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10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning

10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
It’s part of your job as an eLearning course developer to polish up your material before you hit publish. A single error speaks volumes. It tells learners you’re in a hurry to even check the course or think you don’t care enough about details.

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Ra's curator insight, July 11, 2013 5:15 PM

Quick list for the last checks before publishing.

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Woohoo...I feel like I am vindicated. What a super short list of essential TDLs for all of us who are creating or curating content for others to use online. Thank you!

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2013 Trends in Online Education and Virtual Learning - InformED

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ACTFL 21St Century Skills Meet Technology Infographic

A suggested but not exhaustive list of possible applications that may help foster 21st Century Skills in today's language learners.

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The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world

The 20 most spellbinding university libraries in the world | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it

You can't have a university without a library. The hub of any academic's life, some of these libraries have been feeding the minds of scholars for nearly 500 years.

 

From Duke Humfrey's Library at Oxford, built in the 16th century, to the Joe & Rika Mansueto library built only a couple of years ago, to the Stirling Memorial library built in the 1930s, each has its own unique look and feel.

 

How we expect our libraries to appear and function has changed. Irrespective of age, these spellbinding library buildings each demonstrate unusual and beautiful approaches to the focal point of any university.

 

All these libraries stand testament to the brilliance of books.


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The library as a "sense of place". Libraries will continue to inspire and encourage learning in an age of digital technoogy.

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:50 PM

How we expect our libraries to appear and function has changed. Irrespective of age, these spellbinding library buildings each demonstrate unusual and beautiful approaches to the focal point of any university.  View them here and read why they are spectacular: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/the-20-most-spellbinding-university-libraries-in-the-world-8778283.html?action=gallery

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 31, 2013 9:30 AM

How can we replicate the grand feeling of "being in the library" virtually - still much to be said about "library as place of learning"

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Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling

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Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories.
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Meograph allows the user to create digital storytelling. It is available to use of the web free of charge but you can also upgrade to use in a classroom setting. Looking it is closey, Meograph seems designed for secondary school students however I can also see its application in a tertiary setting.

How it works is a student can create a story using videos, images and you can include a timeline. Once a story is completed, it can be embedded and shared on most social media sites. Meograph enables an intuitive approach to digital storytelling.

 

Digital storytelling is usually presented as a short video (between 2-5 minutes in length) and can utilise video, images such as photos and audio. They can range in levels of sophistication from the very basic to movies that are highly interactive.

 

From an information literacy perspective, digital storytelling assists with developing skills in “researching, writing, organisning, presenting, problem solving and assessment” (Robin, 2008).

 

The types of instruction that I can see Meograph being applied are with History where the library instructs in information literacy skills. It allows students to create their own story using a particular event or an historical figure.. Using digital storytelling in teaching and learning can assist with critical thinking and learning motivation (Yang & Wu, 2012).

 

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Digital storytelling allows text (story) to be augmented by visuals and audio. Meograph would fall into the Modification level of SAMR, however it can move into the Redefinition level with the addition of video. It can also be further enhanced by sharing the story with others, inviting feedback and collaboration.

 

 

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Robin, B. R. (2008). Digital Storytelling: A Powerful Technology Tool for the 21st Century Classroom. Theory Into Practice, 47(3), 220-228.

Yang, Y.-T. C., & Wu, W.-C. I. (2012). Digital storytelling for enhancing student academic achievement, critical thinking, and learning motivation: A year-long experimental study. Computers & education, 59(2), 339-352.

 

 

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Stop Searching, Start Learning

Stop Searching, Start Learning | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
MentorMob provides the best learning experience online by guiding you through the web's best content, organized and ordered by users like you
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When I saw MentorMob, my heart sang! This is something that has real application with teaching information literacy. MentorMob is a web based platform requiring users to register, available free of charge and has two streams, one general and the other education. In terms of scholarly literacy and in particular the skills that library staff try to impart, the evaluation of material is very important. The idea behind MentorMob is that it recognises fact that there is so much information out there on the web and getting the good stuff takes time. MentorMob enables users to create lists of relevant content on specific subjects and then post what they think are the most relevant and appropriate. The existing number of sites ranges from 1 to over 50 however most fit between 10-20 sites. A number of media types are supported eg videos, websites and PDFs. Playlists can also be embedded into LMS, blogs and other websites.

