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Interactive Teaching and Learning
Exploration of engaging learning spaces and technologies that support them
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Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games | Interactive Teaching and Learning |

"To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite. The site provides ratings of products in three categories: pedagogy, engagement, and support. Pedagogy is the highest weighted category, and is based on the depth and quality of content and how well it’s integrated into the mechanics of the reviewed game or website. The highest rated games require players to think critically about how to progress, and help build skills that are transferable. The engagement category measures how well the game grabs and keeps players’ attention, and the support category refers to the quality of tools the product offers to help learners when they get stuck. Support also includes tools for parents or teachers so they can help a learner and gets higher marks if it offers content in a variety of ways, catering to different types of learners. Some examples might be clear tutorials or content offered with both visuals and text. "

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DNA of a 21st Century Educator Simplified!

During your lifetime you have probably experienced inspirational educators, or witnessed inspiring lectures. But, what about you? Are you such an educator? If not, why not? In this talk, I [Zaid Alsagoff] explored some of the ingredients top educators in the 21st century have, and how we can learn from them to reinvent ourselves to reach our true potential as an educator. This talk was given on the 9 February (2013) at Jazan University (Saudi Arabia).

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@zaidlearn reaffirms the need to learn, unlearn and relearn. A great summary of today's innovative educator who learns to design, empower, assess, reflect on and transform student learning. Slides rich in useful resources and links to more.

Charles Gould's curator insight, July 9, 2013 9:19 AM

Useful infographics

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:26 PM

Muy  interesante¡¡¡

Audrey's curator insight, August 16, 2013 7:50 AM

I am taking this a bit further. How do you programme someone to become a potential 21st Century Educator?  Start from the home by educating pre-schoolers. The Piagetian and Montessori idea of presenting children with a variety of educational toys and games suitable for their age and helping them to assimilate new learning is basically simple.  This is just the beginning..........

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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Infographic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Infographic | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Lovely infographic!

Hein Holthuizen's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:20 AM

a few years of study in 1 sheet ;-)

Maru Gutierrez's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:47 AM

A great tool!

Miguel Angel Gutierrez Andrade's curator insight, December 6, 2013 12:26 PM
Muy interesante presentación, sobre los enfoques de las teorías de aprendizaje.
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Learning to Learn in a New World

Learning to learn in a changing world.
Anne Whaits's insight:

Another superb presentation by @langwitches in which Silvia shares critical and powerful messages for all in T&L. Educators need to become learners; Schools need to become learning communities; We all need to develop Digital Fluencies. The context of learning is changing. Look around you, pay attention to our changing world and the shifts in culture affecting education. Time to think differently about learning.

Sherry Weaver's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:20 PM

Great presentation to make us educators stop and think.  It can be very empowering with the right approach.  My favourite (among many) quotes:  "If you don't like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less..."

Sally Ann's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:04 AM

Super long, but insightful and the babies are adorable:)


Muhammad Seedat's curator insight, November 11, 2013 11:09 AM

If schools and teachers don´t adapt to present times, students will be less motivated and have worse grades if doesn´t occur a adaption for their needs.

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46 Education App Review Sites For Teachers And Students

46 Education App Review Sites For Teachers And Students | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
Katie and I can't cover the entire education app industry by ourselves. Luckily, there are dozens of other sites specifically devoted to education app reviews for teachers and students.
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With the profileration of educational apps and web tools available, and new start ups almost daily, these review sites may be useful in identifying the best/most effective for the purpose intended.

Gustavo DieguezSilva's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:00 PM

Para aprender a enseñar ya....................

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Introduction to open educational resources 2013

"Introduction to Open Educational Resources(OER) by Michael Paskevicius, Learning Technologies Application Developer, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, UCT"

Anne Whaits's insight:

A really great introduction to OER from Michael Paskevicius, University of Cape Town. Certainly will prove useful to those on the teaching team who have only recently started to explore the open movement and creative commons in particular.

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Learning Futures: Emerging technologies, pedagogies, and contexts

Slides from an invited speech given to the Technology in Higher Education Conference, National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. 16 April, 2013.
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A great summary of emerging technologies, pedagogies and contexts from @timbuckteeth.  The ubiquitous nature of technology, information abundance, connectivity and mobility all contribute to the changing context of learning and this requires a new set of skills and literacies. What are we doing to develop these new literacies ourselves and how do we best support our students in developing them too?

John Purificati's comment, April 25, 2013 7:57 PM
Great summary.
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 2, 2013 11:25 AM
LETP's curator insight, July 22, 2013 12:56 AM

What is our students' learning futures?

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Flipping and Expanding Bloom's Taxonomy

Flipping and Expanding Bloom's Taxonomy | Interactive Teaching and Learning |

"In 1956, educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom and a group of other researchers created one of the enduring models of how learning should be structured and supported ......There is a definite place for a  flipping of Bloom’s Taxonomy in the world of education. Our understanding of  how people learn has changed and there is a premium on creativity that needs to  be encouraged. The traditional model is outdated and fails to account for some  of the realities of the 21st century. Adding a social constructivist  slant to Wright’s model helps to ensure that it won’t be outdated before it  even gains widespread acceptance." - Dr Justin Marquis

tina bucci's curator insight, May 2, 2013 6:29 AM

La tassonomia di Bloom rovesciata? Non tutti sembrano essere d'accordo.

