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. Evidence of Evidence-Based Teaching Evidence-based teaching seems like the new buzzword in higher education. The phrase appears to mean that we’ve identified and should be using those instructional practices shown empirically to enhance learning. Sounds pretty straightforward, but there are lots of questions that haven’t yet been addressed, such as: How much evidence does there need to be to justify a particular strategy, action, or approach? Is one study enough? What about when the evidence is mixed—in some studies the results of a practice are positive and in others they aren’t?
Pixel BIT In contexts in which we are, in which the "Information and Communication Technology' (ICT), become an element of development and empowerment of our schools and training institutions. Pixel-Bit, Journal of Media and Education, aims to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, experiences and research on the application of ICT, regardless of the format in which they are submitted and training contexts in which they develop, whether these formal, non-formal or informal, and educational level. Pixel-Bit, Journal of Media and Education, aims to be a channel of distribution and exchange of ideas and information between researchers in different countries and communities concerned about the introduction, improvement and understanding of ICT in training processes.
Four Scary Good Ed Tech Sites I spent some time trying to come up with a really scary post for Halloween, but I decided I would stay positive instead and share some scary good sites on educational technology. Get it? Scary? Catalyst for Learning: ePortfolio Resources & Research Created by 24 campuses in the Connect to Learning project, Catalyst for Learning: ePortfolio Resources and Research demonstrates the potential ePortfolio has to transform higher education. Developed for a broad audience, the Catalyst site will help ePortfolio teams and campus leaders meet the fast-changing needs of 21st century higher education. Showcasing practices from Boston’s Northeastern University, San Francisco State, IUPUI, Manhattanville College, CUNY’s new Guttman Community College and others across the country, Catalyst for Learning offers evidence, strategies and stories which highlight the ways ePortfolio can advance learning, deepen pedagogy and assessment, and support institutional change. The Evidence section showcases the difference ePortfolio can make in higher education. The Catalyst Framework is a comprehensive, evidence-based framework which helps us understand the challenge of building and sustaining a successful ePortfolio initiative.
7 Steps to Create Engaging Educational Media Licensed Under CCSA/jsawkins Videos that bore students and are irrelevant to their lives are not true examples of educational media, according to former teacher and film producer Finn Ryan of the Wisconsin Media Lab. “A lot of media used in classroom settings is more instructional, walking [students] through a specific process or explaining something,” Ryan says. ”Educational media is more about engagement than transfer of information.”
5 Lessons Worth Learning About E-Portfolios Electronic Portfolios 5 Lessons Worth Learning About E-Portfolios The University of Alaska Anchorage shares best practices from its institution-wide electronic portfolio implementation and new approaches to gain rapid traction among faculty and students. Two Contrasting Views of Educational Technology 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.
Portfolios for Student Growth What is Portfolios for Student Growth?Portfolios for Student Growth (PSG) is a holistic, student-centered, process-led approach to portfolio development. PSG offers educators a way to guide students to explicitly link academic learning with future planning and goal setting. The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'Éducation à Distance The Journal of Distance Education is an international publication of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE). Its aims are to promote and encourage scholarly work in e-learning and distance education and provide a forum for the dissemination of international scholarship. Original material in either English or French is invited in three broad categories: (a) Scholarly articles and research papers that focus on issues related to e-learning and distance education; (b) Reports that highlight unique solutions to critical problems, short descriptions of work underlying new or innovative programs or contemporary events, and brief notes on research in progress; and (c) Dialogues devoted to the discussion or debate of issues in e-learning and distance education that may arouse controversy. Also included here will be papers written in reply to articles published in earlier issues of the Journal. Vol 28, No 1 (2014)
The Official Educator's Guide To YouTube YouTube is a goldmine for content. Yes, it’s also a goldmine for trash and whimsy, but more than anything it’s a kind of circus-mirror reflection of culture. Which should make it useful to teachers. Below is a the official YouTube guide for educators put together by YouTube (Google), and it’s actually very good. Portfolio Evidence-Based Learning (PEBL) Portfolio Evidence-Based Learning (PEBL) I’ve written a number of blogs related to the ongoing AAEEBL/EPAC/AAC&U/IJep webinars to define the eportfolio idea. In these blogs, I have been struggling, as we all have for years, to best describe what we do, what we believe, and what we are. A number of people are beginning to think the term “eportfolio” itself may be the problem.