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How can we ensure students stay safe in social networking sites?

How can we ensure students stay safe in social networking sites? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I'm compiling a tick list for teachers to help protect their students in social networking sites. Can you add any dos or don\'ts for this tick list.

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I'm compiling a tick list for teachers to help protect their students in social networking sites. Can you add any dos or don'ts for this tick list?

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Mrs. Hardin's curator insight, March 24, 2013 9:22 PM

Important issue for student safety.

Sara Limede's curator insight, July 7, 2014 10:55 AM

De facto é uma boa questão e bom um artigo para se ler.

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Which students don't get to use technology, then? | Dangerously Irrelevant

Which students don't get to use technology, then? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Our information landscape is no longer ink on paper. It’s digital bits in the ether. It’s completely technology-suffused and EVERYTHING is moving as quickly as possible to the Internet. There is no foreseeable future in which the primacy of printed text is not superseded by electronic text and multimedia. Given this fact, how are you going to prepare students for this digital information landscape if you don’t put digital technologies in their hands?

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Strong argument for technology in the classroom.

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Tenth Grade Tech Trends — Product Design

Tenth Grade Tech Trends — Product Design | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me t…
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Nice insite into the world of tech savy teens.

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Darren Smith's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:24 PM

An interesting example of the age gaps ever widening in technology application. However, the author has posted this online and I am reading it via Scoop-It??!!

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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of the major challenges for MOOCs—which so far mostly come from U.S. universities—is to tailor the content of courses to a diverse worldwide audience with any number of combinations of language, educational, motivational, and cultural backgrounds. Critics fear the rise of big box education from only a few elite institutions in Western nations, and worry these may not fit the different learning styles in different nations.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

It's been a long time coming, but MOOCs finally seem to be making the news big time.

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Ryoma Ohira's curator insight, March 16, 2013 2:44 AM

The popularity of free, online courses offered by universities.

Srimayee Dam's curator insight, July 1, 2014 11:55 AM

Thats' MOOC(s) for you !!

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For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer

For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Internet is about empowerment. If we take away this access because we think certain people aren’t going to use it right, we’re no better than governments who take away voting rights from minorities.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good points in here. Still shocked that my daughter isn't allowed to take her mobile phone to school.

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Latisha Ford's comment, March 20, 2013 12:10 PM
This is certainly something to think about when approaching teaching and learning in Urban area
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 20, 2013 2:07 PM
My husband and I work in rural areas in Virginia and there is often a sign at the front door of the school. So sad because the libraries are not open late, and many of the schools prohibit most of the Internet.
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The End of Education As We Know It

The End of Education As We Know It | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Way back in 1984, psychologist Benjamin Bloom reported some shocking study results: Students who engaged in individualized tutoring with a teacher scored 98 percent better than the average performance of students in the traditional classroom. This led Bloom to propose his famous “2 Sigma Problem”: How can we accomplish the same results using methods other than peer tutoring, which are “too costly for most societies to bear on a large scale”? If Bloom were alive today, he’d surely be astonished—and encouraged—by the mass-market, loss-cost and, perhaps most strikingly, engaging possibilities

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Well not quite living up to the title, but a good general read about some things that have been bubbling up for a while.

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Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, March 14, 2013 6:05 PM

I definetely like this approach to accessing students performance..


No Wrong Answers


As he noted in his TEDGlobal talk, Schocken believes that the traditional grading system is “degrading”—and he’d rather talk about a more positive approach to teaching that he calls “upgrading.” This means rejecting the traditional focus on correct answers. Instead, Schocken thinks we should encourage mistakes. In his app-based learning environments, if you give the wrong answer, nothing horrible happens. “We never say ‘incorrect,’ ‘wrong,’ and so on. Instead, when students give answers that aren’t the right ones, we use a non-verbal and neutral visual gesture, like vibrating the image a little,” Schocken said. This implies something like “nice try, keep trying, I’m waiting patiently, take your time.” And, after two wrong answers are entered in a row, the program gives a tip leading to the correct direction.

