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Schools that Practice Learning-Literacy

Schools that Practice Learning-Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this environment innovation becomes a commodity, the ability to resourcefully learn becomes the defining foundation of literacy, and the principal goal of formal education is to produce learners.  In this environment pedagogies shift from best teaching practices to best learning practices.

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Interesting article on how schools need to and can encourage greater learner autonomy.

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Drora Arussy's curator insight, August 8, 2013 1:15 AM

PLNs must become each person's personal reference library - and what better place to teach to use and acquire a library than at school. Best learning practices indeed.

Ms. Corri's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:26 PM

Great insight! I hoping to be more of a facilitator for my G/T students this year, and this gives me validation that it is the right way to do it.

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Transition from Tradition: 9 Tips for successfully moving your face-to-face course online

Let's face facts. A computer screen offers students neither the warm comfort of peers nor the imposing brow of an instructor to encourage them to show up. We have to manufacture that motivation elsewhere to inspire students to virtually attend class and provide a means for them to be proactive in their learning.

 

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Some really useful tips for making online courses more effective and successful.

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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, August 2, 2013 6:53 AM
How Do You Control The Chaos?
Ray Tolley's curator insight, August 3, 2013 5:30 AM

Reminds me of a document that I wrote some six years ago:

http://issuu.com/efoliouk/docs/the_joy_of_e-learning

Dean Mantz's curator insight, August 7, 2013 9:22 AM

I truly feel that teachers at the secondary level should consider "Blending" their curriculum courses in some facet.  This article provides some discussion and thought starting points.

 

Thanks to Nik Peachey for sharing it on scoop.it. 

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Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health

Top 9 Tips To Fight Computer Fatigue & Protect Your Health | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Did you know that your sedentary lifestyle could be killing you from the inside out?
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Some really useful tips here and part of educating students about safe computer use.

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vince tracy's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:40 PM

Even when we know these tips we often overlook them!

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From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment.
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Some good classroom management tips and advice here which may help to avoid death of learning through distraction.

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Te L - Us Business Solutions's comment, August 2, 2013 7:34 PM
I wonder why Gabriel. So many kids have some sort of smart device at home it would seem that it work well depending on the course. Spelling is great. I'm speaking of elementary kids.
Gabriel Daum's comment, August 3, 2013 4:01 AM
I don´t know what the reason was, but they often had some technical problem and instead of helping during the lesson they just caused problems. But the best thing about the tablets at school is the leighter backpack.
Ouida Sparkman's curator insight, August 8, 2013 9:55 AM

More great info for parents and educators.

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Creative Educator - Get Started with Differentiated Instruction

Creative Educator - Get Started with Differentiated Instruction | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Differentiated instruction is not a single strategy or formula. It is a way of thinking about the diversity of learners in our classrooms and acting on this knowledge throughout the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating so that we can promote the deepest possible understanding for all students.

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A nice overview and introduction to differentiated teaching

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lalita pradeep's curator insight, August 1, 2013 9:06 AM

i like this.......nice article....

Freek Kraak's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:34 AM

Interessant. Ik interesseer me erg voor kennis-/informatieoverdracht. Aardige poging. Ik vraag me af of dit ooit compleet kan zijn, zoals hier al staat: 'not a single strategy or formula'. Maar ik zou mij eerst moeten verdiepen in betekenis en reikwijdte van de gebruikte termen!

Jeanette Lennon's curator insight, July 28, 2014 3:07 PM

great idea for first week back to school to help to know your students

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Evidence of the impact of iTEC on learning and teaching

A detailed meta-analysis of the evaluation data over the first three cycles of iTEC pilots shows that the process has had a positive impact on students’ knowledge, skills and understanding – in particular on their 21st century skills, motivation, engagement,  attitudes, and learning practices. iTEC has also had a beneficial effect on teachers, impacting positively on their technology-supported pedagogy, digital competence, and their motivation and attitudes.

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This is quite long but has some interesting statistics and findings.

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

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Short interview with a few wise words.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 29, 2013 11:44 AM

Interesante forma de enseñar a los estudiantes como escribir mejor invitándolos a desarrollar textos digitales. Las diferentes herramientas que hoy existen para impulsar el "digital writing" hacen posible producir interesantes historias como "Snow Fall" (http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2012/snow-fall/#/?part=tunnel-creek).

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, July 29, 2013 7:38 PM

This short interview is good read for teachers who resist teaching students to compose digital texts citing various reasons.

