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elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach | Listening | Scoop.it
A variety of instructional design models provide pathways for developing courses using different philosophical approaches. However, many design models tend to focus more on the teaching than on the learning portion of the process. Roderick Sims, in his book
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Tongue in cheek: the concept of design for learning—a way for designers to "conceptualize the development process from the learner's perspective rather than that of the content or the teacher." This concept makes the focus on the learning rather on the teacher or content.  Oh, what a novel idea! 

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Booms, Cracks, and Claps: Listening to the Language of Thunder - WCAI

Booms, Cracks, and Claps: Listening to the Language of Thunder - WCAI | Listening | Scoop.it
Booms, Cracks, and Claps: Listening to the Language of Thunder
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One night last week a dramatic summer thunderstorm passed over the Outer Cape.
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Listening to patterns, i.e. "language", of nature evokes the same kind of "listener response" as to human language:  a flood of insight, a flurry of connections, a sense of empathy. 

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True Crime Writer Gary C. King

True Crime Writer Gary C. King | Listening | Scoop.it
True crime author Gary C. King has written 17 books, eBooks and more than 500 articles about serial killers and other true crime cases over the past 32 years.
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I love crime novels.  When well written, a crime novel keeps the perfect balance of known-unknown, driving a sense of anticipation.  You don't know just enough to want to keep reading.  Extensive reading is based on this principle, though it's not always easy to find the right match of known-unknown (and desire to know!) for every student. 

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Tester veterans listening sessions - Helena Independent Record

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Tester veterans listening sessions
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US Sen. Jon Tester holds a listening session Friday at the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
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In some contexts, "listening" is replacing the term "discussion" or even "presentation", to encourage interaction and the sense that your objections will be "heard", even if not acted on.

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Listening to the most important voices - The Hill (blog)

Listening to the most important voices - The Hill (blog) | Listening | Scoop.it
Listening to the most important voices The Hill (blog) Over the last year, I have urged my Republican colleagues to include the most important voices in the debate on poverty: the Americans that live the harsh realities of poverty, day in and day...
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Here listening is used in the sense of "inclusion":  including particular people's perspectives in an understanding of an issue

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Reading Activity - Improving Speed and Accuracy with "Repeated Readings"

Reading Activity - Improving Speed and Accuracy with "Repeated Readings" | Listening | Scoop.it
Every good reader must read quickly with accuracy. Struggling readers need to improve both of these skills. An activity designed to achieve speed and accuracy, while motivating students is called "Repeated Readings".
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Repeated listenings, with 2-3 minute texts, also has a similar cognitive effect:  strengthening connections between words and ideas, speeding up phonological processing, increasing confidence.

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Does it Really Say That? Volume of reading is still important

The volume of Reading Is Still Important

 

The Common Core explicitly and implicitly address the issue of reading volume.

On page 3 of Appendix A, they attribute “the deterioration of overall reading ability” to “the problem of the lack of reading.”They go on to say that “To grow, our students must read lots, and more specifically they must read lots of ‘complex’ texts—texts that offer new language, new knowledge, and new modes of thought.”So while they do make the argument for complex text, they also make the argument for reading volume.

 

Theory to Practice: Lost in the Translation

 

Somewhere between conception and implementation, most grand ideas grow muddled with translation. In this instance and instances like these, it is important to return to the Common Core document and ask:

 

Is this understanding a reflection of where the standards demonstrate shortsightedness? Or is this a reflection of what we “think” we’ve read and understood about the Common Core? Our laments must become the “guiding concern” that leads to our own close, careful reading of the Common Core document.


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Michael Rost's comment, August 27, 2013 12:54 PM
Volume is important...though as I am often reminded, the "core" of reading is interest. The motivation to read "more" has to start with personal interest.
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Three Ways Listening To Influencers Helps You Sell - Business 2 Community

Three Ways Listening To Influencers Helps You Sell - Business 2 Community | Listening | Scoop.it

I like the way Michael Brenner describes “social selling”. He says (paraphrasing) it’s about sales people building a strong personal brand and helping social buyers become customers via content and exchanges.

 

To bring social into your selling process though, you need to create a few foundational elements. Much like a modern marketer will set up a process for creating content that educates their audience, a social selling expert will find ways to share useful content at meaningful moments with their potential buyers.

