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What’s “The Learning Paradigm College” ?

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 ›

self-directed learning

5 Hypotheses About Learning That Suggest Self-Directed Learning

By  Terry Heick, TeachThought.com : Five Hypotheses About Learning That Suggest Self-Directed Learning In our continuing reading and research on learning–whether we’re looking at project-based learning, problem-based learning, blended learning, or any number of other approaches–we often bump into the idea of self-directed learning. This is not a coincidence, we believe, as even Dewey promoted the… Read More ›

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You Raise Me Up, #OER

In March of this year, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) published a document “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education”. Although the content looks reasonable at the first time of reading, but actually there is a traditional perspective throughout the report. Comparing Open Educational Resource(OER) with traditional textbook model… Read More ›

accessibility

Inclusive Learning Design to Rescue One-Size-Fits-All Flipped Classrooms (#OER)

In a world going digital, the accessbility of content does not seem to be a problem, right? Wrong! Many digital materials are NOT matching to different learners!  Watching videos is worse than reading paper books ? Does one-size-fits-all happen in the filpped classrooms? Yes, if teachers think it’s all about watching videos at home…. Video content… Read More ›

student-centered learning

(Infographic) Putting Students at The Center

from Studentsatthecenter.org We know that each student is unique, but what about each student’s brain? This new Students at the Center infographic from Christina Hinton and JFF(Jobs For the Future) draws on the research from Mind, Brain, and Education to depict the brain science behind student-centered approaches to learning. Check out more resources about Putting Students at the… Read More ›

mobile education

Mobile Education is Poised to Transform The Way We Learn

Business Insider featured The Next 10 Tech Markets That Will Be Worth $1 Billion Or More, you might be interested to go through the list. Among them, 5 trends out of 10 are about going mobile, it’s not surprising that “Mobile Education is Poised to Transform The Way We Learn” makes one of them. Fast Company… Read More ›

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8 Reasons Why We Should Teach to the Game (#GBL)

from James Paul Gee, David Williamson Shaffer : Looking where the light is bad: Video games and the future of assessment Abstract In the past we have referred to games as good “learning engines.” Here we argue that games are good learning engines because they are first good assessment engines. Games require the kind of thinking that we… Read More ›

education 3.0

Build Your Own Dream, Otherwise Some Body Else Will Hire You to Help Build Theirs.

Build your own dream, otherwise some body else will hire you to help build theirs.  — —  from Knowmad Society What’s Knowmad Society ? You ask. Knowmad Society “Knowmads are nomadic knowledge workers –creative, imaginative, and innovative people who can work with almost anybody, anytime, and anywhere. Industrial society is giving way to knowledge and innovation work. Whereas… Read More ›

Inclusive Design

Designing #OER with Diversity in Mind

From Open Education Week 2013 Webinar : The presenters will discuss factors which act as barriers and enablers regarding the creation and reuse of accessible teaching resources focusing on approaches of educators towards accessibility issues in the context of OER. Pedagogical, technical, and policy-based strategies to design, create and deliver OER/OCW learning experiences that can… Read More ›

mobile learning

Toward a Mobile Learning Friendly Environment

The good, the bad, the challenges, infokit, toolkit and “quick win” strategy for mobile learning, at a glance. Mobile Learning: It’s Not Just About the Kids; It’s Also About the Teachers! The reality voice: During a standard, PowerPoint presentation at FETC in Orlando (Jan 31, 2013), Cathie received a hearty, loud “amen” from a teacher… Read More ›

The Basics of Education Data Mining and Learning Analytics

Educators may not always be able to provide each student with the one-on-one time needed for personalized learning. Data mining and analytics make it easier for educators to address the needs of students with varied academic capabilities. We’ve covered the status of Adaptive Learning – Challenges and Developments. College Stats explains the basics of educational data mining… Read More ›

The Shift From Cohorts to Competency [Infographic]

