Alternative text basics

Contents1 What is alternative text?2 What function does alternative text serve?3 Things to consider before writing alternative text.4 How do I  write great alternative text?5 Alt text examples What is alternative text? It is a short text alternative that explains the content and / or function of non-text content (photos, buttons, graphs)  in most digital […]

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Inclusive 21C learning spaces

Contents1 Introduction2 Resources2.1 Downloads2.2 Accessible apps & resources2.3 BYOD accessibility2.4 Wayfinding / iBeacons Introduction Educational institutions have responsibility for maximising the learning outcomes and wellbeing of all learners through providing access to a high-quality education that is free from discrimination. All learners are entitled to quality education experiences, where they: feel included in an environment of high expectation […]

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Autism Acceptance Day

Contents1 For parents2 For the classroom3 For lifelong learners As part of a lead up to World Autism Acceptance Day (Saturday 2 April) here are a range of resources that may be of interest to you:  For parents Understanding Autism: The Essential Guide for Parents, Professor Katrina Williams (iBook). The essential reference for parents and carers of children […]

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App instructor guides

Apple’s education team have released a  series of free ‘instructor’ guides‘  on the iBooks Store. Inspired by the work of Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) in the classroom, these guides provide tips and lesson ideas for using some of their most popular apps across different grade levels and subject areas.  . Explain Everything Lesson Ideas Hopscotch Lesson […]

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Martin Pistorius: How my mind came back to life and no one knew

This a repost from TED. Imagine being unable to say, “I am hungry,” “I am in pain,” “thank you,” or “I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at […]

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Simplicity, complexity, DNA and dark matter

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 … Sourced through Scoop.it from: bristolbrunelleadership.wordpress.com “Just understand that Simplicity is more than a goal – it’s a skill. To successfully leverage its power, you need […]

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Style Guide – National Center on Disability and Journalism

The style guide is intended for journalists, communication professionals and members of the general public who are seeking the appropriate and accurate language to use when writing or talking about people living with disabilities. The guide covers general terms and words on physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, mental and cognitive disabilities and seizure disorders. […]

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Apple Watch an accessibility success!

Yes, it is smart, sexy and accessible! Accessibility is part of Apple’s DNA and the new Watch is living proof that inclusion inspires innovation. Following in depth briefings this week, accessibility influencers Steven Aquino in the US, Vision Australia’s David Woodbridge and AppleVis UK’s David Goodwin write positively finding Apple Watch offers “a range of […]

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The power of captions

Contents1 What are captions?2 Why are captions important?3 How captions benefit all learners4 Learn more about captioning Videos can be a powerful medium by which to explain ideas and demonstrate concepts. Adding closed captions to the video ensures any user can perecive meaning from it. It also makes the video a more usable experience for all users as well […]

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Recommended iBooks

Contents1 Supporting diverse learners2 Challenge Based Learning2.1 ‘Big Ideas’ Series2.2 One Best Thing Series3 Further reading Supporting diverse learners The following books are available for free on the iBooks Store. Alchin, Greg: Inclusive Design for iBooks Author Davies, Jeanette: Dyslexia Davies, Jeanette: iPad Tips and Tricks  with a focus on accessibility Harrison, Michael: iHear Hills, Christopher […]

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iPad Model Classroom

In this book Craig Smith, Aspect Practice Specialist with Autism Spectrum Australia (and Apple Distinguished Educator), takes readers on a journey through a week in an iPad Model Classroom. Each day of the week is abound with a showcase of innovative best practice ideas and learning activities to help educators creatively implement iPad in their classrooms. […]

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Typographic design

There are many information design decisions that we make as part of the process of creating high quality learning resources. These range from selecting age appropriate content,  through to the structure of the information as well as graphical design issues. Many teachers wrongly apply paper-based design rules when designing digital resources.  This inadvertently causes barriers […]

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What can teachers learn from great marketing campaigns?

