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Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals

Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

The professional workforce has been quick to adopt new technology tools. We readily accept that tablets and smartphones, teleconferencing and social media are now essential fixtures of the workplace for millions across the globe. Yet we've been slow in extending these advances to our schools, and in particular our K-12 schools. While many children's home lives are abuzz with the same platforms and devices as the 21st century workplace, school just hasn't kept pace, and in many classrooms pedagogies are barely more inclusive of new technology than they were in the 1980s.


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Paul Westeneng (Twitter: paulwest) is Senior Consultant at PulseOn (http://www.pulseon.nl), the unique learning platform that allows every student to learn in his or her own way, at a self-directed pace, with content that meets each student’s unique needs, interests and learning preferences. He is also the founder of learn2grow, supporting innovative eLearning solutions.

 

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Artikel NRC Next door 17 jarige “Een klas waarin iedereen gelijk is, is zo passé”

Artikel NRC Next door 17 jarige “Een klas waarin iedereen gelijk is, is zo passé” | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Tijd voor ongelijke behandeling in het #onderwijs http://t.co/iZrdLm4T5Y
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iPads in Education - Free iBook for educators - Lewis Hall

iPads in Education - Free iBook for educators - Lewis Hall | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

"Its been a bit quiet on the blog front. Since breaking up i’ve been putting my energy into finishing my iBook…. and now it’s complete!


This is my first iBook which I have designed to guide you from beginner on the iPad to feeling confident enough to use iPad in your classroom."


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Tracy Yndestad's curator insight, August 22, 2:17 PM

If you are new to iPads or are looking for a few new tips download this gem of a book and get learning.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 25, 12:03 AM

Pads en Educación

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Back to School with an iPad? 5 ways to go paperless this term. - iPad Insight

Back to School with an iPad? 5 ways to go paperless this term. - iPad Insight | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Back to School. The phrase that strikes horror into students (and teachers) of all ages up and down the land. Back in the day, there was the excitement of writing neatly on the first page of your n...

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Cynthia Day's curator insight, August 22, 5:14 AM

ipad

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, August 22, 5:29 AM

My personal top 5 apps would be; Pages, Camera, Explain Everything, Google Drive, PDF Expert. With them I can create, save and share just about everything I need to however that list could go on and on.

Robyn Harrison's curator insight, August 24, 6:59 AM

Love the idea of Flipboard.

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Grammar Gamble - the English grammar game

Grammar Gamble - the English grammar game | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

Play Grammar Gamble, the English grammar test, and beat the scores of your friends.


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Fun game combining Learning grammar and gaming tacticus.

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Recep's curator insight, August 20, 5:11 PM

nice but needs to be improved more.

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, August 21, 12:20 AM

This is a great game! try it!

becool's curator insight, August 21, 7:49 AM

Mooi concept, zou testen indien er een NL ondersteuning is. Wie kan zo'n app maken voor de Nederlandstalige markt?

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Leerlingen Bogerman College aan de slag met iPad - SneekLive.nl

Leerlingen Bogerman College aan de slag met iPad - SneekLive.nl | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
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SNEEK – De eerste en tweede klas van het Bogerman College in Sneek heeft vandaag hun iPad air ontvangen.
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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.


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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 10:27 AM

So many teachers shy away from tech, here are some great tips for making the most of what's available to you.

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, August 16, 6:19 PM

Glad to see that some of the recommendations that we have already discussed with teachers are stated in here.  

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Car Garage Fun Game for Kids http://goo.gl/Hvzyk2
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Handy iPad Posters to Use in The First Week of School ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Handy iPad Posters to Use in The First Week of School ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

"If you are planning to incorporate iPad in your classroom teaching then you definitely need to work on some preliminary stuff before anything else. These are basically formalities and conventions students need to abide by when using iPad in class. Making students explicitly aware of their responsibilities behind using iPad in class will certainly help you tap into the full educational potential of this versatile gadget. I have gone through my archive and picked out these handy visuals for you to use with your students."


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André Manssen's curator insight, August 15, 9:54 AM

Gebruik je iPads in jouw klas? Dan zijn deze posters wellicht handig om te gebruiken. Je moet ze natuurlijk wel eerst even vertalen in het Nederlands.

