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11 underlying principles of crowdsourcing in education

11 underlying principles of crowdsourcing in education | |

As crowdsourcing has become a solution for institutions across industries, tapping into the power of the masses, confusingly education has yet to embrace this model.


While collaboration is being worked into standards and encouraged in the classroom, teachers are still often performing a majority of their planning in isolation. With the burdensome load of preparing the next day’s curriculum not getting any easier, it makes little sense that teachers are creating lessons that have already been taught before. Why plan another lesson on the Civil War when there is excellent material already out there?


With the transition to the Common Core sweeping the country, this is a period when teachers must stand united in exchanging best practices and methods that work. With the content landscape so fragmented, teachers are at a loss for how to plan and what will drive student performance. The historical tradition of textbooks has been grandfathered into the 21st century, and it’s been problematic. The U.S. spends nearly $9 billion each year on textbooks that are obsolete the moment they’re purchased. This type of content is not only static in terms of how it’s consumed, but also fails to diversify in meeting the learning needs of many.


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Creative Classrooms Lab

Creative Classrooms Lab | |
The Creative Classrooms Lab project (CCL) brought together teachers and policy-makers in eight countries to design, implement and evaluate 1:1 tablet scenarios in 45 schools. The project produced learning scenarios and activities, guidelines and recommendations to help policy-makers and schools to take informed decisions on optimal strategies for implementing 1:1 initiatives in schools and for the effective integration of tablets into teaching and learning. The project, funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, was coordinated by European Schoolnet, involved 10 partners and ran from April 2013 to May 2015.
Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 29, 10:48 AM

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Using technology to improve curriculum design | Jisc

Using technology to improve curriculum design | Jisc | |

The process of curriculum design 1 combines educational design with many other areas including: information management, market research, marketing, quality enhancement, quality assurance and programme and course approval. 

The curriculum must evolve to meet the changing needs of students and employers. It must change to reflect new needs, new audiences and new approaches to learning.

Considered use of technology as part of the curriculum design process can help you to:

  • develop new solutions to address organisational, technical and educational issues
  • communicate in new ways with stakeholders to facilitate discussion and collaboration
  • access, record and capture information to inform your curriculum design 
  • improve access to guidance for those designing and describing curricula
  • model, test and refine new approaches in curriculum design
  • improve communication flows both internally and externally
  • provide ‘single-truth’ sources of information that are accurate and can be interrogated and analysed to suit multiple purposes
  • develop effective and agile validation processes that are more responsive to employer and community needs
  • increase consistency both in terms of the learner experience and quality assurance
  • develop more efficient administrative processes

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 28, 6:36 PM

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How the Internet of Things can revolutionize learning

How the Internet of Things can revolutionize learning | |

In a nutshell, the Internet of Things/Everything (IoT or IoE) utilizes technology to connect almost everything to the internet. This connection allows data from the object to be transmitted over the network without (or minimal) human interaction. The gathered data then can be used to further improve performance and customize the 'object' based on how it is being used.

Last 2013, CISCO, a big proponent of the IoT/E, did a study on the potential contribution of the Internet of Everything on education. If you look at the table on the left (or below), CISCO predicted the potential changes that IoT/E can bring to education by 2017. You can view the full report here.

The CISCO report also focuses on the 4 Pillars of IoT/E in Education: People, Process, Data, and Things - and how they will be revolutionized by the IoT/E,

Let's take a look at how these four pillars will be impacted:

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 24, 6:30 PM

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Trabajadores del Conocimiento & Trabajadores del Aprendizaje

Trabajadores del Conocimiento & Trabajadores del Aprendizaje | |

Peter Drucker acuñó el término trabajador del conocimiento, de nuevo en 1959 como una manera de describir los trabajadores que participaron en la resolución de problemas no rutinarios. Creo que esta es una de las razones por qué las organizaciones-han creído que la formación tiene que ver con los trabajadores del conocimiento “transferencia de conocimiento” – verter conocimiento en la cabeza de la gente, lo que “creemos” que hacemos ahora, pero nada mas lejos de la realidad.

