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10 Expectations Learners Have!

"We hear often of the "high expectations" schools must have of and for their students, yet we seldom hear of the expectations students have of their schools."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:03 AM

Learners' expectations constitute the new "rules of engagement" in the relationship that young people want with their schools. Consider these expectations and then have an open dialogue on how you can create "learner-centered" environments where these expectations could be realized for the learners in your school.

Vicki Butler's curator insight, May 14, 2013 11:58 AM

Just had this discussion with a dear friend in his late 70's. Thanks for posting this!

Lou Salza's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:13 AM

I liked this. It was an opportunity for me to listen to the learner point of view. The 10 expectations are relevant at any level but these are particularly important at the secondary and college level in my view. These expectations also speak to how on line and blended learning environments will or will not connect to learners. well worth 4 minutes!-Lou

 

Excerpt from the decription on YouTube:" We hear often of the "high expectations" schools must have of and for their students, yet we seldom hear of the expectations students have of their schools. Students' expectations constitute the new "rules of engagement" in the relationship that young people want with their schools."

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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom | On education | Scoop.it

Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).

The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency...


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maite collados's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:24 AM

Las infografías son una herramienta muy útil por su factor visual: en poco espacio y de forma visulamente agradable y atrayente, engloba datos y relaciona conceptos.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 30, 2014 7:50 AM

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Dotspin. Share images with CC licenses

Dotspin. Share images with CC licenses | On education | Scoop.it
Dotspin is a web & mobile app that gives real recognition to good shared photos. Everybody should keep their rights and receive something in return.
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Measured Results Demonstrate Enhanced Learning Outcomes in the Flipped Classroom

Measured Results Demonstrate Enhanced Learning Outcomes in the Flipped Classroom | On education | Scoop.it
Flipped Learning Model Yields Higher Grades in High School Math Course

While an administrator at a rural secondary school district in America, with the poverty level at about 65% free and reduced lunch (an indicator of the level of poverty in the United States school systems), I observed teachers who implemented a flipped classroom with materials they designed and created.  Over 250 video podcasts were made district-wide to provide content instruction.  Visiting the classrooms of teachers who had flipped their classes, I saw groups of students working together on real world problems, reviewing or being re-taught as needed, and students who were well ahead of the others in their classes regarding the content they had acquired.

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MindMup: Working with Google Drive

MindMup: Working with Google Drive | On education | Scoop.it

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, May 11, 2013 8:28 PM

Includes instructions on how to save MindMups into Google Drive

Ronald BELLEZ's curator insight, May 12, 2013 4:15 PM

Un #outil d'#organisation simple et gratuit qui permet de stocker ses cartes mentales (#mindmaps) dans google #drive.

Mueller, Chad's curator insight, May 15, 2013 10:12 AM

What a great tool!

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Classroom Aid: Planning Framework for #OER Implementation

Classroom Aid: Planning Framework for #OER Implementation | On education | Scoop.it

This document is intended as a guide for those state teams planning to implement Open Educational Resources (OER). The exercises included within it were completed by seven states as part of the OER Institute in November 2012. Based on the experiences of those states, the exercises have been adapted slightly and are included here as a guide to other states interested in developing systems for Open Educational Resources.

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Curriculum management tool for teaching from textbooks, files, OER - Ginkgotree

Curriculum management tool for teaching from textbooks, files, OER - Ginkgotree | On education | Scoop.it
Create, collaborate, and deliver digital course materials that follow your exact curriculum, not a textbook. Include copyrighted works with automatic copyright clearance.
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RSS Reader Reinvented: The Best Google Reader Alternative (after Feedly) Is MultiPLX

RSS Reader Reinvented: The Best Google Reader Alternative (after Feedly) Is MultiPLX | On education | Scoop.it
RSS Reader Reimagined; Everything you want to read - news, your favorite blogs, art and more - in one convenient place designed for you.

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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:41 AM

Google gaat de Google Reader service, een rss feedreader, stopzetten. Nu is Feedly een uitstekende vervanger, maar ook MultiPLX lijkt een goed alternatief. Het design heeft veel weg van Pinterest. Toch denk ik niet dat ik mijn Feedly account snel zal opgeven.

