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Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios

Getting Smart: Posting, Publishing, Presenting, and Portfolios | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Students do their best work when the audience is real, live or online. When their work will be seen and viewed by many people, the student knows the work matters, the work is of value, and that they should do their best. In the student’s mind, there is a distinction between turning something in for the teacher versus turning something in for the greater public. Schools engage students and promote deeper learning use the 4 P’s of next gen learning: posting, publishing, presenting, and portfolio.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good advice for teachers who are trying to develop their students' writing skills.

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Sandra Elizabet Assunção Figueiredo's curator insight, September 21, 2014 1:39 PM

Thanks s lot, Cyntia for having shared!

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Smart Homework: 13 Ways to Make It Meaningful

Smart Homework: 13 Ways to Make It Meaningful | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

"I've been accumulating guiding principles for creating highly motivating homework assignments for many years," writes expert Rick Wormeli. "Here are a baker's dozen. 

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Some good tips

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 9, 2014 1:09 AM

Given the fact that most students refuse to do homework there are ways to make it meaningful.

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How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn?

How Do Digital Portfolios Help Students Learn? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Digital Digital student portfolios can provide what other assessment tools cannot: Real, unabridged, minimally processed artifacts of learning that make sense to all the learners in the classroom, including the teacher. Technology used in this way can bring us as close as we can get to peering inside our students’ hearts and minds to find out what they currently know and are able to do.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Digital portfolios for students. Well worth looking in to.

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Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:34 PM

I've been wanting to integrate digital portfolios for language learners into my rolling-enrolment school for some time. With the growth in longer term academic year course students, this could be a realistic goal...And some good ideas here for how portfolios can help students learn.

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Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ | Dangerously Irrelevant

Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’ | Dangerously Irrelevant | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Unlike what is stated elsewhere in this article, the ‘real world’ is digital. The real world is technology-suffused. People everywhere use social media and other online tools all the time to accomplish their work. How are educators supposed to prepare students for our new technology-infused information, economic, and learning landscapes in analog school environments?

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Some good points in this article.

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The power of digital student portfolios

The power of digital student portfolios | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With the spreading use of computers and mobile technology in schools, going digital with student portfolios has become more popular. Simply put, digital portfolios are online collections of student work. They allow us to archive, curate and analyze samples of student learning from both the past and the present and keep that data — literally — at the tip of our finger.

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Some good tips and advice on a really useful topic.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 2, 2014 12:12 PM

Good portfolios, whether digital or hard versions or hybrids, are important in teaching and learning.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 2, 2014 10:21 PM

El uso de los portafolios Digitales

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 3, 2014 3:28 PM

Interesting article around eportfolio's

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is my latest post. Based on my experiences of helping teachers to cope with creating courses in Moodle.

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Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 2014 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 2014 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Hands-On and Student-Centered: Subverting the Typical College Experience

Hands-On and Student-Centered: Subverting the Typical College Experience | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The model is based on the premise of how things work in the real-world: problems are interdisciplinary and require collaboration. “Employers want people who can communicate effectively in writing and speaking; they want people who can reason laterally; and most importantly they want people who can collaborate with people from other parts of their organization,” Helfand said. He’s not convinced the majority of universities are preparing students for that kind of work experience.

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This is an interesting case study.

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Nik's QuickShout: Why do students frequently drop out of online courses?

Nik's QuickShout: Why do students frequently drop out of online courses? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Over the past couple of years 'MOOCs' (massive open online courses) have become the latest trend in the attempt to harness the power of online learning. MOOCs though, just like other forms of online learning have suffered from very high drop out rates.

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This is a quick and simple research questionnaire to explotre the causes and solutions to the problem of learner drop out in online courses.

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Introduction to Google Classroom

Introduction to Google Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Google classroom still looks pretty basic compared to many other VLEs, but if you are a Google app freak this may be a useful tool for you.


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CESSON's curator insight, July 27, 2014 10:31 PM

Hurray! When we use technology in the classroom, we are priming the next generation for innovation and creativity. 

Pamela Hills's curator insight, July 29, 2014 9:23 AM

 The class rooms of future are all ready here <3

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Well worth thinking about regardless of what you teach.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 31, 2014 4:19 PM

While stress may be useful for learning not to touch a hot stove, it tends to inhibit the kind of learning that is most needed by students in today's world.

