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The posts in this category cover subjects teachers and professors involved in delivering 21st century education might find useful or at least interesting.

myths about BYOD in the classroom
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Debunking 3 myths about BYOD in the classroom

Teachers

Allowing students to use their mobile devices for learning at school used to be a wild idea. But let’s face the fears surrounding BYOD and follow those that already achieved wonderful results by allowing students to bring their own devices to school and use them for their learning. So, I invite you to place the next three myths about BYOD in the classroom right next to dragons, flying horses, and the treasure at the end of the rainbow.

roles of teachers in networked learning environments
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3 Alternative roles of teachers in networked learning environments

Teachers

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

Teachers

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
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Makerspaces go digital: 6 options for the blended classroom

Teachers

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.

teachers to connect with other teachers
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5 Innovative ways for teachers to connect with other teachers

Teachers

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.

TED Talks every teacher should see
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Top 7 TED Talks every teacher should see

Teachers

TED Talks are awesome. Maybe it’s the variety of topics they cover, the perfectly timed length, the simple setting, or maybe all of these; but either way, I think we can all agree that TED Talks are awesome. And if we add education to the mix, they are even more awesome. So check out these TED Talks of teachers or educational experts that every teacher should see!

Ed-tech organizations
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8 Edtech organizations every teacher should know about [INFOGRAPHIC]

Teachers

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.

digital access initiatives
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4 Examples of the best digital access initiatives

Teachers

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
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Educational infographics: The good, the bad and the ugly

Teachers

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.

misconceptions about Virtual Reality
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4 Popular misconceptions about Virtual Reality in education

Teachers

The use of VR techniques in classrooms is becoming a more common practice, as Virtual Reality provides meaningful and novel ways to connect with both students and teachers. But despite its many benefits, there are some common misconceptions about virtual reality that keep people from embracing this type of technology. Here are some of the more common ones.

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