Nov
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A World of Knowledge: 50 Different Views of Education

Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it. What if a class consisted of words that led to information that whirled into…

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Nov
15

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25 Awesome Social Media Tools for Education

Connecting with each other comes to us more easily now that we can just tap away on a keyboard and chat with a person who lives over 3000 miles away. Finding information knows no boundaries with Google on every computer in the world. As educators, this means access to more,…

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Nov
13

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20 Ideas For A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Model of Learning

Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books that allowed us to take stories into our own hands and decide the fate of our favorite characters? Even though the outcomes were predetermined, this interaction made us feel more invested and interested in the story. So why don’t we see more of…

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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
11

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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
11

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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
4

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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
26

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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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Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

Are Today’s Graduates Work Ready? Employers Don’t Think So

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The cost of higher education has been climbing steadily over the past ten years, and ideally this would translate into highly skilled, work-ready graduates hitting the job market. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and according to a recent report by Chegg, just 50% of students feel prepared for the…

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