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Top 10 Tips to Use Word Clouds in eLearning - eLearning Industry

Top 10 Tips to Use Word Clouds in eLearning - eLearning Industry | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Word clouds are ideal for eLearning professionals who are looking for ways to visually represent text, whether this is content within an eLearning course or writings of the learners. Color and size can be used to denote a word's level of importance within the cloud, which helps learners to acquire and retain significant ideas (i.e. bolded words) more effectively. While word clouds are often associated with language arts eLearning courses, they can actually be used in virtually any eLearning setting.

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Sue Walsh's curator insight, October 16, 6:03 PM

Word Clouds. Interesting. I like it. Something to have a play with :-)

online4ed's curator insight, October 16, 11:48 PM
Love using this in research classes.
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21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding

21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

"The ultimate goal of teaching is to do just that – teach, not stand up in the front of the room and talk.

But sometimes it’s easier to talk than to teach, as we all know, especially when we need to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. We hope students will understand...

The problem is, we rely on these tests to measure understanding, and then we move on. Few of us take the time to address weaknesses and misunderstandings after the tests have been graded.

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 1, 10:00 PM

How do you go about checking for understanding? Exit slips may be too late to correct misunderstandings. This post provides 21 suggestions on ways to check for students' understanding. A few of them are listed below. Click through to the post for more information on them as well as additional suggestions.

* Avoid yes/no questions

* Ask students to summarize

* Misconception check

* Peer instruction

WEAC's curator insight, May 2, 3:04 PM

These are all great, but I particularly like this one: 

3-2-1: Students consider what they have learned by responding to the following prompt at the end of the lesson: 3) things they learned from your lesson; 2) things they want to know more about; and 1) questions they have. The prompt stimulates student reflection on the lesson and helps to process the learning.
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How I Became The Most Followed Nobody In Finland via @JaanaNystrom

How I Became The Most Followed Nobody In Finland via @JaanaNystrom | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

@Jaana Nyström is a great curator and she just beat me to the punch :). When she shared her EPIC journey of using G+ to move from "nobody" to "somebody" I planned to blog about her amazing journey. The content and message was too good to be trapped in comments.

Read this post CAREFULLY as you may recognize where you are on Jaana's timeline of personal brand development. There are several "inside baseball" tips to pay particular attention to including:

* Don't worry about perfection, start publishing.
* G+ is an AMAZING and vastly under used tool (start there add more social nets later).
* No matter what, keep turning the crank (keep going) since the only sin you and your personal band can't recover from is NOT PLAYING.

Great stuff from an amazing curator. What lessons did you learn from Jaana Nystrom? What similar lessons have you learned as you create a meaningful personal brand?


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Suvi Salo's comment, April 14, 2:28 PM
Thank you for recommendation.
malek's curator insight, April 14, 4:35 PM

 I usually don't envy people, but I do envy @Jaana Nyström a bit for her energy & passion. 

Gary Harwell's curator insight, April 15, 1:13 AM

seems reasonable

 

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25 Tricks to Stop Teacher Burnout - InformED

25 Tricks to Stop Teacher Burnout - InformED | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

"There’s a reason why teachers receive a sad, knowing nod from others at a dinner party or when meeting new people. The profession kicks us around and often kicks hardest when we’re down."


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 18, 12:52 PM

Some useful, if familiar, tips for avoiding burnout. 

WEAC's curator insight, March 18, 3:08 PM

This is a pretty good list from informED, but it's missing the most important way to avoid teacher burnout: Find support, and fight for improvement by being active in your union.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 18, 7:37 PM

Thx Beth!

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Presenters Checklist for Success

Presenter's Checklist for Success! Wether you are a new speaker or a seasoned one, these 12 Items is a must to check off before your next presentation. Created by Camille Wong.


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Cynthia Kivland's curator insight, January 23, 11:20 AM

Engaging audiences requires an emotional connection.  Sharing this slideshare with some presentation tips.

Donna Hudson's curator insight, January 24, 7:23 PM

Great Ideas!

 

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, January 26, 12:11 AM

love this presentation. Look at it! what great visuals

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How To Memorize Things Quicker Than Other People

How To Memorize Things Quicker Than Other People | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Simple repetition won't cut it. Here are 9 steps that will help you memorize loads of information without overloading your brain.

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Thomas Faltin's curator insight, December 30, 2013 6:30 AM

add your insight...

