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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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The BlendMyLearning project - bringing the best of online learning into traditional brick and mortar classrooms

"With the coming of the information age, technology has the potential to transform
the classroom as we know it. More and more educators are expressing interest in
“blended learning” or bringing the best of online learning into traditional brick and
mortar classrooms. This past summer, we set out to test several assumptions of the
blended learning movement, measure its impact on student learning, and observe
the effects on teacher experience.


The BlendMyLearning project brought together Envision Schools, Google, Khan
Academy, and the Stanford University d.school to chronicle the performance and
engagement of low-performing high school algebra students receiving a mix of
traditional teacher-led instruction and self-guided instruction through the Khan
Academy website. This report draws from qualitative interviews and observations
(outlined at www.blendmylearning.com), as well as quantitative data from pre- and
post-course assessments in algebra. Though the experimental methods and sample
size are not sufficient for grounded empirical conclusions, a control group receiving
100% teacher-led instruction also took the pre- and post-course assessments to
provide some level of comparison."

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iOS 5.1 for iPhone and iPad walkthrough | iMore

iOS 5.1 for iPhone and iPad walkthrough | iMore | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Complete feature guide to Apple’s iOS 5.1 software update for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

 

Apple typically ships iOS x.1 updates with new iPod touches in the fall and includes several new, fairly nifty features. Last year, however, there was no new iPod touch and so iOS 5.1 comes to us in the spring, and with only a few, small changes and enhancements (and one arguable feature reduction). Maybe that’s because iOS 5 was such a huge update, or they’ve saving more for a potential iOS 5.2 later this spring or summer, or iOS 6 this fall."

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PowerPoint Import into Prezi

PowerPoint Import into Prezi | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Import your slides into Prezi, one at a time or all at once, with or without a path, with just a few clicks.


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33 super engagers to follow | Blog Godown

33 super engagers to follow | Blog Godown | eLearning tools | Scoop.it
33 super cool twitter users to follow. These tweeple have a really good reputation and engage and interact with other twitter users.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Web-based Polling and Survey Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Web-based Polling and Survey Tools | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Yesterday, I wrote a short post about Kwiqpoll. After that post was published I got a few requests for suggestions about other web-based polling/ survey tools. Here are eleven other ways you can conduct polls and surveys online."

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Start 2012 by Taking 2 Minutes to Clean Your Apps Permissions

Start 2012 by Taking 2 Minutes to Clean Your Apps Permissions | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Try guessing how many apps have permissions to access your private information... Now click the icons and get ready for a surprise!"

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Prezi makes presentations that captivate—and elicit clear thinking

 CEO of Prezi talks about its development and possible exiting uses

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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 11:46 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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Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App | Fast Company

Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App | Fast Company | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Khan Academy, the wildly popular YouTube lecture series, has launched its free, new iPad app in Apple's store. The enhanced version of Khan Academy includes time-syncing between devices--no Internet connection required--an interactive transcript of the lectures for easy searching, and a handy scrubber for moving between parts of the lectures. Perhaps more importantly, now that more schools have begun adopting Khan's lectures for their own classrooms, the iPad app could possibly replace or supplement textbooks, saving cash-strapped schools and students a lot of money."

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YouTube Subtracts Racy and Raucous to Add a Teaching Tool

"Educators are giving YouTube — long dismissed as a storehouse of whimsical, time-wasting and occasionally distasteful videos — another look. As Google, YouTube’s parent company, fine-tunes a portal that lets schools limit students’ access to selected content, the video-sharing Web site is gaining popularity as a trove of free educational materials."

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A Full Breakdown Of The Newly Introduced iPad

A Full Breakdown Of The Newly Introduced iPad | eLearning tools | Scoop.it
In case you’ve been out of the country, living in a cave, or captured by a super villain with an underground lair and no TV for the past week, you may have heard there’s a new iPad about town.
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Tweetwally - Create a Tweetwall to Organize and Present Tweets

Tweetwally - Create a Tweetwall to Organize and Present Tweets | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"A tweetwall lets you display only the tweets you’re interested in from everywhere on Twitter, use it to track hashtags, usernames, and keywords. The possibilities are up to you." #edtech

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MuseumsEtc — Museums At Play: Games, Interaction and Learning

MuseumsEtc — Museums At Play: Games, Interaction and Learning | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

Museums are using games in many ways – for interpretation, education, marketing, outreach and events. Museums at Play showcases tried and tested examples from the sector and seeks to inspire further informed use of games as part of the Museum toolbox. It also draws on relevant experience from other sectors, and on the experience of game designers and theorists. It looks at learnings from other disciplines and explores the possibilities of interaction using gaming within museums.

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10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner

10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner | eLearning tools | Scoop.it

"Despite the growing use of multimedia in classrooms, schools remain primarily text oriented. This is a major problem for significant numbers of learners who struggle with text. No matter how capable they may be in other respects, these students are not “academically” oriented in the ways that tend to matter most in the classroom. For many, it’s a processing issue. Others have difficulty with the physical mechanics of writing."

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Displaying Live Tweets at Events

Displaying Live Tweets at Events | eLearning tools | Scoop.it
Displaying live tweets at events is becoming more and more commonplace, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to review some of the websites available that allow you to do this.

 

Building up a social media buzz during events has many advantages: the Twitter backchannel can provide a useful opportunity for peer networking (especially at larger events where you might struggle to meet up and chat with everyone in person); receiving instant feedback from delegates on the day; and there’s also an opening for people who are not present in person who are following the hashtag to contribute to the event with useful links, comments, etc.

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