The interactive eBook dilemma: embed video directly, or link out using HTML widgets

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Books on Monday: each Monday TNM looks at books and book publishing – either a new book on the publishing industry, a new digital book release, or industry news Digital … Source: www.talkingnewmedia.com Given the cost (and variability) of data access in Australia embed is the way to go. Also having to wait too long… Continue reading

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“Make Learning Personal” – Free Webinar: Sept 16th

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This webinar provides an overview of what is and what is not personalized learning and about how learners learn best using Universal Design for Learning principles. Source: nisce.org If you really want to invest in your professional learning about maximising opportunities for all learners then attend this webinar! #plearnchat See on Scoop.it – personalised learning… Continue reading

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Fewer Full-Sized Courses. More learning snacks, ePubs, Videos, and Reference Tools

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This is an excerpt from Sharon Boller’s newest white paper, Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities. The white paper describes today’s learning landscape… Source: www.bottomlineperformance.com As we move to "byte sized" learning snacks the need for discoverability (meta tagging) increases.  The need for social collation & curation tools with interoperability is the part of the key. See on Scoop.it… Continue reading

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7 iPad Apps to Help Learners With Dyslexia

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These apps are designed to help learners with dyslexia develop literacy skills at a manageable pace. Source: mashable.com Great apps that complement @jmweightman ‘s brilliant iBook on Dyslexia http://tinyurl.com/nx8kclm See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Print PDF

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Nobody is ‘too anything’ at Carlson

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Source: www.edgazette.govt.nz A powerful article. The quote for me is "Jane Farrall and our very own Sally Clendon uphold the premise that all students can learn to read and write. Nobody is ‘too anything’ to benefit from meaningful opportunities to communicate, play, read and write!" See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Print PDF

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Learning to Teach Online

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Learning to Teach Online is a free online class taught by Simon McIntyre and Negin Mirriahi of UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales). Based upon the successful educational resources of the same name, the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC is designed to help existing educators establish or improve their own online or blended teaching practices. The target audience is primarily teachers in higher education, K-12, community college, and vocational or private education.

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If you are looking to invest in your skills to teach online, this free course could be the one for you. It lasts 8 weeks and will take about 3 hours per week to complete each module.

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The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

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Most educators who learn to use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from any other forms of professional development …

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Another great guide from the team at Edublogger! Well worth a read if you really want to make the most out of the twitter for PLNs!.

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Pixel Press Floors – Pixel Press | Draw your own video game.

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Greg Alchin‘s insight: Users hand draw their levels using a pencil, grid paper, and specific markings called “glyphs,” and then Pixel Press transforms that schematic into a modifiable, playable, and sharable digital version. very powerful game based learning tool. #plearnchat See on projectpixelpress.com Print PDF

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TouchCast

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Greg Alchin‘s insight: @TouchCastApp. really is a game changer for how learners can communicate and collaborate on shared learning. #ADE #UDLchat #plearnchat See on www.touchcast.com Print PDF

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A Touch of Light

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning “You don’t have to see to have vision.” That is the author’s motto as a person with a significant visual impairment who uses photography to educate others on the importance of inclusive design. This book focuses on the what, why and how of adaptive photography with iOS devices. A… Continue reading

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▶ Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion – YouTube

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’… Greg Alchin‘s insight: The power and importance of building and sustaining relationships with all learners. Seeking first to understand the… Continue reading

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Questioning – Top Ten Strategies – HuntingEnglish

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Questioning is the very… Greg Alchin‘s insight: The art of posing thought provoking questions is a cornerstone to creating a ‘culture of inquiry’  that opens minds and stimulates truly independent… Continue reading

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Making ebooks in Pages 5.2: Here’s what works now (and what still doesn’t) | Macworld

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See on Scoop.it – eBookED After nearly four years of stagnation, Pages’s ebook export tools have recently received several promising updates. Macworld’s resident ebook expert Serenity Caldwell takes a look at what’s changed (and what’s still broken). Greg Alchin‘s insight: In a BYOD world as much as I love iBooks Author and the awesomeness of… Continue reading

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How to Select iPad Apps for Students with Visual Impairments | Paths to Literacy

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Considerations for choosing iPad apps for students with visual impairments, including book apps, and other suggested apps. Greg Alchin‘s insight: It is always worthwhile having a consistent framework for making selections about apps. This is a  useful list of considerations. One I would add to it is "Does the… Continue reading

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Google Docs | AccessAbility

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Google Docs are a commonly used web-based word processing tool. Because of the collaborative nature of the application, it is especially important that your shared files are as accessible as possible, so that all users who need to access the document can comprehend the content.  Greg Alchin‘s insight: Google… Continue reading

