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George Siemens introduces a new MOOC Framework

George Siemens introduces a new MOOC Framework | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

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Ebba Ossiannilsson's curator insight, December 1, 2013 1:08 PM

George Siemens introduces a new MOOC Framework

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10 education journalists on Twitter you need to follow | Education Dive

10 education journalists on Twitter you need to follow | Education Dive | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

By Davide Savenjie

 

"Many education journalists use Twitter to keep their followers in the loop and, if you follow the right people, Twitter will automatically sift through the clutter for you. To make it easier for our readers, Education Dive compiled a list of top 10 education journalists on Twitter. Take a look and stay ahead of the curve (and while you're at it, check out Education Dive on Twitter as well):"


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How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival

How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

Tony Wagner of Harvard University worked to uncover the 7 survival skills required for the 21st century. To accomplish this, hundreds of CEOs in business, non-profits and educational institutions were interviewed. A list of seven skills that people will need to survive and thrive in the 21st century was compiled from their answers.


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LaTisha Hockensmith's curator insight, March 16, 6:56 PM

Check out these 7 survival skills for the 21st century learner. Thoughts?

Nichol Murray's comment, April 4, 7:06 PM
I agree with all 7 of these. Interesting how none of them mentioned the word technology!
Nichol Murray's comment, April 4, 7:06 PM
I agree with all 7 of these. Interesting how none of them mentioned the word technology!
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Soo Meta for Creating Stories and Presentations

Soo Meta for Creating Stories and Presentations | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

Soo Meta is a storytelling tool that will help you to collect, sort, edit and publish web content faster and easier than ever before.

 

For educators: Learning and teaching is a lot more fun through visuals. Research and present material with the same tool! Share quickly assembled videos with your class!


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Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, March 20, 2013 3:00 PM

I can see that this would be a great tool for  students to use to curate their information and present it.

Louise B-Johnston's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:37 AM

This looks like a great way to create videos using curated content.

Official AndreasCY's curator insight, March 25, 2013 3:31 AM
Get your content from YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter, add pictures and record your voice comments. Soo Meta will create a mixed-media story in minutes. Great free tool for classroom presentations.
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ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web

ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Get definitions with just a click. Identify SAT/ACT vocabulary words on any page. Our free bookmarklet makes it easy to improve your vocabulary while you surf the web!

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CarolGarriga's curator insight, February 27, 2013 3:16 AM

Une bonne idée!

nicolaperry's curator insight, February 28, 2013 2:53 AM

This could be a useful tool to help you improve your vocabulary

M. Van Amelsvoort's curator insight, February 28, 2013 6:34 PM

Very nice for SAT/academic vocabulary. Good for  high level EFL students.

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Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain

Why is Storytelling so Powerful? A Look at What it does to our Brain | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.

Long before we had writing as we know it there has been an oral tradition of storytelling. This post looks at the science around storytelling.

Learn about how a story "can put your whole brain to work" and why "our brains become more active when we tell stories." Find out why the brain "learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases" and much more. If you enjoy telling stories, writing stories, or listening to stories check out this post to learn more!


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Audrey's curator insight, December 19, 2012 4:15 PM

Just think about all the schemas (pockets of information) we have for everything we do.  Even though we have never taken part in many activities, we could easily build plausible stories based on those schemas and even devise theories, which may be testable. This is imagination which is one example of brain power, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:22 PM

Excellent!

44Doors's curator insight, March 11, 10:27 AM

"Anything you’ve experienced, you can get others to experience the same. Or at least, get their brain areas that you’ve activated that way, active too:"

 

"use simple, yet heartfelt language."

"Quick last fact: Our brain learns to ignore certain overused words and phrases that used to make stories awesome"

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DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ -- Directory of Open Access Journals | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 10, 2013 12:09 PM
Absolutely Vance Stevens! :-)
marydimonaco's curator insight, March 27, 2013 8:58 PM

paradigm shift in action!

marydimonaco's comment, March 28, 2013 10:25 AM
Thanks for sharing this, Vance.
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NRI education pioneer wins USD 1 mn TED prize

NRI education pioneer Sugata Mitra is known for his innovative "hole-in-the-wall" experiment to give computer education to slum children.
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FotoSketcher - Turn photos into art

FotoSketcher - Turn photos into art | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.

You can also improve your original photos with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc…) and add simple or realistic frames and text.


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Baiba Svenca's comment, February 26, 2013 10:20 AM
Linda, it's only for Windows, no version for Mac.
Linda Alexander's comment, February 26, 2013 10:36 AM
Okay, thanks, Baiba. That solves the mystery of why I couldn't get it to work. Too bad!
Marga Roig's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:41 AM

add your insight...

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Seven new iPad apps to know about | eSchool News

Seven new iPad apps to know about | eSchool News | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called App of the Week, in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we've featured.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2013 2:02 PM

Some of these apps cost but several are free.

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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

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Pola Panagiotou's comment, May 7, 2013 10:10 AM
what is the comment about Cyprus?
Hector Ariceaga's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:01 PM

From the basic to the more advanced, these tips will help get the most out of Google's tools.

Annika Hultén's curator insight, May 17, 2:56 PM
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Academic Word List: vocabulary exercises for EFL/ESL learners

Academic Word List: vocabulary exercises for EFL/ESL learners | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Vocabulary Exercises for the AWL

 

This site now contains 285 gap-fill exercises to review and recycle the general word families contained within the AWL. These exercises can be found on each Sublist page. Gap-fill exercises are an excellent way to recycle vocabulary through different contexts and can be used to broaden the student's understanding of the range of meaning of vocabulary. The online format of the exercises allows students to get immediate feedback on their answers. Students can work throughfive different exercises for each word family in the AWL. Many of these exercises include different derivations (parts of speech) for the given word. Students are encouraged to complete the exercises for a given level before proceeding to the next level.


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COURS PARTICULIERS's curator insight, February 17, 2013 3:27 AM

Anglais : exercices pour revoir et apprendre du vocabulaire

Miguel Ángel García's comment, February 17, 2013 4:21 AM
IT is a really good site to learn vocabulary. Different levels!
Ellen Johnston's curator insight, March 6, 9:14 PM

http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm

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High resolution photo images for FREE download - Free Tiiu Pix

High resolution photo images for FREE download - Free Tiiu Pix | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Free photographs for students & teachers with no gimmicks, hidden fees or registration required. Use for personal, educational & non-commercial.

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Voting4all.nl's curator insight, February 13, 2013 2:50 AM

Handig voor in een Workspace of Flow les.

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:04 PM

I wonder how much traction this will get?

Lucy Beaton's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:02 AM

Pictures are arranged in categories.

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After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

Mr. Siemens said what was happening was part of a natural process. “We’re moving from the hype to the implementation,” he said. “It’s exciting to see universities saying, ‘Fine, you woke us up,’ and beginning to grapple with how the Internet can change the university, how it doesn’t have to be all about teaching 25 people in a room.


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Training in Business's curator insight, January 17, 12:14 PM

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

#Elearning

Alycia Degenstein's curator insight, January 21, 9:18 AM

Interesting look at MOOCS- their downfalls and benefits

niftyjock's curator insight, January 23, 4:18 PM

No everything works in Online Education. Are we surprised?  Watching a video and doing a quiz does not exactly create an engaging learning environment. Good to have a rethink on online education. 

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The Skills Both Online Students And Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The Skills Both Online Students And Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
What does it take to have an effective online classroom? These skills are critical for both online students and teachers.

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Gary Motteram's curator insight, April 4, 2013 7:04 AM

Some useful guidance here for students and teachers. Online teachers need to be flexible as stated here, but they also need to set boundaries and learners need to realise that tutors can't be online 24/7.

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QuestBase | Create on-line and printed assessments, quizzes, exams, surveys

QuestBase | Create on-line and printed assessments, quizzes, exams, surveys | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
QuestBase gives you the freedom to ask. Whether you need to create quizzes, tests, assessments, exams or get feedback from surveys and polls, QuestBase helps you save time. Millions of questions (and counting) published and printed with QuestBase!

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, April 29, 2013 3:26 PM
Nick -Great!!!!!!!!!!
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, April 29, 2013 3:26 PM
Nick -Great!!!!!!!!!!
MURIEL LESELBAUM's curator insight, November 23, 2013 11:57 AM

bienvenue aux outils de travail collaboratifs : à tester d'abord bien sûr !

 

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Scitable | Learn Science at Nature

Scitable | Learn Science at Nature | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
From the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, Principles of Science is a series of textbooks designed for the world we live in today.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, February 21, 2013 5:06 AM

Scitable, created by NatureEducation, is an online collaborative space for science learning.

Visitors to the site can...
- browse or search through science articles and ebooks,
- ask experts science-related questions,
- build an online learning environment, or
- share their own content.
Materials on the site are focused on the life sciences, but there are also numerous resources that can help learners start or accelerate a learning journey in science.

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Why Scoop.it Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | TeachThought.com

Why Scoop.it Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | TeachThought.com | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

Scoop.it collates work from online publications using an online magazine format, and this visual impact alone makes it very effective.

 

The additional appeal of broadcasting from a hub allows me to tap into and share with my ed tech networks, which is why I find myself using it more often during time constraints.

