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A Planning Cycle for Integrating Digital Technology Into Literacy Instruction

A Planning Cycle for Integrating Digital Technology Into Literacy Instruction | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Technology Integration Planning Cycle is a guide to help teachers integrate digital technology into literacy instruction in meaningful ways that are consistent with the Common Core State Standards.

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You can either read it online or download it for later.

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Pamela Hills's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:06 AM

People do your research into 'COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS " From what I have read about it stand up and say know ! To me is like China, Former Soviet Union and what Hitler had incorporated in schools ! We need good old fashion education it can be high tech sure . But the art of teaching and exciting young minds to learn are being taken over by Government make no mistake it is the core beliefs they want taught and will punish a school and teacher if not implemented . I do not know which is worse "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" or this to make sure they all march in straight line ! <3

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.

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Some strong arguments for boosting the focus on digital literacy across the curriculum


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 2014 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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Is technology dangerous?

Is technology dangerous? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

So why do some of my lecturer’s discourage me from using “technology”? I can’t say for sure, but I would guess that, as is so often the case, they fear it because they do not understand it. And that is fine. Long gone are the days where the teacher is the beacon of all knowledge. But if you don’t understand something, you need to be open to learning about it, and if you can’t manage that then you should probably stop trying to train pre-service teachers.

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Really well thought out article by a trainee teacher.

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Monty Bell's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:19 AM

Interesting take as many educators fear tech and they may not be totally wrong. 

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Who are the Tech Age Girls?

Who are the Tech Age Girls? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

According to a recent ITU report, the European Union calculates that in ten years, there will be 700,000 more Information Communication Technology (ICT) jobs than professionals to fill them; globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million. But access to the internet and tech careers continues to remain unequal and even in high income countries women only make up 20% of ICT specialists

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Some interesting links and resources here.

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Dinah Galligo's curator insight, March 27, 2014 4:49 AM

L'inégalité de genre persiste dans le numérique. Les filles doivent s'y remettre, d'autant plus qu'il va y avoir des emplois !

Phemie Wright's curator insight, March 27, 2014 8:21 PM

*digital swoon*.. Im so excited about watching this next generation!

RossanaPiccini's curator insight, March 28, 2014 9:41 AM

Emerging new technologies can empower women like nothing before. Let's take this chance!

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Rebooting "Learning Styles" | Knewton Blog

Rebooting "Learning Styles" | Knewton Blog | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A learning strategy is a student’s learning path, whether deliberate or not, through particular content, and the resulting learning outcomes. And Knewton can measure the effects of these strategies, to the percentile, for every student, at the concept level.

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Interesting and controversial article.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:44 AM

This reframing makes sense to me. It does an 'end run' around the arguments about learning styles--and goes right to the heart of what works for learners.--Lou

 

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A learning strategy is a student’s learning path, whether deliberate or not, through particular content, and the resulting learning outcomes. And Knewton can measure the effects of these strategies, to the percentile, for every student, at the concept level.

There are myriad learning strategies that Knewton measures and adjusts for. A sample of the ones we’re focused on now: the amount of content covered per session, the format of the learning experience (text vs. video vs. game vs. physical simulation vs. group discussion, etc.), the difficulty level of prose explaining a given concept, the difficulty of accompanying practice questions, the time of day, whether content contains mnemonic devices, whether it confuses cause and effect, whether it makes use of lists, student attention span, student engagement with particular learning content, strategic modalities (e.g., does the content define a procedure vs. address a common misconception vs. use a concrete example?), the presence or absence of learning aids (e.g., hints), user-specific features (e.g., difficulty relative to the student’s current proficiency), and many, many more.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 8, 2014 12:37 PM

It is more likely we possess a mixture of learning styles, learning strategies, and intelligences. Schools have become places where we attempt to push students into conforming and moving towards a mythical ideal which means those who do not conform stand out and there must be something wrong in their learning. It is more likely humans are on a continuum and learning is different for each of us. Yes, there are some who are at extreme ends of the continuum and learning is a challenge which has to be met. What would happen if the vast majority were given more freedom in their learning and teachers given freedom in working relationally with students?

