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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas”. Perhaps information that is discussed is retained in long term memory. Research by Webb suggests that students who worked collaboratively on math computational problems earned significantly higher scores than those who worked alone. Plus, students who demonstrated lower levels of achievement improved when working in diverse groups.

 

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Newsletter 22nd January 2018

Newsletter 22nd January 2018 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Welcome to my Educational Technology and ELT Newsletter. This is the second issue of 2018 and we are off to a great start to the year with lots of really useful tools and articles to enhance your teaching and development.

 
In this issue I have:
  • 2 ebook offers
  • 8 great tools for digitising your teaching and getting learning online
  • 1 dynamic training presentation from my ebook - Digital Tools for Teacher - Trainers' edition 
  • 6 interesting articles that explore how technology is reshaping education
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My latest edtech newsletter.

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6 Tips To Apply Connectivism In Online Training | InfoPro Learning

6 Tips To Apply Connectivism In Online Training | InfoPro Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
George Siemens and Stephen Downes are the main proponents of the Connectivism Theory, which suggests that online networks and resources play a vital role in the learning experience. It also delves into the significance of social interactions and their impact on our behaviors and cognitions in a virtual context. According to Siemens and Downes, learning involves a series of nodes and connections. The nodes represent information, emotions, learning materials, and other essential components. An online learner must be able to link these individual nodes to expand or enhance their network.
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Useful reading for teacher trainers and teacher managers.

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Applying the SAMR model in the ELT Classeroom | PeacheyPublications.com

Applying the SAMR model in the ELT Classeroom | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Understanding the paradigm can help us to analyse the way we are using technology and to think about how we can evolve the way we use it, from the more superficial ‘substitution’ type tasks to ones that redefine the way students interact with content, each other and the teacher.
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This blog post also has a link to an interactiove training presentation.

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Un modèle qui vaut la peine d’appliquer
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What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids : NPR Ed : NPR

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids : NPR Ed : NPR | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Many of these experts are also parents, and their work informs their approach to making rules with their kids about phones, TV and other media.
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Interesting and intelligent approaches to screen time for kids.

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E-Safety for Teachers – Part 2 | PeacheyPublications.com

E-Safety for Teachers – Part 2 | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We should take responsibility for the sites that we recommend to our students. Of course we should check the appropriacy of the content and any advertising they may be carrying, but there are a range of other things that could also alert us to potential dangers. It’s important to stress the word ‘potential’ here though.
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Some tips on how to check out sites before we use them with our students.

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E-Safety for Teachers – Part 1 | PeacheyPublications.com

E-Safety for Teachers – Part 1 | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Banning the use of these devices is a denial of our obligations as educators. We may be protecting our school and ourselves from any consequences in this way, but we aren’t helping to protect our students. They have access to all of these resources outside of the school and usually inside it, through their own device, so we must take responsibility for their safety and help to educate them and their parents in a well informed and logical way to the realistic dangers that exist and how to protect themselves and their friends from those dangers.

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The first part of a two part series on esafety.

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The Feedback That Makes You a Better Teacher

The Feedback That Makes You a Better Teacher | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In almost every profession, feedback is the main driver of improvement, from athletes to CEOs to authors. We all need feedback to become better.

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Good short read with a link to the original report.

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Why Playing is Essential to Achieving Effective Learning

Why Playing is Essential to Achieving Effective Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Learning should be fun! Here's why the idea of play in achieving effective learning should be a fundamental consideration for educators of all subjects and grade levels.
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Hard not to agree.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 14, 2:55 AM
Learning should be fun! Here's why the idea of play in achieving effective learning should be a fundamental consideration for educators of all subjects and grade levels.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Effective+Learning

 

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 14, 6:58 AM
Always important to reflect on the need to incorporate play in learning processes, regardless of the students' age
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Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation

Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In Makerspaces students are given opportunities to work with technology, bring ideas to life, interact with peers and educators in new ways, and learn to problem solve, as well as, providing an environment in which they can make mistakes and learn from them. With all of the opportunities for learning that they offer, makerspaces may hold the key to unlocking the potential for innovation in our students and our economy.
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Some basics about makerspaces.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, February 1, 4:57 PM

"The study also compared the skills needed today to those from 1980 and found that overall there has been a 68% increase in the amount of education and training necessary to succeed in the workforce. With the market’s increased demand for talented workers who are skilled in technology and communication, the opportunities that makerspaces generate for learning many of these skills are more important than ever before." (Matthew Lynch, 2018)

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We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said. - EdSurge News

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said. - EdSurge News | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. If we want technology to finally transform education and teach the 21st century skills our students need to succeed, we need to design tools with the understanding that teachers are activators of learning and the secret to achieving better student outcomes.
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Global Online Academy | 10 Education Predictions for 2018

Global Online Academy | 10 Education Predictions for 2018 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This is a vibrant and exciting time to be in education. Continuing to conduct business as usual is a shrinking option for our schools as other sectors more nimbly embrace change and innovation. Additionally, the number of schools and teachers actually doing this work is increasing, creating a network of individuals and institutions pushing one another to new heights. Here are ten predictions for 2018 based on inspiring examples we’ve seen building momentum in our schools.
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This is an interesting article especially as none of the examples relate directly to types of technology.

