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Angela Dick

Teachers embrace social media in class - 0 views

    As social media become nearly inescapable on college campuses, a pair of recently published studies supports what many professors already have concluded: Students using Facebook or text messaging during a lecture tend to do worse when quizzed later. But wait: Faculty who build Twitter into classwork may be helping students learn better, a 2010 study suggests.
Emily Rimland

Apple - Education - Apple iPad Learning Lab - 2 views

    Just learned about this nifty thing and heard that EMS may be getting one? Lots of possibilities with this!
Cole Camplese

Simply Speaking - Teaching and Learning with Technology - 5 views

  • Simply Speaking is a series of brief videos created by Teaching and Learning with Technology that explain technology topics in everyday language and with a little humor. They are modeled after the "... in plain english" videos that explain more general technologies such as Google Docs.
    "Simply Speaking is a series of brief videos created by Teaching and Learning with Technology that explain technology topics in everyday language and with a little humor. They are modeled after the "... in plain english" videos that explain more general technologies such as Google Docs."
    A new page to show all of the Simply Speaking videos that we have created over the past couple of years. Other ideas for similar videos like this are in the works, such as one to explain the importance of open educational resources and another talking about the ideas behind flipping a course.
Emily Rimland

Mobility Shifts :: Conference - 0 views

    This event wasn't even on my radar, sorry to have missed it. Did anyone from PSU attend? Two of the themes align closely with this year's Summer Camp (classrooms & globalization).
gary chinn

Now You See It: How the Science of Attention is Changing Work and Education | Brain Pic... - 1 views

  • Davidson uses the insights from these experiments as a lens through which to examine the nature and evolution of attention, noting that the educational system is driven by very rigid expectations of what “attention” is and how it reflects “intelligence,” a system in which students who fail to meet these expectations and pay attention differently are pigeonholed somehow deficient of aberrant, square pegs in round holes. Yet neuroscience is increasingly indicating that our minds pay attention in a myriad different ways, often non-linear and simultaneous, which means that the academy and the workplace will have to evolve in parallel and transcend the 20th-century linear assembly-line model for eduction and work.
    am currently reading 'brain rules' & 'how learning works,' and I think this book might be a good addition to the list.
Cole Camplese

Free Online Class Shakes Up Photo Education | Raw File - 4 views

  • “The key thing is to use existing architecture where possible. Institutions develop institutionalized approaches. Like locking themselves into inefficient, inappropriate and expensive software systems,” says Worth “Twitter granted me access to the discourses that I wanted to listen to, learn from, and engage with.”
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      This is the money quote and one to think about as we adopt various technologies for teaching and learning.
  • The classes are centered around experimentation with – and use of – social media tools, because Worth believes them essential to his students’ future career. In the internet age, the photographer is not only a producer, they are also distributor and publisher. Getting the University to adopt services like Flickr, Soundcloud, Audioboo, Twitter and Google Docs was essential to eliminate any barriers to entry, but it was a difficult battle to wage.
  • “That ideological program is pushing an out-moded model of learning, where more time in the classroom listening to a teacher’s broadcast is the goal. Thinking creatively about teaching demands an emphasis on engagement. Leveraging social media technologies to extend learning beyond the classroom is central to engagement.”
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  • Worth uses Twitter as “a listening device” and a means “to tune the network.”
    A lot to think about here -

    How the practice of so many disciplines are changing due to changes in media

    How open Education doesn't just mean some pages put up on the web - Actually open people, not just open content.

    How the existing communications systems out there are the fertile ground that communities of practice sprout from, not institutional management systems.

    The future will be found at the confluence of these trends.
Cole Camplese

Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade - - 4 views

  • According to Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, fully 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet.
  • For those two-thirds of grade-school kids, if for no one else, it’s high time we redesigned American education.
  • What she recommends, in fact, looks much more like a classical education than it does the industrial-era holdover system that still informs our unrenovated classrooms.
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  • An institutional grudge match with the young can sabotage an entire culture.
  • When we criticize students for making digital videos instead of reading “Gravity’s Rainbow,” or squabbling on instead of watching “The Candidate,” we are blinding ourselves to the world as it is.
  • But digital video and Web politics are intellectually robust and stimulating, profitable and even pleasurable.
  • It’s possible that any of these educational approaches would be more appropriate to the digital era than the one we have now.
  • “What if bad writing is a product of the form of writing required in school — the term paper — and not necessarily intrinsic to a student’s natural writing style or thought process?” She adds: “What if ‘research paper’ is a category that invites, even requires, linguistic and syntactic gobbledygook?”
  • Her recommendations center on one of the most astounding revelations of the digital age: Even academically reticent students publish work prolifically, subject it to critique and improve it on the Internet. This goes for everything from political commentary to still photography to satirical videos — all the stuff that parents and teachers habitually read as “distraction.”
  • The new classroom should teach the huge array of complex skills that come under the heading of digital literacy. And it should make students accountable on the Web, where they should regularly be aiming, from grade-school on, to contribute to a wide range of wiki projects.
    Reminds me of the things Chris Long and I were trying to articulate in our Hacking Pedagogy talk from last year's LDSC.  Must read.
Emily Rimland

