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[PDF] How technology helps teachers succeed

[PDF] How technology helps teachers succeed | |

Nearly everyone can remember having an outstanding teacher — someone who had a profound influence on their lives. Outstanding teachers are able to trigger students’ interest in their subjects so the students are able to reach higher levels of mastery. But how do they do this?

With the explosion of online learning across the nation in the last decade, the even tougher question is: How do outstanding teachers succeed in online classrooms when they never physically meet their students?

Elite teachers have, in fact, emerged in these classrooms, and they have compelling stories to share. They are not limited by technology. They are capitalizing on it — and engaging students in exciting ways that can help all teachers use technology to reach students effectively. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) have presented the National Online Teacher of the Year (NOTY) Award to an outstanding online teacher since 2010. In an effort to gather information on the best practices of these exceptional educators, SREB  interviewed nearly all the NOTY winners and finalists — and in some cases reviewed their nomination materials and program presentations.

This report presents their insights, largely in their own words. It can be applicable to a variety of classroom environments — not just to online learning.

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28 Principios de Aprendizaje

28 Principios de Aprendizaje | |

Los principios que facilitan el aprendizaje según las aportaciones de los grandes Educadores.

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10 Infographic design cheat sheets

10 Infographic design cheat sheets | |
Infographic Design is a tricky thing to master. It takes a lot of practice and a strong eye for detail. There are many factors to keep in mind when it comes down to infographic design, and at Venngage, we realize that. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of 10 Infographics that we believe explain the specifics of infographic design. These cheat sheets include design tips on infographic layout, font types and styles, colour choice, icon choice, and infographic promotion on social media. Not only will you be able to create beautiful infographics, but you will also be able to promote your designs successfully on social media!
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Con la "red" aprendemos disruptivamente

Con la "red" aprendemos disruptivamente | |

En los centros educativos muchas veces se hace lo que se espera de ellos por tradición cultural, por costumbre…no porque sea necesario…se confía que las escuelas transmitan conocimientos a las generaciones más jóvenes. Son, sin embargo, también cada vez más criticadas para distribuir el así llamado conocimiento inerte, es decir, el conocimiento al que se accede sólo en un conjunto restringido de contextos a pesar de que es aplicable a una amplia variedad de dominios.

Mientras que lo que si deberíamos aprender se presenta de manera aislada, casi por sustitución del anterior o en el mejor de los casos como una alternativa, pero claro es dificil que se haga porque rompería el paradigma formal con el que estamos instalados por el predominio de otro informal, que en principio nos descoloca porque éste ni necesita de las organizaciones educativas, ni siquiera en muchas ocasiones de los docentes.

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The all new WizIQ Virtual Classroom

Check out the new look and features of the award-winning WizIQ Virtual Classroom in this tutorial
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Tech Tip: 5 facts educators must embrace

Tech Tip: 5 facts educators must embrace | |
The profession of education is going through unprecedented change. Many aspects of teaching and school will eventually never be the same again — nor should they. Although wholesale and fundamental change is slow, there are some things that educators will have to accept and embrace, if they plan on being successful and staying in the profession. They are:
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Digital Mindset: What is it all about?

Digital Mindset: What is it all about? | |
Digital mindset" seems to have become another buzzword--rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise--whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. One of the oft-repeated reasons for the failure of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) in organizations is often attributed to a lack of "digital mindset" in the employees or leadership or both. It has become a specter looming over everyone's head. This post is an attempt to distill some of the skills/attitude/knowledge that possibly make up the "digital mindset". In an attempt to crystallize the skill sets, some of the finer nuances have been lost. It is also important to remember that there is no black and white distinction between digital and non-digital mindsets. It's a spectrum, and we need to move along the spectrum to make the best of the world we are in. The trigger for this post comes from a tweet-chat hosted by @WiproLPS with @bill_fischer sharing his insights on this topic. Unfortunately, I couldn't participate as I'd have wanted to but was lurking and following the stream. For those who missed it, here's the compiled chat in Storify. Thanks to @nidhisand for putting it together.
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[Infographic] eLearning Development: Best practices of creating courses in Spanish

[Infographic] eLearning Development: Best practices of creating courses in Spanish | |
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. According to, this language is the mother tongue of 399 million people in 31 countries. Spanish has the third largest footprint on the internet after English and Chinese.

Many organizations are developing their e-learning courses in Spanish to meet the needs of their online learners who speak the romance language. A survey conducted by CommLab India revealed that 27% of all e-learning content created is in Spanish.

