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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...

Via juandoming
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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Informe Horizon 2015: Enseñanza Universitaria. Tecnologías 1 a 5 años

Informe Horizon 2015: Enseñanza Universitaria. Tecnologías 1 a 5 años | |

El Departamento de Proyectos Europeos del Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías Educativas y de Formación del Profesorado (INTEF) presenta el resumen del informe HORIZON Edición 2015 Educación Superior. Un estudio que, producido conjuntamente por New Media Consortium (NMC) y EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), identifica y describe las seis tecnologías emergentes que tendrán un impacto significativo en la educación superior en los próximos cinco años.

Via Marta Torán
Marta Torán's curator insight, September 1, 4:25 PM

El INTEF nos regala un resumen del Informe Horizon 2015 Educación Superior.!

[Infographic] Understanding the difference between eLearning and mLearning

[Infographic] Understanding the difference between eLearning and mLearning | |
The need to disseminate education efficiently imposed that classrooms should no longer be confined within four walls. So distance learning came into being. Then as technology evolved, lessons were not only delivered to mailboxes (the ones on the curb) but also reached learners on their computers. Thus eLearning developed. And now, because learners are no longer tethered to their desks (the rise of the remote and mobile workforce), learning is being delivered to their hand-held devices where they can consume it on the go.

Although e-Learning and m-Learning are used synonymously in many quarters, the two modes of learning differ in many respects. As a learning designer, you must know all about the two formats so that you can create effective instructional content for each.

We've gone over tons of articles that talk about the differences between eLearning and mLearning, so we've created this blog post to save you time doing your research. Here, we list down four of the main differences between both terms.
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wiquo: Crear un curso online de forma gratuita

wiquo: Crear un curso online de forma gratuita | |
Si después de analizar la lista de 300 cursos online gratuitos que empiezan en septiembre, y la de los 350 que hay disponibles para hacer en cualquier fecha, habéis decidido crear un curso en el que vosotros mismos seáis los instructores, echad un vistazo en

Se trata de una plataforma que nos permite crear y compartir cursos on-line desde cualquier parte del mundo, permitiendo así que cualquier persona tenga acceso a lo que queremos enseñar.

Via Julio Hinojo Lopez
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Nearpod: Create, engage, assess through Mobile Devices

Nearpod: Create, engage, assess through Mobile Devices | |
  1. Engage students with fun and interactive content
  2. Collect and share student responses instantly
  3. Track student comprehension in real time
  4. Create new slides or easily turn your Powerpoint, Google Slides, or PDFs into an interactive Nearpod presentation
  5. Find free and paid interactive multimedia presentations from distinguished publishers and educators that are Common Core aligned.
  6. Easily share synchronized lessons with diverse types of content and interactive activities.
  7. Get real-time feedback & comprehensive post-session reports. Download report data and integrate it with your LMS.
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Cinco herramientas para crear infografías de manera fácil

Cinco herramientas para crear infografías de manera fácil | |
Las infografías constituyen un recurso educativo ideal para utilizar en tus clases, ya que ayudan a explicar de manera sencilla y visual los contenidos más complejos. Puedes desarrollarlas y usarlas como material didáctico para motivar a tus alumnos y facilitarles la comprensión y el aprendizaje. O invitarles a realizar sus propias infografías para que aprendan a analizar, sintetizar y plasmar la información de una manera gráfica. Te presentamos cinco herramientas 2.0 que os permitirán, tanto a ti como a tus estudiantes, desarrollar infografías de manera sencilla.
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La Educación Abierta no es "una ondulación disruptiva" ¡Es una disrupción!

La Educación Abierta no es "una ondulación disruptiva" ¡Es una disrupción! | |
La Educación Abierta está motivada por la creencia de que los alumnos desean ejercer el lideraje en sus estudios y claro que debe ser asi… En concreto, las personas que participan en el proceso de aprendizaje quieren: para llevar a cabo investigaciones sobre posibles temas de estudio; tener una experiencia práctica educativa en lugar de un libro de texto de la educación estrictamente centrada; asumir la responsabilidad de sus decisiones educativas; experimentar el lado emocional y física de la educación; para entender cómo la educación y la comunidad están relacionadas; y, para tener opción personal en el enfoque de sus estudios en el aula y fuera de ellas.

