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OLPC tablet hits stores for $150 - PC Pro

OLPC tablet hits stores for $150 - PC Pro | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
OLPC tablet hits stores for $150
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One Laptop Per Child has released its first consumer device, the XO Tablet - selling exclusively through Wal-Mart stores in the US for $150 (£99).

Via Lucy Gray
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Like to get my hands on one of these.

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The 9 essentials of crowdfunding for the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

The 9 essentials of crowdfunding for the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding might sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite easy to implement. Here is what you need to know to get started and successfully fund your own projects.
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Online education: Higher ed faculty won't buy in | ZDNet

Online education: Higher ed faculty won't buy in | ZDNet | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
A survey from Babson and Pearson highlights the conundrum that is online distance learning and how disruption will have to wait. A hybrid approach has a shot though.
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Laptops provide classroom edge

Laptops provide classroom edge | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Dempsey Middle School has equipped its seventh-graders with laptop computers -- and they're already surprising teachers with just how much they can do.
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Encouraging report from a classroom teacher.

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4 Benefits To Using Badges In Online Learning - eLearning Industry

4 Benefits To Using Badges In Online Learning - eLearning Industry | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
There are several benefits to Using Badges in Online Learning such as greater autonomy for students and greater levels of feedback.
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5 Education Tech Trends For 2015 - InformationWeek

5 Education Tech Trends For 2015 - InformationWeek | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Education is being flipped on its head by technology. Teachers see the promise -- and the pitfalls.
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Brief but worth thinking about these ideas.

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Group Communication & Collaboration Spaces in Moodle | UMass Amherst Information Technology - UMass Amherst

Group Communication & Collaboration Spaces in Moodle | UMass Amherst Information Technology - UMass Amherst | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
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Very useful reference page on collaboration spaces.

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How Gamification Is Reshaping The Language Learning Landscape - eLearning Industry

How Gamification Is Reshaping The Language Learning Landscape - eLearning Industry | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Gamification of language learning seems to be the perfect way to make learning fun, but is there anything else beyond this?
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Doesn't quite live up to its title but an interesting read.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Some good methods and a priceless piece of advice - with anything new, start small and work your way up.

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Four tips to manage mobile classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Four tips to manage mobile classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
These four tips could help educators manage busy, interactive mobile classrooms.
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Marc My Words: Back to School—Technology Is Changing Learning, but Is It Changing Schooling? by Marc Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine

Marc My Words: Back to School—Technology Is Changing Learning, but Is It Changing Schooling? by Marc  Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
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Very worthwhile read.  In the coming decade there will be winners and losers among schools and colleges.

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12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014)

12 Tips for New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew in 2014) | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
By Jenny Edwards, PhD For all of you new teachers out there (and also those who have been in the profession for a while now), I wish you years of success, as you are in the greatest position of all— the position to influence the lives of many students. Right now, your current focus is probably on how to have a successful first few weeks of school. What might be the best ways to spend your time as you are preparing for the school year to start? What are some things you should keep in mind once the students arrive and class begins? Here are 12 tips for success as you begin your career (or school year) and continue growing in the teaching profession. Familiarize yourself with your school district’s website before school starts. Become familiar with the curriculum you will be using and learn about the district policies. Get to know your colleagues and begin to develop a good working relationship with them. Have the attitude of a learner. Be willing to share your ideas with them and be willing to learn from them. Get to know other school personnel, such as the secretaries, custodians, and cafeteria workers. Go out of your way to greet them. Seek out mentors. Identify people from whom you would especially like to learn and get to know them. Set up a classroom management system from the beginning of the year. Ask your colleagues what works for them and use ideas from your teacher training. Know exactly how you will manage the students the minute they walk in the door and use these strategies consistently throughout the year. Create lessons and materials for the first week of school prior to the start of school so that you will know exactly what you are going to do and will have everything ready to go. Think through when students will be turning in major assignments and stagger the due dates. Build positive relationships with your students by smiling, getting to know them, and treating them with respect. Build positive relationships with the parents of your students by making positive phone calls to them in the first several weeks of school. Introduce yourself, say something positive about their child, and let them know that you are looking forward to working with them and their child. Make sure they know how they can contact you and when you will be available. Make use of small bits of time throughout the day. If you have five extra minutes, what might you be able to accomplish? Call the parent immediately should an incident occur to explain what happened. People usually believe the first person they hear. Be sure to inform your principal as well. Ask yourself empowering questions throughout the day, such as “How can I help each of my students to enjoy learning today?” or “How can I build a positive relationship with each student?” Find more resources for heading back to school on ASCD's website. For more from Jenny Edwards, check out her new publication Time To Teach: How Do I Get Organized And Work Smarter?.
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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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13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse Blog

