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The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration

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Educators around the world are making a special effort to connect with one another around resources and collaborative opportunities during October, Connected Educator Month. It’s a time to share ideas, remember that there are others that think alike and find the inspiration to continue to do the tough work of experimenting with teaching strategies that stretch both learners and educators. A key theme this year is how to move from merely connecting with other educators into collaborations that push pedagogy and the education conversation forward. A panel of educators who’ve made this kind of connection and collaboration the center of their work discussed the challenges posed by the current American education system and helped present a dream for what truly collaborative learning could look like. “When new technology comes out, our first efforts to use it are for what we already do,” said Connie Yowell, director of education for U.S. programs at the MacArthur Foundation. “So a lot of what we’ve done in traditional education is to put content up online.” Yowell argues that using technology to push the same kinds of content that have been used for decades isn’t actually innovative. Through connection and collaboration teachers can start down a learning path that parallels the one they try to create for students. “It has to be about a shared interest and it has to be about making, producing and creating,” she said. “The places that we’ve seen it happen most effectively are places where it’s a shared purpose or interest amongst a group of peers.” The dichotomy she describes is a lot like the conceptual move from merely connecting with other educators to collaborating on specific projects. The internet has greatly enhanced educators’ capacity to connect with one another, something that only used to happen during professional development or at conferences. But taking that ability to the next level, using it to innovate and produce something new, would mean collaborating beyond districts or even national boundaries. “Our students have been often rendered as consumers of information, rather than collaborators and creators of information,” said Yong Zhao, director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at University of Oregon. “We want students to create genuine, authentic products for each other.” In many ways Zhao’s vision of learning applies to educators as well as students. Through connection and collaboration teachers can start down a learning path that parallels the one they try to create for students. “It is about how you as an adult help a learner create their own need to know so they are on a learning path with you, so they have a motivation that is connected to a shared interest,” said Yowell. She has seen this approach work well in schools that are constructed around “quests” or “missions” that students care about, often projects that affect their own communities. Within the framework of a quest, standards and knowledge can be thoughtfully embedded without disturbing the learner-driven pedagogy.
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VIDEO: Professor David Graeber Discusses Pointless Jobs and Basic Income | Basic Income News

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“[Josh Martin] In this video, David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, is interviewed about the rising idea that people have “pointless jobs” where they do ...”
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The search for meaningful e-learning at Canadian universities: A multi-institutional research study

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The search for meaningful e-learning at Canadian universities: A multi-institutional research study

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Dr. George Siemens: “The Meaning of Connectivism for Learning Design”

“Conversatorio con facultad y estudiantes graduados. Celebrado el 14 de octubre de 2010 en la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.”
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Half an Hour: Whose Connectivism?

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"I would like to make just one point, that it is not "Siemen's 'Connectivism,'" that he gave a name to a theory and approach a number of us had been working on for some time. I don't mind saying I borrow the name from him, but I would certainly say this is as much my theory (and that of numerous other people) as it is his."


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A Quick Comparison of Behaviorism, Cognitivism and Constructivism

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Rachel groff's curator insight, September 17, 2016 10:24 AM

This chart is very helpful for showing the similarities and differences between these schools of psyxhology

Sharaya Baltimore's curator insight, September 20, 2016 12:29 PM

I like that it gives a comparison of behaviorism, cognitism and constructivism (even though we aren't looking at that school) and it also gives information about the teachers, learner and techniques, etc.


 

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Opening Up the LMS Walled Garden

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“In yesterday’s post I described where I (and many others) see the LMS market heading in terms of interoperability. At the same time, the LMS does a very poor job at providing a lot of the learning technologies desired by … Continue reading →”
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Awesome Screenshot - Capture, Annotate and Share

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23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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September 6, 2014Below are some valuable resources for ELL and ESL teachers. With these resources, you can find great ways to communicate more effectively, explore lessons, and be a great ELL teacher.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 7, 2014 3:52 PM

Interesting index of resources.  Something for every language teacher here! 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, September 13, 2014 2:13 PM

You will definitely like this....

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Baidu says its massive deep-learning system is nearly complete

Baidu says its massive deep-learning system is nearly complete | MyEdu&PLN | Scoop.it
“ Baidu says its 100-billion-neuron deep learning system will be complete within six months, powering a fast transition away from text as the dominant search input. Thanks to smartphones and its new Baidu Eye technology, the company expects voice and image search to dominate within five years.”
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Spaceweaver's curator insight, September 6, 2014 7:15 AM

Looks like a very impressive commitment to deep learning and further integration of AI into our daily lives.

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11 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Why e-learning should be in perpetual beta


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:38 AM
"A right first time approach works if you are building skyscrapers or making Hollywood movies. The safety considerations or the cost of re-work simply demand it. And if you are sending out physical product, like printed books, it is clearly uneconomic to keep printing and distributing new versions. But in an era in which software apps and web content are updated almost constantly and usually painlessly, there is simply no argument for treating e-learning content as if we were making $100m movies or printing books.
Agile development of learning content is a process of successive approximation – getting closer and closer to what is right for the user. It means that you launch with content that is technically correct and bug-free but simple and without all the bells and whistles. You then maintain a dialogue with your customers and make little enhancements as and when ideas and suggestions emerge. Perhaps a difficult concept requires further examples. Maybe more opportunities are needed for practising a skill. Could be that an animation would be helpful to illustrate a process. No problem, you can keep on making improvements just as long as the learning remains relevant.
It doesn’t help that most e-learning content is exported from an authoring tool as a zip file and then uploaded to an LMS. This is a clunky way to deliver content. It is how websites used to work 10 years ago, before the advent of content management systems. We really should be assembling and delivering e-learning content on-the-fly, just like modern websites. That way we could build in some intelligence and personalisation – again just like the best apps and websites."
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5 Killer eLearning Tips To Help You Dominate Content Chunking

