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Sony Sets Its Sights on Augmented Reality

Sony Sets Its Sights on Augmented Reality | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The future of mobile gaming will merge the virtual and real worlds. Augmented reality involves mapping virtual objects onto a view of the real world, usually as seen through the screen of a smart phone. The technology has so far been used to create a handful of dazzling smart-phone apps, but has yet to take off in a big way. However, many believe that mobile gaming could prove to be an ideal platform for the technology. With Smart AR, certain real-world objects could become part of a game when viewed through a device such as the PlayStation Portable. This could allow game characters to appear on a tabletop, perhaps, or to respond to the movement of real objects.
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Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom

Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The home of my digital education publishing site.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, April 10, 4:16 AM
very useful materials and ideas for the classroom
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, April 10, 8:43 AM
The home of my digital education publishing site.
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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All good advice.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, July 28, 9:53 AM
Como se converter num professor de transformação.
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How EdTech Revolutionizes Teaching And Learning Experiences Of Educators And Students

How EdTech Revolutionizes Teaching And Learning Experiences Of Educators And Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Despite the rise of education technology, RAND Corp. policy researcher Julia Kaufman revealed in an open letter published on EdWeek that there has been "little evidence" that online EdTech platforms have indeed improved or transformed teaching and learning experiences. However, Kaufman also acknowledged the fact that most if not all teachers are looking for instructional "classroom lesson materials" online.
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Good short article.

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Platforms Have Transformed the Economy. Is Education Next?

Platforms Have Transformed the Economy. Is Education Next? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Like higher education, most K-12 platform deployments are examples of ‘technology integration’ rather than transformation. They facilitate textbook replacement and open content utilization. Strong deployment support personalization and extend learning.
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Interesting perspective on the LMS.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, July 27, 4:48 AM
Think this is a great article - highlighting a disconnect between what we need and what we want to have. HE Is slow to respond which doesn't help change anything. Worth taking a look at.
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, Today, 6:40 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Online Grammar Tools

Online Grammar Tools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I hope you enjoy these sites and find them useful. If you want more grammar related sites just click the link to see more Grammar links

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A collection of tools to help teachers and students with English grammar.

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DocAten's curator insight, July 25, 10:13 AM
Allez, on révise son anglais et en particulier la grammaire !
Educity Pedagogy's curator insight, July 27, 12:24 AM
I hope one another website to provide study material for banking sector, see it  http://www.oureducity.com/
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, July 27, 11:29 AM
These sites can be useful for ESL/EFL students.  Videos of grammar explanations and exercises in Grammar Flip can be helpful for independent practice.
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Idea to retire: Technology alone can improve student learning

Idea to retire: Technology alone can improve student learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What does make a difference is how students use technology. When students use technology in passive ways to consume media, even educational media, the positive impact is limited. But when students use technology actively, as a tool to create, to design, to explore, and to collaborate, they enable new kinds of deep, often transformational, learning experiences.
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I hope this message starts to sink in.

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Defining Critical Thinking

Defining Critical Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.
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A really useful resource for those (which should be every teacher) interested in promoting critical thinking.

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, July 26, 7:49 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Q&A with Edusynch Founder Sean Kilachand

Q&A with Edusynch Founder Sean Kilachand | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Each year students around the world spend millions of dollars trying to pass English exams. Now there’s a company that is trying to save them some money and make their learning more effective. I spoke to Sean Kilachand from EduSynch.
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My latest interview.

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Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement 

Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement  | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Hattie effect size list of 138 influences across all areas related to student achievement.
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This is interesting, though whilst being quite detailed and complicated also seems to really over simplify!

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How Big Data is Being Used to Shape the Digital Classroom

How Big Data is Being Used to Shape the Digital Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
MOOCs have been one of the major users of data to help learners learn better. For example, Udacity uses individual feedback. Feedback can also be offered to teachers to help them to improve. On Coursera, teachers are able to see data that indicates when students are most likely to stop watching their lessons on video, and how many students get questions right first time. This can help the teacher to see how and where they could be more effective in presenting information to help students learn.
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Worth reading if you are interested in how data collection can impact on learning.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 23, 9:11 AM

Ejemplos muy interesantes de como la tecnología y el análisis de la Big Data están siendo utilizadas para entender y mejorar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.

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Q&A With OurBoox Co-Founder Mel Rosenberg

Q&A With OurBoox Co-Founder Mel Rosenberg | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this Q & A I talk to Mel Rosenberg – a man on a mission to popularise the use of ebooks in education by allowing teachers and students to create and publish their own ebooks using his simple browser-based tool.

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The latest in my series of Q&A interviews with CEOs and founders of educational publishing products.

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Mel Rosenberg's curator insight, July 26, 9:38 AM
Will teachers encourage their students to write their own e-books? It's happening in Israel and Italy. Will it go global?

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Why Research Fails in the Classroom

Why Research Fails in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The best thing to do is listen to the people who are closest to students. Some of the most effective solutions come from faculty members or instructors. Working with educators this closely throughout the formulation, execution and evaluation of research and product development is the surest way to make research and tools work in real classrooms.

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Some good advice for edtech companies.

