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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Jane Bozarth: Better than Bullet Points

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Effective design using PPT as a tool. It’s very easy to load content on slides – but it takes more creativity to move learner to actual understanding! Organize: outlines headings graphics structure text (compare/contrast, cause/effect, classification order/sequence) Integrate: illustrations with captions animation with narration worked-out examples elaborative questions Take all of the info and make better sense of it for the learner.

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What students need

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Photo by Lucélia Ribeiro on Flickr This is the second of three posts on school Management Information Systems (MIS). One MIS which was created by RM Education , enables teachers to see at a glance, not only a student's current performance, but their past progress and potential trajectory.


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The labelling game

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The Pygmalion effect , as it''s known can be beneficial. If teachers ascribe great expectations onto their students, those students tend to perform better as a result. The reverse (or the Golem effect ) can also occur. When teachers see students as time wasters, and expect less from them, those students tend to under perform. education Golem effect learning Pygmalion in the Classroom Rosenthal and Jacobson schools Self Fulfilling Prophecy teachers

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Join Kineos Mark Harrison for a free webinar on webinars: Building effective content for your online sessions. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des. ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 #tk10 ▼ 2009 (87) ► December (6) ► November (11) ▼ October (10) Finding Good Photos for Your eLearning Scenarios Kineo Audio Interview with Ellen Wagner "The Evol.

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Self fulfilling prophecies

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My most recent post featured locus of control theory, and today's post is about the Pygmalion Effect in education. The theory Robert Rosethal and Leonora Jacobson conducted studies in American schools during the 1960s focused on the effect teachers can have on the learning performances of children. This effect is commonly known in education as the ' Pygmalion effect ' but is more accurately referred to as the 'observer-expectancy effect'.

Python's got legs!

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Photo by Steve Wheeler No, this is not some new discovery about the evolutionary development of snakes - nor is it a reptile dysfunction. At each stage, students can check the viability of their coding by clicking on a self-checking tool 'Assess Your Performance' icon.

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What is authentic assessment?

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Photo by Frederick Rubensson on Flickr 'In every talk, I'm asked where I would start first in revolutionizing education (K-professional school): Answer, always. These have their uses, but there is much more available in the assessment repertoire of effective teachers. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Photo by Steve Wheeler In a previous post I outlined some of the metrics around the use of digital media, technologies and social networks. Connected students can become the nodes of their own production, and are creating more content than ever before as they perform their learning for global audiences." 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).

12 tips for great speaking

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Photo by Tup Wanders on Flickr In my previous post , I reflected on 18 years of keynote speaking in academic conferences. You'll also need to be convincing if you want to put your arguments across effectively. Use your entire body to perform your presentation - hand movements and facial expressions can convey a lot of meaning. Pause for dramatic effect if required.

Tested to distraction

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The side effects of over-testing are that children become victims of the scramble to be best in the league tables. Everyone is forced to perform at a level that aligns to what those in power expect. Everyone is distracted from the business of learning by the need to 'perform'. But when performance counts more than learning, then education systems are in a lot of trouble. Should we put our children through so much stress? Get ready for a rant.

Standard deviation

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Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels In my last post I wrote about smartphones and other personal devices, and their tendency to distract us by diverting our attention. Distractions in the workplace are common. First there is the social impact: Communication technology may create a psychological distance between people; it can have detrimental effects on our concentration.

Passion for education

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Photo by Anthony Easton on Flickr In my last post I wrote about inspiration - for those who are teachers, and also for those who are learning - and I guess, that is just about everyone. We all need inspiration, and many would argue that we perform better as educators when we have passion. Effective pedagogy not only has impact, it's contagious.

