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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age

Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age


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Excellent visual reference to traditional, blended learning styles as well as newer digital age approaches

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Richard Samson's curator insight, November 8, 2015 8:48 AM

Like Moodle!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 9, 2015 12:51 PM

Good, clear infographic comparing different learning theories alongside connectivism. Interesting to consider, whether you appreciate the theory or not. 

Ana Seb+'s curator insight, November 9, 2015 6:04 PM

¿Epoca de conectivismo?

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Top 1,000: Amazon predicts the hottest toys of the holidays

Top 1,000: Amazon predicts the hottest toys of the holidays | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In line with predictions recently revealed by Toys 'R' Us, online retail powerhouse Amazon boils down this year's top trends to STEM, dinosaurs, Star Wars gear and retro toys, and the company has turned to its experts - and data - to curate a list of more than a thousand toys.
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If Amazon is right, it's gonna be a Star Wars, STEM, and retro kind of holiday season.

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With Playmation launch, Disney evolves the notion of gaming

With Playmation launch, Disney evolves the notion of gaming | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With its official launch this past weekend, Disney's Playmation sets out to redefine a toys-to-life category that's now worth US$4 billion at American retail. Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media's VP of strategy and business development lays out Playmation's game plan.
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“Playmation combines the latest technology and storytelling from across The Walt Disney Company to inspire kids to play the way we did growing up—to run around and use their imaginations.”


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Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play

Kindergarten: While American Kids Read, Their Finnish Peers Play | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom.
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"No time for play in kindergarten anymore" - How do we import some of that Finnish water??

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Families are spending more time – and not necessarily dollars – on SVOD

Families are spending more time – and not necessarily dollars – on SVOD | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Families tend to subscribe first to broad audience SVOD providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime, and the second service typically added is another general audience platform. Only when they take on a third subscription do children’s-focused services and kid-specific “watch, play and learn” subscriptions achieve substantial numbers.
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"Families tend to subscribe first to broad audience SVOD providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime, and the second service typically added is another general audience platform. Only when they take on a third subscription do children’s-focused services and kid-specific “watch, play and learn” subscriptions achieve substantial numbers."


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Millennials Reconnect the Cable Cord as Children Arrive - NYTimes.com

Millennials Reconnect the Cable Cord as Children Arrive - NYTimes.com | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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Interesting to read how many childless millennials also are reconnecting the cord - only 5 percentage points dividing them from reconnectors with children.

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Wordsworth and the Invention of Childhood | JSTOR Daily

Wordsworth and the Invention of Childhood | JSTOR Daily | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Prior to the 18th century, children were considered little adults. It was only during the Romantic Era that the concept of childhood emerged.
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4 Lessons In Storytelling From a Screenwriter Who's Also a D&D Dungeon Master

4 Lessons In Storytelling From a Screenwriter Who's Also a D&D Dungeon Master | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Filmmaker and D&D devotee Matthew Robinson talks about what screenwriting and the fantasy roleplaying game have in common.
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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS! | Smart Media | Scoop.it

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!



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Molly Quinn's curator insight, August 5, 2015 11:41 AM

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!


Tom Whitford's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:27 PM

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!


Volkmar Langer's curator insight, August 20, 2015 3:57 AM

Placed a bit harsh in a nutshell, but also with a lot of truth...

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Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Welcome to a country where teaching is a highly prized profession. Finland’s teachers have kept the nation near the top of the influential Pisa performance rankings since they were first published in 2001, leading to an influx of educational tourists as other teachers have endeavoured to learn from the Finnish experience.

 

The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England, Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is “somewhere between administration and giving tests to students”. In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.

 

“Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,” Krokfors says. “The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.”

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

 
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Kati Pärkkä's curator insight, June 25, 2015 1:39 AM

Teachers' basic training is very qualified. To make sure that the quality of teaching stays on high level we should invest on in-service training of all teachers. The world and society is developing faster and faster every day...

Iva Golec's curator insight, August 3, 2015 9:43 AM
Welcome to a country where teaching is a highly prized profession. Finland’s teachers have kept the nation near the top of the influential Pisa performance rankings since they were first published in 2001, leading to an influx of educational tourists as other teachers have endeavoured to learn from the Finnish experience.

 

The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England, Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is “somewhere between administration and giving tests to students”. In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.

 

“Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,” Krokfors says. “The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.”

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

Boutara Nour Eddine's curator insight, August 10, 2015 12:55 PM
Welcome to a country where teaching is a highly prized profession. Finland’s teachers have kept the nation near the top of the influential Pisa performance rankings since they were first published in 2001, leading to an influx of educational tourists as other teachers have endeavoured to learn from the Finnish experience.

 

The high-level training is the basis for giving young teachers a great deal of autonomy to choose what methods they use in the classroom – in contrast to England, Krokfors says, where she feels teaching is “somewhere between administration and giving tests to students”. In Finland, teachers are largely free from external requirements such as inspection, standardised testing and government control; school inspections were scrapped in the 1990s.

 

“Teachers need to have this high-quality education so they really do know how to use the freedom they are given, and learn to solve problems in a research-based way,” Krokfors says. “The most important thing we teach them is to take pedagogical decisions and judgments for themselves.”

