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15 time management tips every Connected Educator should know

15 time management tips every Connected Educator should know | |

You’re plugged in. You’re wired up. You have a Twitter feed loading in one tab of your browser while you sync your Evernote to your iPad and get Dropbox files onto your smartphone. If you’re a multitasking fiend, you probably feel as though you have very little time to spend on most important things. You may even feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.


What’s a connected educator to do? Just continue to whittle down the hours and go to bed exhausted with that haunting feeling that you still have a lot more to do as soon as you wake up?

I can’t guarantee this visual guide to time management you see below will fix all these issues. But it’ll help.


This guide offers more than a dozen ways to save time (and your sanity) while online. This is a very useful chart for anyone who finds themselves sucked into the online world and then looks up to realize that several hours have passed. We’ve all been there.


What are your favorite ways to save time while browsing, downloading, syncing, and learning online? Share them with the Edudemic community down in the comments or just take this visual guide from the folks at Online Clock and internalize it a bit. Or, better yet, print it out and keep it somewhere handy! You never know when you could use a reminder on how to actually save yourself some time today. Good luck!

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Education Technology and the Modern Learner

Education Technology and the Modern Learner | |

Technology’s impact is often felt immediately by its users but sometimes—especially in education—technology’s innovations do not necessarily take place in “a moment.” Indeed, over a sustained period of time, technology is inexorably transforming the education landscape. This transformation consists of multiple elements, starting with the makeup of the modern millennial learner, continuing to how learning is evolving due to innovations in technology, and finally to how the educational experience will need to be reimagined to adapt to these changes.

Modern millennial learners consider technology integral to both their learning and non-learning lives. Members of this cohort of 18-to-33-year-olds can’t imagine a world without technology deeply integrated into how they create, share, co-create and consume information and nurture relationships. This age group has always tended be early adopters of technology and want to push the state-of-the-art to its limits more aggressively than any other prior generation.

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New, different and adaptive: The new keys to education and employability

New, different and adaptive: The new keys to education and employability | |
The business world and schools are undeniably connected, working in tandem to prepare students for the world of college and career.

We are living in an age of unprecedented shifts in our economy. One-third of Americans are expected to make their living through freelancing, or project-based work, by 2020.

Many jobs are becoming increasingly automated, and people who do land jobs in large businesses are often working collaboratively and on projects. As the economy and the business world continues to adapt to the shifts, resilient, adaptive workers and creative entrepreneurs are rising to the top.

We are also living in a time when school networks, districts, charters and the schools themselves are redesigning and redefining their vision and structures to be more personalized, blended and project-based, and are also determining how to best prepare young people for this changing economy. Businesses are doing the same, by redesigning the workplace and reinventing structures to best support the business and the people who work for them.

Schools are thinking about the intersection of personalized and project-based work as well as blended and online learning, and so are businesses as they work to ensure that teams can collaborate across time zones and in projects. Schools and businesses are also looking to offer both in-person and online tools for their students and employees’ ongoing professional learning.
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New learning technologies can drive improved performance globally

New learning technologies can drive improved performance globally | |
New technologies continually arise in the workplace to improve your team’s performance, and the speed at which they arise forces your staff to continue to develop. But some individuals might think they don’t need to learn anything new, and some members of the board of directors might see training only as an expense. In both cases, new learning technologies are key to demonstrating that it is always possible to learn, while investing less than you already spend in face-to-face learning initiatives.

When we think about technology, we often think of great investments, absurd techniques, or some practices that are more entertaining than educational. We don’t want things to be overly complicated. We just want to train our staff with the best tools available. Having worked on implementing new technologies since 1998, I have seen their benefit.
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Are students buying what schools are selling?

Are students buying what schools are selling? | |
Calls for innovation in education seem to get louder by the day. “Innovation” has become the catchall term for the urge to make up for what our current system lacks; a system that, on balance, is neither delivering an equally high-quality education to all students, nor designed to reliably prepare young people for the modern workforce.

From there, of course, opinions about what sorts of innovations we ought to invest in, and to what end, vary politically and philosophically. At the Christensen Institute, we’ve always divvied up these wide-ranging ideas into two main categories, which Clay Christensen first identified in the 1980s: sustaining and disruptive innovations. Those categories are helpful in identifying the dimensions along which organizations are improving and how new business models can displace existing ones. But disruptive innovation theory has little to tell us about whether a particular innovation will be successful.
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[TEDxTalks] Identity in a digital world (Alec Couros)

Alec delves into the challenges facing children today in an increasingly digital world where things are never forgotten and their online identifies ‘are’ their real world. Preparing children to recognize that information is Public by default and Private with effort is an important role that teachers and schools can impact in a positive way. Alec challenges us to find ways to help our students discover and experience networked human connections in ways that are positive and thoughtful and keep them safe.

