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No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.


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It is curious that with the advent of new technology, we seem to be inclined to take backwards steps in learning and teaching; we know that using language for communication is a worthwhile way to learn, but then we regress to using teacher-initiated questions and individual responses when we start using a blog, for example. This article highlights several of these trends, and being aware of these is extremely helpful in being able to avoid them!

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John Williams's comment, September 4, 2013 12:57 PM
Bonnie I agree parents are important today so many seem to be tuned out to the needs of there children, it is a lot more than just material needs, that parents need to provide, and with the prevalence of single parent homes, it is even harder. I feel as much for the parent of these homes as I do for the children it can not be easy wearing all the hats.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 4, 2013 1:12 PM
I have long hours of work in places where the parents did not or would not participate. Sometimes they did not know. Some groups like Wired Safety , have Mom groups.. or PTA groups. Thanks for your comment.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 4, 2013 1:12 PM
I have long hours of work in places where the parents did not or would not participate. Sometimes they did not know. Some groups like Wired Safety , have Mom groups.. or PTA groups. Thanks for your comment.
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Deliver the Bilingual Advantage | eSchool News | eSchool News

Deliver the Bilingual Advantage | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

Preparing today’s students with 21st Century skills increasingly includes language. The Academy for International Education (AIE), a tuition-free public charter school in South Florida/Miami-Dade, has implemented an exciting language learning “technogogy” for students to build bilingualism through bi-literacy in Spanish and English. Watch how one elementary school is developing global, bilingual citizens

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Language Learning needs a Flip

Language Learning needs a Flip | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Language learning should be kept out of the classroom. Teachers and students should focus on practicing conversational skills instead.

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I like the provocative first sentence - but read on! There's some interesting points in this blog post.

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Texthelp

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Presenting iReadWrite iPad app

iReadWrite makes reading easier and writing more accurate when using an iPad for school, work, or leisure.

iReadWrite runs on your iPad with no Wi-Fi or 3G access necessary and will ensure you never make a mistake again as you can export your completed document to email, Messenger, Facebook or Twitter.

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This is quite an expensive app (£19.99) and I haven't purchased it yet. I looks useful, though. There are many apps that will read text back to you, but the addition of the integrated feature of being able to get suggested words and check the spelling/meaning with audio could be helpful. I'm hoping someone has purchased it and can let me know if it's worth it!

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Twenty terrible reasons for lecturing

One reason for lecturers not responding to their everyday experience is, I believe, their ignorance of alternatives. If you can't imagine what else you might do than lecture, then it hardly matters what your everyday experience is telling you. Lecturing is taken for granted. Courses are designed around lecture topics. Knowledge is packaged in our heads in one-hour-lecture-sized chunks. Why is this?


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Not about mobile learning, but even when we start to design an online course we tend to think in terms of lecture-type input first, even though the input may be some kind of online reading material, or (quite commonly) a video of a lecture. The ideas here are pertinent, therefore, in the preparation for syllabus design both for face to face and online.

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Leona Ungerer's curator insight, July 27, 12:57 AM

Wonder what more recent literature would suggest (on lecturing as a teaching tool).

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 27, 4:42 AM

All educators should read this! Great in thinking about presenting any info.Makes me think of all school faculty meetings and how we could do it differently!

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 9, 8:06 AM

... because the person who is "doing" the reading, writing, talking, listening, and investigating is the person who is doing the learning.

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Seven Models for Blended Learning Success

Seven Models for Blended Learning Success | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"This eBook explains the various types of blended learning models being used in real classrooms throughout the country. While the specific needs of a district, school or classroom will vary, each can utilize different technologies that exist today to aid inthe instruction and delivery of a successful blended learning model."


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A very short outline, but it gives an overview of some of the ideas associated with blended learning. You have to sign up for newsletters before you can download it!

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.


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Dennis Granlund's curator insight, July 24, 6:18 PM

This site is timely as schools move from hard copy to etexts.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, July 24, 11:22 PM

A transformation which is not a revolution. It will take time and effort.  It's important we give it the space to take its natural course.

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, July 25, 11:11 AM

Thank you Nik. I like reading about innovations like e-textbook transformation that make learning more accessible to all students.

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iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more

iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

The new features will begin rolling out July 8 with the ability for teachers to create and manage previously uploaded lessons directly from the iPad. Apple says the course creation features will let teachers grab content from iWork, iBooks Author or “any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad.” It will also let teachers use the iPad’s camera to include shots and video of real-world items in courses. The course creation feature will be available to educators in all 69 with the materials they create distributed in up 155 countries.


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The addition of discussions moves iTunesU from an elaborate textbook to something that involves collaboration - a good move. Pity it's only for private courses.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 10, 7:29 AM

Got some knowledge to share?  

sobrie01's curator insight, July 10, 12:07 PM

Picture creating your own async classroom and having the abilty to have different instructor contribute to the lessons. Very cool functions that are easy to use. Well Done Apple!

