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A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market

A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The list is meant to be a helpful, not comprehensive, resource. The focus is whether or not publishers are in the library ebook marketplace. It is not meant to be a listing of all possible ways to acquire ebooks for a library collection.

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The innovation we need to see before eBooks can completely replace pBooks

The innovation we need to see before eBooks can completely replace pBooks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A lot of people can’t imagine a future without paper books. They’ll argue they like the smell of paper and the fact that books are tangible, real, and even, romantic.All those qualities also apply to the horse and carriage, doing the dishes, washing your clothes by hand, and a fireplace. And of course, you can still go on a horse ride, do the dishes without a machine, wash your clothes manually and get a fireplace. But even though all of these things still exist, it would be safe to say they also have been replaced by their modern equivalents.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD

The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teachers need support, and they need to see how technology will help them do what they do better and more effectively. They also have different needs, just like students, and may be coming with a variety of experiences and skill levels with technology.

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EduCamp Colombia: Social networked learning for teacher training

EduCamp Colombia: Social networked learning for teacher training | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

An EduCamp proposes an unstructured collective learning experience, which intends to make palpable the possibilities of social software tools in learning and interaction processes while demonstrating face-to-face organizational forms that reflect social networked learning ideas. The experience opens new perspectives for the design of technology training workshops and for the development of lifelong learning experiences.

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Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading

Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Studying and researching online is becoming an ever more important element of our digital skill set. I spend a lot of time reading online and skimming through numerous articles from journals and blogs, so I'm always keen to find useful tools which can assist me or my students in this and make the process more efficient. One tool which I have just discovered and which I hope will help with this process is Cruxbot.

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Teaching with wikis: improving staff development through action research

This paper reports on the use of action research in a case study involving two iterations of an online workshop implemented at two universities in late 2007 and early 2009 to prepare teaching staff for using wikis for student group work and assessment.Workshop participants were immersed in the experience of collaborating in a wiki as learners and then reflected on this experience as teachers. Experience of the pilot workshop suggested a need for more orientation, potentially by introducing a blended learning design.

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The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries

The rise of e-reading | Pew Internet Libraries | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Those who have taken the plunge into reading e-books stand out in almost every way from other kinds of readers. Foremost, they are relatively avid readers of books in all formats: 88% of those who read e-books in the past 12 months also read printed books.2 Compared with other book readers, they read more books. They read more frequently for a host of reasons: for pleasure, for research, for current events, and for work or school. They are also more likely than others to have bought their most recent book, rather than borrowed it, and they are more likely than others to say they prefer to purchase books in general, often starting their search online.

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How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

But technology is only as good as the system it’s applied to. Much like a fresh coat of paint will not improve the fuel efficiency of a ’69 Mustang, the application of technology to a broken system masks deeper problems with short-term gains.

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Ten things about computer use in schools that you don't want to hear

Ten things about computer use in schools that you don't want to hear | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The comments below are adapted from a presentation I put together for senior policymakers in a developing country who have high level oversight of the use of technology in thousands of schools. Complemented by a separate discussion about 'worst practices' in ICT use in education, there were meant to be provocative, and to serve as a springboard for subsequent discussion and debate.

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What is education for? Autonomy

What is education for? Autonomy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

White draws on analytic philosophy to ask a tough question to come up with a sophisticated answer. He succeeds in placing ‘autonomy’ at the heart of educational thinking and planning, and his approach is grounded and useful in that it is not linked to a specific political or cultural outlook. The concept of autonomy can be seen a universal good, linked to the individual, strong enough to define curricula and choices yet flexible enough to cope with a changing future.

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How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning

How Interactive Ebooks Engage Readers and Enhance Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Enhanced ebooks (ePUB3) are a new digital publication standard that allows easy integration of video, audio, and interactivity. I expect this format to advance the future of textbooks and other educational material. Future textbooks might be able to “read themselves” with audio narration, perhaps preventing students from actually reading. But the benefits outweigh the downsides; for example, the new text books might also offer the ability to make and share annotations without destroying the book, interactive self-tests throughout the chapters, and generally a much more enjoyable learning experience.

