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Mobile Learning in ELT: Survey 2013

Mobile Learning in ELT: Survey 2013 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Whether you use technology, mobile learning or avoid it please find time to answer these 20 questions and share your ideas, opinions and reflections and I will once again publish the results for all to share.

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Edupunk and student centred learning through technology

Edupunk and student centred learning through technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’ve often wondered why it is that the internet is such an amazing, creative and inspiring place full of so many fantastically interesting things, and yet so many educational software, applications and e-learning products turn out to be so dull.

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This is an article I wrote some time ago. It looks at the limitations put on teacher creativity within the educational technology sphere and how to confront these.

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harloff's curator insight, August 12, 3:24 AM

A to the point analysis of why we need a punk attitude to educational institutions. They slow down adoption of new technology in education

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 1:39 PM

It is interesting that we think there are no economic interests at play in the e-learning world. There are and they are significant. It does not mean we don't use various digital technologies, but let us make sure we ask questions and challenge their usages when needed.

 

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How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future

How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Nearly every other industry has been changed beyond recognition by the invention of computers. Why not education, arguably one of the industries with the most to gain?


The answer is probably some combination of rank incompetence, institutional conservatism, and perverse incentives.

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A very technology orientated view, but well worth a read.


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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, August 26, 5:17 PM

It's happening faster than a lot of people realize. Interested in seeing "results" in student learning growth between the "have and have not" countries. Hopefully the gap will close.

Sieg Holle's curator insight, August 29, 9:21 AM

Moving toward the age of "learning" abundance despite the opposition inevitable.....

Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, Today, 4:46 AM

Μία αρκετά τεχνολογική προσέγγιση που αξίζει να διαβαστεί

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The Myth of Monotasking

The Myth of Monotasking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The title "The Myth of Monotasking" is based on the idea that the brain doesn't know how to monotask, in fact the term "multitasking" doesn't really mean much of anything when you think about it carefully since virtually everything we do as humans involves coordinating multiple cognitive tasks all happening at once

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This short article includes a podcast interview.

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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning

Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I believe in student-centered learning, and I believe there is huge potential for this kind of learning to occur in online environments. But the instructor is a key element of that learning, and we need to talk more explicitly about what her role is and the specific ways she negotiates and leverages her authority, guidance, and presence to design learning environments in which emergence is possible.

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Some good points and well worth a read.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 9:02 PM

El aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 24, 11:56 PM

That seems to be the way things will happen... time to adapt!!

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 5:36 AM

Un cuestionamiento interesante: "El aprendizaje centrado en el alumno es una excelente propuesta, pero el instructor es un elemento clave en estas formas de trabajo; es necesario explicitar su rol y las formas en que pondrá en práctica sus orientaciones y presencia en el diseño de ambientes de aprendizaje"

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Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process.

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Interesting approach to marking assignments and some interesting tools used.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 16, 10:53 AM

Teaching tools for using Google in the classroom.  Great ideas for engaging writers!

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.

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Some useful tips and advice in this article.

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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 7:27 AM

So many teachers shy away from tech, here are some great tips for making the most of what's available to you.

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, August 16, 3:19 PM

Glad to see that some of the recommendations that we have already discussed with teachers are stated in here.  

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A Paradigm Shift for Student Engagement

Even more interesting is that, according to research, children will play video games for several hours, yet fail as much as 80% of the time at those games, all the while continuing to persevere with an almost irrational determination.

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Interesting article about making learning into a kind of computer game.

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 7:40 AM

Un buen artículo.

 

Tiene razón: Los niños y jóvenes pueden pasar horas con un vídeo-juego a pesar de que fallarán el 80% de las ocasiones y "perseverarán con  una determinación casi irracional", algo de esta perseverancia y determinación sería útil en el salón de clases.

 

Sin embargo, las críticas a su propuesta de usar juegos en la clase también tienen sentido:

"¿Qué pasará el próximo año cuando asistan a una nueva clase y se den cuenta que la escuela es trabajo y no 'juego y diversión'? Los estás preparando para una decepción."

 

Un interesante debate. 

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Learners are motivated by three factors: desire to learn, incentives, or fear of failure. As we grow, most of the early curiosity is tested away, and school becomes work. Obstacles increase, desire to learn decreases, and incentives and/or fear of failure move to the forefront. Jack Canfield, self-esteem expert, reports that 80 percent of first graders posses high self-esteem, but by high school graduation, this drops to a staggering five percent.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A pretty sad statistic, but some good suggestions.


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Saran Ahluwalia's curator insight, August 12, 7:37 AM

How can we rethink learning spaces that can serve children differently?

