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MOOC design : from peer assessment to social networks

MOOC design : from peer assessment to social networks | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

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A guide for managing higher and lower level participants in an open mooc.

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, February 22, 10:22 AM

MOOCs seem like a simple concept, but they demand a new way of approaching education--it means REALLY letting the learner be in charge of their learning rather than having professors be both the font of knowledge and gatekeeper/policeman.  The design structure to accommodate large numbers of participants, deliver content at multiple levels, different learning styles and demanding different time investments while including assessment strategies that evaluate a reasonable level of expertise and provide feedback of any value for the participant, while precluding cheating, is nearly impossible.  This traditional model is behind the Certificates offered for a price.  They are a clever way of monetizing MOOCs, but not a very reliable representation of knowledge acquisition.   The movement toward peer assessment is an interesting permutation, but still begs the question of how (or if) knowledge should be demonstrated and documented.

niftyjock's curator insight, February 24, 4:09 PM

yep i'll use this 

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World Digital Library

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The World Digital Library provides free access to manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, and other important cultural documents from all countries and cultures, in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 4, 5:02 PM

A good range of primary sources can be found Here.  I found an old Japanese map of Ozo, with a well written explanation. I'll be adapting that for my esl unit on mapping. Easy to manoeuvre around this site. 

Lisette Lunar's curator insight, January 14, 8:53 AM

Free access

 

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JustTheWord

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Collocations! Arg! This tool should help your students with their written work. They type in a word and it gives them a list of the common collocations and devides them up according to part of speech. It's a very good independent learning tool. 

For the teacher it produces concordances and pretty word clouds, which you can use to liven up your lessons. 

It is meant to have a thesaurus feature, but I couldn't get that to work. 


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We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice'

We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice' | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

why [has] technology, to date, had very little impact on improved learning outcomes? This could be because we continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice to meet out-dated assessment models. Most of the world’s curriculum and assessment systems are based around fact recall rather than actually demonstrating that you have learned something and can deploy it within a problem-solving situation.


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54321ignition's curator insight, September 20, 2013 6:59 AM

There's more to developing digital content than just repurposing existing textbooks

The Planetary Archives Digital University's curator insight, September 30, 2013 5:15 PM

"Another Brick In The Wall" - Pink Flloyd

The Planetary Archives Digital University's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:12 PM

Our  education system is nothing more than child-care with some 

indoctrination thown in.


See/hear "The Wall" by Pink Floyd  (40+ years ago.)


Let the children play until they are old enough to decide what they are interested in learning. That's completely different than training them from Day 1 to "sit still, be quiet, and obey authority." Training a 5-year old to become a "worker" or 'Businessman"  is not education, but it may be child abuse.

 

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100+ Google Tricks for Teachers

100+ Google Tricks for Teachers | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.

 


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A must have for any serious Googler!

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Pola Panagiotou's comment, May 7, 2013 10:10 AM
what is the comment about Cyprus?
Hector Ariceaga's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:01 PM

From the basic to the more advanced, these tips will help get the most out of Google's tools.

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9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

When I worked in a public school in Japan, I remember how the students would make the front page of a newspaper to tell about their school trip to Kyoto, or other events. Now your students can go from analouge to digital.

 

I am pretty sure as you introduce the idea to your students everyone will want to have a say in their next e-magazine. There is nothing much more rewarding to students then to have a proof of their hard work recognized in a publication of some sort.

 

Most of the tools cited here are easy to use and have user friendly interface and they will let you create your own e-magazine or newspaper in few simple steps. Yet I would recommend your discretion as you use them with your students.

 


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Peter Parise's comment, November 25, 2012 9:02 PM
Wow this is a good collection!
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Bigger, Better Google Ngrams: Brace Yourself for the Power of Grammar - The Atlantic

Bigger, Better Google Ngrams: Brace Yourself for the Power of Grammar - The Atlantic | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

The power of web based corpus research has become even more accessable thanks to Google Ngrams. Its funny how Zimmer writes about how this tool can suck time: meaning that anyone using it may spend hours trying different combinations and comparisons. Good!

 

"Bigger, Better Google Ngrams: Brace Yourself for the Power of GrammarThe AtlanticBack in December 2010, Google unveiled an online tool for analyzing the history of language and culture as reflected in the gargantuan corpus of historical texts that...

 

 

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Write 'Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books Through This Clever HTML5 App

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Mark Wilson: "The branching narratives of interactive books are logistical nightmares. That is, until one company released this free writing tool" ...


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Confusion Helps Us Learn: Scientific American Podcast

Confusion Helps Us Learn: Scientific American Podcast | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

Really interesting article that challenges our assumptions about learning.

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Many Eyes

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Data visualization site by IBM open for public use. Ideal for presentations, discussions, poster sessions, and other classroom activities. For language learning, click "Visualization types" and look at "Analyze a text" for word clouds and word trees etc.

 

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The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs Competition | Foreign ...

Interesting post here, there is a top 100  Language Learning Blog Competition, and this is one of the nominees.

 

Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century has been nominated in in this year's Lexophile/bab.la Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition again. Thank you, whovever is 'responsible' :-) for this. Please click on this ...

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Could sarcastic computers be in our future? New math model can help computers understand inference

Could sarcastic computers be in our future? New math model can help computers understand inference | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

Scary idea, I don't want my favorite tool as my devils advocate, or do I?

