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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Whether it’s moribund educational institutions or governments or just bureaucratic red tape, what examples like these show is that the disruption of education continues whether such entities like it or not. Students will find a way to learn if they are given the opportunity, and technology and the social web are providing some powerful ways of doing that.

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Amy in ATL's curator insight, March 2, 2015 10:30 PM
Interesting look at tech and edu. Kids will find the information. All we need to do is ask the right questions for them to seek the answers on their own and make their own deductions about where to look and what sources to trust for gathering information.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 3, 2015 7:51 PM

Jacques Ranciere in The Ignorant School Master wrote about how this happened in the 19th Century without digital technologies. If students are motivated and have the resources they are able to learn. They do not necessarily teach themselves, but they can learn.

 

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

How Teens Do Research in the Digital World | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

According to this survey of teachers, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project, the internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, yet students’ digital literacy skills have yet to catch up

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To empower students, let’s bring interactive learning tools into the classroom

To empower students, let’s bring interactive learning tools into the classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The development of online, offline and hybrid learning environments, along with the spread of the flipped-classroom model, all fueled by the tremendous growth in ed-tech dedicated capital forces us to reevaluate student and instructor interactions when they are physically in the classroom.

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Jack-Connor Hinchliffe's curator insight, May 6, 2015 5:10 PM

I think this will be a useful idea to implement more into class rooms. With different ways that students learn, for example those who need to be interactive to learn, this interactiveness will help people no end. 

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Hole-in-the-Wall - Activity Based e-Learning

Hole-in-the-Wall - Activity Based e-Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Hole-in-the-Wall's experimental Activity Based E-Learning Solution imparts a playful learning environment by encouraging learning through self and group exploration beyond the classroom. The Activity Based E-Learning (ABeL) initiative aims at building a comprehensive content that extends the MIE pedagogy of HiWEL, which provides a complete solution aimed at achieving better learning outcomes using game-based and simulated activities that promote experiential learning.

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Technology Teaching and Learning Global Lessons Learned | EDC, Inc.

Technology Teaching and Learning Global Lessons Learned | EDC, Inc. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Globally, technology has been regarded as an instrument of, indeed a shortcut to, school reform. This monograph examines educational technology initiatives in Lebanon, Jordan, the United Kingdom, and the United States over the past decade and draws lessons that can help nations moving forward with their own national educational technology initiatives. It demonstrates that technology has not failed educational systems. Rather, these systems have made successful implementation of innovations like technology impossible by failing to develop the terrain, the conditions, the initiatives, the supports—the reforms—necessary to ensure that innovations take root and flourish.

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Tablets, But No Teachers

Tablets, But No Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Within the first week, the children were utilizing 47 apps per child per day, said the researchers, and within two weeks, they had figured out how to hack the tablets' operating system to activate the camera function and customize the desktop. Still, researchers admit that while the results are promising, much more research needs to be done to know how effective this drop-and-dash method could be.

 

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Web Literacies White Paper

Web Literacies White Paper | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The web is for everyone so, in essence, this web literacies paper is also for everyone. It is, however, likely to be of particular use and value to educators and academics looking for a reference point and framework to help develop web literacies in themselves and others.

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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests.

What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?

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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, July 30, 2013 3:34 AM

"The quest is for the question, not the answer."

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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model. All of them are on the continuum of just how much time is spent online and in the online classroom. Blended Learning can provide a unique way of not only engaging students in collaborative work and projects, but also personalizing and individualizing instruction for students.

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How do educators get to know what they don’t know?

How do educators get to know what they don’t know? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you don’t know about something, how would you know to seek PD in that area? This is especially true of learning with technology. I have a master’s degree in educational technology. The fact is that not any of the applications or computers that I learned on, as well as the methodology in the use of those components, exists today. Very little of that degree would be relevant, if I did not continue to learn, adapt and progress with what I know. The same holds true with any degree in any profession.

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Christie Burke's curator insight, November 1, 2013 3:28 PM

Talks about a supported peer-to-peer model of professional development, and the need for ongoing learning across the board. 

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10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog

10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

First of all, blogging is writing, 21st-century style, plain and simple. Blogging constitutes a massive genre. It comes in many forms, addresses myriad topics, and can certainly range in quality. For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing. As bloggers, young people develop crucial skills with language, tone their critical thinking muscles, and come to understand their relationship to the world.

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Shift to the Future: The Wisdom in the Room

Shift to the Future: The Wisdom in the Room | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It used to be so easy to be smart. Seriously, all you had to do was learn lots of trivia, know how to do a variety of things, be able to quickly recall information, facts, and figures, and people figured you knew it all. Well folks, the world has changed. The Internet knows a lot more stuff than you or I do or ever will and it’s doubling every 18 months or so. We must learn together to become wise! Why then is it that a lot of learning continues to be isolated and static?

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The habits themselves aren't new at all, and significant work has already been done in the areas of these "thinking habits." However, in a 21st century learning environment -- one often inundated with information, stimulation and connectivity -- there may be a newfound context for their application.

