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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Learning is fun: Play to learn with game-based learning

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Learning is fun: Play to learn with game-based learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Today’s students are different from the past. They are living in the digital world where technology is easily accessible. Working with information in the digital world is an essential skill, and computer-based learning has become more important than ever. For the contemporary student, learning does not always mean a formal situation in which acquiring knowledge from teachers directly is the only approach available, and learning approaches that worked well with students in the past do not necessarily work as well with the “digital native” students of today.

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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 19, 2012 2:22 AM
The educational environment is changing from traditional classroom teaching ecology from the adaptive individual/collaborative learning one by development of Internet, mobile and wireless technology. Therefore, we need to develop the new pedagogy in consideration of such new technologies. Especially, our knowledge and wisdom are cultivated by interactive learning/problem solving/building something through collaborative activities. In this paper, we would like to examine the meanings/ecology of "collaborative learning" again and explore the new technologies of communications which evokes and enhances it. Also, we aim to understand and share the concept of computer/Internet supported collaborative learning, and then we explore the technologies of collaborative tools and infrastructure to promote collaborative learning in consideration of the image of new e-pedagogy for collaborative learning. Teachers are now being told that e-Learning is way of the future. On the other hand, a lot of Universities offer a number of lessons using e-learning, m-learning and VLE’s (Virtual Learning Environments). Great teaching transforms pedagogy and subject matter into the joy of learning. Great teaching is transformational, encouraging and enabling students to become more than they are, by discovering who they might be. Research is beginning to suggest that computer games can help to stimulate a successful learning environment and provide motivational learning contexts that suit many learners. They also provide an opportunity to develop communities in which learners have a sense of ownership over what they do. Since, the invasion of digital technologies in classrooms three decades ago, many education providers has been streamlining their education philosophies. Further as new technologies allow for democracy in education for all, Information Communication technologies (ICTs) have become the enabler to ensure access to education. They encourage self-reliance and self-determination in terms of a learner’s ability to make progress within a demanding but incrementally staged environment, and help them to appreciate that the skills necessary for success in games such as problem solving and critical thinking can have relevance in other curricular areas and other social contexts such as study or work. They also create an implicit and explicit understanding that as a learner on our own we can be good but as a learner in a connected team we can be much better. As with rapid growth of the computer technology, E-learning systems usually require many hardware and software resources. The basic concept for designing the system is developing the learning games network using digital materials and Web 2 facilities, which is applied to the cloud learning platform to attract the immigrant residents and assist them to achieve digital literacy across the curriculum.


Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 19, 2012 2:23 AM
Also check http://academic-conferences.org/ecgbl/ecgbl2012/ecgbl12-home.htm
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The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators

The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you are one of those out there that believe that Facebook has no place in the classroom, then, well maybe this post isn’t for you. But please first take a look at just a few reasons why you should reconsider:

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iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom

The app development market is exploding. More and more companies are creating “educational apps”. In some cases, they are simply digital versions of a book or a web based tool. Some seem to have “no educational value” to it at all, but are still sold under the label of “education”.

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Bad for the Brain: Goodbye to Unsustainable Education Models

Bad for the Brain: Goodbye to Unsustainable Education Models | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The lives our students will live and the jobs for which they'll compete will not be about answering questions correctly, but about how they use knowledge and respond to changes. Yet currently the time sacrificed to fact memorization and test prep is resulting in more high school dropouts and students graduating from the secondary system wit

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What is the theory that underpins moocs?

What is the theory that underpins moocs? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

These are a few of the more prominent attributes of MOOCs that I’ve been involved with. As stated above, there is overlap between our model at that of Coursera/EDx. However, Coursera/EDx emulates the existing education system, choosing instead to transfer it online rather than transform it online. No doubt they will continue to evolve their model and we’ll continue to evolve ours.

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How do you keep developing your teaching? Research Survey

What methods do you use to keep your knowledge up to date and keep your teaching skills moving forward?

Add any ideas you have and also add any pros and cons to the various ideas.

Please also vote for the 4 you think are most effective.

