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Tarmo Toikkanen

What educational question is Second Life the answer to? - 0 views

  • In another session Shailey Minocha and Rita Tingle discussed the importance of a sense of presence and a sense of place which are harder to achieve in a 2D environment. They also suggest from their research that activities in Second Life don’t actually enhance learning in themselves but by creating a sense of community and common purpose they can build motivation in learners which then leads to better learning.
  • it’s amazing how included you feel…I would never have been able to take part in the activities offered by the OU if they hadn’t been in Second Life…everyone joins in and really helps me learn
  • The avatar becomes an extension of the self and people in her Glasgow evening classes call each other by their avatar names. Kath feels that people’s identity is more real in Second Life somehow than in their Facebook presence.
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  • Maggie Savin-Baden from Coventry reports that students think play is important but perceive that staff think it’s a distraction from learning.
  • There is no doubt that virtual worlds are enhancing social contact and quickly become as real to their participants as “real” communication. If you don’t believe this think how much we believe we’re hearing someone’s voice when we pick up the telephone. It’s just a reproduction of their voice transported in multiple ways through complex communication networks but we con ourselves into thinking we’re actually hearing their voice.
  • Edward Castranova quotes Gartner’s prediction that by 2011 80% of web users will use an avatar and have a “second life”.
    Analyysia Second Lifen hyödyistä opetuksessa.
    Research shows that activities in Second Life don't actually enhance learning in themselves but by creating a sense of community and common purpose they can build motivation in learners which then leads to better learning.
Tero Toivanen

Jim Klein :: Weblog :: Netbooks and Open Source: Rethinking Laptops and Learning - 1 views

  • Netbooks are essentially mini-laptops that combine the physical characteristics of a cell phone with the capabilities of a traditional laptop, overcoming nearly all of the hardware obstacles to continuous student technology use in the classroom.
  • But hardware is only half of the picture. Open-source software is the answer to achieving cell phone reliability and ease of use on a device. With Linux and open-source software on netbooks, all the complexities of typical proprietary operating systems can be stripped away, leaving elegant, cell-phone like interfaces of simple icons, with reliable and secure underpinnings that are not prone to failure, malware, or general instability.
  • Through the use of free, open-source applications, students gain access to a diverse set of tools and resources for content creation, and teachers are empowered to challenge students to demonstrate subject area mastery using any one of a variety of tools and contexts. Since the software is free to distribute, students can install the same programs on any computer they have access to, creating an environment in which teachers can have a reasonable expectation that technology-based activities and assignments can be completed regardless of the student's location. And free classroom management tools enable teachers to monitor student activity, communicate privately or with groups, take control of a workstation, start a demonstration from theirs or any student's machine, and garner the attention of the class at a moment's notice, all through an easy to use interface on the teacher's workstation.
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  • Absolutely yes, we've seen tremendous success in our district through the SUSD SWATTEC program. We've done nearly zero training on the laptops themselves, yet students are using them for amazing things on a daily basis, and teachers have embraced them to the degree that they are regularly used all day, every day in the learning environment. Is it replicable? Absolutely. All the software and every detail is available in true open-source fashion on the SUSD SWATTEC web site. Six school districts in four states (that we know of) are doing it now, with great success.
    Löytyisikö Netbookeista vastaus sosiaalisen median tuomiseen koulumaailmaan? Tässä artikkelissa on painavia argumentteja tämän puolesta.
Tero Toivanen

A Million People Riding Google Wave. Most Of Them On Their Stomachs. - 0 views

  • I think Google Wave is something I’d like to have open all the time, as I see it as a new potential variety of communication for the web. And if I have it open, I don’t need another service, like email, to notify me about new messages. But I don’t have it open all the time now because usage among people I know is too sporadic.
  • “Although we are opening up access a bit, do remember that Google Wave is still only in its early preview phase,” the team notes today
    Google Wave on vasta kokeiluvaiheessa ja silti se on lähettänyt jo miljoona kutsua. Kirjoissa kuvataan Wave:a mahdolliseksi uudeksi kommunikaation muodoksi web:ssä.
Tarmo Toikkanen

ccMixter - Welcome to ccMixter - 0 views

    "ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want."
Tarmo Toikkanen

Open source e-portfolio and social networking software - Mahara ePortfolio System - 2 views

    "Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Māori, is user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities."
Tero Toivanen

