roles of teachers in networked learning environments

3 Alternative roles of teachers in networked learning environments

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Today we will further that exploration via a few definitions mooted by pedagogues over the years, each of which offers a useful insight into how the role of instructor needs to change in environments were content and information is freely available, but where collaboration, creativity and critical thinking needs to be ever more actively, and explicitly encouraged. The networked learning environments will only expand and grow.

role of the teacher in the online classroom

What is the role of the teacher in the online classroom? Connectivism might provide an answer

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Enabling interaction, collaboration and social learning online is perhaps the most difficult, and yet most important, part of teaching online. To truly create a dynamic, interactive, social and collaboration-rich online learning environment requires a redefinition of what it is to teach. So how do the practices of the educator change in networked environments, where information is readily accessible? Read on to find out.

Makerspaces go digital

Makerspaces go digital: 6 options for the blended classroom

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What makes Makerspaces so attractive is that they are accompanied by images of students getting “their hands dirty”, experimenting and tinkering in the real-world, and getting out from behind the screen. Many Makerspace projects exist and are conducted in blended learning environments using digital tools. I thought we could explore some of the Makerspaces and tools that are blending online and physical environments.

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5 Innovative ways for teachers to connect with other teachers

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The professional development programs offered by most districts can be a somewhat bland, formulaic and often times an irrelevant experience. Teachers have begun to rely on useful online tools to connect with common sense advice, camaraderie and support from other teachers. What follows is a short list of innovative ways for teachers to connect with other like-minded individuals online.

Ed-tech organizations

8 Edtech organizations every teacher should know about [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you have spent any time in the ed-tech world you will no doubt have realized that there is a swirling cloud of acronyms that attend the subject, from ISTE, CoSN to NMC and P21. A veritable “alphabet soup”, as my Mom would say. I therefore thought that a definitive quick reference guide to the major players, with a brief description would be a handy resource for our readers. So here are eight of them.

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6 of the best art and culture ed-tech tools

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In an age of heavy STEM influence, the liberal arts, art appreciation and cultural studies are seen as somewhat of a rarefied and career-unwise privilege. However, it is also true that students who study the arts tend to have higher SAT scores than those who don’t. That’s why STEM has turned into STEAM. We therefore gathered a short list of ed-tech tools that focus on teaching art and culture.

gamify your classroom

Why gamification works [Part 2]

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The three human needs that must be fulfilled by the task, in order for it to be internally motivating are: autonomy, mastery and connectedness. So let’s see how gamification (overlaying game-like elements to a task that is not a game) in lessons and education can enhance, and fulfill these needs, leading to improved motivation.

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Why gamification works [Part 1]

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I’ve started a bit of series on the “why” of good digital learning; we’ve explored why VBL (Video Based Learning) works, and last week I pulled out a few examples of good and bad infographics, to understand why the good work, and the bad fail. Building on my curiosity about the way games like Candy Crush affect our minds, I thought we’d take a closer look at how gamification impacts student motivation and why it works.

digital access initiatives

4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

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There would be little point in highlighting the benefits of a blended learning environment, where students — empowered with digital tools and access — take control of their learning, if we did not also acknowledge that digital access at home continues to disadvantage students after school, where they are expected to conduct digitally-enabled homework assignments and projects. So here are some of the best digital access initiatives.

Educational infographics

Educational infographics: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Infographics are powerful, shareable pieces of communication. Learning how they work well, and understanding one’s subject matter in the process is in turn a powerful way for students to appreciate perhaps complex or arcane details. There is no reason to shy away from these important data visualizations, but they should also be approached with care, as simply mimicking their form will not necessarily yield their effect.