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Search Education – Google

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Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training


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Transforming Education: The Power of ICT Policies

Transforming Education: The Power of ICT Policies | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

The result of a programme of studies, consultation and exchange on policies, the publication “Transforming Education: The Power of ICT Policies“ aims at providing useful information on contemporary challenges for and approaches to public policies in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:18 AM

An interesting collection in international case studies from around the world.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 26, 2013 5:01 AM

Power of ICTs in Educational transformation

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Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning

Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 8:02 AM

Free 48 page PDF ebook. Well worth downloading.

John Bostock's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:35 AM

I'm going to have to find time to read this as soon as possible!

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:39 PM

For those interested in moving beyond the classroom/desktop nexus of teaching and learning.

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ICT-enabled innovation for learning in Europe and Asia

ICT-enabled innovation for learning in Europe and Asia | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Based on desk research, case reports, consultation with education stakeholders from Europe and Asia, and in-depth expert interviews, the necessary conditions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level are analysed. Thus, the report brings evidence to the debate about the mainstreaming of ICT-enabled innovation for learning in Europe and beyond, contributing to the Europe 2020 Strategy to modernize Education and Training across Europe.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:29 AM

This is a big read at 153 pages, but looks like it's worth the effort if you are involved in any decision making about ICT in education.

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Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage?

Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage? | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

More and more we see how fast changing technology is part of the world and how that impacts the ways people learn. My perception is that the supporting role of technology in learning will only grow and tend to becomes seamless.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 8:26 AM

For me, this is one of the key points here "All that has to impact teacher training. Teachers need to be immersed and fluent in different digital tools, to be able to use those seamlessly in a flow while also assessing the impact of new technological developments that do not stop coming."

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Infographics: A visual link to learning

Infographics: A visual link to learning | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Infographics are learning tools that provide a great way to supply learners with quick, concise, and key information in a memorable and engaging way. There are many resources out there to create infographics that provide information aligned to the modern day learner. With many key advantages over traditional eLearning, why not consider Infographics for your next learning product


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 8:48 AM

Good article giving an overview of infographics.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Multimedia Training Guide

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Multimedia Training Guide | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Using Information and communications technology (ICT) in teaching and learning is no longer an option in this digitally connected world. Realizing the needs for the effective professional development for teachers from the region, UNESCO Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) has been in the forefront of ICT in Education programmes, projects, and activities in the region, providing member states with technical assistance in the areas of policy guidance, information exchange, research, and teacher training. 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 23, 2013 12:41 AM

A useful looking free training resource.

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Case Studies on Integrating ICT into Teacher Education Curriculum in Asia

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Case Studies on Integrating ICT into Teacher Education Curriculum in Asia | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral part of our daily lives for the last decades. The dramatic adaptation of ICT has in turn called for education reforms at various levels with a view to creating an enabling educational environment for next generations to effectively function in the digital era. Therefore, teachers’ capacity of integrating ICT into their teaching practices plays a critical role in achieving the goals of the education reform.


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Forest of Peace's curator insight, December 23, 2013 4:34 PM
HELPBUILDING A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION / ICTET

http://forestofpeace.info/2012/08/31/job/

John Rudkin's curator insight, December 24, 2013 12:28 AM

Fascinating insights into ICT integration Ed progress in Asia.

Carlos Lon Kan Prado's curator insight, December 29, 2013 5:01 PM

Las TIC inmersas en los curriculos de la universidad

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Google Now: Behind The Predictive Future Of Search | The Verge

Google Now: Behind The Predictive Future Of Search | The Verge | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

"For decades, visions of the future have played with the magical possibilities of computers: they'll know where you are, what you want, and can access all the world's information with a simple voice prompt. That vision hasn't come to pass, yet, but features like Apple's Siri and Google Now offer a keyhole peek into a near future reality where your phone is more "Personal Assistant" than "Bar bet settler." The difference is that the former actually understands what you need while the latter is a blunt search instrument.

