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What’s “The Learning Paradigm College” ?

July 30, 2013

Chris Thomas wrote about his thought of reading John Tagg’s “The Learning Paradigm College”, and shared with us how he re-designed the new course for the Software Engineering. Opposed to the Instruction Paradigm College with its “One teacher, one room, x students all focussed on the teacher (or should be)”, the Learning Paradigm College expects you to… Read More ›

25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (2013)

Every year American Association of School Librarians (AASL) selects the “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning”, this is the list for this year – 2013. Media Sharing Pinterest smore Digital Storytelling inklewriter myHistro FlipSnack Manage & Organize BiblioNasium LitPick padlet edcanvas WorkFlowy  Social Networking & Communications socrative QuadBlogging Marqueed Curriculum Collaboration 19Pencils iCivics Wonderopolis… Read More ›

Social Content Curation for Learning Communities

An infographic created by Joyce Seitzinger for a MOOC at Stanford: Designing New Learning Environments. Why practice social content curation in learning ? The abundance of content and connection is as fundamental shift in education as any we are likely to encounter, and there has, to date, been little attempt to really place this at the… Read More ›

knowmia teach app

Free Tool to Create Interactive Assignments and Track Learner Performance

Knowmia has supported so many teachers flipping their classrooms, it’s especially popular in U.S. We’ve covered their free iPad App – Knowmia Teach (iTunes link), which can replace the paid App – Explain Everything. And it’s not just a video recording tool, it connects to a whole lot more support for teachers! In case you… Read More ›

digital literacy

Teach the Web: a Mozilla MOOC for Webmaker Mentors

from Teach the Web Learn how to teach digital literacies, master webmaking tools, develop your own educational resources, and take what you learned back to your communities and classrooms. Join us for this free and open online course. As part of our non-profit mission, Mozilla believes that web literacy—the understanding how digital things work—is an… Read More ›

social media, twitter, social learning

20 Ideas to Use Twitter in The Classroom

by  Terry Heick, : 20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom Using social media in a modern learning environment seems easy, but that simplicity is often the result of how we think about it: new ways to accomplish old tasks. Below is a visual spectrum that offers 20 ideas for using twitter in… Read More ›

101 of The Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

101 of the best web 2.0 tools for teachers by GoEd Online. Some tools come and go, so it might be a good idea to check out if anything new and useful to you! Several months ago, Jane Hart also compiled a list of “Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012” which were voted for by 500+ learning… Read More ›

10 Ways to Inspire Your Colleagues As An Educator

Arecent story on The Onion, the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. In “Inspirational English Teacher Cancelled out by Every Other Teacher at School,” the problem of teacher burnout is readily apparent: “Despite her effusive passion… Read More ›

50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson

As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful. We were all artists. We still are. So reminding students that inspiration matters, that art lives and… Read More ›


Master Common Core Skills with Free iBook (#History)

How to master Common Core skills in social studies, Peter Pappas made a model of using technologies for nurturing critical thinking skills. Peter Pappas published a free ebook for deeper learning with document-based questions(DBQ) : My latest multi-touch iBook, Progress and Poverty in Industrial America, is available for your iPad – free / iTunes. It’s a great resource… Read More ›

open source software, OER

See The World from The Perspective of Leadership

Today’s President’s Day, Annie Vincent from picked 5 trending boards on Learnist about leadership. Let’s see the world from the perspective of leadership! 1. Educational Leadership: Leadership in education is not rocket science…….so why is it done so baadly so often? 2. Leadership: This will focus on leadership and the development of leadership traits. 3. Value Based Leadership: Sherri… Read More ›

educational technology

Technology Helps Teachers Reinforce Content, Survey Says

from Teachers from pre-kindergarten to high school say technology helps them reach students, and they would like more of it. A PBS LearningMedia survey of 503 U.S. teachers found that 74 percent said technology allows them to reinforce and expand on content. It also helps 74 percent of them motivate students to learn and assists 73 percent… Read More ›

interactive video

Creating Videos for Interactive Learning Experience on Screen

Flipped classrooms and online learning are here to stay, even explode. Watching videos is a crucial part for the learning. To be honest, watching videos on the screens often makes me sleepy unless the videos are more like a performance instead of lecturing. But of course a performance is a kind of visual arts appealing… Read More ›


