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Find and Drop Images, Quotes and Info References Into Your Presentations with the New Google Research Tool

Find and Drop Images, Quotes and Info References Into Your Presentations with the New Google Research Tool | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

 

Robin Good: I used to love the Google contextual mini-browser (the Google Deskbar - 2003), something probably most people today have never seen nor have a memory of, but which in my humble opinion, was one of the best and most useful tools released by Google ever.

 

Well the little mini-search tool is back in a new customized format inside the Google Docs Presentation tool, where you can now easily search for reference, quotes, information and images related to the topic you are working on in your presentation.

 

Search becomes contextual and the relevant information found can be immediately integrated into the work we are creating. (Any information or image you find with the Google Research Tool can be intuitively selected and dragged onto the slide area, where it can be sized and positioned in any way you like.)

 

Each content item found with the Google Research Tool and utilized in your slide content is automatically linked back to its original source to simplify the credit and attribution process.

 

Extremely useful. Especially for quotes and images.

 

More info: http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2481802

 

Try it out now inside your Google Docs / Drive account: https://drive.google.com/

 

 


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Educator as Model Learner

Educator as Model Learner | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The educator's role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0.  The educator's role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but  somewhere ...

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The world is changing at an ever growing pace and in todays world students need to learn "how to learn." How do we as teachers help our students learn "how to learn"? By modeling it in our daily work with our students we can instill the skills and help them understand that we too are in the process of learning. 

Jackie Gerstein provides a post that explores how our roles are changing and how the roles of our learners are chaning because of Education 2.0-3.0 (with a link to a post that describes this).  

What does "teaching the process of learning" mean? A few of her points are below:

  • Modeling of learning processes needs to be intentional, strategic, and overt.
  • The educator should be familiar with and able to demonstrate metacognitive processe.
There are two additional points (well worth reading) as well as three points on shifts that need to be made for this to occur. As always Gerstein brings up an issue, provides insight into the issue as well as links to additional resources, and make you sit back and think about your teaching and your classroom.
LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 14, 6:25 AM

I especially like the idea of modeling by explaining what thought processes one is going through when demonstrating or learning a task. It could be helpful to apply this when demonstrating how to do research or how to search a database.

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Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online without Losing Student Engagement

Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online without Losing Student Engagement | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The rapid growth and popularity of online learning is necessitating the creation of online courses that actively engage learners. Research has shown that effective integration of multimedia that is content relevant and pedagogically sound can be a valuable teaching tool for facilitating student learning (Mandernach, 2009).
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Always an important consideration. How to keep student engagement in an online course. 

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A Not-so-gentle Reminder about Security: Heartbleed

A Not-so-gentle Reminder about Security: Heartbleed | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A couple of days before yesterday’s post was scheduled to run, we started hearing about the Heartbleed Bug.

 

This is a nasty one. It’s been out for quite a while, and it’s a flaw in a software library that’s used by a very high number of websites. Check the link above for the details of just how nasty the bug is.

What can readers do to protect their data?

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Time to change those passwords -- in case you haven't already heard from 100 other people! 

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A Philosophical Perspective on Education

A Philosophical Perspective on Education | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Danny M. Vaughn, Ph.D., CMS Education can be formal such as what occurs in a classroom, laboratory, field experience, on-the-job, or a result of life’s experiences.  An informed and educated person...

 

Education can be formal such as what occurs in a classroom, laboratory, field experience, on-the-job, or a result of life’s experiences.  An informed and educated person is one who recognizes, respects, values, and accepts a world of diverse cultures, races, and religions.  Learning is a combination of innate and formally taught skills that enable a person to acquire information (factual and conceptual) and knowledge (understanding) necessary for leading a productive life. Education and learning are notmutually exclusive!  Learning begins when a person develops a sense of curiosity through observation for their world.  This is initiated by sensory observations and matures through a lifetime of experiences.  Questions are spawned, raw data is collected, organized, and when rendered useful, it becomes information.  An analysis results in understanding, which by extension becomes knowledge.  Knowledge aids in decision support, problem solving, and ultimately an enhanced appreciation for the affairs of the world.  These steps from curiosity to questioning to a systematic process of inquiryshould form the foundation for a lifetime pursuit of knowledge.  Formal education should reinforce this process through a rich variety of learning experiences.

