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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

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Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
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Some good points but are our students learning more and better? Would an increase in teacher numbers and improvement physical spaces actually provide bigger gains in teaching and learning? I think you know the answer.

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What is driving the mobilization of learning, what levers can educators and businesses apply to surf the wave?
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Speaking about 21 Century Learning and Teaching | ReGear Learning

Speaking about 21 Century Learning and Teaching | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning specialises in Mobile Learning Solutions for your business or learning institution.
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EduTECH17, Sydney. Overwhelmingly it was not the toys that were being sold, or the research completed that piqued my interest. It was the discussion of why the tools, toys and research was applied; what drives us to develop and inquire; what drives us to apply technology solutions to education.
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Flipped learning / Future-focused learning / Teaching / enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning

Flipped learning / Future-focused learning / Teaching / enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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Flipped learning. Such a basic concept but so challenging to roll out in larger institutions. Leadership is the key. Specifically, recognising the shift in practice at a strategic level. 
Change needs to be supported. Change needs to be planned and progress measured. Institutions will only get so far by encouraging a community of practice. This is not new. 
Just saying. 
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Strategic steps towards organisational digital capability

Strategic steps towards organisational digital capability | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
How digitally capable is your organisation?
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Digital capability underpins the development of technology enhanced learning. But, it is the ICT infrastructure that enables learning and development for staff.
The learning management system, and the way it engages with the digital learning environment, can be seen as a doorway to staff capability development along the corridor of daily activity. 
Ask yourself - how inviting is this doorway? Is it signposted? is it clear what lies beyond the doorway of capability development?
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Students as Co-Elaborators: the reverse classroom

Students as Co-Elaborators: the reverse classroom | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
I was lucky, thanks to Arthur Shelley to be able to attend some of the Melbourne Creative conference this week. A number of  leading Knowledge Management experts including from NASA and Cirque du S…
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The reverse classroom is not something you would use for every lesson, nor is the lecture, or the flipped classroom. These are strategies that make up the teachers toolkit of approaches.
Diverse learning and teaching strategies are often applied by teachers, tutors, lecturers without fuss - instinctively. 
All have merit, and have challenges. Used strategically they can have great effect. The key constraint I see every day is time and support for teachers' professional development.
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Are you getting ready for degree apprenticeships? | HEFCE blog

Are you getting ready for degree apprenticeships? | HEFCE blog | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Perhaps the NZ Productivity Commission's tertiary education report will shake the government enough to make enabling legislative change. Yeah right!
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Degree apprenticeships are a great model of learning. Enabled by technology this model has potential to do well in New Zealand. Unfortunately New Zealand's tertiary education legislative structure would struggle to fund such a student-centred approach. Worse, technical institutions that are up against the wall are not even thinking about new approaches - for them it is about survival (filling they student quotas and ensuring completions at all costs). 
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Blended learning: what’s in it for the learner? A case for minimum standards? 

Blended learning: what’s in it for the learner? A case for minimum standards?  | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Blended learning is a buzzword in teaching, but what does it really mean for the learner? We take a look at the practical impact that flexible and creative approaches to blended delivery is having on different kinds of learners in a range of higher education (HE) and further education (FE) institutions.
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In academic institutions where lecturer autonomy is held dear there is now a strong case for minimum standards including making lecture slides and resources available digitally, offering online (and possibly audio) assessment feedback, and employing social media to engage students.
Learners are keen - but what does this mean for teaching staff?
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Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Kearney | Research in Learning Technology

Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective | Kearney | Research in Learning Technology | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective
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Needing to reference research about mobile pedagogies?  This paper explores enhanced collaboration, access to information and deeper contextualisation of learning as part of learning and teaching using mobile.
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9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers | Mobilization of Learning | 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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Trade tutors in Tertiary education are expected to have an incredible range of skills. Digital skills (as discussed here) is just one small area. There is also understanding 21C teaching practice, being the IT fix-it person, student advocate and mentor, specific trade skills, technical and instructional writer, policy and procedure navigator. and team player.  
I wonder if we fully recognise and value what they do.
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3 Non Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning (EdSurge News)

3 Non Negotiables When Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Learning (EdSurge News) | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Pinterest boasts more than 1,000 ideas about how students can self-evaluate their own learning. My Google search on the same topic offered six million results. Clearly, the resources are plentiful. But just because students can doesn’t mean they will.
Over the course of their education, I estim
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The idea of a chain of safe learning environments is so important - particularly if the learner is confronted with challenges like low literacy. 
Imagine leaving school, struggling with literacy, and being told that the next step is a brave new world of learning in the workplace. Frightening. 
Lets work on making these transitions feel safe for learners. 
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Authentic Learner Pathways | ReGear Learning

Authentic Learner Pathways | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning specialises in Mobile Learning Solutions for your business or learning institution.
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Authentic learner pathways. Lets focus on learning, not funding, to ground New Zealand's tertiary education system. Using learner needs and wants to drive the system will support achievement and counter the long tail of dissatisfaction inherent in the current system. The FLANZ submission to NZ Productivity Commission draft report into new models of tertiary education makes a great point.
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What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs? | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Will classes in curiosity, problem-solving and creative thinking soon be on the curriculum? Our latest report thinks it should.
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We can agree that 21C skills are needed. So, how are these skills developed though changed learning experiences? Are they dependent on changed teaching practice?
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Soil, Food and Society: a free science learning resource | ReGear Learning

Soil, Food and Society: a free science learning resource | ReGear Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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Soil, Food and Society has been developed by ReGear Learning in partnership with New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries and primary sector industry partners. This resource explores where our food comes from. It offers both students and teachers activities and lessons that are integrated with the NZ Curriculum.
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The LMS market glacier is melting

The LMS market glacier is melting | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The world of edtech is strange and full of apparent contradictions. Venture capital investment has exploded since 2010, hitting an all-time high of $3.1..
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The LMS is a part of the system - not the system. "Schools are no longer looking for just one system to manage the virtual classroom". Institutions are adopting systems where the LMS is  one component. This move is enabling broader adoption of new pedagogical approaches.
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2016 scenario guide to effective tertiary education in New Zealand - Ako Aotearoa

2016 scenario guide to effective tertiary education in New Zealand - Ako Aotearoa | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
This web-resource provides an interactive system-wide view of what tertiary education might look like in New Zealand in 2016. Tertiary education managers and leaders can use these scenarios to plan future organisational and programme development.
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Vocational training organisations (ITPs) have been standing at this crossroad for a decade, dithering. It seems we continue to support models that face the institution and struggle to break free from standardisation. Government systems are not helping us decide our direction. Institution leaders invest in continual micro-change because the consequences of a wholesale direction change are likely to impact on the size and scope of the business resulting in job losses and a change in market share. Levels of leadership bravery are low because we care deeply about the people we employ. 
Some ITPs have shifted and the results of their commitment to a new education model are beginning to show. Others have not realised it is the education model that needs to change, not the management structure, or IT services, or programme portfolio. 
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Education as a business – destructive policy, based on bad economics

Education as a business – destructive policy, based on bad economics | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
OPINION: For-profit education is not in our best interests, writes Damian Ruth.
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We all know education will not fit a classic business model. Unless you think differently about the consumer: the learner. For the business model to work you need to change the ethical baseline and move the risk from provider to learner. Once you are comfortable with the learner taking the risk then you can start to make money. Many providers do this without realising what they are doing.
There are businesses that protect the learner - they provide quality products and services and options for learners to change the contract once understanding develops. But, the model is the same: all power to the provider.
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In 2050, Africa will be home to 1 billion young people. And they'll need educating

