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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | fun learning | Scoop.it

I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.


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The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 8, 2014 8:14 AM

Interesting article. I'm a big fan of messy learning myself.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

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Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:08 PM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code - WallStreetJournal

How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code - WallStreetJournal | fun learning | Scoop.it
Is an old-school marble run better than an iPad for teaching young children to code? Why educational toys that focus on the physical world rather than the computer screen are so effective

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Stop Teaching Programming, Start Teaching Computational Thought | Make:

Stop Teaching Programming, Start Teaching Computational Thought | Make: | fun learning | Scoop.it
School administrators and educators are currently zealous about the idea that every student should learn computer science. “Think about the world we live in now,” says New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, “Hundreds of thousands of good jobs will be accessible to those with coding and other essential skills.” I agree that everyone should learn to program, but I disagree with Mayor de Blasio’s motivations. You shouldn’t learn to program in order to get a good job. Learning to think computationally can give you a new way to understand and describe your world. Learning to program can make you a more expressive person.

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An important reminder now as programming gets its more and more embraced in school. Its about expression, not getting a job.
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basil60's curator insight, April 8, 4:55 PM
Context - we've discussed it here before. Code is a merely a tool to enable Computational Thinking. Without a context, that all falls over. Some great practical examples in this brief review of coding and CT.

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, April 10, 7:43 PM
Here is a growth mindset strategy made for teachers who are not quite sure what to make of this movement.
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Making Learning Easier by Design — Google Design — Medium

Making Learning Easier by Design - Google Design - Medium
How can design make learning feel like less of a chore?


It’s not as easy as it sounds. Flat out, people usually won’t go out of their way to learn something new. Research shows that only 3% of adults in the U.S. spend time learning during their day.

 
Think about that for a second: Despite all the information available at our fingertips, and all the new technologies that emerge seemingly overnight, 97% of people won’t spend any time actively seeking out new knowledge for their own development.


That was the challenge at hand when our team at Google set out to create Primer, a new mobile app that helps people learn digital marketing concepts in 5 minutes or less."


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Interesting ideas on how to motivate people for learning. The only thing they dont do is to say "Focus!"

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Videvo for royalty free graphics

Videvo for royalty free graphics | fun learning | Scoop.it
Download Free Stock Footage and HD Video clips; Videvo offers a large selection of HD video clips, motion graphics and free stock footage. All Royalty-Free

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Perhaps its just me getting older, but I think the issue of ownership and royalties of online content, is bigger now than it was a few years ago. Most of us need to know more about it than we do and act accordingly. This looks like a great resourse to royalty free pics and films that will make it easier to stay on the right side of the law. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 20, 2015 1:31 AM

Great source of royalty free images and video.

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 20, 2015 9:14 AM

Always on the hunt for good royalty free pics and videos for education purposes. . .

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24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning - TeachThought

24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning - TeachThought | fun learning | Scoop.it
24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

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For anyone who is worried about how tech interested kids spend too much time in front of screens, the "maker movement" should provide relief. This list of maker resources is a bit old, but most of the resources seem to still be there. 

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:32 AM

Some great stuff here that gives me more ideas!

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Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer

Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer | fun learning | Scoop.it
These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 

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Great project ideas!

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Jan Boustead's curator insight, August 25, 2015 5:39 PM

Makerspace  ideas.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 15, 2015 3:39 PM

Tons of #STEM #Resources for all grades.  #Classroom #STEAM

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Website: MakerSpace

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In praise of PowerPoint

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Philip Moriarty stands up for the much-maligned presentation tool.

"Both students and academics regularly bemoan “death by PowerPoint”, as a glance at Times Higher Education’s archives will show. But PowerPoint is a presentational tool. Nothing more, nothing less. If students are finding it difficult to engage with the material that we’re discussing and explaining, then it’s rather a cop-out to blame that on the technology."


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I have never praised Powerpoint, and i dont think I will in the future. But this guy has a very good point in that bad lectures were bad also before powerpint, and only bad craftsmen that blaime the tools. 

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 18, 2015 3:40 AM

A great article discussing the true reasons why PowerPoint has fallen from grace with loads of people.