Lo que hacemos verdaderamente es “enviar, transmitir” informaciones y en todo caso los que nos escuchan lo pueden o no convertir en conocimientos y a continuacion en aprendizajes..

El concepto de trabajador del aprendizaje, el término acuñado por Jacob Morgan , autor de “El futuro del trabajo: se trata de individuos de aprendizaje continuo que aprenden para sí mismos y se mantienen al tanto de los avances en su campo de trabajo no sólo a través de meta de auto-estudio en sus redes profesionales y canales sociales demás sino que necesitan nuevas ideas para asegurarse de que siguen creciendo.

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Teeach: Nueva plataforma para gestión de escuelas y centros formativos

Teeach: Nueva plataforma para gestión de escuelas y centros formativos | |
Se trata de un proyecto que lanza ahora su primera versión (pre-alpha), ya disponible para descargar desde su página principal. Apuestan por un diseño elegante y funcionalidades avanzadas que puedan ser sencillas de usar, así como un proceso de instalación que no requiera grandes conocimientos de informática. La versión final estará disponible en 2016, pero en su vídeo (abajo) ya podemos ver algunas de las funciones preparadas (gestión de usuarios, material de asignaturas, comunicación, etc.).
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The Mobile Challenge: Giving the Modern Learners what they want

The Mobile Challenge: Giving the Modern Learners what they want | |

Modern learners are mobile learners. They want to access the information and tools they need, when they need them, and on a variety of devices. It is all about learning at the point of need these days; we know this much. But is the modern learner getting the mobile experience they want at work?

According to our In-Focus report, Mobile Learning in the Workplace, mobile learning is definitely on the rise, big time. Our research shows that it really took off in 2013; this was the year that mobile learning became the norm, rather than the exception. And it’s still growing.

Modern learners are pushing the mobile learning agenda, but many employers have taken up the challenge as well, recognizing that the future is mobile and implementing new learning practices. Some are more forward-thinking and mobile-advanced than others, and some are more tuned into how their workforce is learning and wants to learn than others.

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OpenTED: Submit a video to share an idea

OpenTED: Submit a video to share an idea | |

Welcome to this open experiment in uncovering new ideas – and brand-new ways to communicate them.

If you’ve always wanted to give a TED Talk, dive in! And if the traditional TED Talk style isn’t for you, try something new. Share your ideas 
in visuals or animation or lyrics or any style you’ve been imagining.

The only restriction: It needs to exist as a video (not a slide deck or audio-only file). And it should be 6 minutes or less.

Ideas can be grand and global (let’s solve climate change!) or individual and personal (here’s how to use a paper towel). An idea might offer a new, bold, big-picture way of looking at the world: a broad call for tolerance, a flipped view of human behavior, a breakthrough in the lab that will change our lives. Or it could offer a new way of thinking at micro scale — a new take on a small behavior we do every day, or a new way to get through the workday

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How online teachers do things differently: A new way to look at online teachers

How online teachers do things differently: A new way to look at online teachers | |

Here’s my tongue-in-cheek look at online teachers.

Blog challenge:

Which of these points are true of online teachers and which are false?

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Comparing Typical (crammed) Learning vs Spaced Learning

Comparing Typical (crammed) Learning vs Spaced Learning | |
Remember those days in school when you used to cram in whole books the night before the test? Did you remember afterwards even a wee bit of what you gobbled up within the space of a few hours? You didn't because you had to cram in the same chapters again when the next test was around. On the other hand, you still remember the multiplication tables that you learned years ago.

Why do you think you forgot what you learned the night before the test and remember what you learned years ago? It couldn't be that you didn't work hard to learn. No it isn't. The answer is in the way you learned. Crammed or typical learning (learning in a hurry and all at once) does not aid retention. But when learning is both spaced out and repeated, you remember more. As an instructional designer, it is imperative that you know the difference between the two learning methods, so you can design courses that stick.
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Typography in eLearning: 5 key tips for eLearning professionals

