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ACTFL Video Podcast Contest 2011 - Finalists

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What does being a 21st Century language learner mean? The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages asked language learners in the USA what they thought - and here's what they found.
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Nik Peachey Talks About His Career, Online Teaching and The Future Of Education

Nik Peachey Talks About His Career, Online Teaching and The Future Of Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Nik is now entering a new stage in his prolific career – moving on from freelance innovator to Head of Learning at EnglishUp. He is going to talk to us about his career transition, his new goals and insights as Head of Learning at a 100% online school.

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Nice to see my interview with Sylvia Guinan from Wiziq.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 6:44 AM

My interview with Wiziq

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A plan to conquer the digital divide or a technological leap of faith?

Turkey is embarking on one of the world’s largest educational technology projects: putting tablet computers in the hands of every student from grade 5 to 12, and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. Though massive in its planned scope, the goals and approach of turkey’s FAITH Project (The Movement to Enhance Opportunities and Improve Technology) are little understood. The objective of this brief is to analyze FATIH through the lens of ongoing and previous international, large-scale ICT in education experiences, and to use those experiences to suggest ways in which this important investment in educational technology can lead to the best possible learning outcomes for all students in Turkey.

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Interesting 30 page PDF report

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Tony Parkin's curator insight, October 30, 5:37 AM

FAITH in FATIH... a bold scheme...

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Designing the classrooms of the future

Designing the classrooms of the future | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The results of the project have been published in a form of a magazine "Designing the future classroom" Nº2, available in five languages. The articles include stories from teachers and project partners, as well as a preview to the iTEC school pilot results and training activities, including the Future Classroom Scenarios course.

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Better read it quickly. This is likely to age very rapidly.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 29, 11:15 AM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

Елена Полякова's curator insight, October 30, 12:37 AM

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Maria Persson's curator insight, October 30, 8:44 PM

This magazine supplies interesting data on the way in which teachers (overseas) are addressing the way in which pedagogy has had to change to ensure their students are being given every advantage possible! The narratives are thought provoking and further links are provided so the reader can continue to scope the journey of the various authors.

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Business English eLearning

Business English eLearning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Having worked on many elearning and mlearning materials development projects I can safely say that I know what a huge task it is, even when working with experienced teams, to produce really good quality, well designed, interactive digital content and that’s why it is such a surprise to see Paul Emmerson’s new BEhereBEthere Business English site.

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Here's a review of a really well designed free Business English site.

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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, October 25, 4:36 PM

Business English site will provide the real-life context for the learners and widen their scope. Students will gain access to up-to-date financial information.

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Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games

Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Digital games have the potential to transform K-12 education as we know it. But what has been the real experience among teachers who use games in the classroom? In 2013, the Games and Learning Publishing Council conducted a national survey among nearly 700 K-8 teachers. The report reveals key findings from the survey, and looks at how often and why teachers use games in the classroom, as well as issues they encounter in their efforts to implement digital games into their practice.

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This is a 69 page PDF, but it's well illustrated with plenty of infographics so easy to read.

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Teachers enlivening classrooms with free role-playing game

Teachers enlivening classrooms with free role-playing game | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Young people naturally gravitate towards games, but how can teachers gamify learning without making a huge commitment? The team behind hit RPG Classcraft have an innovative solution to this problem.

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This looks like an interesting tool.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 20, 11:30 PM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! Thanks again to Kim Flintoff.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 21, 3:43 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 24, 2:27 AM

Good article on the use of Classcraft in the classroom!!

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Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com

Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For starters, long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.

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Some good common sense tips here.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 16, 9:15 AM

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Viljenka Savli's curator insight, October 17, 3:11 AM

“It’s hard to sit there and push yourself for hours,” Mr. Carey says. “You’re spending a lot of effort just staying there, when there are other ways to make the learning more efficient, fun and interesting.”

The first step toward better learning is to simply change your study environment from time to time. Rather than sitting at your desk or the kitchen table studying for hours, finding some new scenery will create new associations in your brain and make it easier to recall information later.

“The brain wants variation,” Mr. Carey says. “It wants to move, it wants to take periodic breaks.”

