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I’d like to share a couple of videos with you that I have used recently in the courses I teach. I find these videos particularly interesting because they show such contrasting approaches to learning and in particular - for want of a better word - elearning. This first one is from the early 1950’s and is about something called a ‘teaching machine’ which was created by behavioural psychologist B F Skinner. As you see Skinner’s teaching machines, though not exactly iPads do look remarkably like what we would recognise as computers. What’s also remarkable is the claims that he makes for them and the reasons why he believes they are effective are remarkably similar to those made by many producers of learning and especially language learning software today. Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology
Children and the Internet – the Uruguay Experience
Reducing academic isolation in favour of learning relationships through a virtual classroom Mike Goldrick, James O'Higgins Norman Abstract Abstract Due to geographical distances and sporadic contact with peers and faculty members, many off-campus or distance learners experience feelings of inadequacy, reduced self-confidence and other social anxieties. As a means to reduce and avoid these consequences of academic isolation, Higher Education institutes have traditionally used asynchronous forms of communication in order to bridge these geographical gaps. However, due to advances in technology, it is now possible to offer distance learners the opportunity to communicate synchronously with their peers and their teachers as they would in a real classroom. Reducing academic isolation in favour of learning relationships through a virtual classroom | Goldrick | Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education Reducing academic isolation in favour of learning relationships through a virtual classroom | Goldrick | Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
Five Tips for Using Student Response Systems for Formative Assessment by @karenlmahon Five Tips for Using Student Response Systems for Formative Assessment by @karenlmahon This post originally appeared on the Promethean Planet community blog on May 17, 2012. There are a few redundancies with another of my posts, Top 12 Best Practices for Clickers in the Classroom, but the current post endeavors to focus specifically on using clickers for Formative Assessment. Enjoy – KM Whatever Student Response System (SRS) you are using in your classroom—e.g. Promethean’s ActiVote, ActivEngage or ActivExpression—these systems are ideal for conducting formative assessment.
Creative learning spaces Creative learning spaces About Me Steve Wheeler I'm Associate Professor of learning technology in the Plymouth Institute of Education at Plymouth University.
Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa. The One Laptop Per Child project started as a way of delivering technology and resources to schools in countries with little or no education infrastructure, using inexpensive computers to improve traditional curricula. What the OLPC Project has realized over the last five or six years, though, is that teaching kids stuff is really not that valuable. Yes, knowing all your state capitols how to spell "neighborhood" properly and whatnot isn't a bad thing, but memorizing facts and procedures isn't going to inspire kids to go out and learn by teaching themselves, which is the key to a good education.
Promethean Planet

Smartboard in the Classroom

SMART Technologies An online community for educators using SMART products. SMART Technologies Website (Download Notebook Example) (Download Notebook Example) Download Examples SMART Learning Activities Smartboard in the Classroom
Internet Safety

The digital divide is real. There’s a major gap between the schools, people, and organizations who can afford high-speed connections and those who cannot. Imagine a classroom with wi-fi versus one without. The former can launch a 1:1 iPad program, BYOD, and deploy all kinds of new technology . The latter classroom is tethered to a single desktop or laptop computer at best. Now, imagine that you don’t have any internet connectivity at all. The 5 Big Reasons Schools Should Have Free Internet Access Right Now The 5 Big Reasons Schools Should Have Free Internet Access Right Now
We already know that there’s a lot of buzz about technology in education – that’s why we’re all here, right? But how do people feel about integrating technology into learning? Do teachers, parents, and students have differing opinions about it? Check out what this poll from the LEAD Commission shows: Nearly all good news for technology in education. Study Shows What Teachers and Parents Really Think About Education Technology Study Shows What Teachers and Parents Really Think About Education Technology
Social Media

Classroom 2.0

Welcome to Classroom20.com, the social network for those interested in Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. We encourage you to sign up to participate in the great discussions here, to receive event notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues. We have over 77,000 members from 188 countries! Classroom 2.0 is a free, community-supported network. Classroom 2.0
I often find that the social networking and information site Quora is found amongst a list of the top social networks to use in the classroom. There is usually a little blurb about the network, and then the article moves on to a blurb about another network. However, there are so many things that a classroom can do with Quora that a short description simply is not enough. Top 5 Ways Schools Can Take Advantage of Quora Top 5 Ways Schools Can Take Advantage of Quora
Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog Posted by Mrs Kathleen Morris on Thursday, August 9th 2012 I have revised the posts I have written in the past to create a nine page, five step guide to beginning a class blog. Feel free to view, print or download the document to help you get started on your blogging journey. Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog If you’re having trouble with the Scribd document, you can access the PDF here Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog
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Learning in a social organisation: a clickable guide
Edmodo, A "Facebook For Schools," Chalks Up API To Become Classroom Platform Edmodo started out as the Facebook (or Yammer) for classrooms--a social network-style place for teachers to coordinate online with their students (and sometimes parents). Today the company becomes even more like Facebook as it opens up its API so that outside companies can build apps that sit on top of the Edmodo platform. CEO and cofounder Nic Borg tells Fast Company the change will make things easier for teachers, helping them save time by allowing them to plug the digital tools they often are already using directly into their Edmodo classrooms. But it also presages a larger digital shift in schools--one in which every classroom may very well one day have an online hub that will sit at the center of their on- and off-line worlds.
Edmodo and the NSW Quality Teaching Framework | Because I am a nerd, I enjoy reading education documents. OK, not all of them – just the ones that I feel might help me to be a better teacher. I was introduced to the NSW Quality Teacher Framework in my first year of teaching, but it only started making sense to me in my third or fourth year – when I started trying to do things in new ways and when I wanted to create my own ‘units of work’.
Careful With That Axe, Eugene: How To... Embed a YouTube Video into a PowerPoint 2013 Presentation (and dealing with the "version=3" problem)
The Official Educator's Guide To YouTube
7 Steps to Create Engaging Educational Media
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education
Podcasts: enhancing or replacing normal lectures?
Minecraft, virtual worlds, and other technology can help elementary schoolers with reading, writing, and digital citizenship.
What makes a good ICT role model?
Teachers Are Poor Consumers of Learning - Sayville, NY
An Open Letter to Tech-Fearing Teachers Everywhere - The Inspired Classroom 
Girls In ICT | Expanding horizons and changing attitudes
Free Stuff - Educational Technology - ICT in Education
eduflections: Resources
Technology - Resources and Information
Four Scary Good Ed Tech Sites
Top 7 eBooks for Educators
Free Apps for Educators - Google Docs
Free Assets from the E-Learning Community
How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms
Studies of e-portfolio implementation (videos and toolkit)
Mobile technology


9 Simple Website Creation Tools for Teachers
ICT Curriculum - EdFutures
ICT Curriculum - EdFutures
Delivering an Outstanding Primary ICT Curriculum | Optimus Education Conferences
Mozilla Web Literacies white paper v0.8
New Technology in Higher Education Charter
DeFT Regional Conference October 2nd | DeFT project: Digital Futures in Teacher Education
What students want and how universities are getting it wrong
Emerging Practice in a Digital Age
Technology Rich Classrooms
Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control
History of eLearning Technologies
e-Learning solutions
education's digital future
teaching tech timeline