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ICTs for Education Initiatives

ICTs for Education Initiatives | professional development | Scoop.it

All too often it is simply taken for granted that such programmes must be successful, and that they will unquestionably lead to an improvement in education.  I find this deeply worrying, because one of the few things that we really know is that the majority of ICT for education initiatives in developing countries have actually been disappointing failures – at least as far as delivering effective educational change is concerned.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 14, 2013 11:12 AM

A well written and thought out article with some really good tips for any school.

David Smart's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:21 AM

I see this first hand  where I teach in Colombia

robyns tut's curator insight, October 16, 2013 4:06 PM

This article is particularly pertinent to the online piece that I am working on. I also agree with Mr Unwin that if technological integration in school's is to be made effective, then tteachers need to be taught how to facilitate technology in a meaningful why, through the provision of workshops.

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PollSnack | Online survey software, web poll & questionnaire tool

PollSnack | Online survey software, web poll & questionnaire tool | professional development | Scoop.it

PollSnack is an easy to use online poll & survey software that allows you to create and publish questionnaires and then view the answers in real time.


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Fabiola Hermosilla Alegria's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:42 PM

Excelente para mi tesis de magister!!

Casey Anley's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:23 AM

 Now THIS is awesome: Introducing POLLSNACK - a funky format for polls and surveys that learners could use in their projects, or you could use in the classroom to gauge interest or collect information!

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:25 PM

Online survey tool used by teachers - would it work for you?

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Touchcast - Mix video and embed media

Touchcast - Mix video and embed media | professional development | Scoop.it

TouchCast makes the language of TV come alive. On playback, touch a graphic to browse a related article, image, or content from the web. The video will keep playing while your audience engages with the vApp


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 29, 2013 5:34 AM

Touchcast is an app for creating video content which links to various web based and embedded resources and media. It enables the user to create a video commentary which guides the viewer through various websites and study resources and gives a commentary of what these resources contain. At the same time the user can add supporting images to their video to support understanding of what they are saying. Great for creating flipped learning.

Terry Yelmene's curator insight, August 29, 2013 11:47 AM

Knowledge is equal parts contructivism (conceptual) and connectivism (social) and to the degree that communication can be broadened and enhanced to affect both at the same time, knowledge devlopment becomes more enabled. Touchcast is the kind of tech development that could have just such an effect in this arena.  Ya.. this could be... fantastic!

Alison Marsh's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:14 PM

This looks very useful but for learning&teaching or production? Not sure - further investigation required. Also: anyone know how much this costs?

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Moral education enhanced by internet in IT courses

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Moral education enhanced by internet in IT courses | professional development | Scoop.it

The rapid development of the internet and mobile technology offers learners more educational opportunities, and the prospect of transformative change in teaching and learning. Moreover, by the growing popularity of Internet culture, network is gradually changing not only people’s thinking ways, values and the spiritual world, but also traditional ethics, especially young people.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 18, 2013 12:32 PM

Interesting article.

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Kindoma

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Great books give families something to talk about and keep kids engaged. Research shows that kids learn more when they use educational media with adults in their life. Children also learn more when they talk about a book while reading together. Kindoma combines the best of children's learning and family communication!


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 7, 2013 3:34 AM

This is a nice idea. It enables parents or teachers to read books to their students or children using video communication.

kevinye's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:09 AM

Give families book must be many mother's will,it also contain children's book to let mother teach their kids.That's a good idea to the housewife.

Fabiola Hermosilla Alegria's curator insight, August 9, 2013 10:03 AM

Lean mamás!!!

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Online video Tutorials ,Free University courses and training || OpenVideoTutorial.com

Online video Tutorials ,Free University courses and training || OpenVideoTutorial.com | professional development | Scoop.it

An open collection of Tutorials,Lectures and training Courses from top universities and colleges.10000+ free training courses.


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Dawn Jensen's comment, October 30, 2013 1:54 PM
I see that Sue. Thanks for the catch. I don't know if it's temporary or not.
Dawn Jensen's comment, October 30, 2013 1:54 PM
I see that Sue. Thanks for the catch. I don't know if it's temporary or not.
Riccardo Sarperi's curator insight, June 20, 2014 10:07 AM

(In inglese..)

