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Why some teachers may question ‘new’ education trends

Why some teachers may question ‘new’ education trends | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

ften frustration with the public education system is directed at teachers, even when they are following the standards and guidelines set out by the government. Everyone from politicians, to non-profits to parents tell teachers how to do their jobs better. So it’s no surprise that when the federal state education officials or school superintendents announce a new initiative that not all teachers are ready to jump on the new trend. Education has a long history of reform, each succeeded by another, and teachers have learned to pick and choose carefully where to put their energies.

“There is such a gap between policy talk and what happens on the ground,” said Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and a former high school social studies teacher and district superintendent. Cuban, a respected voice in the education community, says it can take a long time for new policies to actually get implemented in classrooms, and as schools are gearing up, new policies often come in to replace the ones being implemented. It’s a frustrating cycle for teachers and often leads them to follow their own best judgement about what works in the classroom and ignore the winds of change that can shift so quickly.

 

“There are so many things that are given to us that are either time wasters or disrespectful to teachers.” 

“They have history on their side,” Cuban said. He’s not surprised that teachers are reticent to immediately accept new trends in learning, especially if that trend is coming around for the second or third time. Take project-based learning, for example. It has become the catch phrase du jour, especially with the arrival of Common Core State Standards, but the concept isn’t new and many schools have been quietly practicing project-based learning since the time of John Dewey and Maria Montessori.

 

“It’s never disappeared,” Cuban said. Schools that were committed to a project-based learning approach continued to use it and made sure that their students also did well on state-mandated assessments. The practice has a history well over a century long — it didn’t arise just because new Common Core State Standards are now requiring similar skills, he says.

 

Even with other “new” teaching practices and ideas, “among teachers there are early adopters, so some teachers buy into it very quickly, and then when administrators pull back or funding dries up they’re stuck,” Cuban said. To avoid that kind of disillusionment many teachers have decided the best policy is to keep their heads down and continue to do what works — using trial and error to figure out how to reach kids, sticking to the textbook, and focusing on building strong relationships with students.

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Efectos dinámicos y complejos... la agilidad inteligente

Efectos dinámicos y complejos... la agilidad inteligente | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Leyendo (con el traductor muchas veces) lecturas de universidades londinenses, les aseguro que son muy interesante, comparto con ellos que vivimos en la era de la información, que según Wikipedia es un período de la historia humana que se caracteriza por el paso de la producción industrial a una basada en la información y la informatización. Pero, ¿qué viene después? Así como la era industrial dio paso gradualmente a la era de la información en el período posterior a la guerra, podemos asumir con seguridad que algo más está más allá de la era de la información.

Nos podemos cuestionar ¿cómo sería un mundo con demasiada información ? ¿podría ocasionar algun que otro problema? Uno de los problemas creados por el exceso de información es la “parálisis del análisis” – nos volvemos tan obsesionados sobre la recogida de más información que no somos capaces de actuar sobre ella, eso podria ser…

Otra es que el fácil acceso a los datos que nos puede hacer intelectualmente perezosossi partimos de la premisa que el poder de procesamiento rápido para sustituir el pensamiento. En ambos casos, un exceso de información prima sobre nuestra capacidad de hacer juicios inteligentes y oportunos. ¿Tal vez el juicio y la acción son l escasos recursos en la era posterior a la información?
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Top tips for using Social Media to expand your PLN

Top tips for using Social Media to expand your PLN | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Developing a personal learning network (PLN) is a great thing to do and should be thought of as a requirement rather than a preference. One of the best things about a PLN is that you can take advantage of it for many years to come. It involves creating a reciprocal network of people and resources that you can tap into to study or learn about a particular topic.

"Once you have developed a PLN, you can use it as a form of support for your career and personal endeavors".

If you have found yourself in the middle of creating a PLN, make sure you don’t overlook the many ways in which social media can be of assistance. Here’s a closer look at a few tips for optimizing your PLN using various social media platforms.

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6 marketing tips to promote your eLearning courses

6 marketing tips to promote your eLearning courses | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

You’ve hired the right subject matter experts, worked tirelessly to design your eLearning course layout and have painstakingly perfected every multimedia element. Now, it’s time to spread the word about the high quality of your eLearning courses. In this article, I’ll share 6 marketing tips in order to help you successfully promote your eLearning courses and maximize your potential target audience.


