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Tablets on the rise in nation’s schools

Tablets on the rise in nation’s schools | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Teachers transform format and pace of lessons for students through iPads, but the devices also raise concerns.

Via Pierre Levy, LarsGöran Boström
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The comment at the end is very relevant - we are swept away by the technology - and we click buttons really well, but what are the kids learning.

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Ten Tips: Distilling Existing Content for Mobile by Paul Clothier : Learning Solutions Magazine

Ten Tips: Distilling Existing Content for Mobile by Paul  Clothier : Learning Solutions Magazine | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it

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elearnspace. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

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Whereas the 3 main learning theories most often used are behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism, they do not attempt to address the challenges of organisational knowledge and transference. This is where connectivism comes in - the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, complexity and self-organisation theories.

 

The article suggests that the shrinking half-life of knowledge has lead to the inclusion of technology and connection making and this has helped to move learning theories in to a digital age - connectivism.

 

Although 10 years old (2004), the article is still very applicable as it mentions the explosion of knowledge and how to work with the 'connection of everything to everything'. It also suggests the importance of where the know-how and know-what must be supplemented with the know-where i.e.: the understanding of where to find the knowledge needed - this is so very relevant TODAY.

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Learning Theories, Learning Models, Learning Theory Summaries - in Plain English!

Learning Theories, Learning Models, Learning Theory Summaries - in Plain English! | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Learning Theories & Models for Educational Research & Practice.
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Useful website summarising paradigms and theories and their definitions.

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eLearning insight

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The concept map shows connections between learning theories and how these have developed over a period of time.

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eLearning, Online Training, Webinars, Desktop Sharing: WebEx Training Center

eLearning, Online Training, Webinars, Desktop Sharing: WebEx Training Center | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Deliver live or on-demand online training to remote employees, customers, partners, and students with WebEx Training Center.
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I sometimes use WebEx for work meetings and discussion groups but not so much for training. However I do think it could be a technology that could enhance and transform the learning experience and learning outcomes.

WebEx allows for audio, video and text in real time. Sharing the desk top and documents is also possible. Recordings of sessions for play back and for those learners who missed out on the session is also possible along with polls, quizzes, chat lines threaded questions and answers and opportunity for break-out sessions.

This tool easily moves from the SAMR augmentation level where there is some functional benefit (tyranny of distance overcome for example) to the SAMR modification level. Significant functional  change may occur for the learner where a task is put to the group of clinician learners along with a video and script of a scenario of a clinical problem. Together the group are required to work in real time using the WebEx tool for exchanging ideas via audio, video and text - a rich use of multimedia with no limits on how creative the group chooses to be. The SAMR redefinition level may be reached where the group interact with an international peer group to collaborate on a cutting edge solution to a clinical problem for example. A peer reviewed paper presented at an international conference would certainly top off a transformational eLearning experience.

 

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Second Life

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This is another example of the application of the technology of virtual worlds to medical education - looks promising - with caveats attached for best results. These include the importance of ensuring the learner is first able to use the tool effectively - this may take some lead time prior to the actual application of the tool itself. This tool has been applied to real life scenarios for clinical teaching. As the learner moves through the learning experience in real time, they would be achieving the modification level of the SAMR model where significant functional change is occurring. The learner would be required to work with peers in a PBL situation and interacting with patient avatars to determine a course of action. This tool could transform to the redefinition level of the SAMR model where treatments are tested that may be cutting edge - such opportunities would never be possible in real life situations with real patients because of the potential risk of harm to the patient for example. 

 

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The nature of e-learning in Australia

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This post is written by Ryan Tracey The young nation of Australia has a rich history in e-learning. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and so in 1951 the School of the Air was launched ...

Via Mark Smithers, ashleydigitallearning
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Interesting to note the technologies proposed to be most popular for 2013. This article brought my attention to a technology that did not prove so popular - virtual worlds, but one I think has lots of potential especially in the clinical education milieu.

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ashleydigitallearning's curator insight, March 23, 2014 8:34 PM

Ok the inteersting part of this is the relevence to Australia.  This site was accessed as part of my initial interest in "School of the Air".

 The author talks about MOOCS and how this will transform Business in the future but is only used by students... I will find out about MOOCS

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VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud

Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
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VoiceThread could be a useful tool for a group to collaboratively work to solve a problem in a team situation - in the health context for example. The tool enables audio, text and video. It allows for a considered response to the problem - enabling the learner to reflect on their thoughts as well as digest the comments and suggestions of others in a closed environment.

  The problem to be solved could be presented to the team of learners as a video. Their job could be to investigate options to solve the problem, collaborating with their peers on the VoiceThread site routinely. If the team of learners works cohesively, the group may even get to a stage where members take responsibility for a task and share the findings to their particular parts of the puzzle, thus moving more quickly and cohesively to find a solution. 

