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COIL – Virtual mobility without commercialisation. Much, if not all, of the debate in higher education seems to be focused these days on massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which according to several people should be considered nothing less than a revolutionary new model for higher education teaching and learning.

COIL – Virtual mobility without commercialisation

In the meantime, a slower burning addition to international teaching and learning is already taking place with much less attention – ‘virtual mobility’, as it is called in Europe, or ‘collaborative online international learning’ (COIL), as it is more correctly referred to in the United States. While in MOOCs the teaching stays more or less traditional, using modern technology for a global form of delivery, in COIL the technology is used to develop a more interactive and collaborative way of international teaching and learning. Education Everywhere: School Success Stories from Abroad. Education Everywhere Video Series Edutopia's video series takes a look at high-achieving education systems and model schools around the world to see what makes them successful.

Education Everywhere: School Success Stories from Abroad

This series is a co-production with the Pearson Foundation; visit their "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education" page for more information about the project. Finland’s Formula for School Success <img class="media-image media-element file-content-image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/content_image_breakpoints_theme_edutopia_desktop_1x/public/content/73/video.gif? Itok=pmoQLTDv" alt="" /> (2012) Early intervention and sustained individual support for every student are keys to educating the whole child in Finnish schools.

Global Education. Global Competency. Students can: Generate and explain the significance of locally, regionally or globally focused researchable questions.

Global Competency

Identify, collect and analyze the knowledge and evidence required to answer questions using a variety of international sources, media and languages. Weigh, integrate and synthesize evidence collected to construct coherent responses that is appropriate to the context of issues or problems. Develop an argument based on compelling evidence that considers multiple perspectives and draws defensible conclusions. Students can: Recognize and articulate one’s own perspective on situations, events, issues or phenomena and identify the influences on that perspective. Articulate and explain perspectives of other people, groups or schools of thought and identify the influences on those perspectives. Explain how the interaction of ideas across cultures influences the development of knowledge and situations, events, issues or phenomena. The Professional Power of Twitter by @Tim_Jumpclarke. Selling the benefits of using twitter for professional development purposes to the uninitiated can be a challenge, but in this re-blog post, Tim Clarke points out some of the benefits he has gained from interacting with the platform, as well as guidance and tips to get colleagues started.

The Professional Power of Twitter by @Tim_Jumpclarke

Tim is a primary head teacher. The professional power of Twitter Key benefits Connect with others involved in education nationally and internationally, which can give you a broader view of current issues and initiatives. For example it has been interesting finding out how other areas of the country are managing: recruitment, PRP and judging teacher performance without grading observations.Posing questions to gain other views. ICTEvangelist - education, learning & technology.

11/10-11/23 Unit 5: About Co-learning. Facilitators: Howard Rheingold, Mia Zamora, Alec Couros Design Touchstone: Self empowerment emerges within classrooms that embrace co-learning.

11/10-11/23 Unit 5: About Co-learning

In addition, networked learning contributes to self empowerment as students take more charge of their own learning outcomes and share their interest-driven knowledge. Questions: What is co-learning? Connected Learning. The headlines are legion, the sentiment, widespread: “Why Social Media is Destroying Our Social Skills” (USA Today).

Connected Learning

“Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects” (MIT Technology Review). The rise of social media, many fear, is ruining authentic interpersonal relationships. No amount of social media, we are repeatedly told, can ever equal face-to-face interaction. Social networking has altered our very vocabulary. International Network of Educators. Learn how to focus on content by Chromecasting in your Chromebook 1:1. When I taught in a 1:1 iPad environment, I had to teach differently in order to utilize the devices to their potential.

Learn how to focus on content by Chromecasting in your Chromebook 1:1

I started to move away from worksheets and textbooks to more engaging activities, but my focus was still on the content. The tools being used were allowing me and the students to focus on content as much as we could, rather than training them to do ineffective worksheets and turn them…or else it’s a zero. Putting Content in the Front of the Classroom… Then came along AirPlay with an iOS update. – game changer! By downloading the Reflection App (because I didn’t have an Apple TV), myself AND the students were able to wirelessly reflect to the my projector. Shifting Students Attention… By shifting the attention away from me and more on the content, students began to understand its importance. Ready, Set, Cast!

