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Teachers as researchers: the ultimate form of professional development?

Teachers as researchers: the ultimate form of professional development? | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Tom Sherrington believes teachers should be engaged in research about education. Here, he discusses the impact action research projects have had on staff and students at his school
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Seems to be something of a trend - the return of action research under new names?

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How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
A teacher shows how to overcome technological anxiety by connecting with a device personally.
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Nice article for schools investing in PD.  Start small, connect, reflect.  All good tips.

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Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality - Telegraph

Technology in the classroom: myth vs reality - Telegraph | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Some remain sceptical about the use of data and technology in the classroom, says Charlie Harrington, but there are many benefits to its application
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I might take this with a pinch of salt but some interesting points made.

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Moodle Quiz Usability Features and Improvements considered in the Tracker

Moodle Quiz Usability Features and Improvements considered in the Tracker | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Tim Hunt‘s posted a great synopsis of a few usability changes to the Quiz module in the Moodle Forums and now is asking for feedback (votes) through either the forum or the tracker for those who are interested. The improvements aim to remove some of the interstitial clicks required to start a quiz, to make relevant information (whether the quiz has a password, time limit, limited attempts) earlier in the work flow and overall to remove some of the extra clicking that’s required to navigate to start, within, and once a student has completed a quiz.

 

There are 7 total UI tweaks part of the Epic tracking improvements. You can find a link to them all and see their progress here: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-46090.

 

If you’re looking to weigh in or ask a question, join the forum discussion here: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=262467

 

 


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Dorian Love's curator insight, June 25, 2:04 AM

I've just used the Quiz module for parts of my computer skills exam paper. Works like  a dream!

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Tips for Giving Online Class Feedback and Construcive Criticism

Tips for Giving Online Class Feedback and Construcive Criticism | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Constructive feedback is a crucial aspect of the online education experience. Learning how to give effective online class feedback not only enhances your students’ learning experience, it also makes your online classes much sought after by the student population. Read on and learn five easy to incorporate tips for providing feedback in online classes
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Tech Integration and School Culture

Tech Integration and School Culture | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
The more I work with schools that are seeking out device integration, the more I stress the importance of developing a school culture around those devices. I've seen technology initiatives falter or
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The Maker Movement: A Learning Revolution

The Maker Movement: A Learning Revolution | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact, the rise of civilization is largely defined by the progress of technology of one kind or another. 

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An excellent intro to the Maker Movement By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager.

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105 free moodle video tutorials

Feel Free to Embed the Slideshare Presentation at your site or blog! 105 Free Moodle Video Tutorials! We know that you love Moodle. This is why we created th...
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7 digital curriculum implementation strategies | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Implementing a digital curriculum is the next step in helping today's students excel. But what's the best way to go about implementation?
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Robert Gagne’s Instruction Design Model; “The Nine Events of Instru...

Robert Gagne’s Instruction Design Model; “The Nine Events of Instructions” Objective * What are the Nine Events of Instruction? * How are these event...
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Nicely packaged explanation.

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Nicole Kotoski's curator insight, April 2, 9:38 PM

Gagne's theory is a solid model in how to put theory into action. When combined with a Constructivist model the two can mesh well. It gives teachers and students a solid framework to work with. Teacher's who are less inclined to incorporate a Constructivist framework within the classroom can use Gagne's Intructional model as a start and work at incorporating constructivist activities within their sequence of events of learning. Objectivism can be used with technology when students needs individual practice to elarn and demonstrate prerequisite skills or to acquire skills as quickly as possible. It should be noted that an objectivism cannot and should not be the only theory used to integrate technology within the classroom.

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Marc My Words: Why I Hate Instructional Objectives by Marc J. Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine

Marc My Words: Why I Hate Instructional Objectives by Marc  J. Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Okay, I don’t really hate instructional objectives, but I can’t help wondering if we are overusing them, perhaps for the wrong purposes.

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Controversial statement but interesting article.

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For Cash-Strapped Schools, Smart Ways to Spend Limited Tech Dollars

For Cash-Strapped Schools, Smart Ways to Spend Limited Tech Dollars | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
For schools looking to spend limited dollars allocated for technology in smart and efficient ways, lessons learned over years of making tough decisions can be helpful.
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Some good ideas here and some trends to watch for.   Not just for cash-strapped schools either - everyone should want to get the most bang for the ed tech buck.

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The rise of blended learning coaches | eSchool News | eSchool News

The rise of blended learning coaches | eSchool News | eSchool News | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
As blended learning expands across the nation, many programs are pairing students with success coaches to help them achieve and succeed.
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Interesting idea - people who look at the data generated by online systems full-time.  Would be hard to do on a single school basis.  Probably will end up being another role the teacher takes on?

