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Is Content Curation in Your Skill Set? It Should Be.

Is Content Curation in Your Skill Set? It Should Be. | Be The DOS | Scoop.it

Curation is a growing need in organizations, and as such, a growing competency for those focused on worker performance. At the same time, the vision of what this competency looks like in practice is cloudy. How will what we do look different when we add curation to our skill sets?


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DoSes & trainers curation can support and facilitate Learning & Development by connecting teachers with existing resources and content

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Maira Alejandra Pulgarin Rodriguez's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:44 PM

Ahora si entendí qué es curation !!! 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, February 1, 9:28 AM

Sure it is!!  Last week I showed my students how to scoopit.  I thought that since they seem to love Facebook, Scoopit was going to be a wow experience for them.  However, contrary to my expectations most of them did not show a real interest, or at least the kind of interest I expected.  What a pain!  Maybe it is a matter of time, culture, love for reading and writing, etc.  From a group of 12 youngers, only 2 of them said:  Thanks teacher, I like it!  Well... I will keep on trying...

AraceliGF's curator insight, February 9, 1:40 AM

Good article on content curation. So important nowadays ,with so much information around us, we need tools to process it (such as netvibes, diigo, delicious, feedly, etc.)

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A guide to pseudo-science in ELT

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This talk will focus on aspects of English language teaching which have little or no scientific credibility. Practices such as neuro-linguistic programming, learning styles, multiples intelligences and brain gym will be examined. This talk will ask why, despite the evidence, these approaches/methods remain popular.

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Harrogate Online | The 48th Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition

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Management Conference

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The Myth Of Learning Styles - Edudemic

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After several years of writing for Edudemic, I'd have to say that one of the most controversial topics we've ever written about is the concept of different learning styles.
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Advocate or adversary...check out the arguments here in this great info graphic
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Infographics

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A collection of infographics related to technology and education.
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If you like using infographics to reflect on education / technology - then Nik Peachey's Pinterest page is worth a visit.

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Leading CPD Effectively | Teacher Development Trust

When professional learning is carried out well, it is the most effective tool for raising pupil attainment, closing gaps, and improving morale. Every member of senior leadership should see it as a priority, not just the CPD coordinator, because research shows that leadership time spent encouraging and participating in professional development is the most effective at improving pupil outcomes. Here at the Teacher Development Trust we’ve been scouring the international research and best-practice to identify the key features of the most effective CPD.

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John Hattie on School Leadership - HuntingEnglish

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Show me your effect size! Last week I transcribed a short video of a speech by Dylan Wiliam that celebrated the magnificently complex vocation... (6 things we can do as educational leaders, Hattie-Style!

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How to Reflect On Your Teaching Infographic

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The How to Reflect On Your Teaching Infographic presents easy ways educators can implement reflective practice in order to improve their teaching practices.
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Why are we still talking about CPD?

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...we have to realise that professional development is not done to you, but something you do yourself.

Too many teachers believe that their development is the responsibility of the institution where they work, whereas the opposite is true. The trouble is that CPD is too often seen as something big, and feels like a kind of assignment with a deadline. It is thought of as a series of scheduled events, organized by someone else, and covering topics or skills decided by someone else. And in my experience both teachers and managers are guilty of this perception.

 

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From the archive: the first post on my blog, back in December 2012.

 

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Performance Management and the Pony Express

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Instead, an overwhelming amount of evidence shows that each of us is a horribly unreliable rater of another person’s strengths and skills. It appears that, when it comes to rating someone else, our own strengths, skills, and biases get in the way and we end up rating the person not on some wonderfully objective scale, but on our own scale. Our rating of the other person simply answers the question: “Does she have more or less of this strength or skill than I do?” If she does, her rating is high; if she doesn’t, it is low. Thus our rating is really a rating of us, not of her.

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This article dismisses our innate ability to evaluate employees against a list of competencies. Very inetresting - raises important questions about teacher appraisals, even observations...

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Teaching very young learners: 1 year project

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  Teaching very young learners can be a real challenge. How do you get them to engage, keep them active, motivate them etc etc - the list is endless!
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Creating Time for Teachers to Meet and Tinker With Ideas #RSCON4

Creating Time for Teachers to Meet and Tinker With Ideas #RSCON4 | Be The DOS | Scoop.it

In our school, like many others, we see pockets of innovation and brilliance but I think we need to work to create the conditions for staff to connect, share, and collaborate on ideas. I already knew the WHY so my how/what questions were:

How can we create time for teachers and staff to collaborate without any additional cost?
What will we focus on during this time?

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Interesting piece exploring how to achieve organic collaboration among teaching colleagues

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CPD diaries: teacher insights into engaging professional development

CPD diaries: teacher insights into engaging professional development | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
From global curriculums to Odyssean journeys, teachers share their experience of professional development that goes beyond death-by-presentation
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Very interesting to hear from teachers in mainstream education talk about their CPD highlights & compare with what happens in the ELT context

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Why we should be afraid of the big bad wolf: Sugata Mitra and the neoliberal takeover in sheep's clothing

Why we should be afraid of the big bad wolf: Sugata Mitra and the neoliberal takeover in sheep's clothing | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
The proliferation of blog posts that have followed in the wake of Sugata Mitra's keynote speech at IATEFL Harrogate last Saturday morning is almost as remarkable as the fact that such a controversi...
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For a debate on the hottest topic in ELT, go no further than Hugh Dellar's post where the argument continues in the comments with views from Scott Thornbury, Philip Kerr, Paul Emmerson, Lindsay Clandfield, and more...

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Conferences...why bother?

Conferences...why bother? | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
I'll tell you why, if you are someone who is wondering if ELT conferences are worth it.  Worth the money (and very often it is teachers who self fund to attend).  Worth the time (you may have to us...
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What's your CPD level?

What's your CPD level? | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
In a recent interview, to be published soon at SEETA, I said: ... how can you possibly measure and grade teacher development? Teacher development is messy, it's contingent. Moreover, it is highly s...
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What every school needs from a digital strategy

What every school needs from a digital strategy | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
Last September I started a new role as Assistant Principal at Surbiton High School. My brief is the school’s digital strategy. Now, I’m not the first to be appointed to lead a school’s digital stra...
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A useful looking blog if you are thinking about how best to integrate technology, tablets and so on into your school.

 

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Adaptive Learning in ELT

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There is a good chance that many readers will have only the haziest idea of what adaptive learning is. There is a much better chance that most English language teachers, especially those working in post-secondary education, will feel the impact of adaptive learning on their professional lives in the next few years. According to Time magazine, it is a ‘hot concept, embraced by education reformers‘, which is ‘poised to reshape education’[1]. According to the educational news website, Education Dive, there is ‘no hotter segment in ed tech right now’[2].
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Looks an interesting theme to keep an eye...

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How can we make classroom observation more effective? - David Didau: The Learning Spy

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If the belief that it’s possible for untrained observers to pitch up in lessons and grade their effectiveness is comparable to a belief in witchcraft, (and Professor Robert Coe’s research confirms that this is the case) where does that leave us as...
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Very valuable to look beyond the ELT context and learn from main stream education.

Some thought-provoking points here, as well as a few really interesting links to further related reading, and organisations such as the Teacher Development Trust.

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Nine Features of an Effective Teacher Evaluation System | TESOL Blog

Nine Features of an Effective Teacher Evaluation System | TESOL Blog | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
TESOL President Deena Boraie shares a checklist of features for a sound teacher evaluation system. Is your program or school's system effective? Could it be better?

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I always focus more on the developmental aspect of teacher appraisals and evaluations.

The accountability side - has student learning improved and by how much - is much harder to measure, especially in my context where short and long term students are mixed together with continuous enrolment, and teachers changing classes.

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4 Ways To Learn From Other People's Expertise

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A few months ago I was planning to attend a principal's meeting near my state capital. Since I was going alone, I asked a principal friend from a neighboring district if we could ride together. Lit...
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Special Needs Education Course

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This online course http://goo.gl/XVwodg is aimed at teachers of English as a subject or teachers teaching through the medium of English. It’s suitable for both primary and secondary teachers and not just for Special Educational Needs specialists.
– Check the link for details of the duration and price of the course


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It's about time

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So look…the timetable is an intricately-designed artefact. It balances a wide range of mutually incompatible desires and is usually the fruit of hours and hours of puzzling. In some ways it is like taking pieces from thirty different jigsaws and putting them together somehow to create a new picture. Take it from me, I already know that it doesn’t meet your demands and preferences. It bothers me, but I have done the best I could. If you feel really strongly about it, we’ll miss you greatly and we are thankful for whatever work you have done for us. Good luck in the future and may the wind always be at your back.

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The unspoken truth about life as a DOS! Brilliantly put...

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2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)

2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON) | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
Welcome to the 4th annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON), an online global event highlighting “wow” moments in teaching and learning…
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A great opportunity to get inspired by teachers & trainers around the world sharing their 'wow' moments

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Connected Learning - An Infographic

Connected Learning - An Infographic | Be The DOS | Scoop.it
There a lot of great resources out there about connected learning. Pulling it all together, here's a quick overview. ~Mia

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Les Howard's curator insight, October 8, 2013 3:05 PM

Concise overview of Connected Learning, thanks Mia.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 8, 2013 6:11 PM

Great overview!

Luis Pina Lopes's curator insight, October 11, 2013 12:52 AM

To whom it may concern...#education