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Bypassing the Textbook: Video Games Transform Social Studies Curriculcum

Bypassing the Textbook: Video Games Transform Social Studies Curriculcum | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One way to use commercial video games in social studies classrooms is to discuss them as texts or works of art that say something about society.
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Some really good ideas here to get students digging beyond the surface and thinking more critically.

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ImogenMcLennan's curator insight, January 22, 2014 4:27 PM

Great ideas! Let's hope access to the games is not blocked by school firewall!

Jeremy Cooke's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:30 AM

More ways to use "games for good" - the antidote to 'violent games' ? 

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Lesson Materials | PeacheyPublications.com

Lesson Materials | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The lessons start with reading and discussion around the topics and then go in to more depth to look behind the information and research the topic area using a range of digital research and presentations tools. The lessons usually conclude with some form of output from the students such as a published text, presentation or their own infographic.
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I have a collection of lesson plans which explore the concept of developing digital literacy skills and critical thinking by exploring infographics.

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Learning in the age of Social Networks

Learning in the age of Social Networks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Our understanding of how to learn in this globally connected world is limited by our experience of learning. Our formal education has led us to believe that learning is something given to us. We are one step removed from the process of planning and regulating our learning for so much of our lives as learners that we become dependent on educators. We have powerful tools at our disposal and yet make poor use of them. Networks which should bring us closer together are used to divide and segregate. Instead of enhancing our collective understanding we are confronted by the challenges of alternate facts and fake news. We have an abundance of information but seemingly little wisdom and little understanding of who we may trust and how we may find truth.

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Very true.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 27, 3:14 PM
There is room for both global and local in teaching and learning. At the heart of good teaching are the relationships with students. Pedagogy is a feature of good teaching.
Emanuela Pitassi PhD's curator insight, Today, 10:53 AM
Vantaggi e svantaggi dell'apprendimento nell'epoca dei Social Network
 
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vantaggi e svantaggi dell'apprendimento nell'era dei social networks

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The Overselling of Ed Tech

Show me something that helps kids create, design, produce, construct — and I’m on board. Show me something that helps them make things collaboratively (rather than just on their own), and I’m even more interested — although it’s important to keep in mind that meaningful learning never requires technology, so even here we should object whenever we’re told that software (or a device with a screen) is essential.
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Nice article.

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Terheck's curator insight, March 24, 11:34 AM
Les nouvelles technologies peuvent aider, mais sont loin d'être essentielles. Trop souvent sont confondus moyens (les TICE) et objectifs (acquisitions de savoirs, savoir-faire...).
Article intéressant et pertinent.
MartinVermaak's comment, March 24, 11:42 AM
http://www.free-tech-support.com/opera-min-browser-support-number
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How to handle controversy in the classroom

How to handle controversy in the classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Here are a few tips for bypassing students’ defensiveness and promoting open inquiry on controversial topics.
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Some really useful and interesting tips. Great for conversation classes.

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12 Potential Education Technology Implementation Pitfalls and Ways to Avoid Them | Emerging Education Technologies

12 Potential Education Technology Implementation Pitfalls and Ways to Avoid Them | Emerging Education Technologies | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This is not intended to be the definitive listing of education or instructional technology project failure points – it is simply a list of things to consider and plan for when working to implement new or enhanced technologies in an academic institution.
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Basic stuff, but you'd be surprised how consitently it is overlooked.

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Nik Peachey's Edtech and ELT Newsletter 21st March 2017

Nik Peachey's Edtech and ELT Newsletter 21st March 2017 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This one has some great new tools and articles. The tools section includes free tools for creating interactive courses, building your own apps, getting online portfolios and much more.

In the articles section there are some great articles on AI and VR and the chance to take a free course in a 3D VR environment.
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My latest edtech & ELT Newsletter.

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Schools bypassing borders

Schools bypassing borders | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Such collaborations reflect the growing “virtual exchange” movement, as technology makes it easier for learners and educators from various parts of the world to share ideas and work on projects together, both in real-time and asynchronously.
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Looking at how video communication technologies can link classes around the world.

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The largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you

The largest internet company in 2030? This prediction will probably surprise you | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
His vision for 2030 includes a massively enhanced version of today's open online courses — the kind of instruction you may find with Khan Academy, Coursera, or MIT OpenCourseWare. Only, the instructors won't be humans beamed through videos. They'll be bots, and they'll be smart enough to personalize each lesson plan to the child sitting in front of the screen.
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Well what do you think to that?

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3D/VR Technology and Education

3D/VR Technology and 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. Join if you'd like to meet other educators interested in 3D or VR technology, learn about some ed-tech tools you can use right away with your students, and think critically about these tools together. Teachers of all subjects and levels are welcome.
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Great chance to take a free course and get some experience of using VR.

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Most people are secretly threatened by creativity

Most people are secretly threatened by creativity | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The problem begins with education. We know that teachers say creativity is important. But research shows that many teachers define creativity as a skill that’s mainly associated with the arts—thereby downplaying the essential role that creativity plays in everything from math and science to argumentative writing and sports. Furthermore, teachers routinely label creative students as “disruptive,” treating outside-the-box thinking not as a strength but as a problem to be dealt with.
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Sad but true.

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Digital-Classrooms-TedEd | PeacheyPublications.com

Digital-Classrooms-TedEd | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
TED Ed is a great tool for creating online lessons around videos. It enables you to structure a sequence of interactive activities around the video clip that guides the viewer towards a deeper understanding of the content.
It’s an ideal tool for building blended learning.
In this document you can find:
-: a step by step guide showing how to use it
-: a video tutorial that shows you how to make the activities
-: some suggestions and ideas for using it in the classroom or as part of an online course.
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Download the free short ebook with video tutorial showing how to use TED Ed to create blended learning.

