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BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Pupils 'should study Twitter' - 0 views

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    The Guardian said the draft review requires primary school children to be familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources of information and forms of communication.
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10 Most Sought-after Skills in Web Development - 0 views

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    In a time of economic crisis, web developers and freelancers everywhere have started chewing their fingernails. However, no matter how bad the economy worsens, there will always be work in certain booming fields of web development.

    As the moderator of the Freelance Switch job board, there are certain types of jobs that are constantly in demand. Here are the 10 skills that are or will be in highest demand for developers. If you are proficient in these skills, you'll be in a great position to find work and weather any economic downturn.
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Computer self-learning Experiment in India "Hole-in-the-Wall" - 0 views

  • In an amazing experiment a Delhi-based IT professional has proved that kids can learn computer skills on their own. Over the years the results of Dr. Mitra’s experiments have been so spectacular that the National Geographic Channel has made a film on his unique research.
  • Again, to his surprise he discovered that the slum kids quickly taught themselves how to surf the Internet, read news and download games and music. Dr. Mitra then replicated the experiment in other locations, with the same results---within hours the children would teach themselves how to use the Net.
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    In an amazing experiment a Delhi-based IT professional has proved that kids can learn computer skills on their own. Over the years the results of Dr. Mitra's experiments have been so spectacular that the National Geographic Channel has made a film on his unique research.
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Facebook a valid educational tool, teachers told | Education | Education Guardian - 0 views

  • Teachers and lecturers are getting the lowdown on how to use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo in an educational way.

    Most schools and colleges in the UK block access to the websites but they are missing out on their potential for education, a government-funded guide says.

    The report for Childnet International and funded by Becta, the government body for technology in learning, says while teachers and lecturers may be using social networking services they may not recognise the educational potential for their students.

    Schools could help students develop "e-portfolios" where learners can record their achievements and collect examples of their work, the guide suggests. Or teachers could use social networking services to set up groups that "semi-formalise" students' online communications and "document discussions and milestones as they go".

    Young people are more likely to have learned their social networking skills from their friends or classmates than from any formal instruction or support from adults.

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    Young people are more likely to have learned their social networking skills from their friends or classmates than from any formal instruction or support from adults. But as social networking spills over into the classroom, with students using sites to collaborate on homework projects or discuss lessons, they can provide many opportunities, the report says.
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Comparing Schools in Finland and in the United States - FLOSSE Posse - 0 views

  • In Finland the educational system, as it is today, was build slowly. It is still strongly relying on the work of Uno Cygnaeus ( 1810-1888 ) who was influenced by the early European “constructivist” Pestalozzi ( 1746–1827 ) and Froebel ( 1782 –1852 ). The idea that children learn the best when they areactive and build things was not really invented by John Dewey or Piaget – they only were able to present the idea in a language of positivist science, when the earlier thinkers thought themselves as “pedagogues” or educational philosophers.
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      Funny some of us are still asking why this isn't the standard approach.
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The Habitable Planet Unit 4 - Ecosystems // Online Textbook - 0 views

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    "Why are there so many living organisms on Earth, and so many different species?" This is an excellent example of how to present a sequence of curriculum on the net.
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Video in the Primary Classroom - be creators not receptacles! - 0 views

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    Integrating Video Production in the Elementary Classroom and Beyond. Rather than being passive receptors of media, these students are creators of knowledge and content
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10 Tools to Combine, Mix, Blend Multiple RSS Feeds - 0 views

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    While there are tools to filter RSS feed content, tools to mix, blend and Mash-up multiple RSS feeds are more important. They help you grab multiple RSS feeds and create a single customized RSS feed. Here are 10 tools worth checking out…
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Race Around the World - iPod based virtual running race - 0 views

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    Use the Nike+iPod kit to conduct a virtual running race between schools in different parts of the world.
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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - 0 views

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    In the context of the future of learning management systems, this paper examines the concept and perception of a learning environment from the classroom to the internet and their relationship to perceptions of teaching and learning.
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School garden design: NCBS Greenfingers - 0 views

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    To design a new playground for our school that meets the needs of the school community
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YouTube - [한글자막] Future of the Internet Question - 0 views

