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Aplicación oficial de Moodle para móviles y tablets Moodle ha lanzado esta semana su nueva aplicación oficial para teléfonos móviles y tablets con sistemas iOS (iPhone, iPad) y Android. Esta aplicación no se limita a replicar la interfaz web de Moodle para móviles, sino que añade otras funciones interesantes que sacan provecho de las capacidades del dispositivo: Tomar fotos o grabaciones y subirlas al área de ficheros privados. Enviar mensajes privados a miembros de cursos, añadirlos a los contactos del teléfono, llamarlos, etc. Acceder a los contenidos de los cursos y guardar materiales para consultarlos después offline. Además, está previsto que en el futuro implemente también notificaciones push (p. e. plazos de entrega de tareas, exámenes, etc.). Para que la aplicación funcione con un sitio Moodle en particular, debe habilitarse el acceso a través de aplicaciones móviles en la administración de dicho servidor. Más información: Moodle Announcements: Moodle Mobile apps now available.
MOOCs, SPOCs, and LAPs: The Evolving World of Education | Anton Dominique Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+. And now, just as people were getting comfortable with this possibility, another new and far more futuristic acronym has hit the streets. This one is called SPOCs and stands for Small Private Online Courses. And they do exactly what it says on the tin. They use the same concept of MOOCs, as detailed in my previous columns, in that they develop online programmes and professor-led tutorials and make them available for free online to large bodies of students - but they do so on a smaller and more limited scale. Does this mean that we have entered a 'post-MOOC era', so named by the academic chairing Harvard's latest online experiments and reported on the BBC, before the trend has even had lift-off? 1.
Great Infographic Making Tools for Teachers 1- Visual.ly This is my favorite tool. It helps you easily create awesome infographics using pre-designed templates. It also lets you create an infographic out of any Twitter Hashtag provided you are signed in which you can do using your Twitter account. 2-Easel.ly This is another great web tool to create infographics. 3-PiktoChart I love PiktoChart and I have used it a couple of times and found it really great. 4- Infogr.am Infogr.am is an easy to use online service that lets you create, share, and discover infographics and online charts.It is also very easy to use, you can select a pre-designed template, add charts, videos and maps and within a few clicks your template is ready to go viral. Other infographic creation tools you might want to try :
Moodle Tutorials from English Raven Learning Twigs adventures in educational technology and design by learning Moodle Tutorials from English Raven I seem to be putting together quite a lot of these Moodle tutorials, so it's about time I gathered them in one place in something approaching a logical order. Some of the tutorial entries below feature clusters of two or three screencasts to show stages in a process or different options that link more or less naturally. Almost all of the tutorials below are based around real courses and activities I have developed, am in the process of developing, or have helped colleagues develop, so pretty much all of it is representative of 'Moodle in action' (I hope!). Moodle Tutorial Pages to Date: Basic unit/topic block design options Making and applying a nice course header title/image How to set up a basic unit/topic block and add resources and assignments Using image icons to 'dress up' unit/topic block presentation Moodle page design to avoid the 'scroll of death'... NEW! NEW! - Jason Comments
Beyond the Comfort Zone: 6 Ways to Build Independent Thinking Image credit: iStockphoto The shift toward applying more executive function (EF) within learning and assessment will cause some discomfort in teachers and students. The transition will not eliminate the need for memorization, as automatic use of foundational knowledge is the toolkit for the executive functions. Memorization, however, will not be adequate as meaningful learning becomes more about applying, communicating and supporting what one knows. One way you can help your students shift from blindly following instructions and memorizing single right answers is to help them recognize their successful use of executive functions throughout their learning experiences. The end result will be a greater awareness by the students, not only for how their brains work, but also for how they can push themselves to connect what they can recall with real-world problems and opportunities they encounter. Low-Risk Experiences Using EFs in Common Core Topics EFs and How to Activate Them 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps We have now been Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for three years, and boy, do the students bring it. They bring it all! We have iPads, Surface, iPhones, Droids, Chromebooks, Macs, and PC laptops. Here's my current thinking. Please share yours in the comments section below. Note Taking If students can't find, review, and access their notes or pictures of the board, their mobile note-taking system is useless. Microsoft OneNote In my opinion, the most robust single note-taking app is Microsoft OneNote because it looks just like a traditional notebook. Evernote Evernote is a multiplatform app, but you cannot edit simultaneously. The premium version searches handwritten text so that photos of the board or your notes can actually be found later. eBooks With ebooks as the current battleground of education technology, students should know how to find and download ebooks and PDFs on Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo. Writing Traditional Essay Writing Collaborative Writing Moving Between Platforms Blogging Cloud Sync
6 videotutoriales de Moodle: cómo incrustar vídeos y documentos, publicar archivos y otras preferencias del curso Hace unas semanas explicaba con un par de screencasts cómo realizar una copia de seguridad y cómo reiniciar un curso Moodle, tareas indispensables antes de empezar la actividad en nuestras aulas virtuales durante este curso. Ahora «solo» nos queda empezar a publicar recursos y actividades para los alumnos, no sin antes hacer unos pequeños ajustes en nuestros espacios virtuales. En estos 6 nuevos screencasts explico paso a paso cómo ajustar las preferencias del curso, cómo publicar archivos y enlaces, el proceso de «incrustación» de contenidos multimedia (vídeos y documentos) y cómo crear tareas para los alumnos, para que puedan hacernos llegar sus trabajos en formato digital. 1. Antes de empezar a publicar recursos y actividades, conviene ajustar algunas opciones básicas del curso: las preferencias. Hay otros parámetros que podemos modificar y que conviene decidir antes de hacer público el curso a los estudiantes. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
The Student's Guide To Proper Social Media Etiquette If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) to remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online. For example, it’s important to maintain a relatively simple layout and minimal amount of content in your emails, while you should act a bit differently on an online message board. In general, just act right.
The Official Voki Blog | Welcome to the Voki Blog! The five most fabulous Moodle 2.0 features Moodle is now well into its second generation, with Moodle 2.2 as the most recent release. For anyone still hanging onto a first generation Moodle (version 1.9 seems popular), it is well worth considering an upgrade to Moodle 2. Here are five of the most fab features, imho: 1. Mobile-friendly New themes in Moodle 2.0 are now mobile friendly, which means you can easily access and contribute to your Moodle course via a smart phone or tablet computer, without having to shell out for a mobile app. 2. Students can upload their own files in text, video and audio format. 3. Comments can be added to anything – tasks, blogs, resources… It’s not quite the ´Like’ button in Facebook, but it does allow students to provide feedback or content comments on pretty much anything you add to your course. 4. x2 In editing mode, the x2 icon allows you to duplicate any resource. 5. The new image editor allows you to easily resize and customise images that you insert. What about you?
How Teachers Are Using Blended Learning Right Now The Importance Of The Evolution Of Education 6.34K Views 0 Likes Over the past century, the modes of both imparting and receiving education have undergone a paradigm shift. The evolution of education has become more important than ever.
5 Free Tools to Collect Student Feedback There are several free web tools that teachers can use to gather feedback from their students both formally and informally. You can also use these tools to poll your students about a learning event, assess their level of comprehension, or simply to get to know their opinions about a certain topic. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already posted a list of such tools last year but today we are updating this list deleting the ones that no longer work and including new ones . Check out the list below and as usual share with us your suggestions or additions 1- Poll Everywhere This is my favorite. 2- Kwiqpoll This is another polling service that you can use to create polls for your classroom. 3- TodaysMeet This tool lets you maintain a back channel chat with your students. 4- SimpleMeet Me This is an awesome web service that enables users to chat with others without having to install any software or even registering. 5- Utrack