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Learning to code, or coding to learn?

Learning to code, or coding to learn? | |

Resnick, professor of Learning Research at MIT and creator of Scratch – the online community where children learn to program and share interactive stories, games, and animations, believes fluency in new technologies is the key to our children’s future. And while he acknowledges that the “digital native” students of this generation are indeed adept at interacting with technology of all kinds, he argues that isn’t enough to make a difference. “It’s as if they can ‘read’ but not ‘write’ with new technologies,” he says. “I’m interested in helping young people become fluent so they can ‘write’ with new technologies. That means they need to be able to write their own computer programs or code.”


Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 14, 2013 8:52 AM

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3 tips for truly effective Workplace Learning

3 tips for truly effective Workplace Learning | |

In a world where almost half of the companies on the Fortune 500 today will likely disappear in 10 years, learning is key. Only companies that have a dynamic workforce can hope to keep up, which means chief learning officers today have a profound part to play in helping their organizations survive and thrive.

Learning helps to attract, engage and retain the best people. And it allows workers to develop new skills that align with the changing needs of their businesses. Disruptive learning is not the enemy. Disruption is an opportunity for us to make our organizations more agile and ready for change.

Here are three ways CLOs can create a more engaging learning environment by leveraging technologies that have disrupted the market.

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Will Online Learning lead education by 2025?

Will Online Learning lead education by 2025? | |
Andrew Graley, Polycom’s director of healthcare, education and government for EMEA, believes that technology is the catalyst for improving the education landscape. “By allowing an engaging, accessible, and cost-effective approach to education, technology opens up the prospect of higher education, personalised courses, and teacher-training to a much broader population,” he says.

The respondents predict that the future learning environment will break free from the classroom: 64% of respondents believe students in 2015 primarily engage with content in the classroom, but only 25% predict it will still be the leading way for learning in 2025. Alongside this, the use of remote learning technologies in teaching is expected to rise significantly: 53% of education professionals believe real-time video collaboration and mobile devices will be the primary way students engage with content by 2025.

58% of EMEA respondents expect to see greater collaboration between schools and corporations by 2025, and the majority of respondents believe there will be a more defined career pathway through the schooling process. The majority of EMEA respondents predict that the role a teacher plays in education will become less important in coming years, with the role of thought leaders and educational outreach programmes becoming increasingly important to education.
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[Infographic] Benefits and features of Mobile Learning

[Infographic] Benefits and features of Mobile Learning | |
Why is Mobile Learning so Effective?
  • Convenience: All the required learning and compliance training at the tip of your workforce’s fingertips.
  • Duration: Short and concise courses; allow for broader participation and motivate users.
  • Focus: Effective mobile learning highlights specific learning objectives. This type of focus allows for greater overall comprehension and delivery.
  • Microlearning: Brief focused learning modules can be created to further the knowledge obtained via additional mediums.
  • Distribution: Instantly and globally make available learnings that will immediately impact your program.
  • Content Evolution: With the growth of the platforms themselves, we experience greater content capabilities. Modern, more dynamic content allows for a greater utilization of media and ultimately superior effectiveness.

Via elearninginfographic
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Five myths about Classroom Technology (and what to do, instead)

Five myths about Classroom Technology (and what to do, instead) | |

Classroom technology is everywhere. Schools are filled with shiny, interactive devices, and new gadgets and apps flood the market every day. Teachers in districts with limited funding for technology are turning to crowdfunding sources to obtain technology for their classrooms.


Is technology the panacea that we’re all searching for? Nope—but it can help.

But is technology the panacea that we’re all searching for?

Nope—but it can help. Let’s explore five common myths about educational technology, and how we can get the most out of tech for our students.

