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Fear & Mourning in the Age of Digital Education

Fear & Mourning in the Age of Digital Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If students are going to learn how to manage their privacy and, at the same time, share openly in a society that values transparency, when and how will students gain that valuable expertise? If contemporary parents want their children to succeed as effective communicators with the media and in the environments that will undoubtedly be part of their lives, when and where should that instruction happen?

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Rethinking professional development

Rethinking professional development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Creating an environment in which such bottom-up, teacher-led, The work of a teacher is both challenging and complex and requires high standards of professional competence and commitment. However, research shows that formal professional development may not be the optimum means by which such high standards of professional competence can be achieved. The principal reason for this is that traditional CPD tends to be based on one-off events1 that can often be a solitary activity and can seem remote from colleagues, students and classroom practice in general

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Kristin Walters's comment, October 4, 2012 5:26 AM
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, am in the midst of doing this in school now
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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again. We never question the vital importance of teaching literacy, but we have to be mindful that there are many kinds of “literacies”. An ever more important one that ALL teachers need to be aware of is digital literacy.

 

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A Self-Organised Assessment Method (SOAM)

A Self-Organised Assessment Method (SOAM) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I tried this for three years in the course I teach on Educational Technology for M.Ed. Students, each time usually after the first two weeks. There is an uncanny correlation between the scores and the scores at the end of the one year course.

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Project Based Learning Tools

Many people have requested a source for the management tools that are used in the Project Based Learning plans on Teach 21. Here is the place. You will find rubrics, checklists, task management charts, learning logs and other documents that will help your PBL planning and delivery. Most of the documents were created by West Virginia teachers and used in the PBLs on Teach 21. Other documents were created and published on the Novel Approach PBL website, which is no longer on the internet. WV has been given permission by the creator of the site to continue using these PBL documents.

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Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can't Search

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can't Search | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

High school and college students may be “digital natives,” but they’re wretched at searching. In a recent experiment at Northwestern, when 102 undergraduates were asked to do some research online, none went to the trouble of checking the authors’ credentials. In 1955, we wondered why Johnny can’t read. Today the question is, why can’t Johnny search?

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Social Bookmarking and Diigo - Student Learning with Diigo

Social Bookmarking and Diigo - Student Learning with Diigo | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The efforts of each user are no longer trapped on local computers. The entire network can benefit from the location of useful websites. Furthermore, network statistics can be used to highlight the websites that the network values, helping the other users to find useful websites.

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What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain?

What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Seven out of 10 kids in tablet-using homes use the tablet themselves. The author of a new book argues parents are paying attention to the wrong criteria to decide what’s good and bad in kids’ media.

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Loopster Online Video Editor

Loopster Online Video Editor | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Loopster is a great free online video editor. It's really simple to use and can enable you to do most basic video editing functions online. Upload your clips, drag them onto the timeline and then clip and add transitions. You can then download them or export and share them.

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Tech will make us rethink age-grouping in schools

Tech will make us rethink age-grouping in schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the past couple of years, digital education has experienced such profound growth and investment that it’s not hard to imagine that its momentum will only continue to build and re-shape schools and classrooms. But as important as building the technology to enable competency-based classrooms is building teacher support and education for new models. The technology is increasingly there, but the challenge is breaking through bureaucracy and overcoming entrenched ways of thinking about how education is structured and experienced.

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Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies is a collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations. (Free e-book)

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Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking

Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey explores social-bookmarking and how we can use it to save bookmarks online to access them from any computer. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on the use of social-bookmarking, including a list of tools to collate web pages like scrible and Delicious, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.

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Julien Guerraz's curator insight, November 20, 2014 5:36 AM

What social bookmarking can do for teachers and in education in general

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How Interactivity and Rich Media Change Teaching and Learning (PDF)

Armed with laptops, smartphones, and tablets and connecting through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, a media-savvy generation of students is driving unprecedented change in teaching and learning. With the explosion of social media and its effect on communication, there is growing evidence that video and multimedia content, tools, and streaming capabilities are successfully engaging students in new forms of learning. This paper reviews research findings and demonstrates how video is helping schools around the world overcome distance and financial barriers to expand curriculum options,

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How A Classroom Of iPads Changed My Approach To Learning

How A Classroom Of iPads Changed My Approach To Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

By recognizing that our prior experience with ICT had created paradigms that constrained our thinking, we are starting to glimpse new learning opportunities made possible by one-to-one integration of iPads. Rather than viewing iPads as substitutes for other technologies (including paper), it is our view that iPads can be used as tools and environments for learning that allow for deeper and more diverse engagements. Our journey with iPads in learning continues.

