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625 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates)

625 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates) | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
Discover 625+ Fee MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer

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Nick Allsopp's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:44 AM

not all are in the US...

Joaquin Grande Baos's curator insight, October 15, 2013 1:11 PM

Interesantes MOOC

Naomi Monson's curator insight, October 18, 2013 3:06 PM

Check these out.  The question is, is this the future?

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George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin.

George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin. | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
You recently launched the DALMOOC, which you created with a focus on improving the social experience of learners – can you tell me a bit about the structure and format you have chosen?

We call it a dual layer MOOC, but we don’t mean that in a binary sense, it’s more like saying there are two pathways to take. You can either take a structured pathway – the way that you see with a lot of MOOCs that are run, say, on Cousera or edX – and that’s a heavy teacher focus with guidance. As in, you click through to the next level.

We’ve created a second level that we’re calling more of the ‘social layer’ and we’re basically asking students to engage with one another and to create artefacts that reflect their understanding and to share those artefacts.

In the learning process we need different cycles of scaffolding – there are times when you come across a new idea completely and you can’t really create and socialise around it effectively because you just don’t know anything. So, there may be a cycle by which the learner follows a traditional structure or pathway but as soon as they become more confident they move into social and more emerging formats. In a way they’re oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social.

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Dual layered MOOC.  I do see the obvious benefits. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 3:36 PM

The actual title of this article is: "

George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

I focused on Siemens design of multiple pathways through a MOOC.  His description of the design as "oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social." triggers some interest. 


Social engagement in any online class is a precious and memorable experience. 

ExtensionEngine's curator insight, November 29, 7:34 AM

"A lot of what’s wrong with MOOCs stems from how they emulate traditional classrooms" - @gsiemens

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How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic

How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.


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I believe this new strategy will work. It will surely engage our students and promote group work. We can also assess on creativity.

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The Rice Process's curator insight, November 24, 8:22 AM

infographics present the greatest opportunity to increase the effectiveness of what is being taught. Designing visual representation of information is more than translating words to pictorials.  The construction involves filtering the information, drawing relationships, revealing patterns and representing the information as meaningful content. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, November 25, 3:05 AM

For this process, I recommend NeoMam Studio’s “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics,” which describes their efficacy in a visually compelling way...

Anna-Liisa Hayward's curator insight, November 25, 7:50 AM

Very useful!

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Sharifi-ha House, A Modern Home That Changes Rooms Orientation According To The Seasons

Sharifi-ha House, A Modern Home That Changes Rooms Orientation According To The Seasons | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
Tehran architecture studio Next Office has designed and built “The Sharifi-ha House,” a house with motorized rooms that pivot up to 90 degrees according to the season…

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this is great. An added dimension to smart homes.

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The Greatest Invention?

"What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading."


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unarguably one of the greatest inventions of mankind.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 11, 3:58 PM

What one invention has made the greatest difference in the lives of people all around the world?  The case can be made for the washing machine; it has been a major tool in transforming the lives of women and restructuring gender roles in industrialized societies. 


Tags: gapminder, poverty gendertechnology, industry, development, TED.

Kelli Jones's curator insight, October 19, 5:41 PM

I think that it is really interesting how something that almost everybody in todays society has and uses and doesn't really think about, can be described as a "miracle" to some people.

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How Ebola sped out of control

How Ebola sped out of control | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
The story behind the failure of the world's health organizations to stop the Ebola disaster.

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is enough commitment shown by the developed countries, I dont think so.

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Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, October 6, 3:26 PM

This is a very serious situation because is getting out of control. Also this "epidemic" is not just happening in the western Africa, now there is  some cases of Ebola in US. If the government don't do something now this epidemic will get worst, if that happen what will happen with us? In this graphic  we could appreciate how the cases of Ebola had a very important increase from March through September and most of these increase have been in Liberia with 3,834 cases and 2,069. Is very shocking how many people are dying. I just hope that the government could do something about it to help these people.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 7, 4:24 AM

How Ebola sped out of control

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 7, 9:53 AM

unit 1

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23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

23 Useful Websites for Teaching and Learning English ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

September 6, 2014
Below are some valuable resources for ELL and ESL teachers. With these resources, you can find great ways to communicate more effectively, explore lessons, and be a great ELL teacher.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 7, 3:52 PM

Interesting index of resources.  Something for every language teacher here! 

