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Teacher Agency: Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset

Teacher Agency:  Educators Moving from a Fixed to a Growth Mindset | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It is a myth that we operate under a set of oppressive bureaucratic constraints. In reality, teachers have a great deal of autonomy in the work they chose to do in their classrooms. In most cases it is our culture that provides the constraints. For individual teachers, trying out new practices and pedagogy is risky business and both our culture, and our reliance on hierarchy, provide the ideal barriers for change not to occur.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some really good points in this posting on teacher development (or the lack of)

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Colleen Adam's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:11 PM

Great post that highlights how educators, not just students, can be guilty of being stuck in a fixed mindset and how to revert your thinking back to one of a growth mindset.

Casey Anley's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:17 AM

In a sea of innovation, how do we return teacher agency? This article has some great points.

Mário Ferreira's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:14 PM

Um tema bem interessante.

Carol S. Dweck escreve de uma forma muito clara sobre  este assunto.

 

 

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Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning

Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Most people who interact with AR for the first time have a mind-blowing experience but fail to consider classroom applications. In our elementary school classrooms, we use AR to create active learning experiences hitherto inconceivable, and in the process redefine the learning space!

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Nice to see AR applications finally coming of age. Some nice suggestions here for how to get using AR for learning.

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Dp Chaigneau's curator insight, November 8, 2013 5:58 PM

Pensando en como unir realidad aumenetada y la formación de usuarios en la biblioteca 

 

Marlo Payne Thurman's curator insight, November 17, 2013 4:03 PM

Augmeted Reality... huge classroom potential.

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, February 28, 2014 9:06 AM

 ;-) cf  "homme augmenté"  Georges Balandier

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Stop trying to figure out if screentime is good for students

Stop trying to figure out if screentime is good for students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The fact that we still discuss this is ludicrous. Simply ask yourself, “Is school is supposed to be preparing students for career success?” Of course! There are few careers where you would hear a debate about the need for access to technology. It’s a no-brainer that to be successful in the world, instant access to knowledge, people, and tools of communication are necessary. This is no different in our schools.

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Nothing really new here, but still powerfully argued.

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Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:22 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. http://www.africatube.net/ More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on  http://www.africatube.net/ and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

WordyNerdBird's curator insight, November 28, 2013 5:02 PM

Education is not just about equipping students with knowledge - it's also about life skills and understandings. 

Demonstrating a responsible approach to skills, knowledge and the associated screen time is vital if we want to prepare our students for life beyond school. 

 

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The internet can harm, but can also be a child's best tool for learning

The internet can harm, but can also be a child's best tool for learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The internet is not a monster we have created. It is us. Our collective consciousness and, unfortunately, our collective subconscious. We like our privacy. We don't like others to look at our screens when we do our emailing. We don't "do" Facebook in public. It is our secretiveness that makes the internet a dangerous place.

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Interesting perspective on internet safety and privacy from Sugata Mitra.

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Lara N. Madden's curator insight, November 5, 2013 12:38 PM

There has been a lot about children, learning and the internet recently. As a mom of digital native teenagers, this really interests me.

OrienTapas Curation's curator insight, November 10, 2013 10:57 AM

Artículo de Sugata Mitra (@Sugatam) sobre la utilidad de intenet y la conectividad.

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6 Things We Know for Sure with iPads in School

6 Things We Know for Sure with iPads in School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Chosen teachers are assigned a coach who works side by side with them throughout the year. I am one of these lucky coaches. Coaching has enabled me to make some discoveries about what happens when iPads are used effectively in the classroom.

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Some interesting reflections on implementing a 1:1 iPad environment.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, November 1, 2013 3:10 AM

Not just for schools!

Meg Basilio's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:44 AM

Recipe for success with such an important initiative, coaches !

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:01 AM

Amazing

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Are teens behaving badly online?

Are teens behaving badly online? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Neil Andersen, President of the Association for Media Literacy (Ontario) concurs. “If we gauge social media effects by statistics, they are mostly positive: the crime rate is down, STDs are down, the dropout rate is down.” Andersen admits that some teens engage in dangerous behaviour on social media, but encourages parents not to overreact. “Teens are simply doing on social media what they have done for decades, using social relationships to experiment and test behaviours and values they will use as adults” says Andersen.

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An interesting look into how teens are really using social media.

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The ICT opportunity for a disability-inclusive development framework

“The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development Framework” contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which ICTs enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. It lists challenges that are still to be addressed while outlining concrete actions to be undertaken by each group of stakeholders and a set of indicators to help measure progress towards the achievement of a disability-inclusive development agenda.

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Good to see this important issue being addressed. (78 page e-book)

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ProspecBib's curator insight, October 31, 2013 6:27 AM

Les nouvelles technologies au service des personnes en situation de handicap, sous l'égide des Nations Unies et de l'Unesco.