Doug's curator insight, August 17, 6:32 AM

Added 17/08/14

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, August 22, 5:03 PM

Thx John Evans

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A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning.

A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River  What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 13, 3:51 AM

Rather a long read, but makes a valuable point about autonomous learning.

Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, August 14, 2:47 AM

So much wisdom  in this article. Data doesn't have all the answers, and schools are becoming more and more driven by data. Favorite quote: "Because guess what? If there is one thing that the data proves, it’s that our children are all different."  And all children want to learn.

harloff's curator insight, August 14, 10:38 AM

It is not up to our children to accept a disability label in order to “qualify” for an appropriate learning environment; it is up to adults to provide learning environments which are flexible enough to accommodate the natural variations in our children.

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Education tutorial: Exploring the free resources | lynda.com

In this tutorial, check out Discovery Education, a website that includes excellent free resources for students, parents, and teachers. Watch the follow-up movies at http://www.lynda.com/Business-El...
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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | Innovatieve eLearning | 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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 9:46 PM

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

 

@ivon_ehd1

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 4:24 AM

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!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 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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8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

"We tend to think of project-based learning as focused on research, planning problem-solving, authenticity, and inquiry. Further, collaboration, resourcefulness, and networking matter too–dozens of characteristics “fit” into project-based learning. Its popularity comes from, among other characteristics, its general flexibility as a curriculum framework. You can do, teach, assess, and connect almost anything within the context of a well-designed project."


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 8, 1:16 AM

Are those of us teaching Projects... Are really paying attention to what's going on?

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3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think)

3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
How do you conduct yourself in your classroom? As a leader, a learner, an observer, a participant, and a member of a larger group. All of these roles hold so much nuance that your students learn from. It is sometimes easy to forget how much our students are learning from us just by being with …

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Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom - ClassTechTips

Handouts for a Perfectly Paperless Classroom - ClassTechTips | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Handouts is a paperless student/teacher platform for tablet-centered classrooms.  With this app teachers can create handouts to distribute to students by taking a picture of a paper activity sheet ...

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 11:56 PM

Creación de folletos

Mika Auramo's comment, August 25, 2:12 AM
dang, this really sucks, another useless and paperless app for teacher to test
Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 26, 5:39 AM

This looks like a really interesting tool. I'd like to see how I can use this.

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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning

Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

I believe in student-centered learning, and I believe there is huge potential for this kind of learning to occur in online environments. But the instructor is a key element of that learning, and we need to talk more explicitly about what her role is and the specific ways she negotiates and leverages her authority, guidance, and presence to design learning environments in which emergence is possible.


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 25, 12:02 AM

El aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 25, 2:56 AM

That seems to be the way things will happen... time to adapt!!

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 8:36 AM

Un cuestionamiento interesante: "El aprendizaje centrado en el alumno es una excelente propuesta, pero el instructor es un elemento clave en estas formas de trabajo; es necesario explicitar su rol y las formas en que pondrá en práctica sus orientaciones y presencia en el diseño de ambientes de aprendizaje"

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.

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Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning

Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, August 21, 9:13 PM

An art teacher and I (drama teacher) started to use a negotiated approach with students about 15 years ago.  By working with students to be aware of curriculum expectations and discussing "what would this look like" we assisted students with developingntheir own learnign pathways and expressions of their learning - in keeping with the legislated requirements of curriculum.  I've also noted over the years that elements of the International Baccalaureate - particularly the project work from MYP - reflects a similar approach.

Without reference to research literature, I'd speculate that this speaks to engagement, authenticity and relevance... and needn't be confined to K-12 contexts.... well-documented project work could be conducted outside the confines of formal classes and evidenced against formal assessment criteria.

Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, August 22, 11:10 AM

Project-Based Learning is a great vehicle for allowing student to gain social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.  The five core competency skills for SEL (self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and self-management) can be easily integrated into any project-based learning opportunity.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 25, 12:48 AM

El alumno determina los proyectos en los cuáles va a trabajar.

 

La gestión es compleja pero los resultados lucen prometedores.

