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Creating Your Moodle Mix - University of Ballarat

Keynote presentation for the Partner Forum of the Business School, University of Ballarat. December 2013.

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ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit | Inside Higher Ed

ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

From the moment the American Council on Education announced in November that its College Credit Recommendation Service would assess the creditworthiness of a set of massive open online courses, there seemed to be little doubt that such approval would be forthcoming. And indeed, Coursera's announcement today that five of its courses have earned credit recommendations from ACE felt just a little bit anticlimactic.

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Video-How Youth Learn: A Ned Talk

"If you're a teenage speaker brought in to address a crowd of teachers on the subject of how you and your peers learn best . . . what are you going to say? "I — have no clue," Ned Cephalus nervously says from behind the podium. "I'm just a very average teenage brain"—complete with backpack, zits, and a journal he keeps about school. Yet in this funny and fast-paced "NED talk," Ned knocks out eight powerful conditions of learning that can change everything for students."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:26 PM

What better way to discover how learners learn best but to ask a learner. This graphically engaging and funny video where Ned Cephalus shares the eight powerful conditions of learning gives "food for thought" and should get you thinking about why it may be important to understand how learners learn best.

Adam Atodl's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:48 PM

Funny, but insightfu - and I love these drawing animations :-)

Andrea Ange's comment, February 8, 2013 8:03 AM
Kathleen thank you so much! People forget that what we do is for our students! :)
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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof

9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof | On education | Scoop.it

By Aaron Couch

 

"Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it. What do you do?

 

"Thankfully, there are other options – and good ones. These range from web-based apps and local software to free and paid. Although some do cost, all have free options and the price you pay for the paid software is a fraction of what you would pay for Microsoft Office. Through this article I will touch upon any unique features such as mobile capability, cost, user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office files."


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Donna Browne's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:28 AM

I have been using Open Office for many years with good results.  Also try

the Ipad app OnLive Desktop which provides access to Office programs free of charge.  It is available free at the App Store. 

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The Perfect Storm for Universities

The Perfect Storm for Universities | On education | Scoop.it
Even if universities may look well on the surface there is an increasing (and justified) concern that all will change soon. New data and analysis increase the anxiety that the current monopoly of h...

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 2, 2013 11:05 AM

Interesting perspective:


Michael Sandel, professor of Government at Harvard University and one of the best known intellectuals around the world recently noted:


The most fateful change that unfolded in the last three decades was not an increase in greed. It was the expansion of markets, and of market values, into spheres of life where they don’t belong.”


Universities are set to learn that this is not only true, but see the serious consequences of ignoring implications of this on their sustainability.

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

Maybe it was inevitable that one of the new massive open online courses would crash. After all, MOOCs are being launched with considerable speed, not to mention hype. But MOOC advocates might have preferred the collapse of a course other than the one that was suspended this weekend, one week into instruction: "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."

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Download and Convert Video Clips in Full Resolution From YouTube, Vimeo and DailyMotion with ClipGrab

Download and Convert Video Clips in Full Resolution From YouTube, Vimeo and DailyMotion with ClipGrab | On education | Scoop.it

 

 


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Rob Schneider's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:56 PM

Looks good if you have a Mac

Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 2, 2013 2:28 AM

Free video capture for Mac.

Dee KC's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:36 PM

With my mac arriving on Monday I'm glad ths was posted

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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | On education | Scoop.it
365 things to make you go

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netquester's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:32 PM

Excellent  way to start the day

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:22 PM

writing prompts? discussion starters? debates or research?

