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Global Digital Citizen—The Role of the Teacher| The Committed Sardine

Global Digital Citizen—The Role of the Teacher| The Committed Sardine | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Andrew Churches reviews the original post about the changing role of the teacher.  The teacher holds a cornerstone role in the development of understanding, the appreciation of culture and diversity, and the formation of the moral and ethical basis that, like the cornerstone of a building, provides a strong and stable foundation for life in both the real and virtual world they co-inhabit.

 

The teacher is guide, role model, monitor, and often mediator or arbitrator.

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Connected Learning: A New Research-Driven Initiative

Connected Learning: A New Research-Driven Initiative | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Connected Learning, a new research-driven initiative, was introduced at the Digital Media and Learning Conference 2012.


At the core of connected learning are three values:

 

Equity — when educational opportunity is available and accessible to all young people, it elevates the world we all live in.


Full Participation — learning environments, communities, and civic life thrive when all members actively engage and contribute.


Social connection — learning is meaningful when it is part of valued social relationships and shared practice, culture, and identity (http://connectedlearning.tv/connected-learning-principles).

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What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

3quarksdaily: Diane Ravitsch


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Why is STEM+ARTS important to US education and economic innovation? | Changemakers

Why is STEM+ARTS important to US education and economic innovation? | Changemakers | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Via Changemakers som questions to get the discussion going about the Arts and STEM:

 

Are you connecting STEM+ARTS in your educational practice?

 

Do you think the arts are fundamental to STEM or is STEM+ARTS a special instance of STEM?

 

What unifies and/or differentiates STEM from the arts?

 

The STEM + ARTS education movement is on the move and there is a list of links to programs around the US.

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10 Post Types That Gets Plenty of Shares

10 Post Types That Gets Plenty of Shares | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
This is a Guest Post by Yeremi Akpan. Yeremi teaches how to make your blog popular through writing guest posts.

 

If you were a visitor to your site, would you share your post? Here are some ways to achieve unique blog posts:

1. Engage your audience

2. Share some easy to implement tip

3. Step-by-step "how to" blog posts

4. People love review posts

5. Interview posts are the greatest!

6. Be Resourceful: Create Resource Blog Posts

7. Posts that Reveal more about You

8. Why I Don't Do "Somthing" Type of Posts

9. Giveaway/Competition Posts

10. Case Studies

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Interviewing

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"Interviewing is one of the most effective ways to add depth, expertise, and precision to your writing. Interviews, like all things writing related, are both an art and a science, and it involves both connecting with people at a personal level and asking questions that elicit information, sometimes information they don’t particularly want you to know."

 

I needed this now. I'm interviewing Thought Leaders about personalizing learning. I have questions but learned some better steps to better interviewing in this article. 

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Co-creation, inspiration and the Global Jukebox

Co-creation, inspiration and the Global Jukebox | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Can folk music be a model for setting up a co-creation culture?

In his book We-think: The power of mass creativity the author Charles Leadbeater is talking about a relation of co-creation and the habit of folk music that people borrow musical structures from a shared tradition and taking ideas from a shared pool of multipliers without concern for ownership. A climate of sharing and giving leads to mass innovation often with an individual touch and not mass production.

 

Sounds like social media to me.

 

This is a TedTalk about the Global Jukebox, a tremendous collection of field recordings, of Alan Lomax. The folklorist’s archive of 17.000 field recordings will begin to stream for free very soon, including music from Britain, Ireland, the US, the Caribbean and the former USSR.

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The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers | Edudemic

The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers | Edudemic | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Adopting a new communication tool is not easy. Figuring out the best way YOU can use Twitter is even harder. Luckily you are not going it alone. We have culled the following resources from an array of websites that try to help anyone understand and better use Twitter.

 

Gust MEES: A MUST READ! All information on one place!


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Jenny Pesina's comment, February 24, 2012 12:43 AM
Thanks for sharing, Barbara - I found this a great resource too!
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You're welcome JennyP - I rescooped it from Jim Lerman and may do some more research and write something to share with my readers.
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A Business Perspective: A Case For Personalized Learning

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A great education system is the key to economic success in Loudoun County.   However, there is a shift in the way our country, and our region, is beginning to view education.  John Wood is a parent of one child who has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and an IEP team who help meet personalized objectives. He wonders why both of his children do not have access to this personalized education?

 

What the author is describing is individualized instruction and wants to figure out why all students could not qualify for IEPs. He then shares some ideas that can work for all children: flipping the classroom, Khan Academy, YouTube videos. Very interesting that a parent gets this. Hope he reads more about personalized learning and the difference between that and IEPs. 