Aprender en un entorno de grupo o contribuyendo a un grupo es beneficioso para el alumno. Grupo de trabajo colaborativo tiene beneficios sustanciales, tales como una mayor participación de todos los miembros del grupo, una mejor comprensión y retención del material, el dominio de las habilidades esenciales para el éxito, y el aumento de entusiasmo que puede estimular al participante en el aprendizaje independiente.
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The LMS (eLearning) Needs Analysis

The LMS (eLearning) Needs Analysis | |
Here are some questions to help determine if your organization is ready for a Learning Management System (LMS). Are you ready for eLearning? Answer the questions below and build your business case!
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[Infographic] Generation Z is growing and learning with Mobile Devices

[Infographic] Generation Z is growing and learning with Mobile Devices | |
The proliferation of mobile devices has made an impact on the learning process, particularly among young students.

Those born after the millennial generation are considered Generation Z — children born into a world where mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have always been connected to the Internet, providing answers to almost any question with a few keystrokes and swipes. So it's no surprise that a 2014 NPD Group survey revealed that children aged 4 to 14 use smartphones and tablets more than any other device.

So how can educators adjust their instruction methods to meet these new styles of learning? Some are embracing blended learning initiatives, like the one promoted by the Rhode Island Department of Education, which combines online education with face-to-face instruction.

A new infographic from ItsLearning, a digital learning platform, provides a few statistics on the growth of mobile devices in education:
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How to make your Infographic more interactive with polls

How to make your Infographic more interactive with polls | |
There are hundreds of blog posts online about how infographics are great for your content marketing strategy, and why visual content is the way to go. But people already understand that, and certainly don’t need another article entitled “10 Reasons to Incorporate Infographics into your Social Media Campaign”. It’s just so overdone. Infographics have a lot more potential aside from simply providing people with a visual representation of data. In fact, infographics can also make use of interactive elements. Even though people are aware that interactive infographics exist, they are hardly making use of these exciting, and beneficial features.

In Venngage, there are a number of interactive widgets available that can be integrated into an infographic. These widgets include embedded videos, polls, forms, links and hover windows. These components aren’t just there to take up space. They exist because they are factors that can make your infographic a source of curation, conversion and retention. In this series of posts, you will learn how to use the interactive elements to their full potential. This first article of the series will explain to you not only how to use polls in your infographic, but the benefits that come with using them.
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7 new features added to Google Classroom

7 new features added to Google Classroom | |
At TeachThought, while we love Apple’s products, app ecology, and general aesthetic, we tend towards recommending Google for most classrooms. Though they’re not mutually exclusive, rare is the classroom that has the budget for Chromebooks and iPads. 1:1 is rare; 2:1 is rarer still.

Google Classroom is the result of Google bundling Google Calendar, Google Drive, Gmail, and other services into something simpler for teachers to use. We recently shared 60 ways to use google classroom, and it’s likely we’ll need to follow that post up with an updated version as Google continues to iterate their academic side.

Will Phan, a Google Classroom Software Engineer, released a blog post that reviewed some new changes to Google Classroom for the 2015-2016 school year, which excerpted from for the post below.
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5 strategies for a balanced approach to Big Data in Education

5 strategies for a balanced approach to Big Data in Education | |
We are in the decade a big data. During this second decade in the 21st century, many are grappling with the challenges and opportunity of massive data and the emergence of tools to mine and analyze these data. Within education, this is not new. It started long before No Child Left Behind, with the 20th century growth of modern educational psychology and measurement movements. From that era we saw IQ and aptitude testing, standardized and multiple choice tests, the Bell Curve, and countless efforts in quantifying almost anything about students: achievement, retention, reading proficiency, performance by demographic data, etc. While some of these ideas have a much longer history (China used proficiency exams for civil service already in 2200 B.C.), these certainly gained a new level of attention and importance over the last 150-175 years. Consider how things have changed, as explained by David McAruthur in his 1983 report, Educational Testing and Measurement: A Brief History.
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Writing Learning Objectives for eLearning: What eLearning professionals should know

Writing Learning Objectives for eLearning: What eLearning professionals should know | |
Setting clear learning objectives” is a requirement you have probably read a thousand times when reading about how to design effective eLearning courses. However, “clear” may have different meaning for different people; what is absolutely clear to you may not be as clear as you think to your audience. In this article, I’ll show you specific ways to ensure that your learning objectives are crystal clear for everyone, and I'll also explain why this is so important for the success of your eLearning deliverable. Furthermore, I’ll share all the critical information you need to know about developing high quality learning objectives for eLearning.
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30 second videos for your students

30 second videos for your students | |

There are many great reasons to keep your videos to 30 seconds, or less. I create a collection of short videos into a playlist for students. Say one piece of information and stop the video. In and out. Sometimes my videos are only 8 seconds!!