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Simplicity, complexity, DNA and dark matter

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Simplicity, complexity, DNA and dark matter It’s easier to complicate than to simplify. Simple ideas enter the brain quicker and stay there longer. (Saatchi) Simple can be harder than complex. You … Greg Alchin‘s insight: “Just understand that Simplicity is more than a goal – it’s a skill. To successfully leverage… Continue reading

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Photo Education – Accessible Photography through Switch Access in iOS 7 – TheAppWhisperer

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes We are delighted to publish the second tutorial to our brand new section within theappwhisperer – Photo Education & Accessibility. There are many photographers and artists with special needs, whether… Greg Alchin‘s insight: Switch accessible photography is another example of what is possible using the inbuilt power of Apple… Continue reading

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Creative Educator – The Power of Play

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes The pendulum swings back and forth in education. Waiting at one end of the arc is a myopic focus on academics and accountability, often in the form of high-stakes testing. Fueled by a fear of “falling behind,” learning environments that encourage exploration and experimentation are pushed aside in favor… Continue reading

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Apps for Dyslexia

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Greg Alchin‘s insight: Now this is what I call an apptastic backpack! Many thanks to Apple Distinguished Educators  @mcopp @darrylbedford&  See on dl.dropboxusercontent.com Print PDF

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iHouse | Vision2014

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Split into four zones the iHouse will replicate a vision impaired persons’ experience in the home with the assistance of the latest accessible technology. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Every Apple device not only has accessible features — but accessible principles — built in. This is inclusion by universal design that… Continue reading

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What’s New and Changed for Blind and Low Vision Users in iOS 7.1 | AppleVis

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning iOS 7.1 is now available for download via Over-the-Air Update and iTunes.   Since November of last year, members of the AppleVis Editorial Team have been busy testing iOS 7.1 in all stages of the beta process. Greg Alchin‘s insight: The new and changed accessibility features in iOS 7.1… Continue reading

Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Greg Alchin‘s insight: Great quote.:"You’re getting beyond the one-size-fits-all textbook: I would add as long as all digital resources are designed to be accessible and usable by all learners. See on www.bbc.com Print PDF

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Hattie’s Index Of Teaching & Learning Strategies: 39 Effect Sizes In Ascending Order

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Hattie’s Index Of Teaching & Learning Strategies: 39 Effect Sizes In Ascending Order Greg Alchin‘s insight: "Every study has a story, and every strategy and impacting agent has a background." It is worth teasing out and reflecting upon the comments listed on the right hand side of notes. See… Continue reading

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Minimize Cognitive Load to Maximize Usability | Nielsen Norman Group

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See on Scoop.it – eBookED The total cognitive load, or amount of mental processing power needed to use your site, affects how easily users find content and complete tasks. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Greg Alchin’s insight: To improve learner comprehension and engagement, educators should:1. Implement strategies to support intrinsic cognitive load such as adding glossaries.2. Minimise… Continue reading

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nABLE Framework by Luis Perez

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink Greg Alchin‘s insight:  The incomparable Luis Perez’s nABLE Framework in a fully interactive format. It takes SAMR to a more inclusive perspective. Gotta love the man’s work! @_luisfperez  #plearnchat See on www.thinglink.com Print PDF

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Minimize Cognitive Load to Maximize Usability | Nielsen Norman Group

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning The total cognitive load, or amount of mental processing power needed to use your site, affects how easily users find content and complete tasks. Greg Alchin‘s insight: To improve learner comprehension and engagement, educators should:1. Implement strategies to support intrinsic cognitive load such as adding glossaries.2. Minimise extraneous cognitive… Continue reading

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Exclusive Special Report on Blended Learning

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning This Education Week special report is the latest installment in an ongoing series about online education. These stories examine the opportunities and persistent questions that surround schools’ and districts’ implementation of blended learning, the widely used instructional approach that combines technology-based instruction with traditional, face-to-face lessons. Greg Alchin‘s insight:… Continue reading

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IBM standardizing on EPUB to reduce digital barriers and increase mobile support

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See on Scoop.it – eBookED SEATTLE, WA: International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and IBM  today announced a collaboration to develop a white paper highlighting lessons learned from IBM’s recent decision to support EPUB as the company’s primary packaged portable document format.   EPUB is the widely adopted open standard format, for digital publications, developed by… Continue reading

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6 Of My All-Time Favorite Conversion Rate Optimization Case Studies

