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The State of Digital Education [INFOGRAPHIC] | kevin CORBETT

The State of Digital Education [INFOGRAPHIC] | kevin CORBETT | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teachers are embracing online learning tools: 93 percent believe online tools improve performance and 95 percent believe that online tools help to engage students.
The education community is already adopting new technologies which will work together to result in more effective learning solutions, including game-based learning, learning analytics, cloud computing, personalized learning environments, and open content.

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Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking

Inspired Animations on Critical Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Australian outfit Bridge 8, who have the admirable mission of devising “creative strategies for science and society,” and animator James Hutson have created six fantastic two-minute animations on various aspects of critical thinking, aimed at kids ages 8 to 10 but also designed to resonate with grown-ups.

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Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy — The Digital Shift

Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students’ hands—but it’s not easy — The Digital Shift | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

And even with all these hurdles, librarians are adamant: if tablets and ereaders are what students want—if these devices really do increase their enthusiasm for reading—then they’ll find ways to make the devices work, even if that involves, at least for now, a lot of work-arounds.

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Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom?

Literacy Journal: Only 1 iPad in the Classroom? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The answer is easy: YES, especially if the teacher has access to a Mac desktop or (preferably) laptop and a wifi network in the classroom. It is an even larger YES if the Mac device has the most current operating system. Having a computer to which the iPad can sync is not absolutely necessary, but it is a Best Idea. If you are not feeling confident, get your IT person or another teacher to help you out with setup. I am focused here on apps to install for MS and HS - and then what to do with them.

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Online Teacher Development Course - Research

Online Teacher Development Course - Research | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Over the last few months I have been working with Bell Educational Services developing online and blended learning courses for English language teacher development. This has been an interesting project and one that has pushed me to review the way I think about online teacher development and the way courses and course interaction is developed using Moodle.

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02ee49d2-b5a0-423c-9b6b-65ef81e13e68's comment, February 11, 2012 8:08 AM
I developed a Moodle-mediated language development course for a group of advanced EFL learners who were trainee English teachers in the Yucatan for a study into the link between technology and learner autonomy. I agree with you Nik, my experience made me rethink my work on multiple levels from pedagogy to functionality to interaction ... and then of course notions of autonomy
02ee49d2-b5a0-423c-9b6b-65ef81e13e68's comment, February 11, 2012 8:11 AM
Sorry, in my earlier post I seem to have been referenced as:02ee49d2-b5a0-423c-9b6b-65ef81e13e68, (Miranda, ex-Bell International)
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Reading is not a race: The virtues of the ‘slow reading’ movement

Reading is not a race: The  virtues of the ‘slow reading’ movement | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The goal of reading instruction should not be to rush this process, not to put students on the clock, but to say in every way possible — “This is not a race. Take your time. Pay attention. Touch the words and tell me how they touch you”

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As Digital Tools Abound, Help Kids Self-Regulate

As Digital Tools Abound, Help Kids Self-Regulate | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Using technology in and of itself is not a silver bullet for motivating children to love learning and doesn’t guarantee they’ll use it for creative and innovative scholarship. A student’s initiative, self-efficacy and ability to set goals are essential.

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How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy

How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The article draws on two recent studies conducted on iPad apps: one on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse Algebra I app (see MindShift’s coverage here) and one on Motion Math’s fraction app (see MindShift’s coverage here). Both of these studies tout positive results for the apps in question: In the case of the former, state standardized test scores jumped by 20%; in the case of the latter, students’ scores improved an average of 15%.

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Are Virtual Worlds (still) Relevant in Education?

Back in 2005, the growth of Second Life (SL), which was the first social virtual world without overt MMORPG game mechanics, seemed to herald the age of educational virtual world use. SL got the attention of educators because it wasn't a "game" and allowed users to build environments and programmed objects along with social interaction. Sudden increased awareness of the platform served as a "Technology Trigger" that had instructional technologists and educators clamoring to collaborate on ways to utilize this new tool.

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Dr. Doris Molero's comment, February 6, 2012 7:21 AM
Virtual worlds need a different way to look at ducation.. you don't go there to be taughtt.. you learn there by yourself... exploring.. asking questions.. wondering and wandering.. Serendipity lives there. It's up to educators to let you be and motivate you to go ahead and click around. Propose interesting projects where you need to think, collaborate and finally create. There are great communities who will certainly help you. In technology ... everyone is following the latest trend.. they go jumping from one tool to another without grasping fully any of them. Don't forget ..it's not the tool it's how you integrate it to whatever you are adventuring into. I still think virtual worlds are wonderful! There are tech problems, we know.. but it's intersting how we can find solutions. It takes time and effort..but it's that what life is about, finding solutions to keep on shining?
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7 Golden Rules of Using Technology

7 Golden Rules of Using Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology wasn’t built into what we were doing. It was farmed off in a room, like it was special. Like we were learning how to code, and in case the Russians came, we’d know what to do.” Technology should be like oxygen, Bellow said, quoting Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Science Leadership Academy: Ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible.