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Veel nieuwe Steve Jobs-scholen van start

Veel nieuwe Steve Jobs-scholen van start | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Met het einde van de vakantie in zicht, maken 21 nieuwe Steve Jobs-scholen zich op voor de start van het schooljaar. Waren er vorig jaar slechts 7 Jobs-scholen (Blijft een bijzondere ontwikkeling: vanaf vandaag starten 21 nieuwe Steve Jobsscholen.
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5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning

5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Open up Your Classroom to the World With Video Conferencing Many of us are familiar with the use of computers, iPads, Smart Boards, and other technological

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, August 20, 11:20 AM

Looking for ways to bring experts into the classroom? Ask the librarian! There are tons of great resources out there and people and places that would love to share with you, from veterans to scientists to authors. Invite the world in!

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 20, 11:44 AM

Most of these suggestions are fairly obvious, but this can help spur some thinking on the many ways to use this wonderful tool. Video conferencing brings the world to your classroom and the classroom to the world!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 20, 7:41 PM

Video Conferencia. Interacción colaborativa.

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A Paradigm Shift for Student Engagement

Even more interesting is that, according to research, children will play video games for several hours, yet fail as much as 80% of the time at those games, all the while continuing to persevere with an almost irrational determination.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 14, 4:02 AM

Interesting article about making learning into a kind of computer game.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 10:40 AM

Un buen artículo.

 

Tiene razón: Los niños y jóvenes pueden pasar horas con un vídeo-juego a pesar de que fallarán el 80% de las ocasiones y "perseverarán con  una determinación casi irracional", algo de esta perseverancia y determinación sería útil en el salón de clases.

 

Sin embargo, las críticas a su propuesta de usar juegos en la clase también tienen sentido:

"¿Qué pasará el próximo año cuando asistan a una nueva clase y se den cuenta que la escuela es trabajo y no 'juego y diversión'? Los estás preparando para una decepción."

 

Un interesante debate. 

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How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology

How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
A teacher shows how to overcome technological anxiety by connecting with a device personally.

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, August 15, 9:26 AM

"Fluency" in classroom technology -- personal connection important

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 10:36 PM

Cómo puede un docente dominar la tecnología educativa

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2:04 PM

Becoming fluent in all the different technologies might not be possible but being able to ask for help and learn to do things in different ways is always possible. Through learning, one can see possibilities of what might be which is one of the foundational cores for creativity and learning. 

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

Learners are motivated by three factors: desire to learn, incentives, or fear of failure. As we grow, most of the early curiosity is tested away, and school becomes work. Obstacles increase, desire to learn decreases, and incentives and/or fear of failure move to the forefront. Jack Canfield, self-esteem expert, reports that 80 percent of first graders posses high self-esteem, but by high school graduation, this drops to a staggering five percent.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 12, 4:51 AM

A pretty sad statistic, but some good suggestions.


Saran Ahluwalia's curator insight, August 12, 10:37 AM

How can we rethink learning spaces that can serve children differently?

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 12, 6:33 PM

Quite a sad statistic!

 

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Teachers Test Drive Google's Classroom

Teachers Test Drive Google's Classroom | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

"Google Classroom is still a few weeks away from its full-scale rollout, but some teachers already have their hands on the work in progress."


"What do teachers have to say about Google’s latest app?"


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Diário de Classe - As a 13 year old student is improving education | Isadora Faber | TEDxLiberdade

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As a 13 year old student in Brazil, she launched an online Classroom Diary to discuss problems in her...
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The Best Free Stock Image Resources on the Web

The Best Free Stock Image Resources on the Web | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it
Visual content is the key to success on the Web. Here is the guide to some of the best image resources available to you for free.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 2, 12:37 PM

Visual content is the key to success on the Web. Here is the guide to some of the best image resources available to you for free.


lynnegibb's curator insight, August 2, 9:22 PM

This will be really useful!

 

SLS Guernsey's curator insight, August 4, 3:37 AM

Want to know where to get images that you can you use without having to worry about copyright? Give credit but as long as you do you can use for free.

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Innovatieve eLearning | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html