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Want to start conversion testing your website, but don’t know where to start? Here 6 conversion rate optimization case studies + actionable advice to help. Greg Alchin‘s insight: How do you motivate online learners to actively engage and participate in activities? Conversion rate optimization offers some interesting research that… Continue reading

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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v3)

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning The Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (version 2) was updated from feedback and input from educators around the world. Greg Alchin‘s insight: The brilliant work of McClaskey and Bray continues to evolve. A must read and implement for all educators committed to empowering novice learners  to become expert learners.… Continue reading

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What Is User Experience (UX) | Why Is User Experience Important

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Defines User Experience (UX), the disciplines included in User Experience and how your business can benefit from providing a good user experience Greg Alchin‘s insight: Good User Experience (UX) is crucial if educators wish to engage  and sustain learners. Many educators only focus on one of the six UX disciplines… Continue reading

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Eye Tracking 101: How Your Eyes Move on a Website

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Engage website visitors better by designing your site to match how people’s eyes move on the page. Here are some surprising eye tracking stats to help. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Understanding eye tracking research helps educators create and curate digital resources that will engage  and sustain learners.  See on blog.crazyegg.com Print PDF

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PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Student reflection is a key ingredient in project-based learning, and for good reason. As John Dewey reminded us nearly a century ago, “We do not learn from experience . . . we learn from reflecting Greg Alchin‘s insight: Just because it is old doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable! John Dewey’s… Continue reading

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Why access matters

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Watch our YouTube videos featuring some of Australia’s best-known disability advocates talking about the technologies and apps that have changed their lives as well as their daily frustrations of dealing with websites and apps that haven’t been made accessible to people with disability.   Greg Alchin‘s insight: Powerful stories… Continue reading

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Designing inclusive digital learning environments

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Every school in Australia has legal obligations and responsibilities under Federal legislation such as the Disability standards for education (2005) to ensure that all learners with or without a disability are able to participate in learning on the same basis. To ensure that all learners are able to participate in learning on the same basis… Continue reading

The secret structure of great talks

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes From the “I have a dream” speech to Steve Jobs’ iPhone launch, all great presentations have a common architecture. In this talk, Nancy Duarte draws lessons on how to make a powerful call-to-action. (Filmed at TEDxEast.) Greg Alchin‘s insight: An extremely powerful presentation. Great learning has a powerful narrative… Continue reading

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How to Chunk Content for eLearning Infographic

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes The How to Chunk Content for eLearning infographic gives a good idea of what is content chunking and why it is useful. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Chunking information makes for smooth learning – Peanutbutter pedagogy! See on elearninginfographics.com Print PDF

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Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 – The Digital Shift

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.     Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available tostudents wherever—and whenever—they need them. “Flipped” or blended learning offers students thepower of personalized… Continue reading

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Merrylands High SchoolBring Your Own Device

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes On this site you will find information on our school’s implementation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative for students, parents and teachers on BYOD at Merrylands High School. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Congratulations to the staff at Merrylands High School.who are implenting BYOD in a such a well thought out… Continue reading

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Group Form Elements Effectively Using White Space

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Improve the layout of your online forms by placing form labels near the associated text field and by grouping similar fields. Greg Alchin‘s insight: User experience (UX) gains inspiration from nay fields including psychology.  Teachers as digital learning designers can we learn alot from the Law of Proximity. See on… Continue reading

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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 Greg Alchin‘s insight: Another well written piece Barbara! The cornerstone is the definitely changing the language TO Learner AWAY from Student. This simple but powerful change is the first step in reframing the whole paradigm. I… Continue reading

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11 EdTech Bloggers To Follow in 2014

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Looking for new ideas for how to use technology in your classroom in 2014? Looking for colleagues to inspire your practice? Ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans? Look no further. Greg Alchin‘s insight: A great collection of EdTech thinkers from around the globe inc @Darcy1968 See on… Continue reading

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How Tech Enables Non-Verbal Learners to Become Singers

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Adam Goldberg, music teacher in a Special Needs environment, shares useful experiences from the classroom where he uses tech to enable learners to become vocali… – Click here to learn more Greg Alchin‘s insight: Empowering possibilities that flips perceptions and tranforms lives! See on www.askaudiomag.com Print PDF

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Podcasting Guide | PoducateMe

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Provides instruction for and discussion of how to podcast in education and beyond. Features a comprehensive guide to podcasting that’s free to read in its entirety online. Also includes podcast news, kits, and hardware and software recommendations. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Podcasting and screencasting are a key component of rebooting… Continue reading

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Establishing A Growth Mindset As A Teacher: 9 Affirming Statements – TeachThought

