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Open access to knowledge will boost Africa’s development

Open access to knowledge will boost Africa’s development | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Since October 2010, when Stellenbosch University became the first African higher education institution to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the number of signatories on the continent has grown to 28 – in just two years.
The Berlin Declaration dates from 2003 and was initiated by the Max Planck Society of Germany. It is regarded as a milestone of the open access movement.
It promotes unrestricted access to scientific knowledge and cultural heritage, and more than 400 institutions worldwide have already signed it.

 

Read more at: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20121120105009782

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Holistic approaches for Learning with Technology

Holistic approaches for Learning with Technology | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Informational technology needs to be holistically integrated into our learning environments.

The integration of information technology into our unique learning environments can be greatly enhanced if we apply constructivist approaches. Such approaches could include, but are not limited to discovery learning, inquiry based learning, play-based learning and making. But they also include listening, reflecting, and taking the time to process. Essentially, we want our learners to become great thinkers. We want learners to take an active role in the learning process and move away from the passive regurgitation of information being passed from a teacher to a student. Effective infusion of information technology into our learning environments is an excellent way to achieve this.

In our world, information technology is not just a means to an end. It more about the information and how we use it that is the most important. How to find it, how to process it, how to use it, and how to build on it. The technology we use facilitates and re-shapes this use of information in many new ways. For instance, no longer are we following learning in a linear fashion, say, based on a textbook. Rather, we are working in flexible frameworks where learners can focus on big ideas, but follow their learning along multiple paths happening all at once in the learning environment.

 

credit is given to Deborah McCallum:

 

http://bigideasineducation.ca/2015/07/30/holistic-approaches-for-learning-with-technology/

 

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 


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Informational technology needs to be holistically integrated into our learning environments.
The integration of information technology into our unique learning environments can be greatly enhanced if we apply constructivist approaches. Such approaches could include, but are not limited to discovery learning, inquiry based learning, play-based learning and making. But they also include listening, reflecting, and taking the time to process. Essentially, we want our learners to become great thinkers. We want learners to take an active role in the learning process and move away from the passive regurgitation of information being passed from a teacher to a student. Effective infusion of information technology into our learning environments is an excellent way to achieve this.

In our world, information technology is not just a means to an end. It more about the information and how we use it that is the most important. How to find it, how to process it, how to use it, and how to build on it. The technology we use facilitates and re-shapes this use of information in many new ways. For instance, no longer are we following learning in a linear fashion, say, based on a textbook. Rather, we are working in flexible frameworks where learners can focus on big ideas, but follow their learning along multiple paths happening all at once in the learning environment.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

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Jennifer Snapp's curator insight, August 1, 11:18 AM

I chose this article because it addresses the challenges and benefits of integrating informational technology in the classroom. It enables students to become agressive independent learners and critical thinkers. I hope others who are afraid of technology integration to take a leap.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, August 1, 5:12 PM
Tecnologia informacional precisa ser holisticamente integrado em nossos ambientes de aprendizagem.
A integração da tecnologia da informação em nossos ambientes de aprendizagem únicos pode ser muito maior se aplicar abordagens construtivistas. Tais abordagens podem incluir, mas não estão limitados a aprendizagem pela descoberta, a aprendizagem baseada na investigação, aprendizagem baseada em jogo e tomada. Mas eles também incluem ouvir, refletir, e tomando o tempo para processar. Essencialmente, queremos que nossos alunos para se tornarem grandes pensadores. Queremos que os alunos a ter um papel activo no processo de aprendizagem e se afastar da regurgitação passiva da informação que está sendo passada de um professor para um aluno. Infusão eficaz da tecnologia da informação em nossos ambientes de aprendizagem é uma excelente maneira de conseguir isso. Em nosso mundo, tecnologia da informação não é apenas um meio para um fim. É mais sobre a informação e como podemos usá-lo que é o mais importante. Como encontrá-la, como processá-lo, como usá-lo, e como construir sobre ele. A tecnologia que usamos facilita e re-formas esse uso da informação em muitas novas formas. Por exemplo, não são mais que seguir a aprendizagem de uma forma linear, digamos, baseado em um livro de texto. Em vez disso, estamos a trabalhar em estruturas flexíveis, onde os alunos podem se concentrar em grandes idéias, mas seguem a sua aprendizagem ao longo de vários caminhos acontecendo tudo de uma vez no ambiente de aprendizagem.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

