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[Slideshare] Augmented Reality and Education: Learning connected to life

This presentation created by professor Raul Reinoso contains over 200 slides but are definitely worth viewing and I must say that this is one of the best presentations I have seen in 2013.


Raul commenced his presentation with a brief definition of what disruptive innovations (DIs) are and he stated that DIs are the drivers and generators of huge and transformative change ; some examples of DIs include : the super computers in the 60s, the personal computers in the 80s, the emergence of internet in the 90s, and the launch of iPhone in 2007.


Raul then proceeded to the concept of augmented reality and argued that it is basically a technology that adds something that augments reality. It embodies the virtual world within the real world so to speak. He then wondered rhetorically about  whether augmented reality is another form of disruptive technology or not before confirming  the fact that augmented reality is driving and revolutionizing the way human beings access and share knowledge and hence it importance as a valuable  technology especially in education.... read on to learn more about the implications of this new technology called augmented reality in our life in general and in learning in particular.


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Microlearning Pros and Cons

Microlearning Pros and Cons | |
It’s no more the classroom way when it comes to learning these days. eLearning has become popular. And along with it, a lot of other forms of education are also gaining ground. Among these, microlearning is carving out a niche for itself fast. It is a form of short-term learning that is being embraced by educational institutions as well as corporate organizations across the globe.

According to MarketingProfs, the new millennials cannot think more than 140 characters at a stretch. They have the attention span of a hyperactive weasel. So, the next time you teach something to a millennial kid, be assured that she will be paying uninterrupted attention only the maximum length of a tweet. So, one of the major aims of planning the ways to impart education these days is by short-term methods. This is what is driving the popularity of microlearning with every passing day.
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[Webinar] Developing Personal Learning with @Downes

[Webinar] Developing Personal Learning with @Downes | |

In this online presentation I discuss the evolution of personal learning technology and then itemize in more detail the elements of the NRC Learning and Performance Support Systems program, including the personal learning record, personal cloud, resource repository network, competency detection and recognition, and personal learning assistant.

Keynote presentation delivered to 6th IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education, Amrita University, Kerala, India, online via A-View.

In this online presentation I discuss the evolution of personal learning technology and then itemize in more detail the elements of the NRC Learning and Performance Support Systems program, including the personal learning record, personal cloud, resource repository network, competency detection and recognition, and personal learning assistant.

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A very useful tool to create educational animated videos on Google Drive

A very useful tool to create educational animated videos on Google Drive | |
PowToon is a very powerful web app which you can use on Google Drive to create beautiful animated videos and presentations. PowToon provides you with all the necessary animation tools you’ll need to immediately begin creating your own professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations. It has an easy to use interface with pre-designed templates and a variety of style libraries to choose from.
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[Slideshare] Social Media and the Digital Scholar

The exponential growth of social media and ubiquitous use of mobile technology has changed the way we communicate both socially and for many also professionally. It is therefore timely to consider how social media can be used to develop personal learning networks and through open sharing find opportunities to also develop our scholarly practice.

This presentation was given as a public lecture at the Open University of Catalonia Edul@b, Barcelona Growth Centre

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Suvi Salo
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What is Instructional Design?

What is Instructional Design? | |
Instructional design or instructional system design is the systematic decision-making process and design of how instruction is going to be delivered. Instructional design draws knowledge from different sciences like psychology and neurology to develop an understanding of how to effectively use teaching strategies and methods. It is the formal process to design training.
JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, December 21, 9:38 PM

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Nuevos espacios de aprendizaje: Responsabilidad y compromiso de todos

Nuevos espacios de aprendizaje: Responsabilidad y compromiso de todos | |

Los elementos y los requisitos de competencia digital para el aprendizaje en una sociedad basada en el conocimiento, donde las Tecnologías de la Comunicación (TICs) juegan un papel clave, nada tiene que ver de lo que hemos visto hasta hora.. Los principales desafíos para el futuro aprendizaje son a la vez la necesidad de nuevas competencias digitales y la prestación de nuevos caminos para el aprendizaje y el mantenimiento de los mismos. Para aprovechar el potencial de futuro de aprendizaje basado en las TIC requiere la competencia digital de todos los participantes involucrados en el aprendizaje.

Esta competencia incluye tanto las habilidades básicas de uso de herramientas y habilidades de orden superior para su eficiente aplicación, críticas e innovadoras Pero también implica otros participantes en el proceso de aprendizaje como los futuros espacios de aprendizaje basados en las TIC en sí mismas, apoyar la creación y la mejora de esta competencia con la ayuda de colegas, expertos y de la sociedad en general, cada uno en lo que es mejor.

