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Computational Thinking

Click hComputational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists.  Computational thinking is using abstraction and decomposition when attacking a large complex task or designing a large complex system. It is choosing an appropriate representation for a problem or modeling the relevant aspects of a problem to make it tractable. It is having the confidence we can safely use, modify, and influence a large complex system without understanding its every detail.ere to edit the title

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The on-line environment is an ideal place to lead our students into computational thinking.

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Can You Flip an Online Class?

At its core, the flip means shifting the focus from the instructor to the students. You can do this by inverting the design of the course so students engage in activities, apply concepts, and focus on higher-level learning outcomes .., we focus on what are students doing to construct knowledge, connect with others, and engage in higher levels of critical thinking and analysis. This applies to both the online and face-to-face environment. The real flip is not about where activities take place—it’s about flipping the focus from you to your students."

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What's Your Learning Style?

This quiz asks 24 questions and will take less than five minutes to complete. Try not to think too hard -- just go with your first thought when describing your daily activities and interests. By the end, you may have some new insights into your learning preferences.

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Thinking Through Fair Use

"Even after you've fully educated yourself about fair use, it can be difficult to remember all the relevant issues when you're looking at a potential use you'd like to make. We've developed one tool that may assist you in your thought process."

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Let's start talking about Heutagogy

Let's start talking about Heutagogy | On-line learning | Scoop.it
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This is important. It introduces the concept Heutagogy - we need to move way beyond thinking of teaching as pedagogy. See also http://www-distance.syr.edu/andraggy.html. ;

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Strategies for Managing the Online Workload

Experts discussing different strategies to managing the online workload in an online teaching environment.
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How to Design Effective Online Group Work Activities

The key is to design tasks that are truly collaborative, meaning the students will benefit more from doing the activity as a group than doing it alone."

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Backchannel

“…a line of communication created by people in an audience to connect with others inside or outside the room, with or without the knowledge of the speaker at the front of the room. Usually facilitated by Internet technologies, it is spontaneous, self-directed, and limited in time to the duration of a live event.”

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An intriguing concept, but how to manage the distraction?

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Google's Search Algorithm Has Been Ruined, Time To Move Back To Curation

"The web got bigger faster than anyone could keep track. Curation steadily gave way to algorithmic search, which at first was just spidering of the web, and then more intelligent spidering with keywords. And then it became Google, with ranking algorithms that placed websites into a hierarchies of keyword-related relevance based on things like authoritativeness, as defined, in part, by links from other sites -- by those original hand-curated lists, ironically enough. That model has now begun to give way too."

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Education 3.0

Education 3.0 | On-line learning | Scoop.it
The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Educa...
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Taking a Look at the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory

Taking a Look at the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory | On-line learning | Scoop.it

The Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory is a self-assessment tool that helps learners develop an awareness of how they learn and encourages them to take responsibility for their learning. It contains seven scales that profile an individual’s capacity for lifelong learning. The high and low ends of those scales identify two very different approaches to learning. 

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The actual tool is not free, but the concepts outlined here are useful. Question is how to use this in the classroom - is it possible to move the Dependent learner to Independence?

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Educators as Curators: 8 Steps to Bringing Your Students the Best of the Web

Educators as Curators: 8 Steps to Bringing Your Students the Best of the Web | On-line learning | Scoop.it

"We feel the metaphor of curation seems particularly suitable to our current educational environment. If you think about what a curator at a museum does, it is very similar to what we believe a good educator should be doing. A curator scours the art world, selects the finest works, gathers them together around a unified theme, provides a frame to understand the artists’ messages, and then hosts a conversation around the collection."

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons | On-line learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
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How to Survive Virtual Group Work

Hate group projects? Read this article for tips and tricks that make group homework assignments efficient and enjoyable.
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The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students | On-line learning | Scoop.it

"Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators. Whether you want to compose a document, create a presentation,  design a sheet, or share a beautiful drawing you made, Google Drive provides you with the tools to do that on any device and anywhere you are with an internet connection . Given this huge importance of Google Drive for teachers, I have created an entire section here packed full of tips, tricks, ideas, and third party tools to enable you to better tap into the full educational potential of this platform."

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Online Teaching Activity Index

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"This index represents a compilation of activities to help instructors plan their online and hybrid courses. Common educational uses of each activity are discussed as well as common educational objectives. Furthermore, teaching strategies for the given activity are provided."

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100 Ways To Use Twitter In Education, By Degree Of Difficulty

100 Ways To Use Twitter In Education, By Degree Of Difficulty | On-line learning | Scoop.it
Whether you’re an academic or just interested in building your Twitter profile, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that can help you take the first steps towards using Twitter for coursework, research, building a professional network, and beyond.
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Teaching kids (and GIS Professionals) to code

"I believe that in an age in which software is eating the world, understanding code is a basic literacy issue. This goes beyond the concept of digital literacy: as applied, this boils down to knowing how to use Google. What we’re seeing in the movement to bring coding into the core curriculum is a new emphasis on what I’d like to call computational literacy."

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I like this because I'm beginning to recognize the need to be comfortable with coding as a core skill for all GIS Professionals, too. How to break that resistance to going there?

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