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Using Online and Blended Learning To Help Students Design Their Educational Experience -- THE Journal

Using Online and Blended Learning To Help Students Design Their Educational Experience -- THE Journal | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
For Julie Young, who recently announced her retirement as president and CEO of Florida Virtual School, the journey to online and blended learning began with her organization's mission: "To deliver high-quality technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success."
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Ready for a new wave?


"Young spent a few minutes outlining the past several years of online learning and was quick to point out that, while in 2000 there were 45,000 K-12 courses delivered online, the number jumped to more than 3 million in 2009. "It's being estimated," said young, "that by 2019, more than 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online." Young does not challenge those claims, saying, "Once kids and families have gotten a taste of this kind of learning, they don't want to go back." 

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Kids consider IT 'a bum subject'

Kids consider IT 'a bum subject' | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Report shows gradual decline in the proportion of students enrolled in science-related subjects.
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I think it depends how it's being taught - if it's just office skills, who can blame them?  

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SIIA || Vision K-20

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Vision K-20 is the belief that to better prepare our nation's students, every K-20 educational institution should effectively utilize modern technologies to:

Personalize learning to increase student engagement and achievementDocument and track student performanceMaximize teaching and administrative effectivenessProvide equity and access to new learning opportunitiesEmpower collaborative learning communitiesBuild student proficiencies in 21st century skills

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Bridging the Technology Divide

Bridging the Technology Divide | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
We need bridge builders to help us see the connections and develop the capacity to integrate technology into our programs...not as an add on. We need those who can break down for us how these 21st century tools can be used within our systems that hold to 20th century requirements and facilities.
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Very interesting article touching on the current divide between those teachers who are comfortable with new tech and those that are not.

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The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning - Mind/Shift

The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning - Mind/Shift | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

"In this four-part series, we are using the Someday/Monday concept to explore four dimensions of using tablets, such as iPads, in educational settings. We will do this by examining how teachers can take students on a journey from the consumption of media to curation, creation, and connection. In the first part of this series, we used the Someday/Monday template to explore Consumption http://bit.ly/1bbz1tm . During the second, we examined Curation http://bit.ly/1bbz8Ff ; ; and the evolving role of the teacher as a curator of learning objects. This week, we will address Creation, examining what is possible when we empower students and teachers as innovators with iPads and other mobile devices."


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Rocio Watkins's curator insight, May 6, 12:28 AM

GREAT!! Students and teachers as curators and creators.  Add to your library.

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Those Terms of Service on Popular Websites DO Matter!

Those Terms of Service on Popular Websites DO Matter! | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Educators have a duty to read and observe the Terms of Service associated with popular apps and websites, says school-based technology leader Jennifer Carey.
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Schools and teachers should be careful about signing students up to online services.

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Collaborative spirit the way forward

Collaborative spirit the way forward | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Most educational researchers, school leaders and teachers have known for some time what truly improves educational outcomes in schools. Quality work by oft quoted educational gurus like John Hattie, Geoff

Masters, Dylan Wiliam and Steve Dinham has revealed the way forward.

We know schools that genuinely improve are really consciously trying to improve. The school leaders tend to drive this by focusing on teaching and learning as well as other areas that support improving outcomes, for example, attendance or community perceptions of the school.

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Richard's Blog | Five ways to use Mahara to build digital skills

Richard's Blog | Five ways to use Mahara to build digital skills | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Mahara is an ePortfolio in which the default for all stored information is private.  It makes a great “walled garden” for introducing students to the concepts of social and mobile networking as well as being a great learning tool for individuals and groups.

 

The tool is seen by teachers and students alike as intuitive and easy to use.

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Digital demands in rural schools: #InstitutionalPlacism - @ruralprof

Digital demands in rural schools: #InstitutionalPlacism - @ruralprof | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

Assign a virtual tour of late 19th century Nigeria to prepare for "Things Fall Apart." Plan a web quest through Auschwitz for "Night." [...]  what does the press for digital literacy instruction mean for rural schools that might struggle with furnishing resources such as laptops and tablets or basic internet access?

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Countering the lack of technology found in rural areas.  Some interesting ideas here.

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9 Techniques For Online Educators To Gamify Their Digital Classrooms

9 Techniques For Online Educators To Gamify Their Digital Classrooms | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Involve and motivate your students into the process of online learning with the help of gamification. Check what gamification is, and what gamification techniques you can use as online educator to make your digital classroom more interesting for your online students. Check the following 9 techniques that will help you gamify your digital classroom.
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Might be of interest, nothing startlingly new though. 

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2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
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A very interesting article from Tony Bates.  

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Five top technology tools for the English classroom

Five top technology tools for the English classroom | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Whether you're a seasoned techy or terrified by Google, here are five useful educational tools to help students learn and teachers manage their workload
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Useful article.

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5 trends poised to rock education | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Education is often slow to adopt new trends, but these five technologies are poised to transform teaching and learning in classrooms today.
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