15 Ways Online Educators Can Light Social Engagement Afire

Social engagement may help eliminate the student retention problems that have plagued higher education for many years. Stephen Abram, author of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog on library trends, pointed out that, “For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While much progress has been made in working toward… Read More ›

educational technology

15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013

What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and… Read More ›

QR code for classroom

How to Use QR Codes in Classroom

by Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them. Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to: take you to a website,… Read More ›

game-based learning

10 Ways Augmented Reality Could Change Learning Experience

By  Ken Myers, first appeared on : How Augmented Reality Can Change Teaching The technology behind Augmented Reality is taking a real-world view and enhancing it with computer-generated imagery. Whether this is done by using a computer monitor and camera or fitted goggles to imprint imagery in the lenses, augmenting in this manner has great… Read More ›

tablets for learning

25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience

When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens. How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too… Read More ›

Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum (MOOC)

from Open Learning Design Studio  Welcome to the Open Learning Design Studio’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) “Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum”. The course will run from 10th January to 13th March 2013. This free, open and online course (MOOC) has been designed with further and higher education professionals in mind – lecturers,… Read More ›

Machinima As A Teaching and Learning Tool for MOOC

This week, everyone is talking about that Google has released a new tool called Course Builder, which is powered by open source software designed to let anyone create online courses. Earlier this year, Google ran a program called Power Searching with Google, a kind of Massive Open Online Course which attracted a large audience of about 155,000… Read More ›

20 U.S. Schools Innovating with Technologies

Co-written by Tom Vander Ark and Sarah Cargill , (20 Schools Innovating With Digital Tools) Hans Renman in Stockholm (@tankom_hans) asked on Twitter, “Do you know any US schools that are REALLY using digital tools in an INTERESTING way for communication, marketing, or learning?” That tweet kicked off a few days of snooping around. Here… Read More ›

tools for 21st century learning

10 Powerful Tools for Your Toolbox of 21st-Century Learning

by Susan Lucille Davis, from : How to Build A Basic Toolbox for 21st-Century Learning I remember exactly how I felt when I put together my first real toolbox. The gray no-nonsense plastic container, made by Rubbermaid, would house the essential tools I needed now that I was twenty-something and on my own. I bought a hammer,… Read More ›

BYOD Brings The Ownership of Learning to Students

In the report from Learning Untethered on piloting Android tablets in 5th grader, the most important conclusion might be about the learning style shift after students have the ownership of their devices and learning. If you can’t deploy that amounts of devices for every students, the study recommends trying a BYOD classroom. They saw a… Read More ›

TypingWeb: Free Online Typing Tutor for Students and Teachers

Generation C, the Connected Generation, has access to computers and the internet at home, school, and everywhere inbetween thanks to tablets and smartphones. This “connectedness” creates a need for digital literacy and efficiency, in order to get the most out of the technology available. One of the most important components of digital literacy is keyboarding… Read More ›

10 Visualization Tools Selected by Educator for Educator

by Ellyssa Kroski, iLibrarian of Data visualization and infographics tools are a great way to keep students and readers engaged. Here are ten free applications which will enable you to create your own infographics, maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams: Creately The free version of Creately enables users to design and store 5 diagrams which can include Venn diagrams,… Read More ›

25 Ways and 40 Examples of Using Social Media to Enhance Learning

Social media has become a part of our daily life, although Twitter wasn’t designed with teaching in mind but Rosie Miles finds it an ideal way to encourage students to get under the skin of academic texts. Here she explains how: Teaching with Twitter: how the social network can contribute to learning. I am a senior lecturer in English… Read More ›

history timeline

Learning History in 2.0 Way – MyHistro

by Mauro Pasi The number of edtech tools available to teacher grows larger and larger everyday. One of the newest addition is MyHistro, a website that lets teachers create free timelines online. Before creating myHistro, the company with Estonian roots (like Skype) had a similar website,, that won them several awards in Estonia. The purpose… Read More ›

