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Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News)

Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News) | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, you may be asking yourself, “Chromebooks or iPads for my classroom?” If a school is looking to go 1:1, which one is the better choice?

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:38 PM

add your insight...

 
J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 6, 2013 4:31 PM

Room for both in my classroom. Schools should let teachers and students have input as to which devices they need. 

Patricia Flavin's curator insight, December 10, 2013 9:17 AM

great (and concise) article. the pros and cons of each.

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Wat heb je eigenlijk aan Learning Analytics? – Kennisnet Innovatie

Wat heb je eigenlijk aan Learning Analytics? – Kennisnet Innovatie | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
We verwijzen naar deze toepassingen als 'online leerplatformen'. Uit dit onderzoek kwamen 3 concrete conclusies: Learning Analytics slaat een brug tussen het onderwijs van nu en het ideale onderwijs dat leraren voor ogen ...
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17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher

17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, December 4, 2013 7:42 AM
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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 2:28 PM

teach kids to code

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Christiaan Henny Niemand legt je ooit uit hoe je moet leren

Christiaan Henny Niemand legt je ooit uit hoe je moet leren | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Studenten en scholieren zouden de uitleg moeten krijgen hóe ze moeten leren, vindt ondernemer Christiaan Henny. Het was zijn persoonlijke ...
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot. Scrolling may not be the ideal way to navigate a text as long and dense as Moby Dick, but the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and other media outlets have created beautiful, highly visual articles that depend entirely on scrolling and could not appear in print in the same way.


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Helen Teague's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:03 AM

from Nik Peachey---this article compares screen reading with paper-based text

Christy P.Novack's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:10 AM

A detailed paper discussing screens vs paper. Lots of other links included. There is no research paper connected with article. I did a paper on practice modalites that involved print text vs media for learning and engagement. More papers are needed out there on such topics, as technology research studies can quickly become outdated.

Mirna Goldberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:21 AM

I am definitely not made to scroll, my brain prefers printed paper.  I cannot focus and retain as well, when I read online.

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Swivl lets you capture handsfree video, following your every move...

Swivl lets you capture handsfree video, following your every move... | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Swivl is the first and only iPhone accessory that lets you capture hands free video, following your every move and with a wireless microphone, your every word.
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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

"Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum."


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Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning

Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Free 48 page PDF ebook. Well worth downloading.

John Bostock's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:35 PM

I'm going to have to find time to read this as soon as possible!

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:39 PM

For those interested in moving beyond the classroom/desktop nexus of teaching and learning.

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Timeline Photos - Praktijk Ik leer in Beelden | Facebook

Timeline Photos - Praktijk Ik leer in Beelden | Facebook | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Tja.... lastig als je het nét even beter weet dan de leraar :-) #hoogbegaafd #onderwijs (Tja....
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Online onderwijs als kwaliteitsimpuls - ScienceGuide

Online onderwijs als kwaliteitsimpuls - ScienceGuide | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
ScienceGuide Online onderwijs als kwaliteitsimpuls ScienceGuide “We waren op Harvard en daar is gewoon een team van 150 man fulltime bezig met online onderwijs.” Dat is niet wat Saxion zich kan permitteren, maar leren van en delen met elkaar en...
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Zes stapjes om Prezi meteen goed te gebruiken! - Managers Online

Zes stapjes om Prezi meteen goed te gebruiken! - Managers Online | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
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Aan het einde krijgt u een link om via een video te leren hoe het programma zelf werkt. Succes! Intro Adem in! 3 zaken moeten me eerst van het hart.
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Download the SOLE Toolkit

Download the SOLE Toolkit | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

Specifically designed for you, this step-by-step guide will prepare you to ignite the fire of curiosity in kids at home, in school or at after-school programs.


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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:56 AM

Let's think about th use of digital tool and get rid of infoxication

Mirjana Podvorac's curator insight, November 20, 2013 7:19 PM

Self organized learning environment - SOLE, a valuable tool kit! 

Jesús Arribi's curator insight, November 26, 2013 6:34 AM
Interesting ideas not just for kids (8-12 years old) but for any educational level, including Vocational Trainning.
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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process. (A great infographic on learning theories, including the role of connectivism!

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:03 PM

Understanding how learning works helps both teachers and students.

Javier Duque's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:21 AM

Una interesante infografía sobre´teorías de aprendizaje y sus caracterísiticas. La conclusión de la misma es que el "conectivismo" es la teoría general de aprendizaje que recoge en la era digital las aportaciones de las anteriores teorías.

Andrés Núñez Álvarez's curator insight, September 12, 2014 4:35 AM

Interesting comparison of learning theories. 

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iPad onderwijs bevalt school goed - omroep Flevoland

iPad onderwijs bevalt school goed - omroep Flevoland | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
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Het iPad onderwijs op basisschool Digitalis in Almere bevalt goed. Begin van dit schooljaar is de nieuwe manier van lesgeven ingevoerd en de directeur van de school is tevreden.
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Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. collaboration | Video

In this prescient 2005 talk, Clay Shirky shows how closed groups and companies will give way to looser networks where small contributors have big roles and fluid cooperation replaces rigid planning.