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7 Reasons to Learn Apple iBooks Author Now -- THE Journal

7 Reasons to Learn Apple iBooks Author Now -- THE Journal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Since January we have facilitated a handful of iBooks Author workshops with educators at regional technology events all over California, as well as the Computer Using Educators (CUE) conference in Palm Springs. These workshops have included teachers and administrators engaged in discussions about how to leverage Apple's new software in education. Based upon these experiences, we have identified seven reasons why you should consider adding iBooks Author to your knowledge base.

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How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.

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Using the Facebook group as a learning management system

Using the Facebook group as a learning management system | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Facebook group has the potential to be used as an LMS. It has pedagogical, social and technological affordances, which allow putting up announcements, sharing ideas and resources, and implementing online discussions. Using the Facebook group as an LMS, however, has certain constraints. It does not support other format files to be uploaded directly, and the discussion is not organized in a meaningful structure.

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Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You?

Augmented Reality: Coming Soon to a School Near You? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As schools’ acceptance of mobile tools such as smartphones and tablets becomes more widespread, educators are struggling with how to incorporate them into current teaching models. Experts say schools need to get beyond the technology cart—treating these tools as accessories that get wheeled in and wheeled out an hour later—and educators need guidance on how to change their teaching practices to take advantage of what mobile learning has to offer. Yet examples of what these new pedagogical models might look like are hard to come by.

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Plagiarism detection tools for educators

You can use these tools to deter students from cheating on assignments, which raises the quality of work for your course.

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Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Search competency is a form of literacy, like learning a language or subject. Like any literacy, it requires having discrete skills as well as accumulating experience in how and when to use them. But this kind of intuition can’t be taught in a day or even in a unit – it has to be built up through exercise and with the guidance of instructors while students take on researching challenges.

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Sensemaking artifacts « Connectivism

Sensemaking artifacts « Connectivism | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I often grapple with the question: “if we designed education today, what would it look like?”. Would it look like our existing classrooms? Textbooks? Libraries? Or would it look more like the internet? What roles would teachers play? Or learners? What would “teaching” look like if we had a system that jettisoned the legacy baggage of our current education system?

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On Pedagogical Manipulation

On Pedagogical Manipulation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Encouraging learning is an act of subtle manipulation. When we enter a classroom, we’re stepping onto a stage. This is true no matter how student-centered our classroom is, because our students are also stepping onto a stage (or into an audience). Even in the most open learning environments, we all play roles: the teacher, the student, the devil’s advocate, the reporter, the questioner, the dictator, the grader, the teacher’s pet. It’s in the careful modulation of these roles that we can actively control a learning environment.

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iPhone for Speaking Homework

iPhone for Speaking Homework | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Getting students to do speaking homework has always been quite a challenge, but for those students with smartphones we can now get them using free apps to practice and develop their speaking abilities. This speaking tasks requires the download of a free app called the VTR2 Video Recording Teleprompter from http://vrt2.com/.

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Developing digital textbooks – A publisher’s experience in the Philippines

Developing digital textbooks – A publisher’s experience in the Philippines | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Dr. Lloyd Espiritu of Vibal Publishing (Philippines) observed that as students become more technology-savvy, they demand that learning resources be available in their everyday tools like computers, tablets and phones, thus putting a pressure for publishers to go digital. However, developing digital textbooks brings a new set of concerns in practically every aspect of the book development cycle, including content development, editorial work, and distribution.

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An update on the use of e-readers in Africa

An update on the use of e-readers in Africa | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

OK, you might say, we accept the importance of reading, we concede that reading will increasingly take place on portable digital devices, and we acknowledge that there are a great number of interesting implementation challenges that need to be solved along the way before this sort of thing can happen at any real scale in many communities in Africa. What do we know about the actual learning impact of doing this sort of thing?

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'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools -- THE Journal

'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools -- THE Journal | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly this week by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups.

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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Sams seems to concur: “Anyone who blindly adopts ‘The Flipped Classroom’ (or inquiry, or lecturing, or unschooling, or whatever) model and never modifies it to meet the needs of his or her students will blindly lead his or her students into educational ruin.”

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