for psychologists.


You can’t make money if you don’t have a brand.

I was thrilled to read this because I have thought for many years that my therapists could benefit from having me help them run their careers. But whenever I ventured into this territory, the therapist invariably did something annoying like reminding me of client-therapist boundaries. Now, though, it’s clear: they should hire me.



Also, in case you think you are not in a field that requires branding, there is now officially nothing without a brand. Because look, even Liechtenstein is rebranding itself as a party room: Harper’s magazine reports that you can rent the whole country for the evening for $20,000.

The thing is that most people don’t want to brand themselves as a party room; they want to be known for being creative. Which makes sense because really, we are all creative – to be human is to be creative. But you have to work hard at it to be good.



Jonah Lehrer wrote a great article about how to be known for being creative. Of course this is before he made the famously stupid, but certainly creative, blunder of manufacturing quotes from Bob Dylan and subsequently becoming a persona non-grata in the journalism field. Lehrer shows that creativity is something that is learned, from practice.

Part of how you learn it is by collecting a wide range of information so that you can put things together in new ways. (Which is why you should always click on the links in my post. In fact, here’s one answering the question, “What does it feel like to have a trophy wife?” How can you not be curious about that?)



Another way to be creative is to look at trends, for how creative people are gaining traction. There are plenty of people known for their creativity who tell you the rules they follow. The well known comic strip author Hugh MacLoed writes some rules he uses for cultivating creativity. Here are three more rules about creativity that are gaining traction.



1. Being a misfit is something to brag about.
We have entered the age of the misfit. The Economist made a formal proclamation thatbusiness is benefitting from people with Aspergers, dyslexia and ADHD. At least twenty people sent the article to me, which makes sense, because I have all three. So I’m excited for my big moment, where ads for seven-figure job openings specify that the person should have all three of those mental aberrations. And I’m excited that the job opening will be for something where I don’t have to sit in an office all day long being nice to people, since I can’t do that.



2. The starving artist has made way for the SEO artist.
It used to be that there was no way to make money as an artist unless you could wow a gallery owner with your art, or sleep with him. Now, though, artists can take sales into their own hands. James Maher is a great example of this artist entrepreneurship – he’s selling his prints direct, from his site, and he’s so smart about SEO that he told me not to link to his name, but link from the keyword street photography instead.

And look at that photo up top. It’s by Elly Mackay and she calls it papercraft theater. I found her work on the art site My Modern Metropolis, which links to her etsy store, which means she’s getting traction without having to get into the Whitney. Fine art gatekeepers are falling in favor of the long tail marketers, and this means determined artists can support themselves. And we all get to see a lot more great art.



3. Plagiarism is finally getting some respect.
Quentin Rowan is featured in the New Yorker because he applied his photographic memory to maybe-plagarizing a whole book in such an artful way – using an incredibly large number of sources – that it’s hard to get angry at him.

The kids at Stuyvesant, the kids who scored around the top .0001% of all New York City high school students, came up with a really clever cheating ring that got them caught, but also got them enough respect from the school-is-stupid press to give the kids a voice. The tests are stupid – it’s just memorizing. The kids who do best on the tests don’t do best in life. And it’s impossible to regulate cheating these days.

Nick Denton, media mogel and fearless leader of Gawker, pointed out that most publications are reprinting stuff from other publications, and no one seems to care, which is very similar to kids reprinting phrases from the Internet. At least in so far as no one cares.

The only people who care are people whose jobs are to be the enforcers, but we probably don’t need enforcers: if you don’t like it, don’t read it. And if you give kids tests that measure something important in life – like grit and determination - there is no way to cheat.

And that, probably, is what you want your personal brand based on anyway – grit and determination. It seems to me that it’s the core of creativity. And it also seems to me that it’s what we would want most from a theapist that we hire – that they should have grit and determination themselves and know how to help us get it.

So the truth is that the way to be known for your creativity is to work really hard at being creative. That’s the bad news. Because everything worth aiming for is hard work and I wish that were not true. I wish I could sneak in one easy thing and get a lot of credit for doing it.

