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Twitter: The best professional development tool for teachers

Twitter: The best professional development tool for teachers | |

I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before that it was mostly sports, celebs, and leisure activities. I am not an expert, and I make mistakes. I have messed up hashtags and @ signs and have learned they are not the same or used for the same reason. I follow more than follow me. I have also learned more in the last month then ever before and have been exposed to so many fresh ideas. These ideas I bring right into the classroom, which means the students are being exposed to some of the newest and brightest ideas out there.

Imagine going to a faculty meeting and hearing great ideas in 140 characters or less from everyone. If you can’t say it in 140 characters, chances are, it is not worth saying. Contributors are adding ideas, including links to items that are of interest. These people love to learn and have a passion for learning, not just educating. They welcome change, love to try new things, and are not there to tell you how they do it in their room and “all the kids love it.” These are the people that you want around you, sounding boards that are so current they actually change by the minute. They are reflective teachers that are constantly looking to improve.

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The Modern Educator (part 1)

The Modern Educator (part 1) | |

Clearly key aspects such as:

  • student voice
  • independent learning
  • resilient learners and teachers
  • connected educators
  • caring teachers
  • relationships
  • creativity
  • inquisitivity
  • flexibility

… are very important and I would agree with these too. Of course there are many more that feature. What is interesting is that many responses point out that teachers role model the attitudes and aspects that we should expect from children themselves too. I think it important to note that the responses come from educators from all over the world, not just geographically local.

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The top eLearning statistics and facts for 2015 you need to know

The top eLearning statistics and facts for 2015 you need to know | |
Countless reports, surveys, and studies have shown that eLearning industry isn't showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, an increasing number of individuals, corporations, and institutions are turning to eLearning as they recognize its effectiveness and its convenience. Here are some important eLearning statistics and facts for 2015, some of which may even surprise you!
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Docente, la Red está infoxicada, desinfoxícala

Docente, la Red está infoxicada, desinfoxícala | |
Desde un punto de vista estrictamente formativo, podemos concluir que el proceso de curar contenidos lo llevamos haciendo toda la vida, sólo que no le habíamos puesto nombre y apellidos. ¿A caso un/a docente, formador/a, tutor/a,… no es (o debería serlo) un intermediario crítico del conocimiento que busca información constante para preparar las clases, contenidos, materiales didácticos, recursos, etc., con el objetivo de compartirlos entre el alumnado para facilitar su proceso de aprendizaje?
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6 of the best web tools for creating Digital Portfolios

6 of the best web tools for creating Digital Portfolios | |
Digital portfolios are an important part of the learning process that takes place in class. The pedagogic importance of digital portfolios is well documented in the teaching literature. Students use them for a variety of educational purposes such as to document their learning, showcase their academic accomplishments, reflect on the learning process, develop self-assessment skills. Digital portfolios are also an essential source of learning meta-data that teachers can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching methodologies. Based on insights gleaned from students portfolios, teachers can re-purpose their courses and curriculum design in such a way that targets students emerging needs.
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Herramientas para crear un buen Portfolio Digital

Herramientas para crear un buen Portfolio Digital | |

En estos tiempos, ni el copy tiene un perfil puramente de redactor, ni el ejecutivo uno de cuentas. Ahora todo el mundo, tenga el perfil que tenga, suele tener un perfil multidisciplinar. Sea como sea, en tu portfolio no tienes por qué centrarte en una disciplina. Si eres Arte pero también has hecho tus pinitos en redacción y estás orgulloso, ¿por qué no enseñárselo al mundo? En tu portfolio deben aparecer todos los trabajos que hayas realizado en distintos campos, no debes centrarte únicamente en un ámbito así que no seas tímido y enséñalo todo. Ahora; mejor calidad que cantidad: aunque tengas trabajos en distintos campos, se premia la calidad sobre la cantidad.

