What has been and what is yet to come

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It's fitting then that this year, Tallinn is also the host city for the annual European Association for Distance Learning (EADL). The theme of the EADL conference this year is Connected Learning , and delegates will represent corporate learning and development, and other learning professionals from around the globe. I will also speculate on the future of distance education and how it might be shaped by, and respond to, the next wave of technology.

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Back to #EDEN

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Image from Pixabay EDEN - the European Distance and E-learning Network - is my spiritual home. It's a professional community of educators interested in technology supported learning. In that year I was just starting out in the world of educational technology, and I presented some of my research at the EDEN summer conference in Poitiers, France. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Why schools shouldn't ban smartphones

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I was asked to write an opinion piece for the Western Morning News earlier this week as a response to the comments from Ofsted and their advisers on the use of technology in schools. Many teachers are left wondering whether personal technologies such as smartphones actually have a place in education and what risks and threats accompany them. My view is that children can and do use technology to support their learning but they need to be guided to do so responsibly. (It

It's complicated

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While I was there I did several presentations and workshops, and also recorded an interview 'on the sofa' with Director of Learning Facilities, Associate Professor Mike Sankey. We discussed the evolution of social media in higher education and also how institutional virtual learning environments (learning management systems) are being developed to cope with new demands of new learners. It's not easy integrating technology into education.

Making sense of digital

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I learn a lot from discussions on social media channels such as Twitter. Some might be aware that I established a chat for the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) a couple of years ago, which is dedicated to discussions around technology supported learning in all sectors. Conclusion: The best time to begin teaching digital literacies is when the child begins to use technology. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Ambient learning

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The answer is to value staff by providing them with relevant learning opportunities as they work. In many large organisations today this is changing, with learning and development now conducted largely while employees are on the move, or sitting at their work stations. This approach to ambient learning (some might also refer to activity learning ) proves to be more authentic, and the learning can be applied directly to tasks in situ - real learning for real contexts. 'On

10Q: Helen Keegan

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In today's 10Q interview, Helen answers questions about her philosophy on learning, social media and her current projects in higher education, including alternate reality games: Who are you? heloukee (online), Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media and Social Technologies at the University of Salford. What inspires you most about learning? What/who has been your biggest influence when it comes to learning? What does social media mean to you?

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What is digital learning?

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Over the next two weeks I''m in New Zealand, doing a series of keynote presentations to teachers on the future of education and technology supported learning. The mLearn tour is sponsored by a company called Telco Technology Services who specialise in supporting teachers in New Zealand schools with technology training and provision. It''s the huge potential and great possibilities to move learning beyond the traditional walls of the classroom.

IUT Conference 2018 – Holistic approaches to online collaborative learning design

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Here are some essential artefacts to learn from in the meantime. When designing online learning consideration should be given to how a community can be built around subject content and objectives and how students will interact with the academic and with each other. The institutional learning management system affords a safe and reliable albeit often less than inspiring space for learning. New digital learning environments using the affordances of Web 2.0

Inspire to learn

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The conference is themed around excellence in teaching of the social sciences, which reflects my own professional and academic background. During my undergraduate degree I specialised in psychology, but also studied a number of other social sciences, including politics, economics, sociology and human geography. The title of my keynote is ' Learning in the Digital Age: Theoretical Perspectives. ' What issues in HE teaching and learning are you passionate about?

Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives

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We learn how today. Vicki: Today we are talking with Mike Daugherty @MoreThanATech , Director of Technology in Ohio. He also won 2016 Outstanding Technology’s Administrator of the Year for Ohio. Mike: We’ve started a weekly email to about 400 parents so far, where we’re covering topics like digital citizenship, security, filtering, social media — everything that really relates to how students should use technology today.

The persistence of distance (learning)

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In a formal sense, distance learning has been a familiar concept since at least 1837, when Sir Isaac Pitman began teaching his shorthand system using typed instruction cards mailed through the universal Penny Postal service to his students across England. They were surely an asynchronous form of instruction, a sort of same place - different time learning. By comparison, in its technology supported multiple formats, contemporary distance education is much more sophisticated.

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The role of technology in the PYP

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This post will outline the aims of the PYP (the Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate) and the role that technology plays in helping teachers and students to achieve those goals. The role of technology is not significantly different to non-IB schools, so the ideas of good practice outlined below will also apply to other educational settings. What does the PYP say about technology? Technology has made these things possible for all teachers.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

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From IBM’s test scoring machines in the 1930s to the Speak & Spells of the 70s, innovators and educators have been trying to improve education with technology for decades. But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Additional Resources from eSpark Learning.

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EDENTube

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But this time, EDEN (the European Distance and E-Learning Network) turned the tables on me and I was the one in the hot seat. The result is a 6-7 minute interview in which I talk about the EDEN community of academics and professionals, mobile learning and games in education, and digital badges, as well as some elaboration on the way EDEN has been leveraging the potential of social media over the last few years. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

I remember the days when I was not a very big believer in educational technology. As I moved from the classroom to administration, I still saw technology from a mere delivery aspect. From 2004 through 2008, I basically rubber-stamped the status quo while adding a splash here and there of technology. My personal views towards social media and mobile devices remained unhinged during this time, as I was adamantly opposed to both.

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The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

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It used to be that 1:1 technology access was a novelty. Furthermore with companies like Neverware which can turn most any old device into a high-speed Chromebook, cost and tech support are no longer the barriers they once were. But when it comes to schools there’s an endless list of reasons why they are unable to figure out how to provide sufficient internet access for learning. When we block social networks, can we be surprised when students don’t use them responsibly?