In 2050, Africa will be home to 1 billion young people. And they'll need educating | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Jakaya Kikwete, a member of the International Commission on Financing Global Eduation Opportunity, sets out a path to universal education.
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Intrinsic motivation and understanding their learning pathway are critical factors in learners' success (Hattie). Considering the content is already online, if we find ways of supporting learners to scaffold knowledge toward learner-identified goals we will have success with self directed learning in underdeveloped regions that we don't see in more developed nations. 
It begins with frameworks that help learners develop personal learning pathways. Add to this the significant challenge in providing access to the web. Easy to say from my desk. #whiteprivilegeshame 
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Creating learning experiences, and spaces, for future students

Creating learning experiences, and spaces, for future students | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
What do the next generation of digital learning environments look like? Given the time and thought that they have already invested in developing digital learning spaces – would colleges and universities be better off making best use of the ones they have? 
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By taking a smorgasbord approach rather than a set menu institutions have an opportunity to support innovation, efficiency  and flexibility. As UK's Open University suggests, digital learning environments "won’t be a thing in itself”.
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Including soft skills in the vocational training curriculum

Including soft skills in the vocational training curriculum | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Schools near Detroit have reworked curriculum to include both technical and soft skills.
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It is when soft skills are part of the assessment schedule that change is really being made. Do programme documents identify these skills and apportion credit for them towards the qualification? Likely not. But that time is coming.
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Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ (EdSurge News)

Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ (EdSurge News) | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

British author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson is known for several accomplishments, from his books to his professorships to his TED talks. But in 2006, he gained recognition for something that no other TED speaker in history has done. It was back then that he delivered a TED talk on the topic of wh
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Education organisations' structure, operation and measurement are set up to deliver to the adult world's needs. Our education system has a priority of control, management and reporting in order to ensure continuity of supply of funding. No wonder students turn off when put into this business model.
It is good to be reminded why we struggle to engage students in learning. Thanks Ken Robinson.
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It’s All About Design! | teachonline.ca

It’s All About Design! | teachonline.ca | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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For those bringing a course online or reworking an existing online course this is a great article to guide your thinking. The only thing I would add is thinking about constraints - particularly when developing blended courses. 
When bleeding online with traditional teaching you may find you are required to fit to a timetable, or have inflexible spaces for face to face activities. But, constrains can be an opportunity to ask the question "how can the online resources and activities enhance our face to face time?"  
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Three Pillars of Educational Technology | teachonline.ca

Three Pillars of Educational Technology | teachonline.ca | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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An insightful series of articles for anyone looking at the mechanics of online learning. What is not included as a pillar is modern learning and teaching practice. 21C learning pedagogy is moving towards increased responsibility for the learner and different ways of managing the risk to those contracted to deliver learner outcomes. 
We see this in the use of inquiry and project learning and analytics to guide and monitor. 
In my view the pillars might be the the mechanics, the pedagogies and the relationships.
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Study Examines Benefits and Constraints of BYOD Policies -- Campus Technology

Study Examines Benefits and Constraints of BYOD Policies -- Campus Technology | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
A new study examines the affordances, or benefits, and constraints of instituting bring your own device (BYOD) policies in schools.
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The BYOD being discussed here is a substitution technology rather than transformative technology. Fundamentally, learning and teaching practice does not change with voluntary BYOD. What is not discussed is how a teacher might deal with a student who does not, or can't, bring a device.
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Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education

Designing a next generation digital learning environment for higher education | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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A reasonable explanation of what future learning environments might look like - in a a higher education context. A few presumptions are made regarding ubiquitous connectivity and digital literacy. 
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Home - FLIPCurric

Home - FLIPCurric | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The six keys to \'flipping\' the curriculum and assuring the quality of higher education achievement standards and assessment involve getting the following \'right\' (that is evidence-based, relevant, benchmarked, situation-specific and peer confirmed)
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Great collaboratively developed tool for developing programmes and improving the relevance of outcomes for learners and assessment for outcomes. A must engage moment for anyone involved in higher education programme and course development, and design for 21 century learning.
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FLANZ September Newsletter 

FLANZ September Newsletter  | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
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COOL schools, learning analytics, the future of education in NZ 2025. All here in the Flexible Learning Association NZ September newsletter.
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