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.


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The new wave bring with it a new style of learning. Learning which is more palatable to the new generation of learners. Good read.


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Dennis Granlund's curator insight, July 24, 9:18 PM

This site is timely as schools move from hard copy to etexts.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, July 25, 2:22 AM

A transformation which is not a revolution. It will take time and effort.  It's important we give it the space to take its natural course.

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, July 25, 2:11 PM

Thank you Nik. I like reading about innovations like e-textbook transformation that make learning more accessible to all students.

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Learning, unlearning, and relearning

Learning, unlearning, and relearning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. - Alvin Toffler, quoted by Jack Molisani in Be the Captain o...

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The ICT driven era makes the concept of "Learning, unlearning, and relearning" more appropriate, better understood and increasingly palatable.

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Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."


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A must read for teachers. Excellent list.

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Consultants-E's curator insight, June 9, 11:05 AM

A useful set of tools and apps to help students learn how to write computer programs

Kerry Muste's curator insight, June 10, 8:43 PM

Two I'm trialling are Codecombat.com and codeavengers.com but I'm looking forward to looking at these.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 14, 10:43 AM

Possible additions to my "games" list. 

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8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms

8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come.

 


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Excellent article. I am particularly looking forward to game based learning in higher education.

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E-trucit's curator insight, April 23, 4:17 AM

Very interesting article full of links to others sources that help to span the vision of possible future and not only in teaching.

Yolanda Bernabeu's curator insight, April 25, 8:49 AM

Aplicación de nuevas tecnologías en las aulas de un futuro esperamos que reciente

Al Post's curator insight, April 27, 10:21 PM

Some of these technologies are just too cool! I love trying to "peek" at the future.

 

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Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers?

Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers? | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

I couldn't agree more. As teachers, our role must change to one that enables, guides, personalises and embraces digital technology as a fundamental part of student learning. The most dangerous thing we can do to our students is to keep doing what our teachers and professors did to us:


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Filipe Cálix's curator insight, March 16, 8:27 PM

Muito interessante este artigo de Edward Lawless a propósito de um debate no The Great Hall of King's College London, no 3º episódio da série da BBC Radio 4, My Teacher is an App.

Navtej Kohli CDC's curator insight, March 20, 1:30 AM

Teacher's play main role in student's life. #Navtej Kohli CDC on #scoopit provide latest career and technology news.

Carmen Arias 's curator insight, March 22, 7:55 AM

Our role is to convince teacheer sthat Technology is here to stay. Nothing more scary than colleagues stubbornly refusing to get into the wave of this digital world.It reminds me of the times when voiced films were seen as "the devil"

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Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning?

Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning? | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

To survive in a time of rapidly changing technology, colleges and universities need to change their existing business models. Each higher education institution needs to develop a strategy that will take advantage of the opportunities presented by technology-enhanced learning to expand its educational mission and provide flexibility for its students.


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very interesting. A must read.....

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Clarice Bagrichevsky's curator insight, January 19, 5:36 AM

who knows?

Gestión del Conocimiento's curator insight, January 21, 12:27 PM

Analiza el papel de las TICS en la Gestión del Conocimiento.

Sieg Holle's curator insight, January 25, 3:54 PM

Embrace the change

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2013 in review: Social media stats | Social Media Slant

2013 in review: Social media stats | Social Media Slant | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
Time to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014! Here are some fascinating social stats from this year. Listed are Buffer, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, MailChimp, Pinterest, Reddit, Skype, and Twitter.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, January 1, 11:43 AM

This list includes some of the most popular social media sites--and interesting facts related to users.  Twitter has made strong gains into the classrooms with faculty also discovering creative applications for Pinterest and a few others....

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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.

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very informative. A must read for online facilitators.

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Irmgard Huppe's curator insight, November 28, 5:13 AM

short and sharp collection of a few important pointers

Rich Schultz's curator insight, December 1, 11:54 AM

Online discussion tips!

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Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial

Welcome to the home page of the IRISS Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial. This tutorial was derived from the Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) Information Literacy pack.

 

This tutorial will provide you with an understanding of information literacy in six simple steps. Each step includes activities that will help you develop your information literacy skills.


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Simple online tutorial yet quite interactive and engaging.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 13, 4:55 AM

Could be useful!

Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, October 19, 11:22 AM

Some great lesson ideas here.