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Looking at The Impact Of Digital Tools On Student Writing

Looking at The Impact Of Digital Tools On Student Writing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When used properly, there are many ways that digital tools can help students improve their skills. It's the educator's job to steer their students in the right direction and help them get the most from this relatively new breed of tools.
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Some useful points from a higher Ed perspective.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 13, 2:15 PM

Some useful points from a higher Ed perspective.

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Chatbots for Learning

Chatbots for Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Chatbots can operate according to a set of predefined rules or, using machine learning, work based on various degrees of artificial intelligence. They can be accessed through chat tools — such as Facebook Messenger — or other types of messaging apps. Basically, a chatbot interacts with the user in the same way a live person would — through conversation. Theoretically, the bot gets smarter as it interacts with more people and learns new things, which opens up some fascinating instructional avenues to explore.
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Not really anything new (I was using chatbots with students in Morocco back in 2002) but still interesting.

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Helping Students Develop Creative Fluency

Helping Students Develop Creative Fluency | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
About a week ago, I created a video about how to thrive as an introverted teacher. I sat down in front of the camera, shared some spontaneous thoughts, and then edited it the next day.
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Useful article.

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Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence - Lessons in Digital Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This lesson is based on an infographic about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI) and its role in our lives. In the lesson students will explore the differences between IQ and EI and develop an understanding of how they can improve their EI an
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Between now and 28th or March you can download this lesson plan for free.
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Click on ‘Buy Now’ and enter this coupon code: 9P51987D0N

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Embrace the Unexpected: New Tools Transform Teaching and Learning

Embrace the Unexpected: New Tools Transform Teaching and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
There are many ways to ease the transition from traditional pedagogical approaches to new strategies that blend the best of both worlds. Instructional designers, faculty and IT would all do well to strive for a blended approach, leveraging the deep expertise of faculty while also putting them in the best position to take full advantage of new resources.
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Not much to argue with here.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, March 26, 12:42 AM

Se hace urgente el poder ir modificando las estrategias de enseñanza con el apoyo de la tecnología. El aula de ladrillo y cemento es cada vez más un obstáculo para el aprendizaje ubicuo. 

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Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic

Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Using technology in the classroom comes with a host of benefits. But can technology do more harm than good when it comes to helping students succeed?
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Interesting perspective.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 22, 4:30 PM
Good teachers understand digital tools are a tool that needs to fit the moment.
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2017 ELTons

2017 ELTons | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We are delighted to announce the finalists for the ELTons 2017. The ELTons are now in their fifteenth year and are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). This year we will be hosting the awards in a fantastic new venue, Altitude, London on 14 June with the winners announced at the ceremony. We have a celebrity host, lexicographer and etymologist, Susie Dent from Channel 4's Countdown.
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A really great selection of entries. Just a shame British Council can't hyperlink through to the products to make it a bit easier to browse them.

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12 Tips for training older teachers to use technology

12 Tips for training older teachers to use technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
So the next time you walk into a training room and see a number of older teachers there, don’t groan with disappointment, but welcome the opportunity to test your skills and understanding with the most critical audience. If you can send them away motivated to use technology then you know you are on the right track.
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Reposted from Pearson English.

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ernestprats's curator insight, March 24, 2:48 AM
No sólo de los viejos docentes. Me considero un viejo docente, a punto de jubilarme, y desde hace 30 años usos las TIC y las he utilizado con alumnado de secundaria y con profesorado. Muchos de los "training tips" podrían aplicarse a docentes noveles a otros no tanto... No volvamos al tema de las "generaciones digitales".
Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, March 24, 1:52 PM
Pistas para entrenar a maestros ya  mayores en el uso de tecnologías. Sexagenarios #tecedu
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 27, 12:26 PM
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Teaching in the 21st Century

Teaching in the 21st Century | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
For students, the shift in focus is from recipients of knowledge to being literate self-navigators of learning who are able to take charge of their own learning and are able to adjust their skill sets to suit problems as they evolve.
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An interesting read.

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Meet our IATEFL Online 2017 Presenters | IATEFL Online

Meet our IATEFL Online 2017 Presenters | IATEFL Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We're delighted to welcome back our presenters Kirsteen and Nik for another IATEFL Online. We would also like to welcome Roohi to the team. Our presenters will be doing live interviews from the IATEFL Online studio - starting at around 10.00am (UK time) on each day of the conference. Tune in on Monday 3rd April for the start of our live coverage from Glasgow.
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Great to be back on the IATEFL Online team heading for Glasgow in April.

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How do today’s students use mobiles | Deloitte UK

How do today’s students use mobiles | Deloitte UK | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Understanding 18-24 year olds’ mobile device preferences can help inform universities in their student digital experience planning.
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Some interesting research into mobile use.

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Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership

Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Strategies for doing more with less include adequate PD around new technology, embracing mobile solutions, low-cost high tech, and expanding the ownership of school policy making.
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Nice article.

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AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online—and No One Knew the Difference

AI Teaching Assistant Helped Students Online—and No One Knew the Difference | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help answer questions about coursework and projects from the 300 students enrolled in the advanced course. During the first few weeks in January, Jill really struggled. …
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Interesting.

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Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Ripping Learning off the Page

Virtual Reality in the Classroom: Ripping Learning off the Page | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality in the Classroom is now more popular than ever! Learn how to make learning come to life for your students in every subject area.
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Some nice ideas.

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Barb's curator insight, March 12, 12:47 AM

Some nice ideas.