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More holes in Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole-in-Wall’ project

More holes in Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole-in-Wall’ project | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

At the E-learning Africa Conference, where I gave a keynote, workshop and debate contribution, I met practitioner after practitioner who welcomed by more sober view of the project. They too were skeptical as all the evidence they had suggested that teacher involvement was vital. Person after person shook my hand saying how glad they were that someone was standing up to the hype.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Another article very critical of Sugata Mitra’s ‘Hole-in-Wall’ project.

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Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, June 3, 2013 11:25 PM

Here is a critical article of 'Build a school in the cloud'. The hype created by the 'hole in the wall' scheme appears to have been hyjacked by kids themselves.

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Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond

Noam Chomsky on Democracy and Education in the 21st Century and Beyond | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In a wide-ranging consideration of 21st century education, Noam Chomsky argues that much of what passes for education reform is 'a way of turning the population into a bunch of imbeciles.'
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A really good read.

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Mita Jordan's curator insight, June 4, 2013 1:20 AM

A really must read.

Cindy Kroeker's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:55 AM

Noam does it again!

Dennis Richards's comment, June 4, 2013 10:14 AM
A very powerful statement. Learning that too few students experience. I find myself wondering...if we could change schools to be more engaging for students, what would the future be like? Push passion for learning.
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Do BYOD Programs Encourage Bullying?

Do BYOD Programs Encourage Bullying? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In theory, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs in schools are a great idea; students can use their own tablets, laptops and smartphones in the classroom, and can take advantage of a wider range of
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This article touches on a few very relevant issues besides the one of bullying and is worth reading if you are considering a BYOD approach.

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Cecilia Balderas-Sanders's curator insight, June 24, 2013 10:26 PM

Enjoyed reading this article.  Our school district is dealing with this very situation now.

 

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The Persistent Appeal of Technology in Learning

The Persistent Appeal of Technology in Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The technology they use in their personal lives just makes sense for use in their learning as well. If a student badly wanted a new tablet or app for his or her own personal use but wanted nothing to do with it for any kind of learning whatsoever, we may need to look at the disconnect.

But there are other reasons why education consistently turns to technology

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice short read. I like the analogy of comparing technology in education to Frankenstein’s monster.

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Neil Riley's curator insight, June 1, 2013 4:43 AM

Huge advocate of Life Long Learning and the use of personal technology breaks down the barrier between the 'classroom' and the workplace.

Helen Teague's comment, June 1, 2013 9:13 AM
I like the emphasis on connections---making connections among curricular disciplines and technology uses.
NikitaWilliams's curator insight, June 7, 2013 12:55 AM

A must read for all educators involved in technology education. Anyone who reads this will know exactly what to look for in a resource for helping develop Design & Digital Technology understandings.

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British Council ELT Research Papers: Volume 1

British Council ELT Research Papers: Volume 1 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Research Papers series gathers together the outputs of these partnerships and collaborations. This volume gathers together research published since 2009. This volume also includes reports of research not conducted within the Partnership scheme.

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An interesting collection of research papers. Quite a few are very relevant to learning and technology, especially the ones which focus on learner autonomy.

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Bravo Scool's comment, May 31, 2013 5:52 AM
very interesting, I strongly agree with Helen Emery and Sue Garton, Fiona Copland and Anne Burns
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:39 AM

A good resource for Librarians

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Morocco: Technology has changed our life for ever

Morocco: Technology has changed our life for ever | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Morocco introduced satellite receivers in the end of 90s and since that time peoples’ minds and behaviors changed forever. After that a big change took place as people opened their minds on other cultures and other behavior starting from the way of dressing to even the way of kissing.

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I really enjoyed this first hand account of how technology has changed life and communications in Morocco. I lived and worked with teachers there for quite a few years and really saw many of these transformations taking place. No amount of research can compare with these types of first hand experiences.

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T. Brendan Donahoe's comment, May 30, 2013 5:21 PM
It sounds vastly different from I taught there too (although that was over 20 years ago.) Thanks for the story.
Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 30, 2013 11:25 PM

a powerful story of change

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The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses

The pedagogical foundations of massive open online courses | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

These courses exhibit common defining characteristics that include: massive participation; online and open access; lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes; automated assessment and/or peer and self–assessment and online fora for peer support and discussion.

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Good article to read if you want to understand what's happening around MOOCs.

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CDIT's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:09 AM

le e learning progresse et c'est tant mieux, surtout s'il permet à tous l'accès à la connaissance dans de bonnes conditions

Helen Teague's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:11 AM

I like the emphasis on peer involvement.

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Language and digital identity

Language and digital identity | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
More human beings can write and type their every thought than ever before in history. Something to celebrate or deplore?
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This isn't specifically about learning, but it's still a really good read.

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Vloasis's curator insight, May 29, 2013 7:10 PM

With a barrage of comunication outlets and a time slate that is often fragmented like a broken mirror, the de-evolution of longform thought and speech is a new bedfellow---but don't worry; he doesn't take up much room.