Fiona Price's curator insight, July 11, 9:18 AM

Exciting news!

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6 Models of Blended Learning

6 Models of Blended Learning | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Discover how six blended learning models combine traditional classroom experiences with online learning for successful student results.

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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, July 9, 2:31 PM

Six different models of Blended Learning

Jean-Christophe Francet's curator insight, July 16, 2:29 AM

Excellent explanation of the different possible mixes between online and offline learning.

Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 20, 11:25 PM

 Handy infographic with six basic models

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Knowmia Teach Pro: iPad Lesson Creation Tool

Knowmia Teach Pro: iPad Lesson Creation Tool | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"If you are interested in creating video lessons using your iPad you’ll definitely want to check out Knowmia Teach Pro.  This powerful tool lets users make their own recordings using a virtual whiteboard to annotate images, draw pictures and add text to the screen.  In addition to capturing everything you write on the screen, Knowmia records your voice and a video of you speaking into the camera.  There are tons of tools for you to explore within the app."

 


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What Are mLearning's Benefits, Challenges, Future?

What Are mLearning's Benefits, Challenges, Future? | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"“If you want to make sure your training is continuously effective, and that you don’t get compliance issues down the road, you really need to be reinforcing your learning on a regular basis. You can push short chunks of learning, little texts, little assessments, little case studies, to people on a spaced basis. These short, sharp, spaced interventions have actually proven much more effective. Mobile is ideal for delivering them.”"


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Twijector

Twijector | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Twijector is a real-time twitter wall for conferences, events, cafe and classrooms.


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Emmanuel 'Manny' Gigante's curator insight, June 4, 8:49 PM

https://hootsuite.com/hootfeed

Jay Roth's curator insight, June 10, 12:19 PM

Similar to TodaysMeet - but public!

Patty Ball's curator insight, July 20, 9:26 PM

twitter projection

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Teaching 1 to 1 with Tablets

This is the presentation from my workshop on using tablet computers in a one to one context.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 11, 1:06 PM

Yet another superb collection of ideas, tools and apps for education

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, August 26, 4:28 AM

Slides from Nik Peachey concerning iPad use in the context of one-to-one teaching. As well as providing some practical tips there are some useful links to tools that will enable students to practise diverse literacy skills.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 26, 9:10 PM

Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore! 

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Why You Should Care About M-Learning

Why You Should Care About M-Learning | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"Mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. There are a variety of reasons for this, but many have to do with the accessibility of mobile devices, the savings associated with a mobile enabled learning program, and the convenience mobile learning affords the learner. In fact, today if there is a learning management system (or courses) that do not perform on mobile devices, it is borderline in-excusable. In five years time, it will be flat-out archaic."


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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, April 3, 5:41 AM

infografic

Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 4, 5:54 AM

Good article about why companies need to start adopting mobile training. Some of the information echoes what I have in my e-learning presentation slides from last week! Technology is moving fast, and we have to move fast with it or fall severely behind. The infographic in this article is rather good. 

--techcommgeekmom

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Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table - FRACTUS LEARNING

Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table - FRACTUS LEARNING | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
This overview shows the progression of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, how each thinking skill applies in practice, and examples of activities using digital tools.

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Matthew Jorgensen's curator insight, August 20, 4:15 AM

Any BTax charts with verbs are ok with me.

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5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader

5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there's been an explosion of speed-reading apps lately that promise to get you reading up to 400, 600, even 1,000 words per minute. But is it worth it? Are you really doing yourself a favor by blasting through e-mails at top speed? 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 18, 12:57 AM

Nice article with some good tools to help slow down and make your reading more engaging.

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, August 18, 1:42 AM
Why Speed Reading Is Problematic

 

By using an RSVP app or even going through a speed-reading course, you can increase the number of words that you can read from 200 or 300 per minute up to and over 1,000. But there’s one serious drawback – comprehension takes a huge hit. Absorbing and internalizing the information that you’re reading takes time, and it often requires that you go back and re-read parts of passages to fully grasp their meaning.

In speed reading competitions, participants routinely only understand 50% of the text that they’re reading, which is far too low for learning important lessons or appreciating a piece of literature. Some experts even believe that speed reading a tweet would result in lower comprehension, and that’s only 140 characters.

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Free Technology for Teachers: WordWriter - A New Way of Learning Vocabulary Through Writing

Free Technology for Teachers: WordWriter - A New Way of Learning Vocabulary Through Writing | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

 insights and practical Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Nik gives some very useful insights and some practical ideas for developing online materials. He has a focus on Moodle, but the ideas relate to any online learning platform.