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Case Studies on Integrating ICT into Teacher Education Curriculum in Asia

The dramatic adaptation of ICT has in turn called for education reforms at various levels with a view to creating an enabling educational environment for next generations to effectively function in the digital era. Therefore, teachers’ capacity of integrating ICT into their teaching practices plays a critical role in achieving the goals of the education reform. In this regard, teacher education institutions (TEIs) have made great efforts to develop a new ICT curriculum (or course) or incorporate ICT components into their existing curriculum.

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A really useful 105 page collection of case studies.

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Fulton Schools Professional Learning's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:29 AM

Great ideas for how different systems embed ICT in their teacher training program

TELLS library's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:54 PM

As UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized, “Technology can be a powerful education multiplier, but we must know how to use it. It is not enough to install technology into classrooms – it must be integrated into learning. Nothing can substitute for a good teacher. It is not technology itself that empowers people – empowerment comes from skills and knowledge.”

 

It is within this context that the two phases of the

Next Generation of Teachers Project (Next Gen) funded by Japan Funds-in-Trust (JFIT), were implemented. The Project was designed to build the institutional capacity of teacher education institutions (TEIs) and Ministries of Education in 15 countries from the Asia-Pacific region in designing and providing training courses on

ICT-pedagogy integration, thereby preparing the next generation of teachers to enhance the process of teaching and learning by utilizing ICT judiciously in the classroom.

 

2 This was done

through 1) engaging Deans and TEI faculty members in planning and creating an ICT-based teacher training environment, 2) guiding TEIs in their curriculum review and development of ICT-related education courses, 3) implementing capacity building workshops for teacher educators on designing, providing and managing teacher training activities on ICT-pedagogy integration, and 4) tapping the TEI network to serve as Resource Centres to ensure that publications (books

and CDs) of UNESCO Bangkok reach the target audience.

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, October 30, 2013 3:04 AM

Read about how teacher education institutions (TEIs) have made great efforts to develop a new ICT curriculum (or course) into their existing curriculum.

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Teacher research: what’s the point?

Teacher research: what’s the point? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There are two possible ‘research systems’ we might nurture – research undertaken by research professionals, and research undertaken by teachers. Each has the potential to improve our schools. But they will be the most effective when they function in parallel, successfully engaging with one another like cogs in a well-oiled machine.

 

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Interesting article on research and action research.

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Edward Phiri's curator insight, October 29, 2013 6:00 AM

Research undertaken by teachers is qualitative research and it is meant mainly to improve practice. It is Action research as it is aimed at solving a problem that a teacher would have identified.

Karen Ford's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:43 AM

This definitely sounded interesting and very timely for our class this semester.  What do you think?

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Half an Hour: A Few Words on ePortfolios

Half an Hour: A Few Words on ePortfolios | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

On the one hand, the portfolio may focus predominately on learning and reflection. Such a portfolio may come to resemble a student's journal or sketchbook.  On the other hand, the portfolio may be used primarily for evaluation and assessment, becoming more a documentation of achievement that a personal workspace. As Barrett notes, the former model focuses on the ePortfolio as process, while the latter contemplates the ePortfolio as product.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a sound introduction to the concept and issues surrounding ePortfolio from one of the world's great authorities on elearning.

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flea palmer's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:32 AM

Interesting post by Stephen Downes about the different functions of e-portfolios. Downes believes that in the future students will need to manage their online learning records and products, while linking to a range of services such as YouTube and Flickr. He links to an interesting project at University of Mary Washington which encourages students to create their own 'web presence' independently from any service providers. 

Luis Miguel Claudio's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:29 AM

Reflexión de Stephen Downes sobre la importancia de los e-portfolios, entendido como proceso y como producto. Concluye con la idea que que en el futuro serán equivalentes a las actuales certificaciones.

Como siempre, muy interesante.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 2, 2013 8:09 PM

This is clearly defined as e-documentation of learning maintained within a e-portfolio.

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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Yes. I certainly think a lot of time is spent totally underestimating the development of our teens these days.

 

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16s3d's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:02 AM

Histoire de recadrer les pessismistes et passéistes: l'écriture est plus que jamais vivace!

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:28 PM

I can't believe kids are doing more than 40% of their writing outside of school. "Life writing" may make grammar teachers cringe, but at least students are engaging with others and sharing ideas in this format.

Catherine Byrd Bushby's curator insight, June 21, 2014 10:13 PM

That's why we need to bring social writing into school.

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5 ways tech has changed professional development

5 ways tech has changed professional development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology has not only changed the way students learn but also the way educators grow through professional development. We talked with tech-savvy, leadership-oriented teachers, principals and professional development organizations to find out what’s trending.

Nik Peachey's insight:

I've written and presented a lot about this myself, so good to see more focus coming on it from the educational online press.

