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Window-Eyes Screen Reader FREE- Offer for Users of Microsoft Office -Blind/ Low Vision/Print disabled

Window-Eyes Screen Reader FREE- Offer for Users of Microsoft Office -Blind/ Low Vision/Print disabled | Learning Development | Scoop.it

GW Micro, in collaboration with Microsoft, is excited to provide people who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled with a completely functional* and free license of GW Micro's Window-Eyes screen reader. Microsoft is offering customers who have a licensed** version of Office 2010 or later the ability to download Window-Eyes, a screen reader for Windows PCs, free of charge!


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, January 21, 11:11 AM

This is quite an offer and a game changer in AT! For users who are currently using JAWS, Window Eyes is now a cost affordable option, with similar use and commands. Note: it is not yet compatible with Dragon speech recognition. Contact me for hands-on training, or training via

Live webinar to use Window Eyes. 

dp.atspecialist@gmail.com

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Here is a link for the downlaod:http://www.windoweyesforoffice.com/
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Narration over Google Slides


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, December 15, 10:12 AM

Learn how to add a narrative to your Google presentation.

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Popular Educational Apps and Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Popular Educational Apps and Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning Development | Scoop.it

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Workflow Is The Most Impressive Productivity App We've Ever Seen - Business Insider

Workflow Is The Most Impressive Productivity App We've Ever Seen - Business Insider | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Imagine you could create a single button on your iPhone that does whatever you want.

Want to order an Uber for your next Calendar event? Easy. Want a button designated for calling mom? Done. Wish you could tap a button and get directions to the nearest coffee shop? Who wouldn't? Want to tweet the last photo you took or song you're listening to? Just drag and drop each step of the process inside of Workflow and it turns into its own app.

That's the concept behind Workflow, a new app designed to save you time by allowing you to string together various tasks and combine them into one action. You can then turn that action into an app on your homescreen or add it to your iPhone's share screen so you always have quick access.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, December 13, 9:11 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education

The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Though colleges and universities might be threatened by disruption from online courses, the only disruption that matters is supporting students with mentoring, caring professors and deep and experiential learning.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 11, 7:31 AM

What is one of the Best predictors for student success: students who connect with their instructors...Sometimes, we just need someone who cares..

Maru Gutierrez's curator insight, December 11, 8:13 AM

We need transformative changes in all our educational systems!

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Online Courses Experiment With Digital Badges - US News

Online Courses Experiment With Digital Badges - US News | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Digital badges have gained momentum in online learning, though instructors are still trying to figure out the best ways to use them.
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Kelly Fitzgerald ~ EdTech Nut: Google Apps for Education - A Solution to Your Video Needs

Kelly Fitzgerald ~ EdTech Nut: Google Apps for Education - A Solution to Your Video Needs | Learning Development | Scoop.it

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These Are The 4 Concepts Shaping 21st Century Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

These Are The 4 Concepts Shaping 21st Century Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning Development | Scoop.it

December, 2014
Today's learning landscape is enriched with a variety of new concepts that were to the recent past foreign  to many. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 9, 7:54 AM

Thought you knew the latest educational Trends and terms? Here's a few you may not have heard of..yet.

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6 Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Classroom | Edudemic

6 Technologies That Will Revolutionize the Classroom | Edudemic | Learning Development | Scoop.it

"From the computer to the iPad, technology is revolutionizing how we work, play, socialize, and learn (sometimes all at once). In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we’re running the excellent infographic below, which explores 6 landmark technologies..."


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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 10, 6:22 PM

I'm more circumspect. These are technologies that could revolutionize the classroom, though I think we're overusing the word "revolutionize" just as we once overburdened "innovate." Anyway, yes, these technology could make an impact on what happens in the classroom. HOWEVER, every educator needs to make informed decisions about any technology that best expands (even excites) students' options for learning.

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Hands-On Learning and Mentorship Are Encouraging More Women in the STEM Pipeline

Hands-On Learning and Mentorship Are Encouraging More Women in the STEM Pipeline | Learning Development | Scoop.it
The movement to engage girls with the sciences is gaining traction across the nation—and laying the foundation for a stronger economy. (Sponsor: Chevron)
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How (Not) to Design a MOOC: Course Design Scenarios From Four xMOOCs

How (Not) to Design a MOOC: Course Design Scenarios From Four xMOOCs | Learning Development | Scoop.it
This post examines four MOOCs completed as a student then de-briefed from a course design perspective—I share insights into what worked and what didn’t for the purpose of helping educators create b...