Video for assessment

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When it comes to supporting a student''s progress, showing them what they can do to improve, or perform better is the key. Finally, above is a video by Rebecca Smallshaw which examines the Pygmalion and Golem effects (self fulfilling prophecy theory. Photo by Popperipop on Wikimedia Commons Video for assessment by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Fade away

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Technology, just like any other set of tools, is there to help us all to do the job better, smarter, more effectively. Just don''t ever make it appear to be special - the most effective educational technologies fade into the background as learning, and the student, take centre stage. Technology, just like any other set of tools, is there to help the user perform. I firmly believe that if we are to reform education we need the help of technology.

What's love got to do with it?

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To start off, he played Tina Turner''s pop anthem , got everyone clapping along, and he even performed a bit of a dance too. Just the identification of being human together and feeling a connection to other thinking, feeling human beings - this is Agape love, and it should be central to the ethos of being an effective educator. Photo by Hu Totya on Wikimedia Commons What''s love got to do with it?

Our digital future 11: AI enhanced course design

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Photo by Andras Vas on unsplash Previous posts in this series have highlighted the importance of human intelligence and emotion in education. 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.

Fair measures

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Ipsative assessment is not a commonly known method, and yet most of us use it just about every day to measure ourselves. Here''s what Wikipedia says (and it''s accurate): In education, ipsative assessment is the practice of assessing present performance against the prior performance of the person being assessed. One place where this might be implemented is in reference to tests used with K-12 students in the United States, where teacher performance is currently popular.

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All just a click away?

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Nicholas Carr is another critic of the Internet and its effect on learning. Others are more positive about the effects and influence of digital technology on learning. The web, they argue is capable not only of informing us of any knowledge or content we need, but can also change the way we learn, enabling us to search wider, perform personal research, and engage with the content in a rich social environment where peer learning occurs. Everything is just one click away.

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Gold mines

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A similar effect is seen in the 100 Word Challenge , and in other similar school related blog projects. Designer Micky McManus points out that the volume of knowledge production is unprecedented, and thanks to the Internet, anyone can publish content or perform their ideas to a potentially worldwide audience. Before any of these tools can be used effectively however, two things need to happen.

The games we play

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For a start, there are an impressive array of transferrable skills to be acquired, especially if the games played are designed effectively. Many scholars have researched the effects of games on learning, but perhaps one of the most prolific and profound games theorists is James Paul Gee. Next time, they improve their performance and avoid the same errors. Photo by Steve Wheeler The games we play by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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6 interactive whiteboard tips

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Photo by David Goehring on Flickr In my last post, entitled Cinderella Technology , I wrote about the tremendous potential of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) and highlighted some of the reasons why it often fails to be realised in school classrooms. Fourthly, in relation to the above point, there should be time for teachers to express their creativity.

Design for life

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It can also be present in the design of the objects you use to perform the skill. How it can be applied in education As Norman suggests, when information to perform a task is present within the design of an object, the need to learn it is reduced. This can be a desirable effect if the student is required to learn something deeply and reason about its significance. This is number 30 in my series on learning theories.

Our digital future 4: Pervasive computing

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Because of the growing power of networks and telecommunication systems, and the ever decreasing size of digital technology, we can now embed small (micro) computers into just about any object in common use, and they will communicate with each other, and with your personal technology. Some museums already use RFID technology to tag and GPS locate valuable exhibits for security purposes and the technology has proved quite effective.

All together now

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Shirky shows how, similar to hive and swarm behaviour seen in animals, humans perform in networks and thrive within '' architectures of participation '' - so whilst bees make hives, humans create mobile telephone networks and the internet. Photo by Steve Wheeler All together now by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Keep juggling

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One of the most interesting stands at the World of Learning Exhibition and Conference in Birmingham this week was the Blue Beetle Training stand, which among other rolling performances featured a 10 minute tuition on three ball juggling. Take the job of teaching - how many things do we need to do simultaneously to be an effective teacher? Creative learning is going to be a growth area in Learning and Development, because many are tired of the old ways of training in rows.

Things ain't what they used to be

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Most of the time, objects were simply there to be used to perform a task the user required. These are very effective, but they are superficial compared to what comes next. Photo by Rod Senna Things ain't what they used to be by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Not so long ago, objects were simply objects. They only came alive in Disney cartoons, or after a heavy drinking session.