 

Check out Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization chart: http://barbarabray.net/2012/01/22/personalization-vs-differentiation-vs-individualization-chart/

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Social Business or Social Media: A Visual Perspective

Social Business or Social Media: A Visual Perspective | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

This amazing infographic was put together by Tyrell Mara via maxOZ. This is also curation in all its glory.

 

What does a social business model look like, where each dept. of an organization is leveraging the social web, and social networks specific to their strategy?


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Thank you Jani for curating so eloquently! I appreciate all the resources you find.
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A Principal's Reflections: Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning

A Principal's Reflections: Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The use of case studies is a powerful pedagogical approach to incorporate student-centered learning activities into lessons. Claire Davis and Elizabeth Wilcock conducted an excellent literature review and created a phenomenal resource called Teaching Materials Using Case Studies.

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The Rise of the New Groupthink

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Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity. This article is an opinion piece on the New York Times. The author states that solitude produces innovation and brainstorming sessions are the worst possible ways to stimulate creativity.

 

The “evidence from science suggests that business people must be insane to use brainstorming groups,” wrote the organizational psychologist Adrian Furnham. “If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity or efficiency is the highest priority.”

 

The reason why this author states that brainstorming fials is that people in groups tend to sit back and let others do the work; they instinctively mimic others’ opinions and lose sight of their own; and, often succumb to peer pressure.

 

Then the author talks about electronic brainstorming and communication. Marcel Proust called reading a “miracle of communication in the midst of solitude,” and that’s what the Internet is, too. It’s a place where we can be alone together — and this is precisely what gives it power.

 

So the new GroupThink takes individual artists and thinkers to share what they know and are learning. This is a good point but I believe that being in a room collaborating on an idea is not all bad.

 

You need a good facilitator for group work be it with teachers or learners. I also see how easy it is to turn a point with electronic brainstorming. There are individuals who alone can be very loud on the Internet. 

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Collaboration 1: Collaboration is the key influence in the quality of teaching - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Collaboration 1: Collaboration is the key influence in the quality of teaching - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

"Innovative teaching happens more in environments where teachers collaborate. In schools where teachers report more frequent collaboration with one another on teaching practices, innovative teaching scores tend to be higher... Teachers told us that collaboration can be an important mechanism for sharing teaching practices and for mutual support toward improving them."


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Connected Learning

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How can we help young people learn to express themselves with new technologies so they can be active participants in tomorrow’s Creative Society? This site is all about connected learning with weekly webinar series. 

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Prompting Innovation in Education | Jump the Curve with Jack Uldrich

Prompting Innovation in Education | Jump the Curve with Jack Uldrich | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Educational futurist Jack Uldrich ask eight provocative questions to jump start innovative thinking for the blended learning grant application process.

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Sir Ken Robinson - Leading a Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson provides the closing statement for the LWF 12 conference under the theme "leading a learning revolution". Reforms are required for our indus...

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Google privacy tips: how to avoid telling them too much

Google privacy tips: how to avoid telling them too much | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Jack Schofield: Your personal data is a valuable commodity, and there are ways to control what information Google records. I read this and realize -- your data is everywhere anyway. Try to remove it and it's still out there. When you join social media, the whole idea is to connect and share. 

 

I was waiting for this to happen. Free is not free. How do you think Google and Facebook make their money? They use your data. Now that we have Google Apps, they are our students data. We cannot hide from it unless you live behind walls. I saw this coming long ago when I created My eCoach. I figured you need a place for private discussions where no advertiser can get hold of your information. You can still publish and connect with others. But if you want a walled environment, you will have to pay for it because there are no advertisers and no one using your data. 

 

It's up to you to figure out what you want companies to do with your information. Right now they know all of the ways to connect to you including your cell phone #. You cannot hide from them. Go ahead and do all of the things in this article, but you are already a known entity to advertisers. :o)

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Design Thinking Is a Cognitive and Intellectual Process that Balances the Rational and Emotional. Not Included with Your MBA. | Futurelab – We are marketing and customer strategy consultants with a...

Design Thinking Is a Cognitive and Intellectual Process that Balances the Rational and Emotional. Not Included with Your MBA. | Futurelab – We are marketing and customer strategy consultants with a... | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

What is Design Thinking? Because of the word “design” many automatically associate it with the craft of design or design as a profession. Actually it has less to do with “design” and more with “system”.

> A way to instill customer-centricity and empathy
> A framework for exploration and experimentation
> An approach to sense-making and problem solving
> A methodology to foster exploration and experimentation
> A design buzzword to tell you a designer can do more than design
> A management buzzword sold as the “next” strategic tool
> A marketing slogan or tag line
> A self-gratifying term for those who think they are creative

 

The term “design thinkers” implies that designers are craftsmen and not thinkers, which is NOT always the case. It is also a stretch for traditional industrial or brand/graphic design firms to claim to be able to use "design thinking" to solve complex strategic issues.

