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The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School? | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

The only rational answer to the conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing and common curricula. Curiosity does not hold up well under intense expectation. Give agency to teachers, with the explicit message to slow down and provide students time to wonder and be curious.


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Absolutely

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 3, 2016 11:51 AM

Children, and for that matter teachers, bring curiousity with them. Teachers can help create contexts where that curiousity remains vibrant.

Valerie Morris's curator insight, May 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Curious?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 24, 2017 3:40 PM
Curiosity is essential to teaching and learning. It can be modeled, engaged in through play, hypothesizing about what might happen, the questions we ask, and reflecting on what we wonder about.
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Automatic Essay Scoring – kick–ass assessment?

Automatic Essay Scoring – kick–ass assessment? | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
First, need to avoid the claims that this software is already mature enough to replace all forms of traditional assessment. We also need to avoid the hysterical reactions from traditionalists who want to put a stake through the heart of anyone who suggests that it is useful and beneficial. There’s a middle way.
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Some good balanced commentary on automated testing.

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What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years

What Technology Will Look Like In Five Years | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Rather than gauging if the toilet has enough water, the soap bottle is full enough and the lights are the perfect level, your smart bathroom can ask, “How was your visit?” You can say “Good,” or perhaps, “Bad —  there wasn’t enough soap.” This eliminates the need for so much tracking, and makes the experience feel more human. Ultimately, our devices will rely on our feedback just as much as data.
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Interesting to think about how these changes will impact education.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, November 21, 2015 6:15 AM

curious what kind of an impact this will have on schools & education?

Chantal M. Simonelli's curator insight, November 30, 2015 1:06 PM

Wow.  exciting....and a bit scary!

Stuart Goode's curator insight, December 18, 2015 3:13 PM

Is this the way forward for Trip Advisor

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Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters

Personalized Learning and SEL: Why Meeting Students Where They Are Matters | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Now study after study is showing that social-emotional-learning (SEL) skills, such as empathy, self-regulation, and cooperation, may be even more valuable for students' short- and long-term success than academic content knowledge.

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Interesting read about the use of computer games to develop social emotional learning.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, November 16, 2015 10:10 AM

It is so important to meet the student's needs, whatever that may be, to improve learning goals. We must look at the whole child and not just the brain to meet their needs.

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Making Data Work

Making Data Work | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Data are at the heart of the ongoing dialogue between teachers and students. We asked more than 4,600 teachers about the digital tools available to help teachers collect and use data to tailor and improve instruction for individual students.


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A very accessible report.

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asli telli's curator insight, November 16, 2015 1:15 AM

Making #data work. Tools matter.

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Our brains require stimulation and connection to survive and thrive. A brain without connection to other brains and without sufficient challenge will shrink and eventually die—moreover, the modern human brain’s primary environment is our matrix of social relationships.


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Recommended reading for anyone involved in education.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 14, 2015 7:30 AM

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Ra's curator insight, November 14, 2015 6:42 PM

Make the connection - tune  the kids into how their brain works

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What Educators Want from Digital Tools (2.0)

What Educators Want from Digital Tools (2.0) | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
This study of more than 3,100 teachers revisits key questions explored in the original Teachers Know Best report: how teachers use digital instructional tools in the classroom, as well as their attitudes towards technology and whether they believe existing digital tools are effective. As with the original report, research centered on consumer analytics and insight provides an opportunity to shift from anecdotes to a richer understanding of whether product developers are creating the digital tools that teachers want and need,
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Brief summary and links to the full report. Interesting format and some interesting findings.

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10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers

10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Research reports and papers have been around a long time. They haven't evolved much. Here are 10 ways to make them more relevant.
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Some good suggestions.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:48 AM

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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, November 11, 2015 4:55 PM

For learners interested in 21st century learning skills, here's a great starting point. As a learning facilitator, one of the most powerful things we can do is to offer multiple, personalized ENGAGING ways to show understanding. 

delta14's curator insight, December 1, 2015 1:35 PM

Alternativas para motivar el proceso de enseñanza y aprendizaje.

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How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers

How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Starting with vision allows professional development work to be messy. Learning isn’t linear, and it isn’t easy. It’s strongest when it involves challenge, is collaborative, and is supported and celebrated along the way. Teachers are going to create strong learning environments for their students when they are involved in similar environments themselves
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Short article about encouraging teachers to be more independent in their professional development.