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The drama of Facebook

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One social anthropologist in particular might have had a great deal to say about the Facebook effect. It is a kind of ''performance'' where we conceal unpleasant or undesirable aspects of our personae, whilst emphasising desirable and more attractive attributes to our ''audience'' of others. Never the less, they are performing a role, and are unwittingly engaging with an audience of others.

The big switch

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If you subscribe to a kind of pedagogy where you believe that facilitating learning is more effective than direct instruction, you will probably recognise the potential. The list goes on: Faceoff, All of Me, 13 Going On 30, The Hot Chick - all deal with the same issue of switching roles/bodies, and having to perform in very unfamiliar territory. Most teachers by now will be aware of the concept of the flipped classroom.

Mind technology

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I''m able to organise my content effectively using other specific tools. Still others enable me to perform mundane and repetitive tasks while freeing me up to concentrate on the more important things that demand my attention during the day. Canadian theorist Marshall McLuhan wasn''t the only one to notice the effect media have on thinking. Photo by Erik Drost Mind technology by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Freinet and social media

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When I wrote Blogging with Freire , I was speculating on what that great Brazilian educator and theorist might have made of educational blogging - a concept he never knew, because he died before the Internet and social media came in to common use. Learning by asking questions is not only fun, it''s effective. Facebook and other social networking tools are great for connecting people, and most students already have an account and can use it effectively to do this.

The shape of minds to come

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Deductive reasoning methods can therefore also be applied to good effect in just about any lesson on any subject. Indeed, the entire secondary curriculum in schools is based on the premise that children between 11-16 years old have developed their higher level cognitive capabilities sufficiently enough to be able to think creatively, use abstract reasoning and perform numerical calculations. This is number 17 in my series on learning theories.

Learning in round spaces

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Think for example of theatre that is performed ''in the round''. The action happens in the middle of the room, and all those who participate face inwards towards the performance. Change it again, and face the participants outwards instead, and what is the effect? Children sit on the floor and face the curved walls of the igloo to experience the full 360 degree effect of the colour, movement and sound.

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In smaller organizations, where fewer people are responsible for all aspects of the training program, including budgeting, Excel can help you track down training-related expenses, course effectiveness (e.g. by tracking grades vs other job performance metrics), and even organize time schedules (for instructor shifts, ILT courses, etc.). Flickr’s Creative Commons image search is a good place to look for such pictures, as is Wikimedia Commons and

Just an illusion?

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I wasn''t trying to ruin the magical effect of the illusion, merely showing them that much of life - just like all of the so called ''magic tricks'' we see on our TVs - can be illusory, and many surprising phenomena can actually be explained rationally. They not only perform in front of an audience, but there are elements within their act that can change students'' perceptions of reality. Photo by Ian Stannard Just an illusion?

Teacher Voices: Naomi Hancock

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Live Skypes also have had the same effect giving the children a window of opportunity to immerse themselves in the topic and conversation. The pressure for teachers to enable their children to perform for tests and assessments resulting in the children being spoon fed facts rather than exploring, problem solving, collaborating and working out the answers for their own questions. It's great to catch up with former students and discover what they are doing.

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Learning on the move

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This echoes Goffman's (1967) drama theory where individuals manage their impressions in a kind of performance in social contexts. Puro's perspective is that the mobile phone evokes performances from users, but what is in question is the extent to which these performers manage their impression, and how much of this management is conscious effort. Perpetual Contact: Mobile Communication, Provate Talk, Public Performance.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Essential Reading for Instructional Design?

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Photo credit: Little by MegElizabeth Posted by Cammy Bean at 6:51 PM Labels: books , instructional design 14comments: Dr. John H. Oh, and as I mentioned in a recent entry on my blog, Dont Make Me Think by Steve Krug is useful on the usability stakes - perhaps more so when you step from courseware and in to the wider field of elearning/performance support. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.