This is one of the important highlights in the article. Worth reading and doing some changes on yourself and when teaching others :)

DareDo's curator insight, October 30, 6:26 AM

Beaucoup de bon sens et de choses connues. Néanmoins très utile à relire et intégrer...

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The Changing Face of Early Literacy – Digital is Different

The Changing Face of Early Literacy – Digital is Different | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on the way I teach literacy in my classroom and about the ways that the digital text I often use to teach now is inherently different from the text I used to teach reading ten years ago.

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Some interesting observations on the changing nature of digital literacy.

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Content without borders | EQUELLA

Content Without Borders is an open access repository service powered by EQUELLA. This publicly accessible repository promotes and provides access to resources contributed by academic institutions and repositories from around the world.

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Great idea.

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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In Genius Hour, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result. As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning.

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Useful if you are looking to try something new in your classroom.

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Les Howard's curator insight, October 2, 7:56 AM

Interesting idea to develop autonomy and engagement.

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, October 2, 9:06 AM

 Mais um novo método para tornar a aprendizagem um processo apaixonante e descobridor de talentos.

nicolaperry's curator insight, October 5, 1:54 AM

Great idea. An hour a week but over time will build confidence and independence.

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Being reasonable, not hysterical, about e-safety - Innovate My School

Being reasonable, not hysterical, about e-safety - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When it comes to safeguarding pupils online, some teachers will want to take a ‘better-safe-than-sorry’ approach to the issue. Keir McDonald, Chairman of EduCare, argues that the benefits of learning online outweigh the risks commonly associated with the internet.

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Good sensible article.

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darrenwise's curator insight, October 3, 7:15 AM

Are we alarmist?

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Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A compilation with 26 literacy and numeracy programmes using radio, TV, mobile phones, tablets and computers, entitled Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning. The selected literacy programmes featured in this publication present valuable experiences from all world regions

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This looks well worth dipping into. (194p PDF)

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 2:36 AM

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 2, 8:32 AM

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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.

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A useful article with a handy infographic for reference.

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Training in Business's curator insight, September 29, 9:22 AM

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, September 29, 11:03 AM

Navigating the grey areas of creative commons

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Infinite Connections: Education and new technologies.

Infinite Connections: Education and new technologies. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Trends Shaping Education 2014 Spotlight 5

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Interesting report with a strong focus on secondary education.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, Today, 6:43 AM

OECD - I keep forgetting how useful their site can be..... cheers Nik

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Big educational laptop and tablet projects -- Ten countries to learn from

Big educational laptop and tablet projects -- Ten countries to learn from | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A number of the high profile 'one laptop per learner' projects have now reached new phases of development, and new sets of large scale educational laptop programs are being announced. At the same time, 'educational tablets' have gone from a curiosity and novelty in some education systems to become the primary computing devices meant for students and teachers in others.
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This article has links to a varied range of projetcs.

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How computers change the way we learn

How computers change the way we learn | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.

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Actually there seems to be surprisingly little that's new here.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, October 29, 7:15 AM

At each leap in technology - moving from story-telling to writing - there are people who question and people who tout the benefits. Alfred Spector from Google and others look at the new opportunities with technology to personalize and use the power of the "crowd." 

Training in Business's curator insight, October 30, 9:40 AM

How computers change the way we learn 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 6:46 AM

Des applications pour apprendre les langues sont déjà beaucoup utilisées, mais l'article va plus loin.

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How to manage phones in your school

How to manage phones in your school | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There has been a dramatic rise in mobile devices crossing back and forth between the school gates, and be it smartphones, tablets, notebooks or laptops, whether they are parent-owned or school-owned, there remains a duty of care that schools must practice. Schools have a responsibility to ensure that students’ mobile access to the world is properly managed and protects them from harm.

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Some useful suggestions

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 24, 7:40 AM

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Scott Langston's curator insight, October 24, 8:26 PM

Some valid suggestions here for schools and teachers...

becool's curator insight, October 27, 4:46 AM

Enkele goede suggesties...

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For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Multi-linguals might also be better decision-makers. According to a new study, they are more resistant to conditioning and framing techniques, making them less likely to be swayed by such language in advertisements or political campaign speeches.
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Interesting article on the benefits of learning another language.

