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Cloud Computing in 2014: Facts and predictions

Cloud Computing in 2014: Facts and predictions | |

Did you happen to know that 67% of IT professionals currently utilize some form of Cloud services and applications? Taking a wider look, 40% of the IT market currently utilizes public Cloud solutions, 22% use private Cloud services and 38% make use of hybrid Cloud deployments.

Now, while the benefits of the Cloud remain the same – increased solution availability, lower costs, highly scalable applications and more efficient use of IT resources/capitol – the most interesting trend moving into 2014 isn’t that the Cloud is projected to reach $155 billion in global revenue. No. The most interesting detail of 2014 Cloud growth is that 50% of American companies have plans to increase their public Cloud budgets. What does this mean?

The Public Cloud Moving into the Private and Hybrid Cloud

With more and more companies moving into the Cloud – a recent study showed that 84% of CIO’s cut internal application costs by moving their solutions into the Cloud – business applications are bound to become more scalable and more secure. Even though the numbers suggest that 50% of American companies plan to increase their public Cloud spend in 2014, those companies will also realize their need for a private Cloud deployment. This realization will stem from the need for security over sensitive company data.


As such, it would only follow that with 43% of IT consumers stating that data protection, backup and archiving is their primary concern within the Cloud, those businesses will realize that either investing in the private Cloud or a hybrid Cloud service would be the best bet. Not only will investing in a private Cloud or hybrid Cloud deployment help new-to-the-Cloud companies with security, it would also help by providing them with a great live/test environment and allow for private web application hosting only reachable by encrypted keys and VPN access.


All said, it looks like 2014 is going to be a great year for Cloud services for both private consumers and businesses.


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Periscope y sus usos didácticos

Periscope y sus usos didácticos | |
Ya Dani Porras nos contó en su post “¿Por qué triunfa el vídeo en eLearning?” que “la especie humana se guía por la vista y nuestra vida transcurre en plano-secuencia. Por eso, para cuestiones formativas integramos mejor la imagen. Y nos presentaba las siguientes ventajas del vídeo:

Contenido enriquecido. Resulta un aporte de contenido inigualable.
Audiovisual. Bien implementado cualquier video puede convertirse en una auténtica experiencia sensorial.
Dinámico. Lo dinámico capta más la atención y se retiene más, por lo que es perfecto para la docencia
Abierto y flexible. Puede ser usado de mil maneras, como hemos visto antes en la lista de tipos de video contenidos.
Ideal para creativos. Ofrece innumerables posibilidades y resulta muy atractivo tanto en el proceso de creación como de visionado.
Viral. Hoy en día hay muchas formas de compartirlos y se difunden fácilmente por las redes sociales.
Significativo. En dosis pequeñas, el video tiene un potencial ilimitado para captar la atención, enganchar y transmitir contenidos y/o sentimientos.
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3 fun examples of Technology-Based Assessement

3 fun examples of Technology-Based Assessement | |
The availability of tools like Kahoot, Quizizz and Quizlet, have enhanced the variety of assessments that teachers can create and use in the classroom. Assessments are an area where you could devote a lot of time trying to find the perfect assessment that would enable all students to have an equal opportunity to show what they know and can do with the material. I’ve mentioned a few of these tools to give you an idea of some of the options available and how teachers can use the data provided to learn about what the students need and to guide their next steps. These are still great tools to use, and recently, they have each added additional features which really engage students, open up new, creative possibilities for students to practice their skills both in and outside of the classroom.
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4 key components for developing online training standards

4 key components for developing online training standards | |
Online training standards help organizations to create a cohesive online training program that focuses on what employees need to know and how their progress will be evaluated. Online training standards heavily rely on factors such as the stage of employment, the job position, or departmental needs. This article features 4 core elements that effective online training standards should possess.
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Technology in the eLearning space: 4 evolving eLearning trends

Technology in the eLearning space: 4 evolving eLearning trends | |
In the 21st century, information is available everywhere; constantly evolving and adapting to the changes in this digital-driven world. With the introduction of technology into all aspects of life, including learning, the best way to access the most current information is eLearning. eLearning is the easiest way to communicate information, old and new, to large groups of people. Here are 4 of the most popular eLearning trends for this year.
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, April 29, 3:03 PM
Mobility and connectivity, Big Data, gamification, and video-based training are just 4 of the most popular eLearning trends for 2016. This article takes an analytical look at each one of them.!

What is Responsive eLearning?

