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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.

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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 11:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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Infographic: How Gaming is Affecting Our Culture and Health

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The current state of the United States gaming industry might surprise you. Your little brother isn't the only one playing, and parents might actually approve. With 58 percent of Americans playing video games, the types of players and the potential benefits they're reaping span far and wide.


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Social networking and games can hurt and weaken the bonds and face to face communications of people.

Antonia Gozzi's comment, August 25, 2013 1:57 PM
A very nice infographic! I thought I was the only girl who like to play games :)
Jess Gronholm's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:30 PM

After spending time with my family this past week, which includes 5 boys and 2 girls under the age of 10 - I realized just how addicting video games have become. They each had their own iPad or iPhone to play games on - which meant they were all playing seperately rather than together. It made the whole family experience feel a bit disjointed...

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Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory

George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Their proposed learning theory has issued a debate over whether it is a learning theory or instructional theory or merely a pedagogical view.

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Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:45 PM

I will have to include this in my Learning theories module, perhaps.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:43 PM

This might be my new research topic. Very interesting.

Paige Paul's curator insight, September 15, 2015 7:52 PM

Topic 2- This is an interesting piece that explores how connectivism should be categorized.  Sometimes I think people in the education world can get too caught up in labels and buzzwords, and forget that ultimately what you call it doesn't matter as much as whether or not it promotes student learning.

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What Is Successful Technology Integration?

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Before we can discuss how to shift our pedagogy or the role of the teacher in a classroom that is integrating technology, it is important to first define what "technology integration" actually means. Seamless integration is when students are not only using technology daily, but have access to a variety of tools that match the task at hand and provide them the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of content.


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There are good things...

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 11:57 AM

A deeper understanding and learning through technology

natalia_walchli's curator insight, August 2, 2015 10:04 PM

Good article with some great advice.

Sandy Owens's curator insight, November 18, 2015 8:03 PM

Integration is at its best when a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool.

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Social Media Usage on the Rise | Social Media Today

Social Media Usage on the Rise | Social Media Today | instagram waisting time |
The number of online U.S. adults who use social media sites has risen from 8% to 72% since 2005. What does this mean for marketers?

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Here we are;)


Alex Simon's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:00 PM

I am one of those people who use social networks. They are just so much fun and they allow people to keep in touch.

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Social Media Project Monitors Keywords to Prevent Suicide

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A Boston-based project is using predictive analysis technology to comb through social media posts in hopes of preventing suicide.


The opt-in Durkheim Project combines search technology with predictive analysis to estimate the suicide risk of an individual based on what he or she is posting on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Already in collaboration with Facebook, the Durkheim Project is currently gathering social media data from participating active duty military members and veterans.

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Still good...

Jess Gronholm's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:26 PM

This is pretty cool - probably the best use for analyzing social media keywords to date!

robyns tut's curator insight, October 15, 2013 8:02 AM

This could be really helpful in preventing future incidents of suicide due to cyberbullying or other causes. If the project has success among the US army veterans, we could see it being implimented worldwide.


Deandra Covington's curator insight, June 28, 2014 9:09 PM

This is probably the neatest way to utilize social media to benefit our troops. The Durkhein Project is testing for mental illnesses by analyzing social media communication. Many people with mental illness want to be heard, but that doesn't mean they will just come out and say it or try to get the help they need. By finding key words or phrases, we may be able to eventually find who has PTSD or who is contemplating suicide.

While they have built a complete science around this, my only concern is that they might pinpoint the wrong people every once in a while. If they do, and their command is notified, could it affect their career? I suppose this is dependent on how they decide to deal with alerts if this is implemented. I think it is important to maintain that clinical intervention would be necessary first and only allow the member's command in if it is verified that the person is suicidal. 

With that said, I give tremendous kudos to this project. People that have a mental illness usually try to let people know they need help in some way or another. The Durkhein Project can help us better able to pinpoint these signs. 

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Computer-assisted treatments help patients conquer their phobias

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Dr. Jesse Wright, a psychiatrist with University of Louisville Physicians, has authored papers on the efficacy of computer-assisted therapy and offers the virtual reality therapy in his U of L office.


According to Wright, patients with a debilitating fear of flying need to confront that fear directly — not by relying on “avoidance behaviors” like pre-flight medication or alcohol.


“To really overcome it, you have to look the fear in the eye and say OK, this is nothing, really, that I need to be afraid of,” Wright said.


But therapists can’t go along with patients to help them get through it. That’s where the virtual reality therapy comes in. 

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Again technology isnt all bad!

Manisha Singh's comment, September 18, 2013 6:18 AM
Elizabeth Oneil's comment, September 20, 2013 1:41 PM
VVX cool
robyns tut's comment, October 18, 2013 8:08 AM
i have a few phobias that i would love to overcome, my views on this new idea of therapy to get rid of it is a brilliant idea because it will help so many people. Cayleigh