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20 tips and resources for using learning technology in higher education

20 tips and resources for using learning technology in higher education
Allison Littlejohn, director of the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University Blended learning should transform learning, not just replicate teaching: Companies want graduates who can source, filter and use existing knowledge to create new knowledge, and the university is key to equipping students with these skills. Yet we seldom see technology tools being used in radically new ways in HE. They are usually used to replicate lectures - think of websites or podcasts - rather than enabling students to learn in new ways. Massive Open Online Course is one example of transformational learning. The courses are semi structured, decentralised, and (crucially) open. Learn from industry: There are lots of examples of collaborative and collective learning in industry. Other useful examples: • iSpot, UK Open University - where students, experts and members of the public share ideas on botany Ben Scoble, learning development specialist, Staffordshire University Resources:

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Google First, Think Second « Endless Possibilities v3.0 A while ago I wrote a blog post about a molecule I was particularly fond of as part of a chemistry meme (May 2010 I will not name the molecule for reasons that will become clear later. About 7 months later I noticed that my blog was getting a number of hits from people searching for the formula of the molecule in question, the synthesis and characterisation of which formed part of my laboratory course in spectroscopy. More to the point, those queries, coming from my university for the most part, were framed exactly like the questions that I’d written in the pre-laboratory exercise for the experiment. OK, so what’s the big deal?

Weavly: Create Mashup Videos With Ease! I stumbled across Weavly the other day and was astonished by the simplicity and creativity it allowed. It is fun, fast, and requires no downloading or uploading of files. Plus, the interface is simple and user-friendly, as you can see from the screenshot below: Best of all – it’s very easy to use! Just search for videos, sounds and animated GIFs directly through Weavly. Weavly will allow you to pull content from YouTube, Vine, Tumblr, SoundCloud, LoopCam or Imgur, which provides a large database of content.

Macbeth Relation between Macbeth and his Supernaturalistic World,including its Impacts. by Shehanaz, May 21, 2013 By Shehanaz “Man is not the creature of circumstances Circumstances are the creatures of man.” Universities Using New Technologies Find out how universities around the world are making use of some of the latest technologies, from smartphone apps to interactive lecture theatres. Nowadays, technology is an integral part of student university life. But while some universities stick to the standard elements – intranet, email, searchable library catalogue – others are rather more innovative in their approach.

Interactivity and British Library Sounds - Sound Recordings Have you recently visited the new British Library Sounds website and tried out its new features? The British Library Sounds website ( now has 50,000 sound tracks, all freely available for listening online. It represents the most diverse online collection of scholarly sounds anywhere, and now has improved interactive features, including tagging, favouriting, playlist generation and timed annotation features. Simply register on then those features are enabled. Registering allows you to make notes, add tags and personally manage items using favourites and playlists.

A teacher’s complete guide to using Google Voice to collect classwork and homework This entry will guide you through the process of setting up and using a Google Voice account for the purpose of collecting spoken homework, such as for a language class. After reading this guide, you will be ready to configure your Google Voice account and collect your first round of homework. The focus of this entry is not to give an exhaustive list of all the contexts and ways in which Google Voice can be used in education, however!

Motor Vehicle vocabulary Literacy: Rw/E3.4, Rw/L1.2, Rw/L2.1, Ww/L2.1 Context: Motor vehicles & Transport Level: E3, L1, L2 Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Crossword, Worksheet or assignment Universities leading the way with education technology Georgia Institute for Technology's Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is a self-described living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. Its mission: to foster and accelerate the innovation, validation, adoption and deployment of disruptive ideas-particularly those involving technology in the service of teaching and learning, industry wide. Accelerate is just the right word. When it comes to change, we are reaching warp speed. Sebastian Thrun's Udacity courses in building a search engine and programming a robotic car have attracted thousands (including me).

Open Scholarship and Connected Learning – Alec Couros (@courosa) #pelc12 Alec Couros has been described as a ‘techno communist’, open the learning in his institution to anyone that cares to join by using web tools. With current technology the documentation of learning is incredibly accessible and, Couros argues, incredibly important. Sharing examples of photographs documenting learning moments of his children, and students documenting their learning via YouTube videos, he argued that putting things out there before they are perfect is an important part of learning. These examples were all open and public on the webt, and openness is the key to much of his work. Alec has been runing MOOCs, massive online courses open to anyone. Some of his graduate students take these courses for credit towards their degrees, but they are joined by hundereds online.

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Note: See also 15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension & 20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading Helpful Tools Speak It!

Sergio Perez demonstrates how to sit in F1 car after Sauber slices one in half Sauber has cut a Formula One car in half, leaving Sergio Perez to clamber in and show onlookers how uncomfortable sitting in one actually is. Formula One cars represent the pinnacle of motorsport technology – but they’re certainly not built for comfort. That became apparent when the Sauber team released a film of a car cut down the middle to show just how the driver – jokingly described by engineers as ‘just another component’ – is squeezed in.

Why aren’t universities creating engaging mobile platforms for students? For the last three years, I have been the CEO of the education technology company, Rafter. Combined with my experience as an executive in the mobile space at Intellisync, this has provided me with some unique insights into the mobile generation gap and what colleges specifically can do to embrace mobile on campus. Professors once saw the mobile phone as the enemy to productive learning, with students tuning out of lectures to text and call each other. But this massive invasion of smartphones and tablets also provides opportunities for new educational possibilities.

Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning? Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr: Incase By Nathan Maton Back in 2001, MIT launched OpenCourseWare, a bold idea to put world-class MIT professors’ lectures, syllabi and resources online to the world for free.

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