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A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking

A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Over the last few years I've led many teachers and administrators on classroom walkthroughs designed to foster a collegial conversation about teaching and learning. The walkthroughs served as roving Socratic seminars and a catalyst for reflection. But reflection can be a challenging endeavor. It's not something that's fostered in school - typically someone else tells you how you're doing!

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Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide

Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Cell phones are owned by overwhelmingly large majorities of people in most major countries around the world, and they are used for much more than just phone calls. In particular, text messaging is a global phenomenon – across the 21 countries surveyed, a median of 75% of cell phone owners say they text.

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Teachers technical expertise… | eLearning Island

Teachers technical expertise… | eLearning Island | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is affirming about what we do and makes a strong the case supporting the curriculum using technology. We (the presenting teachers) focused on digital video, discussion forums, journal reflections, storyboarding and blogging.

Our concern was not the end product as such but the learning journey of the student on the way.

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OMG: Engaging Students on Their Own Terms

OMG: Engaging Students on Their Own Terms | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students spend a lot of time outside of school using high tech forms of communication. Why not capture these skills to improve student learning? Data from a recent Pew Research Center survey shows more than 75 percent of teens own cell phones; 73 percent use online social networking sites; and 38 percent share something online that they created, such as artwork, photos, stories, or videos. A NielsonWire Report found that teenagers averaged 3,339 sent and received texts a month!

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Edutopia

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Edutopia | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.
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Apple iBooks Author App Lets You Make Your Own Books, Free

Apple iBooks Author App Lets You Make Your Own Books, Free | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Using the app, which was announced at the same time as a new textbook experience for iPad, users can drag a Word file into a book creation space. The app automatically determines the best way to lay out the book and creates appropriate sections and headers. Users can then drag and resize images within the text and add definitions, photo galleries, movies Keynote presentations and 3D objects.

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Jack Mosel's comment, January 20, 2012 3:41 PM
Mashable site this is hosted on is terrible.. laggy and advertising top heavy.. look for the story's vid on youtube. Ap store is lame as usual and offers ZERO help...
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A first look at Apple’s new iBooks Author

A first look at Apple’s new iBooks Author | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The app is a WYSIWG (what you see if what you get) editor, giving the user the option to add their own text, images and video with “drag-and-drop ease”. Different tools can used to embed interactive galleries and 3D objects, plus there’s support for HTML5 widgets and Keynote presentations.

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An Analysis of the Education Category on Apple's App Store

An Analysis of the Education Category on Apple's App Store | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The analysis highlights industry best practices and future opportunities for developers, educators and researchers to influence this important, but under-scrutinized category by closely examining the content of children’s apps within the education category. The report continues the work of the groundbreaking iLearn, published in 2009 as a benchmark for change of an ever-growing and evolving category. (Free PDF Download)

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Tablets Will Transform the Classroom

Tablets Will Transform the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Some schools are choosing to scrap textbooks all together in a pioneering pledge to remain at the forefront of technology. For the first time, schools have the opportunity to no longer be years behind with their classroom technology, but actually to be at the starting line, as the interface continues to evolve into a respectable tool for work purposes.

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Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning

Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning...
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The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency | SociaLens Blog

The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency | SociaLens Blog | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Thanks to Eric Stockmeyer for this one: "Literacy and fluency* have to do with our ability to use a technology to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us. A literate person is perfectly capable of using digital tools. They know how to use them and what to do with them, but the outcome is less likely to match their intention. It is not until that person reaches a level of fluency, however, that they are comfortable with when to use the tools to achieve the desired outcome, and even why the tools they are using are likely to have the desired outcome at all."


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Your Storytelling Brain

Your Storytelling Brain | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Cognitive science has long recognized narrative as a basic organizing principle of memory. From early childhood, we tell ourselves stories about our actions and experiences. Accuracy is not the main objective – coherence is.

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Talking feedback

Talking feedback | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Screen-capture software allows you to record the screen of your computer as if you had a camera pointed at it and also record your voice. An attachable or built-in microphone is the only hardware requirement. Teachers can "capture" the contents of their screen as they correct and comment on students' work. All the notes, highlights and spoken comments recorded and the resulting video can be forwarded to the students.

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Should teachers own their learning? | Ideas and Thoughts

Should teachers own their learning? | Ideas and Thoughts | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the same way schools have a hard time empowering students to own their learning, districts struggle with letting teachers own theirs. I'm not aware of any district that truly embraces the notion of personalized learning. Districts all seem to feel the need or push to set goals for schools and teachers. They tend to standardized professional development and in many ways replicate the industrial models of school. The underlying desire for accountability is largely the barrier to trust.

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Nancy Doda's curator insight, July 7, 2014 12:07 PM

When we unleash teachers and empower them to guide their own learning, we give them first-hand experience with what we hope they will then do with their students.

 

 

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Technology with teens – developing materials and practices for the digital generation

Technology with teens – developing materials and practices for the digital generation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey is a freelance teacher trainer and consultant doing a wide range of tasks from designing online teacher training courses, research and design for new digital teaching products, exploring new ways of delivering teacher training, instructional design of web based and mobile learning products and writing materials to enable teachers to make best use of available technologies.

