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How digital is your classroom?- Webcam Questionnaire

How digital is your classroom?- Webcam Questionnaire | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A questionnaire exploring access to technology and awareness of digital literacies in the classroom. See responses from other teachers and add your own response using your webcam.

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Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner

Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Predictably, young people have an acute sense that they're sort of performing for the people in their social network, particularly the people who don't know them very well. They want to increase their reputation, increase their status, and build communities. Social networks are now primary places where people can kind of show off and strut their stuff

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Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die

Online Learning 2012: Six Issues That Refuse to Die | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As we teeter on the brink of the new year, we’re left with more questions than answers. In a way, that’s a good thing, considering the makeshift nature of technology in higher education. As we sidle into 2012, the same old questions will greet us. They’re about a world that’s rapidly changing and about our ability or inability to change with it. Let’s face it. The cat’s out of the bag, but some of us are still trying to lure it back in.

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Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer

Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Based on our experiences, we suggest that schools interested in iPad 1-to-1 programs must consider six critical areas for a successful iPad 1-to-1 implementation: leadership, cost, network function, security, philosophical frameworks, and pedagogy.

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Online Safety Tips and Tools to Protect Kids and Inform Parents about Internet dangers

Online Safety Tips and Tools to Protect Kids and Inform Parents about Internet dangers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Internet safety, privacy issues, cyberbullying are but some of the major concerns of today's parents. It is true that the web revolution has positively affected many facets of our life, yet its downsides are equally devastating. We are in front of a double edged weapon that requires meticulous attention when using it.
It is impossible to imagine a house without internet connection. The web has crawled into our social texture to the point that we become dependant on its use in our daily life

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Ngozi Odochi (Godwell) Nwokocha's comment, May 1, 2013 9:53 AM
"It is impossible to imagine a house without internet connection. The web has crawled into our social texture to the point that we become dependant on its use in our daily life. Besides sending and reading emails, chat and socialising which are basic tasks users would constantly perform, some people are using it now for e-commerce to buy and shop online, to read ebooks, to run businesses but regardless of the reasons why we have internet at home we should always pay heed to who shares with us this connection especially when it comes to kids."
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A new chapter in the teaching profession

A new chapter in the teaching profession | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The most effective skill that the students learned would be computer skills. They are now skilled in computer literacy as well as practicing ICT in their daily course of study. They are using Skype for video chatting, search anything related with their lessons from Wikipedia by using the internet. Even participate in various types of IT competitions and fairs. Our teachers are also taking at least two classes a week using multimedia.

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Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students

Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The paper describes: the participants, the workshop activities, the findings of the workshops, and in particular teacher and student attitudes towards each of the key learning elements and which they felt were most important to include if creating games-based learning experiences for the classroom.

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7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning

7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What we most need right now is to pause before we pontificate and to patiently untangle the many intertwined strands in the arguments for and against ed tech. By separating out different threads in this conversation, we can make better decisions about if, when, and in what situations we can really learn effectively online.

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

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A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is a great collection of ways for representing information visually. There is an example with each suggestion, just put the cursor over the box.

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Envision Experiment | Blend My Learning

This white paper is a comprehensive overview of the Blend My Learning pilot that set out to test blended learning in a real world setting. Written for educators, funders, policy makers, and the general public interested in how technology will transform schools, the paper focuses on the insights and lessons learned from the Khan Academy pilot in Oakland, CA.

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7 Things You Should Know About Gamification | EDUCAUSE

7 Things You Should Know About Gamification | EDUCAUSE | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Gamification is the application of game elements in non-gaming situations, often to motivate or influence behavior. The rewards or the spirit of competition can spur students’ concentration and interest and lead to more effective learning. The use of gamification is wide-ranging in higher education, from extra-credit awards and in-class team competitions to complex multi-level schemes that can pervade a course. Although gamification can be deceptively difficult to employ effectively, it has the potential to help build connections among members of the academic community, drawing in shy students, supporting collaboration, and engendering interest in course content that students might not have otherwise explored

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Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT

Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you are thinking of introducing iPads in your school, then I think by far the best way to start is just by having a few in the teachers’ staff room and letting the teachers explore them and see what they can do with them. If this can generate some enthusiasm then you could be on your way to having a 21st century language school.

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Exploiting ICT to improve Parental Engagement

Exploiting ICT to improve Parental Engagement | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

More needs to be done to research and disseminate the “value drivers” – such as parental engagement – that can lead to better exploitation of technology when “tipping points” in the availability and use of ICT are reached. Clearly communicated expectations and exemplar practice can provide a “nudge” that enables schools to overcome perceived barriers and lead to improved practice, changed behaviours, greater efficiency and ultimately enhanced children’s learning.