 

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Are Students Tuning You Out or Downloading You In? Improving Online Instruction for 21st Century Skills

Are Students Tuning You Out or Downloading You In? Improving Online Instruction for 21st Century Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Considering the rising interest in online education and whether or not educators are truly preparing students, the million dollar question is "How do we improve online learning to better prepare our students?" This issue goes beyond the classroom; workplace learners face the same struggles. Below are five strategies to not only enhance online instruction but also integrate and hone students for the 21st century skills needed to globally compete and succeed.

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Students Reflect on Their Own Learning | Edudemic

Students Reflect on Their Own Learning | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Reflection does not always have to be in written form. For some students, reflections can be oral, shared with peers or teachers. However, we need to capture those stories in our portfolios to make them objects of reflection. With the addition of multimedia technologies, these stories can be captured, in either audio or video formats.

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Pop-Up University | DMLcentral

Pop-Up University | DMLcentral | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Networked social learning is most effective and truly magical when students who don't know one another one day start scouring the world for knowledge to bestow on each other the next day and spend their time contributing to each other's learning. It’s the unpredictable synergy that can happen when a group of strangers assembles online to learn together.

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How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning

How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Mark Twain had a famous saying : “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Personalized learning isn’t a new idea, but it seems school systems always perform poor in this demand. Hopefully digital learning could help facilitate this goal if we care to work it out.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation

A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Content curation, on the other hand, is much like museum curation. The objects in a museum have value, for whatever reason – historical and artistic beauty are just two I can think of off the top of my head. These objects are carefully displayed, carefully picked over – less than half of what comes in to museums actually gets shown for public consumption.

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Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education

Noam Chomsky discusses the purpose of education, impact of technology, whether education should be perceived as a cost or an investment and the value of standardised assessment.

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Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning

Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology is an enabler giving our newest generation of students a voice and the means to actively engage with teachers in the co-design and development of their own personalised learning experience. To enable students become capable learners and put them in charge of their personalised learning should be an very important step toward success.

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Reviewing Apple’s iBooks Author

Reviewing Apple’s iBooks Author | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Many have pointed out how an electronic version of a textbook is not really that big a deal in terms of the evolution of education. They are, in my view, right to a degree: iBooks do exploit and, to a certain extent, perpetuate the one-to-many, sage-at-the front model of education, but the fact that we are exploring new ways of creating and delivering content that can be created and shared by anyone (teachers or learners) with the right tools has to be, in my view, a step in the right direction.

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Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps

So if you begin to implement a new app in your classroom and it falls flat, react by asking yourself what you’ve learned. Welcome your students into this culture of learning from adversity. By creating a safe, open environment and by being clear that this endeavor is as foreign to you as it is to them, you encourage risk taking—and greater achievements.

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The flipped classroom

What is so exciting about this concept is that it brings together the skills that young people need: technological literacy, creativity and collaboration. It also gives their schoolwork purpose and promotes students working together – all things that are shown to promote achievement.

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mehmurti's comment, February 8, 2012 2:51 AM
Do you think using tablet PCs instead of books at school is a good idea?
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Why the (__noun__) won’t save/revolutinize education « Generation YES Blog

Why the (__noun__) won’t save/revolutinize education « Generation YES Blog | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

But whether you believe that education needs radical change or minor course correction, a “thing” won’t make that happen. Only people will – the people at the heart of the system, teachers, parents, and students.

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Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips

Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Many educators get frustrated when they first experiment with these tools, but building a personal learning network doesn’t happen quickly, and it isn’t a trivial commitment. It takes time to make connections and build relationships. It’s takes perseverance to continue when you receive no replies to your requests, and it requires patience to build up social capitol over the months that may be necessary before you begin to feel part of a community.

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Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Onestopenglish

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Onestopenglish | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.

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waterworld-22's comment, February 10, 2012 4:55 AM
Great job! Share with my colleagues! Thank you!
Monicaaparicio's curator insight, March 26, 2013 9:59 AM

Podcasting in the English classroom

Lyndsay's curator insight, April 3, 2013 10:12 PM

This link provides a valuable resource for helping students improve their listening and speaking skills. It refers to using the digital technology of podcasting and includes lesson plans and tutorials of how to best use podcasting to benefit students skills. Many of the areas found within the Digital Technologies curriculum (ACARA, 2013) include literacy as a general capability and therefore, this resource would allow students to develop safe digital technology practices as well as improve their digital literacy skills.

 

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Australia Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from, http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Draft_Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_Technologies_paper_-_March_2012.pdf

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Flipping the flipped classroom

Flipping the flipped classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There’s a lot to be said for this approach, especially in the traditional lecture based classroom, but for us as communicative language teachers I often wonder if this is really anything new. I’ve known teachers for years who have been setting grammar study as homework and then doing the more practical communicative tasks in the classroom.

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Student Electronic Portfolios: A Model

Student Electronic Portfolios: A Model | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I want to see updates. What have students been doing to reach their goals? Can they demonstrate the extra effort is making a difference? If not, how can students change their plans for better success?

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