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7 Tips to Beautiful PowerPoint by @itseugenec

Short talk about presentations given at Startup Dynamo, a workshop held by Startup@Singapore NUS using the Learn Startup Methodology. My segment was on Present

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Some good tips, but some slides are quite busy. Less is more when it comes to PowerPoint. 

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 12, 2013 7:14 AM

Have started showing students during Google presentation tutorials how to outline their presentations like they always do with those bulleted lines on the slides.  Then take those sentences, change them into titles, and put one title on each slide. Select one image per slide. If needed, add URL links. Add the works cited for the image in tiny print at the bottom of the slide. Move those outlined bulleted points to the note section or toss into a document to print out for a group presenetation.

 

No more slides crowded with text and 4 images! No more students sleeping in the classroom while their classmates read from the Smartboard.

Susan Kay Daniels's curator insight, January 13, 6:30 AM

This is a PowerPoint presentation that would have sent my former employers into shock. They had no imagination whatsoever. However, Eugene Cheng clearly has wonderful artistic skills and knows how to present them. In addition, he clearly has a nice budget to work with. These kind of beautiful graphics don't come at low price. I thoroughly enjoyed glancing through this presentation and plan to use it as inspiration for future projects.

 

Warmly,

Susan Daniels

http://goldenstarsocial.com

 

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 16, 10:28 PM

While beautiful Powerpoint may seem like an oxymoron  this slideshow proves it is possible.

Focusing on effective teaching practices for the 21st century student
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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

higheredIt's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

 

Learn more:

 

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

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 19, 2:24 PM
It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.


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


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 5:12 PM

Growth mindset should be a philosophy in teaching and learning. Does it replace pedagogy? I don't think so, but I think they work together. Max van Manen's work in the area of thoughtful pedagogy fits well with growth mindset.

 

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Working with learners of low SES and whose environment more often than not ensures they have a fixed mindset, it is important that we help them to redefine what success is. Too often it is fixed around being rich, having a big car, house, jewellery etc. These learners then become preoccupied with looking for the short-cut to success, to the riches they believe will make them happy. It doesn't work out like that of course. How then to help the alter their thinking? 


Dweck's work is essential in this. But as this article states it cannot be seen as "a task to complete".  It requires a shift in thinking of all in an organisation, a movement for a whole-school way of thinking, involving also parents or carers.  This article by Costa, Garmston and Zimmerman provides a solid basis for promoting growth mindsets in educators. 

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8 Characteristics of the "Innovator's Mindset"

8 Characteristics of the "Innovator's Mindset" | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Recently I explored the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and have thought a lot about this idea.  As I look to write on the topic of “Leading Innovative Change” within schools, we are looking t...
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Phoning It In: My Year of Teaching Via Skype

Phoning It In: My Year of Teaching Via Skype | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The technology necessary to teach face-to-face from miles away is here and it’s effective. But does anyone want to use it?

 

It worked beautifully. The technology was inexpensive and reliable. Student comments were positive. Anecdotally, I discovered no difference in attendance habits or student interest in the material compared with previous years when I was physically in the classroom. I was able to hold on to my job and serve my department while keeping a two-academic family together. It was a success.

 

And I'll never do it again.

 

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When to Use Whole Class Feedback

When to Use Whole Class Feedback | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Whole class feedback … you know, when the teacher returns a set of papers or exams and talks to the entire class about its performance, or the debriefing part of an activity where the teacher comments on how students completed the task. I don’t believe I have ever seen anything written about this feedback mechanism, even though I think most of us use it pretty regularly. Is it a good way to provide feedback? Do students pay any attention to feedback delivered in this way? When is whole class feedback most effective? After an exam? During group projects? Is it better to provide the feedback verbally or post it online? Should students be involved in this discussion of how well the class did or didn’t do?
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I refer to this as my "come to Jesus" talk and if done right, it can be quite effective. 

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HelloTalk - Language Exchange Social Networking App

HelloTalk - Language Exchange Social Networking App | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The best way to learn a foreign language is to practice with real people. If you are a native English speaker learning Chinese Mandarin, ideally you would want to meet native Chinese speakers learning English.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 15, 3:01 AM

This looks like a great mobile app for language learners with a really wide range of languages supported. The app runs on iOS or Android and enables, text and voice messages as well as exchanging images. This is a really great tool to get students teaching and learning each other's languages.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, September 18, 8:27 PM

I am learning this new program and I thought that I would share it.

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7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course

7 Tips To Integrate Storytelling Into Your Next eLearning Course | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How eLearning Professionals Can Integrate Storytelling in eLearning. 7 Storytelling Tips and Tricks To Make Your eLearning Course Effective and Entertaining

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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, September 11, 7:03 PM

This interesting - using stories to get your message or information across. This could be great for primary and secondary schools using online platforms like Google Apps for Edu or Edmodo - frame your unit of study around a story to engage and clarify your purpose.


Great tips on how to get started in this article.


