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Week 7: MOOCs & Quality by Martin Weller

Week 7: MOOCs & Quality by Martin Weller | Future of education | Scoop.it
Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the UK Open University. He chaired the OU's first major elearning course in 1999 with 15,000 students, and has been Director of the VLE and S...
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What are we counting?

What are we counting? | Future of education | Scoop.it
People keep asking me what I think about quality metrics, the audience research system that Arts Council England (ACE) will shortly require its largest National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) to use.

When I try to answer this complex question, many immediately tell me they were asking confidentially and don’t want their own views known. I hear a lot of reservations and many worries, but everyone seems reluctant to say anything during the current NPO application process.
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32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers

32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers | Future of education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Insert a learning simulation

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OFFICE MIX FOR TEACHERS TEACHERS STUDENTS ADMINISTRATORS HOW-TO Insert a learning simulation Included in the Lab Apps from Office are simulations from PhET Interactive Simulations, a non-profit open educational resource project at the University of Colorado Boulder. Its mission is "to advance science and math literacy and education worldwide through free interactive simulations." The project acronym "PhET" originally stood for "Physics Education Technology" but has since expanded to other disciplines, including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, and Mathematics. More than 125 interactive simulations are available for free in a mix created for educational use.


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Blended Learning 

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Improving the world through disruptive innovation.

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Mindfulness in the Classroom: Does It Work?

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Does It Work? | Future of education | Scoop.it
In most schools across the country, you are likely to find students practicing mindfulness. But what affects are these programs having?
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Coming soon... Linked for DIGITAL Literacy

In 2017, the Linked for Literacy partnership between the Zanesville City Schools and the Muskingum County Library System will be expanded to address.

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Can a First Grader Build a Computer?

Can a First Grader Build a Computer? | Future of education | Scoop.it
In the 21st episode of Beyond The Hour of Code, we are talking with Oliver from Kano computers live from the CUE conference. We talked about the awesomeness of the DIY movement and how to best capture that energy in the classroom, we also chatted about some exciting new kits coming from Kano

It was just a few years ago I got interested in programming and computing for younger students, and I did it at the right time. If this is new to you, don't worry, now is also the right time.

The KANO computer was designed by a team responding to the challenge of a child. “There should be a computer that you can put together like LEGO.”

This would be the perfect tagline for the company if it didn't have another company's name in it. The concept is simple and the kit is great. For the past 2 years, I have run an afterschool “build your own computer club” that used the KANO kits.
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5 Vital Truths About Education Technology | Emerging Education Technologies

5 Vital Truths About Education Technology | Emerging Education Technologies | Future of education | Scoop.it

"Study the Past if you Would Define the Future”  – Confucius 

Following are 5 undeniable realities of education technology, as I see them. What do you think? Feel free to weigh in with a comment and share your perspective. – KW

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Teens: Are Their Brains to Blame?

Teens: Are Their Brains to Blame? | Future of education | Scoop.it

Teenagers! They’re impulsive. Aggressive. Engage in risky behavior and just don’t know what’s best for them.  And there’s research now that gives a reason for it too.  It’s that their brains are not capable of making reasonable decisions. You know.  It’s their frontal lobes that are not fully developed and that’s why they act the way they do.

Or is it?

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Web Literacy 2.0

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This paper captures the evolution of the Mozilla Web Literacy Map to reach and meet the growing number of diverse audiences using the web. The paper represents the thinking, research findings, and next iteration of the Web Literacy Map that embraces 21st Century Skills (21C Skills) as key to leadership development.

As technology becomes more ubiquitous, and more people come online, Mozilla continues to refine its strategies to support and champion the web as an open and public resource. To help people become good citizens of the web, Mozilla focuses on the following goals: 1) develop more educators, advocates, and community leaders who can leverage and advance the web as an open and public resource, and 2) impact policies and practices to ensure the web remains a healthy open and public resource for all. In order to accomplish this, we need to provide people with open access to the skills and know-how needed to use the web to improve their lives, careers, and organizations.

Knowing how to read, write, and participate in the digital world has become the 4th basic foundational skill next to the three Rs—reading, writing, and arithmetic—in a rapidly evolving, networked world. Having these skills on the web expands access and opportunity for more people to learn anytime, anywhere, at any pace. Combined with 21C leadership Skills (i.e. critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, creativity, communication), these digital-age skills help us live and work in today’s world. Whether you’re a first time smartphone user, an educator, an experienced programmer, or an internet activist, the degree to which you can read, write, and participate on the web while producing, synthesizing, evaluating, and communicating information shapes what you can imagine—and what you can do. follows:
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UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Future of education | Scoop.it
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Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes.

Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes. | Future of education | Scoop.it
QuizPedia is a fun and engaging learning tool that can be used in primary education and onwards. And it’s free! How is it different to a typical quiz making tool? Quizzes aren’t new to the classroom but QuizPedia’s approach is. We flip the tables and transfer the task of making quizzes from teachers to students.…
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Theory of Knowledge, Social Media and Connected Learning in High School - DML Central

Theory of Knowledge, Social Media and Connected Learning in High School - DML Central | Future of education | Scoop.it

What’s “Theory of Knowledge?” I asked Burvall. Her email reply confirmed my instinct to jump in on a high school tweet-chat about epistemology: “Theory of Knowledge is a compulsory course at the core of the International Baccalaureate program that offers students an opportunity to think about their own thinking, the nature of knowledge itself, and what constitutes knowledge in the various disciplines they study. Students explore “how we know what we know” and how knowledge is created, shaped, vetted, and changed. One of the key premises is that personal knowledge should result from careful inquiry and examination of evidence rather than simple acceptance of claims.”

