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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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Learning Technology News is managed by Nik Peachey

Learning Technology News is managed by Nik Peachey | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This site is managed by award winning freelance course designer, writer, consultant and technology trainer Nik Peachey. Use this link to find out more about him and how you can hire him.

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A Grandiose Quest to Breathe Life into Virtual Beings

A Grandiose Quest to Breathe Life into Virtual Beings | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Grand believes that he has found a way to imbue each creature with some form of imagination. “The Norns merely reacted to events in the world and learned passively how to react better in the future,” he says. “My new creatures have the beginnings of a proper mental life.

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Interesting article about AI. Has interesting implications for language learning and teaching.

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The nature of innovation in education

The nature of innovation in education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The media love simple, superficial images because they are easy to sell to the masses. This is the same with politicians, and it is the opposite of true innovation. It is sheep following a fashion so that they can appear innovative. The truly innovative thing would be a sustainable situation where all pupils routinely supported all their work on electronic devices, not just a few for parts of the curriculum time.


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Worth reading just for the above quote.

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Shawn Nason, Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, September 20, 9:48 PM

"Education innovation needs to be focused on learning gains, scope for inclusion and reducing costs. If technology helps then it will be obvious." Well said! How will we use technology at Xavier is the question. We want to be on the cutting edge, not the one being cut-out.

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THE Journal : August 2014, Page 1

THE Journal : August 2014, Page 1 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Higher Education Journal

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An interesting collection of articles.

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? 


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Some useful tips for getting started with technology.


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 17, 9:49 PM

Some good basics here. 

John Rudkin's curator insight, September 18, 4:05 AM

Ignore at your peril

Shannon Resendez's curator insight, September 18, 8:52 AM

A teachers evaluation of best practices using classroom technology.

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Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level

Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Dissatisfied with existing frameworks used to judge the effectiveness of classroom tech a group of instructional coaches are trying to build their own tool with help from other educators.

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Interesting article with some useful ideas.

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, September 14, 9:16 PM

Excellent article. Looking for probative value. If not, you might be wasting your time, or your students' time. But at the same time, if district or school has no support, or turned-on and tuned-in leaders to provide meaningful feedback, it's all one big crapshoot. Ouch.

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8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change. That is, the “things” that change it are on the “inside” of that system itself, most notably data, assessment, PLCs, and running a distant fourth, technology. It’s interesting that technology is among the least impacting “agents of change” in the classroom.

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Bit of an optimistic view of the future of education..

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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 10:06 PM

This is a really challenging article that gives 8 ways that education will change - and is already beginning to change.

The idea that teachers' roles must change is imperative - we no longer have the luxury of a four year degree and thats it, with maybe a day of PD here and then. 

It's a brave new world people! How exciting!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 12, 4:10 AM

8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, September 14, 8:44 PM

Parents, if your children are very young, you might want to step back and give it some consideration. It's inevitable imho.

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How to Get Augmented Reality into the Classroom

How to Get Augmented Reality into the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of the most common misconceptions about Augmented Reality is that it belongs in the future, when in fact it is all around us – right here, right now. It is also incredibly user-friendly whilst utilising cutting edge technology, making it ideal for incorporating into learning environments.


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I'm a big fan of augmented reality, so for me this was good to read.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, September 11, 7:06 AM

For a number of years I've waited for this technology to take off. Now there are teachers around the globe using augmented reality to engage students in ways impossible before.

Mark Pegrum's curator insight, September 12, 8:49 PM

Some ideas on why, and where, to get started with AR in the classroom

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

My colleagues and I coach our students to see social media as a reward for finishing an assignment. Delaying gratification is an important non-cognitive skill and one that research has shown enhances life outcomes

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An interesting article about homework with connections to social media use by teens.


