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The Importance of Leadership in Educational Technology | ZeroDivide

The Importance of Leadership in Educational Technology | ZeroDivide | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it

Reading EdSource’s recent article on the departure of Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith, I was not surprised by the significance placed on his leadership for the future of the community school movement in California. We at ZeroDivide know what the research says about the importance of leadership to the success of education programs and we have observed it ourselves.

 

Research by RAND Corporation suggests that almost 60 percent of student achievement can be attributed to the quality and leadership of principals and teachers. Another study discusses the indirect way in which good leadership improves student outcomes. By strengthening collective teacher efficacy, good leaders create school environments that support student learning.

 

At ZeroDivide, we have worked for 15 years to improve community and organizational outcomes through the use of technology, and our approach to building tech capacity begins with cultivating strong leadership. It has been our experience that efforts to infuse technology into an organization require commitment and involvement from the top. Completely embracing new tools and systems—whether in schools, in nonprofit organizations or in communities—requires culture change, and leaders need to set the pace and the direction and provide support at every step of the way.

 

As schools across the country prepare to fully implement the Common Core State Standards, superintendents, principals and other leaders will be key drivers of sorely needed school culture change. We have all heard the rallying cry of policy leaders, education advocates and President Obama to bring classrooms up to speed with the 21st century. The Common Core provides an opportunity to not only make American classrooms more collaborative, interactive and challenging, but also more tech savvy. The Common Core includes specific technology standards that are embedded into each grade level.

 

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Constructivism & Technology/Case Examples/E-portfolios - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

Constructivism & Technology/Case Examples/E-portfolios - Wikibooks, open books for an open world | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
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Three ways digital badges are used in education | eSchool News | eSchool News

Three ways digital badges are used in education | eSchool News | eSchool News | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
As schools progress to include online and on-campus courses, digital badges are well-suited to meet the needs of new education models.
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Growing up digital: How digital platforms and screens are changing the way we read

Growing up digital: How digital platforms and screens are changing the way we read | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
As a generation grows up glued to a screen, how will this change the way people read?
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OpenBadges Metadata Validator

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [IN...

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [IN... | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe.
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Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials

This is the complete set of challenges for the "Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials" MOOC. It presents an argument for how badges can be used i...
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great set of slides from the "Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials" MOOC. It presents an argument for how badges can be used in PD.

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Digital literacy tutorials | Deakin University Library

Digital literacy tutorials | Deakin University Library | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
Deakin University Library information on resources, services and contacts.
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New technologies and open educational resources

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Connectivism. vs. Constructivism

Connectivism. vs. Constructivism | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
Connectivism vs. constructivism- what do you think? These are both learning theories that describe how students learn. I was recently helping create a wiki about the pros for connectivism but when ...
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Connectivism

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Improving Digital Capability through Digital Literacies

Digital capability is critical to learning, living and working in the C21st. The specific role of higher education, as laid out by successive UK Governments,...
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Best Vlog Ever: The ultimate video blogging destination

Best Vlog Ever: The ultimate video blogging destination | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
reddit: the front page of the internet
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Learning Never Stops: 10 Fantastic mapping websites!

Learning Never Stops: 10 Fantastic mapping websites! | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
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FemTechNet Whitepaper | FemTechNet

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#ITES2014 In contrast to Siemens' Connectivism paper, see the #DOCC13 White Paper: http://t.co/K3k4EN5qGA & http://t.co/SxwhvidRs0
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Background Burner - Instantly Remove Backgrounds from Images and Photos - Bonanza

Background Burner - Instantly Remove Backgrounds from Images and Photos - Bonanza | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
Free online background remover to remove the background from any image or photo. The fastest way to remove backgrounds online.
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very cool tool for non-PS users

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Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Project to Launch as Independent Non-Profit Organization

Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Project to Launch as Independent Non-Profit Organization | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
Boulder, CO (PRWEB) May 29, 2014 -- WICHE project to continue as collaborative venture dedicated to student success.
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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
"Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review
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Is Raging Against the Machine Our Only Option?

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Re-imagining credentials with Mozilla Open Badges - an Open Badges ...

Education and the workforce are changing. In most industries the internet has transformed the way we work but in the field of assessment and accreditation t...
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great intro slide collection!

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Tweet from @untappd

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Check out the brand new badge pages on the web! You can now see progress bars on unearned badges and more! pic.twitter.com/2sbXQE42OB
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anyone out there collecting these beer #badges?

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Developing digital literacies

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This infoKit provides ideas and resources to inspire the strategic development of digital literacies ie those capabilities which support living, learning and working in a digital society.
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Spring13-BCE-01 - Group B 6-A-1

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Connectivism vs Constructivism

Is Connectivism a Learning Theory?
No, we believe Connectivism is not a learning theory.

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TEDxWarwick - Doug Belshaw - The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies - YouTube

Dr. Doug Belshaw is a Researcher/Analyst at JISC Advance where he researches and advises on issues around open education and innovation. A former teacher and...
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Home - SOE

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this is a living document that will be updated and amended based on feedback for suggested improvement. 

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Top 5 Tools for Impressive (and Easy) Vlogging

Top 5 Tools for Impressive (and Easy) Vlogging | AAEEBL -- Digital This and That | Scoop.it
Thinking of video-blogging -- or vlogging? Amy Schmittauer offers 5 tools to help you get well on your way.
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