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Towards a theory of the impact of ICT in education

When limited to the physical environment of a classroom, the resources it is possible to assemble within it, and the time period allotted for a class or session, there is limited number of ways to organise how pupils will interact with each other and the teacher, and with learning resources. The introduction of ICT radically extends the possibilities; the range of resources it is possible to access is hugely increased, as are the ways pupils can produce work and collaborate. Most importantly, a computer is an interactive entity (dependent obviously on the way it is programmed) that can take on roles that in a non-ICT classroom have to be taken by either pupil or teacher.

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Instructional Best Practices Using Technology

Instructional Best Practices Using Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of the implicit goals of any instructional setting is to provide students with the opportunity to interact with the course content, the instructor, and other students. An advantage of the online learning environment is the increased potential for students (individually or in groups) to make personal meaning from course content.

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Overcoming the Divide Between Curriculum and Technology Leaders

Overcoming the Divide Between Curriculum and Technology Leaders | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Barriers that prevent effective ­collaboration between these departments include the hectic day-to-day pace at which district leaders work; a failure to recognize each department’s contributions to student ­success; a “silo” mentality in which each department focuses only on getting “its own” work done; and the absence of a common language for discussing effective research-based teaching and learning strategies and how appropriate technology tools can enable them.

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Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age

Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Young Children in a Digital Age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The report sets forth several goals for the nation to meet by 2020, including advancing technology integration and infrastructure; a more robust professional training program for early education professionals; the expanded use of public media as cost-effective assets for teachers; and the establishment of a Digital Teacher Corps.

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OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide

OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

You know WHY you want to get started with 3D virtual worlds in your school. Well, now you can know HOW. This e-book provides an introduction to OpenSimulator, step-by-step setup instructions

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Ofsted | ICT in schools Report 2008-11

Ofsted | ICT in schools Report 2008-11 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Since the Education Reform Act of 1988, information and communication technology has been compulsory for all pupils from 5 to 16 in maintained schools. This report draws on evidence from the inspection of information and communication technology in primary, secondary and special schools between 2008 and 2011. The use of ICT is considered as both a specialist subject and across the wider school curriculum.

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Donald Clark Plan B: More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology innovations

Donald Clark Plan B: More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology innovations | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Of one thing we can be sure; teaching does not seem to have changed much in the last 100 years. In our Universities, given the stubborn addiction to lectures, it has barely changed in 1000 years. So what’s the real source of pedagogic change?
It’s not education departments who peddle the same old traditional, teacher training courses or train the trainer courses. It’s certainly not schools, colleges and universities which seem to have fossilised practice (to be fair some old practices are sound). It’s certainly not respected pedagogic experts. When they do arise, like Paul Black and Dylan William, they’re largely ignored. Here’s my theory – the primary driver for pedagogic change is something that has changed the behaviours of learners. independently of teachers, teaching and education – the internet.

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Learning to Slow Down

Learning to Slow Down | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Computers create the expectation of a quick answer, of immediate feedback; they offer endless visual and aural stimulation. For lightning-round test-prep this is a great medium, and for single answer questions, electronic polling is fun. But, because the computer brings this kind of fast response into the classroom, it starts to crowd out thoughtful, slow-response work.

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Online Experiences of Young Adults: Bahcesehir University English Preparatory School Context

Online Experiences of Young Adults: Bahcesehir University English Preparatory School Context | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Listening to Herring’s advice, I decided to conduct mini scale research into today’s youth’s online experiences to move away from a fascination with technologies to a focus on young people themselves and their own interpretation of their own online experiences.

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Tuba Angay-Crowder's comment, December 12, 2011 8:57 AM
Thank you for sharing this!
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Edupunks Revisited

Edupunks Revisited | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I liked these rebellious professors who were interested in deconstructing education from the inside: getting students to set up blogs and publish their learning to the world, conducting "massively open online courses" that anyone could join. I saw them as part of a storm of disruption invading one of the most entrenched institutions in Western civilization: The disintegration of state support for public higher education

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Lisette Lunar's comment, December 8, 2011 8:06 AM
Viva!
Lisette Lunar's comment, December 8, 2011 8:06 AM
Viva!
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5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook

5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Facebook has been pegged as a waste of time, a classroom disruption and a bad habit that is correlated with low grades. Missouri even went so far as to ban Facebook and other social media relationships between teachers and students (the law was later repealed).

But teachers such as Reynol Junco — who recently published a study that shows certain types of Facebook use are correlated with higher GPAs — are beginning to look at ways that they can use Facebook to their advantage.

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William Kwon's comment, December 8, 2011 6:50 PM
I really enjoyed this post because it reminded me of what Facebook could be used to do to support students at risk who are too nervous to even ask questions, example through using Face book Groups. Many adminsitrators have an immediate aversion to facebook and don't see its possibilites as a learning and modertated group discussion tool.