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The digital age student

1.Preference for dynamic media.

2.Ability to learn independently.

3.Different research methods.

4.No boundaries.

5.Skilled at multi-tasking.

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Learning theories and online learning | Tony Bates

Learning theories and online learning | Tony Bates | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Chapter 3 of my open textbook on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ is about theory and practice in teaching for a digital age, which I am still in the process of writing. I have to admit that I approached writing about learning theories with some dread. In particular I was concerned (in order of dread) that:
this will appear incredibly boring/lack originality, because it has been done so many times before by other, more qualified authors (but then those that already know this stuff can easily skip it)
I’m not sure that theories of learning actually drive teaching (although surely an understanding of how students learn should do so)
I would have to deal with connectivism somehow, and I am certainly not an expert on that topic – but maybe that might be an advantage in bringing it to the attention of people who have previously shown no interest in it, and how it differs from previous theories
it could be argued that past learning theories are made irrelevant by digital technologies (and I certainly don’t agree with that point of view.)
In the end, I can’t see how a discussion of learning theories can be avoided. Unless readers of the book have this basic understanding of the different views of learning, they will not be in a good position to make choices, especially regarding the use of technology for teaching and learning. In particular, I see a danger of becoming dogmatic and blinkered by unchallenged assumptions about the nature of learning that results from not exploring alternative theories. But lastly, as Kurt Lewin said, there is nothing more practical than a good theory. A good theory helps us make informed decisions in areas of uncertainty. So, I am sharing here my first draft with you. Please note this is just part of the whole chapter, which also includes the following:
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#InternationalLiteracyDay: Promoting literacy to enshrine positive youth development | IOL Lifestyle

#InternationalLiteracyDay: Promoting literacy to enshrine positive youth development | IOL Lifestyle | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Cape Town - International Literacy Day will be celebrated around the world today (Sep 8), to put a spotlight on the high levels of illiteracy and how reading and writing can empower people.

Literacy is a human right - an essential tool in realising peace, promoting democracy, eradicating poverty, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development.

Today the Mustadafin Foundation, under the theme “The power of reading”, invites parents to come and listen to their children recite stories and poetry at the Tafelsig Library in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town.

Foundation director Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem said: “We firmly believe that literacy and education is the cornerstone in building a positive future. We strive to provide every human being with skills and opportunities to overcome their circumstances, to become agents for positive change through education.”
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3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education

3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education April 30, 2017 by George 4 Comments “Innovation” is one of the most used words in education right now. It is something that I am obviously passionate about, hence the reason I wrote the book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”. I am scared that we use the word “innovation” in the wrong way when there is power to this type of thinking. Words do not become “buzzwords” because they are used too frequently; they become “buzzwords” when they are used frequently in an incorrect manner. Here are some misconceptions about the word that we need to dispell to protect “innovation” in education from becoming a buzzword. 
1. Innovation is about how you use technology   read further
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5 Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Independent Reading

5 Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Independent Reading | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
I’ve often told my students I’m never disappointed when “All we did was read” today. Reading is a critical attribute of a lifelong learner, yet many students seem to learn that reading is just something teachers make you do in school. The idea of reading for pleasure or reading for passion is foreign to many students when the only reading they know is the reading the teacher assigns. Independent reading teaching strategies can help change that. Instead of students reading because they have to, independent reading teaching strategies give students a chance to read because they want to. Instead of the teacher selecting and assigning reading material, the constraints are loosened and students are given the chance to have control. If you’re interested in teaching strategies that facilitate independent reading in your classroom, here are some golden guidelines to consider for making it successful experience for your students.

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Tackling the ‘learning styles’ myth

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You’ve probably heard the claim that you learn better when information is presented in your preferred ‘learning style’. Where did this neuromyth come from? Dr Tanya Vaughan explains.


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Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic

Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Using technology in the classroom comes with a host of benefits. But can technology do more harm than good when it comes to helping students succeed?
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Competency-Based Learning for Teachers: Can micro-credentials reboot professional development?

Competency-Based Learning for Teachers: Can micro-credentials reboot professional development? | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Remember merit badges? The reward for kids who master new skills has been rebooted—for their teachers.

So-called “micro-credentials” work a lot like scouting badges. Teachers complete a specific activity to develop a critical competency for their role, and earn a micro-credential based on showing mastery of the skill. They can collect micro-credentials to document growing expertise and share their accomplishments in the classroom.

This targeted training is in stark contrast to traditional, strikingly ineffective teacher professional development (PD). With its focus on seat time—awarding credit for showing up to workshops, conferences, or classes—formal PD has ignored whether teachers actually learn new skills, apply them, and improve student outcomes. And with its reliance on generalized, off-the-shelf programs, most formal PD does not target the specific skills or expertise an individual teacher may need to improve her practice.

