As the classroom shifts from a teacher-centered model–where the teacher was the sole holder and diffuser of knowledge–to a student-centered model–where students seek out knowledge more independently, with a teacher acting as a guide–it’s important to understand what technology is in the classroom, how it’s being used, and what key stakeholders think of the technological advances.
Hasta ahora los dispositivos han acaparado toda la atención, pero los verdaderos cambios en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje han sido invisibles. Con la intención de darles la visibilidad que merecen, el profesor e investigador Cristóbal Cobo nos invita a pensar en la educación desde una nueva óptica, una que plantea que la verdadera innovación está en explorar nuevas formas de valorar y reconocer el conocimiento, tanto dentro como fuera del aula.
Dado que la tecnología forma parte integral de nuestras vidas, esta reflexión trasciende el contexto educativo y parte de la base de que todo espacio se convierte en un entorno de aprendizaje. Pero olvidémonos de encontrar fórmulas en este trabajo. Al contrario, el gran aporte del autor consiste en analizar los desafíos que presentan las tecnologías en la enseñanza y las redefiniciones de los conceptos saber y conocimiento en una sociedad que está en plena transformación.
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Technology is allowing students to express themselves in ways never imagined. One way to get students to think about the learning process is to have them create portfolios, which not only lets them exhibit their understanding of deep content for others to see, but also encourages them to reflect on their own progress and growth over time.
Digital portfolios are gaining ground. They can be edited continuously, they follow students from grade to grade, and they are easier than ever to create and maintain. Google Sites can get students started with building electronic portfolios. It’s free to anyone with a Google account, and the built-in tools make it easy for students to use content directly from their Google Drive with just a click of a button.
Here’s how to get started with a Google Domain account and site templates:
A clear way to share complex information. Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool that helps you make sense of complex things. Create unlimited mind maps and easily share them with friends and colleagues.
It provides students with a simple, clean way to map relationships between terms by combining text, images, hyperlinks, and nodes, or lines that connect each term (see Geography of Egypt map above). Students can organize important concepts into formats like as webs, timelines, classification charts, and flowcharts.
Each ‘Coggle,’ or concept map, that a student creates is auto-saved and can be easily shared with the teacher and/or other classmates. Though you can export/save it as an image or PDF, you can always go back and make changes to the map. Other people can be invited to view and even collaborate on an existing Coggle.
Every piece of text, image, graphic, and color you use contributes to the overall atmosphere of your eLearning course. These components come together to form the eLearning environment that surrounds your audience, which can either help or hinder their success. For this reason, you must think very carefully about every design element you choose, or choose to leave out, for that matter. Here are 7 top tips for creating the perfect eLearning conditions for your eLearning experience.
The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating. The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years. With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. And our kids are at the centre of this dynamic change.
Children are using digital technologies and media at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods of time. They spend an average of seven hours a day in front of screens – from televisions and computers, to mobile phones and various digital devices. This is more than the time children spend with their parents or in school. As such, it can have a significant impact on their health and well-being. What digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen – all these factors will greatly influence children’s overall development.
The digital world is a vast expanse of learning and entertainment. But it is in this digital world that kids are also exposed to many risks, such as cyberbullying, technology addiction, obscene and violent content, radicalization, scams and data theft. The problem lies in the fast and ever evolving nature of the digital world, where proper internet governance and policies for child protection are slow to catch up, rendering them ineffective.
Cristóbal Cobo explora alguna de las redefiniciones que se observan en una sociedad hiper-conectada: reemplazo de la comunicación cara-a-cara por la comunicación digital, el mito del multi-tasking, la permanente sobreinformación, la necesidad de ventilar la vida privada en las redes sociales, entre otras prácticas que nos llevan a repensar de manera profunda lo que significa tanto privacidad como ciudadanía. Luego, Cobo explica que en nuestra era digital el aprendizaje ocurre en todo momento y lugar. Ello demanda diseñar formas alternativas de reconocer y validar conocimientos y habilidades de manera radicalmente diferentes a las que hoy existen.
Formado en Europa, coordina investigaciones sobre innovación y el futuro de la educación. Su pasión por la integración entre aprendizaje y tecnología lo han llevado a dictar conferencias en 30 países trabajando con decenas de gobiernos, escuelas y universidades a ambos lados del Pacífico y del Atlántico. Hoy es investigador del Instituto de Internet de la Universidad de Oxford en Inglaterra y Director Centro de Estudios – Fundación Ceibal en Uruguay.
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.
The New Vision for Education project examines the role that technology can potentially play to improve education for the future. In phase II, we investigated innovative ways to help students develop competencies* and character qualities** broadly defined as social emotional skills, which are critical components of 21st century skill framework but not a core focus in today’s curriculum.
Can technology effectively facilitate the development of competencies and character qualities, in addition to cognitive skills? If yes, what are the opportunities to capture to make it happen? What are the immediate, mid-term, and long-term barriers to remove? How can multistakeholders work together to create a roadmap for this vision?
In seeking answers to these questions, the report assembles a list of 55 research-based digital product features that are highly correlated with the ten competencies and character qualities and identifies five nascent technology trends – wearable devices, leading-edge apps, virtual reality, advanced analytics and machine learning, and affective computing – that extend ways of fostering social emotional learning (SEL) and also offer potential for exciting new learning strategies. The report concludes with recommendations to each stakeholder on actions to advance SEL and SEL technology adoption.
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