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Why online education is mostly a fantasy - PandoDaily (blog)

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PandoDaily (blog) Why online education is mostly a fantasy PandoDaily (blog) Of all the online based learning programs that I'm aware of, only the Minerva Project addresses the inherent weaknesses of online education by incorporating physical...
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Excellent corrective to uncritical acceptance of MOOCs and online ed in general. We are still at completion rates of less than 20%!

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Chris Carter's comment, May 2, 2013 8:06 AM
Thanks, Matt. I believe that it is therapeutic to hear voices of dissent, lest we hear only our own echoes.
Matt Judd's comment, May 2, 2013 8:35 AM
I'm glad I read this article and it presents some hurdles of online education vs. problems. One area which is short-sighted is forgetting to address international implications. Online education is a virtual "Pandora's Box" and could reap huge rewards outside the US, where, in some countries, need to achieve is very high.
Chris Carter's comment, May 2, 2013 6:58 PM
Agreed, yet these very countries (I rside in Shanghai, China) will shut down MOOCs soon, until they can produce their own, government vetted, versions. At that point, country-specific MOOCs will take off again. At least, this is what I believe will happen, given past experience.
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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, Today, 3:06 AM

ISTE was huge. So many people and so little room in the workshops. So this is a good thing since many of us stood in long lines and could not get access to the workshops we sincerely wanted to attend.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 100+ eBooks On Everything You Might Want to Know About Microsoft Products

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How to change what iTunes account is linked to your iPhone or iPad - iMore

How to change what iTunes account is linked to your iPhone or iPad - iMore | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
If you download apps, movies, and games on your iPhone or iPad, you're already familiar with what an iTunes account is and how it works. However, that doesn't always mean that the email or account you use for mail and iCloud is the same account you use for purchases. If you ever need to change what iTunes account is linked to your iPhone or iPad, you can do so in just a few steps....

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 9, 5:58 AM

I  needed  this  

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, July 10, 12:25 PM

How to change iTunes accounts on your iPHone or iPad. If my library patrons need help with this, odds are you do to.

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Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"We are now in the age of visual information where visual content plays a role in every part of life. As 65 percent of the population are visual learners, images are clearly key to engaging people in eLearning courses."


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 8, 11:24 PM

If the majority of y our students are visual learners these are things you have to take into account.

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Studies Confirm the Power of Visuals in eLearning

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 9, 11:55 AM

Visual learning is an important part of learning in any platform. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: All Socrative Users Will be Moved to Socrative 2.0 This Weekend

Free Technology for Teachers: All Socrative Users Will be Moved to Socrative 2.0 This Weekend | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In just six years time, the skills you'll be looking for in star employees will be vastly different from those ideal in today's workers. Consider this your crystal ball.

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I agree with the essential skills list. Excellent!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 8, 7:46 PM

LOL, rare is it I'm glad I have the Big C and so making 2020 is doubtful, but this infographic made me exhausted and glad I don't have to master all this stuff (lol).

Edumorfosis's curator insight, July 9, 4:50 AM

Si la universidad no se articula a la altura de los tiempos practicando el conjunto de destrezas necesarias para entrar al mundo laboral emergente, lo harán los profesionales por su propia cuenta. Las micro-firmas se encargarán de desarrollar proyectos o programas dirigidos a profesionales en búsqueda de nuevos horizontes de posibilidades. La Universidad Intelectual ya es cosa del pasado. La Universidad Social es el presente y el futuro de la Hiper-Educación... 

Beth Kanter's curator insight, July 9, 7:20 AM

Good list of 21st Century work skills.

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A 1:1 iPad Menu For Guided Reading - te@chthought

A 1:1 iPad Menu For Guided Reading - te@chthought | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"Choice boards are powerful tools for providing students with both choice and direction in their work.

 

The idea, creatively shown below from teacher/blogger Monica Evon in the form of a menu, allows teachers to guide students towards certain forms of academic practice, or demonstration of specific standards. If, for example, you want students to show they understand how to calculate the area of a circle from real-life applications, you can create 8 different ways for them to show it."


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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, July 8, 8:14 AM

A great example of how digital learning can offer differentiation and guidance that can be flexible and still appropriate in general education for ALL kids.

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Tech Tip #88: 20 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix

Tech Tip #88: 20 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
There are about twenty problems that cause eighty percent of the tech stoppages. I’m going to tell you what those are and how to solve them. Trust me. They’re easier than you think to solve. I rout...
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How To Create A Google Drive Classroom

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How To Create A Google Drive Classroom

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 8, 8:31 AM

I will use this summer with a course I'm teaching at the college level then incorporate as much as possible when the school year begins.