Creating memorable eLearning courses for your audience is just half the battle. The real trick is knowing how to promote your eLearning courses, so that it ends up on the screens of those who can truly benefit from them and potentially turn a profit to your business. But have no fear; below you’ll find 6 useful marketing tips to promote your eLearning courses.

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[PDF] Guía visual Flipped ¿Le damos la vuelta?

[PDF] Guía visual Flipped ¿Le damos la vuelta? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Fundación Telefónica, a través de sus monográficos sobre innovación en la Educación, quiere reforzar su objetivo aspiracional de acercar la escuela a la Sociedad Digital. Atendemos así las demandas de docentes, directivos y demás miembros de la Comunidad Escolar que requieren de las apoyaturas necesarias para adaptarse al cambio de paradigma que el mundo digital está generando en todos los ámbitos de la sociedad.

 

Éste es el segundo monográfico que lanzamos (el primero puedes descargártelo aquí) y nos habla de:


  • La conexión de los aprendizajes fuera y dentro del aula
  • Hacer realidad un nuevo rol del docente
  • Favorecer el aprendizaje profundo del alumno desde una propuesta atractiva
  • Liberar tiempo en el aula para atender a las necesidades de los alumnos
  • Incorporar a la escuela en la sociedad digital…
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Educational Media in Action (3)

Media is in living rooms, classrooms, and even the palm of our hand. So how can parents and teachers get the most out of the time kids spend in front of a screen?
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Educational Media 101 (1)

Most kids now spend 4 to 5 hours each day in front of a television. What does this growing exposure to media mean for kid's literacy development? How can parents and teaches turn media in to an educational tool.
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Cinco herramientas para grabar tus propias videolecciones

Cinco herramientas para grabar tus propias videolecciones | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Las videolecciones son clases o lecciones grabadas en vídeo. Muy habituales en la enseñanza online, ofrecen numerosas ventajas. Los estudiantes pueden visualizarlas en cualquier momento o lugar, tantas veces como quieran, y con las pausas que consideren necesarias para comprender los contenidos que explican. Estas características las convierten en un recurso ideal para llevar a la práctica metodologías como la flipped classroom, donde los alumnos aprenden los conceptos en casa, para después, en clase, trabajarlos y consultar sus dudas. Te presentamos cinco herramientas para que grabes tus propias videolecciones y te animes a probar nuevos métodos.
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¿Qué dice la investigación sobre la Educación a Distancia?

¿Qué dice la investigación sobre la Educación a Distancia? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Acaba de publicarse un interesante informe de más de 200 páginas que recoge la revisión de la investigación sobre la educación a distancia, blended (mixta) y la enseñanza en línea. Merece una lectura atenta porque responde a la pregunta: ¿qué dice la investigación sobre estos modos de enseñanza y aprendizaje que se han abierto paso en los últimos años? Como siempre digo, la educación debe basarse en evidencias y estar fundamentada. La investigación es, debería ser, la partitura de la acción. Iré desgranando el estudio en varias entradas y lo incluiré completo en la última de ellas. La metodología es la habitual en estos trabajos: síntesis de las mejores evidencias y meta-análisis, incluye un extenso número de estudios que se referencian en el trabajo. Está realizado por diversos profesores de las Universidades de Athabasca, Edimburgo, Texas Arlington y South Australia.
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Elizabeth Roman's curator insight, May 29, 9:05 AM

Como punto de partida, el autor del post fija una posición muy importante sobre la docencia: "...la educación debe basarse en evidencias y estar fundamentada. La investigación es, debería ser, la partitura de la acción..."

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[Infographic] 6 advantages of content chunking in eLearning

[Infographic] 6 advantages of content chunking in eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Content Chunking – may be you have never heard of it, or may be you have heard and been wondering how it works and helps develop successful eLearning courses.

Chunking is a method of presenting content by splitting it into small pieces or “chunks” to facilitate quick and easy reading and understanding. Effective content chunking goes a long way in designing eLearning courses by reducing cognitive load on the learner.

Instructional designers perform this essential exercise, wherein they break long strings of content into bite-sized, absorbable pieces which are easier to remember.

Here is an info-graphic which shares the importance of content chunking in eLearning.
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Tips to test your eLearning

Tips to test your eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
A stitch in time saves nine”, one of those classic old sayings that defies social, technological and spiritual upheavals and constantly rings true. Unlike “You want to have your cake and eat it too” which never made any sense to me because what is the point of cake if you cannot eat it, but I digress.

