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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
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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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Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.

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Creating Custom Digital Content for iPad: Educators Have Options

Creating Custom Digital Content for iPad: Educators Have Options | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

One of the things I've been looking into lately has been mobile content creation. With the rise of the tablet, I'm finding k12 and adult students are eager for opportunities to learn just-in-time with their device of choice. From an instructional design perspective, this means that to deliver to any & all devices, you've got to be looking towards HTML5.

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21st Century Education Requires Distributed Support for Learning

21st Century Education Requires Distributed Support for Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Overall, in the past five years social media, immersive interfaces from the entertainment industry, and ubiquitous mobile broadband devices have coalesced in powerful ways to empower and integrate learning in and out of school. Too often, I have seen educational technologies used to put “old wine in new bottles.” Now, if we seize the moment, we not only can have new wine – such as peer mentoring anytime, anyplace – but also can move beyond the “bottle” of the stand-alone school to lifewide learning. “Plan” is a verb, not a noun.

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Redefining “Cheating” With Homework

Redefining “Cheating” With Homework | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology is often blamed for encouraging bad behavior, particularly when it comes to academic dishonesty. There’s the notion, for example, that it’s much easier to plagiarize now thanks to the ability to copy and paste information from the Web into a term paper.

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An actor-network theory critique of ‘affordances’ in research on mobile learning

How is the link between learner and technology made in mobile learning? Whatis the value of the concept of ‘affordances’? And how does research articulating this concept act to position mobile devices as ‘technologies for learning’? This literature review used both unstructured and structured search samples of published research on mobile learning to critically evaluate the prevalence and influence of the concept of the affordances of mobile technologies.

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Talking back to theory: the missed opportunities in learning technology research

Research into learning technology has developed a reputation for being driven by rhetoric about the revolutionary nature of new developments, for paying scant attention to theories that might be used to frame and inform research, and for producing shallow analyses that do little to inform the practice of education. Although there is theoretically-informed research in learning technology, this is in the minority, and has been actively marginalised by calls for applied designwork.

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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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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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Fascinating - thanks, Nik!
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Do Teachers Need to Relearn How to Learn?

Do Teachers Need to Relearn How to Learn? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I suspect that the main reason many teachers don’t transfer their knowledge and actively seek answers to their questions about tech is that they simply aren’t very interested in learning it. The key to David Warlick’s statement is that people can leverage the internet to learn anything they want to learn. But let’s put that aside for now and assume for the sake of argument that teachers need to learn how to use tech whether they want to or not. Why do they often profess helplessness and state that they can’t learn it without PD?

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Could Doceri be the IWB killer?

Could Doceri be the IWB killer? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The iPad app has all the normal software installed that would expect with your IWB, so you can use different modes such as a whiteboard mode that enables you to write on the board from your iPad using your finger or an additional stylus, or surf the internet and interact with the computer native software, or you can mix the two modes and annotate over web pages or software based applications. The app records your annotations too so that you can play them back as video animations.

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6 Tips to kill learner autonomy in EFL “Learner Autonomy”

6 Tips to kill learner autonomy in EFL “Learner Autonomy” | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Learner Autonomy: most of us like the concept of it. Some of us underline the importance of it. Some of us think that it is a great idea but our learners cannot become autonomous because their families didn’t raise them that way or only highly skilled/enthusiastic learners can reach autonomy. A few of us believe in the possibility and work on it consciously.

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We Live in a Mobile World - Room for Debate

We Live in a Mobile World - Room for Debate | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Let’s face it: For my children and for millions like them, life will be an open phone test. They are among the first generation who will carry access to the sum of human knowledge and literally billions of potential teachers in their pockets. They will use that access on a daily basis to connect, create and, most important, to learn in ways that most of us can scarcely imagine. Given that reality, shouldn’t we be teaching our students how to use mobile devices well?

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Ten Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Faculty Research

Ten Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Faculty Research | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Research is an interactive inquiry process. In many instances this involves interaction with people. We also interact with technology and through technology to improve our educational practice. Practitioner research seeks to understand the underlying causes enabling personal and organizational change

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Learning, Freedom and the Web

Learning, Freedom and the Web | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Two powerful forces of change converge in a public square. Their dimensions are unpredictable, and many of the outcomes of their convergence will be unintended, but this experiment is not entirely uncontrolled. This group of scholars, hackers, and activists has calculated the likely conditions, wired in all the right connections.

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