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Valerie Strauss - Khan Academy: The hype and the reality

Valerie Strauss - Khan Academy: The hype and the reality | On education | Scoop.it
Khan Academy boasts almost 3,300 videos that have been viewed over 160 million times. That’s a heroic achievement.
But, a mathematician says, there’s a problem: the videos aren’t very good.

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A new national eLearning programme for Zimbabwe | eLearning Africa News Portal

A new national eLearning programme for Zimbabwe | eLearning Africa News Portal | On education | Scoop.it

Eight thousand primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe will shortly be connected to the Internet as part of a new national eLearning programme, says Nelson Chamisa, the country’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology. “All political parties in the government have agreed that eLearning should be a priority in order to improve our education system,” said Chamisa, adding that the state would be furnishing educational institutions with computers so that all schools go digital by 2014.


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Regent University Center for Teaching & Learning: Comparing Cooperative & Collaborative Learning

This short mini lecture provides the basic similarities and differences between cooperative and collaborative learning...


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MOOCs still open but no longer free

MOOCs still open but no longer free | On education | Scoop.it
A DAY after joining a prestigious national venture to offer free online courses, the University of Washington announced it would also offer credit for some of the courses - for a fee.

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Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom | Thoughtful Learning

Crowdsourcing in Your Classroom | Thoughtful Learning | On education | Scoop.it

By Smith

 

"How can you shift your classroom away from lecture and toward inquiry? You can get help from the modern phenomenon known as crowdsourcing—the practice of putting many minds to work on a single problem. Inquiry is, in effect, crowdsourcing in your classroom.

 

"The following four concepts from crowdsourcing can help you use more inquiry in your classroom."


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1:1 Pedagogy for schools

1:1 Pedagogy for schools | On education | Scoop.it

This website provides you with information and resources for your 1:1 lessons and exchange opportunities with other teachers. The website is an initiative by Acer and European Schoolnet. Read more about 1:1 pedagogy.


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Aurasma: What could you do with augmented reality in your school? [VIDEO] | Dangerously Irrelevant

Aurasma: What could you do with augmented reality in your school? [VIDEO] | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

Last fall I demonstrated a couple of augmented reality (AR) apps to some of my workshop participants at the NESA Leadership Conference in Athens, Greece (yes, we were there during the riots). One of those apps was Aurasma, which allows you to connect digital content with real-world objects.

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Analytics, Blended Learning Keys to Educational Success -- Campus Technology

Analytics, Blended Learning Keys to Educational Success -- Campus Technology | On education | Scoop.it

The current generation of college-age students could be the first to receive less education than the one that came before it. According to recent data, only half of those who start college complete their degrees--worse, only 12 percent among lower income students. "Education is a pathway to social mobility and personal efficacy," said Mark Milliron, chancellor of Western Governors University Texas, who delivered the opening keynote address at the Campus Technology 2012 conference taking place this week in Boston.

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Deschool Yourself: 4 Reasons to Change the Way We View Education

Deschool Yourself: 4 Reasons to Change the Way We View Education | On education | Scoop.it

The way in which we view education has a lot to do with our past; how we grew up, societal influences, and the way we were schooled ourselves. It is the legacy that we pass on to our children. Tragically, the current way our education system is engineered, it appears our children seem doomed to be unsuccessful.


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Manufacturing industry taps colleges for help with alternative credential | Inside Higher Ed

Potential “disruptions” to higher education typically portend a diminished role for the academy in workforce training, as students ditch college for, well, something else. But one of the most promising alternative credentialing movements – the manufacturing industry’s system of stackable certificates – has actually led to a deeper, more symbiotic relationship between employers and colleges.

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Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Edutopia

Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards | Edutopia | On education | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

 

"Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of dense information out there about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? You're not alone. Here's Edutopia's guide to resources that will help you make sense of the initiative and join the conversation."


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Managing Content Workflow for Faculty

You’ve done it! You’ve captured the intricacies and practical applications of Professor Mumblemore’s groundbreaking work on glottochronology (or electrophysiology, or perhaps paleoentomology) in crisp, engaging, easy to comprehend prose (or a minute-thirty of video, if you prefer). Good work! All that’s left is to get his A-OK and we can get this puppy published.


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New book looks at college students motivated by creativity, not grades | Inside Higher Ed

New book looks at college students motivated by creativity, not grades | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

Getting good grades in college is not as important as developing a creative, integrated and lifelong learning style, writes Ken Bain, a university administrator and professor, in What the Best College Students Do, which will be published next month by Harvard University Press.

