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Interactivity and the choice of media

Interactivity and the choice of media | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

There is now an overwhelming amount of research evidence to suggest that students learn best when they are ‘active’ in their learning. But what does this mean? And what role can or do new technologies play in supporting active learning?

 

Types of learner interaction

There are three different ways learners can interact when studying, and each of these ways requires a somewhat different mix of media and technology


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5 great slides about technology, learning, and change | @mcleod

5 great slides about technology, learning, and change | @mcleod | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Scott McLoed

 

"Here are five great slides that I found recently in the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Which one's your favorite?" 

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Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools | Education Week

Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools | Education Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Benjamin Harold

 

"Forget No. 2 pencils, or even the new computer-based common-core exams that have schools across the country scrambling.

 

"Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are convinced the tests of the future will look like Crystals of Kaydor, a role-playing video game about aliens.

 

"Designed to measure children’s learning in real time while rewiring their brains to help them be more empathetic, Crystals offers a potentially transformative response to two cutting-edge questions now being debated in the world of testing: whether digital games can effectively blur the line between instruction and assessment and how educators can better gauge children’s social and emotional skills.

 

“Our job is to provide compelling examples of what assessments can be,” said Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor of education and former White House policy analyst who co-directs Games+Learning+Society, a center based here that is dedicated to designing and studying video games."

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5 Videos That Describe New Learning

5 Videos That Describe New Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
These five videos help describe new learning, including project-based learning, game-based learning, and mobile learning.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:29 AM

And they are really worth watching!

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, August 9, 2013 10:06 AM

Great videos that inspire us to help our kids become 21st Century Learners. 

Tom McGuire's comment, August 10, 2013 9:46 AM
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10 Predictions for Personalized Learning for 2013

10 Predictions for Personalized Learning for 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Check out what Personalized Learning will be like in 2013.

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Serge Renard's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:18 AM

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Thomas Salmon's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:34 PM

Interesting, in other ways this could also be seen as framing learning as a constant performance of assessment. Where do you draw the line ?

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Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White

Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".

Nancy White (@NancyW), a 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist and the author of Innovations in Education blog, has written an excellent article, dissecting the key characterizing traits of curation, as a valuable resource to create and share knowledge. 

 

She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.

 

She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.

 

How are they connected?"

 

Excellent definition. 

 

And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.

 

Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”

 

Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.

 

So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."

 

But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience. 

 

She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.

 

Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10

 

Full article: http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/ ;


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Beth Kanter's comment, July 8, 2012 1:22 PM
I especially like how she used the Bloom's Taxonomy and related that to curation.
Stalder Angèle's comment, August 1, 2012 3:56 AM
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Shaz J's comment, August 5, 2012 10:39 AM
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TEDxUBC - Chris Kennedy: 25 Student Stories that bring Personalized Learning to Life

"In his presentation StudentsLive! Real-world learning at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Chris Kennedy shares the story of twenty-five students who brought the notion of personalized learning to life and learned how powerful social media can be for learning."


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Innov8 2 Educ8: 5 Stages of Personalised Learning

Innov8 2 Educ8: 5 Stages of Personalised Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Personalised learning (PL) is an educational philosophy that focuses on a student's individual goals, talents, aspirations and learning outcomes. Through a semester unit, our class has completed "Self-Directed Music". Through my reflection process, I found that this semester went through 5 stages that I will share with you here."

 

Step 1: Develop student understanding of PL
Step 2: Establishing your role as an educational "personal trainer"
Stage 3: Motivate, Affirm and Develop (MAD)
Stage 4: Collaboration and Assessment
Stage 5 - Evaluation and Reflection


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European Report on the Future of Learning

European Report on the Future of Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The Vision

From the executive summary:


"Personalisation, collaboration and informal learning will be at the core of learning in the future. The increased pace of change will bring new skills and competences to the fore, in particular generic, transversal and cross-cutting skills….


With the evolution of ICT, personalised learning and individual mentoring will become a reality and teachers/trainers will need to be trained to exploit the available resources and tools to support tailor-made learning pathways and experiences which are motivating and engaging, but also efficient, relevant and challenging…"

 

 

Redecker, C. et al. (2011) The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change Seville Spain: Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, JRC, European Commission


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Ten Critical Components That Guarantee Learning Will Stick

If you incorporate each of these 10 items into your learning delivery, you’ll ensure that your learning will stick.

 

One of these items is personalized learning.

 

"Personalized learning requires not only a shift in the design of schooling, but also a leveraging of modern technologies. Personalization can’t take place at scale without technology. Personalized learning is enabled by smart e-learning systems, which help dynamically track and manage the learning needs of all students, and provide a platform to access myriad engaging learning content, resources and learning opportunities needed to meet each students needs everywhere at anytime, but which aren’t all available within the 4 walls of the traditional classroom."