13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse Blog | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
To help you create images that garner BuzzFeed-worthy engagement, here are 13 of our favorite easy-to-use visual content creation tools.
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Worth keeping this review for reference.

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Texting In The Classroom: Change This Distraction Into Engagement - eLearning Industry

Texting In The Classroom: Change This Distraction Into Engagement - eLearning Industry | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Texting In The Classroom: Encourage the use of a cell phone and turn that divertissement into an educational tool by using these techniques.
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6 Tips To Write Effective eLearning Course Scenario Questions - eLearning Industry

6 Tips To Write Effective eLearning Course Scenario Questions - eLearning Industry | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Writing Effective eLearning Course Scenario Questions. Check 6 Tips On How To Write Effective eLearning Course Scenario Questions for your eLearning course.
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Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
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Everyone should read this.

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Should Big Data Skills Be Taught in K–12 Classrooms?

Key skills needed by a Big Data specialist include:

The ability to define problems and articulate questions
The ability to develop deep knowledge of data sources
The ability to develop methods and tools
The ability to stay current on emerging technologies, data types and methods
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Outside the Skinner Box

Outside the Skinner Box | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it

The phrase “technology and education” usually means inventing new gadgets to teach the same old stuff in a thinly disguised version of the same old way. Moreover, if the gadgets are computers, the same old teaching becomes incredibly more expensive and biased towards its dumbest parts, namely the kind of rote learning in which measurable results can be obtained by treating the children like pigeons in a Skinner box.1

- Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon

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Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren

Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Many teachers say the ClassDojo app helps them record classroom conduct, but critics are wary of such apps’ ramifications for data privacy and fairness.
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Wow!  A lot to think about here.  I wonder of the app is better or worse than current practice such as discussing student attitudes in the staffroom or writing confidential reports internally.

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4 Minutes Of Fun Works Wonders On Kids' Learning

4 Minutes Of Fun Works Wonders On Kids' Learning | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
Keeping kids awake and eager to learn in the classroom only requires four minutes of quick exercise.
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Not only second and fourth graders!

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Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms

Creating Successful Blended-Learning Classrooms | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
History teacher Bill Tolley offers tips on adapting to learning environments that combine face-to-face instruction with self-directed online experiences.
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Talks about moving content online, student control in the student centred classroom and the importance of capturing classroom learning via photo and video.  Recommended reading.

 

Doesn't mention Moodle which would also be an ideal platform.

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Hard Lessons Learned in Ambitious L.A. iPad Initiative

Hard Lessons Learned in Ambitious L.A. iPad Initiative | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
After a harsh internal critique of the program, the Los Angeles school system's effort to provide all its students with digital computing devices is again in flux.
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Many lessons to be learned here - despite the quote in the article, what students don't need is to all have the same device with the same restricted content on it - that's "so yesterday" in its outlook.

 

And 45 million for content?  It must be pretty good eh?

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Staples: Key to better education is more expert teachers: researcher

Staples: Key to better education is more expert teachers: researcher | elearning_moodle_schools | Scoop.it
John Hattie, the renowned international expert on teacher excellence, is barnstorming in Alberta this week, speaking to groups of educators across the province, and delivering a message certain to make many principals, teachers and the odd provincial education minister extremely nervous. Hattie says there’s far too much focus on things that will do little to improve student success — such as reducing class size, focusing on transformational ideas and leadership, advocating for discovery or inquiry-based learning, and labelling kids with learning disabilities and learning styles — and not nearly enough time and money spent on the one thing that matters: raising the level of teacher expertise.
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You have to admire John Hattie - he's done all the research to back this up.  You can feel his frustration with the fads that go round and round.

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