Instructional Design

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instructional design and educational technology resources

Mark Ayton‘s insight:

There are still Learning Providers wondering how to get the most from their VLE, how to improve learner engagement, how to make it somewhere students find appealing.

The answer could be as simple as being honest about what learners need. Start by analysing their learning needs: (A) Where are they now? (B) Where do they want to be? Then think about the support they need to get from A to B. As long as your VLE provides or directs learners to good support for the journey it will be used…

And it needn’t be a "conventional" VLE, just an environment that supports learning!

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Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps

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Teachers and administrators get a snap-shot view of each student’s most recent work in Docs, Sites, Blogger and Picasa, organized by class and student. Behind the scenes we create a folder in drive for each class for each student, then we give the right teachers access – no more sharing issues for students – student just drop their homework in the right folder for each class.

Mark Ayton‘s insight:

This is amazing!

You’ve bit the bullet and started using Google Docs with your learners. They’re happily sharing stuff with you, but there’s so much stuff in your shared folder it’s all becoming a mess. How do you organise everything so that only the relevant stuff is shared, it’s all in a structure your can navigate, and keep track of everything?

Shame it’s not free, but at $4 per student per year Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps might just save your sanity😉

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Microsoft OneDrive – Access files anywhere. Create docs with free Office Online.

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Store photos and docs online. Access them from any PC, Mac or phone. Create and work together on Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.

Mark Ayton‘s insight:

When you’re comfortable with MS Office, despite the sharing and real-time collaboration advantages, the leap to Google Docs can seem just too much! Then there’s all your existing Word, Excel and Powerpoint files, will they all need reworking?

Fret no more! MS has replicated just about every Google feature in a very familiar Office environment. It’s web-based so will run on any device with a browser. It has all the common MS Office menu items and features, plus it allows sharing and real time collaboration. There are even forms for collecting survey / quiz data in spreadsheets.

I’m not aware of any scripting / add-in capability yet, but I’m sure it won’t be far away.

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Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets – Google Apps For Education Tips & Tricks

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Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets is a fantastic new addition to Drive. See these Add-ons for Google Docs and sheets and how you can use them with students

Mark Ayton‘s insight:

Are you using Google Docs with your learners or considering trying it out, maybe for a project or assignment, or just because you’re feeling inspired? Here’s a new Google Docs drop down menu that should help!

Add-ons provide a whole new set of easy to use features, like Diagram production, Thesaurus, Language translation, Bibliography creator, Templates, Mind maps, Charts from Google spreadsheet data, Music notation, Clip-art, Calculator, Twitter curator to name but a few.

Check them out, they really should make learning activity creation a breeze!

One caution: if your institution is has its own Google domain you may need to get your administrator to release this feature.

See on www.googleappsforedu.com

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10 New Educational Web Tools to Try Out ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Mark Ayton‘s insight:

Have you got a great activity based learning idea but don’t know what tech to use? Here’s a small selection from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning that might just be for you. There’s even a social network especially for teachers!

See on www.educatorstechnology.com

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Activity-led Learning Applied Research Group (ALLARG)

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The Activity-Led Learning Applied Research Group (ALL) acts as a forum and a focus for activity-led learning pedagogical research.

Mark Ayton‘s insight:

This isn’t strictly a tech-scoop, but learning isn’t really tech either! A good activity can immerse learners in learning. It would normally occupy a good range of senses making it memorable and engaging. So why mention it here? Tech may well be able to enhance, expand, increase reach and depth, enable and add new dimensions to activities. Start with the activity idea and consider where and how far tech could take the learning…

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100 Important Google Drive Tips for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Mark Ayton‘s insight:

Have you had a dable with Google Apps, Docs and Drive yet? Has Google Apps For Education (GAFE) been unleashed on your organisation? Do you want to make the experience more accessible through keyboard shortcuts?

For anyone answering yes to any of the above there will be tips that can improve your Google experience in this post!

See on www.educatorstechnology.com

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