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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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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series) | Edutopia

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its tech-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.
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Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders

Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As the use of ereaders grows in K–12 schools, school librarians and other educators want to learn how best to adopt devices for student use. But many schools are still in the pilot stage, and it’s unclear how they will eventually integrate these digital tools.

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One-to-One or BYOD? Districts Explain Thinking Behind Student Computing Initiatives

One-to-One or BYOD? Districts Explain Thinking Behind Student Computing Initiatives | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One-to-one computing initiatives, which first emerged in the 1990s, remain a popular option for many school districts, provided they have the funds to implement it. Increasingly, those facing severely ­constrained budgets are viewing BYOD as a cost-effective way to achieve their one-to-one goals by leveraging the notebooks, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and portable media players that students already own.

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Social Reading

Social Reading | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The concept of ‘social reading’ was not so clear to me when it was first discussed a few years back. I did understand what Jeremy LeBard (what an excellent surname he has) was getting at with ReadCloud, especially in a school context but wondered if it would catch on or not. Now, that I am reading books almost exclusively via my iPad, social reading is becoming more clearly a concept that will develop as more people start to engage with ebooks.

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Five Trends to Watch in Educational Technology

Five Trends to Watch in Educational Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Curriculum -- Across education, the very notion of curriculum is changing in a number of ways. We are seeing a shift to newer literacies and are even beginning to entertain significant changes to what core content needs to be taught/learned. There is certainly a growing realization that curricula today must be more flexible and open, and that the idea of fixed/static bodies of important information to be taught no longer works.

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Future of Higher Education

Future of Higher Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Scholarly publication is one of the most vital parts of higher education. Publications are in many ways the acme of faculty assessment: publish or perish. Our articles and books are the visible, enduring record of academic work, outlasting the lifespans of researchers, staff, and students. An entire industry both depends on and supports this output. Research output is deeply interwoven into many aspects of campus life, from hiring policies to library budgets and admissions materials. It is also a field in crisis, hammered by the Great Recession and torqued by ongoing technological revolutions.

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Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work?

Amidst a Mobile Revolution in Schools, Will Old Teaching Tactics Work? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school seemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours.

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This Visible College

This Visible College | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Consider, first, the power of mobile devices for media capture and sharing. Phones (smart and feature), laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartpens, and others all afford various forms of audio and/or video and/or image recording. It is increasingly trivial for students to record classroom activities and share them, from a Facebook status update to edited HD video uploaded to YouTube. Faculty and classroom staff have access to the same technological affordances.

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The Nextbook Must Be… : 2¢ Worth

The Nextbook Must Be… : 2¢ Worth | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The textbook should be active and interactive. It both reflects and magnifies the learner, the teacher, and their world – and it adapts to its interactions with each. It does not respond with a “right” or a “wrong.” Instead, it causes the reader to say, “that worked” or “that didn’t work.” The textbook will also contrive long-term narrative-puzzles that reach other readers, building communities of mutual concern.

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Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom

Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”

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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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Why aren't open educational resources being used?

Why aren't open educational resources being used? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The irony is that whereas most academics are now quite prepared to openly publish articles according to Open Access principles the idea of openly publishing teaching materials is still not fully accepted. It's a complex problem but for me the main reasons behind the reluctance to use OER are the following

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iPad As....

iPad As.... | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In order to help educators integrate iPads effectively, we have compiled a list of apps focused on learning goals consistent with the CRCD framework. While many of these apps have also appeared in our iPads in the Classroom section, this list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments.

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Getting Learning out of the Classroom with Augmented Reality

Getting Learning out of the Classroom with Augmented Reality | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For a while now I have been expounding the wonders of augmented reality (See: Augmented Reality and Web 3.0) , so I thought it was time at last to give some examples of how we can actually get students using this technology and to show how it can superimpose the Internet onto their physical world. So here are some teaching suggestion which exploit two augmented reality type apps and gives students some reading, listening and speaking practice, as well as a bit of exercise.

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iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom

iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

An iPad is a social computing platform. Small, sharable, interactive, easy to pass physically from person2person. How often do you reach for your laptop when you want to show someone something? You don’t; you reach for your iPad. The immediacy of the human experience with this technology makes it a successful initiative, but it is hard to quantify. The endgame: is it used? Absolutely.

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Future proof your Education

Future proof your Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The concept of 21st Learning has been around since the 1990s. There was a recognition that with the pace of technological change, the jobs of the 20th Century would be unrecognisable to those living in the 21st Century. We had to prepare our students for a future of great difference and uncertainty. As a result, we needed to move towards a more independent, skills based education system rather than the model we had that was based on content knowledge and specific skills for specific jobs. Well, we are into the second decade of the 21st Century and the question has to be asked – how well have we advanced in developing 21st Century Learners?

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The Powerful Role of Video Games In Learning | Edudemic

The Powerful Role of Video Games In Learning | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

ccording to a new infographic from FrugalDad, video games play a critical role in bolstering a child’s ability to socialize, learn, and grow. From therapy to literacy improvement, video games are an easy way to get a child’s brain to start thinking, problem-solving, and figuring out solutions to complex problems.

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Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Over the past two years, the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations.

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eLearning Focus

The Spring edition of RSC Northwest's newsletter includes JISC Funding Bids, Preston College celebrates its Beacon Award for Innovation, Making a business case for ePortfolio and Technology is at the heart of Furness New Build.

 

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iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo.

iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Using Technology as the tool for creating the preparation for the discussion means there are opportunities for the teacher to check in on the potential online discussions that may occur and have access to the prep work the students have done for the discussion. Read on to find out how the iPad can be used in each of the roles in Literature Circles.

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Free video lectures for Students

Free video lectures for Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world.

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