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Engaging ePortfolios in an Independent Learning Process

Engaging ePortfolios in an Independent Learning Process | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

This study investigates the use of e-portfolios in an independent learning process of learners in English as a second language (ESL). In this study, the instructor uses e-portfolios to manage the self-learning records of learners, to allow learners to interact with peers, and to evaluate performance outcomes. Learners record their self-learning activities using e-portfolios in which they submit and archive the activities they have done. The learners interact with one another through e-portfolios to enhance their learning. By using mixed methodology (survey, interview, instructor’s feedback report and analysis of e-portfolios), this study explores how the use of e-portfolios can help in learners’ independent learning process in English. The results indicate that learners have a mixed feeling towards the use of e-portfolios to assist their language learning experience. It is still uncertain that e-portfolio meets the needs of learners and provides an efficient and effective way to archive their tasks and facilitate peer feedback. This study also discusses the challenges that users of e-portfolios face in the process of English-language instruction, and the implications of the use of e-portfolios in language learning. It is hoped that the study will enable clearer focus to be given to the use of e-portfolios at both local and international levels.

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Supuestos de la Teoría Crítica

Supuestos de la Teoría Crítica | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

La Teoría Crítica analiza, como primera premisa básica, la existencia y esencia del capital. Este análisis está vinculado a la crítica marxista, a la economía en el trabajo como economía política. Lo interesante, no es el estudio de un momento histórico del desarrollo de sociedades industrializadas, sino el esclarecimiento de la existencia y dominio del capital en cada sociedad y momento histórico, mientras existan seres humanos en este planeta. La premisa es muy sencilla: la acumulación de capital tiene relación con la sociedad de consumo, la existencia de mercancías y las formas propias de producción, sin la conformación de medios y maneras de concienciación.

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Pixorial: Photo & video sharing without limits

Pixorial: Photo & video sharing without limits | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Pixorial now lets you import media from Facebook, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Instagram, Gmail, Picasa, Dropbox, and Flickr. Of course, you can still upload media directly from your computer, tablet, or phone. All of the media that you import and upload can be arranged into albums that you can keep private or share with collaborators who can then use the media in their own video projects.

 

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Pixiclip: Pizarra online interactiva

Pixiclip: Pizarra online interactiva | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Pizarra online interactiva con la que podemos crear todo tipo de composiciones y mensajes para compartir. Es posible incluir grabaciones de vídeo tomadas con nuestra webcam, archivos sonoros grabados con el micrófono, textos, dibujos, imágenes, fotografías, etc.

 

La herramienta es muy intuitiva y su apariencia bastante agradable, crear mensajes interactivos es cuestión de pocos minutos y sacar un gran potencial a esta práctica herramienta solo depende de nuestra propia creatividad.

 

En la lateral izquierdo se sitúa la barra de menú, allí podemos encontrar todas las herramientas y elementos necesarios para componer los mensajes: textos, pinceles, paleta de colores, imágenes, iconos de acceso a la webcam y al micrófono, etc.

 

Se trata de una utilidad muy práctica para diversos campos, una forma sencilla de crear presentaciones, exponer productos, crear mensajes multimedia y mucho más.

 

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Amazing facts about teachers technology use in the classroom

Amazing facts about teachers technology use in the classroom | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A few months ago PBS Learning released the findings of a national survey polling pre-K-12 US teachers on their technology practices in classrooms. The survey focused particularly on the following areas : How teachers are utilizing technology in America’s classrooms, and the types of technology teachers have access to and their attitudes toward technology. Here is a snapshot of these findings :
Three-quarters of teachers surveyed link educational technology to a growing list of benefits saying that:

Technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content (74%),to motivate students to learn (74%), and to respond to a variety of learning styles (73%). Seven in 10 teachers (69%) surveyed said educational technology allows them to “do much more than ever before” for their students.

“Technology is a critical part of learning and teaching in today’s classrooms,” commented Alicia Levi, PBS Education. “Teachers today need access to high-quality digital content to keep pace with schools’ investment in interactive whiteboards, tablets and other devices to maximize the educational benefits of technology in classrooms.”

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The knowledge tree

The knowledge tree | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

I love tree diagrams and mindmaps and I am sure our students share the same feeling towards them as well. Mindmaps present ideas and data in a visual way akin to visible thinking. Given the importance of these tools in eduction, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already provided a comprehensive list of some of the best web tools that teachers and educators can use to create awesome mindmaps. Check out this link to explore the tools in case you missed that post.

