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Schools are failing our children simply because they are technophobes - Telegraph

Schools are failing our children simply because they are technophobes - Telegraph | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teachers still stand up in front of pupils and read out from their own lesson plans; kids still turn up to classrooms, sit behind desks and listen, taking notes; assessments remain based on reports filed by teachers; exams are at set times, once a year. There is no systematic use of the internet, software or gaming technology to aid learning, no proper data analysis to monitor pupils’ progress and to understand better how to convey understanding, no automation, no economies of scale, no productivity gains, and no real progress.

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This seems a bit hard as I know there are lots of teachers who have been working hard for a long time to address this issue.

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Library Staff's curator insight, July 22, 2013 1:52 AM

Why is change so difficult in the culture of schooling? Is the passionate redesigning of learning spaces going to change teacher mindsets? 

John Laing's comment, July 22, 2013 7:09 PM
The problem is compulsory schooling.
Library Staff's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:45 PM

Change has to happen in teacher mindset in order for there to be an impact in the classroom.

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Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom

Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The home of my digital education publishing site.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, April 10, 4:16 AM
very useful materials and ideas for the classroom
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, April 10, 8:43 AM
The home of my digital education publishing site.
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Defining Critical Thinking

Defining Critical Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.
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A really useful resource for those (which should be every teacher) interested in promoting critical thinking.

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Q&A with Edusynch Founder Sean Kilachand

Q&A with Edusynch Founder Sean Kilachand | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Each year students around the world spend millions of dollars trying to pass English exams. Now there’s a company that is trying to save them some money and make their learning more effective. I spoke to Sean Kilachand from EduSynch.
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My latest interview.

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Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement 

Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement  | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Hattie effect size list of 138 influences across all areas related to student achievement.
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This is interesting, though whilst being quite detailed and complicated also seems to really over simplify!

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How Big Data is Being Used to Shape the Digital Classroom

How Big Data is Being Used to Shape the Digital Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
MOOCs have been one of the major users of data to help learners learn better. For example, Udacity uses individual feedback. Feedback can also be offered to teachers to help them to improve. On Coursera, teachers are able to see data that indicates when students are most likely to stop watching their lessons on video, and how many students get questions right first time. This can help the teacher to see how and where they could be more effective in presenting information to help students learn.
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Worth reading if you are interested in how data collection can impact on learning.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 23, 9:11 AM

Ejemplos muy interesantes de como la tecnología y el análisis de la Big Data están siendo utilizadas para entender y mejorar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.

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Q&A With OurBoox Co-Founder Mel Rosenberg

Q&A With OurBoox Co-Founder Mel Rosenberg | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this Q & A I talk to Mel Rosenberg – a man on a mission to popularise the use of ebooks in education by allowing teachers and students to create and publish their own ebooks using his simple browser-based tool.

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The latest in my series of Q&A interviews with CEOs and founders of educational publishing products.

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Why Research Fails in the Classroom

Why Research Fails in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The best thing to do is listen to the people who are closest to students. Some of the most effective solutions come from faculty members or instructors. Working with educators this closely throughout the formulation, execution and evaluation of research and product development is the surest way to make research and tools work in real classrooms.

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Some good advice for edtech companies.

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Is video now main form of education communication?

Is video now main form of education communication? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Respondents included educators, instructional designers, IT professionals, digital media professionals, senior administrators and students from around the globe. Around 75% were drawn from higher education and 20% from K-12 (primary/secondary) institutions. The rest came from education technology organisations, educational non-profits, and other education-related institutions.
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No surprises here.

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Five Things Education Technology Could Learn from Pokémon Go

Five Things Education Technology Could Learn from Pokémon Go | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Whether you are a technologist working on the next great learning app or a teacher trying to figure out how to engage your students, Pokémon Go offers a powerful model that has quickly changed the way users behave and engage with digital content.

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A must read for anyone designing elearning.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, July 18, 2:21 AM
This article discusses how educators can learn from the new Pokemon Go game. A really interesting read. 
Darlene Clapham K12's curator insight, July 18, 9:53 AM

A must read for anyone designing elearning.

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How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions

How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Here are some solid tips for increasing your ability to focus at work when the entirety of the internet is waiting to distract you.
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Useful infographic with some good advice.

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We Are All Teachers Of Literacy

We Are All Teachers Of Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Literacy today is taking on a whole new meaning and many years from now it will mean something entirely different. Therefore, we have to look at literacy through a new lens and expand on our definition of what makes kids and all of us literate and examine how technology supports our ability to do so.

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A good short article.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 17, 11:07 AM
Our view of literacy needs to expand and include all the skills needed to be successful in our changing world.
Ana Paula Sena's curator insight, July 19, 4:18 AM

Todos serão mestres e aprendizes.

Manuel Pinto's curator insight, July 19, 5:56 AM
We are all students of literacy, too.
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Productive Screen Time for Kids

Productive Screen Time for Kids | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When it comes to productive screen time for kids, most students are guilty of getting distracted and off-task on the Internet. Our experts share their tips.
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Some useful tips.

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Three steps to become a digitally agile educator

Three steps to become a digitally agile educator | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As I’ve indicated at the start of this post, educators need to identify and develop opportunities to build and utilize these new and digital literacies in their work. There is not only a need to use these texts and tools in our teaching, learning, and research, there is a need to guide students in the processes.
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I think I counted 4 but there you go. Still worth reading and sharing.

