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Flipped learning skepticism: Do students want to have lectures?

Flipped learning skepticism: Do students want to have lectures? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Which is harder, hearing about something or doing something? And if doing something is harder than hearing, wouldn’t students want to do their work with an instructor and a group of friends present to help, rather than hear about it with the instructor present and then be left to their own devices for the doing part? Wouldn’t it be better if you were doing the hardest part of the work when I am most likely to be able to help you?

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An interesting perspective on flipped learning.

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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes

Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

 The transaction can reduce colleges’ academic mission to that of middleman, reselling course materials produced elsewhere. If schools are offering the same basic courses with minimal variations, it makes it all the more difficult to sell themselves to prospective students or justify their tuition levels.

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Interesting article about the role of textbooks and courses completely geared around them.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The following are seven principles that I've learned during my lifetime of work in the field of creative thinking -- things that I wish I'd been taught as a student.


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Some useful insights.

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Johan Burger's curator insight, September 7, 2014 12:40 AM

Creativity is open to all - it's not just nature, but definitely nurture as well.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:45 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources

Book 'em? These days, students more likely to use online resources | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

At Izatt, 80 per cent of the students have some form of electronic device, and that's how they prefer to learn, she said. But it's not just a simple matter of some new form of 'open the textbook to page 36, read, memorize, close the book, repeat five periods a day.' The students now not only consume information, but more importantly, they produce it, Hobson said.

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Interesting article on the shift to digital text books.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:18 PM

Interesting. I would have thought the number was actually higher. Even though 80% is a big number, it's still important to keep in mind that means 20% don't have such a device. 

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Study: What kids think of Oculus Rift

Study: What kids think of Oculus Rift | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The younger kids were mostly excited to explore and try out a virtual reality experience. Tweens wanted to see more games that focused on creation and free play, like Minecraft. Their most enjoyable games were based on real-world experiences instead of abstract games.

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Not a huge study, with only 12 kids involved, but interesting and I certainly see great things in the future.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:31 AM

Study: What kids think of Oculus Rift

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8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments

8 Questions Teachers Should Ask When Giving Assessments | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Research shows that when students help develop questions for an assessment, and have a deeper understanding of what they are expected to learn before they take the assessment, they take a greater responsibility of their own learning.


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Some interesting insights into assessment.


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What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning?

What’s the Difference Between a Flipped Classroom and Flipped Learning? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Why do I characterize this explanation as a flipped classroom and not flipped learning? Because, contrary to popular belief, these terms are not synonymous. Yet nearly every article written on these topics mistakenly equates them.


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A very important distinction and well explained.


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Maria Persson's curator insight, September 18, 2014 11:13 PM

Keep in mind that no matter what 'method' you use it should be focused on the student and their learning. Very well explained in this article!

Robin Yu's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:45 PM

Well explained.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 22, 2015 8:28 PM

This is a very important difference. 

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How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future

How Computer Technology Will Transform Schools Of The Future | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Nearly every other industry has been changed beyond recognition by the invention of computers. Why not education, arguably one of the industries with the most to gain?


The answer is probably some combination of rank incompetence, institutional conservatism, and perverse incentives.

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A very technology orientated view, but well worth a read.


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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, August 26, 2014 8:17 PM

It's happening faster than a lot of people realize. Interested in seeing "results" in student learning growth between the "have and have not" countries. Hopefully the gap will close.

Sieg Holle's curator insight, August 29, 2014 12:21 PM

Moving toward the age of "learning" abundance despite the opposition inevitable.....

Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 30, 2014 7:46 AM

Μία αρκετά τεχνολογική προσέγγιση που αξίζει να διαβαστεί

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The Myth of Monotasking

The Myth of Monotasking | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The title "The Myth of Monotasking" is based on the idea that the brain doesn't know how to monotask, in fact the term "multitasking" doesn't really mean much of anything when you think about it carefully since virtually everything we do as humans involves coordinating multiple cognitive tasks all happening at once

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This short article includes a podcast interview.