 

Your goal will be to establish and nurture a strong personal brand and sleuth out the right types of content to share. Building up your social selling foundation won’t happen overnight, but when the effects kick in (expect 3 to 6 months…), you’ll be in a strategic position that is very difficult to unseat.

 

While nothing but dedicated hard work will make a social selling strategy work, influencers can shorten your ramp-up time and help you get the most out of your efforts. Here are three ways influencers can help you excel at social selling:


Via Anita Windisman
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Mixed blessing, the ongoing lumping of successful business practices with effective listening.  True, selling involves important aspects of listening, such as decisions on what to comment on, what pieces of 'your content' to introduce and when, all with the intent of 'getting' a buy in and a sale...and an ongoing commitment to a sales-client relationship that feels fulfilling to the client... But it's pretty easy to see through the charade of most sales people who have been trained in 'effective listening'...

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Liberated by listening: How cross-cultural story-telling sets us all free

Liberated by listening: How cross-cultural story-telling sets us all free | Listening | Scoop.it
I grew up in the minority-majority city of Miami. The “dominant” culture consisted of several ethnic minority populations.

Via Charles Tiayon
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Love this piece, reminiscent of the 'Cracking the Code' documentary, which contains many wonderful little stories and vignettes of cross-cultural listening...

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Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to global voices

Sure, the web connects the globe, but most of us end up hearing mainly from people just like ourselves. Blogger and technologist Ethan Zuckerman wants to help share the stories of the whole wide world.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Being a good listener is rooted in curiosity, an openness to stories, voices from 'other' worlds...

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Offline vs online human relations and the power of handshake

Offline vs online human relations and the power of handshake | Listening | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought the difference between your digital relations and your physical ones? Are your online human relations weight enough for you? How about your offline human relations?

Via Susan Bainbridge
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one aspect of listening is tactile...

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Manos Ioannidis's curator insight, August 8, 2013 4:31 AM

We still need the personal / physical contact in certain situations in our life. I am working running the company from a distance, and it happened that I did not meet my colleagues in person for quite some time. This saves time but its a heavy burden on entrepreneurs' shoulders to keep the team together. May be I went to the other extreme :) I also remember this amazing article on Forbes from David Amerland regarding work form home. Very good read George Konstantakopoulos thank you

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How Typefaces Influence Perception and Persuasion

How Typefaces Influence Perception and Persuasion | Listening | Scoop.it

"Words possess an extraordinary amount of power and the ones we choose can have a major impact on response and results..."

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Fonts are like dialects...

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elearn Magazine: eLearning in a Foreign Language

elearn Magazine: eLearning in a Foreign Language | Listening | Scoop.it
In this article, the author explores the challenges of learning a foreign language online and how the process differs from that of learning other subjects in ones native language. The author suggests adjusting first year credit hours to provide more language practice, increasing variety in lesson plans, and keeping up with instructional technology and the virtual classroom. Leadership themes and the magnitude of student autonomy in the virtual foreign language classroom are also discussed.
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What I like about this article is the kick off: While distance education is growing more and more popular by the year in a variety of fields, eLearning a foreign language is still, well…foreign, in many ways, especially when it comes to research, data, and teaching methodology.   E-learning for second languages lags waaaaay behind.  Helping to catch up!  (Lots of Chechen-Up to do)

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English listening practice - "A dangerous summer" - YouTube

This is an English listening practice video based on an article called "A dangerous summer" The English lesson begins with some new vocabulary to help you un...
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As a lifelong language teacher and student, I continuously observe relative advantages and disadvantages of various methods.  Here the advantage is appeal to, well obviously, "danger".  An emotional hook.  An overwhelming belief is that the learner must be emotionally engaged for any meaningful learning (and memory of what was learned) to take place.

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Video: Awesome Baby Only Stops Crying While Listening to Nine Inch Nails - Relix (blog)

Video: Awesome Baby Only Stops Crying While Listening to Nine Inch Nails - Relix (blog) | Listening | Scoop.it
Relix (blog)
Video: Awesome Baby Only Stops Crying While Listening to Nine Inch Nails
Relix (blog)
Next time you see a parent on an airplane with a child in hysterics, you now know what to do.
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Here, listening is used as re-focusing on a new pattern, or interrupting an old pattern (something the baby is upset about) with new sensory input...