Via Alvaro Díaz A., jose antonio gabelas, juandoming
Edgar Borgen's curator insight, Today, 4:53 AM
Todos tenemos ideas a diario .El aprendizaje cooperativo es una actitud necesaria para un nuevo modelo de sociedad.!

At the heart of learning

At the heart of learning | |
Personalized learning offers the benefits of delivering customized instruction and learning paths to students based upon a learner profile generated as a student engages with a digital learning solution. It has been highlighted as one of the most important developments in educational technology. In higher education, we are increasingly seeing innovation and inclusion of personalized learning within digital learning solutions provided by publishers and edtech companies alike. Faculty are engaging in experimentation and early adoption of this technology, especially within the early foundational courses.

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Embracing nonlinear learning in a Flipped Classroom setting

Embracing nonlinear learning in a Flipped Classroom setting | |
In a flipped setting, where teachers are organizing their content for students to use any time, it is important for that material to be presented in a way that is as engaging and relevant as possible. I use Schoology and Google Classroom to organize and curate my flipped lessons, assignments, and all my supplemental material. Both of these tools organize information as a list, forcing my students to scroll through a long list of posts and files to get to the one that they need. It struck me this year that I was still organizing my content linearly, listing files in Schoology or providing posts in Google classroom that follow in much the same way my traditional classroom ran. It showed a stepwise progression through the curriculum and that does not need to happen in a flipped environment. Traditional classes are bound to a linear format because a teacher can only teach one lesson at a time. Lessons in a flipped setting are recorded, and because of that, the videos can be watched in any order and don’t need to follow any particular prescribed order as long as the integrity of the learning goals are maintained. Traditional linearity didn’t make any sense to me, and once I saw it, I couldn’t unsee it.
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7 characteristics of Learner-Centered eLearning

7 characteristics of Learner-Centered eLearning | |
Traditionally, education involved "push" style information transfer from trainer to learner. However, in 2016, we are well into a new era of learner self-empowerment where learners expect to be able to access information how and when they want and that content needs to be relevant, relatable, and satisfy their needs. In this article, PulseLearning presents 7 characteristics of learner-centered eLearning.

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[PDF] Skills and jobs in the Internet economy

[PDF] Skills and jobs in the Internet economy | |
The combination of slow economic growth, lingering unemployment, some of it structural, and a dramatic demographic shift towards older populations on the horizon is increasing pressure on policy makers to find ways to boost productivity. The Internet is seen as a key platform that can help support needed productivity gains, open up new business opportunities, and lead to new and better jobs. But at the same time, the Internet is forcing a significant reorganisation of businesses, and this affects labour demand and ultimately employment.
The combined effect of these drivers is not obvious, and may depend on specific conditions and policies in each country. There is increasing demand for ICT skills Workers increasingly need both generic and specialised ICT skills to accomplish their tasks at work as the Internet becomes more engrained in work processes. An analysis of the O*NET database in the United States shows that the information technology category of occupations has the highest percentage of occupations categorised as having a “bright outlook” through 2022.
This suggests continued growth for ICT jobs and highlights the need to promote ICT skills among workers. ICT-related occupations are spread throughout the economy but certain sectors have a higher concentration of ICT-categorised occupations than others. The health care/social assistance sector has the largest number of ICT-related occupations, accounting for nearly 20% of all ICT-related occupations in the United States. A combination of a rapidly ageing population and the potential cost savings possible from ICTs suggests that this sector will likely remain an important source of ICT-related jobs in the future. Educational services, manufacturing and public administration also have a high proportion of ICT-related occupations.
The sectors of the economy that require the highest levels of ICT skills from workers include ICT, finance/insurance, professional services and real estate. Data from the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult competencies (PIAAC) also show that managers, professionals, technicians and clerical support workers use more ICT skills at work than other occupational clusters in the economy. Workers in smaller firms are less likely to use ICTs than workers in much larger firms. Smaller firms typically lag behind larger firms at adopting ICTs but these firms will likely need to leverage ICTs more effectively in order to stay competitive.
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Maker, el responsable de su educación!

