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Cybergogue: A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory

Cybergogue: A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Having explored a “learning theory” that George Siemens (2005; 2006a) and Stephen Downes (2005; 2007) developed for a networked and digital world called connectivism. Fascinating and extensive conversations in the blogosphere and in educational journals debate whether connectivism is a new learning theory or whether it is merely a digital extension of constructivism. Siemens and Downes initially received increasing attention in the blogosphere in 2005 when they discussed their ideas concerning distributed knowledge.


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Theories should change over time. Largely, I see connectivism as the necessary changes to constructivism that help us think about the wa we construct and reconstruct learning.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 2014 1:49 PM

This piece calls into questions connectivism as a shiny new theory toy, vs. prevailing knowledge about learning through the lense of constructivism.    For theorist examples, look to the learning perspectives of Maria Montessori, John Dewey and David Kolb.  Constructivism defined also has roots in art and architecture, of Russian heritage.


Via the Talent & Performance Development curation stream, I was able to give name to constructivism as my preferred lense, reference experiential learning, action research, productive tension in learning.  Via Wikipedia, the definition includes, "a perspective in education, is based on experiential learning through real life experience to construct and conditionalize knowledge."    ~ D

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This learning style is creating a new digital divide in the U.S. | eSchool News | eSchool News

This learning style is creating a new digital divide in the U.S. | eSchool News | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
States that still don’t support online and blended learning styles are creating a major digital divide for students across the U.S.
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The digital divide is growing and new ones appearing. That is not good news.

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Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth the Hype

Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth the Hype | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Each January, I have the opportunity to facilitate a course in Leading and Managing Technology for the Educational Leadership Program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of (Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth ...
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There is a reference to Michael Fullan's new book Stratosphere and the importance of pedagogy. I don't disagree pedagogy trumps curriculum, which is a technology, and digital technology, but Fullan left a lot of room about what he meant. The challenge is without great conversing and great leading at ground level we are left with managers who act as cheerleaders for the next great technology. I think the use of digitize technologies is important. I just think the hype needs to be toned down and conversations happen that help make it happen in ways that improve teaching (pedagogy) and learning.

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The Relationship Between Technology And Education

The Relationship Between Technology And Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The following presentation from Steven Wheeler, Associate Professor at the University of Plymouth, explores some of the changes in both technology and education, including game-based learning, gamification, augmented reality, and mobile learning.

 


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I wonder where wisdom fits in all this?

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Flipped Classroom Visually Explained for Teachers

Flipped Classroom Visually Explained for Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
February23, 2014
Flipped classroom or flipped learning is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse the traditional role of classroom time. If in the past,...

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There are some good points in each bullets. Learning is not a given in any setting.

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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:06 PM

a simple graphic on the concept of flipped classroom!

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, February 25, 2014 2:10 AM

a simple graphic on the concept of flipped classroom!

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10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning

10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
How much time do we put into the design of the assessment plans in our online courses? Is most of that time focused upon summative graded assignments that factor into the course grade? Or, do they also include opportunity for practice and informal feedback?

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They make sense, but ask teachers about authentic assessment. It is still thought of as an isolated activity where the student does their project alone. That is not the way of the world and has not been forever. We work and learn together. Why not assess together?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:32 AM

Applies to the online, blended, and traditional classroom.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 24, 2014 4:43 PM

Assessment should reflect purpose. We require summative assessment in our society and yet we know learners thrive, grow and develop on a diet of formative assessment. The balance is the key! Feedback and the use of authentic assessment tasks are critical positive factors.

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, February 25, 2014 9:19 AM

Wonderful article that challenges us to think through the online assessments and their prep!

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Relationship Between Age, Experience, and Student Preference for ...

Relationship Between Age, Experience, and Student Preference for ... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The results of the data analysis revealed a statistically significant relationship between student age and student preference for certain types of online learning activities. Older students in the study indicated a much stronger ...

Via Linda Kaiser, PhD
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It makes sense that age and tech preference would be correlated positively. It does not mean that students use technology well, but prefer to use it. That suggests some questions about how to close the gap between preference and good use in learning.

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"Digital Citizenship" - A Haiku Deck by Mary Clark

"Digital Citizenship" - A Haiku Deck by Mary Clark | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Digital Citizenship Preso based on Craig Badura's (@mrbadura) Digital Citizenship kit.

