Category Archives: Learning Resources

The Power of Storytelling

As we introduce ‘hands on learning’ and Design thinking in education there is often a need to documnt what occur BEFORE, DURING and AFTER producing an representation. This can be refered to as digital storytelling and in this post I will explore three tools for editing photos and cretationg a collage.

#1: PIXLR Express

Chose collage to apply a quick fix or add a personal touch with creative effects, overlays, and borders. I also like that you can switch to the more advanced Editor.

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#2: Canva Photo Collages

Turn your photos from a family holiday or a birthday celebration into something special by creating an incredible photo collage! Canva’s collage maker includes over 100 layouts, allowing you to create stunning graphics in just minutes

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#3: Adobe Spark

You create a page with a photo grid. Adobe Spark enables you to tell stories and share ideas quickly and beautifully. You can create individual Pages, Posts, and Videos, or you can use the formats together (including a Post image in a Video, or a Video in a Page, you get the idea).

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Microsoft’s training for 21st Century Learning Design

LogoMIE02During 2015 eduToolkit will offer Microsoft’s training for 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD). The educational resources shared by eduToolkit will model and demonstrate 21st Century Learning Design in education. Teachers Open Online Learning for professional development is based on P2P review, where teachers develop skills from practice and reflection. Digital badges are used as micro-credential during assessment. The workshops held in the collaboration circles will be facilitated by our qualified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer Jonas Bäckelin.

Equipping teachers with the capacity to create a learning environment that will enable 21st century skills for students (Angela Shaerer)

Mission statement for 2015:

Based on the Competency Framework for Educators (UNESCO ICT-CFT) our aim is to model and demonstrate 21st Century Learning Design (21 CLD) in education. You will during the first level develop the competencies needed for teaching with technology (TwT) and be eligible for the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The second level consist of a training program for 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) divided into 8 sessions.

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  2. Session: Collaboration
  3. Session: Knowledge Construction
  4. Session: Use of ICT for Learning
  5. Session: Self-Regulation
  6. Session: Real-World Problem-Solving and Innovation
  7. Session: Skilled Communication
  8. Session: Reflection and Impact

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Learning outcome:

  • Analyze and ‘code’ learning activities to see how deeply they integrate 21st century skills
  • Collaborate in designing new learning activities that provide deeper 21st century skills development
  • Examine the impact of these learning activities on students’ work
  • Use ICT as part of the learning process

Find out more on Microsoft Educator Network

OneNote Class Notebook vs. Google Classroom with add-ons

This Office Mix presentation will look at assessment and lessonplans in two different LMS. As an “Advanced Networked Teacher” you can use ICT to assess students’ acquisition of knowledge, and to provide students with feedback on their progress using both formative and summative assessment. There is also a requirement to incorporate appropriate ICT activities into lesson plans.
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Distributed Learning Environment

This post aggregated by the the Microsoft Innovative Educators news radar.

In Connectivism, knowing where to find information is more important than what is already known. My Learning Activiy on the Microsoft in Education Network investigates “What does 21st Century Learning look like and where is it happen?” and focus on how to select tools to create PLEs and make them interoperable in learning ecologies.

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You probably heard of the tale where group of blind men touch an elephant to learn what it is like. The moral is that while everyone is experiencing at the same thing, they don’t see the context. The knowledge emerge from the connections between learners in Collaborative Open Online Lerning, i.e. a COOL – Course.

The concept is adapted from Stephen Downes six domains of expertise in critical literacies consist:

  •  syntax – detecting and using forms, rules, operations, patterns and similarities
  •  semantics – sensing and referencing, interpreting, associating and deciding
  •  pragmatics – speaking, acting, expressing, declaring, asking, meaning, using
  • cognition – description, definition, argument, explanation
  • context – theorizing, framing, identifying possibilities, environment, reference space, ontologies and categorization
  • change – relation and connection, flow, historicity, directionality, progression, logic, games, scheduling, events and activities,

(Source: http://www.downes.ca/post/54875/)

Syndicated Education in Distributed Learning Environments

In education schools create coherence based on ‘Conceptual Orientation’ (i.e. sense making) illustrating how theories and knowledge are related.  Following the emerging trend of Distributed Learning Environments used in Networked Learning, teachers also need to include ‘Spatial Orientation’ (i.e. way finding) to answer questions like: Where do I find useful Learning Resources (i.e. salience)?  How are these resources interconnected (i.e. pattern recognition)? What is the underlying message (i.e. trajectory)?

 In the previous module we used web tools for creating, delivering and managing Learning Resources [#CNT12]. During this course you will create, deliver and manage an educational event that aggregates the latest work from participants within the cohort into one location.  This allows Peer-to-Peer (P2P) learning and keep the work they do in their own Personal Learning Environment (PLE).  The experience from this course will turn into a multi-levelled badges program awarded from peer to peer evaluation.

Learning Resources

A learning resource specifies the target audience and the function is to model, demonstrate, help us practice or help us reflect.

The Use of Web Tools for Networked Learning [#CNT12]

Our first online course “Teachers Open Online Learning for Professional Development” [#TOOL12] investigated what new skills and capacities teachers need to develop in ‘Networked Literacy & Fluency’.  We then shared some thoughts on some criteria for badges/certification as a ‘Networked Teacher’.  This was a peer to peer course at P2PU and resulted in our community badges as well as our mission statement.

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In 2012 we completed our second online course “The Use of Web Tools in Networked Learning” [ #CNT12] (16/4-4/5, 2012) and we  used tutorials on WikiEducator.  The aim was to support the participants to complete the challenge “Certified Networked Teacher” and receive a skill badge that can be use within the Mozilla open badges framework.

Next module will be “Syndicated Education in Distributed Learning Environments” [#ANT12] and I the future we will develop the expert skills with “Central Node in Networked Learning” [#ENT12].

Teaching Tools

In the introduction to my thesis with the working title “Navigating Distributed Knowledge with the use of Web Tools” I wrote:“A major change in education has been the emergence of a distributed knowledge and the use of Internet in teaching practices. Humans have throughout history used tools to increase our understanding of the world. Social networks have always been part of our learning, but can be amplified by the tools we have available.”
Without the right tool, many tasks are difficult or impossible. One tool is not suited for all purposes, but a useful tool can inspire people to use it in different ways and better tools for specific jobs will constantly be developed.