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Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Global social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter support various forms of communication and sharing actions that were previously unavailable. Many writers have highlighted the power of the global digital tribe , particularly the way groups tend to solve problems more effectively than individual experts (Surowiecki, 2009). eden19 collaboration collective action connections Digital education learning media pedagogy social networks Technology tribe

New pedagogies?

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In a recent blog post, Antonio Teixera , President of EDEN wrote: "By just adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices we’ll only be diluting the effectiveness of teaching." Thirdly, the effectiveness of both technology and teaching will be diluted. We need a new set of pedagogies (and we also need to know how these can be supported with theory) if we are to maximise the impact of technology on education.

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How to Measure Online Course Effectiveness

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Instructional designers aim to provide the necessary content to accomplish these goals, but sometimes the delivery of a course or training isn’t very effective. Luckily, there’s a proven process that helps you measure the effectiveness of your courses and start to fix any problems in their delivery. One important factor to consider when measuring behavioral changes is whether learners have the appropriate environmental support (e.g.

Inspire to learn

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Universities are replete with lecture capture tools, interactive media, web based content and personal response technologies; students arrive equipped with social media and mobile devices; technology supported distance education has been long established; universities are experimenting with flipped classrooms, gaming and MOOCs. All of my content is licensed under Creative Commons, so that others who wish to, can freely use it, repurpose it, and redistribute it without cost.

Desire paths

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Image from Wikimedia Commons I have argued for a while that the success of digital learning environments such as the LMS ( Learning Management System ) is based on a fine balance. He wanted to see the user experience effects and how they played out.

Tips for Better Data Visualization

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If you’re in the business of data – analyzing it, assessing it, interpreting it, or presenting it – then you also need to find creative and engaging ways to visualize it. So, what are the best and most effective practices to consider during data visualization? vs. $1107.93,” or is the format of “$940 vs. $1100” sufficient and more impactful in supporting your point? Mastering data visualization tools is just part of your path to effectively using data.

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What is authentic assessment?

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These have their uses, but there is much more available in the assessment repertoire of effective teachers. This is a simple principle of pedagogy known as constructive alignment (Biggs and Tang, 2011) where we start with outcomes that students need to achieve, support these with appropriate pedagogy, and then assess accordingly (Biggs, 2014). assessment Cathy Davidson education learning pedagogy schools university workplace

Lockdown learning

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For education people, learning doesn't stop even though all around, social life, commerce, business, mortgage payments, air travel and other common practices have ground to a halt. Schools all over the world have remained open (even though they are officially 'closed'), to provide care and support for the children of essential workers, and also to continue to offer students everywhere remote learning opportunities. Photo source: Pexels Social distancing. Stay at home. Lockdown.

MIS en place

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Have you ever wondered how information and communication technology (ICT) can be effectively deployed in schools? Although much of this is useful mainly for administrative purposes, there are several elements that can be applied directly to the support of the individual.

What students need

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Children need a great deal of support throughout their learning journey. Although grades matter, more important still is the feedback students receive on their work and performance, and the interventions that teachers can make to support those they see struggling.

What teachers need

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Recent research carried out by C3 Education and RM Education with a sample of 575 teachers across England revealed that technology effectiveness was uppermost in teacher perception (Connor, 2019). 2019) RM Effectiveness Review.

Blogging: Five of the best

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All this has been possible because they are all labelled as Creative Commons with a repurpose licence. The Meaning Of Pedagogy (>62,000 views, 8 comments) This was a post I wrote in response to questions from my students while working at the Plymouth Institute of Education. One group asked what the origin of the word 'pedagogy' was, and as I explained, I realised that I needed to capture the idea behind 'leading someone to learning'.

Tested to distraction

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For the current UK government, testing is not there to support better learning. The side effects of over-testing are that children become victims of the scramble to be best in the league tables. They are forced to teach to the test , which detracts from good pedagogy and also leads to higher stress and anxiety levels, not only for the teachers themselves, but also for many of their students. assessment learning pedagogy PISA schools testing

Video for learning: Today and tomorrow

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They need to find resources quickly and effectively, so navigation of content must be quick and simple. There is good reason to believe that the next generation of learners will also continue to use video as a favoured method to support their learning. No wonder video is considered by many teachers to be so effective. 2015) Effective educational videos, Available online at: [link] (Accessed 30 April, 2019).