Are you too planning to develop an online course in this language? Then, you need to follow these best practices to a get a highly effective Spanish translation of your e-learning course.
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[Infographic] 7 Social Learning Myths

[Infographic] 7 Social Learning Myths | |
The 7 Social Learning Myths Infographic presents 7 social learning myths that hold organizations back. The infographic is based on insights from Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner’s second edition of The New Social Learning. In this newly revised and updated edition, the authors dispel organizational myths and fears about social media. By sharing the success stories of socially engaged companies and people, the much-anticipated second edition persuasively makes the case for using social media to encourage knowledge transfer and real-time learning in a connected and engaging way.

As Steve LeBlanc noted, “Social learning thrives in a culture of service and wonder. It is inspired by leaders, enabled by technology, and ignited by opportunities that have only recently unfolded.” Brand-new case studies about innovative organizations such as Boston Children s Hospital, National Australian Bank, LAZ Parking, Sanofi Pasteur, Cigna, CENTURY 21, and Roche Pharmaceuticals illustrate cutting-edge social learning approaches that cultivate environments where great people can do their best work. The New Social Learning lays the foundation for improving the way you engage with colleagues, collaborate with teams anywhere in the world, and build workforce capability. Take the next step to connect skills and knowledge and move your own organization forward as you reclaim and revolutionize workplace learning.
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Custom Mobile Learning Solutions: 5 common misconceptions

Custom Mobile Learning Solutions: 5 common misconceptions | |
The popularity of mobile learning or mLearning continues to grow. Interestingly, integration of mobile devices into corporate learning strategies has been triggered largely by learners who want the flexibility of device they want to learn on. As a result, many corporates worldwide now have Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in place and have embraced custom mobile learning or mLearning solutions in the last 2-3 years. Yet there are several misconceptions around the effectiveness of custom mobile learning or mLearning solutions. In this article I will outline five of the common misconceptions on custom mobile learning solutions. More specifically, I will share some pointers on how you can address some of these challenges and create an effective custom mobile learning solution that will work for you.
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Three techniques for teaching Digital Literacy

Three techniques for teaching Digital Literacy | |
Twenty-five years ago, the term “literacy” was synonymous with the printed word. Today, that definition has evolved and being literate necessitates more than simply interacting with text. We must be digitally literate, too.

Teachers have an even harder task; we must cultivate this ability to adapt to constantly changing mediascapes while simultaneously preserving students’ writing skills in their purest form. This may sound intimidating, but there are simple things you can do to help prepare students.
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[Infografía] Diez consejos para convertirte en un profesor inolvidable

[Infografía] Diez consejos para convertirte en un profesor inolvidable | |
Seguramente tienes unos cuantos maestros en la memoria que recuerdas con especial cariño y quizá debas a alguno de ellos la inspiración que te llevó a convertirte en profesor. Conseguir ese efecto en tus alumnos no es sencillo, pero hay algunas claves que pueden ayudarte a marcar la diferencia, despertar su motivación y ayudarles a amar el conocimiento y disfrutar con el aprendizaje. Te damos diez consejos para conseguirlo.
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eLearning Tips: Creating content for novice learners

eLearning Tips: Creating content for novice learners | |
As eLearning professionals we want to take our students on a learning adventure where they come out on the other side brimming with knowledge, inspiration and staggering awe for their superhero-like trainer. Ok, maybe these goals might be a tad unrealistic. Even the best eLearning designers can sometimes drop the ball when it comes to training because we forget that what comes easily to us might not come easily to our students and maybe, just maybe we might even overestimate our students’ abilities and interest level.

In order to effectively train, we have to evaluate how we present information and make it easily accessible to both novice and expert learners. The trick is though; we can’t dumb down information to the point that it sounds condescending. Remember, at one point there was a time even you didn’t understand the techniques you are now training, keeping that in mind will help direct your training style.
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Practical eLearning experience for Universities

Practical eLearning experience for Universities | |
One of the great aspects of our Master eLearning Course is that it brings together people from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds and many are brand new to the eLearning space. Lately we’ve noticed increasing numbers of people enrolling from the University (Higher Education) and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sectors. We are seen as leaders in the eLearning field and people are coming to B Online Learning to gain the practical skills needed to develop and deliver quality eLearning modules and programs through our MEC and/or our Certified Articulate Training.
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[Infographic] Generation Z is growing and learning with Mobile Devices

[Infographic] Generation Z is growing and learning with Mobile Devices | |
The proliferation of mobile devices has made an impact on the learning process, particularly among young students.