Angela Rupert's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:18 AM

Another excellent arguement for individualized education

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CMU and Lahore Researchers Create a Viral Phone Game That Helps Illiterate Pakistanis Find Job Listings

CMU and Lahore Researchers Create a Viral Phone Game That Helps Illiterate Pakistanis Find Job Listings | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A viral phone game in Pakistan trains people to use their keypad—and gives them the skills they need to hunt for a job.
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Interesting project.

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How do you play?

How do you play? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

All learning starts with games and play, but a lot of the time that element of play gets lost as our children grow older and education becomes more of a serious process of cramming for exams. How do you play? has lots of materials that can be used to bring playful learning back into the classroom and make it a much happier and more language productive place.

Nik Peachey's insight:

My latest blog article explores a really useful site full of games and icebreakers.

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BYOD: 7 reasons to leave them to their own devices

BYOD: 7 reasons to leave them to their own devices | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Prescribed tablet and laptop projects are part of an old-world view that there is an ideal or optimum technology in learning. To be frank, many of these projects are driven less by reason than desire. You can free yourself from idiosyncratic projects, Apple fanboys, large vendors and horrendous insurance and maintenance problems through BYOD

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good sound reasoning here.

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Silvia Rettaroli's curator insight, March 11, 2013 5:53 AM

We have started implementing BYOD at school and it has proved a better option than BEND. The learners' devices are in better conditions than the netbooks we have been using since last year.

Darren Smith's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:27 PM

Developments are outpacing policy.

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How can mobile devices change the way we teach and learn? - brainstorming and voting

Please add your ideas below (no need to register) also feel free to add some pros and cons of each suggestion and vote on the ones you think are the best.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a quick crowdsourcing activity for a workshop I'll be running next week. Please participate and share your ideas. Thanks.

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bremont Alfredo's curator insight, March 7, 2013 7:18 AM

eventtual tools

Joan Walker's comment, March 8, 2013 4:15 AM
enables learning on the go / possibilities for situated learning, just in time / authentic assessment in situ
Aurion Learning's curator insight, March 14, 2013 1:10 PM

With so much talk about mobile learning in 2012, it looked set to make a real impact in the way that eLearning was delivered, but many organisations have been slow to uptake mobile learning on a large-scale. Having said that, mlearning is starting to come into its own and will inevitably increase as more people pursue to use personal devices to learn.

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Future of Educational Technology 3: Augmented Reality and ELT

Future of Educational Technology 3: Augmented Reality and ELT | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

So virtual reality applications have the potential to transform our social and learning reality. They have the potential to transform the way we read and interact with text. They have the potential to transform the way and the places where we teach and the relationship between teachers and learners.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is one of my own article that I published back in 2010. It's interesting to look at how much of this prediction is starting to be realised now.

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Sustraiez Blai's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:47 AM

Las aplicaciones de realidad virtual tienen el potencial de transformar la manera en que leemos e interactuamos con los textos.

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Students Speak Up in Class, Silently, via Social Media

Students Speak Up in Class, Silently, via Social Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Skeptics — and at this stage they far outnumber enthusiasts — fear introducing backchannels into classrooms will distract students and teachers, and lead to off-topic, inappropriate or even bullying remarks. A national survey released last month found that 2 percent of college faculty members had used Twitter in class, and nearly half thought that doing so would negatively affect learning.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting article about the use of backchannels. I'm a big fan myself and use them all the time.

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Mark Pegrum's curator insight, February 27, 2013 6:46 PM

Now that I've started using backchannel communication in my seminars and classes, I really miss it when it's not available.

Ken Morrison's comment, March 4, 2013 3:53 AM
I have used Twitter in a few classes. Students say they like it, but I fail to use it more often. It worked great as a break when I had two-hour classes. I would tell students to tweet about something new that they learned in the last hour and then take a break and/or questions. I would use break time to review the tweets via the common hashtag. We could start the next hour with a student-generated review and Q/A session. I was happy with the results, solid instruction & unscientific 'feeling' of the classroom.
Terry Doherty's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:43 PM

Love the idea of engaging students to think freely ... without embarrassment to them or interrupting the teaher!