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Twitter / SanderDekker: Leerlingen geven mooie input ...

Twitter / SanderDekker: Leerlingen geven mooie input ... | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Leerlingen geven mooie input voor plan dit voorjaar: uitdagender onderwijs voor toptalenten. #destemvantalent http://t.co/ZjDXPrsSb1
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Are We in an An Age of Collective Learning? - by Rotana Ty

Are We in an An Age of Collective Learning? - by  Rotana Ty | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Rotana Ty shares a wonderful essay on collective learning for Permamarks blog. He has curated ideas by many thought leaders on the topic including Marcia Conner, Nilofer Merchant, John Hagel, Tiffany Shlain, Gideon Rosenblatt, J.

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 1, 2013 3:20 AM

Collective learning. Collective story telling. Collective reading.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:17 PM

Short answer... Yes

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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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Definitely interesting, but as far as I can see only free for 7 days. So, sign up only just before you need to hand in a paper.

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MFaculty's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:02 PM

I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

ella88's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, November 28, 2013 11:14 AM

This is particularly important for students with language learning differences--Lou

 

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"...“There’s something about writing that is a link to your brain,” said Marissa Moss, author of the popular children’s book series Amelia’s Notebook. In the books, Moss takes on the persona of a little girl expressing her ideas about the world and people around her. The books are a combination of words and drawings and look free form – as though Amelia sketched them herself.

Taking a cue from Moss, teachers from Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif., decided to have their students keep notebooks in a similar style. The notebooks aren’t graded; rather, they’re a place of private, free expression. Karen Clancy and Andrea Boatright presented the project at the Innovative Learning Conference hosted by the Nueva School recently.

“They’re not used to being given permission to write about whatever they want,” Clancy said. But once her students realized that they really weren’t being graded and that they had freedom of expression, they eventually came to demand time to write.

Moss says writing without fear of consequences is key to developing a writer’s voice. “If you’re perfect you are guaranteed to not write a thing,” Moss said. “It’s like driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.” She has developed some guides to help teachers coax students into using art and writing in their journals at the same time, as a way of flexing their visual thinking along with literacy...."

Audrey's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:08 PM

Teachers and students already think this way. Audrey curating for homeschoolsource.co.uk

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Kano Computer Kit Lets Anyone Build a PC From Scratch [VIDEO]

Kano Computer Kit Lets Anyone Build a PC From Scratch [VIDEO] | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Kano is a computer kit designed to help people of all ages put together a computer together from scratch, and learn basic coding skills.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:48 AM

 

A MUST CHECK!!! The kit, which costs $119, is scheduled to ship worldwide in July 2014.

 

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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexklein/kano-a-computer-anyone-can-make

 

 

Dean Mantz's curator insight, November 26, 2013 1:52 PM

I see this being a great option for students interested in learning more about computers and the key components that allow them to work. 

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De juiste kunstmest voor ieder kind

De juiste kunstmest voor ieder kind | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
In discussies over onderwijskwaliteit gaat het al snel over meer toetsen, hogere cijfers, beter toezicht en extra geld. Zijn er wervender vergezichten ...
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Dit zijn de beste scholen in de slechtste wijken, en andersom

Dit zijn de beste scholen in de slechtste wijken, en andersom | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Al zestien jaar beoordeelt Jaap Dronkers middelbare scholen met een cijfer op een schaal van 1 tot 10. Hier vindt u een overzicht van de scholen die ...
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Hersenen niet geschikt voor klassikaal onderwijs..

Hersenen niet geschikt voor klassikaal onderwijs.. | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Een aanrader: het nieuwe boek ”Breinmeester” van John Medina, hersenbioloog.
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Using Bloom's Taxonomy In The 21st Century: 4 Strategies For Teaching

Using Bloom's Taxonomy In The 21st Century: 4 Strategies For Teaching | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

For decades, education reform has been focused on curriculum, assessment, instruction, and more recently standards, and data, with these efforts only bleeding over into how students think briefly, and by chance. This means that the focus of finite teacher and school resources are not on promoting thinking and understanding, but rather what kinds of things students are going to be thinking about and how they’ll prove they understand them.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:28 PM

A good review on teaching approaches used in a 21st century teaching and learning  environment.

John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 12, 2014 2:25 PM

A good discussion of Bloom's Taxonomy that includes useful cautionary discussions about the potential misuse of digital technology. I especially liked the mention about improper strategies for teaching introverts, an issue that is often glossed over in our current zest for group activities.

Marcelo Triviño's curator insight, April 21, 2014 1:14 PM

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Nik's QuickShout: Creating interactive video on the iPad

Nik's QuickShout: Creating interactive video on the iPad | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

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Randy Rodgers's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:21 PM

My next must-learn app--let's users create videos with interactive content. 

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, October 28, 2013 10:39 PM

Mass appeal to YA audience.