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LEGO.com: Comic Builder

LEGO.com: Comic Builder | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Is there no end to the awesomeness of LEGO? Now LEGO City Comic Builder is here.


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Verbling: It’s a Chatroulette for Learning Languages

Verbling: It’s a Chatroulette for Learning Languages | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Using Verbling, you can connect to native speakers of another language who also want to learn the language you speak natively. You can elect to chat at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels, and if you’re stuck for conversation topics, have no fear: Stanford language professors have developed a handy list of subjects for you. When each chat is over, you can indicate whether your bilingual conversation was great, good or bad (more later on how these ratings will be used). And you can do as many video chats as you like, continually improving your skills and meeting new partners.

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dml2012.dmlcentral.net

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The 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice. The third annual DML Conference is organized around the theme “Beyond Educational Technology: Learning Innovations in a Connected World” and will be held between March 1-3, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

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'How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn' | DMLcentral

'How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn' | DMLcentral | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

The thing about techno-determinism, which is the idea that you believe technology causes things, is that people forget that humans are humans. Multitasking might not be as efficient for some as it is for others, but the point is to be realistic. I think of myself as a techno-realist. The point of being realistic is to acknowledge that something isn’t working and then to determine what can be done to make it better. When we let technology run our lives, we lose power and become helpless. We start to believe it is damaging our child's brain. But if we tell ourselves that it is a tool and that all tools have affordances and hindrances, we can then see how it can better serve us. If we do that, then we have a chance.

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10 Infographics for Learning

10 Infographics for Learning | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

10 infographics that discuss learning in many different capacities – online, blended, mobile, etc.


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Assessments 2.0: "Absolute game-changer in education."

Assessments 2.0: "Absolute game-changer in education." | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

The Assessments 2.0 initiative, with its focus on cooperation and smarter technology, provides the United States with a prime opportunity to overcome many of the shortfalls of performance-based assessments. Replacing statewide, standardized multiple-choice tests with performance-based assessments will lay the foundation for instruction that will help ensure students learn higher-order thinking skills and are adequately prepared for college and future careers. This initiative will not only make large-scale use of performance-based assessments feasible, but because of the many benefits of performance-based assessments—such as formative use, improved instruction, and better measurement of 21st Century skills—it will also make these new assessments preferable to traditional, multiple-choice tests.

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Cathy N. Davidson on Evolving Education

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Duke University professor Cathy N. Davidson, author of the new book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. She believes that how we learn is a relic of 19th century values, and if it has any chance at relevancy, must embrace aspects of our digital lives that are normally shunned by scholars – technology, collaboration, and yes, even distraction.


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12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift

12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

It’s our responsibility to teach kids how to find and research information, how to judge its veracity, and when it’s time to ask for a grownup’s help. I spoke to Daniel Russell, Google’s “search anthropologist” in charge of Search Quality and User Happiness (yes, really), who brought to light some important tips you may not have known.

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Serious Games Engaging Players In Scientific Inquiry

Serious Games Engaging Players In Scientific Inquiry | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

In the VELscience project, a series of six modules that immerse middle school students in virtual environments for learning (VELs), are being developed. Students take on the role of a scientist engaged in a complex task. The virtual settings presented in the VELs support students in designing and carrying out their own investigations. Students use virtual scientific instruments that resemble those used by scientists in the real world, but scaled to suit their age level.


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Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

The vision is that students could sign up for self-paced online programs with no conventional instructors. They could work at their own speeds through engaging online content that offers built-in assessments, allowing them to determine when they are ready to move on. They could get help through networks of peers who are working on the same courses; online discussions could be monitored by subject experts. When they’re ready, students could complete a proctored assessment, perhaps at a local high school, or perhaps online.

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Getting At-Risk Teens to Graduation : Education Next

Getting At-Risk Teens to Graduation : Education Next | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

The second trend is the “blended” approach, combining online learning with a teacher-led classroom (see “Future Schools,” features, Summer 2011). Most instruction is online in the PLC model, but a teacher-coach is there to answer questions, direct projects, and keep kids on track.

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The Pros and Cons of E-Learning and Education Technology | Oxbridge Essays

The Pros and Cons of E-Learning and Education Technology | Oxbridge Essays | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

From class blogs and school e-twinning schemes to scholastic ‘apps’ and online courses, education is going electronic. For those who have yet to experience the e-learning revolution, there is a treasure trove of rich benefits and exciting advances just waiting to be discovered, but some believe that there are also major pitfalls that must be carefully avoided.