It’s late 2015 and we’re still overblocking the Internet

Dangerously Irrelevant

Like library and textbook censorship, not only does blocking video services, social media, online interactive content, and other Web resources restrict students’ intellectual freedom, it also prohibits them from engaging in powerful conversations and learning opportunities (and, incidentally, also sends messages to your most technology-fluent educators that you’re outdated). Focusing on superintendents: 5 technology leadership articles from AASA.

Communicating Through Change: How a CA District Is Supporting Families in the Year Ahead

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Some districts are using fully remote learning models to start, some are opting for hybrid models, while others are implementing new safety protocols to begin in-person learning. Twenty-four districts have said they will be sharing data about students’ learning to families.

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#EDEN15 BCN

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Over the next three days, delegates will listen to keynote speeches from a number of thought leaders in the field of technology supported learning, including Pro-Vice Chancellor of the British Open University Belinda Tynan , Maverick US educator Jim Groom , one of the leading lights of the Open University of Catalonia, Professor Albert Sangra , and veteran distance educator Alan Tait. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

What are Good Tech Goals for Students?

Ask a Tech Teacher

A frequent question from readers revolves around technology goals for students. But that’s not what technology is about. Technology supports a curriculum. It scaffolds learning, making it blended, normative, rigorous, and granular. The metric for measuring technology skills isn’t a rubric with a list of skills (i.e., It doesn’t take into account where students are in the learning curve and what their personal learning style is.

Join our global #EDENchat

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Contact me if you're interested in hosting and have a technology supported education theme you would like to propose for #EDENchat. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. edenchat competency EDEN education learning literacy Technology universityWe enjoyed a great first #EDENchat of the season during the EDEN Research Workshop when my colleague Antonella Poce hosted the Twitter session last week.

Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. Among high school students, 58 percent said they now use their own mobile device at school to support learning activities. Elementary schools may also be exploring various types of blended learning.

Dazzling Classroom Creations with Google Draw!

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With a few quick steps, you can easily create sharp looking visuals that are professional in appearance, high resolution, and compatible with any other application of Google or Social Media platform. Learning Representations. Google Draw is a versatile learning tool for students to create learning representations based on any curriculum topic. Middle School Teacher & Technology Support.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak

In the Guide to Capstone Education from the National Capstone Consortium there are a series of questions posed about technology and the role it should, could or might possibly play in a capstone course. It is important to note that capstone courses intrinsically vary from school to school, however, capstone as an inquiry-based process or one that is driven by student passions often rely on or use technology as a part of planning, design, and implementation.

A future

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They are a part of a larger group of digital literacy specialists - primary school teachers who specialise in technology supported learning. They have been with me for four years, developing their skills as educators and acquiring all the knowledge they need to go out and transform the learning of our children. Take the example of the blog Learning to Teach by Megan Douglas which is a frank and honest running account of her time as a student teacher.

#ICE18: Redesigning a Classroom Is Not About Being “Pretty for Pinterest”

EdTech Magazine

Simply adding technology to a classroom doesn’t make it an innovative space. Leaders looking to shift learning must think more holistically. “It’s It’s imperative that classroom design is driven by the desire to create personal and authentic learning experiences for students,” says Tom Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools , a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “It’s Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray share their expertise on modern learning spaces.

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Google Teacher Tribe Podcast | Episode 2 Karly Moura

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Teacher Tribe Podcast | Episode 2 Karly Moura appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Episode 2: Make Their Learning Go Viral with Karly Moura. Episode 2 Show Notes: Karly Moura is a Teacher On Special Assignment (Instructional Coach & Educational Technology Support Teacher) at Sun Terrace Elementary School, MDUSD. Follow Us on Social Media. Connect with Shake Up Learning. Shake Up Learning 2017.

Support Struggling Readers District Wide with Assistive Tech

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Assistive technology teachers working at schools in the Fairfax County, VA school district, one of the largest in the United States, are finding that the use of audiobooks is improving access to grade-level content while also developing the love of reading that motivates many students to continue improving. Two assistive technology teachers shared their experiences and recommendations during a recent edWebinar led by Terrie Noland, Vice President of Educator Initiatives at Learning Ally.

Are we more intelligent?

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This is part 2 of the series on technological futures. When discussing the future, especially the future of technology, there are some writers who almost always seem to be quoted. Near the top of the list is the futurologist Ray Kurzweil , who has much to say about our technological future, and also about the growth in human intelligence. This will occur, Kurzweil argues, due to a rapid advance of technology and proliferation of human and machine intelligence.

Barefoot keynote

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The Marae on the Unitec campus in Auckland is an intricately carved structure which is used for social and sacred purposes - it's walls and pillars tell the story of the Maori people and their journey through history. Unlike many of the more traditionally crafted Marae, the this meeting hall is a unique fusion of ancient craft and new technology. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. ICELF Aotearoa learning technology Unitec

Innovative Educators named Bammy Awards finalists!

The Innovative Educator

I am thrilled to share that many of the nominees from "The Innovative Educator" here (for their work with student-centered learning) and here (for use of social media in education) made the cut. For his students, he made a difference by taking over a library that had become moribund, out of date, anachronistic, completely disorganized and with no technology. Chris helps to keep them in the know with the PS 10 social media platforms.