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 12, 3:33 PM

Quite a sad statistic!

 

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In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games

In the Bustling, Interactive Classroom, A Place for Digital Games | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teaching and learning are not simply about academic content and retention. Don’t imagine game-based learning as an innovative content distribution system. Instead, imagine it as a way to move out of a high-stakes testing mentality and away from a top-down pedagogy. Because they present content in context, video games encourage students to understand knowledge not as data to be downloaded into a biological hard drive, but rather as the collective wisdom that enables one thing to interact with another in meaningful ways.

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Well worth a quick read.

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Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios

Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students do their best work when the audience is real, live or online. When their work will be seen and viewed by many people, the student knows the work matters, the work is of value, and that they should do their best. In the student’s mind, there is a distinction between turning something in for the teacher versus turning something in for the greater public. Schools engage students and promote deeper learning use the 4 P’s of next gen learning: posting, publishing, presenting, and portfolio.

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Some good advice for teachers who are trying to develop their students' writing skills.

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Smart Homework: 13 Ways to Make It Meaningful

Smart Homework: 13 Ways to Make It Meaningful | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

"I've been accumulating guiding principles for creating highly motivating homework assignments for many years," writes expert Rick Wormeli. "Here are a baker's dozen. 

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Some good tips

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 8, 10:09 PM

Given the fact that most students refuse to do homework there are ways to make it meaningful.

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How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn?

How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Digital Digital student portfolios can provide what other assessment tools cannot: Real, unabridged, minimally processed artifacts of learning that make sense to all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher. Technology used in this way can bring us as close as we can get to peering inside our students’ hearts and minds to find out what they currently know and are able to do.

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Digital portfolios for students. Well worth looking in to.

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Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 9:34 AM

I've been wanting to integrate digital portfolios for language learners into my rolling-enrolment school for some time. With the growth in longer term academic year course students, this could be a realistic goal...And some good ideas here for how portfolios can help students learn.

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Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ | Dangerously Irrelevant

Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ | Dangerously Irrelevant | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Unlike what is stated elsewhere in this article, the ‘real world’ is digital. The real world is technology-suffused. People everywhere use social media and other online tools all the time to accomplish their work. How are educators supposed to prepare students for our new technology-infused information, economic, and learning landscapes in analog school environments?

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Some good points in this article.

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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As pointed out by Tom Daccord on Edudemic, when “the activity is engaging and challenging, there is an authentic audience, and prescribed time limits, students won’t mess around.” Design your lessons by ensuring that the length and intensity of your discussion are appropriate to the range of your students’ attention spans.


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Yes. The best way to stop distraction is to keep students busy and engaged in meaningful activities.

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Jean-Francois Provencher's curator insight, August 28, 10:43 PM

Great article

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 4:55 PM

Very important tips! 

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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

So what defines deeper learning? This group has identified six competencies: mastering content, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.


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Some good points here. Not so sure about the academic mindset though.


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Training in Business's curator insight, August 27, 2:04 AM

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

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Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity

Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now, the enormity, ubiquity and dubious credibility of the information available to most of the world’s population is requiring each of us to become something of an expert on figuring out when we’re being misled or lied to.

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Interesting article with a 15 minute video from Howard Rheingold.

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 5:41 AM

Enseñar pensamiento crítico en la era de la credulidad digital. ¿Cómo desarrollar un sano escepticismo si las personas creen todo lo que ven en internet? Un reto que el profesor debe enfrentar.

Chris B. Olds's curator insight, August 26, 4:04 PM

This is enormously important - We support Education and the idea of Critical Thinking here at SCIRadio~ 

 

http://santacruzinternetradio.com

 

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5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader

5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there's been an explosion of speed-reading apps lately that promise to get you reading up to 400, 600, even 1,000 words per minute. But is it worth it? Are you really doing yourself a favor by blasting through e-mails at top speed? 

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Nice article with some good tools to help slow down and make your reading more engaging.

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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, August 18, 1:42 AM
Why Speed Reading Is Problematic

 

By using an RSVP app or even going through a speed-reading course, you can increase the number of words that you can read from 200 or 300 per minute up to and over 1,000. But there’s one serious drawback – comprehension takes a huge hit. Absorbing and internalizing the information that you’re reading takes time, and it often requires that you go back and re-read parts of passages to fully grasp their meaning.

In speed reading competitions, participants routinely only understand 50% of the text that they’re reading, which is far too low for learning important lessons or appreciating a piece of literature. Some experts even believe that speed reading a tweet would result in lower comprehension, and that’s only 140 characters.