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The Khan Academy Opens Its Virtual Doors — Carefully | MindShift

The Khan Academy Opens Its Virtual Doors — Carefully | MindShift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In an interesting move, Salaman Khan is opening up the Khan Academy to crowdsourced videos which will be curated by his team.

 

I think this is extremely encouraging and opens up a whole new horizon for the development and use of video  for learning.

 


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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

Via Ness Crouch, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
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Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.


Rabbi Avi Bossewitch's curator insight, March 3, 8:16 PM

Excellent review of 20th century ed thought leaders and how they inform 21st century learning

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 20, 7:20 PM

A short biography of a number of leading thinkers contributors work in education i.e. Dewey, Montessori, Freire, etc.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times

Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a video game popular with children, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.


by Nick Bolton


"A study by S.R.I. International, a Silicon Valley research group that specializes in technology, found that game-based play could raise cognitive learning for students by as much as 12 percent and improve hand-eye coordination, problem-solving ability and memory.


"Games like Minecraft also encourage what researchers call “parallel play,” where children are engrossed in their game but are still connected through a server or are sharing the same screen. And children who play games could even become better doctors. No joke. Neuroscientists performed a study at Iowa State University that found that surgeons performed better, and were more accurate on the operating table, when they regularly played video games.


“Minecraft extends kids’ spatial reasoning skills, construction skills and understanding of planning,” said Eric Klopfer, a professor and the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scheller Teacher Education Program. “In many ways, it’s like a digital version of Lego.”

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Vivienne Ming: Profile ~ New Learning Times

Vivienne Ming: Profile ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by kate Meersschaert

 

"Named one of the "10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013" earlier this year by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. "Maximize human potential" is Dr. Ming's creed and she has embodied this through her groundbreaking work in fields ranging from machine learning and cognitive modeling to neuroprosthetics. Dr. Ming is currently Chief Scientist at Gild, a startup focused on using machine learning to make highly personalized job matches (read more in this New York Timesarticle). Dr. Ming is also the co-founder of the edtech startup, Socos, which she founded with her wife, education policy writer and researcher, Dr. Norma Ming. Socos takes student work (essays, questions etc.) and creates conceptual models that allow educators to better personalize learning."

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Facinating interview with Ming, who seems to have had a very hot and cold relationship with formal learning during her life. She is currently in a highly productive phase and, according to the article, is engaged in sharply cutting edge work dealing with neuroscience, technology, congition and learning, and entrepreneurism.

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Spigot

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"We aggregate news, research, opinion and info for those working at the intersection of learning, technology, and youth.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:43 AM

A great resource that I'm just beginning to dig into. Make sure to check it out if the description above appeals to or interests you.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 500+ learning professionals worldwide...

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#ETMOOC | A MOOC about educational technology & media – Coming January 2013

MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

"This space will act as an information hub for #etmooc, an open, online experience that is designed to facilitate & nurture conversations around the thoughtful integration of educational technology & media in teaching and learning.

Think of #etmooc as an experience situated somewhere between a course and a community. While there will be scheduled webinars and information shared each week, we know that there is a lot more that we will collectively need to do if we want to create a truly collaborative and passionate community.

We’re aiming to carry on those important conversations in many different spaces – through the use of social networks, collaborative tools, shared hashtags, and in personalized spaces. What #etmooc eventually becomes, and what it will mean to you, will depend upon the ways in which you participate and the participation and activities of all of its members. Let’s see if we can create something that is not just another hashtag – and, not just another course.

Some exciting topics will be explored during the #etmooc experience. We’ll be leading conversations around many of the recently popularized technologies, media and literacies including social/participatory media, blended/online learning environments, digital literacies, open education, digital citizenship/identity, copyright/copyleft, and multimedia in education. We hope that this list of topics will grow as we expand our membership and tap into the expertise of our participants. However it is not the topics that we cover, but it is what we discover, create and share together that will be critical to the success of the etmooc experience."

"Topics & Tentative Schedule

The 2013 tentative schedule of topics is found below. More detailed information will be provided soon, including exact dates and connection information. Each topic is 2 weeks long so that there is adequate attention and depth.

Welcome (Jan 13-19): Welcome Event & Orientation to #etmooc

- Topic 1 (Jan 20-Feb. 2): Connected Learning – Tools, Processes & Pedagogy
- Topic 2 (Feb 3-16): Digital Storytelling – Multimedia, Remixes & Mashups
- Topic 3 (Feb 17-Mar 2): Digital Literacy – Information, Memes & Attention
- Topic 4 (Mar 3-16): Digital Citizenship – Identity, Footprint, & Social Activism
- Topic 5 (Mar 17-30): The Open Movement – Open Access, OERs & Future of Ed."


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Organizing and Curating Content on a Subject May Actually Be The Best Way To Learn It

Organizing and Curating Content on a Subject May Actually Be The Best Way To Learn It | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Robin Good: I think Sam Gliksman has a vital point here. 

 

The point is this: there is no better way to learn something than to research, organize and build a personal framework of information, facts, resources, tools and stories around it. 