Languages smarten up your brain - Guardian Weekly - 1 views

  • Now a study published by the European Commission reveals that learning an additional language such as English may bring benefits that go beyond the ability to use the language itself. This report has implications for why, when and how we teach and learn English as a second or foreign ­language.
  • One of the significant findings for English language teaching is that changes in the brain’s electrical activity may occur much earlier than previously thought.
  • this study suggests that changes in the brain may start even in the earlier stages of language learning.
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  • Another cluster concerns enhanced mental flexibility.
  • The benefits reported include enhanced capacity for learning whereby knowledge of languages can lead to superior memory function, especially short-term “working” memory.
  • Most of the advantages ­described support overall competence-building for life and work in modern, information-rich, internet environments.
  • Enhanced problem-solving capability is also reported.
  • Greater understanding of how language functions and is used to achieve specific goals in life acts as the fourth cluster.
  • Finally the study reports on research that links knowledge of languages to a slowdown of age-related mental diminishment such as certain forms of dementia.
  • The cognitive neurosciences stress the need for powerful learning environments, and yet not enough of our language education is spent encouraging learners to engage in higher-order thinking about meaningful content that fires up the brain.
    Most people learn languages to help them communicate. Now a study of recent research into brain function reveals that students could be gaining a lot more from their pursuit of linguistic skills, says David Marsh
Tero Toivanen

Ten Technologies That Will Rock 2010 - 0 views

  • The Tablet: It’s the most anticipated product of the year.
  • Geo: The combination of GPS chips in mobile phones, social networks, and increasingly innovative mobile apps means that geolocation is increasingly becoming a necessary feature for any killer app.
  • Realtime Search: After licensing realtime data streams from Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and others, Google and Bing are quickly ramping up their realtime search.
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  • Chrome OS: In November, Google gave the world a sneak peek at its Chrome operating system, which is expected to be released later this year.
  • HTML5: The Web is built on HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and the next version which has been taking form for a while is HTML5.
  • Mobile Video: With video cameras integrated into the latest iPhone 3GS and other Web phones, live video streaming apps are becoming more commonplace—both streaming from phones and to them.
  • Augmented Reality: One of the coolest ways to use the camera lens on a mobile phone is with the increasing array of augmented reality apps.
  • Mobile Transactions: As mobile phones become full-fledged computers, they can be used for mobile commerce also.
  • Android: Last year saw the launch of nearly two dozen Android-powered phones, including the Verizon Droid.
  • Social CRM: We’ve seen the rise of Twitter and Facebook as social communication tools.  This year, those modes of realtime communication will find their way deeper into the enterprise.
    Techcrunch -blogin ennustus vuoden 2010 tärkeimmistä uutuuksista.
Tero Toivanen

Main Page - WikiEducator - 0 views

    The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative:planning of education projects linked with the development of free content;development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning;work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs.networking on funding proposals developed as free content.
Tarmo Toikkanen

Social Media is Killing the LMS Star - A Bootleg of Bryan Alexander's Lost Presentation... - 0 views

  • Hence the title of my talk. CMSes lumber along like radio, still playing into the air as they continue to gradually shift ever farther away on the margins. In comparison, Web 2.0 is like movies and tv combined, plus printed books and magazines. That’s where the sheer scale, creative ferment, and wife-ranging influence reside. This is the necessary background for discussing how to integrate learning and the digital world.
  • Moreover, unless we consider the CMS environment to be a sort of corporate intranet simulation, the CMS set of community skills is unusual, rarely applicable to post-graduation examples. In other words, while a CMS might help privacy concerns, it is at best a partial, not sufficient solution, and can even be inappropriate for already online students.
  • Think of a professor bringing a newspaper to class, carrying a report about the very subject under discussion. How can this be utilized practically? Faculty members can pick a Web service (Google News, Facebook, Twitter) and search themselves, sharing results; or students can run such queries themselves.
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  • A second emergent field concerns social media literacy. An increasing amount of important communication occurs through Web 2.0 services.
  • Can the practice of using a CMS prepare either teacher or student to think critically about this new shape for information literacy? Moreover, can we use the traditional CMS to share thoughts and practices about this topic?
  • And so we can think of the CMS. What is it best used for? We have said little about its integration with campus information systems, but these are critical for class (not learning) management, from attendance to grading. Web 2.0 has yet to replace this function. So imagine the CMS function of every class much like class email, a necessary feature, but not by any means the broadest technological element. Similarly the e-reserves function is of immense practical value. There may be no better way to share copyrighted academic materials with a class, at this point. These logistical functions could well play on.
  • Students can publish links to external objects, but can’t link back in.
    Discussion on how LMS and CMS are fading into the margins, and social media is taking the center stage.
    Tiukkaa analyysiä LMS:ien (oppimisen hallintajärjestelmien) auttamattomista rajoituksista nykyisessä viestintäyhteiskunnassa.
Tarmo Toikkanen

