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7 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking in the Classroom

7 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking in the Classroom | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
The world is unpredictable. The corporate ladder is now a maze, which means our students will need to think divergently. In this article, we explore how to integrate divergent thinking into our everyday classroom practices.
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Measuring success of online education [Infographic]

Measuring success of online education [Infographic] | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
The success of online education relies on personalized learning experiences for students, which will impact schools' and the employment world metrics.
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Useful infographic here.

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Greg Quinlivan's curator insight, 15 February, 04:10
As Nick says, the infographic is very interesting.
NeXus Portal Solutions's curator insight, 20 February, 04:01

Online Education

Tulip Afifi's curator insight, 1 March, 07:25
Very interesting mode of representation in terms of measuring efficacy. 
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Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition V.2

Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition V.2 | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

In this book, the first four chapters are provided as a guide for teachers who want to use the book for teacher training and development.

Using the tools, tips and activities provided in these first chapters a teacher with some basic experience of using technology in the classroom should be able to create motivating hands-on edtech training for their peers or for pre-service trainee teachers.

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My guide for teacher who want to become teacher trainers.

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How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’

How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’ | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
And so it’s about this idea that we have to turn things over to kids and let them drive their learning and make mistakes because it’s part of the process, instead of controlling everything so tightly [because] we just have these freakish control needs where we’re unwilling to let our students actually drive their own learning process.
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Links in to SAMR.

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Tulip Afifi's curator insight, 1 March, 07:26
Yes! All about giving more autonomy to our students! 
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Donald Clark Plan B: Does ‘Design thinking’ lead to bad learning design?

Donald Clark Plan B: Does ‘Design thinking’ lead to bad learning design? | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
The problem is that we may well need less ‘design’ and more ‘thinking’. The combination is likely to dumb down the learning in favour of superficial design.
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Always interesting.

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Educational Technology Standards and Frameworks

Educational Technology Standards and Frameworks | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Educational Technology is a complex field within education. There have been several Education Technology standards and frameworks developed globally to explain its intricacies and complexities from a micro and macro level. They range from user skills and competencies to models for professional development and evaluation.
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A really useful collection with lots of links.

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Technology Addiction: Concern, Debates, and Finding Balance

Technology Addiction: Concern, Debates, and Finding Balance | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Technology isn’t going anywhere, and neither is the public’s fascination with all things digital (it’s not just teenagers).

So it’s vital that we find a way to lead healthy, meaningful, and productive lives via a balanced diet of media and technology.
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A few useful tips.

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Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?

Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning? | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Let’s take a look at how robots are currently being used in classrooms and try answering the question: Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?
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Interesting reading with links to some video examples and lots more information.

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Is Creativity a Skill? | EdSurge News

Is Creativity a Skill? | EdSurge News | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Are you creative? How would you know, or convince your boss? According to a new LinkedIn analysis of member profiles, creativity tops the chart

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Some interesting opinions on creativity and its teachability.

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Powerful Learning is Authentic and Challenging

Powerful Learning is Authentic and Challenging | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Research shows that student engagement increases when relevance, value, and authenticity are maximized. Students are more invested in learning when they know why they’re learning something—and it’s important to note that not all learners will be motivated by the same purpose.
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For sure.

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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, 22 January, 09:05

What is the first cause of students' engagement : the power of authentic and challenging learning !

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How Self-Compassion Supports Academic Motivation and Emotional Wellness

How Self-Compassion Supports Academic Motivation and Emotional Wellness | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Compassionate self-talk reminds us of our common humanity, the inevitability of mistakes, and our ability to bounce back and keep going. It shifts the self-talk from “I am a failure — I am so ashamed of myself” to “Everyone messes up sometimes — let’s see what I can learn from this situation so I can try again.”
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Man Vs. Machine For Voice Over In eLearning - Part 2: How TTS Technology Can Enhance eLearning

Man Vs. Machine For Voice Over In eLearning - Part 2: How TTS Technology Can Enhance eLearning | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Authoring tools, like Captivate and Storyline, include Text to Speech (TTS) to their environments. but usually only for English and not always with “tune-able” results. This article explores TTS technology to see what the future can bring from this technology and how it can impact the eLearning experience.

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Interesting look at the state of the art at present.

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Is Pearson the Kodak of education? –

Is Pearson the Kodak of education? – | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Assessment is not measurement. I assess my students every single day, but it’s not in what is maybe the conventional sense. Assessment is not a spreadsheet, it’s a conversation.
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Interesting view of AI and big data.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, 9 January, 11:39

