Embracing Changes In Our Learning Landscape: An Interview with Will Richardson

Our interview this week is with Will Richardson, a leading thinker and writer on the intersection of social online learning networks and education.   He has been blogging about education for over 12 years, and is a former public school educator of 22 years. He is also the author of…

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Nov
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Educational Videos: 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About

If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware. Just as many individuals have their own channel, curating…

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Sep
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Unlocking the Potential of Online Learning Spaces: Interview with Clarence Fisher

Our featured educator this week is Clarence Fisher, a fulltime teacher residing in a rural community. Even from Here is a reflection of his belief that geography is irrelevant on our hyper connected globe, and aims to paint a picture of what a truly connected class could look like. When…

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Sep
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25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation

In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the…

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Aug
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The Secret to Student Retention: 25 Lessons to Be Learned from Online Programs

Note: The following article is written based on studies conducted by US-based Universities. Unfortunately, we cannot find similar information for providers in Australia, but the lessons learned should be applicable locally. With students spread across 47 states and a dozen countries, you might expect the University of Illinois at Springfield…

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Aug
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The Gift of Failure: 50 Tips for Teaching Students How to Fail Well

What if, when students failed, teachers praised them? In the business world, the world of entrepreneurship, failure remains inevitable but so does success if you keep plugging away at your goal. Embracing this in education teaches students to learn that mistakes lead to success. Science teachers probably understand this concept…

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How Google Glass Can Be Used In Education

Click here for a larger version. Click here for a larger version. View the full image here Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing such as shoes or…

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Aug
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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use Them Right

Catherine Lacey, a student at the University of Western Australia, is a Level 40 Hero in biology.  That’s her ranking on OpenStudy, where she spends up to 30 hours per week answering homework questions posed by students around the world. Hero is the hardest badge to attain on the site,…

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Virtual Assistants, Quantified Self Among NMC Horizon Trends for 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The NMC Horizon Report’s 2014 Higher Education Preview is out, and there are a few surprises in the forecast. The preview highlights important developments in educational technology for higher education, providing a handy “time-to-adoption” estimate for each trend. This year, the report features the usual suspects such as flipped learning,…

See Why This English Teacher Says Digital Citizenship Must Begin With Pen and Paper

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blogs offer students the opportunity to create an online portfolio that documents success, progress, and achievement. More significantly, they provide students with an authentic audience, which is a great motivator in terms of language use, length, and quality of work produced. Holly Fairbrother, an English teacher at the Nexus International…

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