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10 Social Media Sites for Education

10 Social Media Sites for Education | |

Our kids live on social media these days. One crucial way to make learning relevant is to meet ‘em where they live, which means finding social media sites that work in the classroom. Social media organically dovetails with subjects like language arts and social studies, but tech savvy teachers know that collaboration can work in any classroom.

Not all social media sites are equal — and not everyone is comfortable turning their students lose on Facebook or Twitter. Here are 10 Top sites that are safe while still engaging.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 29, 2014 2:25 PM

I asked whether I really had to have a whiteboard and LCD in my classroom. Apparently that was not the right question. We need to know what we are going to use particular technology for and how it influences our work.!

Social sharing on tablets

Social sharing on tablets | |

Not long ago, we looked at typing speed on iPads vs laptops. The studies cited found that on average, users typed 2-5 words per minute faster on an iPad than on a traditional keyboard.

A couple of years ago, my mother got her first piece of “real” technology. It was an iPad. She was completely tech-illiterate when she bought it, and she felt too intimidated by a desktop or laptop, but felt comfortable enough after playing around with my iPad that she was confident she could learn to navigate it easily enough.

Those are just two examples demonstrating why iPads (and other tablets) are so darned popular – they’re super easy to use (among many other things). And as the handy infographic below shows us (brought to you by the awesome guys over at Maz!), social sharing on tablets is huge. But what is actually getting shared? And on what types of social networks? Keep reading to learn more.

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Becoming a whole teacher

Becoming a whole teacher | |

n his essay Two Minds, Wendell Berry, unsurprisingly enough, offers up two tones of thought produced by two kinds of “mind”—Rational, and Sympathetic.

One is driven by logic, deduction, data, and measurement, the other by affection and other wasteful abstractions—instinct, reverence, joy, and faith.

These minds struggle for to manifest in our collective behavior. That is, they both seek to control our actions–what we say and do.

Berry explains their distinctions:

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"Development" was never meant to be a replacement for training

"Development" was never meant to be a replacement for training | |

I once worked for a large, global conglomerate that was in a death spiral and struggling to turn things around. The company was harvesting its mature and declining business to pump cash into its growth bets.

This company had a proud tradition of investing in the development of its employees. Sales reps were trained in their products and how to sell them, scientists went to conferences, engineers were offered continued training to keep their skills up to date, and new managers were trained how to manage.

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Does the Internet shape a disciplinary society? The information-knowledge paradox

Does the Internet shape a disciplinary society? The information-knowledge paradox | |

In the post–modern era, knowledge is being understood as information. In reality, knowledge is commoditized and objectified as decontextualized representations. More information may mean that the society is drawn into a critical phase where loss of knowledge occurs with the unlimited flow of information. Such ubiquitous information could lead to less understanding, less trust and less truth, which would erode rationality in the governance of the society. Using a framework based on Michel Foucault’s archeological methodology, i.e., unearthing how information and communication technologies (ICT) came to be viewed as a source of truth/knowledge, this paper explores the question: Do ICT contribute information that can be construed as knowledge? Does this knowledge contribute to truth or to power? Do ICTs push an information society towards Foucault’s disciplinary society, where the so–called knowledge speaks ‘truth to power’?

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[Infografía] Why mLearning is the future of workplace learning

[Infografía] Why mLearning is the  future of workplace learning | |

Mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. There are a variety of reasons for this, but many have to do with the accessibility of mobile devices, the savings associated with a mobile enabled learning program, and the convenience mobile learning affords the learner.

In fact, today if there is a learning management system (or courses) that do not perform on mobile devices, it is borderline in-excusable. In five years time, it will be flat-out archaic.

The infographic below (originally created by Upside Learning) presents some very compelling facts about the shift to mobile learning in the workplace, and the opportunity that is there for organizations that take action.

The section of the infographic that rang true for me were the points around the way work is changing – particularly in reference to no office, device freedom, and the desire for greater flexibility on the job.

For many years I would fly around the country consulting on elearning programs for some of the world’s largest companies. All three of these items directly applied to me and my team.

Work is changing. Today’s employee is often very tech-savvy, connected on multiple platforms digitally, and is used to an autonomous structure. Mobile learning really is not an employee perk – it is an expectation.

