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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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Educational Technology Newsletter

Educational Technology Newsletter | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
For the latest news, cool tools and research links related to educational technology inside and outside the English language classroom.

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Signup for my twice monthly free enewsletter. You can check out the archive of past issues here: http://tinyletter.com/technogogy/archive

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 8, 1:00 PM

My bi-weekly free educational technology enewsletter.

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | teachonline.ca

A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | teachonline.ca | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
increased emphasis on skills or applying knowledge to meet the demands of 21st century society, skills such as critical thinking, independent learning, knowing how to use relevant information technology, software, and data within a field of discipline, and entrepreneurialism. The development of such skills requires active learning in rich and complex environments, with plenty of opportunities to develop, apply and practice such skills.
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A thorough outline with some good links to other materials.

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Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Harpreet Purewal

Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Harpreet Purewal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Another area of difficulty for technology that is key to teaching is quick thinking. Any number of things can and do go wrong on a school day: a guest speaker cancels, the whiteboard freezes, buses are delayed or – the ultimate horror – the photocopier breaks. Human beings are able to think on their feet and reformulate their plans to adapt to new circumstances. Machines aren’t able to do this. Thinking on the spot is a key skill of teachers, and many cite the variety of the job as a reason for entering the profession in the first place.
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A light read.

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3 Tips for Teachers to Help Teens Distinguish Fact From Fiction

3 Tips for Teachers to Help Teens Distinguish Fact From Fiction | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
High school teachers can use some of the following tips from other educators to teach the media literacy and critical thinking skills needed to assess information.
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It's a start, but needs to go much further.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, December 9, 9:26 AM

It's a start, but needs to go much further.

GwynethJones's curator insight, December 10, 7:36 PM

More resources for teaching digital authority & authenticity

Carol Hancox's curator insight, Today, 12:59 AM
Digital literacy, fact vs fiction
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Developing Self-Directed Learners: Teaching Students to Set Their Course

Developing Self-Directed Learners: Teaching Students to Set Their Course | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
High engagement schools start from a different conception—knowledge co-creation and active production. They design a very different learner experience and support it with a student-centered culture and opportunities to improve self-regulation, initiative and persistence—all key to self-directed learning.
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I think most learners start school as 'self-directed' but it's schools that start to destroy that.

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MirandaNet Newsletter #18

MirandaNet Newsletter #18 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Bringing Digital Literacy into the mix picks up on an area that has been neglected since the introduction of the Computing curriculum. What would be valuable for all teachers is to read the contemporary definition of critical thinking at the beginning of this book
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Great to see my book reviewed in the MirandaNet Newsletter.

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How to Combat Fake News Online? Bring Reddit (and Other Online Forums) Into the Classroom.

How to Combat Fake News Online? Bring Reddit (and Other Online Forums) Into the Classroom. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
You’ll find plenty of fake news and conspiracy theories on Reddit—the kind of material that appears to be eroding political discourse. Yet one professor at the University of California at Davis plans to send her graduate students into the popular online forum this week to teach them to bring more-accurate scientific information to the public.
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This is more about Reddit than crap detection, but worth reading.

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Miranda Embleton-Smith's curator insight, December 9, 7:44 AM
Pros (and some caveats) of using Reddit in the classroom!
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The Neuroscience of Perseverance

The Neuroscience of Perseverance | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To produce more dopamine, get in the habit of setting deadlines and completing goals in a timely manner. Create a daily schedule that includes self-imposed deadlines and stick to it! Use timers, calendars and peer pressure to keep you on track and condition yourself. Partner with a like-minded friend who has similar goals and make a pact that you will hold one another accountable to stay on deadline.

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Good techniques to help students feel more successful.

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 8, 3:52 AM

Useful post, presenting an interesting vision of the theme. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in people management, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/

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Teachers Create what they Experience

Create a shared vision of teaching and learning. Using learning as a process and not an event. Allow authentic learning through practice, trail, and reflection.

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Good brief presentation about what's going wrong with educational technology in schools.

