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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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5 common misconceptions about Bloom's Taxonomy

5 common misconceptions about Bloom's Taxonomy | |
Admit it–you only read the list of the six levels of the Taxonomy, not the whole book that explains each level and the rationale behind the Taxonomy. Not to worry, you are not alone: this is true for most educators.

But that efficiency comes with a price. Many educators have a mistaken view of the Taxonomy and the levels in it, as the following errors suggest. And arguably the greatest weakness of the Common Core Standards is to avoid being extra-careful in their use of cognitive-focused verbs, along the lines of the rationale for the Taxonomy.
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Research: Using active learning more important than flipping the classroom

Research: Using active learning more important than flipping the classroom | |

An active learning approach produces the same student learning outcomes in both flipped and nonflipped classrooms, according to new research from Brigham Young University (BYU).

In the flipped classroom model, students watch video lectures outside of class time and participate in active learning activities during class time. The approach has been growing in popularity, so researchers at BYU decided to test its effectiveness.

Via Peter Mellow, Julie Tardy, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 4, 8:59 PM

When students are engaged in their learning, that is pedagogic magic.



Google for Educators: The best features for busy teachers

Google for Educators: The best features for busy teachers | |
Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized. The lively, informative website offers step-by-step visual tours and even videos to help you get set up. Below are some of the most useful features the site has to offer.
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[Infographic] 7 traits of a good eLearning Project Manager

[Infographic] 7 traits of a good eLearning Project Manager | |
Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile. – Napoleon Bonaparte

It is well-known that an efficient project manager plays a key role in the successful completion of an eLearning project. He assumes complete responsibility for the project and leaves no stone unturned to deliver a high quality online course to the stakeholders. He plans well and leads his team from the front.

Stephen covey’s 7 habits have changed the way we think. Let’s see how his 7 habits can help an eLearning project manager deliver top-notch eLearning courses without time and cost overruns.
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Los aprendices desaparecen

Los aprendices desaparecen | |

Algunos modelos con los que podéis adquirir mejores formas de aprender y construir redes de conocimiento personal y ayudar a los demás son los que cito a continuación:

  • Ágil sobre predictivo.
  • Colaboración sobre documentación.
  • Retroalimentación continua sobre revisiones periódicas.
  • Generalización sobre especialización.

No se trata de una fórmula estandarizada, como podréis entender; si bien –de manera personalizada–, lo podéis tomar como referencia (aunque —claro—, cada uno de vosotros debe añadir factores acordes a vuestra personalidad).

Si tomamos medios de adaptación, eso nos permitirá ser flexibles, estar abiertos al cambio, reaccionando a situaciones según el momento. De esta manera, nuestra experiencia adaptativa comporta la adopción de investigación abierta; esto es, nos conduce al planteamiento de un problema y no a una solución predefinida.

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[Slideshare] Fjord Trends 2015

t’s one of the most important design questions of the year: What are the most significant cultural, commercial and design challenges that our clients will face over the next 12 months?

With help from our colleagues at Accenture, we have distilled our thinking to nine key trends that reflect the impact of digital on the real world and explore how this will shape both consumer expectations and service design.

As smart, contextually aware digital services start to bring the Internet of Things to life in a way that starts to feel tangible instead of theoretical, the pace and scale of change over the next 12 months will be unprecedented, exhilarating and crammed with creative opportunities. Amid the turbulence we have identified two overarching themes that permeate each of the nine trends we have identified.
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Las tabletas y las pizarras electrónicas conquistarán las aulas en 2018

Las tabletas y las pizarras electrónicas conquistarán las aulas en 2018 | |

En 2018 los profesores dispondrán de pizarras electrónicas para dar la clase, y los alumnos trabajarán con tabletas y libros digitales. Esta es una de las conclusiones de estudio Perspectivas 2014: Tecnología y Pedagogía en las aulas, desarrollado por el Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona y aulaPlaneta, que avanza qué dispositivos digitales se impondrán en las aulas españolas en los próximos seis años y cómo modificarán la manera de impartir las clases. El informe, presentado durante este curso, analiza la opinión de pedagogos y expertos en tecnología para ofrecer una visión de cómo será la educación española en un futuro cercano.

Según el informe, la integración de distintos dispositivos en las aulas españolas, como las tabletas, las pizarras digitales o los smartphones, llevaría a la digitalización completa de la exposición del docente en clase y de gran parte del trabajo de los alumnos.