Ms Rachael's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:43 PM

This is a great read.  It really got me thinking about how life and education has changed over time.

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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This presentation sparked my thinking about what other skills and attributes would serve the learners (of all ages) in this era of learning.  Some other ones that I believe important based on what I hear at conferences, read via blogs and other social networks include:

 

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This is an interesting article that looks beyond the obvious digital literacies and at some of the life skills and personality traits necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

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Open Letter to Coursera Founder Daphne Koller

The question is not whether we who teach in public higher education can or should resist the creation of a truly “free” informational Common, but whether we can keep education as a necessary knowledge commons public in innovative, egalitarian ways that run counter to what you and your rivals are planning and doing.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a really interesting 'open letter' from the president of the CUCFA to the Coursera founder. It investigates the upcoming clash of cultures between established universities and the newer MOOC providers.

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Developing Communication Skills With YouTube & iPad Videos

Developing Communication Skills With YouTube & iPad Videos | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

 Ginger has used the six iPads in her classroom and her free, district-provided YouTube channel to help her students develop oral communication skills, oral fluency, as well as digital literacy skills this semester. In the following six minute video, Mrs. Gregory and eight of her students explain what they have learned as a result of their assignments this year using iPad videos and YouTube.

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Worth checking out.

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Thays Miranda's curator insight, November 15, 2014 1:00 PM

Youtube is considered such a great tool in the development of oral skills. It is very easy to use it, and students feel more interested and motivated in learning through the use of this technological tool.

Jéssica Cristiny Campos's curator insight, November 19, 2014 9:57 AM

Youtube became so common among our students and they became familiar with it. So, what about using it in the classroom? Look to this experience at the Lakeview Elementary School in Yukon.

Joney's curator insight, November 21, 2014 11:49 AM

It brings a little of a classroom to call the user´s attention.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I've just been brainstorming digital skills that I believe are required by teachers in the 21st Century. So far I've come up with 45 of them.

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I'm just reviewing this blog entry on digital skills for teachers from 2010. I'm thinking about how many new skills need to be added from the developments of the last 2 - 3 years.Great to see that it has over 45k question responses.

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Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Is It Possible To Think Without Language? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world. What would our thoughts be like without it?
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Not directly technology related, but still a really interesting short article.

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OneSpring's curator insight, May 26, 2013 9:25 PM
Not strictly visualization... BUT very fascinating!
Mabel A. Opare - Ababio Ayita's comment, May 29, 2013 8:29 AM
Yes but it's really possible and fascinating indeed.
REMI BLUM-JONQUIERES's comment, May 29, 2013 11:04 AM
I believe that we can think using kind of emotions and visualizations. Maybe it is a universal communication like we can have in dreams
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10 Online Tools to Master Language Teaching

10 Online Tools to Master Language Teaching | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
From Virtual Classrooms to Moodle MOOCs and Google Docs,you can be sure that this web education tool box is brimming with complete solutions for teaching online.
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A nice collection of tools, tips and links

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Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | MindShift

Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | MindShift | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

While the basic tenets of digital citizenship attempt to protect kids from cyberbullying, misconduct, and harassment, Allen is also interested in teaching the positive behaviors that will make successful students and workers for the future: teaching students how to find and analyze reliable sources for research, how to verify whether information is biased and/or credible, and how to be a responsible user.

 

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Some interesting points in this article

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Denize Piccolotto Carvalho's curator insight, June 25, 2013 12:54 PM

Muito bom!

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Muito bom!
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Muito bom!
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Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom

Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With more and more schools going paperless or migrating to the "cloud" (storing files on the Internet), student work has become more easily shareable, accessible by many, and more easily organized. Many teachers have turned to digital portfolios -- or "e-portfolios" -- for their students. These digital portfolios have caused a huge shift in how teachers assign, collect and assess student classwork and projects.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Good concise article on e-portfolio

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Becky Mowat's comment, June 12, 2013 6:37 AM
Impressive, Ludmilla!! Love PBworks as well.
Becky Mowat's comment, June 12, 2013 6:37 AM
Impressive, Ludmilla!! Love PBworks as well.
Rebecca Delabrer's curator insight, October 5, 2014 9:45 PM

This article describes how student's work in school used to be more private and usually only seen by the teacher if it was done on paper. Now that schools are resorting to "paperless" classrooms, children's work is becoming much more easy to share and find and other things.

I don't think schools should go paperless. The internet is a dangerous place, especially for dumb kids our age. Not only that but the internet allows kids to cheat a lot easier than they already do now so it's promoting cheating indirectly.

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EnglishAgenda | Seminars

EnglishAgenda | Seminars | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

These seminars encourage debate on areas of contemporary interest in the field of English language teaching and learning. You can sign up for coming events held in the UK and view some video excerpts from previous seminars. You can also browse the videos by topic using the search field below.

Nik Peachey's insight:

There's a really large and varied collection of video seminars from the last couple of years. Some deal with technology related issues and others focus on more language and teacher development related issues.

