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Providing resources on hybrid learning and technology tools in higher education
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Top 11 Wonderful Tools for Designers To Create Infographics - I am programmer

Top 11 Wonderful Tools for Designers To Create Infographics - I am programmer | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Top 11 Wonderful Tools for Designers To Create Info-graphics, create infographic online, infographic for designer, best infographic tools,
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LD Neuromyth: Learning Styles (Visual Auditory Kinesthetic)

LD Neuromyth: Learning Styles (Visual Auditory Kinesthetic) | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
According to research there is no more widely believed and yet thoroughly debunked neuromyth than learning styles While learning styles is an umbrella term that can refer to a number of different categorization models the most well-known is VAK: visual auditory kinesthetic (seeing hearing doing)
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Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype?

Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype? | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
To what extent is this a new model of learning in a digital age? How are private corporations employing old rhetoric to advance new avenues into public education? Most importantly, is blended learning becoming yet another overhyped myth on the crowded road of technology-as-education-reform panacea?
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Why Kahoot is one of my favourite classroom tools — Tomorrow's Learners

Why Kahoot is one of my favourite classroom tools — Tomorrow's Learners | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Kahoot is one of my favourite tools to use in the classroom. Students love it, and they are always engaged when I use it.

For those of you that
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Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them Like a Boss — Emerging Education Technologies

Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them Like a Boss — Emerging Education Technologies | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Tips and Resources for Using Free Video Conferencing Tools in Your Classroom Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a
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3 Interesting Tools for Creating Maps with Students - Latest Tech News, Tips and Tricks, How to Guides, Famous Storys

3 Interesting Tools for Creating Maps with Students - Latest Tech News, Tips and Tricks, How to Guides, Famous Storys | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
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6 Collaborative Social Tools for Student Writing & Collaboration Lessons, Assignments — Emerging Education Technologies

6 Collaborative Social Tools for Student Writing & Collaboration Lessons, Assignments — Emerging Education Technologies | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Collaborative Software With Social Functionality can be a Powerful Asset in the Classroom Teachers who have taken the dive into education technology have infinite teaching and learning possibilities at their fingertips. One category of technology tools that is often purposefully
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10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions - eLearning Industry

10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions - eLearning Industry | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

Active participation among students should always be encouraged in a hybrid course, in both the online AND the face-to-face environment.  Incorporating online discussions often constitutes a well-used strategy.  If this is the case, one should always initially set the "ground rules" or "netiquette" rules (i.e., the etiquette associated with communicating via the internet) for students.  This short piece provides such netiquette guidelines.  Although 10 are included, many are related to one another.  Thus, the initial list of 10 can be shortened to 3.  They include:

 

1) using proper (i.e., formal) language (e.g., avoid emoticons or texting language, tone down the language, and control your temper).

2) be precise, explanatory and justify your opinion/position with evidence.

3) read all comments before hitting "submit" (i.e., move the conversation along).

 

 

 

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Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

Why Technology Will Never Fix Education | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

I agree with the central premise of this piece: that the integration of technology CAN act to improve a course.  However, there is no guarantee that technology, in and of itself, creates the conditions necessary for a good course.  The more influential factor is the motivation (or lack thereof) of students.   "In an age of informational abundance (made accessible via technology), getting access to knowledge isn’t the bottleneck, mustering the will to master it is." 

 

Unfortunately, the piece says nothing about HOW to motivate students.  Any suggestions with respect to the latter?

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Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Good Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities

Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Good Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

This slideshare presentation suggests a few educational technology tools that can be used to create "end-of-term" (or, in my mind, to be used during any part of the term) games, quizzes, and exercises for use in both the online and f2f environment.  This includes the use of eduCannon, VideoNot.es, Blubbr (for video-based quizzes), Purposegames, Imagequiz, eQuizshow, and ClassNot.es (for games-based review), and Quizlet, Flashcard Stash, and Flippity (for flashcard activities).

 

I have specifically used Purposegames for review purposes in my World Regional Geography course.  I use it specifically to test students on their knowledge of the location of countries and major cities.  Leaderboards are maintained for all who play (i.e., "review") and I always award bonus marks to those who win each competition. 

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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools: A Quick Guide

Don't let the number of slides scare you (158 in total).  The slideshare presentation actually runs through (what can be found in document format) a variety of content creation/presentation educational technology tools.  Some of the tools included are: PowToon, Prezi, eMaze, Edynco, Visme, Haiku Deck, Slidedog.  The booklet identifies what each tool is, its benefits, and simple instructions for how to create content. 

