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8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching. Here is a collection of 8 lessons that might improve your online course! Featured: Joanna…

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These are all incredibly valuable, but the biggest for me is logging in everyday. I have to make it a point to check in on my students on a regular basis or i will get too far behind... 

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Great lessons to remember!  

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ISTE 2013 Awards Honor Education Leaders for Leveraging Technology to Transform Learning

ISTE 2013 Awards Honor Education Leaders for Leveraging Technology to Transform Learning | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
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I'm a few days behind, but congrats to all of these people! I recently discovered Nicholas Provenza and I am pretty sure he is my most recent hero! 

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A Free Education. - ABC Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Why are some major Universities around the world giving some of their courses away for free? Courses are being put online, making them widely available. What will this mean for Universities in the fut - A Free Education.
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Best Quotes: People aren't going to go sit in a lecture if the purpose is for someone to read the content to them... Also love the MOOC or DIE! 

 

Why should people waste their time when I can get the content through a podcast? 

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The 5 Biggest Education Technology Trends To Know About - Edudemic

The 5 Biggest Education Technology Trends To Know About - Edudemic | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
There are some major education technology trends that are disrupting the current education model. Here's the breakdown.

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Nicholas Pringle's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:14 AM

I think that the potential of data and learning analytics is enormous and will bring much needed insights into classrooms that educators and education administrators can really use in a pwerful manner.

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How Can I Set Up My Parents' Computer To Avoid Future Problems?

How Can I Set Up My Parents' Computer To Avoid Future Problems? | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
If you're the one that friends and family call when there's a computer problem, you know the level of frustration that can bring.
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Great discussion about making your life as a techie easier. 

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Windows XP Deadline Puts Pressure on Schools

Windows XP Deadline Puts Pressure on Schools | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Microsoft's plans to end support for Windows XP could pose big technological and financial challenges for districts nationwide.
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Coursera Tests New Textbook Partnerships -- InformationWeek

Coursera Tests New Textbook Partnerships -- InformationWeek | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Coursera teams with publishers to offer some free textbook content to students enrolled in online classes.
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Another win for Coursera? I think so... I wonder how many students are signing up for additional classes being offered by the different universities who are part of Coursera? Then if someone gets a "taste" of a well designed, free textbook, that person may be inclined to purchase that textbook. Great marketing all around, I would think! 

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Cinnaminson BYOT Program Enhancing Student Learning

Cinnaminson BYOT Program Enhancing Student Learning | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
The school district's pilot program—in which students bring their own technology into the classroom—has been a hit, school officials say. And they're planning on expanding.
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Education: Idaho’s Khan Academy Initiative

Education: Idaho’s Khan Academy Initiative | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Idaho is embracing new education technologies such as the Khan Academy.
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New Report Shows How Broadband Provides Educational Opportunities To Many Tennesseans - 05/16/2013 - Chattanoogan.com

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In the words of the Stereo MC's, "If you make sure you're connected, the writings on the wall; But if your minds neglected, stumble you might fall, stumble you might fall..." 

 

Of course students need to be connected. We have taken great strides to get the connectivity cheaper and more readily available, but I think we can do better. 

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The 2 Faces Of IT In Education -- InformationWeek

The 2 Faces Of IT In Education -- InformationWeek | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Why IT is still more for classroom logistics than for instruction (no stupidity or wickedness required).
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"Perhaps if we just acknowledge that teaching and learning are hard but vital, and therefore all methods are imperfect -- the exact opposite of logistics, which are easy but tedious, so that perfect methods abound -- we could see developing instructional IT as a very long-term work in progress, and admit we're all just getting started."


I would add that for classroom teachers one must do what works for them with their students. I personally see the value of adding technology into the classroom, but all teachers are not quite ready. Using technology as more than a gradebook could be a hinderance for some. 

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VW Beetle pulling a travel trailer

This is one of the hottest things I've seen. A VW Beetle pulling a travel trailer but the pulling is not what's so hot, its the pushing and turning. WOW! (Awesome. Just plain awesome.
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Just Incredible! Where is this now and how do I get one!?! 

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Atlanta education tech firm Logical Choice raises $5M

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I'm excited to see what this software can do! With the PARCC testing around the bend this company is on the right track! 

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Google Teacher Academy | Teaching the Teacher

Google Teacher Academy | Teaching the Teacher | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Posts about Google Teacher Academy written by Stephanie
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Great post about experiences at Google Teacher Academy. I would love to go check this out someday! 

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No Online Education Technology Will Ever Replace the Value of an Amazing Teacher

No Online Education Technology Will Ever Replace the Value of an Amazing Teacher | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
While certain developments in education technologies seem to seek to eliminate the role of the teacher, such an approach is impractical, impossible, and unwise.
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Nothing will replace a good teacher... What MOOCs do is allow for that good teacher to reach farther than his or her walls. 

