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Seth's Blog: The economics of Christmas lights

Why bother buying them, putting them up, electrifying them and then taking them down again? After all, the economist wonders, what's in it for you? The very same non-economic contribution is going on online, every single day.
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National program is the first of its kind to put 3D printers in high school students’ hands - Make Parts Fast : Make Parts Fast

National program is the first of its kind to put 3D printers in high school students’ hands - Make Parts Fast : Make Parts Fast | On education | Scoop.it

The trend to put Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology into schools continues. Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) announced that it has been chosen by the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide its Dimension 3D Printers to select high schools across the U.S. as part of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program.

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Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up | Edutopia

Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up | Edutopia | On education | Scoop.it
Alvin Toffler tells us what's wrong -- and right -- with public education.
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Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It | MindShift

Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It | MindShift | On education | Scoop.it

“There is no future of the digital book — not the way we envision it today,” said Matt MacInnis, the founder and CEO of Inkling, the San Francisco startup that’s re-conceptualizing books for the digital realm.

He’s right. Tablets and e-readers are unraveling the publishing industry as it’s existed until now. More than 12 percent of American adults owned an e-reader as of May, according to a Pew study, and 8 percent owned tablets.


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Open Educational Resources - Subject Research Guides at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Open Educational Resources - Subject Research Guides at University of Massachusetts Amherst | On education | Scoop.it

Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.


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Potential Quick Fixes When Your iPad Won’t Connect to Your Wifi Network — iPad Insight

Potential Quick Fixes When Your iPad Won’t Connect to Your Wifi Network — iPad Insight | On education | Scoop.it
The iPad is a great device even when its offline, but like nearly all computing devices these days it is much greater when it’s connected to the web.

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Clayton Christensen: Why online education is ready for disruption, now.

Clayton Christensen: Why online education is ready for disruption, now. | On education | Scoop.it

Another great and informative post on Clayton Christensen's most recent activities, including a talk at The Future of State Universities conference. Excellent overview of some of Christensen's major points from "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns."


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Muvaffak Gozaydin's comment, November 17, 2011 10:48 AM
State universities should be overhauled .
They are more expensive than for profits.
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5 Big Education Technology Questions, Answered. | Edudemic

5 Big Education Technology Questions, Answered. | Edudemic | On education | Scoop.it
RT @lorievela: 5 Big Education Technology Questions, Answered http://t.co/1OHUW12a #education #edtech #elearning...
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The Innovative Educator: Using Flickr to Collect Images Captured on Cell Phones

The Innovative Educator: Using Flickr to Collect Images Captured on Cell Phones | On education | Scoop.it

Easy and good tip


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Desire2Learn Adds Integration with CourseSmart Digital Resources -- Campus Technology

Desire2Learn Adds Integration with CourseSmart Digital Resources -- Campus Technology | On education | Scoop.it
Desire2Learn has struck a deal to make digital course materials from CourseSmart available to its learning management system customers as a new addition to its Partner Network.
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Intel Education: Designing Effective Projects: Metacognition

Intel Education: Designing Effective Projects: Metacognition | On education | Scoop.it

Very thoughtful article with a number of quite practical suggestions, including a great list of Questions to Promote Metacognition. -JL


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Becoming an eTeacher

Becoming an eTeacher | On education | Scoop.it
Website on setting up Google Sites for Education...
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UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning OER Policy Guidelines to be launched at the UNESCO General Conference | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning OER Policy Guidelines to be launched at the UNESCO General Conference | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | On education | Scoop.it

The UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Guidelines on Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education, which provides advice on the use of OER, will be launched at the UNESCO General Conference on Tuesday 1 November 2011, at Paris Headquarters, alongside the launch of the UNESCO OER Platform.


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How To Get More Out Of Google | Edudemic

How To Get More Out Of Google | Edudemic | On education | Scoop.it

When students are asked to research something…where do they turn? They go straight to Google of course. So how can students most efficiently use Google? There’s so much more hidden in the search engine than just top results.

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Creativity on the Brain

Creativity on the Brain | On education | Scoop.it
As jazz musicians play, scientists scan their brains.
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To Teachers: How to Stay Hopeful and Inspired | Edutopia

To Teachers: How to Stay Hopeful and Inspired | Edutopia | On education | Scoop.it
Blogger Elena Aguilar shares how she maintains hope and stays inspired as a teacher.

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The next 80%

The next 80% | On education | Scoop.it

According to Microsoft people have moved on, they have explored and adopted online communication / connected technologies to such a degree that they are almost unrecognizable compared to only five years ago.

80% of what Europeans do online today didn’t exist in their lives five years ago. – Microsoft 2010


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Seth's Blog: The erosion in the paid media pyramid

Seth's Blog: The erosion in the paid media pyramid | On education | Scoop.it
Since the invention of media (the book, the record, the movie...), there's been a pyramid of value and pricing delivered by those that create it: Starting from the bottom: Free content is delivered to anyone who is willing to consume...
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Top 5 Ways to Get Smart without Reading

Top 5 Ways to Get Smart without Reading | On education | Scoop.it

A lot of great literature was never meant to be read at all. Did you read Shakespeare in school? Why? It’s a stage play. Did they make you read Star Wars, the book? Of course not, the movie was better. Most poetry is much better read aloud, most stories for that matter. Even the bible was intended as a compendium rather than a good read.


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13 Superstar Mobile Apps for Blended Learning! | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom

13 Superstar Mobile Apps for Blended Learning! | Apps for the Student-Centered Classroom | On education | Scoop.it
This is the last of three posts on 13 Resources , 13 Tools , and 13 Mobile Apps for Blended Learning. Thanks to the variety of apps available, there are numerous ways to engage students by leveraging this technology.
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Running your own FAILfaire | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education

Running your own FAILfaire | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education | On education | Scoop.it

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is meant to have once remarked. Those of us who have worked for any period of time on educational technology projects, or on international development projects (let alone in the space where these two areas meet!), will have come across at least one project that 'failed' -- and perhaps did so spectacularly. How might we learn from such failures?


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CourseSmart Unveils E-Textbooks Portal App -- Campus Technology

CourseSmart Unveils E-Textbooks Portal App -- Campus Technology | On education | Scoop.it
CourseSmart has released a new app that allows users access to e-textbooks from mobile devices including the Kindle Fire, iPad, and Android devices.
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RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace. w...
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» The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning Learning in the Social Workplace

» The Non-Training Approach to Workplace Learning Learning in the Social Workplace | On education | Scoop.it

The Training Department (aka the L&D dept) has traditionally focused on designing, developing, delivering and managing instruction – in the form of courses, workshops, e-learning and other training events. In fact “a course” in some form or other has now become the de facto solution to any performance problem in an organisation – despite the fact that many of my Internet Time Alliance colleagues (and others) have spoken about its inadequacies in today’s world, and that courses have little impact on performance.

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Learner Voice Literature Review : JISC

JISC and the Higher Education Academy commissioned a short literature review to provide a greater understanding of the ways in which learners, whether or not in formal education, use online resources to aid their learning experiences and the factors which influence the selection of resources.


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