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Life of an Educator: Educator comfort to student learning ratio

Life of an Educator: Educator comfort to student learning ratio | |

So, my career in education is fast approaching a decade... ten full years as an educator! Wow does the time fly...

Just recently I've seemed to have an epiphany, and this epiphany is born out of transition, adaptation, change, and transformation.
I've definitely had moments of discomfort and uncertainty in my education career. I've been asked to do things I wasn't ready for or prepared to do. I've been put in positions that have pushed my boundaries and have pushed my levels of knowledge and expertise. I've experienced countless nights wondering about how new changes or new ideas will turn out and how they will be perceived by others.
I'm almost gotten comfortable with being uncomfortable...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 15, 2014 1:32 PM

It is always interesting to note the experience that many who espouse new ways of thinking and doing. I am not saying they cannot offer something, but being an educator is not a decade process it is a life long and living process which is ongoing.


Having said this, it is important to note that boundaries do need to be pushed. To do that we need to be on the boundaries, the edge of chaos so to speak. Being in the classroom is a daily reminder and possibility where we can be on the edge. It is not a theoretical construct. It becomes practical meshing with theory.
Hacia una educación disruptiva en la era del conocimiento hiperconectado...
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[Slideshare] How to be a Presentation Ninja

Don't murder your message with 19 year old clip art, garish colour schemes, whizzing text and abusive sounds, and line after line of tiny text that the speaker reads and the audience can't see - captivate your audience Ninja style! This session will go through the easy steps how to liven up any presentation by dumping the templates, embracing dramatic graphics with Creative Commons, and limiting the number of words per slide to create a truly engaging presentation slidedeck. Zing! Ninja style, now your presentation makes people lean forward...and are eager for your message. Become a presentation a sensei! - This is also a great way to demand that your students synthesize their information and refine their skillz to become the next generation of presentation Ninjas!
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7 tips to evaluate eLearning professionals

7 tips to evaluate eLearning professionals | |

Rifling through a seemingly endless stack of resumes and applications can be tedious, especially if you aren't quite sure what you're looking for. In this article, I'll share some tips on how to evaluate eLearning professionals, so that you can find the eLearning candidate who offers the experience and skill sets you need.

Whether you are looking for an eLearning professional to expand your Learning and Development team, or an eLearning freelancer to develop an online training event for your organization, evaluating eLearning candidates is of the utmost importance. Here are a few key evaluation tips you'll want to keep in mind when you need to evaluate eLearning professionals.

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¿Cómo aprende un adulto y cómo aplicarlo en sus cursos eLearning?

¿Cómo aprende un adulto y cómo aplicarlo en sus cursos eLearning? | |
Un pequeño niño de 3 años de edad que se pregunta, ¿por qué los pájaros vuelan?, busca la forma de conocer más de un ave, cuestionando a quien lo rodea u observando de cerca la forma en que vuela. Albert Einstein mencionaba que “lo importante es no dejar de hacerse preguntas” pues esa es la forma en se conoce el mundo.

Pero, qué sucede con los adultos, ¿cómo es que aprenden? Para responder esta pregunta es necesario conocer el concepto de Andragogía, definido por Knowles (1990) como la ciencia que ayuda a los adultos a continuar aprendiendo.

Este autor menciona algunos aspectos fundamentales para el proceso de aprendizaje en adultos. Observa el esquema:
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[Infographic] Videos in eLearning: 5 things to consider

[Infographic] Videos in eLearning: 5 things to consider | |
According to a survey conducted by the Aberdeen group and the E-learning magazine, companies which are using videos in their courses are more successful in reaching their goals compared to those who are not. The ultimate goal of an eLearning course is to engage the learner effectively. An E-learning course with a little text and graphics may create learner humdrum. Using videos in eLearning course goes a long way in helping learners comprehend and recall content, quickly and easily. Videos in online courses need to be short and convey the intended message.
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El Portafolio: ¿Es un instrumento de evaluación?

El Portafolio: ¿Es un instrumento de evaluación? | |
El portafolios es una herramienta de evaluación que se utiliza para documentar el aprendizaje de un estudiante a través de una serie de tareas y artefactos. Se considera una forma de evaluación auténtica, que nos ofrece una alternativa a los métodos tradicionales de exámenes. La evaluación por medio de portafolios permite tanto a los profesores y estudiantes un espacio controlado para documentar, revisar y analizar el contenido de aprendizaje. En otras palabras, los portafolios son una colección del trabajo de los estudiantes que permite su evaluación al proveer evidencia del esfuerzo realizado por el estudiante en relación a los objetivos de aprendizaje.
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eLearning Instructional Design: How best you can engage your learners?

eLearning Instructional Design: How best you can engage your learners? | |
As a student, I always wondered why I was more comfortable remembering a movie dialogue than the physics theorems in my textbooks. Now, as an instructional designer, I got an answer to my question – if we find something attractive and interesting, we take extra efforts to learn and remember it for a long time.

