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News Discovery: 23 Alternatives to Google Reader

News Discovery: 23 Alternatives to Google Reader | On education | Scoop.it
So the really big news yesterday, outstripping that of a new Pope is the news that Google is Powering Down Google Reader, which for many people is a total disaster.

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Jen Fuhrman-Kestler's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:15 AM

Will  be interesting to see how brands use the new version of Flipboard

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:30 PM

I recently moved all of my Rss feeds over to Feedburner. However FB doesn't display results in any kind of sophisticated graphic format. It might be time for another change! 

Ruth Bass's curator insight, April 1, 2013 12:24 PM

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Classroom Games Icebreakers | How Do You Play

Classroom Games Icebreakers | How Do You Play | On education | Scoop.it

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:50 AM

We often think of ice breakers at the beginning of a school year or at the introduction of a new course. These could be used through out the year.

nicolaperry's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:17 AM

Useful resource for new teachers

 

Milissa Ann Copeland's curator insight, September 5, 2013 12:01 AM

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March 26 CCCOER Webinar: OER Authoring Tools

March 26 CCCOER Webinar: OER Authoring Tools | On education | Scoop.it

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 am (Pacific time) to hear about authoring tools available for developing open educational resources including web pages, ePub, and PDF formats.  This webinar will feature three different authoring tools that are being used to develop OER that can be made freely available.

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Media&Learning's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:05 AM

Interesting, but mind the different time zone!

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The corridor of uncertainty: OER - from resources to mainstream practice

The corridor of uncertainty: OER - from resources to mainstream practice | On education | Scoop.it

There is a vast range of open educational resources to choose from if you know where to look and how to search. For most teachers however the main barrier to using OER is the difficulty in finding the right material and assessing its quality and appropriacy. Institutions are reluctant to fully embrace OER since there are few established policies and quality guidelines and inventing these from scratch is simply too time-consuming. The move from a structured world of published textbooks based on a national or regional curriculum to an unstructured ocean of free resources of uncertain quality and with little or no pre-packaging is simply too daunting for most academic leaders to face.


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Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt

Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt | On education | Scoop.it

Who among you in the developed world would abandon all teaching and install ‘hole-in-the-wall’ learning for your own children? We are being asked to believe that the solution to the lack of opportunities in third world education are computers in walls?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:42 AM

This is a scathing but quite reasonably argued critic of Sugata Mitra's hole in the wall project. Worth reading.

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Creative Ways to Extend the Reach of Your Institutional Research - CASE Social Media

Creative Ways to Extend the Reach of Your Institutional Research - CASE Social Media | On education | Scoop.it
Want to amplify your institution's work in the media? Here are some tips from a February CASE conference.

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Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources | Inside Higher Ed

Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

A new company is using an open-source approach to help institutions eager to phase out traditional textbooks for open education resources, but its efforts face an impediment: some instructors still believe a price drop in course materials means a similar drop in quality.

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Learners Assessing their Own Work

Learners Assessing their Own Work | On education | Scoop.it
Sarah Downing-Ford is a 7th grade middle school teacher in Maine who shares how her learners unpack standards and assess their own work.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:11 PM

Sarah share the lessons that she has learned in creating a learner-centered environment where her learners assess their own work and the work of their peers. Here is the question we asked and her response of what she called her "Top Ten".

 

What have you learned and what changes have you made from your initial steps?

 

"I have learned a lot in the past four years. Here is a top ten of what I have learned:

10. Don’t underestimate the abilities/flexibility of students.
9.  Never assume the abilities/flexibility of students.
8.  Share struggles, successes, questions with colleagues and students.
7.  Don’t scrap the old stuff; as long as it meets a target, it is worthy.
6.  Communicate with parents and students a lot, you can not communicate too much.
5.  Find ways to create a bridge between the old system and the new system.
4.  Stay organized.
3.  Work with your team of teachers to create interdisciplinary units.
2.  Nothing works as a canned program, modify as needed.
1.  Have fun!"

Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:36 AM

 

 Buenas ideas.

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Personal Learning Environments - measuring the impact

Personal Learning Environments - measuring the impact | On education | Scoop.it
Just recently a Tweet by @mkalz appeared in the #PLECONF Twitter stream: The PLE idea will die without impact studies. #pleconf As much as I agree that we need impact studies, we all know that meas...

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BlendedLearning

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The topic of "blended learning" is so important that it is treated in four different areas of this web site. Blended learning is introduced in the context of the E-Learning paradigm. It is discussed in this section in reference to the use of various instructional strategy, tactics and activities. The use of multiple media types and their effects on learning is discussed in the sections "Media Selection" and "Principles of Multimedia". Blended learning is reviewed again from the perspective of Delivery System options.


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6 Steps to Personalize Learning

6 Steps to Personalize Learning | On education | Scoop.it

"The Six Steps to Personalize Learning is a hybrid workshop that is on-site and online to help teachers move to a Stage One Personalized Learning Environment."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:26 PM

The Six Steps to Personalize Learning workshop can be personalized for your school, district, or region. We come to you to guide the process. Several of the ideas and strategies in the steps include:

 

>> Universal Design for Learning

>> Class Learning Snapshot

>> Personal Learner Profile

>> Class Learning Toolkit

>> Redesigned learning environments

>> A repository of transformed lessons and projects aligned to CCSS

>> Inquiry-based strategies

>> Skills to choose the appropriate resources and tools to support teaching and learning.

 

As facilitators, we coach you in person and online as you apply the steps in your classroom. After the workshop is over,  you can continue ongoing discussions in an online Community of Practice (the Personalize Learning Collaboratory) with other educators from around the world. 