Typography in eLearning: 5 key tips for eLearning professionals | |
If you ask any graphic designer, they will tell you that typography is art; indeed, typographic details have been created from thousands of years of written language and when used effectively they can communicate great beauty. As eLearning professionals, we are expected to have some basic knowledge of typography, as no matter how many images, graphics, videos, or audio files we use, the main source of our eLearning content is text; and while good typography makes your work look professional, bad typography conveys amateurism. It is important to use typography in the right way; it affects readability, information processing, and the overall effectiveness of your eLearning course. No matter how high quality is your eLearning content, if it fails to attract and hold your learners’ attention, it will be simply useless. In this article, I'll share 5 key tips for great typography in eLearning, so you can make sure that your eLearning courses are not only readable, but also really, really beautiful.
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Hackathons as a New Pedagogy

Hackathons as a New Pedagogy | |
Students are coming out of school expected to solve 21st-century problems and enter into occupations that haven't even been imagined yet. Schooling is not designed in this manner, so we wanted to give students an opportunity to solve problems in authentic contexts, using 21st-century skills and collaboration techniques. We wanted to break down walls between classrooms and have students use interdisciplinary skills to solve problems with teams of their peers, with mentors, and with industry professionals.
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El tiempo nos ha dado la razón al leer este artículo. Cuando hablamos de nuevos formatos socio-tecno-educativos lo hicimos poque así lo han estado indicando las mega-tendencias educativas del milenio. Los StartUps, Bootcamps, MOOCs y Hackathons se convertirán en las nuevas experiencias de aprendizaje de la sociedad. Esto evidencia claramente que el aula tradicional donde se transmiten contenidos didácticos está comenzando a obsoletizarse.

La sociedad del milenio se mueve hacia otro tipo de Educación que NO es la que tenemos actualmente. Equipar las aulas con artilugios tecnológicos (TIC) no es la solución. Mejor es equipar a los estudiantes para que la utilicen a favor del aprendizaje, conocimiento, empoderamiento y participación (TAC-TEP).

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Terrific tales of teachers and Twitter in the classroom

Terrific tales of teachers and Twitter in the classroom | |
Let’s have an honest discussion about Twitter and teachers. What makes Twitter a tool that teachers would want to use? How have teachers already used Twitter? What’s the honest feedback?

There’s no better place to look than at examples of success with Twitter’s practical applications in the modern classroom. Let us pay tribute to those who have bravely blazed the trail before us.
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6 principles of effective Online Training that will surprise you

6 principles of effective Online Training that will surprise you | |
When it comes to developing online training, technology is making it easier to create courses that are visually appealing, interactive, and engaging. This is a good thing, after all, because visually appealing, interactive, and engaging online training is more effective, right? Not so fast. It turns out that online training like this can detract from learning. Research has shown this over and over again.

In this article from the eLearning Guild, Ruth Clark describes six principles of eLearning that is effective. What makes eLearning effective might surprise you. The good news is that these six principles are easy to implement in your online training courses. You just have to know what they are and apply the principles.
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Interfaces peer-to-peer, los espacios libres

Interfaces peer-to-peer, los espacios libres | |

Nosotros somos los leones, claro…. Pensemos que el sistema lo creamos nosotros, eso que quede claro…estamos dentro de él porque somos “sus creadores”, pero también sus “dueños”…¿podemos salir?
Todas estas situaciones nos permiten preguntarnos a nosotros mismos si somos capaces de cambiar alguna cosa en nuestra vida o simplemente seguimos con lo que conocemos de siempre, auqnue veamos que se “cae ” por todos lados.

Para la mayoría de la gente, las redes peer-to-peer evocan donde los usuarios pueden intercambiar documentos. Michel Bauwens tiene una visión mucho más amplia de este conceptoy es llevado o s se extiende a todos los aspectos de la vida. De hecho, por primera vez en la historia, el peer peer-to-permite a las personas de todo el mundo para crear cosas juntos una enciclopedias (Wikipedia), cualquier tipo de objeto (con impresoras 3D) o para financiar proyectos (con crowdfunding). “Salvar el Mundo”, de Michel Bauwens,…

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Las dos caras de la #blimage!

Las dos caras de la #blimage! | |
Mi amigo Steve Wheeler me ha hablado de escribir un post sobre #blimage en españo, lo que sería #blimageES y como no podría ser de otra manera allá voy.

