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James McConville: Why the iPad is bad for education

James McConville: Why the iPad is bad for education | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

‘Amazing, revolutionary, a new era in technology’. The iPad may be all these things but in my humble opinion it is bad for education and schools. Here are some reasons.

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Social media training resources produced by researchers at the University of Warwick

10 ways researchers can use Twitter
Creating a successful online presence
Video interviews with Warwick bloggers
Google scholar and its citation data
Blog readership: build and maintain an audience
Blogging about your research: first steps
RSS Feeds: how they work
Personal branding for researchers
Facebook for researchers
Making your blog more interactive
Using Twitter to boost your research profile
Enhancing your ePortfolio
Blogging your research: tips for effective writing
Podcasting your research
Literature searching online
Social bookmarking: organising and sharing sources
Using LinkedIn to promote yourself
What type of blogger are you? Blogging quiz
Top 5 blogging tips
Video essays
Reflections on 23 Things
“Why do you find Twitter useful as an academic?”
Different uses which PhD students can make of Twitter

 

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Five more ways to use Twitter in the classroom

Five more ways to use Twitter in the classroom | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Following up to the article, 5 ways to use Twitter in the classroom, let's take a look at even more ways to use this social media tool for learning. With several of these ideas, you don't actually have to use Twitter; you can also use TodaysMeet to mimic Twitter. No accounts or email addresses are needed for TodaysMeet.

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Sound maps | British Library - Sounds

Sound maps | British Library - Sounds | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

The British Library's sound maps provides a good way to explore more than 50,000 audio recordings organized into nine categories.

 

Just select a category then click on the placemarks on the maps. The map categories include accents & dialogues, soundscapes, wildlife, and oral histories of holocaust survivors.

 

The British Library's sound maps can be used in a number of content areas. Well worth a listen.


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Students file-sharing work on Facebook: Is it legal? | ZDNet

Students file-sharing work on Facebook: Is it legal? | ZDNet | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Could students find themselves breaching copyright rules by sharing their own work online? Discussion about Facebook's terms and conditions and how they apply to students' work.


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52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students - Online Colleges

52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students - Online Colleges | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. But there are so many options, both hidden and obvious, that there’s a good chance you’re not using Google Docs to its fullest capability. We’ve discovered 52 great tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student, with awesome ideas and tricks for collaboration, sharing, and staying productive."


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The power of Twitter - How I became a convert to Twitter

The power of Twitter - How I became a convert to Twitter | eLearning tools | Scoop.it
I signed up for Twitter several years ago but struggled to understand the point. What is it? What is it for? What information can I share in 140 characters? I did what millions of other people do: followed famous people, sportsmen, rappers, comedians and actors. Much of the time, it turned out, they didn't have anything that interesting to say and, after a few weeks, I gave up on it.

 

Then, as the site grew in popularity, I decided to give it another chance. I had about 30 followers, mostly my friends. Every few days I would tweet about what I was doing and share songs, music videos and news articles and now and again I would tweet one of the many musicians I followed. Good fun but not particularly productive.

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Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Over the past two years, the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations.

 

While the debate goes on, the concept of Flipped Learning is not entirely new. Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University has been researching this type of learning since the early ’90s, and other educators have been applying pieces of the Flipped Learning method for even longer.

 

It’s our opinion that one of the reasons this debate exists is because there is no true definition of what Flipped Learning is. The method is often simplified to videos being watched at home and homework being done at school. If this is the definition, then we should all be skeptical. Instead, we should look closer at Dr. Mazur’s work. The components he includes in his implementation make for a thoughtful, rigorous experience."

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Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical

Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

One of the most valuable #edtech lessons that I ever learned came from Hall Davidson, who suggests that teachers interested in incorporating digital storytelling projects into their classrooms create digital kits that students can use as starting points for their efforts.

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Thanks to Amazon, Android Could Overtake iPad by 2016

Thanks to Amazon, Android Could Overtake iPad by 2016 | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Cheap Android tablets, namely from Amazon, could boost Android tablet sales numbers past the current dominating force known as the iPad, according to research firm IDC."