Companies who get on board with mobile learning sooner rather than later have a great chance in retaining their talent. Put simply, ignoring the mlearning shift will result in the company being seen as dated and out-of-touch… and no one wants to work for a company with that reputation!

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5 dimensions of critical Digital Literacy: A framework

5 dimensions of critical Digital Literacy: A framework | |

Digital Literacy is increasingly important in an age where many students read as much on screens as they do from books.

In fact, the very definition of many of these terms is changing as the overlap across media forms increases. Interactive eBooks can function like both long-form blogs and traditional books. Threaded email can look and function like social media. Email and texting and social media messaging are increasingly similar.

This is the modern digital era.

The above framework was developed by Juliet Hinrichsen and Antony Coombs at the University of Greenwich. Explaining its origins, they describe the model as “a framework to articulate the scope and dimensions of digital literacies. It is based on an established model of literacy which is underpinned by critical perspectives (the Four Resources Model of Critical Literacy, after Luke & Freebody). It has been adapted for the digital context.”

The framework is minimalist in design, forgoing any kind of analysis of each dimension, or examples of how readers may use them, but that’s part of its charm: At a glance it refracts digital literacy rather succinctly.

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Otras 8 herramientas para crear mapas mentales en Internet

Otras 8 herramientas para crear mapas mentales en Internet | |

Hace ya un buen tiempo que compartimos un amplio listado de sitios web para crear mapas mentales y otro similar con alternativas a Microsoft Visio para la creación de todo tipo de diagramas, así que es hora de ampliar tales recopilaciones, o al menos la primera, con más servicios de enorme utilidad para imprimir visualmente cualquier cantidad de ideas.

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I share, therefore I am

I share, therefore I am | |

Here’s a great video for this Friday afternoon: ‘the innovation of loneliness’. What is the connection between social networks and being lonely? The …

“…idea, that we will never have to be alone, is central to changing our psyches.  It’s shaping a new way of being; the best way to describe it is “I share, therefore I am”. We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings even as we’re having them. Furthermore, we’re faking experiences so we’ll have something to share. So we can feel alive.”

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From utopia to mutation, catarsis del nuevo siglo!

From utopia to mutation, catarsis del nuevo siglo! | |

De los postulados pedagógicos de Freire, Freinet, Jon Dewey a los planteamientos más tecnófilos de Isaac Asimov (el padre de la robótica), Roger Schank y la Inteligencia arttificial, Clay Shirky, Kurzweil…, podemos converger, ya no en una sola elección, si no que dentro de una diversidad de contextos, los cuáles tendrán su propio desarrollo y diferente de los demás, serán excentes por si mismo, pero estarán siempre conectados con otros que no pareciéndose a veces, puedan reutilizar de ellos lo mejor que tengan y siempre que lo necesiten (aquí destacamos que “la necesidad” es un elemento básico y sobre el cuál deberá girar nuestra nueva activitat, dotándonos de tpdas las herramientas digitales, de inteligencia artificial…que necesitemos para cada ocasión, siendo cada vez más útiles aquellas que están en la nube, en la web 2.0), por su capacidad y facilidad, tanto de accesibilidad como de usabilidad). y donde ni los conocidos estándares, W3C, SCORM... y otros, dejarán de ser tenidos en cuenta como “dogmas de fe” universilazadores, para pasar a ser referntes, si, pero para cada circunstancia, para cada necesidad y a lo meor ni para ninguno de esos casos.

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7 pillars of Digital Leadership in education

7 pillars of Digital Leadership in education | |

As schools change leadership must as well.

With society becoming more and more reliant on technology it is incumbent upon leaders to harness the power of digital technologies in order to create school cultures that are transparent, relevant, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring. In order to set the stage for increasing achievement and to establish a greater sense of community pride for the work being done in our schools, we must begin to change the way we lead. To do this, leaders must understand the origins of fear and misconceptions that often surround the use of technology such as social media and mobile devices.

