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10 powerful RSS readers for Macs

10 powerful RSS readers for Macs | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Most people use the internet for obtaining information and keeping up-to-date with things. Internet information is delivered in different forms such as forum discussion, blogs and news. A great way of getting the latest information from your favorite websites or channels is through the use of RSS feed readers. With it, you can get automatic updates from channels and websites that are important to you. Below are a few of the best the best RSS feed readers for Mac.

 

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These 5 innovations are shaping tomorrows classroom and changing the Future of Education

These 5 innovations are shaping tomorrows classroom and changing the Future of Education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

With advances in new technologies, education is rapidly taking off in new directions that will substantially change how students learn. Everything from gamification and cloud computing to virtual learning and the use of big data is already having a dramatic effect on the educational process.

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4 big ideas in Machine Learning that are changing education 

4 big ideas in Machine Learning that are changing education  | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Machine learning is a hot topic in the current technology landscape, and in the coming years, it is expected to bring about new breakthroughs. Can machines do what humans can do? In the 1950s, Alan Turing published a paper on the idea of a thinking machine, and now machine learning has made a tremendous impact on every imaginable industry. In the past five years, news stories talked about how computers lacked the ability to do complex tasks requiring seasoned judgment (e.g., driving a car) – only computers are getting faster than most predicted.

 

Pedro Domingos, a computer science professor at the University of Washington, foresees that machine learning will become the new infrastructure for everything. With the recent rise in machine learning, coding capabilities and algorithms have enabled computers to learn from data. We interact with computers every day, teaching them what we like. As we search for books on Amazon or watch movies on Netflix, machine learning assists with a deeper analysis of user data to predict patterns and recommend similar products based on our behavior. Ultimately, machine learning has become a new weapon for attacking real-world problems from cancer to climate change to terrorism.

 

Big data and analytics are leading change in education. For educators in K-12 and higher education, these technological tools create opportunity to analyze key student metrics and trends.


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Engaging students in Online Courses: Adding experiential to asynchrony

Engaging students in Online Courses: Adding experiential to asynchrony | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Teaching online is a unique experience for faculty and students. Although I love the online environment for some courses, it does present its own challenges. One of those challenges is how to engage online students in activities that push them to go beyond simply reading, interpreting, and interacting. After all, the idea (in most cases) is that the student can apply their learning, knowledge, and skills in their respective fields of study. As such, we are constantly seeking ways to engage students in learning that goes beyond the “click-through” material.

In this article, I share a few ideas—starting with the simplest and working through some more complicated endeavors—that may assist you in bringing more engagement to your online classroom.
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The future of 3D printing in education

The future of 3D printing in education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

3D printing is a well-established industrial technology for prototyping and manufacturing, particularly popular with the aerospace and defence sectors. Also known as additive manufacturing (AM), 3D printing is the process of making a solid 3D object from a digital computer aided design (CAD) file. The printer adds successive layers of material together until the final object has been created. This is different from traditional manufacturing methods like CNC machining, which removes material from a solid block using rotating tools or cutters.

3D printing is a rapid production method with minimal waste material. Its design flexibility means users can manufacture bespoke objects for a low cost. These advantages have made it increasingly popular as a production method in the manufacturing industry.

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Critical Knowledge: 4 domains more important than academics

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As academic standards shift, technology evolves, and student habits change, schools are being forced to consider new ways of framing curriculum and engaging students in the classroom, and project-based learning is among the most successful and powerful of these possibilities.

Of course, content knowledge matters. It’s hard to be creative with ideas you don’t understand. Academics and their ‘content’–organized in the form of ‘content areas’ like literature, math, and science–are timeless indexes of the way we have come to understand the world around us through stories, patterns, numbers, measurements, and empirical data.

The idea here, though, is that we (i.e., the field of public education) have become distracted with academics. Knowledge is only useful insofar as students tend to use that knowledge as they grow into adults that live through doing so. Studying philosophy or physics or poetry but not living through them–that’s the difference between knowledge and academics.
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Invisible learning: The (r)evolution outside of the classroom (John Moravec)

¿Quién decide qué aprenden los niños? ¿A quién beneficia esto en realidad? Hacemos que el aprendizaje sea visible para las personas que deciden. Pero, ¿qué pasaría si pudiéramos invisibilizar el aprendizaje?

La Teoría para el Aprendizaje Invisible es que aprendemos más, y lo hacemos de manera invisible, cuando separamos las estructuras de control que restringen la libertad y la autodeterminación de las experiencias de aprendizaje. El aprendizaje se vuelve invisible cuando nos empoderamos para aprender a nuestra manera. Quitar estructuras de control abre posibilidades. Los resultados o metas finales de una experiencia no son dictados ni determinados desde el principio, sino que emergen a medida que el aprendizaje se desarrolla. Tales experiencias incluyen el juego, las comunidades de aprendizaje auto-organizadas, el aprendizaje auténtico basado en problemas y experimentación para adquirir nuevos conocimientos. John Moravec. Docente, investigador, experto internacional en Educación

Creador del concepto Knowmad, investiga sobre el futuro de la educación. Desarrolla, entre otros, proyectos sobre innovación en el aprendizaje a través de TIC. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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How important is use of Technology in Education

How important is use of Technology in Education | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Say for instance, is technology causing education to improve over time or have we just been catching up with the trend of educational technology.