Antonia Rudenstine's comment, May 4, 2013 8:22 AM
We do a lot of work with Bloom's Taxonomy and tend to emphasize that great thinking usually happens across the levels in very rapid, non-linear succession...the linear/level-like vision seems limiting.
Anne Whaits's comment, May 8, 2013 10:48 AM
Good point Antonia!
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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - Get Creative!

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - Get Creative! | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
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Useful concept map of Bloom's Taxonomy with a digital flavour on a great wiki --> Educational Origami's+Digital+Taxonomy

The beauty of this concept map lies in the addition of Creativity at the high order thinking level. How do you design learning so that students are enabled to creatively evidence their learning using digital media?

Two other useful posts on this include: by Dr Justin W Marquis

and Bloom's Taxonomy Q&A Design Wheel


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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | Interactive Teaching and Learning |

"Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y. But therein lies the rub: Tomorrow’s learning is already available, and below are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise."

Anne Whaits's insight:

Interesting visual and key learning_shifts!

DPG plc's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:36 AM

Subjective yes but very interesting and agree with most - what about you?

Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:09 PM

We talk a great deal about shifting the learning dynamic. Here's an article with good ideas on connecting students and learning.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 3, 2013 12:05 PM

Buen resumen para no perder el rumbo

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Curation for Teachers [Infographic]

Curation for Teachers [Infographic] | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...

Via Robin Good
Rosie Peel's curator insight, June 8, 2013 3:07 AM

This is very insightful when creating an effective, authentic and reliable curation collection.  It is resources like this one that I feel will benefit others in their teaching and learning journey.

Dorothy Minor's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:29 PM

This infographic provides insight into showing how to enhance learning. Critical thinking is an important skill in today's world. Students need encouragement in taking ownership of their own learning. We can find ways to encourage students from this link.

Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 3, 2013 12:04 PM

Ya en el esquema se ve como ir mejorando la practica, seleccion y calificacion de los sitios y contenidos.

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Android vs. iPad: What platform will be the long-term winner?

Android vs. iPad: What platform will be the long-term winner? | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
Android tablets like the Nexus 10 boast better hardware specs than the iPad 4, but think twice: Apps and ecosystems are more important than hardware specs!
Anne Whaits's insight:

iPad vs Android vs PC Tablet? An interesting discussion emerging as evidenced in this post by @academiPad and the comment thread that follows. What factors does one consider? Hardware specs? Ecosystem? Apps? Battery Life? Support? Also read Bill Gate's views on this here:

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7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms

7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
Whether you want to have students turn in work via an online form or simply take a quiz or test, online quiz tools are critical for connected classrooms.
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: SAMR - Walking a Wiki Up the Line

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: SAMR - Walking a Wiki Up the Line | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
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As always, @soxnevad offers a great interactive presentation of the SAMR model of transformative learning design supplemented with a great Mentormob learning playlist for one of her wiki projects.

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Open Educational Resources & Creative Commons

Ever wondered if you should use the work of others in your own products? How do you attribute these resources? How can you share educational resources openly while protecting your rights?

Maggie Verster's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:03 AM

Great visual slideshow in Copyright. Love the pictures.

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Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink

Tech Connections: Teach Above the Line with ThingLink | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
Anne Whaits's insight:

Susan Oxnevad makes a wonderful case for transformative learning design leveraging the tool ThingLink (for creating interactive images). She generously shares her toolbox for teachers and examples of student work.

Linda Alexander's comment, May 20, 2013 9:17 PM
Yes, posted early this a.m. good site.
objectplace's curator insight, July 19, 2013 2:57 PM

interactive images are great!

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A Crowdsourced List Of The Best iOS Education Apps

A Crowdsourced List Of The Best iOS Education Apps | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
We've curated a list of the best education apps for Apple's iOS. But now it's your turn. Share your favorite apps, vote up apps that you like, and make this list as useful as possible!
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Anyone know of anything like this for Android?

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Social Media For Research

Presentation slides for my webinar on the 11 May (2013) to students from an Online Course in Research methodology for PhD scholars at the Shreemati Nathibai Dam
Judith's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:37 AM

This is a great resource for anyone looking to get their research out there. Some great links and tools are provided. Thanks to Zaid Ali Alsagoff for the presentation and to Anna Waits for scooping!

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:50 AM

A great presentation. 

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy of Mobile Learning

Presentation about moving from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0; from pedagogy to andragogy to heutagogy; from instructivism to constructivism to connectivism in the context of mobile learning
Anne Whaits's insight:

@jackiegerstein shares a detailed presentation rich in resources - from pertinant research cited to a wealth of fit-for-purpose links. She explores what learning should be; provides some guiding principles and offers lots of analytical data that can evidence mobile trends. Her exploration of a new paradigm model: the Education 1.0 - 3.0 spectrum makes for interesting reading/viewing and I love the question she poses to the self-directed learner: "How would you document your learning?"