Contents1 Great marketing campaigns1.1 Useful resources1.2 Case study – Snickers No matter what profession you are in, we can all benefit from fresh perspectives. Sometimes the best ideas comes from outside the profession or organisation as it creates a shift in our thinking about the situation or task.  So what can teachers  learn from great […]

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Luis Perez

Spotlight on Dr Luis Perez

Dr Luis Perez is an educator, author, presenter and inclusive learning consultant with a passion for accessibility and universal design. Dr Perez is losing his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa. He is also a keen photographer. Dr Perez believes that ‘today is the best time in history to be blind.’ You can follow Luis on Twitter @_luisfperez

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Consistent teacher judgement of learning materials

Contents1 Introduction2 Learning Experience3 Purpose4 Expectations5 Sequence6 Mastery7 Assessment C0-authors: Greg Alchin & Lisa Tonkin Introduction The core quality benchmarks for any learning material is that all learners are able to use and engage with the material on the same basis from the start.  This involves curating or creating resources that all learners can perceive, understand, and utilise to […]

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Digital style guide

Contents1 Creation / curation2 File formats3 Storage All digital education content (created / curated) must comply with the Disability Standards for Education. To achieve this, it must be discoverable and usable from the start by any learner to enable them actively participate on the same basis on the device of their choice.  Creation / curation All content and systems must […]

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Conditions of collaboration

An essential skill of modern work and learning environments is the need to collaborate. There are many conversation tools that enable collaboration, but what are the mindsets and behaviour that builds collaboration? Listed below are the essential qualities to build a collaborative culture. Share a common goal or purpose Communicate easily with common vocabulary Have ownership Have […]

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How to start collaborating among schools

The talk about modern literacies… about becoming a globally connected educator… and having your students collaborate with peers from around the world is great…. BUT how do you actually DO it? Let’s take a specific look at steps you can take to make it happen and look at plenty of examples of learning in and […]

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Understanding collaboration

Contents1 Mindsets and behaviour for collaboration2 Collaborative fluency3 Selecting collaborative tools3.1 A.      Supporting the use of collaborative tools3.2 B.     Questions to ask when selecting a collaborative tool More than ever, how we play, learn and work involves working with others to engage in meaningful productive activity. Collaboration enables us to share resources, ideas and perspectives, […]

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Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools

 to see the expanded list of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools available. This certainly makes it easier for content creators and administrators to ensure that their These Web accessibility evaluation tools are software programs or online services that help determine if web content meets accessibility guidelines. Information about features of evaluation tools that help with evaluation is in […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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Dispatches from IDPF Digital Book 2014, Pt. 3: DRM | Copyright and Technology

The final set of interesting developments at last week’s IDPF Digital Book 2014 in NYC has to do with DRM and rights. DRM may disappear from trade e-books. But will that happen for the right reasons.   DRM has become something of a taboo subject even at conferences like this, so most of the rest […]

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Adobe Digital Editions Rolls Out Private Beta for ePUB3 | Good-eReader

For fans of both Adobe Digital Editions ebook reading platform and the ePUB3 format, long-awaited good news is on its way. Adobe’s adoption of the ePUB3 standards is currently in private beta, and some sources say that full adoption for the public will be coming as early as the fall.   According to an announcement […]

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InDesign CC 2014 review: Better e-book tools, easier workflows | PCWorld

InDesign’s new ePub tools opens the digital book market to a giant new group of authors, and improvements to often-used features in InDesign will ease the workflow of a large number of design.   In reviews of previous versions of InDesign, the looming question was always, “Is this version worth the cost of the upgrade […]

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

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 […]

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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom – Daily Genius

It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. That’s great, because it offers a lot of advantages for your classroom regardless of your students’ age or what subject matter […]

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Assistive technology puts creativity within reach

Teenager Christopher Hills has found IT solutions to some profound physical barriers. Source: www.smh.com.au This is why I am so passionate about assistive technology and in particular the work Apple has done for so many years to build inclusive features within their products. It is about empowering people to participate on the same basis. I […]

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Learning to Teach Online

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.

