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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.
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I too would like to see mindfulness learned through practice. Imagine beginning a class with a meditation and presence elicitation, creating a teachable state :)

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Review of Funding for Schooling 2011 aka the Gonski Report

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Gonski Report has been removed from all Australian Government websites, so here is your very own link :)

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Designing Media-Based Assignments

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This website helps college teachers develop, deliver, and assess assignments incorporating images, video, and sound.

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Fantastic website from Notre Dame helps instructors (and students) design effective media-based assignments. Great examples and how-tos for inspiration.

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:34 PM

The media capabilities of student devices (including but not limited to iPads) open up a diverse spectrum of rich assignment formats. This Notre Dame site contains helpful exemplars and instructions for those starting out in this new field of both formative and summative assessment.

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 5:37 AM

Wow denna sida var sååå bra. Jag förlorade mig själv på denna sidan idag! :))) 

brendasherry's curator insight, April 21, 6:58 AM

Awesome collection of ideas and exemplars...

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What type of Digital Researcher are you? A short Quiz

What type of Digital Researcher are you? A short Quiz | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it

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I always love finding myself on the radar. As well as being a good tool for reflection on current practice, this made me think about what I'm not doing - yet :)

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy of Mobile Learning

Presentation about moving from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0; from pedagogy to andragogy to heutagogy; from instructivism to constructivism to connectivism in the context of mobile learning

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If anyone has a link to audio or video of this presentation I would be most grateful! 

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Learning-Apprentissage's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:16 AM

Excellent! Check out the principles behind heutagogy - slide 67. If Education 2.0 involved andragogy - now moving to Education 3.0 and  heutagogy - study of self-determined learning. 

CECI Jean-François's curator insight, August 10, 2013 12:23 AM

Un must avec une vision d'anticipation et de synthèse des nouvelles tendances en matière d'éducation... Incontournable !

Kathy Benson's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:14 PM

I learned about heutagogy which goes beyond learners constructing their own meaning to learners collaborating to act on thier new understanding. 

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Creating an environment for #learning: collaboration and community

Creating an environment for #learning: collaboration and community | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
As i sat writing this morning, an elderly gentleman came to the table and asked me if he could lay out the International papers without disturbing me. I'm in the Icebreaker cafe, by the Amstel, one...

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:52 PM

This thoughtful piece re-imagines the place in which learning takes place, and the 'informative objects' that might help it emerge...

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Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom

Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
Fed up with the sad reality special education students face, Neil Virani changed his students’ lives with technology.

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Gennon John's comment, July 21, 2013 4:18 AM
It's a change..
kmmk's curator insight, July 22, 2013 12:04 AM

Inspiring

Julie Newman's curator insight, November 15, 2013 8:43 AM

I found this article very inspirational because it describes a teacher, Jane Good, who did not give up on her special needs students, as the school system was prior to her arrival. Before she came to her current school, her special needs students were placed in broken-down classrooms where they were given no attention and very low expectations. Good was able to guide her students in overcoming these obstacles with the help of a technology grant she received allowing her to supply everyone of her students with an iPad. These iPads allowed students to accomplish goals no one ever thought was possible for them. For example, one student who had never written before due to his lack of fine motor skills wrote his first word on the iPad. Similarly, three other students were able to learn to read though the iPad's stimulating and interactive features. After reading this article, I found that the iPad and other technologies truly helped children with special needs step outside the limitations previously established for them by the school system and make progress no one ever believed could be made. This alone shows me how powerful this tool can be in a special needs classroom. These students need to be stimulated through interactive learning and the iPad provides just that. I have found a lot of research that agrees with this article and proves that technology is a necessity in the special needs classroom. 

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Complete Gamification Framework | via @yukaichou

Complete Gamification Framework | via @yukaichou | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
Gamification Expert Yu-kai Chou explains his elegent Gamification Framework that breaks Human-Focused Design into 8 Core Drives within an Octagon.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, May 5, 2013 4:45 PM

I like this "framework" to create gamification particularly Chou's 8 Core Drives:

1) Epic Meaning and Calling

2) Development and Accomplishment

3) Expression of Creativity and Feedback

4) Ownership and Possession

5) Social Pressure and Envy

6) Scarcity and Impatience

7) Curiosity and Unpredictability

8) Loss and Avoidance

GREAT post on the HOW TOs of #gamification.  


Cool and helpful work from one of gamification's pioneers 

@yukaichou
Erin Moore's curator insight, May 6, 2013 8:36 AM

These dives/motivations can be used to improve engagaement in any interaction.

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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking
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The end result is empowering the entire process of learning rather than focusing on the finished result itself. Thanks :) @GinaSalibaa

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A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL–”Fantastic!”

A No-Tech/Low-Tech Integration of UDL–”Fantastic!” | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it

 

"As the CCSS has been crafted with principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to support inclusive access for all students with identified learning needs and/or disabilities, English Learners, linguistic minority students, as well as students from fragile families, many educators respond with concern that without technological resources, they feel challenged to design instruction to meet the diverse needs of their students. While technology can provide expanded access, there are many “no-tech and low-tech” options that many teachers utilize that are also UDL-considerate." - Jennifer Finney-Ellison


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 8, 2013 6:54 PM

Thank you for sharing.

Valerie Chernek's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:49 AM

An important message!

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An important message!
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A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education

A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs | A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
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A low-cost, pay-as-you-go model is at the heart of many of the innovative business models 2iE is pursuing. By breaking payments into small pieces, and not requiring that (for example) a student pay an entire semester's tuition. Such schemes are much easier to self-finance than many traditional approaches -- especially important where sources of student aid can be rare. As relevant to their needs and as their finances allow, students can proceed one course, and one certificate, at a time, with the possibility to aggregate these courses and certificates into full-fledged degrees over time, at a pace that suits them. "An African solution for the Africa economy" is how 2iE describes this approach, which is labels the taxi model ('taxi-brousse'):


 - you start when the car is full;
 - you drive for as long as you need -- and can afford;
 - if you don't like the ride, you can get out and find another taxi.