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Games For Learning Institute » Games

Games For Learning Institute » Games | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Most people would agree that a good game could help students learn. But what, exactly, makes a game good?

 

 With their vast popularity and singular ability to engage young people, digital games have been hailed as a new paradigm foreducation in the 21st century. But researchers know surprisingly little about how successful games work. What are the key design elements that make certain games compelling, playable, and fun? How do game genres differ in their educationaleffectiveness for specific topics and for specific learners? How do kids learn when they play games? Does the setting (classroom vs. casual) matter? How can games be used to prepare future learning, introduce new material, or strengthen and expand existing knowledge? How are games designed to best facilitate the transfer of learning to the realities of students’ everyday lives? And how can we use all of this knowledge to guide future game design?"

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Content Curation for Twitter: How To Be a "Thought Leader DJ"

Content Curation for Twitter: How To Be a "Thought Leader DJ" | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

This is a post from August 2010 but found it to be really interesting with some good points for curators. Yes, you can use Twitter for curation.

 

The author talks about mixing content that your audience will find interesting similar to a DJ. "As a Content Curator, you should be entertaining."

 

1. First realized that you ARE a subject matter expert.

2. Know your market.

3. Search via hashtags and alerts.

4. Know the "Power of Three" to effectively engage.

5. Know that how you write your tweets is just as important as what you are tweeting.

6. Elevate your peers.

7. Develop good taste!

8. Become a valued resource to your community.

9. Be the good news channel.

10. Know "when" to tweet.

11. Become part of a bigger conversation.

12. Follow industry conferences.

13. Understand there are differences if you curate for a global audience.

14. Content Curators need to follow a lot of people.

15. Curate Twitter lists that others will want to follow.

16. Become a trusted resource.

17. Track your results.

 

Adds by Gust MEES:

 

18. #criticalthinking i also a need

19. Knowing #quality sources is a must!

20. Knowing #itsecurity is a must to share ONLY secure links!!!

21. Knowing the right #itsecurity tools for surfing secure is a must!!!

 

Related #itsecurity links:

 

http://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/pc-security-howto-secure-my-pc/

 

 

-  http://gustmeesen.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/why-ict-security-why-the-need-to-secure-a-computer/

 

 

This works for Scoopit and Pinterest and other curating tools also. Good read!


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TED moves toward the classroom with the launch of TED-Ed

TED moves toward the classroom with the launch of TED-Ed | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"The TED organization rolled out its education initiative today. So far, TED-Ed consists primarily of a YouTube channel with, as TED-Ed curator Chris Anderson describes it in a blog post, "a dozen short videos created for high school students and life-long learners." TED-Ed's channel is a part of Ted Education on YouTube, a collection of half a million educational videos."

 

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Why Go 1:1 iPad?

Why Go 1:1 iPad? | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

In a response to a well written and thoughtful post that I recently read by @jmcconville1000, "Why the iPad is bad for education", I felt compelled to respond from my personal experience of rolling out a cart of 30 iPads in a shared high school environment.

 

Fundamentally I believe that an iPad can neither be good or bad. All it can ever be is an iPad. I argue instead, that when used effectively and with specific goals in mind, iPads can have a positive impact on education. Seeing that schools are investing money on these devices, the perspective to adopt is not a combative one, but rather one that explores how to effectively integrate the devices. Whether a school is 1:1, or there is a shared iPad cart, the devices can be used effectively.

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Which Social Network Should You Use -- and When? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Which Social Network Should You Use -- and When? [INFOGRAPHIC] | eLearning tools | Scoop.it
Want to make the most of the social web? It’s more complicated than just posting status updates at random and seeing what sticks.

When is Facebook most effective? When are you better off using Twitter, or LinkedIn? And what exactly is Google+ good for, anyway?

 

The business consultant network Zintro recently pulled research from more than a dozen sources including Mashable, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Quantcast to put together this nifty infographic, which will help you develop your social strategy.