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Rewordify.com: Understand what you read

Rewordify.com: Understand what you read | professional development | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, September 3, 2013 4:47 AM

Interesting idea - this could be useful in EFL teaching or just for people who are reading in English as a second language and need a bit of help.

 

I tried it on the Adobe Connect website to see if it would demystify some of the 'Marketese' though, and it didn't help much! A sentence such as 'Powering mission-critical web conferencing solutions, end-to-end, on virtually any device' is full of everyday words which are being used in an unnecessarily obscure way. Which is why I'm in favour of simply writing in plain English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_english).

 

On that subject, I recently discovered the absolutely wonderful Simple English Wikipedia (http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page), which does just that.

 

ytchquelia cargill's curator insight, September 7, 2013 9:37 PM

This website is made for children that have a hard time understanding a word or sentence in the English language. By breaking down a word or difficult sentence into word that the child will be able to know.

 

Info: Rewordify.com

Mikev Techpage's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:49 PM

Structure

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Can You Teach Emotional Intelligence?

Can You Teach Emotional Intelligence? | professional development | Scoop.it

The Secretary of Education isn't the only one who thinks so. Behind the growing movement for social and emotional learning.

“For the kids, it’s really, really working!”

 

Excellent article, with study numbers and examples. 


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Minarni Tirta's curator insight, July 1, 2013 10:33 PM

EQ really rocks! its presence is subtle but the result is real! To illustrate this :I was looking for my friend in one of those employment agencies when the scenario unfold.Later, I found out a little bit more about  " the offender" as I felt so sorry for her and chatted with her. Apparently 'the offender' is a trainer but was unfortunately finding it hard to land herself a job in the new land she just came to. She was 'enrolled' in one of the government's employment agencies, which was supposed to help her find a job ( by sending her CV to reverse marketers, setting up seminars for her to attend - on revamping CV and tailoring her cover letter to the job she is applying.) She was glad as these means she will also find new friends. One day she said she made a pact with her new found friends to practice one of her tools that she uses in her coaching/ training business. She was practicing one of her tools in one of the rooms in that organisation, when someone came up to her asked her what she was doing ( as it seemed to the untrained eyes, she was playing a board game but once she explained it, that someone told her that she needed to book the room first. So she duly waited for the manager and put what she was doing on hold. The way the manager came  & told the "offender" that was definitely not fitting what I expect of a manager. ( this was the part where I  actually the witnessed) I looked at the unfolding scenario with a sense of disbelieved.  While the manager maybe correct (all organisations have in place their rules and regulations), the way 'the offender' was being handled was really demeaning and lacking of respect.  Instead of saying "I am sorry but this place is strictly for job searching only and you will need to practice elsewhere"( or something along the line) , she came up with words that were quite hurtful and the attitude was one of " I am the rule here, follow or out". what makes it worse was the fact it was on the public domain part of the organisation.Undoubtedly 'the offender' reacted in ways fished out by the manager heavy handling of her(she later told me) . She felt like a criminal and at any one time, there were 2 people ( the manager and another sturdy man, next to the manager, ever ready to bounce her from the organisation).

 

understandably the manager has to be firm and stern as some of the unemployed probably already demoralized and not themselves, can be insensitive or even unreasonable, but I wonder at the same time, if the manager was also proactively looking for that kind of behaviour by the way she handled the 'offender'?

ALL jobs need EQ, but especailly so with jobs that connect you with others and jobs that need you to built human relationship, having human touch. With EQ tools we will be able to diffuse the situation in a better way. Like everything else EQ gets better with more practice. so kids and EQ is definitely a good idea, no, It is a great idea! and it is definitely "TAUGHTABLE!" ( did I just coined a new word?):)

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:49 PM

"At a recent congressional hearing, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan agreed with Shriver’s positive assessment of SEL’s potential. "These are learned skills," he said. "Children can have huge challenges, but when you help them learn how to handle them, you have a chance … If we are not addressing this, we're not in the game."

John Michel's curator insight, July 4, 2013 1:55 PM

Empowering students with tools and techniques to calm themselves, observe the world, and exert positive pressure on their environments reduces the distraction caused by inner and outer turmoil, freeing kids up to concentrate more effectively on the rest of what they are learning. In this way, SEL not only helps enhance students’ emotional wellbeing and maturity but also improves their academic achievement.