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Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom

Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”

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e-Portfolio Implementations Toolkit

e-Portfolio Implementations Toolkit | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This toolkit is designed to support those involved in the implementation of e-portfolios in higher (HE) and further education (FE) and work-based learning: practitioners planning to use e-portfolios in curriculum design and middle and senior managers addressing strategy and policy issues and challenges relating to the introduction of technologies for learning.

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Learning Zones & Nik - IATEFL/Glasgow 2012

Learning Zones & Nik - IATEFL/Glasgow 2012 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I think the concept of a school (or any educational institution) being a complete learning zone is essential today. Learning does not happen in the 50 minutes slot in a computer lab which is otherwise locked up. Learning does not happen only when the teacher gives permission for students to turn on their laptop. And learning certainly does not happen just because there is an IWB in the classroom (which more often than not, is merely used as a white board to project images).

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2 critical things to do & remember each day as a teacher

2 critical things to do & remember each day as a teacher | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, in this age of accountability, many have lost sight of what really matters. In many schools it no longer matters what students, teachers or leaders are doing to change the world. What matters today is how well you help students fill in bubbles.

 

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South Korea’s Robot Teachers To Test Telepresence Tools in the New Year | Singularity Hub

South Korea’s Robot Teachers To Test Telepresence Tools in the New Year | Singularity Hub | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

South Korea is testing robots that could help foreigners to reach out and teach someone. 29 robots were recently deployed in 21 schools in the city of Daegu to help human children learn English. The bots, named EngKey, can be used as telepresence platforms to bring experienced educators from the Phillipines into the classroom via a small screen at the head of the robot

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Technology Is Not That Hard Now

Technology Is Not That Hard Now | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As a final thought, it struck me as really interesting that both Nik Peachey (one of ELT’s main proponents of using educational technology) and Scott Thornbury (who has in the past seemingly looked upon educational technology as the devil incarnate) both talked about the main strengths of educational technology being for use by the students at home, rather than in the class.

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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Video games are especially startling from the perspective of conventional views of curriculum and instruction. According to the standard view, I should never be able to learn and greatly improve at the games since there is no formal and explicit curriculum framed by knowledge, and – even more puzzling – no one teaches me anything! I shouldn’t learn but I do. In games (and in life), I begin with performance challenges, not technical knowledge.

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The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol: A Tool for Teacher-Researcher Collaboration and Professional Development

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) aims to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and serve as a resource for information about language and culture.
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Professional Development for Language Teachers

Professional development is an elusive term in education. To many, the term conjures up images of in-service days and workshops. To others, it refers to a process in which teachers work under supervision to gain tenure or to enhance their professional practice. In this paper, professional development is defined as an ongoing learning process in which teachers engage voluntarily to learn how best to adjust their teaching to the learning needs of their students.

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Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short.

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Educational Technology Guy: Khan Academy - not good pedagogy and not #edreform

Educational Technology Guy: Khan Academy - not good pedagogy and not #edreform | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Khan Academy is videos of lectures. This is nothing new. They are boring and do not allow the student to interact with the lecturer. They also focus on solving a math or science problem through basic steps, but do not focus on the actual theory behind the problem. The student may be able to solve that problem, but can they apply the concept to other problems and situations? Many of my students who have watched the videos say that they are boring, and even confusing at times, and that they would rather have me show them.

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Abilio 's comment, March 25, 2012 1:31 PM
Wonder how it will implemented here in Brazil!
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A comparison of 2 technology integration frameworks

A comparison of 2 technology integration frameworks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

A guidance framework is required. Should the framework be an explicit set of measurable standards or descriptive target areas? The two best frameworks that I have found for technology integration are the International Society for Technology in Educations ‘NET standards’ and the “21st century fluencies” developed as part of the 21st century fluency project.

