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The stages of Education Technology

The stages of Education Technology | |

Mobile applications–or apps–have served an important role in the evolution of what’s possible in a classroom. Libraries and textbooks and teachers have been the traditional portals to information in education. This had many benefits, including a very even, aligned, and uniform learning experience for students.

Like apps, textbooks are solutions to the challenge of organizing content for study. They package curriculum, and allow the teacher to focus on controlling the pace and navigation of the curriculum. But books, while credible and convenient, are also closed, dated, non-fluid, generalized, unengaging, and depend heavily on the reading level of the user.

This is where apps came in. They fractured content into countless interesting fibers, so that “Math” became twenty-four expertly-curated YouTube channels, a gamified and flexible site in the form of the Khan Academy, a twitter account that aggregates interesting math problems and crowdsources solving them, and a smaller handful of adaptive apps that adjust themselves on-the-fly to student performance.

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Two handy Google Docs rubrics for evaluating Educational Apps

Two handy Google Docs rubrics for evaluating Educational Apps | |
Here are two interestingly simple app evaluation rubric you can use with your students to assess the educational apps you want to use in your class. The first one is a rubric we learned through Kathy Schlock’s iPad4teaching page. This is basically a Google sheets template available for free in Drive Template Gallery. The second one is a template we discovered through running a search query with the key phrase 'app evaluation' in Template Gallery. These are probably the only two app evaluation templates available in the Gallery so far.
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Google offers a free online Computational Thinking course for Educators

Google offers a free online Computational Thinking course for Educators | |
As a method of thinking, computational thinking is not restricted solely to computer applications but applies to any other discipline or content area that requires thinking and problem solving. In this sense, computational thinking is ‘a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between academic subjects, as well as between life inside and outside of the classroom.’

In this regard, Google in collaboration with representatives from leading educational and scientific platforms have put together this free online course entitled 'Computational Thinking for Educators' introducing teachers to the importance of computational thinking. The course is particularly intended for educators working with students between the ages of 13 and 18 who are interested in enhancing their teaching with creative thinking and problem solving.’
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6 tips to use Google Voice Commands in Google Drive

6 tips to use Google Voice Commands in Google Drive | |
As eLearning professionals, we are always looking for ways to make the most of our online resources. We want to provide our learners with the most beneficial eLearning experience, while still staying under budget and maximizing our productivity. This is why Google voice commands in Google Drive is such an invaluable eLearning tool. Not only does it give you the ability to make your eLearning course more interactive and engaging, but it can also be quite handy during the eLearning design and development process.
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4 ways to set up an Enterprise eLearning Program with multiple objectives

4 ways to set up an Enterprise eLearning Program with multiple objectives | |
The pedagogy that is deployed in an eLearning program depends to a great extent on the targeted audience. For instance, kids often have very short attention spans. Consequently, the eLearning programs targeted at them are designed to be fun and interactive – something that will keep kids engaged. For older age groups however, the type of eLearning program depends on the end-objective. For one-way discourses, mobile apps and video tutorials are most effective. On the other hand, courses that need interaction among attendees are effected through video conferencing and chat applications.
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The true power of MOOCs may have been accidental

The true power of MOOCs may have been accidental | |
MOOCs have since lost their hype, undergoing flameouts and suffering from poor participation and competency rates. A University of Pennsylvania study of 1 million MOOC users who participated in 16 of the school’s Coursera classes, for example, found that only about half of the registrants viewed even a single online lecture and that the average completion rate was just 4 percent.

Even so, it may not be time to write them off. An unexplained phenomenon in early MOOC data, now illuminated by another recent study (this one from Harvard and MIT), could help the courses live up to the education-reform hype after all—but with a somewhat ironic twist. Perhaps one of the overlooked values in MOOCs is not in sharing Ivy League wisdom with the masses, but in teaching educators—and, in turn, improving traditional K-12 schools.
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Essential online resources for efficient eLearning process

Essential online resources for efficient eLearning process | |
In the century of technology, studentship can become an easier period of life. Even if professors assign more and more tasks, students now have the possibility of completing those faster by using the right resources as well powerful online tools and applications.

Below, you can find some of the most useful resources when it comes to boosting productivity and staying focused. Check them out and start being an efficient student. Remember – you must study smart, not hard!
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50+ tools for differentiating instruction through Social Media

50+ tools for differentiating instruction through Social Media | |
Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?

If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners. If any of these scenarios bring back memories as a teacher or student, then you understand that we have many more tools today to ensure that learners succeed despite struggles, because students and teachers have so much more available to meet every learner's needs.
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Citelighter: An indispensable tool for academics and student researchers

Citelighter: An indispensable tool for academics and student researchers | |
Cite lighter is a very good web tool for student researchers, teachers and academics. It combines both the features of an academic search engine and an organizational framework for helping students with their research papers writing. Citeligther allows you to easily search for facts and information to back your arguments and it automatically cites your sources using different citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago).
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A new tool for turning Webpages into Whiteboards

A new tool for turning Webpages into Whiteboards | |
Here is a new interesting tool for teachers. Whiteboard , we discovered via Stephen Gale, is a Chrome app that enables you to draw on top of webpages using things such as a stylus, trackpad, mouse…etc. The app is particularly useful for annotating and illustrating content on a webpage.
María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 4, 5:54 AM

Herramientas ...A new tool for turning Webpages into Whiteboards | @scoopit!

[PDF] Using Instructional Interactivity to improve eLearning Designs

[PDF] Using Instructional Interactivity to improve eLearning Designs | |

The real benefit of e-learning is being able to create a design that improves learners’ skills and behavior while simultaneously achieving the operational advantages that e-learning offers organizations. Yet much e-learning is composed of largely wasted opportunities for useful interactivity.
What most people fail to understand about e-learning, is that the mere presence of technology in a learning environment does not change the essential aspects of how people learn. Learning does not occur passively. In live teaching, lecture formats with minimal activity on the part of the learner do not work very well. Yet some eLearning designers tend to create e-learning lessons that are little more than exercises in listening or reading. Learners need to be intellectually engaged for learning to happen. Lasting change requires meaningful and compelling mental engagement and interaction.

The real challenge as designers of e-learning is not so much how to best convey information (that part is relatively easy), but rather, it is to design experiences that engage learners in meaningful activities—activities in which the otherwise trivial actions of pointing and pressing of keys take on a significance that represents consequential thinking. Read on to learn how Allen Interactions’ CCAF Design Model achieves true instructional interactivity and leads to actual performance

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¿Quiere la sociedad esta educación?: "El ocaso de los dioses"

¿Quiere la sociedad esta educación?: "El ocaso de los dioses" | |
A veces incluso el E-learning puede llegar a ser tan “dirigista” y “rigido” como cualquier otra forma de aprendizaje formal, por eso mismo y escuchado a mi amigo Juan Cristobal Cobo , investigué sobre un aprendizaje DISRUPTIVO que va más allá incluso de los aprendizajes informales y naturales (invisibles) y llegar hacia escenarios mucho más “disonantes, , pero muy escalables e inclusivos.

La cuestión es que las personas que nos dedicamos a pensar sobre la educación hemos hecho mal la primera premisa, establecer ideas sobre la educación, si, parece un absurdo, pero nunca hemos tenido claro que quizás esta Sociedad no quiere que la EDUCACIÓN sea lo mismo que ha sido hasta ahora, y aquí radica el principal handicap, hemos empezado por un terreno “contaminado” y lo único que conseguimos es ir descontamienando algo que ya no tiene remedio, que pertenece a otras épocas y que en esta nueva Sociedad no tiene razón de ser.
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Online Teaching as a Career: Advice from a Modern Educator

Online Teaching as a Career: Advice from a Modern Educator | |

How about you?

1) Do you regularly text and Tweet about education on facebook, Twitter and Linkedin?

2) Do you follow leaders in your field online?
3) Do you read a lot of blog articles on education?
4) Do you attend webinars and join online courses?
5) Do you try to integrate technology into your courses?
6) Do you have a virtual bookmarking site where you store your favourite links?
7) Are you always tempted to add your own touch of creativity to your courses?
8) Are you tired of following course books?
9) Do you feel morally and intellectually crushed by the establishment?
10) Do you have hidden talents, passions and dreams that you’ve never allowed yourself to entertain or realise?

If you answered yes to five or more of these questions, then you have already crossed the line and there’s no going back.

You are a user and connoisseur of online delights. You have the mindset and inspirational dissatisfaction to do something about your online teachng career.

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Investigan un modelo que ayude a predecir los casos de abandono en cursos online

Investigan un modelo que ayude a predecir los casos de abandono en cursos online | |
El elearning, con sus MOOC o cursos masivos abiertos en línea, no para de conquistar corazones a lo largo y ancho del planeta. Un reciente estudio de la escuela de negocios online OBS Business School aseguraba que España era el quinto país del mundo con más alumnos atendiendo a este tipo de formación. Entre los motivos esgrimidos con más frecuencia por los encuestados para escoger estos cursos, primaba el de la facilidad para compaginarlo con otras ocupaciones como el trabajo.
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4 ways Online Training increases Productivity

4 ways Online Training increases Productivity | |
According to the American Management Association, programs that focus on future career development or improved work skills are effective in retaining employees and in heightening their creativity. They also increase their productivity.

In fact, the National Center on the Education Quality of the Workforce found in a study of 3.100 United States workplaces that a 10 percent hike in workforce education level resulted in an 8.6 percent gain in total productivity.

The Association for Talent Development (ASTD) surveyed firms to discover that companies with the highest productivity levels invested almost twice as much in training each employee as companies with more mediocre performance levels.

Traditional forms of employee training were expensive and difficult to deliver if a company had extensive properties located far from each other. The advent of online courses has changed the ease and availability of training employees and brought it within the limits of most budgets.

A strong argument can be made to suggest that companies embrace online learning as an effective means of heightening their productivity.
Edumorfosis's insight:

Este artículo evidencia que el Diseño de Aprendizajes y la Tecnología de Aprendizajes, son campos que trascienden el contexto educativo tradicional. Muchos profesonales se preparan para formar parte de las Nuevas Plataformas Tecno-Educativas. Mientras las escuelas y universidades les levantan muros a estos profesionales de la educación, el sector empresarial comienza a tender nuevos puentes de oportunidades....

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Good Collaborative Tools to help students with Group Projects

Good Collaborative Tools to help students with Group Projects | |
Working on a group project? Or organizing your students for group projects? Here are some tools that can manage the collaboration process for everyone.
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El facilitador eLearning con todas sus letras

El facilitador eLearning con todas sus letras | |
A continuación planteamos algunas características que estimamos deseables en el perfil del formador en ambientes de aprendizaje online:
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Learning Experience Design: A better title than Instructional Design?

Learning Experience Design: A better title than Instructional Design? | |

How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare? How many people are thoroughly confused about what we do for a living?

Last month, Connie Malamed proposed a new name for the field of instructional design: Learning Experience Design or LX Design. This moves the focus away from “instruction” and more to learning. Instead of focusing on the instruction or the materials, our starting point is thinking about the learners and how they will experience what we design. Connie argues this may help us focus more on learning science as well as being deliberate about designing valuable experiences.

Calling ourselves Learning Experience Designers acknowledges that we design, enable or facilitate experiences rather than courses. This gives us a broad license to empower people with the tools and information they need to do their jobs, regardless of the chosen format.

Via Alfredo Calderon
Edumorfosis's insight:

¡Totalmente de acuerdo! Ya no diseñamos la instrucción, sino que co-creamos nuevos espacios de aprendizaje hiperconectados.

¿Qué piensas tú al respecto?

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Learning: It's All About the Connections

Learning: It's All About the Connections | |

Connection and all of its implications is one of the most important concepts in understanding, engaging in, and facilitating powerful learning experiences.

Via Andrea Zeitz, Ivo Nový, juandoming
Carolyn Williams's curator insight, July 4, 3:41 AM


Marco Bertolini's curator insight, Today, 4:03 AM

Apprendre, c'est surtout une affaire de connexions!

What’s the difference between Content Creation and Content Curation?

What’s the difference between Content Creation and Content Curation? | |
Welcome to a six-part series of guest posts that I am beyond excited to be writing for the Constant Contact Blog.

Over the next few months, we’ll focus on the topic of Content Creation versus Content Curation.

What are they? What’s the difference between them? And what purpose do they serve?

How can they help you to grow your following and populate your feeds? What are the best practices?

These are all questions we’ll tackle in the course of this series.

But first, let’s start with some basics.

You’ve all heard the expression, “Content is king.” But what does it mean?
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eLearning modules are dead... They just don't know it

eLearning modules are dead... They just don't know it | |
The best of today’s eLearning modules have learnt from past excesses. They still embrace an engaging, highly visual approach, but also incorporate recent understanding of cognitive load, strategically combining text, audio, and images for greater effectiveness.

