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Conflating MOOCs with all of online education

Conflating MOOCs with all of online education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"I stumbled across this article brought to my attention by a few different people from my network and I wanted to briefly mention my take on the issue.  The article has Professor Mary Beard of Cambridge warning of the dangers of MOOCs as a means of subverting the teacher/student dynamic in favor of tutors or automated grading mechanisms. I am going to err on the side of caution in my response here as I have the distinct impression that some of the problem I had with this article was the editorial/journalistic framing of it rather than Professor Beard’s actual logic."

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7 Ways To Boost Virtual Learning Retention

7 Ways To Boost Virtual Learning Retention | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Only 54% of employees apply what they learned from training. Here’s how to get your employees to use their new skills and increase learning retention."

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Virtual reality is a natural next step in remote learning

Virtual reality is a natural next step in remote learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Virtual reality introduces students to hands-on learning experiences, which can help boost remote learning retention.
Erika Geraldyne Cardenas Urrego's curator insight, September 26, 1:16 AM
In a world full of innovation and technology, educators must take advantage of them for their classes. For this reason, I started to read this article. I was extremely surprised by this topic: educators would use virtual reality (VR) to change the ways of traditional teaching. This VR allows active learning since students have a better understanding and retention using it. 

The VR is the computer simulation that allows people to interact in a physical way using special technological equipment. According to a study described by Ennin Huang in this article, the rate of retention is 80% of learning. It happens because the VR allows students to learn through the experience. They could interact with environments that they usually cannot; for example, they could learn about other countries traveling in the virtual world. Finally, this immersion is significant to the educator due to the fact that they can use it as a tool to engage students on the topic that they teach; also, students are safer in VR environments.
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Syncing with Students: Valuable Qualities of Synchronous Online Teaching

Syncing with Students: Valuable Qualities of Synchronous Online Teaching | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The dialogue of synchronous online teaching can increase overall connection to the course, genuine engagement, and student retention.
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Ed leaders share best practices for reopening schools

Ed leaders share best practices for reopening schools | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
In a Wednesday Education Department webinar, five leaders shared how their schools are working to gain public confidence and expand in-person learning.
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3 Digital Tools for Remote Music Education

3 Digital Tools for Remote Music Education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
You can't stop the music, and districts are using these digital tools for remote music education so the beat goes on
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I didn't realize until recently, when a group of us tried to sing Happy Birthday to a friend, how hard it is to sing synchronously via videoconferencing.

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'Class' for Zoom Adds Classroom Experience to Popular Meeting Platform

'Class' for Zoom Adds Classroom Experience to Popular Meeting Platform | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A startup founded by ed tech veterans has announced a program intended to make Zoom more effective in replicating the classroom experience for instructors and students. Class for Zoom is currently seeking people to beta test the software.
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This is a nice update.

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This wristband vibrates if you break social distancing rules

This wristband vibrates if you break social distancing rules | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Teams at the University of Florida are developing new kinds of wristbands and face masks designed to keep users safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
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5 insights from our research on innovation during a pandemic

5 insights from our research on innovation during a pandemic | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
As COVID-19 continues to generate economic devastation around the globe in 2020, here are 5 major insights we've uncovered to ensure economies build back better.
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10 DOs and DON’Ts in Project-Based Learning

10 DOs and DON’Ts in Project-Based Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
If we want to raise our children to be independent, creative, and self-sufficient, PBL can help a lot. Here are 10 DOs and DON’Ts in Project-Based Learning
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Hotspots are not a long-term solution for rural remote learning

Hotspots are not a long-term solution for rural remote learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
For many rural students hotspots are useless if ‘there's nothing for it to connect to’ in places with limited cellular service
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4 Tips for Making the Transition to Remote Learning a Smooth One

4 Tips for Making the Transition to Remote Learning a Smooth One | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"When all teaching and learning activities are moved online, having a sound strategy in place is crucial for making this transition as smooth as possible. Many use artificial intelligence or AI to help with the transition, especially in providing students’ real-time assessments.  Meanwhile, here are four tips that can help in the transition to remote learning."

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Kids Are Spending More of Their Lives Online. Teachers Can Help Them Understand Why.

Kids Are Spending More of Their Lives Online. Teachers Can Help Them Understand Why. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"American youth are spending an alarming amount of time online. According to a pre-pandemic report, the average American teen spends approximately seven hours online per day. With remote learning in full swing for a little over half of American elementary and high school schools, students are spending even more time in front of a screen: By some accounts, students are getting up to 5 or 6 hours of additional technology use per day."

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How Do You Make Zoom Breakout Rooms Less Boring?

How Do You Make Zoom Breakout Rooms Less Boring? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A conversation broke out on Twitter last week. How do you make Zoom breakout groups less boring? Robin DeRosa, director of Plymouth State University’s Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative, posed the question and committed to sharing her findings via a presentation soon."

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4 Tips for Livestreaming and Recording Compelling Video Lessons

4 Tips for Livestreaming and Recording Compelling Video Lessons | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
With the continuation of online and hybrid instruction, educators need to up their game to keep students engaged.
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How 1:1 provides digital equity during COVID-19

How 1:1 provides digital equity during COVID-19 | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Digital equity, as defined by ISTE, involves “making sure students have equal access to technology like devices, software, and the internet, and that they have trained educators to help them navigate those tools.”