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Georgia Tech to Use MOOCs to Deliver Cheap Online Degree to 10,000 Computer Geeks | GetEducated.com

Georgia Tech to Use MOOCs to Deliver Cheap Online Degree to 10,000 Computer Geeks | GetEducated.com | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Georgia Tech, AT&T, Udacity team up to deliver computer science MOOCs, a cheap online degree to 10,000 geeks
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I'm not going to lie... Part of me wishes I had done this in lieu of my doctoral program. This knowledge base could have served me well... Maybe when I am done. 

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Why MOOCs are Good for Teacher Professional Development

Why MOOCs are Good for Teacher Professional Development | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it

"While I am not a huge fan of MOOCs (See, MOOCs – The Opium of the Masses, I think that there is one area in which they might actually be extremely useful – ongoing teacher professional development (PD). They are a good fit to help meet a very specific need, which they could do quite well given teachers’ experience with education."


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I've had several teachers go through the How Things Work course through Coursera. They loved it. The feedback I received is the course was challenging it gave them resources they could immediately use in the classroom. They were also able to receive valuable professional development on their own time without missing instruction. There is nothing wrong with that!
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I've had several teachers go through the How Things Work course through Coursera. They loved it. The feedback I received is the course was challenging it gave them resources they could immediately use in the classroom. They were also able to receive valuable professional development on their own time without missing instruction. There is nothing wrong with that!
Nicholas Pringle's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:43 AM

I think there is huge potential for MOOCs but teacher professional development is certainly an area where they will be highly useful.

timokos's curator insight, May 22, 2013 11:54 AM

Agree!

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This Radio-Book Was The Future of Education

This Radio-Book Was The Future of Education | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
New technologies often go through a honeymoon phase where educators hold them up as the futuristic savior of learning.
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From the article...

 

"With the everyday added perfections in the transmission and reception of radio, such a remark as the above will soon be a thing commonplace. Little Mary Jane will enjoy her radio lessons as much as she now enjoys her bedtime stories. Everything will be an "open book" to her. A complete set in the shape of a leatherette covered book will take the place of bulky primers and readers. Home work will now be a great joy to the kiddies and lesson will be learned with much greater facility." 

 

I think you could take thw word radio and replace it with bandwidth and we are having the same conversation today... It's amazing how things change so much and do not change at all. 

 

Also, what happened to the word "kiddies" in describing children in advertising? 

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8 MOOCs Transforming Education

8 MOOCs Transforming Education | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
The early market for massive open online courses (MOOCs) brings more approaches than you might realize. Take a look at 8 game changers.
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Ed Tech, Privatization And Plunder -- InformationWeek

Ed Tech, Privatization And Plunder -- InformationWeek | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
All the reasons to be suspicious of the political-industrial conspiracy against public education and public universities.
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I can see Carr's point in all things but MOOCs. I take the POV that MOOCs provide a valuable opportunity for teachers to receive top-shelf professional development for free and on their own time. Since these classes are already offered to face to face students, people get the opportunity to essentially audit a class. I am a fan of that model. 

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Consultant tells Billerica School Committee to reorganize tech. department, add staff

Consultant tells Billerica School Committee to reorganize tech. department, add staff | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
Educational Technology Consultant Thomas Plati, who is also director of educational technology and asseConsulant ssment for the town of Lexington, presented his assessment of the technology status of the Billerica Public Schools.
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In Plati’s opinion, based on experience and expertise, hiring instructional technology specialists is "the single most important step that the district could take to improve professional development with regard to technology."

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Why High Schools Should Treat Computer Programming Like Algebra

Why High Schools Should Treat Computer Programming Like Algebra | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
And 5 other cool ideas from The Atlantic's Technologies In Education Forum.
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There is so much goodness in this article! The headline is grabbing enough, but the MOOC partnership between Georgia Tech, Udacity, and AT&T along with the discussion of ERate 2.0 really brings the point home. We have to change how we do things to give kids what they need ot be successful. Business as usual is no longer the business we need to be in. 

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Google Play for Education: You Know, For Kids

Google Play for Education: You Know, For Kids | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
The Google Play Store has many merits, but it's also rife with stranger danger. Which is what makes the new Google Play for Education so valuable; it's a kid- and teacher-friendly app store that keeps out the ick.
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This looks promising! 

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More Indian students opting for open online courses

More Indian students opting for open online courses | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
BANGALORE: A large number of Indian students are accessing Ivy League content through Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) that provides free access to best-in-class education taught by faculty at top...
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BYOT Strikes up New Conversations @ AHS

BYOT Strikes up New Conversations @ AHS | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
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This is a FANTASTIC article written by students at Armuchee High School. It gives an accurate assessments of BYOT from the student and teacher perspective. Emily Mowery, the advisor for the school newspaper, offers fantastic guidance to these young writers. Contact her at emowery@floydboe.net to offer support. 

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Blog: Lee's Tech Blog

Blog: Lee's Tech Blog | Instructional Technology & Random Awesomeness | Scoop.it
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