Those born after the millennial generation are considered Generation Z — children born into a world where mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have always been connected to the Internet, providing answers to almost any question with a few keystrokes and swipes. So it's no surprise that a 2014 NPD Group survey revealed that children aged 4 to 14 use smartphones and tablets more than any other device.

So how can educators adjust their instruction methods to meet these new styles of learning? Some are embracing blended learning initiatives, like the one promoted by the Rhode Island Department of Education, which combines online education with face-to-face instruction.

A new infographic from ItsLearning, a digital learning platform, provides a few statistics on the growth of mobile devices in education:
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How to make your Infographic more interactive with polls

How to make your Infographic more interactive with polls | |
There are hundreds of blog posts online about how infographics are great for your content marketing strategy, and why visual content is the way to go. But people already understand that, and certainly don’t need another article entitled “10 Reasons to Incorporate Infographics into your Social Media Campaign”. It’s just so overdone. Infographics have a lot more potential aside from simply providing people with a visual representation of data. In fact, infographics can also make use of interactive elements. Even though people are aware that interactive infographics exist, they are hardly making use of these exciting, and beneficial features.

In Venngage, there are a number of interactive widgets available that can be integrated into an infographic. These widgets include embedded videos, polls, forms, links and hover windows. These components aren’t just there to take up space. They exist because they are factors that can make your infographic a source of curation, conversion and retention. In this series of posts, you will learn how to use the interactive elements to their full potential. This first article of the series will explain to you not only how to use polls in your infographic, but the benefits that come with using them.
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7 new features added to Google Classroom

7 new features added to Google Classroom | |
At TeachThought, while we love Apple’s products, app ecology, and general aesthetic, we tend towards recommending Google for most classrooms. Though they’re not mutually exclusive, rare is the classroom that has the budget for Chromebooks and iPads. 1:1 is rare; 2:1 is rarer still.

Google Classroom is the result of Google bundling Google Calendar, Google Drive, Gmail, and other services into something simpler for teachers to use. We recently shared 60 ways to use google classroom, and it’s likely we’ll need to follow that post up with an updated version as Google continues to iterate their academic side.

Will Phan, a Google Classroom Software Engineer, released a blog post that reviewed some new changes to Google Classroom for the 2015-2016 school year, which excerpted from for the post below.
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5 strategies for a balanced approach to Big Data in Education

5 strategies for a balanced approach to Big Data in Education | |
We are in the decade a big data. During this second decade in the 21st century, many are grappling with the challenges and opportunity of massive data and the emergence of tools to mine and analyze these data. Within education, this is not new. It started long before No Child Left Behind, with the 20th century growth of modern educational psychology and measurement movements. From that era we saw IQ and aptitude testing, standardized and multiple choice tests, the Bell Curve, and countless efforts in quantifying almost anything about students: achievement, retention, reading proficiency, performance by demographic data, etc. While some of these ideas have a much longer history (China used proficiency exams for civil service already in 2200 B.C.), these certainly gained a new level of attention and importance over the last 150-175 years. Consider how things have changed, as explained by David McAruthur in his 1983 report, Educational Testing and Measurement: A Brief History.
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Writing Learning Objectives for eLearning: What eLearning professionals should know

Writing Learning Objectives for eLearning: What eLearning professionals should know | |
Setting clear learning objectives” is a requirement you have probably read a thousand times when reading about how to design effective eLearning courses. However, “clear” may have different meaning for different people; what is absolutely clear to you may not be as clear as you think to your audience. In this article, I’ll show you specific ways to ensure that your learning objectives are crystal clear for everyone, and I'll also explain why this is so important for the success of your eLearning deliverable. Furthermore, I’ll share all the critical information you need to know about developing high quality learning objectives for eLearning.
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30 second videos for your students

30 second videos for your students | |

There are many great reasons to keep your videos to 30 seconds, or less. I create a collection of short videos into a playlist for students. Say one piece of information and stop the video. In and out. Sometimes my videos are only 8 seconds!!