The course unit guide focuses on a series of “big questions” students are prompted to ask rather than specific answers they are expected to learn. Social media —  blogs, Twitter, video, Storify, a Google+ community — are enlisted for specific purposes of inquiry, reflection, metacognition, mindful personal participation in the digital commons, collaboration and creative problem solving.

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Synced brainwaves reveal if students like class

To see if students actually enjoy a class—and get along with their classmates—check their brainwaves, a new study suggests.
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The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation - Quartz

The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation - Quartz | Future of education | Scoop.it
We’re all getting used to the thought that in a not-so-distant future, competition for jobs won’t just be other humans, it will also be an intelligent robot, self-driving car, or other artificial agent. But in our gut, we know this can’t be the full truth, that there’s a more nuanced story. We at least believe that elite human skills will remain valuable even as automation eats the world. The hard part is figuring out which ones will be the most valuable and where they will be the most prized.

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Unpredictability and dealing the physical world are keys to the future
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30 Educational Web Tools for Teacher Librarians

30 Educational Web Tools for Teacher Librarians | Future of education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Future Ready Schools

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Future Ready Schools is a free, bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. This effort comes at a critical time as districts embrace college and career readiness as the goal for all students and recognize the potential of digital tools to help teachers personalize learning for each student. While less than 30 percent of U.S. schools have the bandwidth they need to teach using today’s technology, federal and state efforts are expanding this capacity to ensure that at least 99 percent of the nation’s students have access to high-speed internet in their schools within the next five years. Such connectivity, along with strategic planning by districts to maximize its availability, has the potential to transform the educational experiences of all students, regardless of their background. 
District leaders must respond to these changes with thoughtful planning to align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities. The Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading this effort alongside a vast coalition of national organizations. Future Ready Schools can be found at www.futurereadyschools.org. Districts can download the Future Ready Schools fact sheet here.
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Institutional Learning Analytics: How Can Academic Libraries Connect?

seInstitutional Learning Analytics: How Can Academic Libraries Connect? Megan Oakleaf Associate Professor Syracuse University Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE,

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When (Virtual) Reality Meets the Classroom -- Campus Technology

When (Virtual) Reality Meets the Classroom -- Campus Technology | Future of education | Scoop.it

Indiana University (IU) has enjoyed a long and successful history of using virtual reality for research and creative endeavors. Over the past two decades, hundreds of university faculty and students have immersed themselves in 3D environments and virtual simulations. Unfortunately, this work was limited to a handful of spaces, required costly hardware and depended on a small set of shared software resources. Large-format projection systems (taking up hundreds of square feet and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars) and custom applications were common.

Over the past couple of years, virtual reality (VR) has experienced a renaissance. Quality VR display technology is affordable and backed by big tech corporations. Software distribution platforms, such as Steam, allow VR applications to be easily downloaded and installed

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Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges ~ Stephen Downes

Cloud computing pushes into the classroom, but not without challenges ~ Stephen Downes | Future of education | Scoop.it
Slowly but surely, in spite of the issues, cloud tools are coming to the classroom," according to this report. But infrastructure challenges remain. "One of our biggest challenges is providing technology solutions that require bandwidth and some computer." As well, there is the complexity of adding new tools to a classroom environment. No single set of tools provides a perfect fit. " In order to decide which tools are best from the universe of choices on the Internet, teachers communicate with one another, participate with other teachers on social networks to find what's working for them.
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Rationalizing Those 'Irrational' Fears of inBloom

Rationalizing Those 'Irrational' Fears of inBloom | Future of education | Scoop.it

That inBloom might exist as a cautionary tale in the annals of ed-tech is rather remarkable, if for no other reason than ed-tech – at least its manifestation as a current blend of venture capital exuberance, Silicon Valley hype, philanthropic dollars, and ed-reform policy-making – tends to avoid annals. That is to say, ed-tech today has very little sense of its own history. Everything is “new” and “innovative” and “disruptive.” It’s always forward-facing, with barely a glance over its should at the past – at the history of education or the history of technology. No one had ever thought about using computers in the classroom – or so you might glean if you only read the latest marketing about apps and analytics – until this current batch of philanthropists and entrepreneurs and investors and politicians suddenly stumbled upon the idea circa 2010

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9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers

9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers | Future of education | Scoop.it

Social media’s popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another.

Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning.

Here, we’ve gathered 9 blogs that focus on technology integration, instructional technology, school leadership, and pedagogy. If you have a favorite blog that isn’t on this list, use the comment section below to let us know.

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Get the 2017 NMC Horizon Report - higher education 

Get the 2017 NMC Horizon Report - higher education  | Future of education | Scoop.it
The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition at the 2017 ELI Annual Meeting. This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The topics are summarized in the accompanying infographic.

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21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever

21st Century Skills Have Always Been “Needed” Skills, But Now We Need Them More Than Ever | Future of education | Scoop.it

Regardless of what we call them, the 21st century skills represent a type of skill that is not traditionally connected to standards and skills our students are evaluated on. Even though we know these types of skills are imperative to success in the workplace, in relationships, and in life–they are still seen often as “nice to have” instead of “need to have” for our students.

Seth Godin recently wrote an article, “Let’s Stop Calling Them Soft Skills“, in which he describes five categories of skills that we all look for in colleagues, employees, and students–yet, don’t seem to value over other content and standardized skills.

What I love about Seth’s view is that it is one outside of education. He has created businesses, written books, designed products, and even started his own altMBA school. Seth believes these so-called “soft skills” are more important now than ever before.

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