Maria Palaska's comment, May 9, 2013 8:02 AM
thanks for the information!
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You're welcome Maria! :)
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7 Vital Google Image Search Hacks

7 Vital Google Image Search Hacks | On education | Scoop.it
Where do you go when you need to search for something? Probably Google. Where do you go when you need to find images? I’m guessing the same again.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:52 PM

At last, here's how to find Similar Images again. I thought it was gone!

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Cooperative Freedom and Transparency in Moodle

A 30-minute presentation about Campus NooA uses Moodle to achive cooperative freedom and transparency in Online education

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Stephen Downes: Assessment in MOOCs

First of all, the MOOCs I have worked on have not focused on assessment - they have been courses, yes, with a small number (20 or so) taking them for credit, but the vast majority of participants auditing. So the  question of marking term papers never came up. And like you, I would not contemplate multiple-choice exams in humanities and literature courses.

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VideoNot.es (Chrome Browser App)

VideoNot.es (Chrome Browser App) | On education | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The easiest way to take notes from videos. Everything synchronized!

 

"Have you ever been struggling to take notes while watching videos? Not anymore!

 

"VideoNotes, developed by UniShared (www.unishared.com), currently supports Youtube and Coursera videos and works best for the last versions of Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari.

 

"It enables you to:

- Watch videos and take notes at the same time, on the same screen

- Keep the same shortcuts to play/pause your video while writing notes

- Automatically synchronize your notes and video. Just click on a line of your notes to jump to the related part of the video.

 

"Everything is automatically stored in your Google Drive, to access them everywhere."


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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:08 AM

Notities maken terwijl je naar een video kijkt, notities die ook worden opgeslagen al 'in'-punt/markering zodat je fragmenten ook weer snel kunt terugvinden. 

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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | On education | Scoop.it

In the end, MOOCs and online programs primarily help those who are self motivated to learn, and the vast majority of these people would have figured out how to educate themselves, whether in college or on their own, regardless of whether or not online courses are available.

 


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Jason R Levine's comment, May 3, 2013 4:21 PM
There need not be a dichotomy of online learning and having the personalized attention of a teacher/coach. This article, and others like it, are misguided if their point is that online education will forever remain a fantasy; they are valuable articles in that they correctly note what's limiting and/or dysfunctional now to set us on course to the new "reality" of online and blended learning being superior to traditional "brick and mortar" education.
Mihail Gavrilov's curator insight, May 4, 2013 9:36 AM

интернет-обучение - преимущественно фантазии. Оно подходит только для мотивированных, целеустремленных, склонных к самостоятельному поиску знаний

silvermanmc's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:56 PM

Learning has almost always been a social endeavor... online learning that approximates such...is potentially more effective... 

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15 Great Video Sites for Educators

15 Great Video Sites for Educators | On education | Scoop.it

Some very good video sites for teachers...


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Bnahha Langarika's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:10 PM

Para aprender mas!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:42 PM

edgalaxy.com has a tag line 'cool stuff for nerdy teachers' this is me all over. Great videos worth spending the time having a look.

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, May 26, 2013 5:55 AM

The video sites  will broaden the scope of choices for educators striving to develop materials for students.

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How to Turn an Urban School District Around—Without Cheating | The Atlantic

How to Turn an Urban School District Around—Without Cheating | The Atlantic | On education | Scoop.it

By Greg Anrig

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The Cincinnati school district has improved both test scores and graduation rates since 2003 while -- unlike Atlanta and Washington -- transparently pursuing highly collaborative reform strategies that, counter to the current trend, don't rely on rigid hierarchy and punitive accountability. Because Cincinnati has implemented proven instructional approaches while nurturing a culture in which administrators, teachers, parents, and community groups closely communicate and work together as teams, the case serves as an important counterweight to the public school stories that have been dominating the news in the past few years. It also can serve as a roadmap for reversing course from the high-pressure tactics that gave rise to the cheating scandals and led to little progress elsewhere."