To apply in my own learning environment, there are two ways in which this can be achieved. The teacher can create a playlist or get the students to create their own after learning about how to evaluate websites. Currently we instruct students on how to evaluate sources using a checklist. What we could do is get students to create their own list of resources after being taught how to evaluate. When students can create their own playlists (own content), the engagement level is high with students demonstrate learning as they progress

Using evaluation as the instruction and applying MentorMob (connecting to a model), students gain confidence as they create their lists. 

Curation of resources has become not only popular but also effective in the teaching and learning context.

 

MentorMob sits nicely within the constructivist learning theory, enabling students to construct their own content.

“Constructivism views learning as a change in understanding of the phenomenon which is the object of learning, in our case purposeful information seeking and use”(Limberg, Sundin, & Talja, 2012). In using MentorMob, students access information, evaluate, assess and decide if worth including in their playlist, a truly constructivist approach.

MentorMob may also address the problem of only having one information literacy session with students that are all too common. An idea would be for the librarian to continue, “monitoring” the playlists and providing feedback and continuous assessment.  This should certainly be explored further.

 

SAMR

MentorMob certainly sits within the modification model, allowing students to create their own playlists. This is a vast improvement from handing out a printed sheet with tips on how to evaluate web resources

To move into the Redefinition level, students would need to be able for students to be able to work on the playlist simultaneously.

 

 

 

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Limberg, L., Sundin, O., & Talja, S. (2012). Three theoretical perspectives on information literacy. Human IT, 11(2), 93-130.

 

 

 

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Dana Hawkins's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:18 AM

This is a great artefact, and also relevant to the TESOL context. For academic preparation classes we often have in-class source evaluation activities, and often the easiest answer for students is "just use peer-reviewed journal articles". However, Mary has acknowledged a great point, which is that great sources are all over the internet and most certainly should not be limited to what we traditionally think of as trusted sources. I can see my students working on these lists as a class and advising each other on why they are/aren't trusted sources of information.

 

An addition for the TESOL context would come in the way of bridging the gap between the learners' previous context and the current educational paradigm. By opening up a dialogue between learners of different countries we open into a cognitive flexibility learning theory, where we are sharing ideas of source evaluation definted by different contextal criteria.

Justine Crompton's comment, August 17, 2013 4:33 AM
Just joined and checked this out. Nice Scoop Mary. The mention of creation, opportunity to be critical and purposeful construction of content hooked me in. 21st Century employees need to information literate - able to sift through the infinite amount of information available and then evaluate and select and to suit their learning needs. The open-endedness of the task suggested, that is playlist creation, allows for diverse levels and range of responses. The suggestion of monitoring playlists to provide feedback enhances playlist construction. Keeping an unlisted playlist is a safe option for student groups so I think this could work in my work context. I can see it's use in the teaching of primary history as students are expected to locate sources as an outcome.
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Symbaloo

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I really like Symbaloo! A place where you can organize and share your favorite websites. How do you like Symbaloo?
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NoodleTools : MLA / APA / Chicago Bibliography Composer, Notecards, Outlining

NoodleTools : MLA / APA / Chicago Bibliography Composer, Notecards, Outlining | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
NoodleTools: Student research platform with MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian bibliographies, notecards, outlining
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Using SAMR to Teach Above the Line

Using SAMR to Teach Above the Line | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
The SAMR model is a useful tool for helping teachers think about their own tech use as they begin to make small shifts in the design and implementation of technology driven learning experiences t...
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Brett Taylor's comment, August 13, 2013 9:36 PM
A great analysis tool and one that has started to pervade my everyday life ... was sitting earlier today looking at the range of coffee gadgets I have in the kitchen and mentally categorising them according to SAMR!
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Designing eLearning For ipads

Find about emerging need of eLearning on iPads, learn how to get started with it as a first step towards ‘mobile learning’.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Rob Furman, David W. Deeds, Kim Flintoff, catspyjamasnz
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:21 AM

Let's get started with iPads. Teachers need to learn how to use materials and also how to create them

Fernando Yanes's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:13 AM

Interesante ... como para ir preparando las transformaciones. "La escuela nunca fue ni será el monopolio del conocimiento"

Peter Shanks's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:57 PM

like them or not, the ipad has become an educational tool that content and application developers can't ignore

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Artistico: Combining Game Based Learning and Art

Artistico: Combining Game Based Learning and Art | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
PlayArt Labs, a developer of cultural-themed mobile games, has launched its first app Artistico, which is a game set in a world of visual art.

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Chris Carter's comment, August 4, 2013 12:44 PM
Thank you, robinwb!
Chris Carter's comment, August 6, 2013 12:11 AM
thank you, Mary!
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Uitproberen!

