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The MOOC Case Book

The MOOC Case Book | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

With the advancement of digital learning technologies, knowledge sharing for the purpose of education and training has accelerated to a point we have never experienced before. The availability of powerful delivery tools and the intentions and interests for sharing knowledge with greater audiences are the major driving forces behind the growth of Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs.

While there are many benefits to MOOCs, they currently face several challenges. Design, development, implementation and evaluation of open and distributed learning systems (e.g., MOOCs) require thoughtful analysis and investigation.


This book focuses on cases describing issues or challenges experienced by IT and e-learning practitioners, faculty, and students during the design, development and implementation of, or participation in, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This book can be used as a handbook to guide administrators, IT professionals, instructional designers, and faculty in the planning, development, and implementation of successful MOOC initiatives.


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MOOCs have come a long way from the tentative first steps a number of years back where everyone was rather precious about 'their knowledge vaults' and really didn't want to share them or lose control of these knowledge repositories. 

  There are, of course, some challenging issues currently being faced - but we shouldn't lose sight of their inherent value.

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, February 1, 2016 12:46 PM

The MOOC Case Book is finally out! Order your copy here: http://moocbookproject.blogspot.com

Yaros Perez's curator insight, February 23, 2016 12:53 PM

Este libro nos muestra una metodologia para el desarrollo de cursos mooc de facil acceso, desarrolllo e implementación

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Everything Teachers Need to Know about the Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Everything Teachers Need to Know about the Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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Have you flipped your classroom yet?

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Free Technology for Teachers: My Three Favorite Classroom Timer Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: My Three Favorite Classroom Timer Tools | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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A really simple tool - but timers are invaluable at certain times. My pupils used to get upset with me when I'd cut their creative planning time so they could present their findings. They often took it quite personally and got pretty upset with me for killing their creative moment. They would always beg for more time... twice... or three times... and then we'd have hardly any time for the feedback session.

   Nowadays, I'm able to play good cop - bad cop with the timer. It is not me cutting into their time, but rather the timer. It is amazing how just this little change has altered the atmosphere in my classroom!

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Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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Teachers of English - lovely templates for your school journalist apprentices...

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10 Essential Questions for Teaching Global Digital Citizenship

10 Essential Questions for Teaching Global Digital Citizenship | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Explore these 10 essential questions for teaching Global Digital Citizenship in your classroom. They can be used with our free GDC tools!

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A number of useful (and free) GDC tools linked to this post.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 3, 2016 1:12 AM

Some useful tips and advice.

Dinah Galligo's curator insight, February 3, 2016 6:28 AM

Les 10 questions essentielles pour enseigner le numérique d'une façon éthique et citoyenne

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teaching GDC tips

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Survey: Online, Blended Learning Helps Struggling Students

Survey: Online, Blended Learning Helps Struggling Students | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The fourth annual joint survey from MDR and Fuel Education shows that school districts are responding to student needs with online and blended learning.

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Confirmation that blended learning helps students who are battling.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 4, 2016 7:08 AM

The last two projects I just finished implementing reinforce that belief in me.

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Spotlights - Trends Shaping Education - OECD

Spotlights - Trends Shaping Education - OECD | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Spotlights - Trends Shaping Education

Trends Spotlight  #7: Gender Equality

Education plays an important role in ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities in their personal and professional lives, through formal schooling, shaping attitudes and transforming behaviours. Yet old stereotypes die hard, and gender still plays a role in a number of ways. This Spotlight takes a look at the issues both in society and in the educational field itself.

Blog: Gender equality in education

 

Trends Spotlight #6: Modern Families

Families in the OECD are changing. The nuclear family – mother and father, married with children – is becoming less common. The number of reconstituted and single-parent households is rising, families are becoming smaller and individuals are deciding to have children later in life, or not at all.

Blog: Education and the modern family

 

Trends Spotlight #5: Infinite Connections

ICT has influenced almost all aspects of our lives and has changed the way we communicate, work and socialize. Education plays a key role in ensuring that everyone can reap the benefits of our technology-rich world, as well as help mitigate some of the risks.

Blog: Infinite Connections: The digital divide

 

Trends Spotlight #4: Think Green

Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of environmental challenges and shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference. For basic education as well as vocational education and training, policy measures such as work-based learning and the provision of better career guidance can be powerful tools to strengthen the link between skills development and the green-growth agenda of countries.

