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Stanford launches Class2Go, an open-source platform for online classes

Stanford launches Class2Go, an open-source platform for online classes | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
The platform, called Class2Go, allows professors the flexibility to incorporate other online tools and to conduct research as they teach.

 

The newest member of the family of platforms hosting online university courses was formally presented in society last week. Its name is Class2Go, and its proud parents are a team of eight engineers at Stanford's Computer Science Department.


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Methods & web sources that integrate technology into the curriculum, so that it supports learner-centered, constructivist teaching methods.
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Education World: Are You a Techno-Constructivist?

Education World: Are You a Techno-Constructivist? | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

"Technology is transforming education. Teachers have access to more information, more ways to interact and collaborate, and more approaches to instruction than ever before. Technology can enable teachers to accommodate a variety of orientations to learning, track student progress, remediate struggling students, and challenge advanced learners. Traditional barriers no longer restrain educators from meeting the needs of every child. And children are reaping the benefits of the digital explosion! Combine the boom in instructional technology and the trend of constructivism and you have a potent mixture. Through this alchemy we are witnessing professionals who use technology in constructivist ways -- techno-constructivists!"

 

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Megsy Poole's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:57 PM

This website explains and gives examples of how to become a techno-constructivist teacher. That is teachers who integrates technology into the curriculum so that it not only complements instruction but redefines it.  They rcognise the full potential of technology to help children build on their own experiences, construct their own meanings, create products, and solve problems successfully.

It provides links to resources and ideas to create and implement internet projects, webquests, class blogs and e-portfolios along with tips and links to a wide range of other useful sites.

A really great site!

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PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations

PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
Free educational simulations covering a diverse topics designed by the University of Colorado available in various languages.
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Great source for INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS
FOR SCIENCE AND MATH

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Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say

Students Can Learn by Explaining, Studies Say | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
Researchers at a national conference discuss how asking students for explanations can deepen their understanding.
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Very true.... we learn best by teaching others.

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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.
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"So why does this thingless “thing” — at its core, a mere sequence of sounds — hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value?

The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. But for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers."

 
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Dennis T OConnor's comment, June 16, 2013 4:29 PM
Nice find Maggie. I re-scooped this to my integrated medicine page. It fits nicely with my own music therapy experiences.
Maggie Rouman's comment, June 17, 2013 7:54 PM
I've studied music and sound therapy as well. Glad you liked the article!
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Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds

Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
Unlike introverts, extroverts associate feel-good chemicals with their environments, new research suggests.
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Hanya Lamp's curator insight, December 27, 2013 6:09 PM

Interesting - this study finds brain-based strong differences in what people find rewarding and motivating. It's something we inherently know about other people...but this is quantifying research.

 

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E-learning for Educators: The Acorn that grew the Online Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout

E-learning for Educators:  The Acorn that grew the Online Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Great online teaching/e-learning course & certificate program:


EDUC 760: ELearning for Educators

 

I wrote this course in 2005 as the first course in the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Program. In 2001, Kay Lehmann and I had concieved a program that provided quality online training in the art of teaching online and also provided a mentored practicum.  

 

I presented the idea to Joan Vandervelde who worked the UW-Stout School of Education to get the academic backing needed to creat a new certificate program.  

 

I wrote the first course.  I asked Kay to write what is now our 4th course: Creating collaborative communities.  

 

I recruited Datta Khaur Khalsa to write E-Learning Assessment and Susan Manning to Write E-Learning Instructional Design. 

 

I also wrote the Practicum class which I also teach.

 

Over the past 8 years The E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program has grown and prospered. We've added terrific new staff to maintain our small class sizes.  Despite a tough economy we continue to grow.  Curious?  Join us find your way to a new future. 


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Great program!
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Wibbitz - Convert Text to Video

Wibbitz - Convert Text to Video | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Wibbitz is a text-to-video platform that can automatically turn any text-based article, post or feed into a short video. Using Wibbitz almost any article, post or feed on the web can be instantly turned into a short video clip.


