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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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Institute of Play

Institute of Play | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
We bring together game design, rigorous research & interdisciplinary partnerships to create, study and promote game-based materials, strategies and systems as critical tools for personal and social development.
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Showbie - The paperless classroom made simple

Showbie - The paperless classroom made simple | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Showbie makes it easy to assign, collect and review student work in iPad classrooms.
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Learning Never Stops: 3 Sites every teacher should try this year

Learning Never Stops: 3 Sites every teacher should try this year | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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3 Excellent recomendations

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Mark Solomon's curator insight, September 15, 12:11 PM

Kahoot is great for in-class reviews, and I'm looking forward to trying the others.

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5 Ways For Teachers To Use Tumblr In Their Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

5 Ways For Teachers To Use Tumblr In Their Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are a few ways in which teachers can use Tumblr to bring a whole new life to your classroom.
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Free voice calls from Hangouts through Android, iOS and the web | Google Gooru

Free voice calls from Hangouts through Android, iOS and the web | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Best free Android apps for teachers

Best free Android apps for teachers | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Become a technology all-star in your classroom with these excellent Android apps.
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Celia Molares's curator insight, September 11, 2:00 AM

Aplicaciones para profesores, tanto si es para gestionar papeleo, como preparar lecciones.

Todas las aplicaciones que aparecen son libres en play store.

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There aren't enough teachers with coding skills

There aren't enough teachers with coding skills | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Teachers learn to code on the fly as more districts incorporate digital requirements.
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Do girls learn differently?

Do girls learn differently? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one.

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Ever thoughtful, reflective, and well researched.

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We Are Born Learners

We Are Born Learners | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Our awareness of the world and our place in it is fueled by a natural sense of inquisitiveness and curiosity. When we encourage this motivation in ourselves and in others, we discover that our capabilities extend far beyond the limits of school and work. School does many things well, but it...
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Concise, common sense advise.

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The 10 biggest current and future edtech trends - Daily Genius

The 10 biggest current and future edtech trends - Daily Genius | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Share on FacebookTweet ThisGoogle+Pin ItLinkedIn The education technology trend continues to heat up and, slowly but surely, a lot of the most innovative tools are making their way into the classroom. Teachers text messaging parents and students with assignments and feedback, BYOD is trumping school-purchased technology, and even 3D printing is pushing in. It’s an …
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Nice discussion starter!

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Stanford History Education Group - YouTube

Stanford History Education Group - YouTube | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A consortium of Stanford faculty, graduate students, post-docs and visiting scholars, SHEG is an award-winning R & D group that provides outreach to educator...
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SHEG is brilliant!

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A NEW Google Drive CHEAT SHEET

A NEW Google Drive CHEAT SHEET | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Be sure to check out my other Google Guides and Cheat Sheets !
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Free Technology for Teachers: Engage Students in History With Fake Facebook and Fake SMS

Free Technology for Teachers: Engage Students in History With Fake Facebook and Fake SMS | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Over the years Russel Tarr has developed and released a bunch of wonderful tools through ClassTools.net. Two of my favorite tools that he has developed are Fakebook and the fake SMS Generator.

Fakebook is Russel's tool for creating fake Facebook profiles. The latest version of Fakebook makes it easy to create a page by just clicking on a field and entering as much information as you like. In the profile picture field you can enter a name and Fakebook will search for images to use. For example, if you create a Fakebook page about George Washington Fakebook will search for pictures of George Washington.

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The potential engagement is obvious.

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Mark Solomon's curator insight, September 12, 12:57 PM

A great way to use Tech and Social Media to make meaningful and creative activities for some classes!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Socratic Smackdown - A Game for Learning and Practicing Discussion Strategies

Free Technology for Teachers: Socratic Smackdown - A Game for Learning and Practicing Discussion Strategies | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

Socratic Smackdown offers a fun approach to having students practice discussion strategies. Socratic Smackdown is a printable game designed to be played with up to forty students at a time. In the game students are awarded points for using each of six questioning and discussion methods. Students can lose points for interrupting or distracting others.