Linda Mercer's curator insight, November 14, 1:26 PM

Interesting....

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Ten Ideas To Move Classroom Technology Closer To Blended Learning ~ 21st Educational Technology and Learning

Ten Ideas To Move Classroom Technology Closer To Blended Learning ~ 21st Educational Technology and Learning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

by Michael Gorman


"As we employ the 1 to 1 experience, we need to ask two important questions. Is the 1 to 1 and the device about using technology, or is it about a more meaningful and engaging learning experience? Spending a day online for individual research can be a wonderful simple integration of technology experience, but might not be a true blended learning opportunity. Asking students to research and then collaborate with each other online in a collective experience takes this integration and provides more of a blended experience.

"The blended learning experience allows technology and the online experience to breakdown the traditional classroom allowing important transformation. One might wonder where on the spectrum of simple integration to blending learning a possible learning activity might be. I would like to share a lens of ten ideas that educators may wish to look at as they reflect on their 1 to 1 activity and classroom learning experiences that use technology . Sometimes it is just a simple tweak to bring out the wonderful possibilities of blended learning. Please feel free to read my ideas below that might allow you to use classroom technology to bring out a richer and blended learning experience."


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Wonderful reading....

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Malpere, Ana María's curator insight, November 3, 1:03 PM

agregar su visión ...

Dean Mantz's curator insight, November 5, 4:51 PM

Thanks to Jim Lerman for sharing this resourceful post by Michael Gorman on the topic of "Blended Learning".  

 

Recently I was traveling to a school district in western Kansas, along with a group of awesome education minds, to provide professional development.  It was during the drive west a close friend of mine brought up the topic of "Blended Learning" and how she planned to provide insight and engagement on the topic for her session.  We all agreed that one would probably find 8 or more differing definitions out of a group of 10 educators.  I just wish I had this article to share with her prior to the session.  The article does a nice job of breaking down and explaining "Blended Learning".  

David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 6, 10:05 AM

Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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The Science of Earthquakes

The Science of Earthquakes | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
From fault types to the Ring of Fire to hydraulic fracking, the Earthquakes infographic by Weather Underground helps us understand the complexities of what shakes the ground.


Tags: disasters, geomorphology, physical, infographic.


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 29, 11:03 AM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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adicionar a sua visão ...

Mr. Twining's curator insight, November 25, 3:58 PM

Infographic for teaching about the science behind earthquakes.

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Beyond Self-Teaching Online: Using the Threaded Discussion in Distance Education by Clarence J. Bouchat : Learning Solutions Magazine

Beyond Self-Teaching Online: Using the Threaded Discussion in Distance Education  by Clarence   J. Bouchat : Learning Solutions Magazine | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Although there are many documented advantages of learning online, some educators still question this innovative way of teaching because of technical obstacles, because they suspect or doubt its effectiveness, or because they are unfamiliar with the approach. Indeed, the teaching considerations for an online course, versus a traditional in-residence-based course, do change by necessity because of the different learning environments.


Making traditional course material digital, converting lectures to streaming video, and assigning tests or writing assignments online are not enough to convert the full classroom experience into avirtual one.


What is lacking in the virtual setting is the dynamic interchange among students and instructors. Although their concerns are valid, in-residence educators should find solace in learning that one of the most fundamental forms of teaching, the student-peer discussion facilitated by a knowledgeable instructor, remains as valid for mature-student distance learning today as it was for Socrates. This venerable method remains effective for online students for the same reasons it works in the classroom — because the discourse among students actually builds knowledge and keeps learning focused on their needs. Online, this Socratic method of teaching, also known as a “threaded discussion” or a “forum,” is an excellent distancelearning tool. All online instructors should consider using this method.


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I agree that threaded discussions bring in the online interactions and exchange of knowledge. The danger is when such threads are not directed by the mentors or facilitators, the discussions can easily wander off to personal and sometime unnecessary issues.

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online4ed's curator insight, October 7, 9:37 AM

Why I work so hard to help students realize the more they put in to the class, the more they will get out! 

David Bramley's curator insight, October 7, 7:05 PM

The go-to activity for most teachers looking to add an activity to their online offering is the forum.  But  the activity is often ill thought through, the teacher doesn't participate themselves and as a result the forum fails to launch!

