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Grammar 4eva: Has ‘techspeak’ made time-honoured language skills irrelevant in the Internet age?

Grammar 4eva: Has ‘techspeak’ made time-honoured language skills irrelevant in the Internet age? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

While recent research on texting and linguistics has offered no conclusive evidence that these language abbreviations damage students’ language skills, a highly publicized 2012 study from Pennsylvania State University found that middle-school students who frequently use “techspeak” when they text performed poorly on an English grammar test.

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Educational Technology Newsletter

Educational Technology Newsletter | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
For the latest news, cool tools and research links related to educational technology inside and outside the English language classroom.

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Signup for my twice monthly free enewsletter. You can check out the archive of past issues here: http://tinyletter.com/technogogy/archive

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My bi-weekly free educational technology enewsletter.

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Thinking Critically through Digital Media

Thinking Critically through Digital Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Although the use of internet and digital materials in the language classroom has come a long way over the last 20 years, still the vast majority of web based material that finds its way into the language classroom is used for information input or comprehension purposes. The students’ interaction with the materials is as such largely passive with the teacher controlling the suitability of the materials selected and deciding what information the students will extract from it.
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Use the materials from my ebook to help develop digital literacy and encourage students to challenge the authenticity of the content they are expossed to. Contains 12 ready made lesson plans plus loys of tips and ideas for using infograohics and developing research & presentation skills.

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Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives | TIPS

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives | TIPS | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Like other taxonomies, Bloom’s is hierarchical, meaning that learning at the higher levels is dependent on having attained prerequisite knowledge and skills at lower levels. You will see Bloom’s Taxonomy often displayed as a pyramid graphic to help demonstrate this hierarchy. We have updated this pyramid into a “cake-style” hierarchy to emphasize that each level is built on a foundation of the previous levels.
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You can't have too much Bloom.

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6 Ways To Create Engaging Learning Experiences - eLearning Industry

6 Ways To Create Engaging Learning Experiences - eLearning Industry | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Want to know how to create meaningful and Engaging Learning Experiences? Check 6 ways to create meaningful and Engaging Learning Experiences.
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Some good basic tips.

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Five Best Practices When Converting Classroom Content for the Virtual Classroom

Five Best Practices When Converting Classroom Content for the Virtual Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Taking traditional training materials online is akin to substituting baking soda for baking powder. It can be done, but it’s not a straight one-to-one translation. Adjustments must be made: content, learner situation, format, and more. Here are five best practices for making those adjustments!
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Textbook technology: Taking classroom resources to the next level

Textbook technology: Taking classroom resources to the next level | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Having ebooks available on tablet devices is sure to streamline the learning process, and there are a number of benefits to be gained from this. One such benefit is that it gives students ownership of the curriculum content. As discussed previously, annotations and notes can often be lost or damaged when on paper, but with electronic text, students can highlight a single word, or a whole section, and type notes associated specifically to this. Using digital content gives both teachers and students the flexibility to get creative with notes and resources, as well as making them easier to manage.
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Interesting article on digital textbook publishing.

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Jhonny Duque's curator insight, February 16, 1:34 PM

Using digital content gives both teachers and students the flexibility to get creative with notes and resources annotations and notes can often be lost or damaged when on paper, but with electronic text, students can highlight a single word, or a whole section, and type notes associated specifically to this. stronger belive that this is the new way to teach in a classroom 

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Preparing learners’ mindsets for the online world

Preparing learners’ mindsets for the online world | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Be the same person on and offline. What you do when you think people are watching you is all about your reputation, but what you do when you think no one is watching you? Those decisions speak directly towards your character.
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Useful article with tips and links to information about digital citizenship and esafety.

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Create Immersive Virtual Reality with Storyspheres - EdTechTeacher

Create Immersive Virtual Reality with Storyspheres - EdTechTeacher | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Though impressive, the first Virtual Reality offerings in education primarily consisted of pre-created experiences where students could explore famous landmarks, geographic regions and unique locations.  For instance, thoughtfully developed tools such as Google Expeditions and Nearpod VR allow teachers to guide their students through … Read more
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Interesting article on the use of Storysheres.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, February 15, 2:38 PM

Interesting article on the use of Storysheres.

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Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively?

Is Technology Being Integrated Effectively? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In many cases the engagement factor is emphasized over learning outcomes and actual evidence of improvement aligned to standards. I get that this is not the end all be all, but nevertheless it is important. It goes without saying that effective technology integration should inform instruction and provide feedback as to the level of conceptual mastery students demonstrate.
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Interesting blog post and a great way to measure effective use.

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Nik Peachey's Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter 14th Feb 2017

Nik Peachey's Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter 14th Feb 2017 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this issue I have a great collection of new articles most of which focus on three main themes -

  • Digital literacies for teachers
  • The role of artificial intelligence in homework marking and support
  • The importance of encouraging students to think critically about news and information.


In the tools section there’s a great collection of apps and resources and a link to one of the most useful search engines for digital research and study.

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This issue also includes a 75% discount code for my ebooks and resources.

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Checklist: Skills and Tools for Digitally-Literate Teachers

Do you have what it takes to be a digitally-literate teacher? Check these 14 required skills — and a few more for extra credit.
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Quite a demanding list.

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We Didn’t Know What We Didn’t Know: Flipped Learning 3.0

We Didn’t Know What We Didn’t Know: Flipped Learning 3.0 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In the coming series, we’re going to bring you updates and reports from the worldwide flipped learning community that will zero in on each of the five ways flipped learning is evolving, why they matter, and what you can do to prepare for the future of flipped learning.
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Personally I tend to think the significance of flipped learning is a bit over played, but read and see what you think.

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Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?

Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Online maths company has partnered with scientists to identify what makes lessons successful - and to see if AI can be used to improve teaching
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Interesting article about the combination of AI and personal tutors.

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, February 10, 3:48 AM
how can AI be used to supplement math teaching
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Q&A: Education Technology Expert On Teaching the Next Generation of Teachers

Q&A: Education Technology Expert On Teaching the Next Generation of Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Teachers also need to learn how to engage students in higher-order thinking during the process. New teachers may get caught up in the technology and forget to have students pause and metacognitively think about what they are learning and how that connects to previously learned material. I coach my students to include questions in their lessons that ask students to explain their thinking or connect their ideas to the text.
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Interesting interview.

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 20, 5:33 PM
Does the technology drive the learning or does the overall lesson design? To what extent does technology change what we teach? I am not sure about this. There seems to be disciples for both views.
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Four cautionary lessons about education technology

Four cautionary lessons about education technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
There's good failure and there's dumb failure. The dumb failure we see over and over again is just dumping technology into schools and hoping for magic to happen; not having a plan, thinking that things will happen automatically because kids are “digital natives,” a term that obscures as much as it illuminates; thinking that just because technology is there your problem is solved."
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A good short read.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 20, 12:49 PM
Digital tools are not a panacea of all things good.
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 20, 5:27 PM
This emphasises the importance of the teacher in any technology education. Some good follow up sections and blogs
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16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning

16 issues driving higher education's approach to teaching and learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Rising costs, aging computer systems and the changing demands of a more diverse, tech-savvy population are challenging long-standing approaches to teaching and learning at U.S. colleges and universities.
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Some interesting and very relevant issues.

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Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Bedley says he’s been trying to teach his students for a while to look carefully at what they’re reading and where it comes from. He’s got a seven-point checklist his students can follow:
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Useful article with some helpful links and ideas.

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Nik Peachey - Managing the digital classroom

Nik Peachey - Managing the digital classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this workshop we explore a range of digital tools and teaching techniques that teachers can use to utilize the presence of digital devices in the classroom and make them productive. The workshop will show how we can use these devices to enable digital collaboration and develop a range of traditional and digital literacies in ways that are not possible in the analogue classroom.

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A recording of my webinar presentation on managing the digital classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 16, 4:21 AM

A recording of my webinar presentation for the British Council.

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A Digital Future: K-12 Technology by 2018

A Digital Future: K-12 Technology by 2018 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Rapidly changing technology continues to make its mark on K-12 learning. The recently-released New Media Consortium Horizon Report details six up-and-coming technologies in the next five years for K-12 classrooms. Let’s take a closer look.

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Worth having a look. There's also a link through to the report.

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3D + VR Technology in Education

3D + VR Technology in Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This online mini-course will give a whirlwind tour through some of the issues at the intersection of 3D/VR technology and education. In addition to getting exposure to some tools you can already start using with your students or colleagues, we're also going to read some of the research in the field, collaborate, and create our own lessons.
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This looks like a really interesting free course.

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2017 Machine Learning Trends - DATAVERSITY

2017 Machine Learning Trends - DATAVERSITY | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Machine Learning builds algorithms, which when exposed to high volumes of data, can self-teach and evolve. When this unique technology powers Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications, the combination can be powerful. We can soon expect to see smart robots around us doing all our jobs – much quicker, much more accurately, and even improving themselves at every step. Will this world have intelligent humans anymore or shall we soon be outclassed by self-thinking robots? What are the most visible 2017 Machine Learning trends?
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Interesting article with some really useful links.

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Rebooting Learning for the Digital Age

Rebooting Learning for the Digital Age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The report reviews best practice around the world to show how technology is benefiting universities and students through better teaching and learning, improved retention rates and lower costs

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Interesting report by Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

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Taxonomy Of eLearning: Does eLearning Need A New Taxonomy? - eLearning Industry

Taxonomy Of eLearning: Does eLearning Need A New Taxonomy? - eLearning Industry | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When considering educational objectives, we perhaps need to consider ‘whose’ educational objectives? Where Bloom spoke of analyzing and evaluating concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, he clearly had the learner in mind as he classified educational goals. I ask if eLearning would not be better served by its own taxonomy (framework) where the separate objectives of the various parties involved in eLearning are distinctly and separately categorized. This is important because there are many aspects to eLearning. And none of them can promise a successful learning outcome. Successful learning outcomes (the result, or not, of educational objectives) require a multi-faceted approach to delivery.
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Always room for another taxonomy.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, February 13, 12:11 PM

Always room for another taxonomy.

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Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism

Jump-Start Critical Thinking With an Aphorism | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I have found that even though the students struggle at first with interpreting the adages, they come to enjoy the challenge. It becomes easier as they become more proficient at pulling out the true intent of the dicho. When they see that they have arrived at the heart of the adage, they eagerly write their thoughts and love to share them.
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Nice simple idea to encourage critical thinking.

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Responding to Student Writing — and Writers

Responding to Student Writing — and Writers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
If you ask any college instructor or high school English teacher which part of her job is the most time-consuming, says Nancy Sommers, you’ll hear the same answer across the board: “Responding to my students’ writing.” “Reading my students’ writing.” “Grading my students’ writing.”
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Useful advice on increasing the imapct of written feedback.

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"From Instructivism to Connectivism: Theoretical Underpinnings of MOOCs" by Matt Crosslin

While the first MOOCs were connectivist in their approach to learning, later versions have expanded to include instructivist structures and structures that blend both theories. From an instructional design standpoint the differences are important. This paper will examine how to analyze the goals of any proposed MOOC to determine what the epistemological focus should be.
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Interesting reading for MOOC developers.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, February 9, 10:29 AM

Interesting reading for MOOC developers.