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Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals

Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The professional workforce has been quick to adopt new technology tools. We readily accept that tablets and smartphones, teleconferencing and social media are now essential fixtures of the workplace for millions across the globe. Yet we've been slow in extending these advances to our schools, and in particular our K-12 schools. While many children's home lives are abuzz with the same platforms and devices as the 21st century workplace, school just hasn't kept pace, and in many classrooms pedagogies are barely more inclusive of new technology than they were in the 1980s.

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HyperSay - Live presentations for connected audiences!

HyperSay - Live presentations for connected audiences! | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Hypersay increases student participation by turning powerpoint-based classes into connected sessions. Students use their devices to answer real-time quizzes, access shared content, ask questions and take notes. 

All in one package, completely free.

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A great tool for connecting up your classroom and increasing participation.

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Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, November 17, 8:01 PM

A great tool for connecting up your classroom and increasing participation.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 18, 2:07 AM
A retenir dans les outils de présentation interactive.
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Exploring the Changing Social Contexts of Learning

Exploring the Changing Social Contexts of Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Contemporary learning environments might be best understood when viewed as a complex mix of environments and overlapping social networks. Learners fluidly move between social networks and their learning is influenced by their participation within and across these physical and virtual networks.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 4, 7:38 AM

A useful article.

Marci Milius's curator insight, December 4, 11:01 AM
Interesting reading a lot of the research is old, however validates active learning environments.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 7, 1:42 AM
Exploring the Changing Social Contexts of Learning
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Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A unique combination of data sets for the first time lets us see more about who is — and, crucially, is not — able to successfully pursue a career as an inventor, and thus learn more about what’s arguably the biggest mystery in all of economics.
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Some interesting research insights.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 8, 4:02 PM
Who are we leaving behind? Who is the next Einstein that is overlooked due to class, gender, race, etc?
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What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’?

What Do We Really Mean When We Say ‘Personalized Learning’? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Personalization is often used in the ed-tech community to describe a student moving through a prescribed set of activities at his own pace. The only choice a student gets is what box to check on the screen and how quickly to move through the exercises. For many educators that’s not the true meaning of “personalized learning.”
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Worth a read.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 4, 5:12 PM
"Personalization is often used in the ed-tech community to describe a student moving through a prescribed set of activities at his own pace."

How is that different than the traditional process of prescribed set of activities. The only difference is pacing, maybe? What is different is it is an facile and trite new expression that is easy to throw out there and impress people. It is part of a nonsensical neo-liberal agenda.

I subscribe to John Dewey, William Doll, and Ted Aoki and letting students have a voice in their learning in ways that allow them freedom to make choices and still follow the curriculum-as-plan.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 5, 7:39 AM

Personalized learning is not learn at your pace and check the box when you are done. Thats control and compliance to learn something. Personalized learning misgiving the learner the  freedom to follow a meaningful line of inquiry, while building the skills to connect, challenge and analyze information and make their assumptions on best way to leverage those skills.

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Getting educational research right – RSA – Medium

Getting educational research right – RSA – Medium | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Those who argue that educational research has nothing to say to teachers are likely to waste a considerable amount of time innovating in ways that do not benefit their students. Those at the other extreme, who focus on ensuring that practice is based on ‘what works’, will find that no educational initiative can be implemented in the same way in every school. Adjustments need to be made, but they need to be made by people who understand the research so that the initiatives do not suffer what Stanford education professor Ed Haertel called “lethal mutations”. Teachers, leaders and policymakers all need to be critical consumers of research.
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What technology trends you can expect in education in 2018

What technology trends you can expect in education in 2018 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Do you know that passive teaching methods lead to a concept retention rate of less than 30 percent? On the other hand, participatory techniques generate retention rates of up to 90 percent. Where our traditional education system fails is that we remain largely focussed on outworn practices that keep student engagement passive, and retention at the bare minimum.

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No real surprises.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, November 30, 6:29 PM
Where our traditional education system fails is that we remain largely focussed on outworn practices that keep student engagement passive, and retention at the bare minimum.
Dorothy Retha Cook 's curator insight, December 5, 7:01 PM

Education or the lack thereof do effect health


 of and in life.

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Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter 29th November 2017

Nik Peachey's EdTech & ELT Newsletter 29th November 2017 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This newsletter includes links to:

  • Free ebooks and lesson plans.
  • Free apps and online games for education
  • Some of the best edtech and learning articles from around the internet
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My latest Edtech and ELT newsletter

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Is e-learning replacing face-to-face training?

Is e-learning replacing face-to-face training? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Studies have found that e-learning typically requires 40 per cent to 60 per cent less employee time and increases retention rates 25 per cent to 60 per cent.
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Interesting statistic.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 29, 5:29 AM

Interesting statistic.

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Exploiting Infographics

Exploiting Infographics | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This ebook was designed with English language teachers in mind but should have some value for any teacher who is interested in developing their students’ digital literacy and critical thinking skills.
The book contains a wide range of suggested activitie
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You can download a free copy of this ebook by either 'Liking' or 'Tweeting' it at the top of the page.