David Swaddle's curator insight, July 18, 2015 8:27 PM

You know what...I like PowerPoint too. I just don't like how some people use it. Same goes for the pen.

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Knowledge Building: What is it Really?

Knowledge Building: What is it Really? | fun learning | Scoop.it
Isn’t it really just learning by another name? We hear a lot about knowledge building in education circles these days! What is it anyway? Why don’t we just call it learning? Where did this term kno...
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Interesting thoughs on "knowlege building" vs learning. Makes me think about the term co-learning. Its somehow close to KB, but not quite. Anyway, a useful distinction and a good discussion. 

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | fun learning | Scoop.it
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.

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Many years ago I practiced Aikido. The basic idea of this japanese "martial art of peace" is to not oppose the force of your opponent, but to redirect it, so instead of threatening you it helps you achieve your goal (which is to passify him without hurting him). This philosophy is of course applicable to most aspects of life, not least to how you can take advantage of the incredibly strong IC-tools you and your students carry with you at all times. If you are tired of figthing against these strong forces, why not try to redirect them? Here are 40 ideas of how you can do that. 

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Eneritz Madariaga's curator insight, March 19, 2015 6:37 PM

Oso interesgarria ikasleen motibazioa sustatzeko!!

Zengin Çilingir Kale Anahtarcı's curator insight, March 23, 2015 7:58 PM

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Manuel Morilla Jaren's curator insight, March 30, 2015 4:41 AM

añada su visión ...

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March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101 | fun learning | Scoop.it
Kick off your new blog or explore the fundamentals of photography with a supportive community of bloggers.
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MOOCs offered by Wordpress to get you started in blogging and photography. Looks nice. They are repeated throughout 2015. I think i will do them at some point throughout the year.

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Google Earth Pro is now free

Google Earth Pro is now free | fun learning | Scoop.it

"Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Starting today, even more people will be able to access Google Earth Pro: we're making it available for free. To see what Earth Pro can do for you—or to just have fun flying around the world—grab a free key and download Earth Pro today."

Tags: google, mapping, virtual tours, geospatial, edtech.


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To be honest, I have no idea what GEPro does more than the free version. But I intend to find out! 

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Before you #holidayin1770agneswater check this out!

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Spread the word and get your Google Earth Pro FREE today!!!

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Top 10 tips to learn a language

Top 10 tips to learn a language | fun learning | Scoop.it
Let this master guide you through the easy way to learn multiple languages with Babbel. Try it out now!
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Great tips for anyone wanting to learn a new language. And for school the first is probably the most critical. Pupils who are in class just because its compulsory will never learn. Motivation is everything. 

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Minecraft for Moms - What You Need to Know - Sunshine and Hurricanes

Minecraft for Moms - What You Need to Know - Sunshine and Hurricanes | fun learning | Scoop.it

"It seems like everywhere you look these days, a hot technology topic when it comes to kids is MINECRAFT.  Considering all the gaming apps that are out there, it can be hard for parents to navigate the good from the bad and even harder to understand how best to monitor and manage their kids usage of them.

 

Okay, so here are the main points you want to know:"

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Great post. I would like to highlight the point of parents playing together with the kids. And I hope the father of the family is allowed a little screen time also after the kids have gone to bed. Fathers need that. :) 

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, October 5, 2014 6:42 AM

Fantástico juego para aprender geometría y muchas cosas más.....

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Pisa tests to include 'global skills' and cultural awareness

Pisa tests to include 'global skills' and cultural awareness | fun learning | Scoop.it

"Pisa tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include a new measurement of global skills in the next round of tests in 2018. The OECD, which runs the tests in maths, reading and science, is considering adding another test which would look at how well pupils can navigate an increasingly diverse world, with an awareness of different cultures and beliefs. The OECD's education director Andreas Schleicher explains why there is such a need for new rankings to show young people's competence in a world where globalisation is a powerful economic, political and cultural force.

