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High-tech classrooms come at a high price

High-tech classrooms come at a high price | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Supplying mobile learning devices to every student can lead to better engagement and true anytime, anywhere learning—but schools should plan carefully to address the need for maintenance and other related costs, as the experience of one New Mexico...
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Pronounce Live - Pronunciation Feedback

Pronounce Live - Pronunciation Feedback | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Pronounce Live is a web application for pronunciation practice. You can listen to authentic speech models read any text or words, record your own voice for comparison and receive immediate feedback.

Color coding will mark words to focus on, and you also get an overall score for your pronunciation. Compete against yourself, the perfect score is only a syllable away!

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This is a great tool to get students working autonomously on their pronunciation. Even works for languages other than English.

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Nando Castellanos's curator insight, May 10, 11:11 AM
Since now a days more people seek to learn or practice a new language on the web, this web application plays an excellent role. One of the major factors that affects learning a new language on an application, is to have feedback on the pronunciation and this is precisely the function of "Pronounce Live". Thus, people can get an important benefit since they can improve their pronunciation without having somebody in front to correct them.
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Google's Project Tango finds a new home in the classroom

Google's Project Tango finds a new home in the classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The augmented-reality lessons, which are powered by Google's Project Tango technology, will work much the same way as their VR counterparts. Except, instead of taking students on VR "field trips" teachers will be able to place 3D objects around their classrooms for students to explore.
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Ines Bieler's curator insight, May 25, 12:00 PM

Nice.

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, May 26, 2:10 PM
Virtual Reality is coming to the classroom. How will teachers, parents, and other adults respond to a shift in learning? 
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Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle

Digital Classrooms - eBook Bundle | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This eBook Bundle conatins all of my writing from the Digital Classrooms Series over the last 3 years.

This bundle of 4 ebooks includes:

  • My Innovations Award (ELTon) winning book Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers
  • My most recent title - 20 Tech Enhanced Activities for the Language Classroom
  • My collection of Digital Tools for Teachers
  • My collection of 12 infographic based lesson plans along with guidance on how to push students to develop their digital literacy and critical thinking skills - Thinking Critically through Digital Media (Thinking Critically through Digital Media also contains Exploiting Infographics and 10 Lesson in Digital Literacy)

I hope that these books will enable you to change the way you use digital resources to develop your students' language and communication skills and encourage you to support your students in developing their hands-on digital literacy skills.
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A collection of all the publications from my Digital Classrooms Series from the last 3 years.

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The Kemp Design Model In eLearning: A Guide For eLearning Professionals

The Kemp Design Model In eLearning: A Guide For eLearning Professionals | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Wondering how to apply the Kemp Design Model in eLearning? Check the eLearning Professional's guide to the Kemp Design Model.
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A nice basic checklist for designing courses.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 23, 4:26 PM

"Kemp, Morrison, and Ross are the co-founders of the Kemp Design Model. This strategy takes a non-traditional approach to eLearning development, as it follows a cyclical structure. Every aspect of the eLearning course design and learning process is taken into consideration. This allows eLearning professionals to create more meaningful eLearning courses that focus on online learners' needs, preferences, and goals. Here are 9 tips to help you apply the key elements of the Kemp Design Model."( By Christoforos Pappas)

Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 24, 7:29 AM
Are you looking for a holistic Instructional Design approach that follows a non-linear format? This article shares 9 tips to apply the Kemp Design Model in your next eLearning course.
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Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey

Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The next edition of my Edtech & ELT Newsletter will be out in a couple of days. Sign up to make sure you don't miss it: https://tinyletter.com/technogogy/ You and also check out the archive here: http://tinyletter.com/technogogy/archive

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The quantified self and the gamification of academic research through social networks

The quantified self and the gamification of academic research through social networks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The ResearchGate score is based on a rather complicated summation of number of publications, impact factor and user activity. The largely opaque calculation of the score has led to it being suggested as a good example of a “bad metric”. The ResearchGate score is then compared with other researchers’ achievements and the user is informed of their relative position (e.g. “better than 50% of all registered researchers”).
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This is something I've been expecting for quite some time.