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El aprendizaje personalizado...del pensamiento crítico al social learning

El aprendizaje personalizado...del pensamiento crítico al social learning | |
Aprendemos con los procesos de aprendizaje de los demás mediante el análisis de ruta de aprendizaje personal y social. Al mismo tiempo, el mecanismo de aprendizaje tecno-social personalizado nos permite que el aprendiz aprenda de acuerdo a su situación y objetivos.

Una ruta de aprendizaje individual lo podemos modelar para registrar su proceso de aprendizaje. Por tanto, el espacio de aprendizaje personal (PLE), sera siempre un espacio no lineal…, es en esta situación donde el pensamiento crítico actua de manera determianante, para manifestarse capaz de deducir las consecuencias de lo que cada uno sabe, y sabe cómo hacer uso de la información para resolver problemas, y buscar fuentes de información pertinentes para aprender más…

El pensamiento crítico es una habilidad meta-pensamiento. Se requiere una cuidadosa reflexión sobre los buenos principios del razonamiento y haciendo un esfuerzo consciente para internalizar y aplicarlos en la vida diaria. Esto es muy difícil de hacer y requiere a menudo un largo período de entrenamiento….
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Embracing the Serious eLearning Manifesto

Embracing the Serious eLearning Manifesto | |
Given decades of informative research on instructional paradigms, human learning, and performance measurement, it seems the burgeoning e-learning industry would have achieved enormous success in bringing each learner to a state of performance mastery economically and as quickly as possible. Instead, however, it seems the industry continually degrades its offerings—relying on technology for learner engagement and focusing more on content presentation than on learner needs and performance improvement.

In disappointment and frustration and as an attempt to disrupt the current, discouraging trends that have diminished prospects of beneficial impact, the Serious eLearning Manifesto has been put forth to bring attention to the foundations of effective e-learning. In this blog, I’d like to review the eight values and characteristics of Serious eLearning. Although each topic is worthy of a focused treatise, let’s step through the comparison briefly.
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[Infographic] Designing eLearning for Readability

[Infographic] Designing eLearning for Readability | |
As an eLearning professional, your responsibility is not just to deliver eLearning content to learners – it’s to make sure that it’s engaging and readable. The Designing eLearning for Readability Infographic presents 5 strategies you can employ in order to deliver content that learners are actually going to read.
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I believe in the 70:20:10 framework

I believe in the 70:20:10 framework | |

Charles Jennings promotes a 70:20:10 framework for organizational learning, where on-the-job experiential/informal learning and social learning represent the preponderance of each employee’s overall learning. Only 10% is from formal learning activities.

The reason this framework works is that it more or less reflects what’s actually true for employees in the typical workplace. Formal education has its place in preparing people for the workplace. Once those people become employees, they have a job to get done. People aren’t hired to learn, they’re hired to increase productivity or capability. There are productivity expectations and organizational needs to be met.

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Agente de Cambio Que ayuda a Fortalecer el foco cultural de ... Alto Rendimiento y desarrollo continuo ...I believe in the 70:20:10 framework | @scoopit via @edumorfosis

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 20, 7:15 PM

School is a challenging place to learn to be a teacher. We are often isolated and it is difficult to learn informally.


The concept is great and it takes effort to put it in place.



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True for networks too?!

Do you want to become a more effective educator? Be an open book

Do you want to become a more effective educator? Be an open book | |
I’ve been an educator for twenty years. As I was participating in a lively Twitter chat recently, the moderator asked what professional development advice we would give to first year educators. I had no problem thinking about my own failures and challenges through the years and listing off a half-dozen tips. However, if I had to rank them, the one that I would put at the top of the list is this. Be an open book.

I’ve written about my first weeks as a middle school educator years ago, when I struggled with classroom management. What made the difference between my success and failure in those early weeks and that first year was one critical decision. Almost everything in me wanted to close my classroom door, hide my limitations as an educator, and hope that it would go away or that I would figure it out on my own. That decision would have ended my career as an educator. Instead, thanks to a wonderfully open and non-judgmental principal, I found the courage to walk into his office, explain my situation, my fears, my limitations as a teacher. I asked for help.
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5 strategies for better teacher professional development

5 strategies for better teacher professional development | |

Just as a teacher has to create conditions that support and encourage student success, school districts have to support teachers’ professional development.

Today, professional development runs the gamut from one-shot workshops to more intensive job-embedded professional development, which has teachers learn in the day-to-day environment in which they work rather than getting pulled out to attend an outside training.

However, the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education report, “Teaching the Teachers,” notes that most professional development today is ineffective because it neither changes teaching practices nor improves student learning.