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20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students

20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Back in November 2008 I published Part 1 of a series of articles intended to explore the use of WebCams in education. I have now finally got round to writing Part 2 which is a collection of 20 activities EFL ESL teachers can do with their students.

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I finally got round to up dating this post a bit and getting rid of the dead links and videos.

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Wiliam González's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:50 PM

Fantastic activities that can be used at any level!

Wiliam González's comment, July 24, 2013 3:57 PM
Fantastic ideas that can be used at any level!
Dafnord 's curator insight, August 2, 2013 12:51 PM

Fantastinen kivoja vinkkejä webkameran ja videon käyttämiseksi opetuksessa. Helppo kokeilla ja löytää suosikkinsa.

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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.
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About time really. Though this article states some research hich supports lectures as being more effective.

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Eme Ric's comment, July 26, 2013 5:24 PM
There are others ways. It's not lecture or online, hopefully
Eme Ric's comment, July 26, 2013 5:24 PM
There are others ways. It's not lecture or online, hopefully.
Heather Thompson's comment, July 26, 2013 5:40 PM
agreed engaged learning can happen in a range of ways. Face to face engages differently
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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.

 

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This research suggests that the flipped classroom approach should itself be flipped. I wrote about something similar myself just over a year ago: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nikpeachey/flipping-flipped-classroom

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:21 PM

A very worthy observation.

Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

and the pendulum swings

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:33 PM

Experimenting first sounds good, though I think it depends on the learner and on what is being taught. I like the idea of pushing the envelop to be more inclusive...yet not throwing out things that continue to work (for some types of learners).

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How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write?

How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Many teachers reported that students are more willing to offer feedback and advice to peers through a shared document. And they approach the writing process more fluidly. “I have seen students more willing to go back and revise or improve their work in order to provide more clarity when using digital tools than when they are writing it on paper,”

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Some interesting points and issues connected with writing in digital environments.

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Caleb Yap's curator insight, July 17, 2013 11:25 PM

really? the difference between an online document and a written document? why would that be?

Victoria Baxter's curator insight, February 8, 2015 11:35 AM

What are the best tools for this.  Has anyone tried www.writeabout.com?

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iPads: From Pedagogical Crutch to Education Innovation

iPads: From Pedagogical Crutch to Education Innovation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For students who struggle with output, the option now exists to record ideas directly "onto a page." Similarly, teachers can leave audio feedback for students who benefit from hearing input multiple times. With the built-in camera, students can quickly snap pictures of class notes on a board, or record a quick video of teacher instruction. Leveraging just these few features has the potential to personalize learning and differentiate instruction where it might otherwise be impossible.

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Some interesting tips and insights.

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diane gusa's curator insight, July 13, 2013 10:28 AM

We have a long way to go to understand best practices for iPads, to move it from a play thing to integrated into creative pedagogy. However, "The Longest Journey begins with the First Step" and that is getting into the hands or teachers and learners.


imaginary library's curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:19 AM

The most important thing to do is to start with the wife of using the iPad if you have a sound pedagogical reason for using the iPad then you'll be a will to come up with uses that are appropriate.

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Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite.

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This looks like a useful site for those teachers looking at 'made for education' type apps.

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Douglas Allen Lawslo's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:43 PM

This should help lots of people who are trying to learn which tools are most effective for what.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:39 AM

Thanks! Worth a try.

JoAnn Delaney's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:27 AM

#edtech #edchat

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Is the University Lecture Doomed?

Is the University Lecture Doomed? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As education gets more interactive and personalized will the university lectures survive? Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales hopes it doesn't.
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Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia talking about flipped learning and giving greater access to online education

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Tatyana Oleinik's curator insight, August 6, 2013 7:27 AM

great! thanks!

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:23 PM

And what to do with boring recorded lectures? I think, the main problem are lecturers, not lectures.

Amandine Duffoux's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:45 AM

The big question : les cours en amphi sont-ils encore utiles ?

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Developing ebooks for ELT - 10 questions to ask before you begin

Developing ebooks for ELT - 10 questions to ask before you begin | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
ebooks are fast becoming something that ELT publishers simply have to be able to deliver in a world that’s lurching towards the paperless classroom. However, moving from print to ebooks is much eas...
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Well worth a read if you are thinking of producing and publishing your own e-books. It does have more questions than answers though.

