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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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4 big things Transformational Teachers do

4 big things Transformational Teachers do | |

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

Transformational teachers don't react. They anticipate and prepare. Lee Shulman, as reported by Marge Scherer, suggests that expert teachers demonstrate the following, despite enormous challenges:

Cognitive understanding of how students learn; emotional preparation to relate to many students whose varied needs are not always evident; content knowledge from which to draw different ways to present a concept; and, finally, the ability to make teaching decisions quickly and act on them.

So how do they do that? Let's break it down.

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ePortfolio checklist for teachers

ePortfolio checklist for teachers | |

Following the posting of ePortfolio Resources for Teachers somebody emailed me this visual  which I want you to check out as well. This visual created by Chelmick features 6 components your students should consider when composing their ePortfolios. You can use this checklist in class to give students an idea about the things they need to incorporate  in their ePortfolios.

Why Use ePortfolios ?

According to Cornell University, there are different learning purposes and benefits behind using ePortfolios.

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Sense-making and sharing

Sense-making and sharing | |

If you only seek new information and knowledge for yourself, without spending time to make it personal, you will not advance your own growth (bottom left). If you keep your knowledge to yourself, you will not be viewed as a contributor to any knowledge networks, and will miss out on learning with and from others, especially professional colleagues (bottom right). However, if you share indiscriminately, you will be creating too much noise, and others will ignore you (top left). The journey to personal knowledge mastery is finding the right balance between seeking, sense-making, and sharing (top right). There are many possible practices in this quadrant, but each person must find his or her own way.

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Pop Quiz! Do you really need quizzes in online training?

Pop Quiz! Do you really need quizzes in online training? | |

Learn how to incorporate quizzes effectively in your online training courses to drive learning engagement and content retention.

Question:  Do you really need quizzes in your online training modules?
Select the best answer to the question from the choices below.

A.   Always
B.   Never
C.   Probably

The answer is C, “Probably”. If I said the answer was A, “Always”, you could probably find the exception where quizzes would not make sense in an online training experience. But if your purpose for creating a training course includes one or more of the following—to motivate the learner, make learning engaging, assess knowledge, drive behavioral change, close training gaps, gain visibility into performance, or measure ROI—you should probably include quizzes in your online training.

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The great dIsRuPtIoN: Unleashing the power to cReAtE

We are living in creative times. New technologies combined with an unstoppable desire for self-determination has unleashed a wave of new ideas and practices in a huge diversity of areas.The RSA is now placing this unleashing of the Power to Create at the heart of its mission. Watch a panel of senior staff from the RSA's Action and Research Centre (ARC) explore how we can harness the Power to Create for public good and economic growth and what we can do to respond positively to the great disruption it is already generating for jobs, businesses, the public sector and wider society.

Speakers: Adam Lent, director of ARC, RSA; Anthony Painter, director of institutional reform, ARC, RSA; Rowan Conway, director of Connected Communities, RSA; and Sophie Thomas, co-director of design, RSA.

Via Alberto Acereda, PhD, juandoming
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8 cosas que deberías saber sobre “Aprendizaje Conectado”

8 cosas que deberías saber sobre “Aprendizaje Conectado” | |

La educación superior está entrando en una fase nueva y evolutiva que se define por las conexiones entre todo y todos; es un ecosistema altamente conectado de tecnologías que apoyan el compartir, la colaboración y los vínculos globales para especialistas y estudiantes en todas las áreas de actividad. El aspecto clave de esta etapa educativa está yendo más allá de la noción  que califica a las tecnologías de la información simplemente como medios para ofrecer contenidos y e-learning. Lo que emerge hoy es el énfasis en la integración, que permite a todos los participantes en la educación superior ensamblar componentes de una forma única, con el fin de construir las vías necesarias para lograr sus metas educativas. Este  cambio en la educación superior permite al estudiante integrar únicamente las conexiones personales, las experiencias en clase y fuera de la clase, las colaboraciones y otros recursos de todo tipo. El resultado es una experiencia de aprendizaje más profundo que aborda mejor las necesidades específicas de los alumnos.

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Aprendizaje y Trabajo

Aprendizaje y Trabajo | |
La formación en el trabajo ha comenzado a experimentar un profundo cambio. Muchas personas, desde diferentes lugares del mundo, están trabajando ya en ello, debatiendo, creando modelos y marcos de actuación, enseñando y participando de esa transformación.
Me voy a detener en dos  antecedentes interesantes que tienen una total vigencia en la actualidad, quizás más a medida que han evolucionado, hemos evolucionado, las personas, el trabajo, y la tecnología.
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Kahoot: Excellent web tool for creating and delivering quizzes and surveys to students

Kahoot: Excellent web tool for creating and delivering quizzes and surveys to students | |

Kahoot is another great student response system that teachers can use to create and deliver quizzes and surveys to students. Kahoot provides a learning environment that is ideal for engaging students for it incorporates the precepts of both game-based learning and inquiry-based learning. Kahoot allows teachers to create quizzes and surreys that include a wide variety of multimedia elements such as videos, pictures and text. Each quiz you create can be accessed by students across different devices . Also teachers have the possibility to create time-controlled quizzes. You can set a specific period of time for the answer of each question. In this way students are rewarded not only for the correct answer but also for their timeliness.