Education leaders around the world are increasingly talking about the need to teach 'global competences' as a way of addressing the challenges of globalisation."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 26, 7:18 PM

They define global competence as: "the capacity to analyse global and intercultural issues critically and from multiple perspectives, to understand how differences affect perceptions, judgements, and ideas of self and others, and to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with others from different backgrounds on the basis of a shared respect for human dignity".

 

So I guess geography does matter then.  Who knew? 

 

Tagsgeography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Dafnord 's curator insight, June 2, 1:23 AM
Kansainvälistyminen nousee uudeksi mitattavaksi asiaksi PISA-tutkimuksissa 2018. Miten mahtaa suomalaisten peruskoulujen käydä? Pystyvätkö ne globaalitaidoissa ja kulttuurienvälisessa osaamisessa yltämään samalle tasolle kuin kansainvälistymisessä pitkälle edistyneet Britannia, Hollanti, Belgia tai Tanska. Oma kokemukseni jo 10 vuotta jatkuneesta Intia-yhteistyöstä (http://www.eumind.net) ei ennakoi Suomen kouluille huipputuloksia. Mutta toivotaan parasta.
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Microsoft introduces the world to 'holoportation'

Microsoft introduces the world to 'holoportation' | fun learning | Scoop.it
While teleportation is still in the realm of science fiction, Microsoft has introduced 'holoportation' - a 3D, real-time hologram of someone who is a world away, but still interacts with you.

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So fun to see science fiction become science fact.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 31, 4:41 PM
Love this.

This is amazingly cool. It brings up some interesting possibilites for educational applications. 

 
Kristin Elliott's curator insight, April 2, 10:45 AM

Love this.

Kristi Newgarden's curator insight, April 4, 12:02 PM

Love this.

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Wheel Decide

Wheel Decide | fun learning | Scoop.it
Can't decide? Wheel Decide for you! Set your own custom choices and then spin the wheel to make the random decision (lunch, movie, anything!)

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Hehe, nice. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 20, 2015 1:29 AM

Great for making decissions.

En Français - Alix Creuzé's curator insight, November 20, 2015 2:21 AM

La roue de la fortune, un petit outil sympathique : http://cours.ifmadrid.com/prof/archives/5605

 

learn foreign language skills's curator insight, November 22, 2015 4:14 AM

Get a few topic on the wheel and get your students speaking; get the names of your students to decide who is next up... many uses with the wheel! 

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Creating Movies with Students - Techlandia Radio Blog

Creating Movies with Students - Techlandia Radio Blog | fun learning | Scoop.it
Getting students started creating videos can seem like a daunting task. There isn't enough time in the day to get your regular subjects done, how are you supposed to give students time to create videos? I am here to tell you it can be done. I hope that this post/presentation will provide what you need to get started. 

Students can create videos on a variety within the context of what they are learning right now. Video story problem for math, a how to science experiment, or a book trailer that covers important story traits are all good ideas. Here is a list of apps, PDF Templates, and equipment that can be helpful when creating movies. 

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Mark Cottee's curator insight, October 11, 2015 5:45 PM

In the process of planning a digital creativity session with some students with intellectual disability. I just love it when things show up to help light the way.

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BlindWrite | Just write.

BlindWrite | Just write. | fun learning | Scoop.it
Don't think. Just write.
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Great editor for free writing. By not being able to see what you have written so far, and having a timer tell you when to stop, you are only left with the flow of words that enter your mind. I have not tried it with students yet, but I'm sure it will help them to grasp the concept of free writing. 

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My Mother’s House explores death, grief and memories as a Minecraft poem

My Mother’s House explores death, grief and memories as a Minecraft poem | fun learning | Scoop.it
Poet Victoria Bennett and digital artist Adam Clarke’s ‘poem-world’ shows popular video game as a platform for art and expression
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I have been discussing games and learning many times with lots of people. The main question almost always seems to be how much kids can learn from it, usually compared with text books. In fact, Minecraft does tremendously well in that comparison. Still, its a frustrating discussion, because the beauty and potential of video games is far more than to be a fun replacement of the textbook. This is a great example of how a classic genre can evolve into something quite different through the use of this relatively new medium.

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Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.

Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them. | fun learning | Scoop.it
Automated learning pathways are currently a hot topic in discussions on education because those pathways have the potential to personalize learning and provide timely intervention for students. With automated pathways, also known as adaptive learning, the instruction changes based on the students’ current levels of understanding. In some cases, adaptive learning is teacher-directed. In this case, teachers push new content to their students based on the learners’ previous performances. In other cases, the pathways are “system-generated” so the technology “automatically” adapts to meet the needs of individual students. The latter option is far more controversial because it elicits this question: Are algorithms replacing teachers? What if the system “misunderstands” and doesn’t provide students with the proper support and intervention?1

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A multiple choise test can be designed to aid learning or not, as can an adaptive learning system. The motviation and pedagogic understanding of those who make it is critical.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 23, 2015 2:50 PM

Does the future scare you or entice you with a smile?  Would a system generated response to your answer be more reliable than one offered by an old school (i.e. flesh and bone) teacher.


This article will help think about algorithms and online teaching and learning.

Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, September 23, 2015 4:19 AM

Can an algorithm hire better than a human?

Humanrithm: Saving the Web from Chaos

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Teaching with Wikipedia? The Wiki Education Foundation wants to help! – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teaching with Wikipedia? The Wiki Education Foundation wants to help! – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | fun learning | Scoop.it

"I’ve written a number of ProfHacker articles on integrating Wikipedia into your classroom, such as this post on tips and tricks for teaching with Wikipedia and how to organize your own Wikipedia edit-a-thon. One of the biggest obstacles most instructors report facing ..."


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It makes me sad to hear how teachers forbid students to using Wikipedia as a source in their projects, and how students often talk about is as a cheat resource. With its transparency in showing how the articles has developed, who has paticipated in writing them, and the access to earlier versions, it is probably the most trustworthy source on the internet and the best example of how we should relate to factual knowledge in our age. I just love it. 

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | fun learning | Scoop.it
found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.

The New Psychology of Success (2000), Dweck developed a continuum upon which people can be placed, based upon their understandings about where ability comes from. For some people (at one end of said continuum), success (and
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The idea of fixed vs growth mindsets is very fruitful, and I fully agree with the author of this article that it applies very well to teachers and staff, not only to pupils/students. The connection to "Fun learning" (which is the title of this scoop.it list)might be indirect, but it is very real: A teacher with a growth mindset are more inspiring and create better teaching. I'm absolutely sure about that!

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Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro

Moovly - Create Animated Content like a Pro | fun learning | Scoop.it
Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.

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Looks fun and easy, and the videos are nice. If making moovly-films is as easy as it seems, this must be a great tool both for teaching and as student activity. 

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Filomena Gomes's curator insight, March 20, 2015 10:26 PM
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This looks like a really useful tool. It's run on a freemium model. The free version allows for the unlimited creation of videos up to 10mins long at 480p.

Andrew Sparks's curator insight, April 24, 2015 12:07 AM

this could be good when explaining historical events.  Say for a teacher giving a lecture

lynnegibb's curator insight, September 23, 2015 9:26 PM

Could be just what I need for my students

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | fun learning | Scoop.it

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.


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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2015 2:59 PM

Great guidelines for parents & educators.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 24, 2015 7:58 AM

Digital games and learning to lead together for change

callooh's curator insight, January 31, 2015 12:44 PM

Mainly considers uses in K-12 but lot's of the findings are generally applicable..

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4 simple steps to ensure you'll never, ever be tricked by an internet hoax again

4 simple steps to ensure you'll never, ever be tricked by an internet hoax again | fun learning | Scoop.it
You're too smart to share this nonsense

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I would perhaps replace some of these four points with others. But that is not the most important, as any steps taken will raise awarness, and that is what we want.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 14, 2014 8:25 AM

Many students today are digital natives and teachers often assume that students understand how to 1) find, 2) evaluate and 3) vett online resources in a critical manner.  To read more about assessing geographic-specific resources online, see this article here. 


Tags: social media.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 25, 2014 3:52 AM

Well, I guess we have come across incidents of Phishing and Spam e-mails? Most of these are scams that are set to draw out some money from you. Some might ask for your bank account details.