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[Infographic] 10 ways eLearning maximizes ROI

[Infographic] 10 ways eLearning maximizes ROI | |
There was a time when training was seen as a necessary evil. Necessary because no organization can function without it, and evil because it was a huge expenditure – of time, money and other resources. Employees had to skip work in order to receive training and that meant days of lost revenue for the organization. Training is now an investment. Because knowledge and expertise is now an asset for the organization. The top 20 per cent of the workforce generates 80 per cent of the business, and the only way to reap the benefits of this top 20 per cent is by creating a vibrant learning culture. The 10 Ways eLearning Maximizes ROI Infographic presents how eLearning can increase the return on investment.
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5 step design model to gain attention of a learner

5 step design model to gain attention of a learner | |

You might have learned or seen many techniques to create an effective eLearning. But after all these learnings have you ever realized that to gain and retain the attention of a Learner is the most challenging aspect of an eLearning course design. In this article, I will take you through an effective 5 step design model to gain the attention of a Learner.

As you all know according to Gagne’s nine events of instruction, Gain Attention is the first key step taken into account when designing instruction. The basic idea is to grab the learners’ attention by presenting an interest device or a teaser. But most of the time we are a failure in doing so.

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14 cool eLearning facts

14 cool eLearning facts | |
t seems that every day there is a new list of new elearning facts and stats.

Well, consider this short post just that! Recently I stumbled across some random, cool elearning facts and I thought that I would share them.

If you’re looking to take a quick mental break in your day, then this list should do the trick.

If you don’t have time to read through these, then I can sum it up for you in just one word… well, maybe two words: massive growth!
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Desarrollo sustentable. Concepto y 22 Ejemplos de proyectos

Desarrollo sustentable. Concepto y 22 Ejemplos de proyectos | |

Las expresiones desarrollo sostenibledesarrollo perdurable, y desarrollo sustentable aluden al desarrollo socioeconómico, y su definición se gestó por primera vez en el documento nombrado como Informe Brundtland (denominado así por la política noruega Gro Harlem Brundtland) o conocido también como Nuestro Futuro Común, documento publicado en 1987 como resultado de los trabajos de la Comisión Mundial del Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU).

Cómo resumen, el desarrollo sostenible o sustentable es un concepto desarrollado a finales del siglo XX, una alternativa al concepto de desarrollo habitual, que pretende una homogeneidad y coherencia entre el crecimiento económico, los recursos naturales y la sociedad, evitando comprometer la posibilidad de vida en el planeta, ni la calidad de vida de la especie humana.

En su sentido más amplio, la estrategia para el desarrollo sustentable tiende a promover las relaciones armoniosas de los seres humanos entre sí y entre la humanidad y la naturaleza. La consecución de un desarrollo sustentable requiere de unos objetivos.

Via Ramon Aragon, juandoming
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[Slideshare] Design elements in a Personal Learning Environment

In this talk I address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council's Learning and Performance Support Systems program. This program was developed and approved to address the issue of skills shortages in technical and professional industries in Canada. Please also see the supporting paper submitted for this talk. Also there are alternative PDF slides for this presentation.

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La evolución de la educación abierta en la universidad: Coursera adopta también los nanodegrées

La evolución de la educación abierta en la universidad: Coursera adopta también los nanodegrées | |
Hace apenas una semana presentábamos en el post “Sistemas de Apoyo al Aprendizaje y al Rendimiento (Learning and Performance Support Systems: SPSS)" de RED-Hypotheses (ISSN 2386-8562) el esquema de la evolución de la educación abierta, que ratificábamos después en Redes Abiertas.

Pues bien acabo de enterarme a través de su blog que COURSERA ha roto ese esquema, al incorporar los “nanogrados”, al igual que hizo antes Udacity.

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Teaching trainers to create effective online training

Teaching trainers to create effective online training | |
The title of lifelong learner is like a badge of honor worn by company trainers. They love to learn almost as much as they love to teach.

Trainers are often on the frontlines of industry standards and can be found poring over procedural updates before official copies are released. They take their duties to educate and inform seriously and, in effect, ensure employees receive the material they need to thrive in their chosen professions.

However, at this time, trainers are also in need of furthering their education. As eLearning begins to dominate the corporate education scene, trainers are entering the throes of unfamiliar territory. Beyond keeping up-to-date with training technology, they are finding it necessary to embrace a whole new style of training as well. In other words, like those they train, they need to learn a new way of training so they can thrive in their careers.

