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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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How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Bereft of examples and inspiration, many educators struggle to conceive of iPad integration beyond mere substitution for whatever came before. Educators need guidance on how to leverage iPads as hubs of innovation that nurture the learning skills, competencies, and habits of mind that help students develop skills for today's world.

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Some interesting insights here.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, May 5, 7:28 AM

Learning about technology in education.

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, May 5, 10:40 PM

The myth that tablets are merely electronic repositories is busted a long time ago. Surely, these mobile devices can transform the way lessons are taught and learnt. Just-in-time, just-enough and just-for-me....

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, Today, 12:58 PM

L'article parle du fait que nous ne pouvons utiliser des tablettes au cours sans formation des professeurs.

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In English Digital 10

British Council's magazine for English language teachers working in lusophone countries, May 2015
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Really useful free magazine published by the British Council in Portugal.

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Teachers selling lesson plans online

Teachers selling lesson plans online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The website of TES Global - formerly The Times Educational Supplement - is offering teachers a digital platform to make money out of their lesson plans and teaching materials.


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Great idea.

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Tom cockburn's curator insight, April 20, 9:04 AM

Could be double edged

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2015 | IATEFL Online

2015 | IATEFL Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Live plenaries and interviews will be streamed for the following three day.

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The IATEFL plenaries go live in a few minutes. Starting with Donald Freeman.

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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.

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Interesting article on how Minecraft is being used in education.

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Frank Napoli's curator insight, April 7, 7:59 AM

Using a popular game to teach!

Mónica Beloso's curator insight, April 7, 11:12 AM

añada su visión ...

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I’ve started recognizing a common thread to the latest trends in teaching. Flipped learning, blending learning, student-centered learning, project-based learning, and even self-organized learning—they all marginalize the teacher’s expertise. Or, to put it more euphemistically, they all transform the teacher into a more facilitative role.
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Interesting article, but can't say that I agree on what the conception of a teachers expertise is. It's not about subject knowledge it's about understanding learning.

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RossanaPiccini's comment, April 3, 10:01 AM
This is not just sad news for us teachers, it is a dangerous belief in the power a few powerful people to control education at large. I find this worrying.
Robin Yu's curator insight, April 5, 1:06 PM

The companies that are taking over teachers' roles.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 21, 9:44 PM

There are two things that stood out for me in this article. First, Derrida's concept of deconstruction is a critical deconstructing of what we think is reality. His writing about teaching would not have eliminated the teacher and replaced the teacher with a burger flipper. The teacher's role would certainly transform and move beyond what we understand it to be, but it would be reconstructed to be further deconstructed.

 

The second point is that teaching is about leading and relating to students. That does not mean we do without teachers. It means that teachers are finding their way along the path.

 

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Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight

Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
My intention here isn’t to argue that games have learning value. Educators don’t need convincing of this. Rather, what these three ostensibly ‘non-educational’ games show us is that there are many more options out there than we realize; we just need to shift out perspectives on what learning looks like. Our students already have, we just need to catch up.
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Interesting article on the use of mainstream computer games in education.

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ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, March 31, 9:59 AM

Some great games ideas, not just for younger learners! #ELT

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, March 31, 10:01 AM

These great game ideas are not just for younger learners! #ELT

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ESL lesson plans for the digital world

ESL lesson plans for the digital world | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I think if you asked most teachers, especially in their first few years of teaching, what would make their lives easier, the single most common answer you would get, would be ready made lesson plans and materials.


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This is my review of a great resource for ESL and EFL teachers.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, March 27, 6:01 AM

Nik Peachey's review of Off2Class is clear and comprehensive, as ever. 

Robin Yu's curator insight, March 27, 6:02 AM

Nik Peachey's review of Off2Class - online lessons.

Eve Lackman's curator insight, April 9, 8:30 PM

Well thought out lessons created by real teachers who have a passion for elearning. 

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Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1)

Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Having the opportunity to expand the horizon of my traditional EFL classroom has been just as exciting for me as for my students.

