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Moving beyond the VLE and SharePoint Learning Platform.

Moving beyond the VLE and SharePoint Learning Platform. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Refelcting on these ideas it is clear to see that the best practive we currently identify by those at the cutting edge of technology use within education has one key attribute in common: it is student centric. It is for this reason that we should all ensure our VLE’s, MLE’s Learning Platforms, Learning Gateways and whatever it is we want to call them increasingly become one thing. A personal learning environment where students can add, edit, tag, comment, search, share and review their learning. This is surely the reason behind our use of technology within education: to promote independance and interdependance amongst learners and instant interaction and feedback with students and teachers to ensure we are engaging in meaningful learning.
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Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle

Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This eBook Bundle conatins all of my writing from the Digital Classrooms Series over the last 3 years.

This bundle of 4 ebooks includes:

  • My Innovations Award (ELTon) winning book Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers
  • My most recent title - 20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom
  • My collection of Digital Tools for Teachers
  • My collection of 12 infographic based lesson plans along with guidance on how to push students to develop their digital literacy and critical thinking skills - Thinking Critically through Digital Media (Thinking Critically through Digital Media also contains Exploiting Infographics and 10 Lesson in Digital Literacy)

I hope that these books will enable you to change the way you use digital resources to develop your students' language and communication skills and encourage you to support your students in developing their hands-on digital literacy skills.
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A collection of all the publications from my Digital Classrooms Series from the last 3 years.

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Denis Lundie's curator insight, June 24, 9:06 AM
An ebook bundle on digital classrooms. Good for English and Languages!
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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students say that in order for high schools and colleges to better serve them, it is important to challenge the assumption that students are digital natives. This starts with educating professors about the technological diversity in their classrooms and providing students with workshops and engaging videos to help them learn without shame.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Well worth considering. Particularly when it comes to using tech for study purposes, I think many teenagers really need some help.

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, June 27, 5:06 AM
The idea of being a digital native has been unsubstantiated for a while but the myth still persists - this dispels some of that. Remember it's more likely to be digitally confident not competent  
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Shifting Needs in a Digital World

Shifting Needs in a Digital World | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
  Recently, Gerald Fussell wrote a blog post examining how our priorities in schools support our students and their diverse, dynamic needs. Based on his thinking around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs using a school lens, and the graphic he created above; he explores the challenges schools face in supporting students through to the Self Actualization…
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An interesting read.

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Denis Lundie's curator insight, June 24, 9:12 AM
Interesting, but tone, as often, is on the defense, e.g. parents should and teachers should 'set' good examples. Problem is, they really are either behaving in the same 'bad' manner as children, only further removed from the benefits of online life so that they experience neither.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 24, 6:53 PM
The post links Maslow and a digital world.
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What's Next in Language Learning? | Getting Smart

What's Next in Language Learning? | Getting Smart | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In this series, we heard a number of perspectives on both why it’s important to be giving students language skills, and how districts everywhere can provide this traditionally resource-intensive opportunity.
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An interesting series of podcasts about language learning in schools.

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shazia.wj's curator insight, June 23, 4:29 AM
What's Next in Language Learning?
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If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education?

If Edtech Efficacy Research Ignores Implementation, How Does It Help Improve Education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Many educational research studies use an “intent to treat” methodology which assumes that study participants will use the digital program or tool assigned to them, but ignore the variations in implementations that emerge in actual classes and courses. This approach can have unintended consequences in misinterpreting the impact of the product, or how an instructor could get better results by adjusting how he or she uses it.
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Very true and one of the constant problems about establishing imapct and ROI.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, June 15, 4:30 PM

Very true and one of the constant problems about establishing imapct and ROI.

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Adventure Narratives for EFL ESL Students

Adventure Narratives for EFL ESL Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I also find their games quite addictive and that's I quality I always look for when trying to find stimulating materials for students, so I've been looking at how these games could used for language development.
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I've just been reviewing this blog post from way back in 2008.

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Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers' speech development 

Tablets and smartphones damage toddlers' speech development  | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Putting babies in front of iPads before the age of two stunts speech development, a new study suggests.
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They may be drawing this assumption based on the wrong information.

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Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
By age 5, Gordon says children typically understand and use complex sentences. But studies have shown that about 7 percent of children have what’s known as specific language impairment or developmental language disorder, which hinders their language skills even though they have IQs in the normal range and don’t have autism or hearing impairment.
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Interesting.