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College faculty, officials feel prepared to teach online: report

College faculty, officials feel prepared to teach online: report | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A survey of nearly 900 instructors and administrators looks at the pandemic's impact on attitudes toward online learning.
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Commentary: Biggest limitation to online learning may be our imagination

Commentary: Biggest limitation to online learning may be our imagination | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
As we let our imagination play itself out regarding the upcoming school year, we need to ask ourselves: Are we going to see children getting a great education or are they going to fall behind?For parents who balanced the demands of doing their jobs remotely this past spring with children underfoot,…
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Online Courses the New Norm in College

Online Courses the New Norm in College | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
While 40 percent of IT higher education IT leaders and instructional technologists said in June 2020 that their college or university was planning for "mostly in-person" classes for the fall, that share plummeted to less than 5 percent by August, according to a recent study by Educause.
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Homework helpline matches struggling preK-12 students with teachers-in-training

Homework helpline matches struggling preK-12 students with teachers-in-training | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Texas A&M University has launched a new service to help preK-12 students struggling with online classes by connecting them with students studying to become teachers.
juanita.garcia1@utp.edu.co's curator insight, September 24, 11:39 PM
Reading this was a great inspiration to me as a developing teacher. In times of pandemic where we have learned about the challenges of virtual education but also the learning strategies, it is necessary to highlight this type of work where through online help page students who are going to become teachers help many children with their virtual homework.
Erika Geraldyne Cardenas Urrego's curator insight, September 26, 1:11 AM
In Texas A&M University, the teachers in development are part of an extraordinary and innovative project. They give tutories to the students with their online classes and homework through a helpline called "The Aggie Homework Helpline" The teachers in development have the opportunity to gain experience and help students who are struggling with school. The parents need someone who collaborates with their children's homework, and this project proposes a solution.


The Aggie Homework Helpline offers three types of help: on-demand tutoring, regular tutoring sessions, and an online bank of mini-lessons videos. The first ones support the students in different subjects; they can share the screen and photos of the homework. According to the university, the last one includes reading-aloud, mini-lessons, and guides to skill development. Finally, this is a good project which has been executed by other universities.
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Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Action and Expression

Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Action and Expression | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"In my last blog, I focused on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principle of representation. I described how blended and online learning can help educators provide opportunities for students to perceived and engage with information presented in multiple modalities. I highlighted some of the affordances available online that can help students to manipulate digital information to make it more accessible. In this post, I want to explore the third, and final, UDL principle of action and expression."

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4 tips for assessing online learning and feedback

4 tips for assessing online learning and feedback | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"How do you assess student learning online? How is it different from checking for understanding and giving feedback in a classroom? Over the past few months, so many of our conversations have shifted to focus on the best ways to support student learning at a distance. We have platforms that make communication and distribution of resources easier than in the past. When assessing online learning and providing feedback to students, we can use these digital spaces strategically. Without attempting to substitute or mimic past experiences, we can identify the “value add” or benefit of using digital spaces while building on the best practices."

Ronald.O's curator insight, September 25, 1:55 PM
If we as teachers need to provide feedback for students when evaluating online learning process, we can use digital tools to advise significant and independently; making an suitable digital classroom environment. Besides, there are many benefits at moment of using digital spaces while acesssing to the internet world in terms of education.
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7 Real-Life Examples of AI in Education

7 Real-Life Examples of AI in Education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence (AI) has impacted almost all sectors of human life, including education (ed). The latest advancement
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The Impact of Interactive Videos in the Classroom

The Impact of Interactive Videos in the Classroom | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Teachers are always finding ways to integrate new strategies into their teaching. Nowadays, in-person and virtual learning is made possible and convenient with all the technological innovations. One of the most frequently used and reliable teaching aids are interactive videos. The use of interactive videos guarantees effective and efficient learning for students and teachers. They can be easily accessed anytime, anywhere."

Anlly Giraldo's curator insight, September 23, 9:04 PM
This article informs us about the impacts of interactive videos in the classroom, it is very important that the educator gets involved with the new technological and multimedia devices to be well informed about it and select the best to use them in a pedagogical context and thus be able to create new didactic learning strategies. Also, interactive videos create strong teacher-student connections and it is a perfect strategy for this time of virtuality .
juanita.garcia1@utp.edu.co's curator insight, September 24, 11:48 PM
This post deals with the use of educational tools such as interactive videos in class and how they can impact on the virtual and face-to-face sessions that make the student get involved with the topics and activities of the class, guaranteeing effective learning. The author talks about some of those aspects that an interactive video can achieve, which are: personalized learning experiences, accessible and flexible, immersive and engaging, and stronger connections.
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With School Plans in Flux, Here Are 3 Leadership Strategies to Prioritize—and 2 to Avoid.

With School Plans in Flux, Here Are 3 Leadership Strategies to Prioritize—and 2 to Avoid. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Our school leaders and their teachers have just had the most stressful summer to date. When was the last time educators had to wait so long to be able to figure out what back-to-school would look like? To add to the complexity, they all know that their current plans will have to shift as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.'

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Scenario-Based Microlearning Content: A Powerful Combination

Scenario-Based Microlearning Content: A Powerful Combination | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Want to know why scenario-based learning is key to corporate training success? Download the eBook Microlearning Strategies!
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