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Schools, technology, test scores, and the New York Times | Dangerously Irrelevant

Schools, technology, test scores, and the New York Times | Dangerously Irrelevant | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

If it changes how information is created…
If it changes how information is shared…
If it changes how information is evaluated…
If it changes how people connect…
If it changes how people communicate…
If it changes what people can do for themselves…
Then it will change education, teaching, and learning. --George Siemens.

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TechCrunch | Creating A New Mobile Learning Network For Kids

TechCrunch | Creating A New Mobile Learning Network For Kids | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Some might balk at the sight of a five-year-old on an iPhone, but when digital devices and technology become means not just to make money off of young people through games or carrier contracts, but tools of early education, the critics quiet down significantly.

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Can Mobile Phones Help Teachers Manage Classroom Behavior? | MindShift

Can Mobile Phones Help Teachers Manage Classroom Behavior? | MindShift | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Behavior management is actually a significant part of what teachers have to do every day, and while there’s a wealth of information to help them with tips and tricks, there isn’t a lot of technology in place to help them with the implementation of best practices.

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Social Media's Slow Slog Into the Ivory Towers of Academia

Social Media's Slow Slog Into the Ivory Towers of Academia | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

If you took a soldier from a thousand years ago and put them on a battlefield, they'd be dead," Howard Rheingold, a professor teaching virtual community and social media at Stanford University, told me one morning via Skype. "If you took a doctor from a thousand years ago and put them in a modern surgical theater, they would have no idea what to do. Take a professor from a thousand years ago and put them in a modern classroom, they would know where to stand and what to do.

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Vialogues : Meaningful discussions around video

Vialogues : Meaningful discussions around video | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Vialogues(Video+Dialogues) is an asynchronous Video discussion tool which can be used for leveraging digital videos for learning by adding group interaction as part of the online video experience.


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Changing the Game | DMLcentral

Changing the Game | DMLcentral | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Heffernan writes, "Simply put, we can’t keep preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist. We can’t keep ignoring the formidable cognitive skills they’re developing on their own. And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some of us over 40 don’t happen to possess it...In short, the world is changing and it is incumbent on educational institutions to change with it. But this change will require us to rethink our conceptions of education reform.

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What We Don't Know About Our Students - And Why We Don't Know It | Psychology Today

What We Don't Know About Our Students - And Why We Don't Know It | Psychology Today | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

People tend to become more enthusiastic and proficient when they're in charge of what they're doing. It was particularly disconcerting for me to realize that when the priorities of adults and kids diverge, we simply assume that ours ought to displace theirs. We tell more than we ask; we direct more than we listen; we use our power to pressure or even punish students whose interests don't align with ours. This has any number of unfortunate results, including loss of both self-confidence and interest in learning.

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Research Center: Technology in Education

Research Center: Technology in Education | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

While there is much on-going research on new technologies and their effects on teaching and learning, there is little rigorous, large-scale data that makes for solid research, education experts say. The vast majority of the studies available are funded by the very companies and institutions that have created and promoted the technology, raising questions of the research’s validity and objectivity. In addition, the kinds of studies that produce meaningful data often take several years to complete—a timeline that lags far behind the fast pace of emerging and evolving technologies.


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Tools, Not Toys – Becoming a Techy Teacher | Powerful Learning Practice

Tools, Not Toys – Becoming a Techy Teacher | Powerful Learning Practice | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

At some point this past school year, I began to truly understand how to change my teaching. The big revelation: It’s NOT about technology. It’s about learning. If we are “integrating technology” just to bring computers (or interactive whiteboards, or cell phones) into the classroom, we’ve got it all wrong. Just using the equipment — or the web tools it allows us to access – isn’t going to lead us or our students to truly connected learning.


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The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education - Forbes

The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education - Forbes | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Given that the factory model of management doesn’t work very well, even in the few factories that still remain in this country, or anywhere else in the workplace for that matter, we should hardly be surprised that it doesn’t work well in education either

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Turning Fifth Graders into Game Designers and Mobile Learners | DMLcentral

Turning Fifth Graders into Game Designers and Mobile Learners | DMLcentral | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

Take 40 precocious fifth graders, a box full of iPhones, and a group of game designers and educators, stir, and release onto the busy streets of New York City. What may sound like chaos is actually Mobile Quest, a mobile game design camp in its third year.


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You're welcome. Good stuff you are doing. Thanks for the tweet!
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NYTimes Live Streaming Event - Schools For Tomorrow | September 22, 2011

NYTimes Live Streaming Event - Schools For Tomorrow | September 22, 2011 | Learning in a Digital Age | Scoop.it

We’re bringing together 400 of the most influential leaders in teaching, government, philanthropy and industry. The goal: to harness the power of technology to improve the learning experience. Democratize access to quality education. And elevate the American student to a higher level.

 

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