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[TEDx] Blended learning and the future of education (Monique Markoff )

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Blended Learning has become a catch phrase-- a buzzword for using technology in the classroom. The idea is used to describe the education system's response to the need for 21st century skills, a solution to the budget crisis in schools, and a beacon of hope for the transformation of education through individual interventions. In my talk I sharpen the idea of blended learning and offer some insight on potential successes and pitfalls of implementing a true blended model. Blended learning has enormous potential but it is not a panacea for the woes of education. Drawing on my experience in a blended classroom and as an administrator my goal is to contribute to the debate that is currently happening in our school districts, in our schools, and in our media over the incorporation of technology in education.

Monique is currently teaching in the Education Department at Ithaca College, training the newest generation of future teachers as they prepare to inspire their students. Education is her career and passion. Last year she was part of the founding team at Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School, a blended learning charter school in San Jose which is integrating technology to innovate on the middle school curriculum. Prior to that she was an assistant principal, taught math and science, coached volleyball, and created an Outdoor Education Program for middle school students. Monique received her MEd in School Leadership from Harvard University and her BS in Human Development from Cornell University.



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5 Great TED Talks on The Importance of Listening

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Sponge UK Blog: What is digital learning design?

How do you effectively analyse, design and develop digital learning initiatives? (RT @markITwrite: What is digital learning design?
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4 myths about mindfulness meditation

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By Jeff Wilson, special to CNN

(CNN) -- Mindfulness meditation is a huge phenomenon – and a multibillion-dollar industry – in the United States.
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How does the brain learn best? Smart studying strategies

How does the brain learn best? Smart studying strategies | Learning | Scoop.it

In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”


That’s a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it’s also unexpectedly liberating, because Carey further explains that many things we think of as detractors from learning — like forgetting, distractions, interruptions or sleeping rather than hitting the books — aren’t necessarily bad after all. They can actually work in your favor, according to a body of research that offers surprising insights and simple, doable strategies for learning more effectively.


Society has ingrained in us “a monkish conception of what learning is, of you sitting with your books in your cell,” Carey told MindShift. It’s a ritual of self-discipline, isolation and blocks of repetitive practice, whether in math, vocabulary, piano or tennis. But that traditional ideal has psychological downsides. Often, “you feel like you haven’t done it right or you haven’t done enough of it,” he said. “It causes a lot of anxiety because of what we think we should be doing.” For many students, learning has become a high-stress burden.



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MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education

MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education | Learning | Scoop.it
MIT has been a leader in online education for more than a decade, and many leading thinkers in the evolution of education technology have emerged from the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus.
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Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall

Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall | Learning | Scoop.it
People learn better and recall more when given the impression that they will soon have to teach newly acquired material to someone else, suggests new research.
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Top Free Education Tools That You Should Know and Use - 10. Edmondo - Etertain

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Top free education tools that you should know and use http://t.co/42m95mDIXJ
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Mindfulness Article Collection | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

Mindfulness Article Collection | Explore Taylor & Francis Online | Learning | Scoop.it
RT @routledgemh: Enjoy our selection of 70 articles on Mindfulness for free http://t.co/NYfJ3e101h
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How to Learn Anything Better By Tweaking Your Mindset — PsyBlog

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New study finds that changing your mindset during learning directly impacts what you recall.
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6 Must Have Back to School iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Must Have Back to School iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning | Scoop.it

"Today as I was thinking about the iPad apps to feature in this list  I decided not to include what I call ' the traditional apps' I have been repeatedly featuring during the last couple of years. Instead, I am sharing 6 powerful apps that are usually overlooked by teachers. These apps are definitely a must try and I am pretty sure you will love them. From using iPads to manage content on students' iPads to apps that support teachers in Common Core instruction, these set of apps can do wonders to your teaching."


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Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 12, 12:38 PM

...and a follow up to getting the most out of your tablet this semester.

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Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems

Why Tech Still Hasn't Solved Education's Problems | Learning | Scoop.it
One researcher has a compelling hypothesis as to why the once-booming ed-tech sector has struggled.  (The nature of education means that there will always be problems that #edtech can't solve, says @Paul_Franz: http://t.co/hZG8JZT26a)...
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The future of artificial intelligence & deep learning with Gigaom

The future of artificial intelligence & deep learning with Gigaom | Learning | Scoop.it
Please join Gigaom and special guests Andrew Ng (Baidu, Coursera, Stanford), Johan Schalkwyk (Google) and Eric Horvitz (Microsoft Research), as well as your fellow peers, for a conversation on artificial intelligence and deep learning onWednesday,...
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4 Tech Tips to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment - FRACTUS LEARNING

4 Tech Tips to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment - FRACTUS LEARNING | Learning | Scoop.it
Start the school year right with four tech tips to foster a collaborative learning environment from a first grade classroom.

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Digital Learning Is Just Different

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Digital Learning Is Just Different by Terry Heick This article has been updated and republished from an earlier 2013 post. Digital learning is different than… (How is digital learning different from the "traditional" methods we're used to?
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Learning requires a change in the brain...