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Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful

Connected Learning: Harnessing the Information Age to Make Learning More Powerful | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This report introduces connected learning, a promising educational approach that uses digital media to engage students’ interests and instill deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The report lists four elements constituting connected learning’s emphasis on bridging school, popular culture, home, and the community to create an environment in which students engage in and take responsibility for their learning.

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Free 12 page report.

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dawsonloane's curator insight, April 7, 2014 6:35 AM

This report focuses on school-age learners, but the emphasis on deeper learning skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking is definitely applicable to professional development.

eLearningTV's curator insight, May 6, 2014 1:38 AM

Learning is going to be connected and open in future.

Mo Ferguson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:28 PM

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It Sure Is Complicated: Teen Life in the Digital Age | MiddleWeb

It Sure Is Complicated: Teen Life in the Digital Age | MiddleWeb | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As parent of two teenagers and as a teacher of pre-teens, I took away a lot of information from It’s Complicated. First and foremost is the idea that young people have less and less access to public spaces and time in which to socialize with friends and peers. The days of our moms and dads kicking us outdoors in the morning and saying, “Don’t come back until dinner time” are over.

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A nice summary reading of danah boyd's research.

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David Baker's curator insight, March 22, 2014 8:06 PM

The seven main ideas that are shared will make a great starting point for ongoing conversation about the role of technology, schools and students.  This will be especially important as we talk with parents about the role digital learning will have as a part of our 1:1.

Library Staff's curator insight, March 23, 2014 5:22 PM

The danger of labelling students as digital natives, and other interesting observations about their online lives.

Francisco Restivo's curator insight, March 31, 2014 10:02 AM

It's a completely new world, that strangely no one asked for.

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Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum

Creating social phrasebooks with Phraseum | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I spend a lot of time looking at different web-based tools and apps and thinking about if and how they can be used for learning. Sometimes it takes some thought and at other times it’s really obvious. With Phraseum it was instantly obvious that this was a really great tool for learning.

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My review of Phraseum with some teaching suggestions for helping students to develop their vocabulary online.

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Anthony MARTINS de NOBREGA's curator insight, March 20, 2014 5:26 AM

un exemple des apports de la technologie à la simplification de l'apprentissage

David Baker's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:27 PM

I am sharing this with several ELL teachers I work with.  I see this as a tool of potential for our secondary learners as they will have an iPad over the next few years as a part of our 1:1.

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 3, 2014 9:20 PM

Organize vocabulary...

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Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers?

Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I couldn't agree more. As teachers, our role must change to one that enables, guides, personalises and embraces digital technology as a fundamental part of student learning. The most dangerous thing we can do to our students is to keep doing what our teachers and professors did to us:

Nik Peachey's insight:

Good article with a good clear message. Love the conclusion.

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Navtej Kohli CDC's curator insight, March 20, 2014 1:30 AM

Teacher's play main role in student's life. #Navtej Kohli CDC on #scoopit provide latest career and technology news.

Carmen Arias 's curator insight, March 22, 2014 7:55 AM

Our role is to convince teacheer sthat Technology is here to stay. Nothing more scary than colleagues stubbornly refusing to get into the wave of this digital world.It reminds me of the times when voiced films were seen as "the devil"

Charmaine Thomae's curator insight, October 22, 2016 12:14 PM
I have always wondered why teachers, some not all, are hesitant about using mobile devices for the learning process. Some of the worry is that it's new and the student know more about the devices in general. This news report interviewed some teachers to see what they thought. 
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Educating and innovating - 25 years of the World Wide Web - Innovate My School

Educating and innovating - 25 years of the World Wide Web - Innovate My School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The internet offers us the biggest single opportunity, since the founding of the Library of Alexandria in 288 BC when papyrus replaced tablet, to advance the publication of all of man’s knowledge across the globe for the benefit of all and many have seized on it.

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Nice feel good article.

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5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices

5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis. Often, people believe that managing a classroom that has employed technology requires a whole new approach and skill set. However, I have found that many traditional methods of classroom management readily translate to the technological rich schoolroom – with some slight modification.


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Some nice tips and links that are well work following up.