 

First of all, it’s powerful–it incorporates multiple elements of familiar social media tools. But it’s also very flexible–the mobile app is quite functional for both iPhone and Android, and a toolbar plugin can be installed on browser windows. Scoop.it’s athleticism makes it a time-saver; educators and students will quickly grasp its value in content gathering.

 

Additionally, using Scoop.it will meet multiple standards (Common Core and NETS-S) across the curriculum. Students use critical thinking skills to collect, evaluate and analyze content; they may identify trends from discourse; they develop writing skills in original expression; and they interact, communicate and publish to a global audience. But perhaps more importantly, students practice digital citizenship and personal responsibility to lifelong learning.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:31 PM

I'm completely convinced that Scoop.it is the curation tool of choice.  Try it. You'll like it 

Tim Hopper's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:44 AM

Why use scoopit?

Peter Mellow's comment, March 5, 2013 6:02 PM
Tim, we compared a number of curation tools using masternewmedia's "The 15 Basic Traits of a News / Content Curation System" as a guide and Scoopit ticked most of the boxes. My only worry about it is that currently there not an export or backup facility, hopefully something that they are working on. For me, it is the ease of use, if the UI is good then that makes life a lot easier! :-)
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The 50 Best Videos For Teachers Interested In Gamification - Edudemic

The 50 Best Videos For Teachers Interested In Gamification - Edudemic | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Gaming in education is a really big deal, and a very fun way to get students more involved and interested in education.

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, February 15, 2013 1:22 AM

A scoop recommended by Daniel Shields, thanks.  Edudemic is a site you should have in your feed reader, imho

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Free Puzzlemaker | Discovery Education

Free Puzzlemaker | Discovery Education | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker provides teachers, students, and parents, the tools necessary to create crossword, puzzles, word search puzzles, mazes and more online!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 6, 2013 8:02 AM

Bookmark this website for ALL the GOOD stuff you will find there...

 

Doug Joubert's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:55 PM

Discovery Education comes to the rescue again!  Great resource for ANY subject!

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, February 10, 2013 10:39 AM

Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker provides teachers, students, and parents, the tools necessary to create crossword, puzzles, word search puzzles, mazes and more online!

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6 Simple Ways to Accelerate your Learning with Mind Mapping

6 Simple Ways to Accelerate your Learning with Mind Mapping | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

Learning to learn remains a powerful and necessary skill in every field of activity.  In addition to this skill, imagine that your learning can be accelerated, your mind challenged and your efficiency improved.

 

Create presentations:

One of the most important roles of presentations is for you to practice your creativity and understanding on a specific topic or subject.  When you are able to present your own perspective on a specific matter, your learning experience becomes extremely powerful.  You become the owner of that information, gaining ownership over the delivered content.  
As you get yourself ready to make your knowledge known remember to:...


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, February 24, 2013 4:36 AM

Mindmaps make excellent tools for brainstorming when one is getting students to work in collaboration with one another

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 24, 2013 6:11 AM

Mind maps help learners to get and present the most important ideas

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, March 5, 2013 4:14 AM

How to  practice your creativity and understanding on a specific topic or subject. 

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8 Great Tools to Add Interactive Animations to Videos

8 Great Tools to Add Interactive Animations to Videos | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

Gone are the days when you would have to pay so much to buy a software to create videos. With web 2.0 tools you can get your videos up and viral within minutes and right from your browser without having to install any software and in most of the times for free.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:52 AM

The article lists eight tools and gives some tips how to create videos with animation effects. The tools are free and easy to use.

MECIX's curator insight, February 27, 2013 4:14 PM

Diverses eines per editar vídeos online

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15 Cartoonists That Allow Using Their Web Comics for Free | Digital Delights for Learners

15 Cartoonists That Allow Using Their Web Comics for Free | Digital Delights for Learners | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it
15 Cartoonists That Allow Using Their Web Comics for Free on Digital Delights for Learners curated by Ana Cristina Pratas (RT @AnaCristinaPrts: 15 Cartoonists That Allow Using Their Web Comics for Free http://t.co/QTmwvoe7)...

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How to make Interactive Quizzes with PowerPoint

This is the winning Innovid from Nicki Maddams, who shows you how to build interactive quizzes in PowerPoint .

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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, February 15, 2013 8:33 AM
Such a great, user-friendly tutorial!
Narendra Rathod's curator insight, March 28, 2013 10:07 AM

Make your power point slides more creative.

Marina Cousins's curator insight, March 26, 2:29 AM

Thought this might be interesting of how to assess students learning.

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Me & My Dinosaur

Me & My Dinosaur | MOOC4teachers | Scoop.it

A wonderful story site for younger children where the readers play a platform game with Rex the dinosaur to follow the storyline.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English


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