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Technology has always been a part of our lives and learning experiances. It is about time that educational institutions start harnessing the potential the internet, web 2.0 tools and social media have to empower and connect learners across the globe.
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Requiem for a Heavyweight - Lessons to Learn from the Problems at UC Online

In 2009, the University of California finally decided to offer online education with a system-wide initiative called UC Online. Based on an article in the Chronicle that echoes a previous article in the Daily Californian, we learn that just three years later, UC Online is facing significant hurdles to survive the pilot phase and establish a sustainable online option. After raising just 1/8 of the promised private funding that would have avoided significant internal UC investment, UC Online has already borrowed $6.9 million from the system and is facing expenses of $7 million budget over the next year. Despite plans for 20 courses as of January 2012 for current UC students, UC Online has just eight courses available this fall (although only three are listed today). As the pilot expands in January 2013, there are serious questions about the feasibility of enrolling the thousands of non-UC students needed to avoid additional budget shortfalls.


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The Top Social Tools For 21st-Century HR

The Top Social Tools For 21st-Century HR | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
Seven years after the Fast Company article "Why We Hate HR," change may finally be here.
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The Future Of Mobile Learning

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Last week Amit and I made a small presentation to the Mobile Learning MOOC (MobiMOOC) about the possibilities in the future of mobile learning.
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The Development of Connectivism and MOOCs (Diagram)

The Development of Connectivism and MOOCs (Diagram) | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
I ran a short workshop for colleagues on the topics of connectivism and the rise of MOOCs earlier this week .
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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, September 5, 2012 12:29 AM
Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between. A great way to begin learning about Digital Storytelling is by watching the following video introduction to Digital Storytelling.
According to Bernard Robin, at the University of Houston, she states in her Power Point presentation that the educational uses of digital storytelling are immeasurable. She clearly shows that if this type of technology is used appropriately by classroom teachers its results will be effective in helping students with research skills, writing skills, organizational skills, technology skills, presentational skills, interviewing skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, and assessment skills. She also mentions that students will learn information from digital storytelling that will influence and improve their digital, global, technology, visual, and information literacy skills. The questions that arise around the practicality of using such technology have lead others to write about how digital storytelling can be integrated into the classroom to allow students to construct their own learning. In an article in Library Media Connection (2003) titled, What’s Your Digital Story? the authors explain that when we integrate digital storytelling into classroom projects we also enable students to construct their own stories. This pursuit requires students to become active participants instead of passive viewers. They further state that when students structure in narrative stories they are more likely to remember this information and commit it to memory as it is believed that our brains are wired in narrative stories and the construction of these stories help us to better cope with conflict and give us the ability to put incongruity into neat little packages we call stories. There is also reason to believe that by producing digital stories students become more critical when viewing media such as television, computers, and video games. They can now see how easy it can be to manipulate images and text to produce information that is less than truthful.
According to (Barrett, 2006) she sees digital storytelling as a means of creating a reflective portfolio that ties into a new type of learning environment whereas the instruction is student centered with multi-sensory stimulation. As students work collaboratively exchanging information in an active mode with real opportunity they develop and use critical thinking skills. The new learning environment has application because it is authentic and the learning is not isolated or out of context. She states that students will be able to:

• Communicate using a variety of media and formats
• Access and exchange information in a variety of ways
• Compile, organize, analyze, and synthesize information
• Draw conclusions and make generalizations based on information gathered
• Know content and be able to locate additional information as needed
• Become self-directed learners
• Collaborate and cooperate in team efforts
• Interact with others in ethical and appropriate ways

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This could be useful for my afterschool program

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Great list of 34 Educational Technology How To Guides - Med kharbach

Great list of 34 Educational Technology How To Guides - Med kharbach | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

Twitter, Google, iPads, Apps, Skype, QR codes, Wikis, Facebook, Blogs and more!


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My summer paranoia: computers will replace teachers in higher education

My summer paranoia: computers will replace teachers in higher education | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

I had a strange dream last night. I was in discussion with an editor from a publishing company about the draft of a new book I was writing. As in all dreams it wasn’t clear what was going on in the discussion but then I realised he wanted me to change what I was writing to make the case that computers can replace teachers in higher education. He told me that his CEO and a number of CEOs from other companies all thought this was the right way to go, and were trying to influence the market to accept this. I was so upset that I woke with a start.


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Teachers Guide to The 21st Century Learning Model : Connected Learning

Teachers Guide to The 21st Century Learning Model : Connected Learning | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

Why connected learning

 

Connected learning is a necessity in this digital age. More and more of our students learning, attention, and access to information is taking place outside of classrooms and through online networks and exchanges. Connected learning, however, can help them cultivate the skills necessary for fulfilling adult lives and careers and that formal instruction alone could not afford.

