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8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education | Emerging Education Technology

8 Research Findings Supporting the Benefits of Gamification in Education | Emerging Education Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Of course, the “gamification” of educational generally refers to the idea of incorporating gaming elements in instruction and instructional tools, such as the use of digital badges in an online learning application. But with findings such as those below indicating that game playing can enhance the learning process, it is logical to assume that the use of gaming mechanics and concepts in educational tools and processes can also yield benefits. Naturally, it is left to the reader to draw their own conclusions after perusing this content and the original published sources cited.
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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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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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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.
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Develop Critical Thinking Skills with Kialo

Develop Critical Thinking Skills with Kialo | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
You can keep your debate topics private and only allow your own students to add to them by creating teams and then sharing different discussions with the team, or once you have 15 comments you can then publish them and open them up to the public.
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My recent blog post about developing critical thinking skills.

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What truly drives change in Education?

What truly drives change in Education? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Assessment is probably the strongest driver of education and the most significant obstacle to change. While high stakes testing focuses on low order skills, an emphasis on recall of knowledge and learned strategies for responding to predominantly content based questions progress will be stifled. Open a dialogue with teachers about the need to teach dispositions and it will not be long before someone says “That’s all very good, but I need to get my students ready for the test”. 
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Interesting and insightful article.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 13, 4:59 PM
One thing that is missed is the role of teachers. I agree that we need goals, parental engagement, and developing skills (or as John Dewey called them habits). The article points a finger at teachers as if the only way to teach creatively is to hold teachers externally accountable. The truth is, when we treat teachers that way, we deny them their creative practices to engage in the change.
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VoiceThread Sequencing: an SLA-informed Approach - The FLTMAG

VoiceThread Sequencing: an SLA-informed Approach - The FLTMAG | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

VoiceThread is well-known to tech-savvy educators as being a reliable and intuitive platform for creating multimedia-rich learning activities.  Its core functionality enables students to collaboratively annotate digital documents via voice and video comments. Yet the simple interface of the application (as welcome as it is) belies the true promise of the tool for language learning. Research insights from the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) can be methodically integrated into the design of these activities in order to bolster L2 listening comprehension skills.

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Interesting article from FLTMAG.

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Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios

Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Don’t let fear or indecision around student blogs freeze you into inaction. Worrying too much about whether you’re ‘doing it right’ can lead to not doing it at all.  At any level, student blogs provide benefits. Embrace them.
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Some useful tips and advice.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 9, 10:49 AM

Some useful tips and advice.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 11, 3:50 AM
Une approche intéressante pour les portfolios au cours.
Viviana Echeverry's curator insight, November 13, 11:22 PM
At this time, blogging assists students to become more ICT literate which is a crucial 21st century skill. Through blogging, we’re able to incidentally discuss many ICT skills such as keyboard shortcuts, Creative Commons, researching online and troubleshooting. Creating a class blog requires teamwork and collaboration. Students and teachers learn and share together. A real sense of classroom community can be developed through blogging and establishing a class identity Also, with this we can create an authentic audience, In the traditional classroom, the only audience of student work was the teacher and sometimes classmates and parents. Blogs provide a much larger audience for student work and an opportunity for feedback and self-improvement through commenting. I have found that students really take pride in the work that goes on the blog and want to do their best for their impending audience. In fact, is important to take into a consideration that the use of a blog increased motivation for writing, all students are happy to write and complete aspects of the post topic. Many will add to it in their own time. As well, improved the reading skill. Blogging is a great technique to introduce the technology into the classroom. Additionally, there are so many online tools out there which have more assessment when you can implant them in a blog. Blogging can provide a really different learning stage and while it takes a lot of work.
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Why Self-Directed Learning Practices Make Us Better Learners

Why Self-Directed Learning Practices Make Us Better Learners | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When you’re finished with school, do you stop learning things after you graduate? Of course not, and why should you? In a basic sense then, self-directed learning could be called the conscious, willing, and continuous growth of intelligence. It’s about taking ownership of learning, and that’s exactly what we want our students to do.
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This includes some useful links to studies and a couple of videos.

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Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, November 7, 7:14 PM

This includes some useful links to studies and a couple of videos.

Crystal Steele Joyce's curator insight, November 8, 3:52 PM
Love this...."that intrinsic learning is more powerful than incentive learning, yet it’s more fragile. Once you attach a reward, the value decreases." 
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Three Ways Parents Can Make Digital Media a Positive for Young Kids

Three Ways Parents Can Make Digital Media a Positive for Young Kids | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Digital technologies have added a new element of anxiety to family life for many parents. A lot of kids now have access to mobile devices, which brings up parent concerns that kids aren’t learning to interact with people, spend too much time on devices and no longer play outside. 

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Good advice with a useful video in the article.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, October 30, 9:18 AM

Good advice with a useful video in the article.

DigitalVibes's curator insight, November 4, 9:59 AM
Este artículo habla de cómo la tecnología se ha convertido en un motivo de ansiedad en las familias. Muchos padres la ven como una amenaza y están preocupados porque ven en ella un instrumento que impide que los niños aprendan a relacionarse con personas reales. Estos temores están privando a los adultos de ver las ventajas que la tecnología podía traer a sus hijos (siempre de manera controlada).

