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10 tips for EdTech entrepreneurs

10 tips for EdTech entrepreneurs | |
Edtech entrepreneurs all set out with good intentions; to better education. While noble, these intentions are met with many obstacles and failure is easy. Only 14% of teachers use digital curricula weekly. So while the doors of opportunity seem open, the market is saturated with products that never make their way into the classroom. If edtech entrepreneurs are to flourish, they need to address the fears that educators have about technology while pushing innovation. Below are 10 Tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs
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Search here and see if your job is going to die

Search here and see if your job is going to die | |
Thirteen years ago, two prominent U.S. economists wrote that driverless cars couldn’t execute a left turn against oncoming traffic because too many factors were involved. Six years later, Google proved it could make fully autonomous cars, threatening the livelihoods of millions of truck and taxi drivers. Throughout much of the developed world, gainful employment is seen as almost a fundamental right. But what if, in the not-too-distant future, there won’t be enough jobs to go around? That’s what some economists think will happen as robots and artificial intelligence increasingly become capable of performing human tasks. Of course, past technological upheavals created more jobs than they destroyed. But some labor experts argue that this time could be different: Technology is replacing human brains as well as brawn.
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[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education

[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education | |

Learning — to some it is the sound of chalk on blackboards,  the search through stacks of scribbled notes, and backpacks full of heavy textbooks. For others with a less traditional lens, learning is the summoning of professors with a click of a mouse, assignments no longer living on paper, but in a cloud, and the ‘classroom’ being everywhere. Education has changed considerably in recent years and we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon.

Because of the advancement of technology, institutions are able to reach more students than ever with the help of quality and accessible online courses. ‘eLearning’, ‘distance education’, ‘blended learning’, ‘online campuses,’ and other related programs have grown more prominent in higher education institutions. According to NCES data, there were 5.5 million students enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions in fall of 2013.

There are many technologies flooding the market that help foster innovative teaching and learning. These tools, such as learning management systems, lecture capture systems, simulation creators, authoring, and video and audio tools, have flooded into the classrooms and lecture halls of higher education. However, the inference that these innovative tools aid learning should not be immediately assumed. With faculties’ full work load, learning and implementing new and often complex tools to improve their online pedagogy isn’t a priority. In fact, as the needs and tools of institutions have evolved, instructional designers have positioned themselves as pivotal players in the design and delivery of learning
experiences. Instructional designers exist to bridge the gap between faculty instruction and student online learning. But who, exactly, are instructional designers? What do they do? Where do they fit in higher education?

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10 apps perfectas para gestionar el aula

10 apps perfectas para gestionar el aula | |

Las nuevas tecnologías cada día ganan más peso en el sector educativo. Gracias a ellas, las clases pueden ser mucho más participativas e interactivas para los alumnos, pero también son perfectas para la mejorar la organización y simplificar el trabajo diario de los docentes. ¿Conoces estas APPs para profesores?

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EntreCulturas's curator insight, October 18, 8:08 AM
Una recopilación de  diez aplicaciones útiles para los  profesores que permite gestionar de manera más eficaz las clases, automatizar muchas de las labores cotidianas además de organizar y simplificar el trabajo diario del docente.!

[PDF] Thinking & acting like a designer: How design thinking supports innovation in K-12 education 

[PDF] Thinking & acting like a designer: How design thinking supports innovation in K-12 education  | |
The needs of the twenty-first century demand new approaches to learning. Today, student success requires skills for collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving, and these skills are increasingly becoming a focus in both K-12 and higher education settings. But twenty-first century learning needs to be much more if we are to expect young people to both navigate an unknown and complex future and meet the challenges that accompany it.
We need change-makers, people who will redefine problems, inspire new ideas, take informed risks, and never stop learning. Change-makers implement and evolve solutions that aim to better the individual and the whole, be it a classroom, a school, a community, or a society. This is the approach of a designer and the focus of this publication.
Design touches all aspects of our world. As this publication shows, designers work to impact the human experience, and they generally do this with particular mindsets that encourage looking at challenges as opportunities for design. Four mindsets typically guide the behavior of a designer: human-centered, collaborative, optimistic, and experimental. Designers also often act in a particular way, following a process that helps them generate and evolve ideas, beginning with problem-defining and empathy, using synthesis and prototyping to develop strategic ideas, and ending with implementation.
Taken together, how designers think and act make for design thinking, a human-centered approach to creative thinking and problem solving. Thinking and acting as a designer and, in turn, employing design thinking are powerful ways to encourage people to become change-makers in education.
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Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the one thing it can't do well 

Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the one thing it can't do well  | |

It isn’t just the tech entrepreneurs and Hollywood directors who dream about the role that artificial intelligence can play, or will play, in everyday human life—educators have begun to join them.