Via Nik Peachey, Vicki Moro, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 11, 12:38 AM

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4 reasons to publish student writing as videos

4 reasons to publish student writing as videos | |
Writer’s Workshop is a magical time in the primary grades. There are students all over the classroom. They’re standing, sitting, wobbling, or laying on their bellies relaxed. They’re thinking, sketching, writing, reading, sharing with partners, adding details, and more. Everyone is at different stages in their writing, and our iPads are in use. Infusing Writer’s Workshop with the creative possibilities of the iPad is powerful. They’re used to plan and publish our stories in many ways, however, our favorite has to be publishing our writing as videos. Here are just a few reasons why your students should too.
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Brand new world of open online eLearning course (Amy Collier)

Amazing talk from Amy collier about the Brake new world of online learning. She shares the love that people have shared on the course. She also talks about network learner and the huge potential of the same.
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A workable future

A workable future | |
I have discussed most of these issues on this blog, such as platform capitalism, integrating work & learning, and the limits of hierarchies. The triple operating system model for network era organizations aligns with these recommendations, particularly the need to operate as temporary, negotiated hierarchies and the requirement for safe places to work on alternatives (communities of practice). This model is based on the core principles of subsidiarity, wirearchy, and network management.
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Las competencias profesionales

Las competencias profesionales | |
Por mucho que valoremos la importancia de la formación dirigida a la adquisición de conocimientos técnico-científicos y culturales, hay una serie de competencias clave que se asocia más a unas conductas y unas actitudes de las personas. Estas competencias son transversales porqué afectan a muchos sectores de actividad, a muchos lugares de trabajo y, lo que es más relevante, están muy en sincronía con las nuevas necesidades y las nuevas situaciones laborales.

Estas actitudes que conforman las competencias clave de los profesionales del presente y el futuro no son un mero complemento útil a las competencias técnicas para las cuales uno ha sido contratado o valorado en su puesto de trabajo. Estas competencias deben incorporarse en el currículum de la formación profesional como elementos identificadores de una actitud profesional adecuada a los tiempos modernos.
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El futuro del trabajo es de los Knowmads

El futuro del trabajo obligará a las personas a un cambio de paradigma si quieren conseguir trabajos con futuro. Los knowmads o nómadas del conocimiento dominarán el mercado laboral muy pronto y son los que lograrán encontrar trabajo en el futuro cercano.
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To advance Education, we must first reimagine Society

To advance Education, we must first reimagine Society | |
Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative.

Because disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal malaise, it’s imperative that we first figure out what kind of world we really want: a world populated by responsible adults who thrive on interdependence and community, or a world of “customers” who feel dependent on products, services, and authority figures, and don’t take full responsibility for their actions? The answer, he says, will point to the changes needed in all three pillars of education — schools, families, and communities.
Teresa MacKinnon's curator insight, September 25, 4:56 AM
the big picture #clavier #warcler!

6 steps to a Professional Online Portfolio for teachers

6 steps to a Professional Online Portfolio for teachers | |

If you haven’t developed an online space for presenting your professional profile and accomplishments, it’s time to get started.

An online portfolio of your work will help you create a strong personal brand, and can also be used to establish a channel of communication with parents and colleagues—this is especially the case if you create a blog, that acts both as a professional profile and classroom update feed.


In any case, your online portfolio can help you when looking for a job or contemplating a future career move. With teachers needing to be more and more creative with how they engage students, use technology and manage communication with parents and students, creating one is a no-brainer.

Via Ariana Amorim, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies | |
Student-centered teaching is teaching designed for the student. This means that planning often begins with the student in mind as opposed to a school policy or curriculum artifact, for example. Done well, it can disarm some of the more intimidating parts of academia, while also shortening the distance between the student and understanding.

Put another way, student-centered teaching is teaching that is ‘aware’ of students and their needs above and beyond anything else. It places students at the center of the learning process.

