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Dennis OConnor

eltportal - 11 views

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    Got  Moodle? Subscribe to the  Extensive Reading approach to second language acquisition? If so, check out the  Moodle Reader Module, a plugin that provides quizzes on more than 600 graded Readers and books for EFL/ESL students. According to developer  Tom Robb of Kyoto Sangyo University, "The Reader module allows quizzes to be randomly generated from a larger set of items for each book. The module allows teachers to easily install the module on their own Moodle system, download the quiz material for those textbooks in their graded Reader library, and configure its operation to their own preferences." Be aware that you must supply the actual reading materials to your students; Reader Module is strictly a means for administering quizzes based on the reading. Also, as a security measure, Tom requires that you contact him via email for authorization to download the quizzes. Visit moodleReader.org for all the details, including the option to establish your own free course area on his Moodle site.
Ian Woods

AJET 26(3) Drexler (2010) - The networked student model for construction of personal learning environments: Balancing teacher control and student autonomy - 17 views

    • jordi guim
       
      Muy interesante sobre PLE / PLN
  • Table 2: Personal learning environment toolset Web application (networked student component) Tool used in test case Student activity level of structure Social bookmarking (RSS) Delicious http://delicious.com/ Set up the account Subscribe to each others accounts Bookmark and read 10 reliable websites that reflect the content of chosen topic Add and read at least 3 additional sites each week. News and blog alert (RSS) Google Alert http://www.google.com/alerts Create a Google Alert of keywords associated with selected topic Read news and blogs on that topic that are delivered via email daily Subscribe to appropriate blogs in reader News and blog reader (RSS) Google reader http://reader.google.com Search for blogs devoted to chosen topic Subscribe to blogs to keep track of updates Personal blog (RSS) Blogger http://www.blogger.com Create a personal blog Post a personal reflection each day of the content found and experiences related to the use of personal learning environment Students subscribe to each others blogs in reader Internet search (information management, contacts, and synchronous communication) Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/ Conduct searches in Google Scholar and library databases for scholarly works. Bookmark appropriate sites Consider making contact with expert for video conference Podcasts (RSS) iTunesU http://www.apple.com/itunes/ whatson/itunesu.html Search iTunesU for podcasts related to topic Subscribe to at least 2 podcasts if possible Video conferencing (contacts and synchronous communication) Skype http://www.skype.com Identify at least one subject matter expert to invite to Skype with the class. Content gathering/ digital notebook Evernote http://evernote.com/ Set up account Use Evernote to take notes on all content collected via other tools Content synthesis Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com Post final project on personal page of class wiki The process and tools are overwhelming to students if presented all at once. As with any instructional design, the teacher determines the pace at which the students best assimilate each new learning tool. For this particular project, a new tool was introduced each day over two weeks. Once the construction process was complete, there were a number of personal web page aggregators that could have been selected to bring everything together in one place. Options at the time included iGoogle, PageFlakes, NetVibes, and Symbaloo. These sites offer a means to compile or pull together content from a variety of web applications. A web widget or gadget is a bit of code that is executed within the personal web page to pull up external content from other sites. The students in this case designed the personal web page using the gadgets needed in the format that best met their learning goals. Figure 3 is an instructor example of a personal webpage that includes the reader, email, personal blog, note taking program, and social bookmarks on one page.
  • The personal learning environment can take the place of a traditional textbook, though does not preclude the student from using a textbook or accessing one or more numerous open source texts that may be available for the research topic. The goal is to access content from many sources to effectively meet the learning objectives. The next challenge is to determine whether those objectives have been met.
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  • AssessmentThere were four components of the assessment process for this test case of the Networked Student Model: (1) Ongoing performance assessment in the form of weekly assignments to facilitate the construction and maintenance of the personal learning environment, (2) rubric-based assessment of the personal learning environment at the end of the project, (3) written essay, and (4) multimedia synthesis of topic content. Points were earned for meeting the following requirements: Identify ten reliable resources and post to social bookmarking account. At least three new resources should be added each week. Subscribe and respond to at least 3 new blogs each week. Follow these blogs and news alerts using the reader. Subscribe to and listen to at least two podcasts (if available). Respectfully contact and request a video conference from a subject matter expert recognised in the field. Maintain daily notes and highlight resources as needed in digital notebook. Post at least a one-paragraph reflection in personal blog each day. At the end of the project, the personal learning environment was assessed with a rubric that encompassed each of the items listed above. The student's ability to synthesise the research was further evaluated with a reflective essay. Writing shapes thinking (Langer & Applebee, 1987), and the essay requirement was one more avenue through which the students demonstrated higher order learning. The personal blog provided an opportunity for regular reflection during the course of the project. The essay was the culmination of the reflections along with a thoughtful synthesis of the learning experience. Students were instructed to articulate what was learned about the selected topic and why others should care or be concerned. The essay provided an overview of everything learned about the contemporary issue. It was well organised, detailed, and long enough to serve as a resource for others who wished to learn from the work. As part of a final exam, the students were required to access the final projects of their classmates and reflect on what they learned from this exposure. The purpose of this activity was to give the students an additional opportunity to share and learn from each other. Creativity is considered a key 21st century skill (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2009). A number of emerging web applications support the academic creative process. Students in this project used web tools to combine text, video, audio, and photographs to teach the research topics to others. The final multimedia project was posted or embedded on the student's personal wiki page. Analysis and assessment of student work was facilitated by the very technologies in use by the students. In order to follow their progress, the teacher simply subscribed to student social bookmarking accounts, readers, and blogs. Clicking through daily contributions was relatively quick and efficient.
Jonathan Wylie

