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Apr 21, 15

"Search archive can be downloaded by visiting
Feature exports all your searches to Google Drive in a ZIP archive
Google is also allowing the option of deleting search archive entirel"

Apr 17, 15

"Education is an industry fascinated by the idea of being disrupted by technology. But when the 'consumers' (pupils) are so far ahead in terms of their consumption of content and tech than the 'suppliers' (teachers) are able to deliver or purchasers ('parents') able to keep up with, then an industry is in trouble. "

Apr 17, 15

1. learning is social
2. learner-centered courses a must
3. active learning techs the norm
4. bite-sized content the right size
5. Moving from linear to non-linear courses
6. image-centric content is taking over

Apr 15, 15

"Microsoft is right. Windows is for people who create, produce, work. That may not make it interesting, but it does make it important, and it’s the reason why the operating system won’t disappear anytime soon."

Apr 14, 15

The relatively recent emergence of the Internet, and the ever-increasing ease of access to web, has unmistakably usurped the teacher from the former role as dictator of subject content.

Apr 13, 15

1. High expectations

2. Explicit teaching

3. Effective feedback

4. Use of data to inform practice

5. Classroom management

6. Wellbeing

7. Collaboration

Apr 13, 15

"This research report looks at the potential use of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the education of 11- to 19-year-olds."

Apr 02, 15

"Collaboration and sharing are central and driving forces in today’s knowledge age. Technology and the ever increasing supply of communication tools have enabled educators to connect and share knowledge and experience, debate issues and stimulate discussion around topics of interests."

Apr 01, 15

"The relatively recent emergence of the Internet, and the ever-increasing ease of access to web, has unmistakably usurped the teacher from the former role as dictator of subject content."

Apr 01, 15

"The Triple E Framework measures and defines what it should look like, sound like and feel like to meet learning goals through tech integration."

Mar 25, 15

"On PCs, the lack of support for HTML5 means that Flash will likely remain popular for complex apps and games for at least some years to come. It will probably be replaced completely with HTML5 in other areas such as for advertising and animations. For mobile devices and tablets, Flash is supported in certain non-free web browser apps but is not likely to see widespread use. Instead it's future is in the form of apps. It is already a popular platform for building mobile apps because it can be distributed relatively easily across different platforms, including Apple's Mac OS X, iOS on iPads and iPhones, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows and even TVs. Many people have apps on their iPhones and other devices developed using a Flash development platform without realizing it.

By the time that HTML5 becomes more widely supported on PCs than Flash, which may be around five years from now, it is very likely that Flash to HTML5 conversion tools will have become sophisticated enough to convert more complex Flash apps. HTML5 will need to evolve to be able develop the kind of complex apps that can be built with Flash today, and the evolution of conversion tools will go side by side with the evolution of HTML5 itself. Although many Flash developers consider HTML5 to be a step back, I see this as a small step back that will lead to a giant leap forward. It is too early to tell what the possibilities will be, but the future of interactive media looks as promising as ever."

Mar 19, 15

n a Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teach (HILT)-sponsored presentation by UCLA cognitive psychologist Dr. Robert Bjork, he concluded his talk by discussing the merits of designing a course that would optimize student learning versus designing a course that optimizes course ratings.

Even if the courses covered identical content, their end products would look vastly different. What I am trying to convey is that instructors can design courses that get good ratings and still have optimal learning, but the latter needs to be driven by the students themselves rather than the instructor.

We can expose students to effective and empirically supported study strategies and behaviors such as the research on note-taking, but it is up to the students to incorporate those behaviors into their own habits.

If students go against or ignore those recommendations and their achievement suffers for it, then that feedback can motivate students to change their behaviors and figure out what works for them – an important facet of a college education.

In the current landscape where blended and online courses are becoming increasingly common, the need for students to self-regulate and optimize their own learning is now more important than ever.

Michael Friedman is a research fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Learning & Teaching (HILT) and a member of the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) at Harvard University.

Mar 19, 15

"Karl Popper observed that there are clock problems and cloud problems. Clock problems can be divided into parts, but cloud problems are indivisible emergent systems. A culture problem is a cloud, so is a personality, an era and a social environment.

Since it is easier to think deductively, most people try to turn cloud problems into clock problems, but a few people are able to look at a complex situation, grasp the gist and clarify it by naming what is going on.
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Such people tend to possess negative capacity, the ability to live with ambiguity and not leap to premature conclusions. They can absorb a stream of disparate data and rest in it until they can synthesize it into one trend, pattern or generalization."

Mar 18, 15

"A study of nearly 100 countries across a range of income levels has revealed large gaps in students' skills -- not only in areas such as language arts, math, and science but also in areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and curiosity."

Mar 17, 15

"the following higher order skills and abilities emerged as critical:
Critical Thinking
Diversity and Inclusion
Relationship Building
Community Participation
Courage Zone

Mar 16, 15

"Children are creative, imaginative and innovative. It takes years of serious education to squeeze the wonder out of them and make them dull."

Mar 12, 15

""Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set up an iPad," according to the report, by eliminating the need to set up a generic ID to load the devices.

Other changes include:

The ability to block students from making purchases without approval;
The ability for schools to create and manage Apple IDs for students under 13;
Password reset functionality for system administrators; and
Unifying multiple deployment programs."

Mar 12, 15

" Gartner. In "Top 10 Business Trends Impacting Education in 2015"
1. Student Success and Engagement
2. Reinventing Credits
3. Competition for Students
4. Rethinking Business Models
5. Retreating Political Responsibility
6. Competency-Based Education
7. Learning Analytics
8. Data-Driven Decisions
9. Consumerized Expectations
10. E-Research

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