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Without teacher guidance, all the tech in the world will be quite useless |

Without teacher guidance, all the tech in the world will be quite useless | | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Children have both a drive to learn and an affinity for quick rewards – digital aids amplify both. Few people would imagine that children left in a room with an encyclopedia and enticing toys (even educational ones) could, on their own, summit the intellectual mountain that is a K-12 education.
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The Science of Happiness | Lesson Plan

The Science of Happiness | Lesson Plan | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This lesson is based on an infographic about happiness and the factors that effect our happiness. In the lesson students will explore their views of what makes them happy and discover some of the science behind what happiness is and the factors that create and effect it.
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A lesson plan to help develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills.

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CEPIG's curator insight, May 16, 2:12 PM
Vive la joie et sa contagion.
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Empowering Teachers Through Self Publishing

Empowering Teachers Through Self Publishing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is the slide deck from Nik’s Keynote presentation at the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference 6-8 May 2016 (Fri-Sun). It covers his journey through self publishing and has tips advice and links for anyone who wants to publish their own ebook.

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My Keynote from the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference.

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Should I Download That App? A Ten Question Checklist

Should I Download That App? A Ten Question Checklist | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Let’s be honest—flashy, colorful, unique apps will hook your students, but not usually for long. Is this emphasis (or overemphasis) on apps the right way for students to experience learning? Will their attention hold in the long-term?
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Useful checklist

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 24, 2:27 AM

Interesting checklist.

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Distraction, Multitasking, & Time Management

Distraction, Multitasking, & Time Management | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Technology isn’t going anywhere. But multitasking — specifically media multitasking — is a concern. Some parents feel like kids may benefit from learning how to work around disruptions, since they’re going to need this skill for their entire lives. On the other hand, research shows that media multitasking can have a negative impact on school performance.
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Google Files Patent for a Display Screen You Can Tear Apart and Share

Google Files Patent for a Display Screen You Can Tear Apart and Share | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Google has filed a patent application for a tearable screen that can "break" into multiple portions. The type of tear is detected by a broken circuit along magnetic fasteners.
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This looks like it could be a huge improvement on the current generation of IWBs.

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ICT-based Collaborative Learning and Innovative Pedagogy

ICT-based Collaborative Learning and Innovative Pedagogy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This cognitive approach to collaborative learning in a MM‑CSCL environment starts with the identification and understanding of the conditions under which collaborative learning works best. This has led to our defining of what we call the collaboration principle in multimedia learning
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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Supporting Group Collaboration in a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Supporting Group Collaboration in a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In the current knowledge society, work has become increasingly complicated and it is nearly impossible for an individual to complete a sophisticated task without the support of others. In order for students to develop essential teamwork skills needed in the future, the students need to start learning how to work with others when they are in schools (Hernández, 2012).
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Interesting short article with some useful references.

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Open Educational
Resources:
Policy, Costs and
Transformation

Open Educational <br/>Resources: <br/>Policy, Costs and <br/>Transformation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement has grown substantially since the term was first adopted at UNESCO’s 2002
Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries (UNESCO, 2002). Since then, there has been a significant increase in the development, use and sharing of OER as more and more governments and institutions come to realise their value.

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An impressive collection of case studies.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, May 2, 12:08 PM
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School and Teaching
Practices for Twenty-rst Century
Challenges

School and Teaching<br/>Practices for Twenty-rst Century<br/>Challenges | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What should education look like in the twenty-first century? How can countries properly prepare learners for the rapid pace of change we are experiencing? These are some of the questions educators are asking today.

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StoryTravelers - Visual Storytelling Artists loving Travel

StoryTravelers - Visual Storytelling Artists loving Travel | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We’re a tribe of visual storytelling artists with a shared passion for genuine travel. We love to dive deep into travel experiences and tell about it through cutting edge videos and imagery. We create sparks that ignite your desire to travel the world.. maybe even forever.

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Great content for classroom exploitation.

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Integrating Technology and Literacy

Integrating Technology and Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A middle school language arts educator shares his favorite digital tools for text and video annotations, teacher feedback, and formative assessment.
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Some useful tips.

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Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation

Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Embracing technology in the classroom can be as simple as sharing assignments via Google Docs or posting lessons on YouTube to study. However, the most engagement and learning will come when students are encouraged to create, not just consume, using technology.
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Yes. The part about students creating with the computer is the really important part.

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Dinah Galligo's curator insight, May 9, 4:20 AM
Encourager la création des élèves grâce à la technologie et pas seulement la consommation
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Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead) (EdSurge News)

Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead) (EdSurge News) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Classroom technology is everywhere. Schools are filled with shiny, interactive devices, and new gadgets and apps flood the market every day. Teachers in districts with limited funding for technology are turning to crowdfunding sources to obtain technology for their classrooms.

