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5 reasons to do a MOOC & 5 reasons not to

Some background to MOOCs and then reasons why an educator might, or might not, want to offer one, based on my experience.

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Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool

Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool | On education | Scoop.it

"Google announced today the release of Toontastic 3D which is similar to the original Toontastic but has more awesome stuff to offer. Toontastic 3D allows kids to use their imagination and engage in creative tasks. They can construct amazing things including book and school reports, design pitches, narrate stories, create beautiful cartoons and many more. Toontastic 3D is available for free download in both iOS App Store and Google Play Store.  It also works with select Chromebooks."


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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, January 17, 3:07 AM
another great tool from google for 3D storytelling
 
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 17, 4:12 AM
A very good and engaging tool for digital storytelling. Quite simple but with a very catchy layout. Easy to use, with simple outcomes. It is a good tool for primary and lower secondary students!! Production is saved as a video in the mobile device.
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, January 20, 9:40 AM

Great book creation, story telling tool!  Students can narrate as well.

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What is a Global Digital Citizen and Why Does the World Need Them?

What is a Global Digital Citizen and Why Does the World Need Them? | On education | Scoop.it
The Global Digital Citizen understands that we can govern technology for the benefit of both ourselves and others. It is a citizen that views the world as an interconnected community. Additionally, they realize we simultaneously share technological and human experiences regardless of culture, status, or political/religious beliefs.

So we define the best assets of the Global Digital Citizen using 5 tenets.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, January 16, 3:53 PM

Interesante artículo sobre que es un ciudadano global digital y porque es importante.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 19, 2:20 PM
Un article intéressant qui dessine les contours du futur citoyen du monde et qui donne quelques pistes pour l'introduire dans l'enseignement.
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Theories of learning – epistemology of #connectivism - by Stephen Downes

Presentation of major branches of epistemology, placing connectivism into this content, and then describing learning theories in this framework. This becomes a…

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Jess Chalmers's curator insight, November 8, 2016 6:35 AM

From Stephen Downe's site -Theories of learning – epistemology of connectivism

vgpascal's curator insight, November 10, 2016 5:42 AM
Behaviorisme vs. Cognitivisme vs. Connectivisme
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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy by TeachThought Staff The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation...

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 10, 1:29 AM
A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, January 13, 8:13 AM

Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 14, 4:41 AM

Food for thought!

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4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017 - Class Tech Tips via Monica Burns

4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017 - Class Tech Tips via Monica Burns | On education | Scoop.it
Last year I published my first book with Corwin Press, Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom. It’s been so exciting to hear how teachers are using scannable technology in engaging and meaningful ways to promote deeper learning experiences for their students. As you kick off 2017 with your…

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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, January 7, 3:54 AM
4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017
Johani Karonen's curator insight, January 9, 4:40 AM
Skapa genvägar till resurserna - QR-koda!
RESENTICE's curator insight, January 9, 7:47 AM

Les différentes façons d'utiliser les QR-codes dans l'éducation  

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9 Uses for Smartphones in the Classroom by KIPP BENTLEY

9 Uses for Smartphones in the Classroom by KIPP BENTLEY | On education | Scoop.it
In Part 2 of this discussion, we offer some productive ways that student cellphones are currently being used in classrooms.

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James Pfaff's curator insight, January 6, 12:22 PM

I thought article held some rather promising points in connection to my Globalization in Art Education course I'm taking this semester. As an art educator in this current digital and globalized world, I personally struggle with finding merit in allowing the use of smart phones within my classroom. This article provides necessary and validated examples of situations in which even myself can not deny the importance and usage of adapting my classroom to this globally and digitally aware era of education.

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OS X: Combining PDF documents using Preview

OS X: Combining PDF documents using Preview | On education | Scoop.it
You can use Preview to move pages from one PDF document to another.

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Learning in the digital age - theory and practice

Learning technology is just about everywhere in education. Universities are replete with lecture capture tools, interactive media, web based content and person…

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Francisco Restivo's curator insight, December 8, 2015 5:33 PM

Great presentation by Steve Wheeler.

