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PL Newsletter - 2013 is "The Year of the Learner"

PL Newsletter - 2013 is "The Year of the Learner" | On education | Scoop.it

We agree with George Couros and Will Richardson that 2013 will be the "Year of the Learner." We are seeing a big culture shift around the world to personalize learning for all learners. When learners are given a greater voice in how they learn, they are more motivated and engaged in their learning. When learners have choices in how they prefer to access and engage with content, and then express what they know, they take ownership of their learning. We encourage you to take one action this "Year of the Learner" by encouraging learner voice and choice.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 29, 2013 7:57 AM

The focus in education for 2013 is The Learner!  This newsletter includes news you will want to share with colleagues everywhere. Take a look at what is featured in this January issue:

 

>> 10 Predicitions for Personalized Learning in 2013

>> Let's Remember the Himan Element: The Learner

>> Don't Forget The Other Human Element: The TEacher

>> Join in the Conversations @ Persoanlized Learning in LinkedIn

>> Special Promotional Offer for "The 5 W's of PL" eCourse

>> FREE Pre-Assessment Report and Consultation

 

Sign up for future newsletters at www.personalizelearning.com (right column).

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Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News

Introducing Prism, Hot Literacy Tool for the Common Core ~ November Learning News | On education | Scoop.it

"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne's Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way

 

 teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences." 


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Close Reading Relief: Re-engage Students with Digital Microstories | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Relief: Re-engage Students with Digital Microstories | MiddleWeb | On education | Scoop.it

by Mike Fisher

 

"Too much close reading is boring, say these ELA experts. Invite students to read & write digital microstories. It's fun and they'll strengthen key CCSS skills."

 

Jim Lerman's insight:

Good strategies here along with excellent resources as well as samples demonstrating useful apps.

 

Thanks to Sarah Tantillo


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10 rules of an incompetent professional

I would like to share the best rules that place ignorance at the most unsuspected limits. Meet the 10 rules of an incompetent professional.

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Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 11, 9:24 AM

This is a very good list and one that all should read over to ensure that we are part of the solution, not part of the problem. 

 

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What do you mean by Personalization?

What do you mean by Personalization? | On education | Scoop.it
Elliot Washor writes a post about what really is personalization and deeper learning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 8, 2:30 PM

Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning, reflects on what Personalization means. Joins us in a free live webinar on April 22nd at 5pm ET where Elliot will share his professional insights on personalization.

 

Here are just a few excerpts from this post that looks deeper into the meaning of personalization.

 

"Since our beginnings, personalization has been at the core of our work. We strive for schools to be communities where every student is known through their interests, academics and how they are doing socially and emotionally in and outside of school. "

 

"Structures in schools — like personalized learning plans that start with each student’s voice, choice and interests where parents, teachers and mentors are involved in understanding and developing the next steps, courses and projects a student will do ‑—need to be part of any learning environment and can become a great digital technology platform. Instead, what we get is a hijacking of words and terms that sound like education is personalized. Sadly, the real practice these words symbolize is missing from far too many schools and most digital platforms."

 - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/04/what-do-you-mean-by-personalization.html#sthash.inLKdhRi.dpuf
Scott Holcomb's curator insight, April 9, 9:31 AM

Excellent article in regards to Personalization in learning, good read!

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Turning documents into conversations

Turning documents into conversations | On education | Scoop.it

NowComment is fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, reply privately, and much more.


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Mika Auramo's curator insight, April 3, 11:23 AM

Vaikuttaa lupaavalta vuorovaikutteiselta työkalulta yhteistoiminnalliseen oppimiseen.

Thoreauback's curator insight, April 9, 10:14 AM

WOW! I use freewrites in my face-to-face class because I don't believe a person can write without thinking. Yet, the document students are writing about is always distinct from the free write. In LMS discussion boards the situation is the same.

 

Do you remember how annotations use to appear in the margins of really good books? This is the same. The two-pane interface puts the document right in front of the student and lets them attach their comments to specific paragraphs, pictures or videos.  How perfect is that?

 

I want to try this for a quarter.

Mary Clark's curator insight, April 11, 11:02 AM

While much of this can be done in Google docs, there are several features which can extend the conversation.  Teachers do need to share documents via email.  

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Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com

Teacher quits over emphasis on standardized tests: 'It takes the joy out of learning' - TODAY.com | On education | Scoop.it

A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.

 

Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month. 

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”


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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 1, 7:32 PM

Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from.   I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information.  It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???  