Alec is a Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity.
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Students want more digital learning outside of the classroom

Students want more digital learning outside of the classroom | |

The need for digital learning content in classrooms is nothing new, but teachers, parents, and students are becoming more vocal in their desire to provide or have access to such materials outside of the school day or school year. Deloitte‘s inaugural 2016 Digital Education Survey surveyed teachers, students and parents to uncover how technology is changing the concept of the classroom.


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Skylly_W, Ines Bieler
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7 ways you can use technology to engage with students

7 ways you can use technology to engage with students | |
It seems that no sooner has the world of education come to terms with one concept than something comes along which turns the concept upside down. In this case, the concept is blended learning.

Blended learning has been around since the late 1990s and most students and teachers have been using it informally for years. Basically, anyone who attends a physical lesson and then does some work online connected to that lesson is using blended learning – but what has changed more recently is that now the physical and the online seem to be happening in the same place and at the same time.

This change has been enabled by a growing range of high-powered digital devices capable of connecting to the internet from the classroom and a new generation of students for whom constant connectivity is the norm.

Many teenagers, like my own daughter, inhabit parallel realities – being simultaneously present in the physical world while also maintaining a constant relationship and interaction with their social group and virtual lives through their mobile devices.

For any educator who grew up in a world where information was scarce and difficult to access, the possibilities offered by this combination should be a revelation. Edtech enthusiasts have long been predicting the miraculous impact that technology will have on education and yet research studies continually show the minimal impact large investments in technology have had.

The problem is that the emergence of these technologies in the hands of students in the classroom has created a power struggle. The students now have in their hands a source of information that is vastly greater than a teacher and which they control themselves. For many teachers this is hugely challenging. Not only is their role and status as source of knowledge being threatened, but their control of the classroom and students’ attention is being undermined.
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The importance of 3D Printing in Education

The importance of 3D Printing in Education | |
A topic I don’t cover enough is 3D printing. It’s relatively new on the education landscape and I have yet to reach a comfort level with it. Thankfully, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Lisa Michaels, has lots of knowledge and experience on this topic. Here are her thoughts on the importance of 3D printing in education:

The range of possibilities which 3D printing provides is almost limitless. As the technology evolves, 3D printers are being used to create everything from simple plastic toys to automobile bodies, prosthetic limbs, replacement parts, and even gourmet dishes.

One area where 3D printing has yet to make a difference despite the potential of fulfilling many needs is within the educational systems. Elementary schools, high schools, universities and even vocational training courses are ideal places to incorporate 3D printing as part of the curriculum.
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Can you cultivate Critical Thinking with Infographics?

Can you cultivate Critical Thinking with Infographics? | |
One of the most difficult aspects of teaching is ensuring that your students are actually evaluating the information, rather than just regurgitating it back to you.

Critical thinking skills are incorporated into nearly every lesson plan now, especially with the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). But how do you “grade” such a skill, and how do you give students the tools and resources to cultivate critical thinking?

Today, teachers are beginning to fully embrace visual learning as a way to help students incorporate critical thinking into every facet of their education. Visual learning has grown exponentially as technology has improved and access has spread. This makes it easier for teachers and students alike to create and use visuals to show, share, and interpret information in whole new ways.
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Seis ventajas de la Flipped Classroom

Seis ventajas de la Flipped Classroom | |

The flipped classroom o pedagogía inversa es una nueva metodología que propone darle al vuelta a la clase convencional e invertir el orden del proceso de aprendizaje. Si en el modelo de enseñanza tradicional el profesor explica la lección en clase y el alumno la trabaja en casa a través de los deberes; en la flipped classroom es el alumno quien comienza a aprender y revisa los conceptos teóricos en casa, para dedicar el tiempo de clase a consultar sus dudas y trabajarlos de forma colaborativa. Este tipo de metodología tiene muchas ventajas tanto para el alumno como el profesor. Te explicamos las más destacadas.

Via Todoele
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[Infographic] Why every educator needs to know how the brain learns

[Infographic] Why every educator needs to know how the brain learns | |

I hope you find the Brain Hacking infographic above useful. You can access the other Brain-Based Learning infographics I created by scrolling down my ED!Blog. Please share it with other educators, parents, and learners. I will feature additional Brain-Based Learning Infographics in my future NEWSLETTERS, so please SIGN UP if you would like to receive more tips and strategies that work in helping students become better learners.

If you find the information in the infographic useful, consider buying "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom", which is a book I wrote to help students learn more efficiently and effectively using proven research based strategies.


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Linez Technologies's comment, October 20, 12:40 AM
amazing information about human brain
Linez Technologies's comment, October 20, 12:40 AM
amazing information about human brain
Succeed Education's curator insight, October 20, 6:06 PM

Great article about how the brain learns.!