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Bradley Gomoluch's comment, July 31, 2015 3:30 PM
Sorry Nik, I scooped the article and tried to respond with my own comment but it use yours.
Bradley Gomoluch's comment, July 31, 2015 3:31 PM
I wanted to say that with the increased emphasis on collaboration technology makes it possible and to have PD offered for free is great for teachers.
Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 1:11 PM

I chose this article because it speaks to the new trends in professional development  through technology.   

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New study of low MOOC completion rates

New study of low MOOC completion rates | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The average completion rate for massive open online courses is less than 7 percent, according to data compiled by an Open University doctoral student as part of her own MOOC studies.

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Some down to earth reading about completion rates for MOOCs

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Carolina Adriana's curator insight, October 22, 2013 1:02 PM

Para tener en cuenta los Mooc y sus porcentajes.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:45 AM

"The average completion rate for the 17 automatically marked  MOOCs courses was 7.7 percent, while for the 11 that involved some degree of peer assessment, the figure was 4.8 percent. 

Generally speaking, for most of the courses, completion rate is defined as people who earned a certificate -- the people you could deem to have passed the course...."

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Cyber Security: Protecting Your Kids Online - DeVry University

Cyber Security: Protecting Your Kids Online - DeVry University | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Parents may not realize they are actually the first line of defense in keeping their families safe online, says Linda McCarthy, cyber security expert.
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Useful, but rather long (266 pages), ebook on various areas of online security.

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How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

If catching people’s interest is about seizing attention and providing stimulation, holding it is about finding deeper meaning and purpose in the exercise of interest. Caution is required here, however. Research has found that infusing a subject with meaning by stressing its future utility can produce the opposite of its intended effect.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some interesting insights into how to capture and hold our students' interest and attention.

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Mary Starry's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:12 PM

Several good take away messages here.  Liked the idea of focusing more on the questions we're asking.  Also found it interesting that students lose interest if we tell them how this will apply in their lives, while asking them to identify how this concept or task will be used in their future lives results in increased interest.

OrienTapas Curation's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:14 AM

By @anniemurphypaul.

 

Via @David Álvarez: "Se citan varias investigaciones sobre la influencia de nuestros intereses en nuestra vida académica y profesional, aportando algunas pistas sobre la forma de sacarle partido, tanto desde la perspectiva de las familias como del profesorado. Si nuestras aficiones e intereses confluyen con nuestras aptitudes hemos descubierto nuestros talentos." (Reseña en: http://e-aprendizaje.es/2013/11/10/el-aprendizaje-es-una-cuestion-de-pasion/)

Colleen Adam's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:30 PM

Interesting article about what captures and holds attention and some strategies to engage your students.

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Children and the internet: a parent's guide

Children and the internet: a parent's guide | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

"I found out my two eldest girls had set up Instagram accounts in secret, which I wasn't happy about and soon put a stop to," he said. "Poppy is the only girl in her class without a mobile. It may sound harsh, but I do worry about the bullying that can go on with these sites."

Nik Peachey's insight:

Sounds like Jammie is doing a bit of his own bullying!

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harish magan's comment, November 6, 2013 1:29 PM
Watch is necessary for kids.
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Self-Organised Learning Environment (SOLEs) in an English School : an example of transformative pedagogy?

Self-Organised Learning Environment (SOLEs) in an English School : an example of transformative pedagogy? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The SOLE concept, although flexible, has the potential to offer a divergent, radical transformative pedagogy. This sits somewhat uncomfortably alongside more convergent approaches which position the learner as subservient to the curriculum, with the task of merely mastering subject matter prescribed by the teacher. However, what is notable from this analysis is that transformative pedagogy seems to be positioned alongside, rather than in conflict with, the dominant educational framework.

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Some interesting research into the application of SOLEs.

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21st Cent. Learners's curator insight, November 3, 2013 5:40 AM

I'm torn by this. I'm sure that children come back with lots of information from the net, but how well is this translated into deeper understandings? Skillfully facilitated plenaries must be crucial.  Maybe a juxtaposition of this with Hattie's findings on the key features of effective teaching would be interesting?  I'd love to see SOLEs in action.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 3, 2013 3:37 PM

Great one

Hilario's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:56 AM

Good way of engage students and teachers.

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Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention

Ready to Learn? The Key Is Listening With Intention | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Research on how we learn a second language demonstrates that effective listening involves more than simply hearing the words that float past our ears. Rather, it’s an active process of interpreting information and making meaning. Studies of skilled language learners have identified specific listening strategies that lead to superior comprehension. What’s more, research has shown that learners who deliberately adopt these strategies become better listeners.

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Some useful tips to remind ourselves and our students about.