Professional development for teachers can fall short in numerous ways, including:

  • Too many (and sometimes conflicting) goals and priorities competing for teachers’ time, energy, and attention.
  • Unrealistic expectations of how much time it will take schools and teachers to adopt and implement goals.
  • Professional development training events that are inappropriate in size, scope, or structure to support learning new ideas or skills. Gathering 100 teachers into one room for a training event will never give them the time they need to reflect on the material, ask questions, listen to their peers, or go through activities to enhance their comprehension.
  • Lack of support for teachers’ implementation of new instructional practices. Research shows there’s an implementation gap in teachers’ professional development. They may learn, understand, and agree with a new idea or technique presented in a workshop, but it’s hard for them to implement that idea without ongoing support.
  • Failure to provide teachers with feedback about how implementing new skills impacts student learning.
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[Infografía] Aprendizaje Colaborativo online: ¿Es efectivo o no?

[Infografía] Aprendizaje Colaborativo online: ¿Es efectivo o no? | |
¿Sabías que el trabajo en equipo tiene su origen desde que apareció el ser humano en la tierra? Por naturaleza, las personas necesitan comunicarse con sus pares para construir nuevos conceptos, gracias a esto se pudo desarrollar la escritura y, posteriormente, todos los adelantos tecnológicos con los que se cuenta hoy día.

El aprendizaje en conjunto tiene diversas modalidades: se aprende en familia, con amigos y, el más documentado desde hace décadas, en el ámbito escolar con ayuda del profesor y los compañeros de clase. Sin embargo, por la variedad de culturas y maneras de actuar, establecer trabajo en equipo es complicado y más si se pretende realizar online.

En este infografía, así como en el resto de este artículo se resumirán los principales elementos que entran en juego al hablar de Aprendizaje Colaborativo.
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[Slideshare] Educadores en Tecnopedagogía Educativa

Ponencia inaugural de las V Jornadas JiTICE 2014. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (campus Móstoles, Madrid) 25-26 de noviembre de 2014

Via juandoming
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How to use visuals for effective eLearning

How to use visuals for effective eLearning | |
In general, training materials contain loads of text that are presented using bulleted points. Not only are bulleted lists boring, they do very little to help learners remember information. As Instructional Designers (IDs), our job is to make learning easy and effective.

Multimedia Principle states that people learn more deeply from words and pictures than from words alone.

Visuals help you make learners learn faster and better. Visuals support psychological learning process. Visuals are the iconic mental representations of what is being perceived. They often combine text, illustrations, and colors. Visuals are extremely effective in helping learners retain information and apply it on their jobs. Ruth Calvin Clark and Chopeta Lyons, in their book ‘Graphics for Learning’, explain the various types of graphics and how to use them for effective learning.

In this blog, I’m going to share my experience of using different types of visuals based on the learning content.
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What every teacher needs to know about Google in the classroom

What every teacher needs to know about Google in the classroom | |
Google just might change the way you teach—in a good way. It makes grading more efficient, enriches the classroom experience, and allows you to connect with your students on a level they understand—all for free.

“After making a full Google Docs integration this year in my history classroom, I will never go back,” wrote Nate Green, an educator and blogger with With a full educational suite and dozens of other free tools, you may feel the same way. Here’s what you need to know about using Google in the classroom.
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Hierarchies in perpetual beta

Hierarchies in perpetual beta | |

One solution to hierarchical teams are self-forming teams. Many of the organizations described in the book, Reinventing Organizations, are based on the principle of self-organization where hierarchies are temporary, negotiated structures. Bosses are often voted on by their peers. Self-organizing teams are much more flexible than hierarchical ones, but they require active and engaged members. One cannot cede power to the boss, because everyone is responsible for the boss they chose. Like democracy, self-organized teams are hard work. But they are best to deal with complexity. As I have said before, hierarchies work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. They are good for command and control. They are handy to get things done in small groups. But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change.

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[Slideshare] Aprendizaje rizomático: Una metáfora para aprendices independientes

Presentación utilizada para un seminario en el GITE de la Universidad de Murcia

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Five free video editors that deliver impressive results

Five free video editors that deliver impressive results | |

You don't have to buy expensive software to handle small business video editing tasks. The tools on this list will help you quickly put together professional-quality videos .

Recording and sharing with Presentious is the same process you go through already, just in a different order: (1) Upload or import your slides, (2) Present from our site on your laptop, and (3) Share a link to your recording.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Jim Lerman
Bart van Maanen's curator insight, December 15, 8:43 AM

Interessant lijstje video editing webapps die je gratis en online kan gebruiken.