Why lectures?

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The first, as has been clearly articulated by Vicki Davis , is that technology should be used to support student learning and as a set of tools to encourage the creation of original/new content. If a lecture is nothing more than an expert standing in front of an audience speaking for an hour, then there are clearly issues around its effectiveness. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

5 of the best

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It can be a thorny topic and a bone of contention for any number of reasons, but continues to absorb most of the oxygen in the debate about what constitutes good pedagogy. Routine and schedule can be a huge barrier to new ideas, and creative pedagogy is often stifled due to lack of time or support. assessment blogging education learning pedagogy teaching TechnologyI find it useful to look back to see what were the most popular blog posts of the previous year.

One of the best

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It was a difficult time for our family and also for his teachers, but Carol was incredibly supportive, making sure my son had all of the resources to ensure he received a quality education. The children in his class were also incredibly supportive, which is a further testament to the high quality of the teaching at Woodford School. Autistic spectrum disorder education inspection learning ofsted pedagogy school

How complex is learning?

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We flounder and stumble as we try to navigate a plethora of educational theories and we become bogged down in prescribed institutional pedagogies, providing no more than glimpses of true education for our students. The common view from this camp is that computers and other technologies either distract from the real purpose of education, cause undesirable changes to the structure of our brains, or undermine knowledge and learning by trivializing it. Learning is highly complex.

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Flipping the teacher

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The work of Harvard University professor Eric Mazur supports this approach, because, as he says - instruction is easier than assimilation, and advocated coaching rather than lecturing as early as the 1990s. For centuries, innovative teachers have been trying to find other more effective methods of pedagogy that can take the place of lecturing and instruction. It can be in the form of a video, or presentation, or role play, or even a blues song (be creative).

Corporate learning in the digital age

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Some are ditching their training rooms in favour of digital delivery of content, and bosses that are forward thinking are investing in social learning, social media and mobile devices to support the learning of their employees. Many of them are free and easy to use, and there is a definite pedagogy underpinning the use of these technologies. Do companies support the use of these technologies by their employees? Learning in many organisations is going through radical change.

The numbers game

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But it is a vitally important part of pedagogy. Some would argue that giving grades reflects a product-based pedaogogy, while offering feedback supports a process-based pedagogy. Assessment for learning can also incorporate grades, but the emphasis is on the feedback (some might say feed-forward) which is a form of scaffolding to support students as they strive to do better in their academic endeavours.

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eXSpace exploration

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Firstly, it will support collaborative learning in numerous ways, not least because students could use the board for the purposes of brainstorming ideas, organising their projects, mapping out alternative approaches to solving a problem, group mind mapping, and so on. This has the potential, if used effectively, to connect students, teachers, and devices together. Simply being exposed to the use of new technologies may promote some innovative thinking about alternative pedagogies.

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Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

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I had been judged as not meeting the teaching standards in the first two terms and a representative from the local authority came to observe me alongside the headteacher and with a little help with my planning and emotional support from my team and family I pulled off a great lesson and got enough encouragement to turn things around for the last few months. There is always more that could be done but you need a little self care to make sure you are strong enough to support others.

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#40years of educational technology: Computers

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Technology needs relevant pedagogical actions to be wholly effective. It's clear to me, watching the development of technology from my early days in the 1970s, it has developed from a set of tools that were designed to support the teacher, to a range of tools that enable everyone to learn. Pedagogy and technology are in a symbiotic relationship, and I have been privileged to witness its development first hand over the last 40 years.

#LearningIs mobile

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However, these are still used effectively by those who desire to access educational opportunities to which they would otherwise have no access. 3) Learners need consistent, reliable access to learning materials, but also connections to peers and teachers if learning by mobile is to be effective. 4) One of the most powerful methods of learning (and associated pedagogy) is to incorporate social media into mobile phone use.