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Increasing Young Children’s Contact With Print During Shared Reading: Longitudinal Effects on Literacy Achievement

Increasing Young Children’s Contact With Print During Shared Reading: Longitudinal Effects on Literacy Achievement | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the last decade, an emerging body of research has explored using the shared-book reading context to increase preschoolers’ print knowledge. The motivation to increase children’s attention to print during storybook readings is based on evidence indicating that preschool-aged children very rarely look at or talk about the print during adult–child shared reading, even when the storybooks contain very “print-salient” design features

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Collaborative Mentoring for New Teachers

Collaborative Mentoring for New Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Last summer, over 1000 educators signed on to be part of our Summer Professional Development Series. We were excited to offer a free workshop on Web 2.0 tools for new (and not-so-new) teachers. Over the five-week workshop, participants learned about one new tool a week via a blog post shared by an experienced teacher in the field. The teacher shared the tool, how they used it with their class and the value it brought to their work.

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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With children spending time online at younger and younger ages, it is vital that we explicitly teach young children how to protect themselves online. Most young children get the "Stranger Danger" talk at school, so they know about how to handle strangers in their neighborhood and in face-to-face situations.

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Top 12 Ways Technology Changed Learning

Top 12 Ways Technology Changed Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the 21st century, technology has changed the ways in which we communicate and go about our lives. Very few educators would disagree with the notion that technology has dramatically changed the teaching and learning process.

With the help of some fellow teachers, here is a short list of the top 12 ways technology has changed the way we learn.

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There Is No Digital Divide - Technology Review

There Is No Digital Divide - Technology Review | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We all know poor people are on the wrong side of an uncrossable technological chasm known as the "digital divide." Their lack of iPads and data plans and broadband is just one more way they're doomed to stay poor right up until they become the shock troops of the zombie apocalypse, am I right?

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Crazy animals and other activities for teaching young learners

Crazy animals and other activities for teaching young learners | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is a book for primary school teachers of English written by primary school teachers of English. It brings together the experience and expertise of teachers from around the world to provide a range of stimulating and exciting classroom activities for the primary classroom. There are 50 tried and trusted activities which have been refined and improved over the years by teachers working in diverse contexts and environments. Children will enjoy practising their English through these stimulating and motivating activities.

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5 Reflections for Teachers Heading Into Summer Break

5 Reflections for Teachers Heading Into Summer Break | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I believe we all want to engage our students in the creation and re-creation of their thoughts, ideas, hopes and dreams, that are relevant to the world they will live in. Not the world we were told was in store for us. Beyond the curriculum, we are in fact teaching our students life skills that will hopefully empower them to make smart choices for the rest of their lives.

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Can the iPad help enhance reading in the classroom?

Can the iPad help enhance reading in the classroom? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

At heart, I am a lover of reading and a believer in its power and beauty. In the last couple of years I have adjusted my habits to realise that it need not be a paper product we use to read, indeed, if we are to truly engage our learners we need to become ‘digital natives’ as they are, synthesising modern technology with more traditional concepts of literacy to combine the best of both worlds.

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Why 'Digital Literacy' Can't Replace The Traditional Kind

Why 'Digital Literacy' Can't Replace The Traditional Kind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Using the Internet is “supereasy,” Eagle was quoted as saying in a much-discussed New York Times article. “At Google and all these places, we make technology as brain-dead easy to use as possible. There’s no reason why kids can’t figure it out when they get older.” What they won’t figure out is deep reading, advanced math, scientific reasoning — unless we teach them. While economically disadvantaged students may benefit from access to computers that they don’t have at home, more affluent kids are surrounded by technology.

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Crowdsourced School Social Media Policy

Crowdsourced School Social Media Policy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We encourage teachers, students, staff, and other school community members to use social networking/media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) as a way to connect with others, share educational resources, create and curate educational content, and enhance the classroom experience. While social networking is fun and valuable, there are some risks you should keep in mind when using these tools. In the social media world, the lines are blurred between what is public or private, personal or professional.

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Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education

Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I brought up topics like authentic learning; project based learning, the flipped classroom, and connected educators. Most of the teachers I spoke to, young and old had little idea about what I was asking. More often than not, they would offer reasons why they were not up to speed on these topics: No time, small kids at home, another job, not techy enough to follow stuff on the internet, or just a lack of interest, were all excuses that surfaced in these conversations. These were the reasons these educators were not in on the many conversations taking place with “connected educators”.

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Annie Gual-Arnoux Gwynn's comment, June 21, 2012 3:10 AM
welcome to the club ;-)
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Create an eBook from Online Articles

Create an eBook from Online Articles | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is a great way to create eBooks from your own online content or from any content you find online.
You can create and share reading lists for courses. Create your own eBooks of yours or your students' stories. Create your own collection of your favourite articles. Collect a reading list of articles to read when you don't have an Internet connection. Webpages that you capture in this way can be much easier to read and of course you have all the eBook's mark up and note taking functions which will store all your annotations on the eBooks you create.

