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What better way to help kids explore the world of fonts than with mobile apps? Our choice of apps include educational type apps, font resource apps, and apps that allow students to design with fonts.
Font choice and layout evokes an emotional response from the reader before they have ebven read the text. So how do you want your readers to feell?
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The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is des…
A great collection of presentation form educators from around the world. Grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!
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Autism research is close to my heart because I have twin boys that are on the autism spectrum.
Good design enables and empowers. Good design is inclusive. Good design makes your heart and eyes swell when barriers are boken down and people can connect.
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Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities.
These key trends mirror much of what is identified in NMC’s Horizon Report. The question is ‘How to EDU institutions reflect and respond to these trends.
1. Less desktop and more mobile…but not that fast.
2. Fewer full-sized courses. More learning snacks, ePubs, videos, and reference tools.
3. Less focus on the LMS; More focus on Tin Can API.
4. Less Tell; More Games and Gamification.
6. Less Formal Training; More Informal Social Learning.
7. Less Trainers; More Community Managers and Curators.
Web based tools continue to evolve. THis really is a SAMR redefinition example. This app enables students to write dialogues and interactions. and turn it into an animated movie. The text to speech needs work and I think they should chat to someone like Nuance for this. .
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It’s Top-Picks Friday! This week we are featuring apps and websites that empower your students to express their ideas through art, music, theater, and much more.
An interesting collection of apps. Some that are worth a download. That said the choices lead me to believe that the author has a narrow view of what constitutes creativity. The team from 21st Century Fluencies expand the concept further by saying." Creativity Fluency is the process by which artistic proficiency adds meaning through design, art and storytelling. It is about using innovative design to add value to the function of a product though the form.’
This is much closer to a definition that I am comfortable with as creativity is in maths and Sciences as it is the arts. For me creativity is the application of an innovative design that adds meaning and value. What do you think?
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There’s no scientific evidence that drugs or alcohol can promote creativity, say brain scientists meeting in San Diego this weekend.
The more we understand about the neuroscience of creativity, the better we will be able to establish learning environments that foster creativity.
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Social reading is revolutionizing the way anyone reads. While most participate in social media, such as Facebook or Twitter in their personal lives, social medi
Through the use of apps and devices social reading goes beyond the actual words on the page and opens up a myriad of options for readers to share their thoughts, favorite quotes, and overall opinions of the things they have read. It has great potential in a wide range of learning environments to support collaboration between learners.
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Educators, eLearning professionals and trainers should be interested in the brain because after all, they teach brains!
As the team at CAST has shown advances in neuroscience force us to rethink what learning is and how we cater for learner variability.
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Personalize Learning is launching a free webinar series. Join in the coversation and ask questions from educators and learners in personalized learning environments.
This series of webinars are well worth attending. They really are an investment in your professional learning journey.
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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning
"They have clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.
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Ideas for Instructional Strategies for classroom use
This is a great framework of instructional strategy ideas. Whilst the poster is handy the extra detail on the website shows the depth of thinking behind it. As they say you can never have enough strategy ideas in your teaching toolbox!
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Doodling may have gotten you in trouble in history class, but at TEDx events, it’s highly encouraged.
All over the world, über-talented artists are contributing to the TEDx world of ideas by putting…
The distillation of rich ideas into concise, powerful multimodal texts. What a very powerful communication medium.
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We know NSW families are anything but average. Which is why we offer different levels of car insurance to suit your needs. http://www.gio.com.au/car-insuranc...
This car insurance. advert reinforces that ‘variability is the norm.’ So if mainstream advertising along with car manufacturers (Think of the level of personalisation of your driving position) understand the problems of relying on the ‘average user’, why not all of education? Universal design for Learning and Personalised Learning are the way forward for all learners. Many thanks to Darrah Long, Senior Learning Designer at TAFE eLearning Hub for sharing this.
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The advantages of digital publishing for brands are multiple.
The Marketing industry has always had alot to offer education. Knowing the demographic, and deliver a targetted message to bring about change.
“Some people, particularly older customers, who were used to the print medium struggled with the change, but we found the best approach was to work to bring our older existing customers with us.”
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Another great resource from the ABC’s Splash Team The aim is to help students analyse and interpret the use of language devices and generic conventions in the construction of arguments.
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Anti-depression group Beyond Blue says millions of Australians are risking their health by not taking a lunch break.
Interesting study on the importance of taking regular breaks and getting a work life balance. It would be interesting to compare this with the homework debate. I for one believe much of what constitutes homework is ‘busy work.’
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Over the past three years, iPad has helped people transform business, education, entertainment, health, and many other fields. We wanted to document those ch…
This advert is a wonderful snapshot of a truly disruptive technology that has transformed how we live and learn. In the process iPads have reinvented the tablet space and reinforced we are in a post PC world. So how are you harnessing ICT to increase learner outcomes?
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Ten steps to motivate your students to want to learn. Encourage students to take responsibility for their learning. Give them voice and choice about what they learn.
Simple practical proven strategies to bring about powerful change.
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Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.
Another great source of copyright free images for students and staff alike. That said everyone should learn to use http://www.google.com/advanced_image_search and http://www.google.com/advanced_search and filter results on usage rights.
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I am what the book industry calls a “power reader.” I read a lot of books (at least 300 a year), and I read them quickly. With that sort of intake, using an
An interesting collection of apps. The article highlights that many of these apps run on different platforms. Whilst supposedly for power readers it is the usability of the apps that make them suitable for a wider age range and learning needs.