Maker, el responsable de su educación! | |
Makerspace para la Educación, es un espacio digital de colaboración para que los educadores exploran cómo crear y utilizar makerspaces en sus propios entornos y ayudarán a transformar la pedagogía de los educadores individuales a través de la inmersión en el contexto y el apoyo de una comunidad de práctica.

El Movimiento Maker es un vehículo que permitirá a las escuelas formar parte de la necesaria vuelta a la educación constructivista. Un movimiento que permite a los estudiantes ser creativos, innovadores, independiente y con buenos conocimientos tecnológicos; no es una forma "alternativa" para aprender, pero aboga para entender lo que el aprendizaje de hoy y de mañana deben ser. (Stager, 2014).
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Higher Ed Learning Forum: The Digital Future of Education

Colleges and universities must continue to embrace technology and new ways of teaching if they hope to engage students, said a group of education experts at a recent conference in New York. The Higher Ed Leaders Forum, held on June 20 and 21, brought together members of the higher ed and K–12 communities for a panel discussion entitled “The Digital Future of Education.”


Panelists, who included James E. Ryan, the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said students’ shorter attention spans and increasing dependence on their smartphones are having an impact on education. An article on MeriTalk dives into the issue:

  • Students are now accustomed to a certain level of technology, and have those expectations in the classroom.
  • Ryan believes a successful transformation to a digital classroom involves more interaction, conversation, problem-based lessons, and project-based learning.
  • When students come to a physical space… they should be engaged and doing something that’s difficult to do online,” said Ryan.

Panelist John Palfrey, the head of school at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, added that makerspaces give students the sorts of learning opportunities they can’t get online.

“It’s been really effective as a space to change things up a bit and get kids using their hands and thinking differently,” he said.

Catch more of the discussion about The Digital Future of Education by watching The New York Times video.

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Technology to help teachers do what they do best

Technology to help teachers do what they do best | |
Great teachers inspire us, listen to us and learn from us; they bring the most mundane subjects to life. Technology can help great teachers do what they do best—stimulating minds and fostering skills in the next generation—and make learning even more rewarding for students. So we’re excited by the updates and improvements to our tools for the classroom we’re announcing this week at the ISTE conference, one of the largest education technology gatherings in the world.
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Tinkering with Old Technology

Tinkering with Old Technology | |

The maker movement has a great opportunity to reignite the sense of curiosity that children once had fuelled by their tinkering journeys. With making comes opportunities to look beyond the plastic covers, to use tools and machines to solve problems we seek and wish to solve. Connecting to the machines of the past and bringing these items into our MakerSpaces is one way to inspire curiosity. If our students can see how engineers once solved problems with mechanical devices, they can begin to build an understanding of how our modern devices solve similar problems in new ways. Beyond the tinkering and the making opportunities to explore technology that proudly refuses to hide its bits allows heightened levels of inquiry. Seeing the parts of a machine move and mesh together, seeing how a force is transferred from one object to another, from one form of energy to another is a catalyst for rich and meaningful exploration. If we want our students to develop inquisitive dispositions this is a great way to do it.

Via Chris Carter, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
Chris Carter's curator insight, June 25, 1:22 PM
I love old tech!!

Google and Amazon look for growth in Digital Education Market

Google and Amazon look for growth in Digital Education Market | |
Google and Amazon have put their fingers into so many pies over the years that it is hard to believe there are any left. There are, however—and the two giants are separately in the process of sticking their whole hands into the field of education. This week’s meeting of the International Society for Technology in Education marked a good time for the corporations to announce their efforts.

