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tech Celebrate Languages ShareThis Facebook Tweet RSCON 2014 We hope you were inspired by the Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) events that took place July 10-13th. The online global event featured 50+ presentations, 11 keynote speakers, 3 panel discussions, and a tech/app swapalooza. Our plenary, Dean Shareski, began the conference by challenging us to spread joy in our practice. Our keynotes came from 9 countries and our presenters from over 15 countries. Topics included mobile learning, gamification, differentiation, writing web tools, passion based learning, maker education, teaching english language learners, demand high teaching, Chess, puppets, Minecraft, digital portfolios, and much more!

Workshops for Educators - Technology in Education Experience the innovative technology in education found at the Google Teacher Academy. The CUE Google Workshop for Educators is now available to any educational institution. Incorporating web-based technology in education has never been easier. Now from only $120 per teacher per day* Brought to you by CUE, the producers of the Google Teacher Academy, the nationally acclaimed Google Workshop for Educators (GWE) introduces participants to innovative ways the Google Suite for Education can be leveraged in education. Inspiring Stories from America's Great Educators TWT #82 Les Burns (author of Teach on Purpose) TWT #81 Jodi Rice (AP Language Advisor) TWT #80 Anita Jordan (retired teacher, mother to a novelist) TWT #79 Dan Tricarico (The Zen Teacher) TWT #78 Sarah Donovan (Ethical ELA)

Patterns of Peeragogy This chapter outlines an approach to the organization of learning that draws on the principles of free/libre/open source software (FLOSS), free culture, and peer production. Mako Hill suggests that one recipe for success in peer production is to take a familiar idea – for example, an encyclopedia – and make it easy for people to participate in building it [11]. We will take hold of “learning in institutions” as a map, although it does not fully conform to our chosen tacitly-familiar territory of peeragogy. To be clear, peeragogy is for any group of people who want to learn anything. Eliademy: A simple free Virtual Learning Environment Yesterday, I discovered a new website called Eliademy and it is one of the simplest tools I have ever seen for creating a Virtual Learning Environment and not only that, it is free, has no adverts and "will always be free". After an afternoon giving a session on using Frog ( my school's new VLE), I was impressed at how simple it was to start creating learning materials on Eliademy. It does not have the range of functionality as Frog, it doesn't come close, but it is an amazing tool if you want to create an online course quickly and simply.

Who is taking MOOCs? Teachers, says MIT-Harvard study A new MIT-Harvard study released on Wednesday finds that nearly 40 percent of learners who take open online courses are teachers. That finding has researchers wondering whether they can better design online courses once predicted to upend students’ experience to meet teachers’ needs. The study describes two years of open online courses launched on MIT and Harvard’s non-profit online initiative, edX. It explores 68 certificate courses and 1.7 million participants. “We know who these people are,” said Harvard Associate Professor Andrew Ho, co-author of the study. “We imagine a college classroom with a bunch of young, uncertified, invested — at least financially — undergraduate students. 2015 Conference Home Fuel Your Inspiration for Innovative Teaching at FETC! Discover the future of education technology at FETC 2015. For 34 years the most dynamic and creative minds in the learning landscape—educators, administrators, district-level leaders, state and national policy leaders—have converged at FETC to take part in this exchange of ideas and techniques for the continuing pursuit of excellence. Explore the integration of technology across the curriculum, from pre-kindergarten to college through hands-on exposure to technological tools and best practices. Be inspired by education technology implementations in compelling sessions, workshops and events for education professionals, industry leaders and policy practitioners committed to the future of teaching and learning. Register today to be part of the passionate and engaged audience of education stakeholders at FETC 2015 in Orlando!

Peeragogy Mindmap In my previous post I wrote about some ideas about Peeragogy and then I went on designing my mindmap by using Google Drawing. It is a simple app which can help me design presentations, images and mindmaps with links online. I have learnt how to use it thanks to an American educator , Eric Curts- who showed us how to create images and presentations by using it. He compared it to Thinglink. When searching online about this approach I learnt that Moocs and SOLE( Open Online Learning Environments ) are some examples of what we mean by applying the principles explained in the Handbook. This is my mindmap link 21 Google Chrome Extensions For Increased Productivity Google Chrome is such a great resource for students. First things first, the browser allows users to sign in to Chrome anywhere and bring up bookmarks, history, and settings, an incredible feature for students on-the-go who are using multiple computers. In addition to this useful feature are a wealth of awesome extensions that students can use to save time and concentrate their efforts.

MOOC Completion and Retention in the Context of Student Intent Key Takeaways MOOC critics are concerned about low overall completion rates, but these rates are typically evaluated without accounting for student intentions. This study, based on survey and log data from nine HarvardX courses, investigates how completion and attrition rates differ based on students' self-reported intentions about course participation. The study found that, on average among survey respondents, 22 percent of students who intended to complete a course earned a certificate, compared with 6 percent of students who intended to browse a course. 21centuryedtech - home 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning Informative Links Filled With Resources On The Left | Blog | Discover Great Web Catches| Transform Education Today Sign Up For Free and Join Others In This Exciting Professional Learning NetworkClick Here To Go To 21centuryedtech Blog to subscribe by email or RSS to latest up-to-date Blog postings! Explore Some Mega Education Sites - Complete With Lessons, Standards, ActivitiesResources For Project Based Learning - Tab On Left - Links To Best PBL On The Web Check Out Free Tool : It Helps Plan And Assess 21 Century Skills - You have to see!National Challenges That Will Change the Way You Teach - Free Resources and PBLCheck out my pick of 22 Web 2.0 Applications - Some you know, some you don't20th century Info and TidbitsFree Software That Every School Should Have... Free Webinar Learn, Create, and Innovate with Scratch!

Toward Peeragogy Editor’s Note: This evening Howard will deliver the 2011 Regents’ Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley. His topic: the transformative power of social media and peer learning. Here, in a continuing series, Howard reflects on his ongoing experiment in high-end, peer-to-peer, global learning via the internet and social networks. The more I give my teacher-power to students and encourage them to take more responsibility for their own learning, the more they show me how to redesign my ways of teaching. At the end of the first course I taught solo, I asked students for their frank opinions of what was working and what could work better. I didn’t want to wait for anonymous evaluations, which don’t afford dialogue or collaboration.

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