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What is flipped learning?

What is flipped learning? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To counter common misconceptions and bring clarity to discussions about “Flipped Learning,” the governing board and key leaders of the Flipped Learning Network (FLN) announced a formal definition of the term. They also released the Four Pillars of F-L-I-P™ and a checklist of eleven indicators that educators must incorporate into their practice.

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A good detailed definition of flipped learning. Try here if the link doesn't work: http://www.flippedlearning.org/definition 

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Can we read with our ears?

Can we read with our ears? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Many students with weak decoding skills can read: with their ears. As teachers, we can make a strategic choice of differentiating in our lessons in order to allow a poor reader to ‘read with their ears’ in class until the time they can read with their eyes. As long as this occurs alongside additional intervention to address their decoding difficulties, we may be improving his or her life chances by providing this opportunity.

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Interesting article about developing reading skills.

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Frances's curator insight, July 3, 9:22 AM

Using all the resources available to us, while we systematically teach children the skills they need.

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, July 4, 6:08 AM

An interesting article - relevant to literacy skills and accessibility. Helping pupils to be able to access the curriculum despite poor reading skills seems to be a no-brainer.

Randy Kulman's curator insight, July 4, 7:27 AM

reading is reading!

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Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC

Technology and Young Children | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children.

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Some really useful links and resources here.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Educators’ attentive use key to maximizing ICT benefits in early years education

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Educators’ attentive use key to maximizing ICT benefits in early years education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Creative and innovative applications of ICT have been used as important potential tools by both parents and early childhood educators in order to provide support for children’s early learning at home and within early year settings.

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Interesting article with some useful research references.

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Education Foundation and Facebook collaborate to launch teacher-toolkit

Education Foundation and Facebook collaborate to launch teacher-toolkit | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Education Foundation has joined forces with Facebook and education leaders from across the UK to create a new, toolkit; one designed to introduce teachers to the use of social media in and around the classroom. The free set of resources will be hosted at Edusocial.info, and will contain a range of practical guidance and advice built from over two years of work in UK schools, colleges and universities to apply social media to learning.

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This looks like a useful resource for educators interested in using Facebook with students.

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Recognizing the potential of ICT in early childhood education

The survey suggests strategies for the development of ICT capability of early childhood education centres and recommendations, which should be helpful for educators, parents and school policy decision makers in their efforts to adapt the child development process to the continuous evolution of the digital universe

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148 page PDF, but well worth a read for anyone involved in teaching young learners.

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In Defense of Laptops in the College Classroom

In Defense of Laptops in the College Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The case for a laptop-free classroom is indeed strong. Last week on The New Yorker’s website, Dartmouth professor Dan Rockmore wrote that he’s banned laptops for years, explaining that “any advantage that might be gained by having a machine at the ready, or available for the primary goal of taking notes, was negligible at best” for his curriculum.

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If you have students with laptops in your classroom, why on earth would you be wasting their time asking them to take notes on a lecture?

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The Place of Virtual, Pedagogic and Physical Space in the 21st Century Classroom

The Place of Virtual, Pedagogic and Physical Space in the 21st Century Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This paper outlines work connected to the successful convergence of digital, pedagogic and physical space. The Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) has been focusing on the gap that has existed in schools where the physical layout is often stuck in an industrial-era education model, rather than reflecting the possibilities of ICT-enhanced personalised learning. SCIL has been working to create digital spaces so that students can consistently transition from

the real to virtual world

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Good that some focus is going into rethinking this.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 14, 8:41 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Lia Goren's curator insight, July 15, 9:41 AM

More recent researchers have been quick to highlight that in a world of rapid technological change, today’s students are demonstrating serious signs of disengagement. As Marc Prensky highlights in ‘Engage Me or Enrage Me – What Today’s Learners Demand’ (Prensky, 2005,p.2):


“Rather than being empowered to choose what they want … and to see what interests them … and to create their own personalized identity – as they are in the rest of their lives – in school, they must eat what they are served. And what they are being served is, for the most part, stale, bland, and almost entirely stuff from the past. Yesterday’s education for tomorrow’s kids.”


The challenge is patently clear – schools have to embrace the ‘megachange’ required and construct new paradigms for learning in the twenty first century world. Mavers made the comment that:


“As digital technologies proliferate and become established in the everyday world of home, work and community, schools are inhabited by young people who are experienced users of a range of media and whose use is characterized by agency and adaptability.” (MAvErS, 2007, P.52) 3The Place of Virtual, Pedagogic and Physical Space in the 21st Century Classroom — Stephen Harris Page 5 No longer is the change a topic for conversation, it is an imperative.


