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Exclusive Special Report on Blended Learning

Exclusive Special Report on Blended Learning | personalised learning | Scoop.it

This Education Week special report is the latest installment in an ongoing series about online education. These stories examine the opportunities and persistent questions that surround schools' and districts' implementation of blended learning, the widely used instructional approach that combines technology-based instruction with traditional, face-to-face lessons.


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For Blended learning to be successful educators need to really unpack the principles of TPACK and SAMR. It is the considered use of the tech for education purposes not the tech itself that is the driver.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 15, 2014 4:56 PM

Blended learning requires strong classroom teaching skills and a fluent understanding of online teaching technology.  A challenging and very rewarding way to re-imagine your classroom.

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 16, 2014 3:40 PM

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How accessible is the Internet?

How accessible is the Internet? | personalised learning | Scoop.it

Disability. It’s the thing no one thinks about on the Internet, the issue covered least on most major news sites. It’s not just that disability is ignored or only discussed in passing or that rare coverage of disability is often filled with outdated and offensive language, themes, and attitudes; the Web itself is often entirely inaccessible to disabled people. - See more at: http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/headline-story/11421/disability-web-accessibility-design/#sthash.XIYsoqhV.dpuf

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A great article from a mainstream site. I love the quote..

"Twenty-four years after the Americans with Disabilities Act, we’re struggling to get Web accessibility right. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Good design doesn’t need to come at the cost of accessibility or vice versa; in fact, the best design is universal design, implemented so everyone can use it. The tools are out there, from design guides to entire websites dedicated to the subject. It’s up to the Internet to rise to the challenge. We need to do better."

 I would rephrase the last section as "It’s up to all of us to rise to the challenge. We can and will do better."

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A Must See Poster Featuring 7 Google Search Tips for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Poster Featuring 7 Google Search Tips for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | personalised learning | Scoop.it
Here is one of my favourite Google search posters that is ideal for classroom use. In this free downloadable poster, students will get to learn about 7 important tips on how to conduct  an efficient search query on Google. By efficient I mean a search query that is accurately worded and therefore  has higher chances of returning relevant results. These tips are beautifully illustrated with different examples so students can easily understand how to apply them in their own search.

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Learning how to search efficiently is a core skill of modern learning.

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Personalize Learning: So what does Personalized Learning really mean?

Personalize Learning: So what does Personalized Learning really mean? | personalised learning | Scoop.it

This post clarifies that personalized learning starts with the learner and ownership of learning.

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A succinct and powerful article that all teachers and education leaders should read. It clearly defines what  personalised learning is. It is important that we share a common understanding of this powerful shift in learning.

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TED Talk Takeaways: 8 Ways to Hook Your Audience

TED Talk Takeaways: 8 Ways to Hook Your Audience | personalised learning | Scoop.it

“You will live 7.5 minutes longer than you would have otherwise, just because you watched this talk.”

This was the claim that video game designer Jane McGonigal presented to the crowd during her June 2012 TED talk. As the camera panned over the members of the audience, their faces showed universal skepticism: Was this lady serious?

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Jane McGonigal presentation at  to the crowd during her June 2012 TED talk was very powerful in and of itself. McMahon provides a good analysis of some of the techniques that McGonigal used. 

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"Make Learning Personal" - Free Webinar: Sept 16th

"Make Learning Personal" - Free Webinar: Sept 16th | personalised learning | Scoop.it
This webinar provides an overview of what is and what is not personalized learning and about how learners learn best using Universal Design for Learning principles.

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If you really want to invest in your professional learning about maximising opportunities for all learners then attend this webinar! #plearnchat

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 31, 2014 11:42 AM

Kathleen McClaskey and Barbara Bray will present a webinar sponsored by NISCE (National Institute for Student-Centered Education) on September 16th from 4-5 ET. based on their upcoming book: Make Learning Personal.

 

This webinar provides an overview of what is and what is not personalized learning and about how learners learn best using Universal Design for Learning principles. Expect to learn about interesting models and hear stories with Wow moments where teachers’ and learners’ roles changed. Walk away with some rationale why it is important to personalize learning for each learner.

 

Register Today at http://nisce.org/event/make-learning-personal-wow/

Norma Rodriguez's curator insight, August 5, 2014 1:01 PM

Excited to be a part of this!