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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning

Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I believe in student-centered learning, and I believe there is huge potential for this kind of learning to occur in online environments. But the instructor is a key element of that learning, and we need to talk more explicitly about what her role is and the specific ways she negotiates and leverages her authority, guidance, and presence to design learning environments in which emergence is possible.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good points and well worth a read.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 25, 2014 12:02 AM

El aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 25, 2014 2:56 AM

That seems to be the way things will happen... time to adapt!!

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 2014 8:36 AM

Un cuestionamiento interesante: "El aprendizaje centrado en el alumno es una excelente propuesta, pero el instructor es un elemento clave en estas formas de trabajo; es necesario explicitar su rol y las formas en que pondrá en práctica sus orientaciones y presencia en el diseño de ambientes de aprendizaje"

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Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting approach to marking assignments and some interesting tools used.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 16, 2014 1:53 PM

Teaching tools for using Google in the classroom.  Great ideas for engaging writers!

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Some useful tips and advice in this article.

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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 2014 10:27 AM

So many teachers shy away from tech, here are some great tips for making the most of what's available to you.

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, August 16, 2014 6:19 PM

Glad to see that some of the recommendations that we have already discussed with teachers are stated in here.  

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A Paradigm Shift for Student Engagement

Even more interesting is that, according to research, children will play video games for several hours, yet fail as much as 80% of the time at those games, all the while continuing to persevere with an almost irrational determination.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Interesting article about making learning into a kind of computer game.

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 15, 2014 10:40 AM

Un buen artículo.

 

Tiene razón: Los niños y jóvenes pueden pasar horas con un vídeo-juego a pesar de que fallarán el 80% de las ocasiones y "perseverarán con  una determinación casi irracional", algo de esta perseverancia y determinación sería útil en el salón de clases.

 

Sin embargo, las críticas a su propuesta de usar juegos en la clase también tienen sentido:

"¿Qué pasará el próximo año cuando asistan a una nueva clase y se den cuenta que la escuela es trabajo y no 'juego y diversión'? Los estás preparando para una decepción."

 

Un interesante debate. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 22, 2015 8:23 PM

Interesting thoughts...

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International Literacy Day: the library’s role in promoting literacies | CILIP

International Literacy Day: the library’s role in promoting literacies | CILIP | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Today is International Literacy Day. It reminds us that promoting and sustaining literacy is one of the critical roles of libraries. Our strength lies in the fact that we are really about literacies, all those skills individuals need to participate effectively in an information society.


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Some useful links and resources for literacy day.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:28 AM

International Literacy Day: the library’s role in promoting literacies | CILIP

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How to bring the flipped classroom model to professional development

How to bring the flipped classroom model to professional development | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In the case of the latter, this infographic, from Bill and Candace, would certainly think so. Although on the rosy end of the spectacles spectrum, it does outline an approach which makes the process a two-way one, with learners outlining their needs

Nik Peachey's insight:

A useful attempt to apply flipped learning to professional development through a seven step approach.

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Won Ho's curator insight, September 5, 2014 7:44 AM

How to adapt Flip Learning strategically.

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7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags

7,000 students return to school with digital schoolbags | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Essentially 1:1 mobile learning allows students to acquire and develop what have become essential skills for the modern workplace and community.

Nik Peachey's insight:

Very optimistic tone to this article. I'll keep my fingers crossed for them.


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Stephan Hughes's curator insight, September 4, 2014 9:43 AM

Essential skills = being able to work on things collaboratively and individually at the same time.

Jennifer Yaniz's curator insight, September 4, 2014 10:45 PM

this was bound to happen and provides kids with the actual tools they need to get ahead in the world of tomorrow, we just need to spread access and ensure they receive real info and not pseudo science online

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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Since it is a less radical departure from what students and parents expect, there’s less stress and uncertainty. If you fear that students may not have access to video lectures or get distracted from learning while on their own time, then teacher resources and equipment available in most schools solve this logistics problem. Wealth and home situation do not become a barrier to learning.

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Um? Sideways??

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Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What criteria matter when considering learning games? First, ask the broad questions: How and when a game can be used? Then, be more specific: What kind of game is best suited to particular learning objectives?

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Nice breakdown here of different gaming genre.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:55 AM

Games are valuable teaching and learning tools.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 3, 2014 1:19 PM

Great article! 