This isn’t as simple as it sounds, especially without shifting one’s mindset towards that approach. We recently shared 32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies. The following infographic Mia MacMeekin provides additional tools (in the form of strategies) that can help create a learning environment that can, depending on the context, more approachable, friendly, or familiar to students in your classroom.
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How social networking tools enable Heutagogy in learning organisations

How social networking tools enable Heutagogy in learning organisations | |
‘Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning … It is also an attempt to challenge some ideas about teaching and learning that still prevail in teacher centred learning and the need for, as Bill Ford (1997) eloquently puts it ‘knowledge sharing’ rather than ‘knowledge hoarding’. In this respect heutagogy looks to the future in which knowing how to learn will be a fundamental skill given the pace of innovation and the changing structure of communities and workplaces.’ [Emphasis mine]
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Why colleges and educators should build their own Online Communities

Why colleges and educators should build their own Online Communities | |
Over the past decade, many college administrators (and other related campus groups) have relied on LinkedIn groups to build community among their peers, professors, student groups and more. LinkedIn groups have been an important way for members to stay in touch and share data with peers around the country. They have also been helpful in gathering data important for improving processes, communication and more. Today there are hundreds of these groups among LinkedIn’s 400 million users, but with Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn this past spring, the signs are here: LinkedIn’s focus will no longer be on helping their communities to thrive.
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[SlideShare] Como desarrollar un proyecto de Aprendizaje-Servicio

Presentación sobre metodología y estrategias didácticas para empezar a desarrollar un proyecto de aprendizaje-servicio. Se describen etapas, recursos, riesgos y claves.

Via Belén Rojas, María Dolores Díaz Noguera
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Leaders as teachers

Leaders as teachers | |

Leadership may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing teachers. In fact, some exhaustive lists of teacher descriptors, such as this one, include such predictable terms as prepared, enthusiastic, and supportive, but mention nothing specific about leadership. Nevertheless, as a former classroom educator who now coaches executives, I strongly believe that there are many things that leaders of all stripes can learn from teachers.


Teachers mold us from our youngest years and give us a foundation for life, regardless of the particular paths that we eventually choose. They are, outside of our parents, the first true leaders in our lives and those that we turn to for knowledge, guidance and direction. Many of us emulated our teachers and wanted to grow up to be like one or more of them.

Via Vicki Moro, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Ines Bieler
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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners | |
Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem.…

Via juandoming
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Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning

Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning | |

In contrast to traditional higher education, which closes learning off from the world, open learning is transparent and accessible to anyone with internet access. Such openness could do a lot to improve standards at universities whose business models are driven by bums on seats, rather than mastery of a given subject. It might also lift the morale of academia. Academics who are in control of what they teach, and who teach students who seek them out, may regain their professional freedom. Around 7,000 online students recently earned the first certificates awarded by MIT and Harvard through their Edx partnership. That’s more than twice the number of degrees that MIT awarded at this year’s commencement. Another 147,596 observers signed up to marvel at what an MIT course is really like. Substantially greater numbers are expected for the spring course offerings. Their first MIT course, Circuits and Electronics, was tough. University level maths and physics were prerequisites, and the exam would give many nosebleeds.

Teresa MacKinnon's curator insight, September 25, 4:55 AM
making a difference through open practice #clavier #warcler!

[Panel] The Future of Higher Education (WISE 2015)

Today, Higher Education faces new challenges on many fronts, including rapidly changing labor markets, demographic shifts, technological advances, and international competition. As new models emerge to widen access, lower costs, and bridge education and employment, universities are pressured - and motivated - to reinvent themselves.

How are current trends in labor markets impacting higher education? What are the chief implications of the new, increasingly competitive and global environment in which universities operate? This panel discussion moderated by author Jeffrey Selingo will take a look at the future of higher education.
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[PDF] 10 strategies for a workable future