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How to upload and sell your e-book | British Council

How to upload and sell your e-book | British Council | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In his fourth article in a series on self-publishing, author and digital publishing specialist Nik Peachey talks about what you have to do get your e-book online and up for sale.
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This is the fourth part of five articles for the British Council about publishing your own materails.

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Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter - 8th June 2017

Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter - 8th June 2017 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of my Edtech & ELT Newsletter.

 

In this edition we have the usual collection of:

  • eBook offers
  • Free apps and resources for teaching
  • News articles to keep you up to date about what’s happening in the EdTech and ELT world.
  • A collection of links to games, apps and gamification articles
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My lates Edtech & ELT Newsletter.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 8, 1:06 PM

My latest EdTech & ELT Newsletter. Subscribe at: https://tinyletter.com/technogogy/

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It Turns Out 'Screen Time' Isn't That Bad for Kids

It Turns Out 'Screen Time' Isn't That Bad for Kids | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation of no screens for kids under 2 is being revised. HowStuffWorks Now explores why.
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Um! You don't say!

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Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Be Internet Awesome is a multifaceted program that includes a fun and free web-based game called Interland and an educational curriculum to teach kids how to be safe and responsible explorers of the online world.
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Interesting approach to esafety.

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The Hard Truths and False Starts About Edtech Efficacy Research

The Hard Truths and False Starts About Edtech Efficacy Research | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
“At best, we’re throwing spaghetti against the wall and hoping that it sticks. Except that we don’t even know what it means to stick.”
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Personally I think teachers are best placed to do action research regarding the efficacy of edtech.

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3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom

3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Using virtual or augmented reality at just the right teachable moment can create a powerful, even moving, experience for students.
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A short article with some useful links.

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Critical readers in the (mis)information age

Critical readers in the (mis)information age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
While photoshopped imagery seems pretty innocuous, hardcore beliefs about cultures, education, or even language learning itself, can be wrong. Yet despite sometimes overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some individuals in our society refuse to budge.
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Worth a read.

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, June 26, 9:52 AM
I am sharing this with my PBS Digital Reading course participants/colleagues.
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Blended and Hybrid Environments are Driving the New Global Movement in Education

Blended and Hybrid Environments are Driving the New Global Movement in Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Today’s global employers are searching for employees that have specific skills. Those skills may not be the same needed in 10 years though. In 2009, the US Department of Labor estimated 65% of today’s school children would eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created. The number is far higher today. The influx of technology is what has changed the shape of education forever. For this reason, schools must create opportunities for students to engage in higher level thinking skills and experience 21st century skills while using technology.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Good to see critical thinking so high up the list.

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Nathalie Ferret's curator insight, June 23, 4:43 AM
Interesting graphic-rate and pertinent for life long learning context...Good to see also that "global/Multicultural Fluency" is consider as "essential need..."even though at last position...
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 23, 8:40 AM
21st Century educational shifts to a blended / hybrid teaching and learning environments to support career readiness -kctestandtech.org
Gust MEES's curator insight, June 24, 11:41 AM

 

 

Today’s global employers are searching for employees that have specific skills. Those skills may not be the same needed in 10 years though. In 2009, the US Department of Labor estimated 65% of today’s school children would eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created. The number is far higher today. The influx of technology is what has changed the shape of education forever. For this reason, schools must create opportunities for students to engage in higher level thinking skills and experience 21st century skills while using technology.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Hybrid-Learning

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Blended+Learning...

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Hybrid+Pedagogy

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Critical-Thinking

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/what-are-the-skills-needed-from-students-in-the-future/

 

 

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7 Elite Secrets To Focusing In An Age of Distraction

7 Elite Secrets To Focusing In An Age of Distraction | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Newport says that managing one's attention not only makes you more productive, but also is, in the words of science writer Winifred Gallagher, “the sine qua non of the good life and the key to improving virtually every aspect of your experience.”
Here are seven tips for learning to do deep work and cultivating time for it.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some interesting tips.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, June 20, 10:35 AM
What would this look like in education? 
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From High School to Harvard, Students Urge for Clarity on Privacy Rights

From High School to Harvard, Students Urge for Clarity on Privacy Rights | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What rights do parents, students and teachers have in an educational system increasingly awash in data and technology? That’s one of the underpinning questions behind a campaign launched in March by Providence, Rhode Island’s student union which called for a “Student Bill of Rights” that included (amongst other demands) the right to data privacy.
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Some interesting issues here.

