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The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant

The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"In eLearning, creating relevant and meaningful experiences for your target audience has always been the best way to capture learners. On the contrary, if your learners have no interest in your course, the information you have sent will convey very little value and success... Much experience through trials of eLearning has identified the best way to teach students is to focus on the relevance of course material; too much theory that extends beyond the tasks they will actually be responsible for confusing the situation, or at the very least, retarding the utility of the course. When time is a premium - which it always is - the best eLearning courses make sure that the instruction that follows is directly applicable to the subsequent tasks."


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Infographic: What Does an Educational Technologist Do?

Infographic: What Does an Educational Technologist Do? | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

As online technologies have exploded into mainstream education and corporate training, the need for professionals who are highly qualified in designing, developing, implementing, and assessing instruction has increased. However, the roles and responsibilities of educational technologists have become as varied as the employers who hire them and the tools they use. In order to shed some light on the matter, 161 EdTech professionals were surveyed in order to define the role(s) they play in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government work environments.


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 19, 2013 5:25 PM

I like this quote from the article: "Works at the intersection of technology and education to make sure that learning occurs..."

Rebecca Penina Simon's curator insight, May 19, 2013 8:28 PM

Much of what an Educational Technologist does or will do depends on the school's vision.  

Audrey's comment, May 28, 2013 5:18 PM
I hope this area will attract lots of young people looking for employment,
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The Modern Taxonomy Wheel

The Modern Taxonomy Wheel | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

" This Taxonomy wheel was first discovered on the website of Paul Hopkin’s educational consultancy website mmiweb.org.uk That wheel was produced by Sharon Artley and was an adaption of Kathwohl and Anderson’s (2001) adaption of Bloom (1956). The idea to further adapt it for the pedagogy possibilities with mobile devices, in particular the iPad, I have to acknowledge the creative work of Kathy Schrock on her website Bloomin’ Apps."


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Ray Tolley's comment, April 25, 2013 5:01 AM
Yes,agreed, Brad: many of these apps can be used for many different purposes. My gripe is 'Why only iPads?'
Holli Raines Scharinger's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:32 PM

Awesome classroom resource!

Janneke Helsloot's curator insight, April 27, 2013 12:06 PM

Mooi, Bloom vertaald naar de digitale wereld

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The Do's and Don'ts of Using Visuals in eLearning

The Do's and Don'ts of Using Visuals in eLearning | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
To ensure that your eLearning course is as successful as possible, pay attention to some common do's and don'ts for using images.

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Bill Gates Touts Ed-Tech Future At SXSW Edu Conference | WiredAcademic | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education

Bill Gates Touts Ed-Tech Future At SXSW Edu Conference | WiredAcademic | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
But this time, he said, is different, because of new technologies like more-ubiquitous wireless internet, tablet computing, cheap video storage, and data in the cloud, and because of a tipping point in student demand.

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Game-Based Learning: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational Equity

Game-Based Learning: An Unprecedented Opportunity for Educational Equity | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"Access to successful learning for all students is a powerful equalizer that drives superior educational outcomes... The technological advances of online game-based instruction and the breakthroughs in neuroscience learning research bring us an unprecedented opportunity for achieving this equity and quality education nationally and internationally."


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Jackie Modeste's comment, March 12, 2013 1:55 PM
Great idea, holds a lot of promise for moving towards equity in education -- acquisition and achievement. Might also be a good way to improve the waning educational gains of boys, as traditional classroom instruction has often decreased gains.
Jackie Modeste's curator insight, March 12, 2013 1:59 PM

I'm a big fan of applied knowledge. This article on game-based learning holds great promise for achieving educational equity, developing self-guided learners (esp given growth of MOOCs), and improving cognitive ability.  

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Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom

Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
Almost 25 years have passed since Chickering and Gamson offered seven principles for good instructional practices in undergraduate education.

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Brendan Eagan's curator insight, February 26, 2013 10:27 AM

I like these principles.  We try to foster these at ERI.  I'm lucky to work with instructors who do all 7!

EDTC@UTB's comment, February 26, 2013 10:52 AM
We use Chico's Rubric for Online Instruction, which is based on the 7 principles, for the peer reviews of our online courses.
Elahe Amani's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:36 PM

A good read.

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Are MOOCs the most important education technology in 200 years?

Are MOOCs the most important education technology in 200 years? | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"Education is about to change dramatically, says Anant Agarwal, who heads edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, with plans to teach a billion students, Technology Review reports.... The rise of the MOOCs means we can begin thinking about how free, top-quality education could change the world."


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Using Student Clickers to Foster In-Class Debate

Using Student Clickers to Foster In-Class Debate | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"Integrating technology with appropriate teaching strategies can help stimulate participation and create a student-centered atmosphere conducive to learning... Here’s how it works. The typical class always begins with an overview of the student learning outcomes for that class session. It was within that context that we introduced students to the clicker/debate strategy, including the rules of behaviors. The primary rule is respect, which we define as a group to include things such as not interrupting others when they are speaking, refraining from side conversations, using professional voice and body language at all times, maintaining appropriate tone of voice, and keeping responses to two minutes or less. For the purpose of building self-confidence and enhancing communication skills, the students are encouraged to stand while speaking, however standing was not required."


