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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators

by Saga Briggs, re-published with the permission of OpenColleges.edu.au Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a… Read More ›

On The Potential and Hurdles of the #FlippedClassroom

By Marianne Stenger, re-published with the permission of OpenColleges.edu.au This week we talked with Flipped Learning’s Jonathan Bergman; teacher, writer and educational coach who is passionate about helping educators figure out what is best for their students in their classroom. Bergmann has over 24 years of experience as a high school science teacher and in 2002 he… Read More ›

How Google Glass Can Be Used in Education [Infographic]

An Infographic by http://www.OpenColleges.edu.au Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or a jacket. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and… Read More ›

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 ›

best practice for video recording

Best Practices for Video Production

(This is the 10th article of the series of learning design tips from dominKnow KnowledgeBase) Video Formats The file size of video displayed online is as important as its quality. Uncompressed video impacts the speed and performance for the viewer and greatly increases your storage capacity. There are many methods of video compression. The format dictates… Read More ›

audio recording

Audio Recording Best Practices

(This is the 8th article of the series of learning design tips from dominKnow KnowledgeBase) We all know that professional audio recording makes a big difference in the quality of an elearning course. It’s difficult to listen to even a short audio clip when the sound quality is bad. However, many of us are faced with… Read More ›

How Learning Registry works

Open Learning Registry Browser and Collector

Launched by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Learning Registry stores data provided by numerous sources about the content of various learning resources hosted in different systems. Data published to the Learning Registry can serve as the basis for learning resource analytics to help recommend resources, detect trends in resource usage, and judge user experiences. We’ve covered… Read More ›

Participatory Learning as Pedagogy

Web2.0 technology has become pervasive and change our life for several years. So it’s necessary to use pedagogy 2.0 to facilitate active learning. Why active learning? It is a time of unprecedented change: socially, economically, environmentally, informationally. The sage on the stage is antiquated and irrelevant. Pedagogy 2.0 “Active learning is defined as the extent… 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 easel.ly 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 ›

mobile learning

Universal Instructional Design Principles for Mobile Learning (#mlearning)

From Universal Instructional Design Principles for Mobile Learning, by Tanya Elias, Athabasca University, Canada To date, m-learning research in both the developed and developing world has focused on the use of handheld computers and smartphones (Kukulska-Hulme & Traxler, 2005; Ally, 2009).  In contrast, little research has concentrated on m-learning for simpler devices or m-learning capable of running on… 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 ›

transmedia learning design

What’s Transmedia Learning ?

Dr. Elaine Raybourn is working in transmedia learning since 2010, creating games, virtual worlds, and social simulations since 1998. She leads teams that research transmedia learning, next generation learners’ adaptive posture and their interactions with future learning technology. The following content comes from her presentation. What’s Transmedia Learning ? “Transmedia Storytelling is the system of messages… Read More ›

99 Resources and Tools for Digital Learning

By Carrie Hopkins, from Top5OnlineColleges.org The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online education has changed the landscape of guided learning for both students and teachers. Professors who once stood in front of classrooms filled with dozens of students now stand in front of webcams in front of thousands or tens… Read More ›

Using iPad and iPod inside and outside The Science Classroom

This presentation by Britt Gow is a nice round-up of useful iPad Apps for Science teachers. Go through the Apps from not only the user’s perspective, but also from a designer’s perspective –  a learning designer!

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 ›

Interactive fiction, text adventure

Digital Game-Based Language Learning with Interactive Fiction (PART 2)

The first post in this series explored how digital games, and how text-based Interactive Fiction in particular, might offer language learners a potentially more engaging and interactive learning experience. Being both a digital game and a form of electronic literature, it encompasses the unique learning and cognitive affordances of both mediums, allowing for deeper interaction… 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, TeachThought.com : 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 ›

educational technology, K12

(Infographic) Summary from Latest Surveys about #EdTech in K-12 Classrooms

by Constance McKenzie Technology use is ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The Pew Research Center (2013) surveyed teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) classes about their use of education technology, or “EduTech”, including cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards (commonly written as “SMART boards”).  They found that these new… Read More ›

