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How The Activity Learning Theory Works

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works 

Vygotsky’s earlier concept of mediation, which encompassed learning alongside others (Zone of Proximal Development) and through interaction with artifacts, was the basis for Engeström’s version of Activity Theory (known as Scandinavian Activity Theory). Engeström’s approach was to explain human thought processes not simply on the basis of the individual, but in the wider context of the individual’s interactions within the social world through artifacts, and specifically in situations where activities were being produced.

In Activity Theory people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals. In the social world there are many artifacts, which are seen not only as objects, but also as things that are embedded within culture, with the result that every object has cultural and/or social significance.

Tools (which can limit or enable) can also be brought to bear on the mediation of social interaction, and they influence both the behavior of the actors (those who use the tools) and also the social structure within which the actors exist (the environment, tools, artifacts). For further reading, here is Engeström’s own overview of 3 Generations of Activity Theory development. The first figure shows Second Generation AT as it is usually presented in the literature.

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Giacomo Bono's curator insight, April 1, 2015 5:46 PM

Social interactions with close others, technology, and our motivation to master environments all work together to change us. An important process not represented in this otherwise cool model is close relationships with older peers and adults (i.e., community) who know kids and the learning task at hand well enough to use the ZPD to support their learning.

HC's curator insight, April 2, 2015 12:08 AM

An interesting article on the Activity Theory where "people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals." This article explores how this theory can be applied in education, "...teachers should be aware that everything in the classroom has a cultural and social meaning. " 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 2, 2015 12:15 AM

A useful framework that can move well into higher education to inform learning design.

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The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity

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The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity!


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ghbrett's comment, November 2, 2012 3:43 PM
Thanks Jumun Gimm for this pointer!
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ThingLink Rich Media Tags

This is an overview of ThingLink's Rich Media Tags. Please visit ThingLink.com for more information and updates.

 

Read more:

http://www.slideshare.net/ThingLink/thinglink-rich-media-tags

 

Another great post offering 26 ways to use Thinglink in the classroom here:

 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/05/26-ways-to-use-thinglink-in-classroom.html


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Twitter Basics for Students

Twitter Basics for Students | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Have you heard of Twitter? Do you like to tweet? Most likely you’ve utilized social networking websites such as Facebook. So why would you consider using Twitter?

 

To enhance and increase connections with classmates – and potentially your instructors, as you may not find it easy to network with students on other sites and it is very unlikely that your instructors will appear on your friends list. What if I told you that this can help you develop an academic network and support system?

 

===> By the end of this post I believe you will want to give it a try and more importantly, you’ll likely find it can be an effective personal learning network. <===

 


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Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers

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A workshop presented Colette Cassinelli, Google Certified Teacher...

 

Winning ways to use Google Apps in your Library
OASL Conference
October 2011

 

Description:
Come learn how you can use the FREE Google tools to encourage collaboration in your classroom. A Google Certified Teacher will share multiple examples of how MS/HS school teachers are integrating Google shared docs & spreadsheets, Google Maps and the new Google sites into their curriculum.

 

Great for beginners!


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College requirements: Notebooks, textbooks and iPads?

College requirements: Notebooks, textbooks and iPads? | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
FLINT, Michigan — It wasn’t the type of requirement college freshman Megan Rheingans expected to find on her syllabus.

 

Some of the hottest tech gadgets found on college students’ Christmas wish lists are ending up on their school shopping lists instead.


Several colleges, including Central Michigan University where Rheingans attends, are using the latest tech tools as a counterpart to traditional textbooks.


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A new Google Docs

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They say a house is only as good as its foundation, and we believe the same holds true for web applications like Google Docs.

 

With our old foundation, we could continue delivering most features you wanted quickly, but over time it became clear that some just weren’t possible. So we decided to rebuild the underlying infrastructure of Docs to give us greater flexibility, improved performance and a better platform for developing new features quickly.

 

Today, we’re pleased to announce preview versions of the new Google document and spreadsheet editors and a new standalone drawings editor, all built with an even greater focus on speed and collaboration. To get a taste of what’s new today, check out our video:


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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | TeachHUB

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | TeachHUB | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.


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Curation for Teachers [Infographic]

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In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...

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Rosie Peel's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:07 AM

This is very insightful when creating an effective, authentic and reliable curation collection.  It is resources like this one that I feel will benefit others in their teaching and learning journey.

Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 8, 2013 8:29 PM

This infographic provides insight into showing how to enhance learning. Critical thinking is an important skill in today's world. Students need encouragement in taking ownership of their own learning. We can find ways to encourage students from this link.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 3, 2013 5:04 PM

Ya en el esquema se ve como ir mejorando la practica, seleccion y calificacion de los sitios y contenidos.

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11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy

11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Any educator who wants to take advantage of the benefits video can have in the classroom needs to create and implement a video strategy.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/09/11-reasons-every-educator-needs-video-strategy/

 


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The 21st Century Skills Teachers Should Have

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Update on 01/04/2012: We have just published a free ebook for our readers. This ebook has all the skills mentioned below and many more facts about both the 21st century skills students and teachers need to have and not only teachers.

 

Here is the ebook. Feel Free to download and share it...


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Supporting Innovative Teachers as Knowledge Generators

Supporting Innovative Teachers as Knowledge Generators | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

We need to start envisioning our teachers as knowledge generators and creative professionals whom we trust to innovate and implement unorthodox ideas that might transform teaching and learning. The time has come to reward innovation among our best and most creative teachers. They should be given the time and resources to reflect on their practice, experiment with new ideas, and implement strategies to more effectively engage learners.


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SID 2012 - Safer Internet Day 7 Feb 2012

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Next year, Safer Internet Day (SID) will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012 and will be centred on the theme Connecting generations and educating each other, with the slogan: "Discover the digital world together... safely!"

 

 


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4 Social Media Trends To Watch in 2012

4 Social Media Trends To Watch in 2012 | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Beverly Macy for The Huffington Post

 

2012 is the year companies will move from social media to social business. Every department is affected by social technologies. Did you know that even if your company never sends a Tweet, you could be using Twitter for competitive and business intelligence? The same is true with Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

 

Here's what you need to know:

 

The 4 social enterprise trends in 2012:

 

**The Power of Real-Time Harnessing Chaos

 

**The Global Social Brain - It's Everywhere & It's Getting Really Smart

 

****2012 will see a growing body of social metadata that will spur better analytics and measurement.

 

****Competitive advantage will go to those who know how to turn this metadata into actional business intelligence.

 

**Content Curation & Discovery - Just Give Me What's Important & Let Me Find What I Need

 

**Social Media Education - The Enterprise Goes To School


See the full article here:

http://huff.to/tyExBQ

 


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Dea Elmi's comment, November 28, 2011 10:24 PM
What a fantastic article, love it!
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How to Teach Online With Screensharing and Screencasts

How to Teach Online With Screensharing and Screencasts | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Sharing ideas visually is no new concept. A hundred years ago, teachers used chalkboards. Then, with the invention of the smelly, dry erase marker, we upgraded our boardrooms and classrooms with shiny whiteboards.

 

Then along came old fashion projectors, and we wrote on clear plastic, shining the ideas up on a pull-down screen. Years later, the projector has gone the way of the chalkboard though, because now we have digital projectors! “But wait!!” you say. “What about SMART Boards?!”

 


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Using QR codes to create educational posters | Teacher Tech

Using QR codes to create educational posters | Teacher Tech | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

I have been pondering how to use QR codes in the classroom...

 

 


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