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3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education

3 Misconceptions About Innovation in Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As I have stated numerous times, innovation should not be reserved for the few, but become the norm in education. It trickles into how we do everything, whether that is assessment practices, leadership, professional learning, how we use technology, and so many other areas, but ultimately in teaching and learning. The first step to getting people to move there is to see that this is not an individual effort, but a team sport.
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Quite a lot I both agree and disagree with in here.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 18, 4:24 PM

Innovar en educación parece un oximorón. El propio Albert Einstein dijo una vez "educación es lo que queda después de olvidar lo que se ha aprendido en la escuela". Pero la verdadera innovación que se espera de ella es que simplemente regrese a sus orígenes. Siguiendo con Einstein: "el valor de una educación universitaria no es el aprendizaje de muchos datos, sino el entrenamiento de la mente para pensar" y que forma más compleja y atractiva de hacer pensar a nuestros estudiantes que encararlos continuamente con la realidad. La estructura tal y como esta concebida la educación actualmente, en forma de compartimientos estancos, desconectados unos de otros, donde se enseña matemáticas y física, desligada de la filosofía y del arte, son parte de este gran problema de la educación. "El método educativo más adecuado siempre ha sido aquel en el cual se exhorta al alumno a actuar en el marco de la realidad. Esto es aplicable tanto al niño de enseñanza primaria que hace sus primeros intentos con la escritura, como a la tesis doctoral que se prepara en una universidad, o a la simple memorización de un poema, la realización de una redacción, la interpretación y la traducción de un texto, la resolución de un problema matemático o la práctica del deporte" (Einstein, 1936).

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Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers

Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.

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A really useful free online ebook.

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Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools (EdSurge News)

Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools (EdSurge News) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
“Very few people understand how adtech [advertising technology] works and very few people know ad targeting and profiling happen,” says Fitzgerald. “We cannot have an informed conversation about the scope of this because adtech is completely opaque.”
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Worth thinking about when looking for a free lms.

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Flexible Reality

Flexible Reality | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
How can institutions invest in technology, while at the same time avoiding lock-in and preserving the agility they need to promote the success of their students under conditions of constant change and uncertainty?
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This is a really important read for anyone involved in the purchase of edtech systems for schools.

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Managing the digital classroom - Using a backchannel

Managing the digital classroom - Using a backchannel | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
If you are working in a classroom where your students have internet connected devices, either through wifi or their mobile phone, using a backchannel can have a transformative impact on the way you can use technology with your students.
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My blog post on using back channels.

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Collaboration in Augmented Reality

Collaboration in Augmented Reality | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
AR systems can be used to create unique collaborative experiences. For example, co-located users can see shared 3D virtual objects that they interact with, or a user can annotate the live video view of a remote worker, enabling them to collaborate at a distance. The overall goal is to augment the face-to-face collaborative experience, or to enable remote people to feel that they are virtually co-located.
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Interesting article to understand the background of AR.

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Olli Hatakka's curator insight, May 16, 2:43 AM
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Wearable Tech Weaves Its Way Into Learning (EdSurge News)

Wearable Tech Weaves Its Way Into Learning (EdSurge News) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As the cost of wearable technologies continues to decline, researchers have more opportunities than ever to study the relationships between human physiology and learning. Is there a correlation, for instance, between heart rate or skin temperature and engagement in class?
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Interesting for research.

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Edtech & ELT Newsletter May 2017 - Issue 2

Edtech & ELT Newsletter May 2017 - Issue 2 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This newsletter is packed with offers and links to free ebooks as well as well as some great free learning tools, more on games and gamification including a great game for learning English or Spanish and some of the best articles on education reform, edtech and how it is impacting learning and ELT.
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The latest edition of my free Edtech and ELT newsletter

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Collaboration, Cooperation, Integration

Collaboration, Cooperation, Integration | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Collaboration, cooperation, integration. Valuable concepts in education and in social organisations where people need to work together to achieve goals. Neither new nor original, though today, with wider approaches of how to actually achieve these processes.
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Interesting article with some useful links.

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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.
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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 26, 5:25 AM
Great!
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started

Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Over the past few months, I have learned so much, not only about classroom teaching but also about wider educational debates. Here’s why I think all teachers should join the conversation, and some tips for getting started.
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For those who still need to be convinced.