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Interesting research into the significance of online learning in Higher Ed. I believe more reserach is required in the K-12 space..
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Edward Tufte’s film is a much watch film. As a teacher I implore you do one thing today, watch this 40-minute jorney in Design Thinking. As Matthew Carter, type designer, MacArthur Fellow said “It about patient and dedicated teaching, about learning to look and visualize in order to design, about the importance of drawing. It is one designer’s personal experience of issues that face all designers, expressed with sympathy and encouragement, and illustrated with examples of Inge [Druckrey]’s own work and that of grateful generations of her students. There are simple phrases that give insights into complex matters, for example that letterforms are ‘memories of motion.’ Above all, it is characteristic of Inge that in this examination of basic principles the word “beautiful” is used several times.”
Ensuring that all learners develop the skills and attitudes to become a successful learner is the cornerstone of education. This is reinforced by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) which calls for all students to develop ‘a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and dispositions or general capabilities that will assist them to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.’
A critical examination of these ‘skills and dispositions’ leads one to recognise that successful learners are expert learners. Expert learners possess specific skills and attitudes that have enabled them to progress as well as a capacity for sustained learning.
What follows is a detailed discussion and suggested strategies based upon the work of UDL experts Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) as well as Basham, Diedrich and Lawrence’s Instructional Process.
Investing in our own professional capacity is how we model lifelong learning. One such way is being a member of PLANE. PLANE provides a fantastic online cross sector community of practice which provides accredited professional learning, courses, multi-media resources, ICT skills development, e-portfolio, collaborative tools, games-based-learning, and peer coaching.
At the core of Apple’s iOS are a wide array of accessibility options to enable users to personalise how they perceive content and interact with their devices. The options are examples of universal design in action. A universal design approach aims to create ‘products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation’
Understanding how to personalise these accessibility options should be part of all educators professional toolset as it allows educators to support learner variability. Providing seamless access to learning devices and materials that can be easily personalised ensures that all students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become expert learners. Expert learners possess specific skills and attitudes and a capacity for sustained learning which are essential to living and working in the twenty-first century.
Another part of our professional toolset is iBooks Author. The intuitive nature of iBooks Author empowers educators to focus on applying the Center for Applied Special Technology’s (CAST) Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (UDL) to create and publish rich, engaging learning materials that include learning supports and scaffolds to empower all students and support them in becoming expert learners.
Whilst the ePub 3 international standard has accessibility criterions, not all eBook readers have the capacity to take advantage of that functionality. What follows is a suggested benchmark for the eBook device and reader app. Not surprisingly Apple’s iOS based devices and associated iBooks app tick most of the boxes! Download a copy in MS Word docx or PDF.
Advertising is part of life. For teachers it is a very unique text type in a concentrated form packed with meaning and nuisances. Advertisements are worthy of study in their own right or as a precursor to more in-depth media studies. The introductory material included here is suitable for all teachers irrespective of the stages they are teaching. The general nature of the material allows it to be applied to advertisements of all media types. Download the PDF.
Developing the ability to share meaningful narratives or explain solutions to complex problems that confront us are essential communication skills of the 21st Century. These skills are fast becoming an essential requirement in education. For just as we no longer need skills in maintaining slates and sharpening quills so we need to develop modern skills in areas such as digital video. The process of responding to problems where the resolutions are not immediately apparent requires significant levels of higher order thinking, or what Art Costa calls ‘Habits of Mind.’ Transforming an idea into a coherent and engaging digital video requires not only creativity, but also skills such as verbalization, problem-solving, meta-cognition, collaboration, discrimination and planning.
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‘A great user interface follows human interface design principles that are based on the way people (users) think and work, not on the capabilities of the device. A user interface that is unattractive, convoluted, or illogical can make even a great application seem like a chore to use. But a beautiful, intuitive, compelling user interface enhances an application’s functionality and inspires a positive emotional attachment in users.’
Apple Human Interface Principles
There is considerable body of evidenced that has demonstrated that student learning can be enhanced by utilizing specific multimedia design principles within blended learning environments. (Mayer, 2001, 2009). If good design impacts upon affect (engagement) and usability (productivity) the question that arises is: ‘Do the ICT tools and digital resources teachers utilise in their blended learning environments have an evidence based design philosophy and if not, why not?’
Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines which incorporate the Human Interface Principles and User Experience Guidelines are based upon highly multi-disciplinary fields, incorporating aspects of psychology, anthropology, sociology, computer science, graphic design, industrial design and cognitive science. The discipline of education shares common features with most if not all of these disciplines. Given how intuitive Apple’s devices are there is much that the education profession can learn from Apple’s design principles and guidelines, when implementing a blended learning methodology. Failure to follow these design rules rules can lead to a disabling learning environment through effecting how:
Whether it be implementing a learning management system such as Moodle or edmodo, mobile apps or a digital resources such as an ePub there are several key design issues teachers need to consider:
Not surprisingly post PC era devices such as the iPads (and the associated apps they run) tightly follow Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines and as such are more usable and have a higher utility than the over laden menus and button bars of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. This results in a significantly lower learning (and implementation) curve that enables the teacher and students to focus on the real learning goals.
This was a major advertising campaign for Apple late last century. It stands the test of time because it is a call to celebrate divergent thinkers and to be passionate about our creativity. These are traits we can all develop. As an educator it is the cornerstone of what we do.
Here’s to the crazy 0nes.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you can’t do, is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world,
are the ones who do.