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Where Education Has Gone Wrong With Technology - Edudemic

Where Education Has Gone Wrong With Technology - Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

While the amount of technology school boards and administrators purchase increase with each passing year, the amount allotted for professional development for the teachers intended to use the technology has decreased or is non-existent.

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The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology will define where online education goes next. All those millions of students clicking online can have their progress tracked, logged, studied, and probably influenced, too. Talk to Khan or anyone behind the MOOCs (which largely sprang from university departments interested in computer intelligence) and they’ll all say their eventual goal isn’t to stream videos but to perfect education through the scientific use of data. Just imagine, they say, software that maps an individual’s knowledge and offers a lesson plan unique to him or her.

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Alejo Castillo's comment, November 4, 2012 11:23 AM
Awesome article. Tks!
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Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Scholars who study the role of media in society say no long-term studies have been done that adequately show how and if student attention span has changed because of the use of digital technology. But there is mounting indirect evidence that constant use of technology can affect behavior, particularly in developing brains, because of heavy stimulation and rapid shifts in attention.

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Brad Robinson's curator insight, July 28, 2014 11:15 AM

NY Times perpetuating attention-apocalypse paranoia.

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Pedagogical innovation in new learning communities

Pedagogical innovation in new learning communities | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In addition to formal education, such communities are increasingly emerging in informal and non-formal lifelong learning environments where learning is happening in a freely organised manner, bringing together learners, experts, and other parties. This study aims to examine these new learning communities in order to find innovative pedagogical and organisational practices that support lifelong learning in different settings and foster innovations in the interaction of teachers, learners and organisations.

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5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning

5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students can develop transferrable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge. In order to facilitate these types of deep learning experiences, an adjustment in traditional instructional practices is necessary.

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misscrawleymfl's curator insight, March 17, 2013 3:19 PM

This links to flattened classroom idea discussed last week MEd

Mounds View High School's curator insight, January 15, 2014 2:35 PM

Interesting ideas to make our classrooms more student driven. 

Jeffrey Miles's curator insight, March 17, 2014 11:20 PM

I like this infographic about how to help students access higher level thinking skills

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Wearing Four Pairs of Shoes: The Roles of E-Learning Facilitators

Wearing Four Pairs of Shoes: The Roles of E-Learning Facilitators | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

An e-learning facilitator's role as instructor is consistent with seminal adult learning research in which instructors guide self-directed learning in problem-centered environments. E-learning facilitators don't hold all the answers: They offer their own unique insights as they help learners acquire knowledge and develop skills.

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The Future of Education: Creating Your Own Schools

The Future of Education: Creating Your Own Schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We are entering the era of big data. As the cost of digital devices and technologies continues to decrease, trillions of gigabytes of data will be generated from sensor networks, mobile and context-aware devices, and online interactions. The increased volume, velocity, and variety of data will be so vast that basic information-filtering tools and practices will no longer suffice.

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Combining Face-to-Face and Online Education

Combining Face-to-Face and Online Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I have found that many who dream of online learning somehow imagine a virtual school where the teachers are no more than those who load up the assignments and set up the learning management system. But by taking actual teaching out of the distance learning equation, we are dooming distance learning to mere correspondence course status. And it has the potential to be far greater than any model we have thus far imagined, but only if the tools are used properly and if the balance of offline interaction and online learning are aligned.

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Video – 7 Skills students need for their future

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future: * Critical thinking and problem-solving * Collaboration across networks and leading by influence * Agility and adaptability * Initiative and entrepreneurialism * Effective oral and written communication * Accessing and analyzing information * Curiosity and imagination.

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Ricard Garcia's comment, October 26, 2012 3:49 AM
Good point, indeed!
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Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has taken a special look at readers between the ages of 16 and 29 because interest in them is especially high in the library world and the publishing world. This report examines how they encounter and consume books in different formats. It flows out of a larger effort to assess the reading habits of all Americans ages 16 and older as e-books change the reading landscape and the borrowing services of libraries

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How Texting Is Changing Your Grammar

How Texting Is Changing Your Grammar | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now that text talk is widely accepted as a legitimate form of communication, we are left wondering: Will text talk become our main form of communication in the future? Will the widespread use of text talk negatively impact the way we communicate? Or are we engaged in the creation of a colorful new language every time we text?

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David's curator insight, January 4, 2013 1:24 PM

My thoughts:

This article talks about how texting and the new media age may not be as bad of a thing as it is hyped up to be. They have done studies that show the pros and cons. This article shows how although we are using shortcuts to write it is just a way of us adapting; yet people still continue to use proper grammar more often than not.

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Struggling with educators' lack of technology fluency | Dangerously Irrelevant

Struggling with educators' lack of technology fluency | Dangerously Irrelevant | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What hope do these teachers have of providing meaningful, technology-rich learning experiences for their students? What hope do these leaders have of creating and adequately supporting powerful, technology-rich learning environments for students and staff? Little to none.

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