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Excellent article on the nature of learning. 

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Three ways to use digital ice-breakers in online learning

Three ways to use digital ice-breakers in online learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A user’s first impression of your course is just as important as what they learn. Start your course off with a bang with these digital ice-breakers!
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Game Based Learning in Education - Free Report

Game Based Learning in Education - Free Report | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A ETR RRC Report on Game Based Learning in Education - an edtech trend of 21st century which is making students and teachers more engaged and focused on work and also creating better classroom environment and learning outcomes.
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This is a Free Report by ETR RRC on Game Based Learning in Education that focuses on telling you what is GBL, why it is called serious gaming and how its changing the 21st century education. The report contains practices that are being followed

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Experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs

Experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This special issue of the eLearning Papers is based on the contributions made to the EMOOCS 2014 conference jointly organized by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and P.A.U. Education. The success of this conference with more than 450 participants demonstrates that MOOCs are at the beginning of a wave and a first step towards opening up education. 

 

Why are MOOCs innovative? They provide alternative ways for students to gain new knowledge according to a given curriculum. MOOCs can also enhance learners’ ability to think creatively to select and adapt a paradigm to solve the problem at hand. These are the main findings of a case study on the Discrete Optimization MOOC on Coursera. 


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"This special issue of the eLearning Papers is based on the contributions made to the EMOOCS 2014 conference jointly organized by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and P.A.U. Education. The success of this conference with more than 450 participants demonstrates that MOOCs are at the beginning of a wave and a first step towards opening up education. 

 

Why are MOOCs innovative? They provide alternative ways for students to gain new knowledge according to a given curriculum. MOOCs can also enhance learners’ ability to think creatively to select and adapt a paradigm to solve the problem at hand. These are the main findings of a case study on the Discrete Optimization MOOC on Coursera

 

Many higher education institutions are asking their staff to run high quality MOOCs in a race to gain visibility in an education market that is increasingly abundant with choice. Nevertheless, designing and running a MOOC from scratch is not an easy task and requires a high workload. Professors from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid offer a set of recommendations that will be useful to inexperienced professors. An MIT study also gives key findings on optimizingvideo consumption across courses. 

 

What are the defining characteristics of a MOOC? Can we categorically differentiate a MOOC from other types of online courses? This is one of the central questions of the debate on the future of MOOCs. An UNED study proposes aquality model based on both course structure and certification process. Most of the debate around the future of MOOCs focuses on learners’ attitudes such as attrition or a lack of satisfaction that leads to disengagement or dropout. AStanford study shows how educational interventions targeting such risk factorscan help reduce dropout rates, as long as the dropouts are predicted early and accurately enough. A French researcher shows that learners who interact on theforums and assess peer assignments are more likely to complete the course. Another Stanford study tested different approaches to measure the extent to which online learners experience a sense of community in current implementations of online courses. In a similar context, a German team of researchers studied the collaborative endeavour of planning and implementing a cMOOC

 

One of the key elements of the discussion around MOOCs is their relevance to students in their respective cultural settings. A Leicester University researchercontemplates whether activities, tasks, assignments and/or projects can be applicable to students’ own settings; for example, giving students the freedom to choose the setting of their projects and the people with whom they work. These questions are central to making MOOCs truly accessible to all."

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Picking the Perfect Presentation Software

Picking the Perfect Presentation Software | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges when creating a slideshow happens even before you begin production; knowing the right presentation software to use!

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The article compares three most used presentation tools - PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. There is a table that sums up pros and cons of each software and helps you decide which one is the best for you.

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Jose Pietri's curator insight, April 10, 12:21 AM

"Creatives"

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A comparison of the features, scope and price of the 3 main tools. Also see emaze.com - more interesting than PowerPoint, less 'dangerous' than Prezi!

Teri Thomas's curator insight, April 10, 7:07 AM

Yes, Prezi is an option for some presentations, the most universal information in this piece is the 2nd to last line.

