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McLuhan (1911-1980): medium is message - Gutenburg to Zuckerberg

McLuhan (1911-1980): medium is message - Gutenburg to Zuckerberg | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In essence, McLuhan opened our minds to the role of technology and media by asking the right questions. He wanted to know how technology and media affect our minds, habits, society and culture. Late in his life he gave us, what in my opinion, is his most useful piece of work – the tetrad. His "tetrad" of four media laws tried to clarify the nature & impact of a technology or medium

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Collaborative Learning Platform for Teachers

Collaborative Learning Platform for Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Kiddom is the easiest way to plan, assess, and analyze learning. With Kiddom, teachers use one collaborative learning platform for assessment, curriculum development, messaging, and reports.

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This is a great tool for tracking student learning.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, August 2, 6:09 AM
Hi Nik, this looks interesting but it makes me sign up with Google , giving Google complete Access to my email (which yes, is a gmail account).
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6 Useful Resources for Exploiting the News in the English Language Classroom

6 Useful Resources for Exploiting the News in the English Language Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Whether it's fake news, real news, world news or just news to you, navigating and understanding the news in a second language can be a really useful way to gain some valuable and authentic insights into the culture of the language.
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Some useful resource sites with lots of ready made activities and lesson plans.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, August 21, 12:15 PM

Some useful resource sites with lots of ready made activities and lesson plans.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, Today, 2:36 AM
Useful links to different sites to make the best of News in ELT
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7 fascinating bots – crazy but interesting

7 fascinating bots – crazy but interesting | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
They are particularly useful where systems conform to the Pareto Principle, where the majority of queries, questions or requests come down to a relatively small number of the total. Whether you are answering customer queries about your product or being a teacher answering questions from your students, the same queries and questions keep popping up. This is how a bot works, it knows that set of popular questions and dynamically ‘learns’ what they are from continued use.
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Interesting article about the uses of AI bots.

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Creativity in the Digital Age

Creativity in the Digital Age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With all the warnings about what digital technology is doing to human brains, there has been less talk about what we’ve gained from it. If one thinks of a creator as a bounded individual, artistry remains more limited than if one thinks of human-machine networks or creative groups. The painting the museum guard admired emerged as the work of partnerships and tools: the person who cooked the artist’s meals; the person who taught him to paint; and the brushes, pigments, and canvas that constituted the technology of his time.
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Loved this article, especially - "If young people who won’t learn constitute a threat, what about old people who won't learn?"

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Creating Text Adventures to Develop Reading & Writing Skills

Creating Text Adventures to Develop Reading & Writing Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Text adventure games are a great way of really engaging students in reading. They get the chance to take some control of the narrative and find their own way through the story by making choices at various points in the narrative.
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Use text adventure games as project tasks.

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Education Technology Requires Student Buy-In, Too – Teacher Voice

Education Technology Requires Student Buy-In, Too – Teacher Voice | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A teacher can tell their students that it is mandatory to use a site, or assign using an education tool for homework, and they may do it, but educational technologies are really only effective if students (like teachers) are bought in and truly willing to try it.
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This isn't said often enough and it's often just assumed that students want to use technology.

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Build Professional Level Online and Blended Courses with this Free Plugin

Build Professional Level Online and Blended Courses with this Free Plugin | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The activities the plug in produces are html5 so they will run equally well on both desktop and mobile platforms. Many of the activity types are also ideal for language learning and the development of multimedia content.
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This is a really great example of what can be achieved through the open source community.

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Shifting the paradigm: making digital learning the norm

Shifting the paradigm: making digital learning the norm | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With the widespread use of technology and social media in society, where communications are increasingly fragmented and non-linear, catering for the needs of learners has probably never been more challenging. However, technology has provided us with an unprecedented opportunity to transform education and create flexible and personalised learning experiences for students.
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Lots of links to resources and some good suggestions.

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Jeff Magoto's curator insight, August 16, 11:48 AM
Succinct statement of what we should be aiming for in digital learning and CMC.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 17, 2:19 AM
Digital learning
Christophe BRIGNOT's curator insight, August 18, 9:53 AM
Quelques outils intéressant pour ceux qui voudraient utiliser les outils digitaux pour animer leur cours
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How This 1 Type of Technology Will Shape the Future of Education

How This 1 Type of Technology Will Shape the Future of Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This is where augmented reality technology comes in. Adding graphics, sound, and other digital features to the real world through devices like smart glasses or tablets makes education ripe in potential for better teaching our kids.
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A bit of an evangelical article about AR. Does have some links to research to back up some of the claims though.

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Convert Your Chrome Browser into a Language Lab for Speaking Practice

Convert Your Chrome Browser into a Language Lab for Speaking Practice | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This is a great way to make reading aloud less stressful and more productive for students. They will have the time to read and understand the text before recording it (there are comprehension questions with each of the prepared texts) and they will have the opportunity to listen to themselves and improve their recording.
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A very useful Chrome plugin.

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8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology -

8 Tips For Teachers Frustrated With Technology - | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With regard to technology, education has to be in this for the long haul regardless of short-term loss as everything seeks to reconcile itself with everything else, much in the same way that the purpose of education is long-term–it should seek to improve the arc of students’ lives and the condition of their communities.

How much work it takes to make that happen is only one part of the timeless struggle of raising human beings.
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Some useful suggestions.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, August 14, 9:18 AM

Some useful suggestions.

Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, August 15, 11:49 AM

Algunos consejos para amigarse con la tecnología

Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, August 18, 1:41 AM

Some useful suggestions.