The concept of a little preventative action early on, allowing us to avoid lengthy, costly, frustrating and embarrassing re-work down the track. This is a concept that applies directly to eLearning development too and for eLearning development our stitch in time is testing.

elearning developmentThis testing falls under a number of banners, testing whilst we develop, testing once the content piece is complete and testing when we receive SME or client changes. Lets explore each of these periods in the development of piece of eLearning and take note of what you need to check at each stage.
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Seminario Educación Disruptiva: rEDUvolution (María Acaso)

Maria Acaso nos habla de la rEDUvolution en el Seminario de Educación Disruptiva, 14 mayo 2014, en el Auditorio de Fundación Telefónica.

Via Genaro Martinez, Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales, cristina guadalupe
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Diez tendencias en Innovación Educativa

Diez tendencias en Innovación Educativa | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Aunque mayoritariamente se piensa que los últimos avances en innovación educativa vienen de la mano de las últimas tecnologías lo cierto es que no siempre es así. En ocasiones son nuevos conceptos cuya aplicación no necesita la última tecnología, otras veces son viejos problemas que ahora comienzan a considerarse y, por supuesto, nuevas actividades importadas del mundo exterior a la educación.
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Escenarios críticos de aprendizaje con el mLearning

Escenarios críticos de aprendizaje con el mLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Hoy existe una tensión importante que proviene del hecho de que la mayoría dispositivos móviles actualmente en uso no están diseñados específicamente para la educación o la formación, sino más bien para la gestión de información o comunicación personal…


El aprendizaje móvil incluye todos los sistemas que permiten al alumno distribuido acceso a los datos y se comunican entre sí sin tener que depender de las redes eléctricas y de comunicación alámbricos (Karran, 2003) Los dispositivos móviles son portátiles, tienen su propia fuente de alimentación y la capacidad de comunicación inalámbrica. Específicamente resuma los incluyendo, pero no limitado …

  • Laptops
  • Tabletas
  • Smartphones
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[Infografía] Competencia digital docente

[Infografía] Competencia digital docente | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Los docentes, como ciudadanos de la sociedad del conocimiento y como formadores de ciudadanos competentes de esta sociedad, debemos desarrollar la competencia digital para garantizar experiencias de aprendizaje diversas que faciliten la propia construcción del conocimiento, y la alfabetización del alumnado del siglo XXI, utilizando las TIC como un medio para lograrlo.


Via Net-Learning
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[Infographic] 21st century learning starts with IT planning

[Infographic] 21st century learning starts with IT planning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

By now, 21st-century skills such as communication, creativity, and collaboration are on everyone’s radar. Your school may even have an ambitious plan for instilling 21st-century skills in your students. But the reality is these plans don’t get too far if your computers don’t work and you can’t access the sites and services you need. The Why 21st Century Learning Starts With IT Planning Infographic, created by HP and Intel, explores the crucial steps all IT departments need to take in order to truly become a 21st-century school.

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12 reasons for you to embrace eLearning

12 reasons for you to embrace eLearning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

For Centuries we had been used to learning in a particular way. Our learning was always shepherded by a guide – parents at home; teachers and tutors during our school years; professors and mentors at college. We then entered a vocation which again required some learning; and the way we learned from our childhood carried on into adulthood where we again learned under the guidance of an instructor.

This worked fine until recently when technology enabled learning changed the way that educators and L&D faculty thought of learning. Today, educational institutions and offices, both in the public and the private sectors, are making the shift to technology-enabled, online learning. Within organizations, there is always a faction of those employees who are uncomfortable with this new way of learning. If you are one of those who hesitates to give technology-enabled learning a try, here’s 1 reason to embrace eLearning – you will love it!

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Audience Questions (4)

How can educational media help engage reluctant readers? What is the role of libraries in this equation? What can this medium do for english language learners?
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Impact of Educational Media (2)

What makes for quality educational programming? What does the online world have to offer our kids?

