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[FotoGalería] Inspiring classrooms and learning environments

[FotoGalería] Inspiring classrooms and learning environments | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
From double-decker learning buses to tree-top classrooms and eco-huts, this photo gallery explores how schools experiment with their learning spaces
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Porque ya no se aprende en salas de clase encapsuladas consumiendo contenidos rígidos. Ahora se aprende en entornos abiertos y sociales donde las personas se juntan con aquell@s que quieren aprender...

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Predictors of perceived importance and acceptance of digital delivery modes in higher education

Predictors of perceived importance and acceptance of digital delivery modes in higher education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Teaching and assessment in higher education institutions are increasingly supported by digital tools and services. Students, however, perceive and value the importance of such e-learning offerings in very diverse ways. The goal of this article is to examine which predictors significantly influence students’ perceptions of the value of digital learning formats. Based on Küpper's acceptance model, we generate hypotheses that are subsequently tested using data from a German student survey. The results show that individual-related characteristics, especially motivation and orientation patterns of students, have a high impact on the perceived importance of digital learning formats. Our analyses indicate that besides individual performance and motivation, the practical orientation of a student is also a key predictor for a high rating of the importance of digital learning formats. An analysis of characteristics regarding the field of study shows that students who major in economic sciences, especially those who frequently work with digital learning formats in their classes, find them significantly more important than students who major in social science. Regarding innovation-based characteristics, students who express a need for flexible course offerings rate the use of digital learning formats as particularly important. The discussion provides an evaluation of the results of the student study based on the hypotheses and presents further implications.


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Top 10 tips for creating a learning website

Top 10 tips for creating a learning website | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

More and more often, a website is part of the blend for a successful change campaign. The most obvious example is a learning programme which engages with a wide, public, audience. This will require a place to host elearning which also performs a few other functions: links to resources, news updates and contact details. A website is the logical solution.


Websites are also invaluable for internal campaigns if you need to host a repository of resources and make it easily searchable. This is particularly important when users will be accessing learning resources on a bitesize basis, as and when they need them, rather than completing an hour of elearning. Most companies nowadays create portals on large and complex topics, like diversity, sustainability and leadership, for example.


Above all, websites are great when you have a clear call to action that you want to build a community or movement around. An effective site allows you to gather pledges of support, and it also makes it easy to gather comments and drive social sharing.


It’s more than likely that you’ll be involved in building a learning website of some kind in 2014. To help, the Saffron team has drawn on its hard-earned experience to put together 10 tips for building a learning website in a reasonable timeframe… and on a reasonable budget!

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The 9 skills students must master to succeed

The 9 skills students must master to succeed | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Of all the things I have read about the 21st century skills required for students success in today's info rich society, the visual below from edutopia captures the essence of these skills and touches on critical areas students need to work on to meet these skills.These skills are grouped in three main categories: learning,  creating and  collaborating:

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Pros and Cons of eLearning

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eLearning infographics are everywhere these days, and many students prefer them rather than the traditional course materials. Readers can quickly scan the data and research and gain a broad understanding of the material within just a few seconds. But before you start transitioning your course materials into eLearning infographics, what are the pros and cons you may need to consider? We’ve listed them out for you.

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The paradoxical logic of Ed Reform Politics (part I)

The paradoxical logic of Ed Reform Politics (part I) | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Ed reform has been going through a bad stretch lately.  Currently dominant reform theories are the result of technocratic thinking.  They seek to identify (and impose) “optimal” topics to be taught, ways to teach those subjects, methods for training teachers, strategies for evaluating and motivating teachers, etc…  An army of economists or economist-wannabes have seized the reins of reform organizations with the hope that their next regression will tell everyone what to do to solve the mystery of improving schools.  They pay little heed to history, which might alert them to the failure of past efforts similar to their brave new undertakings.  And they are unfamiliar with basic lessons from political science on the dangers and failures of technocratic central planning.


Let me offer one political science lesson for ed reformers that I learned from reading Edward Luttwak’s book, Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace.  Luttwak argues that there is a paradoxical logic to strategy.  In the realm of strategy what often seems good turns out to be bad and vice versa.  This is why strategists often say things like: “If you want peace, prepare for war;” “A buildup of offensive weapons can be purely defensive;” and “The worst road may be the best route to battle.”


Both military and political strategy have this paradoxical logic because they involve opponents who can observe your efforts and make counter-moves.  You can’t just run a regression to find the optimal solution and then expect everyone to thank you for discovering what you claim to be better methods.  Education is a political system that involves competing interests and values.  For the most part our problems are not caused by ignorance of optimal solutions, but by these clashing interests and values embedded in dysfunctional systems.


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mLearning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer needs to know

mLearning 101: Everything an Instructional Designer needs to know | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The web is abuzz with talks of mobile learning. With its rise come many benefits, from higher productivity to better engagement. But with all the noise or constant stream of data online, it's difficult to find really useful information. That's why we've gleaned some links to resources specifically to help instructional designers get a holistic view about the subject.

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Everything teachers need to know about Remind101

Everything teachers need to know about Remind101 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Remind101 is a great web tool that provides teachers with a way to safely text message students and stay in touch with parents. You can send your Remind101 messages from your computer or phone. Remind101 apps for iPad, iPhone and Android are now available. One of the best things I like about this tool is the unanimity feature. Neither students nor teachers could see each others phone numbers

Edumorfosis's insight:

Remind101 es una excelente herramienta para mantener comunicación con los estudiantes en tiempo real.

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28 tools to learn Computer Programming

28 tools to learn Computer Programming | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Teaching primary and secondary students how to program has become a hot topic lately. Even people like United States President Barack Obama to actress Angela Bassett to music artist Shakira have spoken about the value of computer programming in an initiative called Hour of Code.


With good reason too. Technology is a major part of our lives. Knowing how to build new technologies means having the ability to shape its direction. So let’s encourage students not just how to program, but how to write programs that can help our world.


And to start, technology coordinator Holli Scharinger has curated a set of web, desktop, and mobile apps that students can use to learn computer programming.


What tools do you use to learn how to program?

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[Slideshare] 50 actividades para desarrollar la competencia digital

  Proyecto colaborativo: 50 actividades para desarrollar la competencia digital   La competencia digital en el aula Internet en el aula
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Top Learning Management System Trends for 2014

Top Learning Management System Trends for 2014 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Amidst the technological tempestuous evolution that takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through new automations, inventions, and machines, following our continuous quest and concern to save money and make our lives easier and upgradable, eLearning Industry does not appear to be just another market in transition, but a beacon of inspiration and innovation.

In a world that continuously experiences multidimensional changes, the Learning Management Systems wouldn’t have any other choice but to jump on the bandwagon. An LMS allows for information to be shared between students and faculty and provides access to content and administrative features, creating a unique environment that can supplement in-class activities, empower learning, and boost engagement. Thus, it becomes abundantly clear that the technological evolution couldn’t but profoundly change LMSs through time, generating equally profound changes in the eLearning field.

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Organizing Talent

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Labour is routine. Talent is original. Even advanced technical Labour can be in essence routine. As Labour, once you learn how to do something, you are able to repeat it. Labour is the capitalist dream for human effort, because it can be quantified, controlled, and replaced. Labour is viewing humans as resources. What is becoming blindingly obvious is that Labour is increasingly getting automated which is disrupting how most people have worked for the past century, by doing a job.


On the other hand, original work has high task variety and requires continuous learning, as well as significant tacit knowledge that cannot easily be codified. Talent that does original work is difficult to replace. This means that Talent is much more difficult to push around.

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[TED] Why Massive Open Online Courses (still) matter (Anant Agarwal)

[TED] Why Massive Open Online Courses (still) matter (Anant Agarwal) | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

2013 was a year of hype for MOOCs (massive open online courses). Great big numbers and great big hopes were followed by some disappointing first results. But the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs still matter — as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms. Agarwal shares his vision of blended learning, where teachers create the ideal learning experience for 21st century students.


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To reach the new Market for Education, colleges have some learning to do

To reach the new Market for Education, colleges have some learning to do | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I moderated a panel discussion at the South by Southwest education conference, in Austin, Tex. Known as SXSWedu, the gathering is in only its fourth year and already draws some 6,500 entrepreneurs, educators, investors, and policy makers, easily surpassing the attendance at many of the annual meetings held by the various higher-education associations.


Many of the education providers who showed up in Austin were relatively new players in the field. They don’t yet have the brand names of traditional colleges that have built their reputation over generations by offering degrees and certificates through the factory-model, one-size-fits-all delivery method of modern higher education.


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How your kids can learn online

How your kids can learn online | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

To really make the most out of the learning resources online, parents and teachers must be aware of what is available and how they can help with student learning. Here are just a couple of the essential skills your children can learn online:

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It's time for Social and Emotional Learning for all

It's time for Social and Emotional Learning for all | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Over the last decade, increased attention has been paid to the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of children. This area of learning is necessary and essential to address -- for children and adults. It's time that schools take responsibility for meeting the entire range of learning needs that educators have -- the need to use new technologies, to understand and implement new standards, to use new assessment strategies, and their needs to attend to their own social and emotional learning.


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In-Class Flip vs Flipped Classroom Learning

In-Class Flip vs Flipped Classroom Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Have you heard of this teaching configuration called in-class flip?Well I am personally not familiar with the name but I know the concept, it is similar to blended learning. In the video below, Cult of Pedagogy explains the differences between traditional flipped learning and in-class flip. Here are some highlights from it:

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6 ways instructors embrace Learning Management Systems

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It is easy to say that software makes online learning possible, but this does not take into account the people behind successful training. In reality, instructors can make or break online learning experiences. Even with a state-of-the-art learning management system (LMS) in place, the training will not be effective if the instructor is absent.


More often than not, trainers are happy to embrace LMSs because they see them as valuable tools for moving the learning process forward. For instructors who want to make the most of training with online platforms, here are six ways to fully utilize LMSs:


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The paradoxical logic of Ed Reform Politics (part 2)

The paradoxical logic of Ed Reform Politics (part 2) | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

In my last post I suggested that “In education, as in military and political strategy more generally, the most direct and definitive path to victory often lays the foundations for defeat. Instead, the indirect and less definitive solution is almost always more effective.


The paradoxical logic of military and political strategy is a result of the fact that in the strategic world one’s opponent is able to react to your efforts with counter-moves. Technocrats seem to think that effective policy-making just consists of identifying the optimal solution and then imposing it on everybody. Strategists understand that the other side of a policy battle has interests and values that lead them to different policy preferences. Even if the technocrat can identify the optimal solution and manage to get that solution adopted as policy (and this is a huge if), the other side doesn’t go away no matter how much the technocrats just want them to shut up and disappear.


Technocrats have an authoritarian streak that makes them expect the losing side to surrender permanently in deference to what “science” and “experts” have decided is best. But in a diverse, decentralized democracy, people don’t have to accept what you claim based on your science and expertise (and they might be right in doing so). They can subvert effective implementation of your policy and bide their time until they can re-open the debate and regain control over policy.

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Grab the ExamTime educational App now while it’s free!

Grab the ExamTime educational App now while it’s free! | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

ExamTime is a free online learning platform which students and teachers can use to create, share and discover learning resources (Mind Maps, Quizzes, Study Planner & more). The web-app combines proven learning tools and techniques with education technology. ExamTime has created a way to help teachers encourage students to fully engage in their subjects, enhancing the learning experience.

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10 ways to use Google Sites with your students

10 ways to use Google Sites with your students | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Google Sites is one of the best website creation software I have been recommending for teachers. There are a wide variety of reasons why Google Sites is an ideal platform to host your class website and here are some of them:

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Tips for connecting with your students

Tips for connecting with your students | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A teacher’s day can be crazy. We’re helping kids, answering questions, trying not to lose all twenty-three, no, twenty-four of students, dealing with crisis, and make sure learning is taking place simultaneously.

Sometimes, in the whirlwind of the day, I don’t do everything I’m supposed to do on cue. Teaching can often be triage, three or more things in front of me at any given time, and I have to choose what to do first. I’ve forgotten to take the attendance because I was helping a student with her paper.

Luckily, I can enter it later, because I’m in the habit of connecting with each student who enters my room, so I can remember our morning greeting, a bit of conversation, and “How was your weekend?” I don’t have to say, “Uhhh, did I see that person?” I know we’ve made a connection.

Connecting is important. It’s the number one thing that makes me love teaching, and makes me successful. It’s not just about remembering who was in class that day, it’s about making students want to come to my class. Many of them report that they don’t like history but that they enjoy coming to my class. That’s a big endorsement. If by the end of the year, I tell them, I can make them like school a little bit more, that’s my report card. It’s how I know if I’m a good teacher.

It’s all about connections.

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[Debate] In an online world, Are brick and mortar colleges obsolete?

Proponents of online education say it's flexible and economical. But skeptics say "college by Internet" is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside the classroom.


Online degree programs are proliferating – and many cost a fraction of the price of a traditional, on-campus degree. Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCS, are also catching on in the U.S. and around the world.


In a society that conducts more and more work and play online, these online offerings seem to represent a natural progression of the higher education experience. Proponents point out that "college by Internet" is flexible and economical, and allows students to review material as needed. But skeptics are concerned that taking courses online is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside a classroom.


Two teams recently faced off on the motion, "More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Obsolete," in an Oxford-style debate for Intelligence Squared U.S. In these events, the team that sways the most people by the end of the debate is declared the winner.


Before the debate, the audience at Columbia University's Miller Theater in New York voted 18 percent in favor of the motion and 59 percent against, with 23 percent undecided. Afterward, 44 percent agreed with the motion, while 47 percent disagreed — meaning the side arguing that the lecture hall is obsolete were the winners of this particular debate.

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8 top benefits of using a Cloud-based LMS

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As eLearning becomes more popular in the employee-training sphere, the benefits of cloud-based Learning Management Systems become prevalent factors for the organizations that want to offer cost-effective and flexible training methods. Jump in for more on the cloud-based LMS benefits.


In recent years, the many benefits of eLearning have made it increasingly popular, in both educational and business settings. As technology has advanced, so has the world of eLearning, making the effectiveness and convenience of Learning Management Systems even more beneficial for students and employees. Thanks to cloud-based learning management systems, today instructional designers can create courses that are more cost efficient and more accessible. In this article, we'll delve into the basics and benefits of using a cloud-based LMS.

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[Foro] POLITICO Education Technology Intersection

[Foro] POLITICO Education Technology Intersection | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Innovation has been slow to reach classrooms across America in part because the federal government spends very little to support basic research on education technology, a senior White House official said Tuesday.

Less than one percent — perhaps even less than a tenth of one percent — of the federal education budget is spent on research and development, said Kumar Garg, an assistant director for learning and innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

That means “we’re just not taking enough shots on goal,” Garg said during POLITICO’s Education Technology Intersection event.

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Break through to improved outcomes in online learning

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Technology-enabled learning continues to transform higher education, with millions of students taking at least one online course. As learners’ demand for access to flexible, quality learning opportunities increases, institutions are working with transformative education service providers that can meet the changing needs of today’s non-traditional students. Pearson works with institutions to provide innovative solutions, services and delivery models that measurably improve students’ achievement and workforce readiness at a lower cost.

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