Arthur Correia's curator insight, December 8, 2015 6:47 PM

#edtech #digitaleducation #elearning #blendedlearning #flippedclasses

Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 31, 2016 11:39 AM
while this presentation is really quite in depth (74 slides) it covers some important points. Semms like something that would be interesting to share with colleagues as it really covers a number of topics that apply to modern learners.
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Did you know Google translate can do all of this... and offline!

The Google Translate app offers many ways to connect with people across language barriers including voice, conversation, camera and offline modes.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, December 17, 2016 10:49 PM
This is so very cool! I just love Google!
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, December 19, 2016 7:47 AM

Amazing Features of Google Translate!

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 23, 2016 9:18 AM
This can assist within the ELL teaching and learning environment.
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100 Great Teaching Images

100 Great Teaching Images | On education | Scoop.it

"Nature and humankind are both great artists, and when they join forces, amazing masterpieces can be produced. Today Bright Side has collected for you works in which the combined efforts of mother nature and photographic artists have captured magic moments showing the wondrous diversity of modern life and the natural world. Pictured above is the Westerdok District in Amsterdam."

 

Tags: images, art, landscape, worldwide.


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, December 30, 2016 7:57 AM
Why I love Geography!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 9, 2:10 AM
100 Great Teaching Images
Marianne's curator insight, January 15, 11:00 PM

Something here for everyone and every situation...Brilliant!

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Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World

Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World | On education | Scoop.it
Becker of NMC says just as the role of the teacher is switching from “sage on the stage” to one of a coach or guide, there is a shift from rote to active learning. To foster skills of teamwork and collaboration, online education is incorporating group projects and hands-on labs to help students think more critically and retain the content.

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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, November 27, 2016 1:29 PM

Next Generation of Online Education: “Learn by Doing” in a Digital World http://sco.lt/...

English Corporate Training's curator insight, November 28, 2016 6:00 AM
just as the role of the teacher is switching from “sage on the stage” to one of a coach or guide, there is a shift from rote to active learning...
Ttoo2's curator insight, November 30, 2016 11:59 AM
Inquiry Based Learning, Project Based Learning = Kids taking ownership of their own learning. Isn't that how it should be?? 
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5 Ways to Reach Chronic Underachievers - STEM JOBS

5 Ways to Reach Chronic Underachievers - STEM JOBS | On education | Scoop.it
Outstanding students receive lots of praise and recognition for their ability to meet high expectations. Students who struggle academically get extra attention, whether that means more one-on-one time with the teacher or a plan between the instructor and the parents to help them improve.
While the middle-of-the-road kids are doing just fine, they also may have the most untapped potential. Find out some ways to engage and motivate underachievers to become top of the class students below.

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Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn | On education | Scoop.it

Bruce Wexler has been studying executive functioning — a group of cognitive abilities crucial for managing oneself and information — for the past 20 years. He first worked with adults, but he began to wonder if he could design interventions specifically for young children to get them started down a positive path before any of the negative secondary qualities associated with under-achievement — like disengagement, low self-esteem and behavior problems — began to manifest at school.

“The data just keeps coming in about the importance of focus, self-control and working memory for learning and life,” Wexler said in an edWeb webinar. One meta-analysis of six studies found that a child’s executive functioning skills in kindergarten predicted reading and math achievement into middle school and beyond. This research is particularly important because students who have poor executive functioning skills because of trauma, poverty, or diagnosed disorders are missing out on learning. Often these children haven’t had a chance to develop executive functioning skills required for school before arriving there.

Many kinds of interventions can work to improve executive functioning, another reason researchers feel confident that this cognitive ability is not innate, but rather taught. Martial arts, yoga and exercise, among others, help improve students’ ability to focus and control themselves. Wexler helped design his own intervention, called Activate, which uses a mixture of online games and physical activities to target focus, self-control and working memory, the skills most closely linked with academic achievement."

