If you are interested in finding out how to create your own digital e-book and discovering some of the problems I come across and some of the resources I find to overcome these problems, then you can follow my digital magazine on Flipboard, where I’ll be sharing some of the ups and downs and insights into the project.
We invite you to read our latest SVC2UK White Paper, “The Future of E-ducation“, written in collaboration with Gold Mercury International, the Corporate Vision® Strategy Think Tank. The Paper draws on many of the case studies from SVC2UK 2013 and explores what the future is likely to look like for teachers and students.
"To be clear–learning can happen in the absence of technology. Integrated poorly, technology can subdue, distract, stifle, and obscure the kind of personal interactions between learner, content, peer, and performance that lead to learning results.
But increasingly we live in a world where technology is deeply embedded into everything we do. Thinking about it simply in terms of “digital literacy” puts you about 5 years behind the curve. It’s really much more than that–less about being connected, and more about being mobile.
There will be growing pains, and I’m sure educators that have brought in BYOD programs into their school can come up with 50 reasons it won’t work. But most of those 50 are a product of the continued poor fit that exists between schools and communities–the system and the humans it serves."
Erasmus+ training courses, funded by the EU, are a good way to get better skills with tablets and apps. Three different kinds of courses - general, music, English - focus on practical didactic use of tablets. Only schools can apply. You can read more about what to know about applying in http://ilpohalonen.wordpress.com.
O mercado global de educação é enorme e a Apple está interessada. A empresa anunciou a implantação de livros didáticos do iBooks e do iTunes U Course Manager em dezenas de novos países.
Filipe Cálix's insight:
"Apple agora vai estender a oferta de cursos interativos e enriquecida com animações 3D, diagramas, etc., para novos países. Situados em vários continentes, 51 mercados aproveitarão em breve dos manuais escolares iBooks enquanto que o iTunes U Course Manager estarás disponível em 70 países."
"The Wellcome Library recently made more than 100,000 drawings, photographs, paintings, and advertisements available to the world under Creative Commons licensing. The images available through the Wellcome Images library are primarily of a historic nature. You can browse the galleries or search for images by keyword.
Thousands of years of visual culture made free through Wellcome Images "
Uma excelente notícia para professores, investigadores e estudantes: a Biblioteca Welcome (Londres) disponibilizou 100.000 imagens em alta resolução da sua riquissíma coleção Welcome Images (http://wellcomeimages.org/) para uso livre sob licença Creative Commons.
Como referem na apresentação da iniciativa, "Estamos encantados por anunciar que mais de 100.000 imagens de alta resolução, incluindo manuscritos , pinturas, gravuras, fotografias primitivas e anúncios já estão disponíveis gratuitamente através Wellcome Images.
Extraídas a partir do nosso vasto acervo histórico, as imagens são lançadas sob a licença Creative Commons Attribution (CC- BY) . Isto significa que elas podem ser usados para fins comerciais ou individuais, com um reconhecimento da fonte original (Wellcome Library, Londres ). Todas as imagens das nossas coleções históricas podem ser usadas gratuitamente. As imagens podem ser baixadas em alta resolução diretamente do site Wellcome Images para que os utilizadores possam copiar, distribuir, editar e manipular da forma que quiserem, para uso pessoal ou comercial . As imagens vão desde manuscritos médicos antigos a gravuras de artistas como Vincent Van Gogh e Francisco Goya. O primeiro item é uma prescrição em papiro egípcio. O tesouro inclui requintados manuscritos medievais iluminados e desenhos anatômicos (...)".
TodaysMeet é provavelmente a ferramenta mais simples e prática criada até hoje para estabelecer uma conversação com uma grupo (alunos ou professores, por exemplo).
Só permite posts de texto ("Twitter like" jáque só admitem 140 carateres de cada vez), mas é justamente essa uma das caracteristicas que a tornam prática e objetiva.
A sala cria-se em apenas alguns segundos, o tempo de aceder ao sitío (https://todaysmeet.com/), dar um nome à sala e escolher por quanto tempo deseja que a sala fique aberta e os dados fiquem gravados (de uma hora a um ano). Já está!
Depois é só convidar o grupo para a conversa, enviando o endereço da página.
Não precisa registo. Mais simples é impossível!
O artigo (ditchthattextbook) apresenta-nos 20 razões para a usar com os alunos.
The problem is compounded by the fact that many of the adults involved in education simply lack the experience and skills to be appropriate role models in the use of social media. This is why a greater, more concerted and more constructive involvement of schools in the digital lives of their students is necessary if we want our students to understand how to be good all-round citizens. Simply ignoring this other dimension of pupil behaviour seems to me to be grossly irresponsible.
Porém, devido as suas características, vários investigadores na área de educação estão a encontrar um enorme potencial nos dispositivos móveis, tendo em conta as necessidades de aprendizagem dos indivíduos num ...
Educational theory and practice have begun to appear more frequently in the popular press. Terms such as collaborative learning, project-based learning, metacognition, inquiry-based learning, and so on, might be new to some audiences, but they have a relatively long and well-documented history for many educators. The most widely-known and promising pedagogical approach is constructivism grounded on the work of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bruner. Given how it has transformed my own understanding of pedagogy, teaching, and learning, constructionism seems ripe for a similar resurgence — like a phoenix rising from the ashes of Taylorization and standardized testing. Constructionism brings creativity, tinkering, exploring, building, and presentation to the forefront of the learning process.
Over the last decade my teaching has undergone a dramatic transformation as I played with many methods for getting my students to learn not only through doing, but also through creating. Initially this interest was sparked by a belief that targeting the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) would lead to mastery in all the other cognitive domains. Later it was bolstered by an interest in creating more collaborative learning opportunities for my students.
I also felt passionately that anything my students create should have an authentic audience. I realized, after reading the works of influential writing theorist Peter Elbow, that when they wrote essays for me, they were writing to be judged, not writing to inform. Elbow argued that:
"When students write for teachers, they are writing ‘uphill’ in the authority dimension: instead of having the normal language-using experience of trying to communicate ‘across’ to others in order to tell them what’s on their mind, they are having the experience of trying to communicate ‘up’ to someone whose only reason for reading is to judge the acceptability of what they wrote and how they wrote it."
My first experiment was in having them write essays for their classmates, and although it was a vast improvement, still the audience seemed less than authentic.
Fortunately, my efforts to transform the way I teach came at the same time we were experiencing the societal shift from information consumerism to a production and remix culture. Now my students could write for a truly authentic audience through blogs, wikis, and websites.
As I strove to facilitate learning through creating, I realized that text-based creations were only the surface and started to build learning experiences in which my students explored and leveraged the wealth of creativity tools which were freely available online, including podcasting, screencasting, online presentation, mindmapping, animation, and infographic tools.
"Teaching Math fluency for kids is much easier now with these beautiful iPad apps. The apps cover the basic math concepts that kids can learn through hands-on activities, games, and puzzles. I have meticulously selected these apps to share with you here. I have only featured the new and recent releases and at any time you can access previous lists featuring more Math apps."
Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
Filipe Cálix's insight:
A 2ª versão de "Design Thinking For Educators" mostra-se uma ajuda excelente num momento em que é imperioso repensar e reconstruir a Escola em todas as suas dimensões, do Currículo aos Espaços e Equipamentos, passando pelos Processos , Ferramentas e Sistemas.
Design Thinking For Educators (Toolkit e Workbook) está disponível para download gratuito bastando fornecer um endereço eletrónico.