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Deploying iPads in schools

Deploying iPads in schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

How do you hand out hundreds of iPads in a very short time and get them all correctly configured? Without automation this can be a very laborious task. Fortunately, Apple assists by providing lots of resources.

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Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey

Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

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New Report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reveals Increasing Educator Confidence, Optimism around Digital Resources in the Classroom

63% of educator's report that colleagues are the number one resource they turn to when it comes to learning about educational technology implementation. About half (47%) of educators rely on formal professional development from their school district, while close to two-thirds (63%) of educators report using their own money to engage in professional development opportunities. In addition, educators indicate they could use additional resources to help them more effectively implement educational technology.
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Exposing Infants to Foreign Languages Ignites Learning

Exposing Infants to Foreign Languages Ignites Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Neuroscience News has recent neuroscience research articles, brain research news, neurology studies and neuroscience resources for neuroscientists, students, and science fans and is always free to join. Our neuroscience social network has science groups, discussion forums, free books, resources, science videos and more.
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Adobe study reveals massive creativity gaps, but not in gender or age

Adobe study reveals massive creativity gaps, but not in gender or age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Whether you’re able to be creative or not has little to do with how old you are or whether you’re female or male, but it might depend heavily on where you live, how your boss treats you, and how you were educated.
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Interesting research from Adobe.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, July 19, 8:32 AM

Un estudio de Adobe revela grandes brechas en la creatividad. El ambiente de trabajo es crítico para la producción de piezas originales.

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Why Virtual Reality is the Saving Grace of Education

Why Virtual Reality is the Saving Grace of Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With VR there is no coasting option of just sitting and listening. Students have to interpret and examine, in real time, the subject matter that is portrayed in front of them. In this way, VR is helping educators recapture class interest, boosting their efforts in the process.
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This is a bit evangelical and focuses rather too much on the motivational aspect of VR, but still worth a quick read.

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21st Century learners must be literate in multi-cultural issues

21st Century learners must be literate in multi-cultural issues | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Against this background, learners in the 21st Century will be expected to develop their ability to communicate, interact, clinch deals, and collaboratively work with individuals from other cultural groups across the globe.

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Some good points.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 14, 3:18 PM

Some good points.

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Here’s How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age

Here’s How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Today, the blackboard has become a whiteboard; chalk has become a magic marker; the slates that students used have been replaced by notebooks; and classes have sometimes gotten smaller. Little else has changed. True, some schools are providing their students with laptops, and teachers are increasingly using technology and encouraging collaboration. But the methods are essentially the same—with the teacher dictating learning.
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Nice article.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, July 15, 2:41 AM
J'aime entre autres la conclusion : le digital tutor arrive seulement dans 5 à 10 ans
Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 15, 4:43 PM
Insightful article that provides great recommendations
Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 21, 4:14 PM

Its a change that is being forced onto our public education. -Lon

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Sharing a Great Resource and Techniques for Web Content Fact Checking | Emerging Education Technologies

Sharing a Great Resource and Techniques for Web Content Fact Checking | Emerging Education Technologies | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
If you can't find anything about the information you seek to assess on any of the fact checker sites, then the next suggestion is to “go upstream”. That is, try to identify the original source of the information and consider its validity. This is where things really get going – the first technique is helpful and convenient, but this one is more fundamental.
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Some really useful techniques.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 13, 8:50 AM

Some really useful techniques.

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Developing students' digital literacy

Developing students' digital literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Even today’s students need support with some areas of digital practice, particularly in an academic context, so it’s important to make sure that these needs are met.

While employability is an obvious driver, developing learners who can learn and thrive in a digital society is a key role for universities and colleges.
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A quick guide with lots of useful links to articles with more depth.

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Visual literacy in English language teaching

Visual literacy in English language teaching | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Visual literacy is the ability to create meaning from images. It involves decoding visuals using our own cultural and personal filters. This doesn’t just apply to static images. We can apply visual literacy to films, websites and social media platforms. In this post I’ll be outlining a few ways we can unlock images and generate learner output.

