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"Engagement is a critical element of learning. If we can get people to pay attention to what we’ve developed or what we’re saying and engage with
us, the content, and each other, learning follows.
"Gaining and maintaining engagement in the physical classroom seems straightforward: If learners look bored or inattentive, we adjust our training style on the fly or call on people to recapture their attention. But in eLearning, especially self-paced eLearning, driving engagement requires much more planning, monitoring, and, most of all, creativity.
"So how do we drive engagement in eLearning and mLearning? Interactivities can help, but only if we design those interactivities effectively. Learners also need engaging content, an engaging (or at least not frustrating) interface, engaging media and visual design, and maybe a game here and there. In this eBook, experts provide 68 tips for making sure your learners are fully engaged, in areas including:
Creating engaging content
Creating an engaging interface
Using interactivities to drive engagement
Using media and visual design effectively
Using games for learning
Measuring engagement and learning"
By Maryellen Weimer
"Would your students benefit from participation in a study group? Are you too busy to organize and supervise study groups for students in your courses? I’m guessing the answer to both questions is yes. If so, here are some ways teachers can encourage and support student efforts to study together without being “in charge” of the study groups."
By Anthony Sacito
"Scoop.it has become a tool of choice for capturing and leveraging “fast passing” information, which the web constantly feeds us with. In a structured academic environment, information is mainly organized according to long-term schemes, such as libraries. The web doesn’t fit in such schemes: information from the web is too abundant, and furthermore most of it is useless, redundant, or rapidly obsolete. However, the web is a magnificent source of real-time information – doubled with a vibrant social touch; and every now and then, a gem is offered to us. Trying to organize this fantastic source with tools such as Facebook or Twitter does not work: they are not topic-centric and they are not time-resilient (they are designed to speak and listen to people in real time, while professors want to speak and listen about topics and be able to capture, enrich, record and retrieve the best of them."
Jim Lerman's insight:
I have been gathering and posting websites and information about the web since 1995. Scoop.it, to me, is the most effective and user-friendly means to perform this task.
By Channing Joseph
"The New York State education commissioner broke a long and acrimonious impasse on Saturday by imposing a new evaluation system that would rate New York City teachers in part on their students’ test scores and streamline the disciplinary process.
"The new system, announced after three hectic days of meetings, testimony and arbitration that involved the Bloomberg administration and the teachers’ union, finally brought New York City into compliance with state law — the last district in the state to do so."
"A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Makerspaces provide tools and working room in a community environment—a library, community center, private organization, or campus. Many are primarily used for technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping, but increasingly, self-directed individual inventors and creative teams are using makerspaces to build projects in fields other than engineering and technology. Makerspaces are zones of self-directed learning, providing a physical laboratory for inquiry-based learning and validating the drive for discovery that defines the researcher and the scholar."
By Ry Rivard
"The Georgia Institute of Technology’s plan to offer a low-cost online master’s degree to 10,000 students at once creates what may be a first-of-its-kind template for the evolving role of public universities and corporations. "When it agreed to work with Udacity to offer the online master's degree in computer science, Georgia Tech expected to make millions of dollars in coming years, negotiated student-staff interaction down to the minute, promised to pay professors who create new online courses $30,000 or more, and created two new categories of educators -- corporate “course assistants” tasked with handling student issues and a corps of teaching assistants hired by Georgia Tech who will be professionals rather than graduate students."
Passing out iPads to students on the first day of school was like celebrating Christmas (or in this case Hanukkah) with thirty antsy kids sitting around the tree, attempting to hide their impatience. Once the iPads had been handed out, students were instantly excited, engaged and enchanted with the new learning device in their hands. At first, everyone was confused about where to find work, where to save and store their products – and which app to use for what purpose. As with every pilot, these issues worked themselves out and soon classes were running pretty smoothly. Once they all learned what a “hard reset” was we were on our way. After an exciting year chalked full of learning lessons and changes in our learning landscape here are my takeaways:'
Via John Evans, Bradley Dutchcot, Jim Lerman
By Mike Brown
A Twitter friend tweeted something the other day about performing a SWOOT analysis. Thinking there may be a new type of strategic thinking exercise I need to check out, I clicked the link.
"As I had already suspected, the SWOOT analysis was just a typo in the tweet. The article was really about doing a SWOT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats.
"Same old SWOT stuff after all, but the Twitter typo got me thinking."7 Ideas to Turn a SWOT Analysis into a SWOOT Analysis"
"Sherry Turkle is a professor, author, consultant, researcher, and licensed clinical psychologist who has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people's relationships with technology. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. Her many books include a trilogy on digital technology and human relationships: "The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit," "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet," and most recently, "Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other." Her investigations show that technology doesn't just catalyze changes in what we do -- it affects how we think.