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The MOOC

The MOOC | On education | Scoop.it
Duncan McCue looks at the MOOC, otherwise known as, the Massive Open Online Course. They are changing the way teachers teach and the way students learn because they can fill a classroom with a billion brains.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 2013 2:48 AM

Interesting video on MOOCs. It's beginning to look like anything that is online education is now being called a MOOC. It's like an echo from 20 years ago when e-learning started taking off. Seems like a lot of people are really missing the point.

Ruth Vilmi's curator insight, May 12, 2013 3:45 AM

This is not new - I taught the International Writing Exchange (IWE) from 1993, but technology allows much more nowadays. Go for it and learn whatever your heart desires!  Go for challenging courses though, not a book on the Web!! 

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 12, 2013 4:10 AM

Information and knowledge is there. Only you decide what to make of it.

Sharing knowledge will always give you back more than what you give.

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Paul Stacey: The Pedagogy of MOOCs

There is a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and change happening in today’s education sector. Existing and new education providers are leveraging the Internet, ICT infrastructure, digital content, open licensing, social networking, and interaction to create new forms of education. Open Educational Resources (OER) (including open textbooks), Open Access, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have all gained traction as significant drivers of education innovation.

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MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released

MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released | On education | Scoop.it

Issue number 33 of eLearning Papers focuses on the challenges and future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a trend in education that has skyrocketed since 2008.

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Robert Schuwer's curator insight, May 12, 2013 3:37 AM

Several papers very worthwhile to read. My favourites:

- MOOC Design Principles. A Pedagogical Approach from the Learner’s Perspective

- MOOCs and disruptive innovation: Implications for higher education

 

 
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How to verify your Blog on Pinterest! - The Classroom Companion

How to verify your Blog on Pinterest! - The Classroom Companion | On education | Scoop.it

Description by Karen Fraker

 

"Tech Tip: How to Verify Your Blog on Pinterest
Jen Elliott gives directions on how to drive more traffic to your blog by verifying it on Pinterest." 


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Elina Juusola-Halonen's curator insight, May 10, 2013 10:07 AM

This is good advice. I like it. 

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Learning to ‘run a MOOC’

Learning to ‘run a MOOC’ | On education | Scoop.it
There are more learner interactivity options available than multiple–choice questions and ‘drag and drop’ responses, says Bob Little.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 7, 2013 4:24 PM

Many teacher want to get their classes online for various reasons. The info here will help anyone set it up more professionally.

Anne Whaits's curator insight, May 7, 2013 4:34 PM

Some really interesting reflections and comments in this article. What makes the current form of MOOCs particularly challenging for the learner? Poonam argues that effective learning materials involve the learners and makes a case for the interactive MOOC - the iMOOC. "Those wanting to build iMOOCS – or at least include greater learner interactivity into their courses – could gather inspiration for their instructional design strategy from interactivity building tools."

Richard L. Edwards's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:24 PM

Certain "truisms" run through articles written on MOOCs. One of the more consistent "stories" repeated from article to article involves the completion rate of MOOCs, hovering around 7%. There are many reasons why MOOCs have low completion rates, but typically the "story" is told as one of MOOC design failure, as in this piece. Quote from this article: "“To engage learners and keep them interested in the course - and motivated to continue and complete it, there’s a need to develop MOOCs that are highly interactive (iMOOCs). No wonder that MOOCs’ learner drop-out rates are extremely high,” [Poonam Jaypuriya] commented. “According to our information, typically, we’re seeing only seven or eight per cent of learners completing courses.” I agree with the 7% completion rate, which matches my hands-on experience. But I disagree with the assessment of why 93% of my students did not complete my MOOC. In fact, let's consider the admission requirements for a MOOC. Typically, a student submits an email address. There is no transcript verification, there is no statement of commitment (i.e. how much this "learner" will prioritize a free class when other life and work events occur during the course), and no really penalty from just dropping out of the course at any time for any reason. MOOCs are a fascinating experiment, and while some MOOCs clearly have a way to go to fully leverage the full and already available possibilities of a quality engaging online education, that is not the fundamental reason for low completion rates. MOOC providers need to figure out how to secure learning commitments from students. And to play the contrarian on this issue, I would argue that the top retention tools of traditional higher education have been tuition cost, admissions standards, and verifiable transcripts, not the quality of course design (and I mean course design principles as opposed to faculty reputation). 

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Personalize Learning Newsletter - "It's All About the Conversations"

Personalize Learning Newsletter - "It's All About the Conversations" | On education | Scoop.it

Personalized learning is becoming more than a "buzz word" -- it is driving conversations. One of our posts, "Learners NOT Students," has taken the conversations where we never thought they would go.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:34 PM

The conversations continue about what is Personalized Learning, transforming learning instead of reforming learning, learners taking ownership of their learning and teachers as partners in learning. We believe our purpose is to share what we learn from you and with you about ideas, resources, research, and from the journeys of educators and learners who are personalizing learning. This newsletter is about the conversations! 

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Definition Of Digital Citzenship

Definition Of Digital Citzenship | On education | Scoop.it

Revising that might more clearly articulate the differences between physical and digital communities, so a decent definition of digital citizenship then might be “Self-monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all (visible and less visible) community members”


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CERT's comment, May 8, 2013 3:41 AM
Unfortunately we find that what happens the most, especially in schools is that educators and administrators tend to shy away from this responsibility and limit their teaching to the way they have been taught, thus excluding all the elements that are now pronouncing us as digital citizens in a society.
Sieg Holle's curator insight, May 10, 2013 12:15 PM

In the digital world we are human beings -free of the  many artificial restrictions and other special interest agendas and use our free will to engage our ideas and actions. It is natural - people can chose who they want to communicate with  It is a positive MOOC of that will expand the world into a new age of freedom and abundance .

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Mathematics Assessment Project: Prototype Professional Development Modules

Mathematics Assessment Project: Prototype Professional Development Modules | On education | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Mathematics Assessment Project has developed the Classroom Challenges to exemplify the types of activities needed to supplement traditional classroom practice and support the Standards. The Professional Development Modules are designed to help teachers with the practical and pedagogical challenges presented by these lessons.

 

"Module 1 intoduces the model of formative assessment used in the lessons, its theroetical background and practical implemention. Modules 2 & 3 look at the two types of Classroom Challenges in detail. Modules 4 & 5 explore two crucial pedagogical features of the lessons: asking probing questions and collaborative learning.

 

"The modules are activity-based; built around a collection of example classroom activities. The aim is to engage groups of teachers in constructive discussions about their own practices and how these could change. They then plan and teach a lesson using these ideas in their own classroom, and meet again to reflect on their experiences.

 

"Each module includes a PD session guide and handouts for teachers, as well as sample classroom materials and suggested lesson plans. Also included are videos of real teachers trying these techniques with their own classes, often for the first time, and discussing the results."


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My Life as a MOOC Dropout -- Campus Technology

My Life as a MOOC Dropout -- Campus Technology | On education | Scoop.it
Lost in a class of thousands, a MOOC enrollee yearns for a sense of community and shared learning.

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McGreal, Rory et al. (eds.) - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

McGreal, Rory et al. (eds.) - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice | On education | Scoop.it

This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges. The 16 chapters, written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, are organised into four parts by theme:
1. OER in Academia – describes how OER are widening the international community of scholars, following MIT’s lead in sharing its resources and looking to the model set by the OpenCourseWare Consortium
2. OER in Practice – presents case studies and descriptions of OER initiatives underway on three continents
3. Diffusion of OER – discusses various approaches to releasing and “opening” content, from building communities of users that support lifelong learning to harnessing new mobile technologies that enhance OER access on the Internet
4. Producing, Sharing and Using OER – examines the pedagogical, organisational, personal and technical issues that producing organisations and institutions need to address in designing, sharing and using OER

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Annarita Bergianti's curator insight, May 4, 2013 6:13 AM

giovanna g.: un e-book free edito dall'Unesco che ci permette di fare il punto della situazione sull'OER, nella pratica, nell'Università e nella sua diffusione attraverso le nuove tecnologie mobile. Consiglio a tutti di scricarlo e studiarlo (secondo me con questo un esame del Master è fatto!!!)

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