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Shared online videos have become quite popular. These streamed videos are so pervasive that 69% of Internet users and 52% of adults in the United States have watched or downloaded videos online (Purcell, 2010). It was predicted that videos would represent 50% of total data transfers on the Internet by 2012 (Madden, 2007). These statistics leave little doubt as to the rising importance of shared online videos for educational purposes.
Via Nik Peachey, Patty Ball
Survey of 15,000 Quebec university students shows they’re “old school” when it comes to teaching technology.
The study was conducted by Dr. Venkatesh in partnership with Magda Fusaro, a professor in the department of management and technology at Université du Québec à Montréal. Together, they conducted a pilot project at UQAM before rolling the survey out in 2011 to a dozen universities across the province, to which 15,000 undergraduate students and more than 2,500 instructors responded (for response rates of 10 percent and 20 percent respectively).
Via Peter Mellow
From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...
A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...
Via Lauren Moss, Dennis Richards, Terheck
"There is a growing controversy over the use of Facebook in education.Some argue for its integration and others disfavour it. I believe that the main reason behind this controversy is the lack of solid empirical researches about the overall value of not only Facebook but all other popular social networking in education. There are , however, some researchers ( like Crook and Harrison ,Charnigo, Barnett-Ellis, Hewitt and Forte, Mathews, Mazer and Murphy ) who have written about the potential of social networking in education, yet only few studies have specifically addressed its role in pedagogy."
"In the future, we may all learn via the Internet, with seamless on- and off-line learning opportunities, and distance education, unlike face-to-face learning, offers opportunities for scale. Before we reach this shimmering future, we should ask three vital questions about our current reality:
Is distance education a viable solution to attain the kind of high quality teachers students need?
Robin Good: Cloudscapes are collections of "clouds" about a certain topic. A "cloud" can be anything of relevance to learning and teaching clike an essay, a presentation, a resource, tool or event.
A cloudscape is therefore a user-driven collection of learning materials/resources pulled together for a specific need.
A cloudscape contains multiple elements:
1) Content - the actual text content
2) Cloudstream - tracking all the editing activities in the collection
3) Clouds - individual information objects
4) related Tweets
5) an RSS feed
6) a discussion area
Cloudworks, the platform where cloudscapes are born, is an open repository of educational and learning materials that motivates participants to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas.
Although the word "curation" is never used on the site or in the related documentation, this is yet another example of how the convergence of open repositories, open content and sharing platforms like this one, provide a natural and fertile ground for spontaneous curation approaches.
On this platform users can create topical learning collections by bringing together a selected set of existing content resources.
Cloudworks is developed by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University in the UK and it is part of the Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) project.
Example of a cloudscape: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2035
More info: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/
Via Robin Good
Below is a graphic I created based on an article published in Edge under the title" 7 Cs for Effective Teaching ". The person behind these 7 Cs is Ronald Ferguson from the Harvard Kennedy School . He is an educational researcher who presented his work on teacher effectiveness in a recent keynote in an educational assessment conference.
Via Elizabeth E Charles
Word clouds are a popular way of representing information and they can be seen everywhere. But how can we use them in the classroom? Here's a list of ten easy tried and tested ways to use them to s...
Via Primary English, BookChook, Claudia M. Reder, Lynnette Van Dyke, Charles Fischer, Jim Lerman, Judy Jackson, Fabrizio Bartoli