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SOAR health work group holds listening session in Floyd County - WKYT

SOAR health work group holds listening session in Floyd County - WKYT | Listening | Scoop.it

SOAR health work group holds listening session in Floyd County
WKYT
(WYMT) - Another SOAR listening session was held on Tuesday, this time to discuss the topic of health.

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Listening is often used in the sense of "being open to new ideas" or "accepting alternative interpretations".

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30 Ways Google Glass Can Innovate the Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC]

30 Ways Google Glass Can Innovate the Classroom [INFOGRAPHIC] | Listening | Scoop.it
Google Glass has huge potential to innovate many industries, but many believe it could truly flourish as a learning tool in the classroom.

Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
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Listening as...attending, perceiving, engaging, interacting, responding...all of these aspects of listening can be enhanced with technology.  I've been fascinated with any technology that enhances perception, particularly allowing for attending to information in multiple channels simultaneosly.  Google Glass seems to have promise in this area (though careful with the 'broken glass' caveats for possible abuse:  See the futuristic short film Sight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSU0lTCMTZw&nbsp)

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Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:27 PM

Not too much hype?  Fun 4 a tech class...good issue in a social sciences course.

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Background Knowledge: A Key to Close Reading with ELLs

Background Knowledge: A Key to Close Reading with ELLs | Listening | Scoop.it
This post is my second of two about how the shifts of the English Language Arts CCSS are playing out in classrooms with ELLs. My first post was about teaching informational text to ELLs, and this p...

Via Tonya Ward Singer
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Background knowledge – and the confidence to activate it and draw upon it – also the key to close listening with ELLs

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Tonya Ward Singer's curator insight, August 23, 2013 11:54 PM

Dr. Staehr Fenner compares three definitions of close reading, and via one concrete example, provides insight in ways to build background knowledge to support ELs with a close read. 

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How critical reviews of writings improve comprehension

How critical reviews of writings improve comprehension | Listening | Scoop.it
How critical reviews of writings improve comprehension ("How critical reviews of writings improve comprehension" by #AafaqueEhsen #WritingSkills #IMCWF http://t.co/30zBzIrywl)...
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Seeing "critical points" in a piece tends to help you deconstruct the arguments, and become more aware of perspectives...that's all part of comprehension.

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Information and Perception of Meaningful Patterns

Information and Perception of Meaningful Patterns | Listening | Scoop.it

The visual system needs to extract the most important elements of the external world from a large flux of information in a short time for survival purposes. It is widely believed that in performing this task, it operates a strong data reduction at an early stage, by creating a compact summary of relevant information that can be handled by further levels of processing. In this work we formulate a model of early vision based on a pattern-filtering architecture, partly inspired by high-speed digital data reduction in experimental high-energy physics (HEP). This allows a much stronger data reduction than models based just on redundancy reduction. We show that optimizing this model for best information preservation under tight constraints on computational resources yields surprisingly specific a-priori predictions for the shape of biologically plausible features, and for experimental observations on fast extraction of salient visual features by human observers. Interestingly, applying the same optimized model to HEP data acquisition systems based on pattern-filtering architectures leads to specific a-priori predictions for the relevant data patterns that these devices extract from their inputs. These results suggest that the limitedness of computing resources can play an important role in shaping the nature of perception, by determining what is perceived as “meaningful features” in the input data.


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Listening is in part 'data reduction', taking an overly rich and complex input source and creating meaning from it...
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Awakening with Suzanne Lie: CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERCEPTION

Awakening with Suzanne Lie: CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERCEPTION | Listening | Scoop.it
CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERCEPTION. 8-13-13. States of Consciousness and Perception. Our brains are electrical and filled with neurons and individual cells connected to one another by dendrites and axons. Every time we ...
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39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students

39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students | Listening | Scoop.it
A collection of teacher-approved, teacher-recommended reading comprehension websites and mobile apps for K-2 students.

Via Susan Bainbridge
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Reading and listening share an underlying 'comprehension' construct...

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