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Nacho Granell's curator insight, December 12, 10:58 AM

Cómo diseñar un MOOC

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The 25 best education apps for connected classrooms - Daily Genius

The 25 best education apps for connected classrooms - Daily Genius | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Figuring out which tool is right for the job is something we all struggle with every day. Whether you’re a contractor, plumber, or teacher, there’s a lot of options to choose from. Teachers managing connected classrooms have it quite rough, though.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, December 8, 6:42 PM

Nice list of tools with brief explanations on what the tools are and possible classroom applications.

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What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning Development | Scoop.it

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Amy Burns's curator insight, December 8, 6:33 PM

Wonderful graphics dealing with critical thinking and creativity.

Melissa English's curator insight, December 9, 8:12 PM

The new classroom is mobile!

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Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic

Allow pupils to use Google in GCSE exams, says academic | Learning Development | Scoop.it
A Harvard physics professor says schoolchildren must be allowed to access the internet and talk to friends in the exams hall to reflect the conditions seen in the workplace

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 8, 4:54 AM

Seems like a no brainer to me.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 8, 7:42 AM

El profesor Eric Mazur, Decano de Física Aplicada en la Universidad de Harvard, muy conocido por su metodología de enseñanza "Peer Instruction" afirma que los adolescentes deberían tener acceso a internet y discutir preguntas con sus compañeros de clase durante los exámenes para que de esta manera realmente puedan estar preparados para el mundo real.

 

Estoy completamente de acuerdo y yo agregaría que las actuales formas de evaluación a través de exámenes y prácticas en aula deberían ser completamente reemplazadas por evaluaciones permanentes durante el desarrollo de las actividades lectivas, que deberían estar menos centradas en las tradicionales y aburridas (con honrosas excepciones por supuesto) clases magistrales y más en discusiones, desarrollo de proyectos, trabajos colaborativos y con enfoque interdisciplinar. Todo ello por supuesto conlleva a una mayor dedicación del profesor, a que él mismo desarrolle habilidades de trabajo en equipo, sea más creativo, se interese por la tecnología más allá del Word, el Powerpoint y el correo electrónico. En consecuencia.. un enorme reto por delante.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 17, 11:12 AM

Changes recommended by professor in how young people do GCSC exams to reflect the workplace conditions...using Google and conferring?

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How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation

How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Typical presentations are dull affairs with text and corporate backgrounds providing little of interest. Microsoft knows this. They even released their own PowerPoint alternative called Sway.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, December 14, 2:21 AM

Useful tips for learning how to embed videos and other media in your PPT presentations.

Jimun Gimm's curator insight, December 16, 8:37 AM

당신의 통찰력을 추가 ...

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10+ Places To Watch Fun Educational Videos Online

10+ Places To Watch Fun Educational Videos Online | Learning Development | Scoop.it
The Internet is full of great videos, some of which can be quite educational. A while back, we rounded up a few choice websites with informative videos to expand your mind.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 12, 7:41 AM

Awesome collection of sites to find fun, short and entertaining videos on a variety of subjects.

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What's Next for E-Textbooks? -- Campus Technology

What's Next for E-Textbooks? -- Campus Technology | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Technology is moving the digital textbook from print look-alike to next-generation learning platform.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 11, 8:51 PM

If this is the direction for texts for college students, then we need to be considering the cascading implications for high school, then middle school, and then elementary students. We also need to be looking towards what's currently happening and what could be happening for various organizations. Are we seeing the last of print products of any kind? Are we seeing movement away from any print sales collateral or marketing materials? Is that "good"? Will it be "better"? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

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10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Last year, Edudemic published a list of the most essential and popular educational tools used in modern classrooms across the globe.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, December 11, 4:12 PM

Who are the top 5?


1. Google Apps for Education: 40 million students/educators can't be wrong-and it has Google Docs and no ads..


2. Twitter: It's become a place for growing a personal learning network (PLN) among educators and is used in the classroom as well.


3. YouTube: With tons of channels that can help educators, it's the place both educators and students love.


4. Edmodo, like Google Apps for Education, has over 40 million members.  It's free and has many options to provide content and assessments for students.


5. Remind made it into the top 5. “Think of it as a combo of sticky note and class newsletter for the digital age,” writes nprED reviewer Elissa Nadworny. “Remind allows teachers to send messages — via email, cellphone, iPad or Android device — to an entire class with the push of a button.” 