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Creating Learning Environments that Help Students Stretch and Grow as Learners

Creating Learning Environments that Help Students Stretch and Grow as Learners | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The March 12, 2014 post raised issues about those students who really don’t want to work with others in groups … “lone wolves” as they’re called in the literature. Your responses raised a number of issues. I thought it might be worth exploring some of them a bit further.

Many of the comments defended the lone wolves, pointing out that their good academic performance could be compromised by having to work in a group. Did anyone comment about those social learners (whose existence is also well documented in the research) who do well working in groups? We require those students to spend time listening and learning alone, experiences that potentially compromise their academic performance.
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Can Online Teaching Improve Face to Face Instruction?

Can Online Teaching Improve Face to Face Instruction? | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

As part of my job,[1] as directed by Faculty Senate, I meet with every faculty member when a course is taught online for the first time or if the instructor is teaching online for the first time. A faculty member came to the program with a reputation as a poor teacher in his face to face class, so I wasn't sure what to expect when working with him. Even after classes began, I was unable to get him to meet with me. In fact, he had not even put anything in his online course website for students to read! Indeed, there was nothing in the online course to foster any sort of communication with the class. After many tries, I finally met with him. I employed as much pressure as my position at the University allowed, and I was at last able to get him to put something online, including an introduction of himself to his students, a reading assignment, and a list of questions about the assignment in a discussion forum. A few days later, he returned to my office, and I helped him grade the forum posts.

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Blended Learning: Creating Awesome Online Discussions

Blended Learning: Creating Awesome Online Discussions | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Tim Robinson: If our students think that the discussion posting is useless and not at all entertaining. It likely means that it is useless and not at all entertaining. We know this because we often feel the same way when we have to make contrived discussions posts. It’s not that our jobs are about entertaining students, but we do need to do what we can do make it at least tolerable.

 

If we can expand our understanding of the tool to get beyond just ‘discussions’ but see it as a platform for other creative ways to explore a topic, we’ll find a much richer level of learning. We can, maybe, even have some fun with it.


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Tim Robinson gives examples on how to make online discussions more engaging and interactive, how to encourage students to participate and how to make discussion posting more entertaining. 

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Thanks for sharing!
Jamie Torgerson Willett's curator insight, April 10, 5:03 PM

Online discussions can be awesome or a pain.  I think we've all experienced that.  Here's a way to help ensure that they are awesome.  

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Some Colleges Try to Catch Students Up Before They’re Behind

Some Colleges Try to Catch Students Up Before They’re Behind | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Two-year institutions have started programs at local high schools in an effort to reduce the number of students who come to college unprepared.
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Helping Students Overcome Their Fear of Writing

Helping Students Overcome Their Fear of Writing | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Most students in my developmental writing classes claim they “hate” writing. It’s a familiar refrain. But, it is less about “hate” and more about a lack of preparation in the subject area. They do not have sufficient experience with the writing process in order to understand what to do. It is not until they gain this experience and realize for themselves what is wrong and what is right with their own work will their writing improve. This personal realization has to happen. It is key to neutralizing their fear and boosting their confidence.
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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.

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Great TED talk!

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Si el docente sabe CREAR magia sus alumnos nunca se aburren y descubren el placer de aprender siempre.

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MAgic can be Taught

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Left to Their Own Smart Devices

Left to Their Own Smart Devices | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Educational institutions should enter the mobile age and embrace the opportunity to be more effective, efficient, and cost sensitive than ever before. The challenge, like with any disruption, is to rethink the system design and utilize new concepts, such as multi-persona, that align with this new age of mobility. Exciting times are ahead for educators.


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Good article about finding ways to embrace mobile devices in the classroom. 

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Annenkov's curator insight, April 15, 9:08 PM

After exploring various  devices, we enter a stage of combination (BYOD, SEVA...)

John Rudkin's curator insight, Today, 12:42 AM

This is a long debated subject.  Just get on with it...... it's happening.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, Today, 4:54 AM

Left Their Own Smart Devices

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Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’

Educators Point to a ‘Crisis of Mediocre Teaching’ | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Institutions should better prepare graduate students to teach and pay more attention to learning outcomes, speakers at a conference say.