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[PDF] The history of Educational Media

[PDF] The history of Educational Media | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Technology has a special place in American culture. It is ineluctably wedded to the American philosophy of progress and we romanticize its capabilities. We trust that scientific achievements will make the world a better and safer place (Robins & Webster, 1999). Our faith in technology has certainly been prevalent in the social sphere of education. Since the turn of the 20th century and the development of communication technology, educational literature and the popular press have been filled with visions of technology-laden schools and giddy prophesies of how the latest medium will improve learning across the educational spectrum. As educational historians have noted, each new technology introduced into schools spurred an enormous amount  of enthusiasm among educators, administrators, and technology advocates (e.g., Cuban, 1986). The use of Victrolas, film projectors, radios, televisions, cassette recorders, video, computers, CD-ROMs, and the internet have all been presumed to rejuvenate and/or reform education. Not surprisingly, the hopeful discourses for each medium throughout this “Age of Information” are
so similar that predictions for one educational technology can easily be substituted for another.
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Intrinsic Motivation in online training

Intrinsic Motivation in online training | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
In this article, I’ll delve into the basics of intrinsic motivation, one of the most powerful human drives; a fascinating stimulus that is able to convert any online training course into a rewarding and amazingly fulfilling online experience. I will also share 6 tips on how to develop online training activities that will intrinsically motivate your employees.
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[PDF] Proven eLearning design and development tips

[PDF] Proven eLearning design and development tips | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

How can you design captivating eLearning courses that spellbind your people? What does it take to produce first-rate translations of online training content, quickly, at low cost? How can you make the best use of rapid eLearning? What are the things you need to do to harness the full learning potential of the mobile device? How can see that your learning management system (LMS) is optimally utilized?

Well, to find out, download the eBook 116 Proven E-learning Design and Development Tips. This incredible resource is the product of 15 years of experience in eLearning design and development. The free eBook provides valuable insights into all aspects of online training and contains practical tips and tricks of the trade which help you harness the full potential of eLearning. It enables you to do the following and much more.

  • Design captivating online courses that hook your learners to the screen
  • Render eLearning courses into the native languages of your people, efficiently and effectively
  • Leverage rapid eLearning to develop top-notch courses
  • Unleash the power of the mobile device to impart first-rate training
  • Make the best use of your LMS
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5 handy tools for the one-man eLearning show

5 handy tools for the one-man eLearning show | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Let’s face it: sometimes we may feel as we’re subbing for the whole personnel in a circus. Day in and day out, we are faced with the challenge of juggling content, walking the tight rope of creative storytelling and making our audience gasp with amazement at sensational graphic design. As an instructional designer, we welcome all the help we can get!

The good news is we have lots of it, if we look in the right place. So, without further ado, here to assist you on your one-man (or woman) eLearning show is a toolbox of small yet enormously helpful apps and websites for your everyday tasks.
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Behaviorism in Instructional Design for eLearning: When and how to use

Behaviorism in Instructional Design for eLearning: When and how to use | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
How to write about the “benefits” of behaviorism when it is the learning approach that the most critiques has received? Behavioristic theories may sound out-of-date as, nowadays, everybody involved in instructional design for eLearning seems to favor constructivism. The incorporation of social media in eLearning course design has also opened new e-ways towards social learning, keeping “behaviorism” somewhere at the far end of the corridor, a scapegoat to blame for whatever we, as ”eLearning experts”, find not constructive enough. Then, why universities still bother teaching about behaviorism? Is behaviorism as old-fashioned as we consider and by no means applicable in today’s digitalized world? In this article, I’ll try to give you some tips on how behaviorism can be applied in today’s instructional design for eLearning and to explain for what type of eLearning activities is more appropriate.
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Los retos educativos en la sociedad masiva y en red más allá de la educación a distancia.

Presentación hecha en la Universidad San Salvador (Buenos Aires) sobre retos de educación a distancia y conceptos que creo importantes que se desarrollen en el ámbito EaD: movilidad, educomunicación, interacciones profundas, personalización, presencia y otros más. Se presentó el 7 de mayo de 2015 en Buenos Aires. 


Via Juan Jesús Baño Egea, Angel Pio Gonzalez Soto, juandoming, Alfredo Calderon
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The era of the Teacherpreneur

The era of the Teacherpreneur | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
Many teachers that are currently in the classroom today long for a different system in which to exist. Some may enter but soon join the exodus for the administrative world. They may cite the desire for better professional pay. They may also choose a different path because the students prove too challenging or the expectations set by those outside of education's reality are too unforgiving -- as described in this article from The Guardian. Some will leave entirely, citing lack of support and burnout.

But wait, don't click away yet! This isn't a post about the challenges of teaching; this is a post about a movement to help those talented and dedicated teachers remain enthusiastic about their profession. This is a post about a current trend that can help teachers contribute to students' learning by granting them a different pathway through that very same profession.
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