Once the fears and misconceptions are placed on the table, leaders can begin to establish a vision for the effective use of technology to improve numerous facets of leadership. The challenge for school leaders is why, how, and where to begin. Digital leadership is not about flashy tools, but a strategic mindset that leverages available resources to improve what we do while anticipating the changes needed to cultivate a school culture focused on engagement and achievement. It is a new construct of leadership that grows out of the leader’s symbiotic relationship with technology.

The end result will be sustainable change in programs, instruction, behaviors, and leadership practices with technology as a pivotal element. Digital leadership requires a shift in leadership style from one of mandates, directives, and buy-in to one grounded in empowerment, support, and embracement as keys to sustainable change.

From my work I have identified what I call the Pillars of Digital Leadership. These are the specific areas embedded in the culture of all schools that can be improved or enhanced though the use of available technology, especially social media. They present a framework from which any educator or leader can begin to harness the power of technology to change professional practice and initiate sustainable change.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:33 PM has great resources for students, teachers and the community.
Maria Richards's curator insight, April 1, 2014 5:35 AM

The challenge for all leaders!

Patrick Peterson's curator insight, April 27, 2014 2:44 PM

Students, parents, college students and community members can work together in a maker space and it becomes a source of community pride.!

Nurturing online learning environments: course design and structure

Nurturing online learning environments: course design and structure | |

Effective use of what we know about the communication process to create a receptive atmosphere for online learning can influence the design and structure of courses and relevant instructional resources. To emphasize the role of sound instructional design principles and strategies for effective online courses, Islamoglu and Branch (University of Georgia) recommend that, from the beginning, instructors should demonstrate the value of their course and its content. The value of a course is communicated via an intentional structure, the design and purpose of assignments and the selection of resources shared within the course. Such decisions are predicated on periodic reviews of the course design and investigations into newer instructional resources, literature and digital tools. Online instructors can also capitalize on learner feedback and suggestions to guide their course enhancement.

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[VIDEO] eLearning Acupuncture: Are you new to social media curation in online learning?

[VIDEO] eLearning Acupuncture: Are you new to social media curation in online learning? | |

When you think about the word "curation", what comes to mind?  Well for me, I think about museums right away.  I think about the museum curators that work in museums going through collections of resources and making decision about which artifacts to collect together and how to organize them to tell a story, to emphasize a concept, or to serve a learning outcome.  And it's just not about placing the chosen artifacts together in the museum and then walking away.  These museum curators describe the salient features of the artifacts and organize them in such a way that new visitors can glean the required information and discover for themselves the intended (or novel) themes and the stories.  It's an important job to be a museum curator because their bias about the artifacts invariably will make its way into the finish product on display.  I don't really think that's a bad thing, because museum curators are experts in their field and they can identify the most compelling themes and stories, and expertly organize artifacts in museums for people to interact with so they can learn.

So what does this have to do with online learning?  Well, re-read the entire paragraph above, but substitute the words "museum curator" for "teacher", and where you see "museums" put "online courses".  Go ahead re-read it.

Wonderful isn't it?  So if you are thinking of becoming an expert online teacher, take a moment to improve your skills in curation, especially social media curation.

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5 Tips for Using Social Media in eLearning

5 Tips for Using Social Media in eLearning | |

As social media continues to grow in popularity in the eLearning industry, there are many benefits and valuesto using it. Instructors, educational institutions and companies can share practices, promote information and educational material, share opinions, and more. Social media can increase employee and student participation; learners are more likely to stay engaged to complete the program if they are able to reach out to peers involved.

How can you use social media in eLearning? We’ve put together 5 simple tips to help you use social media to share and connect with educational material.

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5 herramientas web que tu profesor no está usando

5 herramientas web que tu profesor no está usando | |

En el colegio y en la universidad tuve todo tipo de maestros. Unos, por su dinamismo al explicar y la forma interesante de presentar sus temas, hicieron de cada clase una experiencia muy entretenida. A otros los recuerdo (in)gratamente porque sus poderes mentales hicieron que me durmiera en cada espacio de enseñanza dirigido por ellos.

Afortunadamente estamos en un momento en el que la tecnología nos da herramientas para hacer todo más dinámico y sencillo, incluso vencer los desafíos con los que los maestros se encuentran al momento de dictar sus clases. Hablaremos de cinco de estos desafíos y revisaremos herramientas que pueden ayudarles a vencerlos.