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Digital skills teachers need #2 collaborative writing tasks

Digital skills teachers need #2 collaborative writing tasks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In his second post on digital teaching skills, Nik Peachey takes a look at creating collaborative digital writing tasks using PrimaryPad.
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The second in my series of blog posts for CUP.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, August 10, 2:44 PM

The second in my series of blog posts for CUP.

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Creators of Second Life Open Sansar Social VR Platform to the Public -- THE Journal

Creators of Second Life Open Sansar Social VR Platform to the Public -- THE Journal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Sansar empowers individuals, communities, schools, studios, corporations, brands and others to easily create, share and ultimately sell immersive 3D social experiences for consumers to enjoy on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows PCs, according to the company Linden Labs, which also created Second Life.
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This could be a really exciting step forward for VR in education. Love that these enviroments are shared.

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Create Texting Fiction to Keep Your Teens Engaged

Create Texting Fiction to Keep Your Teens Engaged | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This is a great format for language learning as the texts are very similar to spoken conversations and the chunks are short and easy for students to read.
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Includes some tools for creating texting fiction and texting dialogues.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, Today, 1:42 PM

Includes some tools for creating texting fiction and texting dialogues.

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Supercharging Student Voices

Supercharging Student Voices | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Currently, teachers are faced with many challenges in the classroom, including encouraging students to engage and take a stake in their education. One solution to student engagement is through social learning. By creating a curriculum that lends itself to social learning, educators allow students the opportunity to apply real-life experiences to educational concepts.
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Interesting interview with the creator of a really useful tool.

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Innovation Programs In Schools Can Help Kids Learn More Than Just Facts

Innovation Programs In Schools Can Help Kids Learn More Than Just Facts | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
“We saw a gap between the skills being taught in schools and those that are needed for life,” Hecht told me. In school, every question has a right answer and students are supposed to study to know what that answer is. But in the workplace, the important problems don’t have clear answers. We wanted to design a program that would help kids learn the skills needed to do problems like that.”
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Nice article from a very useful free journal.

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Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Organization is a critical academic skill and one that many students struggle with in both the physical and digital worlds. Parents and teachers already help students get organized and now need to extend that to the digital world. Given the influx of technology in their academic lives, students need to develop an effective organizational system for their digital notes, projects and thinking.
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Nice article.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 20, 2:12 AM
Note taking is something that we support and teach. We need to move to the digital world by making the most of these resources ourselves. 
Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 20, 7:40 PM
I've been promoting note taking for students with a disability using onenote or evernote recently - great to have some validation via this article. .   
Karen Balcombe's curator insight, Today, 6:02 AM
great article.

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The Impact of Student-Created Apps

The Impact of Student-Created Apps | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In addition to all the marketing, graphic design, website building, and content creation activities that take place when you create an app, the students are learning brainstorming and social entrepreneurship.

They’re also learning how to collaborate with other students around the world. And that’s perhaps the most challenging aspect of what we do.
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Nice example of project based learning.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, August 19, 9:22 AM
Student Entrepreneurs
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Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate

Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Automating teaching is an example of a task that would require artificial general intelligence (as opposed to narrow or specific intelligence). In other words, this is the kind of task that would require an AI that understands natural human language, can be empathetic towards emotions, plan, strategize and make impactful decisions under unpredictable circumstances.
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Phew!

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Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching - Digital Promise

Addressing the Digital Learning Gap with Effective Educator Coaching - Digital Promise | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
To close this divide, we must fully support educators with the skills and tools they need to power up the learning environment. While there are many ways that teachers develop their competencies, one research backed strategy is classroom coaching. And, while there is limited research on coaching specifically for supporting powerful use of technology, early research studies point to the positive impact of educator coaching(1) on teacher practices and student achievement.
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Makes sense to me.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 17, 2:20 AM
Digital Learning Gap
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Get Teens Writing with Gamified Writing Activities

Get Teens Writing with Gamified Writing Activities | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students read short chapters of the beginnings of stories and then have to submit the next chapter for the story.
The readers of the story can then vote for which new chapter they feel is the best continuation of the story. The one with the most votes becomes part of the story.

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A really useful site to encourage teenagers to read and write creative fiction.

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Top Digital Transformation Trends in Education - Future Of Work

Top Digital Transformation Trends in Education - Future Of Work | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Typically, education is one of the last industries to make extensive change, holding on to antiquated methods and practices. But through the digital transformation and the rise of educational technology, teachers have begun making drastic changes to their instruction, assessments, even the physical make-up of their classrooms, and at a much faster rate than expected. These current trends are making headlines in education because of the ways in which they are impacting student learning:
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A bit on the optimistic side if you look at this on a global scale, but covers the basic influencers.

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Give Young Learners Structured Writing Practice with WritingSparks

Give Young Learners Structured Writing Practice with WritingSparks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is a great site for giving structure and adding an element of fun to writing activities, especially if you have a data projector so that students can see the prompts on the screen.
The site has been created by the makers of NightZookeeper and can be used in conjunction with that site or without any login.

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A blog post about WritingSpark.

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13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy

13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
How can educators teach elementary and middle school students to be critical consumers of news and media? We asked media literacy experts—teachers and librarians—for their best tips. Here’s what they had to say.
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Some very usable tips and suggestions.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 17, 2:22 AM
Teaching News and Information Literacy
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Using Computer Games to Raise Global Issues

Using Computer Games to Raise Global Issues | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
So in this post I'd like to introduce a few games that you can use with students as a springboard for discussion on what can be some difficult issues for teachers to address in the classroom.
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My blog post on using computer games to raise global issues in the classroom.

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This Is Why We Like, Share And Comment On Facebook [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

This Is Why We Like, Share And Comment On Facebook [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Find out more about why we like and share things on Facebook.
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No surprises really.

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Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, August 8, 9:16 PM

No surprises really.