  • It is a lot easier to maintain enthusiasm and be interesting when it is only 30 seconds.
  • You say “um” and pause a lot less often since you are in and out.
  • It is easier to be comfortable on video for only 30 seconds.
  • Do not talk slow on a video. Students can replay if they need the information again. This helps you keep video short.
  • Do not repeat yourself on a video. Students can replay.
  • Title the video very specifically. With a short video the title says what the video says.
  • It is very hard to skim a video to find information. Short videos with specific titles make this possible.
  • Oftentimes we are just missing that “one” thing. Having to watch or try to scrub through even a 3 minute video can be hard.
  • It is really interesting to see the video analytics on a playlist of short videos. Some videos are watched a LOT and others, almost none at all.
  • If you need to update information or you make a mistake, you only have to replace a 30 second segment.
  • When a video corrupts, it is not that big of a deal to film it again.
  • Kids are willing to watch a 30 second video. They may not watch longer ones.
  • Makes it easier for students to learn on the go. They can watch a couple of quick video clips and pick up the rest later quite easily.
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Change Curve: The Dynamic Change Model [Part 1]

Change Curve: The Dynamic Change Model [Part 1] | |
I’ve been exploring the Change Curve, a framework for understanding organisational change and what we can do to ease the process. It characterises three states: ‘Resistant‘ organisations, who reject change and deploy antibodies to kill it, ‘Constrained‘ organisations, who are unable to relinquish enough control for it truly to gain momentum, and ‘Dynamic‘ organisations, whereby change comes naturally, not as the exception, and the change is co-created and co-owned. It’s a state of true agility, making it ideal for an organisation facing the challenges of the Social Age.
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Seesaw: Student driven Digital Portfolios

Seesaw: Student driven Digital Portfolios | |

What it is: Seesaw is the first truly student centered/driven digital portfolio tool that I’ve seen. What makes Seesaw such an awesome option as a digital portfolio is the way that it empowers kids to build and keep a digital portfolio totally independently with features like QR code login for young students. Students can log their learning using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Seesaw also has direct import features from lots of popular apps. From the teacher perspective, Seesaw makes it simple to access student work immediately from their own device. Content is easily searchable by student and makes it simple to review student progress over time and keep track of growth. In addition to browsing by student, teachers can use folders to organize work by subject area or project. There is also an awesome flag feature that makes it easy to highlight work that you want to go back to for conferences or follow-up with the student. The built in audio recording and drawing tools mean that students can reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they reached an answer. Parents are also able to login to see work and give feedback on it (you as the teacher can control who sees what and what feedback can be given. Teachers can approve peer feedback before it is seen by students or parents.

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[Slideshare] How the Tin Can API will revolutionize the learning world

  1. Bring Big Data and Learning together in ways that were never before possible.
  2. Get a clearer picture of Training ROI than ever before by tracking more than ever before
  3. Unchain the power of Mobile Devices
  4. Move Learning Games from fun trend to a practical necessity.
  5. Let employees justify their value by directly tuing learning they complete to job performance.
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5 Apps para Flipped Classroom

5 Apps para Flipped Classroom | |
Iniciamos el curso 2015-2016 con fuerza. En este primer post del nuevo curso os dejo una recopilación de 5 aplicaciones para poder invertir vuestras clases. El post original es de Olga Martín y está alojado en el blog “Innovaschool” y aquí os lo reproduzco de forma íntegra.
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[Infografía] Relaciones entre Educación, Sociedad y Trabajo

[Infografía] Relaciones entre Educación, Sociedad y Trabajo | |

Hugo Díaz, presidente del Consejo Nacional de Educación de Perú, plantea los riesgos y las oportunidades de la globalización, la importancia del aprendizaje permanente y cómo las redes nos ayudan a ser aprendices a lo largo de la vida, así como la necesidad de revisar los paradigmas vigentes de la educación.