UKED Magazine Oct 2014 by UKedchat. Why Connected Learning. For more than a century, educators have strived to customize education to the learner.

Why Connected Learning

Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make that dream a reality — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy rewards. Six principles (below) define it and allow every young person to experience learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven and relevant to the opportunities of our time. Connected learning thrives in a socially meaningful and knowledge-rich ecology of ongoing participation, self-expression and recognition. In their everyday exchanges with peers and friends, young people fluidly contribute, share and give feedback. Powered with possibilities made available by today’s social media, this peer culture can produce learning that’s engaging and powerful.

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms. Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them.

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

But there’s a story that the research hasn’t captured—the one of powerful transformation that can result from the practice of SEL. I recently spoke to a number of educators about the impact of SEL on themselves and their students. What they told me revealed the potential of SEL to transform not only people, but also education itself. SEL transforms the inner life of teachers When educators begin using SEL in the classroom, sometimes the most surprising outcome is how they personally change.

20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom. Google Classroom ( is available to schools with a Google Apps for Education (GAfE)domain.

20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

Classroom is a way to get all of your students in one place and allows you to easily assign work and for students to turn it in. Sharing Resources: Google Classroom allows you to take a document, video or link and push it out to your students.Create a Lesson: More than simply assigning work to students, Google Classroom allows you to build an assignment. Google Classroom Guide: Help and Support for Educators. Classroom: The Story So Far Google Classroom officially launches in August 2014, but educators like me who have been lucky enough to get access to it ahead of its public unveiling have largely been very impressed. Are there features missing that we would love to see?

Sure, but they will no doubt come in time. Michael Graffin's Page - Flat Connections.

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Google Announces Classroom Their Take On A Learning Management System. This year at SXSWedu there was a lot of buzz in the Google lounge about a new product coming down the pike. Thousands of teachers were already using Google Docs as part of Google Apps For Education as their own free LMS (learning management system). Teachers were adapting Google Apps For Education in the ways that best met their needs but it still wasn’t totally an educational offering.

Well Google heard that call. Educational Hash Tags. #elemchat #elementary#elemsci #ell #ellchat#elrnchat #elt#eltchat#eltpics#emchat #edpolitics. Week 0 webinar - learning the ropes. Twitter: How to archive event hashtags and create an interactive visualization of the conversation. The use of Twitter to collecting tweets around an event hashtag allowing participants to share and contribute continues to grow and has even become part of mass media events, various TV shows now having and publicising their own tag. This resource is often lost in time, only tiny snippets being captured in blog posts or summaries using tools like Storify, which often loose the richness of individual conversations between participants. It doesn’t have to be this way. Using a combination of Google Spreadsheets as a data source and a simple web interface to add interactivity it’s possible to let users explorer your entire event hashtag and replay any of conversations.

View example conversation replay Try out a LIVE version. Design Thinking « Design Thinking for Educators. It is a mindset Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education. Classrooms and schools across the world are facing design challenges every single day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. ‘Team Teaching’ as shared experience. Internet mentors could supplant traditional lecturers.

Horizon Scanning study points to a ‘new kind of pedagogy’ in higher education by 2020. How can we connect to other educators using Twitter? What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World « Nutrition News. Teachers Tweeting Teachers: Building a Community of Practice through Twitter. During a leadership team (LT) meeting of the San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) in January 2012 we were talking about digital tools and the ways that teachers—and all of us are teachers—use or don’t use online forums for communication.