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First part of a series on using Web 2.0 tools
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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 22, 9:00 AM

Changes to EFL classroom

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, March 23, 12:53 PM

 Teachers can create a willingness and excitement to learn by new technologies.

Lizbeth A. López Medina's curator insight, March 24, 8:42 PM

Good ideas to work on vocabulary.

Buenas ideas para trabajar en vocabulario. 

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!
Nik Peachey's insight:

I really love this handbook. Has some really nice ideas and is really well structured.

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 19, 6:02 PM

A fantastic resource!

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 25, 12:31 PM

http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/2014/09/18/handbook-of-digital-storytelling/

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 21, 2:10 AM

Always useful to have first-hand reference to enhance methodology... worth reading!

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Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.
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Powerful article in support of open source

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 17, 11:09 AM

True, the new and shiny isn't always the best...but we want it. Marketers tell us what we want. 

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Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

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This is a great research resource. Very easy to search through.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 5, 4:45 AM

An excellent research resource.

Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, March 6, 4:08 AM

Applicable for research

Corrina Phoenix Miss English's curator insight, April 29, 1:40 PM

Hopefully, this will be very useful in academic writing.

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Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends

Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Many teachers are tired of cycles of education reform that come with new trendy ideas about how they should do their job. What does all the hype look like from the perspective of teachers?
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I sympathise.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 26, 12:40 PM

Je partage ce point de vue, trop de réformes éducatives qui ne se laissent pas le temps d'exister ...

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, March 2, 9:39 AM

It would be interesting to hear from real teachers about how new ideas filter into their teaching.

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How sticky is adaptivity?

How sticky is adaptivity? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
‘Sticky’ – as in ‘sticky learning’ or ‘sticky content’ (as opposed to ‘sticky fingers’ or a ‘sticky problem’) – is itself fast becoming a sticky word. If you check out ‘sticky learning’ on Google T...
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Always a good read. Another posting from Philip Kerr.

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Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves?

Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Education pioneer Sugata Mitra joins The Stream to discuss the future of learning.
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Good introduction to the work of Sugata Mitra and the concepts of SOLE

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DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, April 28, 1:27 PM

Claro que los Niños se puedes retroalimentar el conocimiento, con una buena guìa familiar y academica.

firesolid's curator insight, May 2, 1:43 AM

Its tremendous

transivm's curator insight, May 5, 12:33 PM

añada su visión ...

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6 Ways to Make Learning Visible - Brilliant or Insane

When we make learning visible, teachers and students are better able to assess their impact.These six strategies will get you started.
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Some nice suggestions, especially for k12 and younger.

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Paul Simmons's curator insight, April 20, 5:44 AM

Unlike talent, the attainment of knowledge cannot be seen unless you make it really visible by creating a medium to showcase learning. And now, technology offers many ways to show that learning takes place. 

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 20, 8:56 AM

I like the idea of sharing and keeping a progression with a time for reflection...and the sketchbook for kids - their own book - how perfect.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 20, 8:29 PM

It's one thing to post student work, but it's quite another thing for the students to reflect on their work over time. Imagine what an impact it could make for a student to see how far he has progressed or for a student to see the final product of something she thought was beyond her reach.

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Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In this project, we formed a professional learning community, which had a number of teacher educators and other members of the faculty from a variety of areas. Members had range of experience with mobile and other digital technologies, from being inexperienced to having extensive experience.
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Some useful learning points here.

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Maruja Romero's curator insight, April 10, 9:10 PM

Conformar comunidades para enseñar el uso de la tecnología movil.

Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, April 11, 8:41 AM

"It became very obvious that for the community to succeed, the members needed to have a common interest and have stakes in investigating mobile learning. "

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, April 24, 12:39 PM

Thank you Nik...I like it that this article highlighted "investigating how to develop effective learning environments, and how to ensure the learning outcomes were achieved as a result of mobile device usage."

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HLT Magazine- Creativity in language teaching

HLT Magazine- Creativity in language teaching | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Humanising Language Teaching Magazine offers lesson plans, student exercises, articles by top EFL professionals, new TEFL publication
notices, and much more for teachers and educators of English as a Foreign Langauge. Produced in associated with Pilgrims Limited.
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The focus of this issue of Humanistic Language Teaching focuses on different forms of creativity and how they can be employed in teaching and teacher training.

