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Best of the Web 2013 Richard ByrneFree Technology for Teachers

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Why Finland's education system puts others to shame

Why Finland's education system puts others to shame | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Some of the biggest ways Finland is winning in global education.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 18, 12:56 PM
Cooperation, respecting teachers, play is sacred, etc. are essential aspects to Finland's school system. Pasi Sahlberg cautions that Finland is small and relatively homogenous, so how these things unfold there is different than it might elsewhere. Differences make a difference.
Catherine Chook's comment, May 21, 12:04 AM
I saw an article about this on TV, was very interesting.
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, Today, 3:56 PM
Check it out!  We could learn a lot about engaging our students from Finland.
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VocabReminder - The Dictionary That Reminds You!

VocabReminder - The Dictionary That Reminds You! | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

With VocabReminder you can search for any word in the English language for word definitions, parts of speech, synonyms, example sentences and word families.VocabReminder works 100% offline. But it is more than just an offline dictionary. VocabReminder is a dictionary designed for memory retention!


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Nancy Bley's curator insight, May 21, 11:28 AM
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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 21, 4:52 PM
It's  very useful and free :)
 
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, Today, 11:57 AM
Looks like a great little dictionary tool. 
 
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Six Ways the Teacher's Role is Changing | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU

Six Ways the Teacher's Role is Changing | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
During this time of significant educational change, we are forced to ask ourselves, what is the role of the teacher?

Teachers continue to be central to learning, but the role is changing significantly. Our children still need to develop real skills and real knowledge, but they also need to be self-reliant, resilient, and fully capable of re-inventing themselves. This means students must learn how to self-direct their learning.

So if students are self-directing their learning, what's the role of the teacher?

Teachers build the curriculum/lessons with the individual student based on his/her needs and interests rather than move through a fixed curriculum en masse.


Teachers provide the experiences and tools to access new knowledge in specific areas of interest as facilitators of individual pathways, rather than being a provider of the content or expert in one or every area,Teachers become experts in how people learn, not only in teaching.


Teachers support a community of learners in teams, possibly of multiple ages, rather than alone in classrooms with fixed grades of students.


Teachers have more autonomy over their daily schedule, and can be flexible to adjust their schedules to support student needs.


Teachers provide opportunities for real-world, connected, practical learning rather than isolated academics.
These are the types of changes in the teacher's role that are fundamental to developing students who are capable of independent learning and reinvention in a rapidly changing world.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 


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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, Today, 6:05 AM
Altijd link zo'n titel. Alsof er een oordeel in zit. Modern of antiek is naast de kwestie. Ik kijk graag voorbij de kop naar de zes competenties die hier in de kijker staan. Daar kan ik iets mee. 
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, Today, 3:53 PM
What do you think about this? What is the role of the modern teacher?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, Today, 8:04 PM
In the fast changing world public education is also changing. As part of the changes the role of schools and education will also be different both in the educational system and in the society. Together with them the role of teachers will also change. Schools used to be the source of knowledge, a place where children were educated more or less without parental control. Together with the changes, new expectations appeared towards our schools. Nowadays schools need to teach their learners how to gain information and how to select and use them. This happens so quickly that students learn how to use the Internet together with their teachers. Parents are involved in decision-making so they take part in the life of the school. It is no longer enough to send the kids to school in the morning, pick them up in the afternoon. Parents have to have a view of what is happening in the educational institution. The changes that took place in schools have changed the roles of teachers, too. Nowadays, teachers provide information and show their students how to tackle them. Although they are still considered to be a kind of leader in the class, they can be thought of as facilitators in the learning process. They are supporters rather than educators and also advisors towards parents. Teachers in modern classrooms are no longer lecturers, they are facilitators, their main task is to set goals and organise the learning process accordingly. the present generation of teachers has been growing into making up syllabi for years. One of the biggest challenges for teachers is that their role in the school management has also changed. The school needs them as individuals, who can make decisions and cope with the stress of the changing world of schools. At the same time teachers need to be able to work in teams, co-operate with colleagues and parents, they have to write projects to gain money for the school programmes, they have to be PR experts and need to do all these things for a modest monthly income.
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Science Snacks: Projects and Activities You Can Do! :: Exploratorium

Science Snacks: Projects and Activities You Can Do! :: Exploratorium | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Hungry for fresh, exciting science activities based in amazing phenomena? Science Snacks are hands on, teacher tested, and use cheap, available materials. Satisfy your curiosity without ever getting full."


