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20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015 | EW.com

20 podcasts you need to hear in 2015 | EW.com | Cool stuff | Scoop.it
“Did you listen to this week’s Serial?” That’s been the question on everyone’s lips the past three months. The podcast, which reexamined the 1999 murder...
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Heroes who fail

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The concept of a hero in science is a tricky thing. We’re taught that people don’t matter, all that matters is whether an idea is right or wrong. Having heroes can distort our view of the...
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Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

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Slang may seem like it has no place in the dictionary, but dictionary editors are listening very closely to the words people use in real life.
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The Man Who Forecasts Avalanches in America's Riskiest Snowpack | WIRED

The Man Who Forecasts Avalanches in America's Riskiest Snowpack | WIRED | Cool stuff | Scoop.it
To understand what’s happening at the top of a snow-covered mountain, you have to dig. Granular analysis of snowflakes can tell local ski resorts and government agencies which layers of snow are destined for collapse. But that process isn’t exactly scalable.
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The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success?

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In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved....
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TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): All the planets would fit between the earth and the moon

TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): All the planets would fit between the earth and the moon | Cool stuff | Scoop.it
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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

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A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.


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Curiosity!!!  Key to everything.

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maria taveras's curator insight, December 18, 2014 1:57 PM

It's a natural human phenomenon that occurs when our curiosity is activate and engaged learning and assimilation takes place. It's a creative dynamic that is essential to foster for our well being.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 18, 2014 3:45 PM

When a child drives you crazy with "Why?", I guess that is a good thing. :)  -Lon

Smith_Lin's curator insight, January 27, 2015 2:57 PM

Dont answer your own questions. Make the learners do the work, they will enjoy it.

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TEDxNYED - George Siemens - 03/06/10 - YouTube

George Siemens is Founder and President of Complexive Systems Inc., a learning lab focused on assisting organizations develop integrated learning structures ...
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Sir Ken Robinson - Can Creativity Be Taught?

If there was a moment when our crisis in education hit critical mass it may well have been the date Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk went up on YouTube. In just ...

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Ana Dias's curator insight, December 17, 2014 7:25 AM

Criativity its a process,, its about thinking, its, about judgement and evaluation! plus a very interesting view about teaching and mentoring!!

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 10 Guidelines for #EdTech Companies + Social Media - It's All About Relationships

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Connectivism ???

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Connectivism - George Siemens In the world of Higher Education and among well-motivated and intelligent students there is probably a case for seeing Connectivism as one theory of learning but not t...

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"Connectivism cannot be regarded as an all-embracing, universal learning theory; it is more a reminder that we have many more learning tools available to us, living in the Digital Age, and a reminder, too, that technology is changing fast."

Greig Campbell's curator insight, October 2, 2014 4:41 AM

Okay, I can see what the author is saying in this sentence.  Perhaps it is the role of the teacher to direct students to the correct sites.

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I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

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Today we can find virtually anything we need to know on the Internet, whenever we need it, from wherever we are. But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge t...
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You Cannot Afford to Miss These Free Resources for Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

You Cannot Afford to Miss These Free Resources for Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Cool stuff | Scoop.it
And here, we have rounded up the best places where you can find free best resources audio books, eBooks and textbooks.
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▶ Why is The Alphabet In Alphabetical Order? Eight Completely Arbitrary Things - YouTube

In which Hank discusses some ways in which we base our lives on stuff that are just completely made up. Racism: By the Numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch...
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Moodle Accessibility Guidelines

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One of the largest undertakings that most Moodle users will face is Moodle accessibility. Simply stated, as it relates to providing educational material, it is important for online training solutions to meet the needs of all students, especially for those that have unique needs. This is one of main goals and objectives of open source solutions like Moodle since it is an international development solution that has been designed for classroom needs all over the globe.

Moodle training solutions can be described as online classroom instructions that can easily be accessed by anyone who needs the course materials. Therefore, for those who need access to different types of training, they can use this platform to meet virtually all of their online training needs.

As a course management system that can be used to for a wide diversity of needs, instructors can present the various kinds of information to their students in a format that will make it simple for them learn. For instance, some instructors may want to provide their course materials via an interactive solution that will help to keep their students engaged throughout the semester or quarter.

Which means, once the instructor has designed and created the course material that is the most effective, they can add this information online so that is easily accessible to everyone who has signed up for the course. Regardless to the individual who is tasked with completing the curricular, the materials should be available for access to people who have disabilities as well as those who do not have any special concerns.

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Why Understanding Obstacles is Essential to Achieving Goals

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Knowing what gets in the way of accomplishing goals can be more powerful than all the positive thinking in the world.
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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

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Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.

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Mathematicians Make a Major Discovery About Prime Numbers | WIRED

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A year after tackling how close together prime number pairs can stay, mathematicians have now made the first major advance in 76 years in understanding how far apart primes can be.
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5 Works of Art to Teach Critical Thinking

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These 5 works of art can assist teacher in developing critical thinking skills

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 18, 2014 11:33 PM

Love the idea of using images/art to get critical thinking happening!

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Snapchat

Enjoy fast and fun mobile conversation! Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend. They’ll view it, laugh, and then the Snap disappears from the screen – unless they take a screenshot!

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Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

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Instructivism is dead. Gone are the days of an authoritarian teacher transmitting pre-defined information to passive students. In the 1990s, constructivism heralded a new dawn in instructional desi...
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What do you understand by the term blended learning? (a poll)

What do you understand by the term blended learning? (a poll) | Cool stuff | Scoop.it
I'm hearing the term "blended learning" used to mean a number of different things nowadays? Which is closest to your own definition - or do you have another to share? Once you make your choice, you...
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Rethinking Your Online Classroom with Connectivism

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One of the greatest challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing, tech-saturated educational landscape is the decrease of physical classrooms based on traditional notions of localized, embodied community.

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Why Connectivism?

Downe’s defines connectivism as “the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.”

The network metaphor is crucial because it highlights the ongoing shift away from rigid, hierarchal modes of organization towards asymmetrical, decentralized models. Networks are comprised of nodes (actors) and links (actions). In complex networks, no one node determines how the others will behave; instead, the interactivity between each node contributes to the emergent, self-organizing functionality of the system as a whole.


What this means for teaching and learning:

Knowledge does not exist “in the heads” of learners or instructors but through the variety of connections established amongst students, instructors, and technologies. With connectivism, static student-teacher roles become as fluid as the technology that mediates them, and the process of learning becomes more important than the final product.