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2015's Ed Tech Trends in Review | Edutopia

2015's Ed Tech Trends in Review | Edutopia | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In classrooms across the country, educators are thinking about how to integrate technology into their instruction to engage students, increase real-world connections to content, and manage coursework efficiently. Let's take a moment to reflect on some of the ed tech trends of 2015 as we start to dream about what next year will bring!

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Some predictions and useful links.

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Body language - Lessons in Digital Literacy Series

Body language - Lessons in Digital Literacy Series | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In this lesson students will find out about body language and its impact on communications. They will have the opportunity to try to use body language and they will carry out online research to find out how well people consciously understand body language.
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My latest lesson plan. Based around an infographic on body language.

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Fiona Leigh's curator insight, December 13, 2015 2:55 AM

Interesting slant on learning literacy

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How Facebook Plans to Disrupt Education

How Facebook Plans to Disrupt Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Back in September, Facebook made a deal with Summit Public Schools. Don't worry if you didn't hear about it when it happened – it was a quiet event, without a lot of fanfare. With that being said, the implications of this partnership might change everything we know about public education.

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Interesting!

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 10, 2015 8:09 AM

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 10, 2015 6:52 PM

Thanks to Elizabeth E. Charles.

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, December 11, 2015 11:19 AM

Facebook se lance dans l'enseignement et permet la création de cours personnalisés, en fonction des intérêts de l'apprenant et en s'adaptant à son mode d'apprentissage. L'enseignant change de posture et devient alors un tuteur.

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EMOOCs 2015 - EUROPEAN STAKEHOLDER SUMMIT

 In this paper the designers and instructors share experiences and lessons learned and describe efforts taken to design, develop, and evaluate the second offering of this MOOC.

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Interesting 244 page PDF on best practice in building MOOCs.

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Create Your Own Comic

Create Your Own Comic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Marvel.com is the source for Marvel comics, digital comics, comic strips, and more featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and all your favorite superheroes.
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This is a great free tool to get students creating their own comic strips. they just drag, drop and add dialogue.

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carmen campos's curator insight, December 13, 2015 8:12 AM

EAsy to use!

Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, December 15, 2015 7:28 PM

drag, drop, create own dialogue

Lihi Telem's curator insight, January 20, 2016 1:48 AM

כלי ליצירה של קטעי קומיקס עם גיבורי מארוול.

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10 Reasons for taking the Aptis for Teachers test

10 Reasons for taking the Aptis for Teachers test | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

You may not have heard about it yet, but the British Council has created the Aptis test, an online language test which helps students and teachers to measure the level of their English. The test measures their ability across all four skills as well as vocabulary and grammar and can diagnose precisely where they need to improve.

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My blog article on Aptis for Teachers.

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At Penn State, robots begin writing the textbooks

At Penn State, robots begin writing the textbooks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
New technology at Penn State allows robots to write textbooks with prompts and guidance from professors. - Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer
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An interesting development.

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Leon Shivamber's curator insight, December 24, 2015 3:01 AM

Textbook writers need some innovation. 

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What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling

What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As The New York Times brings new attention to VR, immersive journalism could drive not only changes in the media industry, but mainstream adoption of the technology.
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Will also be great to see how this imapcts on education. Been a long time coming.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 2, 2015 7:40 AM

When the NY Times jumps on the bandwagon it normally means that mainstream US is on board. 

Zoe Routh's curator insight, December 2, 2015 8:29 PM

Brilliant article on the potential of virtual reality. I see it can help build compassion and understanding worldviews faster and more effectrvely than any other means apart from international travel.

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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic presents types of activities and grading and feedback criteria to help you plan better assessments.
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Interesting infographic.

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Prometheus's curator insight, November 29, 2015 2:32 PM
Moving into modern ways of teaching and assessment we need to consider how we determine students understanding and their depth of understanding. This info graphic highlights how various options might look.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 30, 2015 5:39 AM

This is an excellent infographic on blended/on-line assessments.

Made Hery Santosa's curator insight, December 28, 2015 10:59 AM
The design taxonomy helps you to understand this concept of blended and assessment taxonomy.
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Classroom technology 'rarely used' by half of teachers

Classroom technology 'rarely used' by half of teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Thousands of pounds worth of classroom technology is going unused as teachers lack the training to integrate it into lessons, survey suggests
Nik Peachey's insight:

Really no surprises here. There always seems to be more willingness to invest in the gadgets than the training and connectivity that could make them effective.

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Breffni O'Rourke's curator insight, December 1, 2015 5:44 AM

Doesn't surprise me at all...

nicolaperry's curator insight, December 2, 2015 1:40 AM

It's true and it's such a shame. This is why I believe teachers need to train themselves and each other. 

Wendy Zaruba-Lundene's curator insight, December 2, 2015 9:02 AM

Great article, how much technology is going unused in your classroom?  Tell us where we can help in PD to assist you in using the technology in your classroom.

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Web-based tools for language teachers

This is the presentation deck from my webinar talk for Graz University. You can watch a recording of the presentation here: https://englishup.adobeconnect.com/…;
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The presentation and recording from my webinar for Graz University.

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Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit

Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This toolkit provides practical guidance for education practitioners on using video observations to help teachers accelerate their development. Inside you will find four sections to help you start video observations in your school community. Each section includes a discussion of important lessons from the Best Foot Forward project, a study of digital video in classroom observations, and adaptable tools for implementation.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A very useful resource for teacher trainers.

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Aevalle Galicia's curator insight, November 23, 2015 3:08 PM

Many thanks to Nik Peachey for finding this little jewel! :D

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The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The only rational answer to the conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing and common curricula. Curiosity does not hold up well under intense expectation. Give agency to teachers, with the explicit message to slow down and provide students time to wonder and be curious.


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Absolutely

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, November 28, 2015 10:32 PM

Curiosity projects, MakerSpaces, Passion projects, asking questions and seeking answers...all mind-expanders.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 3, 2016 11:51 AM

Children, and for that matter teachers, bring curiousity with them. Teachers can help create contexts where that curiousity remains vibrant.

Valerie Morris's curator insight, May 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Curious?

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High Possibility Classrooms: Student Agency Through Technology-Enhanced Learning

High Possibility Classrooms: Student Agency Through Technology-Enhanced Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Common to all four of these teachers was a deep fascination with technology. They did not use it for all learning, but most of the time over the school week. Their approaches varied, but they ended up in the same place: engaged classrooms where students are empowered and given a voice to take control of their own learning. Teachers stepped out of the way.
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An interesting read.

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The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Wrong. How to Really Master a Skill

The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Wrong. How to Really Master a Skill | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Additionally, Gladwell failed to adequately distinguish between the quantity of hours spent practicing, and the quality of that practice. This misses a huge portion of Ericsson’s findings, and is the reason why Tim Ferriss scoffs at Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule in this video.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Great. I've always thought this 10k hours rule to be incredibly simplistic.

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Aline Choupin's curator insight, December 13, 2015 4:26 PM

Very interesting. A must read.

Serge G Laurens's curator insight, December 27, 2015 2:59 PM

The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Wrong. How to Really Master a Skill

TD's curator insight, March 8, 2016 6:03 PM

Great. I've always thought this 10k hours rule to be incredibly simplistic.

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10 Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now you have learnt how to create your very own QR Codes and are able to print these out but how would you use them in the classroom? Well do not worry, as I offer 10 practical ideas whereby teachers could use QR Codes, with text embedded within it, in the classroom. So what are you waiting for?

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some really nice ideas.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 10, 2015 9:03 AM

If you still doubt about the usefulness of QR codes :) find ideas here.

 

Sri's curator insight, December 18, 2015 3:11 AM

Very useful and quick way. But one has to have the technological resources and be tech savvy to an extent.

TD's curator insight, March 8, 2016 6:03 PM

Some really nice ideas.

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The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People - Lessons in Digital Literacy

The Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People - Lessons in Digital Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The lesson explores the topic of wealth and the interconnection between the habits of wealthy people and how these habits contribute to their success.


The lesson uses as its starting point an infographic about wealthy people and their habits:http://www.business-management-degree.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/richest-people.png

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The first of a series of lesson plans based around infographics and aimed at developing students' digital litercy and critical thinking skills.


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The Digital Writing Process

The Digital Writing Process | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now, with nearly 20 years of middle and high school teaching behind me, I still respect the writing process approach and its benefits. I also recognize that the nature of writing has changed tremendously over those two decades due to the significant influence of digital tools and sources. Of course, today’s composers still must meet the commonly accepted conventions of the genre in which they are engaged, but our visual digital culture creates different demands than did the primarily print text-based world.

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Interesting approach to digital writing.

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Digital Communication Students's curator insight, December 4, 2015 7:00 AM

"The nature of writing has changed tremendously over those two decades due to the significant influence of digital tools and sources". We completely agree with this phrase. Our way of writing is changing more than we notice. I figure that adults notice this more than young people, because this last group were born with the Internet. Nevertheless, its very important to learn how to write properly, this article provides the tools and the practice we need.

Annenkov's curator insight, December 5, 2015 9:14 AM

Algorythm SOARS:
    Survey
Organize
    Address:
Revise:
    Survey Again:

Akili Nzuri's curator insight, July 24, 2016 3:06 PM

I chose this one because it is important for me to understand how the writing process has become digital, considering how my students learn it through the computer. 

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How Would Today’s Smartest Teens Overhaul Education?

How Would Today’s Smartest Teens Overhaul Education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What happens when you gather 14 of the world’s brightest teenagers at Singularity University and ask them to design the future of education? During last summer’s Exponential Youth Camp  (XYC)... read more
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Some good advice from teens.

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Laura Morrison's curator insight, December 3, 2015 11:50 AM

Should ask students to make an infographic or animated video answering this! 

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 4, 2015 12:29 PM

Even the kids have definite ideas how to improve education.  We should listen to them. -Lon

Dinah Galligo's curator insight, December 10, 2015 8:44 AM

Les cours en ligne ne sont pas la réponse pour l'éducation des jeunes. Les ados pensent qu'ils conviennent à des spécialistes mais pas à des  débutants ...

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What does intelligence look like?

What does intelligence look like? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
For much of its history schooling has been obsessed with one type of intelligence as evidenced by what is given time within the learning day and that which is the focus of assessment. Indeed, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment within schools has delivered a clear and consistent message about what constitutes intelligence. Knowledge, defined as the recall of information, literacy, defined as the ability to read and write and numeracy, defined as the ability to calculate, have formed the pillars of educational systems and have both framed and been framed by our view of intelligence.
Nik Peachey's insight:

An interesting read.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 2, 2015 9:46 AM

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Bucking the native speaker teacher trend - EnglishUp

Bucking the native speaker teacher trend - EnglishUp | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We prefer the term ‘bilingual teacher’ to the more derogatory label of ‘non-native speaker’ because we know the additional value that our teachers’ knowledge of both the students’ own language and the language they are learning can bring to the classroom.


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Some of the benefits of bilingual teachers.

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Report: Ours to Master - how makerspaces can help us master technology for a more human end - RSA

Report: Ours to Master - how makerspaces can help us master technology for a more human end - RSA | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The central argument of this report is that makerspaces can help people to master technology for a more human end. In practice, this means enabling people to use and understand tools for three purposes: self-fulfilment, learning and enterprise. Making may indeed be a natural human impulse, we argue, but it is also instrumental in achieving wider life goals – a means as well as an end.
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Interesting report on the 'maker' movement in education and its relationship to technology.

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Francisco Restivo's curator insight, November 30, 2015 2:28 PM

Technology is made by humans, to be mastered by humans.

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Digital Video by Nik Peachey on iBooks

Read a free sample or buy Digital Video by Nik Peachey. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
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My ebook on iTunes.

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The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones

The Generation That Doesn't Remember Life Before Smartphones | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This generation is the first for whom the freedom to express every impulse to the entire world is as easy as it used to be to open your mouth and talk to a friend. How does all that change the monotony and joy and pain and wonder and turmoil that is the average teenager's life? What is it like?

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An unlikely source for such an interesting article.

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, November 25, 2015 10:34 PM

Interesting in that these kids (albeit only those in this article) say that technology and information isn't overwhelming because they grew up in it. I can think of a new horror movie called, "Kids No Tech". Can you imagine the horror and pain of having to live where there is no internet? A world where there is no one to quantify and validate your existence? Now that would be overwhelming for many of this generation. Times are changin'. I'm glad I was born when I was.

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:43 AM

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, November 28, 2015 1:55 AM

How does that impact on the future of Science communication? Research of this generation will soon take the lead in scholarly production. They will use their own IT language and tools (and there are many). We better all get ready for this...

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How augmented reality can contribute to education

How augmented reality can contribute to education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Augmented reality has become a way to engage studious people and to address learning disabilities. Because it can overlay digital content and information onto the real world, it opens up a new range of learning opportunities
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Always good to see more about AR in education.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 23, 2015 7:55 AM

General article that includes links to examples of VR and AR. 

Glen Morris's curator insight, November 23, 2015 10:13 AM

How I plan to engage the class us AR next year:

 

1. I am planning on introducing Aurasma in the science centre next year. Dead posters will come to life, the anatomy model will link to anatomy lessons, the skeleton "Mr Bones" will link to the name of each bone scanned.(https://www.aurasma.com/)

 

2. Going to have a QR scavenger hunt/ Amazing Race next year - and I plan to assess it!

 

3.QR codes on tests/reports that link to a webcam video giving feedback on each student (personalised + unique attention = switched on learners)

 

Just 3 thoughts... what are yours?

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:44 AM

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