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4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning

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What are the stages of technology in learning, and how can these stages be used as a framework for improving learning?
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A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it

In all the discussion about learning management systems, open educational resources (OERs), massive open online courses (MOOCs), and the benefits and challenges of online learning, perhaps the most important issues concern how technology is changing the way we teach, and - more importantly - the way students learn. For want of a better term, we call this “pedagogy.”

What is clear is that major changes in the way we teach post-secondary students are being triggered by online learning and the new technologies that increase flexibility in, and access to, post-secondary education.

As a first step in an exploration of what these pedagogical changes are and their implications for students, faculty, staff, and institutions, we begin here by:


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Jo Schiffbauer's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:02 PM

online learning...

Conrad Albertson's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:19 AM

A very interesting (albeit long and detailed) discussion about the changes driving education and information management in schools and beyond.

 

There are some very good insights that some may find disturbing. One in particular where the teacher is no longer the expert, but a facilitator for students to guide them in their learning and  information gathering/management. When everyone can look up almost anything on Google and get answers, sometimes more accurate than the instructor has provided, a change was inevitable.

 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 29, 8:44 AM

Online Learning

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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic

27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
So what does it take to become a 21st century teacher? This handy chart details more than two dozen ways to get started. A must-read and share.

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Elena Keating's curator insight, August 15, 2013 4:34 PM

reflect on your teaching methods. As a teacher we too are life long learners.

Justine Crompton's comment, August 17, 2013 2:15 AM
This infographic is a great reminder of how we can always better our teaching and as Brett pointed out it might also prompt some teachers to realise they are already operating well with reference to some of the terminology. I often feel some teachers lose confidence when change is occurring if they are not being instructed (PD) in a constructivist learning method - what do you already know or do well - BUILD ON THAT. I like how the blogger associated (linked) with this infographic prefers the term "modern connected teacher" to 21st Century teacher. I believe this is a term that would continue beyond the latter. The seven general capabilities (Australian National Curriculum) to develop in students links well to this chart. If you explore further the creator of the chart, Mia McKee, has a great infographic "Preparing Students To Present: 27 Ways To Have an Awesome Presentation" on her blog site. Presentation features heavily in the realm of eLearning.
Mary Coghlan's comment, August 21, 2013 3:38 AM
This could easily be applied in my workplace. As a librarian, I need to have both feet firmly planted in the 21st century and create learning experiences that are real -make it relevant. Other phrases that are "screaming" out at me are; Question, Focus, Be, Document, Relate. A really great infographic to have close by.
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10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning

10 Careless Mistakes That Will Totally Ruin Your eLearning | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
It’s part of your job as an eLearning course developer to polish up your material before you hit publish. A single error speaks volumes. It tells learners you’re in a hurry to even check the course or think you don’t care enough about details.

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Ra's curator insight, July 11, 2013 5:15 PM

Quick list for the last checks before publishing.

Sara Brechbiel's curator insight, July 15, 2013 10:56 PM

Creating a checklist to avoid these blunders sounds like a nice plan.

Kathleen Gradel's curator insight, July 21, 2013 12:12 PM

Woohoo...I feel like I am vindicated. What a super short list of essential TDLs for all of us who are creating or curating content for others to use online. Thank you!

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WikiNodes

Get WikiNodes on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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WikiNodes is an app that can be purchased from the ITunes Store for a small cost. The idea behind WikiNodes is that it uses content from Wikipedia (hence the name) and presents the information as a mind map or nodes, enabling the user to go fro one topic to another related one.

Visually it is very appealing and great for those who learn with pictures and diagrams and not with great slabs of text, which is great for visual learners like myself.

 

Having experimented it for a few days, I am starting to both enjoy the experience and think about how it can be used in my own teaching environment for information literacy.

Using Wikipedia is somewhat contentious with students however in my own experience in teaching information literacy to first year students, rather than swim against the tide, I suggest that students use it as their first port of call in locating information (it is good for an overview of a subject) and then move across to finding scholarly, peer reviewed information.

 

In terms of SAMR, WikiNodes falls into the Augmentation level. Wikipedia is enhanced further by providing significant functional improvement and also by presenting the material in a visual format,

 

TPACK

TPACK is a framework used to demonstrate the interaction between content, pedagogy and technology. (Koehler & Mishra, 2009) All are equally important however it is useful to see how they all work together with new kinds of knowledge can be found at their intersections (Koehler, 2011).