The Future of Education. 2-Character Alphabetical Country Codes - Digraphs of All Countries. International Education News l The PIE News l 2020: Demand for HE to outpace international student mobility. Improved domestic provision of higher education, increased intraregional student mobility and the overall growth of Transnational Education (TNE), will meet the growing demand for higher education in 2020 say over 20 global higher education leaders. Using Video for Social Learning. ‘Un autre monde/ Eine andere Welt : Echange scolaire virtuel à l’aide d’une plateforme Moodle et de Machinimas’ C’est à l’occasion de Cyber-Langues 2012 que naquit l’idée de mener conjointement un échange franco-allemand virtuel. Partant du constat que nous ne pourrions/voulions pas forcément organiser un échange ‘classique’ pour nos élèves avec une rencontre ponctuelle, nous nous sommes posé la question ‘comment organiser un échange transfrontalier, permettant à nos élèves de progresser en langue sans forcément se rencontrer physiquement’.

Building global learning communities. Thomas Cochranea*, Ilona Buchemb, Mar Camachoc, Catherine Cronind, Averill Gordone and Helen Keeganf. UNDG Report 2013. Qui sont nos camarades de classe? Faisons la connaissance. Tell users about Google+ - Google Apps Help. ESL EFL Conversation worksheets. Learn Mandarin the Chineasy Way. Using Digital and Multi-modal Texts. Primary Perspective. 3 Reasons To Try Google Chromebooks In The Classroom. Erasmus faces demand and management problems – LERU. 18 Things To Know About Education In Mexico. Flipped Learning Network Ning - A professional learning community for teachers using screencasting in education.

Q&A: Mimi Ito on Connected Learning for All. 50 Google Charts Tricks for Your Next Classroom Presentation. Technology: Virtual mobility with a difference « European Association for International Education European Association for International Education. Teacher's Guide to Using Shared Google Docs with Students. Fair Use: Remix Culture, Mashups, and Copyright. Center for Online Learning, Research & Service. Our New Interactive Book: Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. EYES, the next gener@tion! Accessibility Guides - Google Apps Help. Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator. Languages @ Tile Hill Wood School: We had mail (from Japan)!

Google Docs Collaboration In Hangouts Is Now Available To All Users [Updates] Five Essential Google Drive Skills For Teachers. Supporting virtual intercultural exchange between university classrooms across Europe and beyond. Check out the TeacherCast review of the app: Skype. The language of Twitter: the rise of MFL teachers online. JISC Quiz - ShareSWF.com - Upload and Share your Flash SWF Animations. How a Social Collaboration Platform Can Overcome Virtual Team Distance. Collaboration Basics. Launching The Global Classroom Mentors Project. Cross-Cultural/International Communication - Ethnocentrism, Factors affecting cross-cultural business communication. Rise of the Chromebook: Lenovo is the latest to challenge Windows laptops.

Wisconsin, United States Time Zone Converter Difference Calculator. Numérique éducatif : 5 bonnes idées pour le ministre. Classroom 2.0 LIVE! - Home. What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? 3 Core Essentials of Collaboration Tools. An Interactive Tutorial: Google Presentation.

Teaching with Online Collaboration Tools: U-M Faculty Examples. Waking the dead - Halloween, 31 October - Day of the Dead, 31 October to 2 November - resources. World Languages. Pédagogie. ACCUEIL - Site de ecouterlirelemonde ! 15 Great Google tutorials for Teachers. Some quick notes on Google+ Hangouts On Air JISC CETIS MASHe. Classroom 2.0. A Relief Teacher's Journey - A new teacher's thoughts on working in the Western Australian education system. Classrooms as Complex Adaptive Systems: A Relational Model. Why Teachers Need Social Media Training, Not Just Rules. Jeunesses 2.0 et médias sociaux : comment explorer virtuellement la vraie vie ?

Year 9 Passion-driven project … using social media to have a real world impact! Designing for Participant Engagement with Blackboard Collaborate. Clivesir - Ed Blog Register. Advice for New Globaled Teachers. Are You Ready for BYOD? Using social media as a language learning tool. Globalizing Early Learning with Technology. Launching Blackboard Collaborate. Collaboration Grid. Les réseaux sociaux pour enseigner : n’en jetez plus ou jetez les tous ? Ridiculously Efficient - 5 Monday Must-Reads on a Collaborative Work Environment. Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration In Project Based Learning.