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes “The ability to change is among the least-appreciated professional characteristics of a teacher.   This is especially true as education systems react to both external pressure, and internal instinct to change into something closer to truly progressive learning environments.”   Greg Alchin‘s insight:  To support other learners to develop… Continue reading

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Disabililty

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning I had to come up with a 30 sec video on anything I wanted for my university course. This is what I came up with. Follow me on twitter @ https://twitter.com/i… Greg Alchin‘s insight: Christopher Hills’ video has a very powerful message. What makes it more so is when… Continue reading

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The Global Education Conference Network

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is des… Greg Alchin‘s insight: A great collection of presentation form educators from around the world. Grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy! See on www.youtube.com Print PDF

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iPads Enable Parents to Converse with Autistic Children for the First Time | PadGadget

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Autism research is close to my heart because I have twin boys that are on the autism spectrum. Greg Alchin‘s insight: 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.  See on www.padgadget.com Print… Continue reading

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Learning Trends, Technologies, and Opportunities – New White Paper by Sharon Boller

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance, has authored a new white paper: Learning Trends, Technologies and Opportunities. Greg Alchin‘s insight: 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… Continue reading

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Movie-making for everyone | Plotagon

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Greg Alchin‘s insight: 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… Continue reading

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Brain a ‘creativity machine,’ if you use it right

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See on Scoop.it – eBookED There’s no scientific evidence that drugs or alcohol can promote creativity, say brain scientists meeting in San Diego this weekend. Greg Alchin‘s insight: The more we understand about the neuroscience of creativity, the better we will be able to establish learning environments that foster creativity. See on www.usatoday.com Print PDF

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5 Apps for Social Reading

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See on Scoop.it – eBookED 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 Greg Alchin‘s insight: Through the use of apps and devices social reading goes beyond the actual words on the page and opens up a myriad… Continue reading

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8 Brain Research Discoveries Every Instructional Designer Should Know About

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Educators, eLearning professionals and trainers should be interested in the brain because after all, they teach brains! Greg Alchin‘s insight: As the team at CAST has shown advances in neuroscience force us to rethink what learning is and how we cater for learner variability. See on info.shiftelearning.com Print PDF

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Free Personalizing Learning Webinar Series starts Nov 12th

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Personalize Learning is launching a free webinar series. Join in the coversation and ask questions from educators and learners in personalized learning environments. Greg Alchin‘s insight: This series of webinars are well worth attending. They really are an investment in your professional learning journey. See on us2.campaign-archive1.com Print PDF

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icpmobile

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Greg Alchin‘s insight: A great app from Kudlian that enables learners to release their mojo…mobile jounalism that is!    See on www.kudlian.net Print PDF

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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes 46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Greg Alchin‘s insight: Infographics can be very powerful multimodal texts (symbols, shapes, and images) and relevant character-based data (numbers, words, and brief sentences). See on www.teachthought.com Print PDF

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TEDx Talks on paper: Artists visualize the world’s ideas in 5 fascinating drawings

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes 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… Greg Alchin‘s insight: The distillation of rich ideas into concise, powerful multimodal texts. What a very… Continue reading

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GIO Levels of Car Insurance TV commercial

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See on Scoop.it – personalised learning 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… Greg Alchin‘s insight: This car insurance. advert reinforces that ‘variability is the norm.’ So if mainstream advertising along with car manufacturers (Think of the level of… Continue reading

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Amway’s journey from 100,000 print catalogues a month to digital

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See on Scoop.it – eBookED The advantages of digital publishing for brands are multiple. Greg Alchin‘s insight: 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… Continue reading

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Analysing perspectives in media texts

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Click here to edit the title Greg Alchin‘s insight: 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. See on splash.abc.net.au Print PDF

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Apple – Life on iPad

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Over the past three years, iPad has helped people transform business, education, entertainment, health, and many other fields. We wanted to document those ch… Greg Alchin‘s insight: This advert is a wonderful snapshot of a truly disruptive technology that has transformed how we live and learn. In the process… Continue reading

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Pics4Learning | Free photos for education

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students. Greg Alchin‘s insight: 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. See on www.pics4learning.com Print PDF

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Useful accessibility tools | Access iQ

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Six free, web accessibility tools to help you create a web without limits. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Web accessibility evaluation tools help determine if a webpage complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). See on www.accessiq.org Print PDF

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Trends in Learning Research

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See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Originally posted by EdTechDigest – Infographic by Jones eGlobal Library Greg Alchin‘s insight: Interesting research into the significance of online learning in Higher Ed. I believe more reserach is required in the  K-12 space.. See on studentforce.wordpress.com Print PDF

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Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See

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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… Continue reading