Josefina Santos's curator insight, November 25, 2014 12:09 AM

Amazing

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The Myth of Device fatigue

The Myth of Device fatigue | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In my observations around my school, it’s those same students claiming device fatigue in the classroom that are not hesitating to turn to their device for ‘life updates’ as they leave that very same room. I would propose that it’s not fatigue caused by device use but that caused by the pain of trying to carry out conventional, 20th century classroom tasks on devices that are designed for a world that conducts itself very differently.

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Some valuable insights here.

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Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant

Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When a school leader refuses to remove internal policy and filtering barriers that get in the way of students and teachers actually using purchased technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

Nik Peachey's insight:

I can certainly agree with this.

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 18, 2014 10:38 AM

I think uninformed and worse, unwilling to be informed leadership is frequently the barrier to effective technology integration in the library and classroom.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 19, 2014 1:14 AM

This is very true.

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, July 19, 2014 12:40 PM

Lo que necesitan los líderes de tecnología en las escuelas

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How to motivate your students

How to motivate your students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If teachers try to demand respect and are always dictating to the students, what they should and shouldn’t do, students switch off and lose motivation.

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Some useful tips and insights

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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

For all the wild variety of our cultures, personalities, and thought patterns, we’re all still operating with roughly the same three-pound lump of gray matter. But almost from day one, the allotment of neurons in those brains (and therefore the way they function) is different today from the way it was even one generation ago. Every second of your lived experience represents new connections among the roughly 86 billion neurons packed inside your brain.

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An interesting read.

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Embracing Messy Learning

Embracing Messy Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I am slowly learning to embrace the struggles that students experience as they engage with authentic work. If I don't allow learning to be messy, I eliminate authentic experiences for students as thinkers and creators. I find it important to regularly remind myself that frustration leads to insights and that learning is not necessarily the equivalent of mastery.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting article. I'm a big fan of messy learning myself.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2014 9:46 PM

Learning is messy. It is a recurring process which is always recommencing itself.

 

@ivon_ehd1

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 9, 2014 4:24 AM

The article is good, but what I really love is the term "messy learning" itself. So much teaching in school has the ideal of creating clairity and being systematic in every part of the learning process. But that is simply not how learning happens. We need to embrace the messyness!

Josh Round's curator insight, August 10, 2014 12:08 PM

The messy learning described here mirrors the struggles and frustrations our Learners face in communicative classrooms - a inherent part of the process of learning a language.

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Handbook | blendsync.org

Handbook | blendsync.org | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This free 190 page book looks really well constructed and well worth downloading.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 7, 2014 4:06 PM

looks interesting and useful to add to the research on blended learning

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, August 7, 2014 4:49 PM

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project.

HJJP's curator insight, August 20, 2014 11:16 PM

Single source education has never been very effective, I still remember those days of pure memorization. I was fortunate enough to have relatives that always asked me about what I learned... and they were not interested in me reciting the facts, they were interested in me telling them what I thought, how it impacted my life or those of others.... When I answered them, and they were happy with my answers, I actually got to understand what I had memorized, and certainly got to master the information in a more meaningful way.... It did not always help with getting excellent grades in exams, but I still accurately remember concepts I learned in 3rd grade.... I feel blended learning is the only way of teaching.... this will allow students to understand and implement complex concepts, catapulting them into much high learning than what we experienced 50 years ago.... or 40... or 30... even 20 or in many classrooms, a couple of days ago....

 

Hope to see many teachers utilizing these sort of blended learning... Current technology makes it so much easier...

 

 

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Learning in the Cloud

Learning in the Cloud | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Since successfully completing school is such a widespread concern, the project took on the task of studying whether such self-organised learning can enable groups of children to successfully answer government Board examinations and obtain their school certificates using such 'minimally invasive' methods.

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From a hole in the wall to SOLE

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Mauricio Fierro's curator insight, August 5, 2014 1:29 PM

Learning in the Cloud

Character Minutes's curator insight, August 5, 2014 5:37 PM

Love the idea of the "granny cloud."

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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good?

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No huge surprises here, but worth a quick read if you are designing online materials.

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elearn Magazine: A Balancing Act Part II: Providing technical support before, during and after the online course

elearn Magazine: A Balancing Act Part II: Providing technical support before, during and after the online course | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With the recent explosion of online education enrollment; the demand for accessible, flexible, and personalized online courses; as well as educational technology software programs and the like, there is a real need for technical support as part of a learner-centered approach to online education. Learner access and engagement in the online classroom is vital to online learning and when technical barriers are present things can rapidly come to a halt.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some really good tips and advice if you are planning to develop and deliver an online course.