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Finland

 

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Why Would Google Inc. Want to Get Into Toys? (GOOG, GOOGL)

Why Would Google Inc. Want to Get Into Toys? (GOOG, GOOGL) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Is Google planning to tether kids to its cloud-based ecosystem with “smart toys”? - Leo Sun - Tech and Telecom
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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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Jukka Sormunen's curator insight, April 25, 2015 1:23 AM

Todays trainings we try bring idea to live! 

Rebekah Paraskevas's curator insight, April 25, 2015 8:48 PM

I love the way Sir Ken Robinson phrases his topics.  Here is another of his invaluable topics.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 2015 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

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The Art of Great Storytelling

The Art of Great Storytelling | Smart Media | Scoop.it
You hear someone mutter the word storytelling in a meeting and it's likely to trigger a wave of such overwhelming nausea that the only means of making it to the end is to continuously punch yourself in the face with...

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Notable mainly for its links to some classic how-tos on the subject.

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The first great works of digital literature are already being written

The first great works of digital literature are already being written | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Video games could be the greatest storytelling medium of our age – if only the worlds of art and technology would stop arguing and take notice
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Critical reading for both the tech and literary camps.

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The Hidden Depths of Sandra Boynton’s Board Books - The New Yorker

The Hidden Depths of Sandra Boynton’s Board Books - The New Yorker | Smart Media | Scoop.it
There is more to the hippos and cows and chickens and dogs and mice than meets the eye.
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"Art becomes great when its potential meanings multiply, breaking free of obvious uses and even creators’ intentions. On the millionth reading, great children’s books can still offer us something new. They become old friends bearing new secrets."

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LittleBits' new kit wants to spark the inventor in anyone - CNET

LittleBits' new kit wants to spark the inventor in anyone - CNET | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, targeted at kids and families, looks to guide novices on their way to becoming master builders.
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Refreshing change from Lego's relentless move to pre-fab, once-and-done kits

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Screen time guidelines for kids may finally get a reality check

Screen time guidelines for kids may finally get a reality check | Smart Media | Scoop.it
as one wise editor and boss told me once: “You’re only hurting yourself if you ban screens.”
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"as one wise editor and boss told me once: “You’re only hurting yourself if you ban screens.” "

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The 10 Most Critical Issues in Education Today

The 10 Most Critical Issues in Education Today | Smart Media | Scoop.it
What are the most critical issues in education today? What are challenges that we must face, and the problems that can't afford to ignore?

 

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Excellent article, a MUST read!


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Silvia Meza's curator insight, September 28, 2015 6:26 PM

Uno de los desafíos más importantes en la educación no es solo superar la brecha digital,sino también que resulte significativa para nuestros alumnos. Para que no sea un desperdicio de tiempo,oportunidades el nuevo paradigma educacional no solo enfatiza la necesidad de aprender,sino del como. El currículo basado en competencias pretende la puesta en acción de lo aprendido, dar cuenta de los saberes. No podemos ignorar los cambios que la revolución digital ha traído,pretendiendo que los niños aprenden como décadas atrás, debemos sumarnos al progreso digital.Emplear las nuevas herramientas.

Marisa Waigel's comment, September 30, 2015 6:44 PM
Muy buen artículo!!! Muy bien elegido. Gracias por compartirlo
Tony Palmeri's curator insight, October 24, 2015 11:38 AM

I chose this article because I have a grave concern for the viability for public education and am always interested in hearing insights about what must be "fixed". Wasting gifts, talents and abilities - Yes, the educational system does not seem to value many unique and specific talents. Instead, test achievement is valued! The author says that "The other issue is that there are not many jobs in the world that pay people to be good test takers". I wholeheartedly agree! a pencil paper task does not necessarily suggest one's capability of learning and accomplishing specific tasks associated with an occupation or profession. Another thing that I'm contemplating from this article that is a very complex issue: "...there is a danger of educational technology shaping us more than us shaping the technology". I believe that this threshold is sometimes exceeded. Electronic resources are meant to compliment and augment teaching. 

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Silicon Valley, Seeking Diversity, Focuses on Blacks

Silicon Valley, Seeking Diversity, Focuses on Blacks | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The acute underrepresentation of blacks in the technology industry has given rise to a flurry of initiatives in Silicon Valley to improve the situation.
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Evolution: A Coloring Book

Evolution: A Coloring Book | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A die-cut history of how the dinosaurs became birds and humans rose from the sea.

We were once amoebae, and here we are today, singing op
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Smarter than most entrants into the Adult Coloring Book bandwagon!

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10 new tech startups named to 2015 Disney Accelerator program

10 new tech startups named to 2015 Disney Accelerator program | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Mind-controlling technology, 3D printing and robotics are some of the big ideas emerging from the 10 tech-based companies named to the 2015 Disney Accelerator program, which offers three months of mentorship and up to US$120,000 in capital investment.
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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last | Smart Media | Scoop.it
"Stories ... are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance."

Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut b
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Moving accounts of how stories enrich and shape our lives, through good times and bad.

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Interactive gaming toys strike a chord with US parents

Interactive gaming toys strike a chord with US parents | Smart Media | Scoop.it
According to The NPD Group's new Interactive Gaming Toys report, 40% of parents in the US own at least one toys-to-life franchise and have spent an average of US$131 on this gaming segment in the past six months.
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Amazon Studios preps six new kids TV pilots

Amazon Studios preps six new kids TV pilots | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With just one preschool series in the lineup, the four animated and two live-action projects will be uploaded to instant video.
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, May 11, 2015 9:15 PM

Possibilities for children's story creators...