Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

Rethinking Curriculum in Times of Shifting Educational Context

Rethinking Curriculum in Times of Shifting Educational Context

English| 2018 | 239 Pages | ISBN : 3319611054

This book engages with the dynamic intersection of several domains such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, and pedagogy, in order to critically analyze and reinvent our understanding of curriculum. The chapters raise important questions such as: what are the conditions of possibility for a living curriculum in which Eros and intellect (or reason and intuition) are not separated?
How is it possible to escape ideology that keeps us bound to defunct categories? What are the ingredients of an inquiry that is able to grasp curriculum as an expanding interpersonal movement? How do the teacher-learner ensemble get creatively constituted beyond obstructive dualities? How can we reinvent meaning in curriculum without totalization? Which indigenous understandings can be recovered in order to reinvent curriculum with greater relevance for diverse peoples? This volume addresses elements of reason, nonreason, becoming, dissipation, violence, uncertainty, transcendence, love, and death in order to come to a critical understanding of the relationship between knowledge and knower from these multiple perspectives.

Blended · Emerging Trends · ICT · Mobile · Smart Education · Teaching

Learning Microsoft Teams for Education

Title: Lynda – Learning Microsoft Teams for Education

Lynda - Learning Microsoft Teams for Education
Size: 152 MB | Duration: 0h 57m
Genre: eLearning | Level: Beginner | Language: English

Microsoft Teams provides a digital platform that can be used to streamline and centralize classroom resources and operations. This course helps you learn how to create a class, add class members, manage assignments, and engage in meaningful conversations with students. Join Oliver Schinkten as helps you get started using Microsoft Teams for your classroom. He shows how to organize your class and classwork using channels and tabs, and then demonstrates how to add and manage learning activities. He covers working with students, the grading process, and communicating using meetings and chat sessions. He also explains how to integrate with OneNote Notebooks to create lessons plans that can be quickly disseminated to students.

Topics include:
* Accessing Microsoft Teams
* Creating a class
* Customizing class settings
* Adding students to a class
* Adding tabs and channels
* Adding resources using connectors
* Chatting with students
* Managing student communication
* Starting a meeting
* Getting alerts about activities
* Sharing files and resources
* Distributing and grading assignments

Books · Emerging Trends · ICT · Mobile · Online · Smart Education · Teaching

Smart Universities

Title: Smart Universities

Author: Vladimir Uskov

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319594532 | 435 Pages

Smart Universities : Concepts, Systems, and Technologies

This book presents peer-reviewed contributions on smart universities by various international research, design and development teams. Smart university is an emerging and rapidly evolving area that creatively integrates innovative concepts; smart software and hardware systems; smart classrooms with state-of-the-art technologies and technical platforms; smart pedagogy based on modern teaching and learning strategies; smart learning and academic analytics; as well as various branches of computer science and computer engineering.

The contributions are grouped into several parts:

  • Part 1—Smart Universities: Literature Review and Creative Analysis
  • Part 2—Smart Universities: Concepts, Systems and Technologies
  • Part 3—Smart Education: Approaches and Best Practices
  • Part 4—Smart Universities: Smart Long Life Learning.

The book is a valuable source of research data and findings, design and development outcomes, and best practices for faculty, scholars, Ph.D students, administrators, practitioners and anyone interested in the rapidly growing areas of smart university and smart education.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Social Media · Teaching

Through a Distorted Lens

Title: Through a Distorted Lens

Author: Laura Nicosia

English  | 2017 | 206 Pages | ISBN : 9463510168

This volume examines what and how the media teach, to and by whom, and for what purpose, in a rapidly shifting milieu of media content, platforms, and relations. While intimately concerned with education, authors move the discussion beyond the setting of formal schooling to uncover the ways in which the media contribute to iThrough a Distorted Lens: Media as Curricula and Pedagogy in the 21st Centuryndividual and collective understandings of self and other, and their relations to society and communities in which they move.
In doing so, the text encourages readers to transcend exclusionary discussions of citizenship to consider participation in local and global geographies against a neoliberal backdrop that marginalizes those unable to, unwilling to, and excluded from competing in the free market. Contributors extend their deliberations back to formal school settings to reaffirm pedagogies that rediscover the reading of texts—broadly defined—in the world through multimodalities. In this sense, the text strives to be transdisciplinary, and is appropriate for use in multiple disciplines and fields of study.