[PDF] 10 strategies for a workable future | |
A social, economic, and technological revolution is changing the way we work. This revolution stretches far beyond disruptive innovations in taxi services like Uber or freelancing platforms like UpWork. The way we create value is changing. Whether it’s building parts for electrical vehicles or building out the infrastructure for an Internet of Things, whether it’s providing care to aging parents or combating extreme weather events,
we’re reinventing work and the workforce.
In the United States, we’ve traditionally thought of the worker in a few well-defined categories. Full-time employees have been the backbone of the economy with entrepreneurs, small businesses,
and freelancers or part-timers filling out the overall landscape. Everything from our tax codes to our definition of unemployment has taken these categories as the starting place for policy—policy that sometimes protects and sometimes punishes individual workers. The current debate over whether platform workers are W2 or 1099 employees is trapped in this way of thinking about workers, this way of classifying them.
Today, these classifications no longer describe reality. As the percentage of freelancers expands to 40% or 50% of the workforce over the next decade, as adjunct professors at major
universities—formerly solid middle-class workers— join the Uber workforce at night to make ends meet, as artists sign up as “taskers” to support their art, workers are making choices that have little to do with the old distinctions between employee and part-timer or between blue-collar and white-collar.
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Si no quieres ahogarte en el tsunami laboral... Be a knowmad my friend (Raquel Roca)

Exposición sobre la tendencia knowmad, sus características y desarrollo en los próximos años.

Raquel Roca. Licenciada en Periodismo por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, ha trabajado en diversos medios de comunicación como TVE (Emprende), Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Yo Dona (El Mundo), el Grupo Planeta, Tele5, Canal Sur, La Estrella Digital o La Razón, entre otros.

Actualmente es profesora del Postgrado de Experto en Marketing Digital del IEDE Business School, y del Master en la Gestión del Talento en la Era Digital (LaSalle International Graduate School & LIDlearning), además de conferenciante y docente para empresas/ instituciones como la Universidad de Cantabria (Santander), Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Perú), el Instituto Europeo de Diseño (IED), Salón Mi Empresa, Barcelona Activa, ESDi…
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Leveraging Gagné's Nine Events of Instruction

Leveraging Gagné's Nine Events of Instruction | |
Robert Gagné put forward a unique set of events to help Instructional Designers create effective learning materials. His nine-event based system uses a behaviorist approach to guide Instructional Designers on creating content that can accomplish specific learning objectives set for learners. As eLearning content designers, you can leverage Gagne’s Nine Events Of Instruction to produce highly engaging and motivational courses. Here are some thoughts and guidelines on how you can achieve that.
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It’s time for a Personal Knowledge Management refresh

It’s time for a Personal Knowledge Management refresh | |
As such, we may need to regularly update and refresh the strategies and tools we use for personal knowledge management (PKM). Below you will find some approaches and resources for managing the information flow in your world. Perhaps you can share your favorite strategies at the end in the Comments section.
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We flipped professional development and our teachers loved it

We flipped professional development and our teachers loved it | |

 A district built a learning network for teachers and saw PD participation increase 600 percent. Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education. With MLN (Montour Learning Network), the district has created the same sort of learning environment for its teachers that it delivers to its students. Flipping our professional development gives our valued educators the freedom to learn on their own time and review material as often as they need. Having so much information at their fingertips also makes their interactions with school and district leaders more productive. Now that their PD has moved into the 21st century, all of our teachers are better prepared to pass along those 21st-century skills to their students.

Via Peggy George, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Roles, microaprendizajes, ubicuidad y transformación de la educación!

Roles, microaprendizajes, ubicuidad y transformación de la educación! | |
¿Cuál es el lugar de la tecnología en la educación? Muchos docentes, al considerar la integración de la tecnología en sus prácticas, se preguntan dónde se insertaría ésta en sus contextos educativos. Algunos pueden sentir que integrar la tecnología al ya recargado currículum es como tratar de copiar una página en una fotocopiadora que tiene papel atascado. Otros se preguntan si sus habilidades tecnológicas les permitirán llevar adelante una clase donde integren tecnología.

Y por supuesto, algunos docentes se preguntarán si la tecnología no distraerá a los alumnos de aprender los conceptos importantes necesarios para obtener resultados exitosos en los exámenes estandarizados. Los docentes que reflexionan y se preguntan acerca de la relación entre la tecnología y el currículum, la tecnología y el docente, la tecnología y los alumnos, son cautelosos. Es alentador cuando los docentes no ven a la tecnología como “la cura de todos los males”. Esta cautela no existe en todas las profesiones.
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