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Zrinka Maroja's curator insight, September 9, 3:35 AM

http://iis.stat.wright.edu/munsup.seoh/usefulNotes/educationalNotes/annaQuindlen.htm

 

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https://www.aft.org/newspubs/periodicals/ae/winter1213/

 

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The Marshmallow Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX_oy9614HQ

 

Julien Cuyeu's curator insight, September 10, 10:37 AM

Being sleep deprived isn't good and can cause you to perform slower in class and outside of class, as well as sports( track,football and baseball). I've been sleep deprived since freshmen year of high school and until now.

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International Literacy Day: the library’s role in promoting literacies | CILIP

International Literacy Day: the library’s role in promoting literacies | CILIP | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Today is International Literacy Day. It reminds us that promoting and sustaining literacy is one of the critical roles of libraries. Our strength lies in the fact that we are really about literacies, all those skills individuals need to participate effectively in an information society.


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Some useful links and resources for literacy day.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 10, 9:28 AM

International Literacy Day: the library’s role in promoting literacies | CILIP

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How to bring the flipped classroom model to professional development

How to bring the flipped classroom model to professional development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the case of the latter, this infographic, from Bill and Candace, would certainly think so. Although on the rosy end of the spectacles spectrum, it does outline an approach which makes the process a two-way one, with learners outlining their needs

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A useful attempt to apply flipped learning to professional development through a seven step approach.

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Won Ho's curator insight, September 5, 7:44 AM

How to adapt Flip Learning strategically.

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7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags

7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Essentially 1:1 mobile learning allows students to acquire and develop what have become essential skills for the modern workplace and community.

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Very optimistic tone to this article. I'll keep my fingers crossed for them.


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Stephan Hughes's curator insight, September 4, 9:43 AM

Essential skills = being able to work on things collaboratively and individually at the same time.

Jennifer Yaniz's curator insight, September 4, 10:45 PM

this was bound to happen and provides kids with the actual tools they need to get ahead in the world of tomorrow, we just need to spread access and ensure they receive real info and not pseudo science online

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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Since it is a less radical departure from what students and parents expect, there’s less stress and uncertainty. If you fear that students may not have access to video lectures or get distracted from learning while on their own time, then teacher resources and equipment available in most schools solve this logistics problem. Wealth and home situation do not become a barrier to learning.

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Um? Sideways??

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Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners.

Nik Peachey's insight:

You can download this book as a free PDF. Looks like interesting reading.

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Leona Ungerer's curator insight, September 20, 12:29 PM
"Download the eBook

Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited ..."

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, Today, 4:41 AM

Looks like this will be more and more relevant now we have opened the door to online learning (more than ever since MOOCs).  Even if the MOOCs fail, we will be operating more and more online in a blended context which is where books like this would serve. 

Fiona Handley's curator insight, Today, 6:25 AM

Social media on a large scale!  

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Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning

Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Written by Professors Linda Darling-Hammond and Shelley Goldman at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and doctoral student Molly B. Zielezinski, the report is based on a review of more than 70 recent research studies and provides concrete examples of classroom environments in which technology has made a positive difference in the learning outcomes of students at risk of failing courses and dropping out.

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Good to hear, but no big surprises.

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WEAC's curator insight, September 19, 10:03 AM

This report "underscores that replacing teachers with technology is not a successful formula. Instead, strong gains in achievement occur by pairing technology with classroom teachers who provide real-time support and encouragement to underserved students.”

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HelloTalk - A language learning community on your mobile

HelloTalk - A language learning community on your mobile | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I've always liked the idea of language exchanges and peer learning as the learning tends to be driven by and through an authentic desire to communicate. HelloTalk is a wonderful example of this, but with lots of nice features to make the process mobile and more efficient. Most of these features are accessed by pressing down on your partner's text to get the pop up tool bar.

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Here's a review of a really great free mobile app for enabling language exchange.

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Teachers Surveyed on Using Digital Games in Class

Teachers Surveyed on Using Digital Games in Class | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Although technology in the classroom is evolving from computers to tablets, a new survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council highlights that the use of digital games in the classroom is becoming more common and teachers are increasingly valuing the ability games have to motivate low-performing students.