Guski talked about the importance of spatial perception in school architecture, highlighting that ‘we don’t only see an object, we also feel, smell, taste and hear it’. (Guski, 2000, p.2) and Walden picks up that same spatial theme stating that:


“A space is much more than four walls, floor and ceiling. The spatial conditions that should be considered for human well-being include color scheme, lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation, acoustics, smells and furnishings. All these aspects can significantly influence the sense of well-being and readiness to learn and therefore learning performance.” (WALDEN, 2009, P.78)

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, July 15, 10:45 AM

Los espacios en el aula del Siglo XXI

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High Tech Reflection Strategies Make Learning Stick

High Tech Reflection Strategies Make Learning Stick | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

And, as Mayo observes, using technology to promote reflection has yet another benefit: A teacher can digitally archive student work, extending the reflection exercise beyond a single project or school year. "I try to save as much student work as I can," Mayo says. "I like the idea of students coming back ten years from now and finding things they worked on. Imagine if you started blogging in kindergarten and blogged all the way through high school."


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Some good suggestions to get students reflecting on their learning.

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Donald Clark Plan B: From Rift Valley to Oculus Rift (7 lessons learnt at eLearning Africa)

Donald Clark Plan B: From Rift Valley to Oculus Rift (7 lessons learnt at eLearning Africa) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Africa is rising and needs, not the failed models of the developed world but new models that are more suited to the massive demand that already exists for education and training. This is not more universities but more vocational learning. The great opportunity here, is to use the great gifts of the internet, that are already there, for free.

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Some very valuable insights

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harloff's curator insight, June 6, 9:44 AM

Africa has more to gain from EduTech innovations than the rest of the world. This was confirmed at the 9th eLearning Africa conference last week.

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Look for People, Not Just Resources | Ideas and Thoughts

Look for People, Not Just Resources | Ideas and Thoughts | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Part of this struggle continues as people see the web in visitor mode, a place to find and get stuff. Those of us who see the web in a more resident mode, continue to take advantage of the affordances of connections and create both strong and weak ties that make life easier and better.

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Some good and quite short advice.

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How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives? - Edudemic

How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives? - Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Young people today are instant messengers, gamers, photo sharers and supreme multitaskers. But while they use the technology tools available to them 24/7, they are struggling to sort fact from fiction, think critically, decipher cultural inferences, detect commercial intent and analyze social implications. All of which makes them extremely vulnerable to the overwhelming amount of information they have access to


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Some tips about using the news with teenagers.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, June 3, 10:56 PM

From the post: "It is our job as educators and content producers to encourage kids to be capable, global citizens in a digital age. Integrating a news story into your classroom everyday not only sparks important conversations, but encourages students to create and analyze their own media responses, provides a basis for asking questions and is a seamless, natural way to incorporate CCSS nonfiction content into your daily lesson plan."

Deyanira Sequeira's curator insight, June 4, 1:35 PM

¿cómo dar alfabetización digital a los nativos digitales?

TeachingStudies's curator insight, June 5, 4:58 AM

bridge to cross

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Digital Gaming and Language Learning: Autonomy and Community

Digital Gaming and Language Learning: Autonomy and Community | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Drawing on rich data from gaming sessions, stimulated recall, focus group discussion, individual interviews and online discussion forums, this paper argues that gamers exercise autonomy by managing their gameplay both as leisure and learning practices in different dimensions (location, formality, locus of control, pedagogy and trajectory). At the same time, gameplay-as-learning practices are supported by wider communities of digital gamers who take on roles as language teachers and advisers. The paper suggests that activities in these dimensions mediated learning autonomously and from community, and discusses the research and pedagogical implications for L2 gaming and learning.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting article on research into GBL. The current issue of LLT is dedicated to Game Based Learning http://llt.msu.edu/issues/june2014/index.html

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Games Can Advance Education: A Conversation With James Paul Gee

Games Can Advance Education: A Conversation With James Paul Gee | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In school, we give people texts when they have not had enough experience in the worlds the texts are about, the experiences that give the texts meaning. It is as if we were to give kids game manuals without the games. It only works for kids who are getting a lot of experiences at home—backed up by lots of talk with adults about these experiences, talk which helps the kids learn to map language on to experience and vice-versa—but it is disastrous for less advantaged kids.

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Interesting interview with James Paul Gee

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Julia Echeverría's curator insight, July 5, 5:24 AM

Interesante planteamiento de una problemática

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Ebooks v paper - FT.com

Ebooks v paper - FT.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Yet research has already told us a lot about how we read now. First and foremost, it emphasises that even using paper, there are many different approaches. Most of us probably have a settled style: you might be a skimmer, a skipper, a front-to-back completist, a keeper of the pristine page or an obsessive writer of marginalia. Whatever the case, our habits have probably been created largely as combination of childhood experience and how the medium we read in is nudging us.

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Some interesting links to research.