 

Google Now is one more baby step in that direction. Introduced this past June with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," it's designed to ambiently give you information you might need before you ask for it. To pull off that ambitious goal, Google takes advantage of multiple parts of the company: comprehensive search results, robust speech recognition, and most of all Google's surprisingly deep understanding of who you are and what you want to know.

 

With Android 4.2 Google has updated the feature with new information cards in new categories, but Google Now isn't important for what it does, well, "now," but the building blocks are there for a radically different kind of platform in the future.

 

1) A deeper understanding:

You may not be familiar with Google Now, primarily because it's only available on the sliver of Android devices.

It's essentially an app that combines two important functions: voice search and "cards" that bubble up relevant information on a contextual basis.

One favorite example is a voice search for something that pulls from all those multiple sources and turns it into a comprehensible and useful result.

 

The first category involved Gmail integration. With your permission, Google will keep an eye on your inbox and recognize flight confirmations, hotel reservations, restaurant bookings, event tickets, and package tracking emails.

The new features are part of Google’s growing efforts to provide relevant results based on the knowledge it’s accumulated about you. As search gets better, so do people’s expectations for what it provides.

 

 

2) Neural networks:

Speech recognition is a very difficult problem to solve, as anybody who has dealt with voice search knows all too well. Recently, Google has changed its approach to making it work in a fundamental way, replacing a system that was the result of years of effort with a new framework for understanding the spoken word. Google has shifted to using a neural network that's much more effective at understanding speech.

 

A neural network is a computer system that behaves a bit like the actual neurons in your brain do. Essentially, the computer is designed with layers of software-based "neurons" that do the same thing actual neurons do: take input in and "fire" off to other neurons based on the data they receive.

The approach "led to about between 20 to 25 percent reduction in the error rate in our system,".

 

 

3) Knowledge Graph:

In a very real way, Google is trying to get its computers to actually understand what it is you're asking them. Part of that comes from a relatively new initiative called the "Knowledge Graph," the company's effort to compile a database of "entities" in the world.

n truth, Google only knows those details because it is so adept at crawling the web — but the additional layer of abstraction created by putting that information into the structured Knowledge Graph means that Google can do more with search results.

Having something to talk about and talking to somebody are two different things, and with regard to the latter Google is again taking a Google-esque approach.

 

 

4) In a single app, the company has combined its latest technologies: voice search that understands speech like a human brain, knowledge of real-world entities, a (somewhat creepy) understanding of who and where you are, and most of all its expertise at ranking information. Google has taken all of that and turned it into an interesting and sometimes useful feature, but if you look closely you can see that it's more than just a feature, it's a beta test for the future..."

 

Read full, long and interesting article here:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569684/google-now-android-4-2-knowledge-graph-neural-networks

 


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Content Curation: Truths, Threats, Motivations and Opportunities | Altimeter Group

Content Curation: Truths, Threats, Motivations and Opportunities | Altimeter Group | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

This is a cross-post from Altimeter Group Researcher Jaimy Szymanski. I excerpted from the article:

 

"Curation is taking over the digital content scene. With related applications and platforms multiplying, the act of collecting and sharing content has become second nature for most of us.

 

When talking data it’s far simpler to look at all the content out there and curate, rather than analyze the gaps and create new, original content to fill them.


This brings up some unnerving questions as well:
- With curation on the rise, what effect will this have on the creation of new, interesting, valuable and thought-provoking content online?
- When (if at all) will curated content be accepted as unique content?
- What happens when curators far outnumber creators?

 

But, upon taking a closer look behind the why of curation, the researcher found potential value pulling some data from Trendstream.

 

 

***Motivations Behind Content Curation and Sharing:

1) Motivations behind curation are positive: to share a good experience, to help consumer pick out good product and to encourage company improvement.

 

2) Millennials share content focused on “self.” As generations get older, secondary motivation shifts to a bigger picture though, to helping consumers. Add to that the fact that many have grown up recognizing technology as a platform for both utility and self-expression or promotion.

 

3) Fostering expertise is among lowest motivations. I predict that curated content will increasingly be more accepted as “original” content over time, as long as it contains some unique insight or alteration.

 

 

***Where Curation Opportunities Lie:

Curation will prove to be a very positive trend for marketers who are looking to affect their audience via way of content marketing.

It’s quite possible that content curators will also begin to be recognized as influencers in their respective industries, and organizations will treat them as such.

 

I’ll end with a few final thoughts: 

1) The amount of content curated will rise and fall in cycles, as shared content depends on original content creation to survive.
2) Organizations will weave curation into their content strategies, at the very least to ensure sharing of their content is as simple as possible for consumers.
3) Application development – both web-based and mobile – will continue to support the curation trend."

 

 

Read full article here: 
http://www.altimetergroup.com/2012/03/content-curation-truths-threats-motivations-and-opportunities.html


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, March 28, 2012 7:18 AM
@Karen...thank you so much for appreciation about this article and my topic!
neulabs's comment, April 1, 2012 11:14 PM
great curation page martin - TQ
Martin Gysler's comment, April 2, 2012 1:48 AM
Thank you neulabs, I appreciate your support :)
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What is Curation? | Video by Percolate

This is the first in a series of videos explaining the shifts we're seeing in the world of content creation. Curation has exploded with the growth of Twitter, Tumblr and now Pinterest. In this video, we wanted to try to get into the heads of some of our favorite curators to understand what makes them tick.


Featured curators include:
Maria Popova (twitter.com/brainpicker)
Joanne McNeil (twitter.com/rhizomedotorg)
Peter Hopkins (twitter.com/bigthink)
Edith Zimmerman (thehairpin.com/)
Anthony De Rosa (soupsoup.tumblr.com)
Rex Sorgatz (twitter.com/fimoculous)
Piers Fawkes (psfk.com)
Tina Roth Eisenberg (swiss-miss.com)

 

watch video in fullscreen HD here: http://vimeo.com/38524181


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Rebecca toltz's curator insight, September 8, 2013 9:46 PM

A video Lyn Hay shared with us during her presentation at The Syba Signs 'Resourcing theAustralian Curriculum'.  

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Flipped Classroom A New Learning Revolution

Flipped Classroom A New Learning Revolution | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Flipped Classroom is an inverted method of instruction where teaching and learning take place online outside of the class while homework is done in the classroom. Advocators of this approach believe that this is the ideal method of instruction in our digital age. They basically build their judgement on the following facts


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Digital Differentiation

Digital Differentiation | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success.


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Ray Tolley's comment, February 20, 2012 2:32 AM
Nick, Thanks for this great tool. Much to follow up...
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Where is reflection in the learning process?

Where is reflection in the learning process? | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

I asked the students to get in small groups to discuss these questions. They got in their groups and just looked at one another with baffled looks on their faces while remaining silent. I tried rewording the questions and providing examples and still got blank looks when they returned to their group discussions.


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Azhar Youssef's comment, February 26, 2012 8:05 AM
Thanks Nik for this wonderful article. Yes, we need to teach students how to reflect on their learning process.
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot. Scrolling may not be the ideal way to navigate a text as long and dense as Moby Dick, but the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and other media outlets have created beautiful, highly visual articles that depend entirely on scrolling and could not appear in print in the same way.


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Helen Teague's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:03 PM

from Nik Peachey---this article compares screen reading with paper-based text

Christy P.Novack's curator insight, December 8, 2013 9:10 PM

A detailed paper discussing screens vs paper. Lots of other links included. There is no research paper connected with article. I did a paper on practice modalites that involved print text vs media for learning and engagement. More papers are needed out there on such topics, as technology research studies can quickly become outdated.

Mirna Goldberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 8:21 AM

I am definitely not made to scroll, my brain prefers printed paper.  I cannot focus and retain as well, when I read online.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

With iPads, once we begin thinking beyond the confines of a page, anything is possible. Consider the video below created several years ago by two of my students. First they wrote plot summaries. Then they wrote character sketches. From there, they crafted paragraphs about theme, tying the visual and auditory elements of their videos back to the books. Finally, they created storyboards and bibliographies before producing and publishing their final product.