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How to market and promote your e-book | British Council

How to market and promote your e-book | British Council | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In his final article in a five-part series on self-publishing, author and digital publishing specialist Nik Peachey talks about the best ways to market your e-book.
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This is the final part of a five part series I've been writing for the British Council.

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The technology revolution transforming education

The technology revolution transforming education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Technology can empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. The students we equip with digital skills today will work in careers we haven’t even thought of yet, and build new technology that we can’t even begin to imagine. Educators, parents, and technology companies have a responsibility to provide them with the best education and tools possible to make this future a reality. Technology is the key to helping our students succeed, think creatively, and ultimately create a better world.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Very utopian view of edtech.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 14, 1:36 PM
This is a Microsoft article. What is the bias that creates a partcular subtext? Who says that the only tools to use are digital?
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 15, 9:30 AM
Utopian  but some great points
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 15, 11:21 AM
Ensuring our students become fluent technology users for their future careers is part of the learning process. Engage them in ways they will want to learn.
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Online learning at school helps prepare teens for university

Online learning at school helps prepare teens for university | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Higher education is about more than passing exams: it involves taking responsibility and developing personal autonomy. Studying online alongside conventional school classes can provide a supportive rehearsal space where learners can develop their independence, giving them a head start when they progress to university.
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Let's hope it's a positive start.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 22, 9:47 AM
Online learning at school helps prepare teens for university
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Students struggle with digital skills because their teachers lack confidence

Students struggle with digital skills because their teachers lack confidence | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In 2014, only around half (52%) of students in Year 10 achieved the minimum standard of digital competence. Examples of where students struggled include: searching for relevant resources on the internet; using a web browser history; creating tables and charts; sorting data in a spreadsheet; displaying hidden toolbars; inserting images; changing font formats and colours; and using animations and page transitions effectively.

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Sad.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 15, 9:32 AM
teachers might lack professional development and permission
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 Digital skills in Education
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FluentWorlds | FluentWorlds

FluentWorlds | FluentWorlds | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

FluentWorlds has released our first virtual reality app, FluentWorlds VR, that takes users into virtual Las Vegas and other engaging levels to practice identifying English words and phrases. Immersive, 3D-based learning has shown powerful ability to increase learning and engagement, retention and memory and speed the acquisition of new knowledge.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks very interesting.

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, June 11, 4:54 PM
je viens de tester l'appli qui est gratuite sur IOS et Android. Une façon très ludique d'apprendre l'anglais en étant dans une simulation. Possibilité de s'enregistrer pour améliorer sa prononciation. J'ai essayé la première leçon sur les présentations et le port d'un casque de vr n'est pas indispensable. 
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Educators Must Accept Tech Methods, Higher Ed Leaders Say

Educators Must Accept Tech Methods, Higher Ed Leaders Say | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The University of Houston visiting assistant professor requires students to drop drafts of their papers in a shared Google folder, where they type notes on each other's writing styles and arguments for one another to see. Uscinski watches the conversation unfold, commenting on student feedback and giving pointers of her own.

It's a far cry from traditional peer editing techniques, when students swap papers and scribble notes in the margins. That method isn't effective, she said, because new college students don't yet know what helpful feedback looks like.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Yes, but maybe the 'Higher Ed Leaders' also need to get to grips with it too.

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T. Brendan Donahoe's curator insight, June 10, 11:56 AM
Somehow the research on good teaching doesn't make it out of schools of education across the university campus to the other departments. Result? Innovation in teaching happens at the primary and secondary levels. 
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Integrating Technology and Literacy

Integrating Technology and Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A middle school language arts educator shares his favorite digital tools for text and video annotations, teacher feedback, and formative assessment.
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Some nice suggestions of different tools to integrate into teaching.

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Why we need to start paying more attention to IT support in schools - Using Technology Better

Why we need to start paying more attention to IT support in schools - Using Technology Better | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When things don’t go to plan with technology in the classroom, educators need to know they can rely on someone to help them out. They also need to be confident that their technology environment won’t suddenly change unexpectedly – that things that worked last lesson will suddenly be blocked or broken today.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This really is so important and such a problem when it doesn't exist.

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