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5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom - eLearning Industry

5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom - eLearning Industry | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
How could video-conferencing software possibly improve my classroom? Check 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom. Free Educational Technology.

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Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

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Amos J Cruz's curator insight, March 8, 2015 11:14 PM

One thing that I don't see mentioned here that you can only have two cameras interacting unless you pay for a level of service that allows multiple participants to join by camera.  Otherwise, solid recommendations on how to use video conferencing to engage the classroom..as long as there's only two computers involved.  Google Hangout anyone??? 

Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:25 PM

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Christopher Pappas: 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry

Christopher Pappas: 9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning - eLearning Industry | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it

According to the renowned American educator, Malcolm Knowles there are 5 assumptions concerning the characteristics of adult learners, and 4 principles concerning adult learning (andragogy).


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In order for adult learners to be actively involved in their own learning, they must feel (and know) that they have a voice in regards to the content and delivery of their coursework. The degree to which learners determine how a course will play out is, of course, the prerogative of the instructor, but I think instructors who actively gauge the preparedness and receptivity of their adult learners are liable to get ones who are more engaged and grateful.

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Ghania Zgheib's curator insight, March 15, 2015 10:23 PM

Interesting infographic that explains Andragogy.

Jennifer Kleiner's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:13 PM

Scooped from Amos's Scoop.it page- Adult learning theory is very important to keep in mind when designing learning strategies for adult education. This is a very helpful resource to easily reference when designing instruction, in particular I would highlight the PURPOSE behind each module and activity and remembering that motivation is key with adult learners.

Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:05 PM

This is a good article about adult learning with eLearning. It provides information about Knowles' 5 adult learning theory assumptions that can be translated to modern day eLearning experiences.

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Upload, Share, and Discover Content on SlideShare

Upload, Share, and Discover Content on SlideShare | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Discover, Share, and Present presentations and infographics with the world’s largest professional content sharing community.

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SlideShare, which is now owned by LinkedIn, can be hit or miss. There's a surprising amount of low-quality content on the site, and sometimes multiple copies of the same presentation (with only minor differences) exist. SlideShare is a great source for students who want to to share their work, and also those students who might otherwise prepare for an exam by watching YouTube videos, but relish more control over the pace of study.

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Jackie Gage's curator insight, March 10, 2015 2:21 PM

This is a place where anyone can story and share presentations. You can allow other people to just view them or allow them to download them. The seek allows you to search for your topic and allows you to filter your search criteria. 

This is a great place to seek out new lecture ideas and learn topics in a concise way.

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TeamViewer – Access your computer remotely and share your desktop with friends – it’s free!

TeamViewer – Access your computer remotely and share your desktop with friends – it’s free! | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Remote Control any computer within seconds as if you were sitting right in front of it and host online meetings and presentations easily over the internet. Find out why more than 200 million users trust TeamViewer!

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I used TeamViewer quite often when I was in high school. It was a lifesaver as it served as a fallback if I left an assignment at home. One of the greatest features of the software, IMHO, is its (optional) always-active feature, which gives you remote access to a computer as soon as it boots to the login screen.

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Jackie Gage's curator insight, March 10, 2015 2:33 PM

TeamViewer is a tool that allow you to remotely control a different computer’s desktop  within seconds or just sharing it for online meetings.

 

It is free to use by non-commercial users, and it can also be upgraded with a charge. This is a great tools for groups who work at distant locations or for online technical support.

Kelly's curator insight, March 13, 2015 8:36 PM

I've used a similar tool to assist my elderly mother in computer maintenance and file recovery but hadn't thought to use it quite in this manner. Although cloud computing has alleviated some issues of sharing across systems and networks, certain files and applications we prefer not to maintain in the cloud. TeamViewer offers a viable solution in circumstanes such as these.

Kristie's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:43 PM

Another tool to use for virtual training or assisting users with computer issues. I may have to try this with my parents. I talked with a family member this past weekend who uses this tool remotely for the family business.

