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How Technology Can Change Assessment

How Technology Can Change Assessment | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Many discussions of technology-based assessments concentrate on automating current methods of testing to save time and cost. However, technology also changes what educators can assess, how and when to assess it, and for what purpose. Assessments can be embedded in ICTs, and have the potential to measure learning processes, in addition to end-of-lesson knowledge.

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Brahim Aniji's comment, January 18, 2013 2:50 PM
Testing is said to be one of the most important elements in learning and teaching. Exams and tests should not be used as the only way of testing different learners. Thus teachers are kindly asked to assess students performance based the following: Home work assignments, projects in groups, participation, portfolio, oral tests, ......
AAEEBL's curator insight, January 20, 2013 10:05 PM

Thanks to Nick Peachy for scooping this piece and sharing it.

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'Imagine A World Where You Only Have To Go To School Because You Truly Want To' | DMLcentral

'Imagine A World Where You Only Have To Go To School Because You Truly Want To' | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’ve been pleased with the ways digital tools are allowing me to engage and collaborate with the media producers that most challenge my thinking. I had intended to blog about how the comic book Wild Children terrifies and motivates me as an educational researcher. However, through a handful of Twitter exchanges, I, instead, was able to talk with the book’s author, Ales Kot.

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Martha Love's comment, May 14, 2013 11:51 PM
This is what John Holt was talking about in the 60s, student centered education, and adopted by many home school advocates, where children learn because they are innately curious and that curiosity is nurtured in the learning environment.
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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...
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Response: The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom

Response: The Best Ways To Use Tech In The Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

How do teachers make informed decisions in relation to a balanced use of technology in the classroom? Where can new teachers become better informed about best practices for technology use in the classroom without becoming overwhelmed and discouraged by the overload of information?

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This is a useful article with some good basic criteria for selecting web based tools to use in learning.

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Petra Pollum's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:58 AM

This is a useful article with some good basic criteria for selecting web based tools to use in learning.

Kent Wallén's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:55 AM

This is a useful article with some good basic criteria for selecting web based tools to use in learning.

Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:38 AM

Some good criteria to assist teachers in evaluating technology's potential for language teaching & learning.

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The Technology of Massive Open Online Courses

The Technology of Massive Open Online Courses | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Online learning used to be synonymous with shady diploma mills that offered a questionable product. Now it suggests something much better and more technologically sophisticated.

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MOOC's are something that are likely to come of age in 2013. This is worth a read if you are thinking about how deliver online learning. It has some interesting insights into the commercial possibilities and limitations too.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, January 4, 2013 10:02 AM

Another excellent article about the future of MOOCs. It's definitely a growing business, whether it's internally in higher ed or going corporate. This article also stresses the challenges in providing the same quality content as the classroom experience. Definitely a must-read. 

--techcommgeekmom

Elena Caldirola's curator insight, January 7, 2013 7:30 AM

... questi due insistono. E dai e dai che alla fine la avranno vinta.

DoS Nexus's comment, January 7, 2013 8:12 AM
This looks very interesting indeed. Just signed up for a course!
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Connected Learning

Connected Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Learn more about the research and vision behind this new approach to learning, and hear from others who are already practicing connected learning.
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This looks like a great site to help you keep up to date on innovations in learning methodology. They have weekly webinars and these are archived for later viewing. Well worth checking out.

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Melodee Peters's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:26 AM

This looks like a great site to help you keep up to date on innovations in learning methodology. They have weekly webinars and these are archived for later viewing. Well worth checking out.

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In 2012, the biggest changes on the Web were in online education, social networks, and the increasing use of smartphones and tablets.

In 2012, the biggest changes on the Web were in online education, social networks, and the increasing use of smartphones and tablets. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Of course, more and more of the Web was experienced on smartphones and tablets in 2012. The first time smartphones and tablets outsold personal computers was 2011, and that trend continued in 2012. Mobile Internet usage has been rising quickly

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This is a little bit business orientated, but gives some interesting insights into the growth of online education.

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Carmen Arias 's curator insight, December 28, 2012 11:39 AM

What about a reflection on our ending year 2012..

ratzelster's curator insight, January 5, 2013 1:05 PM

Do you wonder where we, as teacher leaders, stand on this issue?  I think it is one where the teacher voice could play an influential role BEFORE the standards are set and someone else co-op's the conversation.

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How the internet is changing English

How the internet is changing English | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Unesco estimates that half of the world's 6,000 languages will have disappeared by the end of the century - but new research shows that social media and text messaging in particular are promoting and supporting language diversity.

 

Texting is now conducted by speakers of around 5,000 languages.

"Text messaging is the most linguistically diverse form of written communication that has ever existed," says Munroe.

"It's also become the first form of written communication of many of the world's languages," he says.