Learning requires a change in the brain... | Learning | Scoop.it

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How do students learn? There are many concepts that look at this question, and the visual above in one way to view this. 

To the left you have a box that shows that students take in content by reading, writing, listening and experiencing, and that to comprehend and interpret content they must have prior knowledge, make observations, identify main and supporting ideas and gather evidence.

In the midle section the student has to take the input and use critical thinking skills. To do this they must also be engaged in and committed to the learning process. 

And the final section looks at their output, how does the student show what they have learned.

In all phases technology may play a role.

This visual would be great to spark discussion amongst faculy.

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Play Guitar: Learn To Play Guitar - A Beginner's Guide To Playing Guitar- One Chord A Day (Learning To Play Guitar Book 1) - Kindle edition by Mark C. Becklington, Guitar, Learn to play guitar, Gui...

Play Guitar: Learn To Play Guitar - A Beginner's Guide To Playing Guitar- One Chord A Day (Learning To Play Guitar Book 1) - Kindle edition by Mark C. Becklington, Guitar, Learn to play guitar, Guitar for beginners, Play Guitar.
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[TEDx] Blended learning and the future of education (Monique Markoff )

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Blended Learning has become a catch phrase-- a buzzword for using technology in the classroom. The idea is used to describe the education system's response to the need for 21st century skills, a solution to the budget crisis in schools, and a beacon of hope for the transformation of education through individual interventions. In my talk I sharpen the idea of blended learning and offer some insight on potential successes and pitfalls of implementing a true blended model. Blended learning has enormous potential but it is not a panacea for the woes of education. Drawing on my experience in a blended classroom and as an administrator my goal is to contribute to the debate that is currently happening in our school districts, in our schools, and in our media over the incorporation of technology in education.

Monique is currently teaching in the Education Department at Ithaca College, training the newest generation of future teachers as they prepare to inspire their students. Education is her career and passion. Last year she was part of the founding team at Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School, a blended learning charter school in San Jose which is integrating technology to innovate on the middle school curriculum. Prior to that she was an assistant principal, taught math and science, coached volleyball, and created an Outdoor Education Program for middle school students. Monique received her MEd in School Leadership from Harvard University and her BS in Human Development from Cornell University.



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Is This The Future Of Education? - Edudemic

Is This The Future Of Education? - Edudemic | Learning | Scoop.it
It seems to be part of the human condition that we are constantly looking to the future.
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Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education Descubra uma forma melhor de aprender: E-mail baseado na Web, agenda e documentos gratuitos para estudar em colaboração a qualquer momento, em qualquer lugar....
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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Learning | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."


Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 


Tags: mapping, perspective.


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CHS AP Human Geography's curator insight, August 14, 5:30 PM

Use as small cards that students can sort in small groups?  Post as gallery walk?  Skill builder to identify areas of distortion (shape, area, distance, etc)?  

YEC Geo's curator insight, August 15, 10:03 AM

I love maps, but it's easy to forget that reproducing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface involves many trade-offs.  This article highlights those trade-offs.

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 9:28 AM

Would you perception of the world change if you saw it upside down?

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How I Got My Brain Back, Became Creative Like A Child Again And Increased My Productivity (and Bank Account) As A Result! - Facebook Marketing Expert, How To Use Social Media, Facebook Marketing, S...

How I Got My Brain Back, Became Creative Like A Child Again And Increased My Productivity (and Bank Account) As A Result! - Facebook Marketing Expert, How To Use Social Media, Facebook Marketing, S... | Learning | Scoop.it
Be Sociable, Share! How I Got My Brain Back, Became Creative Like A Child Again And Increased My Productivity (and Bank Account) As A Result! Joining us this week is Head Media Director here at A Real Change International, Inc, Jeremy Krakowski.
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Google Classroom Opens to All Apps for Education Users

Google Classroom Opens to All Apps for Education Users | Learning | Scoop.it
After releasing a preview in May, Google is making its free Classroom tool available for anyone with a Google Apps for Education account. Classroom offers a single dashboard and unified...
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"Google Open Gallery" Looks Like A Neat Place To Display A Class Project

"Google Open Gallery" Looks Like A Neat Place To Display A Class Project | Learning | Scoop.it
Google Open Gallery was unveiled quite a few months ago, but I just received an invitation today and think it looks pretty neat. It's designed to let artists and others display cultural artifacts i...

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 12, 11:11 PM

I am visiting the Google Open Gallery too!

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Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers | TechCrunch

Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers | TechCrunch | Learning | Scoop.it
Google has opened access to its Classroom learning management tool to anyone with a Google Apps for Education account. Classroom gives teachers access to a..
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Mindfulness Training May Assuage Early Life Trauma - Scientific American (blog)

Mindfulness Training May Assuage Early Life Trauma - Scientific American (blog) | Learning | Scoop.it
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Mindfulness Training May Assuage Early Life Trauma
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Studies show contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation, compassion training, yoga, etc.
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