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Nataliasterns's curator insight, July 3, 3:20 PM

lectura papel vs tablet

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 5, 5:15 PM

Ebooks versus papel.

Debra Evans's curator insight, July 10, 6:28 PM

Definitely worth reading this article. I have heard many teachers proclaim that reading a "book" is more beneficial than an ereader, etc. I have not necessarily bekieved what they say, but the evidence is just not there yet, however it is beginning to come and my own anecdotal evidence seems to resonate with what is being stated here. 

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The researchers found that the initial duplication process mattered a great deal. When children had drawn a letter freehand, they exhibited increased activity in three areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex.

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Interesting, though I tend to think most computer input will be from voice pretty soon.

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6 Models of Blended Learning

6 Models of Blended Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Discover how six blended learning models combine traditional classroom experiences with online learning for successful student results.
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This is a good summary of six basic models along with a handy infographic.

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, July 9, 5:31 PM

Six different models of Blended Learning

Jean-Christophe Francet's curator insight, July 16, 5:29 AM

Excellent explanation of the different possible mixes between online and offline learning.

Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 21, 2:25 AM

 Handy infographic with six basic models

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Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger

Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is not a story of the familiar “digital divide”—a lack of access to technology for poor and minority children. This has to do, rather, with a phenomenon Neuman and Celano observed again and again in the two libraries: Granted access to technology, affluent kids and poor kids use tech differently. They select different programs and features, engage in different types of mental activity, and come away with different kinds of knowledge and experience.


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A misleading title, but an interesting article.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Benefits and risks of ICT use in early childhood

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Benefits and risks of ICT use in early childhood | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In fact, when used judiciously, ICT can support different aspects of learning and development processes of young children, including language, creativity and problem-solving skills. Children can also play and learn together using ICT, which can foster their ability to communicate and collaborate. Moreover, ICT facilitate more personalized learning and thus can diversify and increase learning opportunities for every child, including children with special educational needs.

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Interesting article form UNESCO

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joellemillery's curator insight, July 2, 6:53 PM

education at early stage is key for development ...(individually and globally) 

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This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition fees

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition fees | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition.

And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an intensive two- to three-year program designed to teach them everything they need to know to become outstanding programmers.

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Looks like an interesting example of SOLE in action.

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Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, June 22, 10:22 AM
no teachers, no books, no tuition but a huge donation ...
Regina Tschud's curator insight, June 24, 4:12 AM

Sounds good to me.

I´m curious, how this will develop within the next years...

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, June 24, 5:48 AM

Worth watching developments,though I can see this having instant appeal to some H.E. Managers and politicians

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Internet Safety Month - Lesson Plans & Resources - Share My Lesson

National Internet Safety Month runs throughout June and provides the opportunity to evaluate our online activities and to make sure that we are exploring the internet safely. Find out how you can teach your students how to be safer online with this collection of free lesson plans, materials and activities and help spread the awareness of internet safety in your classroom and school.

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Nice collection of links to free materials on e-safety

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, June 9, 4:07 AM

US resources but useful ideas and links for esafety sessions

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The Art of Focus

The Art of Focus | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The lesson from childhood, then, is that if you want to win the war for attention, don’t try to say “no” to the trivial distractions you find on the information smorgasbord; try to say “yes” to the subject that arouses a terrifying longing, and let the terrifying longing crowd out everything else.

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An interesting perspective on the issue of digital distraction.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, June 6, 8:47 AM

This surely is an age of distractions.

John Rudkin's curator insight, June 7, 4:26 AM

Sometimes those dreamy moments connect the dots......

Linda Denty's curator insight, June 9, 6:48 PM

Just to balance out the previous Scoop about multi-tasking.

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6 Shifts in Education Driven by Technology -- THE Journal

6 Shifts in Education Driven by Technology -- THE Journal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Six critical shifts are happening in education right now that are being driven, at least in part, by technology. According to preliminary findings from an upcoming report, these changes affect everything from the role of the teacher to a rethinking of how schools themselves work.
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A good short summary from the Horizon report. Check out the report here: http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2014-horizon-k12-preview.pdf

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Language learning: two for the price of one - Telegraph

Language learning: two for the price of one - Telegraph | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Among a raft of new initiatives, integrated learning is to be enthusiastically embraced as a highly efficient means of increasing exposure to foreign languages while adding to, rather than subtracting from, other curriculum areas: it really is great value for money.


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Good to see CLIL catching on in the UK MFL classroom.

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Enter Private Mode: Technology That Protects Your Children Online

Enter Private Mode: Technology That Protects Your Children Online | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It's about family, after all. It's absolutely crucial that for this process, as with any other family lesson, parents and children learn together: Begin with the basics and don't wait too long to started on doing so.

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Some good tips and advice.

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