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What Communities and Hashtags Connect You On Twitter?

What Communities and Hashtags Connect You On Twitter? | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Twitter is commonly used for learning & development. We know that hashtags are great ways to link conversations, trends, news, and happenings on this social network. In real time, you can follow a story, participate in a conversation, and contribute to a community by including a hashtag in your tweet. 

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Students Across the Globe Learn About Augmented Reality — From Each Other -- Campus Technology

Students Across the Globe Learn About Augmented Reality — From Each Other -- Campus Technology | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Students at two geographically distant universities create and examine augmented reality artifacts in a project-based learning collaboration.
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Lowering the Stakes With Online Writing: A Case Study | GradHacker

Lowering the Stakes With Online Writing: A Case Study | GradHacker | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Solving a pedagogical puzzle with a digital tool--how I developed a successful low-stakes online writing assignment for a beginning English Composition course.

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Interesting (and effective) approach to a low-stakes writing assignment that actually gets students to write regularly. 
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Getting Started on Academic Twitter v2.0 – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The landscape of Twitter has changed tremendously since us “early adopters” fumbled around on the platform back in the late Aughts. So an introduction to Twitter for Academics necessarily has to be different in 2017 than even a few short years ago.
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Twitter is a valuable PD resource. If you haven't found your way to Twitter, this article provides a great start. 
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East Carolina U Taps Virtual, Mixed Reality to Instruct Future Teachers -- Campus Technology

East Carolina U Taps Virtual, Mixed Reality to Instruct Future Teachers -- Campus Technology | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
East Carolina University has become the first of 17 campuses within the University of North Carolina system to use virtual and mixed reality to train future K–12 teachers.
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From Passive Audience to Active Learning: Engaging the Class in Team Presentations

From Passive Audience to Active Learning: Engaging the Class in Team Presentations | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
In-class student presentations can provide opportunities for passivity if students tune-out their peers. This template ensures everyone stays involved.
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Great idea for designing a collaborative learning activity!
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Instructor Presence: How to Keep from Going MIA in Your Online Course

Instructor Presence: How to Keep from Going MIA in Your Online Course | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
When the instructor does not have a visible presence in an online course, it becomes nothing more than a self-directed correspondence course.
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Creating a presence and maintaining engagement with students is critical to their learning and success in your course.
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

While If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really boosting student motivation. 

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While this article is targeted to K-12 teachers, it applies to all levels of instruction. What is the key to motivating your students?
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Virtual Reality Stars in Oral Roberts University Global Learning Center

Virtual Reality Stars in Oral Roberts University Global Learning Center | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Virtual and augmented reality allow students to experience learning, while telepresence brings students far away into the classroom.
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Classrooms of the future are here now.  
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Live Online Discussions…. A few tips

Live Online Discussions…. A few tips | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Need a few tips on what to do in your live online discussion? Here are a few to get started. ~Mia
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VideoLectures.NET

VideoLectures.NET | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

The lectures are given by distinguished scholars and scientists at the most important and prominent events like conferences, summer schools, workshops and science promotional events from many fields of Science.

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Thousands of videos from conferences and other events, featuring over 14,000 authors on a wide variety of topics, from social sciences to mathematics to physics to technology. 
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Lessons Worth Sharing | TED-Ed

Lessons Worth Sharing | TED-Ed | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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We all know how great TED talks are. Consider building a learning activity around a TED talk or YouTube video, and engage learners with questions, discussions and additional resources. Track your viewer activity. Check it out! UHV-faculty, contact me if you'd like to discuss further.
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Mixed Reality: From the Design Lab to the Professions -- Campus Technology

Mixed Reality: From the Design Lab to the Professions -- Campus Technology | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
An update on Oklahoma State University's recent expansion of its Mixed Reality Lab and how the inclusion of mixed reality in the curriculum at OSU is impacting design students.
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A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them (EdSurge News)

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them (EdSurge News) | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

This article discusses the LibreText project--where students write the wiki-like textbooks. This project was the brain-child of a Physical Chemistry instructor, Delmar Larsen at UC-Davis. 