Andres Garcia Alvarez's curator insight, August 1, 6:19 PM
Informational technology needs to be holistically integrated into our learning environments.
The integration of information technology into our unique learning environments can be greatly enhanced if we apply constructivist approaches. Such approaches could include, but are not limited to discovery learning, inquiry based learning, play-based learning and making. But they also include listening, reflecting, and taking the time to process. Essentially, we want our learners to become great thinkers. We want learners to take an active role in the learning process and move away from the passive regurgitation of information being passed from a teacher to a student. Effective infusion of information technology into our learning environments is an excellent way to achieve this.

In our world, information technology is not just a means to an end. It more about the information and how we use it that is the most important. How to find it, how to process it, how to use it, and how to build on it. The technology we use facilitates and re-shapes this use of information in many new ways. For instance, no longer are we following learning in a linear fashion, say, based on a textbook. Rather, we are working in flexible frameworks where learners can focus on big ideas, but follow their learning along multiple paths happening all at once in the learning environment.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

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LEARNing Path For Professional 21st Century LEARNing By ICT PracTICE Concept | LEARNing To LEARN | eSkills

LEARNing Path For Professional 21st Century LEARNing By ICT PracTICE Concept | LEARNing To LEARN | eSkills | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In 21st Century LEARNers Know THEIR LEARNing Path. WHAT is "Professional LEARNing"!? Well, it is DIFFERENT from normal (?) LEARNing  as it provides the Students, LEARNers THE "LEARNing Path" and...

 


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In 21st Century LEARNers Know THEIR LEARNing Path. WHAT is "Professional LEARNing"!? Well, it is DIFFERENT from normal (?) LEARNing  as it provides the Students, LEARNers THE "LEARNing Path" and...


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In 21st Century LEARNers Know THEIR LEARNing Path. WHAT is "Professional LEARNing"!? Well, it is DIFFERENT from normal (?) LEARNing  as it provides the Students, LEARNers THE "LEARNing Path" and...

 

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Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Hope or Hype? - Hidden Brains Blog

Big Data and Predictive Analytics: Hope or Hype? - Hidden Brains Blog | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Predictive analytics is not a new phenomenon. It has been in existence for decades and finally coming of age. Businesses across the globe are looking to use

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Richard Platt's curator insight, July 26, 7:33 PM

Types of Business Analytics  

(1) Descriptive Models:  Descriptive models look into customer’s history to often classify prospects into groups and categorize customers by preferences and life stage. Descriptive models can help you uncover reasons for success and failures in the past, ultimately helping you make informed decisions in the present.   

(2) Predictive Models:  Predictive model uses rules and algorithms to help predict a given outcome from specified units. The objective is to assess the likelihood whether a similar unit in a different sample will exhibit exactly same performance. Predictive models often perform calculations during live transactions to evaluate risk or opportunity in order to guide a decision.  

(3) Decision Models:  Decision models describe the relationship between all the elements of a decision to predict the results. This model drives set of business rules to produce preferred action for every customer or circumstance.

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How M-pesa Business caught President Barack Obama's attention

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Creating eLearning Solutions For An Enterprise-Wide Global Audience: 4 Challenges And How To Overcome Them - eLearning Industry

Creating eLearning Solutions For An Enterprise-Wide Global Audience: 4 Challenges And How To Overcome Them - eLearning Industry | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In step with the growing popularity of eLearning solutions, organizations have to think strategically about the structure and the outcomes they hope to achieve before any eLearning content is created across the entire organizational spread. Global eLearning solutions can help companies drastically cut travel and employee training costs, as well as improve efficiency while retaining a uniform international company culture. However, there are many challenges when creating a global eLearning initiative, which can lead to unnecessary cost or delays in rolling out the initiative. By following the best practices of eLearning content development, organizations can avoid common mistakes and create impactful learning content for international learners.

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9 Common Body Language Mistakes to Avoid During Presentations

Here are 9 body language mistakes and how to avoid them. Give them a try to improve the way you communicate and the way others perceive you. Practice until you…

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Learn some professional tricks for better presentation performance.

