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Ken Robinson: Creativity & the Imagination

Ken Robinson: Creativity & the Imagination | |
Five questions with one of today’s most renowned experts on innovation and creativity. How can we use our imaginations to be more innovative in work and life?
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Beyond Surface-Level Digital Pedagogy

Beyond Surface-Level Digital Pedagogy | |
One of the fundamental theses of critical pedagogy rests in the assertion that education is not an ideologically neutral task. A critical digital pedagogy extends this line of thought to include the intrinsic non neutrality of digital tools, practices, and pedagogies. Jesse Stommel writes, “education (and, to an even greater extent, edtech) has misrepresented itself as objective, quantifiable, apolitical.” The misrepresentation Stommel highlights is evident in the pedestrian and positivist digital pedagogy common in graduate schools of education.
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[Webinar] Learning Objects

This talk describes the original premise and ideas behind the concept of the learning object. Stephen Downes describes them as resuable and discoverable resources that are joined together to create courses in learning management systems.
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Flipping Large Classes: Three strategies to engage students

Flipping Large Classes: Three strategies to engage students | |
As we continue our ongoing series focused on the flipped classroom in higher education, it’s time to tackle another frequently asked question: “How can I flip a large class?”

I like this question because it’s not asking whether you can flip a large class, but rather what’s the best way to do it. Faculty who teach large classes are challenged not only by the sheer number of students but also by the physical space in the classroom. Having 100, 200, or 400+ students in class means teaching in large lecture halls with stadium seating and seats that are bolted to the floor. It’s not exactly the ideal space for collaboration and group discussions, so the types of flipped and active learning strategies you can use are more limited.

Often, faculty fall back on the “think, pair, share” format or use clicker questions to encourage student engagement. But there are other techniques we can deploy in these large classrooms to engage students and involve them in higher levels of critical thinking and analysis.

To start the conversation, here are three strategies that work well in large lecture halls because they don’t require students to sit in groups or move around the room. Each of these strategies provides a framework for generating discussion, which increases engagement and encourages students to analyze a variety of perspectives. And if you aren’t teaching to the masses, these strategies can be easily modified for any class size.
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Top ten timeless trends in eLearning

Top ten timeless trends in eLearning | |
With a track record of almost a decade and a half in eLearning, we are now able to draw patterns. How do our avid learners prefer to learn? What mode and medium do they use? Let’s explore and demonstrate the learner preference for eLearning. Training managers and instruction designers, take notes. Based on this information, you can make valuable changes to your current courses!
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Technology can help support major educational change

Technology can help support major educational change | |
Let’s start with a simple fact. Our schools and school districts were designed more than 100 years ago. My kids’ schools look almost exactly like the ones my great grandmother’s schools looked like, except they’re bigger and more impersonal. They’re outdated, and they’re not up to the task of meeting today’s educational challenges.

The structures and incentives in most school districts today all but make innovation impossible.

School districts are like huge ocean liners, almost impossible to turn. Everything, from the union contracts to school board politics to the procurement systems, stacks the deck against entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.
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32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies

32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies | |
You want to teach with what’s been proven to work. That makes sense.

In the ‘data era’ of education that’s mean research-based instructional strategies to drive data-based teaching, and while there’s a lot to consider here we’d love to explore more deeply, for now we’re just going to take a look at the instructional strategies themselves.

A post is not the best way to share this kind of information, honestly. A video for each one might be better, so maybe a YouTube channel? Or a book, as Hattie and Marzano and others have done. Professional development may also work–take 12 strategies or so and work with teachers to integrate them into different kinds of lessons may be useful.
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The unintended consequences of 70:20:10

The unintended consequences of 70:20:10 | |

I’ve always struggled with the 70:20:10 principle. Not that it exists, and certainly not that it isn’t something that should be supported by organizations. No, my issue has always been with the idea that it’s primarily about learning.


The 70 and the 20 (+/-90%) are simply about pulling; pulling information for work, pulling insights out of our own work, pulling ideas from the rich flows of the Internet and pulling on others’ knowledge to influence our thinking in the work we do.

Via juandoming
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[Webinar] eLearning and the role of Instructional Design

A brief overview of some of the considerations made by an instructional designer when developing elearning courses (and other learning resources).
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8 New Presentation Tools for Teachers

8 New Presentation Tools for Teachers | |

Presenting information to anyone can be difficult, but presenting to students adds a new dimension. Most adults sitting through a presentation actually made a choice to be there. Students, on the other hand, are required to attend class, and therefore are required to sit through presentations nearly every day in every class.

If that doesn’t scream monotony, I don’t know what does—all you have to do is watch students’ body language to guess it: loud yawns, heads on desks, glazed over expressions.


The first time I noticed this, I felt like a comedian on stage, dying before my audience. It was at that moment that I made a vow not to be that teacher.


