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Free Online Higher Education: 5 Best MOOCs - The Epoch Times

Free Online Higher Education: 5 Best MOOCs - The Epoch Times | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Some Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) attract hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. Read about the 5 best free ones.

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All Episodes

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All episodes from The Dr. Oz Show. Watch videos from the show and get more with web exclusive articles, recipes, quizzes and more.
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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: The 2014 Horizon Report Focuses on Pedagogy

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: The 2014 Horizon Report Focuses on Pedagogy | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

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the two fast trends are cited in the report as follows:Rethinking the roles of teachersShift to deeper learning approaches
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My Incredible Body Teaches Kids How the Human Body Works - iPad Apps for School

My Incredible Body Teaches Kids How the Human Body Works - iPad Apps for School | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

"My Incredible Body is an iPad app (currently free) designed to help students learn how the human body works. The app features eight sections. Those sections are circulation, muscles, senses (vision, smell, hearing, touch), kidneys & urine, skeleton, respiration, digestion, and brain & nerves. Each section of the app contains short animated videos that explain the functions of each system and how it works."


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MOOCs must move beyond open enrolment and demonstrate a true commitment to reuse and long-term redistribution.

MOOCs must move beyond open enrolment and demonstrate a true commitment to reuse and long-term redistribution. | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
In contrast with the type of openness encouraged by Open Education Resources and Open Courseware labels, the openness of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is severely limited. Consequently, Leo H...

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VocabMonk - Improve your vocabulary

VocabMonk - Improve your vocabulary | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

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A platform for developing vocabulary. 

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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.

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Cecilia Rosas's curator insight, July 6, 12:49 PM

Instead of passing paper, digital or otherwise, back and forth between students and teacher, what if we allowed students to do real work for real audiences that can read and interact far beyond the limits of the school walls, schedule, and curriculum? What if we let our students do work that they actually cared about and wanted to create, not for a grade but because of its potential contribution to and effect on the world?

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Can we read with our ears? - Innovate My School

Can we read with our ears? - Innovate My School | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Different students have different ways of learning, and this is absolutely true for literacy. Jules Daulby, whose wheelhouse includes SEN and English teaching, discusses how a certain amount of pupils are best learning with their ears...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 3, 7:08 AM

This post begins:

"In order to be an effective reader, two skills are required:

  • the ability to decode or make sense of letter / sound correspondences 
  • the ability to comprehend or understand the meaning of the text"

The post also provides access to an interview with Dr. Keith Stanovich who "argues that reading improves ‘crystallized intelligence’ and compares children who do not learn to read with those who do, by using ‘the Matthew Effect’ analogy."

The question remains, how do we help students whom do not read well, who have difficulty decoding text? We need to seriously consider the options, which include aural text (as in text that is read to students).

This issue is close to my heart. We want our students to be successful, yet we do not provide tools that are readily available to all who would benefit from them. This post looks at resources that are available in England for struggling readers. I will add a number of resources that are available in the US, and others may add resources for their countries in the comment section.

The question that each of us must answer is should we advocate for our students who are struggling with their reading skills to be able to use TTS (text-to-speech) programs that provide them with the ability to listen to the text and understand the text, without necessarily relying on their decoding skills? Do we give them the opportunity to level the playing field? By providing students with access to text that meets their learning style, we have given them the opportunity to be successful.

Today there are many free (or low cost) tools available that allow students to have text read to them. In the US two key players that help provide text to students (think books) with diagnosed reading disabilities are Bookshare, which provides free access to many books as well as TTS software and Learning Ally, which has many resources for students with dyslexia but may also require a membership fee. Additional sites to check out are Natural Voice Reader, which will read digitized text directly from a website and Rewordify, which will simplify the text.

Do you know free (or low cost) tools that help struggling readers? Please share them in the comment section.

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Teachers are Learning Designers

Teachers are Learning Designers | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, inspired by Sir Ken Robinson's metaphor that teachers are like gardeners, reviews the skills teachers need to design fruitful learning conditions: empower yourself, stop blaming students, and revise and reflect.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 9:52 AM

i have been fascinated by the concept of changing the title" teacher" so that there is more of a focus on learning  and learners, whether it be guide,or coach. I particularly like this perception of "learning designer" which really explains what the roles should be. The concept is further explained with a garden metaphor by a short Ken Robinson clip.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 9:53 AM

i have been fascinated by the concept of changing the title" teacher" so that there is more of a focus on learning  and learners, whether it be guide,or coach. I particularly like this perception of "learning designer" which really explains what the roles should be. The concept is further explained with a garden metaphor by a short Ken Robinson clip.

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What Is (and Is Not) Differentiated Instruction - Infographic


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 2, 6:12 PM

Carol Ann Tomlinson has recently published the 2nd edition of her book Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. The infographic above (which may be downloaded as a pdf) provides a great visual that helps you understand what is differentiation, and what is not differentiation.

You may also read a copy of Chapter 1 of this book by clicking HERE.

The need differentiate our instruction is critical for many students. This poster will assist you by providing a quick look at best practices that we should be using with our students. The first chapter provides an overview and is called What is Differentiated Classroom?

Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 3, 10:06 AM

some interesting infographics in connection with a new book by Carol Tomlinson

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TEDxCreativeCoast - McGrath Davies - The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice - YouTube

The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice (but it does eat boogers) Creative genius Drew Davies and forward-thinking educator Jaime McGrath propose a new approa...
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10 Strategies for Managing Your Digital Footprint

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Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? | Mind/Shift | KQED.org

Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? | Mind/Shift | KQED.org | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

At the White House Maker Faire recently, where President Obama invited “makers” of all ages to display their creations, the  President investigated a robotic giraffe, a red weather balloon and shot a marshmallow cannon made by a student. With so much fanfare and media attention on the event, some educators are hopeful that the idea of tinkering as a way of learning might finally have made it back to the mainstream. But will the same philosophy of discovery and hands-on learning make it into classrooms?

 

“Most of the people that I know who got into science and technology benefited from a set of informal experiences before they had much formal training,” said Dale Dougherty, editor of Make Magazine and founder of Maker Faire on KQED’s Forum program. “And I mean, like building rockets in the backyard, tinkering, playing with things. And that created the interest and motivation to pursue science.”

 

That spirit of play and discovery of knowledge is missing from much of formal education, Dougherty said. Students not only have no experience with making or the tools needed to build things, they’re often at a tactile deficit. “Schools haven’t changed, but the students have,” Dougherty said. “They don’t come with these experiences.”

 

Dougherty often watches kids as they interact with hands-on experiments or materials at Maker Faire events. “It’s almost aggressively manipulating and touching things because they’re not used to it,” he said, which is unfortunate because that kind of work is in high demand in doing engineering or mechanical jobs.

 

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Increasing student engagement through Interactive Learning Design

Modern learning is a social and collaborative process of knowledge building where a learner interacts with the content and the instructor as well as with peers. Thus educational interactions within an

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Prelude – Why Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets

Prelude – Why Visual Thinking Trumps Documents & Spreadsheets | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, July 7, 5:13 AM

I am thinking of Cultures of Thinking and the Color, Symbol, Image routine. Might try to incorporate more of this type of work in PL this fall. 

 

How might this information be used with students?

 

Cultures of thinking resource: http://admin.kasa.org/Professional_Development/documents/ThinkingClassroomResourceGuide.pdf

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30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

"I just noticed that it has been a year since my last list of iPad apps for teaching music. Several new interesting music apps have seen the light since then and therefore I decided to create another more comprehensive list of some of the best iPad apps for teaching music to give music teachers more options to choose from."


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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, July 8, 6:41 AM

Music in the Content areas also

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7 Myths About The Brain You Thought Were True - ASAPScience YouTube

Blow your mind with these brain myths! Check out GE Reports: http://invent.ge/1r0kSnG SUBSCRIBE! It's Free: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 ---Links to follow us below...

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Julio Cirnes's curator insight, July 8, 8:09 AM

Fun way to learn about this "muscle"

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What we learn before we're born

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Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb -- from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 7, 11:34 PM

Learning is hard-wired into us from conception.

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The Secret of Effective Motivation

The Secret of Effective Motivation | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Encourage people to do something for its own sake, not for its benefits.

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"Helping people focus on the meaning and impact of their work, rather than on, say, the financial returns it will bring, may be the best way to improve not only the quality of their work but also — counterintuitive though it may seem — their financial success. "

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Free Technology for Teachers: Crunchzilla's Code Monster Teaches Kids Javascript Programming

Free Technology for Teachers: Crunchzilla's Code Monster Teaches Kids Javascript Programming | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

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3 Key Concepts That Will Help You Understand Learning in the Digital Age

3 Key Concepts That Will Help You Understand Learning in the Digital Age | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
These three "gogies" of effective online learning will help you get a clearer picture of learning and eLearning in the digital age.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Heutagogy

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 10:06 AM

These might work well with mature learners, but there is still a role for pedagogy. Another key point is are these really separate concepts or is it more likely they overlap along with pedagogy?

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 4, 6:28 AM

Interesting new takes to consider.

Julie Bourguignon's curator insight, July 9, 2:34 AM

A variety of skills are needed to become a well-rounded individual. This supposes learning approaches tailored to facilitate acquisition of these skills.

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How to be an Independent Learner (infographic)

How to be an Independent Learner (infographic) | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 1, 5:18 PM

Here is a great poster that you may want to share with students. It provides eighteen ideas on how a student may become more independent. A few of the ways are listed below:

* Question the question. Is there another way to look at it?

* Help support and advise your peers.

* Sketch it out.

* Own your learning

Jorge Leal's curator insight, July 5, 4:38 PM

thanks ...!

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More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years: Donald Clark at TEDxGlasgow - YouTube

The Future Will Not Be Multiple Choice (but it does eat boogers) Creative genius Drew Davies and forward-thinking educator Jaime McGrath propose a new approa...
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My Ideal Teacher Bookshelf

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Sarah has built a professional learning bookshelf. See her recommendations and build your own.
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The Courage to Teach is one of my favorites!!!!

Pedagogy of the Oppressed changed my life.

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The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials

The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Given my interest in lifelong learning and skill-development, I often ask people which new skills they’re looking to learn. The most common response? “I wa

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16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know -- Campus Technology

16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know -- Campus Technology | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Open educational resources not only save students from triple-digit (or more!) textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in just about any course.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 2, 4:50 PM

OER = Open Educational Resources.... materials you can use in your classrooms or your online courses.

Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, July 4, 9:56 AM

Great. For a kid taking. Post secondary !

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 10, 1:11 PM

Mix and match your content with free textbooks and other resources.