  • It is a lot easier to maintain enthusiasm and be interesting when it is only 30 seconds.
  • You say “um” and pause a lot less often since you are in and out.
  • It is easier to be comfortable on video for only 30 seconds.
  • Do not talk slow on a video. Students can replay if they need the information again. This helps you keep video short.
  • Do not repeat yourself on a video. Students can replay.
  • Title the video very specifically. With a short video the title says what the video says.
  • It is very hard to skim a video to find information. Short videos with specific titles make this possible.
  • Oftentimes we are just missing that “one” thing. Having to watch or try to scrub through even a 3 minute video can be hard.
  • It is really interesting to see the video analytics on a playlist of short videos. Some videos are watched a LOT and others, almost none at all.
  • If you need to update information or you make a mistake, you only have to replace a 30 second segment.
  • When a video corrupts, it is not that big of a deal to film it again.
  • Kids are willing to watch a 30 second video. They may not watch longer ones.
  • Makes it easier for students to learn on the go. They can watch a couple of quick video clips and pick up the rest later quite easily.
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Here is a great App for creating Educational Documentaries with students

Here is a great App for creating Educational Documentaries with students | |
Videocraft is an excellent iPad app to use with students to create short educational documentaries.The app is both a multi-track video editor and a movie maker. It allows you to combine amazing video content using a wide variety of multimedia materials including photos, clips, audio, text and many more. Videocraft is free today and only for a limited time.
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[Vídeo] La Escuela como un lugar de Aprendizaje

[Vídeo] La Escuela como un lugar de Aprendizaje | |
New Classrooms Innovation Partners designs and implements innovative school models that leverage classroom design, teacher talent, and technology to enable personalized learning for every student every day. New Classrooms’ first-of-its-kind technology draws from tens of thousands of high quality lessons to create a dynamic curriculum tailored to students’ unique needs.

Our flagship instructional model, Teach to One: Math, integrates teacher-led, collaborative, and independent instruction in ways that enable students to not just learn skills but apply them in real-world contexts. Last year, the more than 6,000 students participating in Teach to One made math gains at 1.5 times the national average — equivalent to an additional half year of learning in a single school year.
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[Infographic] Pros and Cons of Open Education

[Infographic] Pros and Cons of Open Education | |

Open Education is the institutional practices and initiatives that broaden access to learning and training through formal educational systems.Check out The Pros and Cons of Open Education Infographic to get to know the pros and cons of open education.
Major Open Education Players

  • OERs (Open Educational Resources) are used primarily for the remixing and modularization of educational elements.
  • MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) are offered by some of the nations preeminent universities for free and to massive audiences.

Pros: Open Education is Online

  • Making it easy to scale.
  • Average Private College Student Body: 1,920.
  • Average Student Body for All Universities: 6,154.
  • Total enrollment in Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science MOOC: 348,500 .
  • More Iterative and More Interactive.
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Aprendizaje en el trabajo. No son cursos, son recursos.

Aprendizaje en el trabajo. No son cursos, son recursos. | |
Recursos para Aprender. Esa es la tendencia. Una combinación de elementos de diferente tipología y procedencia que se “mezclan” de manera ágil y flexible en función de las necesidades y preferencias de los alumnos. Y que son accesibles separadamente para su consulta, cuando es necesario.

En las organizaciones, son recursos que pueden utilizarse en distintos contextos pero que tienen un foco principal y clarísimo: facilitar el aprendizaje con un modelo práctico y social. Aprender a realizar las tareas concretas del día a día, a enfrentarse a los problemas y ser resolutivo. Aprender de la experiencia de otros que están recorriendo el mismo camino que tú, en tu organización o en otras. Esto no es fácil conseguirlo con “cursos”, estructuras formales que necesitan planificación, diseño, impartición… y tiempo.
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[Slideshare] Smart University 4.0

Curso Universitario. Copnfernecia-Mesa redonda-en La uNiversidad Menendez y Pelayo (Palacio de la magdalena Santander 7-8 de septiembre de 2015) UIMP

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The evolution of eLearning: A science geeks perspective

The evolution of eLearning: A science geeks perspective | |
If you’ve had a chance to read my last blog you may have guessed that I have a general dislike for most formal education. In many countries the way that we teach children is out-dated, ineffective and instils the idea that without good grades you won’t be able to succeed in life. Since grades are primarily based on how well you can memorise facts, something that’s become more and more unnecessary as information becomes more accessible, they actually have very little to say about a person’s skill or ability. It’s widely agreed that the current education model doesn’t work, unfortunately trying to pass any type of education reform in the current school systems is an almost impossible task. This factor alone gives eLearning an advantage that standard teaching models can’t hope to match.
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