Training in Business's curator insight, September 4, 2014 5:22 AM

Need Help Picking the Right Learning Game? Some Things to Consider 

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5 Lessons Drawn from the LAUSD iPad Fiasco

5 Lessons Drawn from the LAUSD iPad Fiasco | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Poor infrastructure, over-zealous filtering, incomplete apps, inadequate training … these are not the ingredients of an educational revolution. Transformation requires deep rooted re-evaluations of objectives, processes and expectations. Has anything of substance changed when the objective is to deliver Pearson course materials on iPads? Digital content delivery is still content delivery.


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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

As pointed out by Tom Daccord on Edudemic, when “the activity is engaging and challenging, there is an authentic audience, and prescribed time limits, students won’t mess around.” Design your lessons by ensuring that the length and intensity of your discussion are appropriate to the range of your students’ attention spans.


Nik Peachey's insight:

Yes. The best way to stop distraction is to keep students busy and engaged in meaningful activities.

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Jean-Francois Provencher's curator insight, August 29, 2014 1:43 AM

Great article

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 2014 7:55 PM

Very important tips! 

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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

So what defines deeper learning? This group has identified six competencies: mastering content, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.


Nik Peachey's insight:

Some good points here. Not so sure about the academic mindset though.


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Training in Business's curator insight, August 27, 2014 5:04 AM

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

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Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity

Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Now, the enormity, ubiquity and dubious credibility of the information available to most of the world’s population is requiring each of us to become something of an expert on figuring out when we’re being misled or lied to.

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Interesting article with a 15 minute video from Howard Rheingold.

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Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 26, 2014 8:41 AM

Enseñar pensamiento crítico en la era de la credulidad digital. ¿Cómo desarrollar un sano escepticismo si las personas creen todo lo que ven en internet? Un reto que el profesor debe enfrentar.

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5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader

5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there's been an explosion of speed-reading apps lately that promise to get you reading up to 400, 600, even 1,000 words per minute. But is it worth it? Are you really doing yourself a favor by blasting through e-mails at top speed? 

Nik Peachey's insight:

Nice article with some good tools to help slow down and make your reading more engaging.

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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, August 18, 2014 4:42 AM
Why Speed Reading Is Problematic

 

By using an RSVP app or even going through a speed-reading course, you can increase the number of words that you can read from 200 or 300 per minute up to and over 1,000. But there’s one serious drawback – comprehension takes a huge hit. Absorbing and internalizing the information that you’re reading takes time, and it often requires that you go back and re-read parts of passages to fully grasp their meaning.

In speed reading competitions, participants routinely only understand 50% of the text that they’re reading, which is far too low for learning important lessons or appreciating a piece of literature. Some experts even believe that speed reading a tweet would result in lower comprehension, and that’s only 140 characters.

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Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education

Study Proves Why We Need Digital Literacy Education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

What Mueller and Oppenheimer discovered in their experiments is that laptop use correlates strongly with taking verbatim notes, and, as was already known, verbatim note-taking is well-known to be less effective than note-taking that synthesizes and summarizes content.


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Still not sure I agree with these conclusions.

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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, August 16, 2014 7:58 AM

Interesting research - but we need to be careful about the conclusions that are drawn from it.  Most important, in my view, is the point that while we do need to learn how to operate digital tools, we cannot assume that we should stop there - we also need to learn how and where they fit to support or facilitate learning.  This article shows that information literacy is just as important as digital literacy - librarians have ALWAYS known this - and we need to pay attention to this point!

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Does Tech Hold Back Educators?

Does Tech Hold Back Educators? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Teaching is not easy. It is a profession that requires educators to be relevant. Being relevant doesn’t come with age. Just the opposite occurs, and it requires work to keep up. Teaching is not a profession that enables one to stop learning after the degree is earned and the job is secured. Technology is moving us all too fast for anyone to sit back relying on old methods and tools.

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Lots to agree with here.

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Alessandra's curator insight, August 20, 2014 6:23 PM

"Teaching is not easy. It is a profession that requires educators to be relevant. Being relevant doesn’t come with age. (...) Teaching is not a profession that enables one to stop learning after the degree is earned and the job is secured."

Carmen Arias 's curator insight, August 23, 2014 5:27 AM

Tom Whitby`reflections always worth a slow reading