Technological Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK) looks at how technology can enhance pedagogy and learning and includes technologies such as wikis and blogs. Technology Content Knowledge (TCK) looks at technologies such as iPads and finally Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) is the subject matter that the teacher understands and interprets and then decides how it will be taught. With all three intersecting, we get TPACK and a successful teaching and learning experience. WikiNodes has the potential to provide this.

 

 

 

References

 

Koehler, M. (2011). What is TPACK?   Retrieved August 4, 2013, from http://www.tpack.org/

Koehler, M., & Mishra, P. (2009). What is technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK)? Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(1), 60-70

 

 

 

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Create, Engage, Assess through Mobile Devices. | Interactive Lessons | Mobile Learning | Apps for Education | iPads in the Classroom

Create, Engage, Assess through Mobile Devices. | Interactive Lessons | Mobile Learning | Apps for Education | iPads in the Classroom | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it
Meet Nearpod, an all-in-one solution for the use of mobile devices in education. Easily create interactive multimedia presentations to engage your audience.
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“Nearpod”is an application that allows for synchonised teaching and is designed for use in both SmartPhones and tablets. Students can also use a desktop, laptop or an iPad. An account is created however an existing Google account can be used to access.

How it works is that the teacher creates a training session and then invites students to participate by providing a PIN.. Each slide is viewed by swiping the iPad to the next screen and at the same time, students’ screens will also change.

It allows the teacher to share presentations to students with added features such as quizzes, videos, polls, allowing formative assessment tasks to be incorporated into the lesson. Fundamentally, it is a tool that can be used in the classroom however “homework” can be set for students to continue working on at home Nearpod also provides “ready made” tutorials for use.

In terms of learning, it is very much a teacher centred approach with the teacher in control of the lesson however it does provide ample opportunities for students to collaborate and provide peer support.

(Frontiera, 2013) outlines the functionality of Nearpod and how it supports many of the Personal Learning Environments  (PLE) elements.  PLEs embed students into wider learning communities. He continues, “PLEs are rooted in the Constructivist and Networked Learning frameworks, where learning is constructed instead of reproduced. Collaboration and connectivity are essential to the process of learning”

When I first saw this app, I wondered how it could be applied in a setting where I teach information literacy skills and how I could create my own online experience for students. One of the great features of Nearpod is the ability to add content such as existing powerpoint presentations. I can also add images, screenshots and create quizzes. It is very easily customised. 

Looking at Nearpod, and SAMR, , I return to my own experience in teaching information literacy skills. If using Nearpod in this example, it is a tool that allows for Modification. It certainly encourages “deeper analysis” and real life application and students can accomplish new goals. (Chell & Dowling, 2012)

The potential is there to provide a richer, more engaging learning experience.

 

References

 

Chell, G., & Dowling, S. (2012). Substitution to Redefinition: The Challenges of Using Technology.

Frontiera, C. (2013). Nearpod: A Way to Organize a Mobile Learning Environment. Paper presented at the World Conference on Educational Media, Victoria, Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

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The SAMR Ladder Through the Lens of 21st Century Skills

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SAMR is a truly useful tool for helping teachers identify their current comfort zone in order to build expertise in designing efficient and effective student learning experiences. To reach higher l...
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The interactive graphic adds another interesting layer to using the SAMR model with a wiki.  Graphic by Susan Oxnevad @soxnevad.

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Symbaloo

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I really like Symbaloo! A place where you can organize and share your favorite websites. How do you like Symbaloo?

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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 3, 2013 2:03 PM

This is brilliant! Great use of Symbaloo!

Chris Carter's comment, August 6, 2013 12:25 AM
Thank you, Mary. Symbaloo seemed to me to be no more that a visually appealing list of web links, but as I used it I realized that being visually pleasing actually is important. Further, my ability to move the links around and group them by purpose, subject, etc., was quite useful as well. Finally, my ability to share the symbaloo page, and effortlessly update & re-share made Symbaloo an important addition to my tool box.
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How Course Design Puts the Focus on Learning Not Teaching

How Course Design Puts the Focus on Learning Not Teaching | Learning with Technology | Scoop.it

Instructional design, also known as learning design, appears to be making a comeback. Massive open online courses [MOOCs] that mimic the classroom model where the learner is passive and the instructor is not, highlights the need for fresh, new approach to course design. And it’s not just MOOCs that need help, but numerous courses currently offered online; many are in need an overhaul to create an environment focused on learning, rather than one that focuses on instruction.


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IMPLICATION:  Learning Design

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