The good news is that there are things you’re working hard at – like coping with being a misfit and finding clever ways to plagiarize – that you didn’t realize were, in fact, the hard work of achieving recognition as a highly creative person.

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The Teacher’s Guide To Digital Citizenship

The Teacher’s Guide To Digital Citizenship | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic How you act online is important. Not just because everything is stored, backed up, and freely available to anyone with a keyboard. But because your online reputation is actually...

Via Carmen Arias , Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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We need high quality and authentic leadership in this area.

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New free curriculum by microsoft

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Why Kids Must Be Taught Digital Manners Infographic

Why Kids Must Be Taught Digital Manners Infographic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Teaching students the importance of having and using manners is nothing new to teachers. However, what has changed is the type of etiquette kids needs today—namely, the digital kind. True, please, thank you and excuse me are still significant, but in addition to these basics, students growing up in this ever-connected, social media crazed world require much more. Concepts such as online privacy, sharing and creating a positive digital footprint through the demonstration of responsible online behaviors are just as vital.


Via Jamie Forshey, Nancy Jones, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Dennis T OConnor, Dan Kirsch
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Because we have in every preceding generation and some will learns while othes won't. But it is still worth the effort.

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Tim Hopper's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:52 AM

Why schools need to lead in the use of digital technologies, not be dragged  reluctantly into the 21st century.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 31, 2013 4:17 PM

Thanks to Jaime Forshey for sharing this infographic addressing digital manners.  It is a great example of connecting infographics to digital citizenship. 

RitaZ's curator insight, June 25, 2013 10:20 AM

Most valuable reminders in today's practical world.

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Why It's Time To Take Ownership Of Your PLN - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Take Ownership Of Your PLN - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I know the old saying can be true, teachers make the worst students. But it's time to take ownership of your PLN and here's why.

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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This article used a lot of catch phrases, but might have some depth.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 19, 2013 12:12 PM

Your own PL is right at your fingertips!

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How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing?

How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Dear Lifehacker, I have been tasked to make a slideshow for an event at work. I don’t want to make a generic PowerPoint with just boring text or pictures. What are some ways I can enhance the slideshow so it looks impressive and knocks the socks off my audience?"


Via Baiba Svenca, Marcelo Nolasco
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This appears to be an effective and practical article.

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Elke Watson's comment, May 19, 2013 5:26 PM
I was an early adopter of Prezi (I think), and am now starting to get a bit tired of the predictable jumping around. It's like cinnamon or something. A wonderful spice but in small doses and not every day! I found that I returned to PPT, using punchy images (thanks Common creative section on Flickr!!) and short / one-word statements. Very powerful
Joaquín Ballester's comment, May 19, 2013 5:32 PM
I agree with you, Elke. PPT is more customizable and powerful.
Marion Mulder's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:00 AM

Oke - if you work in the corporate world there is just no escaping from having to create powerpoints at one point or another. You might as well create amzing one's while your at it. Here are some handy tips, do's & don'ts worth looking at

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Survey Reveals Which Demographics Use What Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Survey Reveals Which Demographics Use What Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A massive survey of internet users reveals trends in social media usage across numerous platforms, ages, races, genders, population density and which social media sites do they frequently visit. 

 

The Pew Research Center has released the results of a comprehensive social media survey, conducted over several years to evaluate which demographics were using social media, and on which platforms. Which social networking sites emerged on top?

 

Of the online adults surveyed at the end of 2012:

67% use Facebook

20% use LinkedIn

16% use Twitter

15% use Pinterest

13% use Instagram

6% use Tumblr

 

A decent amount of Americans appear to be using social media, but which demographics use social media in greater numbers?

 

It appears that women use social media 9% more than men do, at a whopping rate of 71%. Other frontrunners with the highest social network activity in their demographic include city dwellers(70%), Hispanics (72%) and adults with a household income below $30,000 annually (72%).

 

The most pervasive and consistent divider amongst social media users remains, unsurprisingly, their age. 83% of the young adult demographic (18-29 year olds) use social media, which is well over double the activity of online adults over 65 years old (32%).


Via Jonha Richman, Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Robin Martin
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An important corollary question is what do we use social media for?