Blended · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Storytelling · Teaching

Learning Adobe Spark

Title: Learning Adobe Spark

Lynda Video Training
Size: 286 MB | Duration: 1h 28m
Genre: eLearning | Level: Beginner | Language: English

Adobe Spark is a versatile tool you can use to create graphics, stories, and animated videos you can post on the web for marketing, education, and training. In this course, instructor Sandee Cohen shows how to create resources using Spark Post, Spark Video, and Spark Page. Sandee take you through a sample project, creating content for a travel agency. Along the way, she provides tips and tricks you can use, whether you are posting to your social media account, learning management system, or website.

Topics include:
* What is Adobe Spark?
* Finding images and icons
* Using themes
* Creating a base Post project
* Adding and formatting text
* Working with images
* Creating a post of multiple images
* Animating text and backgrounds
* Adding narration and music
* Inserting videos with transitions
* Creating a webpage
* Adding buttons, links, and videos to pages

Title: How to use Adobe Spark

MP4 | Duration: 1 Hours | Lec: 10 | 153MB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

 How to create amazing courses,videos, posts and pages quickly using Adobe Spark
In this course, you will learn step-by-step how to use Adobe Spark. It is a one-stop content shop for creating and sharing your visual stories (video, posts and pages) on any device.
  • Build amazing videos, posts and pages to take your online content to new levels with this tutorial for beginners.
  • Easily create videos in minutes
  • Use professional themes
  • Royalty free photos, images and music
  • Auto resize your designs for all Social Media Platforms
  • Design courses, presentations, social media posts, and YouTube videos in no time at all.
  • Works on any ios or web device
  • A Powerful Skill At Your Fingertips

Learning how to use Adobe Spark puts a powerful and very useful tool at your fingertips. Adobe Spark is free, easy to learn, and will be your go to App when designing content for the web.You will really be able to wow your audience with the skills you will learn in this course

Content and overview

The course is split into three sections (one each for video, posts and pages.) In each section you will get an overview, full details on how to create your project and then finally an example so you can see how the skills you have learned work together in practice.

In the Adobe Spark Video section, you will learn how to create compelling, animated video in minutes. You will be able to use the software to choose from thousands of stunning icons and images to create your video, whilst adding cinematic motion with no design experience necessary. You will then be able to add text and a soundtrack from a large choice of royalty free tracks, with the option of adding your own voice as narration.

In the Adobe Post section, you will find out how to turn your text and photos into a professional looking graphic, by simply applying your favorite theme. You will be able to resize your text for any social media platform and apply beautiful typography on the fly.

With the Adobe Page section, you will get skills to turn words and images into beautiful, magazine-style web stories that will impress readers on any device.

This course will show you how to get the best from the free software and increase your creativity. You can achieve all of this in under an hour.

Title: Create Amazing Images, Videos & Web Stories With Adobe Spark

2 h | Video: AVC (.MP4) 1280×720 30fps | Audio: AAC 44.1KHz 2ch | 504MB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

 Learn how to create stunning Social Media Images, Animated Videos And Web Stories (Zero skilled required).

So you can create amazing graphics & videos for free using a fully-featured cloud based program which is called Adobe Spark.

Adobe Spark Is Really A Game Changer Online Tool For Authors, Marketers, Content Creators and Online instructors. Adobe Spark is the only integrated web and mobile solution for creating and sharing impactful visual stories.

And unbelievably it is completely FREE!

This online course will teach you how to use Adobe Spark tools & features to create PROFESSIONAL LOOKING REAL WORLD projects for any business or brand.

Do you want to create social media images for your own or for others, but don’t know how and where to begin?
Want to create compelling web pages to tell your story?
Want to create promotional videos?
Want to create super effective animated videos in minutes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place!

I am Masuk Sarker Batista & I have been doing professional graphics design for 4+ years and can’t wait to show you this awesome tool.

After learning the skills in this course, you will never again hire a graphic designer or video editor to create your marketing images & promo videos. Save your money for more worthwhile purposes! I will guide you every step of the way and are here to make sure you succeed in your journey.

