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The White Paper: Lessons Learned from a Blended Learning Pilot

The White Paper: Lessons Learned from a Blended Learning Pilot | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
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This white paper is a comprehensive overview of the Blend My Learning pilot that set out to test blended learning in a real world setting.  Written for educators, funders, policy ...
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How to get started with mobile learning | Bottom-Line Performance

How to get started with mobile learning | Bottom-Line Performance | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Think small and not huge when you do your first project. At mLearn, we heard stories from companies such as PwC, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, the Federal Bank of Chicago, and several others.

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Pearson Longman USA ESL/EFL daily

Pearson Longman USA ESL/EFL daily | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

A personalized newspaper built from articles, blog posts, videos and photos selected by Pearson ELT USA. (RT @PearsonLongman: Pearson Longman USA ESL/EFL daily is out!


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What is (and isn’t) innovation?

What is (and isn’t) innovation? | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
All that glitters is not (necessarily) gold. Innovation must significantly disrupt and achieve desired outcomes in better and more productive ways. Not just old ways in a new shiny wrapper.
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An innovative and pleasant way to discover and transform information to knowledge.

An innovative and pleasant way to discover and transform information to knowledge. | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

Everyday hundreds of millions of Internet users find, collect, manage and absorb information of any kind from different sources like web pages, videos, blogs, wikis, images, online books, documents and even online courses. Different kinds of information processing serve different needs or aspects of our lives. Just reading news, for example, serves our need to be informed about what happens around us. Whereas organizing, socialising and verifying information serves our intrinsic need to transform information to knowledge and understand better the world. Finally knowledge certification serves our need for social acknowledgement, a better job and a better life.

Based on these facts there are two different needs.

- First, users must be able to find or create, filter, collect and organize the best pieces of information related to a subject. The shelf life of information is now so short that knowing where to find information is sometimes more valuable than knowing any particular piece of information.
-Secondly, users need a flexible system to manage and efficiently use this information regarding its format (web site, blog, wiki, document, video, online course) and its purpose (informing, entertaining, learning, certificating).
It is clear that the fields of social networking, information management, online learning and knowledge sharing are converging rapidly. Because of this evolution we need a new and innovative approach which simulates the natural way we gather information and learn.

An innovative platform wich has been built upon those principles, is now online. Learn more on http://www.schoox.com

 


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Why do we need to include the use of technology in English language teaching?

Please add and share your opinions and feel free to vote for the ones you think are most important.


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Tamas Lorincz's comment, December 15, 2011 9:18 AM
This is brilliant. Both the tool and the conversation.
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Project-Based Learning for Digital Citizens | Edutopia

Project-Based Learning for Digital Citizens | Edutopia | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares the real payoff for his digital literacy students.
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Why Parents Scoff At Facebook’s Age Limit Of 13

Why Parents Scoff At Facebook’s Age Limit Of 13 | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Okay, maybe it’s not as bad as parents buying beer for their kids under age 21 or cigarettes for those under 18, but Microsoft Research Senior Researcher Danah Boyd examined why so many parents allow their children under the Facebook age limit of...

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Kinect Improvisation, With a Wave of the Hand

Kinect Improvisation, With a Wave of the Hand | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Because the Microsoft Kinect is inexpensive and easy to work with, experimentation has grown in creative ways, and people are sharing their exploits online.

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Guy Kawasaki's 12 Pillars of Enchantment

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Learn to use social media to enchant your customers with expert advice from Guy Kawasaki.


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Creating the future? QR codes + new forms of storytelling

Creating the future? QR codes + new forms of storytelling | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
There is something retro about the concept of 'storytelling' and I prefer it to the concept of immersive experience when it comes to new media forms, not least because I find that storytelling has ...

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Transmedia Futures: Situated Documentary via Augmented Reality

Transmedia Futures: Situated Documentary via Augmented Reality | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Augmented Reality is still emerging out of the woods from a technological and awareness viewpoint and already rising from the hype haze is one of the most synergistic applications yet - 'historical & futuristic' factual stories viewed in contextual...

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10 Schools Encouraging Smartphones in the Classroom | Edudemic

RT @CoSN: 10 schools encouraging smartphones in the classroom http://t.co/974LIRsJ #edtech #mlearning /via @edutopia...
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What Three Big EdTech Investments Say About The Future Of Education

What Three Big EdTech Investments Say About The Future Of Education | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
With tens of millions of dollars poured into the notoriously difficult sector, some clear trends are emerging about how investors think technology is going to be able to shape the educational experience.
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How To Use Mind Mapping Techniques For Students

How To Use Mind Mapping Techniques For Students | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Students need to store and remember a lot of information and although most of them do manage to do so, it can become quite a strenuous task at times.

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ESL word game that helps students speak, listen and think. | eslwriting.org

ESL word game that helps students speak, listen and think. | eslwriting.org | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Good ESL speaking activities ask English students to speak, listen and think. This simple game does all of that.
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Become an educational innovator & disrupt! 5 key skills to develop

Become an educational innovator & disrupt! 5 key skills to develop | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
This week I briefly spoke to our key leaders about innovation, an integral part of the DNA at SCIL. A culture of innovation is essential to achieving our vision and values.
Our 21stC life is a result of innovation.
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7 Things You Should Know About Gamification | EDUCAUSE

7 Things You Should Know About Gamification | EDUCAUSE | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

Gamification is the application of game elements in non-gaming situations, often to motivate or influence behavior. The rewards or the spirit of competition can spur students’ concentration and interest and lead to more effective learning. The use of gamification is wide-ranging in higher education, from extra-credit awards and in-class team competitions to complex multi-level schemes that can pervade a course. Although gamification can be deceptively difficult to employ effectively, it has the potential to help build connections among members of the academic community, drawing in shy students, supporting collaboration, and engendering interest in course content that students might not have otherwise explored


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How To Optimize The Lesson Preparation Process In Online Teaching

How To Optimize The Lesson Preparation Process In Online Teaching | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Back in the days I prepared my lessons by jutting down timelines on paper and compiling stacks of copies to hand out during lessons.
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ELT BITES Materials-Light Lesson Challenge!

ELT BITES Materials-Light Lesson Challenge! | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Richard Gresswell over at ELT BITES posted a low-materials challenge for teachers recently - you can find the challenge and instructions here.  I thought I would try, so...
Lesson Idea: "What's u... (ELT BITES Materials-Light Lesson Challenge!

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12 Things You Didn’t Know Facebook Could Do

12 Things You Didn’t Know Facebook Could Do | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
The social network has been adding functions to make it more useful, although many on the site are unaware of them.

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The Road to Teaching Unplugged

The Road to Teaching Unplugged | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

English Raven.This page is set up to provide an accessible ongoing archive of posts and resources I've gathered on this blog relevant to the notion of teaching unplugged...

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Brain-Training Games May Give Kids an Achievement Edge

Brain-Training Games May Give Kids an Achievement Edge | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Brain-training video games that boost kids' working memory may help improve their abstract reasoning and problem-solving ability.
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Going Viral Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC]

Going Viral Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Ever wonder the secret to your favorite viral videos? Check out the magic of Internet memes in this handy infographic.

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