Today I am sharing with you a great graphic , it is basically a tree diagram I found on university of Alberta. This tree is

"  a helpful unifying device linking theory and practice. The BRANCHES represent what the student needs to learn, the TRUNK represents what the student brings with them to the learning context and the ROOTS represent the theories to be considered in teaching.. "


Here is a snapshot of the tree but you will need to access the original version of the tree HERE because every part of the tree is clickable and can lead you to more information about about topic.

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Siguiendo nuevas vías...

Siguiendo nuevas vías... | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Es difícil hacer algo por primera vez, sobre todo si se trata de un nuevo enfoque paradigmático, utilizar una nuevo recurso tecnológico o iniciar una nueva resolución para hacer algo diferente en nuestras vidas. En muchos de los casos, los vestigios polvorientos opacan nuestro horizonte de posibilidades empujándonos a hacer los mismos recorridos que se hacían en el pasado. Por desgracia, si ese pasado fue o no exitoso, sigue siendo eso, una masa polvorienta del recuerdo que nos hace anclarnos en el tiempo del pasado. Los trenes utilizan pistas para trasladarse eficientemente de un destino hacia el otro. Cuando viajamos por donde el tren está destinado a pasar, todo parece ser fabuloso. Pero cuando las vías se dirigen hacia destinos diferentes, entramos en estado de pánico por la incertidumbre que genera el bajarse a una estación totalmente desconocida. Lo mismo ocurre con los sistemas educativos que tenemos; prefieren seguir circulando sobre las mismas rieles oxidadas, para llegar a los mismos destinos y en el miso periodo de recorrido. La ruta programada no da espacio para hacer paradas en los lugares que nos llaman la atención, pues se altera el itinerario de viaje del resto de los pasajeros. La distracción está prohibida en el recorrido a seguir. 
 

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Curation in Learning

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I’m getting very excited about the possibilities of using more digital curation in learning.  The trouble with curation is that I’m seeing it everywhere. As such I wanted to come up with a short framework that I could use to talk about how I see curation in learning being used, both at the organisation level and for individuals.  So, go easy on me; here’s what I’m proposing…

 

We can think of digital curation as being useful to us in four broad roles that I’m calling Inspiration, Aggregation, Integration and Application. Inspiration is how I term curation that is done by other people on your behalf, outside of a formal learning environment.  Aggregation is the same thing, but done within a formal learning context.  Integration is a more personal curation process; how individuals blend new learning experiences with existing thoughts.  And finally Application is how individuals apply new insights in the real world; how we individually manage knowledge on a day-to-day basis.  I capture this flow in a simple matrix that demonstrates how the four types of curation can flow into each other in a continuous learning cycle:

 

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▶ Virtual Educa: DRAP

Coctel foto-musical con segmentos de la presentación: Diseño de Recursos de Aprendizaje Personalizados (DRAP), ofrecido en el 1er Encuentro Virtual Educa Las Américas (17-18 dic 2013). Esta fue la primera presentación del la Propuesta del Modelo DRAP en el contexto educativo nacional.

El DRAP es una propuesta de modelo de diseño que promueve el que los educadores se conviertan en diseñadores de recursos de aprendizaje personalizados. La propuesta consiste en aprovechar las bondades del BYOD para crear Ecologías de Aprendizaje que permitan a los discentes accionar sus conocimientos, habilidades, actitudes y competencias en nuevos espacios "no lugares" llenos de conexiones sinápticas, sociales y artificiales. De lo que se habla es de convertir el aula en un nodo visible capaz de extenderse ha otros contextos donde también se puede aprender.

Para más información sobre esta propuesta, accedan a:
http://edumorfosis.blogspot.com/2013/07/drap-diseno-de-recursos-de-aprendizaje.html

Mi agradecimiento especial a la Prof. Ann Rivera (@morreducation) por grabar los segmentos de vídeo. También a los integrandes de la Red EDUC@PR: Prof. Jeanette Delgado, Prof. Bernabé Soto, Prof. Sandra Vega, Prof. Alfredo Calderón, Dr. juan Meléndez y Dr. Mario Núñnez por su apoyo incondicional.

 

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What is Micro-Learning?

What is Micro-Learning? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

What is micro-learning? Micro-learning is learning in smaller segments and goes hand in hand with traditional eLearning. Micro-learning activities include short-term lessons, projects, or assignments with smaller amounts of information. The course material is broken into smaller lessons or modules, rather than teaching a broad topic all at once. Although the course may be broken down into smaller modules, it is still hosted on an eLearning platform.