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Publisher Lookup UK - JISC TechDis - Online Resource

Publisher Lookup UK - JISC TechDis - Online Resource | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

The Publisher Lookup UK website is a collaborative facility jointly organised by JISC Techdis and The Publishers Association. The purpose of the website is to enable educationalists working with disabled learners to get an electronic version of published texts from UK publishers as quickly as possible.

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5 Building Blocks for Online Education

5 Building Blocks for Online Education | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"These basic 5 building blocks should provide you with a strong foundation for designing your online classes. I outlined these building blocks for our online blended learning curriculum, and the teachers have appreciated having this structure to refer to as they create their online courses."

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How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series)

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

I was using portfolios with limited success and spending a lot of time on them, until Evernote came into the picture.

When I first started researching options, I was coming across a lot of companies that were really expensive, charging a lot for each student’s use. I also knew that we needed an app for mobile devices that would make it easy to capture and document paperwork and I wasn’t finding that in most of the tools I was evaluating. Evernote was free, had an app for virtually every device, and we could get started right away.

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An introductory guide to iPads for Teachers | The Whiteboard Blog

An introductory guide to iPads for Teachers | The Whiteboard Blog | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"I’m delivering some iPad training to a school tomorrow, so thought it might be useful to collate some of the links I’ve been putting together for the session.


The session is concentrating mainly on teachers using the iPads for their own professional use, rather than being used as a classroom resource, but a lot of the apps below will be suitable for use by students too. I’ll do another post sometime of great apps for different subject areas.


Here’s some of the useful apps I’d recommend investigating. Some are free, others the price of a pint or so. Links are to the UK version of iTunes so other readers may need to do a search in the App Store to find the version for their region."

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Comprehensive Guide to Google's Free Tools for Educators - Google Documents

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Graph Visualization and Social Network Analysis Software | Navigator - TouchGraph.com

Possible tool for PLE generation

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WikiEducator

WikiEducator | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative:


Planning of education projects linked with the development of free content; 

Development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning; 

Work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs.

Networking on funding proposals developed as free content.

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TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos

TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

TubeChop allows you to avoid distractions at the end of a video and select just the bits you need for class

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Untethered Teachers: Using AppleTV in the Classroom | Wired Educator

Untethered Teachers: Using AppleTV in the Classroom | Wired Educator | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"I’ve spoken to a lot of administrators about what they look for when performing teacher observations. One of the comments I heard over and over again was, “I want to see the teacher circulating among the students.” You can’t do that if you’re attached to the interactive white board. I have an AppleTV in my classroom hooked up to a projector. Using my iPad and AirPlay, I can wirelessly mirror any content on my iPad to the screen at the front of the room. The real advantage is evident during collaborative activities. Students can use their own iOS devices to connect to the AppleTV to share their work with the rest of the class. I can be anywhere in the room and still run my lesson. I can pull up sound and video clips on my iPad and instantly share them with my class without being attached to any particular location in the room."

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Deanna Showalter-Tiller's comment, March 15, 2012 8:46 PM
I like the idea of students sharing with Apple TV and with using an iPad connected to the IWB. However, I solved the idea of being limited in my movement a long time ago when I used Powerpoints. Its called a wireless mouse. I've even advanced to the remote presentation mouse. I also like the Slate that interacts with the SMARTboard which I can hand to students. Or... brilliant idea... I can actually have students interact with the IWB themselves! Thus keeping my students absolutely on their toes waiting for a turn at the board! (yes, I teach elementary and they are more engaged and on task than ever before!)
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iPads in Education

iPads in Education | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the ‘iPad in Education’ web site - concerned with using Apple’s iPad for learning and teaching. Although this is based in the UK, the site’s content will reflect practice from other counties and contexts in order to explore and learn from a wide field. I am Ian Wilson (www.ianwilson.biz) a freelance Apple Education Mentor based in the north west of England (Twitter: @Ian__Wilson). I have set up this site as I believe the iPad signals the opportunity for a transformation in how technology is used in schools, colleges and universities. I am interested in looking at all age ranges, all abilities across all areas of the curriculum and keen to see if the iPad makes technology more transparent and cross-curricular as it should be."

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