 

Imagine the conversations we would have....

 

Researchers have created a mathematical model that helps predict pragmatic reasoning and may eventually lead to the manufacture of machines that can better understand inference, context and social rules.

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Art, Drawing : Art-technique online flashcards from SwipeStudy

Art, Drawing : Art-technique online flashcards from SwipeStudy | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

A really user friendly application for personal and classroom vocabulary practice.

 

  http://www.swipestudy.com/

 

I was actually able to make some kanji cards in a matter of minutes. Probably one of the easiest I've encountered for making flashcards.

 

Below is a sample account that you can try.

 

Art%2C+Drawing, spelling+%26+vocabulary+%3Cbr%2F%3E SwipeStudy Online Flashcard web-app study tool (helping someone study Art, Drawing - spelling & vocabulary
#flashcards #learning #studytips http://t.co/fZbfulzM...)...

 

Enjoy,

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Nice post Peter!
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How to Create Awesome Infographics Without Being a Designer

How to Create Awesome Infographics Without Being a Designer | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

If you’re anything like me, you learned how to use programs like Photoshop and Gimp out of necessity to do minor changes to photos. You might have even dabbled in some easier graphic design projects for your own website, but it takes you hours to get the image or the design looking just right and you’re left exhausted. You might even spend time looking up tutorials on how to achieve a certain effect and still have trouble re-creating it.

 

In short, while you do know your way around the programs like Photoshop to a certain extent, it takes you forever and there’s absolutely no way you’d call yourself a graphic designer. But then, you’re surfing around the web and you noticed some really cool infographics on things like fashion, music and food and you can’t help but wish that you could create something like that; even if it’d take you a week....


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Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, December 31, 2014 4:02 PM

Always good to have a way to create good designs.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, January 12, 7:52 AM

In short, while you do know your way around the programs like Photoshop to a certain extent, it takes you forever and there’s absolutely no way you’d call yourself a graphic designer. 

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, February 4, 3:11 PM

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New Bloom's Taxonomy Sheet with Over 80 Web Tools to Try Out ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Bloom's Taxonomy Sheet with Over 80 Web Tools to Try Out ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

Via Aysin Alp, M. Van Amelsvoort
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Interesting mix of apps. The one that caught my eye was EduCanon which allows you to make quizzes on YouTube videos. Have a look and you won't be disappointed.

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Five Time-Saving PowerPoint Tips

A powerful presentation can make or break your meeting. Don't wing it; learn these must-know Powerpoint tips in just minutes from the experts at lynda.com. Chec

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 10, 2014 11:28 PM

Can there be more to learn about Power Point? 

Don Karp's curator insight, February 11, 2014 12:41 AM

Very comprehensive with YouTubes for each

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, February 12, 2014 7:05 AM

Very helpful!

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Common Writing Mistakes

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English is full of traps, even for native speakers. Fall into one of them, and most people won’t notice or care if it is spoken English. In writing though, especially when you sit for exams, things are more complicated.

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MAJ: Best Moodle Innovation Award ベスト・ムードル・イノベーション賞につい

MAJ: Best Moodle Innovation Award ベスト・ムードル・イノベーション賞について | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

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Planning to go to this conference. Hope to learn a lot since I am new to Moodle.

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TIME Magazine Corpus of American English

TIME Magazine Corpus of American English | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it
100+ million word corpus of American English, 1923-2006.
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The Ultimate Guide To Infographics | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide To Infographics | Edudemic | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

An excellent guide to Infographics: a blend of data and design to presnet information in a visual form. This appoach is a more accesable way to communicate because, as Mark Smiciklas, author of the book The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audiences, states; vision accounts for 50% of the brains functions.

 

What I like about this article is the discussion about its applications for education with some links to how to apply it in your classroom.

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Corpora Info Page

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Corpora- Text Corpora list.

 

A listserve for conferences, publications, programs, recent corpora, and other resources.

 

 

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Flipping Bloom’s Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice

Flipping Bloom’s Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

Many teachers in many classrooms spend the majority of their time in the basement of the taxonomy, never really addressing or developing the higher order thinking skills that kids need to develop. We end up with rote and boring classrooms. Rote and boring curriculum. Much of today’s standardized testing rigorously tests the basement, further anchoring the focus of learning at the bottom steps, which is not beneficial for our students.


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mjonesED's comment, June 21, 2012 8:52 PM
Well written, Nik. Thank you.
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Words and phrases: frequency, genres, collocates, concordances, synonyms, and WordNet

You can now input an entire text -- maybe a newspaper article that you've copied from a website, or something you've written -- and it will then give you detailed information about the words and phrases in the text. There's now no need to copy and paste individual words and phrases into the regular COCA interface -- just work seamlessly from your original text.


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The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs Competition | Foreign ...

Interesting post here, there is a top 100  Language Learning Blog Competition, and this is one of the nominees.

 

Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century has been nominated in in this year's Lexophile/bab.la Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition again. Thank you, whovever is 'responsible' :-) for this. Please click on this ...

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Michael Stout's Blog-For students and teachers: Vocabulary Flashcards

Michael Stout's Blog-For students and teachers: Vocabulary Flashcards | Computer Aided Language Learning | Scoop.it

Michael Stouts online resource for his own students using a flaschard app. Perfect example of a teacher using blogging for delivering class material.

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