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Some interesting research results.

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10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices

10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well.


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And very good reasons they are too.

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Jan Schwartz's curator insight, September 13, 10:54 AM

Can't really argue with any of these reasons!

David Smart's curator insight, September 13, 5:55 PM

Good reasons. Why try to place our children into an unrealistic tech-free bubble. For good or bad, technology is all around us All the time. Here are some good tips on making the best of what we have.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

While ever more schools adopt textbooks and student reading materials to digital readers like iPads and Chromebooks, some recent research suggests students may comprehend more from reading print. Middle school students who read from both print and e-books showed they understood more of what they read from the ink-and-paper book

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Interesting article with lots to disagree with.

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Mary Starry's curator insight, September 12, 11:24 AM

As students buy fewer textbooks and utilize more e-books provided by institution purchase, such as PharmacyAccess, this needs to be kept in mind.  Do we need to provide paper handouts of the key points? Should students take notes or create mind-maps of the key points to help further reinforce what they are reading electronically? There is also new studies highlighting the importance of note taking. Faculty may need to develop new approaches to achieve the deeper learning desired in our electronic device world.

Helen Teague's curator insight, September 13, 6:40 AM

This is a thorough treatment of the subject and is another reason to have several options for students to have choices of both the methods and deliverables of their learning.

Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, September 13, 6:44 AM

Interesting article about the differences between digital and print reading.

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Using Augmented Reality in schools

Using Augmented Reality in schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Essentially, Augmented Reality is hidden content, most commonly hidden behind marker images, that can be included in printed and film media, as long as the marker is displayed for a suitable length of time, in a steady position for an application (on a device such as a tablet or smartphone, by means of a camera) to identify and analyse it.

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Some nice suggestions for using augmented reality in schools.

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Fernando Mazzuli's curator insight, September 11, 2:29 PM

Um convite para que nossos aprendizes interajam e descubram novos conteúdos

Helen Teague's curator insight, September 13, 6:42 AM

Ideas for classroom use

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, September 14, 8:21 PM

Good list of cross curricular use.

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From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.


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Some useful tips here.


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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, September 10, 2:25 AM

Useful tips all tablet-friendly teachers must have in mind....

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 13, 5:44 PM

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Kimberly House's curator insight, September 18, 3:53 AM

Useful tips for teachers introducing iPads into their classrooms.

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Flipped learning skepticism: Do students want to have lectures?

Flipped learning skepticism: Do students want to have lectures? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Which is harder, hearing about something or doing something? And if doing something is harder than hearing, wouldn’t students want to do their work with an instructor and a group of friends present to help, rather than hear about it with the instructor present and then be left to their own devices for the doing part? Wouldn’t it be better if you were doing the hardest part of the work when I am most likely to be able to help you?

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An interesting perspective on flipped learning.

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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes

Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

 The transaction can reduce colleges’ academic mission to that of middleman, reselling course materials produced elsewhere. If schools are offering the same basic courses with minimal variations, it makes it all the more difficult to sell themselves to prospective students or justify their tuition levels.

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Interesting article about the role of textbooks and courses completely geared around them.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The following are seven principles that I've learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking -- things that I wish I'd been taught as a student.


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Some useful insights.

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Johan Burger's curator insight, September 7, 12:40 AM

Creativity is open to all - it's not just nature, but definitely nurture as well.

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Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources

Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

At Izatt, 80 per cent of the students have some form of electronic device, and that's how they prefer to learn, she said. But it's not just a simple matter of some new form of 'open the textbook to page 36, read, memorize, close the book, repeat five periods a day.' The students now not only consume information, but more importantly, they produce it, Hobson said.

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Interesting article on the shift to digital text books.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 4, 4:18 PM

Interesting. I would have thought the number was actually higher. Even though 80% is a big number, it's still important to keep in mind that means 20% don't have such a device.