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How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology

How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Classroom teachers and technology innovation has been a hot topic for many, many years. It doesn’t have to be stressful trying to learn something new. Approaching new technology with a plan in place will help you to become a master at technology in the classroom and will reduce the stress that naturally comes with trying to learn new technology.

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Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:10 PM

Some useful tips.

Scott Langston's curator insight, November 11, 2015 9:19 PM

Some really good advice and ideas here

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 12, 2015 2:39 AM

Nice intro for rookies ;-)

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Project-Based Learning and Gamification: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together

Project-Based Learning and Gamification: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together | Online Learning | Scoop.it

“Prepping for a gamified unit of study or project is very different than prepping for your traditional, linear model. Here are some tips on how to do it.”


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34 Diverse Blended Learning Apps For iPad ^ te@chthought

34 Diverse Blended Learning Apps For iPad ^ te@chthought | Online Learning | Scoop.it
The following blended learning apps for iPad (most, but not all are available on Android as well) are a purposefully diverse bunch, including Whiteboard apps, mirroring apps, learning management systems, screen capture software, and video creation tools for teachers and students, all to help jumpstart your move to a blended learning–and mobile learning–classroom.

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Growth Mindset Made Visible ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Carissa Romero

Growth Mindset Made Visible ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Carissa Romero | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Why do some students thrive in the face of challenges, while others fall apart? One reason is because students have different beliefs about the nature of intelligence. These beliefs serve as lenses through which students interpret their experiences in school, particularly experiences of adversity.

People with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is innate. This belief can make school a threatening place. It becomes a place to go to learn how smart you are — or how smart you’re not. People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe intelligence can be developed. For these students, school can be an exciting place, as it provides them with an opportunity to learn and develop their intelligence.


Numerous studies detail what happens when students have a growth mindset, but even when research tells us which practices help students develop a growth mindset, many educators still want to know what it looks like in the classroom.

To help educators learn more about mindsets and practices that help students develop them, Stanford University PERTS (Project for Education Research That Scales) is developing the Mindset Kit. Teaching Channel and PERTS partnered on two videos for the Mindset Kit to show growth mindset practices in action:

Praising the Process
Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges

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Exploiting emerging technologies to enable quality of life ^ Slideshare ^ by George Siemens

Keynote address to HERDSA (Melbourne)

 

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Siemens, one of the originators of the concept of Constructivism in learning, nearly always has something very thought-provoking to say. This slide deck is no exception.


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Using Google Classroom with an LMS ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

Using Google Classroom with an LMS ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Google Classroom is a great companion for classes that are using an LMS. Examples of popular LMS’s: Schoology, Edmodo, Haiku, Canvas, Moodle or Blackboard. Google Classroom and your LMS are not mutually exclusive. There are great reasons to use both.

A Different Role

When teachers use Google Classroom and an LMS, Google Classroom takes on a different role. Rather than using Google Classroom as the place to list assignment directions and announcements, the LMS is used for this. The LMS is used to organize the class, make announcements, have discussions, embed videos, design lessons, etc… Students start with the LMS and work within the LMS.

Google Drive Management

The role Google Classroom takes on is Google Drive Management. Google Classroom solves the problem of sharing permissions for documents and makes the interaction of Google Docs between teacher and student significantly easier.

Anything in the class that involves distributing and collecting Google Docs goes through Google Classroom.

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10 Essential Chromebook Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Essential Chromebook Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online Learning | Scoop.it

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3 Rules of Business Card Etiquette

3 Rules of Business Card Etiquette | Online Learning | Scoop.it
The business card can be a powerful tool in forging new relationships, but as in all things career-related, there are rules.

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Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience

Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience | Online Learning | Scoop.it

What’s been left out of the conversation about flipped classrooms, however, is why and how we might also need to flip our assessment practices.


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 19, 2015 7:40 PM

These ideas sound very interesting..I'm  trying to think about how to add this to an online class..

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35 Tools and Strategies to Push Your Ideas Further ^ Entrepreneur ^ by Shannon Byrne

35 Tools and Strategies to Push Your Ideas Further ^ Entrepreneur ^ by Shannon Byrne | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Sometimes when you get a good content idea, you can feel it. Other times, the idea isn't quite so clear. These tools can get you moving in the right direction.

 

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Very helpful information here. Do check it out.

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Columbia University, Teachers College, and Ryan Baker Launch Big Data in Education MOOC on edX ^ CCNMTL

Columbia University, Teachers College, and Ryan Baker Launch Big Data in Education MOOC on edX ^ CCNMTL | Online Learning | Scoop.it
In this course, Baker discusses how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics. Participants will learn about methods being developed by researchers in educational data mining, learning analytics, learning at scale, student modeling, and artificial intelligence in education. Baker will discuss how to use each method to answer education research questions and to drive intervention and improvement in educational software and systems.

 

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Free...starts July 1


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 11, 2015 12:25 PM

Data Analytics, adaptive AI, Education in the 21st Century.  Some squirm other dream.  Why not find out more about the near future?