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Learn some professional tricks for better presentation performance.

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Learn some professional tricks for better presentation performance.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Has ICT a Role in Educational Reform?

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Has ICT a Role in Educational Reform? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The use of ICT is central to practice in most areas of professional life - for example, surgeons regularly conduct life-saving operations over the Internet from distant locations.  Young people live their lives in a digital world, and the Internet is their first destination for information and for social interaction. In general, the learning experience of young people can be enhanced and enriched through the appropriate use of technology and digital resources. If the learning process and the environment within which learning occurs reflect the ways these young people engage with technology outside of formal schooling, it would seem logical that learning would be a more engaging, interesting and intellectually stimulating experience.  Evidence exists that access to high- quality online content not only enriches learning and helps to deliver curricular objectives, but also raises motivation levels, which can ultimately contribute to better student achievement.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 6, 7:31 AM

Worth having a look at the learning points.

Jedd Bartlett's comment, July 6, 5:32 PM
This has been clear since late last century - the power of technology to shift control of learning to the learner - and thus lead to transformation in learning systems. The point here I guess is that limited access to technology need not limit this power to transform.
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Visual Literacy Resources from ISTE 2015 | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Visual Literacy Resources from ISTE 2015 | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

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21 Cool Things Teachers and Students Have Built With 3D Printers! — Emerging Education Technologies

21 Cool Things Teachers and Students Have Built With 3D Printers! — Emerging Education Technologies | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

With the explosion of 3D printing in schools around the world, the variety and impressiveness of things that students and teachers are printing with this powerful technology grows every day.

Check out all these different objects that have been created with 3D printers. Some of these items are changing people’s lives! Hopefully some of these ideas can inspire you to start exploring 3D printing, or to try something new if you’re already using this wonderful technology.

 

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Mastering French Grammar and Vocabulary - About Education Degrees

Mastering French Grammar and Vocabulary - About Education Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

For learners who have studied the first two ALISON French courses, this third course will further increase your understanding of the French language. You will build on your existing knowledge of French vocabulary and master important areas of grammar that will greatly improve your comprehension of the French language and your ability to communicate effectively with native French speakers.

 


Read more: http://abouteducationdegrees.com/mastering-french-grammar-and-vocabulary/#ixzz3eVzhGtiZ

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Adult Education Degree Programs - About Education Degrees

Adult Education Degree Programs - About Education Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

As the name suggests, adult education programs prepare you to work with adult learners. The programs are based on adult learning philosophy, known as andragogy. In andragogy, learners are assumed to be self-motivated, self-directed, and have accumulated life experiences that need to be accounted for in course design and delivery. 
Campus-based and online education in adult education programs can lead to interesting and satisfying careers facilitating learning in adults. This page provides information on what is studied in these programs, where you can study them, what the prospects are after completion, and more. 



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Learn Conversational German - About Education Degrees

Learn Conversational German - About Education Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This free online German language course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to Germany or a German speaking region, either as a tourist or for business, business people who have regular contact with German speaking colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading German.

 


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Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education - About Education Degrees

Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education - About Education Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Sir Ken Robinson: 

If you design a system to do something specific, don’t be surprised if it does it. If you run an education system based on standardisation and conformity, which suppresses individuality, imagination and creativity, don’t be surprised if that’s what it does.

 


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Tablets in education

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Excitement about the promise and potential of information and communication technology (ICT) devices for use in taching and learning has been around for a few decades, but only recently has this been translated into large scale purchases of such devices for use in schools outside of industrialized, 'highly developed' countries. What's happening where, you ask?

 

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Women in developing countries circumventing education challenges with ALISON - Masters and PhDs

Women in developing countries circumventing education challenges with ALISON - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

ALISON provides a free learning platform and is continually inspired by the large number of female learners from developing countries, where the challenges exist. Women in India, Pakistan and Ethiopia, enroll, engage and complete course after certified course and this free education tool is helping to promote social progress and a better quality of life for those who can avail of it.

 


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Best Sites to Learn How to Code for Free | The Programmer's World

Best Sites to Learn How to Code for Free | The Programmer's World | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Best websites where you can learn how to write code in PHP, Java, Android, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and all the other popular programming languages.

