Technology-Rich Learning:Students First, Not Stuff

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For us teachers and education leaders, this moment of rapid and radical technological change is not what we signed up for, is it? A trillion web pages; a billion smartphones; movies, TV shows, newspapers, and novels on demand, wherever we are, whenever we desire; near ubiquitous courses and coursework, with teachers, tutors, and technologies that let learners of any age learn whatever they want, whenever and wherever they desire. “Always on” access has created an abundance of learning potentials that scarcely existed even a decade ago.

CERT‘s insight:

The spirit of technology use, and being ‘NetSmart’ as Howard Rheingold puts it lies with the people and the ways in which the tools are exploited. It is rather useless to force an educator to “use the interactive whiteboard”. It is certainly not going anywhere near the “technology-rich learning”. To be able to start getting a glimpse at what it really means to teach with technology we have to change our way of teaching completely and focus first on our learners and on the activities that learners can do. I keep emphasising, technology is not about maintaining teacher control, but it is of giving the learners the freedom to learn, unlearn and relearn.

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Google+ Edu on Air: Mind Mapping in Education Webcasts | MindMeister Blog

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Are you involved in education? Whether you’re a student, teacher, IT admin or a school leader we’ve some interesting webcasts for you on Google Hangouts. (Want to take part?

CERT‘s insight:

Mind Mapping should really be included in many classroom-based learning sessions. This interesting webinar should introduce you to the concept of mind mapping for education. 

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Beginning teaching with technology – some helpful guides!

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This link directs you to a wonderful site containing a number of podcasts that introduce the subject of teaching with technology.

On the subject of podcasts, you might also wish to start creating your own podcasts or have your students upload their podcasts about specific topics or subjects. I found this ‘Teacher’s Guide on the Use of Podcasting in Education‘ really comprehensive, and contains all the links to free downloadable software and services that you can make use of to help you start out! — Recommended!