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Linda Mercer's comment, November 28, 2012 9:02 AM
Thanks for all of your comments and responses to my question. Perhaps the relative success of using Wibbitz depends upon the platform (if that's the right term!) upon which the web page rests. Interesting idea though.
Linda Mercer's comment, November 28, 2012 9:02 AM
Thanks for all of your comments and responses to my question. Perhaps the relative success of using Wibbitz depends upon the platform (if that's the right term!) upon which the web page rests. Interesting idea though.
Dennis T OConnor's comment, November 29, 2012 4:07 PM
I've had nothing but success using this tool. I've used the RSS feeds from my scoop.it magazines to create a Wibbitz news feed that I've placed on several of my blogs. Platform: Chrome +PC
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21st Century Information Fluency (Website)

21st Century Information Fluency (Website) | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

(Website) "The 21 st Century Information Fluency Project (21CIF) began in 2001 when the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy received funds from the US Department of Education to research and develop training in the largely unexplored field of online information literacy. It immediately became clear that the largest needs in this area were for professional development and resources to help educators and students improve their ability to locate, evaluate and use digital information more effectively, efficiently and ethically. That has always been, and remains today, the mission of 21CIF."

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Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review

Coursera, edX, and MOOCs Are Changing the Online Education Business | MIT Technology Review | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Students anywhere are being offered free instruction online. What will that do to the trillion-dollar education business?
"If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford’s Model-T production line, or even the bicycle. The list goes on.

Now answer this one: what’s been the single biggest innovation in education?

Don’t worry if you come up blank. You’re supposed to. The question is a gambit used by Anant Agarwal, the computer scientist named this year to head edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the Web, free, to anyone who wants one. His point: it’s rare to see major technological advances in how people learn."

 

 

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Seven Keys to Effective Feedback|Grant Wiggins

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback|Grant Wiggins | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Advice, evaluation, grades—none of these provide the descriptive information that students need to reach their goals. What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning?

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Emotionally Intelligent Math Software for Kids | SMARTeacher

Emotionally Intelligent Math Software for Kids | SMARTeacher | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

This is a math software program that reinforces skills taught in class and helps improve learning and retention. It is an emotionally intelligent educational game, which takes game based learning to a new level. This game monitors and responds to a student's emotions, in order to enhance the rate at which they learn. It utilizes a sensor such as a simple wristband, which monitors physiological feedback. This feedback helps personalize learning. For example, the game can automatically provide help if students are feeling frustrated, and it can challenge them if they are bored. It provides scaffolding and keeps students in the flow or heightened learning state.

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Naomi Orlovsky's comment, November 2, 2012 5:04 PM
ooh! This looks very interesting! Thanks for the share!
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The 30 Best Web 2.0 Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition) | Edudemic

The 30 Best Web 2.0 Tools For Teachers (2012 Edition) | Edudemic | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

A slideshow of the "30 Best Web 2.0 Tools" that contains many popular tools. Most are free (although a few have costs involved) and chances are there may be one or two that are new to you. "Each slide...contains the name, description, link and screenshot of what each tool looks like and does."

Have fun exploring and bringing a new tool into your classroom.


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Alex Bazil's curator insight, March 12, 9:28 AM

An in-depth list of popular and useful Web 2.0 Tools; showing how easily these various tools can be applied to almost anything.

alena sanchez's curator insight, March 12, 12:07 PM

This shows you multiple sites, and web 2.0 tools. It is very handy to have in case you want to explore different ways to present things on the computer.

sajeda omar's curator insight, March 13, 1:14 PM

this pin talks about a useful way to keep all teacher related items in folders. a good way to store homework and student assignments in a beneficial way 

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Globaloria.org| Invent-Build-Share Games

Globaloria.org| Invent-Build-Share Games | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Globaloria is a social learning network where students develop digital literacies STEM and computing knowledge and global citizenship through games.

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Free Online Textbooks, Flashcards, Practice, Real World Examples, Simulations | CK-12 Foundation

Free Online Textbooks, Flashcards, Practice, Real World Examples, Simulations | CK-12 Foundation | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history
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Great physics simulations as well!

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Steady Online Learning Growth in HigherEd, Faculty Clueless on OER

Steady Online Learning Growth in HigherEd, Faculty Clueless on OER | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Online learning in US HigherEd continues its slow and steady growth as a viable alternative and complement to traditional delivery.
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How typeface influences the way we read and think

How typeface influences the way we read and think | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

...And why everyone hates Comic Sans MS "Typography is one ingredient in a pretty complicated presentation," Cyrus Highsmith, a typeface designer and author of the book Inside Paragraphs, told me over the phone. "Typography is the detail and the presentation of a story. It represents the voice of an atmosphere, or historical setting of some kind. It can do a lot of things."