But, what goes into making your eLearning courses engaging? Well, you can create highly interesting and engaging eLearning courses by focusing on certain instructional design strategies. Let us see more.
Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 30, 9:59 PM


Two great tools for creating interactive timelines

Two great tools for creating interactive timelines | |
In today’s post I am sharing with you two important web tools that you can use with students in class to create interactive timelines. These timelines can include a wide variety of multimedia materials including: text, images, video, maps and many more. And in the case of Silk, there is even the possibility to invite collaborators to help with editing. Also, both of these apps are available for iPad users.
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Seven tips for breaking into the world of Instructional Design

Seven tips for breaking into the world of Instructional Design | |
What does an instructional designer do when he or she is at work?

He hobnobs with clients who may be life coaches, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, owners of production units, real estate magnates, or banking professionals.

He gets to read on and learn about a mindboggling array of subjects—self-development tactics, new software systems, fire safety, managing diseases and medical emergencies, flying an airplane, food packaging, and everything else under the sun.

He shares office with creative graphic designers and illustrators who make scenes and people come alive with their images, wordsmiths who paint pictures with their words, and maverick programmers who bring together the words and the pictures to create exciting courses.

He looks for inspiration in movies, video games, books, and toys.

There's never a dull moment at work for the instructional designer. And he gets paid to have the fun!
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Using old tech (not edtech) to teach thinking skills

Using old tech (not edtech) to teach thinking skills | |
I've been trying to use Google Docs to good effect in my ninth grade history classroom. It's a critical tool in that it lets me see the students puzzle out answers to their questions (especially with a heavy reliance of the "see revisions" function).

I've viewed classroom technology as the means to sharing knowledge, in addition to acquiring or manipulating it. Yet I find that not only has the computer itself become something of a distraction, but the students aren't making enough use of the tech’s "share-ability" -- that is, they struggle to work effectively together on it, and to have their ideas cohere in an intelligible way. It occurred to me that co-editing in a Google Doc is a skill that itself needs to be taught and practiced before it can become effective in the classroom.

I also started thinking that perhaps one fault of technology is that it brings the world to the student, rather than spurring the student to get up out the chair and go find it. I have noticed personalities in the class that like to work standing up, or who find reasons to walk around while thinking. Could there be a way to restore a kinesthetic element that had begun to disappear from the room with my reliance on web tools?
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Five best online presentation creation tools

Five best online presentation creation tools | |
You don't have to download an office suite to build great-looking presentations for work, a talk, or school. There are plenty of online options that work well from any computer with a web browser, whether it's your desktop, a PC at work, or a laptop on the go. This week we're looking at five of the best.

There are plenty of good reasons to consider an online presentation app—by and large, the best ones are either free or low-cost, they store all of your data online for you to access when you need it, and you don't have to carry around files or your own computer to give a presentation—as long as there's a web browser where you're headed, you can give flawless talks—assuming you know your material of course—there's more to a great presentation than the slides. Still, earlier in the week we asked you for the best online presentation creation tools, and you gave us a bunch of great options. Here are your five top picks, in no particular order.
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January’s favorite Education and Instructional Technology YouTube videos

January’s favorite Education and Instructional Technology YouTube videos | |
In this month’s best of YouTube cull, sink your senses into videos exploring multimedia learning, hybrid learning, and the potential of flipped learning. Consider the realities of the #edtech ‘revolution’ and get inspired by the transformational power of technology …
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PLN: For ongoing learning in a connected world

PLN: For ongoing learning in a connected world | |

In today’s model of a global organization, teams are often scattered, employees work onsite or from home, road warriors are always “on the road”—in short, the concept of teams working shoulder to shoulder every day, literally and metaphorically standing by each other, talking over problems and challenges at their desks are slowly being replaced by virtual teams who interact via social tools and platforms, use Webex for meetings, get into teleconferences to talk over issues and update each other via enterprise social networks, emails and WhatsApp. Add to this, the rise of the individual worker (employees on contract, working from home, holding a second job, project-based workers, etc.) working from anywhere - home, cafeteria, library, where you will...and we can see the need for the individual to take ownership of their professional development. The rise of the economy of individuals and on-demand economy is here...

Work is becoming location agnostic. It is no longer necessary to come to office. Ubiquitous connectivity, mobile devices and social platforms ensure that work can happen from anywhere. Distributed and dispersed teams are coming together for projects, and disbanding once the task is accomplished. While the need for permanent employees and a dedicated workforce will still continue, the shift is evident.