Do you enjoy storytelling? I love it - particularly in maths! Makes fractions so much more fun if theres' a 'real' event/story they have to fix or solve!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, September 12, 1:12 AM

Students always love a good story. Just make it useful for something besides a filler.

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, September 12, 8:24 AM

Great advice on how to engage learners via interactive storytelling. #nisdnov8 #edtech

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On Campus, Grenade Launchers, M-16s, and Armored Vehicles

On Campus, Grenade Launchers, M-16s, and Armored Vehicles | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The police at more than 100 institutions have acquired gear from the Department of Defense at virtually no cost.

 

Should the campus police at the University of Central Florida ever need a modified grenade launcher, one sits waiting in the department’s armory. Retooled to fire tear-gas canisters, the weapon was used several years ago for training purposes, according to Richard Beary, the university’s chief of police. It hasn’t left storage since.

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Do you find this practice disturbing? 

 

It's not just higher education. San Diego Unified School District just got one of these armored vehicles. 

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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

You have probably heard that teachers are the hardest people to teach. I submit teaching teachers is a lot like teaching younger learners (except that they have more autonomy). More often than not as I am setting up for a training at least one teacher will saunter in with a pile of lamination to cut out or a knitting project (for the grandbaby on the way, of course) to keep them occupied during the training. First of all, let me say, “I get it.” I get that teachers by necessity become excellent multi-taskers. I also understand that if you are doing more than one thing at a time you are not fully engaged in either activity. So how do I react? I take it as a challenge. If the lamination or the knitting needles come out during the training, I feel that I haven’t done enough to keep that particular teacher engaged.


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, September 11, 8:33 AM

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom

Lee Hall's curator insight, September 12, 12:52 PM

I plan to use the 3-2-1 method in my very next class. Great ideas.

Mary Starry's curator insight, September 13, 6:38 PM

Great graphic that summarizes things we've all heard before, but helps keep them in mind so we really do utilize them with students.

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Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers

Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Google Tutorials

This page contains tutorials for using Google tools. The tutorials that I've created you are welcome to use in your own blog, website, or professional development session. Before using the tutorials created by others, please contact their creators.
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A great site with some useful tutorials as you begin the new school year. 

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, September 7, 1:01 AM

Tutoriales de Google

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

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Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better

Is a Degree Still Worth It? Yes, Researchers Say, and the Payoff Is Getting Better | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

One could be excused for thinking the value of a college degree is in a downward spiral. With overall student-loan debt topping $1-trillion and tuition racing upward, to college graduates facing high levels of underemployment and stagnating wages, it might appear college simply isn’t worth it.

 

However, a study released on Tuesday by two researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concludes the opposite is true: The value of a bachelor’s degree is near an all-time high.

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How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX recently commissioned a study of nearly 1,000 videos, segmenting them out by by video type and production style, and discovered this among their other findings:

Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings.
Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
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An interesting study from the EdX people on using videos in an online course. 

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Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, September 2, 2:29 PM

Perfect detail for our new adventure.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 2, 11:30 PM

Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 5, 9:49 PM

Good to know.

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Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources

Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

At Izatt, 80 per cent of the students have some form of electronic device, and that's how they prefer to learn, she said. But it's not just a simple matter of some new form of 'open the textbook to page 36, read, memorize, close the book, repeat five periods a day.' The students now not only consume information, but more importantly, they produce it, Hobson said.

 


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Interesting. I would have thought the number was actually higher. Even though 80% is a big number, it's still important to keep in mind that means 20% don't have such a device. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 4, 12:51 AM

Interesting article on the shift to digital text books.

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Ten Rules of Good (and Bad) Studying

Ten Rules of Good (and Bad) Studying | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Ten Rules for Good Studying 

 

1. Use recall. After you read a page, look away and recall the main ideas. Highlight very little, and never highlight anything you haven't put in your mind first by recalling. Try recalling main ideas when you are walking to class or in a different room from where you originally learned it. An ability to recall-to generate the ideas from inside yourself-is one of the key indicators of good learning.

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Every student should read this post. 

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Stephan Hughes's curator insight, September 3, 11:19 AM

Basic rules that we need to go back to, considering the amount of info we have at the click of a button

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6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Education is a pretty hot-button issue for so many people out there. The issues in education are numerous and varied, and interestingly, many people find themselves feeling pretty strongly about one or two issues, and could take or leave many of the others. So whether special needs students, public funding, gender equality in education, or …
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Who doesn't love TED talks?

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All Things in Modulation

All Things in Modulation | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Massive open online courses will return to the University of Wisconsin at Madison next year -- or something that looks like them will, anyway. Having reviewed the results from its first round of MOOCs, the institution will offer new courses that are shorter, cover fewer topics and target Wisconsinites.

It's a concept known as modularity. Instead of reassembling a face-to-face course, lecture by lecture, institutions are urging faculty members creating online courses (and not just MOOCs) to split coursework into modules. For example, a 15-week course on Shakespeare could be transformed into modules on his poetry, comedies, tragedies and historical plays.

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Original article appeared in Inside Higher Ed. 