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Amy Burns's curator insight, May 17, 8:44 AM
Impressive list of activities for all things science.
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True engagement not dependent upon tech

True engagement not dependent upon tech | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"The multibillion dollar educational technology market has created a sense of pressure on teachers to incorporate new tools in the classroom. The idea that a changing economy requires tech literacy for any level of post-secondary success is also pervasive. But schools that rush technology without the teaching pedagogy to support it are doing a disservice to students."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 2, 4:43 PM
This artilce delivers an essential message. When students engage in their learning, it means teaching is drawing them in somehow. I discovered what worked one day did not always work the next and I adjusted to meet new needs.
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Top 10 Educational Games to Use with Students in Class (from Nobel Prize Website)

Top 10 Educational Games to Use with Students in Class (from Nobel Prize Website) | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Nobelprize.org, the official site of Nobel Prize, offers a number of interesting educational games you can use with your students in class. These are interactive games and simulations based on Nobel-awarded achievements to teach and inspire students. There are actually over 29 games covering different topics including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics. Most of these games include a ‘Read more’ link to help students learn more about the subject. Below are the 10 most popular games in Nobelprize.org. To access all the educational resources and games, check out this page.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 14, 6:01 PM

I'd give a Nobel prize for good games to use with the kiddos!

Carol Hancox's curator insight, May 19, 4:59 AM
Possible game ideas for teaching and learning
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Brain Hacking 304: Why Every Educator Needs To Know How The Brain Learns | #LEARNing2LEARN #Infographic

Brain Hacking 304: Why Every Educator Needs To Know How The Brain Learns | #LEARNing2LEARN #Infographic | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Brain, Learning, and Teaching Infographic

I hope you find the Brain Hacking infographic above useful. You can access the other Brain-Based Learning infographics I created by scrolling down my ED!Blog. Please share it with other educators, parents, and learners. I will feature additional Brain-Based Learning Infographics in my future NEWSLETTERS, so please SIGN UP if you would like to receive more tips and strategies that work in helping students become better learners.

If you find the information in the infographic useful, consider buying "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom", which is a book I wrote to help students learn more efficiently and effectively using proven research based strategies.

And Remember: You Have the Power to Change the World. Use it often.

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

 


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Linez Technologies's comment, October 20, 2016 12:40 AM
amazing information about human brain
Succeed Education's curator insight, October 20, 2016 6:06 PM

Great article about how the brain learns.

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Brain Hacking 304: Why Every Educator Needs To Know How The Brain Learns
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This is what scares people most about AI. It might surprise you

This is what scares people most about AI. It might surprise you | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
A new report on artificial intelligence shows the types of AI that people feel most threatened by.

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prgnewshawaii's curator insight, May 7, 11:44 AM

The fear is that robots and artificial intelligence could do us harm through our digital IoT (Internet of Things) devices.  We fear loss of control over everyday technology that monitors our lives, businesses, and education.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, May 8, 2:55 AM
I would say that the scariest thing about AI is its taking over mankind. We have read so many comics, and watched so many movies about robots taking over a whole city! Remember Robocop? Well he was an android, wasn't he?
 
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32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers curated by Educators' Tech

32 Great Educational Websites for Teachers curated by Educators' Tech | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Jeannette Delamoir's curator insight, May 21, 7:16 PM
Great resource!
Ella Barresi's comment, Today, 12:26 AM
This is a fantastic resource, Jan! Thanks so much for sharing.
Ella Barresi's curator insight, Today, 12:28 AM
Resources for all areas of teaching. Curated by teachers for teachers. A great starting point!
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Four Types of Group Work Activities to Engage Students

Four Types of Group Work Activities to Engage Students | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Collaboration helps to develop many of the key skills that will be required of students for their future success. Students can develop many of these so-called “soft skills,” or Essential Employability Skills, by engaging in group work and other forms of collaboration (Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2005)."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 1, 12:01 PM

Common sense suggestions and a strong bibliography make this article useful for anyone struggling with how to make group work... work! 

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Four Types of Group Work Activities to Engage Students
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 2, 10:54 AM
Good article on working with groups in your course. 
 
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Comics English: Having Fun Learning English with Comic Strips

Comics English: Having Fun Learning English with Comic Strips | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Comics English: Having Fun Learning English with Comic Strips

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 29, 1:12 AM

This is a useful site for finding comic strips to use in language teaching.

Edward Russell's curator insight, May 1, 5:06 AM
visual literacy (and English) through comics
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, May 1, 8:24 PM
I love using comics with my English language learners!  I confess that I haven't used them the way this article has.  Click on the link below the comic and you will be directed to a lesson plan all ready to go.  I've used comics for sequencing (cut them up and students put them back in order based on the dialogue) and have covered up all the words so students have to write their own dialogues.  Try one of these ideas from the article or from me soon!
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Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students

Crowdsourcing Knowledge with Students | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Once you have set up your page you can add your email so that you get notifications when ever anyone adds something new or votes. You can also get a URL to edit the page (in case anyone adds something offensive) and a separate URL to either share with your students or post to Twtter or Facebook.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 25, 5:52 AM

Still one of the most reliable and useful tools.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, April 26, 7:10 PM
Big thanks Nic
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 27, 10:53 AM
an easy and useful brainstorming tool
 
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To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation

To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades. We learned about it in college. We hear about it in PD. We’re even evaluated on whether we’re cultivating it in our classrooms

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Kim Flintoff's comment, April 23, 8:35 PM
Identified some of this years ago in: http://clt.curtin.edu.au/events/conferences/tlf/tlf2014/refereed/flintoff.html
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 24, 2:11 PM

Curation activates critical thinking. 