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

I hope you are enjoying the course. Please contact me anytime for additional questions/support. I’m always here to help you to achieve your learning goals and looking forward to your success.

What are the requirements?

A Computer With Internet Connection
Basic Knowledge Of Using Internet
And The Most Important Is Your Enthusiasm
What am I going to get from this course?

Create Beautiful Animated Videos In Few Minutes Using Adobe Spark Video
Create Amazing Web Pages To Share Their Ideas In Online Using Adobe Spark Page
Share Your Images, Web Pages & Animated Videos As Private Or Public
Be The Master Of All The Features And Functionalities Of Adobe Spark
What is the target audience?

  • Those Who Want To Create Social Media Images
  • Those Who Want To Create Animated Videos
  • Those Who Want To Create Web Pages To Share Stories
  • Those Who Want To Attract Targeted Audience & Gain Followers/Customers
  • Those Who Want Complete Control Over Their Branding
  • Online Marketers
  • Beginner, Intermediate And Advanced Users Of Adobe Spark
Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

Digitize this book!

Title: Digitize this book! : the politics of new media, or why we need open access now

Author: Gary Hall
University of Minnesota Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0816648700, 9780816648702, 0816648719, 9780816648719, 0816666318, 9780816666317 | 312 pages

Digitize this book! : the politics of new media, or why we need open access now

How open access can transform academia for the better

In the sciences, the merits and ramifications of open access—the electronic publishing model that gives readers free, irrevocable, worldwide, and perpetual access to research—have been vigorously debated. Open access is now increasingly proposed as a valid means of both disseminating knowledge and career advancement. In Digitize This Book! Gary Hall presents a timely and ambitious polemic on the potential that open access publishing has to transform both “papercentric” humanities scholarship and the institution of the university itself.
Hall, a pioneer in open access publishing in the humanities, explores the new possibilities that digital media have for creatively and productively blurring the boundaries that separate not just disciplinary fields but also authors from readers. Hall focuses specifically on how open access publishing and archiving can revitalize the field of cultural studies by making it easier to rethink academia and its institutions. At the same time, by unsettling the processes and categories of scholarship, open access raises broader questions about the role of the university as a whole, forcefully challenging both its established identity as an elite ivory tower and its more recent reinvention under the tenets of neoliberalism as knowledge factory and profit center.
Rigorously interrogating the intellectual, political, and ethical implications of open access, Digitize This Book! is a radical call for democratizing access to knowledge and transforming the structures of academic and institutional authority and legitimacy.

Assessment · Books · Teaching

Understanding Test and Exam Results Statistically

Title: Understanding Test and Exam Results Statistically: An Essential Guide for Teachers and School Leaders

Author: Kaycheng Soh

2016 | ISBN-10: 9811015805 | 155 pages

Provides essential knowledge on and improves readers’ skills in handling student test scores.
Uses concrete examples related to the readers’ day-to-day tasks and gives the readers a sense of classroom/school reality.

Understanding Test and Exam Results Statistically: An Essential Guide for Teachers and School Leaders (repost)

Technical terms kept at the necessary minimum level and the language of presentation is conversational, thus avoiding the academic and technical style.

This book shares the goal of the classic text How to Lie with Statistics, namely, preventing and correcting statistical misconceptions that are common among practitioners, though its focus is on the educational context. It illustrates and discusses the essentials of educational statistics that will help educational practitioners to do this part of their job properly, i.e., without making conceptual mistakes. The examples are cast in the school/classroom contexts, based on realistic rather than theoretical examples.

“The strongest aspect of the work or author’s view is that the author can put himself in the shoes of teachers and make the work a very practical guide for teachers and school leaders. As a very experienced educator and researcher, the author knows very well about the knowledge skills that are essential for the professional development of teachers. He is able to explain the statistical and measurement concepts in plain language and with examples that are highly relevant to the target audience. In addition, the author also conveyed an important message to the target audience throughout the work… by pointing out the mistakes and misunderstandings of the interpretation of test scores and measurement design. The author reminds the audience about the importance of proper use of tests and test scores when teachers and school leaders make any education decisions, which has much implication on the professional integrity of teachers and school leaders.”
Dr. Joyce Kwan, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“This book covers all the statistical tools for analyzing educational data and provides examples to explain the ideas. Chapters 10-17 are practical data analysis in educational data that helps readers have a better understanding of the procedure to analyze the data.”
Dr. Alpha Ling, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“It looks like a very interesting book with attractive topics and practical problems in educational statistics. Though the topics remind me of the classic book How to Lie with Statistics, this book aims at preventing and correcting statistical misconceptions in educational context.”
Dr. Zhu Ying, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Books · Robotics · Teaching