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Online Learning Is About Activities - eLearning Industry

Online Learning Is About Activities - eLearning Industry | Learning Development | Scoop.it
What online learning means and what can be considered true online learning. Here is an attempt to define online learning plus online learning activities.

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Leonard Waks's curator insight, December 10, 5:27 PM

"Learning starts when you add to information the opportunity to challenge your knowledge and experiment or practice in a way or another. This is why the shortest definition sums up to “online learning is about activities”."


Good. This definition places the emphasis where it belongs - on learning! Learning itself is an activity that consists in many sub-activities: scanning, drilling, trying, practicing, selecting, organizing, summarizing. Learning is not 'being presented with knowledge'. Learning is not 'being taught'. Learning comes from doing - from 'experimenting and practicing.'


But the article is fatally flawed in suggesting the the ends of learning are predefined skills. That is sometimes true to a minor extent. We set out to learn how to do X and nothing else, and if successful we learn how to do X. 


But in action we rely upon, and test, many assumptions about connections in the world - about what will happen if we do something. The world being unforgiving, these assumptions are often false. When we are in action, the world reveals much to us. We learn not just X, but also Y and Z. And sometimes we also learn that X is not worth learning at all and we scrap it.


The ends of learning are rarely predefined. We set out to learn something, and in the course of that we learn many other things. Ultimately, the end of learning is growth in capability but not in narrowly defined capabilities.  

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9 Social Media Rules for Educators | Atomic Learning Blogs

9 Social Media Rules for Educators | Atomic Learning Blogs | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Preparing to dip your foot into the social media pool?

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 9, 5:47 PM

Worth sharing and discussing with your colleagues. . .and with your students.


N Kaspar's curator insight, December 10, 2:20 PM

Sound advice.  Worth the read.

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7 Tips To Use Google Forms In eLearning - eLearning Industry

7 Tips To Use Google Forms In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Learning Development | Scoop.it
How To Use Google Forms In eLearning. Check 7 Tips To Use Google Forms In eLearning.

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Training in Business's curator insight, December 11, 9:02 AM

7 Tips to use Google Forms in E-Learning

Ade Baruwa's curator insight, December 11, 1:48 PM

Interesting communicating and collaborative tool.

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20 Effective ways to use Google Apps For Education

20 Effective ways to use Google Apps For Education | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Creating a connected classroom has gotten far more affordable now that the major tech companies have begun pouring resources into reaching teachers, students, parents, and school leaders.

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The Art of Simplification in eLearning Design

The Art of Simplification in eLearning Design | Learning Development | Scoop.it
Keeping it simple can be an art. So, let’s discuss some tips to improve the eLearning design and help learners get through the course as fast as possible.

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How to use education technology with the Socratic method

How to use education technology with the Socratic method | Learning Development | Scoop.it
There is a large focus in education to try out the hottest teaching trends, best education technology, and basically do whatever others are doing. Your colleague down the hall is doing project-based learning?

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Amy Burns's curator insight, December 8, 6:46 PM

Brief article with a few tools to use with Socrative activities.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 8, 9:05 PM

It is interesting that some i.e. Biesta, Gadamer, and Ranciere indicated Socratic dialogue is circular and brings us back to what the questioner wants to hear as an answer.

 

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13 higher ed tech tools and approaches to watch in 2015

Recent awards and listings have raised the profile of a wide range of higher ed technology companies and institutional ed tech efforts.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 9, 5:46 PM

It's always good to know what's out there, what's is starting to gain some traction and may start to be somewhat disruptive, and to begin to thinking about if it's worth analyzing for your own institution.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 11, 3:10 PM
This article shares some technology products, and their companies, that might be good to be watching in 2015 and beyond.
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The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning Development | Scoop.it
The second major shift emerges with the uptake of the social networking sites and participatory technologies. Now, we no longer talk about a single literacy but multiple literacies. Literacies take many forms and encompass a varied body of social skills and cultural competencies. In their popular white paper "Confronting The Challenges of Participatory Cultures" Jenkins et al talked at length  about the development of these new literacies and how they come to shape the new learning forms that take place in the virtual space. According to Jenkins et al, these new literacies involve several social skills that are developed through collaboration and networking.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 1:15 PM

This overview article lists 11 literacy skills that resonate with me. As an online educator they all apply to my work. However the three that most closely describe the program I work in are:


6- Distributed cognition:
The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities.


7- Collective intelligence:
The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal.


10- Networking
The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information.


I learn by teaching. My life as an educator has prepared me to be 21st Century Literate.