The 3 key steps to create your first Online Course

The 3 key steps to create your first Online Course | |

Creating an online course can be a great way to increase your income from your blog.

Let’s face it, you spend a lot of time creating content anyway, putting it together in a course for your readers seems like a logical next step.

Yet, the thought of putting together a full course can be overwhelming to say the least. How long should it be? What should you include? Where do you put it?

Creating your own online course (or even a face-to-face course or workshop) doesn’t need to be difficult if you take a moment to look at the 3 key steps before you get started.

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Here is a good visual on Blended Learning

Here is a good visual on Blended Learning | |

Here is a short visual we created for teachers explaining the core notions behind the concept of Blended Learning. We have also included a collection of what we believe are some essential web tools for classrooms that adopt a blended learning model of instruction. You can share, print and use the visual the way you want as long as you credit us as the source.

What is blended learning?
It is an instructional methodology, a teaching and learning approach that combines face-to-face classroom methods with computer mediated activities to deliver instruction.

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Instruction Design – The Process (part 1)

Instruction Design – The Process (part 1) | |
The instructional design theories have been the guiding beacon for the new IDs, however, if not properly utilised during the design phase, these theories lose their practicality. The objective of this section is only to introduce the concepts and encourage the beginners to learn more about the models and theories. Many educators, education psychologists and behaviourists have researched the cognitive science of learning at various times, developing approaches to find better ways of transferring learning. Some of the commonly used models and theories in ID are Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction, Dale’s Cone of Experience, Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains, Ruth Clark’s Principles of eLearning, David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model, and Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation. The readers can click on each name to learn their details.
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20 things you can learn in 10 minutes to become a better teacher

20 things you can learn in 10 minutes to become a better teacher | |
Becoming a better teacher is likely a big part of why you’re here.

Based on reader feedback, surveys, comments, and other observations we’ve noticed over the years, the vast majority of you are already ‘good’ at what you do.

Few incompetent professionals that consistently seek to improve remain incompetent. If you’re here–or at edutopia, or knee-deep in a book from ASCD, for example–reading and skimming and sharing and responding to ideas, it’ll be difficult for you to resist growing.

A lot of what we discuss here at TeachThought, however, is very macro stuff–broad looks as the possibilities inherent in modern pedagogy, and the dangers we risk by not understanding them. While we try to balance that with use tomorrow in your classroom tools and strategies, we can always be better there, I think.

In response, below I’ve collected 20 (mostly) simple things you can do (relatively) quickly to become a better teacher. The list is purposely diverse because I wrote it and can’t stay focused on anything for longer than 4 minutes, it seems.

Most are based on resources we’ve already created here, so where relevant I’ve linked to said resources.
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How to teach EdTech to future teachers

How to teach EdTech to future teachers | |
Instead I'd like to first "teach" adaptability - the mindset that's helped me navigate the ever-changing edtech environment since I began my career in the early '70s - an era of filmstrip projectors, 16mm movies and ditto machines. I've always thought first about my instructional goals, then tried to leverage whatever resources I could find to reach them. That calls for flexibility and a willingness to figure things out on your own. I couldn't wait around for some school-sponsored PD.

A second, equally important goal would be to teach critical evaluation of the intersection of good instruction and technologies. A good teacher is skeptical, always re-assessing what's working and what's not. That's especially important in the dynamic edtech world.
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Creating Purpose-Driven Learning experiences

Creating Purpose-Driven Learning experiences | |

Creating Purpose-Driven Learning Experiences provides support for teachers interested in engaging students in meaningful work at schools, and provides ideas and resources for using technology to do just that.

Bill Ferriter’s book is easy to read with a combination of research and practical ideas for incorporating meaningful project-based learning work into 21st century classrooms.

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How to turn on the part of your brain that controls Motivation

How to turn on the part of your brain that controls Motivation | |
We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don’t do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?

These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in a region called the ventral tegmental area. A paper published Thursday in the journal Neuron suggests that we can activate the region with a little bit of training.

The researchers stuck 73 people into an fMRI, a scanner that can detect what part of the brain is most active, and focused on that area associated with motivation. When the researchers said “motivate yourself and make this part of your brain light up,” people couldn’t really do it.
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Good eLearning design for bad Internet connections

Good eLearning design for bad Internet connections | |
Designing eLearning programs for imperfect Internet connections is, oddly enough, a valuable skill. Despite enjoying mobile data and broadband connectivity increasingly everywhere, most learners are still disrupted with unpredictable connections. How can you catch exceptions like these? Find out in this article!

With the broadening scope of eLearning courses, you shouldn’t be surprised if someone in Africa or in Bangladesh is registered for your courses. In fact, many developing nations rely on eLearning programs and training materials for quality learning experiences. They also look forward to completing the courses with dedication and add their professional development experiences to their resume.
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The learner is the winner

The learner is the winner | |
When MOOCs dominated the news cycle in 2012, they promised a sea change in the way learners obtained education, whether by transforming the traditional classroom lecture for on-campus students, or providing access to world-class educational materials for a global population of learners. Four years later, we see that MOOCS have not only provided brand new ways of distributing education, but have also sowed the seeds for a new economy of credentials that is revolutionizing the traditional top-down, university-driven degree approach to business education. For the first time in history, learners can get the education they want for professional advancement when they want it, rather than waiting for a university to decide if and when a learner can enroll. Power is shifting from institutions that provide bundled degrees to consumers who assemble their own portfolio of credentials and skills to get the jobs they want.
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10 essential characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

10 essential characteristics of a 21st Century Educator | |
People have come to loathe the term “21st Century Education”, or “21st Century Teacher”. The argument is that “we are 16 years into the 21st century!”, yet I would argue, we have 84 years to go! I could have not predicted the iPad, Chromebooks, Pokemon Go, or anything else like this. Yet, as I was thinking about that very idea, it is why I believe there are some very important traits that educators need right now. We are in the 21st century, we are educators, so what does that mean and look like in our world and for education?

It is not technology that is having the biggest influence on what we do; it is the speed of change being thrust upon us.

We also have more access to information and ideas, so we can do better. If you know better, you have to do better.

Here are ten characteristics that I am exploring and starting to see as crucial for educators in the 21st century and beyond, as we continue to live in a world that is continuously changing, and moving at tremendously fast speeds.
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Do students really need Social Media to learn?

Do students really need Social Media to learn? | |

You can be an early adopter of the newest innovations or someone who waxes nostalgic over the days of flip phones and landlines. Regardless of where you fall on the technological spectrum, social media (for better or worse), is here to stay.

Which means teachers now have to adapt to its persistent presence in the everyday lives of their students. And as they adapt, they’re finding themselves asking intriguing questions about social media’s role in education.

  • Just how vital is social media to success in my classroom?
  • Can social media help my students with homework and test preparation?
  • Is social media a dangerous digital rabbit hole down which my students can get lost?
  • Should my classroom lessons and out-of-class projects incorporate social media?
  • Should social media be monitored while my students are on school property?

Questions like these are at the heart of current debates over just how much a role (if any) social media should play in a typical 21st-century classroom. And they’re especially pressing when you consider that good digital citizenship is a skill students need when they go out in the world.


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Dennis Swender, Ines Bieler
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4 prácticos consejos para convertirte en un buen formador online

4 prácticos consejos para convertirte en un buen formador online | |

La figura del formador online puede ser una pieza clave para alcanzar el éxito en un curso de e-learning dado que tiene a su alcance recursos y estrategias para incidir en la motivación de los participantes. Esto no significa que el teletutor obre milagros. Nada más lejos de la realidad. Lo que sí que puede lograr es que los participantes superen muchas de las barreras y obstáculos que son causa de abandono en esta modalidad. De hecho, ya dediqué un post en el que analizaba por qué algunos alumnos abandonan la formación e-learning y cómo podemos evitarlo.


Uno de los motivos por los que los MOOCs tienen una tasa tan elevada de abandonos es precisamente la ausencia de tutores que participen activamente en estos entornos de aprendizaje (la gratuidad de este tipo de formación tampoco podemos pasarla por alto ya que puede llevar a la desidia, como explicaba en este post). Por tanto, si eres teletutor/a ten en cuenta que tu labor influirá directamente en el índice de abandonos. Para que puedas sacar el mejor rendimiento a tu trabajo me gustaría compartir contigo estas recomendaciones:

Via Ramon Aragon
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¿Cómo pensar en una formación a prueba de futuro?

¿Cómo pensar en una formación a prueba de futuro? | |

Hoy existe un gran entusiasmo por tecnologizar la educación. Sin embargo, la llegada de la tecnología no es a costo cero. Autores critican que la abundancia de información en los espacios digitales en vez de amplificar nuestras posibilidades las restringen (ej. dependencia, individualismo, superficialidad, exclusión, etc.).


En un contexto de hiperinformación puede ser difícil no verse fuertemente influenciado (o infoxicado) por las creaciones de otros. Es fácil adoptar un lenguaje cacofónico dentro de Internet. Un claro ejemplo de ello son las charlas TED, que si bien son una notable fuente de inspiración, ya se han hecho tan ubicuas y repetitivas que su formato dejó de ser novedoso. ¿Si todos ven las mismas charlas y leen a los mismos referentes no hay un riesgo de un reduccionismo intelectual?

Via juandoming
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