Blog: Think Green: education and environmental awareness

Trends Spotlight #3: Urban Life

The rise of urbanisation poses both opportunities and challenges for education – most notably, in developing policies that will ensure that education thrives in tandem with increasing urbanisation.

Blog: The urban paradox

 

Trends Spotlight #2: Body and Society

The growing rate of obesity is one of the most significant health trends in OECD countries and increasingly, in Brazil, Russia, India and China, the “BRIC” countries.  Perhaps surprisingly, this health trend is also strongly linked to lower educational attainment – both as a cause and as an effect.

Blog: Sweet smarts: fighting the child obesity epidemic

Trends Spotlight #1: Ageing Societies

Countries across the OECD are in the midst of a rapid demographic transformation. Average life expectancy across OECD countries has risen from 69 years in 1970 to an average of 79.7 years in 2010. Countries where life expectancy was once low, such as Turkey, are rapidly reaching the OECD average. Indeed, by 2100, the median age across all OECD and BRIC (Brazil, Russian Federation, India and China) countries is forecasted to reach 45 years. As the average age increases, so too does the proportion of the elderly (> 80 years).

Blog: Our ageing societies


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Some fascinating insights into the trends shaping modern education - are you aware of them?

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25 Gigabit Ethernet Forges a Path Forward

25 Gigabit Ethernet Forges a Path Forward | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it


Since 2014, large network players such as Brocade, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsofthave been working to develop a standard for 25 Gigabit Ethernet. According to experts, 2016 will be the year the technology finally makes its way into large data centers.

The emerging standard for 25 Gig-E addresses the need for speeds greater than 10 gigabits per second between servers and top-of-rack switches in what its proponents deem is a cost-efficient manner.

Fast Forward

Kevin Tolly, founder of independent testing and validation firm The Tolly Group, expects data centers across vertical industries, including K–12, higher education and business, as well as state, local and federal government, to adopt 25 Gig-E.

 


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The world is fast a-changing...

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3 Reasons Why Some Teachers STILL Aren’t Embracing the Use of Technology in the Classroom by Ellen Kim

3 Reasons Why Some Teachers STILL Aren’t Embracing the Use of Technology in the Classroom by Ellen Kim | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Make sure these challenges don't stop your teachers from embracing the use of technology in the classroom.

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Good reflection on her own earlier teaching and insight into why many teachers are not keen on technology in the learning environment.

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50 Common Core Resources For Teachers

50 Common Core Resources For Teachers | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
50 Common Core Resources For Teachers

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Some really useful resources here!

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What I Learned in #HourofCode | Tech Learning

What I Learned in #HourofCode | Tech Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

`/coding /makered /makeredmb"A week ago, I didn’t think I knew anything about code. I could handle HTML and tinker with javascript, but my technology interests have always been in classroom implementation. So for me, #HourofCode is a new experience, and one that I had sort of turned a blind eye towards before. I knew the big idea--introduce students to coding and computer science in a fun and accessible way, but hasn’t been a part of it before. While I recognize that coding could be meaningful in my English classroom, it was never a priority for me, and I simply didn’t think I had the time. 

 

One of my goals this year is to try new things and step out of my technological comfort zone. I want to learn more about STEM, coding, maker spaces, and everything else in our ever-growing field of edtech, both for me and for my students. So this year, when two of my colleagues in the math department offered to help facilitate lessons, I jumped right in. And it was great. 


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A great endorsement!

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Quote Of The Day: "Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge"

Quote Of The Day: "Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge" | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
This month is the one-hundredth anniversary of The Theory of Relativity. Walter Isaacson has written a column about it in today's New York Times. Here's an excerpt: I'm not sure I entirely agree wi...

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Creative genius at work

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The Daring Librarian: Speed Dating with Books!

The Daring Librarian: Speed Dating with Books! | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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w/ Lesson ideas & Downloadables

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How To Create Animated Gifs For PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations

How To Create Animated Gifs For PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

How To Create Animated Gifs For PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations. If you want to produce GIFs for an upcoming presentation, you will be happy to know that GIFs are relatively easy to create. While there are a variety of ways to make GIFs, here are a few simple options that will help you create impressive GIFs quickly.


