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Creative Commons Explained (YouTube)

Further to our post Copyright & The Learning Renaissance, this video explains more about Creative Commons usage.

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Digital Storytelling using Photo Story: Flowerpod

This is a Photo Story used to tell a simple story. The twist is that it was compiled by a number of adults with learning difficulties whom I work with … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Microsoft Photo Story: Using Multimedia to Repurpose Learning

Microsoft Photo Story was a simple multimedia editing suite which enabled you to combine images, text, narration and soundtrack into a simple presentation format. It was formerly developed by Microsoft, … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

British Council Film Archive

This link gives access to some wonderful British Council Film Archives for use in learning… British Council Film Archives @ Vimeo

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Copyright & The Learning Renaissance

One of the great features of the Learning Renaissance has been the drive by government and museums to place their online resources in the public domain for free use by … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day, from Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Planning the 21st Century Classroom

So, what will the classroom of the 21st century look like and what will happen in there? Some useful pointers here… The impact of these networked digital technologies in the … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day, from FDR

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Passing of a Visionary Legend – Maya Angelou

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being… The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Rubric to Help You Create Rubrics

Rubrics serve a wide variety of purposes most important of which is to guide the instructional process in class towards a set of predefined goals. Although most of teachers subsume … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Learning Resources for Mathematics Teachers

I’m not a great fan of compendiums of resources generally, as I believe it is the creativity of the teacher that delivers the best resources. However, the Maths teachers I’ve … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

MOOCs (Mass Open Online Courses): The Shape of Learning to Come… But What Are They?

A fantastic recent development in the world of Higher Education is the MOOC or Mass Online Open Learning Course. The idea behind this is that leading universities put their learning … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gaming approaches to stimulating literacy and creativity

“…spaces where gamers get to virtually meet and discuss the content of their games, help each other solve game-related problems, these spaces are multimodal sites of literacy in which students … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Project-Based Learning: How To Develop a System

If we accept that giving the learner greater control over determining the content and methods to employ in their learning (this is one aspect of personalisation) then it follows that … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blogging – The Way of the Future?

I’ve always been a little reticent about starting a blog as I felt it could be something of a self-indulgent pastime. The Learning Renaissance blog exists firstly because of the … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

The link between emotions, language and empowerment

Sports psychologists have worked for a long time on the notion that positive self talk – that is the internal conversation we have with ourself is critical to performance quality. … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Web Tools To Help Students Study Collaboratively

Students love to work in groups and every teacher knows this fact by heart. Group work has several pedagogical pluses that includes developing collaborative and co-operative skills, enhancing social skills … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Body Language and Effective Communication

Sometimes, it is not just what you say, but the way that you say it that is memorable in presentations and wider learning. This infographic gives some basis tips for … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Apps for Pre-School Learners

The responsiveness of a touchscreen has made the iPad a remarkable tool for learning. Since our little learners are often the beneficiaries of these tools, here are some teacher-tested apps … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Defining 21st Century Learning: The Flipped Classroom

As a means of defining what is meant by 21st century learning, the term the “flipped classroom” has come into use, particularly in the United States. This infographic captures the … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy (Edudemic)

Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Learners vs New Teachers (ETML)

“…this  chart captures the essence of the thinking and values that lie behind the new assigned roles of teachers and student. These roles are informed by the new conceptions of … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Digital Citizenship Poster

For all the educational benefits of online learning, it is critical that young people are able to operate safely online and understand that the moral rules, etiquette and laws that … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Learning Renaissance in action: The use of learning technologies in medicine – Google Glass

This article, shared by my colleague, Dr Darleana McHenry, is a great practical demonstration of how new learning technologies are impacting on the culture of sharing and development in organisations … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Unicef: New insights into brain development (YouTube)

In the first years of life, neurons in our brain form new connections at the astounding rate of 700-1000 per second – a pace that is not repeated again. But … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Technology Integration Matrix for Teachers

  The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology  to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent  characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

FutureLearn – Learning for Life

FutureLearn is the UK equivalent of Coursera, and puts the content of University courses free online for individual study… you don’t get the qualification at the end though… you still … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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