 

Contact Personalize Learning  at personalizelearn@gmail.com

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:05 PM

Seguiremos las etapas en la práctica educativa.

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Are Full College Degrees the Next Step for Coursera? | Education News

Are Full College Degrees the Next Step for Coursera? | Education News | On education | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe that Coursera has been in business for only a year, as very few companies can match it for the amount of news and hype its product has received.

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The 7 Transformational Concepts in The 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Transformational Concepts in The 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | On education | Scoop.it

Today I am sharing with you a great graphic realized by Terry Heick in which he featured the 7 most powerful idea shift in today's learning. I find this work clicks with the purpose of the posts I mentioned above   . It is true that the work is subjective but at least it captures the essence  of the transformational change that has befell education in the 21st century . Check it out below and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy


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edX MOOC Software Goes Open Source

edX MOOC Software Goes Open Source | On education | Scoop.it

EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today released its XBlock SDK to the general public under the Affero GPL open source license.  XBlock is the underlying architecture supporting the rich, interactive course content found in edX courses.

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How Evernote Is Revolutionzing My Classroom - Edudemic

How Evernote Is Revolutionzing My Classroom - Edudemic | On education | Scoop.it
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."


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Vance Stevens's curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:15 AM

Evernote and iPads. If the link doesn't work, try this one

http://www.edudemic.com/the-evernote-experiment/

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 16, 2013 9:20 PM

Thank you for sharing Jim. I have and will continue to promote Evernote to my students.

 

Ryne Huff's curator insight, March 28, 2013 8:15 AM

I love the versitility of this app, allowing students to work on assignment/notes at home on their phone, school on iPad, and anywhere and everywhere in between.

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Incorporating experiential marketing in international recruitment

Incorporating experiential marketing in international recruitment | On education | Scoop.it

If you thought marketing to students was already intensely multifaceted, you’ve got more to consider: some observers are pointing to “experiential marketing” as an area of innovation in international recruitment.


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I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing | Lifehacker

I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing | Lifehacker | On education | Scoop.it

By Whitson Gordon

 

"For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn't live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now. Here's what I was missing.

 

"Any time we talk about Evernote, a good number of you say the same thing: you've tried it time and time again, but you could never really "get into it." I was in the same camp, but after reading the other side's experiences in this article and its comments, I decided to give it another shot. If you're like I was and haven't yet experienced the greatness of Evernote, here are some things you should try.

The More You Add, the More Useful Evernote Becomes

"Let's start with the most important trick: In order to see why everyone likes Evernote, it's important to take advantage of everything it has to offer (rather than use it as just another note taker). Reader ppdd says it best:

 

"The key to Evernote is to commit to it and jump in with both feet. It's pretty rotten if you're just using it for a few isolated tasks, because absolutely, it doesn't do any one thing perfectly and it's not as fast as other apps.

 

"It really starts to show its brilliance once you start using it as your default bookmark/webclip app, notetaker, recipe box, repository of all your reference material, and so on. It's great to have ALL the information you need indexed and searchable across every single platform you have. I love opening it up in a meeting and recording the meeting audio right along with my typed notes on my iPad. If I miss something (entirely possible while pecking things out on a glass screen) I can always return to it after the meeting."

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 14, 2013 3:36 PM

I've been using Evernote for about a year.  I'm still at the point the author describes in this piece.  I use it. But I'm not addicted.  Should I go all in and really see if I get hooked?  

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 14, 2013 3:39 PM

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Pauline Wilson's curator insight, March 15, 2013 12:05 AM

Making the most of Evernote

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Just published: SURF Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013

Just published: SURF Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 | On education | Scoop.it

The Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 describes trends in open educational resources (OER) and open education in the Netherlands and elsewhere, from the perspective of Dutch higher education.  

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15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | On education | Scoop.it
15 of the Best Educational Apps for Improving Comprehension| Check them out at Learning Unlimited http://t.co/OcA553vuZX #edchat

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Buffy Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 2013 12:03 PM

There are some good leads here.

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David Wiley - Lumen Learning: A Red Hat for OER

Today I’m happy to announce the launch of Lumen Learning, a new organization I’ve founded together with my long-time friend and collaborator Kim Thanos. Our goal with Lumen is to significantly improve student success by bridging the gap between OER developers and potential OER adopters.

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If MOOCs Have Limitations, How About MORCs?

If MOOCs Have Limitations, How About MORCs? | On education | Scoop.it
 The recent emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has sparked agitation in the academia especially in Western Europe and North America. Constraints raised by MOOCs vary depending on prof...

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Sean Michael Morris - Decoding Digital Pedagogy, pt. 1: Beyond the LMS

Sean Michael Morris - Decoding Digital Pedagogy, pt. 1: Beyond the LMS | On education | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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Free Graphing Calculator by Desmos.com

Free Graphing Calculator by Desmos.com | On education | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

"This fluid, intuitive graphing calculator, compatible with Chrome browsers, makes graphing complex equations a snap. It includes all the functions of the large, rectangular model many high-school students are familiar with and produces easy-to read graphs with marked intercepts. Users can use the program to plot multiple graphs on top of one another, making this a great teaching tool."


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Debbie Morrison: Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning

Debbie Morrison: Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning | On education | Scoop.it

Is peer grading an effective assessment method for open and online learning? What about in MOOCs where student feedback may be the only means of determining a pass or fail in a course? This posts examine peer grading and suggests what conditions must be present in order for peer grading to be effective.

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Domitilla Enders's curator insight, March 9, 2013 12:09 PM

Interested to see how this evolves in online learning environments. Good way to keep students engaged and learning from each other.

JM Gonzalez-Barahona's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:34 PM

Peer grading is one of the many peer to peer recognition systems available. Is it a good method for grading students in MOOCs?