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Flip Like an Expert – Best Practices for Successful Flipped Classrooms (Part 2 – Preparing & Engaging Students)

Flip Like an Expert – Best Practices for Successful Flipped Classrooms (Part 2 – Preparing & Engaging Students) | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Last week, we started this series of articles by exploring published best practices with a focus on creating content. This week we continue learning about
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App Ed Review May Roundup – Instructional “Helper” Tools — Emerging Education Technologies

App Ed Review May Roundup – Instructional “Helper” Tools — Emerging Education Technologies | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Looking for Rubric-Reviewed Apps to Help you be More Productive in the Classroom? This month we are examining a teacher’s best friend, instructional tool apps! The apps outlined below will help you with instruction while contributing to your productivity, pacing,
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11 Quick and Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom

11 Quick and  Amazing ways to use PowToon in your Classroom | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
I recently read a study on creativity that blew my mind:
"A major factor in creativity is education: not whether you had a “good” or “expensive” or “public” edu(...)
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Build Your own Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge – We’ve Made it a Snap! — Emerging Education Technologies

Build Your own Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge – We’ve Made it a Snap! — Emerging Education Technologies | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
How Would you Like to Build Your own Custom Challenge in Minutes? During the months of March through May, we ran a fun “challenge” here on the site. Every week, signed up participants would receive an email with a link
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10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius

10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really. But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, …
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Branching Scenarios in E-learning | Designing Digitally, Inc.

Branching Scenarios in E-learning | Designing Digitally, Inc. | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Using branching scenarios in E-learning has many benefits. Check out this blog post for the reasons why.
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Cultivating Connections: Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Verbs

Cultivating Connections: Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Verbs | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
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The 2015 Dean’s List: EdTech’s Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

The 2015 Dean’s List: EdTech’s Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

It's not the end of the year but graduation time is another time for reflection.  Hence EdTech Magazine's "Top Ed. Tech." blogs for 2015.  

 

I thought this posting would be useful for those who like to stay current on issues pertaining not only to hybrid learning but to other issues relevant to educational technology in higher education.  I went through the list and decided to curate 14 blogs.  Two of my favourites were the last ones on the list: https://wjuedtech.wordpress.com/ ;

http://blog.web20classroom.org/. ;

 

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Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies

Top 10 Evidence Based Teaching Strategies | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

Those designing a hybrid course may come to be overwhelmed by the technology that can be used.  However, one should not lose site of the pedagogical elements of the course.  This infographic identifies 10 proven teaching strategies that can be used in any type of course, including hybrid ones.

 

The strategies focus on a wide variety of strategies, including developing sound course learning outcomes, designing learning activities that allow them to master those outcomes, integrating formative assessment, using the UDL principle of multiple means of representation when providing content, providing timely feedback, and encouraging collaboration.

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

This study by Pew Research, solicits the opinions of middle and high school teachers regarding digital literacy skills.  The most important skills to be developed are being able to judge to quality of online information, writing effectively, and creating a positive digital imprint.

 

Certainly, all these skills can be fostered in a hybrid course.  As an example, I designed an assignment that required students to access international, online news sources, identify a geographically-relevant story from that source, and write a brief synopsis of the article, from a geographer's perspective.  They then had to post it to a content curation website (Scoop.it) whereby they would address questions posed to them by me and the class.  Thus, the students were forced to assess the quality of online information (news sources, reporting), to write effectively (by creating a synopsis that was viewed by me before being allowed to post the story online), and in creating a positive digital imprint (by publically publishing high quality writing pieces on current events).

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Sketch Toy to Create Quick Animated Images

Free Technology for Teachers: Use Sketch Toy to Create Quick Animated Images | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it

This blog mentions the educational technology tool "Sketch Toy" that can be used for drawing purposes.  Although rather simple in its capabilities, this tool could have utility for presenting lessons in the online environment.  One specific task that it might be able to accomplish is to present mathematical lessons online (writing out a problem and solving it and then broadcasting the process in a screencapture that could be placed on your hybrid course's website).  What other possibilities could this have?

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Ask these questions before using technology in the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

Ask these questions before using technology in the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Trudacot is a free protocol intended to help facilitate educator conversations about deeper learning, student agency, and technology integration. Trudacot is an acronym for Technology-Rich
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7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your eLearning Courses (Plus 25 Solutions)

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your eLearning Courses (Plus 25 Solutions) | Hybrid Learning Initiative | Scoop.it
Here are the traits of a bad eLearning course that you should steer clear of.
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