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Mistakes You Must Avoid While Integrating Technology in the Classroom - EdTec... - 11 views

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    This is a helpful article that will help me avoid issues with technology in the classroom
EdTechReview Community

Embedding ICT Literacy in the Curriculum: It's a 'Must' Today - 2 views

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    There are a wide range of benefits of embedding ICT literacy in the curriculum, which make it a "must" today.
Naomi Monson

Essay on what professors can learn from MOOCs | Inside Higher Ed - 3 views

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    Andrew, Ny. (2013, Jan. 24). Learning from MOOC. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/01/24/essay-what-professors-can-learn-moocs Andrew Ng is an associate professor at Stanford University (Stanford Search which includes his homepage, publications, and courses taught). He also is the director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and founded the Universities main MOOC platform. This lead to the co-founding of Coursera whose goal is to "to give everyone in the world access to a high quality education, for free" (Ny, 2013). Ng is someone who is worth following and reading his many publications on technology and his pioneering of MOOC courses at Stanford University. Learning from MOOC, is more of Ng's reflections on teaching courses in Coursera. He emphasizes that MOOC needs to be student centered and the ways they differ from brick and mortar. One way is the physical barrier but he states "But through today's technological advancements, online courses are very much alive. They are part of an ecosystem that, if nurtured through community discussion forums, meetups, e-mails, and social media (like Google+ hangouts), can flourish and grow" (Ny, 2013). The impact of MOOC have yet to be determined but Ny calls it an "exciting new breed of education" (2013). It worth noting who he is and the part he is playing in creating MOOC's. MOOC's are part of the personal learning environments that is the Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition (2011, p 30) noted is emerging and a place to be researched. It is interesting to read the comments below in his essay of those who have taken courses through Coursea and one of the comments is the lack of statistical research to back up how effective are MOOC's and the part they will play in educating the future. Will it be an exciting new breed of education or will statistics reveal another effect? In conjunction with Ng's reflection on the advancement of technology, augment
Dennis OConnor

Guest post: An 'Arab Spring' of free online higher education - College, Inc. - The Wash... - 3 views

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      A quality online teacher who understands how to use technology as a thinking tool will have an enormous advantage as a 21st Century educator. 
  • How will credentialing take place ? We think credentialing will go away, as the rating system will determine quality.
  • This one is more difficult to answer, as an outcome-based education may not necessarily rely on grades, and outcomes are difficult to measure in an absolute way.
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      I have a masters degree in technology integration and instructional design from Western Governors University. It was outcome based.  I found it far more challenging than my first online masters degree.  I learned a great deal from both experiences.  
  • Christensen said that one innovation traditional colleges could make is to offer a few “gateway” majors, and then use technology to personalize and individualize teaching on specific subjects
  • Arab Spring of higher education is already starting to take place,
  • “higher education is not a luxury — it’s an economic imperative,” and institutions should “improve affordability” and ensure “higher rates of college completion”.
  • Professors and courses will be rated, and you will be able to see the top 100 courses that help you learn to program, for instance.
  • initiative to overcome resistance to change.
  • The stars are aligned for this new disruption to emerge — whether you call it “the unbundling of the university,” the “modularization of education” or “eliminating the middleman” (the College). Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” However, when some of the bread crumbs start to line up, it is an indication that a change is coming.
  • For thousands of years now, the university has been the middleman of the higher education system. The university provided the needed infrastructure, the branding, and an easy route to a white collar job or graduate school.
  • The astonishing pace of technology in the last few years has changed the landscape of academia completely in several ways:
  • Radical changes in educational content and delivery mechanisms will lead to an unbundling of the university as we know it.
  • found Udacity, an education start-up that would offer low-cost online classes.
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      If (when) this happens, merit will be determined by teaching skill.  Ultimately, students won't want to take the 'easy' classes. They will want to take classes that help them learn.  
Dennis OConnor

News: What They Are Really Typing - Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    For years, researchers have conducted studies in hopes of answering whether having laptops in class undermines student learning. In the avalanche of literature, one can find data pointing each way. A 2006 study of 83 undergraduate psychology students suggested that having laptops in class distracts both the students who use them and their classmates. Several law professors have written triumphal papers documenting their own experiments banning laptops, which one of them complained had transformed his students from thoughtful, selective note-takers into "court reporters" reduced to mindlessly transcribing his lectures. And yet other papers have argued that laptop bans are reductive exercises that ignore the possibility that some students - maybe even a majority - might in fact benefit from being able to use computers in class if only professors would provide a modicum of discipline and direction.
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