Earlier, technology in education was a debatable topic amongst the society. Everyone had their own views on modernizing education and making it technology aided. There were a huge number of positives and negatives to education technology. But, gradually as technology was embraced by the educational institutes, they realized the importance of technology in education. Its positives outnumbered the negatives and now, with technology, education has taken a whole new meaning that it leaves us with no doubt that our educational system has been transformed owing to the ever-advancing technology. Technology and education are a great combination if used together with a right reason and vision.

To elucidate on the topic of this article, I am more than definite that technology improves education to a great extent and it has now become a need for revolutionizing education for the better.
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Help employees create knowledge — Not just share it

Help employees create knowledge — Not just share it | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Many leaders see organizational learning simply as sharing existing knowledge. This isn’t surprising given that this is the primary focus of educational institutions, training programs, and leadership development courses. It’s the “sage on the stage” model, in which an expert shares what they know with those who are assumed not to know it. These “best practices” are presumed to work in a variety of different contexts and situations.


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[Infographic] The Mobile Future of Corporate Learning

[Infographic] The Mobile Future of Corporate Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

The Mobile Future of Corporate Learning Infographic provides an overview of the results of the Speexx Exchange survey conducted among top HR and L&D leaders from the USA, Europe, and Asia. Get a deeper understanding of the challenges that HR and L&D professionals face, as well as how the HR and L&D landscape has evolved in the past few years.

  • What type of training will be the most important in 2017 and what is still hampering the implementation of mobile and blended learning?
  • How has the L&D landscape evolved in the past few years?
  • What is the role of mobile learning in organizations world-wide?
  • What type of learning is becoming predominant across global organizations?
  • What is the status of mobile learning in 2017?
  • What are the top challenges that HR and L&D professionals face?

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The Now Generation Digital Learning Environment 

The Now Generation Digital Learning Environment  | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Great learning can happen when the learning management system (LMS) is flexible, is present when you need it, and doesn't get in the way of learning. Most LMSs start simply, building on core strengths, but they quickly become overbuilt, encumbering learning with too many features and options. The new features attempt to address every flavor of need, for every possible learning situation, and then require too much time to learn, customize, and possibly disable. In the process of using an LMS, you end up with a system constraining the very learning you are trying to support. This is the basic premise we presented at the Designing the Next Gen Digital Learning Environments workshop at the 2017 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative annual meeting. This article harvests interesting ideas from that workshop and proposes something new for digital learning.


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Google Slides: Add your Webcam

Google Slides: Add your Webcam | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Utiliza una webcam en diapositivas de google. Utilice la extensión de Chrome de la cámara web de Alice Keeler para grabar un video corto e insertarlo en Google Slides

Install the Alice Keeler Webcam Record Chrome extension. This allows you to record 30 seconds of video from your webcam. The video is automatically saved to Google Drive and then the link to the video is saved to your clipboard automatically.


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Critical Knowledge: 4 domains more important than academics

Critical Knowledge: 4 domains more important than academics | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

As academic standards shift, technology evolves, and student habits change, schools are being forced to consider new ways of framing curriculum and engaging students in the classroom, and project-based learning is among the most successful and powerful of these possibilities.

Of course, content knowledge matters. It’s hard to be creative with ideas you don’t understand. Academics and their ‘content’–organized in the form of ‘content areas’ like literature, math, and science–are timeless indexes of the way we have come to understand the world around us through stories, patterns, numbers, measurements, and empirical data.

The idea here, though, is that we (i.e., the field of public education) have become distracted with academics–knowledge that is only useful insofar as students tend to use them as they grow into adults that live through doing so. Studying philosophy or physics or poetry and not living through them as a result

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Freedom to Learn

Freedom to Learn | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong. My undergraduate education, except for a few bright spots, was just an extension of my K-12 education including more grill and drill with sages on the stages (literally since I went to such a large university); taking notes and taking lots of multiple choice tests. During my freshman year, I thought that if I had one wish, it would be to change the educational system (which has stayed with me ever since). One of those bright spots was being asked to read Carl Rogers, Freedom to Learn, which was published 1969 in an upper level Educational Psychology course. The big aha for me was that school systems should be focused on helping learners develop the skills for how to learn not what to learn, one that was sorely lacking in most of my K-graduate-level education and a concept and goal that as an educator I’ve held onto ever since.