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Cognitive Load Theory: Making Learning More Effective

Cognitive Load Theory: Making Learning More Effective | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Have you ever been on a course where the trainer went through his material so quickly that you barely learned a thing? Or maybe the content was so complex that it went completely over your head?

In this article, we'll look at Cognitive Load Theory (CLT). This takes a scientific approach to the design of learning materials, so that they present information at a pace and at a level of complexity that the learner can fully understand.
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3 Adult Learning Theories Every E-Learning Designer Must Know

3 Adult Learning Theories Every E-Learning Designer Must Know | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it

§As an instructional designer, you want to create courses that make a difference to your audience’s lives. You want to create courses that inspire them, that change mindsets and drive performance. In short, you want to create courses that are effective and hit the mark, every time.
Now here’s the challenge. Your learners are adults with previous knowledge and fixed ideas about what works for them. They are busy and stressed-out folks who hate wasting time. They want learning experiences that help them meet their needs and achieve their goals.
This said, to facilitate learning and be an effective Instructional Designer, you MUST understand how adults learn best. When creating any type of e-learning course, it is important to base the design on a good understanding of adult learning theory.

1. Andragogy

2. Experiental learning

3. Transformational learning

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Shifting the perspective of learning and development - RECRUITING TIMES

Shifting the perspective of learning and development - RECRUITING TIMES | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it

When it comes to the learning styles in L&D, experts believe that courses should be tailored and more relevant to the aims and objectives of the organisation rather than generic, blanket approaches that do not reflect the performance concerns of the business. This can be achieved by combining traditional techniques with the development of e-learning. Digital learning models are undoubtedly on the rise and L&D needs to move with the times if it wants to engage its learners; however, it is important to ensure that adequate levels of knowledge and confidence are in place before investing lots of money into the latest tech. Recruiting Times, Recruiter News, HR News, Recruitment Supplier Directory, Recruitment Courses, HR Courses. The key challenge that L&D professionals will face is changing the mindset of the employees.Learning and development (L&D) is often seen as a box-ticking exercise within the business sector - RECRUITING TIMES.

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​The Concept of Different Learning Styles Is Perhaps the Most Popular Neuroscience Myth | ChildUp.com

​The Concept of Different Learning Styles Is Perhaps the Most Popular Neuroscience Myth | ChildUp.com | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Fundamentally, all human beings learn in similar ways. The idea that people may learn better depending on their own particular visual, auditory or kinesthetic preferences is one of the greatest myths in neuroscience. It was called a "neuromyth" by Paul Howard-Jones, a professor of neuroscience and education at Bristol University, in a 2014 paper. A concept characterized, according to Howard-Jones, by the misunderstanding, misreading or misquoting of scientific facts.
- Another example of strong and persistent neuromyth is the one pretending that, in general, people would only use 10% of their brain. However, the learning styles myth seems to be the king: “Perhaps the most popular and influential myth is that a student learns most effectively when they are taught in their preferred learning style,” wrote Howard-Jones. Despite the fact that this theory is unfounded, a lot of papers in current research literature advocate to follow it. A regrettable situation that undermines the statute of education as a research field and probably has a negative effect on students.
 
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Learning Theories

Learning Theories, Connectivism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, Behaviorism
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Krystal Robles's curator insight, September 21, 11:43 AM
The idea of how he said the mind is the informational processor and that the mind is complex. 
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The Value of Reading: INFOGRAPHIC

The Value of Reading: INFOGRAPHIC | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
The Value of Reading: INFOGRAPHIC http://www.chroniclebooks.com/reading-the-road-to-success Stephen
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No, you aren't a 'visual' learner

No, you aren't a 'visual' learner | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
It's a damning indictment of our collective resistance to truth that the point of this article still has to be restated, yet again. Amazingly, 93% of the general public and 76% of educators still erroneously believe that we should be taught in ways that match our learning styles. I assume this is so in the US - unless things have changed recently, the percentages, for teachers at least, are even worse in some other countries where the idea has been pushed harder from the top down, such as the UK and Netherlands. To be quite clear: this belief is not…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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My learning style should be whatever I need it to be ... spot on!
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Dedicated reading time needs to be at the heart of the school day

Dedicated reading time needs to be at the heart of the school day | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
A study examining literacy progression across the UK recently hit the headlines by comparing, for the first time, improvements in reading between students in the four home nations.
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5 effective teaching tips for students with literacy challenges via MERIS STANSBURY

5 effective teaching tips for students with literacy challenges via MERIS STANSBURY | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Expert discusses teachers’ successful techniques in helping students with literacy challenges—including dyslexia.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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5 Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Independent Reading

5 Teaching Strategies to Facilitate Independent Reading | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Some golden teaching strategies to consider for making independent reading successful for your students.
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21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning

21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Welcome to the second article in a series devoted to grounding PBL in the standards.  As you explore the ideas in this article I do hope you can see that our content standards provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to do, a concept at the foundation of PBL. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at (mjgormans). Taking that moment ensures that we can continue to network. Also, please share this post with others and even provide a re-tweet.  Most of all, thanks for being one of those over 25,000 visitors a month,over 10,000 subscribers, and possibly one of the thousands of educators that have attended my workshops at schools and conferences. Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging, authentic, affordable, and purposeful professional development. Please check my Booking Page to see how I could be part of your school PD or Conference plans. Thanks so much.  Michael Gorman (mjgormans@gmail.com).
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Using Art to Teach Critical Thinking

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Art is one of the most underutilized resources in today’s ELA classroom. The Roman poet Horace claimed, “A picture is a poem without words” meaning art and written word are different mediums of expression. Art offers students a break from written words while continuing to develop the same skill set needed to be successful readers through challenging students to think both critically and analytically.

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Technology in the Classroom: How, Why to Use Podcasts

Technology in the Classroom: How, Why to Use Podcasts | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
A podcast is a topic-specific digital stream of audio files (in some cases, video or PDF also) that can be downloaded to a computer or a wide variety of media devices. They are funny, entertaining, educational, often short, and rarely boring. They can cover news, current events, history, or pretty much anything the creator would like. When you subscribe, each new episode is automatically downloaded to your device, to be played at your convenience. You can play the entire stream or select an individual episode as part of your technology in the classroom arsenal. Here’s how to use technology in the classroom podcasts to enhance your class.
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Podcasts are AWEAOME tools for the classroom!
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The Benefits of Group Learning | Why

The Benefits of Group Learning | Why | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it

Discussion around the topic of group learning is of interest to many students and teachers. In a group learning situation, many learners are involved in a project together. The enthusiasts of this style of learning may be inclined to say The more the merrier, implying that many students can enjoy working together. However, if the situation is not managed carefully, the proverb could easily read Two is company but three’s a crowd, implying that two can work well together, but once you bring in a third there could be some conflict.

Every learner would like to benefit from a wide range of learning opportunities. The true aim of education is not just to remember facts. There are many areas of individual development that can grow out of the group learning situation. The real S-C-O-P-E of learning can be understood using an acronym to break down and understand the various developmental skills.

S – skills development

C – cognitive development

O – organisational development

P – productive team work

E – entrepreneur outcomes

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How does group work develop cognitive thinking skills? Critical thinking: a chance to analyse others’ ideas and question their thinking. Problem solving: challenging thoughts and actions through the group forum. Value clarification: assessing the true worth of others’ input. Active involvement: an opportunity to contribute to the group. Learning by example: the group dynamic adds further learning examples. Sharing information: different ideas and information increase knowledge. Assessments: teaching, learning, and assessment opportunities are increased. 
CCM Consultancy's curator insight, February 13, 12:37 AM

Find out what individual learning cannot teach you. “Teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”–Ben Franklin

 

CCAFYDE's curator insight, February 13, 4:46 AM

Beneficios del aprendizaje en grupo y ¿por qué?

 

¿Hacia donde queremos dirigir la educación?

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How do organizations learn? | From Poverty to Power

How do organizations learn? | From Poverty to Power | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it

I was invited along to DFID last week for a discussion on how organizations learn. There was an impressive turnout


Simple, right?

of senior civil serpents – the issue has clearly got their attention. Which is great because I came away with the impression that they (and Oxfam for that matter) have a long way to go to really become a ‘learning organization’.

So please make allowances in what follows for all the warm, cuddly areas of mutual agreement – I’m going to focus on the areas of disagreement, which are inevitably the most thought-provoking.

To mean anything, learning requires a change both in ideas and behaviours. So what were the theories of change that underpinned the approaches to learning in the room? I found it hard to pin down exactly – they seemed mostly tacit – but a lot of what I heard reminded me of the discussion at Twaweza a couple of years ago. For many present, the tacit theory of change seems to be ‘knowledge → learning → changed behaviours → changed outcomes’. Yeah right.

What we realized at Twaweza was that ‘it’s all in the arrows’. You need to unpack the assumptions and think about what needs to be in place for that theory of change to have any chance of resembling what happens in practice.

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The Sheikh Zayed Academy | Rosan Bosch Studio - Arch2O.com

The Sheikh Zayed Academy | Rosan Bosch Studio - Arch2O.com | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
The Sheik Zayed Private Academy for boys is designed to support different learning styles and 21st-century educational skills.
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'Not just a nice idea': The importance of inclusion in and beyond the classroom

'Not just a nice idea': The importance of inclusion in and beyond the classroom | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
The topic of inclusion in the province's schools brings forth many different opinions. But for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living, the importance of inclusion goes beyond the classroom.
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6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject | learning and reading styles | Scoop.it
Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.
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