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What Does Connectivism Mean for Education?

What Does Connectivism Mean for Education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The theory of Connectivism provides new insight into what it means to facilitate learning in the 21st Century. Those responsible for teaching and training need to incorporate instructional strategies that match learner expectations and the physical changes that technology has wrought on the human brain.

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Nice short article on the classroom implications of connectivism.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 23, 8:28 AM
Siemens has done a good job laying out the core principles of Connectivism in his 2004 piece, "Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age."
 
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Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age George Siemens
Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. These theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology. Over the last twenty years, technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn. Learning needs and theories that describe learning principles and processes, should be reflective of underlying social environments. Vaill emphasizes that “learning must be a way of being – an ongoing set of attitudes and actions by individuals and groups that they employ to try to keep abreast of the surprising, novel, messy, obtrusive, recurring events…” (1996, p.42). Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. Information development was slow. The life of knowledge was measured in decades. Today, these foundational principles have been altered. Knowledge is growing exponentially. In many fields the life of knowledge is now measured in months and years. Gonzalez (2004) describes the challenges of rapidly diminishing knowledge life: “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. The “half-life of knowledge” is the time span from when knowledge is gained to when it becomes obsolete. Half of what is known today was not known 10 years ago. The amount of knowledge in the world has doubled in the past 10 years and is doubling every 18 months according to the American Society of Training and Documentation (ASTD). To combat the shrinking half-life of knowledge, organizations have been forced to develop new methods of deploying instruction.” Some significant trends in learning:  Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.  Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning now occurs in a variety of ways – through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks.  Learning is a continual process, lasting for a lifetime. Learning and work related activities are no longer separate. In many situations, they are the same.  Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking.  The organization and the individual are both learning organisms. Increased attention to knowledge management highlights the need for a theory that attempts to explain the link between individual and organizational learning.  Many of the processes previously handled by learning theories (especially in cognitive information processing) can now be off-loaded to, or supported by, technology.  Know-how and know-what is being supplemented with know-where (the understanding of where to find knowledge needed).
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An App for Making Grammar Addictive

An App for Making Grammar Addictive | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The ‘Quiz Your English App’ is a great new free app available for on both iOS and Android that has been designed to make English learning and revision into an engaging, enjoyable and addictive game.
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My recent blog post about a mobile quiz game to help students revise and develop their understanding of English.

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Startling: New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools

Startling: New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Although technology changes at a rapid pace, one thing is constant: students have a deep desire to learn using digital tools and resources.
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Some interesting research and statistics.

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Digital Materials for the ELT Classroom

Digital Materials for the ELT Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

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How to structure and write a self-published e-book | British Council

How to structure and write a self-published e-book | British Council | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In his second article in a series on self-publishing, author and digital publishing specialist, Nik Peachey, explains how to get on with the task of writing and structuring a book.
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The second in my series of article for British Council Voices - This one deals with how to structure your book and make sure it actually gets written using an MVP model.

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Stop Trying to Define Personalized Learning (EdSurge News)

Stop Trying to Define Personalized Learning (EdSurge News) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Defining personalized learning gives the illusion that we know what works. But we don’t. There are no classic recipes to use yet—just breadcrumbs to follow, and we are not even sure where they all lead.
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Well argued. Have to agree with a lot of this. Edtech companies are all rushing to commoditise this.

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The 5 Obstacles You Must Overcome As a Tech-Savvy Educator

The 5 Obstacles You Must Overcome As a Tech-Savvy Educator | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As amazing an impact as technology can have on education, modern digital resources are unfortunately far from evenly available. Do you know what technological poverty can look like? Do you know what causes lie behind it?
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Yes. These are the basics.

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How modern technology evolved from established teaching methods

How modern technology evolved from established teaching methods | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Helping to demonstrate the evolution of teaching and technology, we’ve created the following infographic to shed some light on how modern technology is helping some teachers give their tried and trusted learning practices a new lease of life.
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A little bit optimistic.

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Human-robot interactions take step forward with 'emotional' chatbot

Human-robot interactions take step forward with 'emotional' chatbot | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Researchers describe the ‘emotional chatting machine’ as a first attempt at the problem of creating machines that can fully understand user emotion
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