However, those dreams aren’t always pleasant and may, in fact, sometimes turn into nightmares. If computer systems are able to perform tasks that humans have performed for thousands of years, will it render teachers and administrators a thing of the past? Or is artificial intelligence the secret to freeing up educators’ time for other, non-routine tasks, like mentoring and spending more one-on-one time with students?


To find out, I went straight to the source—eight educators, including superintendents, coaches and teachers—to find out whether AI tickles their fancy or scares them straight. The results? A lot more mixed than you might imagine.

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4 ways that the best teachers use Technology

4 ways that the best teachers use Technology | |

Everyone can remember who their favorite teachers were growing up. Given the tools of their time -a chalkboard and possibly a projector- these educators were able to make their students enthusiastic about learning. Through their lessons, these teachers had the ability to help the students gain the skills they would need to eventually succeed in the world.

As any good educator will tell you, teachers are now faced with more challenges than ever before -standardized tests, teaching to many different levels of learners, facing more distractions in the classroom, board of education requirements and so much more. But these challenges don’t scare good teachers away. Over the years, Emaze has worked with thousands of great teachers who sought ways to add edtech to their classrooms. What they believe students need to thrive is access to the tools and skills that will enable them to think creatively in the modern world and succeed.

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7 elementos clave para mejorar la educación escolar

7 elementos clave para mejorar la educación escolar | |

Para hablar de los elementos clave para mejorar la educación que ofrecemos en nuestras escuelas, primero es necesario que nos pongamos de acuerdo en qué es y qué función tiene la institución escolar.

En un mundo donde la información fluye de forma incontrolada, en una sociedad donde la posverdad parece modelar nuestra forma de ver el mundo y los robots nos están sustituyendo en tareas antes reservadas a las personas, la escuela no puede ser exclusivamente un lugar de transmisión de conocimiento.

La escuela debe ser también un lugar donde posibilite el desarrollo personal y social (crecimiento personal, habilidades sociales, valores, habilidades no cognitivas...), y el desarrollo laboral (aprender a aprender, adaptación al cambio, autonomía e iniciativa emprendedora, responsabilidad...). Es decir, en la escuela se deben trabajar todas aquellas habilidades, destrezas y conocimientos que permitan a las personas tener una vida plena.

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Using Design Thinking to drive iNnOvAtIoN

Using Design Thinking to drive iNnOvAtIoN | |

Amongst all this uncertainty, one thing is clear: to succeed, media organisations have to excel at innovation. Innovation must become a core competency along with an appetite for experimentation and quick failure followed by more experimentation.

One place media organisations can look to as they turn their employees into innovators, is Stanford University’s Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design - also known as the - where the focus is on “creating innovators rather than any particular innovation,” and the art of Design Thinking is best learned by doing.

Design Thinking is at the core of the work of the and can be thought of as a methodology for innovation that combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines.

According to the’s website, the focus is on creating’ spectacularly transformative learning experiences’ and along the way, students develop a process for producing creative solutions to even the most complex challenges they tackle.

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Comunidades de Práctica y Desarrollo Profesional Docente

Comunidades de Práctica y Desarrollo Profesional Docente | |
Wenger sostiene que el aprendizaje es un proceso inherentemente social y que, por tanto, no puede separarse del contexto social en el que ocurre. Situando por tanto sus propuestas en el ámbito de la antropología social y bajo el paradigma del aprendizaje situado, Wenger se refiere a una comunidad de práctica como a un grupo de personas que comparten un interés, un conjunto de problemas, o una pasión sobre un tema, y además profundizan su conocimiento y experiencia a través de una interacción continua que fortalece sus relaciones.
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Design Thinking in Education  

Design Thinking in Education   | |

Design Thinking is a mindset and approach to learning, collaboration, and problem solving. In practice, the design process is a structured framework for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions. Design Thinking can be flexibly implemented; serving equally well as a framework for a course design or a roadmap for an activity or group project.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 18, 6:21 PM
Design Thinking is a mindset and approach to learning, collaboration, and problem solving. In practice, the design process is a structured framework for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions. Design Thinking can be flexibly implemented; serving equally well as a framework for a course design or a roadmap for an activity or group project.

Download the HGSE Design Thinking in Education infographic to learn more about what Design Thinking is and why it is powerful in the classroom.