Wolfram Launches PDF Killer - 0 views

    "Created by Wolfram Research, makers of the Wolfram Alpha computational search engine, the Computable Document Format (CDF) enables users to interact with online documents, input their own data, and generate results, live."
    Wonder if these will be usable on e-readers?
gary chinn

Where to hack education and where to stack it | VentureBeat - 0 views

  • It’s great to have smart people and money helping to discover and build innovations in education. But does Fred Wilson really advocate getting rid of schools entirely in favor of teaching each other on the internet? If not, then how far do we want to go?

    Indeed, we need to make distinctions here. Education is a many fangled thing, not all of it served well by hacking. In some areas, our kids will be better served if we stack (that is, double down on what already works) instead of hack their experiences

    interesting perspective, I like the notion that education isn't a monolith but instead a collection of intertwined areas.
Emily Rimland

Digital Literacy Portal - 0 views

    This is an initiative of the Obama administration and is meant to be a hub of resources for those who deliver digital literacy training.
Kevin Morooney

9 things Education Technology has wrong | Gradebook - 3 views

    Ugh - the title got me. I was hoping it would be more of a post about changing the way we're thinking about educational technologies. It's more of a review of education technology companies and conferences.
Jamie Oberdick

Garden Rant: Forget Gen Y. Make way for Generation G. - 0 views

  • I spent a lot of time talking with and learning from gardeners from many different backgrounds and age groups who would no more hire a landscape designer than I would hire a personal stylist.
  • I feel even more strongly that many Gen Yers take a holistic approach to gardening and are comfortable reinterpreting the definition of what a garden can be.  For example, their commitment to the environment, their passion for figuring things out for themselves and their tendency to rely on the internet rather than on books
  • Whether it’s trading in lawn for meadows, ornamentals for edibles or chemicals for compost, the gardening world seems more open to change and innovation than ever before.
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  • And in true Gen Y fashion, when we asked where she got her ideas, she explained most came from browsing Flickr (which coincidentally, is where we found her).
    There are many parallels to how learning is changing and how gardening is changing. The concept of a gardener some may have as a fogey in a big floppy hat is as quaint as the concept of a knitter being an elderly lady with a cat or a professor being John Houseman in the Paper Chase. 

    Note how younger gardeners are learning - not from books. I see this constantly. They reject the idea of manicured lawns as not only old but of questionable morals given effects on environment. They believe in eating META local. They believe in collaboration and community. This is continuing adult learning, and it's blended learning.  Note where Emily Goodman got her idea for her garden design - not from a book.

    And guess what - it's not limited to age. Just interesting to me how stuff like this is happening in so many aspects of the world outside higher ed. I think this offers more evidence we need to keep up. 

ChromeBooks For Education Priced At $20 Per Month - 0 views

  • ChromeBooks, centralized, almost entirely cloud-based machines by Google, will be available for students and schools at $20/per month/per user, enabling full updates, central login controls, and a central administrator panel to handle users and control access.

    The price includes a web console, full support, warranty and replacements, and how-tos along with free updates. They will be available on June 15 and offer many of the same features available in Chromebooks for Business.
    There is something appealing about a purely cloud based machine. Potential for huge savings in IT costs.
gary chinn

How Do We Prepare Kids for Jobs We Can't Imagine Yet? Teach Imagination - Education - GOOD - 3 views

  • Instead of simply putting their research on how to foster imagination, creativity, and conceptual thinking into a report, King and Fouts decided to create a free, easy-to-use web portal that's full of the ideas and solutions that they've found work best. Interestingly, instead of the model of individual success and standardized test taking that currently exists in schools, the education approaches they've found best foster imagination also teach kids to collaborate to solve problems.
    I like the idea behind the project, as well as the portal-style organization. fun to take a look at some of these.
Cole Camplese

10 Ways Open CourseWare Has Freed Education | MindShift - 1 views

  • The decision by the MIT faculty in 2001 to allow anyone to use their course content was a seminal move,  one that had a profound effect on democratizing education.
      • ALLOWING CUSTOMIZATION. MIT OCW is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike-Non-Commercial License. That means that teachers and learners are able to share and remix the content that’s available.
      • ENCOURAGING SHARING. Do educators have an ethical responsibility to share? Open CourseWare reminds us that a large part of our role as educators is to share knowledge, and we should work to remove the barriers that make that possible.
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