Via Marta Torán, juandoming
Marta Torán's curator insight, January 29, 4:25 AM

 Sahana Chattopadhyay comparte en su blog un interesante y completo artículo sobre la importancia de crear Redes Personales de Aprendizaje en el trabajo y en la vida.


 El trabajo ha cambiado profundamente, trabajamos e interactuamos de otra manera. El concepto de "equipo de trabajo" es totalmente diferente al de hace unos años. Otros modelos de colaboración, otra tecnología y otras herramientas.


 Los empleados cobran protagonismo a la hora de enfocar su desarrollo profesional. Y en este punto es donde la construcción de tu Red de Aprendizaje es vital.


 Sahana aporta algunos de los modelos más representativos (H. Jarche, Jane Hart, Howard Rheingold, Joyce Seitzinger...


 En todos se mantiene el esquema: Explorar - Reunir - Examinar - Re-rear y Compartir



L&D outside the box

L&D outside the box | |

I wrote a paper on the need to develop an integrated approach to specifying what type of simulation was most suitable for any training tasks. For example, teaching start-up and shutdown sequences does not require a full-motion simulator, as those actual tasks occur while the aircraft is on the ground. They require switches, gauges, and dials that act like the real things, though. I suggested we develop a decision- support tool that looked at both physical and functional fidelity, and integrate this into the training system documentation. My recommendations were based on current practices with several other armed forces. Without such a documented process, decisions to purchase expensive simulators would continue to be made on a best-guess basis. We needed a way to clearly specify our training resource needs at the onset of a project, as millions of dollars were at stake and it was difficult to purchase any extra equipment once the main capital project had been funded.

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Metodologías Educativas

Metodologías Educativas | |
Las metodologías educativas suelen girar alrededor de las teorías del aprendizaje (basadas en la psicopedagogía) como son el conductismo, cognitivismo, constructivismo y últimamente el conectivismo. Cada paradigma tiene sus procesos, actividades y métodos de actuación.

Que me perdonen los expertos en pedagogía, pero utilizaré un método de clasificación basado en lo que día a día hacemos en nuestras aulas, laboratorios y despachos. Hay metodologías que utilizamos a diario, otras las utilizamos excepcionalmente y otras sencillamente no las utilizamos (porque requieren mucho esfuerzo, no las conocemos o simplemente no queremos usarlas).

Metodologías educativas utilizadas habitualmente. Son las que utilizamos de forma mayoritaria en la formación (primaria, eso, bachiller, universidad,….); estas son las más conocidas y habituales:
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Enfocada en ser una plataforma muy simple, los eventos pueden ser creados en poco tiempo con sólo un clic, manualmente o importados desde Eventbrite, para después compartir la url generada con los asistentes al evento para que comiencen a hacer preguntas o votar las preguntas más interesantes para que sean contestadas en primer lugar.
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Easygenerator launches free tool for creating learning objectives

Easygenerator launches free tool for creating learning objectives | |
We created a free tool: the Learning objective maker. It can be used by anyone, you do not have to use easygenerator. The learning objective maker is available for free on our website, it is free now and it will remain free in the future. The goal is to offer a few simple steps that will help you in creating proper learning objectives, based on Bloom’s taxonomy. it also allows you to share your learning objectives with others and to re-use learning objectives created by others.
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A new twist to teaching online: Considering learners' emotions

A new twist to teaching online: Considering learners' emotions | |
The idea of considering students’ emotions in context of online or blended learning may seem absurd. There are plenty of other factors to consider when teaching online that take priority over the emotional state of students. Most instructors would agree. Yet a recently published paper “Measuring and Understanding Learner Emotions: Evidence and Prospects” reveals that feelings of learners—their emotions can impact learning in online and blended environments, specifically motivation, self-regulation and academic achievement (Rienties & Rivers, 2014). In this post I share with readers the concept of ‘emotional presence’, what it means for instructors teaching online, and how instructors can address learners’ emotions in their online courses.
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Scannable: Nueva y potente aplicación de Evernote

Scannable: Nueva y potente aplicación de Evernote | |
Scannable es una aplicación que te permite escanear fácilmente documentos y guardarlos en su Evernote o compartirlos con otros a través de correo electrónico o de texto.

La forma en que trabaja esta app es bastante básica: simplemente apunte la cámara del iPad o iPhone en el documento que desea escanear (esto podría ser un post-it, la información sobre una tarjeta de visita o notas en una pizarra), Y entonces Scannable inmediatamente lo captura y hacer a disposición de ustedes en la forma de un documento que puedes compartir.

Además de ser capaz de escanear y guardar documentos, también puedes girar el documento automáticamente, recortar y ajusta las imágenes para que sus exploraciones son claros y fáciles de leer. Por ahora esta app sólo está disponible para dispositivos iOS.
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A great overview of the Flipped Classroom

A great overview of the Flipped Classroom | |
Looking for a short insightful overview of the Flipped Classroom concept? Dr Jackie Gerstein has this wonderful video clip where she explains the essence of flipped classroom. The video is very short, a little over 2 minutes but it really does the job. For those of you looking for more resources and guides on how to integrate this flipped learning paradigm into their instruction, this section has tons of materials to browse through.
Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 30, 9:58 PM


Las TIC, prostitutas del aula

Las TIC, prostitutas del aula | |
Ninguna tecnología pensada como herramienta ha hecho cambios significativos en la historia de la educación. El uso de las Tecnologías en el aula, viejas y nuevas, aportan muy poco o nada al aprovechamiento académico. Tres son las ventajas de las Nuevas Tecnologías cuando las comparamos con las Viejas, propiedad del Sistema: son móviles, propiedad del estudiante y sustituyen el espacio aulístico por espacios heréticos. No son para el aula. La mayoría de los docentes, antes de cometer una herejía, prefieren usar las TIC cobarde e irónicamente en la sala de clase; pero todo tiene su final, por ahí viene el penúltimo carrito de las TIC.

Todas las tecnologías que el sistema educativo se apropia, empareja y adosa al aula, tarde o temprano se van para no volver. Sólo las TIC, inteligentes, libres, prostitutas, subversivas, arrebatadas por el discente, rehúsan el maridaje aulístico, y se escapan con los hijos del aula a otros espacios para gozar, procrear y co-crear.
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Pecha-Kucha: Diseña presentaciones cautivadoras

Entérate ¿Qué es el Pecha-Kucha?

Te comparto una técnica y algunos tips para preparar tu presentación.

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Diseñando Aprendizaje Basado en Competencias

Diseñando Aprendizaje Basado en Competencias | |

Con la llegada de la era digital la sociedad está reclamando nuevas competencias a los profesionales y a los ciudadanos en general. Se les esta exigiendo el dominio de destrezas y habilidades específicas. En este caso surge un doble posicionamiento: formar sobre esas competencias en el ámbito profesional o desarrollarlas en el ámbito académico previo al laboral. Esta discusión refleja dos direcciones distintas, ya que a nivel universitario, se están tomando políticas institucionales dirigidas a satisfacer nuevamente la dirección del aprendizaje evaluado y basado en competencias.

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[Infographic] 7 top writing tips for Instructional Designers

[Infographic] 7 top writing tips for Instructional Designers | |
Over the years our Instructional Designers have shared many tips and tricks for writing engaging online training courseware. We can all fall into bad habits and work hard to avoid the common pitfalls when writing storyboards. Here Ruby Spencer, Director, Global Curriculum Development, has put together this quick infographic of our recommended top 7 Writing Tips for Instructional Designers to consider when developing online courseware.
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Effective branching scenarios in eLearning: 5 tips for eLearning professionals

eLearning courses that offer learners the most benefit are those that explore real world challenges and give learners insight into how their choices lead to real life consequences minus the real life risks. However, achieving this within your eLearning course can be a challenge, in-and-of-itself. That is, unless you know how to effectively integrate branching scenarios in eLearning. In this article, I'll offer you tips for eLearning branching scenarios that you can use to provide learners with the critical thinking and problem solving skills they need to achieve their goals in their personal and professional lives.
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Híbrido: El pronóstico educativo del futuro en un libro clave

Híbrido: El pronóstico educativo del futuro en un libro clave | |

En 2008 Clayton Christensen y Michael Horn hicieron una predicción provocativa: en 2019 la mitad de los cursos de la educación secundaria en Estados Unidos iba a ser virtual. El libro Disrupting Class fue una revelación polémica. Anunciaba que este proceso era inevitable, que estaba basado en el seguimiento matemático de la evolución de la educación on line y que nada podía detenerlo.

Hace pocos días se publicó la secuela de ese libro. Se titula Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. Sus autores son Michael Horn y Heather Staker. Quizás sea el libro del año para la innovación educativa, al menos en el peso que tendrá en las discusiones.

Horn, el co-autor de ambos libros, indica en 2014 que su predicción de 2008 no sólo sigue siendo acertada sino que incluso quizás fue un poco conservadora. Su predicción es que las escuelas en Estados Unidos están llegando a su punto de quiebre (tipping point), basado en tres urgentes necesidades de cambio: el deseo de personalización del aprendizaje, el deseo de ampliar el acceso a la educación y el deseo de bajar los costos de la escolarización.

Via Paz Gonzalo, juandoming
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