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Wikipedia Zero – mobile as lifeline to learning

Wikipedia Zero – mobile as lifeline to learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Wikipedia came out of the blue to become a consistent top ten website, showing that there is a massive thirst for online knowledge. What was even more astonishing was that it was crowdsourced, for free. No one saw that coming. Now we have the opportunity to extend free production to free distribution on powerful, portable and personal devices that have become ubiquitous in the developing world. If that doesn’t make your heart leap with hope and optimism, what will?

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Nice article about the impact of free mobile services in developing countries.

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10 Big Concerns About Tablets In The Classroom

10 Big Concerns About Tablets In The Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As we look into integrating tablets in the classroom, it’s becoming increasingly clear that buying tablets for the purpose of enhancing learning is very different to buying tablets for recreational purposes such as browsing Facebook and entertainment sites, or even for more serious pursuits such as business or work. Parents and teachers need to consider a myriad of issues specific to young people.

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Some interesting issues that concern many parents and teachers.

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Dimitris Primalis's comment, August 1, 2013 10:10 AM
Very good points ! Once parents are shown what the tablet can or can't do, they become supporters. We have had no major accidents with tablets so far with 4 graders. (9-10 year old pupils).
Patti McCall's curator insight, August 1, 2013 11:52 AM

Still, I wonder how distracting these can be.  I have had students say they prefer print because they can study and read without the temptation to jump on Facebook.

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What is the Creative Classrooms Lab project about?

What is the Creative Classrooms Lab project about? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

To address these challenges, the Creative Classrooms Lab project will carry out a series of policy experimentations to collect evidence on the implementation, impact and up-scaling of 1:1 pedagogical approaches using tablets. This evidence will enable policy makers to take more informed decisions.

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This looks like a really interesting project for those interested in 1:1 computing and tablets.

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systerwoody's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:40 AM

#Policy #tablets 

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Schools ask parents to stump up £200 for iPads

Schools ask parents to stump up £200 for iPads | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A survey of more than 100 students recently carried out by the school showed the percentage of children rating their lessons as good or better has nearly trebled since the introduction of the iPads, from 31% to nearly 87%.

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Well despite the price tag, it looks like the kids like what they get for the money.

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How Computers Can Impede Spaces of Learning | DMLcentral

How Computers Can Impede Spaces of Learning | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It’s not enough to give these devices to students and teachers and expect classroom practice to shift. The preservice teachers I work with are using technology in ways that are familiar to me. Some of the obvious examples: they not-so-discretely text in class and they occasionally get wrapped up in Facebook or online chats with friends when the class is engaged in a class wide discussion. These examples are akin to what I’ve seen in my high school experience. And if these are the students who are going to be our future teachers soon, do we really expect radical shifts in how they treat and adapt technology in schools?

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Some interesting reflections from a teacher who struggled with the physical presence of computers in the classroom.

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Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, July 28, 2013 12:42 PM

Good point! I always say implementing technology into classroom is more than just re-organising the furniture!

Anderson Lee's comment, July 29, 2013 12:33 AM
Since we are living in a world where technology plays an important role in daily life, and that includes the classroom, teacher education institutions must develop strategies on how teachers should adapt to changing technologies in a way that it should have positive impact in the classroom, and not the other way around.
carldowse's curator insight, July 29, 2013 6:21 AM

A useful reminder of the possible pitfalls of tapping into the connectivity offered by modern-day technology.

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The Mobile Learning Revolution: 101 Top Resources

The Mobile Learning Revolution: 101 Top Resources | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
browse hundreds of accredited online degree programs at best online universities.com. website includes information on financial aid, e-learning technologies, and more for the top online colleges in the united states.
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A huge (a bit too big really)  collection of links to various resources including one of my own blogs.

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How interactive technology is transforming storytelling

How interactive technology is transforming storytelling | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Three things really fascinate me about the new digital writing toolkit: the possibility of increased immersion in a story, the ability to represent choice, and the way the audience can influence the story. I'll take them one by one.

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Nice short article on digital storytelling and its link to computer games.

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Chad Clark's curator insight, July 23, 2013 2:41 PM

A “good tale well told” transcends the medium by which it is relayed.  Credit is due Naomi Alderman for saying as much, or rather writing as much in this brief but value-packed article.  (At one point she confesses to being an instructor of creative writing as well as digital media; her article resonates with familiarity of those two areas of expertise.)  For additional reading re: Immersion, I recommend Frank Rose’s The Art of Immersion.   As to “representing choice” – am I the only avid reader who as a kid tried to get into the Choose Your Own Adventure books but ultimately preferred my bound page to be more of “Calvinoesque”?  (And for the record, I still hate seeing the following words in a periodical: to continue reading, turn to page…) 

 

But with digital media the other shoe has fallen. 

