Personal Learning Environments as Enablers for Connectivist MOOCs

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This paper presents how platforms initially designed to enable the construction of personal learning environments can help teachers and learners to aggregate th

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Digital Citizenship Is More Than Living By a Set of Rules

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I’ve avoided responding to an email from a school district leader asking for resources on digital citizenship that he can give a principal to work on developing. I could have shot him back a list o…

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Best Education Infographics – 2013

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Infographics, when used correctly, appropriately, are powerful tools for conveying a lot of pertinent information plus they support visual learning and thinking.  I curate a Scoopit on Infographics…


Beth Dichter’s insight:

Jackie Gerstein shares her top picks for education infographics this year. Some of these have been shared in this but many are new. The list of infographics includes:

* The Internet Access Gap in Education

* The Past, Present and Future of Education

* State of Creativity in Education: An Adobe Survey

* The Gamification of Education

* Tapping into Mobile Learning

* Investing in Girls’ Education Pays Off

Many of these would be useful as topics for discussion or to use to teach students why infographics are useful in displaying data.


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critical thinking

Uno dei tratti caratterizzanti la filosofia è la critica. L’attività di esporre concetti con chiarezza, esplicitare significati nascosti, mostrare limiti e possibilità di concetti e termini nonché le condizioni dei nostri comportamenti, ne costituisce infatti una parte cospicua.

L’espressione inglese “critical thinking” è traducibile con “pensiero critico” anche se la forma in -ing potrebbe essere resa meglio con “pensando criticamente”. Questo modo di intendere la filosofia nasce in America ed è affine al debunking. Inoltre è interessante in quanto insiste su caratteristiche fondamentali dell’apprendimento online:

  • l’attenzione ai processi di elaborazione di dati e documenti per evidenziare le fallacie;
  • l’insistenza sugli aspetti sociali e collaborativi di condivisione della conoscenza, anche quando questa è falsificante o inattendibile;
  • la finalità di estendere e migliorare la conoscenza.

Inseriamo il link a un sito, in inglese, sul critical thinking ricco di documenti, spiegazione ed esercizi:, Università di Hong King.


The unstoppable growth of high quality open access resources (December 2013 early year-end edition of the Dramatic Growth of Open Access)

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As shown in this chart (thanks to César Villamizar), the number of articles indexed in PubMed for which free fulltext is available within 3 years of publication is now over 800,000, or 28% of the articles indexed.  This growth is an important indication of the dramatic growth of high quality open access resources. The U.S. National Institutes of Health, responsible for the PubMed index, does not index junk!

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