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3 Ways to Maximize Instructional Time With Screencasts

3 Ways to Maximize Instructional Time With Screencasts | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

How do we keep the focus of technology powered learning experiences on content and avoid being consumed by teaching students how to use the technology? A tool that I’ve found to be particularly effective is the use of screencasts. A screencast is a narrated video that captures what takes place on a computer screen. Let’s explore some powerful ways to use screencasts to maximize instructional time and keep the focus on the content.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - TeachThought

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different - TeachThought | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If the 20th century model was to measure the accuracy and ownership of information, the 21st century’s model is form and interdependence. The close thinking needed to grasp this is not beyond the reach of a typical middle school student, but it may be beyond their thinking habits.

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Augmented Reality Apps Transform Class Time

Augmented Reality Apps Transform Class Time | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Simply put, augmented reality is the layering of information--like photos and animations--over a real-world environment, typically on a computer, smartphone, or television screen. (In everyday life, think of the World Record line that scrolled across the pool during the recent Summer Olympics or the virtual first down line that appears on the field in televised football games.)

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Blurtopia

This is a great mobile app for creating polls and collecting data to use in projects or to create infographics. It's free and quick to install. You can choose from 3 types of poll (rate it 1 - 2, like / don't like, choose between two options) It also integrates with Facebook and Twitter.

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Stop Telling Your Students To "Pay attention!"

Stop Telling Your Students To "Pay attention!" | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

First, stop expecting kids to pay attention. They don’t owe you anything. They’re only in school because it’s the law and their friends are there. There are two solution types. The first is a workaround. Here are some examples of short-term solutions for attention-building…

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Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology

Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Embedded technology is not evidence of a transformational shift in teaching practice. It’s possible to embed technology into every aspect of teaching and learning and still have a completely teacher-centered classroom, with the teacher in control of what is learned, how it’s learned, and for the most part, how students show their learning.

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Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology

Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The final thing that strikes me about these two videos is how they reflect the kinds of societies that the system of education seeks to create. For me the first is a society of obedient unquestioning worker drones being spoon fed information that will enable them to fulfil their predefined roles. The second is a society in which individuals are encouraged to think, act and explore, to question and to create. I know which I would prefer to live in.

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Evaluation framework for Communities and Networks

Evaluation framework for Communities and Networks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For a reliable picture of how the community is creating value we would have to follow the value creation across these different cycles. To do this we collect “value creation stories”. Value creation stories and indicators (qualitative or quantitative) at each cycle are complementary. The idea is to generate a value-creation matrix that combines qualitative and quantitative data into a rich picture of the value created by learning in these social contexts. (PDF download)

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Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments

Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Some may strongly disagree with the myth-busting mentioned above, but the evidence posted is not my opinion. As stated before, this evidence comes from my daily interaction with students and teachers working and learning in a 1:1 iPad Environment. I am not trying to promote or sell anything, simply to eliminate some of the static and white noise that is amplified on Twitter and various conferences throughout the year. I appreciate comments and hope we can continue the conversation about technology integration and how it affects learning.

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Ban under-threes from watching television, says study

Ban under-threes from watching television, says study | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Sigman's paper is not "an impartial expert review of evidence for effects on health and child development". "Aric Sigman does not appear to have any academic or clinical position, or to have done any original research on this topic," she said. "His comments about impact of screen time on brain development and empathy seem speculative in my opinion, and the arguments that he makes could equally well be used to conclude that children should not read books."

 

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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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Students Want Teachers To Use Technology ASAP

Students Want Teachers To Use Technology ASAP | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

So what happens when studies like this show good things? Teachers are using technology, and students like it, right? The satisfaction of students with current technology trends will probably just spur demand for more technology and more adaptations of using this technology in the classroom.

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ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012 | EDUCAUSE.edu

ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012 | EDUCAUSE.edu | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

ECAR has surveyed undergraduate students annually since 2004 about technology in higher education. In 2012, ECAR collaborated with 195 institutions to collect responses from more than 100,000 students about their technology experiences. The findings are distilled into the broad thematic message for institutions and educators to balance strategic innovation with solid delivery of basic institutional services and pedagogical practices and to know students well enough to understand which innovations they value the most.

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Who can we trust? The importance of teaching our students to interpret the news.

Who can we trust? The importance of teaching our students to interpret the news. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Where once we would do an occasional unit on disseminating fact and opinion and identifying bias in selected reading to satisfy the mandates of our English Curriculum, we now must make it the major focus of our non fiction reading programs. Students today spend hours on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and forums and these sites are often their first source of news. Many adults these day also have moved onto these sources as their first port of call and often fall for the first rumor they see online, treating it as fact and then posting it for others to read or view.

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A 21C Teacher in a 20C School

A 21C Teacher in a 20C School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The direct teaching of the exam is now outside the classroom. I can ask them to complete an amount of the course by a certain date and check this with traditional assessment while they spend all the class time working on a related project of their choosing and design. If there’s a practical element to the course then all projects and time can be based on this practical work, within the context of a real-world scenario.

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The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson

The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What will schools look like in 25 years? Educator and parent Will Richardson sees profound changes beginning to bubble up in classrooms around the world. In the past, knowledge was bounded — both in books and in classrooms. But today, the internet provides nearly endless learning opportunities for anyone who is interested. Which means that education should no longer focus on dates and facts, all just a Google search away, but instead on critical thinking.

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Think Multiscreen (vs. iPad-only) when developing an mLearning Strategy

Think Multiscreen (vs. iPad-only) when developing an mLearning Strategy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Today’s connected Learners interact in an ecosystem of screens. So for us in the Learning Industry, it should not be just about designing great isolated learning experiences that may only be consumed on desktops and iPads, it’s also about developing a multiscreen strategy that will make our content accessible anywhere, especially as Learners acquire more devices and begin expecting that their ‘learning’ follows them as they shift between devices.

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Assessing the Value of Online Interactions

Assessing the Value of Online Interactions | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I mostly follow learning, training, and eLearning people, but I also like some fiction authors and a few experts in other fields. Those people who only talk about what their cats had for breakfast? I don’t follow them. But it’s important to note: I am very active on Twitter. I engage, and talk, and interact with people. I drop in on several live Twitter chats a month. I try to contribute as much as I take. I like to think I help. So in looking at Wenger et al’s first column: I feel I get immediate value from the quality of interaction and reciprocity, I am given food for thought that I do reflect on, and I make it no secret that I am having fun.

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The Flip: End of a Love Affair

The Flip: End of a Love Affair | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A little over a year ago I wrote a postabout the flipped classroom, why I loved it. When I recently re-read the post, I didn’t disagree with anything I’d said. Yet my brief love affair with the flip has ended. It simply didn’t produce the tranformative learning experience I knew I wanted for my students .

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What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites

What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Most of the blocked sites are either social media sites, or have some element of public sharing of information, and that’s where school administrators need to be more flexible, Luhtala said. “Administration more than teachers need to open their minds to the value and potential of social networking for educational use,” wrote a survey respondent. “CIPA needs to be spelled out more specifically or made clearer to IT in education so that filters are not blocking sites unnecessarily.”

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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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