Web 2.0 Teaching Tools - 0 views

    Sivustolla web2.0-opetusvälineet jaetaan neljään kategoriaan: viestintä, yhteistyö, luovuus ja kriittinen ajattelu. Luettelot ovat ainakin tätä kirjoittaessa vielä rakentumassa, mutta kannattaa silti tutustua sivuston ajatuksiin.
    Instructions on using web2.0 tools to enhance communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
Tarmo Toikkanen

socialmediaguidelines / FrontPage - 0 views

    Pieni wikisivusto, johon rakennetaan tiivistä ohjeistusta koulujen henkilökunnalle, vanhemmille ja opiskelijoille siitä, miten tulee toimia, kun koulussa hyödynnetään sosiaalista mediaa. Saa osallistua.
    This is a collaborative project to generate Social Media Guidelines for school districts. The goal of this guideline is to provide instructional employees, staff, students, administrators, parents and the school district community direction when using social media applications both inside and outside the classroom.
Tero Toivanen

TeachPaperless: Share the Globe - 0 views

  • The five students around the table will be able to plug in their handhelds to the table, slide open the tabletop to reveal keyboards, and work communally via the computer which is projecting both independent and shared aspects of a desktop into a large translucent globe in the center of the table. In the globe, the students can move things around to see their own work as well as the individual work of their peers and the communal site. The teacher, or any student in the room, or any expert anywhere in the world invited into the class, can also 'take over' each globe for whatever purpose of presenting ideas.
  • And most importantly, the key is to make the Web-based side of the learning literally transparent to everyone -- students and teachers alike.The Web after screens.I've even got a tagline: Why stare at a screen when you can share the globe?
    TeachPaperless -blogista tuli taas tulevaisuuden näkymä. Näyttää aika paljon myös yhteistoiminnalliselta oppimiselta. 
Tarmo Toikkanen

100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom | Online College Tips - Online ... - 2 views

    "Facebook isn't just a great way for you to find old friends or learn about what's happening this weekend, it is also an incredible learning tool. Teachers can utilize Facebook for class projects, for enhancing communication, and for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings."
    100 vinkkiä Facebookin käyttöön opetuksessa. Kannattaa lukea sopivan kriittisellä otteella.
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - Curriki: Open source education materials - 0 views

    Curriki, an online community of over 100,000 educators, learners and experts collectively developing curriculum resources freely available to anyone who wants them, seems to be meeting the challenge.
Tero Toivanen

Eurocall CMC & Teacher Education SIGs Annual Workshop - Home - 0 views

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as “materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone” (Downes, 2011). Open Educational Practices (OEP) are practices which “support the production, use and reuse of high quality OER through institutional policies, which promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning path.” (ICDE, 2011). Open Communication is reciprocal and respectful exchange which contributes to social presence in online learning (Gunawardena & Zittle, 1997), and the development of intercultural awareness and competence in language learning.
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      Avoimien resurssien, avoimien käytäntöjen ja avoimen kommunikaation määritelmät.
  • “A culture of sharing resources and practices will help facilitate change and innovation in education” (OER Commons, 2011).
  • Open access initiatives to make research publications freely available online or the adoption of open source software solutions, such as Moodle or Mahara, are already having a big impact on education.
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  • This two-day conference focuses on the impact of adopting openness as a key principle in education.
Tero Toivanen

WikiEducator's Wayne Mackintosh: Open Education and Policy - Creative Commons - 0 views