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[Slidechare] Las TIC y la Web 2.0 como herramientas didácticas

Presentación usada en el curso de formación de "Maestros en prácticas". Logroño, marzo de 2014.
Emmanuel Baez's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:49 PM

añada su visión ...!

9 effective instructional design tactics

9 effective instructional design tactics | |

Effective online (or offline) instructional design is a critical component to improving learning retention. Without a well through-out instructional model, learning opportunities can be missed – sometimes completely.

There are many theories on instructional design best practices. Below are nine strategies, as originally detailed by Robert Marzano.

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The ultimate list of educational websites

The ultimate list of educational websites | |

How about having all the best educational websites compiled in one visually appealing graphic to keep with you wherever you go? This  fantastic work I came across in Imgur outlines a list of some useful websites that you should know about. These websites are organized into a variety of categories such as : Language and learning, programming, music, documentaries, random knowledge, math, life hack and many more.Unfortunately the website addresses are not hyperlinked and as such you will have to type them in Google to access them.

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Investigación: Efecto de la inteligencia interpersonal sobre las habilidades de emprendimiento

Investigación: Efecto de la inteligencia interpersonal sobre las habilidades de emprendimiento | |

La investigación consistió en determinar  la relación entre la inteligencia interpersonal y las habilidades de emprendimiento en estudiantes de una universidad privada de Cali, Colombia, partiendo de que es posible que al realizar actividades que influyan en las relaciones interpersonales, resulte afectada de manera positiva y directa la habilidad de emprender. El diseño usado fue cuasi experimental, con enfoque cuantitativo y alcance exploratorio. Se aplicó un cuestionario tipo Pretest-Postest en dos grupos similares (control y experimental) de quinto semestre de la jornada nocturna en la carrera de administración de empresas, primer semestre de 2013. Se usaron dos cuestionarios, uno para medir la inteligencia interpersonal y otro para medir la habilidad de emprendimiento. En el intermedio entre el pretest y el postest, se llevaron a cabo actividades para impactar la inteligencia interpersonal  en el grupo experimental. Se concluyó que la inteligencia personal influye positiva y directamente  en las habilidades de emprendimiento.

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Herramientas para crear un PLE en eLearning

Herramientas para crear un PLE en eLearning | |

Es importante mencionar que el PLE no es una herramienta ni una plataforma, sino que es un modelo que se basa en el conjunto de fuentes (de la vida real o virtual) de donde adquirimos, creamos y compartimos información.

Para que quede aún más claro te mostramos un listado de herramientas a modo de ejemplo (porque hay muchas más), de las que podrían conformar un PLE.

La combinación y uso de estos y otros recursos dependerán por supuesto de cada alumno ya que, aunque como formadores facilitemos algunos, será el propio alumno en sus ganas de aprender, crear y compartir, quien elija los medios que más se adapten a sus intereses.

Via Cacho Mazzoni
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Top 9 competencies of an Informal-Social Learning Designer

Top 9 competencies of an Informal-Social Learning Designer | |
Informal/Social learning is one of the major revolutions happening around us that demands a shift in the mere thinking of ‘learning’. It requires us to unlearn and relearn some of the traditional notions related to the learning style/preference, and the dimensions and the elements of learning design. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the top 9 essential competencies that a learning designer is required to possess for designing effective informal/social learning interventions for today’s workplaces.
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New: Bloom's taxonomy planning kit for teachers

New: Bloom's taxonomy planning kit for teachers | |

Somebody shared with me this wonderful Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit for Teachers and want you to have a look as well. The image is huge and so can't upload it here but you can use the provided link to access the original version.

The reason why I am sharing this work here is because it provides a new way to think about Bloom's Taxonomy. In Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit, you will be offered with a variety of key words, action verbs, outcomes and questions  related to each of the thinking levels in the taxonomy. Here is the link of the original chart, try to zoom it in to make it legible.

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[TED] My daughter, Malala (Ziauddin Yousafzai)

Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don't want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?" Yousafzai asks. "Because I didn't clip her wings."

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