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Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas

Ten Reasons New Teachers Aren't Using Technology | Spencer Ideas | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

When asked about the importance of educational technology, only a few rated it as important. I'd love to say that this is because technology has become normal and ubiquitous. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Many of the future teachers said things like, "technology is a great thing when it works," or "I did fine without technology" or even "I think it's distracting to real learning."

Nik Peachey's insight:

I don't think this just applies to new teachers.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 10, 2015 3:36 AM

As Nik Peachey says... it does not apply only to new teachers

Kim Flintoff's comment, November 10, 2015 9:13 PM
I'll just about bet the answers aren't much different than when I asked in 2001...
Ra's curator insight, November 14, 2015 7:12 PM

Good discussion starter for educators to look at their practice and those that are training the teachers. 

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Creating online learning with Riddle

Creating online learning with Riddle | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

On the surface Riddle is a great free tool for creating a variety of quizzes and polls that can have rich media embedded into them, but when you look below the surface it's actually a pretty sophisticated tool for quickly authoring engaging elearning.

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This is a review with some teaching tips.

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learn foreign language skills's curator insight, November 8, 2015 4:25 AM

potential for language learning, assessment

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 10, 2015 10:23 AM

This helps with formative assessment too.

Luis Otero's curator insight, November 13, 2015 1:13 PM

Excelente instrumento para interactuar con el alumando y entre el alumnado. Espero que dure mucho la versión "free"

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Why ebooks should be cheaper and how to get my book for free

Why ebooks should be cheaper and how to get my book for free | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

This should enable publishers to deliver digital versions of their books for a fraction of the cost as they don’t have to pay the expensive printing, shipping, storage, redistribution and reseller costs that are necessary to get their paper-based versions of books sold all over the world.

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This post also has a link to some research I'm doing.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 5, 2015 8:41 AM

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Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:44 AM

añada su visión ...

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Understanding Your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens

Understanding Your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Common Sense's new study quantifies screen use, identifies unique types of users, and uncovers patterns that could spark improvements in content, access, and learning.
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You can find a summary of key points here and a link to download the complete report. You'll need to register if you want to download the complete report.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 4, 2015 12:14 PM

Nine hours of media per day - not including school or homework! That's more than a full-time job absorbing media. Is this out of control? 

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Tech v teaching: it's a dialectic not a war

Tech v teaching: it's a dialectic not a war | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

It’s not about the technology, it’s all about the learning. Learning then tech? Tech then learning? Both positions are wrong. Both sides have their book-selling evangelists. The truth is a little mroe prosaic.The relationship between learning and technology is a complex dialectic. It always has been and always will be. The great revolutions in technology, that shaped the learning landscape were writing, alphabets, writing instruments, paper, printing, books, calculators, computer, the internet– none of this technology came from the ‘learning’ community. What did come from the learning community were lecterns, blackboards and…. On the other hand a lot of learning technology has been shaped by great learning professionals who make it usable, productive and manageable. It’s not one way traffic – it’s cross-pollinated.

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A very good read.

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Alexandra Duarte's curator insight, November 20, 2015 5:42 AM

Thumbs up!

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:45 AM

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How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

When you have students creating a repository of materials that other students use to improve their learning experiences in a course, you are well on your way to an authentic learning community in the course. Forming that learning community is one of the biggest challenges to online teaching, and the video presentations were a simple way to help this process along.

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An interesting report on one teacher's experience.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, November 18, 2015 3:45 AM

Interessante e com potencial para ser adaptado a outras situações/contextos. Pode ser útil, num curso de formação de formadores em b-learning.

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How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog) | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

How Student Video Presentations Can Build Community in an Online Course Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog) It may sound pretty routine to convert a course to an online format, but doing so presents many unexpected challenges and...    

 

My rating 8/10


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Stephen Bright's curator insight, November 15, 2015 4:46 PM

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education outlines the process used with a university class for the students to choose a problem and a Khan Academy style video illustrating the working for solving the problem successfully. Great that it is a student-centred approach. Not so sure that it would work for other non-mathematical disciplines...

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Donald Clark Plan B: 10 examples of how ‘DEVICE fetish’ is ruining EdTech

Donald Clark Plan B: 10 examples of how ‘DEVICE fetish’ is ruining EdTech | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Turtle projects are infrastructure projects that improve bandwidth in schools, the Open University, Janet & SuperJanet, Wikipedia, Khan Academy, YouTube, MOOCs. Moodle… I could go on all day. None of these initiatives are device-focused. They focus on cognitive ergonomics not consumer electronics. Lesson here – stop the largely wasted research on device-based projects, the endless stream of apps and do not keep on taking (and buying) the tablets. Think about learning and learners not devices.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Far too much truth in this article.