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Character Minutes's curator insight, March 13, 2014 1:30 PM

Like the idea of 2 eyes, 2 feet...so important!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 2014 3:16 AM
5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices
Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 17, 2014 10:02 PM

Classroom management is a fundamental skill regardless whether we are using high tech, low tech or no tech

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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you're going to ignore social media in the classroom, then [..] stop pretending that you're helping low-income children overcome the digital divide if you aren't going to teach them how to communicate online.
Social media is here. It's just another resource and doesn't have to be a distraction from learning objectives. Social media is another tool that you can use to make your classroom more engaging, relevant and culturally diverse.

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Some good ideas and tips.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 12, 2014 6:29 AM

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Cédric's curator insight, March 12, 2014 5:33 PM

Toujours dans la même ligne de notre précédent atelier des TICE en cours de FLE mais on peut apprécier certaines indications qui peuvent être bien utiles!

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:55 AM

Bridging the divide...

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K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC - Findings

K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC - Findings | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With support from partners around the United States as well as co-facilitators from various institutions and organizations, the MOOC was developed and implemented from a connectivist pedagogy. Participants were encouraged to act as both participants and leaders in a conversation about connected learning, personalization, collaboration, and reflection. The course was unique in the sense that its intended audience included K-12 students interested in teaching, preservice teachers, and inservice teachers. The goal of inviting such an audience was to facilitate a conversation that supported learning through collaborative professional development.

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Interesting research findings from a trial MOOC course for teachers.

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The future of learning - Sugata Mitra

The future of learning - Sugata Mitra | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this talk, Sugata Mitra will take us through the origins of schooling as we know it, to the dematerialisation of institutions as we know them. Thirteen years of experiments in children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, they can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: groups of children with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Fantastic plenary from IATEFL 2014. You can see my follow up interview here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-05/interview-sugata-mitra

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Beatriz Olivares's curator insight, May 13, 2014 10:37 AM

Sugata Mitra un gran ejemplo a seguir. Sus aportaciones siempre son de gran utilidad, te invitan a reflexionar y pensar en la necesidad de actuar.

Whitequest's curator insight, May 20, 2014 2:12 AM

Children -or employees- with access to the internet can learn anything by themselves.

Leonardo Alves's curator insight, June 6, 2014 7:17 PM

Um novo e estranho futuro da aprendizagem. Crianças que aprendem por si mesmo, com recurso a Internet.

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What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials

What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

By assuming that each student who walks through the doors of an elementary, middle or high school is a fully knowledgeable online citizen, we are perpetuating societal inequalities that exist among the more and less privileged when it comes to their Internet skills and by extension, the potential benefits they may or may not reap from spending time online.

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Interesting article which confronts the myth of the digital native.

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Andrea Marrs's curator insight, April 11, 2014 9:40 AM

As someone who works with students living in rural poverty, I have been saying this as well.

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Own-language use in ELT: exploring global practices and attitudes | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Own-language use in ELT: exploring global practices and attitudes | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this research paper Graham Hall and Guy Cook explore teacher attitudes to own-language use in the classroom. They conducted a global survey and interviews with practising teachers.
They found evidence of widespread own-language use within ELT, and suggest that teachers’ attitudes towards own-language use, and their classroom practices, are more complex than usually acknowledged. The findings also suggest that there is a potential gap between mainstream ELT literature and teachers’ practices on the ground.

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You can download the complete research (59 page PDF) ebook for free.

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Harrogate Online | The 48th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition

Harrogate Online | The 48th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

48th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition Harrogate International Conference Centre, Harrogate, UK 2nd - 5th April 2014. Live coverage of the conference begins 1st April 2014

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Follow one of Europe's largest and most diverse teacher conferences live online. I'll be there doing live interviews from April 1st.

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Facebook Buys Oculus So You Can Take a Virtual Vacation | MIT Technology Review

Facebook Buys Oculus So You Can Take a Virtual Vacation | MIT Technology Review | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

While Oculus is today focused on gaming, Zuckerberg gave a few examples of other uses the technology could have in the coming years. He described being able to virtually sit courtside at a game, communicate face-to-face with a doctor, or shop in a store while feeling like you’re actually there.

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Interesting the Facebook is getting interested in and investing in this technology. It could have really interesting implications for online teaching.

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The Pointlessness of Unplugging

The Pointlessness of Unplugging | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If it takes unplugging to learn how better to live plugged in, so be it. But let’s not mistake such experiments in asceticism for a sustainable way of life. For most of us, the modern world is full of gadgets and electronics, and we’d do better to reflect on how we can live there than to pretend we can live elsewhere.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice article which underlines how technology is now integrated with our lives.

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RossanaPiccini's curator insight, March 24, 2014 2:04 PM

It's more often than not that I come across someone who shuns modern technology for a day or two in pursuit of some sort of "purification". What are they really talking about and why? This article begins to explore some of the issues underlying our reborn fear of technology.

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Some cognition experts have praised the effects of tech on the brain, lauding its ability to organize our lives and free our minds for deeper thinking. Others fear tech has crippled our attention spans and made us uncreative and impatient when it comes to anything analog.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Bit of an overly dramatic title, but a good balance of pros and cons and ending on a positive note.

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Mathilde Chr's curator insight, March 27, 2014 7:37 AM

Less memory!

Curatorially Yours's curator insight, May 3, 2014 1:05 AM

Some interesting research and anecdotal evidence is summarised in this article. #mustread

Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, May 5, 2014 2:29 PM

I'm not sure I buy all of it for all of us. But, distract? FOMO? Create more? Yes, yes and yes.

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10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The children and media research community has been buzzing with frustration at the viral circulation of Cris Rowan's Huffington Post column, "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12." The piece pretty well defines "hack-ademic" writing, in which an author throws lots of learned-sounding terms and citations at a lay reader, while obscuring misinterpretations and fuzzy logic. Here are 10 reasons why Rowan's column is flawed.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A nice rebuttal of an earlier article:10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cris-rowan/10-reasons-why-handheld-devices-should-be-banned_b_4899218.html.

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Andrew Glynn's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:03 AM

The amount of hackademia around the net, from TED talks to New Scientist Online, is at the point of frightening.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, March 18, 2014 11:49 AM

Interesante debate :)

Monty Bell's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:21 AM

I am constantly trying to defend mobile devices - this helps. 

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice list, but I think the word 'should' is missing from the title. This is the 21st century and most of the things mentioned are still happening.

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StephAlex's curator insight, March 15, 2014 9:46 PM

As a teacher working in a school where we are wanting to introduce BYOD as the norm, we do have a lot of barriers to building that culture in the school environment.  Food for thought going forward.

Valeria Guerra's curator insight, April 1, 2014 5:05 AM

Very interesting insight! I agree completely, unfortunately most school directors don't. I would argue only with the case of traditional libraries.

Jorge Edgar's curator insight, April 4, 2014 6:57 AM

Its important to think about this!

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Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

n the past, teachers gave life to learning for generations of students — no different than today. But they were operating in an environment of scarcity that would make today’s teachers cringe (and they do, every time the Internet is down for more than just
a short while). As the information available and our ability to access it increases, this new economy of information is transforming the practice of teaching and the roles of both teacher and student.


Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice article, but doesn't do much to suggest what teachers should do about it or how they should change.

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Julia Beck's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:39 PM

And now for the strategies!

Paz Barceló's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:18 AM

En una Economía de la Información, el profesor que todavía insiste en la distribución de información a través de conferencias o clases tradicionales, está compitiendo con la diversidad de información que se presenta en múltiples medios y formatos.  Está impidiendo, o no fomenta el que  los estudiantes a participen activamente en maneras mucho más profundas que la simple escucha.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:10 PM

We live in an age of infowhelm. How do we cope and teach our students to wade through this information?

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Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Children need real-life experiences with real people to truly benefit from available technologies. Technologies should be used to enhance curriculum and experiences for children. Children have to have an integrated and well-balanced set of experiences to help them grow into capable adults that can handle social-emotional interactions as well as develop their intellectual abilities.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A really interesting interview with a much more balanced view of how technology can impact early learning.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:46 AM
Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom
Monty Bell's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:27 AM

I like the approach which is about creating a shared experience with technology not an all or nothing. 

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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
Nik Peachey's insight:

Useful article with some good suggestions.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 19, 2014 3:17 AM

Worth reading... we need to bridge that gap for good!!

Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 6:06 AM

Interesting insights, American-based, but applicable worldwide. 

Serge Dielens * Phygital Marketing Communication expert @ EdgeCommunication.be *'s curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:20 AM

L'école est-elle (loin-très loin-trop loin) à la traîne en Belgique?