 


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This is an interesting approach with some interesting text to go with images. It might be something students would be able to understand digital citizenship, particularly in younger grades.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 25, 2014 12:41 PM

Craig Badura (@mrbadura) shared his digital citizenship survival kit in a blog post, and graciously allowed me to create a Haiku Deck entirely borrowed from it!  Here's a link to the post: 

 

http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/digital-survival/

 

 

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10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal

10 Major Technology Trends in Education -- THE Journal | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.

Via Nik Peachey, Janice Comrie
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

The last trend, framed as a question, is important and a key one we should always be asking. What makes this right tool? We did before digital technologies. Why not now? It might even be a great one to ask students.

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Wayan Eka Budiartha's curator insight, March 6, 2014 4:56 AM

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Monty Bell's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:23 AM

Most of this we already know, but the data helps clarify for educators the need to look forward and how tech is woven into what we do, how we teach and how we learn. 

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, March 7, 2014 10:21 AM

Interesting ideas about where education is headed!  Keeping up with the technology may be difficult but necessary.  

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Archive! Humanizing Online Grading with Voice & Video

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Archive! Humanizing Online Grading with Voice & Video | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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I was reading John Dewey today and he said humans have the unique capacity to consider community as remote. All other sentient beings, are unable to do that effectively. Those five bullets are important to what humans do.

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Helping students create positive digital footprints by getting them to blog

Helping students create positive digital footprints by getting them to blog | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
How you choose to utilize student blogs is up to you. Nevertheless, choosing to integrate blogging into your classroom to support existing curriculum is fundamental to a new millenium approach to education.

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I like the idea that we choose and integrate blogging. That suggests a mindful approach that is not always evident.

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Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide

Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
It's estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

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You would think we have more access. I think of all the educators who tell me they are computer and tech experts and, now that I think of it, none of them actually taught a computer science course of any form.

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The Problem with the Flipped Classroom Movement

The Problem with the Flipped Classroom Movement | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"The flipped classroom is just that, a classroom with the times attributed to certain tasks that are flipped. It is not student centered, but just a rehash of sage-on-the-stage direct instruction.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Learning Futures | Curtin Learning and Teaching, Blaine Morrow
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Mark Page-Botello makes a good point about the need for student motivation. I think teachers have to be as active, but in different and, perhaps new ways. I think of Whitehead's phrase about learning being about the character of the pupils and the genius of the teacher.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 23, 2014 10:42 AM

For my teaching friends out there;

I must agree this is a problem as the classroom becomes a place of "easier and easier learning" the work place becomes a place of "continuously more difficult working demands". If we tie together the flipped classroom with a schedule of the time in the classroom it may be a way to address this valid issue. 

John McDermott Neill's curator insight, October 12, 2014 11:45 PM

A different view of the usefulness of the flipped classroom. Something to think about!

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Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension

Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Education musings, technology, and lessons; my life as a teacher by Pernille Ripp.

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I always wanted to blog in the first three dimensions, but this helped. Some of the things to do have been around for a while, but it is good to be reminded.

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Northern San Joaquin Valley, Sierra teacher learn the latest about educational ... - Merced Sun-Star

Northern San Joaquin Valley, Sierra teacher learn the latest about educational ... - Merced Sun-Star | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Gregg Eilers and Chad King, start their session of ClassDojo: Manage Your Class Like a Ninja.
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Keeping up with technology is a challenge. Are there other ways to find ways to keep pace. It seems we are always chasing.

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Your Life: Online, Anytime

Your Life: Online, Anytime | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We live in an information age and while there's plenty
of knowledge to gain about anything and everything,
there's also a lot of i

Via Dan Kirsch
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Yes, it is a great story which points out the risks of living online. It is about being cautious in a world where we know digital technologies are here to stay. What do we do to protect ourselves?

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Dan Kirsch's curator insight, February 25, 2014 10:38 AM

Great story from our local news station on how students at Dakota State University are learning about how easy it is for hackers to steal people’s information and identities via their social media platforms. As well as learning about to prevent these situations from taking place in the future. 