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[PDF] Students’ learning behavior, motivation and critical thinking in LMS

[PDF] Students’ learning behavior, motivation and critical thinking in LMS | |

Computer mediated communication (CMC) offers new opportunities for learners to create communities of inquiry that allow for more active learning. This paper reports on the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) as a tool to facilitate students’ writing and critical thinking skills. The primary data for the study came from students’ online learning records and from discussion forum postings in the LMS. It was found that students’ motivation to learn was at a high level. Most importantly, student motivation was positively correlated with their learning behavior. Although male and female students did not differ in their motivation and learning behavior, messages in the writing forum indicated that female students had higher critical thinking skills than male students. “Explaining” messages appeared the most often, while “interpreting” messages appeared the least. The process of text-based online discussion in the forum had the potential to enhance the students’ writing skills, encourage their critical thinking, and help them write more systematically. The practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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Knowledge Management... the fountain of resilience, adaptation, innovation and sustainability (and buzzwords!)

Knowledge Management... the fountain of resilience, adaptation, innovation and sustainability (and buzzwords!) | |

Of course KM supposedly helps organisations achieve their mission, be more effective in that endeavour, but KM focuses a lot (my expectation) on ever-learning, looking back to look forward, keeping track and avoiding to reinvent the wheel (though it’s sometimes ok), institutional memory curation, lessons learned, picking peoples’ brains and co-creating… so really KM is about developing a collective intelligence and finding ways to anticipate and prepare for what comes next, away from silver bullets, in the itchy corner of our brain where the next solution (trial) lies.

Bruno Winck, Kneaver's curator insight, July 28, 12:27 AM

Like the menyion of heuristics!

Micro-credentials & alternate routes to skilled employment

Micro-credentials & alternate routes to skilled employment | |

f you don’t have a ticket, you don’t get in. That is how it works at the movie theater and it is a reality for many seeking skilled employment. Whether you stole it, bought it, earned it, or it was offered to you as a gift; you need to have it in your possession if you want to get through the door. That ticket is often a formal credential like a college degree. Yet, there are simultaneous developments coming together to give us a glimpse of another way. Self-blended learning, connected learning, the unbundling of formal education and micro-credentials are starting to combine in a way that we might soon see an alternative to the diploma, what we can think of as the bitcoins of the credentialing world (look for another article playing with that comparison in the near future).

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How ready are you for Competency-Based Education?

How ready are you for Competency-Based Education? | |

Still in its infancy, yet rapidly gaining momentum, competency-based education (CBE) is creating opportunities that are transforming the educational experience for everyone involved, from students to instructors to administrators.

CBE is disruptive, but in a good way – catering to students’ learning styles, allowing them to leverage prior knowledge and skills, evolving the role of instructors to act more as mentors, changing the way outcomes are measured, and even speeding time to degree completion.

That said, careful consideration and planning must take place in order for each of these key stakeholders to reign in the full benefits of CBE. If you are thinking of making a move to CBE, we encourage you to ask your team and your partners these key questions before you get started.

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How to use Social Media as a learning tool for Homeschoolers

How to use Social Media as a learning tool for Homeschoolers | |

Matching, out-of-date sweatsuits. The ability to recite lines from the Iliad in response to your peers’ discussion of a television show. Parroting your parents’ values. If you’ve paid attention to mainstream depictions of homeschooled children, these images are likely familiar.

Homeschooled kids get a bad rap and are too frequently associated with social awkwardness due to a perceived lack of socialization with their peer group. However, with the dawn of social media, more homeschooled students—both those who are being schooled by more “traditional” methods and those who are students are virtual cyber charter schools—are able to better connect with their peers and other members of the homeschooling community.

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8 cosas que deberías saber sobre nuevas herramientas de presentación

8 cosas que deberías saber sobre nuevas herramientas de presentación | |

Las herramientas que ofrecen presentaciones electrónicas se han convertido en un elemento básico en el mundo educativo en todos sus niveles. Las nuevas herramientas que están surgiendo, permiten a los educadores ya los estudiantes realizar presentaciones que reflejan más de cerca los nuevos enfoques de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Muchas de estas herramientas permiten la colaboración entre varios autores y alguna ramificación de uso no lineal, de modo que un presentador puede tomar preguntas de la audiencia sin la preocupación de que al hacerlo se romperá el carácter secuencial de una diapositiva. Un marco de presentación que se aleja de una estructura lineal a un enfoque del guión gráfico puede ayudar a aclarar las formas en que los puntos de discusión se relacionan unas con la otras. En ese marco, se revela una jerarquía de ideas. Mediante el apoyo a la audiencia y la interacción en línea en vivo durante una presentación, algunas de estas herramientas proporcionan un valor adicional para los espectadores que quieren trabajar desde su ordenador.

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Lucidchart: Flow chart maker & online diagram software

Lucidchart: Flow chart maker & online diagram software | |
Lucidchart is your solution for visual communication. Flow charts, diagrams, UML sketches, and ER models have never been easier. Start a free trial today!

Lucidchart es una herramienta en linea que hace más sencilla la creación de diagramas de diversos tipos como diagramas de red, diagramas UML, diagramas de flujo simplificados, mockups, wireframes y más. Está basada en estándares web abiertos, por lo que nunca tendrás que preocuparte por problemas de compatibilidad. Ofrecen integración con Google Apps, Google Drive, Confluence, JIRA y Jive entre otras herramientas de productividad, lo que me parece una característica contundente.

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The case for Guided Social Learning Experience Design

The case for Guided Social Learning Experience Design | |

As classroom training is gradually being replaced by e-learning I have watched as many people have become exasperated with this new experience – something which Nick Shackleton Jones clearly illustrated in a recent post.

And yet at the same time, I also see how many are enjoying a very different learning experience on the Social Web. Different - due to a number of reasons.

  • It is social 
  • It is continuous
  • It happens in short bursts
  • It is autonomous
  • It is often serendipitous

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10 pazones para crear una página educativa en Facebook

10 pazones para crear una página educativa en Facebook | |

Cuando decidí crear una Página en Facebook hace ya un tiempo, no tenía muy claro cuál sería su finalidad. Cuando creas un blog de la temática que sea, siempre te recomiendan crear una Página en Facebook al mismo tiempo. Pues bien, después de un año con la Página en Facebook de Justifica tu respuesta, puedo asegurarte que a día de hoy es una de mis grandes satisfacciones tanto desde el punto de vista personal como desde el punto de vista profesional. Cada día disfruto más con la Página y esto me ha hecho pensar que podría ser para ti un excelente recurso como docente. Y si no me crees, ahí van mis 10 razones por las que te recomiendo crear una Página en Facebook desde ahora mismo para tus clases o en caso de que tengas un blog.

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Hands-on and Student-Centered: Subverting the typical college experience

Hands-on and Student-Centered: Subverting the typical college experience | |

The trend in K-12 education has steadily been towards teaching students skills and concepts that will be useful to them in college and beyond. No longer are teachers solely responsible for a specific curriculum — the focus has shifted to skill sets like problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration — transferable skills useful no matter where a student ends up.

The problem is that many colleges haven’t moved along the same progressive path and are still teaching students in large lectures courses that make little effort to connect the material to the lived experiences and passions of students.

A college in British Columbia, Canada is trying to change that trend, emphasizing depth over breadth and aiming to develop highly interdisciplinary students. “We need an education for the knowledge economy in which people are equipped with the processes to filter, combine and create new ideas and products for themselves and for society,” said John Helfand, President of Quest University Canada in a discussion with American RadioWorks’ host Stephen Smith.

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Todos tenemos un Entorno Personal de Aprendizaje

Todos tenemos un Entorno Personal de Aprendizaje | |
Sí, es verdad. Pero hasta hace muy poco yo no había pintado el mío.
Mientras lo hacía, me he dado cuenta que es un entorno joven, que he generado en poco tiempo haciendo una gran reforma en el anterior, incorporando nuevas herramientas e interaccionando con muchas más personas.

En realidad es muy sencillo y responde a algunas acciones muy concretas:

Juan Ramos's curator insight, Today, 2:48 AM

Aunque algunos no seamos conscientes de su estructura.!

Great ePortfolio resources for teachers

Great ePortfolio resources for teachers | |

With the massive uptake of web 2.0 technologies, the concept of portfolios has migrated to the cloud giving rise to what is now termed  electronic portfolios or ePortfolios for short. An ePortfolio is similar in essence to the traditional pen and paper portfolio but with a set of added advantages. For instance , ePortfolios are accessible anywhere anytime with internet connection. Also ePortfolios allows for a wider inclusion of different multimedia items such as videos, podcasts, audio recordings, slides, text, images and many more.

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9 characteristics of a leading educator

9 characteristics of a leading educator | |

A few days ago I came across a post published by Teachthought on the 9 roles for teachers that lead. This post was based on a book that has recently been published under the title "The Educator As A Maker Educator". The book is authored  by Jackie Gerstein (most of you would recognize her from her popular blog User Generated Education). As the book was both cheap ($2,90 on Amazon) and short (only 61 pages) I bought it and read on it on my kindle the same day. This book is an intellectual journey into the depths of the theoretical ideas  that informs progressive education. It highlights the role of educator as a maker, which is an idea rooted in the experiential insights of John Dewey.

The concept of  educator as a maker is further illustrated by the 9 roles Jackie thinks should be present in every teacher who is to lead a successful learning experience. These roles are :

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10 emaciated terms that keep Education in a box

10 emaciated terms that keep Education in a box | |

Albert Einstein nailed it–“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly educational system or continue to tinker at the margins of school.

So far, we’re not showing much out of the box thinking. The Common Core is really just an extension of the past, with a few new standards and practices thrown in to stimulate more problem-solving. My view is that part of the resistance to the Common Core is the nagging suspicion that focusing on standards as the ‘it’ of transformation is too feeble for the times; we seek deeper change, but don’t know how to go about it.

Partly, this is because we’re stuck in factory-model terminology—and getting unstuck can be hard work. Thinking is driven by metaphors that become patterns of thought. Over time, the patterns get hardwired into the brain and limit us to a particular world view. The old terms act like conduits to keep our thoughts contained and channeled in the direction of more industrial education rather than opening us up to a more fluid system based on personalized learning, inquiry, authentic projects, and distributed knowledge—all of which, we know, will be part of the future.

One way to get at the problem is to change our vocabulary intentionally so we can redirect our thoughts. It’s similar to the growth mindset. The words of the teacher affect the beliefs of the student and result in different performance. With advances in the research of neuroplasticity, we know these shifts are physiological as well as psychological. The brain is malleable, but needs direction. When it comes to reinventing schooling, that should be our aim as well.

Outside of education, this is familiar turf. Society and industry has had to invent thousands of innovative terms to capture new trends, attitudes, behaviors, and relationships. But education might as well be using rotary phones. So much of our vocabulary speaks to the past, not the future. Here are 10 examples.

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OpenCurriculum: Create and discover better K-12 curriculum together

OpenCurriculum: Create and discover better K-12 curriculum together | |

OpenCurriculum es una plataforma sin ánimo de lucro dedicada a la selección y organización del material educativo disponible en sitios como blogs de profesores y editores de material educativo, con el que los profesionales de la enseñanza de primaria y secundaria pueden crear sus propios planes educativos y otras actividades a través de la misma. La idea básicamente consiste en proporcionar material educativo para hacerlo más abierto y competitivo, disponiendo en la actualidad de una librería de unos 5.000 documentos centrados en las matemáticas básicas común, para lo cual se ha tardado unos tres meses en la selección del material.

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Competencias del siglo XXI

Competencias del siglo XXI | |
Actitudes que se valoran como relevantes en el profesorado de la escuela del siglo XXI, y son tales como: Competencias instrumentales, didácticas, investigativas, organizativas, competencias en comunicación e interacción social, de búsqueda y gestión de información, para la elaboración de presentaciones y materiales didácticos.

Diferentes autores han escrito sobre las competencias digitales que se consideran necesarias en la formación de los docentes en el contexto actual. A partir de la revisión de la literatura en este campo (Marqués, 2008; Andersen, 2009; Area, 2008; Bravo y Piñero, 2010; UNESCO, 2008) se ha elaborado una clasificación de estándares de formación docente, incluyendo tanto competencias instrumentales como competencias didácticas y metodológicas.Complementariamente a estas competencias, una serie de actitudes se valoran como relevantes en el profesorado de la escuela del siglo XXI: Actitud abierta y crítica ante la Sociedad de la Información y las TIC. Predisposición hacia el aprendizaje continuo y la actualización permanente. Actuación con prudencia en el uso de las TIC.
Via Cátedra UNESCO EaD, Henry Chero , Jaime Salcedo Luna, juandoming
Tutor virtual's curator insight, May 27, 4:57 AM

Competencias del siglo 21....!!!

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, July 27, 11:32 PM

Competencias Digitales del docente del Siglo XXI

Orientacion IES HRL's curator insight, July 27, 11:43 PM

Rescooped by @Edumorfosis from E-Learning-Inclusivo (Mashup) 

Tools for Video Publishing

Tools for Video Publishing | |

This is my own personal directory of the best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online that I recommend.

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