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I always liked Comic Sans...

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An interesting read about typeface and the psychology behind it. Watch the embedded video about Helvetica. 

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"Typography is the detail and the presentation of a story. It represents the voice of an atmosphere, or historical setting of some kind. It can do a lot of things."

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20 Ways To Use PowerPoint With Bloom's Taxonomy

20 Ways To Use PowerPoint With Bloom's Taxonomy | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
I would wager a guess that the majority of teachers uses PowerPoint as a way to present information and lecture in class. In fact, PowerPoint has been under a lot of flack lately for being tired, d...

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Sue Blough's comment, June 21, 2013 4:23 PM
This article is relevant to idea of engaging students in multiple ways and multiple intelligences. Good food for thought.
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 23, 2013 7:47 AM

New ways we might use PowerPoint in our classroom.

 

jorganiser's curator insight, September 1, 2014 9:55 AM

Two of my favourite things in a table - with bold words too!  Where does each task sit on the SAMR model I wonder?

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STEMbite: An Experiment in Teaching with Google Glass

STEMbite: An Experiment in Teaching with Google Glass | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it
For the past two months, I've been the only teacher in the world to have Google Glass -- the most highly anticipated (and intensely coveted) technology to emerge in years. How did I get this incredib

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Persuasive Games - Games & Simulations

Persuasive Games - Games & Simulations | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Persuasive Games has a diverse portfolio of successful videogames. These games are designed for advertisers, public policy makers, corporate trainers, educators, news organizations—as well as ordinary people.

We strive to push the envelope of traditional game design while demonstrating the power of games as a persuasive medium. The result is a powerful thought adventure leading to new ways of thinking.

 

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Information Investigator

Information Investigator | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Great information fluency and digital literacy course!

"Our newest self-guided course is designed for students in middle school through college and profession development. The three to four hour experience includes pre- and post- performance assessments and interactive tutorial challenges.

Information Investigator 4.0 is the fourth in a series of assessment-tutorial packages that may be incorporated within a class, library orientation or independent study.

Affordable licensing for classes, schools and districts is available."

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Degreed launches crowdfunding campaign for reimagined ‘digital diploma’

Degreed launches crowdfunding campaign for reimagined ‘digital diploma’ | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

San Francisco startup Degreed is challenging the traditional college diploma with an online service that tracks and scores educational achievements from established institutions as well as new online learning platforms

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The Jigsaw Classroom: Overview of the Technique

The Jigsaw Classroom: Overview of the Technique | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

The jigsaw technique is a cooperative learning approach that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.


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5 videos on connected learning

5 videos on connected learning | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Here are four very powerful videos from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub that are guaranteed to make you think hard about learning, teaching, and schooling. You can watch them all in less than half an hour.


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António Maneira's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:12 AM

Asking the right questions is always the most important. Thinking about learning taking into account the student experience is a great idea!

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Knewton - Adaptive Learning Platform™

Knewton - Adaptive Learning Platform™ | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Platform that uses data mining..."Our Adaptive Learning Platform™ brings personalized learning to students worldwide, every day. Learn how Knewton can power your content.Knewton is a technology company that uses data to continuously personalize online learning content for individual students. Knewton analyzes data about the performance of each student and similar students on the platform, as well as the relevance of the educational content, in order to serve up the best activity for each student at a particular moment in time."

 

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Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors

Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

Kay Lehmann and Lisa Chamberlin the outstanding online instructors who teach the University of Wisconsin Stout's Creating Collaborative Communities in E-learning, created a one-stop page for advice and tips on: Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors.


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Perfect timing!
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Simulation Nation: The Promise of Virtual Learning Activities

Simulation Nation: The Promise of Virtual Learning Activities | Techno Constructivism | Scoop.it

"Computer-simulation technology is a way of looking at objects or systems that encourage a learner not only to wonder, "What would happen if . . . ?" but also to try out those alternatives virtually and see the consequences. It is a way for learners to acquire experience about how things and systems in the world behave, without actually touching them. I call it interactive pretending." (Video)

 


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