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Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people

Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A new study lends credence to what you’ve probably always suspected: social media is having a pretty negative effect on teenagers — Instagram and Snapchat being the worst culprits. The study, published today and called “Status of Mind,” was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. The researchers surveyed 1,479 British youths ages 14-24, asking them how they felt the different social media networks effected their mental health. They took in several factors such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.

 

The results suggest the two worst social media networks for kids are Instagram and Snapchat, as they had terrible scores for body image, bullying, and anxiety. Twitter and Facebook weren’t much better, though. YouTube was the only one that apparently inspired more positive feelings than negative ones.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, May 19, 3:45 PM

A new study lends credence to what you’ve probably always suspected: social media is having a pretty negative effect on teenagers — Instagram and Snapchat being the worst culprits. The study, published today and called “Status of Mind,” was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. The researchers surveyed 1,479 British youths ages 14-24, asking them how they felt the different social media networks effected their mental health. They took in several factors such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.

 

The results suggest the two worst social media networks for kids are Instagram and Snapchat, as they had terrible scores for body image, bullying, and anxiety. Twitter and Facebook weren’t much better, though. YouTube was the only one that apparently inspired more positive feelings than negative ones.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

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Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...
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Startling: New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools

Startling: New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Although technology changes at a rapid pace, one thing is constant: students have a deep desire to learn using digital tools and resources.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 18, 12:57 AM

Some interesting research and statistics.

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A Model of Personal Learning

What does personal learning look like? Stephen Downes demonstrates the model he has developed over fifteen years of research on education technology and learni…

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The seven techniques of Learning to Learn

The seven techniques of Learning to Learn | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Learning should not be as hard as you think. There is a method to the art and just like any skill, learning to learn needs practice and mastery. It is much like speed reading. If you know how to read faster, you can end up reading more books in a given time. Similarly, if you learn how to learn efficiently you can spend less time doing the learning and more time enjoying what you have learned.

As a trainer, the topic of learning to learn is even more important since it is not only beneficial to you, but it also helps you to improve your training. As such, it is worth investing time in.

In this article, you will be introduced to seven highly effective techniques that help you maximise learning in a given time. The following methods are presented as if you are applying them to yourself, but you should consider how you can take advantage of them for your learners in a training environment.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 18, 2:04 AM
Particularly like "Find a Learning PartnerUse Micro-Challenges and Mini-Motivations"
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Zeven toetsstenen om na te gaan of je in jouw klas leert leren. 
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What happens when students embrace design thinking?

What happens when students embrace design thinking? | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The Global Day of Design just wrapped up on May 2nd. If you want to see what happens when 80,000+ students embrace design thinking, check out the Twitter stream and #GDD17 hashtag!

Students from six different continents (over 20 countries) participated and rocked this event in the second year in existence. Teachers and entire schools carved time out for students to not only beginning with empathy, not only brainstorm and navigate ideas, but to make, create, build, and design while in school.

This was only one day, and although the event was a success for our students, the real question is: What happens when students embrace design thinking beyond one day?


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Nando Castellanos's curator insight, May 15, 1:55 PM
This article contains one of the most determining topics in education. Promoting desing thinking or critical thinking in students is one of the most challenging and significant aspects to do for teachers. Therefore, this article provides an example about how can we make that students come up with ideas which become trascendental in their likes and in their learning processes. Exposing students to such activities will make that our labor be more meaningful. Therefore, our task is to reflect how can we promote this kind of ideas in our classrooms.
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Learn these SAMR model essentials straight from its creator

Learn these SAMR model essentials straight from its creator | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In the video above, SAMR creator and ed-tech thought leader Dr. Reuben Puentedura takes a deep dive into his model, explaining the definitions and how teachers can use it to further student learning. The model is broken into four levels, explained Puentedura, each with a successively greater impact on student outcomes.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 29, 2015 1:49 AM

Useful read if you like models for tech implimentation.

Javier Castro's curator insight, October 29, 2015 11:16 AM

añada su visión ...