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Infographic: The rising numbers of tablets in the workplace

Infographic: The rising numbers of tablets in the workplace | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The graphic reveals that 41% of small and medium business (SMB) employees use their own tablets for work purposes (a sign of the growing bring-your-own device trend), and suggests that 16% of small companies are piloting tablet use. Another 14% of SMBs said that they had deployed tablets to specific groups, while 28% of companies said that they had no plans to use tablets in the workplace.

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Why The Emotional Criticism Of iBooks Author Is Wrong

Why The Emotional Criticism Of iBooks Author Is Wrong | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What’s strange about these emotional responses to Apple’s legalese is that they fail the reality test. Apple’s iBooks Author terms are neither greedy nor evil; they don’t mean Apple’s “owns you;” and it’s certainly not the worst thing Apple has ever done.

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Rakesh Kanji's comment, April 4, 2013 5:09 PM
This is a good article to show emotional responses. The people who voiced their opinions in this article clearly don't like apple products as they are very emotional when it comes to the IBook. They have a bad 'attitude' towards apple. This means that Apples marketing strategy did not invoke a positive emotional response from everyone. The negative response may not just have to do with the Ibook but may also be to do with apple products in general.
faisal bin afif's comment, April 7, 2013 4:54 AM
Apple's iBooks do not provoke a positive emotional response from everyone, as you say. Since Apple has a number of leading products which its customers display positive emotional responses to Apple must capitalise on this not only its products designs but in its marketing for its iBooks. Apple has done extremely well with its iPods and iPhones and integrating its iBooks into this successful marketing will surely increase its sales. In saying that it will be near on impossible to invoke a positive emotional response from all consumers with the same product and marketing strategy as consumers all all unique.
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Can Apple Technology Save Education?

Can Apple Technology Save Education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The education crisis in the United States has made headlines for quite some time. While education underperforms and stays largely behind other industries in its technology uptake, many of us have been looking to the promise of personal digital learning to revolutionize the classroom and education.Apple has proven a successful disruptive innovation in business and life with its iPhone, iTunes, and iPad technologies. Now, is it ready to disrupt education?

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Chris Lea's comment, January 21, 2012 11:28 AM
Thanks for all the great work and great links, Nik.
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Pedagogical use of ICT: Successes and Challenges from 100 + African schools

Pedagogical use of ICT: Successes and Challenges from 100 + African schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This portrait is drawn up as part of the Panafrican Research Agenda on the Pedagogical Integration of ICTs (PanAf), an international research project which aims to better understand how the pedagogical integration of ICT can improve the quality of teaching and learning in Africa. It is therefore concerned with all initiatives, whether pioneer or not, for ICT in education, covering different educational levels (primary, secondary, post-secondary) and contexts (rural vs. urban areas, for example) .

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Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America | Common Sense Media

Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America | Common Sense Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This disparity in access has led to a disparity in use: while 55% of children from higher-income families have used a cell phone, iPod, iPad, or similar device for playing games, watching videos, or using apps, just 22% from lower-income families have done so used a computer, the average age at first use was just 3.5 years old.

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A Tick List of 21st Century Digital Skills for Teachers

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.

What's striking for me about this is:
few of these skills will have been taught to anyone who trained as a teacher longer than 5 years ago.

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Jeremy Lu's curator insight, May 23, 2013 12:43 AM

The good news is that more and more education is being given to pre-service teachers adn their students about how to best use digital brainstorming, including mindmapping, consensus building and collaboration. 

 

This is a super helpful list to see if you have covered the bases.

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How Do You Keep Up With All of This?

How Do You Keep Up With All of This? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I am currently subscribed to 273 blogs and websites in my RSS reader. Those 273 subscriptions account for more than 1,000 daily posts. If I had to visit each one of those sites individually I would never have time for anything else (like walking Morrison). So what is an RSS reader and how does it help me efficiently process 1,000 or more blog posts per day?

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Educational Technology in ELT: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps for ELT

Educational Technology in ELT: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps for ELT | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I've read many articles about useful apps for Apple products so far and there are several apps I use in my iPhone that are rarely featured. So I decided to publish my own list.
I have focused mainly on free apps although there are a few paid ones that are worth it. I have left out dictionaries since there are many options and probably deserve a post of their own.
All the apps reviewed here are available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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Why m-learning changed my life

Why m-learning changed my life | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’m a mobile learner. In fact, I’d say that of all the learning experiences in my life, m-learning has been the most productive. How so? Learning is a habit (see previous post)and I’ve habitually learnt on the move, largely in what Marc Auge calls ‘non-places’ – trains, planes, automobiles, buses, hotels, airports, stations. I’m never without a book, magazine or mobile device for learning. It’s been boosted recently by my new iPOD 6.0, which is about the size of a watch (indeed it can be worn as a watch) which contains 400+ podcasts. M-learning has become my dominant form of informal learning.

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How college professors use Facebook

How college professors use Facebook | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It's a known fact that students are Facebook-obsessed. But a new survey shows that teachers might rival their younger counterparts when it comes to social media use. Nearly all professors are active on social media, and 80% of them use it as a teaching tool. Check out the infographic below to learn how college faculty are using social media both personally and professionally.

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Jenny Pesina's comment, January 13, 2012 6:18 PM
Fascinating - thanks, Nik!