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Social media tools & mobile learning. iPad & apps for study. Edtech, e-Learning, PLN, PLE. More tips @ http://sometek.fi (in Finnish)
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Tweeting Your way to Academic Success - Online Universities.com

Tweeting Your way to Academic Success - Online Universities.com | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Twitter is one of those pieces of technology that people either love or hate. For the haters, it seems like a superfluous, narcissistic, even petty platform through which people who think they are more important than they really are share their most intimate details with the world. For those who love the medium, it is a way of filtering and digesting a vast world of digital information quickly and efficiently.

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6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic

6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Google is wrapping up a lengthy series of Google+ Hangouts that featured notable educators and thought leaders discussing education technology and more.
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The Many Literacies of Online Learning - Online College.org

The Many Literacies of Online Learning - Online College.org | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Learning professional Doug Belshaw of Mozilla, home of the Open Badges project, is working on a Web Literacies Framework with the belief that: “everyone should have the skills, competencies, and literacies to be constructive and creative on the Web.” I don’t think it’s a stretch to extend this to online education and the belief that: every student should have the skills, competencies, and literacies to be constructive and creative in their online courses.

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MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles

MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

"Why most of what currently excites the ed-tech world is hot air: MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Education Resources, amongst other fads.

It is impossible to make progress with a cogent argument for how education technology will transform education while most of the community accepts as self-evident half-baked notions of “independent learners” and “21st century skills”, believes that creativity is possible without knowledge, or that testing is a dirty word."


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And so Crispin Weston goes on to attack MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Educational Resources. After discussing each bubble, including why it is destined to pop, he discusses the question of what is needed to make the innovation that each bubble foreshadows, last.

 

Weston makes several sensible observations, such as "an academic education is not equivalent to a trip to the public library, digital or otherwise", or learning "analytics is predicated on 'big data' but in education, big data will not exist until we sort out the current failure of interoperability", or with Open Education Resources "the quality of the resources themselves and the pedagogies they represent are poor." However, these observations lead to incoherent arguments, in the case of Learning Analytics to downright insinuating ones. His arguments do not attempt to represent the complexity of the situation that surrounds each of these educational innovations. Rather they serve one purpose, portraying the innovation as a bubble. 

 

Weston's arguments lack subtlety to the degree that there seems to be an agenda underlying them, and indeed there is one. It is that research should be taken out of the hands of academics and public funding bodies to make place for "proper R&D that is commercially-funded and responds to market requirements." There is of course nothing wrong with companies getting involved in R&D. Indeed, in EU framework projects always commercial parties participate in the research consortia that are set up. But it is too simplistic to portray research done by companies as proper and all the rest as improper.

 

With Weston I have my doubt and worries about MOOCs, Learning Analytics and OERs. They have bubble-like qualities in that researchers and educational administrators seem too uncritically adopt them. Uncritically adopting technological innovations in education actually happens quite often. And industry has more than once played a dubious role in this, see what Todd Oppenheimer in his Flickering Mind writes about the money that was wasted on the introduction of computers in K-12 education. The conclusion should be that a discussion about innovations such as MOOCs, Learning Analytics, Open Educational Resources, e-Portfolios, Serious Games, Adaptive Learning systems should never be guided by political agendas such as boosting commercial research. There is enough to worry about as it is. What really gets me worried is the idea that the venture capitalists that fund the MOOCs are going to determine the destiny of Higher Education; precisely because they think commercially and respond to market requirements only.

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TED Blog | 11 talks that freaked us out in 2012

TED Blog | 11 talks that freaked us out in 2012 | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Interesting TED Talks curated by the TED team

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Great Resources on how to Use iPad in The Classroom

Great Resources on how to Use iPad in The Classroom | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has compiled a great list about how teachers use iPad in classroom and education.

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What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning

What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Famous Self-Taughts (Autodidacts):Leonardo Da Vinci, William Blake, Herb Rits (in addition to Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and many others)

Why It’s Especially Relevant In 2013: Modern access to information and formal (e.g., MOOCs and free eLearning sources) and informal (video games and simulations) learning platforms make self-directed learning more accessible–and powerful–than ever before

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12 of the best educational apps of 2012

12 of the best educational apps of 2012 | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The Next Web coveredthousands of apps throughout this year, from nifty new browser extensions, to the latest game-changing Android and iOS apps, so we sifted through the archives and pulled out some of best educational apps of 2012…

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There are a few apps that will appeal to just about everyone....

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What Happened in Ed Tech in 2012? - Online Universities.com

What Happened in Ed Tech in 2012? - Online Universities.com | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

10 The Rise of the Education Entrepreneur – This has been, perhaps, the most striking change in the education sector in the past year. As Audrey correctly predicted, there has been a dramatic rise in those looking to invest in (and cash in on) the future of education. It seems like everyone is an education consultant or has their own education start-up (or maybe it’s the circles I travel in?). What is surprising is how many of these new entrepreneurial types are or were teachers. For me, this is one of the great hopes for education. That educators can leverage their own knowledge and power and both convey that entrepreneurial spirit to their students and leverage it tofortify the future of funding for education. If society isn’t going to do it for them, perhaps it’s time for teachers to do it for themselves?