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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, October 31, 2013 12:36 PM

We derive the most benefit from observation when we have in mind the conscious intention to carry out the action ourselves. In a 2006 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, psychologist Scott Frey of the University of Oregon scanned the brains of participants as they watched videos of someone putting together and taking apart a toy made of several parts. One group of subjects simply watched the demonstration; another group was aware that they would be asked to reproduce the actions they viewed on the video.

Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, November 2, 2013 4:04 PM

The human mind should learn @least 6 knew words to their library of vocabulary, and knowledge every day that advances you in life...

Gloria Panta's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:21 PM

Interesting article about how our brain works...

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Easy iPad Management for Education- At Scale!

Easy iPad Management for Education- At Scale! | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

iPad deployment includes all of the steps between buying an iPad and beginning to use the device. For an individual’s personal iPad, this is often a very fast and easy process lasting no longer than five minutes: You just open the box, turn it on, download the apps you want on your device, and go. But for a school, or district, with potentially hundreds of iPads–each one requiring a specialized list of apps that need to be purchased before protecting the devices with a case and sending them out to classrooms. As an administrator or teacher, there are a few things you will need to know before you deploy your iPads

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Some handy advice and guidance for anyone launching a 1:1 iPad project.

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Dee KC's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:03 AM

Please please read this before spending your money...make sure you have planned for the time and cost of implementing the devices themselves.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:28 AM

May need this one day!

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Teacher educators as learners: Enabling learning while developing innovative practice in ICT-rich education

Teacher educators as learners: Enabling learning while developing innovative practice in ICT-rich education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This research investigated the enablers that were identified by teacher educators as most significant in the development of their Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) while transforming their teaching practice.

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Interesting article which has quite a strong focus on teacher educators / teacher trainers making better use of technological environments (about time too).

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Lara N. Madden's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:37 PM

Must do more research into this TPACK route. Very interesting...

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UNESCO - Teacher Portal for ICT in Education

UNESCO - Teacher Portal for ICT in Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This site provides a comprehensive range of useful ICT in Education information for teachers and educators, particularly those in the Asia-Pacific region, including: teaching guidelines, lesson plans, and links to online ICT teacher training courses.

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A really huge collection of useful resources.

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Mile Charris's curator insight, February 23, 2016 5:05 AM

ICT in Asia and Pacific Region establish by the UNESCO

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From One-to-one to Many-to-many: Powering peer learning in open learning environments

From One-to-one to Many-to-many: Powering peer learning in open learning environments | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When learners teach one another, work collaboratively on a problem, actively construct their understanding of a concept, interact socially and build relationships with each other and then develop a sense of belonging to a learning community, they make the behavioral transition from disengage to engaged learners.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting article on promoting more user to user interaction within MOOCs.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, October 29, 2013 10:23 AM

A peer-to-peer network that moves a student from "asker" to "helper." Great use of collaborative technologies. 

Houseygirl's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:32 PM

Preetha Ram talks about OpenStudy approach to learning

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Is blogging on the decline in 2013?

Is blogging on the decline in 2013? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Blogs went largely unchallenged until Facebook reshaped consumer behavior with its all-purpose hub for posting everything social. Twitter, which allows messages of no longer than 140 characters, also contributed to the upheaval.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Personally I think it has more to do with the amount of time it takes to produce a good blog posting and there being so little return on investment.

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robyns tut's curator insight, October 27, 2013 5:30 AM

I thought this article sums up some of the things we have been learning in the course, about twitter, Facebook and even gives the history of blogs. Personally i don't think blogs are on the decline, most people still use their blogs even if they have Facebook because it is different from posting on FB.

Melissa

Ian Fulton's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:53 AM

The success of facebook is that you visit one site and it pushes the information to you...  as opposed to websites and blogs where you have to visit several sites to see if a change has been made.

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Advancing Integrative Social Pedagogy Using ePortfolio

This article highlights the work of three faculty members across two different professional development seminars at LaGuardia Community College. It illustrates how their work was guided and is linked together by a common thread—the use of ePortfolio to foster integrative social pedagogy—as a result of their participation in these seminars. This connection highlights the interdependent relationship that exists between faculty members’ professional development and students’ learning in the classroom.

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Interesting article from the International Journal of ePortfolio

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PD Roadblocks: Control, Compliance, and Permission.

PD Roadblocks: Control, Compliance, and Permission. | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

There are two factors that seem to be holding many educators from this self-directed collaboration. First, it requires a minimal amount of digital literacy in order to connect and explore, and collaborate. This seems to be lacking for many educators, as well as a resistance to learn the literacy. Ironically, educators are supposed to include digital literacy in their curriculum for their students to be better prepared.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a good article which highlights the underlying reasons for teachers lack of autonomous development through digital media.

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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, October 23, 2013 9:45 AM

Well said, Tom!  As a professional developer, we still have miles to go before people will understand these concepts.

Brian Annesley's curator insight, November 3, 2013 3:09 AM

"Connected Educators" - take charge of your PD!!!