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Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 5:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 8:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 2:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Step 7: Images, copyright, and Creative Commons

Step 7:  Images, copyright, and Creative Commons | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Welcome to the seventh step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging! The aim of this step is to: Discuss copyright, fair use and using images on blogs. Introduce you ...
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A useful reminder about copyright and what you should be aware of when you write information, materials and ideas on a web page.

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Oxford University Press Launches e-books for Learning English Through Microsoft’s Office 365

Oxford University Press Launches e-books for Learning English Through Microsoft’s Office 365 | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Oxford, Oxfordshire (PRWEB UK) 9 July 2014 -- Oxford University Press has collaborated with Microsoft to make its enhanced e-books solution, Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf, available through Office 365, a SharePoint app. The app transforms Oxford’s coursebooks and Readers for learning English into smart digital books with a balance of interactivity that encourages students to study independently at home, and tools that help teachers to engage students in the classroom.

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A very interesting development from Oxford University Press. If you want to use the books on your iPad, it seems you have to first download the "Oxford Learning Bookshelf" app (free: https://itunes.apple.com/app/oxfordlearnersbookshelf/id617832312) and then within in the app you can get the books. Some books appear to be available only for institutions, and as yet I can't find a way to be able to evaluate them.

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Can we read with our ears?

Can we read with our ears? | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Many students with weak decoding skills can read: with their ears. As teachers, we can make a strategic choice of differentiating in our lessons in order to allow a poor reader to ‘read with their ears’ in class until the time they can read with their eyes. As long as this occurs alongside additional intervention to address their decoding difficulties, we may be improving his or her life chances by providing this opportunity.


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An interesting article - relevant to literacy skills and accessibility. Helping pupils to be able to access the curriculum despite poor reading skills seems to be a no-brainer.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 3, 1:01 AM

Interesting article about developing reading skills.

Frances's curator insight, July 3, 6:22 AM

Using all the resources available to us, while we systematically teach children the skills they need.

Randy Kulman's curator insight, July 4, 4:27 AM

reading is reading!

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Open access publisher brings scholarship to developing world

Open access publisher brings scholarship to developing world | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
New mobile app helps a Cambridge press offer free digital monographs even to those without computers
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Free Technology for Teachers: Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things)

Free Technology for Teachers: Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things) | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"While gathering resources to share with campus teachers, I stumbled upon thePhoto Mapo app and quickly added it to my list of tools for summer archival. The intent was to provide a repository of tools and applications that educators could utilize in the midst of their staycations and vacations that could also be extended to the classroom. Photo Mapo is a FREE app that does just that. "


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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, June 9, 4:34 PM

Just downloaded and checked it out. So easy to use. Choose a photo and that's it! (GPS data with photo, of course.) Lots of templates to choose from. 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, June 9, 8:42 PM

Very useful for fieldtrips and site -based learning activities - the app allows you to record the location, a map, a photo and notes about the location in a single "postcard" style image.  Geological survey, environmental outings, etc could all be recorded with this innovative, yet very simple application.

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Over 12 years ago, as Todd Curtis and his teaching partner tried to get all of their eighth graders engaged in class discussions, they noticed a trend. Though students talked freely outside of class, they became silent in class. As an experiment, they jury-rigged their email system into a backchannel.


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Renee Stewart's curator insight, May 23, 5:08 PM

Want to explore this more

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, May 24, 6:35 AM

This is something I had not thought a lot about, but with the growth of Blended Learning throughout our systems of learning, it makes so much sense to include this in our planning.  This article gives some great examples and ideas about tools and backchanneling for our learners.  I think this has great promise for reinforcing adult learning as well.

Helen Teague's curator insight, May 24, 3:22 PM

meets the quality of participatory framework needed in Communities of Practice.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Reading in the mobile era

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Reading in the mobile era | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

UNESCO is currently investigating how access to text can be improved through the use of technology, specifically basic mobile phones. Today mobile phones are common in areas where books are scarce. The United Nations estimates that 6 billion people have access to a connected mobile device of some sort, while only 4.5 billion have access to a toilet.


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Jason R Levine's curator insight, May 22, 5:33 AM

"Mobile phones are common in areas where books are scarce"

Delphine Plasse's curator insight, May 22, 9:24 AM

Help people get access to means ode development

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 23, 9:53 AM

Informe de la Unesco.

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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

“We can’t turn back,” Wolf said. “We should be simultaneously reading to children from books, giving them print, helping them learn this slower mode, and at the same time steadily increasing their immersion into the technological, digital age. It’s both. We have to ask the question: What do we want to preserve?”


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, April 10, 11:01 PM

Very interesting

Eric de Beauvoir's curator insight, April 10, 11:34 PM

Humans seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. 

jose antonio gabelas's curator insight, April 15, 10:23 AM

Indicated 7 Keys to observe differences http://educarencomunicacion.com/2013/07/7-claves-para-escribir-en-la-web/ ;