By Lauren Orsini
"Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into the core competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. That inescapable fact is leading individuals to seek out new ways of learning to code, startups and non-profits to find ways to help them and businesses to search for innovative approaches to finding the coders they so desperately need."
By David Nagel
"Microsoft is launching a new service that lets students crowdsource funding for their next computer for school. As part of the offering, Microsoft is chipping in on the price and providing students with free software.
"Targeted toward graduating high school seniors and college students, the service, called Chip In, is something like a registry, providing a selection of laptops, desktops, and all-in-one systems that students can register to purchase. Students create a profile for themselves, then publish (through Facebook) their call for contributions from family members and friends. Microsoft is contributing 10 percent of the purchase price.
"Once the funding level is reached, the computer is shipped out to the student. In addition to the computer, Microsoft is providing students with a four-year subscription to Office 365 to the first 10,000 students whose computers are funded by Sept. 1. The Office 365 applications can be downloaded to up to two devices. The service also provides an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 Skype "world minutes."
"The only requirements other than a Facebook account is a valid .edu e-mail address or some other proof of enrollment in an accredited institution.
By Andrew Winner
"The Laptop U "Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls" itself clocks in at about 9,000 words, but it’s as concise an introduction into the MOOC phenomenon as you’ll find anywhere. While Heller focuses primarily on course development in a university environment, he also touches on the concerns some faculty members voice against moving courses online. Recent faculty protests at San Jose State and Amherst have crystallized the opposition to the latest trend in higher education. Some believe that adopting Ivy League-produced MOOCs at smaller institutions is a slippery slope, which could lead to tenured professors becoming little more than ‘glorified teaching assistants,’ according to a letter written by SJSU’s philosophy department.
"On its face, the democratization of information would stand to benefit the world. However, one wonders if the variety of ideas in the university environment might be an unfortunate casualty of the MOOC revolution. A letter to the editor in response to Heller’s piece phrases it nicely: “Will this technology calcify research and freeze the dissemination of the very ideas it is trying to put into freer circulation?”
"Have you thought about what you'll be reading this summer? Don't hit the beach with an empty Kindle or tote bag! If you're looking for something to challenge, stimulate, or entertain you, we've got 20 suggestions for your summer reading list. Enjoy!"
Portfoliogen was developed by teachers for teachers to allow you to use todays technology to create a web based portfolio and display your skills beyond the conventional paper-based portfolio. This online service provides teachers with a way to create their own professional looking webpage in less than 5 minutes.
Via Nik Peachey
Don’t let the rhetoric fool you, a Microsoft researcher says: Big Data is a human tool, which means it is subject to all kinds of miscollection, misapplication and abuse.
By Quentin Hardy
[The] "promise of certainty has been a hallmark of the technology industry for decades. With Big Data, however, there are even more hazards, some human and some inherent in the technology."
"Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft Research, calls the problem “Big Data fundamentalism — the idea with larger data sets, we get closer to objective truth.” Speaking at a conference in Berkeley, Calif., on Thursday, she identified what she calls “six myths of Big Data.”
By Ry Rivard
"The Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a $7,000 online master’s degree to 10,000 new students over the next three years without hiring much more than a handful of new instructors.
"Georgia Tech will work with AT&T and Udacity, the 15-month-old Silicon Valley-based company, to offer a new online master’s degree in computer science to students across the world at a sixth of the price of its current degree. The deal, announced Tuesday, is portrayed as a revolutionary attempt by a respected university, an education technology startup and a major corporate employer to drive down costs and expand higher education capacity.
"Georgia Tech expects to hire only eight or so new instructors even as it takes its master's program from 300 students to as many as 10,000 within three years, said Zvi Galil, the dean of computing at Georgia Tech."
By Mike Brown
"Productive strategic thinking exercises are at the heart of The Brainzooming Group methodology. Great brainstorming and strategic planning questions encourage and allow people to talk about what they know including factual information, personal perspectives, and their views of the future."
From the website
"Seven creativity characteristics
In his study Martinsen identifies seven paramount personality traits that characterise creative people:
Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction.
Need for originality: Resists rules and conventions. Have a rebellious attitude due to a need to do things no one else does.
Motivation: Have a need to perform, goal-oriented, innovative attitude, stamina to tackle difficult issues.A
mbition: Have a need to be influential, attract attention and recognition.
Flexibility: Have the ability to see different aspects of issues and come up with optional solutions.
Low emotional stability: Have a tendency to experience negative emotions, greater fluctuations in moods and emotional state, failing self-confidence.
Low sociability: Have a tendency not to be very considerate, are obstinate and find faults and flaws in ideas and people.
"Among the seven personality traits, associative orientation and flexibility are the factors that to the greatest extent lead to creative thinking."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Tina Seelig teaches creativity at Stanford to business school grad students and others. She also wrote a terrific book called "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20." This video captures a TEDx presenstation that took place in 2012 and gives viewers great insight into her remarkable thinking