What is Responsive eLearning? | |
Responsive eLearning is eLearning designed and build in a way that it works well on all sorts of devices by responding to the screen size of the device on that it is being viewed. It does so through user agents and media queries. Critical to note is that the idea of responsive eLearning is to ensure that the content is presented in the most user friendly way on all target devices. To achieve that, the content needs to be restructured and laid out differently on the screen.
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Place-Based Learning: Connecting kids to their community

Place-Based Learning: Connecting kids to their community | |
Place-based learning engages students in their community, including their physical environment, local culture, history, or people. With place-based learning, students get to see the results of their work in their community. They build communication and inquiry skills, learn how to interact with any environment, and gain a better understanding of themselves, as well as their place in the world.

"Finding that inspiration in your community is key in engaging your students and exciting them about learning," says Michael Becker, a Hood River Middle School teacher and the director of the Food and Conservation Science (FACS) program.
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[PDF] New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology

[PDF] New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology | |
The New Vision for Education project examines the role that technology can potentially play to improve education for the future. In phase II, we investigated innovative ways to help students develop competencies* and character qualities** broadly defined as social emotional skills, which are critical components of 21st century skill framework but not a core focus in today’s curriculum.
Can technology effectively facilitate the development of competencies and character qualities, in addition to cognitive skills? If yes, what are the opportunities to capture to make it happen? What are the immediate, mid-term, and long-term barriers to remove? How can multistakeholders work together to create a roadmap for this vision?
In seeking answers to these questions, the report assembles a list of 55 research-based digital product features that are highly correlated with the ten competencies and character qualities and identifies five nascent technology trends – wearable devices, leading-edge apps, virtual reality, advanced analytics and machine learning, and affective computing – that extend ways of fostering social emotional learning (SEL) and also offer potential for exciting new learning strategies. The report concludes with recommendations to each stakeholder on actions to advance SEL and SEL technology adoption.
Andrés E. Henao's curator insight, April 28, 3:44 AM
On the side of the branched article ''What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?'', the current resume outlines an issue that is impossible to leave aside in nowaday's e-learning spread. Essentially, virtuality seems to replicate a world where an excess amount of needs constantly stress progression while disregarding the menace of a possible senseless or sterile community whose socia emotionall awareness may be already degrading.!

Key Mobile Learning trends for 2016

Key Mobile Learning trends for 2016 | |
A few decades ago, the ‘web’ and ‘surf’ were the popular, fanciful, and yet revolutionary terms that we all loved to drop in our conversations and writings. Now, our communication media is witnessing the reign of the “cloud” and the “mobile”. The year 2016 too will see a lot of these two terms and its countless derivatives. One such notable encroachment of the term “mobile” is in eLearning. It’s called mobile learning or mLearning. The term mLearning is easily understood as any kind of learning or “any educational provision where the sole or dominant technologies are handheld or palmtop devices”. In other words, mLearning is eLearning where personal devices with portable technologies are put to use especially the smartphones or tablets. This further implies that the learners whether students or employees can access their learning or training content from anywhere.
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[PDF] Prepara tu Escuela para la Sociedad Digital

[PDF] Prepara tu Escuela para la Sociedad Digital | |
Prepara tu Escuela para la Sociedad Digital: “Claves para sumarse al cambio”, editado por Fundación Telefónica, es algo más que una publicación multimedia. Es un espacio de análisis, intercambio y reflexión sobre el estado de la escuela en la Sociedad Digital en España desde la mirada de los centros escolares que innovan a partir de su propio análisis crítico de la situación actual, su propia visión de hacia dónde se debe caminar en la Sociedad Digital, y su propia puesta en práctica de las claves de transformación de cómo gestionar este proceso.

Todo ello ha sido posible gracias a la participación de casi 1.100 centros que han compartido su nivel de Madurez Digital de centro mediante un cuestionario, a la participación de 154 escuelas que han aportado cada una un proyecto real y práctico de cómo responder desde las aulas a los retos que plantea la Sociedad Digital, de las que hemos seleccionado 12 mediante concurso que son analizadas en profundidad en este estudio, y al acompañamiento de 110 expertos en innovación y educación en todo el proceso.

Una apuesta original de Fundación Telefónica que ha permitido compatibilizar dos fines concurrentes. De una parte, reconocer las mejores prácticas sobre transformación educativa en España. Y de otra, conocer en profundidad cómo operan los centros que han situado la innovación en lo más alto de su escala de prioridades.
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[Hangout] Educación Expandida

¿Qué significa educación expandida? ¿Qué es la educación expandida? ¿Cuál es la relación de la educación expandida con la educación formal, no formal e informal? ¿Tiene límites la educación expandida? ¿Hay lugares para la educación expandida? ¿Hay lugar en la educación formal para la educación expandida?