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How Do You Play Games

How Do You Play Games | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This site features instructions and guides to fun games, icebreakers, activities for classrooms, parties, youth groups, camps and businesses. Click on a game to read how to play!
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A useful collection of physical games and warmers for livening up the class.

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peterlakeman's curator insight, November 26, 5:00 AM
Een grote lijst met spelmogelijkheden voor je klas. Doe inspiratie op en kijk of je een spel kunt gebruiken in de klas. Gewoon 'ouderwetse' en 'moderne' spellen.
The Library Patch's curator insight, November 26, 6:20 AM
Through play we learn!
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 27, 4:30 AM
NIce showcase on how to use games in a language class!
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Build Speaking & Pronunciation Tasks into your Moodle Course

Build Speaking & Pronunciation Tasks into your Moodle Course | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Like many teachers and language course designers, I’m usually pretty sceptical about a computers’ ability to evaluate student speaking, especially given the range of variation in native speaker output, but I think SpeechAce does a really good job of getting students to produce language, giving them feedback on their performance and encouraging them to listen and try again.

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A great Moodle plugin to enable autonomous online speaking activities.

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Claudia Andrade's curator insight, November 26, 12:20 PM
Interesting. It offers three plans: starter, silver, bronze, and gold and a trial for testing its features. 
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Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind

Without changes in education, the future of work will leave more people behind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
This unfolding economic shift is challenging educators to shape curricula that will prepare students for positions requiring an elusive combination of soft skills — the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively and work with others — along with technical capacities.
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No surprises.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 20, 5:18 PM

“School systems need to change, but they needed to change fifty years ago, too. Our schools are way behind in terms of technology and helping our young people understand the labor market and plan a career.”

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It's better to understand something than to know it

It's better to understand something than to know it | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Without knowledge, understanding is impossible. But having knowledge doesn’t necessarily lead to understanding of a greater narrative, which is the real point of gathering information.
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Well worth reading and considering.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 16, 1:11 PM
Understanding something is about gathering more information. Eloquent questions help understanding as we engage in dialogue, listening to others and letting text speak to us. We are curious.

John Dewey used the gerund of knowledge and growth, knowing and growing to propose that knowledge is fluid.
Abel Linares's curator insight, December 3, 9:47 AM
Knowing” and “understanding” are related concepts, but they’re not the same.
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Innovating Pedagogy 2017 – The Ed Techie

Innovating Pedagogy 2017 – The Ed Techie | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When we started the intention was to make it distinct from the NMC New Horizon reports by focusing on pedagogy. I think, to be honest, in those early ones there was probably a technology focus still, but as it’s progressed it has really moved away from this to more pedagogy, socially focused issues.
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A really useful 48 page PDF report that has a  really strong focus on understanding pedagogical impact.

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, December 10, 6:21 PM
A good guide to current methodologies defined and how their collective impact supports a 'new' paradigm of teaching and learning with pedagogy as the key to delivering, with technology and technological resources as important tools.
melindaannalford's curator insight, December 11, 1:01 AM
Very cool read I like the part about open textbooks 
 
Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 11, 8:59 AM
A UK product that attempts to look at the pedagogy rather than the technology to emerging trends in education and learning K-12.
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Getting into Virtual Reality Part 1: Creating Virtual Reality Worlds

Getting into Virtual Reality Part 1: Creating Virtual Reality Worlds | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Now another ten years on VR seems to be making another surge into the mainstream consumer market and the field of education. Whether it’s here to stay or not largely depends on how accessible edtech companies can make this to mainstream teachers and classrooms around the world and the ability of edtech companies to provide experiences that have genuine educational outcomes that match the kind of investment that will be necessary to enable students to access those experiences.
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Some free tools and resources to create virtual reality worlds and experiences.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, December 10, 1:22 AM

Now another ten years on VR seems to be making another surge into the mainstream consumer market and the field of education. Whether it’s here to stay or not largely depends on how accessible edtech companies can make this to mainstream teachers and classrooms around the world and the ability of edtech companies to provide experiences that have genuine educational outcomes that match the kind of investment that will be necessary to enable students to access those experiences.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 11, 1:18 AM
Getting into Virtual Reality Part 1: Creating Virtual Reality Worlds
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For The First Time, AI Can Teach Itself Any Language On Earth

For The First Time, AI Can Teach Itself Any Language On Earth | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Machine-based translation is amazing, but hundreds of millions of people on our Pale Blue Dot can’t enjoy its benefits–because their language is nowhere to be found in the translator’s pull-down menu. Now, two new artificial intelligence systems–one from the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV) in Spain and another from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)–promise to change all that, opening the door to true universal translators like the ones in Star Trek.
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Interesting stuff.

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EntreCulturas's curator insight, December 5, 12:48 PM
Se ha creado nuevos sistemas de inteligencia artificial que puede traducir lenguajes efectivamente. Esto señala un desarrollo en la tecnología de traducción, que tiene funciones que nunca antes se habían hecho. Este articulo indica cuales son las funciones que diferencian esta tecnología a otras, y porque es importante. 
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Growing Talent for the 4th Industrial Revolution | Getting Smart

Growing Talent for the 4th Industrial Revolution | Getting Smart | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What does the 4th Industrial Revolution look like? How can we ensure we're preparing and growing talent for the jobs of the future? The ASEAN+3 countries hosted a conference in partnership with World Bank and the Korean government to answer those questions.
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Interesting article on the future of work.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 7, 7:54 AM
Tom Vander Ark has done his homework. He's traveled around the world and distilled key trends.
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[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education

[PDF] Instructional Design in Higher Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

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.