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Training in Business's curator insight, December 3, 2013 9:56 AM

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

 

#elearning  http://goo.gl/BRqvr0

 

 

Romeo Quijano's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:03 PM

Interesting 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 27, 2013 4:19 PM

Worth taking a look at.  How many times have you heard people ask what their students can "do" on the ipad to submit their work.  This will walk you through using the ipad for writing.

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Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products

Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Last year my students designed infographics for the first time. I enjoyed the process and the products. It was a fun strategy to teach my students crucial research skills while encouraging them to think creatively about how to visually communicate information.


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Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:19 AM

Great examples of how students can visually represent ideas - much better than a PowerPoint slide

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:13 AM

Reading graphic text, creating graphic text - research and project based learning

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:12 PM

Infographics could be used in Digital Storytelling. . .

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30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom - InformED

30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom - InformED | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

In today’s market, students must largely be innovative and create their own jobs. Collard suggests teachers focus on teaching particular skills or set of behaviors, rather than preparing students for specific careers.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:24 AM

Some interesting tips on promoting creativity in class.

Brian Reed's curator insight, December 27, 2013 5:50 PM

If You Want To Know More: http://bit.ly/14uJM7i

Vannessa MissoVeness's comment, March 1, 3:14 AM
WOW! Lovely RTs and rescoops! Cheers
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Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph

Digital literacy 'as important as reading and writing' - Telegraph | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it
Considering the importance placed on digital literacy in many career roles, the new 2014 curriculum seems a step in the right direction – but does more still need to be done?

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Susan Liner Fisher's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:55 AM

Yes!!

Nick Hester's curator insight, December 18, 2013 8:19 AM

Yes

Carlos Lon Kan Prado's curator insight, December 29, 2013 5:02 PM

Estamos en el camino de alfabetizar

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Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

How about that last characteristic of a 21st-century learner, effective communicator? Being literate means one who is advanced at reading, writing, speaking, and listening. And, in all schools -- deeper learning driven or not -- literacy is a curriculum fundamental.


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 17, 2013 4:21 PM

A defining look at where teaching and learning is going, and what really makes a digitally literate student. 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 18, 2013 2:36 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:11 AM

Is enough of this being done in the classroom? I wish I could say this is happening in my kids' classrooms here in Germany. These literacies need to be taught much, much sooner.

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Web Literacies White Paper

Web Literacies White Paper | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

The web is for everyone so, in essence, this web literacies paper is also for everyone. It is, however, likely to be of particular use and value to educators and academics looking for a reference point and framework to help develop web literacies in themselves and others.


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Instant Screen Sharing | Screenleap

Instant Screen Sharing | Screenleap | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

This is an excellent free screen sharing tool. It requires no downloads or registration and works in the browser so it's platform independent (works on MAC or PC). This is an excellent tool for giving or getting tech support.


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HKelley's curator insight, January 9, 5:52 PM

I'm not sure about classroom application yet...but you can't argue with the ability to share screens.

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Free Technology for Teachers: AudioViator - Free Audio Tours of Cities and Landmarks | Technology and language learning

AudioViator is an excellent collection of audio tours of cities and landmarks all over the globe.

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A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking

A Taxonomy of Reflection: A Model for Critical Thinking | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Over the last few years I've led many teachers and administrators on classroom walkthroughs designed to foster a collegial conversation about teaching and learning. The walkthroughs served as roving Socratic seminars and a catalyst for reflection. But reflection can be a challenging endeavor. It's not something that's fostered in school - typically someone else tells you how you're doing!


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Using technology in the classroom requires experience and guidance, report finds

Using technology in the classroom requires experience and guidance, report finds | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Fresh out of college, few new teachers experiment with new technologies because they have the potential to be disruptive. It’s experience, and the confidence that comes with it, that is allowing teachers in their 40s and 50s to lead the way, according to the report.


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Create interactive charts and infographics

Create interactive charts and infographics | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for creating graphs from your own data. You can them embed the graphics it produces into reports or webpages using the embed code. You do need a Twitter or Facebook account to sign up though.


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Malachy Scullion's comment, March 7, 2012 7:16 AM
Nice resource. Pity I live in a place where FB/Twitter is blocked.