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The Quest to Gamify Education - One goal: To increase student engagement by incorporating game mechanics within the classroom.

The Quest to Gamify Education - One goal: To increase student engagement by incorporating game mechanics within the classroom.
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25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms The 50 Best Sources of Free STEM Education Online 12.05K Views 0 Likes Colleges, universities, and other educational forums in your community can be excellent places to learn more about a variety of STEM topics, but there is also a wealth of educational material available on the web for those who prefer to learn at their own pace or take a more individual approach. Top 10 Fixes for the Web's Most Annoying Problems @timgray: Not if you're in marketing. The world needs more people like you :) I spend a lot of time trying to explain the benefits of a simple design: - easier site maintenance - focuses more on goal of site, rather than "ooo, shiny..." - faster loading time - more browser support - no worry of flash or JS blockers interfering with functionality Usually, it's not the fault of individual web designers, it's the entire industry business model. An agency that sells the client the simplest (and usually best) site is only moderately successful. An agency that sells the client the crazy bells-and-whistles flash/ajax broadband-only monstrosity with full social media integration for two hundred grand can afford to employ more expert buzzwording bullshitting marketeers and grow like crazy. Designers like simplicity, ease of use, elegance.

10 Ideas in Pursuit of a Global Curriculum This book is published through TeachThought by Terry Heick as part of the Innovate Learning series. Background Now over a decade into the 21 st century, there is tremendous pressure for education to “globalize.” In major world markets, the business world globalized decades ago, expanding beyond domestic markets in pursuit of more diverse audiences and stronger profits. This is made all the more strange by the relationship between education and economic systems. The Book In just under 20 pages, educator Terry Heick will help you get started down the path of “globalization,” offering strategies that can be immediately implemented in any K-12 classroom tomorrow. 10 Ideas, 30 Strategies, 1 Important Conversation. The book can be found here , or via the embedded Amazon link below.

Devils' Workshop - Tech Community Blog Imagine Learning: Students with Disabilities Five Key Components of Reading No more roadblocks to reading. Students with disabilities often struggle to acquire basic reading skills. Research indicates that these students benefit from instruction that is explicit and sequenced, ensuring that key prerequisite skills are met before more complex tasks are required. Explicit instruction in phonological awareness phonics fluency vocabulary comprehension Vocabulary Development A better way to learn the lingo. Vocabulary knowledge directly influences comprehension, so students with disabilities who struggle with comprehension need all the extra vocabulary instruction they can get. Contextualized instruction in basic vocabulary academic vocabulary content-specific vocabulary Listening Comprehension Help students develop an ear for understanding. Many students with disabilities experience difficulty in processing language. Students learn through selective listening verbal and non-verbal cues specific words and phrases A real conversation starter.

Learn to Program, by Chris Pine A Place to Start for the Future Programmer I guess this all began back in 2002. I was thinking about teaching programming, and what a great language Ruby would be for learning how to program. Unfortunately, there wasn't much Ruby documentation geared for newbies at the time. And it wasn't very good. What saved me was that I made it really easy for people to contact me, and I always tried to help people when they got stuck. A couple of years later, it was getting pretty good. :-) So good, in fact, that I was ready to pronounce it finished, and move on to something else. It took me another year, but now I think it's really good, mostly because of the hundreds of brave souls who have helped me write it. What's here on this site is the original tutorial, more or less unchanged since 2004. Thoughts For Teachers There were a few guiding principles that I tried to stick to. Another principle I've kept in mind is to teach only one way to do something. About the Original Tutorial Acknowledgements

Considering Using Technology In Education? Read This First. Back in February, a local Swedish newspaper reported that the Stockholm suburb of Sollentuna planned to transition entirely away from textbooks to tablet PCs by 2013. In a familiar argument, Sollentuna ed leaders argued that their schools should embrace technology–that they were in, in fact, in the ‘backwater’ compared to others. Insecurity The evolution of anything depends on (sometimes unequal parts) emotion and logic. For many professionals, there is a constant insecurity that someone somewhere is doing it better–faster, smarter, for less money, with better results. The trouble is that the data for these “other people” that are undoubtedly “doing it better” is usually scant: a compelling video, a bar graph reflecting test scores, a carefully-crafted blog post explaining their success in detail. That this kind of insecurity is universal should be comforting, but unfortunately it’s not. “We know that not every student has computer access at home. Adoption

The Book Surgeon (15 pieces) Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed. Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms. "My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception," he says. "The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. Dettmer is originally from Chicago, where he studied at Columbia College. Update: Read our exclusive interview with the Book Surgeon here. Brian Dettmer's website

Mira, piensa, profundiza y crea tu lección en TED-Ed TED (Tecnología, Entretenimiento, Diseño) es una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a difundir ideas valiosas. TED-Ed es una iniciativa de TED que nos permite crear lecciones personalizadas tomando como base las publicadas en su espacio web o bien crearlas desde cero a partir de vídeos de YouTube. El pasado mes de marzo, Ted puso en marcha un canal en YouTube formado por una docena de vídeos creados especialmente para estudiantes universitarios y gente interesada en aprender. Ahora arranca la segunda fase del proyecto con la plataforma TED-Ed, una web diseñada para permitir a los profesores crear lecciones en torno a los vídeos. TED-Ed es la videoteca educativa de TED, en palabras de sus creadores, “el compromiso de crear lecciones que merezca la pena compartir. Los vídeos ya publicados, de contrastada calidad, tienen materiales complementarios como pueden ser preguntas de opción múltiple, preguntas de respuesta abierta, y enlaces para ampliar información sobre el tema.

200 Free Outstanding Online Classes Take classes online from Yale, MIT, Tufts and other respected institutions for free. UPDATE: Some of the schools have moved the pages for some of the courses, and the OEDb hasn't updated them on their site yet. I checked every link listed. Some have moved and provide a link to the new page. Some have error messages. Some of the links (all at Utah State University) wanted a name and a password. The Online Education Database has put together 200 online classes from these and other institutions. Topics cover a very wide range - everything from Natural Science to Law and Politics. The Visual Arts seem to be missing. The Beginning Online Learning page has some wonderful articles and resources. The site is geared towards helping people find financial aid for college and is a bit on the commercial side in places. 200 Free, Quality Online Classes University Open Course Home Pages: Signing off, Rhiannon Click here for more items like this.

Mac miner front-ends to Diablo and RPC Presenting beginner-friendly Mac frontends for the two popular miners DiabloMiner (GPU) and RPCminer (CPU)! The applications work like normal applications on the Mac were you double-click to start them, and after answering some questions you’re all set. For future runs just double-click on the application icons and you’ll start mining immediately. DownloadsUpdated: 2011-11-08 (13.8 MiB)Updated: (29.51 MiB) Both miners require Mac OS 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard.’ InstallationStart by downloading a miner, and unpack the application by double-clicking on the downloaded ZIP archive. Register an account with your mining pool, and register a new miner (if needed). After the initial setup you only need to open the application again to start mining. Performance hints for the Mac userClose other CPU and GPU (anything that draws on the screen) intensive applications for most efficient mining.

Flipped Classroom: Beyond the Videos Last week, I read an interesting blog post by Shelley Blake-Plock titled “The Problem with TED ed.” It got me thinking about the flipped classroom model and how it is being defined. As a blended learning enthusiast, I have played with the flipped classroom model, seen presentations by inspiring educators who flip their classrooms, and even have a chapter dedicated to this topic in my book. However, I am disheartened to hear so many people describe the flipped classroom as a model where teachers must record videos or podcasts for students to view at home. There are many teachers who do not want to record videos either because they don’t have the necessary skills or equipment, their classes don’t include a lot of lecture that can be captured in recordings, or they are camera shy. Too often the conversation surrounding the flipped classroom focuses on the videos- creating them, hosting them, and assessing student understanding of the content via simple questions or summary assignments. 1. 2.

What Do Emotions Have to Do with Learning? Thinkstock When parents and teachers consider how children learn, it’s usually the intellectual aspects of the activity they have in mind. Sidney D’Mello would like to change that. The University of Notre Dame psychologist has been studying the role of feelings in learning for close to a decade, and he has concluded that complex learning is almost inevitably “an emotionally charged experience,” as he wrote in a paper published in the journal Learning and Instruction earlier this year. During the learning experiments described in his paper, he notes, the participating students reported being in a neutral state only about a quarter of the time. Another counter-intuitive contention made by D’Mello is that even negative emotions can play a productive role in learning. Confusion motivates us to restore our equilibrium through thought, reflection, and problem solving, and deeper learning is the result. animated agents discussing scientific case studies. Related

State Of NOW's #140edu on USTREAM: Welcome to #140edu: Exploring the State of Education NOW This event will be taking place July 31st and August 1st 2012 Welcome to #140edu: Exploring the State of Education NOW This event will be taking place July 31st and August 1st 2012 at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) in New York City. The speakers for this conference have been chosen and the event… Welcome to #140edu: Exploring the State of Education NOW This event will be taking place July 31st and August 1st 2012 at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) in New York City. The speakers for this conference have been chosen and the event schedule is currently under development. Ever since the first #140conf event in New York City back in June 2009, we have been looking at the effects of the real-time web on Education. In an attempt to provide more attention and more voices to the educators of the world, we have partnered with Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) – Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and we are bringing #140edu back to the 92nd Street Y for our second year.