  • The act of teaching is fundamentally about sharing knowledge. OER embodies the purpose of teaching and is today’s most compelling manifestation of the core values of education in a digital world, that is, to share knowledge freely.
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      Opettaminen on tiedon jakamista. Siksi avoimet oppimisen resurssit edustavat opettamisen puhtainta arvomaailmaa digitaalisessa maailmassa.
  • WikiEducator is a flagship project of the OER Foundation
    • Tero Toivanen
      WikiEducator on avoimien oppimisen resurssien liikkeen lippulaivaprojekti.
  • Cape Town Open Education Declaration
    • Tero Toivanen
      Allekirjoitin jo tämän julistuksen.
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  • Creative Commons is the air that the OER movement breathes.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Creative Commons:in merkitys avoimien oppimisen resurssien liikkeelle.
  • Creative Commons could, for instance, leverage its networks to establish a global network of pro bono legal counseling services, or develop an array of draft intellectual property policies published as OER that can be reused and remixed by education institutions around the world. In this way, all projects benefit from the core expertise and tacit knowledge of our respective organisations.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Mitä CC voisi tehdä tulevaisuudessa OER:ia tukeakseen.
  • In responding to these needs, the OER Foundation has launched the CollabOERate project. CollabOERate is the OER equivalent of research and development (R & D) for new “product” design in open content and open education. CollabOERate is an “OER remix” of industry’s “co-opetition” model where individual OER projects agree to collaborate on areas that allow them to “compete” better for their own sustainability and attainment of their own strategic objectives.
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      Mikä on CollabOERate -projekti.
  • The uncharted territory, and arguably the biggest point of difference for OER lies in the remix.
  • At the OER Foundation we subscribe to free cultural works licensing.
  • . At the OER Foundation we believe in radical transparency and all our planning documents, projects and funding proposals are developed openly in WikiEducator, using Creative Commons licences.
  • WikiEducator believes learning materials should be free (read “libre”) for all students of the world.
    • Tero Toivanen
      Oppimateriaalien pitäisi olla ilmaisia kaikille maailman opiskelijoille!
  • By free digital resources, we mean educational materials which meet the requirements of the free cultural works definition that I mentioned before. That is, the freedom to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute education materials without restriction. This includes the freedom to use free software, and the freedom to earn a living. Consequently, we do not consider OER using the Non Commercial (NC) or No Derivatives (ND) restrictions to be free in all material aspects.
  • Sadly, in education circles the non-commercial restriction is widely used.
  • We believe that the restriction of commercial activity around OER is a material restriction of the freedom to earn a living, especially when the ShareAlike provision, if used in conjunction with free file formats, is sufficiently adequate to protect the future freedoms of digital materials against commercial exploitation.
  • Most national education systems are predominantly funded through taxpayer dollars. Why should taxpayers have to pay “twice” for education materials?
    • Tero Toivanen
      Miksi oppimateriaaleista pitää maksaa kahdesti?
  • Capability and community development using WikiEducator’s Learning4Content training model.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, 76% of the children of the school-going age for the last 3-years of the K-12 system will NOT have the privilege of attending school. The conventional education system that has evolved in the industrial world is unaffordable to the majority of our planet. Consider for example, that in many African countries, the cost of sending a child to secondary school is typically more than 20% of the per capita income.
  • “Access to learning and acquisition of knowledge should be freely available to all humanity. Any and every effort to realise this vision must be welcomed and enthusiastically supported by all.”
    • Tero Toivanen
      Tämän eteen kannattaa tehdä töitä!
  • We can make a difference in widening access to learning. While the skeptics and educational purists may argue that such systems may not meet the “quality” requirements of teaching provision compared with traditional face-to-face provision, these approaches have got to be better than no education at all. Our industrialised nations can help if they release materials as OER.
  • To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: “We can be the change we want to see in the OER world!” This is what we are doing and I hope that your readers can help us.
  • Many education institutions perceive that the sharing of education materials will potentially erode their student base, or even worse, their “competitive advantage.”
  • Any researcher worth their salt knows that a thorough literature review of existing knowledge is the natural starting point in resolving a research question.
  • “to have reached the stage where we are technically able to share knowledge and enhance education right across the world is a wonderful thing.”
  • OER is not a binary question of whether or not it is going to happen, it’s simply a question of how long it will take to have free digital resources in support of all national curricula in the world.
  • We only need a small minority of contributors to achieve the goal where learning materials will be free for all students of the world.
  • Good teaching is good teaching, irrespective of whether we are using open or closed resources.
Tarmo Toikkanen

Education | Diigo - 2 views

  • You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation) Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums. Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them. Ads presented to student account users are limited to education-related sponsors.
    These are special premium accounts provided specifically to K-12 & higher-ed educators.
    Diigo tarjoaa opettajille ilmaisia erityistilejä. Ominaisuuksiin kuuluu mm. oppilaiden kutsuminen palveluun ja suojatut ryhmät luokille.
Tarmo Toikkanen

Christopher D. Sessums :: Blog :: Driven to Distraction: Notes on Young Adults Living a... - 0 views

  • This quote struck me on many levels. Specifically, the notion of being distracted in the "other features" seemed to be a loaded statement. Do students consider exploring outside the realm of what is defined as "learning" as a distraction? Isn't exploring different facets of an application just as important as using it for its intended purpose? This led me to consider how many educators have so poisoned students thinking that being "off-task" is even considered to be a bad thing. Have we so stymied students that they believe if they are not formally "learning," if they become "sidetracked," that they are wasting their time? When did curiosity become a negative thing? (When it killed the proverbial cat, I suppose.) As I think about it, if young adults find new media a distraction, then perhaps "learning" has become too narrowly defined. This then led me to wonder how we can "measure" self-directed learning in this new media context? In other words, how can we show the different levels of learning that takes place in these new contexts?
    Christopher Sessums pohtii, ovatko sosiaalisen median tarjoamat seikkailumahdollisuudet todella haitallisia oppimiselle, vai ovatko ne oppimisen ydintä.
    Do students consider exploring outside the realm of what is defined as "learning" as a distraction? Isn't exploring different facets of an application just as important as using it for its intended purpose? This led me to consider how many educators have so poisoned students thinking that being "off-task" is even considered to be a bad thing.
Tero Toivanen

YouTube - Show Your Media Literacy - 2 views

    Lyhyt (2:30) video YouTube:ssa siitä, mitä tarkoittaa "Media Literacy".
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