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Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

Critical Review of Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

In his 2005 article Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, Siemens outlined a new way of thinking about learning based on the recent advances in information technology. He argues that this new theory, connectivism, supersedes previous learning theories, including behaviourism, cognitivism, and contructivism. In this post, I am seeking to further my understanding of this new theory, examine its limitations, and consider its relevance to both classroom teaching as well as knowledge management practices within organizations.


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Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board

Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

"Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

What draws me to use the site is the ability to fluidly lay out all your ideas, thoughts, images, and whatever else you want on one simple board. It’s designed to be home to your random ideas, inspiration, and other thoughts."


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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, January 21, 2013 12:22 PM

This has so many possiblities for students.  The ability to collaborate and share resources on a project, creating a place for an artist to brainstorm their ideas, and a place to brainstorm for content, planning or curriculum.  Looking forward to learning more about this site and how to implement in the classroom.

Kimberley Lyles-Folkman, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 23, 2013 9:20 PM

We used mural.ly as a class...so far we like it as a tool in which to share ideas.

Colette Cairns's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:15 AM

Mural.ly also has an app!

 

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10 Of The Best Educational Online Games | Eclectic Technology

10 Of The Best Educational Online Games | Eclectic Technology | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it
10 great educational online games to use with students. From climate change to surgery, every child will find something to engage and excite.
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Critical Learning in Critical Spaces: Pedagogical Implications of ...

Critical Learning in Critical Spaces: Pedagogical Implications of ... | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it
We seek to include a broad representation of disciplines and perspectives on the topic of pedagogies that cause us to think critically about place. Please share the following CFP with advanced undergraduate students, ...
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Introducing EverClip for Evernote - goodbye Pocket and Instapaper

Introducing EverClip for Evernote - goodbye Pocket and Instapaper | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

What a fantastic app! If you use Evernote and have an iOS device then this app is possibly a must-have. As you are reading emails, web-pages, rss feeds etc, simply copy content including images, and in the background the content is added to EverClip. Then when you are ready, switch into the EverClip app and approve each clipping to send to EverNote. And of course you could even send it to a Shared notebook in Evernote.

 

The workflow here is fantastic - just copy to the clipboard, and carry on reading. And this is from inside any app on your device - as opposed to tools like Pocket and Instapaper which require integration with an app to work. As a long-time Evernote user this will be replacing Pocket and Instapaper for me.

 

Also interesting is that this app is the first commercial app built with RubyMotion, a toolchain for iOS development using the Ruby programming language.

 

EverClip:
http://clip.ignition.hk

 

Evernote:
http://evernote.com

 

RubyMotion:
http://www.rubymotion.com

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The top 20 data visualisation tools

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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...


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:33 PM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

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Interaction Design for Data Visualizations

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Interactive data visualizations are an exciting way to engage and inform large audiences. They enable users to focus on interesting parts and details, to customize the content and even the graphical form, and to explore large amounts of data. At their best, they facilitate a playful experience that is way more engaging than static infographics or videos.

Several ideas and concepts of interaction design for data visualizations are presented in this post, using 11 examples from the web. The overall concepts featured include:

The Basics: Highlighting and Details on Demand Making More Data Accessible: User-driven Content Selection Showing Data in Different Ways: Multiple Coordinated Visualizations Showing Data in Different Ways: User-driven Visual Mapping Changes Integrating Users’ Viewpoints and Opinions

Visit the complete article for numerous links, useful visuals and specific details on how to understand, implement and evaluate interactive design elements used in data visualization design.


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Hans's comment, October 2, 2012 5:09 AM
Great article, I really like the idea of interactive information with details on demand. As an interaction designer I always try to balance content management and usability. Here are some interesting examples that made me consider a complete information surface vs a deep level on demand architecture.
JongWon Kim's comment, October 9, 2012 10:39 PM
really beautiful!!
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How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles

How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

You can bundle your favorite Wikipedia articles in a nicely formatted ebook and read it offline on any mobile phone, ebook reader or Tablet.


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Ken Morrison's comment, September 30, 2012 5:33 AM
HI Gimm Jimun. This is very cool. Thanks for following my topics. I hope they are helpful for you. Do you live in Korea, by chance? Ken
Jimun Gimm's comment, September 30, 2012 10:41 PM
Hi,Thank you.Have a nice day today.I live in seoul.JImun
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The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology | Wepyirang

The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology | Wepyirang | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it
Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology.
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MOOC Pedagogy: Theory & Practice | Profesorbaker's Blog: A Bit of ...

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The MOOC has its share of optimists and pessimists. Some see it as the next best thing since sliced bread, others see it as a waste of time, a passing fad that everyone is talking about lately, but will soon … Continue reading ...
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dataviz Australia - Drive your data further

dataviz Australia - Drive your data further | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

Another way to visualize information.  I bet many dyslexics would be great at developing these sorts of different charts.

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6 Types of Blended Learning | Teach Thought

6 Types of Blended Learning | Teach Thought | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

"Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical boundaries. As digital and social media become more and more prevalent in the life of learners, it was only a matter of time before learning became “blended” by necessity.

 

"That said, there’s a bit more to Blended and “Hybrid” Learning than throwing in a little digital learning.

 

"6 Types of Blended Learning

Face-to-face Driver

Rotation

Flex

Online Lab

Self-Blend

Online Driver"


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Learning Through Digital Media » How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings

Learning Through Digital Media » How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings | Kenyon TechEdDev | Scoop.it

KEN'S KEY TAKEAWAY

This author does a great job of explaining how he uses Wikis to help students organize their thoughts before and after class meetings.  I have used wikis in the past, but I prefer blogs.  My ideal situation would be if a leader took the best of the blogs and created a wiki.  Maybe next semster?

Ken

 

"We have heard the complaint or issued it ourselves one too many times: “They don’t read!”

 

But can Digital Media provide some simple pedagogical models to promote a more active engagement with that most ancient and passive form of learning: the reading assignment? In this article, I describe the use of Wikis (web pages that people can easily edit as a group) to get students to summarize, ask questions, and comment on a reading before they even meet for class. And while many new—and old—tools can be used to accomplish similar results, what is innovative about this approach is that whereas before reading and writing was something students were supposed to do individually in the isolation of their rooms or the library, now—thanks to Wikis—it is a project they tackle collaboratively as a class. The goals of this critical pedagogy are thus both modest and radical, at the intersection of old and new technologies: to use Digital Media to change the way students interact with texts."

 

Assignment provided and reflection on it's impact on student learning. A really worthwhile read!


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Ken Morrison's comment, October 3, 2012 8:45 AM
This has been on my mind a lot lately. It frustrates me that so many teachers are ready to gather around Wikipedia like a pinata and beat it down. It is still sooooooo young. It can become something really special if we nurture it and encourage wise use. For example, the most powerful part is not the front page but by going under the hood and looking at the discussions about what should be on the front page. Helping our students find those discussions is so important. Ken
Anne Whaits's comment, December 15, 2012 1:50 PM
Thanks Ken!
slesch's curator insight, December 17, 2012 8:27 AM

Interesting use of Wiki's to foster student engagement with course readings