Teacher Voices: Megan Douglas

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As a learner, I believe an excellent teacher should be supportive, funny, challenging and fair. Our teamwork is smooth, neat and effective through the use of sharing files, planning and working collaboratively on documents. Photo courtesy of Megan Douglas Teacher Voices: Megan Douglas by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Distance Education in transit? #EDENchat #EDENchatUS

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More formally, distance education has existed since the early, primitive but quite effective correspondence courses of Sir Isaac Pitman , who used the developing technology of the time, the uniform penny postal service to support his endeavours. Can conventional pedagogy be adapted to distance education, or is a complete transformation of pedagogy required for learning at a distance to be successful? What will distance education look like in the future?

Tablets: The correct prescription

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A total of 27 quantitative studies on the use of tablets in schools dating from 2010 were analysed and the major finding was that the tools are most effective when used in student centred learning, rather than within teacher controlled environments (Tamim et al, 2015a). What makes these findings so interesting are the implications for pedagogy. 2015b) Large-Scale, Government Supported Educational Tablet Initiative.

Here comes the SAMR

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Technology integration results in digital tools being embedded into learning, so that for example maker cultures emerge, or the classroom activities are flipped , supporting more effective pedagogies and improving student learning outcomes. This was far from a genuine integration of technology into the learning process, and it led to little or no change in pedagogy, and an inertia that prevented transformation.

Fade away

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Technology in itself is not enough to solve all of the problems inherent in education, but in concert with new pedagogies, visionary educators, and strong leadership, change can, and does happen. They want to know how their teacher can support them as they learn, and whether their teacher is approachable and cares about their learning. I wrote a post last year that argued for pedagogy to remain uppermost in our minds.

What has been and what is yet to come

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In the meantime, here's the title and abstract of my keynote: Technology Supported Learning: What has been, and what is yet to come In recent years education has been assailed by waves of new technologies, theories and practises. In this presentation I will explore the use of MOOCs, AI, social media, smart mobiles, virtual worlds, augmented and virtual reality, as well as some of the emerging associated theories, to evaluate their effectiveness on pedagogy.

#EduGoalsMOOC resources

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Image from Wikimedia Commons For the # EduGoalsMOOC Twitter chat today, I have compiled a short list of useful resources that relate to the use of technology in education, and specifically technology integration. I like Edutopia because it is dedicated to improving teacher practices in compulsory education, not only in the use of technology, but around an entire skillset that includes pedagogy, assessment and the management of literacy, numeracy and special educational needs.

Our digital future 11: AI enhanced course design

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However, replacing some aspects of what teachers do is both effective and inevitable. "AI Where it is implemented, AI will rapidly transform the design of courses, providing educators with vast amounts of new insight into what students do, how they study and what is most effective. Rather, it is the persistent assumption that 'grading' is paramount for the measurement of student understanding, and that we should focus the power of AI to support this kind of pedagogy.

What is digital learning?

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Over the next two weeks I''m in New Zealand, doing a series of keynote presentations to teachers on the future of education and technology supported learning. The mLearn tour is sponsored by a company called Telco Technology Services who specialise in supporting teachers in New Zealand schools with technology training and provision. Using the tools and technologies I outline above will enable you to connect with more content and peers, more quickly and effectively.

New learning environments

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One of the key discussion points was around the nature of these approaches and their effectiveness as learning environments. The final question asked whether new learning environments such as MOOCs, flipped classes and blended learning represented a new or emerging pedagogy. Our final #EDENchat of 2015 focused on new learning environments, namely MOOCs, flipped classrooms and blended learning methods.

What you see is what you do

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Researchers point out that the split screen functionality on many IWBs supports aspects of differentiation, where students from mixed ability groups can work together or in parallel on the screen (Smith et al, 2006).

A fine balance

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Perhaps the biggest objection traditional educators have about learners taking control is the argument that students don't really now what they want, so can't effectively direct their own learning. The big question all educators must answer in the coming years is how we create a fine balance where students have control of their own learning, and teachers provide the best possible support. It will require effective management of expectations - of both students and teachers.