You don’t have to be that teacher either if you learn how to use a few new digital tools and embrace a different way of sharing information to your students.

Via Ariana Amorim, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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[VIDEO] Big Data, the Science of Learning, Analytics, and Transformation of Education

From the mediaX Conference “Platforms for Collaboration and Productivity”, Candace Thille, with the Stanford Graduate School of Education highlights the power of platform tools and technologies to transform observation and data collection. This process enables researchers from industry and academia to know their user better – as consumers, as producers, and as learners.

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[VIDEO] 5 technologies that will change Classroom Education

The potential for new technology in the classroom is really cool – and also kind of creepy. Here are five technologies that could dramatically change the way we learn.
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Cuando estas cinco grandes tecnologías lleguen al aula, la sociedad estárá en una dimensión transhumanista completamente difertente a lo que se practicará en el Sistema Educativo....

David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 20, 6:51 PM

Thanks to Juan Doming.

Educity Pedagogy's curator insight, August 22, 11:52 PM
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Es importante lo útil (I)

Es importante lo útil (I) | |
Creo que podríamos explorar más estos planteamientos que son muy novedosos, por supuesto, como todo lo que les propongo, pero que de alguna manera significan el futuro de la sociedad, un futuro que es MESTIZO, no uniforme (afortunadamente), inclusivo y por tanto se mueve en terrenos poco trabajados hasta ahora.

Bien, adelante con sus ideas, experiencias, mejoras etc etc... Se terminaron los espacios supercerrrados y con la gente mirando como si lo hiciera en un cine, en un teatro, ¿por qué no tomar café, por ejemplo, por qué no estar sentados alrededor de mesas pequeñas tomándolo y hablando mientras se realiza todo el acto, por ejemplo?

-¿Quién dice que las salas de conferencias tienen que consistir en una mesa grande que exige que todos se sientan en un bonito, limpio, rectángulo?
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The Digital Tsunami: How it may change your views about continuous learning

The Digital Tsunami: How it may change your views about continuous learning | |
Digitization has fundamentally changed the way we work, communicate, and learn. The always-on employee is giving rise to new opportunities for learning and development (L&D), and organizations that are not quick enough to grasp this potential will be left behind. First and foremost, organizations need to wake up to the limitations of restricting themselves to formal learning programs – starting with planning and travel costs incurred when coordinating face-to-face training. Second, in a connected world, leveraging the employees’ network and their own experiences is a far more effective way to build a culture of learning.

The advent of cloud, social, and mobile technology has opened up so many new possibilities and experiences for learning that such investments have become a top L&D priority for businesses, according to a recent study from Brandon Hall Group. Unfortunately, the satisfaction levels with technology currently deployed in the L&D discipline are abysmally low.
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5 tips for using Connectivism in eLearning

5 tips for using Connectivism in eLearning | |
Experiences is an invaluable part of the learning process, but incorporating real world, hands-on knowledge can be a challenge in eLearning. Fortunately, connectivism gives you the ability to incorporate social media networks, community forums, video sharing platforms, and a variety of other online tools to make your eLearning courses collaborative, interactive, and experience-rich. Even if your learners are a world apart, they can still communicate and share feedback with their peers in order to broaden their knowledge base and skill sets. In this article, I will explore how to apply connectivism in your eLearning strategy.
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[VIDEO] Innovation specialist Don Wettrick on unlearning

Innovation Specialist and author Don Wettrick sits down with host Tom Bilyeu to discuss the unlearning process, how to tap into Pure Genius and take Google's Concept of "20% Time" to the next level.

Find your Passion. Evolve your Mindset.
Grow with us.
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Three tips to avoid the “dark side” of Microlearning

Three tips to avoid the “dark side” of Microlearning | |
Whatever your reasons for exploring microlearning, starting out can feel like trudging through a swamp on Dagobah. As with any learning solution, there are a lot of factors to consider. While you might not know exactly what you want to do with it, you probably do know that you want to create something that provides real value for your learners.You’re right to be cautious. Like a blaster or any other tool, microlearning can be very effective when applied appropriately, but if implemented too hastily, it can cause a lot of damage in the form of wasted time, misallocated funds, and frustrated learners. A frustrated learner is a terrible thing to behold.
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How Education Technology can help foster social and emotional skills

How Education Technology can help foster social and emotional skills | |

To thrive in the 21st century, students must be adept at collaboration, communication, and problem solving—a few of the skills developed through social and emotional learning. Education technology holds promise to help foster these increasingly important skills.


To thrive in the 21st century, students must be adept at collaboration, communication, and problem solving—a few of the skills developed through social and emotional learning (SEL). Social and emotional skills can strengthen the labor force, boost academic performance, and produce long-term benefits such as higher rates of employment and educational attainment.  