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Dinah Galligo's curator insight, July 6, 4:22 AM
Un éducateur "numériquement agile" utilise ces outils dans son enseignement mais doit aussi être capable de guider les étudiants dans leur utilisation.
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 7, 5:04 AM

Educators need to identify and develop opportunities to build and utilize these new and digital literacies in their work. There is not only a need to use these texts and tools in our teaching, learning, and research, there is a need to guide students in the processes.

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3 Digital Tools for Helping Students Gain Perspective on Immigration

3 Digital Tools for Helping Students Gain Perspective on Immigration | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
For young people without a personal connection to an immigration story, these websites, games, multimedia news pieces, and more, can help put a human face on an abstract debate. For students with first-hand knowledge of the immigrant experience, they can find validation of their stories and/or those of their friends and family.
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Some really useful materials.

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Why We Need Learning Engineers

Why We Need Learning Engineers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Education technology serves only as a delivery vehicle. All technologies can deliver effective or ineffective instruction. The key question is what you ask students to do and how you help them do it, not what tools you use.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 10:41 AM

Yes. Absolutely.

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Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world.

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Not sure about blowing your students' minds, but useful.

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Fiona Leigh's curator insight, July 23, 10:03 PM

Some of these critical thinking exercises would be good at the start of the lesson - to get the brain engaged.

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Developing World EdTech

Developing World EdTech | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Literacy unlocks human potential and is the cornerstone of development. It leads to better health, better employment opportunities, and safer and more stable societies. Just by ensuring children know how to read by the time they’ve left primary school, 171 million young people could be lifted out of poverty.

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This is where technology can truely have its greatest impact.

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The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate

The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With so much information readily available in a range of multimodal formats, from text to multimedia, apps and social networking, we need to blend technological learning and critical literacy together so that students can critically appraise the information that they are accessing.
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For sure. This is why I wrote my Digital Literacy lesson plans: http://peacheypublications.com/products

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Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 22, 8:06 AM
Administrators need to lead the way in modeling this for their communities!
Christopher L. Story's curator insight, July 22, 9:56 AM
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Treathyl Fox's curator insight, Today, 2:41 PM
Digital literacy.  That's tech speak for "It is written".  :)
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Common Misconceptions of Teaching with Technology

Common Misconceptions of Teaching with Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
All of the above misconceptions promote a sense of fear among educators and impede the adaption of educational technology. But we can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that technology is going to pervade into every aspects of education and changes, both subtle and disruptive, are inevitable. Teachers, technologists and other stakeholders such as government should work together and make the best use of technology to improve teaching and learning and prepare our children for the future.
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Some good points.

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Augmented Reality and Web 3.0

Augmented Reality and Web 3.0 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Augmented reality could open up huge potential for education outside of the classroom and enable students to learn and interact with whatever is in their immediate physical environment at any particular time. It could also transform publishing and the way we interact with books and images by enabling us to transform them into interactive multimedia.

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My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

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Bill Gates Calls the Ed Tech Bluff

Bill Gates Calls the Ed Tech Bluff | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
It should not be surprising that some of the most promising and popular technology innovations out there today—including names like ClassDojo, LearnZillion, and BetterLesson—were created in partnership with educators and designed to help them solve pressing problems.
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Article about how the edtech business has largely failed to undertstand education.

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Geraldine Jones's curator insight, July 19, 4:19 AM
All call to think about learning activities rather than devices!
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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Perhaps technology will improve, and annotation features will become more intuitive in the next generation of devices. And maybe parents and teachers will need to distinguish reading for fun on tablets, with the distracting bells and whistles, from reading for school, where material is less interactive but more straightforward for better absorption.
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Interesting article with some useful links to further research.

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Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms [#Infographic]

Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms [#Infographic] | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Survey data from this year shows that educators think immersive learning experiences can improve student outcomes.
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Interesting infographic.

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5 Things Teachers Want from PD

5 Things Teachers Want from PD | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We rarely accept “sit and get” instruction as ideal for our students. So why is it still the most common form of professional development for teachers across the country?

. . . we found that both teachers and administrators value the same things in professional development—and it’s not sitting
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Well worth reading if you are planning any form of professional development.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 15, 10:51 AM
Great tips for working with faculty
Gladys Baya's curator insight, July 15, 2:12 PM
Formación docente relevante, interactiva, liderada por alguien que comprenda su experiencia, sostenida en el tiempo y que se apoya en una concepción del docente como profesional.  Así - según Karen Johnson - es la formación que desean los docentes hoy ... y que rara vez reciben! Por mi parte, como docente coincido plenamente. Como formadora docente, ¡tomo nota y me comprometo a trabajar para ello!
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The Future of Education

The Future of Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Most importantly we need to be empowering our learners to take charge of their learning, to show them how they may control their pathways and become genuinely agent learning. Such a process is a significant shift for educators and our knowledge of the processes of learning rather than our subject knowledge is what matters most.
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Not much to disagree with here.

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(Marketing) Virtual Reality in Education: A History

(Marketing) Virtual Reality in Education: A History | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Many ed-tech products like to tout their constructivist principles, but sometimes these reduce “learn-by-doing” to “learn-by-clicking.” Many simulations are just that: click on the scalpel in the frog dissection simulation app; touch the screen in the surgery simulation app; click on the airplane controls in the flight simulation app.
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A critical look at VR an attempt to seperate the hype from the virtual reality.

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