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100 Leaders

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Our world is full of individuals who have risen to the occasions presented before them to provide guidance and direction to inspire others to follow. By uncovering the past, we find heroes and role models and are motivated to do as those who came before them — to become involved, to participate, to take a stand for what we believe in and to take action to improve their communities, country and even the world.

 

Studying leaders in history exposes us to what happens when leadership goes awry and allows us to examine the consequences that might start locally but reverberate globally. This is why we chose to refer to these leaders as significant, rather than great. Great leaders have a positive connotation to them. By focusing on significant leaders, we can consider the full spectrum of leadership, with all of its positive and negative implications. This gives us a more nuanced view.

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A must-see for all HS History teachers!

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Transform Chrome's New Tab Page With These 5 Extensions

Transform Chrome's New Tab Page With These 5 Extensions | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Sure, Chrome's New Tab page is useful enough, and forged from the analysis of millions of user experience clicks, but why stick with what Google wants to serve up to you? There are several impressive extensions that can transform your New Tab page and provide some handy extra functionality.
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Knocking down barriersHow California superintendents are implementing blended learning | Christensen Institute

Knocking down barriersHow California superintendents are implementing blended learning | Christensen Institute | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

 

School districts across the United States are implementing blended learning to boost student achievement. We convened several California school district superintendents to answer the question:


"What are the barriers, real or perceived, to implementing blended learning in your district?"

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20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Google Classroom ( is available to schools with a Google Apps for Education (GAfE)domain. Classroom is a way to get all of your students in one place and allows you to easily assign work and for st...
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8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Edudemic

8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students | Edudemic | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
There are many reasons a student can lose focus in school. It can be bad grades that will discourage them to be inactive and to rebel. It can be the environment that can be stifling and suffocating for the students. It can be the fact that many of them don’t find it easy to see …
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The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart

The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word that he has trouble with: last night the word was “gratefully.” He eventually got it after a fairly painful minute. He then said, “Dad, aren’t you glad how I struggled with that word? I think I could feel my brain growing.” I smiled: my son was now verbalizing the tell­-tale signs of a “growth­ mindset.” But this wasn’t by accident. Recently, I put into practice research I had been reading about for the past few years: I decided to praise my son not when he succeeded at things he was already good at, but when he persevered with things that he found difficult. I stressed to him that by struggling, your brain grows. Between the deep body of research on the field of learning mindsets and this personal experience with my son, I am more convinced than ever that mindsets toward learning could matter more than anything else we teach.

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Yes, we can!

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7 Ways to Customize Gmail, Add Features and Save Time | Google Gooru

7 Ways to Customize Gmail, Add Features and Save Time | Google Gooru | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
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If you use Gmail, this piece is for you.

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Digital DBQs Prompt Deeper Learning for All Students

Digital DBQs Prompt Deeper Learning for All Students | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Great teaching with tablets: In Sabba Quidwai’s classes, students use iPads to browse, explore, share, and elaborate beyond summaries.
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Agree? Disagree?

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How-to Use Social Media Platforms to Create Meaningful Learning Assignments

How-to Use Social Media Platforms to Create Meaningful Learning Assignments | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
This post describes and provides examples of three social media platforms used as a pedagogical tool to create meaningful learning assignments in face-to-face and online courses. Social media platf...
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Buck Institute for Education - YouTube

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BIE is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching & learning by creating & disseminating products, practices & knowledge for effective Project Based Learning.
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Brilliant curation.

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Conversations, Clicks, Community, and Content | Student Affairs and Technology @insidehighered

Conversations, Clicks, Community, and Content | Student Affairs and Technology @insidehighered | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it

How a school handles its social media endeavors says a lot about the culture on its campus. Some institutions treat their social media channels like virtual billboards. Content is pushed out, conversations rarely take place, and posts get little to no engagement. It's essentially a hallmark of the old ways of doing communications. Think of it as PR 1.0...it's not engaging and it's certainly not adding very much value for the various audiences who like to engage with a school. Contrast that type of social media use with what most agree as being part of the best practices communications mix: conversations, reciprocity, customer service, community-driven content, and a commitment to engagement-oriented missives.

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We make a significant error if we simply substitute new tech for old, rather than seeking new methods of engagement.

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