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Nobody is ‘too anything’ at Carlson

Nobody is ‘too anything’ at Carlson | personalised learning | Scoop.it
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A powerful article. The quote for me is "Jane Farrall and our very own Sally Clendon uphold the premise that all students can learn to read and write. Nobody is ‘too anything’ to benefit from meaningful opportunities to communicate, play, read and write!"

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Monday at ACC TechnoCamp | Anne Carlsen TechnoCamp 2014

Monday at ACC TechnoCamp | Anne Carlsen TechnoCamp 2014 | personalised learning | Scoop.it

Dwayne Szot from Zot Artz - Artz for all doing a huge adapted art project. In this pic Dwayne is pushing student with a “Give it a whirl” mounted on the front of her chair. Also  at the camp are ADE's Adam Goldberg and Dr Luis Pèrez. Adam is doing some fantastic music activities using iPads. Luis who is legally blind is an avid photographer and videographer!

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The Anne Carlsen Center truly is dedicated to “Nurturing abilities. Changing lives.” The TechnoCamps are just another example of the brilliant work they do!

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See the You in You | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray

See the You in You | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray | personalised learning | Scoop.it
Sarah sings Let it Go her way sharing what it is like to live with autism. All of us need to tell our own stories. We need to be able to see the person first not the disability or challenge.We need to change our education system so each of us become the best we can be.
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Barbara's reflections about Sarah's song reinforces the point that to be an effective educator you must truly know your learners. To quote Atticus Finch: 'If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.'

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TouchCast

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@TouchCastApp. really is a game changer for how learners can communicate and collaborate on shared learning. #ADE #UDLchat #plearnchat

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A Touch of Light

A Touch of Light | personalised learning | Scoop.it

"You don't have to see to have vision." That is the author's motto as a person with a significant visual impairment who uses photography to educate others on the importance of inclusive design. This book focuses on the what, why and how of adaptive photography with iOS devices. A number of video tutorials show how the author is able to capture, edit and share photos with the help of the accessibility features built into iOS devices and a number of photography apps. A framework for incorporating photography into inclusive classroom activities is also discussed. 

 

Read a sample or download A Touch of Light by Perez, Luis with iBooks.

 

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Luis Perez's iBook "A Touch of Light" is a touch of brilliance. Learning about the what, why and how of adaptive photography with iOS devices through Luis's powerful and empowering personal story is a powerful read.

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▶ Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion - YouTube

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don'...
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The power and importance of building and sustaining relationships with all learners. Seeking first to understand the learner.

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How to Select iPad Apps for Students with Visual Impairments | Paths to Literacy

How to Select iPad Apps for Students with Visual Impairments | Paths to Literacy | personalised learning | Scoop.it
Considerations for choosing iPad apps for students with visual impairments, including book apps, and other suggested apps.
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It is always worthwhile having a consistent framework for making selections about apps. This is a  useful list of considerations. One I would add to it is "Does the app work with VoiceOver or other accessibility settings?

My personal list of app selection criteria are based upon the apps capacity to enable:

1. Content can be displayed flexibly

2. Personalised operation (works with accessibility settings)

3. Support for developing understanding

4. Easy recovery from mistakes

5. Capacity for collaboration

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iHouse | Vision2014

iHouse | Vision2014 | personalised learning | Scoop.it

Split into four zones the iHouse will replicate a vision impaired persons' experience in the home with the assistance of the latest accessible technology.

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Every Apple device not only has accessible features — but accessible principles — built in. This is inclusion by universal design that recognises and respects the human dignity of all users. Now lets take the concept of the iHouse and embed the philosophy in every school.

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Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List

Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List | personalised learning | Scoop.it

An updated version of the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List is now available. Web accessibility evaluation tools are software programs or online services that help determine if web content meets accessibility guidelines. Information about features of evaluation tools that help with evaluation is in Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools. Web accessibility evaluation tool vendors are encouraged to submit information about their tool to the list.

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Great to see the expanded list of tools available. This certainly makes it easier for content creators and administrators to ensure that their work is accessible and able to be personalised by the user.