 

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THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF AND YOUR STUDENTS TO CONSIDER IT SERIOUSLY.


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Ginger Jewell's curator insight, December 21, 2016 10:24 AM
In a world of almost overwhelming information the ability to focus for ANYONE becomes an imperative
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Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | On education | Scoop.it

While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job.


That being said, there are plenty of tools out there to make creating content much easier.


Below, you'll find a list of 36 fantastic tools and resources to help you research, write, edit, and design content more easily.


(You'll notice there are a lot of design tools in here -- that's because visual content is often the part of the content creation process where people get the most nervous and frustrated. So don't worry, we've got a ton in there for you.)...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 21, 2016 10:52 AM

Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources from Lindsay Kolowich at HubSpot. I thought I knew all the tools but she's updated the list and you'll find several social media tools you didn't know before. Christmas comes early. Highly recommended! 11/10. ;-)

Mike McCallister's curator insight, December 22, 2016 10:59 AM

I use several of these tools regularly, and can recommend every one of them. I suspect I'll be investigating some of the visual/design options heading into the new year. Use this list to expand your reach in 2017!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 19, 5:06 AM
Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources
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How to Avoid the 17 Deadly Sins of Flipped Learning Technology Selection

How to Avoid the 17 Deadly Sins of  Flipped Learning Technology Selection | On education | Scoop.it
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Nothing can kill a flipped learning program more quickly than the selection of expensive, complex technology that is poorly suited to flipped learning. Education technology graveyards are littered with the remains of tools, programs, and gizmos that teachers couldn't or wouldn't use. If teachers, administrators, IT staff and school districts had only known how to identify the best and simplest technologies for flipped learning. Now they can.

This one-hour, free course was created to empower you with the ability to avoid the 17 biggest mistakes educators routinely make when choosing flipped learning technology. When you're done you'll have the ability to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in flipped learning technology. You'll also receive a certificate to prove that you've been trained in this vital skill.

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10 Habits Worth Starting in the Classroom

10 Habits Worth Starting in the Classroom | On education | Scoop.it
When we look at what research says about becoming better at something, two pieces of evidence stand out.

First, we must have clarity on what our goals are, and where we want to go or what we want to become.

Second, it is deliberate practice (combined with feedback loops) that increase the myelin in our brain and in turn help improve performance and growth.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 12, 10:52 AM
Excellent. Worth a read.
 
Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, January 12, 1:11 PM
We shouldn't take for granted how important is to set a habit formation loop  in our classes so that longlife learning and continuous improvement be just part of the process of being an educated person.
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QR Codes Can Do That?

QR Codes Can Do That? | On education | Scoop.it
Seeking new educational uses for QR codes? Consider adding your voice, attaching PDFs, collecting parent information, sending a tweet, or changing the code's online endpoint.

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20 Free Educational Tools: Videos, Guides, and Printables!

20 Free Educational Tools: Videos, Guides, and Printables! | On education | Scoop.it
Enjoy this list of 20 free educational tools for teachers. Educators everywhere can find free teaching resources for all subjects and grade levels!

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 10, 2016 3:40 PM
Some helpful tools here. 
Lilydale High School's curator insight, January 7, 7:54 PM
Educational tools for teachers.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 9, 6:23 PM
C'est une liste de sites anglophones pour l'enseignement.
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[Infographic] 9 fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

[Infographic] 9 fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers | On education | Scoop.it
As we have pointed elsewhere, ' in a digitally focused world, education is getting more and more digitized pushing us, teachers and educators, to re-conceptualize what it really means to be a teacher in the 21st century. Whether you are a technological determinist or a digital instrumentalist, technology has become an essential force shaping much of our teaching and pedagogy. It has also placed a number of demands and exigencies on us and to meet these exigencies we need to develop a set of key digital skills '. The visual below, based on a chart we shared in the past, features what we believe are some of the fundamental digital skills every 21st century teacher should possess. We invite you to check it out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page. Feel free to download, print, or share the visual the way you want provided you credit our blog as the source.