Sobre educación expandida conversaremos con Tíscar Lara, directora de Comunicación en la Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), el próximo jueves 28 a las 20:30 en una nueva edición de #direcTIC .
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Nuevas técnicas de educación para adaptarse al mundo actual

En la educación existen muchos obstáculos pero aquí, gracias a las nuevas tecnologías e innovadoras técnicas de enseñanza los estudiantes van recibir otro tipo de aprendizaje.
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Educación y Personalización

Educación y Personalización | |
La personalización es, sin duda, una palabra de moda. No hay actividad, servicio o producto que no reclame hoy su cuota de personalización. En el ámbito de la educación, además de estar de moda, es importante. Parece impensable hablar de educación y no hacerlo de personalización. Ministros, políticos, profesores, académicos, expertos, empresarios y emprendedores, no estoy tan seguro sobre los alumnos, reclaman como suyo el discurso de la personalización.

Pero ¿qué entendemos por aprendizaje personalizado?. ¿Es lo mismo aprendizaje personalizado que enseñanza personalizada o que educación personalizada? ¿Es posible una educación personalizada en el marco de la educación obligatoria? ¿Es posible una educación que garantice la igualdad y sea personalizada al mismo tiempo? ¿Es compatible la personalización con el aumento de las ratios alumnos/profesor?

¿Cuál es la relación entre eficiencia y personalización? ¿De quién es hoy la agenda de la personalización? ¿A quién beneficia? ¿Qué papel desempeña en esto la tecnología? ¿Apostar por la personalización nos pone en suerte de las empresas tecnológicas? ¿O en manos de los adláteres del Big Data?

¿Es la personalización una tarea individual o una empresa colectiva? ¿Es lo mismo personal que individual? ¿y aprendizaje personalizado que aprendizaje individualizado? ¿Se puede aprender sin otros? ¿Cuál es la relación entre personalización y diversidad? ¿Nos lleva la personalización en brazos de la desescolarización? o, por el contrario, ¿en la Era de la personalización necesitamos más que nunca de la Escuela?.
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[PDF] Why universities are so important to economic success

[PDF] Why universities are so important to economic success | |

When innovation plays such a major role in the financial success of a country, it stands to reason that the better your universities, the better a nations economy is likely to be. A number of studies recently have explored the various factors that go into making a nation innovative, and the strength of their universities were undoubtedly important. This was confirmed by a recent paper from a team of LSE academics, who trawled through data from UNESCO’s World Higher Education Database to plot the location of over 15,000 universities around the world over a 60 year period.

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[PDF] Tendencias emergentes en educación

[PDF] Tendencias emergentes en educación | |
La Asociación de Colegios Privados e Independientes (CICAE), en conjunto con Madrid Foro Empresarial y a su vez el apoyo de la Universidad Camilo José Cela, presentaron un nuevo informe sobre educación denominado " Nuevas tendencias en Educación". El estudio fue realizado por el Observatorio de Tendencias de Coolhunting Community.
El propósito del trabajo es determinar las novedades en educación que garantizan el éxito académico. El acompañamiento a los alumnos, además de la incentivación serán los pilares en la enseñanza. Aquí te presentamos las 10 tendencias emergentes en educación.
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[Infographic] 10 Social Media skills for every modern teacher

[Infographic] 10 Social Media skills for every modern teacher | |
Social media skills have an increasingly useful presence in modern classrooms. Teachers and students alike use them to connect and to expand learning. Social media doesn’t have to be a distraction. It can be a powerful learning tool if used properly. This begins with our most powerful classroom tool. That, of course, is a knowledgeable teacher.

A teacher who knows about social media is a boon to the modern classroom. It’s about more than just “keeping up.” A firm grasp of social media can strengthen the teacher-student connection. It can bridge a generational gap that can make teaching a challenge. Bringing social media to the classroom can also increase accessibility for children from lower income families. Being connected at school, everyone has the same opportunities with the same tools.

Social media also has applications to personal and professional development. Teachers can use it to find learning and development opportunities of their own. Twitter and LinkedIn are perfect examples of this.
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Why Edcamp is the future of PD

Why Edcamp is the future of PD | |

As more and more teachers attend Edcamps, it has become impossible to ignore the impact that this kind of professional development has on teaching and learning, and the empowering and reenergizing quality that it has for educators.