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Rubiel's curator insight, November 20, 11:18 AM
Creativity does not just occur in the arts, it happens within engineering design, policy making, problem solving, game strategizing, and especially lesson planning. And it’s a process that takes many forms, from conceiving an idea to shaping thoughts into something tangible to polishing a draft. During the process, there are likely many redos, as each draft and conversation inspires a new take on the idea, which may sharpen the picture of one’s creation.!

Cómo enseñar en el aula con Whatsapp o códigos QR

Cómo enseñar en el aula con Whatsapp o códigos QR | |
El pedir que los alumnos apaguen los celulares o los inhabiliten sobre la mesa del profesor son estrategias que están perdiendo adhesión. Hay docentes que comprueban día a día que vale la pena perder el miedo de aprender junto a sus alumnos y que usar los teléfonos como herramientas pedagógicas agiliza y mejora los procesos de enseñanza y aprendizaje.
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What are 21st century skills?

What are 21st century skills? | |
These skills have always been important for students, though they are particularly important in our information-based economy. When most workers held jobs in industry, the key skills were knowing a trade, following directions, getting along with others, working hard, and being professional—efficient, prompt, honest, and fair. Schools have done an excellent job of teaching these skills, and students still need them.

To hold information-age jobs, though, students also need to think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, communicate clearly in many media, learn ever-changing technologies, and deal with a flood of information. The rapid changes in our world require students to be flexible, to take the initiative and lead when necessary, and to produce something new and useful.
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Change and inertia

Change and inertia | |

Recently, I was discussing change with teams of academic staff at a large university in the Southern Hemisphere, and as a result of the conversations I developed the model of change which is illustrated here. It synthesises the work of Clayton Christensen and others, and is a simple linear stage model that attempts to identify sequences of events that can lead to transformation of organisations. I propose that this model applies as equally to schools, colleges and universities as it does to large businesses - which I will refer to collectively as organisations.

Via Alfredo Calderón
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[Video] 3 alternativas a la lección magistral

[Video] 3 alternativas a la lección magistral | |

En busca de responder a las demandas educativas actuales, tenemos la responsabilidad como profesores de encontrar alternativas a la lección magistral. Tenemos la obligación de buscar estrategias que favorezcan las relaciones entre los iguales, que generen un modelo de relación profesor-alumno más humano y que busquen la participación activa y el razonamiento crítico de los estudiantes.…

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Marta Torán's curator insight, November 21, 2:39 PM

Aprendizaje cooperativo mediante Puzzle de Aronson o Jigsaw.
Clase flexible.
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6 things a Mobile Learning Management System can actually do for you

6 things a Mobile Learning Management System can actually do for you | |
Saying that mobiles are ubiquitous is quite an understatement today. Most people begin their day with their smartphones, and end with one too. And in between these two are some more (and other types of) mobile devices that are used, depending on the context and the location, at any given time of the day!

Forrester predicts tablet use for work and home to triple to 905 million units by 2017. Employees are moving toward smaller, more portable devices, and tablets, wearables, and ultrabooks are expected to be the primary work devices by 2020. These are the people that make up today’s robust workforce and are the very pulse of an organization. For a workforce that's this multi-device- and mobile-friendly, it is only natural that its learning is mobile too.
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[PDF] Collaborative Profesionalism

[PDF] Collaborative Profesionalism | |
Collaboration is the new chorus line for innovation and improvement. The OECD strongly promotes it, many teacher unions are behind it, and more and more governments are seeing the point of it. The evidence that, in general, professional collaboration benefits students and teachers alike has become almost irrefutable. Professional collaboration boosts student achievement, increases teacher retention, and enhances the implementation of innovation and change. The big questions are no longer about whether teachers should collaborate. No profession can serve people effectively if its members do not share and exchange knowledge about their expertise or about the clients, patients, or students they have in common. The big questions, rather, are about how and how well teachers and other educators collaborate. Not all kinds of collaboration are desirable or effective, and not all are appropriate for the people who practice it or for the task at hand.
Our report makes the case for collaborative professionalism as a deeper and more rigorous form of professional collaboration. Professional collaboration refers to how people collaborate within a profession. That collaboration may be strong or weak, effective or ineffective, emerging or mature, and undertaken one way or another. Collaborative professionalism is about how people collaborate more professionally and also how they work as a profession in a more collaborative way. Professional collaboration is descriptive — it delineates how people work together in a profession.
Collaborative professionalism is normative — it is about creating stronger and better professional practice together. The professional aspect of collaboration is about exercising good judgment, being committed to improvement, sharing and deepening expertise, and getting neither too close to nor too distant from the people the profession serves. The collaborative aspect of professionalism refers to how members of their profession labor or work rather than merely talk and reflect together. In a capsule definition:
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I, Teacher

I, Teacher | |

Over the past five years students in some parts of the world have been greeted in their classrooms by teachers who appear to have come off the set of a George Lucas movie. Robots have been teaching classes in Japan, South Korea and Abu Dhabi.