 

"We see this as a crisis of mediocre teaching," said Kathleen Wise, an associate director at Wabash College’s Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts during her keynote address at the Teagle Foundation event, called "Community of Scholars, Community of Teachers."

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I normally don't post anything that's behind The Chronicle's firewall, but this is a a good article on an important topic. If you have access to the full version -- give it a read. 

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The Secret Skill Behind Being An Innovator

The Secret Skill Behind Being An Innovator | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Where does innovation come from?There’s a popular notion that innovation arrives like a bolt out of the blue, as a radical departure from previous knowledge—when really, most new ideas are extensions
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Interesting article from Annie Murphy Paul on innovation. 

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Why You Should Try Video Feedback With Students

Why You Should Try Video Feedback With Students | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
As Katie Lepi showed in her recent article, the use of video in education is fast emerging as an efficient, creative, and effective way to help students learn. Over the past year I have been experimenting with assessment methods and have found that using video is now the best way for me to assess the …
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Concerns and Opportunities for Online Student Retention

Concerns and Opportunities for Online Student Retention | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Online student retention has been a major topic of discussion in higher education for more than a decade. This discussion has focused on student dropout (or attrition) and persistence.  Most articles have provided anecdotal information or individual studies carried out by universities (Angelino, Williams, & Natvig, 2007).  In the past decade, there have been a few national reports on student enrollment, but none has focused specifically on dropout or persistence.  What has been widely addressed in the literature is the comparison between the effectiveness of online learning and traditional learning. 

 
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There is a high-rate of dropping out so there is still considerable work to be done. Online and technology usage is not a given without considerable work to meet the challenges.

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Interview with Sugata Mitra

Interview with Sugata Mitra | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Sugata joins us in the studio after his plenary session and reacts to some of the comments from Twitter and the live feed during his talk.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 6, 1:49 AM

My interview with Sugata Mitra after his plenary in Harrogate.

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Mind-blowing concepts - Sugata says that future testing parameters will operate outside the head - through harnessing what Nik called 'extended intelligence' - problem-solving beyond intellectualism - - - think adventurous McGyver-esque students on a mission called REAL LIFE;)

' Resources of the future are/will be intangible' and therefore cannot be 'used' as though they were a WC'........

Can't wait to blog about this one !!!

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My interview with Sugata Mitra after his controversial plenary at IATEFL 2014

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Kim A. Wilcox on Achieving Parity in Student Success

Kim A. Wilcox is the chancellor of the University of Calfornia at Riverside.
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Interview with the chancellor of UC Riverside on how to achieve parity in student success. 

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Podcasting: Do-it-yourself professional learning

Podcasting: Do-it-yourself professional learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Educators have become some of the world’s most active content consumers. But why aren’t more educators creating their own digital content?

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gustavo salazar's curator insight, April 9, 7:51 AM

excelente tutorial para crear podcast

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You can drag a horse to water. However, most teachers make no effort to upgrade their skills beyond getting the certificate that makes them what they are. Teachers have to be on fire and motivated to present the best version of themselves.

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Podcasting

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Webmaker (Mozilla)

Webmaker (Mozilla) | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
We teach the webWe're a global community dedicated to teaching digital skills and web literacy. We explore, tinker and create together to build a web that's open and made by everyone.
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This looks like an awesome tool from the wonderful people at Mozilla! 

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A global community dedicated to teaching digital skills and web literacy
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Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges

Push to Reform Remedial Education Raises Difficult Questions for Colleges | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Educators worry that state-mandated efforts to streamline noncredit courses will hurt the students least prepared for college.
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Instead of a Worksheet...

Instead of a Worksheet... | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Instead of a Worksheet...

Have students…

Create an iMovie to show their learning.

Conduct a Mystery Skype with a region you are studying. 

Use todaysmeet.com in your classroom as a backchannel when watching a video.  Make it interactive.  Periodically ask questions during the video.

Use the iPad to create a product that you have to be able to "see, hear and see text" somewhere in/on the finished product. 

Have your students blog. It's just as easy to click on publish as is it to turn in a worksheet.  I like to useKidblog for blogging.  

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Great suggestions and not just for K-12!

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