 

"Most have only ever been spoken. But the technology and economics of text messages and the proliferation of cells phones means it's the most economic option of communication."

 

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Emily Purser's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:14 AM

all tools can be used for good or evil - great to see evidence of new technologies helping to maintain and revitalise language diversity around the world

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Improving Instruction – Increasing Immersion With the iPad in the Foreign Language Classroom | Emerging Education Technology

Improving Instruction – Increasing Immersion With the iPad in the Foreign Language Classroom | Emerging Education Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The best way to learn a foreign language is through immersion, but immersion is nearly impossible to replicate in the traditional educational environment. In my opinion, the iPad is the most promising tool available to date to foreign language educators to help recreate the immersion environment for students outside of the classroom.

 

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Aziz Kapasi's curator insight, December 23, 2012 11:11 AM

add your insight...

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The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model

The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The goal of the model is simple enough–not pure academic proficiency, but instead authentic self-knowledge, diverse local and global interdependence, adaptive critical thinking, and adaptive media literacy.

By design this model emphasizes the role of play, diverse digital and physical media, and a designed interdependence between communities and schools.
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nicolaperry's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:04 AM

This is a well-developed model that gives plenty to think about. 

Kelli DeBellis's curator insight, February 15, 2013 3:36 PM

interesting model that identifies what it calls The 9 Domains Of the Inside-Out Learning Model.

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8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education | Emerging Education Technology

8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education | Emerging Education Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Of course, the “gamification” of educational generally refers to the idea of incorporating gaming elements in instruction and instructional tools, such as the use of digital badges in an online learning application. But with findings such as those below indicating that game playing can enhance the learning process, it is logical to assume that the use of gaming mechanics and concepts in educational tools and processes can also yield benefits. Naturally, it is left to the reader to draw their own conclusions after perusing this content and the original published sources cited.
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Connected Learning Principles | Connected Learning

Connected Learning Principles | Connected Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We are living in a historical moment of transformation and realignment in the creation and sharing of knowledge, in social, political and economic life, and in global connectedness. There is wide agreement that we need new models of education suited to this historic moment, and not simply new models of schooling, but entirely new visions of learning better suited to the increasing complexity, connectivity, and velocity of our new knowledge society.
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Learn iBook Author

Learn iBook Author | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Follow these simple steps to learn how to create your own iBook and send it to the iBookstore! You can find searchable transcripts of these tutorials at http://ecjourno.com/diyjourno/
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Follow these simple steps to learn how to create your own iBook and send it to the iBookstore!

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Christy P.Novack's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:48 PM

Tutorials for iBook Author

Sylvia Guinan's curator insight, January 24, 2014 1:51 AM

Fantastic publishing guide.

John Rudkin's curator insight, January 26, 2014 3:00 AM

Excellent tutorial created as a series of videos.

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Teach Reading Comprehension

Teach Reading Comprehension | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Teaching reading to students of any age can be overwhelming. The volume of skills and strategies children need to acquire, along with the need to select appropriate materials, can overwhelm the best teacher.
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This is a review of an interesting website.

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The School Aranda's comment, January 18, 2013 6:32 AM
Website looks great but it seems you have to have an address in the USA to register....
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A Must-Have Online Safety Guide For Students - Edudemic

A Must-Have Online Safety Guide For Students - Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students often overshare personal information through social media sites. Hackers can use that to impersonate banks and other legitimate institutions to gain login information and personal details. Limit using specifics on any social media sites. Try not to ever use your full address, social security number or date of birth.

 

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Giancarlo Ganapini's comment, January 16, 2013 9:40 AM
Yes, especially in Italy ;)
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5 Reasons why the iPad will stay the king of the classroom « cagelessthinking.com

5 Reasons why the iPad will stay the king of the classroom « cagelessthinking.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

 

The biggest and most oft-heard criticism of the iPad usually revolves around it not behaving like a desktop PC or laptop. The people making this complaint are simply missing the point. Apple aren’t trying to make a laptop replacement, why would they? They make a couple of extremely good ones! The iPad is a new kind of device that asks you to think and work differently.

 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 15, 2013 10:13 AM

Some interesting points here, especially the one about the Apple ecosystem.

Søren Maagaard's curator insight, January 15, 2013 2:30 PM

The biggest and most oft-heard criticism of the iPad usually revolves around it not behaving like a desktop PC or laptop. The people making this complaint are simply missing the point. Apple aren’t trying to make a laptop replacement, why would they? They make a couple of extremely good ones! The iPad is a new kind of device that asks you to think and work differently.

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The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom

The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology should not be used as simply a digital worksheet. There are many apps and Internet sites available that are simply a technological version of a paper task, forcing students to practice over and over a skill that they may already have mastered.  Don’t get me wrong. Skills do need to be practiced. I just happen to think that students should spend most of their time using technology for more creative purposes.

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This is a useful and interesting read about how tech integration sometimes goes wrong.

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Karen Johnson's curator insight, January 8, 2013 5:13 AM

This article is about using technology with school children but the ideas apply to HE too.

Connie Baques 's curator insight, January 9, 2013 12:58 AM

This is a useful and interesting read about how tech integration sometimes goes wrong.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, January 9, 2013 5:43 AM

This is a useful and interesting read about how tech integration sometimes goes wrong.

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Can Adaptive Learning Software Personalize Education?

Can Adaptive Learning Software Personalize Education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
By carefully logging students’ every action online, a company called Knewton says, it can personalize questions and lessons to help people learn faster. Skeptics say that’s not proven.
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This is an interesting article on how software can adapt the flow of course materials to the individual needs of the student.

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Rajashree Basu's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:36 AM

Need more resources for this...

k3hamilton's curator insight, December 29, 2012 10:31 AM

evidence needed

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Menco Platform - Build a PLE for Lifelong Learning

Menco Platform - Build a PLE for Lifelong Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

On the site, users will be able to establish learning goals, create a plan to achieve them, and challenge others to accomplish their goals as well. Stay current on our coming launch and receive your invite to join our network today. Develop your own PLE.

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I'm really looking forward to the launch of this platform. I think it will be such a useful tool for CPD.

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Ruth Vilmi's comment, December 28, 2012 6:27 PM
Sounds great, Nick, why not PLL?
TURIOT's curator insight, July 25, 2014 12:36 PM

This looks like a very useful tool for lifelong learning. 

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Howard Gardner: Digital Technology and A Well-Rounded Education | DMLcentral

Howard Gardner: Digital Technology and A Well-Rounded Education | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Most information that's available, we don't know how it’s assembled and whether it’s accurate. So if you don't know how to probe the sources and say on what basis they made the assertions, you can be fooled into thinking you’re educated when you’re really not.

 

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This is an interesting read with a video clip of an interview with Gardner.

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Take the Teach21 Survey

Take the Teach21 Survey | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Take the Teach21 Survey and download a short 5 page booklet on self directed learning http://bit.ly/Sx2RfG The survey results will be published in the first issue of the Teach21 free e-newsletter.

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I'm looking forward to seeing the published results from this survey.

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Challenging the Model of 1:1 with BYOD

Challenging the Model of 1:1 with BYOD | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Our aim for using mixed devices was to challenge teachers and students to really integrate technology into their instruction and learning. By having multiple devices available, users are challenged to determine which device best suits their learning purpose, and teachers are also challenged to rethink how they are using technology.

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Susan's curator insight, December 20, 2012 4:24 AM

I only wish...

Giancarlo Ganapini's curator insight, December 20, 2012 12:54 PM

Today in our stuff room was all a carnival of tech gadgets like these ;)

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What Teachers Really Think About Game Based Learning

What Teachers Really Think About Game Based Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We Are Teachers, an online resource for educators, surveyed teachers about how they use games and found that 67% use traditional and digital games in the classroom. Just 22% said they didn’t have time to integrate digital games and 56% say they don’t have adequate access to computers for digital game time.
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Some simple statistics nicely portrayed in an infographic.

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Steven Sutantro's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:37 PM

part of gamification in education

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An Open Badge System Framework: A foundational piece on assessment and badges for open, informal and social learning environments | DMLcentral

Every badge system needs, of course, badges. Those badges can represent various skills, competencies, qualities, achievements and interests achieved across many contexts over time. One of the benefits of the badge system over the traditional cumulative and normative grades or high-level degrees, is that it can be used to assess a much broader and deeper set of skills or competencies and capture each competency in a badge so that the learning path or more subtle, yet critical skills and experiences are not glossed over or lost.
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Tim Scholze's curator insight, December 18, 2012 10:15 AM

Opeen badges, a new way to credential?

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Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student

Assistive Technology and the 1:1 Student | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Meaghan recalls her first moments with the iPad and how she and her liaison discovered the variety of new opportunities that this one device presented. One of the first things she used was the ability to invert the colors of the screen. The iPad gives users the opportunity to read predominantly black text on a lighter screen, or to invert the colors and overlay white text on a black screen. This one feature, Meaghan recalls, was "transformative" in her learning of what the iPad could offer her educational experience.
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Mark Pegrum's curator insight, December 17, 2012 8:54 PM

An important reminder of the value of iPads for students with visual impairments.

Karen Johnson's curator insight, January 8, 2013 7:15 AM

Some useful tips for lecturers to pass on to their students.  This is why it is better to buy iPads than a less adaptable device.

Kathryn Wyeth's curator insight, January 8, 2013 10:22 AM

Great ideas from how one student with vision loss uses an iPad to participate and learn.