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School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz - Edutopia

School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz - Edutopia | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
If you build it, will they come? Just because you create a makerspace (PDF) in your school doesn't guarantee that your community will embrace it. Students who have had all personal choice removed by traditional educational models can be passive and feel overwhelmed when faced with real-world problems or design challenges. Academic passivity is common in schools where students swallow content and regurgitate it on multiple-choice tests. Students simply want to know how to get the "A." This type of learning does not stick.

Teachers may find the role of facilitator (or "guide on the side") uncomfortable if they are used to being the "sage on the stage." New technology in these spaces may be intimidating. Teachers need encouragement and professional development to change their mindsets and become facilitators of learning.

How do you change your culture and ensure that your shiny new makerspace will empower students to acquire 21st-century skills? How do you change the culture of student apathy to encourage a mindset of doing? Follow these steps and design tips to build a culture of making and active learning.

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Introduction to Instructional Systems Design - About Education Degrees

Introduction to Instructional Systems Design - About Education Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This course will be of great interest to all human resources, teaching and training professionals who are involved in training, instructional design and e-learning, and who would like to learn more about important aspects of instructional systems design and their use and application in designing and developing highly effective instructional materials or courses.

 


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The Africa the media never shows

The Africa the media never shows | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

For some people who have never visited Africa, their impressions of that continent are drawn almost totally from the media. So if the media are constantly presenting images depicting disease, poverty and terrorism, then those people will inevitably have a negative image of Africa. Tired of this negative portrayal in the media, many Africans and others interested in portraying more positive images have taken to posting photos on Twitter using the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.

 


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BREAKING: Free Hosting for Educators, Introducing MoodleCloud

BREAKING: Free Hosting for Educators, Introducing MoodleCloud | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In a surprising announcement this morning at the Australia Moot, founder Martin Dougiamas announced the launch of MoodleCloud, free Moodle classroom hosting for educators worldwide.

The service will provide educators around the globe the ability to sign up, create courses, and host their classes online for free all on a current Moodle version without needing their local IT staff or administrators to setup a site or fees for hosting.

While the site is not designed for running a MOOC or larger course (users are limited at 50) it does come with free access to BigBlueButton web conferencing for up to 6 users at a time, potentially a great resource for online tutoring sessions and live instruction.

The service will be supported through “minimal advertising”.

According to the official press release [read the full document here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6dptaPpGZSHWHd2cGFMMUVZV0E/view?usp=sharing],


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BREAKING: Free Hosting for Educators, Introducing MoodleCloud

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Virtual Debate: 7 Advantages of Online Discussions

Virtual Debate: 7 Advantages of Online Discussions | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

How to facilitate such discussions is confusing to many teachers, and online discussion threads and chatrooms may be seen as a poor substitute for the “real” thing, an evil necessity of the online class. However, although there are some barriers such as its more decontextualized nature, in comparison to face-to-face discussion, there are advantages that are unique to the online discussion that can be built on by the instructor while the drawbacks are minimized.

 


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In this blog post, the article discusses why online discussions are important. Connivence and increased student participation are two advantages the author lists. Concise, core information.

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Worth a quick read if you are considering getting your students talking online.

Iva Golec's curator insight, July 31, 9:57 AM

Worth a quick read if you are considering getting your students talking online.

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Using Edtech to Improve Outcomes for Students with Autism

Using Edtech to Improve Outcomes for Students with Autism | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

New data from the National Autism Indicators Report reveals that one-third of young adults (ages 18-25) with autism don’t have jobs or attend college. Only 19 percent of young adults with autism have ever lived independently from their parents, compared to 60 percent of their typically developing peers.

Clearly this is not what we want for our students. In many ways, our special education system – which is supposed to be preparing students with disabilities for the real world – has failed them.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.


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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic presents types of activities and grading and feedback criteria to help you plan better assessments.


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Learn Coding: Stay up to date with the latest technology

Learn Coding: Stay up to date with the latest technology | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Stay up to date with the latest technology for web and app development. Whether you are looking for a new career, want to keep your skills cutting edge for your job, or just want to learn coding for fun, these TreeHouse courses will help you.

 


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What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge

What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.  


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There is such value in problem solving and persevering through a challenge.