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How To Become A Better Online Researcher

How To Become A Better Online Researcher | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We’re sort of led to believe that the ‘best’ search results are the ones on the first page. Companies pay tons of money to be featured on the top of the search results for this reason! Don’t be fooled – it is worth the time you spend sifting through the search results.


Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good basic tips.

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Training in Business's curator insight, July 30, 2014 6:19 AM

How To Become A Better Online Researcher

Bernard Rentier's curator insight, July 30, 2014 4:15 PM

A very wise advice. And some good tips.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 2, 2014 3:51 AM

Nothing that  we have not read before but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. 

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Twenty terrible reasons for lecturing

One reason for lecturers not responding to their everyday experience is, I believe, their ignorance of alternatives. If you can't imagine what else you might do than lecture, then it hardly matters what your everyday experience is telling you. Lecturing is taken for granted. Courses are designed around lecture topics. Knowledge is packaged in our heads in one-hour-lecture-sized chunks. Why is this?

Nik Peachey's insight:

Every lecturer should read this.


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Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 27, 2014 7:42 AM

All educators should read this! Great in thinking about presenting any info.Makes me think of all school faculty meetings and how we could do it differently!

Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, August 1, 2014 5:20 AM

Not about mobile learning, but even when we start to design an online course we tend to think in terms of lecture-type input first, even though the input may be some kind of online reading material, or (quite commonly) a video of a lecture. The ideas here are pertinent, therefore, in the preparation for syllabus design both for face to face and online.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 9, 2014 11:06 AM

... because the person who is "doing" the reading, writing, talking, listening, and investigating is the person who is doing the learning.

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10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments

10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology is only a tool: No technology can fix a bad educational philosophy or compensate for bad practice. In fact, if we are going in the wrong direction, technology will get us there faster. Providing schools with hardware and software does not automatically reform teaching and improve learning. Much depends on educational practices and how ICTs are used to enhance them.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Most of this can just as easily apply to high-income environents too.

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Ethel Natalia Revello's curator insight, July 24, 2014 9:49 AM

Technology alone does not mean education.

John Lemos Forman's curator insight, July 24, 2014 6:09 PM

Sim, Tecnologia é apenas uma ferramenta e computadores + software não resolvem, sozinhos, nenhum dos desafios da educação no Brasil. Mas não considerar a tecnologia na busca por soluções gera outros problemas como aumentar o "digital divide". As dicas do artigo são interessantes também para a realidade brasileira.

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Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too…

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too… | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

We expect our children to develop these skills. We integrate these skills in our every day lessons so that our students can grow and expand their knowledge. We create spaces so that our students can create and collaborate, whether it is a physical space or a virtual space. We expect our students to be good digital citizens, using devices, programs, and tools responsibly. We want our students to ask questions and explore for answers. We expect our students to learn, grow, and then reflect on that learning.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good points

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N Kaspar's curator insight, July 25, 2014 8:14 PM

Worth the read.

CESSON's curator insight, July 27, 2014 10:35 PM

We are educating the next generation using tech full-time, are our educators prepared? 

TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 1, 2014 2:17 AM

Some good points about building a PLN

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

Nik Peachey's insight:

A well written balanced article.

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Martin Debattista's curator insight, July 25, 2014 2:22 AM

A transformation which is not a revolution. It will take time and effort.  It's important we give it the space to take its natural course.

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, July 25, 2014 2:11 PM

Thank you Nik. I like reading about innovations like e-textbook transformation that make learning more accessible to all students.

Raj Shekhar Mishra's curator insight, March 20, 2015 3:07 AM

To engage students more deeply in their learning publishers are making the textbook a hands-on activity by adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes.  The goal is not simply to replace traditional textbooks with e-books but to fundamentally change teaching and learning .The best learning strategy is the multi-modal approach—you can hear it, you can see it, you can manipulate and interact with the content.

 

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5 Essential Insights About Mobile Learning

5 Essential Insights About Mobile Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If she could re-do her rollout she would have included students in the discussions long before devices were chosen or in classrooms. They are stakeholders in their own education, but often aren’t included in the decisions that will directly affect their daily instruction.

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Some interesting insights here.

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Martin Debattista's curator insight, July 25, 2014 2:36 AM

Students will have a say in the choice and the use of the tablet in the Pilot Project in Malta.

Елена Полякова's curator insight, July 28, 2014 5:08 AM

мобильное обучение

TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 1, 2014 2:20 AM

some great insights about BYOD