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The following will be trialled at my IWMW 2010 session in Sheffield. The intention is to experiment with using an outside location as part of a classroom activity. The activity is based around a previous blended learning activity which uses clickers and VLE quiz banks (see slide 11 and 12 of http://www.slideshare.net/andyramsden/bath-spa-keynote-tl-dat ).
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Social media has evolved into the art of storytelling, and we must all become masters of it. – Simply Zesty - Simply ZestyWe view social media now as an essential form of communication – a new way to stay in touch with people, to share and discover information and to interact with brands and to consume increasingly large amounts of content in concise, compacted ways. But there is another side to social media that we don’t often consider, but that is becoming more and more prevalent: its role in the evolution of storytelling. Throughout nearly every society and stage in history, storytelling has had a crucial role to play.
I was quite impressed by Joyce Seitzinger's Professional Learning Environment (PLN) model that she presented at Deakin University in Melbourne this week. The first slide on the left shows a quadrant model in which she has used a work/office metaphor to define four discrete functions of a PLN. The first, the Staffroom is quite public, calling on high levels of communication and high profile, and involves the use of microblogging tools such as Twitter. This will work provided the user subscribes to a requisite number of other relevant user accounts, and can share their ideas and converse freely. It will fail if the user does not follow or is not followed by enough other subscribers to enable the benefits of the network effect.
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. Read on to learn how you can be using Facebook in your classroom, no matter if you are a professor, student, working online, or showing up in person for class.
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Increasingly, educators globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create powerful, authentic, motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ culture to connecting with content experts – educators are extending learning beyond classroom walls. So how do you use Skype effectively with your class? Hopefully this will help!
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The Comprehensive Guide to Creating Accessible Multimedia for e-learning In broad terms, the more ways a learner engages with the subject the more likely the learning experience will be remembered - and probably enjoyed. For many years successful teachers and lecturers have incorporated a range of techniques and strategies to maximize variety in the learning experience. Except when learners are highly motivated, presenting them with large quantities of passive text tends to result in limited engagement and therefore limited achievement. There are several factors that make multimedia increasingly important in the learning process: The widening participation agenda results in a broader cohort of learners whose skill sets, circumstances and levels of motivation may be different from the traditional student.
Let’s take a step back and consider how well we are using learning technology in contrast with what is possible given advances over the last decade. Ideologies influence design, then design constrains future options. We don’t have to look very far to see examples of this simple rule: classrooms, design of organizational work activities, politics, and the operation of financial markets. What we create to survive during one era serves as neurosis for another. In education – particularly in technology enhanced education – a similar trailing of ideologies from another era is observed. For example, education consultants and speakers commonly declare “if a student from 100 years ago came to our classrooms, she would feel right at home”.
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