 

This post looks at threaded discussions and how teachers can use them to facilitate peer to peer discussion that will add value to the learning experience.  Highly recommended

Deborah Eastwood's curator insight, October 12, 1:15 PM

Understanding the importance of the discussion board in the online classroom. 

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Recorder of Learning – Using Photo Editing Apps | A Learning Life for Me

Recorder of Learning – Using Photo Editing Apps | A Learning Life for Me | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

"We will have two students be responsible for this role each week. Together they will be given a few minutes each day to record a few notes to remind them of the key ideas that they learned that day. We will also allow them to take photos to document lessons and their learning that they can then use at the end of the week to aid them in writing a blog post about what the class learned over the week. In order to make the most of these photos, we are going to teach them to use a few of the photo apps we have available to us on our class iPads."


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very interesting. The combo of new apps look promising.

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Change the Blend in Blended Learning -

Change the Blend in Blended Learning - | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it
What comes to your mind when you hear the term ‘Blended Learning’? It’s not a new term and yet has numerous connotations. Amidst the vast information available today on what it is and what it isn’t, the basic definition says: “Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in [...]

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Indeed, a different blend in blended learning can be treated as flipped classroom. Interestingly correct.

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A New Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

"Raising a digitally savvy and responsible student does require  explicit modelling  and instruction on how to deal with the vagaries of Internet. In an age where everything you do online leaves  indelible marks (digital footprints)  that can be accessed and viewed by anyone , knowing how and what to share and with whom to share it become digital imperatives that every student should be aware of. This kind of knowledge is at the core of the digital citizenship concept."


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Good info on Digital Citizenship.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 18, 5:51 PM

Ciudadanía digital

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Cool!

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Ten Tips for Grabbing Students’ Attention With Mobile (EdSurge News)

Ten Tips for Grabbing Students’ Attention With Mobile (EdSurge News) | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

"Today’s college students arrive on campus with an average of seven devices. Eighty percent of these students will carry and use a mobile phone during every waking hour of the day. So, how do you navigate all of this screen mayhem to reach students where they are…eyes to the screen? That’s the challenge we’re addressing at Campus Quad. Working with both top mobile engagement industry leaders and trailblazing innovators in higher education, we’re defining a framework for mobile engagement that is based on communication channels that capture students in their “always connected” environment, in real-time."

 

 


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very useful. Yes, our students are mobile aficionados :)

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Lisa BG Tee's curator insight, May 24, 8:13 PM

Some very good ideas to design learning to engage the 21 century students!!

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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well written and very informative.

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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Muvizu | Animation software

Muvizu | Animation software | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

Muvizu has everything you need to tell an animated story from drag and drop customizable characters and pre-built sets, to libraries of animations and automatic lip-synching.


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can make instructions to our students fun and easy to comprehend.

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Don Breedwell's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:05 PM

Looks like this one is a keeper!

Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:33 AM

Animación en el aula

Ester Feldman's curator insight, December 28, 2013 5:02 PM

Thank you Nick

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MinecraftEDU - The Virtual School - ClassThink.com

MinecraftEDU - The Virtual School - ClassThink.com | self-directed_learning | Scoop.it

by Karl Rivers

 

"The videogame Minecraft has sold almost 14 million copies and has redefined the term indie game. Now thousands of teachers across the world are using MinecraftEDU in the classroom."

 

"MinecraftEDU is a plugin that turns the consumer version of Minecraft into a true teaching tool. The EDU mod adds ways to funnel students and control activities; adds border blocks to limit students to specific areas; instruction blocks to provide initial questions or problems to solve; and adds tools for class management such as teleporting students to the teacher's location, and muting them — a tool many teachers would like in the real world.

 

"Even if your teachers aren't aware of Minecraft, your students almost certainly are. Minecraft is a cultural phenomenon. It may have been designed as a game but Minecraft is world which engages students in a way that shouldn't be ignored. As with other new technologies that schools are currently wrestling with — tablets, social networks, and blogs etc. — Minecraft is a technology that students are engaged with at home, so why not continue that in school?

 

"In a genuine sense MinecraftEDU takes the rules of social etiquette we expect in the classroom and creates digital alternatives that bring order to a limitless world. Admittedly I've never had to excavate a student who had dug too far underground and had got lost in an ICT class before, but there's still a chance."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 1, 8:28 AM

Gamification works..

jasminekate's curator insight, January 2, 6:43 AM

well its good