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Stop saying "balance is key" when discussing technology

Stop saying "balance is key" when discussing technology | |

We are a society that seems to embrace balance without question. It is easy to speak those words or nod in agreement when others convey the sentiment. I mean, what can be wrong with balance? It seems easy to agree to this condition. If this has been you - STOP.

We don't need to balance technology with non-technology.Technology is a tool and resource that we have at our disposal to use effectively and efficiently for our needs. For many people technology is the way they do business, pleasure, fitness, and more, and that's okay.

If you're wondering why...

Think about it.

When you talk about reading books, do you often hear, "balance is key?"
When you talk about fitness, do you often hear, balance is key?
How about writing? How about talking to friends? How about networking with experts? How about playing chess?  How about making documentaries? How about solving complex equations? How about social action?  How about doing research?

All those things can be accomplished with tech though it often is not obvious to the observer. What looks like screen-staring is often something even Luddites can value.
Edumorfosis's insight:

Sigan este inteesante debate sobre el uso de la tecnología:

¿Para qué hacer un balance entre tecnología y no-tecnología, cuando puedo ser más efectivo aprendiendo, creando cosas o solucionando problemas con mis recursos tecnológicos personales?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 2014 4:54 PM

Integration is a much better word. Balance suggests there is a predetermined percentage or number. Integration, properly understood, is about appropriate usage around questions: What is the purpose? Who is using? What is the context? Good teachers recognize this. The tech gurus who never really taught and raced through the classroom do not get it.
Hacia una educación disruptiva en la era del conocimiento hiperconectado...
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[Infographic] 10 reasons Twitter works in Education

[Infographic] 10 reasons Twitter works in Education | |
As the collective family of social media channels grows, each adopts their own personality.

LinkedIn is oldest sibling –a go-getter that wore a suit in middle school. Instagram is the playful teen that opened her own restaurant with her family’s money. Facebook is the walking political argument that you know not get started. And twitter? twitter is the wild child of the bunch.

Offering quick bits of information, a dynamic stream that looks great on desktop and mobile devices, and a variety of ways to communicate from #hashtags to @messaging to micro-blogging and link distribution, twitter works, and unlike facebook, blogging, and other digital tools, when something does indeed “fail” on twitter, the overwhelming number of tweets can help mitigate the loss.

The best I’ve heard explanation we’ve heard for the difference between twitter and facebook is (paraphrased), “Facebook makes me dislike people I’ve known for years, while twitter makes me like people I’ve never met.” I’m not sure it’s quite that cut and dry, but the big idea remains the same–every social channel has its own personality.
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7 new Educational Web Tools for teachers

7 new Educational Web Tools for teachers | |
In this month's 'New Educational Web Tools' series, we are sharing with you this selection of interesting web tools we have been curating over the last few weeks. The purpose is to keep you updated about the latest in the EdTech world and introduce you to some useful applications that might be of an added value to your in your teaching.
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What is Bespoke eLearning? Featuring 6 killer examples

What is Bespoke eLearning? Featuring 6 killer examples | |
Bespoke eLearning courses are branded for your organization. They may use the raw content that you have or use content that is specifically created for you. The examples and case studies would be relevant to your organization and the assessments would be specifically designed for you. Their design approach factors for your learners’ preferences, your culture, and is tailor made to meet your learning and business mandates.
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[PDF] Social Learning and the Future of Work

[PDF] Social Learning and the Future of Work | |

In study after study, corporate education experts have found that between 70 to 90 percent of all workplace learning happens informally — from knowledge sharing and mentorship among project team members to casual break-room chats. Moreover, in an ongoing informal survey of thousands of participants worldwide, the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies consistently finds that respondents value informal workplace learning experiences far more than they do corporate training and eLearning, with 87 percent identifying social knowledge sharing among team members to be “essential” and only 37 percent perceiving formal company training to be similarly vital.

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3 strategies for quickly delivering high quality eLearning

3 strategies for quickly delivering high quality eLearning | |
Building high quality eLearning collaboratively with colleagues is a time-consuming challenge. In this article we’ll look at how to use branded themes, collaboration tools, and Rapid Release™ republishing to save time when building and delivering eLearning.
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9 characteristics of 21st Century Learning

9 characteristics of 21st Century Learning | |

The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including:

  • weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity
  • underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design
  • considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning
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5 best practices for transforming faculty into fully online educators

5 best practices for transforming faculty into fully online educators | |
I am an Instructional Designer who teaches a fully online professional development seminar that focuses on Instructional Design principles for developing and delivering fully online and blended courses. As the 6 week seminar wraps up, one of the final assignments I require faculty to complete is a reflective learning journal. With permission from the faculty who participated in the seminar, I present a few excerpts from their journals that support and highlight best practices I have developed at my university for faculty development.
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eLearning: The ideal medium to train the mining workforce

eLearning: The ideal medium to train the mining workforce | |
The mining industry plays a key role in the Australian economy. According to a report published by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of Victoria, in 2013, mineral and energy commodities account for 60% of the nation’s total exports.

People play a vital role in this important sector of the economy, and it is essential that the staff members of mining organizations are equipped with the right knowledge and skills. But, how can the personnel of mining companies be trained efficiently in a cost-effective manner? Well, eLearning can be used to deliver top-notch training to employees of mining firms. Let us see how.
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Office Mix now supports integration with LMS

Office Mix now supports integration with LMS | |
Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that makes it easy to author and share interactive online lessons. Educators can easily add audio and video narration, real-time inking, screen recordings, quizzes and polls within PowerPoint. Lessons can be viewed in practically any browser on any device. Through support of LTI, we have made it easy for educators to embed mixes into all major Learning Management Systems (LMSs), including Canvas, Engrade, Blackboard, Haiku, Moodle, Brightspace, EDUonGo and Schoology. Additionally, the LTI adoption enables McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) to utilize Office Mix to provide a custom teaching experience for adopters of the next generation of MHE products. Cengage Learning will be releasing an Introductory Computing MindTap pilot integrating Office Mix for fall 2015 classes. After Office Mix has been set up to work with an LMS via LTI, educators can easily embed interactive mixes, created by themselves or the community, within their LMS as assignments or assessments. LTI also seamlessly authenticates students, and their grades are automatically passed back to the LMS grade book.
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[eBook] La reforma de la virtualización de la universidad

[eBook] La reforma de la virtualización de la universidad | |

La presente investigación busca develar las líneas centrales de una gran reforma en curso en los sistemas universitarios en la región en cuanto a la innovación que permiten las tecnologías; el cómo se inserta ésta en los contextos socioeconómicos globales, es parte de las dinámicas que surgen al interior de los sistemas universitarios y de los propios cambios en las tecnologías e industrias culturales; y cuáles son sus múltiples impactos y dimensiones.

El estudio apunta a revelar algunos de los cambios que se están produciendo en la gestión, el financiamiento, la cobertura, las dinámicas pedagógicas, los actores sociales y los niveles de pertinencia y calidad. Sus diversos capítulos propenden a analizar la amplitud de los cambios e impactos sobre los sistemas educativos, y mostrar cómo irrumpe una nueva economía de la educación; cómo beneficia nuevos accesos y también grupos sociales como las personas con discapacidad; cómo cambian en los paradigmas y dinámicas de los sistemas de evaluación que tienden a focalizarse en medir los aprendizajes, así como en las lógicas geográficas que impulsa la internacionalización con ofertas educativas globales de forma automatizadas a través de la Red.  Muestra sus características como una reforma en curso de enormes dimensiones que está cambiando radicalmente los sistemas universitarios y todas sus tradicionales arquitecturas de funcionamiento y regulación

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How to review the effectiveness of your learning and development function

How to review the effectiveness of your learning and development function | |
Traditionally, Learning and Development teams have taken an inward-looking approach to measuring their effectiveness. They have analysed the things that matter to them, such as feedback on training courses, time spent on training courses, numbers of attendees on courses and so on. The problem in gathering this data, is the fact that it has very little relevance to the business. Why? Because the business wants to know the impact its investment in learning and development is having on business outcomes, not how successful a training course has been for those who attended it.

So how do you figure out the effectiveness of your Learning and Development function? To what extent are you able to demonstrate that you are adopting modernised learning approaches that deliver the outcomes the business needs: improved productivity, engagement; revenue and agility?
No comment yet.! : Live streaming video broadcast platform : Live streaming video broadcast platform | |
Streamera is the free live broadcasting platform used to create your own web-tv and broadcast your events in live streaming. You can also upload your videos, create your playlist and broadcast 24h a day, live and on demand. All you need is a PC with a webcam or a camera and an internet connection. You can also use your smartphone or tablet for live broadcasting anywhere, using wi-fi or 3G connection. You can embed your Streamera channel on your website or blog and share it on your Facebook page to increase your audience.
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Coggle: A handy Google Drive tool for collaboratively creating Diagrams and Mind Maps

Coggle: A handy Google Drive tool for collaboratively creating Diagrams and Mind Maps | |
Coggle is a good Chrome app for creating mind maps. It integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and allows you to organize and share your files with your Google contacts the way you like. Coggle provides a wide variety of features that make it easy for users to create beautiful mind maps and share them with others. Interesting among these features is the collaborative functionality which enable you to invite colleagues and work on the same diagram in the same time.
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3 reasons why we have Interactive eLearning

3 reasons why we have Interactive eLearning | |

What is interactive elearning?

In previous posts we discussed different ways to interact with onscreen elements. Generally, interactions are limited to click, mouse over, or dragging interactions.

Then we explored two key points when building interactive elearning. The first point is to get the users to “touch” the screen. Find ways to have them interact with onscreen elements. The second point is to have them interact with the content to create a great learning experience.

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What Education Technology could look like over the next five years

What Education Technology could look like over the next five years | |
In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.
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Diferencias constructivistas entre el Conectivismo y el Aprendizaje Ubicuo

Diferencias constructivistas entre el Conectivismo y el Aprendizaje Ubicuo | |
George Siemens y Stephen Downes, 2004, desarrollaron la teoría del Conectivismo integrando conceptos de la neurociencia, la teoría de redes y la teoría del caos, donde los individuos transforman las organizaciones sociales en procesos de aprendizaje formales y no formales a través de herramientas virtuales que abren las puertas a la comunicación y la creatividad. Sostienen que el conocimiento no se centra en las mentes de los individuos sino en las relaciones que estos realizan durante la creación del conocimiento, las herramientas que utilizan y las condiciones de los materiales del entorno; por lo que, las teorías de aprendizaje deben dejar de organizarse por categorías y jerarquías para pasar a ser redes y ecologías.
José Luis Conforti's curator insight, Today, 12:27 AM

El Conectivismo y el Aprendizaje Ubicuo son dos teorías educativas que han surgido en la era digital, es importante entender sus similitudes y diferencias en función a la corriente pedagógica constructivista. Este artículo define de manera clara y sencilla ambos conceptos, con una lectura amena nos adentra en estas teorías de aprendizaje. Material sumamente atractivo para tod@s aquell@s que se encuentran en un profesorado, docentes y estudiantes con interés por aprender y entender como funciona el conocimiento.!

9 tips to enhance active listening skills in eLearning

9 tips to enhance active listening skills in eLearning | |

I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”, Ernest Hemingway once said. More than a half-century later, little has changed; indeed, most people don’t listen, despite listening being one of the most important human skills. The way we listen can have a major impact not only on our personal relationships, but also on our professional lives and job performance.

A good listener has the ability to better understand and process information; a great listener has the ability to use this information to negotiate, influence, and avoid misunderstandings and conflicts. But what does it take to become a great listener? Only one thing, actually: Practicing and improving your active listening skills.

Having active listening skills means that you are able to communicate effectively and create deeper connections with others. Active listening is an essential quality all learners should have, as it can greatly improve their communication skills and help them build strong relationships. In this article, I'll delve into the basics of active listening that every eLearning professional should know in order to develop eLearning courses that enhance learners' active listening skills, so that you will be able to help your learners to engage both mentally and emotionally in every conversation, and achieve long-term success in their personal and professional lives.

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[Infografía] El uso de Redes Sociales como estrategia pedagógica

[Infografía] El uso de Redes Sociales como estrategia pedagógica | |
Las Redes Sociales nos han abierto nuevos caminos y se han convertido en una parte importante de nuestra vida para muchos de nosotros. Sus usos son muy diversos: entretenimiento, comunicación, búsqueda de información, canales para compartir contenidos, elementos para construir Branding, herramientas de marketing, etc.

Uno de los posibles usos de las redes sociales, quizá pasa un poco inadvertido frente al resto de posibilidades, es el de emplearlas para realizar una estratega pedagógica. Así que también se convierten en excelentes herramientas de apoyo a profesores, padres y docentes que sepan como emplearlas correctamente en la enseñanza de pequeños y jóvenes.

La infografía que compartimos hoy con todos vosotros, un trabajo del sitio Ixousart, nos enseña como aprovechar las redes sociales para la pedagogía, su título es “El uso de las Redes Sociales como Estrategia Pedagógica“.
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iTunes U Course Guidelines

iTunes U Course Guidelines | |

iTunes U 3.0 makes it easier than ever to bring your classroom together on iPad. With new features such as the integrated grade book, homework hand-in, and private discussions, you can create an engaging and personalized learning environment for students on iPad.

Homework hand-in
Homework hand-in lets students submit their work to you through iTunes U. They can use a variety of Apple and third-party apps, as well as the built-in PDF annotation tools to complete their assignments. Once projects are handed in, they’re all organized in one place so that you can track and grade student work.

Annotation tools
Built-in annotation tools give students the option to use a stylus or their fingers to mark up a PDF—without leaving iTunes U.*

Private discussions
Support your students’ unique learning needs through private discussions right from within an assignment.

Integrated grade book
Track grades and assignments for all students enrolled in your private courses. You can enable grading for a specific assignment to show that it will be graded. As you grade assignments, you can view your overall and individual student performance and track student progress.

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Loosening group boundaries

Loosening group boundaries | |
In the network era, the quality of our professional connections becomes a prime source of our influence and value. However, our network connections do not negate the influence of our close family and team ties, nor do they replace the influence of our larger work groups in our organizations and institutions. We need to understand how our various strong and loose social ties can help us learn, get work done, and be better citizens. We need to balance our perspectives, sometimes focused on complex work requiring not just our attention but trust that is developed over time. But this is not enough, we also have to get away from our work, families, and teams and look at the bigger picture, capturing glimpses of new ideas from a diverse social network.
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Profesores de este siglo con mentalidad del siglo pasado

Profesores de este siglo con mentalidad del siglo pasado | |

Los estudiantes que se sientan en nuestras aulas universitarias nacieron con las computadoras, acceden a la información desarrollando procesos paralelos y múltiples, buscan en la Red al azar sin seguir un patrón único. No van a la biblioteca porque no es necesario, lo encuentran en Internet. Manejan el celular sin que nadie le enseñara cómo hacerlo, descargan aplicaciones que emplean sin relación alguna con la actividad pedagógica. Encuentran más motivante usar las tecnologías fuera de la universidad que vincularla a esta. Todos tienen cuentas en Facebook y muchos en Whastapp.

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Build a Responsive Classroom with Social Media

Build a Responsive Classroom with Social Media | |
Students are interacting with social media on an almost-daily basis. Integration of social media into lesson planning and social interaction can support the creation and maintenance of a responsive classroom.

A responsive classroom integrates students’ social and emotional growth into their academic learning. This is done through social interaction and explicit instruction of skills during lessons.
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