Aunty Alice's curator insight, April 6, 12:25 PM

Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition,  of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting.  It puts listening and speaking at the centre.

Dr. Richard NeSmith's curator insight, April 6, 4:28 PM

Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw.   ;-) 

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Spelbaserat quiz att använda i klassrummet

Spelbaserat quiz att använda i klassrummet | On education | Scoop.it
Här kommer ännu en tjänst liknanade Socrative men lite mer flashigt och tilltalande för eleverna? Kahoot är ett spelbaserat system vilket möjliggör för dina elever att svara på frågor i realtid til...

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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them | On education | Scoop.it
Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 4, 8:51 AM

An infographic can hardly contain enough space to tackle the big, hairy challenges of American education. But the non-profit, Digital Promise, has tried to identify some of the biggest challenges — and ideas for solutions — identified by the 46 schools in their League of Innovative Schools that are trying new techniques. They address issues like competency-based learning and personalized professional development, as well as students’ ownership of their learning.

Silverback Learning's curator insight, April 5, 6:15 AM

There are more than 7 hurdles but this Infographic underscores the need for the education community to embrace change. 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 5, 11:06 AM

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

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Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School ~What Works Clearinghouse

Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School ~What Works Clearinghouse | On education | Scoop.it

"Elementary and middle school teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators: Don’t miss the newest WWC practice guide, Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School! This practice guide includes four concrete recommendations that address what works for English learners during reading and content area instruction (e.g., mathematics, science, history). It provides extensive examples of activities that can be used to support your students as they build the language and literacy skills they need to be successful in school: listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English for academic purposes.:


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19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know | On education | Scoop.it
You spend, like, half of your life on that thing. Time to figure out what it really does.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 23, 2013 9:54 AM

Some great tips. Really love that I can use my iPhone as a level (# 9), and that I can make my phone into a portable laptop by using ANY bluetooth keyboard with it.

Ivor Nidea's curator insight, April 6, 2:10 AM

You'll still be on the NSA easiest to hack list though.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, April 6, 7:49 PM

Always something new to learn!

 

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You should know these - A List of Useful Educational Websites

You should know these - A List of Useful Educational Websites | On education | Scoop.it
Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.

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Martyn Cooper's curator insight, April 7, 9:03 PM

Useful educational resources:

Joseph Palumbo, MBA,'s curator insight, April 8, 7:14 PM

Some great sites to further your education, exercise your brain.

Teresa De Santos's curator insight, April 10, 10:09 AM

En los listados siempre se encuentra algo nuevo

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Next NMC project: Horizon Report Library Edition - will be presented in August 2014

On March 27 we had a kickoff meeting for a new project: a Horizon Report Library Edition. Yes, there will be a new Horizon Report with the focus on Academic Libraries in 2014! The partners for this project are the New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org) that will take care of the whole creation process with the work and discussions on the wiki and the publication of the report. The other partners are ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover and HTW Chur that made the project possible.


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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | On education | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory v5, Organisation Kolb, Psychology Vygotsky, Psychology Bloom, Piaget genetic epistemology, Psychology Skinner, Montessori constructivism, Dewey constructivism, radical constructivism Knowledge as mental representation: 1a. Knowledge is not passively received either through the senses or by way of communication; 1b. Knowledge is actively built up by the cognising subject; 2a. The function of cognition is adaptive, in the biological sense of the term, tending towards fit or viability; 2b Cognition serves the subject’s organization of the experiential world, not the discovery of an objective ontological reality., social constructivism connectivism, Taylor Organisation, Holt homeschooling, unschooling, constructivism radical constructivism, Kolb experiental learning, Montessori Montessori education, Social anthropology Lave & Wenger, Vygotsky zone of proximal development, Lave & Wenger situated learning, Education Illich, scientific pedagogy Education based on science that modified and improved the individual., communities of practice Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 1, 4:37 AM
Learning theories
Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, April 2, 3:35 PM

Learning theories

JulieLaRoche's curator insight, April 12, 8:00 AM

I love infographics like this that depict the 10,000 foot view to show the overall subject, the various theories or parts, and how the pieces fit together and influence one another.

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How to convert a PDF to ePUB

How to convert a PDF to ePUB | On education | Scoop.it

ePUB files offer a number of advantages over PDFs. Here's how to convert the latter into the former.


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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People ~ Fast Company

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People ~ Fast Company | On education | Scoop.it

BY HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF

 

"People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?"