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How curiosity changes our brains

How curiosity changes our brains | personalised learning | Scoop.it
When our interest is piqued, our memories improve.
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Curiosity and emotions impact on memory and learning. How we translate these finding sis crucial for all teachers. UDL offers great insight and strategies into this

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Watson on the runway – Q&A with IBM’s Keith Mercier on Watson’s role in transforming retail

Watson on the runway – Q&A with IBM’s Keith Mercier on Watson’s role in transforming retail | personalised learning | Scoop.it
IBM Watson loves to ingest data (that's the official verb). Most compellingly, Watson's favourite meal is unstructured data. After helping out in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, the 'cognitive computing system' is turning its talents towards helping the retail sector and its customer experiences. Marketing chats to the man pitching Watson's talents to retailers, IBM's Keith Mercier. This week IBM's global VP for Watson Transformation in Retail, Keith Mercier, visited Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s (MSFW) industry event to show a room full of retailers and fashion designers one of the many possible uses of the company’s artificial intelligence/cognitive computing system, Watson.…
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The applications have been, healthcare, life sciences and now marketing. I wonder what the implications for education?

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ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten

ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten | personalised learning | Scoop.it

With a new app, young children learn important skills as they program stories and games.

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The power to imagine and create is a  powerful motivator!

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7 iPad Apps to Help Learners With Dyslexia

7 iPad Apps to Help Learners With Dyslexia | personalised learning | Scoop.it

These apps are designed to help learners with dyslexia develop literacy skills at a manageable pace.


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Great apps that complement @jmweightman 's brilliant iBook on Dyslexia http://tinyurl.com/nx8kclm

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 2, 2014 2:50 PM

Discover 7 Apps that can make a difference for learners with dyslexia. They include:

 

> vBookz PDF Voice Reader

> SoundLiteracy

> openWeb

> ModMath

> Dyslexia Quest

> Oz Phonics

> Inspiration Maps

Margaret Whitehead's curator insight, September 5, 2014 5:01 AM

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Assistive technology puts creativity within reach

Assistive technology puts creativity within reach | personalised learning | Scoop.it
Teenager Christopher Hills has found IT solutions to some profound physical barriers.
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This is why I am so passionate about assistive technology and in particular the work Apple has done for so many years to build inclusive features within their products. It is about empowering people to participate on the same basis. I am honoured to know Chris. For anyone looking at getting some videos edited, Chris is your man! He is a serious video editor whom I can learn a lot from.  

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Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning

Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning | personalised learning | Scoop.it
Game making is one way to create a space where students are empowered to freely experiment with their own way of framing ideas and choosing perspectives. In this way, game making is tantamount to project-based learning.
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Game design is a powerful means by which learners can create and demonstrate their understanding. It is learning AS assessment through play. A wealth of resources here on the Mind/Shift site!

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Google Docs | AccessAbility

Google Docs | AccessAbility | personalised learning | Scoop.it
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Google Docs may be growing in popularity but it is missing some key accessibility functions. As Penn State points out "Google Docs is not recommended for sharing documents with images and/or tables." All educators need to be aware of these glaring disabling deficiencies. Use with caution.  Google really need to lift their game on this.

 
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OCR scanning for Blind iPhone users - the Giraffe Reader

OCR scanning for Blind iPhone users - the Giraffe Reader | personalised learning | Scoop.it
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This is seriously cool. I must buy one. It ticks all the boxes.

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The Voice of the Active Learner - Education From a Digital Native's Perspective

What does the future of education look like? One where the student play an active role in their education through an interactive, personalized, and continuou...

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Personalised learning is dynamic as every learner is different.

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Questioning - Top Ten Strategies - HuntingEnglish

Questioning - Top Ten Strategies - HuntingEnglish | personalised learning | Scoop.it
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Questioning is the very...
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The art of posing thought provoking questions is a cornerstone to creating a ‘culture of inquiry’  that opens minds and stimulates truly independent thought.

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Apps for Dyslexia

Apps for Dyslexia | personalised learning | Scoop.it
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Now this is what I call an apptastic backpack! Many thanks to Apple Distinguished Educators  @mcopp @darrylbedford& 

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Readwritelearnwell's curator insight, September 4, 2014 7:09 AM

An amazing list of resources. Well worth a browse.