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The iPad – What it should and shouldn’t be for Education

The iPad – What it should and shouldn’t be for Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I started the year thinking the iPad was the one stop solution. I’ve come to believe now that a multi device option is preferable. 1:1 iPads would be great in an ideal world but the financial reality for school with substantial investments in other tech already doesn’t make it practical for a complete change. My school already has a lot of laptops and desktops in use. They are used for many valid purposes such as those listed above. It’s not reasonable to think we would replace all our resources with just iPads when there are good things already being done with them.

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Is Education Obsolete? Sugata Mitra at the MIT Media Lab | MIT Center for Civic Media

Is Education Obsolete? Sugata Mitra at the MIT Media Lab | MIT Center for Civic Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Can children learn to read by themselves? It's a question which Nicholas Negroponte posed before inviting him to be a visiting professora at the Media Lab. If so, it would turn the entire system of education upside down. Mitra cites anecdotal evidence that children can teach themselves the alphabet using Android phones. But that's not comprehension. To answer this, we need to answer two question: firstly, can they learn to read? Secondly, can they improve their comprehension, understanding, and belief? A group at the Media Lab is trying to answer the first question; Mitra is working on the second. Studies are happening right now in Kanha and rural West Bengal.

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A Pilot Model of Teacher Preparation Employing ePortfolio

Adapting the sociocultural theory of Vygotsky for second language learners, together with Moon’s (2001) recommendations for building in reflection on learning, an interdisciplinary theoretical framework was combined with a genre approach to the teaching of writing and new technologies. This was the methodology chosen for introducing OTTs to the complexity of a range of vocationally relevant new technologies and specific text types.

http://www.theijep.com/articleView.cfm?id=40 (PDF)

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Making the case for literacy: Are tech experts disqualified?

Making the case for literacy: Are tech experts disqualified? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The problem currently in many online communities is that educational experts have jumped the gun, so to speak, on technology solving the “education problem.” By narrowly focusing on what is symbolically referred to as 21st-century skills, which really translates to skills that have been identified as being of value to the global marketplace

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Facing the TABLET generation !

Facing the TABLET generation ! | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The entire curriculum might be available on the cloud, which students might be able to access from the comfort of their home or even the playground. We expect broadband connectivity to become widely available by 2020. Earlier we had been thinking that a vast digital library of all the lectures will get developed, but now library is the not the point.

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7 Things Your Quiet ESL Students Are Not Telling You

7 Things Your Quiet ESL Students Are Not Telling You | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

How do you know what’s going on in their heads if they don’t say anything? If you have students who are too quiet, chances are there is something they are not telling you, which you’ll need to find out – fast!

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Kristin Walters's comment, October 4, 2012 5:33 AM
Nice to revisit these ideas once in a while :)
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New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Learn how cellphones, e-book readers, and tablets are getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future. This guide can help you better understand how mobile gadgets -- cell phones, tablets, and smartphones -- can engage students and change their learning environment.

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Transformative or just flashy educational tools?

Transformative or just flashy educational tools? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There are a couple tools out now that I see bantered around in educational circles that I just hate! And there are some pretty awesome tools out there that are being used in rather old and traditional ways, and I don’t hate the tool, but I hate the use of them.

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Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.

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COL Certificate for teachers’ ICT integration

COL Certificate for teachers’ ICT integration | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Certificate program for teachers’ ICT integration (CCTI) is a free eLearning course which helps teachers to acquire skills and competencies on information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and management. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) developed CCTI in collaboration with SchoolNet SA

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Gamini L Kumara's comment, June 21, 2013 9:26 PM
how do we apply for this?
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The Crisis in Higher Education

The Crisis in Higher Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A hundred years ago, higher education seemed on the verge of a technological revolution. The spread of a powerful new communication network—the modern postal system—had made it possible for universities to distribute their lessons beyond the bounds of their campuses. We've been hearing strikingly similar claims today. Another powerful communication network—the Internet—is again raising hopes of a revolution in higher education.

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