“The Shift From Cohorts to Competency” is the fourth DLN Smart Series white paper released in collaboration with Getting Smart. This paper outlines how schools and districts can ensure every student gains the necessary skills to graduate college and career ready by shifting to competency-based education. (View the infographic below) Also check out another policy paper… Read More ›

adaptive learning

Adaptive Learning – The Challenges and Developments

Learning analytic is one of emerging technologies that will impact higher education in the next 2-3 years from the Horizon report for higher education just released this week. It refers to pulling data from a variety of data generated as learners interact with the learning contents and environments to give a picture of learners’ profile…. Read More ›

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Originally posted on TED Blog:
In the information age we have access to more data and knowledge than at any previous point in human history. But more accessible data doesn’t necessarily mean more processable data — tax returns, court cases and newspaper archives may be available to the public, but they are often hard to…

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Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning

by Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey, from www.personalizelearning.com Alliance for Excellent Education’s report on Culture Shift provides facts that point to learner-centered instruction and the use of technology to “guide students toward greater ownership of their learning.” “It is not about instruction or technology. It is about the learner owning and driving their learning.” Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey The… Read More ›

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Research Report on Why Maker-Driven, Connected Learning is Important

Young learners today have the whole world at their fingertips in ways that were unimaginable just a generation ago. No matter how broad and deep the knowledge they need, everything is just a click away. How will their learning be different ? How should they benefit from that and not the opposite ? A report about… Read More ›

mobile learning

44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Classroom

This article is by John Hardison, first published on gettingsmart.com : Part 1 : 44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class. John Hardison is a facilitator of learning in an interactive classroom called Studio 113 at East High School in Gainesville, GA where literature creatively comes to life on a stage with students as the stars. In… Read More ›

educational technology

What Does Web3.0 Mean to Education?

This is an interview of EdTech Magazine with Karen Cator, first published here : What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education? (they also interviewed other 2 professionals besides Karen Cator in this post) Karen Cator is the director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. Follow her on Twitter at @OfficeofEdTech…. Read More ›

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Innovating Pedagogy 2012 from The Open University

The Open University has published an innovation report – Innovating Pedagogy 2012. The executive summary is as below for your preview. It’s an excellent timing to review them and plan ahead for 2013. This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first… Read More ›

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Education Data and Evidence Framework

from Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education :  Evidence Framework Change happens big in technology and it happens fast. And when public money is being spent and students’ futures are at stake, it is crucial that changes also happen smart. Our new report, Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World, calls… Read More ›

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Education-Focused Search Engine for K12

Gooru, a free search engine for learning, teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community. Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math, science and social science topic, with more subjects coming… Read More ›

brain-based learning

Making, Playing, Learning and Working Memory

Working memory measures potential to learn, and can be crucial in supporting classroom achievement, says Tracy Packiam Alloway. She researches working memory at the University of North Florida and has developed the world’s first standardised working memory tests for educators. Her latest book is an edited collection, Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence, published by Psychology Press…. Read More ›

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Brain-based Learning and Higher Ed

by Justin Marquis Ph.D., OnlineUniversities.com As a graduate of a doctoral program with a heavy emphasis on learning science, I have long believed that we will eventually understand the inner workings of the human brain to such a degree that we will be able to quantify the effects of every interaction and learning experience. This… Read More ›

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Professional Development for Flipped Learning

Pearson and the Flipped Learning Network have joined forces to offer new and exciting blended professional development for educators looking to switch to the new “flipped learning” teaching model (See the Press Release). Through this partnership, and based on the pioneering work of Flipped Learning Network’s founding members, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, highly skilled trainers… Read More ›

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How Well Does Your iPad 1:1 Program Work?

iPad Scotland Final Evaluation Report has raised much attention, it is indeed an insightful resource to prove how the fancy tablet iPad re-invents the ways of learning. So we wish to dig a little more out of it. You might get some answers from the report as you ask yourself: How well does our iPad… Read More ›

Manage Your Own Online Learning ePortfolio for Free

In the age of lifelong learning, we think this tool is really cool for our learning journey! We copy the most important things you need to know about it from foliofor.me . Built on award-winning Mahara software, foliofor.me gives you access to your own, free e-portfolio. You have the freedom to create your own portfolio away from… Read More ›

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Complementary Supports for the Achievement of All Students

