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How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd September 2014

How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

http://www.edudemic.com/open-badges-in-education/

Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. The concept was presented to SCSU CETL some two years ago, but it remained mute on the SCSU campus. Part of the presentation to the SCSU CETL included the assertion that “Some advocates have suggested that badges representing learning and skills acquired outside the classroom, or even in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), will soon supplant diplomas and course credits.”

For higher education institutions interested in keeping pace, establishing a digital ecosystem around badges to recognize college learning, skill development and achievement is less a threat and more an opportunity. Used properly, Open Badge systems help motivate, connect, articulate and make transparent the learning that happens inside and outside classrooms during a student’s college years.

Educational programs that use learning design to attach badges to educational experiences according to defined outcomes can streamline credit recognition.

The badge ecosystem isn’t just a web-enabled transcript, CV, and work portfolio rolled together. It’s also a way to structure the process of education itself. Students will be able to customize learning goals within the larger curricular framework, integrate continuing peer and faculty feedback about their progress toward achieving those goals, and tailor the way badges and the metadata within them are displayed to the outside world.

 

Posted in Digital literacy, educational technology, evaluation, learning styles, Multiple intelligences, pedagogy, teaching | No Comments »

Two Ways to Explore the News Through Maps

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st September 2014

Two Ways to Explore the News Through Maps

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/two-ways-to-explore-news-through-maps.html

Newspaper Map is a neat tool for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world.

Breaking News presents a constant stream of headlines from around the world.

Posted in Digital literacy, digital storytelling, e-learning, gamification, gaming, information literacy, learning, media literacy, technology literacy | 1 Comment »

Your digital footprint: friendly reminder

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 31st August 2014

Posted in digital identity, Digital literacy, Digital rights management (DRM), privacy, technology literacy | No Comments »

Of Mice and Men: iPads, smartboards and how we acquire technology for education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th August 2014

in the latest news about scandals regarding technology acquisition for schools, it is only fair to ask ourselves:
how much involved do we WANT/NEED to be in the decision making process regarding such timely issue.
How much do we need to educate ourselves on 1. technology? 2. application of technology in education? compatible choices of technology, including performance, prices and brands? Do we discuss such issues or just let people above us and/or elected by us make the choices? What is your opinion?

What is your opinion about open source and alternative mobile devices?

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/27/343549939/the-l-a-school-ipad-scandal-what-you-need-to-know

Posted in e-learning, ebook, educational technology, iPAD, mobile learning, open learning, smartboard, technology literacy | No Comments »

FAA Has Commercial Drone Regulations Backwards

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th August 2014

Drone entrepreneurs frustrated as FAA regulation remains up in the air

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drones-unmanned-aircraft-pushing-limits-of-the-law/

FAA Has Commercial Drone Regulations Backwards

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/07/01/faa-struggling-to-deal-with-drones-now-going-after-realtors-and-farmers/

The FAA’s position is as simple as it is inane.  If a realtor films buildings for fun using a remote controlled quadcopter that’s legal.  But if she takes that same quadcopter and films buildings as part of her job, that is illegal.  If a farmer flies a model aircraft over his cornfield doing barrel rolls and loops, that’s legal.  But if he uses the same model airplane to determine how to conserve water or use less fertilizer that’s illegal.  This is government regulation at its worst.

The FAA decision is a reversal from the initiatives entertained at different universities:

Drone Technology Advancements Yield New Education Opportunities

http://www.govtech.com/education/Drone-Technology-Advancements-Yield-New-Education-Opportunities-.html

Two universities operate drones and teach journalism students how to use them

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/26/two-universities-operate-drones-and-teach-journalism-students-how-to-use-them

read more:

U.S. Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/us-drones-_n_4978768.html

Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/27/take-get-drones-banned/

 

 

 

 

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Of Space and Clouds: how do we manage our data and apps

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th August 2014

Jessica C., One of my favourite things about Portable Apps is that I don’t have to pester the IT folk at work, get approvals, and wait to use the program I want to at work. It’s the best.”

While FSW (http://fcw.com/home.aspx) looks beyond BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and coins a new abbreviation BYOA (Bring Your Own App) to acknowledge and deal with the mobility of apps as part of data (http://fcw.com/articles/2014/08/25/exec-tech-byoa.aspx), we also would like to join the trending effort to make apps portable:

How Portable Apps Can Make Your Life Easier & Save Resources

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/portable-apps-can-make-life-easier-save-resources/

Go Beyond Syncing Data

Require No Admin Rights

Leave No Trace & Create No Junk

Carry Your Digital Life In Your Pocket

Run Software From Shared Cloud Storage

Where To Find Portable Apps?

Are Portable Apps All You Need?

Resources:

PortableApps.com

portablefreeware.com

Liberkey.com

PenDriveApps.com

PortableFreeware.com

Please consider this IMS blog related entry on

Single Dashboard for All of Your Cloud Storage Accounts

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/08/21/single-dashboard-for-all-of-your-cloud-storage-accounts/

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New terms and issues: Virtual Reality, Sim Sickness, Postural Sway…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th August 2014

Virtual Reality’s Next Hurdle: Overcoming ‘Sim Sickness’

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/08/05/338015854/virtual-realitys-next-hurdle-overcoming-sim-sickness

One problem is the resulting “postural sway,” or postural instability and hand-eye coordination challenges.

Additional reading: http://www.augmentedrealitytrends.com/virtual-reality/sim-sickness.html

Plamen: similar issues with Google Glass. Here is some more info on the issue:

Rethinking Motion Sickness

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/rethinking-motion-sickness/

Pls have other IMS blog entries on Google Glass

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=google+glass

 

Posted in Digital literacy, gamification, gaming, media literacy, mobile learning, virtualization | No Comments »

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th August 2014

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/for-storytelling-projects-cool-new-multimedia-tools/

Meograph

Zeega

WeVideo

Please check our other blog entries regarding digital storytelling:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=storytelling

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TED-Ed’s super summer reading list: 40+ books

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th August 2014

TED-Ed’s super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators

http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/06/27/ted-eds-super-summer-reading-list-40-books-recommended-by-our-educators/

Do you recognize any of the titles? Have you read any of the books? Would you like to share you impressions and opinions?

Do you have more titles to add?

your library wants you

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Opinions: The Un-Fallacy of Balanced Literacy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st August 2014

The Un-Fallacy of Balanced Literacy

http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/un-fallacy-balanced-literacy

is a respond to

The Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy’

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/opinion/the-fallacy-of-balanced-literacy.html

The dispute focus on the administration and its execution in public education.

I think, the dispute is important for educational institutions, libraries in particular, because it reveals the complexity of “traditional” literacy. The same complexity applies no less for other literacies, digital and information ones included.

 

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