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Redefinition in E Major (REM?)

Last week I attended a workshop that drew together Challenge Based Learning, online learning, and Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model of technology adoption.  As always, there was a lot of conversation around how applications of different technologies to learning in context is classified as Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and the big elusive one, Redefinition. To me, this

Twitter is your friend

I wanted to share a recent experience I had with Twitter.  I am a relatively new convert to Twitter and have managed to gain a lot of amazing information from it.  This is one of the first times I reached out to someone in my network for help.  I was not disappointed. I use MindNode

ThingLink – Another great web tool.

We recently discovered ThingLink, and we think it's worth sharing.  ThingLink is a web tool that allows you to annotate images with links that appear when you hover your mouse over it.  In some ways, it is similar to an image map you might create in html, but this interface is so easy to use,

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Jux – Sharing with style

If you haven't seen Jux already, take a couple of minutes to investigate. Jux is a web application that allows you to upload content, especially pictures and videos, and display it in the most stylish way imaginable.  The display is super clean and highly visual, but is not restricted to images.  Jux allows: block quotes

Murally – Collaborative Mindmapping

Here is a tool worth checking out. Murally allows you to create an image-rich mindmap and invite other users to contribute. Murally logs each user's contributions, and even allows space for a little chat window. This could have some interesting uses in the classroom, but also has potential for teachers to collaborate with each other.

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Real Data & Global Education

There's plenty of buzz around about data, visualisation, and how we can best make use of it in the classroom.  David McCandless demonstrates it better than most in his TED Talk "The Beauty of Data Visualisation." That's all well and good, but that data's not always the easiest thing to get hold of in a

What’s on your toast?

Several times, recently, I have mentioned to teachers that they may be missing out on loads of great information and resources by NOT being involved in Twitter. Quite often, the response is less than enthusiastic, and may include a comment about not being interested in what someone is having for breakfast, or what someone's cat

Free courses from world’s top unis a swipe away in online revolution

Universities around the world are changing and adapting to the digital mobile learning opportunities. Some faster than others. What are the impacts for our graduating school students? ''The world of tertiary education is changing fundamentally, and the pace of change is greater than ever before,'' says Monash University vice-chancellor Ed Byrne, likening it to the

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Science Week Apps

With National Science Week starting on 11th August to 19th August we have launched a new Apps collection called Science Discovery Apps on the App Store. It brings together all the best of all our science collections in one place. So get excited, and inspired like Einstein: where e (excited) = m (mesmerising) c (cool)

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