  This learning .exercise would easily reach the modification level of the SAMR model where there is significant functional change as the group investigate and reflect independently and then come back to VoiceThread to share their findings and interact (asynchronously) with other additions to the VoiceThread site. I think it is important that there is a moderator involved in the program to ensure a scaffold sets the scene. This guidance is important to facilitate the learning process, not to dictate it - again resonating with a more constructivist approach to learning - with some elements of behaviourist learning sprinkled in. This is important because there are facts that must be understood that can then be used to develop further understanding of the task at hand.

 

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How engaging is your eLearning? | Growth Engineering

How engaging is your eLearning? | Growth Engineering | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Answer these 10 questions to assess how successful, effective and engaging your eLearning is. Does your eLearning live in Dullsville or Excitement City?
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Gamification puts challenges to the participant and increases engagement in many cases.

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Blooms, SAMR & the 3 C's - iSupport

Blooms, SAMR & the 3 C's - iSupport | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
All the iPad apps you'll ever need. Aligned to Blooms Taxonomy and SAMR

Via Dr Peter Carey
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This is a thought provoking diagram that maps SAMR model against Bloom's taxonomic levels within the cognitive domain with the added benefit of suggesting digital tools that may be applied at the various levels.

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Paul Oliveri's curator insight, April 6, 2014 3:21 PM

Like Cheryl I found this to be thought provoking.


Mapping ipad apps against Bloom, SAMR and the 3 Cs reminds me of how much potential this little device has but it all comes back to the learner as to how this technology is utilised. Many learners may be content with using the device at a simple substitution or at best augmentation level and I’m not generalising according to age bracket.

 

The way in which I use this in my teaching is at multiple levels within the SAMR model. There are weekly lectures and resources which may be at the substitution/Augmentation level but there are also weekly collaboration sessions at the Modification/Redefinition level.

 

In my courses the ipad also has a role in authentic assessment as the learner uses the camera and apps such as imovie to video, edit and upload footage of themselves assessing simulated patients. This is indeed transformative and able to happen from anywhere in the world the student has a wireless connection.

 

Previously this style of assessment was conducted live in front of an assessor.

 

Channylt's comment, April 11, 2014 1:39 AM
This is a informative and useful info graphic that aligns Blooms taxonomy/SAMR model to iPad apps this is useful for teachers and learning designers in building digital toolkits aligned to Blooms taxonomy or to phases/stages on the SAMR model, we can use the iPad apps identifies or add new apps to this model and build on a tool kit that will support your learning outcomes, teaching/design methodology. 21st century learning/teaching should embrace technology that fits in at all SAMR levels as technology is ubiquitous and digital literacy, engaging in the online world and being a good digital citizen should be an important life long skill that we are also teaching learners today.
Karen Barlow's curator insight, April 11, 2014 6:53 AM

ipads and the millions of apps out there, as I and many others have proposed are a great tool.

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» All about: Behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism: comparing critical features from an instructional design perspective (Ertmer & Newby 1993) ICT in Education


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This was a useful interpretation of a complex paper - neatly explaining a little more about learning theories: behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism - with elements of instructional design sprinkled throughout.

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Karen Barlow's curator insight, March 31, 2014 6:12 AM

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Anthea Arkcoll's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:54 PM

Concise summary of the theories and how they impact learning approach.

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Right Time and Place: mLearning Use Cases by Paul Clothier

Right Time and Place: mLearning Use Cases by Paul Clothier | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it

Many designers think about mobile learning content in a similar way to eLearning content. They neglect to consider the mobile usage contexts, and so the projects meet with marginal success or they fail. The key to successful mLearning is in understanding context. Here are some sample use cases... http://elearningfeeds.com/right-time-and-place-mlearning-use-cases-by-paul-clothier/


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Conscious and Competence

Conscious and Competence | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Consciousness and competence are linked in a model by William Howell, starting with the 'unconscious incompetent'.
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The first 3 levels make most sense - especially level 1 'unconscious incompetent'. This to me reiterates the importance of starting a learning pathway off with some 'pegs' on which to base further inquiry - integrated with a structure or scaffold to assist in easy navigation of the learning path. Case in point was a recent article about Education Qld's curriculum and the under valuing of rote learning in the guise of times tables. The analogy given was that we all learn the alphabet - necessary it seems for moving on to reading and writing - also a form of rote learning. The same could be said for basic times tables before advancing to other mathematical challenges...

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SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning

SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
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This is a useful explanation with examples of the SAMR model which offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. The teacher - learner continuum is mentioned whereby the learning environment moves from teacher centric and teacher questioning the learner/s to learner centric and learner asking questions - reflecting a move away from behaviourism and towards constructivism.

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool
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As a new user of this technology, I am liking it more, the more I use it. I do agree with a previous comment on this site which refers to the importance of going to the source document and commenting from there - otherwise the intended message may soon be distorted.

I think the technology shows lots of promise as a transformative learning technology - further thought on my part required...