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Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education

Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What Mueller and Oppenheimer discovered in their experiments is that laptop use correlates strongly with taking verbatim notes, and, as was already known, verbatim note-taking is well-known to be less effective than note-taking that synthesizes and summarizes content.


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Still not sure I agree with these conclusions.

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, August 16, 4:58 AM

Interesting research - but we need to be careful about the conclusions that are drawn from it.  Most important, in my view, is the point that while we do need to learn how to operate digital tools, we cannot assume that we should stop there - we also need to learn how and where they fit to support or facilitate learning.  This article shows that information literacy is just as important as digital literacy - librarians have ALWAYS known this - and we need to pay attention to this point!

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Does Tech Hold Back Educators?

Does Tech Hold Back Educators? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teaching is not easy. It is a profession that requires educators to be relevant. Being relevant doesn’t come with age. Just the opposite occurs, and it requires work to keep up. Teaching is not a profession that enables one to stop learning after the degree is earned and the job is secured. Technology is moving us all too fast for anyone to sit back relying on old methods and tools.

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Lots to agree with here.

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Alessandra's curator insight, August 20, 3:23 PM

"Teaching is not easy. It is a profession that requires educators to be relevant. Being relevant doesn’t come with age. (...) Teaching is not a profession that enables one to stop learning after the degree is earned and the job is secured."

Carmen Arias 's curator insight, August 23, 2:27 AM

Tom Whitby`reflections always worth a slow reading

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A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning.

A Thousand Rivers: A Thousand River  What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In other words, they could read for all the same reasons that we can now use computers. We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us. It is the saddest of ironies that many people now see the fluidity and effectiveness of this process as a characteristic of computers, rather than what it is, which is a characteristic of human beings.

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Rather a long read, but makes a valuable point about autonomous learning.

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Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, August 13, 11:47 PM

So much wisdom  in this article. Data doesn't have all the answers, and schools are becoming more and more driven by data. Favorite quote: "Because guess what? If there is one thing that the data proves, it’s that our children are all different."  And all children want to learn.

harloff's curator insight, August 14, 7:38 AM

It is not up to our children to accept a disability label in order to “qualify” for an appropriate learning environment; it is up to adults to provide learning environments which are flexible enough to accommodate the natural variations in our children.

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The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential

The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Anya Kamenetz, a nationally recognized educational expert and author of Generation Debt and DIY U, has written the first-ever book sponsored by the Gates Foundation. The Edupunks' Guide is a first-of-its kind resource for the future of education: a comprehensive guide to learning online and charting a personalized path to an affordable credential using the latest innovative tools and organizations. Real-life stories and hands-on advice for today's students, whether you're going back to school, working, transferring colleges, or pursuing lifelong learning goals.

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A good free book on how to get the best out of online education

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Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom

Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The purpose of the questions is to help teachers BEGIN the process of flipping their class. This is only the first step. Flipped Class 101 can lead to Flipped Learning, which is a second stage of the Flipped Class. Many teachers are asking for some step by step guidelines as they begin.

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Some good sound practical questions.

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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For all the wild variety of our cultures, personalities, and thought patterns, we’re all still operating with roughly the same three-pound lump of gray matter. But almost from day one, the allotment of neurons in those brains (and therefore the way they function) is different today from the way it was even one generation ago. Every second of your lived experience represents new connections among the roughly 86 billion neurons packed inside your brain.

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An interesting read.

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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.

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Interesting article. I'm a big fan of messy learning myself.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 6:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

@ivon_ehd1

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 1:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 9:08 AM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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Handbook | blendsync.org

Handbook | blendsync.org | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice.

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This free 190 page book looks really well constructed and well worth downloading.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 7, 1:06 PM

looks interesting and useful to add to the research on blended learning

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, August 7, 1:49 PM

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project.

HJJP's curator insight, August 20, 8:16 PM

Single source education has never been very effective, I still remember those days of pure memorization. I was fortunate enough to have relatives that always asked me about what I learned... and they were not interested in me reciting the facts, they were interested in me telling them what I thought, how it impacted my life or those of others.... When I answered them, and they were happy with my answers, I actually got to understand what I had memorized, and certainly got to master the information in a more meaningful way.... It did not always help with getting excellent grades in exams, but I still accurately remember concepts I learned in 3rd grade.... I feel blended learning is the only way of teaching.... this will allow students to understand and implement complex concepts, catapulting them into much high learning than what we experienced 50 years ago.... or 40... or 30... even 20 or in many classrooms, a couple of days ago....

 

Hope to see many teachers utilizing these sort of blended learning... Current technology makes it so much easier...