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Social Media and the Teacher/Student Relationship

Social Media and the Teacher/Student Relationship | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Philosophically, social media are tools that reinforce stereotypes, hold up for praise the obvious and non-threatening, and render for criticism the unusual and unorthodox. I am aware that there are counterexamples to the previous claim; however, I have looked at enough websites and text messages to believe that the majority of interaction is both unnecessary and conforming

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

I don't agree with this article. It makes a lot of judgements from a particular narrow perspective, but it's still worth reading just to get a view from the other side.

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How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival

How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Tony Wagner of Harvard University worked to uncover the 7 survival skills required for the 21st century. To accomplish this, hundreds of CEOs in business, non-profits and educational institutions were interviewed. A list of seven skills that people will need to survive and thrive in the 21st century was compiled from their answers.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting article. I particularly like this. "Our students come to us naturally curious about their world and wanting to explore it. Their imaginations are vast and untamed, creating endless amounts of practical and impractical things. Our task as educators has less to do with teaching them how to be curious and imaginative, and more to do with not taking that away from them."

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LaTisha Hockensmith's curator insight, March 16, 2014 6:56 PM

Check out these 7 survival skills for the 21st century learner. Thoughts?

Nichol Murray's comment, April 4, 2014 7:06 PM
I agree with all 7 of these. Interesting how none of them mentioned the word technology!
Nichol Murray's comment, April 4, 2014 7:06 PM
I agree with all 7 of these. Interesting how none of them mentioned the word technology!
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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Shared online videos have become quite popular. These streamed videos are so pervasive that 69% of Internet users and 52% of adults in the United States have watched or downloaded videos online (Purcell, 2010). It was predicted that videos would represent 50% of total data transfers on the Internet by 2012 (Madden, 2007). These statistics leave little doubt as to the rising importance of shared online videos for educational purposes.

 

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Useful reading with lots of links to background reading

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Ellen Graber's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:16 AM
Videos help raise comprehension, raise motivation, and provide insight into life around the world. What have you been watching lately?
Helen Wybrants's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:43 AM

Marked for T&L interest -

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Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools

Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Once an advocate for using social media applications and cell phones in class, this English teacher has changed his stance on the kinds of technology teachers should incorporate into their instruction.
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Bit of a deceptive title, but the main argument is worth reading.

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Helena Capela's curator insight, March 16, 2013 6:02 AM

I agree with the author. To create with technology and do it creatively is more important than simply use it. Balance and know how to do it is also important.

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, March 16, 2013 11:37 AM

Although the heading is misleading, the author has brought up some good points. Most teachers go through three phases:

 

1. Excitement to try out new technological gimmicks in the classroom.

2. Discouragement after the gimmick no longer interests the students.

3. Integration of effective technology to enhance the student's learning.

 

The comments are also a great read and echo this sentiment.

Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:31 AM

Maritza Motta, César Alcon, Jimi Estrázulas e Arminda Mourão, olha só essa matéria, examtamente dentro da nossa pesquisa e com inglês Maritza Motta!

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Is technology killing school? Should it?

Is technology killing school? Should it? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Gosh, all this hurts my brain! I’m captivated by the promise that Sugata Mitra seems to offer, but seriously alarmed (as always) by people who say we don’t need schools (because they have served humanity well when they have worked, it seems to me – though there is, of course, much that can be done better). I find the notion that all children will learn well with and from each other somewhat idealistic. And yet the idea that learning can come from a sense of wondrous enquiry is deeply attractive to me.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is an interesting article that is prompting a lot of debate. Well worth reading.

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Ellen Graber's curator insight, March 15, 2013 8:17 AM

Is technology here in our classrooms? Are we progressing in baby steps...or at all? Learning still happens F2F.

Ryoma Ohira's curator insight, March 16, 2013 2:48 AM

Questions Sugata Mitra's approach to 'cloud learning' (the video is available on TED?)

