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Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey

Educational Technology & ELT Newsletter by Nik Peachey | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2017 1:07 AM

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Daniela Jimenez's curator insight, August 15, 2017 6:05 PM

Young people live their lives through technology; however, it might be an  essential source for education where we could take advantage over its resources and engage students into the use of technologies as a tool for their own learning process. There is great value in incorporating new technologies not as a bolt on or reward, but as an integral part of the process. This allows teachers to have more interesting and productive classes where will be noticiable the enhancement of learners in communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. ICT lets learners easily draw on authentic resources that promote inter-cultural understanding and interact with virtual peers in real non-fabricated contexts. Technology can be used as an independent learning where teachers can help students to work at their own pace, complete interactive exercises, and receive immediate feedback. Besides, students can be able to compare their scores with their classmates being an element of engaging gamification to their learning.

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Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence

Behaviors & Strategies for Improving Your Instructor Presence | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Establishing a connection with online learners is a demonstrated strategy for increasing student motivation in online classes (Jones, Kolloff & Kolloff, 2008) and a marker of instructor excellence (Palloff & Pratt, 2011). Employing the the behaviors and strategies noted below is an effective step towards making your online students' learning more relevant and increasing their investment in your class (DuCharme-Hansen, Dupin-Bryant, 2005).

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 9, 2017 1:53 PM

I dare you to read these lists of behavior and strategy ideas and not find something new.  Great resource. 

MFaculty's curator insight, March 11, 2017 8:56 AM
This is a very simple process for meeting students where they are and strategically guiding them along the learning path. 
Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 24, 2017 4:17 PM
Good stuff here
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9 Inspiring Student-Led Formative Assessment Activities

9 Inspiring Student-Led Formative Assessment Activities | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Are you looking for some awesome student-led formative assessment ideas for your kids to use? Try out ones from this list.
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8 Great Educational Websites for Newbie Teachers via Educators Technology

8 Great Educational  Websites for Newbie Teachers via Educators Technology | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Armando's curator insight, March 2, 2017 4:57 AM
8 Great Educational Websites for Newbie Teachers via Educators Technology
Inmaculada Bautista Gil's curator insight, March 3, 2017 2:47 PM

#EASC17_UNED 8 great educational websites

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Creating Silhouettes and Design Elements Using Wordle

Creating Silhouettes and Design Elements Using Wordle | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
One of the things I've been playing around with is finding ways to incorporate tag clouds in my e-learning courses. Why tag clouds? Because they're a great way to visually communicate key points and concepts.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 16, 2017 10:11 AM

A cool way to fill the shapes in PowerPoint presentation - using Wordle!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 17, 2017 10:51 AM
Great tutorial on how to create these Wordle images.
 
Gabrielle's curator insight, April 23, 2017 6:56 PM
More visual way to display word cloud. This could make it more appealing depending what you're talking about
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Report: Millions of students reveal surprising online learning trends - eCampus News

Report: Millions of students reveal surprising online learning trends - eCampus News | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
New study reveals that collaboration is still not a prevalent online learning habit; mobile phones have yet to be used for serious learning.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 26, 2017 3:51 PM

It's important to know your audience.  Do your classes have interactive resources like mind mapping, flashcards, image rich quizzes?

Lee Hall's curator insight, February 28, 2017 1:51 PM
Interesting all the differences between the countries and their  students. 
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7 Google Forms Templates to Use in Your Teaching via @medkh9

7 Google Forms Templates to Use in Your Teaching via @medkh9 | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 19, 2017 12:19 PM

LOVE me some Google Form Templates & Ideas!