But a new global survey conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that parents and educators have a narrow understanding of SEL. They view SEL primarily as a means of achieving better classroom discipline rather than as a way of ensuring better academic and economic outcomes over the long term.

Via Nik Peachey
Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 23, 4:25 AM

An interesting summary with links to a much longer report.!

5 ways to ensure your learning is relevant and useful

5 ways to ensure your learning is relevant and useful | |

Make sure your learning venture is meeting learner and business needs by giving its production the right start. In this article, we share five tips to help you get to the heart of the problem you’re trying to fix and ensure your learning projects stay relevant.

Via Marta Torán, juandoming
Marta Torán's curator insight, August 22, 1:40 PM
Consejos para asegurar aprendizaje relevante y útil: 
dar un paso atrás (analizar "la raíz del problema")
- hacer las preguntas necesarias 
- entender y acercarse al contexto
- encontrar modelos reales de mejores prácticas
- averiguar qué es lo que ya está funcionando!

[TEDxTalks] The brave new world of Online Learning (Amy Collier)

Amy Collier works with faculty, instructional designers and doctoral students to explore and design online learning experiences at Stanford.
shazia.wj's curator insight, August 22, 8:22 AM
The brave new world of Online Learning (Amy Collier)!

Google updates Classroom with new tools for students, parents and teachers

Google updates Classroom with new tools for students, parents and teachers | |
Google Classroom, the company’s platform that brings together Google Apps for Education and a number of tools for managing classes and content, is getting one of its regular summer updates today (right in time before the next school year starts).

While Classroom has traditionally focused on offering tools for teachers and students, this new version now also brings in parents and guardians. Parents can now automatically receive summaries of their kids’ work so they can know exactly how they are doing in any given class (helicopter parents will surely love this feature, though students may not be so happy about it). This feature is optional, and teachers can opt in parents to daily or weekly emails.
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4 new education features from Google that can help teachers

4 new education features from Google that can help teachers | |
When Google Classroom debuted in 2014, the tech giant started its quest to create an innovative — and paperless — world for teachers. Since then, Google reports that 10 million students and teachers use the platform as of last October.

With a smartphone and virtual viewer headset made of cardboard, Google Expeditions has allowed students to take virtual reality field trips to over 200 destinations. And its Google Apps productivity suite, which includes applications such as Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Forms, has streamlined classroom assignments and records.

This summer, Google has announced the release of even more updates to its various education products.
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New Models of Open and Distance Learning

New Models of Open and Distance Learning | |
Historically most learning that has ever taken place has taken place in a classroom with a teacher giving instruction and students reading books and writing on paper. Though the 20th century, however, more and more learning has been taking place outside the classroom, using technology to reach students at a distance. For example, Australia’s ‘School of the Air’ used wireless radio transmissions to send lessons to children growing up on isolated sheep stations.[ii] And of course institutions like Britain’s Open University became expert providing learning by correspondence.

The first online classes were offered starting in the 1980s and over the last 30 years the internet has been used to offer lessons at all levels all over the world. These new technologies have changed the way educators look at learning. The need to adapt to students working from home and at a distance caused educational institutions to examine their practices more closely.

For example, one of the first technological developments was the ‘course pack’. This was typically a package of printed material containing all the guidance that would normally be provided in class by a teacher: lessons, readings, quizzes. Course packs are still used to this day; the Open University offers them online as part of its OpenLearn initiative.[iii] These packs need to be created ahead of time, so their authors had plan every detail of a distance education class ahead of time. As they did so, their understanding of the process changed.
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Connecting with students to impact learning: A teacher’s reflection around Pokémon Go

Connecting with students to impact learning:  A teacher’s reflection around Pokémon Go | |
As a National Board Certified Teacher, I know that knowledge of my students is the crucial first step in reaching them and impacting their learning. So when I heard about the incredible popularity of the game Pokémon Go I was curious to learn about its features.

I have seen the impact when a teacher can quickly reach a student by referencing a video game character, location, action, etc. So for those of you teachers who haven’t played Pokémon GO, I share some tips to use and things to think about.

Pokémon GO develops traits that help students learn. To succeed it takes perseverance, collaboration, inquiry, strategy, and risk-taking. You even must avoid the temptation to cheat …the same as in the game of learning!
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Experiment with New Education Providers also tests new ways to measure quality

Experiment with New Education Providers also tests new ways to measure quality | |

Four coding boot camps, three companies offering other alternative-education offerings, and the global conglomerate General Electric were chosen on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a new experiment that will allow eight colleges to offer Pell Grants and federal student loans to as many as 1,500 students in programs where unaccredited providers supply a majority of the education.

Nominally, the use of federal student aid for such programs is what’s groundbreaking about the idea. That’s because except for in experiments like this Educational Quality Through Innovative Partnerships program, known as Equip, federal law prevents colleges from using federal student aid when more than 50 percent of the program is outsourced to unaccredited outside providers.

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