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 17, 2013 12:03 AM

much to think about...

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Teaching the last backpack generation

Teaching the last backpack generation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Never in the history of education has the delivery of instruction been so drastically altered so incredibly quickly. As I work with teachers across the country and read the literature surrounding the revolution that we are undergoing in education, I am excited about the possibilities of mobile learning but also concerned about the reluctance I see from teachers.

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A few nice tips to get teachers started here.

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Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers

Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This new report, “Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers,” is the latest in the series and provides new insights that will inform college and university based teacher preparation programs as well as the induction and professional development processes within K-12 schools and districts

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This is an interesting report with some interesting findngs -“Principals want new teachers to know how to use technology to create authentic learning experiences for students (75 percent) and how to leverage technology to differentiate instruction (68 percent) before they apply for a position at their school.”

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Cassie Thelen's curator insight, April 3, 2013 1:59 PM

Hmmm,  looks like a good article for my pre-service students.  

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Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt

Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Who among you in the developed world would abandon all teaching and install ‘hole-in-the-wall’ learning for your own children? We are being asked to believe that the solution to the lack of opportunities in third world education are computers in walls?

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This is a scathing but quite reasonably argued critic of Sugata Mitra's hole in the wall project. Worth reading.

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Is the “School in the Cloud” the Future of Learning?

Is the “School in the Cloud” the Future of Learning? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Schools, the way they're currently constructed, are not needed anymore, says educational researcher Sugatra Mitra, founder of Hole in the Wall project in India
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I think there's certainly a lot of validity to this argument.

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Rajashree Basu's curator insight, March 12, 2013 2:30 AM

Schools in India need to think about the paradigm shift....

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World of Warcraft Finds Its Way Into Class

World of Warcraft Finds Its Way Into Class | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of the benefits of using a multiplayer, collaborative game is that students also work together to accomplish quests. They post their writing in “guilds” within the game and are asked to critique one another’s writing, creating a constructive peer review.

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Nice to see that teachers haven't lost sight of gaming during the current obsessions with mobile and tablet devices.

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Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning | DMLcentral

Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

By incorporating mobile media devices and social media platforms into his formal curriculum, Antero opened up his students to a new learning experience, one that connected their academic, social, and networked circles.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Really interesting video with this article. Antero Garcia talks about how he integrated mobile and gaming into his classroom practice.

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bremont Alfredo's comment, March 7, 2013 7:20 AM
good it should be applied in FRANCE ! bonne idée pour le ministre de l'education en france..
bremont Alfredo's curator insight, March 7, 2013 7:22 AM

good it should be applied in FRANCE ! bonne idée pour le ministre de l'education en france..art, education, inteligence est le vrais propos de l'education le quelle est le bien etre, on aprend en se amusant en creant on travaille dans le bonheur car ont fait ça que nous rendrere plus heureux.

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 12, 2013 12:50 PM

Vídeo muito interessante neste artigo

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Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning

Using the Internet and Social Media to Enhance Social-Emotional Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Engaging in various forms of social media is a routine activity that research has shown to benefit children and adolescents by enhancing communication, social connection, and even technical skills. Social media sites such as Facebook offer multiple daily opportunities for connecting with friends, classmates, and people with shared interests.

 

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Interesting article with some good links to research.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, February 27, 2013 2:10 PM

Thorough, positive approach to social media for students.

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How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Tutoring

How to Blend Face-to-Face Delivery with Online Tutoring | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Social media can be a powerful pedagogical tool in the classroom, but the key to its success lies in building a dynamic and sustainable 'online teacher presence'. The 10 strategies below offer insight into effective online tutoring techniques that complement traditional face-to-face educational delivery styles.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This article has a useful list of 10 strategies for making online learning work alongside face to face.

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Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:59 PM

Blending

Clare O'Connor's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:54 AM

This article has a useful list of 10 strategies for making online learning work alongside face to face, or 'blended' learning.

Mike Smith's curator insight, March 10, 3:04 AM

http://abcdraw.com/blog/face-face-vs-online-tutoring/