How to Use Leveled Readers in the Classroom: Teaching Tips for Reading Teachers - 0 views

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    Leveled readers can be used for more than just guided reading. If teachers are flexible and willing to try to get the most out of their resources, they will find new ways to use their leveled readers that they may not have thought of before. Paired reading, independent reading and the Accelerated Reading program are just some of the great way that teachers can use these readers in class.
Steve Ransom

Trick out Google Reader with Better GReader - Downloads - Lifehacker - 0 views

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    Install greasemonkey script to be able to preview blog posts right within Google Reader, as well as add comments without having to leave Google Reader to visit the actual blog. Saves a great deal of time.
Tina Vine

Personal Learning Networks Are Virtual Lockers for Schoolkids | Edutopia - 0 views

  • Tony Wagner, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, lists assessing and analyzing information as one of the seven survival skills in the new world of work. I think the ability to create a PLN is a fundamental information-management skill that will help my students succeed in the future.
  • An RSS reader is a Web site that puts together all this information in an easy-to-read format. Google reader, netvibes, Pageflakes, Bloglines, and my preferred reader, iGoogle, are all examples of sites providing RSS readers. The RSS reader is the raw material for building a PLN.
  • With PLNs, we can now empower the personalized learning we've been longing to bring to education. I'm thrilled that my students know how to connect efficiently to great sources of information and can now construct an environment that will make them lifelong learners. And, truly, creating a self-directed learner is the pinnacle of educational achievement.
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  • Porta Portal
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    Wonderful explaination of PLN and their use in the classroom
fabrizio bartoli

Professional Learning Network (PLN) e-Course for Teachers - Refining the RSS Reader - 0 views

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    "Refining the RSS Reader"
Steve Ransom

Desktop QR Code Reader | dansl - 16 views

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    Free adobe air QR code reader that uses your laptop webcam.
J Black

Kindle, schmindle...I've got your $350 e-book reader right here | Digital City Podcast - CNET Blogs - 0 views