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Take the pain out of marking homework with CorrectiveFeedback

Take the pain out of marking homework with CorrectiveFeedback | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

CorrectiveFeedback enables you to automate a large part of the marking process and to also make the feedback you give more effective. It does this through using a number of marking ‘grids’ which you can customise to the needs of your students and the nature of your assignment.

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A really useful tool for speeding up and automating homework marking.

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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, April 1, 5:21 AM

A tester !

Alex Enkerli's curator insight, April 13, 8:37 AM

Nick Walker’s CorrectiveFeedback.com was a major part of our lab on writing support tools. Glad it’s being recognized.

Corrina Phoenix Miss English's curator insight, April 29, 1:36 PM

May try this.

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Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens

Six Powerful Motivations Driving Social Learning By Teens | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Despite cautionary tales of teens and social networks, students have a lot to gain from incorporating what they learn in their personal digital space to the classroom.

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Interesting article.

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junewall's curator insight, March 28, 12:50 AM

David Price talked about these "Do it's" recently in relation to the whole concept of open learning. Perhaps use them as a check-list to see what you currently include in your teaching?

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Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick?

Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about what choices they would make for assignments and activities and why they make these choices.
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For me this highlights the negative impact of assessment on the real quality of learning. We need to focus more on assessing learning and collaboration skills rather than a tick list of information.

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Web 2.0 for ELT's curator insight, March 21, 3:48 AM

Very enlightening!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 21, 9:39 AM

Great article. Teacher B would definitely be more fun to learn from and teach as well, but.... Student A has a point about the testing. Maybe we should revaluate testing.

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 4:49 PM

We must not forget...the focus is not only what tne Ss want,  but what is best for Ss. Love the quote at the end.

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Sugata Mitra's TED Prize Wish Turns Two

Sugata Mitra's TED Prize Wish Turns Two | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One night a few years ago, an inspired resident from the Korakati village made the adventurous journey back to Kolkata. His plan was simple: persuade Sugata Mitra, the visionary education researcher he’d heard about, to build a School in the Cloud in Korakati.

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Great to see this coming together.

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 20, 12:23 PM

I do like this...

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How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey)

How Teachers' Use Of Technology In The Classroom Is Changing (Survey) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Infographic illustrating how teachers are using technology to adapt to this new generation of students and how their use of technology in the classroom is changing.

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Disappointing to see that PowerPoint is still the most common tool used in the classroom.

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Shayne Swift's curator insight, March 16, 5:54 PM

I am hoping that Digital Learning Day was a spark for some in our school building.  The kids just enjoyed showing off their digital tools!

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, March 24, 8:40 AM

Tecnología en el salón de clase en los países civilizados.

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Worst practice in ICT use in education

Worst practice in ICT use in education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In business and in international development circles, much is made about the potential for 'learning from best practice'. Considerations of the use of educational technologies offer no exception to this impulse. That said, 'best practice' in the education sector is often a rather elusive concept (at best! some informed observers would say it is actually dangerous). The term 'good practice' may be more useful, for in many (if not most) cases and places, learning from and adapting 'good' practices
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a really useful list of factors to avoid. Let's hope we've all learned from this.

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Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, March 6, 4:16 AM

What to avoid when teaching.

Maria Zappa Kasapidi's curator insight, March 9, 1:48 AM

Συμβαίνουν και εις τας  Αμερικας λοιπον....

luc taesch's curator insight, May 2, 11:22 AM

worst practice = via negativa #antifragile #agile

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A Friend In Every Country

In my goal to teach myself Mandarin Chinese, I stumbled across this brilliant new app designed for language learning and cultural exchange. Whereas other language learning apps aim to directly teach you a language through a curriculum and exercises, HelloTalk is designed to connect you with other language-learners around the world through translation-based software so that you can teach and help each other.
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Intereswting blog about making a friend in every country.
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