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 16, 2015 7:26 PM

Big data is for educators too!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Apps in a Math Classroom ^ by Bethany Mager

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Apps in a Math Classroom ^ by Bethany Mager | Online Learning | Scoop.it

"The best part of using Google in the classroom is having students collaborate with each other on a document. I often start a lesson with a challenge problem (that two students sitting together work on) a shared google doc. Doctopus is the best way to easily share Docs with student groups or pairs. I set up a roster at the beginning of the year and put students in a group according to their table number so that they may work together to solve the problem."


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'Bold' Series Part 3: Embracing Disruption in Higher Education

'Bold' Series Part 3: Embracing Disruption in Higher Education | Online Learning | Scoop.it

"Anyone who is involved in higher education, even those new to the sector, are witnessing the unparalleled disruption of how higher education is perceived, created, delivered, funded and evaluated. This is leaving some institutions behind, driving some forward, and leaving the vast majority trying to figure it all out..."


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Olgy Gary's curator insight, June 6, 2015 9:43 PM

Dale Leatherwood has written an excellent six part series where he reviews "The Six D's of Exponential Growth" in Diamandis and Kotler's new business book, "Bold" and uses them as a tool to analyze higher education. This blog post is on the third D, "Disruption," and Leatherwood writes on why we need to embrace disruption in higher education. The other 5 Ds include: (1) Digitalization, (2) Deception, (4) Demonetization, (5) Dimaterialization, and (6) democratization. 

 

Here are the URLs for the other 5 blog posts. All are excellent!

1. Digitalization: http://goo.gl/R7ZV0u

2. Deception: http://goo.gl/3e0FyA

4. Demonetization: http://goo.gl/Jxmhjw

5. Dimaterialization: http://goo.gl/HsG9uF ;

6. Democratization: https://goo.gl/fWWE6z ;

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5 Quiz Tools For The Classroom : Professional Learning Board

5 Quiz Tools For The Classroom : Professional Learning Board | Online Learning | Scoop.it

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Tim Boileau's curator insight, October 28, 2015 8:51 AM

Short list of tools to increase learning via low stakes testing.

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, October 28, 2015 12:06 PM

Assessment tools that could be used and customized by teachers.  

Cindy Peters's curator insight, October 30, 2015 5:08 PM

Interesting tools to use quizzes in your classroom!

#ucdsb 

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How To Create Your Memorable Elevator Pitch [4 Simple Steps]

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How To Create Your Memorable Elevator Pitch [4 Simple Steps]

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Three Ways to Help Teachers Use Research ^ Digital Promise ^ by Aubrey Francisco and Kelsey Gross

Three Ways to Help Teachers Use Research ^ Digital Promise ^ by Aubrey Francisco and Kelsey Gross | Online Learning | Scoop.it
As we talked with educators at our Research Summit and in our League of Innovative Schools, we heard a recurring theme: teachers (and innovation) thrive in a “culture of data” where research use is encouraged, and staff are given opportunities to build their research skills. Administrators play a key role in fostering this culture throughout the district.

Based on feedback from educators, here are three ways administrators and district leaders can build a culture of research:

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Free reference manager and PDF organizer ^ Mendeley

Free reference manager and PDF organizer ^ Mendeley | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Easily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.

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10 Free Productivity and Organization Tools for Teachers

10 Free Productivity and Organization Tools for Teachers | Online Learning | Scoop.it
I’ve changed my teaching life by utilizing productivity and organization applications and tools. Find out what my favorite 10 are (all free!).

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Gustavo Huerta's curator insight, July 8, 2015 9:34 AM

Herramientas útiles para todo

MFaculty's curator insight, July 8, 2015 11:15 PM

This list was compiled with an aim toward teachers, but there's no reason why it couldn't be just as useful to any busy professional. 

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Mobile Learning: cuando el aprendizaje se lleva a todas partes

Mobile Learning: cuando el aprendizaje se lleva a todas partes | Online Learning | Scoop.it

En esta era post-PC, donde la venta de smartphones y tablets supera la de computadoras personales y donde el número de usuarios de dispositivos móviles crece día a día, el mobile learning —aprendizaje a través de móviles— ofrece grandes posibilidades en el ámbito educativo.

Son muchos los expertos que señalan los beneficios del mobile learning; sin embargo, esta innovadora modalidad va mucho más allá del mero uso de un dispositivo móvil.


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The State of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurship ^ Education Week ^ by Rick Hess

The State of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurship ^ Education Week ^ by Rick Hess | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Yesterday at AEI, Mike McShane and I hosted a research conference on the state of educational entrepreneurship in K-12. It was a remarkably provocative discussion about how educational entrepreneurship works (or doesn't), what it takes for it to succeed, how we know if it's doing any good, and how it's shaped by policy and the larger realities of education. If you're interested in the particulars, you can watch it here and find the papers here. The authors are a raft of sharp thinkers, including John Katzman of Noodle, Matt Candler of 4.0 Schools, Stacey Childress of NewSchools Venture Fund, Elizabeth City and Jon Fullerton of Harvard, Dmitri Mehlhorn of Vidinovo, John Bailey of Digital Learning Now!, Ashley Jochim of the Center on Reinventing Public Ed, and Ross Baird of Village Capital.

