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How the Flipped Classroom Turned Me into a Better Student - Getting Smart

How the Flipped Classroom Turned Me into a Better Student - Getting Smart | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The biggest different in the flipped classroom was that I was able to learn at my own pace. When watching videos at home, if I didn’t understand something my teacher said, or wasn’t able to take notes fast enough, I had the ability to pause and rewind the video, and watch it again. Also, with class time now being spent doing work and solving problems, I could get help whenever I needed it. Rather than getting stuck on a problem at home and give up when it became too difficult, my teacher was able to show me what I was doing wrong, so I could figure out the answer and move on.

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Teachers enlivening classrooms with free role-playing game

Teachers enlivening classrooms with free role-playing game | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Young people naturally gravitate towards games, but how can teachers gamify learning without making a huge commitment? The team behind hit RPG Classcraft have an innovative solution to this problem.

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This looks like an interesting tool.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 20, 11:30 PM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! Thanks again to Kim Flintoff.

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Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com

Better Ways to Learn - NYTimes.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For starters, long and focused study sessions may seem productive, but chances are you are spending most of your brainpower on trying to maintain your concentration for a long period of time. That doesn’t leave a lot of brain energy for learning.

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Some good common sense tips here.

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PCGS_EduOMT's curator insight, October 16, 5:35 AM

Good reflexion and tips for students and teachers

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Viljenka Savli's curator insight, October 17, 3:11 AM

“It’s hard to sit there and push yourself for hours,” Mr. Carey says. “You’re spending a lot of effort just staying there, when there are other ways to make the learning more efficient, fun and interesting.”

The first step toward better learning is to simply change your study environment from time to time. Rather than sitting at your desk or the kitchen table studying for hours, finding some new scenery will create new associations in your brain and make it easier to recall information later.

“The brain wants variation,” Mr. Carey says. “It wants to move, it wants to take periodic breaks.”

This is one of the important highlights in the article. Worth reading and doing some changes on yourself and when teaching others :)

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The Changing Face of Early Literacy – Digital is Different

The Changing Face of Early Literacy – Digital is Different | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on the way I teach literacy in my classroom and about the ways that the digital text I often use to teach now is inherently different from the text I used to teach reading ten years ago.

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Some interesting observations on the changing nature of digital literacy.

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Content without borders | EQUELLA

Content Without Borders is an open access repository service powered by EQUELLA. This publicly accessible repository promotes and provides access to resources contributed by academic institutions and repositories from around the world.

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Great idea.

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6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom

6 Principles Of Genius Hour In The Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In traditional learning, teachers map out academic standards, and plan units and lessons based around those standards. In Genius Hour, students are in control, choosing what they study, how they study it, and what they do, produce, or create as a result. As a learning model, it promotes inquiry, research, creativity, and self-directed learning.

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Useful if you are looking to try something new in your classroom.

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Les Howard's curator insight, October 2, 7:56 AM

Interesting idea to develop autonomy and engagement.

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, October 2, 9:06 AM

 Mais um novo método para tornar a aprendizagem um processo apaixonante e descobridor de talentos.

nicolaperry's curator insight, October 5, 1:54 AM

Great idea. An hour a week but over time will build confidence and independence.

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Being reasonable, not hysterical, about e-safety - Innovate My School

Being reasonable, not hysterical, about e-safety - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When it comes to safeguarding pupils online, some teachers will want to take a ‘better-safe-than-sorry’ approach to the issue. Keir McDonald, Chairman of EduCare, argues that the benefits of learning online outweigh the risks commonly associated with the internet.

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Good sensible article.

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darrenwise's curator insight, October 3, 7:15 AM

Are we alarmist?

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Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A compilation with 26 literacy and numeracy programmes using radio, TV, mobile phones, tablets and computers, entitled Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning. The selected literacy programmes featured in this publication present valuable experiences from all world regions

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This looks well worth dipping into. (194p PDF)

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 2:36 AM

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs for Literacy Teaching and Learning

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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.

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A useful article with a handy infographic for reference.

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Training in Business's curator insight, September 29, 9:22 AM

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, September 29, 11:03 AM

Navigating the grey areas of creative commons

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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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Krishna Murthy Pradhan's curator insight, September 26, 3:40 AM

Great stuff , can i get this boook

Luigina Sgarro's curator insight, September 26, 1:59 PM

C'è un potenziale di apprezzamento nei Social Media?