Melissa Molitor's curator insight, February 20, 2017 8:33 AM
The tools we use in our classroom should reflect the technology that they should be able to implement in their lives.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 24, 2017 8:26 AM
7 handy Google forms to use in your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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Sarah's curator insight, June 4, 2017 8:06 PM
This is an excellent website that can be used as a resource for enhancing visual literacy, close reading and visual thinking skills, which are fundamental within the Arts. In the Arts, specifically Visual Arts and Media Arts, it is crucial to be able to read an image, and these photographs and resources within the link can be easily modified to create some simple exercises in reading the artworks. 
Anne-Marie Rocheleau's curator insight, August 19, 2017 11:19 AM

Faire des inférences; promouvoir la discussion

Alexandra Mápura's curator insight, October 21, 2017 8:27 PM
I like this article since it presents some interesting pictures to teach English. We can use it for making a great conversation (practicing speaking skills) about important social concerns.
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NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it

"This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges."


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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, February 16, 2017 11:57 AM

I love reading the yearly NMC Horizon Report. Which trends do you think will emerge as the most significant over the next 5 years?

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How technology creates facilitative disruption in the classroom

How technology creates facilitative disruption in the classroom | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that technology has the potential to be a major disruptor in the classroom. There are two kinds of disruption: facilitative, or “good”, disruption; and debilitating, or “bad”, disruption. So what matters most is the type of disruption being caused not so much the disruption itself.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 14, 2016 12:46 AM

Interesting short article from David Nunan.

Antonio Bautista's curator insight, November 16, 2016 2:01 AM
Plantea dos situaciones reales: el ordenador no va porque la aplicación no funciona, o el alumno multitasking que está haciendo varias cosas a la vez, entre ellas modificar una foto del profe.
Sebastián Vásquez's curator insight, December 4, 2016 2:39 PM
In agreement with the article, we should encourage our students to think in an innovative way in order to foster their agency for learning and in that way create opportunities for facilitative disruption to take place. Moreover, in order to avoid debilitating disruption is important to always keep in mind that technology should be used as a means, that is as a support or complement and not as a suplement of materials of class. In that way, we would be avoiding to screw everything up when technology fails by having a plan B.
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Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think ~ by Peter DeWitt

Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think ~ by Peter DeWitt | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
The 8 conditions that Quaglia believes are vital to every school climate are belonging, heroes, sense of accomplishment, fun and excitement, curiosity and creativity, spirit of adventure, leadership and responsibility, and confidence to take action. At first blush they sound as though they are easily addressed and accepted in schools. However, as the report shows, some conditions are easier to come by than others, and opinions often conflict with one anothe

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Finding E-Learning Jobs

Finding E-Learning Jobs | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it

Here's an interactive Piktochart Infographic on the basics of finding online teaching work.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 7, 2015 2:43 PM

Just the basics, but it will give you a starting place for a career shift that could change your life. 

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, some students are not motivated by grades. Yes, this includes your brightest kids. Some kids could get an A on any test you give them, so they do not see the need for homework. Why do an hour of work every night when they know they are going to get an A on the test? Now you have a student who gets Fs on all his homework and As on all his tests. It turns into a C average, and he doesn’t care. How do you motivate him to do more or do better? The old-fashioned way – you give him a badge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:02 PM

Badges are useful tools.  Generate engagement. Visualize assessment. Tools for coaching and encouragement.

deniseroberts's curator insight, February 20, 2015 9:14 AM

Great article if you are considering "gamifying" your instruction whether it's virtual or face-to-face.

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Public Domain ~ Free Media for Creative Projects | Pond5

Public Domain ~ Free Media for Creative Projects | Pond5 | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Download thousands of media files including stock footage, images, songs, and more for FREE from Pond5's Public Domain Project.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 14, 2017 8:17 AM

Lots of useful free media for student projects.

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How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow)

How to Humanize Your Online Class (Infographic and slideshow) | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students' motivation to log-in week-after-week. When students relate to an online instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives (Picciano, 2002; Rovai & Barnum, 2003;  Richardson & Swan, 2003).