CECI Jean-François's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:23 AM

Un must avec une vision d'anticipation et de synthèse des nouvelles tendances en matière d'éducation... Incontournable !

Kathy Benson's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:14 PM

I learned about heutagogy which goes beyond learners constructing their own meaning to learners collaborating to act on thier new understanding. 

ech08ravo's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:15 PM

If anyone has a link to audio or video of this presentation I would be most grateful! 

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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Explained

This is my presentation for MoRCE-NET conference. In this presentation I talked about the original Bloom's Taxonomy that was first published in 1956 by Benjamin Blooms and then I talked about the Revised Taxonomy introduced in 2000 by Andrew and Krathwohl . I also touched on the digital taxonomy and provided a practical example of how students can use it in conducting Google searches.
Anne Whaits's insight:

Med Kharbach (@medkh9) offers a useful screencast to explain the revision of Bloom's Taxonomy for the digital age.  He talks to the action and verbs associated with the classification of thinking skills in the revised taxonomy within the context of the digital age as suggested by Andrew Churches. Creativity positioned as higher order thinking skill (HOTS). How are you enabling your students to demonstrate their learning in creative ways using digital media?

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The 100 Best (And Free) Online Learning Tools & Sites

The 100 Best (And Free) Online Learning Tools & Sites | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
These sites offer a place for educators to find open educational resources as well as provide a place for those who want to share their ideas or work collaboratively on projects.
Anne Whaits's insight:

A list of great open access sites offering a wealth of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Tools including

1. Sharing and Collaborating

2. Open Courseware Search Engines

3. Open Courseware

4. Online Academic Video Sites

5. Online Lectures

6. Online Reference Material

7. Social Media Tools

8. Wikis

9. Online Books and Texts

10.Professional Online Education Networks

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 24, 2013 4:15 PM

What a great collection of resources, conveniently bundled!

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 2, 2013 11:29 AM
Excellent,thank you:)
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Flipped Classroom - Full Picture - 2013

Presentation slides for virtual presentations about the flipped classroom-the full picture
Anne Whaits's insight:

Dr Jackie Gerstein shares a great presentation on The Flipped Classroom currently featured on SlideShare. A great presentation which reinforces the experential cycle of learning on which the "flip" is based. Strong case for shifting from old model of teaching to new model of learning in an age of information abundance. Read more on Jackie's website here:

D Cashore's comment, May 5, 2013 7:36 PM
Not a fan based on my children's experience with the whole thing. It does not work the way it states. The classroom becomes a time of reteaching what was supposedly learned from the video the night before. The flipped classroom needs an incredible amount of training with highly skilled, and motivated teachers. I am not a fan.
Marie-Hélène Fasquel-Erhart's comment, May 6, 2013 1:33 AM
Thank you for your insight!
Anne Whaits's comment, May 8, 2013 10:52 AM
Am always interested in the student (and parent) voice! Thank you for that insight D Cashmore. I tend to agree with your view on the skill needed to implement an experiential cycle of learning that is effective for the students' learning.
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Transitioning to Open Educational Resources

Transitioning to Open Educational Resources | Interactive Teaching and Learning |
Over the past two years, I've been working with my district to transition from the popular textbook towards Open Educational Resources, or OER. One of the leading benefits of OER options is that they are free and open to educators. That in itself is a reason to inquire. The information has been vetted for credibility and some of it is derived from some of the world's top colleges and universities.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Anne Whaits's insight:

Four great OER sources provided here for teachers to explore.

Waldo D. Sanchez's comment, March 9, 2013 6:27 AM
A transition that will not stop.
Patricia Daniels's curator insight, March 9, 2013 7:46 AM

Making the transition to OERs can be quite daunting as it's not just a matter of accessing open content but repurposing it and digitizing your own to suit your students' needs. I find that using OERs in combination with cloud computing, mobile assisted seamless learning and field trips into virtual worlds, works well with my language students. However, what works within my teaching context may not be appropriate for yours. In my opinion, it's not just about introducing new technologies and pedagogies because they are trending, but doing a thorough analysis of what is needed within a specfic context before transforming your teaching practices, as these transformations  will influence your students' learning environment and learning outcomes.

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MentorMob Ready to Become the Wikipedia of "How-To"

MentorMob Ready to Become the Wikipedia of "How-To" | Interactive Teaching and Learning |

"MentorMob becomes truly innovative, and appealing to  educators, in the fact that the curated collections take the form of  "Learning Playlists." These playlists allow users to sequence the  resources they are gathering so that, rather than a random assemblage of information,  learners are presented with a logical progression of steps that helps them effectively  learn the concept, skill, or process that they have come to MentorMob to find  out about. Essentially, by relying on a community-based, crowdsourced approach  to developing instruction, MentorMob facilitates an effective and efficient way  for visitors to the site to learn just about anything."

Anne Whaits's insight:

A great post by Dr Justin Marquis in which he beautifully positions the usefulness of "Learning Playlists"  for students.

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