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Do you want that X-factor to add some zing to your PowerPoint or Office Mix presentations? Gifs can do this for you.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 2, 2016 10:22 AM

Great tips for creating Gifs for those PowerPoint Presentations.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 16, 2016 4:15 PM

Great tutorail!

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 22, 2016 4:14 PM

Great tips on how to create an animated gifs, check it out.

 

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Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy

Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy

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Knowledge creation sits at the top of the learning process - a place where all the learning processes come together to create new content. An excellent way to do this is to create movies... and learn about the planning involved. 

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This Feature Can Make OneNote More Productive Than Evernote (make use of)

This Feature Can Make OneNote More Productive Than Evernote (make use of) | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Choosing between OneNote and Evernote can be tough, but here's one feature that may sway you towards one side for good.

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One really good reason to choose OneNote over Evernote - though there are also a number of other really good reasons, too.

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3 Handy Periodic Tables for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Handy Periodic Tables for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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Physics teachers - possibly just what you were looking for?

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Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination

Einstein On Creative Thinking: Music and the Intuitive Art of Scientific Imagination | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

"The greatest scientists are artists as well," said Albert Einstein. As one of the greatest physicists of all time and a fine amateur pianist and violinist, he ought to have known!


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The intuitive art of scientific imagination... wow - Einstein certainly knew a thing or two, and he linked art and science inextricably!

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Why Are We So Slow to Change the Way We Teach?

Why Are We So Slow to Change the Way We Teach? | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Many aspects of teaching—lecture, course design, assignments, and grading—have changed little over the years. The question is, “Why?” 

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How many Dickensian classrooms are still found around our world? Even in areas with little or no technology available, a number of fairly simple tweaks and changes in approach can have life-changing implications. 

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 4, 2016 7:07 AM

"In a recent survey, 275 econ faculty who teach principles courses reported they lectured 70 percent of the class time, led discussion 20 percent of the time, and had students doing activities for 10 percent of the time"

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, February 4, 2016 2:27 PM

This seems to be one of the consequences of a "risk averse society."  Punishment for failure will result in staying with the "tried and true." -Lon

ELTISI's curator insight, February 5, 2016 9:47 AM

Excellent point! We stick to 19th century formula and still have not adapted to digital natives :-(

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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


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How well are you preparing your students for life in an increasingly digital world?

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, February 4, 2016 4:18 AM

...and it would be excellent if from there it can be derived competencies for an individual learning profile, especially for informal learning.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 4, 2016 9:42 AM

More like 63 Things Everyone should know in this Digital World, interesting.

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4 Ways Storytelling the Journey Has Become Hotter Than Celebrating the Outcome

4 Ways Storytelling the Journey Has Become Hotter Than Celebrating the Outcome | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Social media is all about demonstrating the work -- not just glorifying successes.

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In our fast-paced, modern world, we so need to guide our students to focus on the journey - and to enjoy the journey... not only to concentrate on the destination, thereby missing out on the wondrous experiences that make up that journey!

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 3, 2016 3:23 PM

What an insightful post, written by Matt Mayberry for Entrepreneur magazine. He's identified something new -- that the story of your journey is endlessly fascinating. And if the ending hasn't happened yet, not to worry! The journey itself is a story worthy to be told.


Mayberry gives us 4 ways to think about our journey and how to tell those stories. I say stories because being an entrepreneur, my journey has many different kinds of stories to it.


I also like that the author links to 2 sites who are sharing entrepreneur's journeys. I checked both out and for sure, they are a mix of stories and good advice. So neither one are all stories all the time, which makes sense from providing a mix of content for readers.


Substitute "leaders" for "entrepreneurs" and you've got the same good advice. Enjoy this piece and story on!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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9 Great Books on The Impact of Technology on Learning and Cogntion ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Great Books on The Impact of Technology on Learning and Cogntion ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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Here are recommendations for literature that could shed light on the direction education will likely take and the impact that technology will have on learning.

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5 ways to make the most of virtual field trips

5 ways to make the most of virtual field trips | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Tips to help students get the best possible experience from their virtual field trips

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A treasure trove of experiences awaits the unsuspecting students...
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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.

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Here Is A Very Good Tool for Writing Interactive Stories in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is A Very Good Tool for Writing Interactive Stories in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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