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/teachers-guide-to-21st-century-learning.html#.UCB13PYsIp4.facebook

 


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5 Myths About Technology and Parenting

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Let's face it. Technology has dramatically changed the manner in which we are able to parent.
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The Trouble With Online Education

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Internet courses are monologues. True learning is a dialogue.

 

PM - An opinion piece from the NYT. Use of sexist language ("with his sensitivity..." - "he knows he’s doing something right. From there he folds what he has learned into his teaching, adjusting his course...") and a simple view of what 'is' online education shows how far parts of America are behind the 'real world' and how much further we have to go to get people to see that online education can be so much more. The writer has obviously not had a positive experience with online learning, perhaps they should try some online courses from other institutions as the interaction they describe is certainly possible in an online environment.


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MOOCs: a massive opportunity for higher education, or digital hype?

MOOCs: a massive opportunity for higher education, or digital hype? | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
As top-ranked universities join the MOOC revolution, backed by big-name investors, Mike Boxall asks what we can learn from the first dot.com history and who the eventual winners will be...

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Why Aren't There Any Next Gen Learning Platforms?

Why Aren't There Any Next Gen Learning Platforms? | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital.

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ipad2educate - App Evaluation

ipad2educate - App Evaluation | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

With the thousands of education apps available, choosing ones that will be beneficial and successful in your classroom can seem overwhelming and time consuming. We don't want this to stop you from exploring and beginning to find apps that will increase student learning. Below are some tips on how to choose the apps that will best meet your needs and the needs of your students. 
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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | Edudemic

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | Edudemic | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi

 

"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.

 

"Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially.

 

"Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that?

 

"Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."


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The Academic Twitterazzi - Inside Higher Ed

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Inside Higher EdThe Academic TwitterazziInside Higher EdMany academic conferences, and even individual sessions at those conferences, have associated Twitter hash tags — often suggested by the conference organizers themselves.
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Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free : NPR

Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free : NPR | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
Top universities are embracing free online education. Dozens of schools, such as the University of Pennsylvania, are now offering classes to thousands of people across the world.
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Research and Innovation in Distance Education and eLearning 2012

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This year's CDE conference, Research and Innovation in Distance Education and eLearning, will be held on 20 October 2012 at Senate House, University of London. We are delighted to announce that our two keynote ...
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ICTlogy » ICT4D Blog » Personal Learning Environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development

ICTlogy » ICT4D Blog » Personal Learning Environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
Developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky defined what the person or a student can do — or the problems they can solve — as three different stages:

What a student can do on their own, working independently or without anyone’s help.
What the student can do with the help of someone.
What it is beyond the student’s reach even if helped by someone else.


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School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn

School’s Out, Forever: EdX Online Classes Change How People Learn | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it
EdX Online Classes: A new online education program changes how people learn. College students can take online classes from home with edX.
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The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

A presentation to the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (Australia) ICT Managers Conference 2011.

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Hundreds and Thousands: 21st Century Technology

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The 6 People Needed To Implement E-Learning In Your Classroom | Edudemic

The 6 People Needed To Implement E-Learning In Your Classroom | Edudemic | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

There seems to be something pretty big missing from this infographic by Lean Forward. Know what it is? Here’s a hint: it rhymes with ‘eech-err’ and it’s the sixth person needed to implement e-learning.

 

It’s a teacher! The real person implementing e-learning needs to be a teacher who understands pedagogy and how it all fits together. In any case, this infographic is still quire helpful and useful for anyone considering a more e-learning-centric classroom.


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#MOOC pedagogy: the challenges of developing for Coursera

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In the summer of 2012 the team of teachers and researchers associated with the MSc in E-learning programme at the University of Edinburgh began developing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for the Coursera platform. Launched only a year earlier, this for-profit company founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller has focussed primarily on hosting computer science related courses from big name US institutions.


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The Hashtag Conundrum – When Social Media Backfires | Social Media Today

The Hashtag Conundrum – When Social Media Backfires | Social Media Today | technology empowered networked learning | Scoop.it

For companies that consistently provide reliable products and services to consumers, the use of social media to promote brand loyalty and recognition is a positive force in online marketing.  For companies with less than stellar reputations,...


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Learning with 'e's: Learning in a Digital Age: The myth and the reality

I recently gave a keynote at the eLearning 2.0 conference held at Brunel University, in West London. The presentation was a reworked version of one I gave earlier in the year in Tallinn, Estonia. In Learning in a Digital Age: The Myth and the Reality, I present a number of widespread beliefs about elearning, and challenge the provenance, reasoning and application of these theories. Learning styles, digital natives and immigrants theory, and the arguments that you cannot personalise learning in large organisations; or that SMS txting is dumbing down language; are all scrutinised and challenged. Brunel University did an excellent job of recording my voice and the slides, and synchonising them, probably using Camtasia or a similar tool. Here it is in full, for those who want to follow the arguments and discussion that ensued.


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