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Presentious: A new way to share live presentations

Presentious: A new way to share live presentations | |

Presentious turns your live presentations into recordings that pair your audio with each slide. It’s a novel, yet powerful format that combines the narrative structure of slides with the context of commentary. Our online player puts users in control of how they want to engage with your content. They can browse slides and just listen to the ones they want, or sit back and watch your presentation as you intended. Recording and sharing with Presentious is the same process you go through already, just in a different order: (1) Upload or import your slides, (2) Present from our site on your laptop, and (3) Share a link to your recording.

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The longer view: Edtech and 21st-Century Education

The longer view: Edtech and 21st-Century Education | |
Technology has the ability to take kids beyond passively taking notes. That methodology was supported for years by blackboards, whiteboards, overheads, and more recently PowerPoint presentations. Maybe we were programmed with a 20th-century mindset, but it's long past time to change it to a more collaborative and personally-driven mindset for the 21st century. If you, as an educator, find your thinking and leanings more in line with the first half of this post and are less comfortable with the latter, you're not alone. Change in education is slow -- it's a very conservative system. Our tech-driven culture, however, is less forgiving and will not wait. If educators aren't striving to be relevant, they're falling behind more and more. We don't need to repurpose today's tools to make them fit a 20th century education model. We need to develop new methodology to meet the needs of 21st century learners. To change the system, we first need to change the culture.
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6 tips to create an Instructional Design cover letter

6 tips to create an Instructional Design cover letter | |
Your Instructional Design Resume may get all the glory, but the Instructional Design Cover Letter is a powerful, and often overlooked, tool that can make a world of difference when it comes to landing your dream job. It needs to grab the hiring managers’ attention and make them want to keep reading, or else even the most painstakingly crafted resume isn't going to be given that all-important first glance. Here are just a few tips that can help you create a strong Instructional Design Cover Letter.
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Innovating Pedagogy – Dynamic Assessment

Innovating Pedagogy – Dynamic Assessment | |
The basic premise of dynamic assessment is that it is important to assess students’ potential to learn rather than measure what they have just done. Testing acts as a diagnostic tool that enables a teacher or the computer to offer guidance to the student during the assessment process. Thus, it differs from conventional testing in both assessing and guiding the progress of the student. The relationship between the assessor and student is not neutral because the whole purpose is to find suitable ways to promote student learning. A role of the assessor is to identify barriers to the student’s success and then apply an appropriate strategy to overcome the difficulties. Assessment and intervention combine in the process of dynamic assessment.

As well as being a way to offer direct support to the learner, dynamic assessment can inform the teacher about topics and skills that many students are finding difficult and so help the process of re-designing and improving the teaching. It can also motivate learners to reflect on their learning journeys and decide on which skills they need to improve. It is particularly valuable for developing 21st-century skills of reasoning, problem-solving, decision making, leadership, creativity and literacy.
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6 design principles of Connected Learning

6 design principles of Connected Learning | |
In 2015, no one should be hurting for compelling ed content. Sites like edutopia, The Tempered Radical, Langwitches, Justin Tarte, Cool Cat Teacher, Grant Wiggins’ blog, and dozens of others offer outstanding reading on a daily basis to help you improve the things that happen in your classroom. (And this list is frustratingly incomplete–they’re just the sites on my radar that I’ve been reading since I entered education.)

A bit more “fringe” are sites like TeachThought, Jackie Gerstein’s UserGeneratedEducation, the Connected Learning Alliance and, MindShift, and so many more–“fringe” due to their thinking that seems as interested in understanding what’s possible in a modern learning environment as they are what is. Pursuing excellence in the box while demanding to know what’s going on outside that box.

You could even call this kind of content less immediately practical when you’re just Googling for a lesson idea for tomorrow, but there’s room for everyone in a digital and infinite world. There are already fantastic sites that offer worksheets and classroom management strategies and assessment policies. We’ll do that from time to time, but near and dear to our mission at TeachThought is to rethink learning in a modern world, however we choose to characterize those modern qualities.

Along with the others, CLA is on our short list of thought leaders that help push us to think about how education is changing in a modern world, which is why we’ve shared some of their models in the past, including their iconic Connected Learning model. Recently, we also discovered that they’ve shared the design principles of that model, along with a description of each.

These ideas appear below–and of course, check out CLA and DML for further reading.
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Personal Learning Networks: A short guide for teachers and educators

Personal Learning Networks: A short guide for teachers and educators | |
A Personal Learning Network ( PLN ) is a way, a process, a network of interrelated connections you make for the purposes of discovering, collaborating and sharing ideas and resources. These connections are created based on your learning needs and can be made with like-minded people from all around the world. There are several web technologies and platforms that facilitate and nurture these connections. Below are some examples of web tools you can use to create and expand your PLN. But before that, let me share with you two of my favourite videos on PLNs.
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