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Developing Our Students as Active Citizens

Developing Our Students as Active Citizens | On education | Scoop.it

By Margaret Haviland

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Pennsylvania history teacher Margaret Haviland in this blog post writes about a project designed to translate her students' knowledge of history into an understanding of their roles as citizens. Over the course of three weeks, each student chose a topic of interest, explored, discussed and analyzed a daily news source about that topic, and finally engaged in an ongoing public discussion about it. For their final "exam," students worked in groups on projects and made presentations to the class, Haviland writes."


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Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking Skills | On education | Scoop.it

Like Maslow's Theory of Human Need, we have not gleamed all that can be found in Bloom's work on thinking skills. 


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Using a Collaborative Platform for Brilliant Learning | Jane Hart

Using a Collaborative Platform for Brilliant Learning | Jane Hart | On education | Scoop.it

"If you are looking to introduce more social approaches to learning in your organisation – from augmenting face-to-face events or socializing formal online learning, to enabling and supporting communities of practice - then Jane Hart will introduce you to the approach she has taken at the Social Learning Centre that makes use of a social collaboration platform to power the social (learning) activities she organises and coordinates .

 

"In this webinar, Jane will

-Explain the rationale behind this approach

-Present an overview of the key social features of social collaboration platforms

-Demonstrate a number of examples of social activities she has set up

-Propose a lite approach to designing social (learning) activities

-Show how learning can be embedded in the workflow"

 

This is an archived version of a webinar given on June 28, 2012. Click the 'Playback" button. -JL


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How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How an Upstart Company Might Profit From Free Courses - College 2.0 - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On education | Scoop.it

Coursera has been operating for only a few months, but the company has already persuaded some of the world's best-known universities to offer free courses through its online platform. Colleges that usually move at a glacial pace are rushing into deals with the upstart company. But what exactly have they signed up for? And if the courses are free, how will the company—and the universities involved—make money to sustain them?


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Is Diane Ravitch anti-technology? | Dangerously Irrelevant

Is Diane Ravitch anti-technology? | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

I confess that I’m struggling with Diane Ravitch lately (and not for the reasons I struggled back in 2010). I think that she’s a valuable voice in the educational policy landscape and I greatly appreciate her passion and her ability to energize educators and citizens as she speaks up against political and pedagogical abuses of our public schooling system. Heck, I just quoted her three days ago. But, despite her usage and leverage of social media to enhance her own voice and visibility, she’s increasingly appearing very anti-technology:

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Lore Redesigns Social Learning Platform -- Campus Technology

Lore Redesigns Social Learning Platform -- Campus Technology | On education | Scoop.it
Lore, previously called Coursekit, has redesigned its learning platform for colleges and universities that emphasizes social networking. This is the first in a number of changes that will be released over the summer.
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Educational technology should be about learning, not control | Dangerously Irrelevant

Educational technology should be about learning, not control | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

JogNog did a short survey of more than 150 teachers and principals across America. One of the questions it asked was, ”What are your three biggest challenges to being a great teacher?” The top two responses were motivating students and student behavioral issues.

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College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On education | Scoop.it

Companies scoop "digital bread crumbs" to tailor services, like the matchmaking of eHarmony or the book recommendations of Amazon. Now colleges, eager to get students out the door more efficiently, are awakening to the opportunities of so-called Big Data.


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Excellent Printing Apps for your iPad

Excellent Printing Apps for your iPad | On education | Scoop.it
iPad 's ecosystem is built in such a secure and strong way that it makes it hard for developers to enrich it with apps particularly productivity ones.

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Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed

Despite rumors, creditialing still an impasse for universities offering MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

The University of Washington plans to offer “enhanced” versions of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) it will develop through a partnership with Coursera, according to the university’s provost.

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OERtest-Webinar: Guidelines for Assessing and Certifying OERs, July 17, 2012

European session: 17 July, 13:00-14:15 CET

Session for Asia-Pacific, America, Australasia: 19th of July 13:00-14:15 (Pacific coast time)

 

The topics will be

- Unbundled Education and Future Developments

- Scenarios Guidelines for Transparency and Recognition

- A Learning Passport

- A concerted approach towards assessment and certification in Europe


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Dan Ariely » Blog Archive Plagiarism and Essay Mills «

Dan Ariely » Blog Archive Plagiarism and Essay Mills « | On education | Scoop.it

Sometimes as I decide what kind of papers to assign to my students, I can’t help but think about their potential to use essay mills.

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