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Web-based learning, the use of Web-based resources for learning, is becoming more common in educational institutions. However, many Web-based courses do little more than reaffirm traditional teaching approaches of presentation and assessment, resulting in closed learning environments. Current trends in education are stressing the need for more learning that encourages critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and communication, global awareness and information literacy. Therefore, there is a need to make Web-based learning more open. Integrating new Web 2.0 tools and technology into the learning process is one way to do this. This integration needs to be done carefully, using the new tools to enhance traditional methods of instruction, moving Web-based learning from learning islands to learning environments in the process.
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Technology’s role in the classroom has been widely debated: does it simply feed an addiction to a mobile lifestyle, or does it give otherwise shy students a way to find their voices?
The teachers and administrators featured in the slideshow below are tapping into the potential that tech tools hold for education. They’re using smartphone apps to teach the laws of physics, iPads to practice penmanship, and Foursquare to guide students around unfamiliar college campuses. Digital whiteboards and e-clickers add an element of interactivity to tests and quizzes.
Some research is cited. The slide show gives the 7 innovative ways as: ipads, smartphones, apps, twitter, skype and video conferencing, foursquare, digital whiteboards and clickers. The 'slides' are actually youtube videos
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And here's the real power: The more you connect on Twitter, the more connections you get. For me, the value of Twitter is in tapping into its social critical mass. I think that most people who try Twitter and fail to see its value don't give it enough time. If they persisted and put some time into developing their contacts and connections on Twitter, they may discover that it pays them back for the time they have invested. To do this they can use lists, following those who are good value and produce useful content, while at the same time tweeting content that others may find useful.
No, Twitter is not so much about the information and useful links you can gain access to. Twitter is powerful because it allows people to share their emotions - you can gain a window on their everyday experiences, and that often helps you in your own daily struggles.
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Sense-making with PKM "set of processes individually constructed to help the flow from implicit to explicit knowledge." Managing the flow of knowledge, "akes more time than many of us have," and "The lines between learning and working are getting blurred."
Flow of knowledge needs to make implicit knowledge explicit through Internal (How do I deal with this) and External (who can I work with on this) processes. Entails a continuous loop of 4 elements: Internally sort, categorize, make explicit, retrieve; and externally Connect / Exchange / Contribute. This enables one to observe, reflect, put tentative thoughts out; and read, listen, converse, reflect
more about attitude than a set of tools, but the presentation shows what tools go with which part of the flow
PKM is "part of a social learning contract" where We have "obligation" to participate so that we can learn from each other. "Cooperation is the glue that holds together the important social networks in which we work and live"
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Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories.Full DescriptionStorify is a way to tell stories using social media such as Tweets, photos and videos. You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers.Categories:Other Blogging Tools, Share Photos & Images, Other Productivity ToolsPlatforms:Web AppTags:curation
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Interview Of The Month: Sean Banville, One Of The Hardest Working People In The ESL/EFL World
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As regular readers know, each month I interview people in the education world about whom I want to learn more. You can see read those past interviews here.
Today, Sean Banville, one of the hardest-working people in the ESL/EFL world, has agreed to answer some questions. Sean has created some of the most-used websites in the world for ESL/EFL teachers and students, including Breaking News English. All of them are available to use free-of-charge and do not require any registration: