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Are you a mover, perceiver, stimulator or adaptor? A new map of how the brain works

Are you a mover, perceiver, stimulator or adaptor? A new map of how the brain works | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Forget dated ideas about the left and right hemispheres. New research provides a more nuanced view of how we plan our lives and experience the world. Which cognitive mode best describes you?

 

Who hasn't heard that people are either left-brained or right-brained—either analytical and logical or artistic and intuitive, based on the relative "strengths" of the brain's two hemispheres? How often do we hear someone remark about thinking with one side or the other?

 

A flourishing industry of books, videos and self-help programs has been built on this dichotomy. You can purportedly "diagnose" your brain, "motivate" one or both sides, indulge in "essence therapy" to "restore balance" and much more. Everyone from babies to elders supposedly can benefit. The left brain/right brain difference seems to be a natural law.

 

Except that it isn't. The popular left/right story has no solid basis in science. The brain doesn't work one part at a time, but rather as a single interactive system, with all parts contributing in concert, as neuroscientists have long known. The left brain/right brain story may be the mother of all urban legends: It sounds good and seems to make sense—but just isn't true.

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Here is how to use Weebly to create a website for your class

Here is how to use Weebly to create a website for your class | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Weebly is perfect for creating classroom websites, student e-portfolios, and websites for assigned projects. I have been using this platform for sometime now and find it really interesting. I have also included in the popular " 10 excellent platforms to create your classroom blog or website" post. Weebly is very simple and easy to use and and has a drag & drop website editor which is stunningly simple to utilize, and appropriate for use with students of all ages. Weebly enables your students to express themselves creatively using a variety of multimedia features, all within a protected environment that you control.

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Big change vs Little change in workplace learning

Big change vs Little change in workplace learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the fact that the L&D function needs to change, and a lot has been written about what the future of workplace learning should look like.  I should know...
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[PDF] Are we who we think we are? ePortfolios as a tool for curriculum redesign

[PDF] Are we who we think we are? ePortfolios as a tool for curriculum redesign | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

This paper focuses on the use of ePortfolios to inform the redesign and development of academic degree programs. The practice aligns with the Connect to Learning (C2L) design principles of inquiry, reflection, and integration (IRI), which are nested within C2L’s “Catalyst for Learning” model for successful ePortfolio implementation [1]. In 2011 Northeastern instituted an ePortfolio requirement for students enrolled in the university's Master of Education program. Systematic review of student ePortfolios as a collection informed planning for a 2012 master’s program redesign that began implementation in fall 2013. This redesign includes the articulation of a program vision, program- and concentration-level outcomes, course map with signature assignments designed to evidence outcomes, ePortfolio curricular integration, and shared foundational courses across four concentrations. The program redesign is intended to improve the integration of theory with professional practice, enhance the connection between academic and workplace-based learning, increase value for students in the portfolio development process, create greater outcomes transparency for faculty and students, and support ongoing improvement of the program.

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CUED: La configuración de espacios y de entornos físicos y tecnológicos en la nueva Enseñanza Superior (I)

CUED: La configuración de espacios y de entornos físicos y tecnológicos en la nueva Enseñanza Superior (I) | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
La totalidad de las universidades poseen uno o varios campus virtuales, y un porcentaje muy próximo a cien de los profesores utilizan en formas muy variadas los LMS. Se han escrito multitud de artículos sobre casos y experiencias de diseño de cursos, clases y actividades utilizando tecnologías digitales y entornos de redes. Se han realizado igualmente un número considerable de investigaciones sobre qué metodología y qué condiciones favorecen las diversas formas de aprender y de adquirir competencias. Sería un tópico a estas alturas citar los MOOCs, pero es un hecho que estos cursos promovidos por las más prestigiosas universidades norteamericanas, inicialmente, pero hoy asumidos por la casi totalidad de instituciones académicas y administrativas han creado un estado de opinión donde no se entiende la actividad docente si el concurso de la tecnología digital.


Flipped classrom, elearning, blended learning, ubicuotius learning, educación a distancia, abierta, OER, objetos de aprendizaje, Khan Academy, MOOCs ---Clark, (2013) nos propone una taxonomía de ocho tipos---,… constituyen todos ellos conceptos que encierran complejos sistemas de organizar la actividad educativa.