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Mauricio Ramírez's curator insight, December 3, 7:57 AM
"We can continue to buy new programs and buy new resources, but if we fail to engage teachers and empower them to design better experiences for the kids in our classrooms, I believe we will mess out on the greatest opportunity in educational reform" Katie Martin. This insight made me think about the varied agents who nowadays influence the learning. In fact, it is not only a matter of government or stakeholders, but also a teachers' and parents' responsibility. 

First, I want to address the importance students' voices play towards their own learning process. If we, educators, include learners' own strategies to learn, they will certainly feel much more driven to accomplish the established goals. Moreover, taking advantage of the very wide resources this century has provided us with is not only an opportunity, but rather an obligation for teachers to innovate, to foster learning and to engage learners to be active language users. 

Furthermore, in order to build on the culture of innovation and active learning, we, facilitators, should first have a shared vision, second conceive learning as a process, not an event, and finally go open. Thus, it is paramount to mention that when teachers work together to share their experiences, and are autonomous to make the necessary changes, they will then become effective leaders, leaders who can consider education as a process, and embrace learning as a culture allowing their learners, as well as themselves to EVOLVE. Finally, when challenges come around, they are to be taken. Teachers who take risks are able not only to innovate, but to engage and to make students feel inspired. 

SUCH A PROFOUND TED TALK! 
Martin Debattista's curator insight, December 9, 1:26 AM
Why tech in education fails time and time again.
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Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

Evaluating Websites as Information Sources | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Using a six-point strategy, teachers can help students learn about responsible web research by assessing the validity of most information that they’ll encounter online.
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Not sure that this is the right approach, but I guess it's a start.

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Michel Santiago del Pino's curator insight, December 2, 4:45 AM
Herramientas para desarrollar la competencia lecto-escritora en la navegación web, a través dell trabajo basado en proyectos.
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What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Though every brain has its own fingerprint for processing sound, some sound environments are better than others at promoting learning. Parents and teachers should “encourage activities that promote sound-to-meaning development,” Kraus said. She offers several practical suggestions for creating that kind of space, whether at home or in school:
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Very interesting.

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Carolina Velásquez's curator insight, December 1, 1:36 PM
Teachers' task and parents too is to create space in which studens can develop some skill. I agree with the article since sounds, reading aloud, technology, audio books, instrumentss are useful to encourage activities in which students can improve and learn  in a creative and dynamic way.
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Playing with Habits of Mind

Playing with Habits of Mind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The challenge for teachers is to build this understanding in our students. Our task is to enable their intelligence by helping them to understand the habits of mind and to then empower our students to make intelligent choices about the habits they deploy.
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Interesting article with links to some fantastic resources.

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, December 2, 10:18 AM
Esto se pude aprovechar y usar un tablero de Pinterest para realizar una actividad con los alumnos
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 3, 7:23 AM

Lucid post, presenting interesting data. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in business management, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 5, 1:38 PM
When taught in a way that students can understand them, the habits of mind work very well.
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10 Ways to Retain More of What You Learn - InformED

10 Ways to Retain More of What You Learn - InformED | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Although reading something once or twice and then remembering it for life would be ideal, the reality is that much of what we learn goes in one ear and out the other. In fact, research shows that within just one hour, if nothing is done with new information, most people will have forgotten about 50% of what they learned. After 24 hours, this will be 70%, and if a week passes without that information being used, up to 90% of it could be lost.
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Some useful tips.

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The Evolving Role of the Teacher

The Evolving Role of the Teacher | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

More teachers today are providing opportunities for their students to connect and learn in powerful ways. There is an increasing focus on collaboration, competency-based learning, use of open resources, project-based learning, and learning environments are shifting to support these new opportunities. These shifts are accelerated by access to technology that has transformed how we learn and interact with one another.

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A good simple read.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 2:12 AM
C'est juste et en plus l'article raconte l'histoire de ce qui se passe en classe pour le montrer.
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Teaching in the machine age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better

Teaching in the machine age: How innovation can make bad teachers good and good teachers better | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
School systems face a number of challenges, including teacher shortages, a lack of clear methods for developing high-quality teachers, and teacher burnout and attrition, to name a few. And even the best teachers struggle to address the diverse learning needs of their students or find time to focus on developing students’ deeper learning and noncognitive skills amidst pressures to cover core instruction.
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This short article contains a link to download a longer (28 page) PDF. Interesting stuff.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, December 9, 10:09 AM

This short article contains a link to download a longer (28 page) PDF. Interesting stuff.