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(Infographic) #Gamification and Instructional Design

(Infographic) #Gamification and Instructional Design | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Great infographic from Mia McMeekin, enjoy! Behaviors are the atomic blocks of gamification designing and engineering, the purpose is to analyze and influence them for desired outcomes. If you thin...
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MacMeekin's infographic advises instructors to "form mixed-ability groups." I think this is perhaps this shareable's greatest point, and also one that could easily derail a gamified learning experience that lacks strong, actionable, learning objectives.

Key, I'd say, to effective mixed-ability learning in game-using groups, are objectives that can be met without actually being strong at playing games or participating in a gamified experience: assess learners' knowledge of the gamified content, not their working ability with the gamified content. 

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Teaching children about Creative Commons Licenses to re-use images | Open Education Working Group

Teaching children about Creative Commons Licenses to re-use images | Open Education Working Group | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Teaching children about @creativecommons licenses to re-use images http://t.co/jNT51iADu5 by @jobadge via @TheoKL
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Children are taught a valuable (and continuing) lesson in both media/online ethics and a practical primer in finding the right type of image for their projects.

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Kelly's curator insight, March 13, 2015 8:31 PM

important lessons for all who seek to use publicly available images

 

Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:41 PM

This is a very important topic - as we continue to see the evolution of print content to digital content, students must understand copyright issues and creative commons licensing. 

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How A Fourth-Grade Class Twitter Account Rekindled My Faith In Humanity

How A Fourth-Grade Class Twitter Account Rekindled My Faith In Humanity | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it

I found Ms. G’s fourth-grade class in the roundabout way you stumble across anyone on Twitter. About a month ago they tweeted a question at my favorite knitting site (yes, I know), who retweeted them. I didn’t fully understand at first — was this an entire class sharing one account? who even were they? — but I was so taken by the earnestness and sheer excitement that before I knew it I’d read the account’s entire timeline.

 

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As I understood from @Alannabean's #buzzfeed article, this fourth grade class (and others like it) has used #Twitter to generate a mix of set-, net-, and group-based #learning that is fulfilling and fun for all involved parties. Kudos to @Lines4MG!

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A school where students, teachers remix their schedules every week - The Hechinger Report

A school where students, teachers remix their schedules every week - The Hechinger Report | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
MILLBRAE, Calif. – A set schedule for the semester is a thing of the past at Design Tech High School in this community in the San Francisco suburbs. Teachers create a new plan every week, based on the students’ progress in class. And, importantly, the day’s work isn’t a top-down mandate. Students decide for themselves …
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"Although schools can buy computer systems to manage these tasks, leaders at Design Tech said none of the ready-made products fit snugly with their plans for teaching and learning. Instead, an office manager works with teachers to coordinate everyone’s schedules. It’s a herculean task."

 

Surprisingly ironic for a school named "d.tech" I wonder what variables would decide the priority and placement of classes: individual and gross grades, external events, upcoming exams, topical overlap...

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Get Credit For Lifelong Learning - College, MOOCs & More | Degreed

Get Credit For Lifelong Learning - College, MOOCs & More | Degreed | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Degreed 'jailbreaks the degree' by measuring all academic, professional, and lifelong learning. Create your profile to start getting credit for your education.
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Degreed allows learners to display both their formal (verified transcripts and course descriptions) and informal (MOOC certificates, reading lists) learning such that the full breadth of their educational experience is cleanly and clearly captured and shared!

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5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom - eLearning Industry

5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom - eLearning Industry | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
How could video-conferencing software possibly improve my classroom? Check 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom. Free Educational Technology.

Via Gust MEES, Dennis T OConnor, sarah kozlowski, Kelly, Jennifer Kleiner, Jen Pollard
Phil Hobrla's insight:

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

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Amos J Cruz's curator insight, March 8, 2015 11:14 PM

One thing that I don't see mentioned here that you can only have two cameras interacting unless you pay for a level of service that allows multiple participants to join by camera.  Otherwise, solid recommendations on how to use video conferencing to engage the classroom..as long as there's only two computers involved.  Google Hangout anyone??? 

Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:25 PM

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Zotero | Home

Zotero | Home | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that
helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then
share the results of your research.

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I love Zotero! I pay $100/year for unlimited storage. A tip: Zotero works best with Firefox. When you use Chrome, you can't save a file directly to the database. 

I recently piped my Amazon Kindle catalog to Zotero, and am currently bulk-importing my YouTube history. There're so many cool projects you can undertake with CHNM's highly-extensible application,

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Kelly's curator insight, March 8, 2015 1:42 PM

Knowledge is only as useful as it is accessible. Zotero provides an excellent management tool that allows users to carry their research across topics and domains with ease.

Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:53 AM

I've found Zotero very helpful as I've conducted my own research.  It's difficult for my students to stay organized sometimes with physical things--this application keeps everything neat and can teach about citation as well.

Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:51 PM

Wow! A wonderful article to help with organizational skills. It is a easy and user friendly research tool. 

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Using Context to Deepen and Lengthen Learning

Using Context to Deepen and Lengthen Learning | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Nearly every teacher has experienced students forgetting something important. This forgetfulness comes in various forms. It might involve not following instructions for an assignment, missing a due date, forgetting important details on a test, or even forgetting to take the test itself. Whatever the memory infraction, there are usually good reasons why students forget. Gratefully, there are a few simple ways teachers can build context to help students achieve deeper and longer lasting learning.
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Whole-task instruction is particularly well-suited for module-based online courses. Instructors for these courses can organically establish context for these modules (and the overall course) by sharing them, weekly, in a Facebook group or subreddit associated with the class. Doing so gives students a discrete locus for discussing errors, concerns, or confusion stemming from and relating to a module. This increases engagement and shifts the instructor's 'Q&A' medium away from email and into a more public space that reduces redundancy and supports accountability. 

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5 Tips to Spark Lively Online Discussions Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

5 Tips to Spark Lively Online Discussions Infographic  - e-Learning Infographics | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
5 Tips to Spark Lively Online Discussions Infographic. Online Discussions Infographic.
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Engagement: it's the theme shared by all five tips. It's important that discussion facilitators actively monitor and engage with their learners. Perhaps the best way to allow for this, which isn't mentioned, is to use a platform whose ease-of-use breaks down any barriers towards discussion.

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sarah kozlowski's curator insight, March 15, 2015 9:53 PM

This infographic could also apply to face to face learning environments as well as online learning. These approaches to sparking lively discussions should vary depending on the type of learning environment that it is being applied along with each activity.

Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:53 AM

I love infographics!  This one is helpful because this is a common issue when dealing with asynchronous discussion.  

Samantha Patterson 7's curator insight, March 16, 2015 11:49 PM

This article has wonderful ideas for relating effectively online. The ideas are easy to use and helps with social media online presence.  

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When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills

When Students Get Creative With Tech Tools, Teachers Focus on Skills | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
When you give your students a digitally infused project, there are different ways to structure it that will maintain your rigorous expectations but not require a lot of time teaching new software or hardware tools.
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"When you give your students a digitally infused project, there are different ways to structure it that will maintain your rigorous expectations but not require a lot of time teaching new software or hardware tools."


This is especially apt for projects mediated through social media. With appropriate protocols in place, teachers can benefit from the proficiency with which their students use social media, while at the same time teaching netizenship skills.

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BetterLesson

BetterLesson | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
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BetterLesson's 130+ Master Teachers create and then demonstrate Common Core-aligned lessons—lessons, not simply lesson plans—many involving blended learning. 

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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices | Social Media Tools for Learning and Instruction | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns reviews five movie-making apps for iOS devices and Android tablets, highlighting their no-to-low cost, ease of use, and the wide range of professional-looking products that students can create.
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Film-mediated storytelling also bolsters the spatial and emotional intelligence of students.

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Kelly's curator insight, March 8, 2015 1:44 PM

Watching my own children and their peers interest in visually representing their every-everything, I appreciate channeling their creative energies in an educational platform.

sarah kozlowski's curator insight, March 15, 2015 9:46 PM

This article provides easily accessible resources for video creation.