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JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, December 2, 7:32 AM
Lectura recomendada. PROFESOR JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, December 7, 2:04 AM
Instructional Design in Higher Education
Kim Flintoff's curator insight, December 7, 6:17 PM
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.
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How to Completely Ignore Distractions and Consistently Enter Flow States

How to Completely Ignore Distractions and Consistently Enter Flow States | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The routine of the majority is to wake up and immediately check their phone. Their email, notifications, the news, and social media dictate their thoughts.

 

This trains them to live reactionary lives, unfocused and frantic. If you condition yourself to always respond to whatever tasks come up — no matter how trivial or mundane — you make it 10x harder to focus and enter peak states.

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Some good tips for teachers here.

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Educause's 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students

Educause's 2017 ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
One of the most critical insights regards students’ perceptions of their instructors’ approach to technology in the classroom. As stated, “A majority of students said most of their instructors have adequate technology skills, use technology to enhance learning, and encourage the use of collaborative technology tools. However, students said fewer faculty use technology for sophisticated learning tasks (e.g., engagement, creative and critical thinking), and relatively few faculty ask students to use their own devices for in-class work.”
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Some interesting findings.

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Sylviane Bachy's curator insight, December 1, 6:19 AM
L'étude ECAR 2017 sur 43559 étudiants de 10 pays. Recommandation : promouvoir des occasions de perfectionnement du corps professoral pour aider les instructeurs à comprendre comment les étudiants utilisent et n'utilisent pas leurs appareils informatiques personnels et à développer des façons de les utiliser au service des résultats d'apprentissage des élèves.
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Collaboration Is Key for Problem-Based Learning

Collaboration Is Key for Problem-Based Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released a report in February that takes a deep dive into project- and problem-based learning. The report explores how schools are using extensive projects and real-world teaching methods to increase student engagement, skills development and problem-solving techniques.
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This is a link to the complete report if you want to find out more: http://www.cosn.org/about/news/new-report-examines-digital-solutions-project-and-problem-based-learning

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, November 30, 6:29 PM
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released a report in February that takes a deep dive into project- and problem-based learning. The report explores how schools are using extensive projects and real-world teaching methods to increase student engagement, skills development and problem-solving techniques.
David Alzate's curator insight, December 1, 9:07 AM
Being the parent of a child with a learning disability can be an emotionally charged experience. Frustration and confusion can complicate the conversations between parents and teachers about what to do. Respect for each other and open communication can reduce tension and enable parents and teachers to benefit from each other’s expertise and knowledge of the child. Working together, either informally or during formal evaluation, parents, teachers, and children can inform one another about how best to address a child’s needs
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What's going on in Edtech?

What's going on in Edtech? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

How do you get a flavour of what's changing in education? And how do you figure out what technology's role is in education in a global context?

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Lots of useful links here.

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, November 27, 4:48 PM
Looks like some useful Ed tech links and ideas here although I have not read all the links
Mark Cottee's curator insight, December 6, 7:17 PM
Comprehensive article for anyone starting out on the journey of edtech - many great links and well put together.
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6 Keys to Designing Engaging eLearning Content

6 Keys to Designing Engaging eLearning Content | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Many materials writers and instructional designers like to emphasise the importance of engaging content and rightly so too, but what exactly is it that creates engagement with content? I’ve seen lots of content and courses recently that sell themselves as being engaging, but these often fall well short, and as we all know drop out rates on many online courses tends to be extremely high. This would not be happening if the content was genuinely engaging.

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Some tips for designing engaging content.

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Neuroeducation Will Lead to Big Breakthroughs in Learning

Neuroeducation Will Lead to Big Breakthroughs in Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
As neuroscience brings greater understanding of the human brain, experts are applying those findings in the classroom to improve how we teach and learn.
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Great reading

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 20, 5:10 PM

"The National Academy of Science suggests it might be unethical to continue to use the traditional lecture approach when we have growing robust evidence from many different studies that other methods are far more effective.

As student loan debt surpasses credit card debt to leave many graduates unhappy, educational institutions have a moral obligation to provide students with a learning experience that gives them their money’s worth. Applying the latest findings from neuroscience into their classrooms is one way to do so." (By Raya Bidshahri - Oct 24, 2017)

Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, November 21, 2:33 AM
Lot of lots of good insights and emerging ideas here: role of neuroeducation, importance of passion-based learning, and learner-controlled learning. Also: “teaching young minds about neuroscience and neuroplasticity alone can have a positive impact on their learning” #heutagogy
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Making your Classroom Paperless and Media Rich with Unio

Making your Classroom Paperless and Media Rich with Unio | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Unio has huge potential for the digital classroom and is a great way to keep devices, fingers and minds occupied and working in a constructive way.
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Ditch the coursebook.

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