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"Reading content on the Internet has changed the way people process information, and nowhere is this change more obvious than in fields where design must adapt to new technology such as in eLearning. eLearning course creators need to refine their content to suit learners’ behavior and accessibility to training. This is where chunking comes into play."
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 1, 2014 5:56 PM

If you design a course, face2face or online, it is important to keep up with information on how people learn, and today we know that chunking information is critical. This post begins by describing what a chunk is and why they are important in learning. It them moves on to the five tips (quoted below):

1. Set a chunking limit

2. Chunk with coherance

3. Use the right formatting

4. Keep chunks short

5. Use the inverted pyramid method for for prioritization

Each of these is described in detail and many addional resources are included in the post. You will also find a SlideShare on the Basics of Content Chunking. If this concept is new to you it will provide additional information. However be aware that the number of items that can be held in short term memory varies, and the rule they use is not accurate for all people. A recent course I took on Coursera, Learning How To Learn, suggested that the number of items most people can keep in short term memory is four.

niftyjock's curator insight, September 1, 2014 6:24 PM

what's your chunking limit?

Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:16 AM
"Beth Dichter's insight:

If you design a course, face2face or online, it is important to keep up with information on how people learn, and today we know that chunking information is critical. This post begins by describing what a chunk is and why they are important in learning. It them moves on to the five tips (quoted below):

1. Set a chunking limit

2. Chunk with coherance

3. Use the right formatting

4. Keep chunks short

5. Use the inverted pyramid method for for prioritization

Each of these is described in detail and many addional resources are included in the post. You will also find a SlideShare on the Basics of Content Chunking. If this concept is new to you it will provide additional information. However be aware that the number of items that can be held in short term memory varies, and the rule they use is not accurate for all people. A recent course I took on Coursera, Learning How To Learn, suggested that the number of items most people can keep in short term memory is four."

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Some Useful Educational iPad Games for Your Students

Some Useful Educational iPad Games for Your Students | MyEdu&PLN | Scoop.it

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Mrs Njoroge's curator insight, August 30, 2014 3:15 PM

Some apps to try.  Let me know which ones you like.

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Defending Connectivism

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“Chris Swimmer, a fellow student in Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale, recently wrote a great piece on some of the pitfalls of connectivism, as we experience it in this course. If you're rea...”


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SkillPixels - A fun educational Math game from Finland

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“Educational and fun math game that enhances learning. Voted the best educational solution of 2013 in Finland”
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Defending Connectivism

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“Chris Swimmer, a fellow student in Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale, recently wrote a great piece on some of the pitfalls of connectivism, as we experience it in this course. If you're rea...”
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38 Question Starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy

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“This is the 2nd post in a series on how to write better curriculets (and literacy curriculum). Our first post... Read More”
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Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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4 Characteristics Of Critical Digital Pedagogy

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“ 4 Characteristics Of Critical Digital Pedagogy”
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Marta Torán's curator insight, September 15, 2014 9:32 AM

Características de la Pedagogía Crítica Digital

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MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning | WIRED

MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning | WIRED | MyEdu&PLN | Scoop.it
“ In the summer of 2011, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, appeared seemingly out of nowhere and changed the education landscape forever. In many ways, MOOCs are like the troublemakers in Apple’s legendary “Think Different” ad: You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is…”
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7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom

7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom | MyEdu&PLN | Scoop.it
No matter what happens, there will always be a demand for data visualization tools. Data on its own can be pretty boring and brightening it up with images and other visual tools, it can make normally inaccessible information much easier to digest. (Editor’s Note: It’s also great for information reading literacy, and the new Common Core demand for multimedia “texts.”) There are a number of fantastic tools out there that will present your data in an accessible manner. All of the tools listed below are free and chances are you’ve used one or two of the tools mentioned before.
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bancoideas's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:34 AM

Muy interesante!

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7 Things You Should Know About New Directions for the LMS

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5 ways virtual reality will change education

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“ Hypergrid Business 5 ways virtual reality will change education Hypergrid Business We've covered before a story about the students in Ireland who recreated a historic place in OpenSim and explored it with an Oculus Rift headset.”
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 9, 2014 10:12 AM

Check this out! Thanks to Hypergrid Business.

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The best educational apps of August - iPhone app article - Monica Burns | Appolicious ™

The best educational apps of August - iPhone app article - Monica Burns | Appolicious ™ | MyEdu&PLN | Scoop.it
"With back-to-school in full swing you may have noticed all of the new apps and updates flooding the Apple App Store for iOS devices. There are iPad apps designed to help students prepare for the new school year whether they are entering preschool or starting their first year of high school. These five apps are all brand new or have been updated this month. Each one shows the power of the iPad as an educational tool when used at home or in the classroom. This list includes selections that push children to think deeply about simple tasks and interact with complex information. These iPhone and iPad apps use high quality graphics and interactive content to help students explore and learn about new concepts."
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 3, 2014 12:44 PM

Get those iPads out and start learning using a digital device in the early years!  

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Some Useful Educational iPad Games for Your Students

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Mrs Njoroge's curator insight, August 30, 2014 3:15 PM

Some apps to try.  Let me know which ones you like.