Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 5

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In continuation to our weekly roundup of the best links shared on Twitter and Facebook, here is a collection of our top 15 links from the last week, each accompanied by a quick brief.

1. How To Revamp Your Learning Model
There’s a lot of talk these days about informal learning vs. formal learning. This article advocates the development of an Informal Learning Environment (ILE) to work in tandem with a Formal Learning Environment (FLE) to support both the learning process and its administration.

2. eFront: Free Storyboard Templates For e-Learning
A list of free storyboard templates for e-Learning.

3. How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?
The term “21st-century skills” is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving. In this article, 11 education experts define 21st-century learning from their own perspectives.

4. People Spend As Much Time On Mobile As Reading Newspapers And Magazines
The time spent on mobile devices is now the same as time spent reading print newspapers and magazines combined. The average American spends an estimated 50 minutes a day staring at his cell phone, versus 30 minutes reading a print newspaper and 20 minutes reading a magazine. This article talks about many such startling statistics.

5. Perhaps We Should Keep Some Information In Our Heads
Using analogy of GPS while driving, this article debates whether externalizing all our knowledge, rather than storing it in our heads, is a good idea.

6. New Study Urges Colleges To Develop E-Learning Strategies For Higher Education : JISC
The use of mobile technologies and a more innovative use of existing institutional systems such as virtual learning environments will be increasingly important to colleges that provide higher education according to a new JISC funded study.

7. Seven Things I Learned This Year : eLearning Technology
This article by Tony Karrer lists and explains 7 things that have changed his thinking over the course of the year.

8. 10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2011
With more than 550 million people on Facebook, 65 million tweets posted on Twitter each day, and 2 billion video views each day on YouTube, social media has become an integral part of our connected lives. But this is just the beginning. This article enlists new developments that will shape the very fabric of our behavior, culture and identity in 2011.

9. Project Based Learning: Explained
This simple video makes the essential elements of PBL come alive and brings to light the 21st Century skills and competencies (collaboration, communication, critical thinking) that will enable K-12 students to be college and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities.

10. Almost Half Of Mobile Users Use Internet More Than Apps
Apps are all the rage and many marketers are jumping on the bandwagon. However, promotions and experiential agency Moosylvania discovered mobile websites might be a better bet for some.

11. Does Android’s Growth Spell The End Of Blackberry?
This article debates the fall of Blackberry as the impact of Android’s growth ripples across the mobile landscape.

12. Why Your Smartphone Will Replace Your Wallet
Credit card companies, mobile phone carriers, and startups are all invested in mobile contactless payments and NFC. But exactly how the digital wallet will become main stream is still up in the air.

13. Augmented Reality Marketing In 2010 And Beyond
The explosion in smartphone sales has challenged the imaginations of creatives to come up with marketing ideas tailored for the mobile space. Along with location-based marketing, augmented reality applications really came into focus for many brands, from luxury companies to small businesses in 2010.

14. Facebook Brings Facial Recognition To Photo Tagging
Facebook photos is getting a new feature that automatically suggests who users should tag in photos based on facial recognition technology.

15. What Does Learning Look Like?
This article lists some of the best responses to a pile of random images that were presented to each group which asked them to pick one and relate it to their learning for their year.

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