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What is Good Teaching?

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"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." -- Horace Mann

 

"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner


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Free Technology for Teachers: What Makes Searching Difficult? What Makes it Easier?

Free Technology for Teachers: What Makes Searching Difficult? What Makes it Easier? | On education | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"A couple of times this summer I've mentioned Dan Russell's resources for making you a better web researcher. Most recently I featured this video in which he talks about search strategies. Today, I read another of Dan Russell's blog posts that I think many teachers and students can benefit from reading.

 

"In Internet Search: What makes it simple, difficult, or impossible? Dan Russell explains what can make searches difficult, common search mistakes, and strategies for better searches. I read Dan's article and have to admit that I am sometimes guilty of falling into the trap of the "framing effect" that he describes. Breaking out the "framing effect" will improve my search methods and I'm sure it will for you too."

 

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The Intersection of Digital Literacy and Social Media -- Campus Technology

The Intersection of Digital Literacy and Social Media -- Campus Technology | On education | Scoop.it

As educators look for new ways to teach digital literacy or the use of digital technology to find, organize, comprehend, evaluate, and create information, some are turning to social media to help advance the concept in the college classroom.

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Study examines contradictions that define today's young people | Inside Higher Ed

Study examines contradictions that define today's young people | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

Colleges and employers have their work cut out for them in helping today's young people navigate the fast-changing economic and technological environment in which they are coming of age, given their often-conflicting attitudes and traits, a new book argues.

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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | On education | Scoop.it
What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest?

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Jeffrey R. Young: Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera's Free Online Courses

Jeffrey R. Young: Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera's Free Online Courses | On education | Scoop.it

Students taking free online courses offered by the startup company Coursera have reported dozens of incidents of plagiarism, even though the courses bear no academic credit. This week a professor leading one of the so-called Massive Open Online Courses posted a plea to his 39,000 students to stop plagiarizing, and Coursera's leaders say they will review the issue and consider adding plagiarism-detection software in the future.


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Consultation on Opening Up Education Initiative Launched

Consultation on Opening Up Education Initiative Launched | On education | Scoop.it

The consultation on "Opening up Education - a proposal for a European Initiative to enhance education and skills development through new technologies", will explore the perceived need for EU action to promote the use of open educational resources (OER) in education. 


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Save Pages Docs to DropBox, Google Docs and more – iPads in Education

Save Pages Docs to DropBox, Google Docs and more – iPads in Education | On education | Scoop.it

iWorks does not have a direct link to popular cloud storage services such as DropBox and Google Docs. That makes saving and synchronizing messy if you use Pages.
Here's one nice - and free - solution. Otixo

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We need to foster a diversity of talents | Dangerously Irrelevant

We need to foster a diversity of talents | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

First, much research has shown that what makes a nation or a community prosperous is a diversity of talents (Florida 2002; Chua 2007). Even honeybee colonies with more genetic diversity are more productive (Mattila and Seeley 2007). A society cannot rely only on one type of talent to meet the challenges of the sophisticated, complex, and ever-changing economy, which constantly needs innovations and new industries (Kane 2010). If America had produced just one kind of talent wherein all individuals possess the same skills and knowledge, we would not have Apple® or Google™ or Facebook, or the Internet for that matter.

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Paul Trafford's blog: The Quest for Sustainability in Open Courseware

Paul Trafford's blog: The Quest for Sustainability in Open Courseware | On education | Scoop.it

I've been reflecting recently on the subject of open courseware and, more specifically, OpenCourseWare following the keynote for the Sakai conference in Amsterdam delivered confidently and enthusiastically by Hal Abelson (a podcast is available). In this post I'll briefly recap some of the core aspects as I understand them and then go on to explore this area, based on personal experiences and ideas I've been formulating at Oxford.

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CETIS Survey Report: The Role of Libraries and Information Professionals in #OER Initiatives

CETIS Survey Report: The Role of Libraries and Information Professionals in #OER Initiatives | On education | Scoop.it

The main objectives of the study were to gain insight into the level of involvement and commitment of the library as an organizational unit, and of individual librarians and other information science specialists in OER projects.


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How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia

How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia | On education | Scoop.it

By Jac de Haan

Summary by SmartBrief on Ed Tech

 

"What does it take to ensure the successful rollout of a one-to-one iPad program? In this blog post, Jac de Haan, technology integration specialist, outlines step-by-step what a successful two-month rollout should look like. In the first week, students establish solid academic habits without the iPads, before students and parents learn about the devices. By week four, students are given the iPads at the beginning of class and asked to return them at the end, building up to week nine when students are trusted to use the devices as they see fit."


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26 Internet safety talking points | Dangerously Irrelevant

26 Internet safety talking points | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it
For Leadership Day 2012, I thought I would gather in one place many of the talking points that I use with principals and superintendents about...
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Are open educational resources the key to global economic growth?

Are open educational resources the key to global economic growth? | On education | Scoop.it
By being adaptable and accessible, OERs, have the potential to solve the global education crisis and contribute to sustainable economic growth - if governments are prepared to act...

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"Time on task" is less important for higher-level understanding and creativity | Dangerously Irrelevant

"Time on task" is less important for higher-level understanding and creativity | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

the nature of the task helps to determine the relationship between time and achievement. It turns out that more hours are least likely to produce better outcomes when understanding or creativity is involved. “How much is learned by rote is a direct function of time and effort,” acknowledges literacy expert Frank Smith. “But when the learning is meaningful we learn much faster. . . . Having to spend long periods of time in repetitive efforts to learn specific things is a sign that learning is not taking place, that we are not in a productive learning situation.”

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Sociologists offer explanations for the link between football and American universities | Inside Higher Ed

Sociologists offer explanations for the link between football and American universities | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

When a Stanford University scholar displayed the first slide in his presentation on college football and university status systems, an audience member who was a loyal Cardinal fan challenged him. Why, she asked, would a Stanford professor lead off with a slide showing the football stadium of the University of California at Berkeley?

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30 Mobile Apps Reinventing Music Education - Online Colleges

30 Mobile Apps Reinventing Music Education - Online Colleges | On education | Scoop.it
Here are some apps that we think are helping to revolutionize music education, offering fun, information, and instruction anywhere, anytime.

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Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times

Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times | On education | Scoop.it

By Motoko Rich

 

"As much as showing the content of the classes, the videos help teachers identify techniques for organizing a lesson or eliciting sophisticated questions from students...."

 

"The District of Columbia is not the only public school district or educational organization that is using video for the professional development of teachers. Teaching Channel, a nonprofit, has amassed more than 500 videos of teachers who are recommended by school districts, teaching organizations and a panel of advisers."

 

"Uncommon Schools, which runs 32 schools, mostly in Brooklyn and Newark, show videos like these during teacher training.

A YouTube video shows Juliana Worrell, a first-grade teacher, with her students at North Star Academy Vailsburg Elementary School."

 

A small, but high quality, selection of teacher videos, with links to sources for more. -JL

 

Via Accomplished Teacher

 


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The point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person | Dangerously Irrelevant

The point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

Though we often lose sight of this basic fact, the point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person – more mature, more wise, more self-disciplined, more effective, and more productive in the broadest sense. Knowledge is an indicator of educational success, not the aim.

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Think Link | Engage Their Minds [3]

Think Link | Engage Their Minds [3] | On education | Scoop.it

By Terry Eichholz

 

"Think Link is a neat way to integrate technology into the activity that I wrote about yesterday – Hexagonal Learning. On the Think Link site, you can create your own board of hexagons, add notes to each one, and manipulate them. You can save your boards to be used whenever you like on that computer. This is an alternative to cutting out a lot of hexagons to distribute to your students. Think Link could be used for your students to generate hexagon words as a class about a particular topic. The board could be saved, and then different student groups could create their own relationships with the words to show their understanding of the topic.

 

"I highly recommend trying a Think Link activity with your students this year."


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Is focus on the few poor teachers driving away even more of the good ones? | Dangerously Irrelevant

Is focus on the few poor teachers driving away even more of the good ones? | Dangerously Irrelevant | On education | Scoop.it

People see bad teaching and they become convinced that the real issue is planning. Eventually, they decide that it would work best to have all teachers on “the same page” (my God, what would life be like if we all approached reading that way — laboriously moving page by page in the same book as everyone else?) with a lesson plan format.

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Copyright v creditright — BuzzMachine

Copyright v creditright — BuzzMachine | On education | Scoop.it

I wrote a post on Ev Williams’ and Biz Stone’s new Medium platform about rethinking copyright from a legal right not to be copied to a moral right to be credited: creditright. Please go read it there first. Then please join in the excellent discussion about the topic at Google+. Now I’ll add more points here…

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7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu | On education | Scoop.it

From the website

 

" Challenge-based learning (CBL) is similar to problem-based learning, but with CBL, students formulate the challenges they will address. Through a process of discussion and research, students identify a selection of questions that might be workable for their project, work on solutions, and publish those solutions online. In this way, CBL provides the satisfaction that comes from figuring out both the issue to be tackled and the solution to it, even though CBL requires a heavier time commitment than more traditional academic activities. Students gain meaningful skills through these projects, including how to share work, collaborate, organize, and express themselves more effectively."


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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | On education | Scoop.it


Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test.


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, January 31, 2013 1:07 AM

Applies student-levels for tech requirements, also HE

Kathryn LeGrove's curator insight, July 21, 2013 8:46 PM

hope this helps

Miep Carstensen's comment, September 17, 2013 6:52 PM
very useful information with links to delve further and learn vital skills
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Central Florida to Offer MOOC on Blended Online Learning

Central Florida to Offer MOOC on Blended Online Learning | On education | Scoop.it

The University of Central Florida (UCF) announces the second offering of its popular MOOC (massive open online course) for blended learning faculty and designers: BlendKit2012. Based around the open-licensed BlendKit Course instructional materials, BlendKit2012 will run as a five-week cohort (from Monday, September 24 to Monday, October 29, 2012) facilitated by UCF’s Dr. Kelvin Thompson and Dr. Linda Futch. Course components include regular communications from facilitators, weekly readings, hands-on tasks, a variety of real time and asynchronous interaction opportunities, and weekly webinars with experienced blended learning instructors.


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