Robotics in STEM Education

Robotics in STEM Education: Redesigning the Learning ExperienceTitle: Robotics in STEM Education

Author: Myin Swe Khine

English | 2017 | 260 Pages | ISBN : 3319577859

This book describes recent approaches in advancing STEM education with the use of robotics, innovative methods in integrating robotics in school subjects, engaging and stimulating students with robotics in classroom-based and out-of-school activities, and new ways of using robotics as an educational tool to provide diverse learning experiences.
It addresses issues and challenges in generating enthusiasm among students and revamping curricula to provide application focused and hands-on approaches in learning . The book also provides effective strategies and emerging trends in using robotics, designing learning activities and how robotics impacts the students’ interests and achievements in STEM related subjects.
The frontiers of education are progressing very rapidly. This volume brought together a collection of projects and ideas which help us keep track of where the frontiers are moving. This book ticks lots of contemporary boxes: STEM, robotics, coding, and computational thinking among them. Most educators interested in the STEM phenomena will find many ideas in this book which challenge, provide evidence and suggest solutions related to both pedagogy and content. Regular reference to 21st Century skills, achieved through active collaborative learning in authentic contexts, ensures the enduring usefulness of this volume.
John Williams
Professor of Education and Director of the STEM Education Research Group
Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Ditch That Textbook

Title: Ditch That Textbook

Author: Matt Miller
English | April 13, 2015 | ISBN: 0986155403 | 240 pages

Are you ready for a change?

Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your ClassroomYou know potential exists for innovative, engaging, revolutionary education if you get the right ideas, right tools, and right people, all in the right order.

If that sounds like you, then you’re ready to DITCH old mindsets and methods and replace them with empowering, liberating ones. Author and teacher, Matt Miller shows you how to choose and incorporate teaching practices that are:Different from what students see daily.
Innovative, drawing on new ideas or modifying others’ ideas.
Tech-laden with the use of digital sites, tools and devices.
Creative, tapping into students’ original ideas as well as your own.
Hands-on, encouraging students to make and try things on their own.Packed with practical advice, specific recommendations for tools, and the encouragement you need to revolutionize your classes, Ditch That Textbook will inspire you to create relevant teaching that gets student buy-in so they’l enjoy learning

Books · Teaching

Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

Title: Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers
Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
English | July 25, 2016 | ISBN: 1119278716, ASIN: B01HRY01IW | 496 pages

“Make sure your students follow your instructions.” That sounds like a straightforward instruction, but in fact, it’s fairly abstract. What does a teacher actually have to do to make sure students are following? Even the leader delivering this direction may not know, and the first-year teacher almost certainly doesn’t. The vast majority of teachersGet Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers are only observed one or two times per year on average—and even among those who are observed, scarcely any are given feedback as to how they could improve. The bottom line is clear: teachers do not need to be evaluated so much as they need to be developed and coached.

In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed.

It’s the book’s focus on the actionable—the practice-able—that drives effective coaching. By practicing the concrete actions and micro-skills listed here, teachers will markedly improve their ability to lead a class, producing a steady chain reaction of future teaching success.

Though focused heavily on the first 90 days of teacher development, it’s possible to implement this work at any time. New and old teachers alike can benefit from the guidance of Get Better Faster and close their existing instructional gaps.

Packed with practical training tools, including agendas, presentation slides, a coach’s guide, handouts, planning templates, and 35 video clips of real teachers at work, Get Better Faster will teach you:

The core principles of coaching: Go Granular, Make Feedback More Frequent,
Top action steps to launch a teacher’s development in an easy-to-read scope and sequence guide

The four phases of skill building:

Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal
Phase 2: Instant Immersion
Phase 3: Getting into Gear
Phase 4: The Power of Discourse