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Tere Brito Gutiérrez's comment, June 2, 2013 8:47 AM
great
Mahani Mohamad's curator insight, June 2, 2013 12:42 PM

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Child Safety on the Information Highway -- 2013 -- 20th Anniversary Edition

Child Safety on the Information Highway -- 2013 -- 20th Anniversary Edition | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One thing we have learned in the last 20 years is that many young people — certainly most teens– are pretty savvy about how they use the Net, though all of us can use some reminders now and then. We’ve also learned that there is sometimes a bit of tension between “protecting” youth and respecting them and their rights. How adults supervise young people should always be based not only on their chronological age, but on their judgment and emotional maturity. Of course, not all children are equally at risk online or offline and there will always be some who need an extraordinary amount of attention and intervention. A “one-size-fits-all” approach to prevention does not work.And that’s something that only parents and caregivers — not advice givers — can know about the children in their care.

 

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Some interesting reflections on 20 years of change.

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ELT Podcast Episode 3: Technology and Language Learning Pt 1

ELT Podcast Episode 3: Technology and Language Learning Pt 1 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We mull over the issue of technology and language learning. Nik Peachey is on the line with expert analysis and insight.
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This is the first part of an online interview I did with Phil Keegan from Katherine and Kings College of London.

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Mahani Mohamad's curator insight, June 3, 2013 9:54 PM

nice read...

Coletta P. Kahn's comment, July 26, 2013 1:10 AM
excellent
Jovi Buendia's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:45 AM

Building the case for technology and language learners.  This site also includes websites as resources.  

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The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teaching students the mechanism behind how the brain operates and teaching them approaches they can use to work that mechanism more effectively helps students believe they can create a more intelligent, creative, and powerful brain. It also shows them that striving for emotional awareness and physical health is part of keeping an optimally functioning brain.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This article has some interesting suggestions for encouraging students to understand how their brain works and how they can make studying more effective.

 

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Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality

Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Augmented reality allows someone to add another layer to an existing image.  For example, imagine holding your phone over a poster on the wall as if you were going to take a photo of that poster, and then instantly a video starts playing to offer you additional information about that particular poster.  Pretty cool, right?  The first time it happens, it seems like magic.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some nice examples here. This is only one examples of how augmented reality works though and this doesn't deal much with location based augmented reality triggers. Still some good ideas though.

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Cheng Gang's curator insight, June 5, 2013 10:51 AM

非常多的案例,值得一看

Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, August 4, 2013 7:22 AM

Some fantastic examples, a real find.  I'll use this to help introduce AR in my institution and learn more myself...

Mary Ann Workman's curator insight, April 16, 2014 3:06 PM

Wow!

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Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy

Nichole Pinkard on Digital Literacy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The founder of Chicago's pioneering Digital Youth Network (DYN) describes how the organization empowers young people with critical digital literacy skills that make them academically and professionally competitive.
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Some useful insights

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silvermanmc's curator insight, May 30, 2013 4:40 PM

Digital literacy, which focuses on knowledge, understanding, and use (at a mininum) of online content and applications can be empowering, the more one applies it well.  Digital literacy, similar to our foundational understanding of literacy, is a fundamental skills to engage in other spheres of life.

David Bevington's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:07 AM

Youth enpowerment in Chicago focusses on digital Literacy as a key skill.

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Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing

Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As many schools and districts are now rushing to buy every student a digital device, I’m concerned that most one-to-one implementation strategies are based on the new tool as the focus of the program. Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Many of the points being made in this article really apply across most application of technology in learning. It's far too often about the hardware rather than the functionality.

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Darren Smith's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:31 PM

A challenging point of view considering SAPSS rush into technology at the moment.

Larry Davies's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:03 AM

Pedagogy before technology. Always.

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5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom

5 steps to using self-assessment in the classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Implementing some kind of self-assessment is a very good thing, as it enables learners to judge the quality of their work. I’ve done this on an ad-hoc basis at times in the past, but using a formal instrument or procedure can work wonders, even if it has no official bearing on the final outcome.

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Some useful tips.

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Mabel A. Opare - Ababio Ayita's comment, May 29, 2013 8:25 AM
Very good and creative way, noot a bad idea.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 29, 2013 6:03 PM

If your goal is to have students become excellent learners, this should be on your list of things to consider!

Tatyana Chernaya's curator insight, June 3, 2013 3:51 AM

And also some great ideas of 5 ice-breakers, a 5-day blogathon, using images, etc.

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All things in eModeration: Moderating Class Blogs and Facebook Student Groups

All things in eModeration: Moderating Class Blogs and Facebook Student Groups | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Moderation involves students’ participation to online communities and this is something that only you can encourage no matter how powerful a tool is. If participation is optional not all students are likely to contribute. On the other hand, if it is mandatory or marked it might feel like another task that needs to be done. It would be better to integrate it into your course so that students perceive it as an essential part of their learning. For example, you might start a discussion in class that could be continued online; or instead of asking them to write an essay, you could post a relevant video, ask them to discuss it with classmates online and then write something on this.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Very comprehensive article

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carmen blyth's curator insight, May 27, 2013 5:45 AM

Comprehensive and hence good reading!