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Amy Weisz's curator insight, January 6, 7:56 AM
This should be shared with administrators. 
 
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Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future

Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future | On education | Scoop.it
What innovative technologies that have recently appeared will soon reside in the future classrooms?

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, January 1, 11:00 AM
Great article to start the new year.
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 19, 12:25 PM
While this blog entry focuses on elementary grade classrooms, these same technologies will disrupt the high school and college classrooms just as well!
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Evenly Space Elements in Google Drawings (or Slides) - Teacher Tech

Evenly Space Elements in Google Drawings (or Slides) - Teacher Tech | On education | Scoop.it
When creating visuals in Google Drawing or Google Slides I sometimes need to space out the elements evenly.

 

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This is pretty cool and definitely worth a look if you use Drawings or Slides with any regularity.


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The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | On education | Scoop.it
Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources.
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Catherine PB's curator insight, December 23, 2016 8:42 PM

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays - and a Ripper New Year everyone - I thought this might make life a little easier in 2017 

Amy Weisz's curator insight, January 3, 1:25 PM
Many of these have been around the block of few times, but several of these tools were completely new to me. Great list!
 
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Choice is More than a Menu of Options | #LEARNing2LEARN

Choice is More than a Menu of Options | #LEARNing2LEARN | On education | Scoop.it
Choice can be confusing for educators. This post explains the continuum of building voice so learners self-regulate their learning for a purpose to build agency.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=autodidact

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Self-Directed+Learning

 


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Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 2016 10:22 AM
You must live by these rules in the classroom to be relevant for 21st century teaching and learning.
Isabella's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:28 AM
Choice can be confusing for educators. This post explains the continuum of building voice so learners self-regulate their learning for a purpose to build agency.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=autodidact

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Self-Directed+Learning

 

 

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 27, 2016 4:19 AM

Useful post, presenting an interesting vision of the theme. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in education in business, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/

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The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | On education | Scoop.it

Creating content isn't always a walk in the park. (In fact, it can sometimes feel more like trying to swim against the current.)

While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job.
That being said, there are plenty of tools out there to make creating content much easier.

Below, you'll find a list of 36 fantastic tools and resources to help you research, write, edit, and design content more easily. (You'll notice there are a lot of design tools in here -- that's because visual content is often the part of the content creation process where people get the most nervous and frustrated. So don't worry, we've got a ton in there for you.)

 

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Very good list of tools. A number were new to me and look quite interesting.


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Time Keeps on Slipping (So, use it productively)! | #Organization #Productivity

Time Keeps on Slipping (So, use it productively)! | #Organization #Productivity | On education | Scoop.it

Guest Post: Time Keeps on Slipping (So, use it productively)!

Paying enough effort and time is a key to success. However, sometimes the effort and time are not enough to get what you want. The matter is that we get the desired result when we properly use all the resources available. In this lies the real effectiveness that can help you to achieve what you want.

There are thousands of examples when people have several spare hours per day for accomplishing their goals but they never get what they want. And there are thousands of examples when people who have almost no free time get everything they want: they combine work and study, family and business, travel and full-time job. Why does this happen? In fact, the answer to this question lies in personal productivity and ability to manage time properly.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/time-the-most-important-factor-neglected-in-education/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Time+Management

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Productivity

 


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Guest Post: Time Keeps on Slipping (So, use it productively)!

Paying enough effort and time is a key to success. However, sometimes the effort and time are not enough to get what you want. The matter is that we get the desired result when we properly use all the resources available. In this lies the real effectiveness that can help you to achieve what you want.

There are thousands of examples when people have several spare hours per day for accomplishing their goals but they never get what they want. And there are thousands of examples when people who have almost no free time get everything they want: they combine work and study, family and business, travel and full-time job. Why does this happen? In fact, the answer to this question lies in personal productivity and ability to manage time properly.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/time-the-most-important-factor-neglected-in-education/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Time+Management

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Productivity

 

 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 11, 2016 11:20 AM

Some good insights on using time to be productive