Expanding Google for Education, Google has taken its Forms section and made it so educators can use it to build quizzes that are automatically graded—a teacher’s dream. If desired, Google can even show students related content when a question is answered incorrectly.
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ISTE 2016: 5 tech trends reshaping Education

ISTE 2016: 5 tech trends reshaping Education | |
Presenting to a packed house at ISTE 2016, educational technology expert Jason Ohler asked educators to dig deep and consider how they want to influence their students’ lives.

“Be a door-opener,” said the professional speaker and author. “Discover what is now important to you as a teacher.”

But that was just tip of the iceberg.

Ohler’s Tuesday afternoon session, Five Trends that Bend, would offer much more than a pep talk: It presented a sweeping view of current and emerging technological trends that are shaking things up in the K–12 space.
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Finding a new and better job in education

Finding a new and better job in education | |

As school year winds down, it's time to reflect upon the past year. For many educators, this is also a time to consider the future and whether they want to start next year in the same position. If this describes how you're feeling right now, perhaps you want to:

  • Teach a different subject area
  • Teach a different grade level
  • Teach at a different school
  • Move into another role, such as instructional specialist
  • Become a school administrator
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The technology of higher education

The technology of higher education | |
For nearly 30 years, pundits have predicted that education technology would disrupt higher education. Online courses will reduce costs and create unprecedented access to higher education, so the argument goes. Likewise, adaptive learning will improve — or replace — the art of teaching as the right digital content is delivered at the right time to each individual learner.

It’s looking increasingly like none of these are the game-changers we expected. While online learning is commonplace, higher education remains firmly in the crosshairs of critics targeting high tuition, student debt, poor completion rates and unemployed and underemployed graduates — demonstrating a growing skills gap.
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Escuela personalizada: ¿lo intentamos?

Escuela personalizada: ¿lo intentamos? | |

Sé que hay mucho por mejorar, la escuela actual no está ofreciendo una respuesta educativa personalizada capaz de responder las necesidades educativas de todos los discentes, ofreciéndoles un aprendizaje profundo y estimulante.  Pero se intenta, de verdad que se intenta, se trabaja duro para hacer el trabajo bien, pero no siempre se consigue. Muchos alumnos pasan por las aulas sin poder desarrollar su talento, robándoles la oportunidad de llegar allí donde pueden llegar, desperdiciando tiempo y talento.


Los docentes habitamos dentro de nuestras aulas y dudamos de lo que hacemos. Desconfiamos de nuestra formación al compararnos con otros profesionales que trabajan en realidades diferentes que las nuestras,  sospechamos lo que queremos trabajar con nuestros alumnos pero nos desorienta ver un futuro próximo tan inestable, nos falta la fuerza para actuar y ponernos a caminar en otras direcciones más apropiadas. Vivimos atemorizados por el alto porcentaje de posibilidades que existen que nos vuelvan a cambiar los temarios, cambios impulsados por “expertos en educación” y responsables de cambiar decretos y leyes que nunca han pisado un aula y no saben qué se necesita dentro de ellas.

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Holograms go to school

Holograms go to school | |
“HumaGrams” are enhanced holograms that “beam” a presenter to anywhere in the world and to multiple places at the same time—in real time or as a prerecorded video. Real-time presenters are able to see, hear, and interact with their audiences. This technology has been used in the entertainment, healthcare, and retail industries, but the venture into education is new terrain. Applications for this tech abound in education, including:
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Michio Kaku: Can you handle the future?

Michio Kaku: Can you handle the future? | |
"One professor once told me that our educational system is excellent in terms of preparing students to live in the world of 1950. The only problem is we don’t live in 1950 anymore," Kaku quipped. "That’s why we have to undergo a revolution in how we view education."

Science, Kaku believes, holds the keys to tomorrow’s careers. The rapidly approaching fourth wave of biotech, nanotech and artificial intelligence will place high dollar values on creativity, experience and critical thinking as technology replaces our current routines.
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Workplace Performance: Language Learning - an exemplar of a 70:20:10 Approach?

