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Homeless by choice; educator to the world

Homeless by choice; educator to the world | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it
LONG BEACH – Michael Williams peers out of the dense foliage that envelops one side of a busy, four-lane roadway.
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George Siemens | online learning insights

George Siemens | online learning insights | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it
Posts about George Siemens written by Debbie Morrison

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Massive (and Not-So-Massive) Open Online Courses: Libraries as ...

Massive (and Not-So-Massive) Open Online Courses: Libraries as ... | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it
Completely immersed in #etmooc (the Educational Technology and Media massive open online course) with more than 1,600 other learners from several different countries since early February, I have just received a lovely ...
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Libraries are Forever: E-books and Print Books Can Coexist - An Infographic

Libraries are Forever: E-books and Print Books Can Coexist - An Infographic | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it

Reading rules, books in any and all formats, but  cuneiform tablets would be heavy for toting around

 

If you can remember the day you first learned to read, you probably recall that profound sense of accomplishment that came from sounding out the words in your favorite storybooks. But whether you’re 15 or 50, you know that books as we know them have changed a lot since you first cracked open your beloved pieces of childhood literature.

 

Ever since the first spurt of popularity in the now widespread e-readers, experts and speculators from all sides have been pondering the question, "will e-readers destroy books as we know them?" Despite the entertaining back and forth on this question, the state of the topic right now seems to suggest that, to the surprise of some, books and e-readers won’t edge one another out of the literary arena: They’ll merely coexist.

 

....For bookworms everywhere, it’s not simply a matter of which will destroy the other, but rather which medium is better for certain types of reading


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joão carlos's comment, December 7, 2012 6:55 PM
I think it depends on how low the devices are going to reach in the next 20 years and how much they are going to better mimic the printed book interaction,
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Academic Integrity as Currency

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I’m a little late in returning to the relationship between MOOCs (massive open online courses) and academic integrity , but news about these topics has brought me back.  (The Chronicle of Higher...

 

Education is maintaining a timeline of MOOC news if you need to get up to date.). Brad Zakarin continues:

 

"It was actually news out of a brick-and-mortar school that reminded me of why I wanted to write about this. The Stuyvestant High School cheating scandal is a months-old story, but there was a fresh buzz when student musings about cheating were featured in New York Magazine and the New York Times."

 

More elearning and MOOC articles on BZ Educational Consulting

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Forget Cat Photos: This Prof Is Making Calculus Go Viral

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Where are all the superstars in online education? An Ohio State calculus teacher, Jim Fowler, has become a global sensation.
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Exploring students’ understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in Higher Education

Exploring students’ understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in Higher Education | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it
Fig.1. Why Blog? If anything has been written on blogging I want to read it. On 27th September 1999 I posted to my first blog - it was on blogging and new media. We're now in the phase of transitio...

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 1, 2013 5:24 AM

Blogging

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 10:05 AM

Realize that students may not consider blogging because they don't know anything about it. This stuff is not taught in most North American schools. I recall speaking to a group of grade 12s and someone asked me what a blog was.

Vance Stevens's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:22 AM

As if we had to support why blogging is important to students ... well, of course we do, and if you are in the position of reaching into your quivver for the arrow that will hit the target, this one has it all, a research base and a wow graphic. Run this by your curriculum coordinator :-)

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The Professors’ Big Stage

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The MOOCs revolution will go through many growing pains, but it is here and it is real.
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Dr Crazy puts it most succinctly: "Thomas Friedman is a tool. If only there were a MOOC to set him straight!" This is something that the informed among both MOOC supporter and critics can agree on

 

Historiann has choice words too. But John Warner's at Inside HigherEd, http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/ad-hominem-attack-against-thomas-friedman, is the front runner so far ~ but the final call can't be made until More or Less Bunk's and Stephen Downes entries hit the field, 

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Dr Crazy puts it most succinctly: "Thomas Friedman is a tool. If only there were a MOOC to set him straight!" This is something that the informed among both MOOC supporter and critics can agree on

 

Historiann has choice words too. But John Warner's at Inside HigherEd, http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/ad-hominem-attack-against-thomas-friedman, is the front runner so far ~ but the final call can't be made until More or Less Bunk's and Stephen Downes entries hit the field, 

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Art House Mum: Starting Small... DIY Learning Resources

Art House Mum: Starting Small... DIY Learning Resources | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it
So the Sight Words turned quickly into a desire to see the kids making the link between words and sentences and ideas. One evening after they were tucked away in bed I hacked an exercise book in half so that they could ...
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Managing Learning Technology: Is the Lecture Good for Learning?

Managing Learning Technology: Is the Lecture Good for Learning? | The Independent, Autonomous Learner | Scoop.it
Insights on shortcomings of (many) academic lectures, amplified(?
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