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Peer Instruction y Concept Test, una buena combinación

Peer Instruction y Concept Test, una buena combinación | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

El Peer Instruction o instrucción por pares  es una estrategia de enseñanza en la que dos-tres estudiantes discuten y explican su forma de pensar en relación a un tema concreto. El objetivo de la discusión es la comprensión más profunda del tema o problema en discusión,  lo que hace que sean mucho más propensos a recordar y utilizar el concepto y produciendo, en definitiva, un aprendizaje de más calidad. El acto de explicar y defender el entendimiento de uno contra las explicaciones alternativas de los demás ayuda a los estudiantes, que se involucran profundamente en el aprendizaje. Por el contrario, el aprendizaje superficial consiste en la memorización de información, su almacenamiento bien sea en la escuela o en forma de “deberes” con poco efecto indirecto en las áreas más importantes de la vida que tienen que ver con la verdadera comprensión de fondo y la aplicabilidad de lo aprendido.

La instrucción por pares se ha demostrado como una metodología válida para mejorar el razonamiento conceptual de los estudiantes y su capacidad de resolución de problemas cuantitativos: Crouch y Mazur (1) ; Fagan, Crouch, Mazur , (2); Lasry , Mazur, Watkins (3). También se ha demostrado que reduce el “desgaste en el aula”(Lasry, Mazur, Watkins.


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5 tools that help students organize research and create bibliographies

5 tools that help students organize research and create bibliographies | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Organizing and writing a bibliography can feel like the most tedious part of writing a research paper. The following five tools can help students organize and create their bibliographies.

One of the most useful new Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator. The EasyBib Bibliography Creator makes it easy to properly cite resources and format a bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago style. Click here for directions for the process of using this add-on.

Scrible is a free service that offers a nice set of tools for highlighting, annotating, and bookmarking webpages. Scrible offers browser bookmarklets for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. With the Scrible bookmarklet installed, anytime you're on a page just click the bookmarklet to launch a menu of bookmarking tools. The Scrible tool set includes highlighters, sticky notes, and font change tools. When you annotate and bookmark a page in Scrible it is saved as it appeared to you when you were done altering it. And as you would expect from a web-based bookmarking tool, you can share your bookmarked pages with others. Students can get a free Scrible account that has double the storage capacity of the standard free account. Scrible recently added an options for formatting bibliographies as you bookmark. Scrible also has a new feature that allows you to compile your article clippings into one package.

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10 errores que te alejan cada día más de tus alumnos

10 errores que te alejan cada día más de tus alumnos | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Cuando eres docente piensas que tu trabajo consiste en dar respuestas. Pues nada más lejos. De lo que se trata es de hacer las mejores preguntas, porque haciendo las mejores preguntas serás capaz de dar lo mejor que hay en ti, te permitirá ser cada día mejor en tu trabajo y eso repercutirá favorablemente en tu vida personal. Pues bien, hay una pregunta que me parece que deberías hacerte con frecuencia y es, ¿qué me aleja de mis alumnos? Pues bien, si sigues leyendo encontrarás, como mínimo, diez respuestas.


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Top 18 incredible resources on using QR Codes in eLearning and mLearning

Top 18 incredible resources on using QR Codes in eLearning and mLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
We at Learnnovators have always been excited about Quick Response (QR) Codes. We have been doodling about leveraging the possibilities these quirky square codes offer while developing cost effective and powerful mobile performance support solutions. Today, when we are contemplating on a design for a mobile learning solution for one of our clients to help make their product unpacking and commissioning processes effortless, we set out on a journey to explore and learn more about this wonderful tool. Read on...
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Foros virtuales: efectivo impacto en el aprendizaje

Foros virtuales: efectivo impacto en el aprendizaje | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Quien haya vivido la experiencia como estudiante virtual coincidirá en que el foro de debate da vida y dinamismo a estos espacios de formación. En toda comunidad virtual de aprendizaje, esta herramienta de participación asíncrona posibilita la interacción, aportando un valor agregado al aprendizaje: el debate, la concertación, el consenso de ideas y la construcción compartida del conocimiento.