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20 Excellent Apps for University Students curated by Educators' Tech

20 Excellent Apps for University Students curated by Educators' Tech | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, May 10, 10:07 AM
An Interesting App for Adding Maps to Photos - Educators Technology
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 12, 8:55 AM
Review the 20 Apps for University students. Please add Zotero under Bibliography / Research Management Apps. Under the heading of Presentation Apps. then add Google Slides to the list.
Jan Swanepoel's curator insight, May 12, 8:57 PM
This article features some of the most useful apps university students are encouraged to explore. The apps are into 10 categories, which for each category two apps are identified that go with it. A table is also included below the visual where links to the featured apps are found.
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5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, a piece from the Edutopia website was doing the rounds under the title "5 highly effective teaching practices".  I automatically question pieces like this as I doubt somewhat whether the purpose of the piece is actually to raise standards in the profession and develop teachers - or whether it is simply to…

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The Feynman Technique for learning | #LEARNing2LEARN

The Feynman Technique  for learning | #LEARNing2LEARN | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The Feynman Technique is perfect for learning a new idea, understanding an existing idea better, remembering an idea, or studying for a test. The Feynman Technique is a mental model that was coined by Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. Known as the "Great Explainer," Feynman was revered for his ability to clearly illustrate dense topics…

 

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Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, May 5, 10:39 AM
By attempting to explain a concept in simple terms, you’ll quickly see where you have a good understanding of that concept. You’ll also be able to instantly pinpoint your problem areas, because they’ll be the areas where you either get stuck or where you end up resorting to using complex language and terminology. In addition to helping you pinpoint those problem areas in the concept you’re trying to learn, the Feynman Technique gives you a quick, efficient way to shore up those areas using targeted learning. It’s a simple technique, but it’ll help you study much more efficiently once you put into action. How to Use the Feynman Technique: Step 1: Grab a sheet of paper and write the name of the concept at the top. You can use pretty much any concept or idea – even though the technique is named after Feynman, it’s not limited solely to math and science. Step 2: Explain the concept in your own words as if you were teaching it to someone else. Focus on using plain, simple language. Don’t limit your explanation to a simple definition or a broad overview; challenge yourself to work through an example or two as well to ensure you can put the concept into action. Step 3: Review your explanation and identify the areas where you didn’t know something or where you feel your explanation is shaky. Once you’ve pinpointed them, go back to the source material, your notes, or any examples you can find in order to shore up your understanding. Step 4: If there are any areas in your explanation where you’ve used lots of technical terms or complex language, challenge yourself to re-write these sections in simpler terms. Make sure your explanation could be understood by someone without the knowledge base you believe you already have. Step 5: think like a child; while you’re working through the Feynman Technique for any given concept, it can be useful to pretend that you’re explaining that concept to a child. Doing this will boost your own understanding for one simple reason; a kid is probably going ask why? Why does that formula work? How can you know it`ll always work? While older people often become accustomed to taking things at face value, kids are naturally curious. They’re quick to point out their confusion. This is a great mindset to adopt.
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The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism

The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
The primary goal of this paper is to operationalize the connectivism approach into a new learning model with additions from problem-based and contextual learning that can be effectively implemented together, to improve socioeconomically diverse learners' educational outcomes (attitude and persistence) in STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) areas.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 6, 1:48 PM
"Since learning is a social phenomenon, social technologies can help develop the capacity to learn beyond classroom boundaries. For example, social learning can help students experience the distributed nature of knowledge, discover and navigate connections of ideas, entities, and events, while nurturing and maintaining social connections (Smidt, Thornton, & Abhari, 2017). Social technologies also help students learn about diversity through social exchange and encourage students to practice respect and tolerance in diverse social settings. "
 
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Call for Chapters: Responsible Analytics and Data Mining in Education

Call for Chapters: Responsible Analytics and Data Mining in Education | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
 SUBMIT A 1-2 PAGE CHAPTER PROPOSALDeadline - June 1, 2017

This Call for Chapters is for a new edited book titled, Responsible Analytics and Data Mining in Education: Global Perspectives on Quality, Support, and Decision-Making to be published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 

 

Authors are invited to submit a 1-2 page proposal for one of the publisher pre-approved chapters OR submit a proposal for a new chapter related to the responsible use of data analytics and data mining in education.

 

Click on the following link for more information: https://big-data-in-education.blogspot.com


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SUBMIT A 1-2 PAGE CHAPTER PROPOSAL

Deadline - June 1, 2017

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Learning Framework well explained

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6 Tips To Bring Back Open Thinking

6 Tips To Bring Back Open Thinking | Studying Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Do you ever stop to consider what it means to think openly? Wasn’t that your basic education at school and what your parents told you to do? Whatever happened to that?

The question is important because today, more than ever, we are urged to be creative in our jobs. If you cannot think openly, how can you be creative?

From birth our parents persistently encouraged us to think for ourselves. It was non-stop; a barrage of parenting tips that were designed to help us become independent, confident and open thinkers.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 23, 7:41 PM

The magnitude of closed thinking by individuals and organizations is on the rise. It's time for open thinking to reappear.

Paul Mitchell's comment, April 23, 10:47 PM
Great Tips