 

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An interesting take on this topic. While not coming right out and saying it, Hess sort of seems to consider the term "educational entrepreneurship" as an oxymoron; overall though, this piece does seem rather balanced. Does anyone see it differently?


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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom | Online Learning | Scoop.it
What is your school and classroom cell phone policy? Read these tips when devising an effective plan for student use of mobile phones of campus.

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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, June 22, 2015 1:42 AM

Faut il résister et interdire ou introduire en pédagogie?

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Statistics: Making Sense of Data - University of Toronto | Coursera

Statistics: Making Sense of Data - University of Toronto | Coursera | Online Learning | Scoop.it
Statistics: Making Sense of Data
This course is an introduction to the key ideas and principles of the collection, display, and analysis of data to guide you in making valid and appropriate conclusions about the world.About the Course

 

We live in a world where data are increasingly available, in ever larger quantities, and are increasingly expected to form the basis for decisions by governments, businesses, and other organizations, as well as by individuals in their daily lives. To cope effectively, every informed citizen must be statistically literate.  

This course will provide an intuitive introduction to applied statistical reasoning,  introducing fundamental statistical skills and acquainting students with the full process of inquiry and evaluation used in investigations in a wide range of fields.  In particular, the course will cover methods of data collection, constructing effective graphical and numerical displays to understand the data, how to estimate and describe the error in estimates of some important quantities, and the key ideas in how statistical tests can be used to separate significant differences from those that are only a reflection of the natural variability in data.

 

Course Syllabus

 

A first look at data
Weeks 1-2: Summary statistics and graphical displays for a single categorical or quantitative variable and for relationships between two variables.

Collecting data
Week 2:  Sampling.  Observational studies and experiments.  The effect of confounding and concluding causation.

Probability
Week 3:  Probability models, the normal distribution, the Law of Large Numbers, the Central Limit Theorem, sampling distributions.

Confidence Intervals
Week 4: Confidence intervals and sample size estimation for proportions and means.

Tests of significance
Week 5: Tests of significance, power and sample size estimation for proportions and means

Two samples
Week 6: Tests of significance and confidence intervals for proportions and means in the two sample case.

Simple linear regression
Week 7: Method of least squares, evaluating model fit, the effects of outliers and influential observations.

The process of statistical inquiry
Week 8: Capstone case study.

 

Recommended Background

Students should be comfortable with basic high-school-level mathematics.


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Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook

Professor's Guide to Creating Video ^ free eBook | Online Learning | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re practicing flipped or blended learning in your classroom, set the occasional video assignment, or have just observed that your students are part of the Netflix generation, you’ve likely seen what a powerful tool video can be for teaching and learning. And, while there’s certainly a wealth of great educational content available online, sometimes you — and your students — will want to create your own.

 

"Terrific news: It’s never been easier to create great video content! We know that quality matters; viewers rarely find shaky, inaudible and poorly lit video terribly engaging. But, an understanding of commonly available software, tools and basic production techniques is all you (and your students) need to create great quality video content. Best of all, you probably have most of the tools you need sitting on your desk right now. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know to produce educational and instructional videos using your PC and webcam. Why create your own video content?"

 

02 What you need to get started

03 Webcam and screen recording software

04 Upgrading your microphone

05 Upgrading your camera

05 Recording video on a smartphone or tablet

06 Production

06 Planning your video

07 Recording crystal–clear sound

08 Getting the most out of your webcam

09 Post–production

10 Adding titles

10 Adjusting volume levels 1

10 Removing background noise and fine–tuning your voiceover

11 Adding closed captions for accessibility

 

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Free with registration.

Very comprehensive, especially for such a short and user-friendly document.


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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, July 2, 2015 5:09 AM

Le besoin de créer des vidéos augmente de jour en jour. Voici un bon guide simple qui montre l'essentiel.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Apps in a Math Classroom ^ by Bethany Mager

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Apps in a Math Classroom ^ by Bethany Mager | Online Learning | Scoop.it

"The best part of using Google in the classroom is having students collaborate with each other on a document. I often start a lesson with a challenge problem (that two students sitting together work on) a shared google doc. Doctopus is the best way to easily share Docs with student groups or pairs. I set up a roster at the beginning of the year and put students in a group according to their table number so that they may work together to solve the problem."


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Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities ^ User Generated Education ^ by Jackie Gerstein

Questions to Ask Oneself While Designing Learning Activities ^ User Generated Education ^ by Jackie Gerstein | Online Learning | Scoop.it

"I absolutely love planning lessons from scratch.  I just got a job teaching technology units for a summer camp for elementary age students. I can design and teach whatever I want – planning for a different theme each week. Some of the themes I am planning are: Expanding and Showing Your Personal Interests Through Blogging, Photos, and Videos; Coding and Creating Online Games; Tinkering and Making – Simple Robotics; Hacking Your Notebook; and Creating Online Comics, Newspapers, and Magazines.  I have begun the process of planning these classes through reflecting on what the lessons will look like.  Here are some questions I ask myself as I go through this process:"


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