Just back from MozFest, where we announced BadgeKit, an Open Badges tool stack that will support the key pieces of the badging experience. This includes defining/designing, assessing, issuing, collecting/managing, sharing and using.
The optimal video length is 6 minutes or shorter -- students watched most of the way through these short videos. In fact, the average engagement time of any video maxes out at 6 minutes, regardless of its length. And engagement times decrease as videos lengthen: For instance, on average students spent around 3 minutes on videos that are longer than 12 minutes, which means that they engaged with less than a quarter of the content. Finally, certificate-earning students engaged more with videos, presumably because they had greater motivation to learn the material.
Monica Rothschild-Boros, an art appreciation and cultural anthropology instructor at Orange Coast College, uses a combination of embedded lecture questions, threaded discussion, and innovative assignments to engage students and get them to think...
Online-education provider Coursera is one step closer to academic acceptance, saying Thursday that the American Council on Education would recommend colleges grant credit for the successful completion of some of its free classes.
The most insightful comment from this ongoing conversation...
David Coleman, president of the College Board, called for realistic expectations. Despite research showing the predictive value of noncognitive measures, they don’t add much when combined with SAT or ACT scores, he said. ”They are not a magic wand.”
Noncognitive assessments might prove most useful in evaluating applicants with high grades and low test scores, and those with low grades and high test scores, Mr. Coleman suggested. The potential of noncognitive measures to reveal the talents of students who fall short on both counts struck him as less promising.
“The thought that with that double negative you’re going to get a positive,” he said, “is not realistic.”
As part of Common Core's shift of focus from teaching to learning, students are delivering more presentations (while teachers and peers sit-and-get). Not surprisingly, the same boring presentation techniques don't work any better for students than they did for teachers.
Delete all the text from your slides.Replace those words and bullets with full-screen, full-color, photographic images.Narrate over the slides.
The possibilities inherent in digital learning won't in and of themselves flatten the global playing field for students, according to new research, unless we first give attention to the idea of creating "connected learning environments."...
Dr. Michael Simmons's insight:
Key point made: "A group of American and British researchers have put together a report that advocates for a design for learning that is "peer supported," "interest-powered," and "academically oriented." The point is to help young people link personal interests, often pursued online, to academic and career endeavors and civic engagement with the help of friends and "caring" adults."
1 -What is Pinterest 2- How does Pinteres work ? 3- Pinterest Tips 4- Some suggestions on teachers can use Pinterest 5- Pinterest for professional development 6- Some prominent educational Pinner to follow 7 Pinterest tutorials 8- Webliography ( links for further reading )
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