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Technology in Education, Start the Week - BBC Radio 4

Technology in Education, Start the Week - BBC Radio 4 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
On Start the Week Andrew Marr explores the use of technology in education. Professor Sugata Mitra has installed an internet-connected PC in a slum in India and watched how curiosity leads children to learn together. Digital technology is increasingly used in schools but the educationalist Neil Selwyn questions whether this is a positive step. The writer Lynsey Hanley looks at how class is embedded in the education system and the former Headmaster at Eton, Tony Little, on his vision for the future of schooling.
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10 Quick Prep 1-2-1 Business English Activities | PeacheyPublications.com

10 Quick Prep 1-2-1 Business English Activities | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This ebook is for Business English teachers working with clients looking for meaningful and varied lesson activities that address work-based topics without the need for lengthy preparation, copying and handouts. It embraces mobile phones and tablets by incorporating online articles naturally in some activities.
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Thanks to Phil Wade for allowing me to share his free ebook on PeacheyPublications.

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Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission

Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Creativity can rejuvenate your teaching practice by giving you the experience of escape, the foundation of community, and the magical abundance that lets you thrive.
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Always good to read about ways to encourage creativity in the classroom.

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What Educators Need to Know About Technology Addiction

What Educators Need to Know About Technology Addiction | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Look around, and it's easy to see how media and technology have changed our day-to-day lives, even compared to a decade ago. We bring our devices with us everywhere and depend on them for work, school, play, and our social lives. But what are the downsides to this "always connected" lifestyle -- especially for kids?

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Some useful links to technology related solutions.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 8, 12:55 AM
Great article about the pitfalls of what is called "technology addiction."  I see this all the time as a teacher, as students use their iPhones, tablets, and chromebooks for basic communication.  In many cases, social contact between students and teachers is via text or email, with face-to-face communication getting rarer by the day.  Many students have lost the ability to function effectively in a live social situation.  Cyber bullying, where bullies remain anonymous, is getting worse.  This is too much of a good thing.  I often ask my students how they would communicate, do their assignments, and write their papers if cell phone towers and web servers go down.  These digital tools will be useless if towers are taken down by natural or human-made disasters.  Something to think about.
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6 Best Practices for Online Student Engagement

6 Best Practices for Online Student Engagement | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
While online education can be an excellent choice for many students, it can require a bit of a learning curve on the part of the teachers. Obviously many of the same teaching strategies for the traditional classroom are not applicable. Utilizing these tips can help both young-adult and adult educators engage students in variety of online class scenarios
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Some basic tips if you are getting started with online teaching or course design.

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There is a growing shift towards online education. Many traditional universities are also now providing online education. Read on about the practices that engage students online.. 
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How do you see “literacy”?

How do you see “literacy”? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

So what is literacy? The “traditional definition” is the ability to read and write, but you will see that definition is a little different according to some sources. The definition of literacy has changed over time, and there are many different perspectives on the topic.

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Useful exploration of the concept of literacy.

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Assessment A Powerful messaging system

Assessment A Powerful messaging system | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A host of testing programmes are increasingly shaping education and the use of their results in reporting on education and in pseudo-educational research as reported in the media is difficult to ignore. [edit] What is rarely reported is how these assessments are implemented, what they actually assess, who and how many are assessed and what measures are used to ensure validity across years of implementation.

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Some really important issues here.

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Rosa María Guilleumas's curator insight, May 4, 10:53 PM
Interesting article about Learning Analytics and the validity of the tests that serve as a basis for it
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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Collaborative Learning in Today's Technology-Driven World

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Collaborative Learning in Today's Technology-Driven World | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Among numerous transversal competencies, ‘collaboration’ is considered not only to be an essential interpersonal skill needed to perform effectively and efficiently in the 21st century, but also as a foundation for gaining other essential skills. Case in point, ‘tolerance’, ‘respect for diversity’, ‘intercultural understanding’, and ‘ability to resolve conflicts’ are some of the essential features of global citizenship skillsets, and the ability to work collaboratively can be fundamental in developing these skills
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A good short read with lots of additional links for further research.

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World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Information related to the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
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Well worth checking out chapter two which focuses on education.

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Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain
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Really interesting read.

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A Field Guide for Disrupting the 21st-Century Classroom

A Field Guide for Disrupting the 21st-Century Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the 21st-century classroom, we have discarded unrealistic expectations. The digital generation is being embraced. We have acknowledged differences in learning styles. We’ve acquired (and are still mastering) tools to help achieve better learning outcomes with our students.

Believe it or not, it has little to do with technology or Web access. It’s more to do with a shifting in paradigm. This is about inspiring independence and interdependence in children.

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Bit of a theme at the moment.

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