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 9, 2017 1:00 PM

Click through to a great infographic with a powerful presentation slideshow feature.  These are ideas that EVERY online teacher should know. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 24, 2017 4:30 PM
Nice infographic :)
Daniel Collins's curator insight, July 10, 2017 12:15 AM
An infographic with some great ideas the online teacher can try with their courses.
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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!
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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 2017 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 2017 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 5, 2017 12:47 PM
Great games to use with "ME Leadership" (Marks of Excellence)
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Best Presentation Software List: Complete 2017 Guide

Best Presentation Software List: Complete 2017 Guide | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it

We’ve created this list of the best presentation software to ensure you make the right call in the platform you select. This articles is the result of several weeks of research and review of 50+ presentation tools currently available on the web.


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Lilydale High School's curator insight, January 7, 2017 7:53 PM
A range of 2017 software for great presentations.
Teresa Maceira's curator insight, January 14, 2017 2:11 PM

A huge well-organised list of the most popular presentation software with short annotations.

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How To Create Chain Links In PowerPoint In Just 2 Minutes

How To Create Chain Links In PowerPoint In Just 2 Minutes | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Learn to create Chain Links in PowerPoint. Add stunning chain links PowerPoint Templates in your presentation and leave your audience stunned.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 28, 2017 3:29 PM

Great tutorial on how to make cool slide elements.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 1, 2017 3:56 AM

Great tutorial on how to make cool slide elements.

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Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos - Teaching in Higher Ed

Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos - Teaching in Higher Ed | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it

Creating Authentic and Explanatory Videos
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In this past week's episode with Steven Michels, we both spoke about the importance of allowing for more authenticity in videos we create for class. I shared about the time I sneezed during one of my pencasts and how funny the students found it.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 26, 2017 3:40 PM

Explanatory video is a powerful tool for online teaching. Learn more about it. 

Gemma Ballarín's curator insight, February 27, 2017 3:25 AM
21st century teaching
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more tools
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Four cautionary lessons about education technology

Four cautionary lessons about education technology | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
There's good failure and there's dumb failure. The dumb failure we see over and over again is just dumping technology into schools and hoping for magic to happen; not having a plan, thinking that things will happen automatically because kids are “digital natives,” a term that obscures as much as it illuminates; thinking that just because technology is there your problem is solved."

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 20, 2017 1:29 AM

A good short read.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 20, 2017 12:49 PM
Digital tools are not a panacea of all things good.
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 20, 2017 5:27 PM
This emphasises the importance of the teacher in any technology education. Some good follow up sections and blogs
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Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.

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Critical Thinking Workbook

Critical Thinking Workbook | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
The Critical Thinking Workbook helps you and your students develop mindful communication and problem-solving skills with exciting games and activities. It has over 20 activities that are adaptable to any grade level you want.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 14, 2016 5:26 AM

This is free to download, though they do ask for email contact details etc.

Deb Talbot's curator insight, November 21, 2016 5:46 PM

This workbook is a great tool to share with your kids!

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The Power of eLearning Templates | 360 Authoring Program-Blog

The Power of eLearning Templates | 360 Authoring Program-Blog | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
eLearning templates can help drive user engagement and enable trainers to present a course's content in the most captivating and professional way. Learn how!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 20, 2015 12:42 PM

Templates are a great way to learn the basics of e-learning as you familiarize yourself with new software. 

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Edutopia: Assessing Project Based Learning

Edutopia: Assessing Project Based Learning | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it
Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 31, 2015 12:41 PM

Spark your assessment thinking with this Edutopia Guide.

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NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release th NMC Horizon Report - 2015 Higher Ed Edition

NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release th NMC Horizon Report - 2015 Higher Ed Edition | Teaching and Learning Online at UMSL | Scoop.it

Click here to edit the titleAnaheim, CA (February 11) -- Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition  in a special session at the 2015 ELI Annual Meeting. The 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. This report is also the first NMC publication made possible in part through crowdfunding efforts.  


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:38 PM

I've been following the HORIZON reports for years.  They always give me a sense of what's coming down the near future information highway. 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 12, 2015 11:06 AM

interesting...

Sue Walsh's curator insight, February 12, 2015 6:34 PM

Brain food. Enjoy :-)