Throughout the world humans in various jobs are being replaced by robots at an ever-accelerating pace. The question for many people is whether their work will disappear with the rise of the machines. Most think not. Pollsters have found that while a vast majority of people think robots will take over many jobs, a vast majority also believe that their jobs will not be among them.

That would hold true for teaching where few educators believe that a robot, no matter how sophisticated or artificially intelligent, could replace a teacher.


South Korea, though, literally rolled out robots the size of young teens in 21 classrooms back in 2011 to teach English, a specialty for which it was having trouble recruiting human teachers.

A private school in Abu Dhabi announced in 2014 it was buying 30 robots to replace humans to teach basic math and special needs students.

Via John Evans, Yashy Tohsaku, juandoming
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Dos and Don'ts of professional development in schools

Dos and Don'ts of professional development in schools | |

Unlike the olden days, where use of PowerPoint presentation in the classroom was considered an additional teaching aid in the classroom, today use of educational technology and digital tools are no more a supplementary but a mandatory tool.
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Reasons for such is because modern day learning process aims to create future ready students who mold up themselves as a technology oriented professionals in future.

It no longer emphasizes on the traditional form of education system which targeted to build workforce for any nation. Hence, educators today have to shoulder the responsibility of building future ready students who understands their true potential and manifest it with the help of technology for the benefit of self and humanity at large.

Now having said so, the challenge in integrating educational technology full-fledged in the pedagogy is that teachers are not well acquainted with technology and require some kind of tech oriented professional development. The educators are undergoing a complete shift in their teaching style, technique as well as planning process.

Such switch from teacher centered classroom or instruction based classroom to student centered classroom demands teachers to get accustomed to the change and effectively integrate educational technology in the curriculum. So, before beginning the professional development of teachers’ in schools right-away, it is important to take a consideration of the dos and don’ts of professional development to conduct it not for the sake of conducting but make it a success at the end of the day. Let’s take a look at some of these important considerations.

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Universidad: La academia deja paso a la sociedad

Universidad: La academia deja paso a la sociedad | |
La función principal de una universidad es descubrir y difundir conocimientos por medio de la investigación y la docencia. Para cumplir esta función un libre intercambio de ideas es necesario no sólo dentro de sus paredes, pero con el más allá también. De ello se desprende que una universidad debe hacer todo lo posible para asegurar en ella el mayor grado de libertad intelectual. La historia del desarrollo intelectual y descubrimiento demuestra claramente la necesidad de la libertad sin restricciones, el derecho a pensar lo impensable, el innombrable discutir y cuestionar la indiscutible “.

En la Universidad, por ejemplo, aprendemos de manera CAÓTICA, y sé que muchos dirán que no, pero es así, sino miren: vamos pocas veces a clase, incluso de las materias solo damos pequeñas pinceladas, …es después por nuestra cuenta cuando aprendemos las cosas, una vez más por ello necesitamos APRENDER A APRENDER y esto no se hace en la Universidad…
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Las apps móviles combaten el desaliento de los estudiantes de nuevo ingreso e impulsan su permanencia en la universidad

Las apps móviles combaten el desaliento de los estudiantes de nuevo ingreso e impulsan su permanencia en la universidad | |

Estudios sugieren que el uso de apps móviles al inicio de la vida

La mayoría de los estudiantes enfrenta un primer año universitario intimidante. A algunos les toma meses mantener el nuevo ritmo escolar, mientras otros simplemente no pueden lidiar con el reto y abandonan las aulas. El uso de aplicaciones móviles al inicio de la universidad parece aliviar estos problemas.


Los estudiantes universitarios de primer año universitario sufren innumerables contratiempos; algunos extrañan a su familia, otros tienen problemas encontrando sus aulas, mientras unos simplemente no saben cuáles son los horarios de la biblioteca. La orientación inicial es esencial para combatir el desaliento y la ansiedad. Al respecto, las apps móviles han confirmado ser provechosas ante esta problemática.

Via L. García Aretio
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Neuroeducation will lead to big breakthroughs in learning

Neuroeducation will lead to big breakthroughs in learning | |

As neuroscience brings greater understanding of the human brain, experts are applying those findings in the classroom to improve how we teach and learn.