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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, November 15, 2015 8:00 AM

Great blog on EdTech! Must read!

asli telli's curator insight, November 16, 2015 1:14 AM

Device fetish- #hardware is not an essential issue...

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, November 16, 2015 2:26 AM

A UK student on the silliness of edu tech
(for once I fully agree with a student)

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The Value of Feedback Infographic

The Value of Feedback Infographic | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Discover why every teacher should be giving feedback in our easy-to-read feedback infographic.
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A really useful infographic

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Karen Dunlap's curator insight, November 15, 2015 5:41 PM

Great info. Students readily see the value of authentic and timely feedback.

gadgetsia636's curator insight, November 16, 2015 3:22 AM

gadgetsia juga memberikan infomasi tentang game horor Android terbaik lho!

Multimedia y Nuevas Tecnologias's curator insight, November 20, 2015 11:11 PM

El valor de la infografia, el porque utilizarlas.

 

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Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning

Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

The adoption of personalized learning approaches has increased significantly in recent years. This report examines achievement in 62 public charter and district schools that are pursuing a variety of personalized learning practices, and examines implementation details in 32 of those schools. Researchers obtained achievement data for personalized learning students and a matched comparison group of students attending other schools serving similar populations. They also collected and analyzed data from site visits, interviews, and surveys to create a broad picture of the schools' efforts to implement personalized learning and the perceptions of teachers and students.


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You can download the complete 57 page report.

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6 Truths About Technology in Education - A.J. Juliani

6 Truths About Technology in Education - A.J. Juliani | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Technology plays an interesting role in student ownership. That device in their pocket has all the information in the world. It can connect them to anyone, allow for collaboration, and be used for a variety of innovative purposes. As teachers, we have to embrace the notion that technology can open up a world of learning opportunities, and then give our students the chance to own those opportunities.


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Some strong arguments based on learner autonomy.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:46 AM

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Caren Cantrell's curator insight, November 11, 2015 11:55 AM

Great article about the role technology plays in aiding literacy in the classroom.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 4, 2016 12:18 PM

Although education and schooling are for the benefit of the learner, it also maintains an orderly advancement of the social structure and it is part of preserving what is good for both individuals and society. The word educate means to lead children to adulthood. What that means has both personal and communal implications.

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How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology

How to Keep up with all the Constant Changes in Technology | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Classroom teachers and technology innovation has been a hot topic for many, many years. It doesn’t have to be stressful trying to learn something new. Approaching new technology with a plan in place will help you to become a master at technology in the classroom and will reduce the stress that naturally comes with trying to learn new technology.
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Some nice tips.

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Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:10 PM

Some useful tips.

Scott Langston's curator insight, November 11, 2015 9:19 PM

Some really good advice and ideas here

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 12, 2015 2:39 AM

Nice intro for rookies ;-)

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How to Transform Your Classroom With Augmented Reality (EdSurge News)

How to Transform Your Classroom With Augmented Reality (EdSurge News) | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Augmented Reality is changing education. What started out as something that was simply “cool” has become a way to engage learners like never before. 

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I've long been a fan of augmented reality, so great to see it starting to break through.

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Billy Brick's curator insight, November 10, 2015 5:06 AM

Not language specific but evidence of Augmented Reality being more widely used in education.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 10, 2015 1:23 PM

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Manos Koutsoukos's curator insight, November 11, 2015 2:18 AM

I'd like to see more books and classroom materials using AR...

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A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found.

A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found. | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

In an attempt to be systematic, I decided to categorize what I observed in schools. One column for things that helped prepare kids for life. And one column for things that were irrelevant. I expected both columns to fill up quickly.


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Quite long but worth a read.

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Welcome // | DiRT Directory

Welcome // | DiRT Directory | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.

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The new domain of DIRT. Lots of links to useful tools.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, November 5, 2015 4:53 AM
Better than just googling it.
Pierre Levy's curator insight, November 5, 2015 11:10 AM

Registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.

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Virtonomics: Business Simulation Platform for Education - Gamification Co

Virtonomics: Business Simulation Platform for Education - Gamification Co | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Learn how online business simulation platform, Virtonomics provides a holistic learning experience on growing and managing a business.
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Interesting read and an interesting looking platform.

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