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The era of Cloud Computing

The era of Cloud Computing | |

Cloud computing, an airy term for real systems of cleverly networked computers, powers thousands of mobile games, workplace software programs and advanced research projects. These services harness global networks of millions of computers, renting and using huge amounts of computing power.

For the half-century that computers have been part of the workplace, companies have bought their own machines for corporate data centers. But that may be about to change. Industry analysts at IDC figure that if largely cloud-based things like mobile apps, big data, and social media are counted, over the next six years almost 90 percent of new spending on Internet and communications technologies, a $5 trillion global business, will be on cloud-based technology.

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Las estrategias docentes más efectivas

Las estrategias docentes más efectivas | |
En la entrada anterior presentaba 10 estrategias que la investigación ha revelado que son eficaces en la tarea del profesor. Ahora vamos a desgranar, brevemente, las estrategias mencionadas. Me baso en el trabajo de Shaun Killian quien amablemente me ha autorizado a traducir su texto para compartirlo con vosotros.
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21st Century Learning: The shift to Digital Content

21st Century Learning: The shift to Digital Content | |
The more students read, the more likely they are to think critically, learn independently and develop a lifelong love of reading. Research shows that using a variety of texts helps students develop strategies to understand, analyze and synthesize information.

Schools are increasing access to digital resources with 21st century school libraries that provide novels, non-fiction on every topic and other materials on demand.

With the growing use of 1:1 solutions, districts leverage the value of their investment with 24/7 access to digital materials. Using the OverDrive digital reading platformwhich is customized for each school or district, students can find eBooks and audiobooks that are aligned with curriculum, develop a love of reading and improve performance in all content areas.
Edumorfosis's insight:

There is nothing innovative about replacing printed content with digital content. Neither is it innovative to flip the magisterial speech of teachers  in the classroom by the speech on digital screens. There will be no educational transformation until the classroom becomes a social laboratory in which students become researchers, debaters, creators, programmers, coders, communicators, presenters and active leaders... #FlipRoles

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Investigar, aprender, enseñar… ¿se rompe la trilogía hoy?

Investigar, aprender, enseñar… ¿se rompe la trilogía hoy? | |

Las “cosas” están a punto de ser más inteligentes y nosotros también, claro.!!!


En la actualidad podemos utilizar nuestros dispositivos para interactuar directamente con el espacio virtual, pero con objetos inteligentes conscientes del contexto que nos rodea, vamos a ser capaces de interactuar a través de herramientas virtuales en el mundo real….


En un reciente post, Knowles Jamillah escribió que la revolución está a punto de comenzar, donde los objetos en nuestros hogares y lugares de trabajo se vuelven más inteligentes, más sensible al contexto, y será capaz de interpretar los datos suministrados a ellos, antes de tomar acción….y eso no sucederá mañana, está sucediendo hoy y no es una escusa para decir “no sé como funciona todo esto”, ya no podremos alegar “ignorancia”…vivimos en esta época y es nuestra manera de vivir, nos guste o no, debemos aprender cada día, tenemos obligación de hacerlo.

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The myth of the college dropout

The myth of the college dropout | |
We found about 94 percent of these U.S. leaders attended college, and about 50 percent attended an elite school. Though almost everyone went to college, elite school attendance varied widely. For instance, only 20.6 percent of House members and 33.8 percent of 30-millionaires attended an elite school, but over 80 percent of Forbes’ most powerful people did. For whatever reason, about twice as many senators – 41 percent – as House members went to elite schools.

For comparison, based on census and college data, we estimate that only about 2 to 5 percent of all U.S. undergraduates went to one of the elite schools in our study. The people from our study attended elite schools at rates well above typical expectations.
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10 trends that are reshaping EdTech

10 trends that are reshaping EdTech | |

Trend usually implies that something is short term, like a one-hit wonder on the radio, but when we talk about educational technology, these trends are here to not only stay, but grow. While it is hard to choose the most important educational technology trends, we did our best to craft this list of ten. Using a LMS Learning management systems make online learning really easy and affordable and allow teachers flexibility with creating lessons and tests. On the other hand, kids can access content at any moment, which is handy when they need to miss school and catch up.

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The principles of Adult Learning Theory 

The principles of Adult Learning Theory  | |
It has long been understood that adults learn differently from children, and from students of traditional university age. With the recent shift toward continuous education and adult learning, especially in the professional sphere, it has become necessary to quantify these differences more closely.

Instructional design’ is a science-based field that synthesizes pedagogical realities and the neurological facts of learning. Although it can be applied to any learning community, the field has attained widespread recognition due to its role in adult-focused pedagogy.

It builds on and implements existing theories of adult learning in modern, effective ways.

Via Carlos Fosca, Dennis Swender, Ines Bieler
Carlos Fosca's curator insight, April 17, 9:15 AM

Es bien sabido que los adultos aprendemos de manera diferente que los niños y que incluso los estudiantes universitarios tradicionales. Sin embargo, también es sabido que poco o nada se hace en la mayoría de programas de educación continua para cambiar la estrategia pedagógica del aula universitaria y por ello, una clase para adultos se diferencia poco de una clase tradicional que se ofrece a jóvenes estudiantes de pregrado o incluso de posgrado. La única diferencia radica en que los estudiantes adultos, en este caso, son los que obligan a cambiar la estrategia, cuando introducen preguntas prácticas en clase. El profesor debería planificar su curso y sus clases de una manera diferente, mucho más enfocado a la solución de problemas y a un aprendizaje muy contextualizado, promoviendo el debate y el aprendizaje entre pares. El resto lo ponen los estudiantes que pueden contribuir al aprendizaje de sus compañeros tanto o más que el profesor mismo.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 20, 2:48 PM
"As a general rule, adults need to be involved in planning their instruction and evaluating their results. They should be provided with an environment in which mistakes are safe, expected and a basis for continued learning, in keeping with a problem-centered approach to new ideas."

Those creating and implementing educational policy might want to read this article. Teachers can play a vital role in their own learning.
Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, April 21, 10:51 AM
Andragogía: toma este ámbito de conocimiento!

From Written to Digital: The new literacy

From Written to Digital: The new literacy | |

In today's world, college/university graduates come into contact with a quickly evolving range of technologies and have access to a wealth of information. Students can be more successful after graduation if they are digitally literate—having learned how to identify and create digital solutions, adapt to new tools, and discover more effective and efficient ways of doing things in their fields. The use of technology has transformed every discipline and career, from engineers to doctors to politicians. Yet the traditional academic experience does not prepare many students for the challenges they'll face in these professions today. For instance, young campaign managers must be versed in tasks such as writing a blog and analyzing a social networking initiative, rather than just planning traditional stump speeches and campaign rallies.

This gap between employers' expectations and students' skills is demonstrated by disparities in perceptions of students' readiness to enter the workforce. In a recent study, when students were asked if they felt digitally prepared for work, 44 percent responded that they felt "well-prepared" or "very prepared." In contrast, only 18 percent of surveyed employers responded that students are prepared for entry-level positions.1 Additionally, employers often find digital tools more valuable than traditional tools in evaluating job applicants. In a Hart Research Associates study, employers found electronic portfolios significantly more useful than a college transcript in assessing whether students had the skills necessary to fill a position: 80 percent of employers found electronic portfolios fairly or very useful, but only 45 percent of employers found traditional college transcripts helpful.

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Mobile Learning: Entre dispositivos y aprendizajes…

Mobile Learning: Entre dispositivos y aprendizajes… | |

Estamos en presencia de una amplia gama de temas que deberían estar a disposición de una comunidad de aprendizaje grande (NODOS) con diferentes habilidades y objetivos de aprendizaje. La educación a distancia es una respuesta efectiva a esta demanda de flexibilidad en la formación, pero también debemos pensar en aprendizajes mixtos, en el life long learning, en el mobile learning…. El objetivo es construir una comunidad virtual de aprendizaje sobre la base de un modelo de conocimiento que responda adecuadamente a las diferentes necesidades de aprendizaje.

  • Aspectos de clasificación y reutilización de contenidos multimedia desempeñarán un papel fundamental en la mejora del medio ambiente. Debemos pensar y analizar las posibles innovaciones en la formación , y proponer el uso de un marco que integre todas las fuentes de información y ofrecer habilidades prácticas necesarias para satisfacer las nuevas necesidades.
  • Dentro de la organización y estructuración que hablábamos en nuestros recientes artículos , necesitamos también una buena gestión y una excelente comunicación con los demás, ya que de lo contrario de poco servirían nuestro esfuerzo.
  • Necesitaríamos una especie de arquitectura con diferentes capas capas , que consiste en una capa de presentación, una capa de middleware para procesos de transferencia de conocimientos y la gestión del conocimiento, y una capa de publicación de contenido.

La combinación consciente del CONTEXTO, la computación ubicua y omnipresente proporciona para entornos que son capaces de adaptarse a las diferentes identidades y necesidades de usuarios y organizaciones, un aprendizaje permanente, personalizado y adaptable.

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8 tips to build Remote Work Skills in online training

8 tips to build Remote Work Skills in online training | |
Technology has made the world much smaller. With the click of a button or tap of a screen you can build a thriving business that is free of geographical limitations. But only if you manage to hire, cultivate, and foster the right talent. In global organizations, every employee must be able to collaborate with their colleagues or fly solo, depending on the circumstances. Here are 8 helpful tips for building remote work skills through your online training course.
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[infografía] 28 competencias profesionales clave en un vistazo

[infografía] 28 competencias profesionales clave en un vistazo | |
Presentamos un sencillo infográfico en el que podréis encontrar las principales competencias del siglo XXI, junto a una breve explicación y algunos enlaces que os permitirán ampliar vuestros conocimientos.
Yolanda Bernabeu's curator insight, April 20, 9:22 AM
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What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs? | |
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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One university's approach to onnovation: You have to go slow to go fast

One university's approach to onnovation: You have to go slow to go fast | |

Even at a place known for embracing change, the new lab has faced hiccups. The sandbox’s executive director, Michelle Weise, says she’s learned that the fastest way to make disruptive change at a university is to go slow, by taking time to get input from various campus stakeholders. Her mantra: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.


There is a real possibility for creating lasting and transformative change with incremental improvements. But saying, ‘things should remain exactly as they are,’ only works in a context in which higher education serves more like a luxury good. It's not that higher education needs to change, but it needs to tune itself to the changing needs of the folks who are in need of higher education. So, for all of those non-traditional potential consumers of education—who are looking for something different where they actually need a discreet set of skills to get them to the next level—they need something that helps make them more marketable and is aligned to the labor market.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, April 19, 11:06 AM
This "innovation" article helps reaffirm the notion that "more is less" and "less is more," more or less - with and without tech apps.!

The future is tech, get ready!

The future is tech, get ready! | |
More and more, classrooms are shifting towards a type of learning that is rooted in collaboration, both within and outside of the classroom. The combination of processing ability, storage space, and incessant updating of smartphone and mobile device technology has made these tools a growing and attractive platform for learning. Here, the use of educational apps and learning games in conjunction with familiar processing tools such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF files, and high-resolution images, makes mobile learning an ever more attractive prospect for future classrooms. What’s more, clickers and smartphones can be used to promote interaction through which students can respond to polls or participate in different learning games.
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How Google is disrupting the education system

How Google is disrupting the education system | |
Google has unveiled plans to use its Squared Online course to disrupt the education system, as it says it is “successfully” merging classroom and online learning styles, something it claims rival tech firms have failed to do.

“Squared Online bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. It offers a more experiential learning experience,” says Shuvo Saha, director of the Google Digital Academy.

The course focuses on digital marketing and is split into five modules which look at disruption, how tech is changing businesses, the rise of social and mobile, data analytics and insights.

Squared Online originally began as a face-to-face class, but the tech giant soon realised it needed more scale and so decided to create an online interactive classroom. To do this it collaborated with Avado, a professional coaching company.