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 29, 10:43 AM

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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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Maria Perifanou's curator insight, September 28, 7:29 AM

HelloTalk looks like a great opportunity to learn a language  in a natural & authentic way based on peer to peer learning process.

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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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10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks

10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Here are several reasons why students aren't yet warming up to the idea of e-textbooks today.

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I think the main one here is that the ebooks still need to be much cheaper.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 17, 9:33 AM

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Audrey's curator insight, October 18, 7:49 AM

It is  much easier to access paper material or material that you can create yourself without the complications of machine equipment, which can be inaccessible. 

 

An important part of learning and using your brain is the ability to be flexible. It will take time to make e text books flexible enough for young people to use them creatively.

Curated by Audrey for http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

Edgar Mata's curator insight, October 18, 3:29 PM

¿Por qué lo estudiantes no utilizan libros de texto electrónicos?

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Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests

Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Those who scored high on the "media multitasking index" averaged more than three hours a day of multitasking, the study found. They also managed to complete an average of 3.5 hours of homework a day, all while juggling multiple tasks for more than 50 percent of this time.

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Some interesting research findings.

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The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness

The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Six educators share the insights, changes, and rewards observed and felt during their journey from unconnectedness to connectedness.

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Some interesting personal stories from exerienced teachers.

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Linda Ashida's curator insight, October 10, 10:32 AM

Examples from several Educators that will inspire others.

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20 years on: How education has changed - Innovate My School

20 years on: How education has changed - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology allows me to assess my students in ways that simply was not possible formerly. I can see at the tap of a screen or a click of a button what level each student has attained and I can then plan accordingly. Differentiated instruction really becomes achievable with such technology, not only in the level of tasks set, but in the way in which students can tackle their work.

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Some interesting reflections.

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MOOCs: A review - The Tech

MOOCs: A review - The Tech | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Despite the hype, MOOC providers do acknowledge that robust online education is in its infancy, and as The Times and NPR describe it, there are “kinks to be worked out.” Universities that offer online courses through edX or Coursera rightly worry about how exams will be administered, how cheaters will be identified, and how grading will be scaled to hundreds of thousands of students in a single course. A lot of smart people are coming up with clever ways to address all those problems, and more.

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A good balanced review and overview of how things stand with MOOCs. Also a source worth following.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 9:54 AM

MOOCs: A review - The Tech

Andy Powys's curator insight, October 20, 9:32 AM

Good source!

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Can MOOCs help democratize access to education?

Can MOOCs help democratize access to education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Despite many prophecies that massive open online courses (MOOCs) would be a democratizing force in education, providing global access to top-quality education at low cost to providers, and at no cost to the learner, the reality is somewhat less glorious. It is true that many MOOCs are taught by world-class professors, that they have attracted learners from all over the world, and that they have been offered free to participants. However, MOOCs are costly and time-consuming to produce, most participants are already well-educated, and only around 5% of registrants actually complete their courses.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Down to earth article about the effectiveness of MOOCs

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, October 1, 8:35 AM

"MOOCs may be an effective learning mechanism for highly motivated, self-directed learners who have strong reading skills and high bandwidth internet access.  Short or “modularized” MOOCs may provide a cost-effective way for corporations to offer ongoing, just-in-time training for employees.  However, for the less motivated but perhaps more typical learner, negligible instructor-student interaction in MOOCs and limited opportunities for constructive peer-to-peer engagement present a challenge.  Improving access to learning opportunities for most individuals requires more than simply making the materials available. It is also necessary to help them select learning experiences that fit with their incoming level of preparation, interests, and goals for education, and to offer sustained guidance and support throughout the learning experience."Fiona Hollands, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 9:53 AM

Can MOOCs help democratize access to education?

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The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools

The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Blended learning is an environment in which students study in a “blended” model of face-to-face instruction with a teacher and technology-based instruction to meet their educational needs.


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Well these wouldn't be my top 5 but this does give an interesting perspective.

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Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, October 1, 5:13 PM

#flippedclassroom #evernote #blended 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 2, 2:35 AM
NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development Research Capacity-Building in Africa The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools
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Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning

Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Collaborative learning is an important part of eLearning. It allows learners to benefit from the experience of their peers, become fully engaged in their own learning experience, and more effectively acquire and retain information.

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Some useful tips.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 29, 11:11 AM
Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning
Deborah Banker's curator insight, September 29, 8:37 PM

This is so tough to do online....

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 2, 6:12 AM

Useful Tips for collaborative eLearning

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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.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 29, 10:44 AM

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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.