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? 

 

 


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Some good basics here. 

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Character Minutes's curator insight, September 17, 4:34 PM

Will check out Ming but hopes this works  better than their video about it.

John Rudkin's curator insight, September 18, 1:05 AM

Ignore at your peril

Shannon Resendez's curator insight, September 18, 5:52 AM

A teachers evaluation of best practices using classroom technology.

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Creativity and the Flipped Classroom

Creativity and the Flipped Classroom | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In the traditional classroom - i.e., lecture hall - instructors lecture during class time with students reading assignments outside of class beforehand. The flipped classroom reverses the assignments and often even instructor and student roles. Prior to class, students prepare assignments, which usually means reading specified materials and watching videos as in the traditional format, but also perhaps reviewing PowerPoint slides of what would have been presented in the upcoming class session. In class, the instructor devotes the bulk of time to engaging in activities that promote higher-order learning.

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

useI am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behavio...


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A useful tool to encourage student self reflection. 

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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 14, 3:44 PM

Accountability is one side of the coin. Appreciation is the other. Be accountable today and show appreciation to others being accountable and today and every day in every way will be better

Miep Carstensen's curator insight, September 14, 8:33 PM

This graphic looks ideal for prompting student reflection and self evaluation.

 

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, September 16, 12:50 PM

Great tips to see if you are using a growth mindset!

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The Surprising Secret to Better Student Recall

The Surprising Secret to Better Student Recall | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Want to help undergraduates remember what they learned in class? Make them work for it.

 

Last spring, a new study showed that students who took notes in longhand did substantially better on conceptual questions than those who took notes on a laptop. The results were, perhaps, not that surprising—until you consider that the laptops in the study had Internet access disabled.

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Some interesting ways to introduce this concept of difficulty into pedagogy. 

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"She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.”

"She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.” | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Yesterday I got an email from a faculty member who had just received her spring semester student ratings (yes, in August, but that’s a topic for another post). She’d gotten one of those blistering student comments. “This teacher should not be paid. We had to teach ourselves in this course.” I remember another faculty member telling me about similar feedback, which was followed later with a comment about how the course “really made me think.”
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Many of us have had this push back when trying to promote self-directed learning. 

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Proof That American Teachers Are The World's Hardest Working

Proof That American Teachers Are The World's Hardest Working | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
American teachers work hard. Like, really hard.

This year's education report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development outlines the state of education in the world's most developed countries. It finds that American elementa...
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Some interesting data in this post. Worth a look. 

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Building Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom

Building Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Remember feeling nervous before starting your first day on the job? You may have experienced butterflies in your stomach, had questions about expectations, or concerns about learning the rules and finding information. Students feel the same way with a new professor, regardless if the class is face-to-face or online. With technology, you can reduce new-class jitters and get your students on track for success.
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A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning

A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Creating brain-based eLearning courses is actually relatively easy, especially when following the acronym B.R.A.I.N. B.A.S.E.D.

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Important things to think about whether designing an online or a face-to-face course. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 2, 7:53 PM

Perhaps with school starting up again, I am more aware of the number of posts that look at metacognition, and how our brains learn. This post from SH!FT provides the acronym B.R.A.I.N. B.A.S.E.D to help you remember key components of designing a course. Although the post is designed for eLearning the same concepts are also important in a face-2-face environment.

Let's look at the B in brain. It stands for the "brain's time clock." How long can students engage in active learning vs. passive learning? How long can a student online stay engaged (or a student in your classroom)? For each letter there is an explanation and in most cases links to additional resources.

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25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom

25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Next gen tools provide meaningful ways teachers and students can explore, question, reflect and share–leading to Deeper Learning and blended and personalized opportunities for students. Here are 25 ideas for using next gen tools this year in your classroom."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 3, 6:44 PM

Why would we want to use next gen tools in our classroom? One reason is they provide a richer experience for our students, richer content, potentially richer discussions, and more as well as the fact that these tools are often multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory.

The 25 tools listed here address large parts of the curriculum as well as grade levels. Five are listed below. Click through to the post to learn more about them and twenty more.

* PBS for Educators has many resources available. This post highlights three specifically: Point of View (which is geared to older students); SCI Girls (think STEM); and Daily News Story (as you probably guessed we are talking current events).

* Big History Project goal is to develop a full curriculum for high school. At this point they have four key areas: the universe, or solar system and Earth, Life and Humans, with a total of seven "threshholds."

* Do you want your students to publish work online? Consider checking out EduBlog, KidBlog and Blogger?

Have fun exploring and teach your students (and yourself) some next gen tools!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 4, 6:43 AM

Some great tools to consider for your classroom.

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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

ailWhat criteria matter when considering learning games? First, ask the broad questions: How and when a game can be used? Then, be more specific: What kind of game is best suited to particular learning objectives?

 


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Great article! 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 2, 12:34 AM

Nice breakdown here of different gaming genre.

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, September 2, 7:55 AM

Games are valuable teaching and learning tools.

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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider