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3 learning tools of the future

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on April 8, 2014

http://elearninginfographics.com/future-learning-tools-infographic/

Google Glass, Coursesmart textbooks, TDCS

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Technology Week: April 7-11: Integrating other technologies in D2L

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on April 7, 2014

Integrating other technologies in D2L

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SMUG (smart mobile users’ group)

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on April 3, 2014

Good day everyone,

The rising prominence of mobile devices in education and our private lives prompts us to revisit the “tablets” group of 2012/2013. Back then LRS and ITS faculty and staff, who were given iPads and Android tablets, met monthly to share ideas and experience.

With Dean Vargas’s support we plan to reconvene this group. We recognize that many more of us now have mobile devices, including tablets and smart phones, so we invite anyone who has a mobile device (not only a tablet and not only using iOS or Android, but any mobile device or operating system) to meet with us and:

a. share experience and knowledge,

b. seek answers to questions and/or

c. brainstorm and develop ideas as to how we can use these tools more effectively at work and in our private lives.

The group is initially christened as SMUG (smart mobile users’ group, not for our attitude, but for fun). We expect the group to create its own personality and name.

Please contact us if you’re interested. Please have the Doodle poll https://doodle.com/2uaytxbth728sa9b for the initial meeting.

Thanks,

Tom Hergert and Plamen Miltenoff

 

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How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 31, 2014

How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

http://mashable.com/2011/05/26/social-media-games-education/

Social media and online games have the potential to convey 21st century skills that aren’t necessarily part of school curricula — things like time management, leadership, teamwork and creative problem solving that will prepare teens for success in college and beyond.

 

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Technology Week: March 31-April 4, “Microsoft Apps and alternatives”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 30, 2014

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11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong on Twitter

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 29, 2014

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/things-you-didnt-know-you-were-doing-wrong-on-twitter

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong on Twitter

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The Finland Phenomenon: infographic

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 29, 2014

Finland Phenomenon

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Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 29, 2014

Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Education

http://edtechtimes.com/2014/03/28/digital-badges-gain-traction-higher-education/

Universities are beginning to look into digital badges for their students to show the many varied skills students learn that cannot be shown on a diploma.

Badges use free software, which according to Mozilla, means “any organization can create, issue and verify digital badges, and any user can earn, manage and display these badges all across the web.”

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LMS: how can I search its content

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 27, 2014

Q:

Hi all,

Please excuse duplication but I’m trying to get this to as many people as possible.

There are two courses in the M1/M2 years in our medical college that are extraordinarily large. In many schools it’s called the “Doctoring” course. Our university uses Blackboard as our LMS, but as there is no real search mechanism in Blackboard, the content is hard to organize and locate. I’ve been trying to think of good options for this type of course and have come up with iTunesU and Moodle with search installed and turned on.

Do any of you have other options you might recommend?

Thanks,
Max~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Max Anderson, MLIS

Instructional Designer, Undergraduate Medical Education

UIC College of Medicine
150 College of Medicine West
1819 W. Polk St. (M/C 785)
Chicago, IL 60612-7332
Phone: 312-996-5898

Fax: 312-413-3410

UGME Website: http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/ugme

A:

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM, matinga ragatz <matingaragatz@gmail.com> wrote:

@Max

Google Course Builder is free but you do need a bit of html/coding knowledge to get things looking right.

Post an update when you find your solution!

Cheers!!

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Docebo? It is really daunting for online teaching, got me frustrated, but very good for your needs. Or you could Just put them on GDrive in folders and link them to any website (or LMS) that has an embedded discussion forum (G Groups, any LMS Discussion forum).

———–

Ammar Merhbi
Edtech and TESOL, M.A.
Educational Technology Specialist and Head of English Department
Google Apps and Moodle Administrator (www.learn.djis.edu.sa )
PD Specialist

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engaging Web 2.0 skills to bridge cultures and classrooms

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on March 27, 2014

Stephen Noonoo in his THE JOURNAL article:
Global Collaboration Projects that Go Way Beyond Skype
http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/03/26/Global-Collaboration-Projects-that-Go-Way-Beyond-Skype.aspx?Page=1#QtGjrl5J4swVCRoI.99

describes the “flattening” of the high school classroom, where students use communication technologies well beyond Skype (Edmodo) to works with peers in real time around the world. The idea of flattening involves peer-to-peer mentoring (Vygotsky’s “zone”) besides high school students growing with the consciousness of growing in a global world.

Those will be the students, who in several years will be entering our (higher ed) environment. Are we ready for them?

Per our older blog entry:
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/03/27/who-is-coming-to-college-after-the-millennials/
do we know and understand the students who are coming soon to our classroom?

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