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Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic]

Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic] | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

In this infographic from OnlineColleges.net, you’ll see among others that universities are releasing webcasts to run non-profit courses, 3D printing can help students get an inside look into blood veins and bodily organs, and classrooms are welcoming educational games, e-books and SMS reminders for project deadlines and schedule changes. This is an exciting time to be a student.

 
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Great Pinterest Tips for Students

Great Pinterest Tips for Students | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Pinterest is a promising visual bookmarking platform. It is gaining in popularity more and more and of course teachers and educators are part of this success for there are now a burgeoning number of  educational boards on Pinterest where you can get free access to tons of web tools and teaching tips.There are also some great educational Pinners that are  committed to sharing useful resources with their fellow teachers. In this regard, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has its own Pinterest Board where we have been pinning everything we publish here or we find in other blogs and websites, make sure to follow us to stay updated about our future pinnings.


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:07 PM

Some great ways to use Pinterest.

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6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads - Edudemic

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

collaboration between students is often a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads.

Below are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads that cover the spectrum of creation options that range from text to digital storytelling to video creation.

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60+ Great Educational Technology Tweeters to Follow

60+ Great Educational Technology Tweeters to Follow | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

in this post I am sharing with you an extended list of some great educational technology Tweeters to follow. Of course who else could curate this list better than Cybraryman. I am really so fascinated by the work this guy does and how much time he invests in it. In his Twitter PLN Page,

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Google Offers Effective Search Tips For Teachers - Edudemic

Google Offers Effective Search Tips For Teachers - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Google has weighed in with some official tips for teachers regarding search, digital citizenship, and your online life.
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Can We Keep the EdTech Bubble From Bursting?

Can We Keep the EdTech Bubble From Bursting? | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

In a fall 2012 guest post for Venture Beat, professor Reynol Junco delicately pointed out that "most edtech startups suck." He placed partial blame for said sucking on the fact that startups "rarely, if ever" get input from a real live educator before making the product. The result is innovations that sound great on paper to investors but that teachers, parents, or students take one look at and shrug their shoulders instead of reaching for their wallets. The best thing edtech ventures could do for themselves would be to get an academic on the management team or to help with design

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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

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"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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50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

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Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Podcasts don’t force you to find more time in your day; they give you the opportunity to capitalize on all the dead time that already exists in your day by simply downloading the .mp3 or syncing a podcast to your iTunes account on your smartphone.

Even though podcasts have been around awhile, a lot of people still don’t utilize the hundreds of free podcasts available on the Internet. Now is a great time to start.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 3:07 PM

A MUST read...

 

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Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:28 AM

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

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23 Excellent Professional Development Tools for Teachers

23 Excellent Professional Development Tools for Teachers | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Talking about professional development brings to my mind memories of those days when nothing called internet ever existed. I still remember how hard it was to dig for resources and learning materials but yet we learned. I think determination, personal investment, and motivation are key elements in any  "recipe" for  success, secondary to this comes the availability and accessibility to information . There is no era in the entire human history that has witnessed as a huge influx of human knowledge being collected and accessible from a single place as it is now.All it takes is a single click and there you are roaming inside a limitless repository of human knowledge.

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iPad or Chromebook: 4 Questions To Ask Before Choosing

iPad or Chromebook: 4 Questions To Ask Before Choosing | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Chromebooks incorporate the best of the web and integrate seamlessly with Google Apps – a major advantage for Google Apps Schools. Students have complete access to their Drive accounts, a full browser, the ability to install additional apps such as Evernote or Skitch, and a standard keyboard. Much like iPad, Chromebook has the charm of “easy on/ easy off” and total mobility. Though it lacks the touch screen and dual camera functionality, the overall similarities to a traditional laptop can make for a smooth transition especially when the curriculum still relies heavily on traditional assessments such as papers, presentations, and spreadsheets.

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The 15 Education Technologies To Know About This Year - Edudemic

The 15 Education Technologies To Know About This Year - Edudemic | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it
Keeping up with all the education technologies is downright impossible. So let's use this boiled-down list of 15 tools to watch for instead!
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Top 10 Videos on 21st Century Learning

Top 10 Videos on 21st Century Learning | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Do you need some inspiration for the start of this new year ? Do you need something to empower you and boost your teaching moral up ? Edutopia has the answer. The folks there have just finished curating a great list of short videos that are definitely worth watching.

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If We Profs Can Be Replaced By Computer Screen, We Should Be

If We Profs Can Be Replaced By Computer Screen, We Should Be | Learning With Social Media Tools & Mobile | Scoop.it

Although normally a pretty upbeat and optimistic person, I end a lot of my different talks these days with a pretty scary, even dystopic slide:    "IF WE PROFS CAN BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER SCREEN, WE SHOULD BE.”

 

That gets people’s attention.   And it makes people mad.   My meaning is often misunderstood at first—and that’s what I want.  I want profs in the audience to be outraged that I’m saying they can be replaced by a computer screen.   And, if they think they are not replaceable by a computer screen, I want them to articulate why. 

 

 

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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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