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Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds | English Internet | Scoop.it
As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 17, 2014 8:29 PM

Nice to see some research on this. :)

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 21, 2014 11:20 AM

Alfabetización digital en los niños pequeños.

Annie M Herbert's curator insight, February 7, 2014 5:04 PM

So as this generation of students comes up through school, we will really have to adjust the way they receive information.  We cannot stay stagnant.  We'll lose every student out there.  And I wouldn't blame them.

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | English Internet | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, February 28, 2015 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 2015 6:58 PM

We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.

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10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have -- THE Journal

10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have -- THE Journal | English Internet | Scoop.it
We surveyed educators around the country to get a snapshot of the key tech competencies in 2014.

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iPad Apps and Other Resources to Teach Students about Mandela's Life ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

iPad Apps and Other Resources to Teach Students about Mandela's Life ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | English Internet | Scoop.it

"One of the most iconic freedom fighter has just left us a couple of days ago leaving behind him a huge legacy for next generations to learn from. Nelson Mandella's life was a genuine fight for human rights and justice and it was thanks to his civil activism that apartheid was abolished in South Africa. The fight for freedom cost Nelson so dearly, 27 years of his life was spent in prison. The lessons we can draw from  Nelson's eventful life experiences are inestimable and here are some of the teaching resources I have curated fro you to help yu teach your students about this legendary man."


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rwestby's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:24 PM

February, African-American History Month, would be a great time to implement these resources for teaching students about this iconic human rights activist. 

andrew mulinge's curator insight, December 9, 2013 3:37 AM

This caught my attention because of the icon associated with the title --- Nelson Mandela. A few days ago, my cousin who is a special education teacher in Richmond, posted his frustrations on Facebook about how a student said "Who is Nelson Mandela and why the hell should we care"? My cousin found this quite disturbing but at the same time, he used it as a teaching moment for him and the student. 

 

At my middle school, every student has an ipad that they use daily. The usage of the ipad vary from warm-up activities to homework assignments. Students of this generation coincide more and more with technological innovations like the ipad. This particular app celebrating Nelson Mandela is another example of how learning can can be done through apps in exchange for books. Students love to play games and love to use their ipads. Incorporating critical information in the apps not only allow the student to learn a great deal but it's also fun. I would suggest that my cousin consider using different techniques through the internet to teach students like that about Madiba. 

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Voice Translator Free - Google Play の Android アプリ

Voice Translator Free - Google Play の Android アプリ | English Internet | Scoop.it
Translates what you say! Voice Translator let you translate what you say in more than 50 languages.

Features :
-Translate text in more than 50 languages (speech to te...

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#EAPChat: The pros and cons of the five-paragraph essay « one year

#EAPChat: The pros and cons of the five-paragraph essay « one year | English Internet | Scoop.it

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Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Quiz

Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Quiz | English Internet | Scoop.it
Merriam-Webster provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources.
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Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment

Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment | English Internet | Scoop.it
I have discussed and promoted the need for educators to reflect deeply on their beliefs, processes, and practices in several of my posts: Where is Reflection in the Learning Process and  Teacher Ag...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 15, 2014 11:47 AM

 

A MUST READ and apply ;)

 

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Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup | English Internet | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:


Getting Started
Finding Assistive Technology
Tips and Tools
Need-Specific Resources
Universal Design for Learning
Additional Resources on the Web




Edutopia's guide to assi

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Bryson Walb's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:09 PM

Excellent resource to refer to while considering course design and accessiblity.

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8 Great iPad Apps for ESL Students - Edudemic

8 Great iPad Apps for ESL Students - Edudemic | English Internet | Scoop.it
When you’re talking about learning a language in the U.S., you’re generally talking about ESL which refers to “English as a second language” or the study or use of English by speakers with different native languages.

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One iPad in the classroom: 10 Ideas - The ICT Advisors

One iPad in the classroom: 10 Ideas - The ICT Advisors | English Internet | Scoop.it
You may be lucky enough to have one iPad in your classroom, but unlucky enough not to have access to a class set.


Here are 10 free ideas to help you and your pupils get the very best out of the one iPad in the classroom."


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Theophilus's curator insight, March 19, 2014 4:03 AM

What I like about this idea is the centrality of learning as opposed to the centrality of the device. We've discovered that sharing a device have far-reaching and positive possibilities for networking, interaction, teamwork and collaboration in the formal learning environment. OLPC is an example of a notion that goes the other way - individualism, not to mention, the complexities when trying to enable young learners to focus.

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:48 PM

We will be deploying iPads after Spring break. Timely article.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:46 PM

Very useful ideas. I think I will try applying some of these to my classroom.