So now when I read about new “pedagogies” and instructional strategies based on self-directed learning, learning how to learn, self-determined learning, I kind of laugh to myself. Solid, valid, and student-focused pedagogy has been proposed ever since the beginnings of institutionalized education – think John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Kurt Hahn, and in this case, Carl Rogers.
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¿Cuáles son las apps imprescindibles para docentes?

¿Cuáles son las apps imprescindibles para docentes? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Por aquí ya hemos hablado en alguna ocasión de los recursos imprescindibles para un profesor: páginas web, plataformas o sitios en los que encontrar ideas, actividades y, en general, todo tipo de materiales para usar en clase. También tenemos ideas para asignaturas más específicas, pero no nos habíamos parado a pensar en todos aquellos docentes que, día a día, utilizan su smartphone o tablet en el aula. ¿Cuáles son las apps imprescindibles para cualquier profesor?

La realidad es que una buena parte de la vida en el aula puede realizarse exclusivamente con un teléfono móvil, o con una tableta. A través de un dispositivo como estos pueden gestionarse notas y asistencia o comunicarse con las familias, realizar presentaciones, trabajos o tomar notas, crear tu propio contenido exclusivo para tus alumnos o incluso evaluar a través de herramientas de gamificación. A continuación encontrarás una selección de apps que hacen más llevadera la vida del docente: son las apps imprescindibles para profesores.
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[PDF] From Educational institutions to Learning Flows

[PDF] From Educational institutions to Learning Flows | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
A combination of drivers is breaking learning—and education overall— out of traditional institutional environments and embedding it in everyday settings and interactions, distributed across a wide set of platforms and tools.
 
As connective and mobile technologies spread, content proliferates and becomes increasingly available through open sources, and new modes of value creation emerge, we are moving away from the model where learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that for better and for worse have served as main gateways to education and social mobility. Replacing that model is a new environment in which learning is best conceived of as a flow, where learning resources are not scarce but widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly have the ability to autonomously dip into and out of continuous learning flows.
 
The transformation from educational institutions to learning flows is profound and disruptive, and no existing institution will have the luxury of remaining unchanged. Such transformation requires us to rethink all of the assumptions, structures, and principles that have worked thus far. It also raises a new set of questions and
challenges that educational institutions, learners, and our society as a whole will have to grapple with.
 
This map is a synthesis of key components of the emerging learning ecology. Using IFTF’s forecasting methodologies such as expert workshops, interviews, data and signals analysis, we have created this map to highlight important future stories that will be shaping the world of learning over the next ten years.
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Leveraging technology to reshape the Face of Learning

Leveraging technology to reshape the Face of Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
In today’s ever-changing market needs, it is crucial for organizations to adopt continuous learning approach and perineal development. It is significant for Learning and Development professionals to take up this challenge and create a new space for innovation. However, it is not so simple and comes up with several challenges that call for technological transformations in the role of Learning and Development in an organization.
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Artificial Intelligence will transform universities. Here’s how

Artificial Intelligence will transform universities. Here’s how | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

As AI surpasses human abilities in Go and poker – two decades after Deep Blue trounced chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov – it is seeping into our lives in ever more profound ways. It affects the way we search the web, receive medical advice and whether we receive finance from our banks.

The most innovative AI breakthroughs, and the companies that promote them – such as DeepMind, Magic Pony, Aysadi, Wolfram Alpha and Improbable – have their origins in universities. Now AI will transform universities.

We believe AI is a new scientific infrastructure for research and learning that universities will need to embrace and lead, otherwise they will become increasingly irrelevant and eventually redundant.

Through their own brilliant discoveries, universities have sown the seeds of their own disruption. How they respond to this AI revolution will profoundly reshape science, innovation, education – and society itself.

Deep Mind was created by three scientists, two of whom met while working at University College London. Demis Hassabis, one of Deep Mind’s founders, who has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from UCL and has undertaken postdoctoral studies at MIT and Harvard, is one of many scientists convinced that AI and machine learning will improve the process of scientific discovery.

It is already eight years since scientists at the University of Aberystwyth created a robotic system that carried out an entire scientific process on its own: formulating hypotheses, designing and running experiments, analysing data, and deciding which experiments to run next.

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¿Cómo se diferencian el eLearning y el mLearning?

¿Cómo se diferencian el eLearning y el mLearning? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
La necesidad de difundir eficazmente la información imponía que las aulas ya no estuvieran confinadas dentro de cuatro paredes. Así es como nació el aprendizaje a distancia. Luego, a medida que la tecnología evolucionó, las lecciones se entregaron a los estudiantes en sus computadoras. Así se desarrolló el eLearning. Y ahora los estudiantes ya no están atados a sus escritorios (por el aumento del trabajo y la tecnología móvil), de forma que el aprendizaje se está entregando en cualquier dispositivo que la persona tenga a su alcance (mLearning)

Aunque eLearning y mLearning se utilizan como sinónimo en muchas ocasiones, los dos modos de aprendizaje difieren en muchos aspectos. Como diseñador de aprendizaje en su empresa, usted debe saber todo sobre los dos formatos para que pueda crear contenido de instrucción eficaz para cada uno.
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Education 4.0: The future of learning will be dramatically different, in school and throughout life

Education 4.0: The future of learning will be dramatically different, in school and throughout life | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and how we learn and develop the skills to work in the future. The concept of a “100 year life” becoming the norm, and the majority of that spent studying and working, means that learning will be a lot more important, and different, for the next generations. Most people will have at least 6 different careers, requiring fundamental reeducating, whilst the relentless speed of innovation will constantly demand new skills and knowledge to keep pace, let alone an edge.
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3 top leadership competencies for Instructional Designers

3 top leadership competencies for Instructional Designers | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A successful instructional designer not only needs to be excelling in design and development, but also needs to be a leader, a change agent, and a strategist. Within higher education organizations, instructional design leaders are in demand because they are uniquely qualified to envision the future of education, give critical and strategic direction to others, and ultimately provide an organization with the leadership necessary to move institutions deeper into the 21st century and beyond (Shaw, 2012). However, both International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (IBSTPI , 2012) competency standards and the ATD (2014) competency model put strong emphasis on the design competencies but focus much less on the leadership competencies. In this blog, I will share the top three leadership competencies for instructional design leaders.

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Technological and Human metaphors and their impact on education 

Technological and Human metaphors and their impact on education  | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
We are creatures of comparison, which explains why metaphor is important to us. Yet, how often do we consider the impact of our education metaphors?

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3 E's of Learning: Why engagement

3 E's of Learning: Why engagement | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

When you’re creating learning experiences, you want to worry about the outcomes, but there’s more to it than that.  I think there are 3 major components for learning as a practical matter, and I lump these under the E’s: Effectiveness, Efficiency, & Engagement. The latter may be more of a stretch, but I’ll make the case .

 

When you typically talk about learning, you talk about two goals: retention over time, and transfer to all appropriate (and no inappropriate) situations.  That’s learning effectiveness: it’s about ensuring that you achieve the outcomes you need.  To test retention and transfer, you have to measure more than performance at the end of the learning experience. (That is, unless your experience definition naturally includes this feedback as well.) Let alone just asking learners if they thought it was valuable.  You have to see if the learning has persisted later, and is being used as needed.


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International perspectives on Next Generation Digital Learning Environments 

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At the time the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative wrote its leading-edge report on Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE),1 other countries conducted research on this topic as well. In the Netherlands, the effort is organized on a national scale, where they choose a generic approach for all institutions of higher education to create a digital learning environment (DLE) that supports flexible and personalized learning. In Spain, the Open University of Catalonia (UOC - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) chose to collaborate with MIT to develop a concrete architecture based on the NGDLE principles for its new virtual campus. Although these approaches differ, they share the same goal: to create the right conditions for the NGDLE.


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From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching: A necessary step forward

From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching: A necessary step forward | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
I am lucky to know some amazing teachers. I know teachers who are throwing open the doors of their classrooms and partnering with community organizations, libraries, and museums to expand students’ learning opportunities. I know teachers who are flipping the hierarchical teacher-student relationship on its head to allow students to take the lead in their learning. I know teachers who are linking their students to networks that discuss and take action on the most pressing issues of the day.

When I ask these teachers why they are making these innovative moves in their practice, they tell me they feel compelled to do so in order to prepare their students for the interconnected world in which we now live. They recognize that schools cannot continue to use 20th century approaches in our 21st century society. They want students to be active, engaged, and passionate scholars and citizens, and they know that intellectual agility needs to be cultivated.
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5 tips to increase the emotional impact of Online Training

5 tips to increase the emotional impact of Online Training | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
There are two key reasons why emotions play such a pivotal role in online training. The first is that positive experiences stand out in our minds. These online training experiences are associated with feelings of happiness or satisfaction. Thus, our brains automatically flag the ideas that are linked to these favorable emotions. For example, employees are more likely to remember the company policies if they are framed within a positive online training environment.

The second reason is more physiological in nature. Our brains house the amygdala, which is in charge of regulating our emotional state and retaining memories. When an online training course triggers the amygdala, employees are more likely to remember and retain the information. This small but powerful region of the brain also determines the emotional significance of everyday events and activities. It also uses our feelings to evaluate and interpret the meaning of personal experiences.

In addition, emotions typically trump more practical thought processes, such as decision making, problem solving, or evaluating a situation. As such, creating a positive online training environment puts employees in the right frame of mind. This enables them to build a solid emotional foundation before jumping into other practical pursuits, like putting their skills into practice via an online training simulation.
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