Es en el foro virtual donde la reflexión se desarrolla y complementa a través del intercambio de aportes y puntos de vista diferentes relacionados con los objetivos de la discusión. La necesaria participación de cada miembro, mediante intervenciones escritas enriquecidas a veces con enlaces a información ampliatoria, favorece el progresivo desarrollando del debate. Estas discusiones productivas dan lugar a planteos (por parte de estudiantes o tutores) de nuevos y dinamizadores interrogantes que contribuyen a ampliar los horizontes de los nuevos conocimientos y a dar luz al tema de reflexión.


Es de esta forma y en los foros donde podemos observar cómo cada participante -y el grupo en su conjunto- construye los nuevos conocimientos de modo autónomo y colaborativo. En este proceso la presencia del tutor, desde el rol académico y orientador,  juega un papel clave en el contexto.


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5 estrategias de enseñanza alternativas que transformarán la Educación

5 estrategias de enseñanza alternativas que transformarán la Educación | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Uno de los artículos más populares en nuestro blog es 6 Técnicas de Enseñanza que NO Conocías, en el que exploramos diversas maneras de enseñar que ya están transformando la educación tradicional, dándole una libertad a los alumnos nunca vista. Hoy seguimos en esta misma línea y vamos un paso más allá investigando 5 estrategias de enseñanza alternativasque pueden marcar el camino futuro de la educación.


Aunque la mayoría de estas estrategias tienen ya varias décadas, es ahora, gracias a las nuevas tecnologías, cuando se están reinventando y extendiéndose por gran cantidad de países e instituciones educativas.


Veamos algunas que pueden cambiar la educación tal y cómo hoy la conocemos.

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Beyond worksheets, A true expression of student learning

Beyond worksheets, A true expression of student learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

We live in a world where we are constantly connected to information. This vast ocean of information, the best knowledge of mankind — almost all of it — can be accessed at any time in just seconds. But simply being able to access information is not all that impressive. It in no way means that we can understand the information, evaluate it, or grasp its implications. Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it. This is why student creation is so important in the new economy of information.

Jason Dvorak, who was teaching a unit on “Sensation and Perception” in his high school psychology class, had planned to first lecture, then have his students evaluate visual examples that he created to represent each concept from the lesson. They would then decide as a group which concept they represented. But Dvorak’s classes had just been given iPads as part of a pilot program, and because the school’s emphasis was on student creation and making use of these tools, he knew that he had to reconstruct the lesson. In the new iteration, the students were tasked with research and the creation of their own unique visual representations of those key concepts. Once the images were complete, the students reviewed and evaluated them as a class, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each and suggesting ways to improve them. Throughout the lesson, Dvorak monitored the discussion, adding nuanced detail and keeping the focus of the discussion on the ultimate learning objective, but the real work was done by the students.

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Why teachers should connect

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The best learning opportunities that we experience are times when we choose to connect and learn from others in our field. But, sometimes we find it difficult to understand the value of using social media to connect. With tools at our disposal like Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, we can now connect with other educators in a multitude of ways. But, what is the real value that you gain from connecting? Why should you even put forth the effort?

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#Knowmad: nomadismo 2.0

#Knowmad: nomadismo 2.0 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Internet ha derrumbado antiguas y rígidas barreras entre diferentes disciplinas. Knowmad  fusiona dos palabras del inglés: “know” (conocer) y “mad” (nómada).  Nuevo profesional de la información, con un  perfil cotizado y al alza. Si analizamos las características, nos damos cuenta de que la mayoría responden más bien a actitudes y experiencias que serán innatas en la generaciones que vienen y que son propias de los mal denominados  nativos digitales.

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A falta de visionar el vídeo, altamente recomendable el artículo en el que muestra las principales características de los nuevos perfiles profesionales "knowmadas, por su capacidad de adaptación: cualquier lugar, cualquier persona, cualquier momento."

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Connecting Companies and Markets

Connecting Companies and Markets | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Management in the Network Era: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers, including management.


