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Observing myself and MOOC activity | MOOCing. It has been 4+ weeks in #etmooc and 2+ for #edcmooc. This is a note to myself – a think aloud about participation. In the end, I am trying to discover balance. What mix of activities works for me best a digital, connected learner? And why? I find myself generally reading/watching more than writing. [Note: One of my personal learning goals is to explore creation of those other forms of digital artifacts more over the next few weeks. But back to observations about what I actually do. Reading and watching includes: Consuming edcmooc content. Writing: Writing for me is a reflective, sense-making practice. Participating: I have participated actively (in real time) in 1.5 live, synchronous events – the original orientation for etmooc and half of another etmooc live event (I had to leave for a work meeting).I have commented on several etmooc’ers blog posts.

Lesson learned. Some thoughts. I do, however, feel much more connected at this point to the participants in etmooc than edcmooc. Like this: MOOC. Tablets Tablets Everywhere. One thing that became obvious at ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago this year was that lawyers are embracing tablet devices like the iPad in great numbers. Some people claimed that iPads even outnumbered laptops at the event. I’m not sure if that claim would have stood up to a head count but it was certainly plausible. The little tablets were everywhere. So, fine, if you’re thinking about bringing a tablet device into your practice I have some advice for you. Connectivity There’s no getting around it – most tablet devices are barely useful without some kind of Internet connectivity. Wi-Fi is great, but you can’t always rely upon having good public Wi-Fi. Virtualization Tablet devices annoy, irritate and even frighten IT people.

So what’s the solution? From there he can launch apps, compose documents, handle e-mail, enter his time…almost anything he can do from his desktop machine. Since no data lives on the tablet it’s far more secure. Better Windows 8 Than Never Don’t have a tablet yet? Conclusion. Kiran Bir Sethi teaches kids to take charge. 21st century education. Revised August 2008. Your Assignment, Should You Choose to Accept It . . . Like Alice, many educators, policy makers and even the general public respond resoundingly with "That's impossible! " when challenged to adopt a new paradigm of education for the 21st century. Most people today adhere to a paradigm of education that is strictly 19th century. But, like the Queen, a growing number of educators are believing in and accomplishing "the impossible". Scott McLeod, in his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, recently reminded us of a line from Mission Impossible, and we must apply that challenge to all of society.

"Your assignment, should you choose to accept it" is to take education truly into the 21st century. Web 2.0 and new Social Communities Dr. What is 21st century curriculum? What does all this mean for how we design and build schools? 1. References. Gever Tulley on 5 dangerous things for kids. Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education. Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves. Malcom Gladwell and the 10,000 hrs. The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You. The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011.

In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) And ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible. There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. Learningcanbefun - English Resources. OWL. Coming Soon: A new look for our same great content! We're working hard this summer on a redesign of the Purdue OWL. Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same.

If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site. Mission The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. How To Create Your Own Venn Diagrams. Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:05 am, Posted by | How To Topics: , , , , When I was younger, I thought Venn Diagrams were awesome. I’m pretty sure, looking back, that I just liked the name “Venn Diagram’, but the visual overlapping of ideas can be pretty useful in helping people to understand a concept.

Also, people love visualizations of just about anything. It’s a great way to absorb information without having to read those pesky words, right? So the folks at Visual.ly (a great source for infographics of all kinds) have made a tool that lets you create your own (albeit basic) Venn Diagrams. Featured Image Credit: MaggienotMargaret.com Great Reads From Edudemic Partners: Technology is the Answer: What was the Question? -: UNESCO Education. Education is one of UNESCO’s principal fields of activities. Since its creation in 1945, the Organization has worked to improve education worldwide believing it to be key to social and economic development.

The Organization aims to help build a sustainable world with just societies that value knowledge, promote peace, celebrate diversity and defend human rights, achieved by providing Education for All (EFA). Its close links with education ministries and other partners in 193 countries place UNESCO in a key position to press for action and change.

The Education Sector comprises some 400 staff members worldwide. They are based at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, in field offices and UNESCO’s Institutes and Centres specialized in education. The sector is under the authority of the Assistant Director-General for Education. A Director is in charge of the Executive Office. Headquarters in ParisSome 150 staff members work in the Education Sector in Paris. TED Education Talks. RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms. Sir Ken Robinson on intelligence and education. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

E-Learning and Digital Culture. E-learning and Digital Cultures. Wordle for cool graphics. Transhumanist Values. 1. What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past two decades.[1] It promotes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and evaluating the opportunities for enhancing the human condition and the human organism opened up by the advancement of technology. Attention is given to both present technologies, like genetic engineering and information technology, and anticipated future ones, such as molecular nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.The enhancement options being discussed include radical extension of human health-span, eradication of disease, elimination of unnecessary suffering, and augmentation of human intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities.

Other transhumanist themes include space colonization and the possibility of creating superintelligent machines, along with other potential developments that could profoundly alter the human condition.