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High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures

High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

High school students in the U.S. want more technology in classrooms, as well as more hands-on projects and one-on-one tutoring, but less lectures, according to a new survey called "Learn Now, Lecture Later" from CDW-G.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Motivating People to Learn

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Motivating People to Learn | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now, flow is a type of intrinsic motivation, that is, there you do what you're doing primarily because you like what you're doing. If you learn only for external, extrinsic reasons, you will probably forget it as soon as you are no longer forced to remember what you want to do. Nor will you be motivated to learn for its own sake. Whereas if you are intrinsically motivated, you're going to keep learning as you move up and so you are in this lifelong learning mode, which would be the ideal.

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The Myth of Learning Styles

The Myth of Learning Styles | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The most popular current conception of learning styles equates style with the preferred bodily sense through which one receives information, whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (for some reason, no one claims that there are tactile or olfactory learners). We use this sensory definition of learning styles in the examples below, but our conclusions apply equally to other definitions.

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Linda Alexander's comment, July 9, 2012 5:29 AM
While many valid points were certainly made, the article doesn't bust any myths. Foremost, too many folks are capitalizing on learning style books and programs that are not grounded in scientific evidence and may actually harm the way we "think about thinking" and classroom learning. We need to move beyond popular psychology, left and right brain divisions, and attempts to number specific learning styles; theories and programs not thoroughly vetted by evidenced-based research or the cognitive sciences. The brain is far more complex, holistic and malleable than generally believed today. The continual efforts to divide and conquer brain functionality limits the way we view human intelligence, creativity and sparking individual potential. Nonetheless, most of us readily admit we've generally advanced in our thinking with kudos to some of the early learning styles and multiple intelligence myth busters. Moreover, we continue to learn more about processing skills, learning and intelligence in ways that will open doors for children and serve positive purposes in classrooms....
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Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Does the average person, once they leave school, spend a lot of time composing academic essays? Is this the best way for our students to show their learning? In some places, the academic 5 paragraph essay is hailed as the Holy Grail of non-fiction writing achievement. Yet even if a student can become a great persuasive essay writer, they’re still only semi-literate, at least according to the definition of 21st Century Literacies.

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Using iPads in the Primary Grades

Using iPads in the Primary Grades | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Recently, I was given the opportunity to go one-to-one in my first grade classroom with iPads. To say that my students and I were excited to do this would be a bit of an understatement. It has long been a dream of mine to go one-to-one and for the students it is, as they say, like kids in a candy shop.

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What Makes a Good Reader? The Foundations of Reading Proficiency

What Makes a Good Reader? The Foundations of Reading Proficiency | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It turns out that learning to read also requires some underlying cognitive skills. Children are not born good readers, of course; reading has to be taught. And for a child to be able to learn to read, four core cognitive capacities are needed: memory, attention, sequencing, and processing efficiency (speed and accuracy). It is helpful to tease out each one of these and explain the importance in learning to read.

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15 Ways To Become A Better Self-Learner | Edudemic

15 Ways To Become A Better Self-Learner | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Armed with an insatiable lust for knowledge, they set out to acquire it on their own terms, although a few pointers obviously can’t hurt before departure and landing! Not every possible technique will necessarily stick with all self-motivated learners, of course, but the only way to find out is to test them. Try some of the following and experiment with what works in a more independent educational setting.

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eLearning in a Foreign Language

eLearning in a Foreign Language | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

While distance education is growing more and more popular by the year in a variety of fields, eLearning a foreign language is still, well…foreign, in many ways, especially when it comes to research, data, and teaching methodology. Online second language courses differ radically from other subjects in which students interact and communicate in their own language in order to learn new material.

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It's the Pedagogy, Stupid: Lessons from an iPad Lending Program

It's the Pedagogy, Stupid: Lessons from an iPad Lending Program | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The truth is that the iPad is not destined to change the face of education. Nor is it just an expensive toy bought only by Apple fanboys, as some anti-Apple bloggers hyperbolize. It's a tool, like any other, and in the classroom it must always be thought of as being in the service of pedagogy. The pedagogical foundations must be solid, because the tool will achieve no heights the underlying pedagogy will not support.

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How I use social media for my professional development

How I use social media for my professional development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals, is one that I believe is of vital importance though, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills.

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3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development -- THE Journal

3 Simple Steps to Do-it-yourself Professional Development -- THE Journal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Between the formal professional development sessions, each professional educator needs to seek professional development each day. This professional development should be archived to document what you have been learning informally.

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Is modern technology creating a culture of distraction?