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Digital Natives Are Slow to Pick Up Nonverbal Cues

Research on the brain's response to electronic media is fascinating, and not a little disturbing. On the plus side, it suggests that digital natives have higher baseline activity in the part of the brain governing short-term memory, the sorting of complex information, and the integration of sensations and thoughts — so, in certain respects, computers make you smarter. As if to underline that point, IQ scores are on the increase in the United States as the number of digital natives rises, and people's ability to multitask without errors is improving.

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Issuu - Nik Peachey's Publications

Issuu - Nik Peachey's Publications | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey is a freelance educational consultant, writer and teacher trainer specialising in web based technologies for language learning and development. As well as publishing in journals and with ELT publishers, he also publishes his own work on 4 free websites. Nik holds an M.Ed in ELT and technology from Manchester University and is also a PRINCE 2 qualified Project Manager.

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Crowdsourcing a Curriculum, pt. 1: Program Name | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Crowdsourcing a Curriculum, pt. 1: Program Name | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The new program’s medium, the internet and its various tools, influences its content, such that throughout the coursework students will consider the various ways that technology and digital space influence communication and engagement with literary texts. Since the program relies on networked media to offer a unique alternative to a more traditional English degree, it makes sense for the program’s creation to also be influenced by networked media practices.

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Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age

Curricular Opportunities in the Digital Age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This paper explores how new digital technologies can be used to design curricula that are flexible enough to adapt readily to individual differences. The authors propose that universal design for learning—as the confluence of advances in the neuroscience of human variability and in multimedia technologies—can create an “ecology for learning” which provides rich, diverse, student-centered learning pathways for all students.

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Eliminating the App Gap: Marc Prensky (PDF)

Should we be concerned about the fact that today there are a great many students who already have phones, or iTouches or iPads with the ability to download whatever apps they need or want (and the accounts and means to do so), and, of course, many more that do not? I think we should absolutely be concerned, because apps include some of the most useful learning tools that have ever been available.

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The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy

The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Khan fits the model educator that Gates talks about: someone with extensive training in math and science (Khan holds 3 degrees from MIT and one from Harvard) but no formal background in educational theory or pedagogy. He's a former hedge fund manager, with certainly no MA in Education. And in the narrative of Khan's rise to fame, it's his discovery by Bill Gates that is the turning point, launching Khan beyond tutoring family members and those that had discovered his YouTube videos -- those YouTube viewers have grown from the thousands to the millions, thanks in no small part to the praise and funding from Gates.

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In the 21st-Century University, Let's Ban (Paper) Books

In the 21st-Century University, Let's Ban (Paper) Books | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this bookless college, all reading­­—which would still, of course, be both required and encouraged—would be done electronically. Any physical books in students' possession at the beginning of the year would be exchanged for electronic versions, and if a student was later found with a physical book, it would be confiscated (in return for an electronic version).

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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved.

What should collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking look like in a modern classroom? How can parents help educators accomplish their goals?

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The Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) School Support Pack

The Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) School Support Pack | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This document is designed to support the implementation of Sugata Mitra’s Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) into multiple school contexts. It contains ‘whole school’ related information for Head Teachers and senior staff in addition to teaching and learning support for teachers and support staff.

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Tools (and Spaces) for Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) | FLOSSE Posse

Tools (and Spaces) for Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) | FLOSSE Posse | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The self organized learning environment (SOLE) is a model to adapt school space to facilitate inquiry based learning. The idea is simple and powerful: “A teacher encourages their class to work as a community to answer questions using computers with internet access“.

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Cone of Experience Media

Cone of Experience Media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Active learning would include those activities that charge our brains and capacities to remember what we are experiencing. Passive learning would include those activities that people can still learn from, but not generally as effective as active learning.

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Breaking the Language Barrier: A Game-Changing Approach

Breaking the Language Barrier: A Game-Changing Approach | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I'm pleased to announce my free ebook Breaking the Language Barrier: A Game-Changing Approach, which presents emerging ideas and implementations in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), second language reading and writing aids and machine translation (MT).

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iPhoneography

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iPhoneography is a powerful new artform for digital storytelling and creative expression. Learn how to use it to engage students, build community, and enhance teaching.

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