As markets get more connected in the network era, and intangible services dominate, more business value will be created through innovation, not process improvement. Innovative ideas often come through loose social ties and diverse opinions. Companies therefore need to push work beyond daily practice and out to communities and networks. Openness improves task coordination, so that all problems can be seen. Transparency improves collaboration to get tasks done better. In such a work environment, trust emerges. With openness and transparency in place, cooperation with more diverse knowledge networks can then lead to real business value. Hierarchies  are merely simple control networks, while wirearchies support complex human relationships.

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[PDF] Khan Academy: The illusion of understanding

[PDF] Khan Academy: The illusion of understanding | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

This paper examines the ongoing challenge of defining what learning means from the perspective of the cognitive and learning sciences, especially as it unfolds in online environments. To better define learning as well as offer guiding principles, this paper uses Khan Academy as an example of what some highprofile individuals, such as Bill Gates, are claiming to be the future of education. I offer five guiding observations that provide a structure for understanding the learning process and apply them to Khan Academy as a means of revealing what I call the illusion of understanding, and I replace that view with a more authentic understanding of the learning process and the means to achieve that understanding.

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5 bad technology habits teachers can fall into

5 bad technology habits teachers can fall into | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Computer-based testing. Flipped classrooms. eLearning and online courses. Mobile learning. Personalized learning algorithms.


Technology has revolutionized learning – and teaching. It doesn’t always work as planned, but when it does, technology can promote student engagement, boost efficiency and help tomorrow’s workers develop the tech skills employers so desperately want. That is, of course, assuming teachers know how to use it. Here are a few bad tech habits many well-meaning teachers succumb to in the classroom (and how to avoid them).

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PBL and STEAM Education: A natural fit

PBL and STEAM Education: A natural fit | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Both project-based learning and STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) are growing rapidly in our schools. Some schools are doing STEAM, some are doing PBL, and some are leveraging the strengths of both to do STEAM PBL. With a push for deeper learning, teaching and assessment of 21st-century skills, both PBL and STEAM help schools target rigorous learning and problem solving. They are not exactly the same, but teachers can easily connect to them to teach not only STEAM content and design challenges, but also authentic learning and public, high-quality work. In fact, many know that STEAM education isn't just the content, but the process of being scientists, mathematicians, engineers, artists and technological entrepreneurs. Here are some ways that PBL and STEAM can complement each other as you deliver instruction.

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¿Por qué usar las redes sociales en el aula?

¿Por qué usar las redes sociales en el aula? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Un caso práctico de las alfabetizaciones múltiples es el relacionado con las prácticas de uso de las redes sociales en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje expuestas en la página web Edutopia, punto de interés para el mundo educativo por sus ideas innovadoras y sus proyectos prácticos, además de sus numerosos post sobre métodos y sistemas educativos.

Cada vez más, los educadores están experimentando las ventajas de utilizar las redes sociales en el aula. Desde la creación de páginas escolares en Facebook hasta conectar a los estudiantes con expertos a través de Twitter, las redes sociales se han arraigado como herramientas de aprendizaje al mismo nivel que las herramientas tradicionales.

- See more at: http://blog.educalab.es/cniie/2014/04/14/por-que-usar-las-redes-sociales-en-el-aula/#sthash.WXaqP27U.dpuf
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EverySlide: Interactive presentations & audience response system

Is a free (for educators and students) service that allows you to share your slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of your audience. As you move through your shared slides you can pop-up a poll to gather feedback from your audience.

EverySlide supports PowerPoint and Keynote slides. To get started just upload your slides to EverySlide (you can re-use uploaded slides for multiple groups). When you're ready to present give your audience the access code for your slides. At the end of your presentation you can grab a spreadsheet of the responses to your poll questions. Watch the video below for an overview of EverySlide.

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10 virtual classroom team teaching tips: The Instructional Producer

10 virtual classroom team teaching tips: The Instructional Producer | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Last week I delivered a one-hour webinar to a global group of 100+ learning professionals for a client. The content was very well received, but do you know what impressed them the most? My PRODUCER! She managed so much more than the technology; she acted as my instructional partner, and convinced our client that she needed to add producers to her virtual learning team.