Source: www.coursera.org

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

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 …

Source: theedublogger.com

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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A Handy Interactive Visual on The Digital Storytelling Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is a great interactive Thinglink image on the process of digital storytelling I want to share with you today. This graphic is created by Tonia and features a wide variety of iPad apps that go with each of the stages of the digital storytelling process.

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

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

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Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning

See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Game making is one way to create a space where students are empowered to freely experiment with their own way of framing ideas and choosing perspectives. In this way, game making is tantamount to project-based learning. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Game design is a powerful means by which learners can […]

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The Voice of the Active Learner – Education From a Digital Native’s Perspective

See on Scoop.it – personalised learning What does the future of education look like? One where the student play an active role in their education through an interactive, personalized, and continuou… Greg Alchin‘s insight: Personalised learning is dynamic as every learner is different. See on www.youtube.com

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▶ Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion – YouTube

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 […]

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Questioning – Top Ten Strategies – HuntingEnglish

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Simplicity, complexity, DNA and dark matter

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 […]

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Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel take an iPad app for an incredible ride

See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes Last night’s Tonight Show was one for the ages. Jimmy Fallon introduced Billy Joel to a beatboxing iPad app called Loopy HD. Watch the video. Magic. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Music is a universal language. The beauty of iPad apps like Loopy HD is how ease by which you can create powerful and […]

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

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 […]

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Creative Educator – The Power of Play

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Minimize Cognitive Load to Maximize Usability | Nielsen Norman Group

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 […]

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Minimize Cognitive Load to Maximize Usability | Nielsen Norman Group

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 […]

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How to create an accessible infographic | Access iQ

See on Scoop.it – personalised learning As social media continues to grow as a powerful medium for sharing information and ideas, the need for accessible infographics has become more critical.   An infographic is a visual representation of data that turns complex information into bite-sized pieces that can be read at a glance. Because it […]

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A Wonderful Visual on How to Use SAMR Model On Different Classroom Tasks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

See on Scoop.it – personalised learning Greg Alchin‘s insight: Putting SAMR into practice. This is one for my apptastic backpack. As always we just need to make sure that there are flexible and accessible options for all learners.  See on www.educatorstechnology.com

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Exclusive Special Report on Blended Learning

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: […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v3)

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. […]

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

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 […]

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Eye Tracking 101: How Your Eyes Move on a Website

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

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Why access matters

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 […]

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Designing inclusive digital learning environments

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 […]

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The secret structure of great talks

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 […]

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Digital Book World: Kids and eReading Study Data Released

See on Scoop.it – eBookED Photo courtesy of cbc.ca As things got underway at the annual Digital Book World conference in New York, one of the first news items to come was the results Greg Alchin‘s insight: Further data on the paragigm shift to eBooks. This new US study reinforces previous studies from across the […]

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Report: Kids Tend to Read Digital More Than Print

See on Scoop.it – eBookED The process of reading is undergoing a paradigm shift where kids are starting to read on smartphones and tablets more than physical print. The quintessential Greg Alchin‘s insight: The data confirms our annecdotal experience. The data also only gives a snapshot of what was rather than what is. The paradigm […]

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What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education? – Edudemic

See on Scoop.it – Brain Bytes We’ll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. We’ll be at 3.0 when schools are everywhere and not viewed as daycare. Greg Alchin‘s insight: Don’t sweat the number (3.0). Focus on the fact that it is a cultural […]

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

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 […]

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Merrylands High SchoolBring Your Own Device

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 […]

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Group Form Elements Effectively Using White Space

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 […]

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Personalize Learning: 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

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 […]

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11 EdTech Bloggers To Follow in 2014

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 […]

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How Tech Enables Non-Verbal Learners to Become Singers

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

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Podcasting Guide | PoducateMe

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Disabililty

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 […]

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