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BookChook's curator insight, November 13, 2013 6:59 PM

Readlist enables sharing and embedding your own online content - great way to bundle a collection of your blog posts. 

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Engage Students with Flipped Video Tasks

Engage Students with Flipped Video Tasks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of the major criticisms of this method though is that a dull unengaging content doesn't suddenly become engaging because it's on a video on the web, so how do we get students to engage with the content and make sure they watch it in a challenging and interactive way.

Vialogues is a useful tool for attempting to do this (though dull content will always be dull) because it enables you to create interaction around the video that actually gets students to think about and engage with the content.

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Susan's comment, June 9, 2012 1:14 PM
Thanks Nik!
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Developing Your Digital Study Skills

Developing Your Digital Study Skills | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Making the move from our safe and trusted traditional literacy habits to newer digital skills can be quite a challenge, but as teachers I think we are really unlikely to be able to use technology and help our students use technology really effectively unless we are prepared to face this challenge. Technology needs to be more than part of the way we teach but it also has to be part of the way we ourselves continue to learn and part of our everyday professional practice.

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Maureen Greenbaum's comment, June 8, 2012 2:34 PM
why this versus diigo???
lorenzacairo's comment, June 25, 2012 1:11 AM
la tecnologia è sempre più importante e presente. seguirò con attenzione il blog
Randy Rebman's curator insight, December 13, 2012 1:54 AM

Nik Peachey shows how a social bookmarking tool can be used in ESL/EFL instructional activites. There are some interesting ideas here on how the highlighting and commenting features can be used to stimulate students' learning process using this technology. 

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Mobile Learning and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

Mobile Learning and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This post continues the series by providing an overview of The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture using mobile devices. Each phase of the model has suggestions and ideas for mobile-driven learning activities which can be implemented on most devices. This supports Bring Your Own Devices programs and increases the chances students will use similar learning activities on their own devices outside of the classroom environment.

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The Clever Sheep: Seven Degrees of Connectedness

The Clever Sheep: Seven Degrees of Connectedness | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What’s the most significant event that causes you to pay closer attention to the learners in your network? For me, it is meeting face-to-face. I’m more attuned to those people in my learning network whose voices are amplified because we met at a conference; exchanged stories; shared a meal. Fleshed out by personality and attitude, I find myself savouring the words and ideas I consume online.

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Don’t monitor your kids’ Web surfing

Don’t monitor your kids’ Web surfing | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The thrust of boyd’s substantial research about kids is that we don’t need to be quite as hysterical about the Internet as we are. She once wrote, “Some days, I think my only purpose in life is to serve as a broken record, trying desperately to remind people, ‘the kids are alright’ … ’the kids are alright’ … ’the kids are alright.’ ”

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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies. These range from a generation of toddlers just as comfortable with touchscreens as they are with books, to college-aged men and women questioning the value of physical campuses, to middle-aged and elderly professionals hoping to earn new skills in their spare time to secure a new job in turbulent economic times.

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Digital storytelling in the classroom

Digital storytelling in the classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When students create a movie or interactive slide show to tell their story, learning becomes personal. Students can improve their writing, show creativity, and have a voice.

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Tuba Angay-Crowder's comment, June 1, 2012 8:09 AM
I used the same picture at yesterday's digital storytelling presentation for a middle school:) Thank you
Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 1, 2012 1:51 PM
Digital Storytelling can be very powerful for many students addressing various types of learning styles and modalities. Digital Storytelling provides meaning to learning through the use of their auditory, visual and kinesthetic skills. Students are also required to use higher order thinking skills in their creativity of their stories.
However, much of the power of Digital Storytelling comes from the collaboration and teamwork process. In a collaborative environment, students are actively engaged in the exchange of ideas and are not only responsible for reaching their own academic goals, but the goals of others in the group. This provides opportunity for students
to think critically, which promotes life long learning.
Digital storytelling is an effective way to engage students in their learning. First of all, it asks for their perspective and validates it as important. Secondly, they get to work in a medium that is relevant and meaningful to their lives (computers). The ability to tell their story in a variety of ways - through sounds, music, graphics, photographs, and
original artwork allows them to express their creativity in ways other than just text. The skills used in creating digital stories requires them to build planning, organizational, and time management skills.