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JSTOR: How Thematic Teaching Can Transform History Education

JSTOR: How Thematic Teaching Can Transform History Education | On education | Scoop.it

The Clearing House, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jan. - Feb., 1995), pp. 160-162

Excellent, short article from 1995! -JL


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How to make a student iPad podcasting studio. | SchoolTechnology.org

How to make a student iPad podcasting studio. | SchoolTechnology.org | On education | Scoop.it

This past summer I converted our conventional podcasting studio with PCs over to iPads in hopes of improving the workflow. To be honest, I amazed at how easy podcasting is now for my elementary students. Here are the basics.

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How Important is Grit in Student Achievement?

How Important is Grit in Student Achievement? | On education | Scoop.it
When it comes to high achievement, grit may be as essential as intelligence.

Before she was a psychology professor, Angela Duckworth taught math in middle school and high school. She spent a lot of time thinking about something that might seem obvious: The students who tried hardest did the best, and the students who didn’t try very hard didn’t do very well. Duckworth wanted to know: What is the role of effort in a person’s success?


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Dan Hickey: Incorporating Open Badges into a Hybrid Course Context

Dan Hickey: Incorporating Open Badges into a Hybrid Course Context | On education | Scoop.it

"I recently incorporated digital badges into the online aspects of my doctoral course on educational assessment (“Capturing Learning in Context”).  There are two aspects of this effort that readers might find useful.  The first aspect concerns the way students award simple “stamps” to highlight significant contributions or insights from classmates. I use those stamps to award three “one-star” badges each week; I will use the one-star badges to determine how to award three two-star badges at the end of the semester.  I will elaborate on this in a later post.  I also removed the section on using the Mozilla Open Badge backpack to another post as well. This post is already going to be pretty long! "

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Apps in Education: Geography and Science - Cross over apps

Apps in Education: Geography and Science - Cross over apps | On education | Scoop.it

There are a number of apps that are being released that give us direct and instant access to real time data to events and happenings around the world. These apps allow the students in the classroom to have the same data and information that authorities, scientists and researcher have. This is important form the students point of view as it makes the learning more real.

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Tony Bates: Daniel’s comprehensive review of MOOC developments

Tony Bates: Daniel’s comprehensive review of MOOC developments | On education | Scoop.it

"Daniel, J. (2012) Making sense of MOOCs: Musings in a maze of myth, paradox and possibility Seoul: Korean National Open University

This is the most thorough, comprehensive and balanced overview and analysis of MOOCs that I have read. This is not surprising since Sir John Daniel has had a long and distinguished career in open and distance learning, including being President of the Commonwealth of Learning and Vice-Chancellor of the UK Open University. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Korean National Open University and an Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China. He thus knows of what he speaks."

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I wholeheartedly agree, this was the first paper I ever read on MOOCs and it was very clear and beautifully presented.  A clear and informed outline of what the impact of MOOCs will be.  Highly recommended. 

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great New Feature from YouTube: Add Quizzes to your Videos

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great New Feature from YouTube: Add Quizzes to your Videos | On education | Scoop.it

YouTube is working now on a new feature which would be great for us in education. The current project is called " Video Questions Editor Beta " which is a way for " multiple questions to be displayed on top of your video during playback that a viewer can answer."

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Education Nation: The Corporatized Charter School In Arizona Called “Carpe Diem” | WiredAcademic

Education Nation: The Corporatized Charter School In Arizona Called “Carpe Diem” | WiredAcademic | On education | Scoop.it
Over 200 cubicles — not desks — fill this modern version of a one-room schoolhouse on a quiet side street here in Yuma, a desert city near the Mexican and California borders.

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Critical Technology: Integrating with Open Badges

Critical Technology: Integrating with Open Badges | On education | Scoop.it

I have been thinking about how best a project or organization can integrate with open badges. This isn't the bits and bytes type of thinking, but the technical project management thinking required for the near-term (6 -12 months) success of the OBI and all projects that integrate with the OBI. Keep in mind this is a list of what I would focus upon as you work toward success. It is my approach as a technical architect and senior project manager and not Mozilla's or the OBI teams. I see these tasks as a benefit to the Open Badges project, as they will bring further insight into the design of the project, provide further requirements, and put the OBI through is paces before it is considered a production release.

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5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have

5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have | On education | Scoop.it
There are a host of ways to use the technology you already have at your fingertips to create a Classroom 2.0.

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Authors discuss new book on cheating in college | Inside Higher Ed

Authors discuss new book on cheating in college | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

A scandal at Harvard University has many educators talking about cheating and whether anything can be done about it. Experts say that many students arrive in college already skilled at and not morally troubled by cheating, and scandals at top high schools back up this point of view. What, if anything, can professors and colleges? These issues are explored in a new book.

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Where is Technology Leading Higher Education?

Where is Technology Leading Higher Education? | On education | Scoop.it

By Doug Ward 

The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historic, seismic and revolutionary now pop up in descriptions of the challenges that higher education faces in the coming years.


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Codecademy After-School Club

Codecademy After-School Club | On education | Scoop.it

By Terri Eichholtz

 

"Some of you may already be familiar with Codecademy, which offers free on-line courses in programming and web-site authoring. Now, the site is offering a free after-school program that it states can be used with students as young as 7. During the first semester, the students learn how to build a website. The second semester teaches how to build an adventure game with JavaScript.

 

"According to Codeacademy, even teachers who have little experience with programming can facilitate the after-school club. There is a free, downloadable curriculum, and Codecademy also provides a mailed kit to the first 250 teachers to sign up, which includes stickers and “other stuff for your club”.


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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012 | On education | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 

Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.

 

Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/robingood/top-15-free-video-conferencing-tools-2012/

 

P.S.: Feel free to suggest tools you know that should belong in this collection.

 

 


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What about Skype? Too well-known?
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40 iPad Apps For Science By Category

40 iPad Apps For Science By Category | On education | Scoop.it

The iPad has found its way into hospitals, retail stores and homes across the nation, but it’s also making a big splash in the classroom. With a great selection of apps focused on everything from word processing to keeping in touch with classmates, the tablet computer can be an invaluable tool for learning — no matter your age. Science students haven’t been left out, of course, and there are a wide range of applications offering help with chemistry, biology, astronomy and even the math that comes along with certain fields. If you’re a college student looking to supplement your science studies, these apps are some of the best for learning, sharing, researching and just plain having fun.

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Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com

Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com | On education | Scoop.it

By Marcus Chan

 

"Net Power & Light, based in San Francisco, is making its debut with technology it calls Spinthat turns online education into a group activity, even if the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.

 

"The company has released three free iPad apps that allow users to create virtual gatherings where they can all watch educational content together from sources such as Harvard, Stanford University, TED and the National Geographic Channel. Users can also fast-forward to the best parts, pause the program so the group can debate a particular point via videoconferencing, or jump to a different clip."


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8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine

8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine | On education | Scoop.it

By Ross Crockett

 

"Often students are called upon to make presentations for class projects, and many are eager to break out of the mold of the standard PowerPoint and do something really special. These are 8 unique online presentation tools that will help your students do exactly that. From zooming presentations to animations to timelines, there's a little something for every great idea here."


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Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | On education | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.


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Sarah Cargill: Saylor.org Partners With Google Course Builder to Offer More MOOCs

Sarah Cargill: Saylor.org Partners With Google Course Builder to Offer More MOOCs | On education | Scoop.it

"Google’s massive open online course (MOOC) Power Searching with Google this fall gained traction and buzz on the power of online learning to reach a mass audience as well as the importance of content curation in the information boom of the digital age."

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How to make an omellette without breaking eggs: innovation and open-ness in university teaching

How to make an omellette without breaking eggs: innovation and open-ness in university teaching | On education | Scoop.it

Tony Bates

It has been impossible for me to blog about online learning over the last four weeks because I have been on holiday for most of the time, in places deliberately chosen because there were no Internet connections.
The EFQUEL Innovation Forum
However, the first week away was spent at a very interesting forum organized by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL). The focus was in the interface between open learning and innovation in post-secondary education. There were about 120 participants from all round Europe, including Russia and Serbia, as well as the usual suspects from the UK, Spain, Finland, Germany, Italy and Belgium.


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5 Cool Teleprompter Apps for iPad

5 Cool Teleprompter Apps for iPad | On education | Scoop.it

Some people love making fun of teleprompters and those who use them. But these tools can be quite helpful in improving your public speaking skills.


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Open Knowledge Foundation - Stadt Land Code : An incubator for civic tools in Germany

Open Knowledge Foundation - Stadt Land Code : An incubator for civic tools in Germany | On education | Scoop.it

"Today is the launch of OKFN-De’s new project ‘Stadt Land <Code>’ (‘City State <Code>’), an incubator to create digital tools for Citizens. This project is aimed at getting developers to create and implement applications to make the life of citizens in Germany easier and better."

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Geoff Cain: Keeping Open Education Resources Open

Geoff Cain: Keeping Open Education Resources Open | On education | Scoop.it

"What does the "open" in "open education resources" mean? What it should mean is free to reuse, remix and share. If your open education resources are locked up with a proprietary platform, they are no longer open. If they are converted into "supplements" for a "free" text, they are no longer open. This is the fear behind those who choose a license that says "not for commercial use." That does not make it less open because you are not free to lock down someone else's work and make a profit off of it."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck | On education | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Haiku Deck is an iPad app that all students and teachers should have installed on their iPads. Haiku Deck enables anyone to create beautiful slide presentations. It's so easy to use that when I was describing the app to someone last week I said it was like "Animoto for slide decks." Like other slide presentation apps Haiku provides templates for creating your presentation. But there are some significant differences between Haiku Deck and other presentation apps.

 

"There are two features of Haiku Deck that stand out. First, Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides. Second, Haiku Deck helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations. When you type a word or words on your slides you can have Haiku Deck search for images for you. The images that Haiku Deck serves up are large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook."


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