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it

"Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y. But therein lies the rub: Tomorrow’s learning is already available, and below are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise."


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DPG plc's curator insight, April 9, 2013 12:36 AM

Subjective yes but very interesting and agree with most - what about you?

Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:09 PM

We talk a great deal about shifting the learning dynamic. Here's an article with good ideas on connecting students and learning.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 3, 2013 9:05 AM

Buen resumen para no perder el rumbo

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Personalize Learning

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Personalize learning
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Transform Larning for Every Learner

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Speculative Diction | Poor Choices | University Affairs

Speculative Diction | Poor Choices | University Affairs | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
Poor Choices
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I agree that Western society sees poverty as deserved through poor choice-making, whereas those with means can recover from their mistakes without the sometimes catastrophic consequences that occur when you simply don't have enough money. It is worth considering this in the context of lifelong learning, where cost and bias as as prevalent - perhaps more so - as anywhere else.

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Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids? | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, whe
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Based on Todd Sampson's 'Redesign my Brain' series, almost all of what we do in education - both as instructors and as learners - will kill whatever creativity we have. 

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:31 PM

Imagination is more important than knowledge - Albert Einstein. But are we nurturing imagination, or knowledge? This article is just as relevant to a higher education landscape as it is to K-12, and touches on the ways in which we organise our work and our institution.

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Great e-Learning Tip: 6 to 7 minutes of instructional video - that's the sweet spot!

Great e-Learning Tip: 6 to 7 minutes of instructional video - that's the sweet spot! | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it

"I have sat through many 50 minute lectures in my life.  Notice how I wrote that sentence "sat through"... was I always engaged?  Probably not.  Is it realistic to be engaged for a full 50 minute block?  Probably not.  So how does one go about maximizing engagement in a distance course with video.  Well, is the best strategy to record a 50 minute lecture video?  Probably not."


Via EDTC@UTB
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Like a good piece of music, a good class will have fluid transformations between modes and moods.

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:32 PM

The Blended Learning Team can help you use a range of tools to put together short, engaging media presentations for your students.

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13 #E-learning theories

13 #E-learning theories | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
E-learning theories are not new theories, but rather e-enhancements of existing learning theories (Mayes and de Freitas, 2004).  They form “sets of beliefs: about the nature of knowledge and compet...

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Seriously worth printing our at high-res to digest...

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:51 PM

Once again, an infographic underscores the story.

Karine Thonnard's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:13 AM

Belle mosaïque pour faire le point et réfléchir. Il faut sortir de notre zone de confort pour s'adapter, cheminer et mieux répondre aux besoins d'aujourd'hui!

 
Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:37 PM

Sometimes it's worth reflecting the range of ways in which learning has been considered over time. I don't think it's going to become any less complex as we explore both new paradigms and interactions between old ones.

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Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

Universal Design for Learning...Has a nice ring, doesn't it? | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it

Cover image by Giulia Forsythe


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:40 AM

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has a great ring to it as it infers that lessons and instruction are designed for all learners in the classroom. Can you imagine learning environments where all learners can thrive? Using the UDL lens to understand the learners in your classroom can help teachers do exactly that.

 

Placing this concept in the field of education, the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) coined UDL to apply to all learners, regardless of (dis)abilities. In 2003, CAST has been creating instructional materials for over 10 years, mostly digital, to fit this principle of “universal”. Now 10 years later, the concept is finally becoming more known in our new times of the Common Core and increasingly accessible digital technologies. 

 

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10 tips for creating engaging e-learning content

10 tips for creating engaging e-learning content | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
The evolution of technology over the past few years has led to major changes with regards to employee training and continued professional development. It is no longer acceptable for employees to wa...

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, November 17, 2013 3:52 PM

Nice simple checklist of important features for engaging e- or other kinds of learning.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 19, 2013 2:41 PM

Not really new ideas but a great graphic representation of learning theory.

Terry Price's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:06 AM

Guide for learning.

 

LETP's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:46 AM

A useful read for teachers to understand different learner capabilities. 

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AAEEBL - Batson Blog

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Great article on how eportfiolio use can make learning more meaningful in MOOCs or other 'Big Learning' environments.

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adVancEducation: Learning scales, teaching doesn't

adVancEducation: Learning scales, teaching doesn't | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
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 Change in what we need to know now vs. what we need to know tomorrow is happening at an accelerating pace. Many degree programs today didn't exist ten years ago, and we must assume that teachers are preparing students today for jobs that no one can predict will exist.

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"How To Do Research" Game

"How To Do Research" Game | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Estefanía Aguilar's curator insight, July 8, 2013 2:36 AM

muy visual. Great!

Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:17 AM

Love the gameboard format!

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 9:37 AM

A Game for the children :)

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Six Ways the edX Announcement Gets Automated Essay Grading Wrong -

Six Ways the edX Announcement Gets Automated Essay Grading Wrong - | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
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Designing for Learning's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:42 PM

“Give Professors a break,” the New York Times suggested in this joint press release from edX, Harvard, and MIT. Does machine grading work?

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Hacking the Classroom: Beyond Design Thinking

Hacking the Classroom: Beyond Design Thinking | The Learning Zone | Scoop.it
Design Thinking is trending is some educational circles.  Edutopia recently ran a design thinking for educators workshop and I attended two great workshops at SXSWedu 2013 on Design Thinking: Hack ...
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