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OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide

OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

You know WHY you want to get started with 3D virtual worlds in your school. Well, now you can know HOW. This e-book provides an introduction to OpenSimulator, step-by-step setup instructions

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Ofsted | ICT in schools Report 2008-11

Ofsted | ICT in schools Report 2008-11 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Since the Education Reform Act of 1988, information and communication technology has been compulsory for all pupils from 5 to 16 in maintained schools. This report draws on evidence from the inspection of information and communication technology in primary, secondary and special schools between 2008 and 2011. The use of ICT is considered as both a specialist subject and across the wider school curriculum.

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Donald Clark Plan B: More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology innovations

Donald Clark Plan B: More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology innovations | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Of one thing we can be sure; teaching does not seem to have changed much in the last 100 years. In our Universities, given the stubborn addiction to lectures, it has barely changed in 1000 years. So what’s the real source of pedagogic change?
It’s not education departments who peddle the same old traditional, teacher training courses or train the trainer courses. It’s certainly not schools, colleges and universities which seem to have fossilised practice (to be fair some old practices are sound). It’s certainly not respected pedagogic experts. When they do arise, like Paul Black and Dylan William, they’re largely ignored. Here’s my theory – the primary driver for pedagogic change is something that has changed the behaviours of learners. independently of teachers, teaching and education – the internet.

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Learning to Slow Down

Learning to Slow Down | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Computers create the expectation of a quick answer, of immediate feedback; they offer endless visual and aural stimulation. For lightning-round test-prep this is a great medium, and for single answer questions, electronic polling is fun. But, because the computer brings this kind of fast response into the classroom, it starts to crowd out thoughtful, slow-response work.

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Online Experiences of Young Adults: Bahcesehir University English Preparatory School Context

Online Experiences of Young Adults: Bahcesehir University English Preparatory School Context | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Listening to Herring’s advice, I decided to conduct mini scale research into today’s youth’s online experiences to move away from a fascination with technologies to a focus on young people themselves and their own interpretation of their own online experiences.

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Tuba Angay-Crowder's comment, December 12, 2011 11:57 AM
Thank you for sharing this!
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Edupunks Revisited

Edupunks Revisited | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I liked these rebellious professors who were interested in deconstructing education from the inside: getting students to set up blogs and publish their learning to the world, conducting "massively open online courses" that anyone could join. I saw them as part of a storm of disruption invading one of the most entrenched institutions in Western civilization: The disintegration of state support for public higher education

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Lisette Lunar's comment, December 8, 2011 11:06 AM
Viva!
Lisette Lunar's comment, December 8, 2011 11:06 AM
Viva!
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5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook

5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Facebook has been pegged as a waste of time, a classroom disruption and a bad habit that is correlated with low grades. Missouri even went so far as to ban Facebook and other social media relationships between teachers and students (the law was later repealed).

But teachers such as Reynol Junco — who recently published a study that shows certain types of Facebook use are correlated with higher GPAs — are beginning to look at ways that they can use Facebook to their advantage.

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William Kwon's comment, December 8, 2011 9:50 PM
I really enjoyed this post because it reminded me of what Facebook could be used to do to support students at risk who are too nervous to even ask questions, example through using Face book Groups. Many adminsitrators have an immediate aversion to facebook and don't see its possibilites as a learning and modertated group discussion tool.
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Blended Learning Product Dependencies

The rapid development of educational software is providing teachers access to digital content in a new interactive way. While the teacher remains as the core of the blended learning model, the hope of blended learning is that the technology will enable teachers to efficiently personalize instruction for each student. The goal of these tools is to provide teachers real-time data, differentiated instruction paced for each individual, and deliver various methods of curriculum interaction. The success of the blended model has strong dependance of the tools available for teachers.

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Research on Text Comprehension in Multimedia Environments

Based on underlying theories of L2 reading comprehension and text comprehension with multimedia, and in light of the new tools and modes of information presentation that are now available, researchers have a variety of avenues for studying how people comprehend text in a second language with the help of multimodal instructional materials. In this paper we discuss how L2 reading research is focusing increasingly on the cognitive processes involved in reading, that is, the interaction of lower-level, bottom-up processes such as vocabulary acquisition with higher-level, top-down processes such as activating prior knowledge. We combine this knowledge with current research on learning with multimedia, focusing on how learners integrate verbal and visual information, particularly with respect to the individual differences among learners that moderate, if not determine, learning processes.

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Jeeyoung Min's curator insight, September 23, 2013 1:34 AM

How learners integrate verbal and visual information is a quite interesting topic!

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Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It

Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Tablets and e-readers are unraveling the publishing industry as it’s existed until now. More than 12 percent of American adults owned an e-reader as of May, according to a Pew study, and 8 percent owned tablets.