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Is video now main form of education communication?

Is video now main form of education communication? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Respondents included educators, instructional designers, IT professionals, digital media professionals, senior administrators and students from around the globe. Around 75% were drawn from higher education and 20% from K-12 (primary/secondary) institutions. The rest came from education technology organisations, educational non-profits, and other education-related institutions.
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No surprises here.

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The Future of Learning — Learning {Re}imagined

The Future of Learning - Learning {Re}imagined - Medium

We’re seeing a phenomenal investment going into educational technology right now, some real big investments, but these investments are in using technology to maintain and industrialise nineteenth century practices. It’s as if we agreed that the purpose of education was simply content distribution and testing, and therefore we don’t really need skilled teachers. We could actually offload that to technology.

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Interview and transcript.

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Teachers Are Confident About Using Technology, Now More Than Ever

Teachers Are Confident About Using Technology, Now More Than Ever | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Survey shows enthusiasm for the future of educational technology, but room to grow when it comes to broader, more innovative implementations.
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Some surprising and not so surprising results of this survey. Bit limited in scope though.

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Ten suggestions for improving academic research in education and technology

Ten suggestions for improving academic research in education and technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Ten suggestions for improving academic research in education and technology. Learning, Media and Technology: Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 213-219. doi: 10.1080/17439884.2012.680213

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Some good suggestions.

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How to teach the UN's development goals, and why

How to teach the UN's development goals, and why | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Emily Reynolds of our schools team explains why it is in students' interests to know about the 'Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs), and how teachers can teach them.
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Good article with some useful teaching suggestions.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, July 26, 9:14 PM
SDG teaching resources
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elearnspace › Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning

elearnspace › Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Basically, we have to shift education from focusing mainly on the acquisition of knowledge (the central underpinning of most adaptive learning software today) to the development of learner states of being (affect, emotion, self-regulation, goal setting, and so on). Adaptive learners are central to the future of work and society, whereas adaptive learning is more an attempt to make more efficient a system of learning that is no longer needed.
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Very good short article on adaptive learning.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 27, 9:28 AM
An interesting article about developing the mindset of the learner to be adaptive. I have to think about this some more, but what do you think?
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3 Digital Tools for Helping Students Gain Perspective on Immigration

3 Digital Tools for Helping Students Gain Perspective on Immigration | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
For young people without a personal connection to an immigration story, these websites, games, multimedia news pieces, and more, can help put a human face on an abstract debate. For students with first-hand knowledge of the immigrant experience, they can find validation of their stories and/or those of their friends and family.
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Some really useful materials.

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Why We Need Learning Engineers

Why We Need Learning Engineers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Education technology serves only as a delivery vehicle. All technologies can deliver effective or ineffective instruction. The key question is what you ask students to do and how you help them do it, not what tools you use.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 10:41 AM

Yes. Absolutely.

Noemi Valencia's curator insight, July 25, 10:17 AM
A new way of looking at education!
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Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world.

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Not sure about blowing your students' minds, but useful.

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Fiona Leigh's curator insight, July 23, 10:03 PM

Some of these critical thinking exercises would be good at the start of the lesson - to get the brain engaged.

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Developing World EdTech

Developing World EdTech | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Literacy unlocks human potential and is the cornerstone of development. It leads to better health, better employment opportunities, and safer and more stable societies. Just by ensuring children know how to read by the time they’ve left primary school, 171 million young people could be lifted out of poverty.

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This is where technology can truely have its greatest impact.

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The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate

The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With so much information readily available in a range of multimodal formats, from text to multimedia, apps and social networking, we need to blend technological learning and critical literacy together so that students can critically appraise the information that they are accessing.
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For sure. This is why I wrote my Digital Literacy lesson plans: http://peacheypublications.com/products

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Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 22, 8:06 AM
Administrators need to lead the way in modeling this for their communities!
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Treathyl Fox's curator insight, July 24, 2:41 PM
Digital literacy.  That's tech speak for "It is written".  :)
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Common Misconceptions of Teaching with Technology

Common Misconceptions of Teaching with Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
All of the above misconceptions promote a sense of fear among educators and impede the adaption of educational technology. But we can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that technology is going to pervade into every aspects of education and changes, both subtle and disruptive, are inevitable. Teachers, technologists and other stakeholders such as government should work together and make the best use of technology to improve teaching and learning and prepare our children for the future.
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Some good points.

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Augmented Reality and Web 3.0

Augmented Reality and Web 3.0 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Augmented reality could open up huge potential for education outside of the classroom and enable students to learn and interact with whatever is in their immediate physical environment at any particular time. It could also transform publishing and the way we interact with books and images by enabling us to transform them into interactive multimedia.

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My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

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Bill Gates Calls the Ed Tech Bluff

Bill Gates Calls the Ed Tech Bluff | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
It should not be surprising that some of the most promising and popular technology innovations out there today—including names like ClassDojo, LearnZillion, and BetterLesson—were created in partnership with educators and designed to help them solve pressing problems.
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Article about how the edtech business has largely failed to undertstand education.

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Geraldine Jones's curator insight, July 19, 4:19 AM
All call to think about learning activities rather than devices!