Companies can help trainers succeed by teaching them how to create effective eLearning training. But what exactly do trainers need to know about the technical side of eLearning? And how can they establish a flourishing eLearning environment online?
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#Tagboard: Follow hashtags from multiple networks in one place

#Tagboard: Follow hashtags from multiple networks in one place | |
Tagboard is one of the tools that we looked at today in my NCTIES15 workshop about blogs and social media. Tagboard is a free tool that allows you to enter any hashtag like #NCTIES15 and view all of the Tweets, Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, Google+ posts, and Vine posts associated with that hashtag. All of the posts are displayed in a bulletin board/ grid display. You can reTweet and or reply to messages while viewing Tagboard, provided that you are signed into your Twitter account.
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Text 2 Mind Map: Simple mind mapping online

Text 2 Mind Map: Simple mind mapping online | |

A great tool to generate easy mind maps online in minutes...

Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, Today, 8:05 AM


Guía Design Thinking en español para dummies

Guía Design Thinking en español para dummies | |
Design Thinking o pensamiento de diseño es un modelo de cómo enfocar la innovación en entornos inciertos de forma ágil y radical.

Por sus propias características, diferentes a otras formas de crear productos y servicios innovadores está demostrando que es muy útil para las empresas.

De hecho grandes empresas ya están aplicando estos modelos de trabajo.

Los grandes impulsores de esta filosofía de diseño son la gente de la consultora IDEO, liderados por Tim Brown, aunque fueron apareciendo otras escuelas como de la Universidad de Stanford o escuelas europeas.
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Flipped Classroom: Adiós a los deberes y a las clases particulares

Flipped Classroom: Adiós a los deberes y a las clases particulares | |
Las implicaciones del modelo flipped van a más allá de lo que podíamos imaginar. Lejos de quedarse en el ámbito del aula, sale fuera y afecta de lleno a las consecuencias sociales de los modelos educativos. Por su propia idiosincrasia y por su propio planteamiento: invertir LA clase, invertir EN clase. El simple y maravilloso acto de invertir el orden y el lugar de las actividades de una materia supone la posibilidad de darle carpertazo a la reciente y potente polémica de los deberes o incluso acabar con la gallina de los huevos de oro de las clases particulares. Y de paso, como quien no quiere la cosa, disminuir la distancia en las posibilidades de aprendizaje entre los alumnos con recursos familiares y lo que no los tienen. En definitiva, mejorar los aprendizajes y la equidad escolar.
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Role of an Instructional Designer in eLearning course development

Role of an Instructional Designer in eLearning course development | |
Instructional designers usually come from different educational backgrounds, and most of them do not have a degree in instructional design. So, what does it take to become a good instructional designer and design effective eLearning courses?

In this post, we will look at the role of an instructional designer.
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50 resources for teaching with iPads

50 resources for teaching with iPads | |
So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.

This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.
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[Infographic] 8 ways to engage eLearners

[Infographic] 8 ways to engage eLearners | |
Do you struggle to engage your staff through e-learning? The 8 Ways to Engage eLearners Infographic provides 8 engagement tips that will leave your learners energised and primed to look at your learning in a different light.
Alexander Castañeda's curator insight, March 4, 7:54 PM

Llamar su atención, motivar, ir poco a poco en respetando su ritmo de aprendizaje pueden ser algunas claves del éxito escolar.!

Cómo aprovechar las Alertas de Google en educación

Cómo aprovechar las Alertas de Google en educación | |
Las Alertas de Google son un potente buscador personal automatizado. ¿Quieres mantenerte informado sobre un tema de actualidad, aprender una nueva tecnología o una tendencia en educación sin esfuerzo ni búsquedas diarias en Internet? Te lo explico en el próximo vídeo.
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[Infografía] Seis ventajas de la Flipped Classroom

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

The difference in Cooperative Learning & Collaborative Learning | |
The benefits of working together is fairly obvious and this concept, for the purpose of learning, has been utilized for as long as we can remember; think Socratic Circles. It is reportedly founded on Socrates’ belief that lecture was not an effective method of teaching all students. This skill has been deemed an integral 21st century necessity and that shouldn’t surprise anyone. Now, more than ever, children need to learn how to work together. Team work is more the norm in any work environment, and therefore should be used as often as possible in the learning environment. More work for the teacher? Initially yes, but once the process has been modeled and routines established, it can not only enhance learning two-fold, it can absolutley expedite learning. Cooperative vs. collaborative learning often causes a conundrum for teachers, the chart below was designed to help explain the difference in cooperative learning & collaborative learning from a visual standpoint.
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