But the books being read on those devices were conceived originally for print. Words and ideas have been designed to fit on the physical page. Even for those books that do include videos or audio recordings, they’ve typically been added as afterthoughts, or as ancillary pieces to the primary content.

“It’s not even close to maximizing the potential of the tablet,” said MacInnis

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Schools Grapple with iPad App Dilemma

Schools Grapple with  iPad App Dilemma | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The district is currently having a “problem” with volume purchasing on the applications, or “apps,” used on the devices, including one designed to track student’s progress with NWEA data.

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21st Century Skills are so last century!

21st Century Skills are so last century! | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The new mantra, the next big thing, among educators who need a serious sounding phrase to rattle around in reports is ‘21st Century Skills’. I hear it often, almost always in some overlong, text-heavy, Powerpoint presentation at an educational conference, where collaboration, creativity and communication skills are in short supply.

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Francis Gilbert's curator insight, June 30, 2014 4:40 AM

Interesting point being made here: the talk of creativity is actually "top-down, hierarchical" thinking with the big cheeses telling people what to do and how to think.

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Tech Literacy II: Skills for the Online Instructor

Tech Literacy II: Skills for the Online Instructor | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teaching online often seems daunting to those with no previous experience; however, individuals who are already teaching in a face-to-face format have the most important skills they will need to be successful online educators: subject-matter expertise, the abilities to plan and manage a course, and the expertise to support and mentor students.

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Agata's comment, December 13, 2011 10:23 AM
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Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students

Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The paper describes: the participants, the workshop activities, the findings of the workshops, and in particular teacher and student attitudes towards each of the key learning elements and which they felt were most important to include if creating games-based learning experiences for the classroom.

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7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning

7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What we most need right now is to pause before we pontificate and to patiently untangle the many intertwined strands in the arguments for and against ed tech. By separating out different threads in this conversation, we can make better decisions about if, when, and in what situations we can really learn effectively online.

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

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A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This is a great collection of ways for representing information visually. There is an example with each suggestion, just put the cursor over the box.

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Envision Experiment | Blend My Learning

This white paper is a comprehensive overview of the Blend My Learning pilot that set out to test blended learning in a real world setting. Written for educators, funders, policy makers, and the general public interested in how technology will transform schools, the paper focuses on the insights and lessons learned from the Khan Academy pilot in Oakland, CA.

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7 Things You Should Know About Gamification | EDUCAUSE

7 Things You Should Know About Gamification | EDUCAUSE | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Gamification is the application of game elements in non-gaming situations, often to motivate or influence behavior. The rewards or the spirit of competition can spur students’ concentration and interest and lead to more effective learning. The use of gamification is wide-ranging in higher education, from extra-credit awards and in-class team competitions to complex multi-level schemes that can pervade a course. Although gamification can be deceptively difficult to employ effectively, it has the potential to help build connections among members of the academic community, drawing in shy students, supporting collaboration, and engendering interest in course content that students might not have otherwise explored

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Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT

Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If you are thinking of introducing iPads in your school, then I think by far the best way to start is just by having a few in the teachers’ staff room and letting the teachers explore them and see what they can do with them. If this can generate some enthusiasm then you could be on your way to having a 21st century language school.

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Cell Phones in the Classroom

Cell Phones in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I propose that technology leaders take on the challenge of appropriate use of cell phones before we ask schools to take on the use of cell phones by students. I remember this same issue with the Internet. Teachers knew that the Internet could be useful, but fear and lack of knowledge made many resist the use of the Internet in the classroom. In my opinion, educators need the following things when trying to embrace change.

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Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It)

Einstein’s Secret to Amazing Problem Solving (and 10 Specific Ways You Can Use It) | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Here are 10 strategies you can use to see problems from many different perspectives and master what is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem in the first place! [Also includes some useful links to help with this.]

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6 Future Scenarios - Vision Mapper by Futurelab

6 Future Scenarios - Vision Mapper by Futurelab | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

These scenarios have been developed using research from leading social scientists to provide an informed and inspirational insight into the different futures potentially facing education and learning. Use them to formulate robust, resilient plans, to challenge common assumptions and to validate your thinking.

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School computer labs: A bad idea?

School computer labs: A bad idea? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What does this mean for a country about ready to deploy massive numbers of computers across its schools for the first time? Does it make sense to buy fewer computers, and put them at the point of learning (i.e. in the classroom), and not into separate computer labs, segregated from where instruction in 'core subjects' takes place?

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A pedagogy of abundance or a pedagogy to support human beings?

A pedagogy of abundance or a pedagogy to support human beings? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The research shows that it is possible to move from a pedagogy of abundance to a pedagogy that supports human beings in their learning through the active creation of resources and learning places by both learners and course facilitators. This pedagogy is based on the building of connections, collaborations, and the exchange of resources between people, the building of a community of learners, and the harnessing of information flows on networks.

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