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Observatory on Social Media

Observatory on Social Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Techniques based on agent-based models allowed us to explore theories of meme diffusion by generating predictions that could be validated against empirical data collected from social media. We used these methods to study how several factors affect the manner in which information is disseminated and why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten.

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A very inteesting and useful resource.

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6 Great Videos to Help With Teaching Media Fluency

6 Great Videos to Help With Teaching Media Fluency | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One of the crucial 21st Century Fluencies is Media Fluency, and it’s important to understand what it’s all about. We define it as having the ability to unconsciously interpret the messages in media of all sorts. It includes the ability to communicate and express ourselves in multiple multimedia formats.
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Innovating Pedagogy 2016

Innovating Pedagogy 2016 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The new report Innovating Pedagogy 2016: Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers from The Open University highlights ten trends that may impact education over the next decade. These include Design Thinking, Productive Failure, Formative Analytics and Translanguaging. The report also presents evidence to inform decisions about which pedagogies to adopt.

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Well worth downloading.

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The lazy person's guide to saving the world

The lazy person's guide to saving the world | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.
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Tech Literacy in Primary education

Tech Literacy in Primary education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There has been no shortage of reports on technological and digital literacy over the past year. Adding to the literature BT and IPSOS/MORI have published an executive summary of their forthcoming report looking at tech literacy in Primary education. This summary includes a number of infographics such as the one above highlighting aspects of their findings. The full report will be available shortly.

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Interesting preliminary report.

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Digital Literacy Does Not Mean Critical Thinking

Digital Literacy Does Not Mean Critical Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey, for example, in his recent book, Thinking Critically Through Digital Media (2016), talks about how students are generally taught how to work with information through passive engagement. He suggests developing digital literacies, including understanding and analyzing what they are seeing. They need to “assess the validity, credibility and underlying bias of the information they study” and be “given a range of research tools and techniques for reassessing the information and evaluating how it fits within their personal framework of belief systems and values.”
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Delighted to see my book get a mention here.

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Claudia Andrade's curator insight, December 10, 7:05 AM
Interesting points to differentiate digital literacy from digital skills, it includes a valuable link to a book and an article that goes deeper on the topic.
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3 Non Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning

3 Non Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Equity in the classroom is critical, but beware of conformity under the guise of fairness. Elementary and secondary students filter data differently. Elementary students think in facts and want to please their teachers. Secondary students consider possibilities and aim to please their peers. Students from different cultural, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds bring their own unique understanding of learning into the classroom. Every student (and teacher) has a why—a reason behind his or her action. There can be no equity so long as rules are absolute, so look for the why.
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An interesting and important article.

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Innovating Pedagogy 2016 | Open University Innovation Report #5

Innovating Pedagogy 2016 | Open University Innovation Report #5 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation.
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You can download the complete 47 page report here. Some interest areas and a very accessible document.

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Is Chomsky's Theory of Language Wrong? Pinker Weighs in on Debate

Is Chomsky's Theory of Language Wrong? Pinker Weighs in on Debate | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Chomsky’s ideas have profoundly affected linguistics and mind-science in general. Critics attacked his theories from the get-go and are still attacking, paradoxically demonstrating his enduring dominance. Some attacks are silly. For example, in his new book A Kingdom of Speech Tom Wolfe asserts that both Darwin and “Noam Charisma” were wrong.
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Interesting one for the grammar geeks.

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Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm - InformED

Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm - InformED | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Gordon’s study suggests that those who are better at detecting variations in music timing also appear to be better at detecting variations in speech. But the point of these findings is not to say that some of us are more musically and therefore linguistically inclined than others; it’s to say that everyone may be able to leverage these neural connections to enhance learning.
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This article draws on some interesting research.

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