Create “Choose Your Own Adventure” Videos

by Greg Kulowiec, The History 2.0 Classroom(licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA) Last year, along with a class of outstanding 9th grade students, we created French Revolution vs. Egyptian Protest Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) YouTube projects.  I have had a few requests on how to go about making the projects so I put together this video tutorial.  The tutorial… Read More ›

apps for writing

2 Apps to Embed Writing into Student’s Life

by John Hardison (from I can’t even begin to quantify how many times I have been blessed with the challenge of working with a reluctant writer. During 14 years in the Language Arts classroom, I have heard “I hate writing” a thousand times. Sure, everybody loves those students who scan the writing prompt a couple of… Read More ›

transforming learning through technology

102 Stories(Educators) of Transforming Learning Through Technologies

Starting from today,  July 31 through Aug.1, 102 finalists will showcase the creative ways they are transforming learning through technology in Redmond, Wash. Representing 25 states, they were selected to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum. According to press release from Microsoft, an unprecedented number of applications were submitted this year. These projects across the Pre-K–12 spectrum… Read More ›

cultivating change, #CC50

50+ Stories of Digital Learning Frontlines

Faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota just accomplished a miracle of publishing: in 10 weeks, 130 volunteers collaborated to release a 317-page e-book . This free e-book — Cultivating Change in the Academy: 50+ Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012 — is online, available in ePub, mobi and PDF file… Read More ›

digital classroom, educational technology

Top 8 Key Components and Status in Digital Classrooms

Put aside the future of educational technology… what’s the current status of  digital classrooms? This infographic likes to tell you the story summary from survey results published at PBS, Pearson Foundation, NY Times, TechCrunch, EdTechDigest, Mashable, Tomorrow Org., Scholastic, BIE org., The Society for Learning Analytics Research… (detail citation can be found at the bottom). The… Read More ›

tools for educators

Student – Led Final Review

TeachPaperless is a collaborative blogging work from educators, it dedicated to conversation and commentary about the intertwined worlds of digital technology, new media, and education. The blog had said goodbye to readers in this June, but it’s still shedding light on teaching and learning  in 21st century. An article from recent posts talked about student-led final… Read More ›

the future of educational technology

Envisioning The Future of Educational Technology

This visualization is the result of a collaboration between the design for learning experts TFE Research and emerging technology strategist Michell Zappa, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. It attempts to organize a series of emerging technologies that are likely to influence education in the upcoming decades. Despite its inherently speculative nature, the driving trends behind the technologies can already be observed, meaning… Read More ›

authentic writing

Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World

This is a great reflection from Susan Lucille Davis on why and how traditional form of teaching writing should be changing in the digital age, originally posted on Instead of the narrow definition of writing, digital storytelling and connected learning are what students need! ***** I need to confess. As an English/Language Arts teacher with nearly… Read More ›

horizon report, K12

K12 Ed-Tech Trend Forecast from Horizon Reports

New educational technologies are emerging mostly as ed-tech advocacies have been leading. In the fourth annual K-12 edition of the Horizon Report series, mobile apps and tablet computing are said to be arriving within a year, and game-based learning and personal or adaptive learning environments were identified trends set to explode during the next 2-3 years. The bring-your-own-device technology model… Read More ›

research in learning technology

Teaching2.0 with Wikis – Research Report

This paper outlines a staff development approach involving Web 2.0 applications on which others can build. It’s from the “Research in Learning Technology” – The Journal of The Association for Learning Technology(ALT). This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) Licence. The journal publishes papers concerning the use of technology… Read More ›

visualization, visual learner

ICT for Visual Learners – Tools, Resources and LMS

Visual learners are those whose prefered learning style (in a learning situation) is what they see. These learner like seeing teachers body language and facial expressions, pictures, illustrations, diagrams, posters, cartoons, collages, slide shows, TV Shows, videos, flowcharts, coloring books, graphs, charts, maps, flash cards, underlining and highlighting. So these forms are more effective for them to catch… Read More ›

OER in Math, open educational resources

OER Initiatives and the Vision from Maine

A study of kindergarteners in Auburn, Maine has shown that students who use iPads score better in every literacy test than those who don’t. We’ve discussed this here: “Do iPads Really Improve Learning? Did you Miss Anything?”  The district has been working for a number of years on improving its early literacy efforts. That has involved extensive… Read More ›

curator's code, curation

Curation in the Age of Abundance – Curator’s Code

“A curator is an information chemist. He or she mix atoms together in a way to build an info-molecule. Then adds value to that molecule.” – Scoble One of some buzzwords from SXSWEDU 2012 is “educators as curators”. With lots of Web2.0 curation tools available, what does it mean to be a curator? What’s the difference… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).