The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list (released today, 30 September 2013) was compiled from the votes of over 500 learning professionals (from education and workplace learning) from 48 countries...
Vance Stevens's insight:
Connected eucators can treat this list as a checklist (yep, use this one, ditto that :-). The trends are interesting:
Twitter retains its no 1 position for the 5th year runningGoogle Drive/Docs moves up to #2.PowerPoint moves up to #5.Evernote moves into the top 10 at #6.Google + and Hangouts moves into the top 10 at #10.There are 10 new tools on the list topped by Feedly (an RSS reader/aggregator) at #19 and Coursera (a MOOC platform) at #38, and 3 returning tools to the list, including Storify at #58.The highest movers within the list are Skydrive (Windows file storage area) at #43 up 55 places since last year, and Keynote and iMovie up 40 and 32 places respectively (showing the increase in popularity of Apple software).A significant descent down the list for some tools including Google Sites (down 60 places) and Wikispaces (down 50 places).Tools moving off the list include Google Reader (now retired by Google), Bing and Scribd.Although the list is still dominated by free online social tools, a number of e-learning authoring tools have had a good showing this year.As for trends over the last 5 years, it is interesting to note that Firefox (#1 in 2007) is now at #97 on the list, and Delicious (#1 in 2008) is now at #60. What will topple Twitter from the top of the list?
This article has 8 topics, the last one being "8- Educational Apps If you don't have time to look for apps to use with your students in the classroom , the lists below will be of great help to you. These are curated selections of the best apps you can find for each subject area." There are 24 curated subject areas, so at least 100 apps described. This site can help teachers cut to the chase.
"ISTE 2013 Conference Playlist", a playlist created by ISTE Videos
Vance Stevens's insight:
This is a page of video streams from the recent ISTE 2013 conf in San Antonio, check 'em out ... uh, I misread the times ... when I saw 1:12 for example, I thought it was an hour long full length presentation, but when I started clicking links I found that was 1 minute sound bites of presentation and viewer reactions. Well, anyway, this gives us an idea of some of the WOW presentations given there that we can try to find out more about ...
The great Evernote experiment is underway in the UK. Adam Webster details how he went all-digital with the help of iPads and Evernote.
By Adam Webster
"From 8th January – 22nd March I chose one class, my First Year class (aged 11-12) to give up using exercise books, reading books and textbooks. Instead, they would use only digital mediums that were available to them through an iPad that they were supplied with during each lesson.
"We are now at the halfway point of this test, and I wanted to reflect a little on what I have found so far."
Now and then someone writes a blog post for me. I never got into Pinterest either, and this post explains essentially why. In a nutshell it is superfluous and it doesn't add to our PLNs. At worst it's illegal. However, I would relish reading an alternate viewpoint (if my filter bubble will let any in if my filter bubble will let any in if my filter bubble will let any in filter bubble will let any in let any) -- is there an echo in here??
I have an article on DIYLMS in this online proceeds from the last eLearning in Action conference at Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah, in April 2012. There are a number of other good articles here as well, showing teacher innovation in PC and iPad based technology. Enjoy :-)
This post tests its own hypothesis. By Scooping this post, we simulataneously Tweet it (tagging it #mmooc13) thus making it appear in the next edition of this Paper.li http://paper.li/VanceS/1358485290
Just chatting with my son in Australia who said he could get me journal articles via his uni there (the kind of access that led to the suicide of Aaron Swartz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz <-- interesting how this story is in an encyclopedia already :-) when in the next moment the DOAJ appeared across my radar. No wonder I can't get anything done! Google, stop making us stupid! Like Stephen Downes once remarked, it Google was making him stupid he'd be a blithering idiot by now.
Noted from Twitter this morning: a free read by Howard Rheingold and peers, an eBook it appears with numerous contributors, and shared with the commons. As a further nod to mulitiliteracies I have just downloaded the PDF and intend to have it read to me in Adobe Reader on my way to and from work in the morning. There's more on the project at http://peeragogy.org
I'm sorry that Chris is having problems with her Posterous account. Posterous is not acting properly these days.
Vance Stevens's insight:
This post illustrates two affordances of Posterous in education contexts, recapitulates the Ning Thing in 2010, relates this to recent changes in Delicious and possible solution in Diigo, illustrates with Jing screenshots how to port from Delicious to Diigo, explains what the resulting aggregation looks like in Diigo and Delicious, discusses what this suggests for coping with complex and chaotic learning, constrasts the MultiMOOC and the ETMOOC approaches to chaos in learning, and predicts how this will play out in Weeks 2 and 3 in the MultiMOOC EVO session.
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Nik Peachey recommended this one, and I commented that I am using Any Video Converter to extract mp3s from YouTube videos (and sometimes using them in classrooms with no Internet). It's free and works quite well, http://www.any-video-converter.com/
Stephen Downes tells it like it is and might get the attention of establishment education with no-holds-barred statements such as this one: "MOOCs were not designed to serve the missions of the elite colleges and universities. They were designed to undermine them, and make those missions obsolete."
To further clarify, "Yes there has been a great rebranding and co-option of the concept of the MOOC over the last couple of years. The near-instant response from the elites, almost unprecedented in my experience, is a recognition of the deeply subversive intent and design of the original MOOCs (which they would like very much to erase from history)."
As if we had to support why blogging is important to students ... well, of course we do, and if you are in the position of reaching into your quivver for the arrow that will hit the target, this one has it all, a research base and a wow graphic. Run this by your curriculum coordinator :-)
What impact will MOOCs have on business down the road? Ten experts discussed the topic in freeform conversation. Jay Cross, George Siemens, Dave Cormier, Stephen Downes, Coursera, illustrious others. Of course the session was recorded:
Bee (Barbara Dieu) suggested this site as one that seems to address a wide spectrum of tools and issues in 21st century learning and teaching, ranging from Bloom's taxonomies, and paradigm shifts, and learning styles to Web 2.0 tools and resources
I meant to scoop this to Multiliteracies: Learning2gether with EVO MultiMOOC we learned how to stream a Hangout along with embedded back-channel text chats. This post plays the YouTube recording of the stream and at the bottom of the page, shows a video to explain how it was done.