The most important elements of an Edcamp are:

  • It's free.
  • It's noncommercial (no vendor booths or sales pitches).
  • The session board is created and built by the participants on the day of the event
  • Attendees apply "the rule of two feet" when a session doesn't fit their needs.
  • Anyone can be a presenter.
  • Anyone can attend.
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[PDF] Seis principios de Aprendizaje por Proyectos

[PDF] Seis principios de Aprendizaje por Proyectos | |

18 preguntas que guían al docente en la elaboración de un proyecto de clase que ayude a cumplir objetivos de aprendizaje específicos. Agrupadas en torno a los siguientes principios: Autenticidad, rigor académico, aplicación del aprendizaje, exploración activa, interacción con adultos y evaluación.

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7 characteristics of great Professional Development

7 characteristics of great Professional Development | |
As the end of the school year draws to a close, administrators start pulling together their PD plans for the summer in preparation for the next year. Meanwhile, teachers sit anxiously by with the dread that can only come with the anticipation of the dreaded PD days that their contract says they must attend. It’s not that teachers don’t want to grow and improve their craft. They do, and they find it refreshingly professionalizing when they get to. It’s just that this ain’t their first rodeo. They’ve been made to sit through pointless professional development in the past and they lament that they’re thinking “how long will this last and what will I have to turn in…and when is lunch?” as they trudge toward the library down the hallway that so obviously lacks the normal student energy they’ve used as fuel for the past 9 months. But it doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, if we do things well, teachers are likely to come away from their professional development energized and excited.
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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | |
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.

Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy.
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¿Qué es el Aprendizaje Basado en Competencias?

¿Qué es el Aprendizaje Basado en Competencias? | |
El aprendizaje basado en competencias es un enfoque de la educación que se centra en la demostración de los resultados de aprendizaje deseados como el centro del proceso de aprendizaje del estudiante. Se refiere principalmente a la progresión del estudiante a través de planes de estudio a su propio ritmo, profundidad, etc. Como han demostrado las competencias, los estudiantes continúan progresando.

Como la mayoría de las cosas relacionadas con la educación, existe un desacuerdo de lo que el aprendizaje basado en la competencia significa en realidad, cuáles son sus rasgos definitorios , y la forma en que idealmente se debe utilizar o cuál es sufunción. Se cree tradicionalmente en términos de habilidades y vocación, pero puede ser completamente “académica” también.
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Technology in the Classroom: 10 reasons to implement it

Technology in the Classroom: 10 reasons to implement it | |
It is undeniable that technology is everywhere. It has become intertwined in just about everything that we do and there is no escaping it. It affects how we shop, how we pay our bills, how we connect to people, and even how we use technology in the classroom to learn. If you were born in the 1920s or ‘30s, then you may have a real problem learning how to navigate today’s world. Long gone are the days of even picking up a telephone to talk, because in today’s society everyone would rather text or e-mail someone to communicate.

With increasing presence of technology in the classroom, it is no surprise that schools all over the country are implementing the latest gadgets. However, there are still a few reluctant school districts and educators who are delaying this imminent tool.
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The Pros and Cons of technology in the classroom

The Pros and Cons of technology in the classroom | |
Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter. It’s difficult to be 100% for the use of educational technology all of the time, when there are so many convincing arguments against it. Most teachers find a happy medium with technology—it’s useful in some situations, but a distraction in others.

This great article on Huffington post offers an example of a kindergarten classroom where young learners use technology naturally and in authentic ways. The article also goes on to discuss the problems many pediatricians have with technology use by young children, such as excessive screen time, which can lead to poor sleep habits. In addition, doctors worry that children who use devices at a very young age become more focused on learning to select and swipe than on developmental processes, like handwriting and shoe-tying.
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Teaching in the time of Google

Teaching in the time of Google | |
Imagine a society where smartphones are miniaturized and hooked directly into a person’s brain. With a single mental command, those who have this technology — let’s call it neuromedia — can access information on any subject. Want to know the capital of Bulgaria or the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? It’s right there. Users of neuromedia can take pictures with a literal blink of the eye, do complex calculations instantly, and find at once the contact information for anyone they’ve ever met. No need to remember the name of the person you were introduced to last night at the dinner party — a subcellular computing device does it for you.

For the people of this society, it is as if the world is in their heads. It is a connected world, one where knowledge can be shared immediately with everyone in a very intimate way. From the inside, tapping into the collective wisdom of the ages is as simple as tapping into one’s own memory. Knowledge is not only easy; everyone knows so much more.
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