 

And yes, if I do think about it, I can only confirm that my in my experience this has certainly been the case. 

 

Rather than learn by memorizing and going through a predetermined path that someone else has arbitrarily set for me (and thousands of others), by curating my own learning path and curriculum, I am forced to dive into discovery and sense-making for the very start, two essential ingredients for effective learning. 

 

The change is evident: from passive memorization of predetermined info, to personal exploration, discovery and sense-making of what I am interested in pursuing. 

 

With such an approach, the replacement of classic teachers with curators who can act as guides, coaches and wise advisors to my exploratory wanderings may be vital to the success of many learners. 

 

Curation can therefore be a revolutionary concept applicable both to learners and their approach as well as to the new "teachers" who need to become trusted guides in specific areas of interest.

 

Here's the text excerpt from this article, that sparked in me these ideas:

 

"Reliance on any type of course textbook – digital, multimedia, interactive or otherwise – only fits as a more marginal element in student-centered learning models.

 

It’s not the nature of the textbook as much as its reverence in the classroom as “the” singular authority for learning.

 

Lifelong learners need to be skilled in finding, filtering, collating, evaluating, collaborating, editing, analyzing and utilizing information from a multitude of sources.


Instead we could prioritize “content construction”. Textbooks are an important gateway - a starting point from which students can learn and then begin their exploration of information on any topic (although even on that point I feel we should encourage the “critical reading” of textbooks).

 

However the days when students could responsibly rely on any textbook as a singular information source are gone.

 

Also, the process of accessing, synthesizing and utilizing information is often as important as the product.

 

The skills developed are an essential component of education and life today.

 

We have access to an exponentially growing amount of information to process and apply [and] there are many excellent tools we can all use to help in constructing and organizing that content."

 

Insightful. Informative. 8/10

 

Full original article: http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/supplementing-textbooks  ;


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Robin Good's comment, March 3, 2012 1:13 PM
Thank you for being so kind. I am happy to see this resonates with your experience too.
janlgordon's comment, March 3, 2012 5:37 PM
This is another great piece and it certainly resonates with me, thanks for sharing this Robin.
Steven Verjans's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:19 PM

Not to mention that it's the first step towards research as well.

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Create Personalized Learning Communities for Students and Adults | Institute for Research and Reform in Education

Create Personalized Learning Communities for Students and Adults | Institute for Research and Reform in Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
For over 14 years, the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) has partnered with schools, states, and districts to develop more personalized, engaging, and rigorous learning environments in struggling secondary schools.

 

"Students will reach higher and work harder when they feel known and valued as individuals. In this, they are no different from their teachers and families. Personalized learning communities can become the foundation for greater student achievement by building on this simple principle. These communities put young people and adults in a position to know each other well, hold each other responsible, and set clear and high expectations for how each of them will contribute to student success."


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Roundtable on Personalised Learning (through the BCASCD)

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"On Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, members of the Metro Vancouver education community from a range of perspectives met to address the big questions around Personalised Learning. As an organization, BCASCD promotes the exemplary practices in curriculum and develops leadership and professional capacity for the success of all learners. As such, a roundtable on Personalised Learning was held. The executive invited educators from a range of districts and on various pathways of their careers in education, including student-teachers, classroom teachers, district support teachers, vice-principals, principals, district principals, post-secondary teacher-educators, and senior administrators.

 

Four areas around Personalised Learning were discussed, with the intent of creating a working document demonstrating what Personalised Learning may look like at a class, school, district and provincial level."

 

These areas were:

> Stakeholders:  Who are they?  What are their needs?

> Competencies/skills/knowledge: What are the ‘must-haves’? What are the ‘would-like-to-haves’?

> Assessment/Reporting: How does Personalised Learning change reporting schedules, assessments (AFL) and student engagement;

> Structures: What are the environmental/space/time requirements.

 

Read about what ideas emerged from this roundtable discussion as British Columbia embarks on implementing personalised learning in their province.


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For the Love of Learning: The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century

For the Love of Learning: The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"In David Hargreaves’ view, personalized learning represents a larger movement that needs to be put forward on several fronts to (re)shape teaching and learning. His nine gateways to personalizing learning are assessment for learning; learning to learn; student voice; curriculum; new technologies; school design and organization; advice and guidance; mentoring and coaching; and workforce development (Hargreaves 2006)."

 

"Personalized learning is often represented as a novel approach to enhancing the pedagogical practices of educators to broadly reorganize schooling in the 21st century. The personalized (re)shaping of teaching and learning is generally to be achieved through assessing the strengths of individuals and then addressing the specific needs and learning styles of each student in a school community."


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Coaching in and out of the classroom: Personalized Learning for Every Student

Coaching in and out of the classroom: Personalized Learning for Every Student | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Here is a reflection of a teacher who is personalizing the learning for her 6th grade students for the first time.  Hear what her students are saying about learning in her class.


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