Workplace Performance: Language Learning - an exemplar of a 70:20:10 Approach? | |

The 70:20:10 framework helps extend our focus on where and how learning occurs. It isn’t a new interface for traditional training, nor a new learning theory. It is a reference model that describes the way people tend to learn.


One of the key elements of 70:20:10 is the principal that the learning which is most likely to be effective, and the learning that lasts, is the learning that occurs closest to the point of use. This is a simple principle, but a challenging one for many L&D professionals.


If we think about language learning, it is almost inconceivable that someone could learn a language without using it extensively (the ’70’) as part of the learning process and also continually learning from others who use it around them (the ‘20’). Of course some structured learning (the ‘10’) is extremely helpful to get started and also to provide some guidance along the way, but structured training in language learning, or in any other domain, will not alone produce high performance. 


High performance in language ability and in other fields is almost invariably associated with five common characteristics.

Via Marta Torán
Marta Torán's curator insight, June 28, 3:30 PM
Charles Jennings escribe sobre cómo el aprendizaje del idioma es un ejemplo claro de aplicación del modelo 70:20:10.

Somos "máquinas de propósito" (D. Pink) y esto es lo que nos motiva para aprender. Aprendemos de la experimentación, la interacción y la revisión del conocimiento estructurado.

Fantástica la identificación de aquello que nos convierte en aprendices perfectos.


Education and the Digital Economy: Strategies that lead to success

Education and the Digital Economy: Strategies that lead to success | |
The digital economy has been described as the economic activity that materializes due to billions of online connections each day among people, companies, data, and devices.

While it may seem natural to focus on the business implications of the digital economy, it will also have a profound impact on education. So if you happen to be an undergraduate, graduate, or MBA student, you owe it to yourself to understand not only the digital economy, but also how your education will prepare you to make the most of the opportunities that present themselves.

One thing’s for certain. When it comes to education and the digital economy, your odds of success will largely depend on the information and communications technology (ICT) skills you develop during your academic career, both as part of the curriculum and as part of your own initiative to pick up necessary skills, because you’ll fall behind if you’re found lacking.
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Capítulo 2 Prisa #DigitalChangemakers

En el segundo capítulo de #DigitalChangemakers contamos con la participación de Noelia Fernández, Chief Digital Transformation Officer del grupo Prisa. Sergio Cortés, Presidente y Fundador de Cink y Nacho de Pinedo, Co-Founder y CEO de ISDI debatirán con Noelia Fernández acerca de cómo conocer mejor a los usuarios y cómo aprovechar las oportunidades que presenta la tecnología para trasladarlo en una ventaja competitiva.

Además, en este capítulo profundizaremos sobre las herramientas clave para el negocio digital. Como, por ejemplo, el Big Data, la omnicanalidad o la hipercontextualización. El escenario digital ofrece potentes recursos como el Internet de las cosas, los wearables o el Mobile first que ofrecen nuevas experiencias para dar respuesta a las exigencias de nuestros clientes.

La iniciativa #DigitalChangemakers es una webserie sobre transformación digital que recoge los desafíos y buenas prácticas de las compañías líderes en su sector. Cink, Consultoría de Innovación Digital e ISDI, escuela nativa de Negocio Digital, impulsores de la webserie, conectan, en esta iniciativa, a los directivos y directivas de las grandes compañías con los líderes del cambio para conocer qué les mueve y cómo afrontan los desafíos digitales y de innovación en sus organizaciones.

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Tutorial ¿Cómo hacer una Infografía?

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TIC y REA: ¿Por qué son útiles las infografías en la educación?

TIC y REA: ¿Por qué son útiles las infografías en la educación? | |

La Infografía es una herramienta de comunicación visual, la cual se utiliza para mostrar de manera clara y rápida información referente a mapas, material educativo, gráficos, datos complejos, estadísticas, entre otros. A través de ella se puede exponer procesos complejos de manera gráfica y de fácil comprensión para el usuario final.

Via Ramon Aragon