Gerald Carey's curator insight, July 8, 5:30 PM

This post contains a lengthy video on how to set up  Google  Classroom due out in September.

Jacqueline Hanlon's curator insight, July 9, 7:31 PM

The Doc is in

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What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
If you are a school admin or decision maker and your teachers are struggling with the new technology or unhappy with its tech integration then here are some tips to help you out
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The most effective use of tech funds? Creating time for teachers to actually see it, practice it, and implement it effectively and efficiently.

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Microsoft IT Academy

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Useful.

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What Happens When Tech-Savvy Teens Help Cyberseniors? - Edudemic

What Happens When Tech-Savvy Teens Help Cyberseniors? - Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In school settings, teachers are older than students. Thus, there is always much discussion around the concept of what’s changed since the teacher was the student’s age, and what that means for education. We look at generational differences between multiple generations. We talk about the future of education: Is it mostly STEM based? Is it …
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The child has become the parent.

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How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code - Class Tech Tips

How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code - Class Tech Tips | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
You may have seen my post on "Talking QR Codes" and here's another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code.  RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that lets users record their voice using the microphone...

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Want to leave a clue QR for your kids as they work through an assignment?

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 2, 6:24 AM

Just what we need to have students' booktalks/reviews linked to qr codes inside the books.

Nacho Vega's curator insight, July 6, 8:22 AM

The power of your #voice... Use it!

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Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

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History teachers, this is a site for you!

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FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

 

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

 

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.

 

For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.

 

“When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,” Berrier said.

 

He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real time.


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This is extraordinarily useful!

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Chris Carter's comment, July 10, 8:36 AM
Humility makes sense. Socrates knew that he was ignorant, and therefor was ready to learn. If I think that I already know a thing, or do not need to know a thing, then my mind is closed to it. All learning starts from a point of ignorance, and then move to greater approximations of understanding until mastery.
Srimayee Dam's comment, July 10, 8:43 AM
Absolutely! Most are unable to do so, unwilling to learn .. Being ignorant is fine, but lack of humility won't ever help
umh1467's curator insight, Today, 1:57 AM

Es evidente que sólo si crees que puedes aprender lo harás.

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ED Tech Talk Roundtable 53 | When the Teacher Leaves the Room - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast

ED Tech Talk Roundtable 53 | When the Teacher Leaves the Room - Concordia Ed Tech Podcast | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips. Articles of the Week 10 Things That Will Surprise You If You Put Kids In Charge | EdSurge News edsurge.com At the Acton Academy in Austin, TX, we are experimenting with a “Learner Driven Community,” a disruptive approach led by self-directed learners, in a …
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Loving making these.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Padlet Mini Offers a New Way to Organize and Share Bookmarks

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rediquest - Home

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Tools to help teachers and students apply the Habits of Mind and Thinking Routines
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The right habit of mind for the right task. Lessons and class starters.

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30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

30 iPad Apps for Music Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

"I just noticed that it has been a year since my last list of iPad apps for teaching music. Several new interesting music apps have seen the light since then and therefore I decided to create another more comprehensive list of some of the best iPad apps for teaching music to give music teachers more options to choose from."


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Susan Wegmann's curator insight, July 8, 6:41 AM

Music in the Content areas also

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Pick a Project | PBLU.org | Making Projects Click

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Buck Institute has many good contributors.

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Changing the Game With School Design

Changing the Game With School Design | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
By Ben Jackson

This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog.


If you ask 100 people to picture a baseball diamond and imagine where each player stands, they’ll all probably describe the same thing. But according to the New York ...
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It is time to hit a home run using data for school design.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 8, 6:36 AM

The conversation about what School is is long overdue. It has been hidden amidst other discussions which do not change the structure but only gloss over.

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The Best Education Apps (Android) - Edudemic

The Best Education Apps (Android) - Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Android is making a big play for the education market. So here's a curated list of the best education apps for Android that you should know about.
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A watershed moment for technology in education

A watershed moment for technology in education | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The FCC has an important vote on the E-Rate this week that will affect millions of students.
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Gamification, Game-based Learning, and Serious Games: What's the Difference? - Ronin Studios & Consulting

Gamification, Game-based Learning, and Serious Games: What's the Difference? - Ronin Studios & Consulting | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Make sure you know the difference among gamification, game-based learning, and serious games.
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Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 4:04 AM

Different styles of gaming reminds me of the different types of learning each child encompasses. Bloom's Taxonomy is something all teachers should be cognizant about because each child learns different. In the same regards, each gaming style is meant for a different purpose. Gamification's incentive is moving up the ranks. Game-based gaming teachers the user something as they play-- such as http://studyisland.com.