A producer can help transform virtual training into trouble-free, fast moving, interactive events that keep learners involved and the facilitator on track. In short, the facilitator can stay focused on content while the producer takes care of everything else.


The traditional classroom facilitator is a very busy person. In addition to delivering content, he or she facilitates interaction between participants, manages tools such as the LCD projector, writes on whiteboards and flip charts, and interprets the body language of learners. Constantly gauging participants' interest and comprehension, the facilitator also makes on-the-fly adjustments to the program design; for example, shortening breaks, lengthening days, or skipping content. By any standard, the facilitator's job requires constant attention and total concentration.


In the new virtual environment, many facilitators choose to not take advantage of all of the tools available to increase interaction. They can't see themselves being able to multitask to the extent required, so they limit participant use of chat, whiteboard tools, and other interactive features of the virtual classroom. The facilitator's role is then reduced to pushing content and lecturing, instead of facilitating interactions and knowledge sharing.


The solution to this dilemma lies in the role of the instructional producer. 


Virtual instructional producers act as the technological expert on the virtual platform as well as a co-facilitator. These professionals are also familiar enough with the course content to be able to offer comments on content topics.


Using an instructional producer in a team teaching setting provides the following advantages:


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3 online tools that can reduce teaching time

3 online tools that can reduce teaching time | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The introduction of the Internet to the classroom has changed the way students learn and are taught. Thankfully, there are a number of online tools that can reduce teaching time and time spent in the classroom by a dramatic percentage.

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3 ways eLearning can revolutionize Education

3 ways eLearning can revolutionize Education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

eLearning has the potential to revolutionize education, provide for a truly personalized learning experience, and take each student down the path that is uniquely theirs. Read on to explore ways in which it can achieve its promise.

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6 técnicas de enseñanza que NO conocías

6 técnicas de enseñanza que NO conocías | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

La educación, como casi cualquier otro campo de nuestra sociedad, ha evolucionando a pasos agigantados en los últimos años. Las técnicas de enseñanza tradicionales, basadas principalmente en la figura del profesor explicando y los alumnos tomando apuntes pueden ser todavía útiles en algunas ocasiones; sin embargo, hoy en día la educación gira más en torno a estimular al alumno para despertar su curiosidad y ganas de aprender. A raíz de esta tendencia han surgido, por tanto, nuevas técnicas de enseñanza. Muchas de estas técnicas de enseñanza no son nuevas. Sin embargo, el uso de las nuevas tecnologías que tenemos a nuestra disposición hoy en día pueden darles un nuevo enfoque y hacer que se extiendan en nuestras aulas.


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Where is technology leading Higher Education?

Where is technology leading Higher Education? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historic, seismic and revolutionarynow pop up in descriptions of the challenges that higher education faces in the coming years.


Many institutions have been preparing for these changes for years, building infrastructure and expertise, experimenting and recruiting, and integrating online learning into long-term strategies. Many others, especially traditional research universities, have been caught flat-footed as education has transformed around them.


This point of dramatic — and traumatic — change didn’t swoop in unannounced. Rather, it crept in like a series of streams meeting in a roiling confluence. Only by stepping back and looking in panoramic fashion can we truly understand how we’ve arrived at a point of transformation and how we might deal with it.

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10 educational online tools for teachers

10 educational online tools for teachers | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Digital revolution is changing rapidly and becoming popular to all ages. Not only youngsters are now only immersed in technology but lots of educators as well.

Many educators nowadays are widely using newest and most useful online tools to advance their classroom environment and make their job, teaching and connecting with students, easier and more fun. Incorporating digital technology to education has changed the teaching strategies of teachers for the better.


In accelerating and advancing the rate of learning of students, many academic institutions are now supporting the use of online learning opportunities. Teachers became open to educational resources offered online and they find these electronic materials valuable on their teaching goals. Because of these digital resources the educational productivity of the teachers and students increased.


You don't have to be a tech-savvy teacher to use such online resources in your teaching endeavor. To achieve an active, efficient, and personalized learning experience in your classroom, integrate technology effectively into your teaching techniques by introducing these 10 educational online tools.

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