 

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Flipped Classroom tips (from a teacher who is mid-flip)

Flipped Classroom tips (from a teacher who is mid-flip) | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

A simple search of the flipped classroom topic still produces numerous responses. An academic search in ProQuest produces over 2,000 scholarly articles published in each of the last 4 years. Most of the movement towards the topic has occurred in the last few years. As more and more programs and instructors at all levels flip their classrooms, it is time to stop, reflect, and evaluate how well the efforts are working to improve mastery of content for students. A survey of some of the more recent articles provides a glimpse into the progress and efforts towards flipping classrooms.

 

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Diseñando la Escuela del Siglo XXI (Alfredo Hernando)

Diseñando la escuela del siglo XXI"", título de la ponencia de Alfredo Hernando, en el XII Congreso de EC. Escuela Creativa. emprender. participar. dar sentido. Valladolid, 22 de noviembre de 2013

 

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eduPLEmooc: Curso Masivo Abierto Virtual

¿Qué ocurre el 13 de enero de 2014? Pues que comienza un curso en línea que lleva por título ‘Entornos Personales de Aprendizaje para el desarrollo profesional docente‘, convocado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte a través del INTEFy dirigido inicialmente a docentes, pero abierto a cualquier otro participante que esté interesado en construir o desarrollar su PLE.

 

Y puede ser que te preguntes… ¿cómo es posible que sin ser docente de enseñanzas básicas o medias de un centro educativo español sostenido con fondos públicos pueda participar en un MOOC?

La respuesta es fácil, el INTEF apuesta por primera vez por el formato MOOC, es decir, el curso ‘Entornos Personales de Aprendizaje para el desarrollo profesional doente’ [o eduPLEmooc] será un curso masivo abierto en línea.

 

Este curso, y otro que le sigue del cual pronto te podré contar algo más, se comenzó a gestar hace exactamente un año y es en gran medida responsable del nacimiento de Conecta13 y detonante de mi cambio de rumbo profesional.

 

Desde hace un año venimos colaborando desde Conecta13 con el INTEF en el diseño metodológico y desarrollo de los contenidos de eduPLEmooc, un curso en el que además tengo el privilegio de dirigir al equipo docente, que más que un curso queremos que sea una auténtica experiencia de aprendizaje.

 

Aún más, queremos tener impacto en la vida real de los centros ayudando a conectar a más docentes entre sí, a generar mejores ideas y hacer emerger buenas prácticas en el uso de las TIC en el aula.

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Pedro José García González's curator insight, December 21, 2013 6:32 PM

PRIMERA CONVOCATORIA MOOC PARA DESARROLLO DOCENTES: El Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte de España, convoca por primera vez un curso masivo abierto en línea para el desarrollo profesional del docente. ¿Estamos ante un cambio de tendencia en la formación tradicional reglada?

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Here’s the Scenario: Tenets for Scenario Based Learning

Here’s the Scenario: Tenets for Scenario Based Learning | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it
eLearning is moving away from a didactic approach to more engaging approaches that do much more than just transfer knowledge. With a regular page-turner, the learners may well understand pre-set rules to approach a problem. But active learning environments, learners can be equipped to apply the knowledge acquired in different real-life situations that reinforce the practical utility of learning. There are many ways of building such active learning environments and Scenario-Based Learning is one that is as popular as it is effective. 

Scenario-based learning presents an accurate context for the learner to place a situation and invites him or her to reach an outcome through a series of choices. The scenario presented has many uncovered aspects that the learner discovers and utilizes them to build competencies that aid him or her to excel. This spirit of discovery drives scenario-based learning and accounts for its success as an experiential way of learning.

 

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[Slideshare] The unexpected benefits of Content Curation for nonprofits

Earlier this week, at Scoop.it’s December Lean Content meetup, we were visited by nonprofit consultant, marketer, author, and trainer Beth Kanter. Beth put on one of the best presentations we’ve seen to date, with hands-on advice on curation in general, and specifically applied some best practices to the nonprofit sector.

 

In case you missed the tweets, check out this great Storify that Beth herself put together, and be sure to go through her presentation below.