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7 education technology topics in 2012 that will be hotter in 2013

7 education technology topics in 2012 that will be hotter in 2013 | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

The year put a spotlight on a number of terms that educators should be familiar with by now. Here are seven ed tech topics that everyone should know by heart, because they are bound to play even bigger roles in 2013:

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5 Ways edX Could Change Education - Online Universities.com

5 Ways edX Could Change Education - Online Universities.com | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
After the initial announcement of Harvard and MIT’s collaborative learning platform, edX, earlier this year, I speculated that it might have several things to teach the world about e-learning and education in general. Chronicle reporter Marc Parry recently visited the edX office on the MIT campus and uncovered the actual facts behind the developing research agenda at edX. Here is a look at what the researchers at MIT and Harvard intend to investigate and an evaluation of the evolving edX agenda.
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An insider's guide: what it's really like to study a MOOC

An insider's guide: what it's really like to study a MOOC | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
While the academic commentariat has been debating the challenges and opportunities of MOOCs, not many have looked at the first-person experiences of students.

As an empirical researcher, and having studied at four Australian universities, some of which pride themselves on their online and distance courses, I thought I’d enroll in a MOOC to gain a student perspective.
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for the love of learning: Learning hasn't changed

Learning is a field that is very trendy. There is always the latest greatest that everyone must do. Today this is “social learning” and “on the job learning.”

There is one problem with this. None of this stuff is ever new in any way. Learning hasn't changed in a million years. Did I say a million? Too conservative. How do chimp babies learn? Socially? Of course. They copy what their mothers do and what their playmates do. (Amazingly they do this without Facebook.)
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Blogs and Twitter Beat Formal Academic Learning

Blogs and Twitter Beat Formal Academic Learning | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

in the past two years, a whole new world of professional development and PLN’s has been unveiled, a world that is less traditional, formal, linear, or hierarchical; a world that doesn’t have such rigid rules about who gets to publish and who only gets to read; a world where ideas bounce back and forth in all continents in seconds through social networks and specialized websites. And I have a confession to make: though I did learn a lot in my formal academic endeavors, I believe I am learning much more now and from a greater variety of people. How did this all

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50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012 | Upside Learning Blog

50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012 | Upside Learning Blog | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
List of 50 Best eLearning Posts Of 2012 from the Upside Learning Blog. Broad Categories of Posts - Mobile Learning, Learning Management System & Learning Technology
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1,000 Education Apps Organized By Subject & Price - Edudemic

1,000 Education Apps Organized By Subject & Price - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

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TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) regularly tests available apps and recommends apps that teachers should be using. TCEA maintains a list of recommended apps in a shared document via Google Docs. The list is organized by subject area and free apps are color coded in white.

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13 Ways to Learn in 2013: The eLearning Coach

13 Ways to Learn in 2013: The eLearning Coach | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Expand your learning options with this list of 13 new ways and things to learn.

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 4, 2013 4:19 AM

One of the best articles i´ve seen this beginning of 2013. Really awesome and simple ideas to do something we should all do: learn. 

It is one of the most important future skills identified in Harvard Trends ;)

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Gino Fransman's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:56 AM

Great strategies to get yourself better engaged.

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25 Tablet Idea to Enhance Learning Experiences - Getting Smart

25 Tablet Idea to Enhance Learning Experiences - Getting Smart | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio.

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Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U - Edudemic

Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

With so many schools adopting the use of iPads I find it strange that we aren’t hearing more about the incredible opportunitiesavailable in iTunes U.  Well I suppose it isn’t that strange given that schools in the early stages of transitioning to an iPad platform are extremely busy and learning one more thing can seem overwhelming.

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Education Technology - theory and practice: Pearltrees for teachers

Education Technology - theory and practice: Pearltrees for teachers | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

This time I thought I could write about Pearltrees from a teacher's perspective. I started to use the web curation tool Pearltrees during my autumn holiday (in 2012) and I'm still amazed by the possibilities it has to offer.

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5 Big Education Technology Trends of 2013 - Edudemic

5 Big Education Technology Trends of 2013 - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Provided we make it through the Mayan Apocalypse, we have a lot to look forward to in 2013. We are one year closer to flying cars, hoverboards and the overpopulation of Earth that leads to the eventual colonization of Mars!

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50 Apps That Will Help You Stay Sharp During The Holidays - Edudemic

50 Apps That Will Help You Stay Sharp During The Holidays - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
These apps should help you stay sharp during the holidays and beyond. From creativity apps to games and fitness apps, start sharpening your mind!
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Four Infographics About 2012′s Top Trending Education Technology Topic – MOOCs

Four Infographics About 2012′s Top Trending Education Technology Topic – MOOCs | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
MOOCs have been a very hot topic throughout 2012, and the momentum keeps building. A key development in the latter half of the year has been increased effort by many colleges to determine how to offer credit for completed Massive Online Open Courses. All the attention that MOOCs have been getting has also led OnlineColleges.net and others to produce a few infographics that focus on this popular education technology
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The Best of TED for Teachers

The Best of TED for Teachers | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Given this huge importance of TED as an educational resource we deemed it important to share with our fellow teachers and educators the best of TED . These are mainly lists of TED talks we have watched and published during this year. Enjoy.
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UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University

Students from the UK and around the world will have free access to some of the country’s top universities thanks to Futurelearn Ltd, an entirely new company being launched by The Open University (OU). The universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have all signed up to join Futurelearn.
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