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Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies | Selected Reads

Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies | Selected Reads | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A platform featuring academic reviews of books spanning different topics. Selected Reads is particularly helpful for Teachers, educators, academics, student researchers and bibliophiles.

Via Dan Kirsch
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The way we choose and use technologies extends beyond emerging and to existing. It is not like we kick the old to the curb. I know some think that is the case, but we gradually shift. Whitehead' The Adventure of Ideas is a great book about how gradual that drift can be.

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Where is the pedagogy in flipped classrooms?

Where is the pedagogy in flipped classrooms? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“Where is the pedagogy in flipped classrooms? Flipped classrooms themselves are not a pedagogical practice per se but more just a tool.”


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Pedagogy is teaching whether it be in the form of lectures, videos, reading, conversation, etc. All of those have to be considered in contextual and relational ways. Which one best fits the particular needs of a student? That is an essential ad sensitive question in any classroom environment.

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Eja Kliphuis's curator insight, February 24, 2014 2:20 PM
The P of TPaCK and let's not forget the O: how to Organize the complete composition of learning and teaching activities
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vanity and social media - the digital ego boost

vanity and social media - the digital ego boost | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Years ago, in order to reach out to a friend or colleague, you would call them, email them, walk over to their cubical, or even send a text message. Now, we reach out via social media networks. To ...

Via Carly Alyssa Thorne http://XeeMe.com/CarlyAlyssaThorne  , Amy Ragsdale
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Vanity and social media combined is an interesting concept. What does it mean in classrooms and in education?

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Amy Ragsdale's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:35 PM

 

From the article:

"Businesses should consider their audience. Are they going to increase their profits simply because there are 10,000 people who liked their page? Or will they see the profits from the 2,500 fans that shop sites, spread informative content to their peers, or post positive reviews on the fan page? Who is communicating back on their social media pages is what matters. Businesses should focus on delivering meaningful and engaging content, not just vanity posts."

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The Teacher's Guide To Flipped Classrooms - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Flipped Classrooms - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We've combed through thousands of resources to offer you our first official guide to flipped classrooms. It's a curated list just for you.

Via Steve Yuen, Suvi Salo
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I am reading Gert Biesta and he says learning does not happen because we say it does. Learning is something that has to coincide with teaching.

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4twenty2's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:54 AM

A great resource for information on Flipped Learning.   Although based on the education system many of these techniques are being used for business training, meaning time spent in the classroom becomes more productive, interactive and meaningful.

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Space exploration is a waste of money

Space exploration is a waste of money | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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If my understanding is right, this post is curated by students which is quite impressive.

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Is Technology Making You Lonely?

Is Technology Making You Lonely? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Question, Is Technology Making You Lonely? It's a question rarely heard but one we all need to ask. Is technology making you lonely?

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It can be isolating. I don't think we realize how much yet.

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craig daniels's curator insight, February 22, 2014 2:25 PM

Have you been asked, Is Technology Making You Lonely?

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My vision for an open textbook

My vision for an open textbook | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Display

Tony Bates,
online learning and distance edcuation resources,
February 20, 2014
Tony Bates is always interesting and therefore so is his vision for an open textbook ("a personal vision for what I want to do, he writes.

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This might be an interesting project to follow. I like the focus on teaching. We focus so much on learning we forget the role teaching plays in learning.

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The Fragmented Educator | George @Veletsianos

The Fragmented Educator | George @Veletsianos | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We have a new paper available that continues our research on networked participation/learning and networked participatory scholarship. This one arises out of Royce Kimmons   dissertation, which I had the joy, honor, and good fortune of chairing.

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Should identity be fragmented? I always think of myself as one person who operates in various ways. I don't think of that in fragmented way. Rather, I try to bring who I am to each way of being in that situation. Certainly, there are nuances based on a particular role i.e. parent, child, teacher, blogger, etc., but it is important to try to see them holistically. I wonder what the concept 'fragmented teacher' means in teaching?

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Digital literacy: what is all the fuss about?

Digital literacy: what is all the fuss about? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"Digital literacy" is one of the fashionable terms that we tend to hear or read about quite a lot nowadays. And, to be fair, it is, undeniably, a topical issue, as it relates to the way we interact...

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As soon as the word train is used, I wonder what we are doing. It is about learning and using the skills.

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