Me ha parecido especialmente interesante en la presentación de Díaz que destaque la importancia del talento para el desarrollo de las comunidades, por delante de los recursos naturales y el capital. También pone sobre la mesa cómo las tecnologías nos permiten llevar a cabo procesos de enseñanza y aprendizaje que se adapten mejor a las necesidades, aptitudes e intereses de cada aprendiz.

Hugo Díaz estará además disponible mañana jueves 3 de septiembre a las 17h (GMT+2) y durante 15 minutos responderá en directo usando el hashtag #ScolarTICchat1.

Esta ponencia se integra dentro de un ambicioso programa que desde Telefónica Educación Digital abre el debate sobre el futuro de la Educación a través de la Comunidad ScolarTIC, con ponencias, debates virtuales, talleres prácticos, charlas y eventos presenciales en España y Latinoamérica, que se desarrollará durante los próximos 9 meses a través de cuatro ejes temáticos [Claves de la Educación del s.XXI, Centros en Transformación, Nuevos Roles y Metodologías], tal y como muestra la siguiente infografía:

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4 Generous eLearning Tips

4 Generous eLearning Tips | |
Come Friday night, many of us like to treat ourselves and our loved ones to a pleasant night out. And what night out would be complete without the clatter of silverware, good company, and the savory smells of delicious food wafting from the kitchen?

As a frequent diner and former busboy, I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of the dining experience. When you’ve had as much restaurant experience as myself, you learn a few things. Certain aspects of the encounter can make or break the night, either leaving the customer content and full or annoyed and still hungry. Many of the things that make your night at a restaurant special can easily be transferred into the learning realm.
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10 Infographic design cheat sheets

10 Infographic design cheat sheets | |
Infographic Design is a tricky thing to master. It takes a lot of practice and a strong eye for detail. There are many factors to keep in mind when it comes down to infographic design, and at Venngage, we realize that. To help you out, we’ve compiled this list of 10 Infographics that we believe explain the specifics of infographic design. These cheat sheets include design tips on infographic layout, font types and styles, colour choice, icon choice, and infographic promotion on social media. Not only will you be able to create beautiful infographics, but you will also be able to promote your designs successfully on social media!
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Con la "red" aprendemos disruptivamente

Con la "red" aprendemos disruptivamente | |

En los centros educativos muchas veces se hace lo que se espera de ellos por tradición cultural, por costumbre…no porque sea necesario…se confía que las escuelas transmitan conocimientos a las generaciones más jóvenes. Son, sin embargo, también cada vez más criticadas para distribuir el así llamado conocimiento inerte, es decir, el conocimiento al que se accede sólo en un conjunto restringido de contextos a pesar de que es aplicable a una amplia variedad de dominios.

Mientras que lo que si deberíamos aprender se presenta de manera aislada, casi por sustitución del anterior o en el mejor de los casos como una alternativa, pero claro es dificil que se haga porque rompería el paradigma formal con el que estamos instalados por el predominio de otro informal, que en principio nos descoloca porque éste ni necesita de las organizaciones educativas, ni siquiera en muchas ocasiones de los docentes.

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Tech Tip: 5 facts educators must embrace

Tech Tip: 5 facts educators must embrace | |
The profession of education is going through unprecedented change. Many aspects of teaching and school will eventually never be the same again — nor should they. Although wholesale and fundamental change is slow, there are some things that educators will have to accept and embrace, if they plan on being successful and staying in the profession. They are:
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Digital Mindset: What is it all about?

Digital Mindset: What is it all about? | |
Digital mindset" seems to have become another buzzword--rather buzz-phrase to be grammatically precise--whenever the conversation (online or offline) veers toward social business, social learning, collaboration, and other 21st Century phenomenon in general. One of the oft-repeated reasons for the failure of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) in organizations is often attributed to a lack of "digital mindset" in the employees or leadership or both. It has become a specter looming over everyone's head. This post is an attempt to distill some of the skills/attitude/knowledge that possibly make up the "digital mindset". In an attempt to crystallize the skill sets, some of the finer nuances have been lost. It is also important to remember that there is no black and white distinction between digital and non-digital mindsets. It's a spectrum, and we need to move along the spectrum to make the best of the world we are in. The trigger for this post comes from a tweet-chat hosted by @WiproLPS with @bill_fischer sharing his insights on this topic. Unfortunately, I couldn't participate as I'd have wanted to but was lurking and following the stream. For those who missed it, here's the compiled chat in Storify. Thanks to @nidhisand for putting it together.
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