 

In conclusion Alderman speaks to audience participation. I can’t help but think of The Rocky Horror Picture Show whenever I see those two words – audience and participation – together, but alas, I wish I could think Star Wars, Episode One.  You see just last night I watched a 12 minute video simply titled “What If Star Wars: Episode I" Was Good?” This video is one man’s take on how to make EpiOne better, er, um, good even.  Now I’m a huge Star Wars fan, having seen Episode IV: A New Hope when I was only 5.  I’m also a digital media guy myself – so says the University of Washington and after George Lucas destroyed my childhood with Episodes I, II, and III, one other digital media guy takes 12 minutes and tells a story that, well, that if made into a movie wouldn’t have bit the big dead Chihuahua. (Come on, EpiOne was really bad.) 

 

But with the world of Star Wars fans (nerds?) out there, don’t you think George, er, Mr. Lucas, could have made a better film if he’d have listened?  I think so – and so even with all the beautiful digital effects, it all comes down to a good tale well told and in this case, that needed audience participation.   

Jess Gronholm's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:23 PM

This is a great article about the future of storytelling. I love this point. "Art and science (or technology) are often imagined to be totally separate – but this is not, and never has been, true."

Bad Spoon's curator insight, August 8, 2013 1:15 AM

Les évolutions technologiques - notamment les applications mobiles - et l'interaction avec les utilisateurs offrent de nouveaux terrains de jeu pour utiliser le storytelling comme un outil marketing

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The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral

The Trouble with Testing | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Learning research consistently shows that an emphasis on test scores does not necessarily lead to gains in academic performance. Perhaps learning, with its long-term gains and diffuse experiences does not lend itself well to an economic model. Instead of focusing on test scores at the elementary and secondary levels, why not take a longer-term view? Why public education? What are our true goals for teaching and learning? When pressed, most politicians will state that the long-term goals of education are to develop a citizenry that maximizes contributions to society and economy; yet, our standard test measures typically seem unrelated to the higher-order qualities that lead to such engaged citizens.

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Well argued article on testing.

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Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s curator insight, July 22, 2013 5:30 AM

This article makes some good and concise points against standardized testing, but it doesn't really say anything we don't think already.  What we really need now are new evaluation and assessment tools based on updated goals for education.

Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:56 AM
I appreciated the mention that despite ranking in the middle on PISA tests, the USA continues to rank highly in global innovation. What exactly are we trying to measure again ;P ?
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s comment, July 22, 2013 5:57 AM
see also: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m-eger/art-education-and-the-inn_b_825486.html
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Donald Clark Plan B: Good, bad and ugly: 7 critics of social media

Donald Clark Plan B: Good, bad and ugly: 7 critics of social media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’m of an age (56) where lots of my contemporaries show contempt towards social media. It’s rarely a reasoned argument, simply a sneer accompanied by a ‘I’m too good for that sort of thing’ attitude. Euan Semple made the valid point on Facebook that “Not being attracted to the social web is OK but adopting a sneering tone when you tell me that, frankly, isn’t.” and that it’s not easy dealing with the criticism as the debate as it’s very difficult arguing the case for something your opponent has never used or has no real knowledge of.

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Love this blog post on the common criticisms of social media. Come up against these attitudes all the time.

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Jay Bansbach's curator insight, July 16, 2013 7:44 AM

Love these observations -- so true in regard to Wikipedia and lurkers! 

Bonita Bray's curator insight, July 18, 2013 12:15 PM

excellent recap of the 'ugly' that we encounter every day.

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5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing

5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The e-book publishing landscape is changing fast—with new services, new terms, and new formats. Despite the pace of change, here are 5 things that have remained fairly constant this year—and that you must be aware of—before you undertake any kind of self-publishing process for e-reading devices.

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Some handy tips if you are thinking of producing your own e-book

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WhizGuide's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:10 AM

Yes, the landscape is changing very faster!The winners will be those who will take this information on board!

 

Caren Cantrell's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:39 PM

Some great basic information for everyone looking to publish e-books.

Thomas Wilson's comment, July 17, 2013 1:54 AM
Always helpful info. Thanks