Dr. Joy Zabala is a pioneer in special education and assistive technology. She is currently the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. The AIM Center provides knowledge development, technical assistance and leadership to… Read More ›

mobile learning

Mobile Learning is about Self-Actuated Personalization

Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. This is a great quote from TeachThought, which actually published a post “12 Principles Of Mobile Learning” with an infographic. With the concepts, we could approach the true meaning of mobile learning beyond the tools or Apps. Worth your reading! An animated highlight of John Seely Brown’s Keynote Presentation,… Read More ›

educational technology

5 Must-Read Articles for Latest Educational Technology Trends

Here are our picks to represent the latest educational technology trends. They will give you an updated picture of it. Now it’s the moment to think different and think big for education. To empower students, let’s bring interactive learning tools into the classroom — A over view of noteworthy start-ups and new tools by Troy Williams The… Read More ›

Self-Directed Learning for Teachers and Kids

How to create your own self-directed learning environment with free online services. Do you have personal learning network(PLN)? Or, maybe it’s only personal information network. The web has small pieces of loosely joined. How to structure your learning effectively? This is a presentation for all life-long learners. Related reading: The future belongs to those who… Read More ›

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Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics

In data mining and data analytics, tools and techniques once confined to research laboratories are being adopted by forward-looking industries to generate business intelligence for improving decision making. Higher education institutions are beginning to use analytics for improving the services they provide and for increasing student grades and retention. The U.S. Department of Education’s National… Read More ›

What Type of Learner Are You?

What type of learner are you? This infographic from OnlineCollege.org reveals that 27.8% of people are predominantly kinaesthetic learners.  This makes up the biggest proportion of learners.  The next highest proportion learn best through reading / writing, followed by aural and visual. It explains how people can learn things by physically doing them rather than reading or… Read More ›

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Motivating Students – Opportunity Isn’t Enough

by Brandt Redd, OfThat.com In his book, Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen and his co-authors identify four objectives that U.S. society has asked of public education. Each one is incremental; that is, each adds new expectations while still retaining the previous objectives. 1840: Preserve the Democracy (Advent of Public Schooling) 1890: Prepare Everyone for Vocations (Industrial Revolution) 1980: Keep… Read More ›

digital game-based learning

Learning Analytic for Digital Game-Based Learning

There is an overlooked opportunity in games – big data generated in the interactions through gaming. Game based learning is great, it’s learning-by-doing with lower costs in many cases, it’s focused on problem solving, it improves students motivation. But when we suggest teachers to use serious games to teach their students, the first question that it comes… Read More ›

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Originally posted on The Institute for Personalized Learning:
We are very pleased to have Gillian Locke, a senior at Kettle Moraine School Districts’ KM Global Charter School, guest blogging for us this week. Gillian is in a personalized learning environment at KM Global and spoke eloquently about her experiences when she was one of the…

What Schools Can Learn From the World of Photography

An article by George Couros on ConnectedPrincipals.com caught my attention, and the idea delivered resonates exactly with my thoughts on digital learning. I have related “how digital learning (for example digital textbooks) could change how we learn” with “how digital photography have changed the world of photography” in my mind for a long time. George Couros, a principal… Read More ›

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:
As kids head back to school this month and next, some will find a rather new arrangement greeting them: blended classrooms. These don’t feel like the ways that many of us attended class, with a single teacher lecturing at students from front and center (“Bueller?”). As it’s difficult–if not impossible–for cash-strapped…

3 Discoveries from A Gamified AP Biology Class

Paul Andersen has been teaching science in Montana for the last eighteen years.  He’s been posting a regular series of YouTube videos on all things science and education in general for the past year: including physics, biology,  anatomy, earth science, chemistry, they have become very popular. His science videos have been viewed millions of times by students… Read More ›

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3 Schools That Are Getting It Right

by Diana Moore, from gettingsmart.com : Three Schools That Are Getting It Right It’s easy to spend a lot of time on what’s wrong with education—and there’s a place for that. Identifying problems can lead us to solutions. But another crucial part of the conversation needs to be discussing schools that have already found solutions—and how can they be replicated…. Read More ›

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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 ›

“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).