   
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Why Content Gets Shared: Content Marketing Social Mentions Study

Why Content Gets Shared: Content Marketing Social Mentions Study | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Content Marketing 101 "Wow you create a lot of content," a friend said at lunch yesterday. I felt the need to apologize (again). "I love Internet marketing,

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:36 AM

Why Content Gets Shared
Turns out our gut instincts about content marketing are correct. The TOOLS we use and the content we curate and create make a difference in the amount and velocity of our social shares.

Tools such as Scoop.it and your blog are indispensible say the results from a 30 day in depth view of @ScentTrail mentions on Topsy. Type of content also matters.

Infographics, SEO and my trusty ScentTrail Daily Paper.li generate the most mentions. Friends also matter.

#4 on the mentions list is group tweets from friends with thanks or best wishes for the weekend. Staying connected and sharing are critical to successful content marketing.

Interesting bottom line is a confirmation of what all content marketers know to be true. Confirmation of the fact that content gets shared is in the numbers. I don't curate or create 30 pieces of content a day (well not on most days lol) and I've certainly NEVER created 66 (most mentions in a single day in this study.

These numbers confirm what we know - content gets shared and explains what types of content is most likely to generate shares and what tools to use to promote shares.

Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:34 PM

Marty thanks for sharing this study. In the world of online social sharing we need to rethink of the role as content providers. 


My thoughts on how old content media producers need to evolve.


Interesting to see how newspapers, tv and radio are starting to figure out the "value added" model of internet marketing.  People will pay for digital content, and the great thing for the publishers is the low cost of distribution. Online marketers have done it for years using micro websites with targeted content and now apps. I don't see why a newspapers,etc. should be any different.

 

The way I see it is the newspaper and their website should be the teaser to the value added content. Right now it's like they tell the story and move on, then cry the blues, no one will pay us for our content. Now if they extended the content or partnered with someone (eg health or fitness) for value added content people would pay. 

 

The newspapers, tv, etc, need to become the advertiser of the content, instead of depending on advertisers to support the media.


They have a reader base that many bloggers would love to have, but they need to rethink the connections they make with the reader.

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 13, 2013 7:23 AM
Great analysis by Brian. I go even a step further in Saving The News&Observer http://sco.lt/4rBAOH and suggest that newspapers become part of their own rehabilitation by embracing the CROWD in real time by throwing off their "we are here to guide you" ethos. The editorial-centric model is over. Brian's idea about promotion-centric is a good one, but I want more. I want these organization deep in the weeds on things so WEB marketing they can't NOT understand how DIFFERENT life is and will always be from that magic time when a newspaper could take down a President, we could only watch 4 TV channels and exciting programming was a show about a boy named Beaver :). M
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5 killer ways to open up your next presentation

Did you know modern statistics state that you have 60 seconds or less to capture your audience’s attention? You’ve might have heard it before, but maybe not

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malek's comment, June 1, 2013 4:09 PM
True, it's all about grasping attention
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:14 AM

This is to the point.

 

Frans Droog's curator insight, August 17, 2013 1:48 AM

Dit zijn echt hele goede tips, voorzien van een overtuigende redenatie, om (nog) beter te presenteren.

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8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User | The Daring Librarian

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User | The Daring Librarian | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

The Daring Librarian provides a great post on how to assist the "reluctant tech learner." A key point she makes is the need to have them learn "how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate."

To gather this information she went out to her Personal Learning Network and asked for suggestions. The post includes 8 tips (which includes the one above) as well as:

* Show and Tell - providing a "digital petting zoo"

* Providing lots of praise 

* Small Steps (as in mini session)

It will probably come as no surprise that many of the techniques suggested also work in the classroom.


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D. L. Held's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:04 PM

Great article with great training topi for reluctant technology user

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Six [totally awesome] Web Presentation Tools for Teachers at a Glance

Six [totally awesome] Web Presentation Tools for Teachers at a Glance | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

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Charlotte's comment, August 3, 2012 10:33 AM
May I also add Present.Me that allows you to attach a video of yourself presenting to your powerpoint presentation. I use it to send to my class when I cannot be there for their lessons. Genuis.
Baiba Svenca's comment, August 3, 2012 12:01 PM
I agree Charlotte! Present.me is awesome, I use it too. And Prezi, and many more tools.... But that was the author's choice. I like the annotations and tips very much!
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:36 AM

Must try SPICY NODES !