Realment e mucho han escrito, naturalmente en inglés , por eso les digo a mis amigos anglo-sajones que no escribimos en español, sino en castellano, y es por eso que sería interesante como alguna que otra vez hemos comentado con Steve, deberíamos unir nuestras dos culturas, por lo menos en los aspectos de aprendizaje y TIC. La implantación de la Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento (SIC) en todos los estamentos de la sociedad es un hecho incuestionable. El éxito en este modelo de sociedad requiere desarrollar la capacidad de llevar a cabo aprendizajes de diversa naturaleza a lo largo de nuestras vidas y de adaptarse rápida y eficazmente a situaciones sociales, laborales y económicas cambiantes…
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[Tesis] Las cibercomunidades de aprendizaje y la formación del profesorado

Si bien las comunidades han existido desde que el hombre lo es, con la presencia y la influencia de las redes telemáticas las oportunidades se multiplican al superarse los límites espacio-temporales. Estos agregados sociales que surgen cuando personas de intereses similares se encuentran en el ciberespacio, ofrecen posibilidades para aprender “con” y “de” otros, a lo largo del continuum entre la educación formal, la no formal y la informal.

En esta tesis se ha pretendido delimitar conceptualmente con un carácter integrador las cibercomunidades de aprendizaje (cCA) para la formación del profesorado –desde una concepción más cercana a la propuesta de comunidades de práctica que al movimiento de comunidades de aprendizaje–, identificar las condiciones para su creación y desarrollo, así como establecer la importancia concedida y el nivel de uso de las herramientas y las funcionalidades en una cCA
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Beyond Assessment: 3 other uses for Socrative

Beyond Assessment: 3 other uses for Socrative | |
Socrative is a free student response system that works on any device. With its built-in quick questions and quiz options, it is an incredible resource for formative and summative assessments. However, Socrative can be used for more than just quizzes.
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How to connect with other teachers in the Social Age

How to connect with other teachers in the Social Age | |
In the 2012 Primary Sources Survey conducted by Scholastic and The Gates Foundation, teacher respondents claimed to spend only about 4% of each day collaborating with colleagues, while 44% of teachers surveyed responded that they would like that collaboration time to increase. Traditionally, the teaching profession has been an isolating one—if you’re not spending every minute at school teaching classes, tutoring during your breaks, or covering someone else’s class, then you’re likely spending that time disciplining, administrating testing, or scrambling to the microwave to reheat leftovers during your 15-minute lunch break. In addition, as state and district mandates swing from one end of the pendulum to the other, teachers are so completely overwhelmed with trying to follow all of the rules that they are left with no time to develop themselves and their practices. It’s not uncommon for teachers get to a point where they just want to close their doors and teach the way they know is best for their students.
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How to use Periscope for Education

How to use Periscope for Education | |

Periscope is a live video streaming app that Twitter purchased before Periscope launched to the public. That fact alone should make you stand up and take notice about how important a company like Twitter thinks that live streaming video really is in today’s social media landscape.

As such, those of us in education should probably take notice and figure out how we can use this app to our advantage.

The great thing about Periscope is that it integrates directly with your Twitter account.  Your Periscope name is your Twitter handle. Once you download the Periscope app from either iTunes or Google Play, you can set up your account and find some people to follow.

- See more at:

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Vladimir Kukharenko, Alfredo Calderon
Calliope Global Fran's curator insight, July 21, 11:51 AM

You can also restrict viewing audience-- a plus for educators! 

Inger Langseth's curator insight, July 26, 11:13 AM

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[Infographic] 5 core benefits of technology enabled learning assessments

[Infographic] 5 core benefits of technology enabled learning assessments | |

It’s easy to understand why managers say so. Assessments help measure learning outcomes of trainings accurately. In fact, assessments actually help evaluate the knowledge gained by employees from topics discussed in the trainings. Employees can monitor their progress, assess themselves, and organizations can keep track of their employees’ performance and provide accurate information about the extent to which the training objective has been achieved.