In recent decades we’ve seen the rise of an emerging interdisciplinary field that brings together neuroscientists and educators. As technologies like brain mapping and scanning continue to advance our understanding of the human brain, a sub-sector of experts are applying those findings to the classroom. Instead of being based on traditional or individual assumptions about learning, education is beginning to be treated more like a science. The new discipline, neuroeducation, serves to apply the scientific method to curricula design and teaching strategies. This comes with attempts for a more objective understanding of learning that is based on evidence. What Is Neuroeducation? All human abilities, including learning, are a result of our brain activity. Hence, a better understanding of how our brains operate can result in a better understanding of learning. As we continue to unravel the issues and limitations of traditional education, many solutions involve a better scientific basis behind how we teach. The goal of neuroeducation (also known as mind and brain education or educational neuroscience) is to solidify a scientific basis in teaching and learning. The field uses the latest findings from neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science to inform education and consequently, teaching strategies.

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Ocean´s five's curator insight, October 27, 3:23 AM
¿Qué es la neuroeducación? 
 Todas las habilidades humanas, incluido el aprendizaje, son el resultado de nuestra actividad cerebral. Por lo tanto, una mejor comprensión de cómo funciona nuestro cerebro puede resultar en una mejor comprensión del aprendizaje.
Dani Rivera's curator insight, November 2, 11:35 AM
It shows findings in neuroeducation and how does that affect the nree metholodiges and techniques for teaching int he classroom, for instance that affective filters is linked with theories like neurolinguistic and linguistic programming, (you are able to understand and to perfom activities if you think you can do it and have the abilities to do it), another finding is that in the future mind mappings could be done per individuals of the brain, this means that teachers in the future will be able to understand the synapsis of the brain of the students, in order to know how they learn and how their neurons activate through different learning styles.
Florencia's curator insight, November 9, 10:02 AM
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Docentes del Siglo XXI: Retos y habilidades clave

Docentes del Siglo XXI: Retos y habilidades clave | |
El rol docente ha exigido una transformación profunda y trascendental a lo largo de la historia de la educación. En pleno siglo XXI en tiempos de abundancia cognitiva , de sociedad conectada y en red esta propone nuevos retos al maestro que debe ser consciente de las nuevas habilidades que implica su rol docente. La tarea principal del docente es educar a sus alumnos y su gestión debe estar centrada en el desafío que conlleva transmitir un cúmulo de conocimientos a cada alumno.

Como bien indica María Cristina Davini, en su libro “Métodos de enseñanza : didáctica general para maestros y profesores” , el maestro debe buscar su continuo crecimiento profesional para un buen desempeño en su quehacer educativo. El maestro tiene que pensar en enriquecer su acervo profesional y los fundamentos de su conocimiento, destrezas, métodos educativos y pedagógicos ya que a mayor educación del maestro mayor serán los beneficios en el proceso de desarrollo educativo y cognitivo de sus alumnos.
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Project Based Learning made easier! (free project planning template)

Project Based Learning made easier! (free project planning template) | |

PBL can unfold in a variety of ways. Teachers should choose a track based on the needs of their students, their readiness as facilitators, and the demands of the curriculum. While it would be unrealistic to detail every possible track, below are the three we find are most common:

  1. Product Track (most restrictive) – In a project completed with fourth-grade students, each group was expected to produce a pinball machine.
  2. Problem Track (medium restrictive) – In this scenario, the project is initiated by presenting students with a problem, or in some cases the students may identify the problem themselves.
  3. Open-Ended Track (least restrictive) – Here the project begins with the teacher sharing the High Impact Takeaways / enduring understandings and possibly the Umbrella / essential question with the class.
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The most important skill for students is to say "no" more

The most important skill for students is to say "no" more | |
Can you code? Speak a second language? How high is your IQ?

There’s much debate on what students need most to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. The challenges of automation, globalization, and political upheaval leave out the fact that we’re living an age of information overload.

According to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the one thing that children will need to learn is “intellectual discipline.” The ability to recall facts (we have Google) and parrot popular arguments (the canon is dead) has become obsolete. Students need to wade through the noise, discern the facts, analyze perspectives, and develop their own expertise.
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Students guide to building a Digital Portfolio

Students guide to building a Digital Portfolio | |

Here is a handy infographic by Kudoswall to use with your students in class. The visual features a number of interesting tips to help students build and manage their digital portfolios. You can also check this ‘beginner’s guide to student portfolios’ to learn more about the educational importance of portfolios in learning. And if you are looking for web tools for creating portfolios, this collection embeds some good options to start with.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, November 18, 10:33 PM
This is how assessment should look.