En el texto se hace referencia a la charla TED de Sara DeWitt (https://twitter.com/saradewitt) en la que desmonta los 3 miedos más comunes de los padres con respecto a las pantalla. Aquí el link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8woKcr7u-YQ
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10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Creativity is a fluid and flexible process. Sometimes the best way to make something new is to muck around. Accept that the first, second, or nth round or draft may not be what is wanted. It’s a messy process. In the act of doing, we find pieces that become the foundation of the product that is eventually shaped.
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An interesting read.

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Michael John Freestone's curator insight, October 30, 10:14 AM
Get the brain cells working brainstorming is in!
 
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Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap

Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
All too often in many countries, students do not get the education they must have to prosper in the twenty-first century, and countries are not finding adequate numbers of the skilled workers they need to compete. But innovative education technologies are beginning to show potential in helping close the twenty-first-century skill gap.
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Interesting and clear.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 9, 1:41 AM
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Education Technology and the Twenty-First-Century Skills Gap
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Digital Skills for Teachers - Wolrd of Better Learning

Digital Skills for Teachers - Wolrd of Better Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The series looks at the impact of digital technologies on classroom practice and the kinds of skills teachers need to ensure that they help their students to take advantage of the opportunities that increasing classroom access to the Internet can offer.
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My series of articles for Cambridge - World of better Learning Blog.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, October 23, 12:10 PM

My series of articles for Cambridge - World of better Learning Blog.

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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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The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future

The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.
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Interesting article, especially in the light of the present enthusiasm around VR.

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The uncertain future of handwriting

The uncertain future of handwriting | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In an age where our children swipe, pinch and tap on smartphones and tablets from birth, is the “hand” in “handwriting” about to be removed forever? And are there any benefits to good old-fashioned pen and paper: artistic posterity, cognitive benefits, or something else?
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Can't remember the last time I used a pen.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 13, 11:43 AM

Is it the end of handwriting? I recall a group of English teachers angrily predicting the end of writing as we know it IF they allowed word processors into the mix. 

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Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It’s Rebooting

Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It’s Rebooting | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Although the company touts the magic of its technology, two parents said their children benefited more from the extensive attention of talented teachers and small class sizes. There are multiple instructors per class, and the school places a premium on interdisciplinary projects, like building a model house that can withstand different weather—a task that incorporates current events, science, engineering and budgeting. 

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Go figure.

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Curation for Educators - Part 2

Curation for Educators - Part 2 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In Part 1 of Curation for Educators I looked at why teachers and educators should become resource curators and some of the benefits. In this second article I'd like to look more at how to become a curator.

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The second part in my series of articles on curation.

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Becoming a Technology Teacher Trainer

Becoming a Technology Teacher Trainer | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I’m really proud to announce the release of the second edition of my Digital Tools for Teachers ebook and also the Trainers’ Edition which should enable any teacher with a basic knowledge of technology to run teacher training and development courses and sessions for pre-service and in-service teachers.
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This is the latest update from my Digital Classrooms Series.

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Digital learning

Digital learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The report gives an overview of an expert consultation on the role and future of education and skills in the digital world. It looks at which skills are important and necessary to undertake the different types of jobs available, and what skills we need to be thinking of developing now and in the future.
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An interesting ebook report.

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Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain

Neuroplasticity: The 10 Fundamentals Of Rewiring Your Brain | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Brain plasticity is a two-way street; it is just as easy to generate negative changes as it is positive ones. You have a “use it or lose it” brain. It’s almost as easy to drive changes that impair memory and physical and mental abilities as it is to improve these things. Merzenich says that older people are absolute masters at encouraging plastic brain change in the wrong direction.
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Well worth reading for anyone involved in education.

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Lisa Marie Blaschke's curator insight, October 29, 3:39 AM
You can go negative or positive in influencing brain neuroplasticity. What road do we as educators and institutions take? Article gives some insights on how to do it right.
Volkmar Langer's curator insight, October 29, 5:39 AM
Learning - always stay tuned - use it or lose it
Jackie Newman's curator insight, October 30, 7:27 PM
Keel Learning!
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Bot teacher that impressed and fooled everyone | WildFire Learning

Bot teacher that impressed and fooled everyone | WildFire Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What I love about this story is the fact that a Professor used his own subject and skill to improve the overall teaching and learning experience of his students. That’s admirable. With all the dystopian talk around AI, we need to make sure that AI is a force for good.
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Interesting post about a sound implimentation of AI.

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Kevin Morrison's curator insight, October 26, 10:31 AM
If this is a look into the future of online learning I am more than impressed and I cant wait to see more educators adopt it into their platforms.
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3 Keys To Engaging Your Learners With Gamification - eLearning Industry

3 Keys To Engaging Your Learners With Gamification - eLearning Industry | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
What gamification does is extract ideas and learnings from an industry that dedicates a lot of effort to keep its users engaged, most of the time for the sole purpose of entertainment. We have seen how many of these techniques are successfully applied to contexts different to entertainment, such as employee engagement, marketing, even customer service, and most importantly for us: to learning.
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A good simple explanation.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, October 25, 6:28 AM

A good simple explanation.