(Infographic) How Video Technology and Internet are Changing Education

by Ryan Fontaine Video technology has been used for over forty years to give educational content a little extra punch. Great Britain’s Open University partnered with the BBC back in 1971 to begin televising course lectures over U.K. airwaves. And many former college students likely remember watching at least one Shakespeare film on VHS or… 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 ›

iPad for education, teaching with iPad

(Infographic) iPad as Teacher’s Pet

Tony Vincent made an infographic that showcases iPad as a toolbox to help you become an even better teacher! Spend some time with this infographic (download PDF file) to discover how your iPad can be your handy assistant. It’s filled with apps and services that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. View on Scribd : iPad as Teachers Pet… Read More ›

mobile learning for teachers PD

Mobile Learning for Teachers and 8 Policy Considerations

This is a very short briefing to bring the public awareness to the important series published by UNESCO last year. These key points are from those papers. UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning comprises fourteen individual papers that were published throughout 2012. The Series is divided into two broad subsets: six papers examine mobile learning initiatives and their policy implications, and… Read More ›

autism, special education

Help The Unique Minds in Digital Era – Project Autism

“The unique individuals who are on the Autistic Spectrum vibrate on a totally different frequency; they orientate within their environment in a very unique way to us; their senses are heightened in a variety of ways which makes the world a profound sensory minefield for them; and most importantly they are misunderstood by society where… Read More ›

effective teaching

Top 15 Effective Methods of Teaching and Learning

About learning and teaching, everything works, but how well? John Hattie has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of over 100 classroom interventions. In his book, John Hattie said that almost everything we do in our efforts to help students in schools has a positive effect on students. However,… Read More ›

A Guide for Setting Mobile Learning in Your Districts

Leadership for Mobile Learning, a CoSN leadership initiative, has released a new resource to help school leaders navigate the mobile learning landscape. The guide for administers, which was developed based on the shared experiences of pioneering school and district leaders, industry experts and leading scholars, provides key information and tips to educate and support administrators interested in… Read More ›

mobile learning

Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE)

The Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE) enables students to quickly pose multimedia-rich multiple-choice questions and share them with peers using mobile phones during class. After the questions have been created, students can respond to and rate the questions that they and their peers created moments before. Finally, when all students have responded to each… Read More ›

ebook, etextbook

Make An eBook out of A Bunch of Resources Right Away

When more and more contents are digital and available online for free or for a affordable fee,  it makes creating and sharing digital stuffs much easier and flexible. And the innovations of software from new ideas are growing everyday. What’s a Readlist? A group of web pages—articles, recipes, course materials, anything—bundled into an e-book you can… Read More ›

self organized learning environment

School in the Cloud and Self-Organized Learning Environment

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Dr. Mitra, an educational researcher and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK) delivered his… Read More ›

digital storytelling

Inanimate Alice – Digital Storytelling and Creating Your Own

Inanimate Alice is a digital novel (with text, images, sound, and interaction) narrated by a girl named Alice who travels the world with her family and her virtual friend Brad. There are so much teachers and students can do with it. Copied from its recent flyer : Nurturing Old and New Literacies Teachers around the… Read More ›

digital resources

21 Literacy Resources For Digital Classrooms

by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D., learningunlimitedllc.com, cross-posted on TeachThought.com If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective… Read More ›

interactive fiction, text adventure

Making Interactive Fictions in Classrooms

Making games in the classroom could be daunting to get started, especially when graphics and interfaces are involved. So creating text adventures (or interactive fictions, IF) is a great start for building the capacity of game design and traditional literacy – reading and writing.  Anastasia Salter of ProfHacker selected some free tools sutiable for classrooms. Make Games in the… 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 ›

open source software, OER

See The World from The Perspective of Leadership

Today’s President’s Day, Annie Vincent from TeachThought.com 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 ›

iPad classroom

5 New Free Tools for iPad Classrooms Worth Your Attention (#iPadEd)

Several new tools might be worth your attention for flipped classrooms or iPads classrooms. These tools are all free to use and meet different needs. GoClass (beta) Instructors can string together resources in a lesson plan format along with lecture notes and questions for formative assessment through a single app, and then deliver it through the… Read More ›

educational technology

Technology Helps Teachers Reinforce Content, Survey Says

from centerdigitaled.com 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 ›

inquiry based learning, science

Free Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

Supported by the National Science Foundation, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free, online platform that engages students in the methods of real scientists and collaborative exploration of science issues through customizable curriculum and activities. Featured by Edutopia Technology Integration Research: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject : WISE has been shown to improve students’ science achievement, especially when teachers… Read More ›

citizen science

A Classroom Framed by The Sky, The Earth, and Everything in Between

The future of science education is mobile and participatory. WildLab lets learners see their world in a whole new way. The WildLab leverages mobile technology to engage learners in citizen science activities that promote STEM learning and encourage local environmental stewardship. From its home page: We envision a classroom framed by the sky, the earth, and… Read More ›

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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…

DigitalWish – Your Wishes for Digital Classroom Come True

Digital Wish is the edtech DonorsChoose. They have fulfilled more than 30,000 classroom wishes, here is the story from their press kit. ***** In 2006, Digital Wish founder Heather Chirtea’s 7-year-old twins were enrolled in a small, rural elementary school on the brink of closure. In order to keep the school open and preserve its small class sizes, 62… 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).