Tui Needham, Career Development Specialist's comment, April 20, 2013 9:01 PM
Like this a lot, some goodies when running workshops and you want get people thinking.
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Personalizing Education: "What If..." - Ben Kestner, TEDxKids 2012

Ben Kestner studied flute at the London College of music and in Berlin with Andreas Blau and after spending time playing and teaching he pursued a career in education. He is currently Middle School Principal at St. John's International School in Belgium. He believes that we need to push the reset button when we talk about the future of education and start again.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 30, 2013 1:35 PM

After listening to this TED Talk from Ben Kestner, it validated the real reasons why we should personalize learning. He boldly states that "technology, school and community need to converge as ONE".  He sees that learning needs to be related to the learners world where they can explore it more deeply, take action and make mistakes. I could not agree more. How do we begin to turn education on it's heels and create a culture shift? Chime in after you listen to this TED Talk and look for Personalize Learning's interview with Ben.

EdTechReview (@etr_in)'s comment, February 3, 2013 11:03 AM
Great insight Kathleen.
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Your Guide To Pinterest | makeuseof

Your Guide To Pinterest | makeuseof | On education | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Get the most out of Pinterest. Whether you’ve begun using this fast-growing social network or have only heard of it, “Your Guide To Pinterest” will quickly show you how to get the most out of this occasionally overlooked virtual pinboard."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 30, 2013 6:28 PM

Free download

Patty Ball's curator insight, February 3, 2013 3:31 PM

make use of - Guide to Pinterest

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The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture Presentation Materials

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture Presentation Materials | On education | Scoop.it
Here are some of the materials and resources I am using for my Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture workshop presentations: Available via a Google Presentation: http://goo.gl/AkBcn The Flipped Class...

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | On education | Scoop.it

- time to adoption: Massively Open Online Courses and Tablet Computing
- 2-3 years: Games and Gamification and Learning Analytics
- 4-5 years: 3D Printing and Wearable Technology

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:29 PM

The NMC Horizon Report has been a most useful document for me since I first found out about it a couple years ago. I contains information that is relevant to many disciplines, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Government Training / Education or for anyone interested in Information, Computer, and Communications Technologies.

ghbrett's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:33 PM

The NMC Horizon Report has been a most useful document for me since I first found out about it a couple years ago. I contains information that is relevant to many disciplines, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Government Training / Education or for anyone interested in Information, Computer, and Communications Technologies.

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EdCamp - The Complete Guide: How to Start and Run Your Very Own EdCamp

EdCamp - The Complete Guide: How to Start and Run Your Very Own EdCamp | On education | Scoop.it
EdCamps are free events organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant-driven, fun-filled day of professional development.

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 4, 2013 3:33 PM

Thanks to a couple of my great Twitter resource @ipadsammy and good friend @rmom352 for sharing this resource on developing your own edcamp professional development via scoop.it.

Rob Watson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:00 PM

For participants of #DLDay

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White Paper: MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses

White Paper: MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses | On education | Scoop.it
MOOCs are on the Move: A Snapshot of the Rapid Growth of MOOCsA White Paper by Dr Lindsay Ryan - January 2013What are MOOCsMOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses and they are rapidly changing the game for higher education, executive education and employee...

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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, February 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Los Mooc's o cursos masivos, abiertos y en línea están de moda en los actuales momentos, muchas universidades de reconocido prestigio los están ofreciendo; lea en este artículo sus características y ventajas.

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Presentation Zen: Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy

Presentation Zen: Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy | On education | Scoop.it

By Garr Reynolds

 

"A professional or student in the 21st century needs to have a good degree of multimedia literacy. The term multimedia literacy and visual literacy encompass many things and borrow from many disciplines. However, for at least a generation or more when people speak of the need for multimedia literacy (they may call it different things) they very often focus on the high-tech tools of the day. This is especially true in education. But the tools of the day are for the most part ephemeral. But an understanding of the principles and techniques and "rules" found in the broad field of visual communication are the thing of real and lasting value. Hardware and software are important, of course, but what's of much greater value is the software between one's ears....

"Below, in separate interviews, two legendary American filmmakers — George Lucas and Martin Scorsese — are very direct in their assertions that visual literacy is crucial for people in today's world and that it should be both more highly valued by educators and taught in schools."


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George Siemens: Quality Control in MOOCs | xED Book

Like traditional education institutions, identity and reputation are important in MOOCs. For providers such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX, it means that the end user experience is vital in perceptions of overall quality. If students encounter a poor course (design, video, layout), that experience casts a reputation on the overall course provider. If they can’t offer quality courses, how do we know the assessments will be good quality? Or that plagiarism is being taken seriously?

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Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed

Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

It was last December, and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay’s holiday break had begun. But Alex Stenner, a sophomore and human biology major there, spent his two weeks off earning three credits from the university. And he did it without attending a single class -- at a total cost of $90.

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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | On education | Scoop.it

"Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:56 PM

The Common Core testing is rapidly approaching and this article discusses a research paper that was just released by UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. 

They state that "the assessments hold a lot of promise for improving teacher practice and student learning" and that "the test-making projects face key financial, technical, and political challenges that could affect their success."

They also reference a variety of resources, including one new to me called the Depth of Knowledge Levels (DOK), which provides four levels (the link to the DOK is at http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf):

* Level One is recall

* Level Two is skill/concept

* Level Three is strategic thinking

* Level Four is extended thinking

The link to this DOK reminds me of Bloom's Taxonomy with verbs to help you understand each section as well as activities based on the level. The question that remains to be answered is if the tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will reach these levels, and according to this report it appears that will have "the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups...seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4."

The post also discusses some of the issues that remain, including cost and time of testing, cost of scoring, dealing with accomocations, and "Managing the "shock to the public and to teachers' instructional practice" that the tests' increased intellectual rigor will demand."

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:59 PM

How do you test creativity and innovation using "set" core standards of evaluation? Creativity and innovation require a certain amount of willingness for failure and risk taking. How does training for common core test "standards" assist that higher level goal?

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Alastair Clark: Which OERs are people actually using with adult learners?

I have just been preparing an article for a German publication on Open Educational Practice (OEP) and they have asked me to add some examples of Open Educational Resources (OER) used by teachers of adults in the UK.

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A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Backchannels & Informal Assessment Tools

Ideas and directions for using TodaysMeet, Wallwisher, and Socrative in the classroom.

Via Maria Margarida Correia, John Evans, Anne Whaits, Alastair Creelman
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Lori Johnson's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:55 AM

Love this for collaborative options in our 1:1 environment.

Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:43 PM

Back channels in the face to face class? how's that possible?...

Pauline Wilson's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:19 PM

Three great teaching tools

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

10 places where anyone can learn to code | On education | Scoop.it
When you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding. Here, 10 venues where you can learn coding.

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Chan, Benji: Open Educational Resources & Creative Commons

Ever wondered if you should use the work of others in your own products? How do you attribute these resources? How can you share educational resources openly while protecting your rights?

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Maggie Verster's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:03 AM

Great visual slideshow in Copyright. Love the pictures.

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PL Newsletter - 2013 is "The Year of the Learner"

PL Newsletter - 2013 is "The Year of the Learner" | On education | Scoop.it

We agree with George Couros and Will Richardson that 2013 will be the "Year of the Learner." We are seeing a big culture shift around the world to personalize learning for all learners. When learners are given a greater voice in how they learn, they are more motivated and engaged in their learning. When learners have choices in how they prefer to access and engage with content, and then express what they know, they take ownership of their learning. We encourage you to take one action this "Year of the Learner" by encouraging learner voice and choice.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 29, 2013 10:57 AM

The focus in education for 2013 is The Learner!  This newsletter includes news you will want to share with colleagues everywhere. Take a look at what is featured in this January issue:

 

>> 10 Predicitions for Personalized Learning in 2013

>> Let's Remember the Himan Element: The Learner

>> Don't Forget The Other Human Element: The TEacher

>> Join in the Conversations @ Persoanlized Learning in LinkedIn

>> Special Promotional Offer for "The 5 W's of PL" eCourse

>> FREE Pre-Assessment Report and Consultation

 

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