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After 10 years and 200 million page views, I would say this OER is a great success. Are you looking for OER resources? Check it out. 
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What Is Critical Thinking, Anyway?

What Is Critical Thinking, Anyway? | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
A long-time faculty member shares the talk he gives to his own students on the first day of the semester.
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Great article that encourages you to actually explain what critical thinking is for your students. 
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Beyond the Binder: 3 Strategies for Empowering Digital Tool Use in the Classroom (EdSurge News)

Beyond the Binder: 3 Strategies for Empowering Digital Tool Use in the Classroom (EdSurge News) | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Laptops and tablets can be powerful learning aids, but many faculty feel uneasy about the role such devices play in their classrooms. Recent data suggest that they may be a distraction and deter from learning outcomes. How, then, can we be sure that digital tools are integrated into the higher education experience that encourage deeper learning?

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Flipped Classroom: Bridging the Gap between Pre-Work and In-Class Sessions

Flipped Classroom: Bridging the Gap between Pre-Work and In-Class Sessions | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
By connecting pre-work with in-class activities, the flipped classroom offers a unique opportunity to test-drive many active learning strategies.
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Creating Cartoons to Spark Engagement, Learning

Creating Cartoons to Spark Engagement, Learning | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
With ToonDoo, I can create a content-related cartoon that captures students’ attention. The real magic happens when they get to create their own cartoons.
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The question is often, "how do we get students to read our posts or announcements?" The answer might just be to "use cartoons". I especially like the idea of asking students to create them, as well. What a fun idea and effective way of generating class discussion. 
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The Benefits of Peer Learning

The Benefits of Peer Learning | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

One of the concerns about peer learning is when students are teaching each other, there's always the chance they'll share incorrect information. What stands alongside those concerns is all sorts of evidence documenting that students can and do learn from and with each other.

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Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
Video is a wonderfully visual medium that opens up new opportunities for teaching and learning. Here's how to extend the shelf-life of your course videos.
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Good tips for those who record videos to be reused in multiple courses or future semesters. 
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic]

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Infographic offering questions for you to use with your students that helps to develop critical thinking on any given topic. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Great reminder of discussion starters to get students thinking more deeply about any topic. 
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Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes

Unpacking Relationships: Instruction and Student Outcomes | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it
A paper discussing the relationship between quality faculty instruction and student outcomes.
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Excellent paper encouraging a move toward "fostering learning as opposed to doing instruction" with increased emphasis on active, applied and experiential learning. 
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Tap into These 5 Tips for Mobile Learning -- Campus Technology

Tap into These 5 Tips for Mobile Learning -- Campus Technology | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

A master in mobile learning shares his best advice for rebooting your instruction. Hamm, who teaches the "Mobile Learning Mastery" course for the Online Learning Consortium, recently shared advice with Campus Technology for helping educators reboot their instruction and "expand the context of their classrooms" through mobile learning.

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MIT Video

MIT Video | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

The MIT Video website aggregates and curates video produced by the Institute's offices, laboratories, centers and administration. This includes feature and editorial videos, event recordings, academic content and more. We have hundreds of channels — from OpenCourseWare's academic content, to features from MIT News to how-to videos and more. Check it out.

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Excellent resource for video content with topics ranging from business and management to computer science to the arts. Some of MIT's OpenCourseWare content is also available here. 
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What I Learned Recreating One Chart Using 24 Tools - Features - Source: An OpenNews project

What I Learned Recreating One Chart Using 24 Tools - Features - Source: An OpenNews project | Teaching Innovations Newsletter | Scoop.it

Finding the best tool means thinking hard about your goals and needs.

Back in May of this year, I set myself a challenge: I wanted to try as many applications and libraries and programming languages in the field of data visualization as possible. To compare these tools on a level playing field, I recreated the same scatterplot (also called a bubble chart) with all of them.

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If data visualization is your thing, then this article is a must-read. 
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