  • With all the buzz about Amazon's new Kindle 2, you'd think this revamped e-book reader was the most advanced piece of technology this side of designer babies. After all, for $359, you get a color screen, Wi-Fi and Web browsing, video playback, 60GB of storage, and a reasonably usable keyboard.
  • Not only is there a wide range of PC software available for buying and displaying e-books (and tons of free content as well), when you're done with all that highbrow readin', pop open a Web browser and rot your brain with some Hulu videos.
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    With all the buzz about Amazon's new Kindle 2, you'd think this revamped e-book reader was the most advanced piece of technology this side of designer babies. After all, for $359, you get a color screen, Wi-Fi and Web browsing, video playback, 60GB of storage, and a reasonably usable keyboard. Oh wait, you don't get any of that stuff. No, that's what $350 can get you if invested in even a low-end Netbook, such as the new 10-inch Acer Aspire One. Not only is there a wide range of PC software available for buying and displaying e-books (and tons of free content as well), when you're done with all that highbrow readin', pop open a Web browser and rot your brain with some Hulu videos.
Dennis OConnor

Electronic Literature - 0 views

  • This is a beta-launch. I would like to work directly with some high school/college classes to refine the exercises. Please contact me at deenalarsen AT yahoo.com. Thanks.
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    Electronic literature uses links, images, sound, navigation, as well as text to convey meaning. Electronic literature is ergodic, and thus it is up to the reader to piece together the materials as the reader goes through the work. Elit 101explains how these elements work to convey meaning and provides examples and exercises for each element.
Dimitris Tzouris

Official Google Reader Blog: ​And now for something completely different - 21 views

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    Google Reader Play: Google's new toy seems to be aimed at tablet computers. Feel and usability on a touch screen seem to be the next step for Google.
Judy Robison

Install the free Readability add-on for Chrome, Firefox and Apple Safari - 22 views

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    Readability is an elegant online application for 'decluttering' and customizing web pages to meet the needs of the individual reader. With the click of a button, Readability removes advertising, sidebars and other distracting clutter from webpages. Content is presented in a style chosen by the reader, with preferred font size, margin-width, and contrast. I've shared no other application with educators that has drawn more emphatic exclamations of amazement and appreciation.
LUCIAN DUMA

Top 10 web tools #googlereader alternative to save favorite blogs - 0 views

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    I also work to a list Top 100 google reader alternative where everyone can propose new tools / apss who can replace google reader for web / ipad and I will share this list on my blog in 2 weeks http://list.ly/list/5Kl-top-100-web-tools-ipad-apps-who-can-replace-googlereader-follow-web20education .
Hiren Ydoodle

The Best 6 Free PDF Reader Programs for Viewers, Editors - 0 views

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    Are you Looking free #Alternative of #PDF #Reader #Software? In this topic, you will learn some #Best and #Free #Software for PDF #Reading. These #Softwares are free of cost and most popular for pdf reading.:- http://goo.gl/d0emXc
J Black

Hearst to launch a wireless e-reader - Feb. 27, 2009 - 0 views

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    Hearst to try and stop newspapers from dying...with version of e-reader like the Kindle.
J Black

Education Innovation: 21st Century Education Technology Skills Utilize 20th Century Lateral Thinking - 0 views

  • n his fantastic book Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger takes the reader through a tour of the digital order that is changing how we approach, knowledge and information. This new digital order, built on bits, not atoms allows students to think about information and knowledge in different ways. In a way, it is very similar to what Edward de Bono spoke of in his book Lateral Thinking, which was first published 38 years ago, in 1970.
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    n his fantastic book Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger takes the reader through a tour of the digital order that is changing how we approach, knowledge and information. This new digital order, built on bits, not atoms allows students to think about information and knowledge in different ways. In a way, it is very similar to what Edward de Bono spoke of in his book Lateral Thinking, which was first published 38 years ago, in 1970.
Kathleen N

gReactions - 0 views

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    gReactions is a Firefox extension that allows you to read comments from all over the web to your posts, directly from Google Reader.
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    @coolcatteacher gReactions is a Firefox extension that allows you to read comments from all over the web to your posts, directly from Google Reader.
Kathleen N

feedly | cover - 0 views

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    This is a fantastic way to view your feeds via Firefox Plugin for Google Reader
Jennifer Carey

RSS Readers - Keeping Up With Your News & Blogs - 0 views

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    I wrote this "How to" for my colleagues and thought I would share here.
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