Some of the key takeaways from this month’s meetup included:

•Top benefits of content curation for nonprofits

•Understand the practice of good content curation

•Techniques for being efficient and staying focused

 

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La Web 2.0, su importancia en la Educación

La Web 2.0, su importancia en la Educación | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

En 2004, Tim O’Reilly, acuña el término web 2.0, como contraposición a la web tradicional y estática que no ofrecía apenas interactividad y cuyos sitios web eran de sólo lectura y estaban manejados por un número limitado de personas (los webmasters).

 

La web 2.0 fomenta una filosofía de colaborar, compartir, interactuar, generar conocimiento… Según L. García Aretio “en la (web) 1.0 participábamos más sólo como consumidores y en la 2.0, haciéndolo también como consumidores, nos convertimos a la par en productores y creadores. Y esa producción y creación la hacemos con plena libertad”


Via L. García Aretio
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Why and how you should get your students to collaborate and communicate?

Why and how you should get your students to collaborate and communicate? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Why is interaction so important in education? It is the key to learning, especially when you are using technology, preventing students to be passive thus engaging them to be active. Interaction requires the student to work with learning content. Interaction is needed for navigation and exploration of learning content, to get feedback after assessment, but communication with peers or teachers is the ultimate interaction.[fb_button]

Why?Online courses are usually built for self-paced learning, where efficiency depends on students’ motivation and self-discipline. That’s why the use of communication in online learning is very useful.Online collaboration or discussion might be less frightening than speaking up in the classroom to the introverted students or students that are less confident.Participating in group discussions, in classroom or online, helps students know each other better, and builds relationships and classroom community.When learning, students often relate more to their peers than their teacher, so a fellow student that understands the lesson better, might better answer their question.Students learn through explaining things to their peers.The concept of Community of inquiry is based on the premise that knowledge is necessarily embedded within a social context and, thus, requires intersubjective agreement among those involved in the process of inquiry for legitimacy. This means that for the best learning experience, we need three different presences: teaching (the teacher sets climate and provides content – lessons), social (the students who debate) and cognitive (which is the knowledge that participants communicate among themselves). Online technology can help us greatly, when we are trying to build this kind of environment, which is especially applicable to blended learning.
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: What Counts "For Credit"

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: What Counts "For Credit" | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

This trend is one of the few this year that I haven’t explicitly covered in years past: what’s happening to “the credit” – the credit hour, accreditation, and so on. What counts for credit? Who counts these alternatives? What are they worth?

 

This trend is, of course, intertwined with the hype about MOOCs and competency-based education, along with the ongoing concerns about the cost of higher education, the explosion in student loan debt, and the demand that “everyone go to college.”

 

For those keeping score at home: in the Fall of 2013, postsecondary enrollments decreased 1.5% from 2012. Enrollments fell at four-year for-profit institutions (down 9.7%) and two-year public institutions (down 3.1%), although they did increase slightly among four-year public institutions (up 0.3%) and four-year private non-profit institutions (up 1.3%). Some of this is no doubt cyclical, as enrollments change as opportunities outside of school grow or shrink. But the diploma gap between high-income and low-income students continued to grow (54% of students from high-income families born circa 1980 completed a college degree compared to 9% of those from low-income families). And opportunities for the college-educated and the non-college educated alike seemed circumscribed in an economy that feels pretty grim.

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10 cualidades profesionales indispensables para el siglo XXI

10 cualidades profesionales indispensables para el siglo XXI | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Revisando mi jardín de ideas, me he encontrado con una de hace algún tiempo para escribir sobre los rasgos de los “profesionales 2.0″. Sin embargo, al buscar qué había ya escrito en Internet, he comprobado que casi todo lo publicado sobre el tema pone mucho énfasis en los aspectos tecnológicos y también en la presencia y actividad en redes sociales.

Como ya he comentado por aquí en más de una ocasión, lo importante – para mí – de la web 2.0 no es la propia web 2.0 – ni la tecnología en general – sino los comportamientos y consecuencias que se derivan de ella.Lo que me parece realmente clave es entender qué significan para nosotros los innumerables cambios que se están produciendo a raíz de todo este desarrollo tecnológico y cómo podemos adaptarnos a ellos para aprovechar al máximo las innegables oportunidades que ofrecen, a la vez que minimizar las amenazas que también suponen.Si nos centramos en el aspecto concreto de la profesión, parece que expresiones como “ser algo” (médico, abogada…), “carrera profesional” o “tener un buen CV” cada vez son menos relevantes en el contexto actual.En ese sentido, este post pretende ser un punto de partida para una conversación sobre qué cualidades definen a la persona bien equipada para hacer frente con éxito a los retos del siglo XXI. Probablemente haya muchas más pero, para ir “abriendo boca”, a mí se me ocurren estas 10:

 

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What are Cultures of Learning? (Stephen Downes)

Video (with slides) of the presentation in Nottingham in September. ""What Are Cultures of Learning" Keynote speech by Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for Canada's National Research Council, at altc2013 Building new cultures of learning, the 2013 conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). Session given in Nottingham, UK, on Thursday 12 September 2013 at 14.00. For information about ALT go to http://www.alt.ac.uk/."