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A useful free 12 page PDF.

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The Future of Education: Transcending the Status Quo | edCircuit

The Future of Education: Transcending the Status Quo | edCircuit | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Perhaps the main reason for this disappointing impact is that the inclusion of technologies has done little to change the “tell and practice” approach to teaching and learning — the predominant pedagogical practice of our time. In this model, teachers tell students what knowledge is and what knowledge is worth knowing; students meanwhile invest their vast capacity for creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration by memorizing and practicing what they were told. The overarching goal of this model is simply for students to accurately repeat the information they were told.
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An insightful read.

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Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
By challenging the assumption that every child growing up today is a one-size-fits all digital native, we can make sure each of them can find their own way to relate to technology — whether using it to accomplish basic tasks or to create new technologies and worlds. Being aware of our kids’ differences now is what could help keep them from drifting apart.
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An interesting take on the 'digital natives' debate.

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Chris Carter's comment, July 5, 9:37 PM
A much more nuanced view, and one that I appreciate. I have long called so-called digital natives "digital naives" because the majority of kids only know enough about tech to use it to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. Tech does not really come any easier for them. Tech is simply more common to them.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 6, 5:17 AM
Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet
Edward Russell's curator insight, July 7, 10:51 AM
beyond these over-simplified tags. this distinction is always interesting, as is how young people actually use tech.
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9 Generic activities for exploiting infographics

This is a summary video of some of the ideas from my blog post: https://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/201... These ideas are further developed in my ebook - Thinking Critically through Digital Media: http://peacheypublications.com
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A video summary of my blog post.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 6, 7:27 AM
Exploiting infographics
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Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Learning Spaces focuses on how learner expectations influence such spaces, the principles and activities that facilitate learning, and the role of technology from the perspective of those who create learning environments: faculty, learning technologists, librarians, and administrators. Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration.

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A useful free ebook. Individual chapters can be downloaded seperately or you can save the whole ebook.

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Five Psychological Principles Fueling Gamification

Five Psychological Principles Fueling Gamification | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Gamification satisfies fundamental human desires such as competition and the need for recognition, and bolsters a sense of community in the workplace.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 13, 7:33 AM

Useful short summary.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 21, 2:13 AM
I learned that students who are successful at games are different kinds of learners. Sometimes analytical. Sometimes the most unlikely can master games. I
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A Longitudinal Examination of Preservice Teachers' Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in the Context of Undergraduate Teacher Education

This study used longitudinal data to investigate the development of pre-service teachers Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)throughout their initial teacher education program in the United States. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected at four different points intime. Findings indicated that teacher preparation experiences collectively provided preservice teach with opportunities to develop their knowl-edge of teaching with technology from their freshman to their junior/senioryear. Opportunities to develop and retain knowledge gains over time, however, were limited in the absence of intentional educational technology coursework. Findings have implications for the design of teacher education programs on the use of technology.

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This should make interesting reading.

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The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers

The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Teachers are hungry to use technology in their classrooms. But they don’t. While part of this lack of usage stems from problems with education reform that emerges from administrators and education boards not fully understanding the technologies themselves, another part of teachers not using technology in the classroom comes from the simple fact that they don’t know how to use the technologies, let alone how to incorporate these technologies into their classrooms.
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Yes. This is still a pretty sad reality.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 17, 12:35 PM

Yes. This is still a pretty sad reality.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 17, 12:48 PM

"Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable."(Katt Blackwell)

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Projects Vs Project Based Learning: What is the difference?

Projects Vs Project Based Learning: What is the difference? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
All of these resources make sense on the surface, however many teachers fail to recognise that Project Based Learning is a process of sustained and deep inquiry. Rooted in the cognitive architecture of how the brain works and how humans learn. Without fully understanding this process our greatest intentions often result in engaging learning experiences for students, where deep learning fails to prosper.
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Good article clarifying the differences and giving clear examples.

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, July 17, 2:21 PM
Claro que hay diferencia, el PBL favorece la metacognición
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Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension

Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Comprehension strategies are sets of steps that good readers use to make sense of text. Comprehension strategy instruction helps students become purposeful, active readers who are in control of their own reading comprehension. The seven strategies here appear to have a firm scientific basis for improving text comprehension.
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Some useful tips for improving reading skills.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, July 15, 12:18 PM
Successful track  record for these strategies.
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 16, 7:56 AM

"Comprehension strategies are sets of steps that good readers use to make sense of text. Comprehension strategy instruction helps students become purposeful, active readers who are in control of their own reading comprehension. The seven strategies here appear to have a firm scientific basis for improving text comprehension."

Donna Farren's curator insight, July 19, 10:59 AM
These are great strategies that can be used in all content areas to help develop reading and comprehension skills
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New evidence that ‘gamification’ does NOT work

New evidence that ‘gamification’ does NOT work | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

At last we have a study that actually tests ‘gamification’ and its effect on mental performance, using cognitive tests and brain scans. The Journal of Neuroscience has just published an excellent study, in a respected, peer reviewed Journal, with the unambiguous title, ‘No Effect of Commercial Cognitive Training on Neural Activity During Decision-Making’

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Short but to the point.

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Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources

Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when all of us, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success.

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A very useful free ebook.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 14, 12:25 AM

El último libro de Tony Bates sobre educación en la era digital. Lo puede descargar sin costo alguno.

Geemik Maria Açucena Da Silva's curator insight, July 17, 5:16 AM
"Although the book contains many practical examples, it is more than a cookbook on how to teach. It addresses the following questions: is the nature of knowledge changing, and how do different views on the nature of knowledge result in different approaches to teaching? what is the science and research that can best help me in my teaching? how do I decide whether my courses should be face-to-face, blended or fully online? what strategies work best when teaching in a technology-rich environment? what methods of teaching are most effective for blended and online classes? how do I make choices among all the available media, whether text, audio, video, computer, or social media, in order to benefit my students and my subject? how do I maintain high quality in my teaching in a rapidly changing learning environment while managing my workload? what are the real possibilities for teaching and learning using MOOCs, OERS, open textbooks?"
Richard Whiteside's curator insight, July 21, 10:09 AM
Pretty sure this is going to be worth a read for anyone involved in ELT publishing, whether focused on digital products, like me, or not. 
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10 Ways to Boost Literacy Using Audiobooks in the Classroom

10 Ways to Boost Literacy Using Audiobooks in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Do you use audiobooks in the classroom? These tips encourage literacy, school to home learning, behavior management, and more.
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Some useful tips and suggestions.

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Linguistics - Free E-Books

E-Books Directory is a free web resource which contains links to free downloadable e-books, technical papers, documents, as well as user contributed content, articles, reviews and comments. E-Books Directory is a service to students, researchers and e-book lovers.
E-Books Directory does not support copyright infringement, nor will it link to web sites that trade copyrighted material.

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A large directory of free ebooks related to linguistics.

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Teachers’ Readiness and Willingness to Adopt Digital Tools for Learning

Teachers’ Readiness and Willingness to Adopt Digital Tools for Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Yes, the chalkboard is a white board and paper and pencils have been replaced with laptops, but other than that? Beyond the physical differences we see in classrooms, the other changes we have seen are minimal – despite the opportunities technology presents to transform learning.
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Some interesting data.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, July 10, 10:01 AM

Some interesting data.

David Alexander's curator insight, July 14, 4:34 AM
To share with colleagues
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Age-Appropriate Tips for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom

Age-Appropriate Tips for Addressing Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Promote positive gender representations and give your students a broader perspective on their options and capabilities.
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