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Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say

Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say | On education | Scoop.it

by David Plotnikoff

THE FLIPPED FLIPPED CLASSROOM

 

"A study of how students best learned a neuroscience lesson showed a distinct benefit to starting out by working with an interactive 3D model of the brain."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 9:37 AM

There are probably times where lecture comes first, reading comes first, hand's on comes first, and video comes first. It is part of the vital role of teaching.

iCoachP53's curator insight, April 10, 10:50 AM

Whole part whole...

Bill Ferguson's curator insight, April 10, 11:52 AM
I have been thinking this for a while. Elementary students need to try first. Discussions after go a long way towards increasing their understanding of the topic.
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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | On education | Scoop.it

Group work can be assigned and completed, but the classroom teacher must unite it together into something more. They must recognize the potential of the individual work that the students do and unite it together into a greater and more powerful work. When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.

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Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods

Flipping the Classroom Facilitates Active Learning Methods | On education | Scoop.it
Flipped classroom instruction teaching frees up time for Active Learning: Project Problem Constructivist Experiential Inquiry Based Learning Methods & Mastery Learning

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 7, 5:18 PM

We still need teachers in the process. I don't mean facilitators or mentors.

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, April 8, 8:34 AM

Una metodología que facilita métodos activos del aprendizaje.

 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, April 8, 12:09 PM

The author believes that flipped instruction tools and techniques are the right set of tools in the right package for many educators and classrooms, and more importantly for our students.


KELLY WALSH

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Flipgrid - for short video discussions

Flipgrid - for short video discussions | On education | Scoop.it
Flipgrid is simple: Teachers create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Flipgrid boosts community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.

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Silverback Learning's curator insight, April 6, 8:00 AM

Interesting

Sally Tilley's curator insight, April 6, 4:56 PM

A handy tool to share discussions and create 'buy in' on relevant issues, thank you for sharing!

Ángeles GUTIÉRREZ's curator insight, April 14, 10:15 AM

Los profesores crean redes de preguntas y los alumnos responden a  través de videos.

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Teaching with Data, Simulations and Models ~ National Science Foundation

Teaching with Data, Simulations and Models ~ National Science Foundation | On education | Scoop.it
Today's geoscience education reaches beyond the traditional teaching tools such as rock samples and topographic maps. With the addition of computers in many geoscience classrooms and laboratories, faculty have unprecedented opportunity to create innovative learning experiences by bringing real-world data sets and models and simulations of geoscience processes into the classroom. This site provides resources to help faculty use these resources effectively and easily, by providing access to teaching materials, tips from the classroom and literature about the supporting pedagogy.

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Luciano Lampi's curator insight, April 5, 4:26 AM

is this trend replacing travels?

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Video: Browse Without Prying Eyes ~ NY Times

Molly Wood explores services that allow you to search online without compromising your privacy.

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Ryan Budget Calls for Cuts to Pell Grant, Elimination of NEH | Inside Higher Ed

Ryan Budget Calls for Cuts to Pell Grant, Elimination of NEH | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their 2015 fiscal year budget, which proposes steep cuts to many domestic social programs, including reductions to Pell Grants, student loans, and research funding.

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Effective virtual facilitation

Effective virtual facilitation | On education | Scoop.it
As virtual classes rapidly become de rigueur, the need for an effective virtual facilitation framework accelerates. I propose the 5-stage model of e-moderation developed by world-renowned networked...

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sdoukakis's curator insight, April 2, 9:38 PM

Για το πλαίσιο λειτουργίας προγραμμάτων e-tutoring... 

Inger Langseth's curator insight, April 4, 2:39 AM

Lesson design inpiration!

 

Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, April 5, 5:55 AM

I have rescooped this from Inger Langseth, trying to keep up with ideas on how to teach (online).

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Should MOOC students be grouped?

Should MOOC students be grouped? | On education | Scoop.it
I am currently participating in the Carpe Diem MOOC offered by the Swinburne University of Technology, under Gilly Salmon's leadership. Although I've enrolled in many MOOCs before (going right back...

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, March 28, 10:14 AM

My latest blog post, reflecting on my (largely positive) experience of being allocated to a group in the Carpe Diem MOOC.

Martyn Cooper's curator insight, March 29, 1:39 AM
In my limited experience of MOOCs forming the groups can be a challenge!
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31 Assessment for Learning Techniques ~ Terry Freedman

Freedman says: 

"These notes draw on Dylan Wiliam’s book, Embedded
Formative Assessment, Black and Wiliam’s Inside the
Black Box and my own work."


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