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Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, October 23, 1:14 AM

CLIL

flea palmer's curator insight, October 23, 4:50 AM

Interesting article - learning another language can also delay dementia.

Deborah Davison's curator insight, October 25, 11:01 PM

Very interesting article. It's time for me to get back to learning French.

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10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks

10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Here are several reasons why students aren't yet warming up to the idea of e-textbooks today.

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I think the main one here is that the ebooks still need to be much cheaper.

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Audrey's curator insight, October 18, 7:49 AM

It is  much easier to access paper material or material that you can create yourself without the complications of machine equipment, which can be inaccessible. 

 

An important part of learning and using your brain is the ability to be flexible. It will take time to make e text books flexible enough for young people to use them creatively.

Curated by Audrey for http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

Edgar Mata's curator insight, October 18, 3:29 PM

¿Por qué lo estudiantes no utilizan libros de texto electrónicos?

Randy Nichols's curator insight, October 23, 5:08 PM

Ah.

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Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests

Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Those who scored high on the "media multitasking index" averaged more than three hours a day of multitasking, the study found. They also managed to complete an average of 3.5 hours of homework a day, all while juggling multiple tasks for more than 50 percent of this time.

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Some interesting research findings.

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The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness

The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Six educators share the insights, changes, and rewards observed and felt during their journey from unconnectedness to connectedness.

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Some interesting personal stories from exerienced teachers.

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Linda Ashida's curator insight, October 10, 10:32 AM

Examples from several Educators that will inspire others.

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20 years on: How education has changed - Innovate My School

20 years on: How education has changed - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology allows me to assess my students in ways that simply was not possible formerly. I can see at the tap of a screen or a click of a button what level each student has attained and I can then plan accordingly. Differentiated instruction really becomes achievable with such technology, not only in the level of tasks set, but in the way in which students can tackle their work.

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Some interesting reflections.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 2, 8:22 AM

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MOOCs: A review - The Tech

MOOCs: A review - The Tech | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Despite the hype, MOOC providers do acknowledge that robust online education is in its infancy, and as The Times and NPR describe it, there are “kinks to be worked out.” Universities that offer online courses through edX or Coursera rightly worry about how exams will be administered, how cheaters will be identified, and how grading will be scaled to hundreds of thousands of students in a single course. A lot of smart people are coming up with clever ways to address all those problems, and more.

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A good balanced review and overview of how things stand with MOOCs. Also a source worth following.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 9:54 AM

MOOCs: A review - The Tech

Andy Powys's curator insight, October 20, 9:32 AM

Good source!

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Can MOOCs help democratize access to education?

Can MOOCs help democratize access to education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Despite many prophecies that massive open online courses (MOOCs) would be a democratizing force in education, providing global access to top-quality education at low cost to providers, and at no cost to the learner, the reality is somewhat less glorious. It is true that many MOOCs are taught by world-class professors, that they have attracted learners from all over the world, and that they have been offered free to participants. However, MOOCs are costly and time-consuming to produce, most participants are already well-educated, and only around 5% of registrants actually complete their courses.

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Down to earth article about the effectiveness of MOOCs

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, October 1, 8:35 AM

"MOOCs may be an effective learning mechanism for highly motivated, self-directed learners who have strong reading skills and high bandwidth internet access.  Short or “modularized” MOOCs may provide a cost-effective way for corporations to offer ongoing, just-in-time training for employees.  However, for the less motivated but perhaps more typical learner, negligible instructor-student interaction in MOOCs and limited opportunities for constructive peer-to-peer engagement present a challenge.  Improving access to learning opportunities for most individuals requires more than simply making the materials available. It is also necessary to help them select learning experiences that fit with their incoming level of preparation, interests, and goals for education, and to offer sustained guidance and support throughout the learning experience."Fiona Hollands, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 9:53 AM

Can MOOCs help democratize access to education?

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The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools

The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Blended learning is an environment in which students study in a “blended” model of face-to-face instruction with a teacher and technology-based instruction to meet their educational needs.


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Well these wouldn't be my top 5 but this does give an interesting perspective.

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Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, October 1, 5:13 PM

#flippedclassroom #evernote #blended 

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