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Disruptive Innovations in Learning by Stephen Downes

In this presentation I outline the characteristics of innovation and consider them in the light of educational technology. I survey some major innovations and question them from the perspective of idea, benefit and execution. Then I look at the changing nature of benefits in education and take learning beyond innovation and into transformation.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Interesting presentation from one of the creators of the MOOC concept.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 25, 1:18 PM

Interesting presentaion

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Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
On the one hand, those sleek little supercomputers promise to connect us to all human knowledge. On the other hand, they are also scientifically designed by some of the world’s top geniuses to feel as compelling as oxygen.
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Just got to learn how to use it and control it. Not let it control you.

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Using Fake Text Messages to Create Learning Activities

Using Fake Text Messages to Create Learning Activities | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
iFake Text Message is a great tool for creating authentic looking materials to engage students and shift materials design into a genre that’s both relevant and familiar. The tool enables you to create a screen image of a text conversation.
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This blog post has a collection of ideas to engage and motivate learners through the use of fake text messages.

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This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College

This Is How Generation Z Will Bypass College | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Generation Z will leverage their online resourcefulness to uncover the right learning platforms to level-up their know-how and skill sets. Resources like General Assembly, Lynda.com, Udemy, Udacity, Coursera, and YouTube are already giving Generation Z the learning edge to leapfrog college.
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Some interesting links.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 21, 1:22 PM
We are finding it challenging when students use third-party resources instead of our curriculum. The problem is students don't always select the best learning resources. 
 
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What is teaching? A definition and discussion

What is teaching? A definition and discussion | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In this piece Mark K Smith explores the nature of teaching – those moments or sessions where we make specific interventions to help people learn particular things. He sets this within a discussion of pedagogy and didactics and demonstrates that we need to unhook consideration of the process of teaching from the role of ‘teacher’ in schools.
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Interesting article.

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Great article, specially for teachers & students. Tutuapp is best gider allows to download drving apps educational apps, It likes aweb-Teacher. 

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Studying How to Study | PeacheyPublications.com

Studying How to Study | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In this lesson students will learn about some of the factors that influence successful study. They will evaluate their existing study skills in the light of information from an infographic and do some online research into effective study techniques.
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My lesson plan available for iOS or as PDF.

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Teachers and Technology Must Not Be an Either/Or Dichotomy

Teachers and Technology Must Not Be an Either/Or Dichotomy | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
While a healthy level of criticism and discussion are important to any new idea, especially when it pertains to the future of our youth, the field of education would benefit from understanding the complex nuances and intersections of every perspective, rather than simply choosing one side over another.

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The voice of reason.

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Innovate My School - What can we learn from the past decade of edtech?

Innovate My School - What can we learn from the past decade of edtech? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We posed this question to a selection of edtech leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds. These people come from a variety of organisations, countries and areas of expertise, taking in fields such as SEN, interactive displays, cybersecurity, computing and small, colourful Danish bricks.
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Some interesting perspectives.

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Very insightful!
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Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the Use of Educational Technology

Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the Use of Educational Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Putting the technology into the hands of students and helping them to understand how to use it in a way that leads to their own self-actualisation can also be a perfectly legitimate goal in itself. If we do this though, we should be sure that the technology we teach students about has genuine functionality for them outside of the classroom and measuring this against Maslow’s hierarchy is a good way to do this.

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A short text with an interactive presentation at the end.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, February 6, 8:35 AM

A short text with an interactive presentation at the end.

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A look into China’s future: Unravelling China’s edtech landscape

A look into China’s future: Unravelling China’s edtech landscape | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In a country with the world’s largest population of English learners, education is a serious business. There are roughly about 300 million people learning English in China today, with 50 million of them learning it in schools.
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Connectivism: How to Better Understand Learning in the Digital Age

Connectivism: How to Better Understand Learning in the Digital Age | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments are Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Constructivism. These theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology. In other words, they do not address learning that occurs outside of people, that is stored and manipulated by technology. Nowadays…
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Well worth reading.

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Juanita Amiel Townsend's curator insight, February 2, 8:03 AM

Well worth reading.

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Well worth reading.

Marina's curator insight, February 18, 11:32 PM
Connectivism and Collaboration
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12 Ways to Get Smarter in One Infographic

12 Ways to Get Smarter in One Infographic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Highlighting and breaking down the 12 most useful and universal mental models that will make you smarter and more productive.
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Blockchain Technology: Can It Change Education? - InformED

Blockchain Technology: Can It Change Education? - InformED | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
With blockchain tech, learners could store their own evidence of formal or informal learning, share it with a desired audience, and ensure instant verification.
“This means students have a CV that updates itself and can be shared with employers. Employers, on their part, can reduce their workload since they won’t have to verify CVs and can simply search instantly to see whether candidates have the skills they require.”
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Really interesting stuff.

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Llandrillo Library's curator insight, February 1, 5:15 AM
Blockchain developments for educational settings - the ultimate evidence portfolio for employability? 
Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, February 1, 7:14 AM
Wow - it's always hard to keep up with technology advances, but here's one that truly is interactive and could change how educators keep track of evidence - by utilizing the power of technology.  Very cool.
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Google is bringing augmented reality functionality to chrome

Google is bringing augmented reality functionality to chrome | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Google is working on a new augmented reality interface called Article, which will integrate AR into the company's Chrome browser.
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Draw.Chat - Virtual Classroom

Draw.Chat - Virtual Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Draw.Chat is a free, anonymous, online drawing board. You can create your chat room with one click - without any registration. Every whiteboard has a unique, randomly generated URL which you can send to other people to start draw online.
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A free virtual classroom with whiteboard and video conferencing.

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