However, many organizations may have good trainings but trouble in measuring learning outcomes. For instance, when instructors go through each paper manually, the workload is increased and they find it difficult to manage the data of a large number of employees. This can be avoided using technology. It enables you evaluate with minimal effort, and you can modify the training approach based on feedback. Here is the info-graphic that shares the benefits of using technology for assessments.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 22, 9:07 AM

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Planteamientos horizontales y transversales, ejes de la disrupción

Planteamientos horizontales y transversales, ejes de la disrupción | |
Si damos por hecho que los aprendices salen de la escuela esperando resolver los problemas del siglo 21 y entrar en ocupaciones que aún no se han imaginado todavía. La escolarización no está diseñada de esta manera, así que queríamos dar a los estudiantes una oportunidad para resolver problemas en contextos auténticos, usando las habilidades del siglo 21 y las técnicas de colaboración. Queríamos romper las barreras entre las clases y los estudiantes usando habilidades interdisciplinarias para resolver los problemas con los equipos de sus compañeros, con los mentores, y con profesionales diversos.
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Evaluating your eLearning

Evaluating your eLearning | |

So, your new eLearning course is ready to be launched and you are all excited about the prospects of “immensely” pleased stakeholders in your organization.

You know you have integrated the complete bells and whistles of an eLearning program: from using branched scenarios to interactive labeled diagrams. You even have a compelling storyline set in the backdrop of your organization. Your CEO is a cool lady who allowed you to use her cartoon version as an avatar to motivate learners. What more could you possibility need to add to your cauldron of successful spells?

Reality check: plenty!

eLearning is all about iterations and versions. It’s best to revise with a group of experts and instructional developers than with the major stakeholders and learners

In this article, we uncover a research-based model for evaluating your eLearning course before that final takeoff from the runway.

Sara de Freitas and Martin Oliver proposed a set of four eLearning design and development elements called the Four-dimensional Framework. This framework can be used by:

  • Trainers and training managers to select appropriate training programs for a training situation.
  • Researchers to assess eLearning materials.
  • Training designers to select specific teaching factors.
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[Slideshare] MOOCs and Social Learning Networks

In this presentation I look at the intersection of MOOCs and social learning networks by looking at the various aspects of openness in MOOCs - open admissions, open content, open instruction, open assessment - and considering how they change when applied to networks and to social networks. For audio please see
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5 critical SEO tips to curate content like a king

5 critical SEO tips to curate content like a king | |
When you curate content the right way, you should never get in trouble with Google or your readers. In fact, it should do just the opposite: improve your search rankings and delight your readers and followers.

One common misconception about content curation is that it’s simply reposting entire pages of other people’s content on your own site. But let me be clear: this is not curation.

So, what is content curation? While there is some variance among definitions, I like how marketing expert Heidi Cohen defines it: “Content curation assembles, selects, categorizes, comments on, and presents the most relevant, highest quality information to meet your audience’s needs on a specific subject.”

In other words, content curation isn’t taking other people’s content and claiming it as your own. It isn’t reposting entire pages of content, word for word, with or without attribution. It isn’t regurgitating info available elsewhere for the benefit of your audience. More detail on how curated content differs from duplicate content.

Content curation is taking the best content available on a topic and adding your own unique voice and perspective to it. It’s sort of a roundup of the “best of the best” content, presented in a way that makes it insanely valuable to the unique needs and interests of your audience.

While it should be an integral part of your content strategy, it’s important to do it appropriately. Following are the 5 tips that will make sure your curated content improves your search rankings and delights your followers and readers.
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Connected Democracy

Connected Democracy | |
Power in networks is based on reputation which is developed through relationships. For citizens to exert power in the network era, they must be connected. Elected representatives have been the standard medium that citizens have used to exert their democratic power. But as everything gets connected, complexity will increase, and reaction times decrease. A connected citizenry can be an effective way to re-balance democratic power. But in order to do so, all citizens must make the effort to be connected and take the time to discuss important issues. No person can know everything, but connected people can know more than any individual, elected or appointed. Connecting to others is no longer a luxury, it is essential in order to keep our democracies alive.
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