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 17, 2013 4:35 PM

Always good to see the current demographics in social.  Facebook continues to be the king, with women, city dwellers, Hispanics and below $30K on the list, via Pew Research.    Hmmm....   ~  D

Robin Martin's curator insight, May 18, 2013 11:18 AM

How did I miss this one, Deb? Thanks for the scoop!!

Jenn Alevy's curator insight, May 20, 2013 4:57 AM

Interesting but not surprising. I think the older the Gen X-, Gen Y, Millenials and Digital Natives grow, the higher the stats for all ages.

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The Rise of EduTech in K-12 Classrooms

The Rise of EduTech in K-12 Classrooms | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
  via Teacher Portal Technology use is ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The Pew Research Center (2013) surveyed teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (...

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What does the statement good uses mean? We have too many educators who simply throw technology at the students without guideliness or thought.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, May 18, 2013 2:56 PM

Ed tech is getting to be a big deal in classrooms; part-and-parcel for the digital age. This infographic explores its development in the K–12 classrooms of today and gives some teachers' insights and opinions, and also gives us a glimpse of what the future holds for the tech-oriented classrooms of tomorrow.”


This should be a wake up call for those who are still reluctant to embrace good uses of technology.
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Parental Guidance: Social Media

Parental Guidance: Social Media | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In no way do I consider myself an expert of social media!!!  However, I am a person that attempts to leverage it for influence, and a parent trying to navigate it with my 3 daughters.  Recently, I ...
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I like this idea of learning with children, whether as a teacher or parent, and setting some boundaries for them so they learn an effective and mindful social media practice.  And, we, the adults, do as well.

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6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning

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How do people learn, and how can they do it better in a constantly evolving context? These six channels are powerful players in how learners make meaning:  identifying, decoding, evaluating, and sharing fluid media and information.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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This is a great infographic and provides a beginning for where we need to go.

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Thomas B Hansen's curator insight, May 18, 2013 4:14 AM

Interesting scoop on different learning channels.

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | MindShift

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | MindShift | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Important research compiled on the effects of students multitasking while learning shows that they are losing depth of learning, getting mentally fatigued, an
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We need to put a better effort into it and demonstrate in concrete ways the benefits of serial single tasking.

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Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Looks useful and can be integrated into more traditional learning.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:35 AM

Whole lotta good info here. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:26 AM

In the wrong hands, this is just layering over what already is not working. We need something different, full of risk, and creative.

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Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

NOW AVAILABLE:

 

Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: 
Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice


Rory McGreal, Wanjira Kinuthia and Stewart Marshall, Eds. May 2013

 

Published jointly by the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University, Canada (UNESCO/COL Chair in OER) as CC-BY-SA and freely available to all:www.col.org/psOERIRP. Available in PDF and epub formats.

 

This book is one in a series of OER resources published by COL. It describes the OER movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER's significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:

OER in AcademiaOER in Practice:Diffusion of OERProducing, Sharing and Using OER

Instructional designers, curriculum developers, educational technologists, teachers, researchers, students, others involved in creating, studying or using OER: all will find this timely resource informative and inspiring.


Via Stewart-Marshall, MikoAgenda
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This looks like it might be a good only with a thorough read.

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Víctor Xepiti Eme's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:47 AM

"Open Educational Resources (OER) – that is, teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free to others to use, revise and share – offer a powerful means of expanding the reach and effectiveness of worldwide education. Those resources can be full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, software, and other materials and techniques used to promote and support universal access to knowledge.

This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:

OER in Academia – describes how OER are widening the international community of scholars, following MIT’s lead in sharing its resources and looking to the model set by the OpenCourseWare ConsortiumOER in Practice – presents case studies and descriptions of OER initiatives underway on three continentsDiffusion of OER – discusses various approaches to releasing and “opening” content, from building communities of users that support lifelong learning to harnessing new mobile technologies that enhance OER access on the InternetProducing, Sharing and Using OER – examines the pedagogical, organisational, personal and technical issues that producing organisations and institutions need to address in designing, sharing and using OER"....

 

Julio Vizcarra's curator insight, May 17, 2013 10:30 AM

La investigación sobre educación abierta sigue adelante.