 

Regarding the Connectivism Theory and its effort to bring learning theories in the the digital age, I think this particular tool really does enhance connections and is a great repository for information/knowledge about a specific topic. this reiterates the notion that one is not required to 'know' everything - what really helps is to know where to find the information/knowledge.

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Nicole Kotoski's comment, April 7, 2014 11:17 PM
I have to agree. It is a great learning tool but I think it needs a little more oganisation. Or maybe it is that I am a 'Newbie" at it. I like the collaborative nature of it and believe that in an online learning environment it certainly has its benefits.
Paul Oliveri's comment, April 8, 2014 4:33 PM
I have to agree with Cheryl on this one. For me Scoopit is definitely transformative. Personally I love being able to collate subject material into the one visually appealing location. It’s easy to find, crosses the differing platforms with ease and is a familiar interface for myself and my students.<br>It’s ease of collaboration either synchronously (whilst delivering a blackboard collaborate session) or asynchronously is invaluable. <br>I have plans in place to use this technology in the same way Wendy has with this course. Search, collate, share, reflect, compare and reflect again. This is yet another way for us to remove transactional distance for our students.<br>This allows connection and engagement whether the student is in downtown Tokyo or CAAAIRNS MATE!<br>
Suzy Romanelli's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:24 AM
As Cheryl, this tool is new to me as well. I have found a multitude of information on e-learning. Information can be viewed, filtered and a decision made as to the importance of my needs. In my context I believe this tool will bring a redefinition to the learning experience in my online learning. One of the issues that colud be faced with these introduction of these tools is students struggling with technology or unwillingness to establish profiles in many different online applications.
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BMC Medical Education | Full text | Experience with using second life for medical education in a family and community medicine education unit

The application of new technologies to the education of health professionals is both a challenge and a necessity. Virtual worlds are increasingly being explored as a support for education. Aim: The aim of this work is to study the suitability of Second Life (SL) as an educational tool for primary healthcare professionals.
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elearn Magazine: Second Life for Medical Education

elearn Magazine: Second Life for Medical Education | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
Several universities worldwide are grappling with the challenges of medical education in the context of reduced access to preoperative patients [1]. This is especially important given that most would...
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The 'grappling' mentioned is ubiquitous in the clinical education world. There is never enough placements for learners to practise their newly acquired skills on real patients or in an environment with the required support and safety mechanisms in place. Pilots use simulation and virtual world learning - some clinical areas use it  - perhaps the need for expansion of the technology is due...

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Top 10 e-Learning Tips to Transfer Knowledge From Theory to Practice

Top 10 e-Learning Tips to Transfer Knowledge From Theory to Practice | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
In this post, I will share the top 10 e-Learning tips that can help you to effectively transfer knowledge in learning settings, instead of merely providing instruction.
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Nicole Kotoski's curator insight, March 30, 2014 11:03 PM

Collaboration and real world learning is at the forefront of today's constructivist approaches to teaching. Anyone surely would understand the critical nature of providing this to their students. A multitude of research has been done and proves that real world learning and collaborative learning broaden student's perspectives and make them think about their own thinking. When students are given the opportunity to collaborate, exchange, discuss, and evaluate their own ideas and the ideas of others it deepens learning and promotes a more critical and realistic view of self and others (Post, 1998). This ideal way of reflection is evident in Piaget’s work, which emphasises the importance of student to student interaction (Eggan & Kauchak, 2010)

Karen Barlow's comment, April 11, 2014 6:47 AM
I agree Nicole, constructivist approaches support a greater depth than can ever be achieved by behaviourist styles of learning.
Karen Barlow's curator insight, April 11, 2014 6:51 AM

To transfer knowledge effectively requires more than just a behaviourist dump of knowledge.  Instead interaction or collaboration between students and teachers and a learning environment that puts the student in charge as found in a constructivist learning environment.

 

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E-Learning Experts Gather in Dubai to Discuss Efficacy of Digital Learning ... - Zawya (registration)

E-Learning Experts Gather in Dubai to Discuss Efficacy of Digital Learning ... - Zawya (registration) | eLearning Matters | Scoop.it
E-Learning Experts Gather in Dubai to Discuss Efficacy of Digital Learning ...
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Argues for using technology to transform education - not just for the sake of technology itself

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What is pedagogy

What is Pedagogy?Pedagogy is the art and science of how something is taught and how students learn it. Pedagogy includes how the teaching occurs, the a...
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I found the Chinese Proverb quite powerful - a bit like teaching someone to fish rather than giving them a fish...

So perhaps to reach the most engaging and higher level learning so we understand - we need to be involved... This is strongly reflected in the constructivist theory of learning.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning

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Top 100 learning tools of 2012 http://t.co/dVMAY0GgR4 # learning #training #digital

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This item gives a good example of what some of the most popular tools are for learning -  After viewing the site, it is not really clear how the voting was done or how the results were determined - or what criteria were used. That aside, it is interesting to see what is topical. It would be an interesting comparison to look at this data/usage vs the ABS data in the Sensis report.

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