Is modern technology creating a culture of distraction? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Is there a need for moderation when it comes to phones or the internet or social media? Of course there is, and social norms are developing around those things, just as they developed around the horseless carriage and the telephone and plenty of other modern inventions. One of the devices that has historically drawn the most criticism from scholars and theologians for its corrupting effect on humanity seems to have worked out pretty well — it’s called the book.

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Differentiation Meets Digital Technology

Differentiation Meets Digital Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Differentiating instruction is a time-tested way of thinking about meeting students’ needs as they make progress toward achievement or learning targets. Differentiation is an elegant mindset that suggests to teachers a framework that permits them to engage students while focusing on learning results, and digital technologies offer many opportunities to differentiate instruction in meaningful ways.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Measuring attitudes towards ICT in school

Teachers who report confidence and competence at using digital technologies may not be as confident or skilled at using new technologies for educational purposes, or to promote learning. This is one of the findings of a teacher survey, carried out as part of the iTEC framework. The project carried out two surveys, designed to measure teachers’ and students’ attitudes to the use of technology in the classroom. The results of the surveys have been published, and are now available to download.

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Assessment tools for a flipped or blended class

Assessment tools for a flipped or blended class | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I am designing a class that I am going to teach next year. It is going to have elements of being flipped or simply blended. In any case, I am looking into different ways in which I can assess student learning that goes on during semester, whether in the classroom or out.

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'Significant and positive impact' of iPads at Longfield

'Significant and positive impact' of iPads at Longfield | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

However, there is another reason here for Naace to be more astute and rigorous about its objectivity when it comes to technology platforms and devices. The key reason that this project is so successful is undoubtedly the quality of the school and its vision and strategy – rather than the technology, although that certainly suits.

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Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement

Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Driving the boom is a surge in federal funding for such products, the industry's aggressive marketing and an idea axiomatic in the world of education reform: that to prepare students kids for the 21st century, schools must embrace the technologies that are the media of modern life.

Increasingly, though, another view is emerging: that the money schools spend on instructional gizmos isn't necessarily making things better, just different.

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Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public

Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Rather than having them write a paper and hand it in only for the teacher to read, waiting for some kind of assessment, Jimenez offers a different perspective in this interview with the Atlantic at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Writing should be public, it should give a sense of urgency and visibility… for students to feel that their writing has a voice in the world.”

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14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class

14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. At Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif., the first year of a pilot iPad program for sixth-graders has just ended, and some clear lessons have emerged. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition.

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Mind Mapping in ELT with MindMaple

Mind Mapping in ELT with MindMaple | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When I was at college, these were drawn by hand on large sheets of paper but nowadays they can be produced using computer programs, and MindMaple is one such program. Using a program like MindMaple to do this has a number of advantages (especially if you don'r draw well). The program comes with a library of images and graphics and you can import in your own photographs and illustrations too. You can also hyperlink words to website and webpages as well as upload files as attachments. Features like these make it much easier to produce a really useful finished mind map that you can share with other people.

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English Modules: Contents

English Modules: Contents | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The ICT4LT website is a collection of training modules in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Language Teachers. It was initiated with funding provided in 1999-2000 by the European Commission and has been regularly updated ever since.

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7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning

7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to serve as a legitimate replacement for printed textbooks and other course materials. Where the iPad applications have led, other tablets and their attendant applications can be expected to follow, creating a more competitive and diverse market for tools of this type. Applications that live in the spaces where education and entertainment overlap can capture the imagination, enticing students to learn on their own.

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Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page

Authentic Assessment Toolbox Home Page | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is the Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Inside, you will find chapters on ...

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A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School

A Friendly Guide to Deploying iPads at Your School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Deploying iPads at any kind of scale is just short of maddening. While the process of tapping around to install one app on one iPad isn’t too bad, installing a dozen apps on hundreds iPads isn’t a particularly appealing way to spend a month. If you are going to deploy iPads at scale, you need a strategy. You need a battle plan. In addition, you will also need to stay hydrated. I don’t think I’ve discovered the silver bullet, but I’ll share some of my experiences with you in order to, hopefully, shorten the learning curve.

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The Digital Transformation of Education: A 21st Century Imperative

The Digital Transformation of Education: A 21st Century Imperative | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For many of us, technology plays a crucial role in how we obtain and process information and apply our knowledge on a daily basis. As a father who often finds himself having to share his smartphone and tablet with his three young sons, I can tell you that for our students, things are no different. And because children are often exposed to technology at an early age, their cognitive abilities are even more wrapped up in technology than ours.

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