From an instructional perspective, they use knowledge checks, scenarios, branched narratives, and gamification. They extend rapid eLearning tools to the limit, so they can increase interactivity and reduce the dreaded “Next” button fatigue. Some even allow learners to assess first, so they can access the support they actually need rather than going through the entire “sheep dip” experience.

In effect, eLearning modules have matured through their heady “Flash driven teenage days” and are in the prime of their life... which makes their inevitable demise even more tragic.
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Hábitos de productividad para diseñadores de eLearning

Hábitos de productividad para diseñadores de eLearning | |
Como diseñadores de eLearning, tenemos que usar muchos sombreros y hacer malabares con múltiples tareas. Escribimos storyboards, interactuamos con los clientes y las expertos en la materia, coordinamos con los miembros del equipo y debemos garantizar que los diferentes proyectos vayan al día (Oh sí, la mayoría de nosotros trabajamos en más de un proyecto a la vez). Y, por supuesto, se espera que nosotros seamos productivos en todas estas tareas siempre. Es más fácil decirlo que hacerlo. Pero, no hay nada que no se puede lograr con compromiso, paciencia y esfuerzo.

Sólo tiene que hacer pequeños cambios en su rutina de trabajo y cambiar ciertos pensamiento. A continuación se presentan algunas maneras para ser más productivos. No todos pueden funcionarle, pero nunca está de más intentarlo.
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Some new interesting updates to Google Classroom

Some new interesting updates to Google Classroom | |
Google Classroom has recently released a bunch of new updates. Most important of which is Classroom share button that will enable students and teachers to ‘seamlessly assign or turn-in links, videos and images from another webpage or product without having to leave the website they are on'. Up till now, over 20 educational content and tool providers have already committed to integrating the Classroom share button (e.g PBS, Quizlet, Duolingo, Discovery Education, American Museum of Natural History…).
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Personalize Learning: Where are all the Expert Learners?

Personalize Learning: Where are all the Expert Learners? | |

When you see the various levels of Universal Design Learning (UDL) implemented in the classroom, right away you can see the benefits to learners. Impressive changes happen with levels of student engagement. Student on-task behavior improves. Students with more persistent and complicated learning barriers can have greater and more routine access to rigorous academic content. Teachers seem happier and better resourced to respond to diversity. UDL can look like a magic bullet.

As you walk into a classroom designed more along the UDL principles, almost every observer notes a change in control. Students are driving more of the decisions in how learning takes place. There are varied pathways to instructional goals. These new routes are intended to be more efficient and avoid barriers to success. Our best teachers try to anticipate learners’ preferences and needs, watch the varied learning that is taking place, and measure success towards learning goals in innovative ways. They adjust their subsequent learning designs based on new insights on the interaction of their learners with the more flexible design of learning.

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¿Cuáles son las principales causas de abandono del estudiante en línea?

¿Cuáles son las principales causas de abandono del estudiante en línea? | |
La alta tasa de abandono de la formación virtual es uno de los principales motivos de preocupación de las instituciones u organismos que ofrecen actividades en la modalidad de e-learning o blended learning.

En el artículo “La frustración del estudiante en línea. Causas y acciones preventivas” Federico Borges plantea que todas las instituciones deberían abordar de manera sistemática los problemas más habituales que provocan el abandono de los estudiantes. Se trata de una buena propuesta que permite identificar las principales causas así como algunas de las principales soluciones o medidas preventivas que se pueden implementar.

El autor enumera diferentes factores relacionados con los tres principales actores que intervienen en la formacion virtual (el estudiante, el docente y la institución u organismo que organiza la acción formativa). A modo de resumen éstos son:
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5 common problems of organizational bLearning and how to overcome them

5 common problems of organizational bLearning and how to overcome them | |
Technology and Innovation today open the way for corporate learning and limit classroom-only approaches. Gone are the days when training was limited by distance and cost; employees can now avail themselves of multiple learning modules to enhance their learning.

Most organizations are not, however, completely abandoning traditional modes to favor newer models such as online learning. Blended learning is often a preferred route where the best delivery methods available are utilized for a specific objective. This includes online learning, classroom-based instruction, electronic performance support, paper-based, and formalized or informal on-the-job solutions.

There is evidence that a solid blended learning design makes sense both instructionally and economically; however, there are various challenges that can sabotage learning success.
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