This allowed it to move from 30 people attending classes three to four times a year to working with up to 400 people at a time, in a much more collaborative way.
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3 modern Instructional Designer Skills for creating a cohesive learning experience

3 modern Instructional Designer Skills for creating a cohesive learning experience | |
Instructional Designers are trained in the latest cutting edge technologies and are adept at using creative techniques to build custom training solutions. They are known for their passion for learning, along with their writing, researching, and communication skills. They must also be effective project managers and flexible problem solvers. These Instructional Designer skills are necessary but will be insufficient unless they are applied with a “learner first” philosophy, which places the needs of the learner ahead of the presentation of the content in the eLearning course. Here are 3 modern Instructional Designer skills the experts use to focus on the needs of their learner:
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eLearning Course Design: 10+1 steps to success

eLearning Course Design: 10+1 steps to success | |

eLearning course design plays a significant role in every step of the learning process. Design starts by grabbing the attention of learners and then motivates them to stay engaged. As learners progress through the course, design assists with learning and retention. Later, it impacts the ability to recall knowledge.

To ensure your training materials achieve all this, you need to know how to design a course. This guide will provide you with the optimal steps for eLearning design and development.

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Learning in bursts: Microlearning with Social Media

Learning in bursts: Microlearning with Social Media | |

Microlearning refers to any pedagogy that encourages learning in short segments, and it can be supported through many platforms. This article focuses on social media platforms for their ability to facilitate connected learning and peer interaction. Faculty members in many universities incorporate microlearning in their classes because it engages students with the subject matter and results in deep learning, encouraging them to connect the subject matter with their everyday lives and the world around them. This improves knowledge retention.

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La innovación languidece con el exceso de procedimientos y la falta de experiencia

La innovación languidece con el exceso de procedimientos y la falta de experiencia | |

¿Son útiles los procedimientos cuando hablamos de innovación? Los procedimientos, sean del tipo que sean, nos facilitan la vida y permiten asegurar unos mínimos de calidad evitando errores. Imagínate, por ejemplo, que un equipo médico que vaya a operar a un paciente no revise antes el instrumental (¿habéis visto el hilo de sutura? ups, no tenemos con qué coser la herida) o bien que un piloto de aviones no comprobase el buen funcionamiento de los sistemas del aparato.


Ahora bien, a pesar de la utilidad de usar ciertos procedimientos debemos tener claro que no solucionan todos los problemas. De hecho, algunas tareas son incompatibles o se ven perjudicadas cuando intentamos someterlas a procedimientos rígidos y encorsetados. Este es el caso, por ejemplo, de las situaciones en las que debemos explorar y tomar decisiones usando reglas heurísticas, es decir, elaborando hipótesis, evaluando opciones dentro de una amplia madeja de información y generando nuevas soluciones.

Via Marta Torán
Marta Torán's curator insight, April 19, 3:27 PM

Muy buen post.

Javier Díaz escribe sobre el efecto "anti-innovación" de los procedimientos.

También sobre la importancia de la experiencia para provocar ideas innovadoras.!

The 5 things teachers must do the first time they create a Moodle Course

The 5 things teachers must do the first time they create a Moodle Course | |
Getting your workflow ready is a matter of continuous practice, but a cheat-sheet can help you get into a groove more quickly. Below are the five things you should do to kickstart a new Moodle Course, according to the official Moodle Documentation, at

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Redefining the Taxonomy of eLearning

Redefining the Taxonomy of eLearning | |
The core job of instructional designers is setting learning objectives that identify the content and activities of a course. Instructional designers have for long fallen back on the celebrated Bloom’s classification system, created for traditional classroom training, to define their learning objectives and create courses that meet the needs of learners.

This classification, which divided the cognitive domain into six categories (a set of nouns or cognitive processes), with each representing a cognitive skill level and activity, continues to be one of the most universally applied methods of organizing thinking skills, from the most basic to higher order levels.

Taking the differing requirements of e-learning and evolving training pedagogies into account, the classification was reconstructed by Loren Anderson, a former student of Bloom in 2001, to incorporate modern approaches of training that reflect current needs. The original classification was revised as follows:
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Microlearning online training activities: 8 unexpected ways to use them

Microlearning online training activities: 8 unexpected ways to use them | |
Microlearning improves knowledge retention and gives employees the ability to brush up on skills whenever it’s most convenient. In this article, we’ll discuss 8 unexpected ways to integrate microlearning online training activities in your corporate eLearning program.
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6 ways writing activities make you smarter, according to science

6 ways writing activities make you smarter, according to science | |

Multiple studies have shown that writing regularly makes you smarter, as it helps you makes sense of your everyday world and sort through the jumble of your thoughts. Here’s how it can make you smarter, and how to start writing in order to feel the benefits.


Ever keep a diary or journal as a child? As an adult, you could well benefit from taking up that habit again. A study followed recently fired engineers, asking them to write about their thoughts and feelings every day. It was found that those that stuck to their writing regime showed less hostility towards their previous employers and that they were coping better with unemployment. What’s more, they found new jobs quicker than those who did not.

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Innovar en Educación: ¿Qué aportan los nuevos métodos?

Innovar en Educación: ¿Qué aportan los nuevos métodos? | |
Cuando hablamos de innovar en educación casi siempre nos referimos a la manera de facilitar y/o transmitir el conocimiento, es decir, al método. Debemos tener en cuenta que el método es el camino a través del que queremos que los niños adquieran un saber o desarrollen una habilidad práctica y que, por lo tanto, la innovación siempre está supeditada a encontrar la mejor manera de alcanzar dicho objetivo. Por eso, antes de introducir cualquier elemento que nos sirva para innovar en educación lo decisivo va a ser la intención: qué queremos conseguir y cuál es la mejor sistema para lograrlo.
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Leave the hierarchies to the algorithms

Leave the hierarchies to the algorithms | |

What happens when you connect unthinking computer programs with a culture of obedience and compliance? Algorithms run much of society and business today, from applying for a mortgage to determining which passengers to eject from an overbooked aircraft. Coupled with authoritarianism, algorithms can produce devastating results, says John Robb at Global Guerillas.

If a corporate algorithm yields a terrible result, smart organizations admit the failure. They admit it didn’t work to both your customers and employees. Algorithms don’t have feelings. They won’t cry if you talk trash about them. Also, smart organizations don’t punish employees for raising the flag on a broken algorithm. One last thought. Smart organizations know what their algorithms are (or that they even exist) and how to fix them. Dumb organizations see the process as inviable. It should be easy to spot the difference between these organizations by the number of disasters seen online” (John Robb)

Dennis Swender's curator insight, April 19, 11:19 AM
The work of Stanley Milgram and these words from Jacob Bronowski are applicable:
 "It's said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That's false, tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance, it was done by dogma, it was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods. Science is a very human form of knowledge. We are always at the brink of the known; we always feel forward for what is to be hoped. Every judgment in science stands on the edge of error and is personal. Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible. In the end, the words were said by Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you in the bowels of Christ: Think it possible you may be mistaken." I owe it as a scientist to my friend Leo Szilard, I owe it as a human being to the many members of my family who died here, to stand here as a survivor and a witness. We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people." 
― Jacob Bronowski. Science, Dogma, and Auschwitz. The Ascent of Man!

Conocimiento Interconectado: A más comprensión, mayor crítica

Conocimiento Interconectado: A más comprensión, mayor crítica | |

Ahora estamos plenamente instalados en la Era del Conocimiento interconectado. Y hay casi unanimidad entre los expertos con conocimiento de que la interconexión y transmisión de la información de la velocidad de la luz nos traerán la creciente incertidumbre y turbulencia, así como importantes oportunidades nuevas e interesantes. Pero a más comprensión más crítica.

Si lo que queremos es narrar el trabajo de uno no obtiene los conocimientos transferidos, sino que proporciona un mejor medio para ganar más comprensión. Trabajar en voz alta es un concepto que es muy fácil de entender, pero no es tan fácil de hacer…tenemos “poco tiempo” o “nos da miedo” aprender a trabajar en red y para eso debemos narrar nuestro trabajo lo que proporciona un mejor medio para ganar más comprensión, en los demás… Trabajar en voz alta es un concepto que es muy fácil de entender, pero no es tan fácil de hacer.

A medida que el ritmo del cambio en el siglo 21 sigue aumentando, el mundo es cada vez más interconectado y complejo, y el conocimiento economista, existe un mayor deseo de innovacion y cada vez mas de transformación.

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