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The school that swapped its laptops for iPads… and wants to switch back | PC Pro blog

The school that swapped its laptops for iPads… and wants to switch back | PC Pro blog | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
There have been several well-publicised stories of schools bringing iPads into the classroom.
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Mobile Devices and the Common Core

Mobile Devices and the Common Core | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
Download this paper for an examination of the steps to take when undergoing a mobile device implementation, and a roadmap to integrating devices with the Common Core standards to ultimately meet learning objectives.
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elearnspace › MOOCs are really a platform

elearnspace › MOOCs are really a platform | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

We can officially declare massive open online courses (MOOCs) as the higher education buzzword for 2012. Between Coursera, edX and smaller open course offerings, nearly $100 million in funding has been directed toward MOOCs in that past 8 months. Newspapers from NYTimes to Globe and Mail to publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, TV programs such as NPR, radio programs such as CBC, and a few hundred thousand blog posts have contributed to the hype. In higher education, there is joyful abundance of opinions on the topic, ranging from breathless proclamations of their disruptive potential to general dismissal of any value. I’ve captured numerous articles here on diigo.


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Stanford's Next Lesson: Free Online Courses For Credit And Degrees?

Now that Stanford, Harvard and other top American universities are offering free online courses, will students one day be able to get course credits and degrees online from these schools without having to pay for it?

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Under Ten Minutes | How to use Education Technology quickly.

Under Ten Minutes | How to use Education Technology quickly. | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

So what is the purpose of this site? It’s simple. We want to share how technology with people quickly. Each video on the site will be under ten minutes. This is about the same length as my attention span and perfect for showing at the end of a staff meeting. Of course there are some sites like this out there already and we will link to similar sites on the homepage.We may end up having a few different videos on a topic e.g. Beginner’s guide to Twitter and Advanced use of Twitter, but generally it will be short and simple. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.


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SIMILE Widgets - Open Source Widgets for Data Visualization

SIMILE Widgets - Open Source Widgets for Data Visualization | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 5, 2013 2:02 AM

This is an open-source “spin-off” from theSIMILE project at MIT. Here we offer free, open-source web widgets, mostly for data visualizations. They are maintained and improved over time by a community of open-source developers.

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6 Tips for Successful Mobile Video Assignments in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

6 Tips for Successful Mobile Video Assignments in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

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edyssee's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:09 AM

Tipps für Experten-Interviews und Audio

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My View: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed

My View: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
by Greg Green, Special to CNN

Editor’s note:  Greg Green is the principal at Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, Michigan.

I’m a principal at Clintondale High, a financially challenged school near Detroit.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:54 AM

Will flipped classrooms become the fait accomplis as a 21 first century tool in all brick and mortar classrooms?  The stats are proving that in certain environments they work very successfully!  Greg Sheen principal at Clintondale High School in Michigan, shares about how the flipped classroom has worked in his school.  CNN video and article.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 18, 2013 1:30 PM
Interesting read!
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3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different

3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different (Great article from TeachThought about 3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different http://t.co/EDj1eAa8OP Definitely worth the read!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 13, 2013 1:49 AM

Digital learning is just one click away!  Positive and engaging results from digital learning!  TeachThought article shares on the benefits.

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The pros & cons of social media in education (infographic) - EdTech Times

The pros & cons of social media in education (infographic) - EdTech Times | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
The pros & cons of #SocialMedia in education (infographic) http://t.co/9oDLwqfrWo

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Minter Dial's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:00 AM

Schools are not doing it evenly!

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The Trouble With Online College

The Trouble With Online College | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
Education via the Internet has been overrated and could produce more dropouts than degrees.

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The Early Results Of An iPad Classroom Are In

The Early Results Of An iPad Classroom Are In | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"My daily PLN reading seems to be full of stories about how to use iPads in the classroom. While this is certainly important information, I believe our Twitter feeds could use a few more stories about the positive impact the introduction of iPads are having in schools. Our school has been working with iPads for three years now and I can easily say that these have been the most exciting years of my educational career."


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The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant

The Six Ingredients That Make eLearning Courses Relevant | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"In eLearning, creating relevant and meaningful experiences for your target audience has always been the best way to capture learners. On the contrary, if your learners have no interest in your course, the information you have sent will convey very little value and success... Much experience through trials of eLearning has identified the best way to teach students is to focus on the relevance of course material; too much theory that extends beyond the tasks they will actually be responsible for confusing the situation, or at the very least, retarding the utility of the course. When time is a premium - which it always is - the best eLearning courses make sure that the instruction that follows is directly applicable to the subsequent tasks."


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Free social learning platform 'Edmodo' gets an upgrade

Free social learning platform 'Edmodo' gets an upgrade | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"Social learning platform Edmodo is debuting some new features, just in time for the start of school. Responding to user feedback, the company has streamlined the ability for teachers to connect and access content and revised some existing tools, including centralizing group functionality. The new version of Edmodo will roll out to users over the next few weeks, according to a release from the San Mateo, CA-based service, a free and secure social network, which has garnered close to 10 million users since its 2008 launch."


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Strategy Guides - ReadWriteThink

Strategy Guides - ReadWriteThink | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it
Looking for new teaching strategies or interested in brushing up on the strategies you are already using in your classroom?
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Can E-Learning Lead Higher Ed into the Future? » Online Universities

Can E-Learning Lead Higher Ed into the Future? » Online Universities | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

"Who will lead the way for innovation in education?" This is one of the big questions concerning higher education as the 21st century moves into its second decade. In a general sense, it would seem that brick-and-mortar institutions would be at the forefront of such innovation given their resources, easy face-to-face collaboration and infrastructure. The question remains though, are such institutional structures really supportive of innovation or is there a better alternative?


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The Real “Trouble” With Technology, Online Education And Learning

The Real “Trouble” With Technology, Online Education And Learning | Educational Technology and Instructional Technology | Scoop.it

It’s probably too early to say whether Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a “tsunami” or a “seismic shift,” but, continuing with the natural disaster theme, the last few months have seen a massive “avalanche” of press commentary about them, especially within the last few days.


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