40 Useful Tips For Anyone Taking A MOOC As these resources have grown in number and the list of institutions providing them has become ever more prestigious, free online courses are gaining legitimacy with employers as a method of learning valuable job skills. While there’s still a long way to go in terms of acceptance, more and more employers are recognizing the value of cheap, effective educational programs that can keep employees up-to-date and engaged in their field without spending a dime. Whether you’re looking to online education for personal reasons or to get ahead in your career, use these tips to help you get more out of open courses and use what you learn to market yourself, improve your performance, and stand out on the job. Treat them like real classes . If you really want to take away a lot from a free online course, then don’t treat it any differently than you would a course you’ve paid to take.
0. Induction: activities This first week is an opportunity to get to grips with how the ocTEL course works and gives everyone the chance to think about some big questions in technology, learning and teaching. We will be touching on several of the issues that will come up in more detail later in the course, but dealing with them in the concrete, practical terms of what you need and prefer as participants, andhow this kind of Technology Enhanced Learning is suited to meeting those needs. How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't.
35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible. Tips & Ideas
6 Quick Tips To Make The Most Of Graduate School Graduating Student Assistants Reception. If you’re interested in becoming a teacher or pursuing graduate school in general, it’s important to understand what it takes and what the payoff is. Sure, you can have a positive influence on others and all that jazz … but what does it actually take to graduate? Let’s walk through some of the best tips for graduate students: Don’t Change What Works for You 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs A massively open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to virtually any person—and as many of them—who wants to take the course. Course activities can be scheduled or asynchronous, and a fluid structure is valuable because students can choose their level of participation and many will do so in an à la carte manner. A MOOC throws open the doors of a course and invites anyone to enter, resulting in a new learning dynamic. Although this dynamic will make some students uneasy and will force instructors to rethink at least some of the elements of their courses, the MOOC can potentially alter the relationship between learner and instructor and between academe and the wider community. As MOOCs evolve, expectations and methods of presentation will likely crystallize, becoming more consistent and more predictable.
A sociologist’s adventures in social media land Deborah Lupton was pleasantly surprised when her first step into online academic discussions was met with over 2,000 readers and many instructive comments. Here, she shows how online adventures can yield productive and creative results through easy engagements with academics online. Like many academics, I was quite oblivious to the virtues of using digital social media for professional purposes for rather a long time. Although I used Facebook for private reasons to keep in touch with family and friends, and had signed up to Academia.edu and LinkedIn to connect with other academics, for several years these were the only social media platforms I used. Then one day earlier this year the scales fell from my eyes.
How To Create a ‘Personal Learning Environment’ to Stay Relevant in 2013 “Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience…has created not only promising changes but also disruptive moments in teaching.” EDUCAUSE Review, 2012 Fruitiny Is The First Real-Time Memory Game. Probably. Remember the game Memory? If you can’t even remember the game, then you may want to start dusting off the mental cobwebs and exploring new ways to boost your brain. What better way than with a vintage-style but highly useful app? That’s the idea behind Fruitiny , a new app from Totano Corp. Never heard of Totano?
How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN] This post describes how educators can develop a personal learning network that supports meaningful and relevant learning. The MOOC, Education Technology & Media, etmooc, is used here as a working example of how to develop a PLN. “My Personal Learning Network is the key to keeping me up-to-date with all the changes that are happening in education and how technology can best support and engage today’s students.” Your favorite apps, with Google Drive (Part 1) Google Drive is a place where you can create, share and keep all your stuff -- so you can live online and get things done in the cloud. Drive is also an open platform, which means you can use third-party applications to do things like send faxes, make floor plans, and create mockups directly from Drive. There are lots of great third-party Drive apps and Drive integrations out there, so we thought we’d periodically highlight a few useful ones on this blog. Magisto: Make movies in just a few clicks These days you don’t need to rely on fancy desktop software or hard-to-use tools to combine multiple videos into a movie. From Drive, pick any video file, open it with Magisto, add a soundtrack and voila -- you’ll have a new movie, ready to share.
Personal learning network A personal learning network is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection. The following is an excerpt from Dryden's and Vos' book on learning networks:
35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy Integrating technology in the classroom and engaging students in higher order thinking creates the ultimate learning experience for students. Bloom’s Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments. The following is a list of digital tools as it relates to Bloom’s Taxonomy. 1. Creating – In creating, students create projects that involve video editing, storytelling, video casting, podcasting, and animating. Digital tools to allow students to create include: Story Kit , Comic Life , iMovie , and GoAnimate.com , SonicPics , Fotobabble , and Sock Puppet . 2.
educators - Project RED As an in-the-trenches educator, you see the vast potential for technology in the classroom. But how do you help your school and district embrace the full spectrum of possibilities to ensure a successful implementation? Project RED offers tools and resources to support your needs. Project RED conducted the first and only national research study focusing on academic and financial benefits of educational technology.