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[Reseña] 1er Encuentro Virtual Educa Las Américas 2013

[Reseña] 1er Encuentro Virtual Educa Las Américas 2013 | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Esta semana se llevó a cabo el evento educativo internacional Virtual Educa Las Américas (La Magna) en el Centro de Convenciones Pedro Rosselló. Cerca de 60 educadores nacionales e internacionales participaron en plenarias, paneles, demostraciones y talleres tecnológicos en los que se promueven nuevas prácticas metodológicas adaptadas a la era del aprendizaje-en-red. Cientos de educadores de todas partes de la isla se dieron cita a este evento gratuito para conocer lo que hacen otros profesionales en sus sistemas educativos. El evento contó con la participación del Gobernador de Puerto Rico (Hon. Alejandro García Padilla), el Secretario de Estado (David Berner), el Secretario de Educación (Hon. Rafael Román Meléndez)  y otras distinguidas personalidades de la educación nacional e internacional.

Para Puerto Rico, este evento representó el inicio de proyectos de mayor envergadura en el futuro. Nuestra isla necesita tener mayor presencia en cuando a educación internacional se refiere. Se espera que en 2015 se celebre otro magno evento educativo internacional. Esto permitiría exponernos ante el mundo como un lugar apropiado para traer propuestas educativas transnacionales. Nuestra isla cuenta con talento de primera que labora en diferentes proyectos socio-pedagógicos de vanguardia. Por diferentes razones, sus investigaciones, proyectos y experiencias quedan anaqueladas en informes inaccesibles al público en general. Virtual Educa se convertiría en un nuevo espacio para difundir nuestros proyectos educativos a la comunidad educativa iberoamericana.

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How audio technology is transforming the modern day classroom

How audio technology is transforming the modern day classroom | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Classroom audio technology has evolved leaps and bounds since the days of CD players. It now has the potential to give teachers back control of the classroom, and the tools to transform their classes into an engaging resource for students.

 

Small wireless microphones attached to audio systems allow teachers to amplify their voices above the disturbances of the classroom. Chatting children, scraping desks, passing cars and other outside noises can all pose a distraction for students. By amplifying a teacher’s voice to a higher decibel, learners become more focused on what the teacher is saying. This can be especially helpful to children sitting in the back of the class where distracting noises may almost completely cancel out the teacher’s voice.

 

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What is Social Learning (and does it work)?

What is Social Learning (and does it work)? | Edumorfosis.it | Scoop.it

Distance learning, e-learning, mobile learning, blended learning. There are a slew of educational learning trends that have been happening for years now. And now, we’re adding social learning to the mix. The something-learning trend is continuing to move forward, this time putting popular social media to use. Social learning employs things like gamification, peer feedback and review, ranking, and awards to engage students in the material and learning process.

 

The handy infographic below takes a look at the growing number of internet users worldwide, the proliferation of smartphone usage, and how leveraging these tools can benefit both students and teachers.

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Individualized Learning

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Students learn best when their learning is individualized. There are actually several instructional strategies that  teachers can draw on to adapt their teaching to the individual needs of their students. Two examples of these strategies are included in this wonderful visual created by the folks in NAEYC.

 

In order to adapt to the needs and special learning circumstances of your students, try out :

1- Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design Learning is a framework for learning that includes all students. Being grounded in socio-cultural theory, UDL views learning environments and social interactions as being key elements in development and learning. In UDL students are allowed to express their learning in a variety of ways. The key principles driving UDL include flexibility, simple and intuitive instruction, multiple means of presentation, success oriented curriculum, appropriate level of student effort, and appropriate environment for learning. check out this page to learn more about UDL.

2- Response to Intervention"This is a three -tier framework that helps teachers adapt the level and intensity of instruction and supports to match the needs of individual children. Teachers use this framework to identify children's abilities and needs and plan an appropriate program." Read on to learn more about how to individualize your students learning.This graphic is also available for download from this page
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