Pearson, la otrora editorial inglesa de libros de texto, cuya historia data del siglo XIX se redefine en nuestros tiempos como la compañía de aprendizaje del mundo. Con sus contenidos, ahora digitales, y sus sistemas de evaluación en línea, quieren dar un salto más fuerte y usar la inteligencia artificial y el análisis de Big Data para crear así la piedra filosofal del aprendizaje: brindar de manera instantánea una educación personalizada a cientos de millones de personas. Sin embargo, el problema de estas compañías es que entienden a la educación como un conjunto de procesos que pueden ser optimizados gracias al análisis de millones de datos. Quizás haya algunas competencias que se puedan medir de una manera más automatizable, me imagino por ejemplo aprender algunas rutinas básicas de programación, pero en un mundo donde se requiere una destrucción creativa del modelo educativo, que haga posible que podamos adquirir y medir competencias complejas como el pensamiento crítico, creatividad, pensamiento sistémico, capacidad de autoaprendizaje, comunicación empática y persuasión, entre otros; lo primero que deberíamos hacer es discutir cómo se diseñan nuevas experiencias de aprendizaje que se adapten al contexto y al discente y que hagan posible el alcanzar estas competencias de manera eficiente, sin el uso de sofisticadas tecnologías, para luego optimizarlas y/o extender su campo de acción con el apoyo de las tecnologías exponenciales.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, 9 January, 23:24
“Of Pearson’s latest plans he says “once again Pearson conflate education with (their) content delivery and (their) measurement systems. They will, I suspect, be massively disrupted and become the Kodak of Education as we realise that context is king rather than content, and that we need new metrics to recognise the things we value today, rather than the things we might have valued yesterday.””
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Classroom assessment: the development of teachers’ cognitions

Classroom assessment: the development of teachers’ cognitions | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

The researchers wanted to develop an understanding of how teachers develop their cognitions and how these cognitions influence classroom assessment practice. A qualitative approach was adopted and the research methods used included questionnaire, interview and observation with follow-up interview. 276 teachers working in 57 different countries participated in the project.

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These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners

These 27 Questions Will Help You (Really) Know Your Learners | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Understanding demographics allows you to understand values and outcomes that inspire and hence better engage and motivate your learners. To understand their values, you must be able to ...

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Some useful questions.

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Why A Chatbot Transforms The Learning Industry: Could Your Next Learning Buddy Be One?

Why A Chatbot Transforms The Learning Industry: Could Your Next Learning Buddy Be One? | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

A well-designed chatbot can deliver a game-changing learning experience to sustain interest, maintain engagement, and drive better outcomes in knowledge and skills retention.

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Anyone using one yet???

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Game-Based Learning Is Changing How We Teach. Here's Why.

Game-Based Learning Is Changing How We Teach. Here's Why. | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
A lot of people who say they are using games are basically using quiz games. If the question is how many are using true game-based learning with problems spaces—frameworks for defining a problem and finding a solution—I’d say probably 10 percent or less of teachers use those games.
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Preparing Young Learners for Life Beyond the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Preparing Young Learners for Life Beyond the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Children must learn empathy, socialization, and the oft-cited life skills of creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Education technology (devices, computers, software, and pedagogy associated with these tools) must be utilized to create an experience that enables children to acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for life, not just for the next industrial revolution. Considering this collective need, how should instruction be carried out, and what role should technology play in our world of instant access?
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A recommended read.

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PierrePortevin's curator insight, 5 February, 09:37
A brilliant initiative, with plenty of resources...

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Journeys of Reflective Practice

Journeys of Reflective Practice | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

This book, Journeys of Reflective Practice, is a compilation of the research findings and reflections from teacher educators who have effectively demonstrated their understanding of action research and classroom enquiry. Each one actively investigated a challenge they faced in the classroom or training room to better understand their learners and how to strengthen their teaching and training skills. 

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TELL Project

TELL Project | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

The TELL Project is a ground-breaking effort that will have a major impact on our profession. For the first time we have a shared vision of what our teaching practice should and could be.

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This is a very useful resource for language teachers and trainee teachers. A really useful tool for teacher development.

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How artificial intelligence is disrupting education

How artificial intelligence is disrupting education | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Education around the world is changing at an incredibly fast pace. Software and devices are as commonplace in classrooms and lecture theatres as whiteboards and overhead projectors once were. The new generation of student is born digital and they are fast adopters of new technologies. The revolution has begun.

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Not so sure it's quite as simple as this.

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Carol Hancox's curator insight, 28 January, 11:57
Impact on Education
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AI moving in education
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Teachers Talk Literacy Skills for a Digital World - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Teachers Talk Literacy Skills for a Digital World - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
To what extent are the literacy skills required for a new world more or less the same as they were before? Will new literate practices need to be generated and if so, what are these new literacies and how can they be learned?
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Getting Students to Take Control

Getting Students to Take Control | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
Getting students to “buy-in” and take control of their learning starts with seeing them as individuals and understanding each of them has different motives, beliefs and goals. Below are a few ideas to consider to help them start:
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Creating Student Engagement with Acadly

Creating Student Engagement with Acadly | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it
I think this is a really great tool and with a great approach to balancing enabling individual teachers and supporting its business through university subscriptions. I hope they soon start rolling this model out to other types of schools. I'm sure the attendance feature would have some huge benefits for schools and universities that need to track overseas student attendance for visa purposes, like those in the UK.
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A tool with a really useful approach to digitising the classroom experience within schools and universities.

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Celebrate International Creativity Month in Class | Education World

Celebrate International Creativity Month in Class | Education World | Learning & Technology News | Scoop.it

Did you know that January is considered International Creativity Month? This month, remind your students about the importance of being creative. Give your students the ability to creatively express themselves by providing various options for a particular class assignment.

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