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    The OECD Secretary General invites Youtubers/students to tell ministers and world leaders how they think the Internet can make the world a better place.
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The iiNet 1000 Hour Day Expedition: Chris Bray & Clark Carter - Victoria Is - 0 views

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    There are 37 lessons, falling into the eight key 'Learning Areas' identified in the modern curriculum, complete with background notes, outcomes, supplementary material and activities, all tied into exciting aspects of the expedition to create a memorable and motivating way to learn.
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    How come this is going on LIVE now: http://www.1000hourday.com/ with educational materials here http://www.iinet.net.au/1000hourday/ while the OzProjects site it is linked to says the project finished on May 30?? http://www.ozprojects.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=64

    Pretty cool being able to track their position: http://www.exfac.com/1000HourDay/position.php - great opportunity for an authentic learning activity.
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The community is the curriculum - 0 views

  • “In the rhizomatic model of learning, curriculum is not driven by predefined inputs from experts; it is constructed and negotiated in real time by the contributions of those engaged in the learning process. This community acts as the curriculum, spontaneously shaping, constructing, and reconstructing itself and the subject of its learning..”
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    Dave Cormier's paper entitled "Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum
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Computers for Peace: The $100 Laptop | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Critics of one-to-one laptop programs in the United States say the computers facilitate more in-class distraction (instant messaging, MySpace, and so on) than learning, that they allow children access to inappropriate content, and that the benefits of constant access are so far unproven. Do you share those concerns?

    We do not share those concerns, but that is not to say they are not real issues. Our kids in Cambodia learn English using chat and MySpace. Children are distracted if the teaching is not interesting. One education minister just said to us, about the $100 laptop, "Finally, education will include learning."

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    I like Negroponte's response to critics of one-to-one laptop programs in the United States which say the computers facilitate more in-class distraction. Basically, "children are distracted if the teaching is not interesting".
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elearnspace. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age - 0 views

  • Albert-László Barabási states that “nodes always compete for connections because links represent survival in an interconnected world” (2002, p.106).
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      My prediction is that the schools that initiate and establish contact with other schools for authentic inquiry based learning using connectivist tools will gain greater immunity from irrelavence. Relavence will become increasingly important to parents/students when choosing venues for learning to occur. A colleague once said to me that academic results at the private schools she chose for her kids were not as important as the lifelong connections they made with friends with influence. Optimistically I disagreed, but the power of connectivism whilst not immediately apparent is related at the contextual core to this element of Darwinist process.
  • Constructivism suggests that learners create knowledge as they attempt to understand their experiences (Driscoll, 2000, p. 376).
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ACMA - Media Literacy - Concepts, Research and Regulatory Issues - 0 views

  • Key findings from the research are that:

    • Media literacy, whether in traditional or convergent media contexts, is important for being engaged in society. Effective use of media and communications services is increasingly a prerequisite to broader citizen engagement including access to essential services.
    • While the gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is narrowing in terms of access to information and communications technologies, there is evidence of a digital ‘use/literacy’ divide associated with socio-economic status, age, workforce participation and household type.
      • The promotion of media literacy is an important prerequisite to effective regulatory intervention designed to protect consumers, particularly for online and mobile services.
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    Effective use of digital communications and media increasingly important for participation in Australian society, research finds
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Clark Aldrich's blog: Using assessments to evaluate action, not knowledge - 0 views

  • Now, in theory, doing a 360 assessment (asking the people around the student, both before the formal learning program and, oh, six months after, for evaluations of behavior) is a pretty good technique. But 360's are also intrusive.
  • The bad news is that, well, who cares if someone can intellectually differentiate between different leadership styles? That is so old school. Further, simpler programs may get the same result, even if the knowledge is never used, (and the knowledge gleaned from old school programs also decays much more quickly after the program ends).
  • Multiple-choice questionnaires are biased towards proving what one knows, as opposed to presenting what one does. But I believe with some hacking of the medium, we can create better evaluations to guide us towards more productive programs.
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    We should evaluate actions, rather than 'knowledge' (where 'knowledge' here means 'remembered instances of data'). We should evaluate actions is that we are able to get at more finely-grained sub-symbolic mental development, and not simply a small set of memorized facts.
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    Worth considering when thinking about assessment of authentic learning. We should evaluate actions, rather than 'knowledge' (where 'knowledge' here means 'remembered instances of data').
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