"Technology is being described as the new education benchmark after research revealed that more than half of further education students said tech facilities played a part in their choice of college.
Conducted by Jisc, the UK’s digital champion for education, research and skills, the research suggests that students are embracing technology like never before and want to see their classroom become a digital haven."
Anthony Beal's insight:
Of those who took part in the survey, 75 per cent of FE learners indicated that they would be happy for some of their lessons to be delivered by a robot,
Natspec’s Maths Week Feb 23 – 27 #visiblemaths is a chance for students and staff to get involved, wherever they are learning, and to share ideas and activities through social media. We will be running a survey and will get students to present the data in whatever way they like. We are encouraging colleges to work collaboratively, set maths challenges, tell maths jokes and make maths fun!
"Being able to focus on a page of text and assimilate the key information from it, without distraction, is a massively important skill and (unlike many technology skills) is one that you can only really gain in a classroom environment. The worry is that with a focus on technology these key and traditional skills will be left behind."
"WELLESLEY, Mass., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teaching faculty at institutions of higher education remain largely unaware of open educational resources (OER), but the potential exists for much wider adoption, according to a new report from Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) and Pearson."
"It’s hard to deny the huge role mobile apps play in our everyday lives. We use them to record our TV programmes, keep in touch with friend, read books and news…this list is endless...
...I want to find out how you’re using mobile apps in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. My team is inviting staff from across the sector to tell us what they’re doing and how it benefits their learners... "
Anthony Beal's insight:
Tracey Duffy at Jisc wants to hear about your experiences using mobile apps
A journey to the East? Trials and tribulations of a personal journey with technology and languages Marion Sadoux Technological diversity: A case study into language learners’ mobile technology use inside and outside the classroom Billy Brick, Tiziana Cervi-Wilson Podcasting as a language teaching and learning tool Fernando Rosell-Aguilar
A reflective e-learning journey from the dawn of CALL to web 2.0 intercultural communicative competence (ICC) Marina Orsini-Jones
Learning to swim in new waters: A meta-narrative about the design and implementation of a virtual learning environment for language learning and teaching Teresa MacKinnon From autonomous to peer e-learning – How the FReE Team turned ePortfolio into a social network between first and final-year modern languages students Jean-Christophe Penet
OER (re)use and language teachers’ tacit professional knowledge: Three vignettes
Dyslexia in modern language learning: A case study on collaborative task-design for inclusive teaching and learning in an online context
Anna Motzo, Debora Quattrocchi Reflections on a personal journey in learning design Julie Watson
As a result of the Jisc TechDis service closing the TechDis Sandpit will no longer exist.
The TechDis sandpit has played an important role in providing practitioners with the power to demonstrate potential and persuade IT teams to install toolkits on local servers.
TechDis are keen that organisations or individuals new to Xerte Toolkits know how they can now get started with Xerte and grow into fully fledged installations. The main options available are listed below:
Anthony Beal's insight:
Alistair McNaught discusses the options for setting up Xerte for teachers and institutions
Google Docs and Google Drive don't offer the option to find public files, but you can do that using Google search. Now that the Google Docs robots.txt file allows search engines to index most of the public files, you should be able to find them, assuming that there are some links that point to them.
Search engines only index the files that are "public on the Web". By default, files are private, but you can change the visibility from the "Share" box.
Here are some useful queries that let you find public Google Drive/Docs files (you can append some keywords to the queries):
"I’m currently teaching a first year module on Open Source Software, one of the requirements for which is students write their findings up as blog posts. For that reason I thought it might be useful to be able to keep track of how much my students have been writing. Given there are 80 students on the module, some automation here would also be useful!"
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