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Why is Dropbox Successful? It's the Simplicity (Stupid)

Why is Dropbox Successful? It's the Simplicity (Stupid) | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Dropbox built a simple product that tears people away from their hardware and shifts their interest toward the cloud, argues one of the company's backers.

 

"Once you begin using Dropbox, you become more and more indifferent to the hardware you are using, as well as the operating system on that device. Dropbox commoditizes your devices and their OS, by being your 'state' system in the sky," Bill Gurley writes.

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Internet Addiction? Or Social Evolution? | Simbeck Hampson | Business Innovation

Internet Addiction? Or Social Evolution? | Simbeck Hampson | Business Innovation | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Are we becoming less social or are we becoming more social?

 

Simbeck Hampson writes:

"I think most of us can agree that we’re defiantly becoming more connected through emerging technologies resulting in new ways we humans interact with each other. Can the expansion of connections between people occur with a decrease in socialization?"

 

Socializing means something different. Is it the number of friends we have on Facebook? Or are we making new virtual connections that become richer when we meet in person. Change can be scary and with so many people texting instead of talking can seem very unsocial. The author asks:

 

"Are we addicted to the Internet? Or are we something else – genetically hardwired with pleasure releasing hormones pushing us to invent ways in which we can socially connect in the most convenient and efficient ways possible? It seems to me we’re in the midst of a social paradigm shift rather than an Internet addiction epidemic."

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A Prezi Guide to an Effective School - Learning together

A Prezi Guide to an Effective School - Learning together | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Here's a Prezi presentation you can save or display. A complete guide to creating a reflective community of learners. Includes sample prompts.


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The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture

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Jackie Gerstein writes a thorough post on The Flipped Classroom with research, links, and visuals. She writes that "the advantage of the flipped classroom is that the content, often the theoretical/lecture-based component of the lesson, becomes more easily accessed and controlled by the learner." Jackie provides good examples on why taking the lecture live can also be a problem.

 

"A major roadblock or barrier to the implementation of this model is that many educators do not know what to do within the classroom, what to do with that “whatever they want to do” time. For educators, who are used to and use the didactic model, a framework is needed to assist them with the implementation of the Flipped Classroom. In other words, the message to teachers to do what they want during classroom is not enough to make this transition.

 

In order to minimize the flavor of the month syndrome (recall character education, phonics movements, multicultural education, Reading First, powerpoints in the classroom), the use of video lectures needs to fall within a larger framework of learning activities – within more establish models of learning, providing a larger context for educator implementation."

 

The visuals walk you through the what, so what and now what. I really appreciate how Jackie presented this information and her summary: 

 

"The Flipped Classroom offers a great use of technology - especially if it gets lecture out of the classrooms and into the hands and control of the learners. As it is being discussed, it is part of a larger picture of teaching and learning. The Flipped Classroom videos have a place in the models and cycles of learning proposed by educational psychologists and instructional designers. Providing educators with a full framework of how the Flipped Classroom can be used in their educational settings will increase its validity for educators and their administrators."

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Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story

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A North Carolina school district has quietly emerged as a model digital school, with thousands of laptops issued to students and test scores up across the board. 

 

I see that this school district is using laptops to increase test scores but I would like to see how they are helping their students prepare as global citizens with higher-order thinking skills. Show me by following them after graduation - what is their success rate in college - finding jobs?

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Mending Africa’s Tech Skills Gap & Tapping into it’s Youthful Population to Power Innovation in Tech & the African Renaissance | Afrinnovator

Mending Africa’s Tech Skills Gap & Tapping into it’s Youthful Population to Power Innovation in Tech & the African Renaissance | Afrinnovator | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Majority of the African population is under 30 years of age with two thirds being under 25 according to the Africa Commission. We saw that presented an unprecedented potential market for those who can understand this demography and provide what they are demanding. On the other hand, this youthful population also presents a massive potential labor force. IT skills can fill the gap.

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What Consumer Culture Will Look Like In 2020 (And How Brands Can Adapt)

What Consumer Culture Will Look Like In 2020 (And How Brands Can Adapt) | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

It may only be eight years away, but a lot of things could change by 2020, driven by climate change and limited resources. Chances are, the real 2020 will fall somewhere in the middle of these scenarios. But for what it’s worth, the author believes it will be a combination of "My Way" and "From Me To You"--smaller, local economies with an emphasis on decreasing waste and maximizing resources.

 

Very interesting article predicting the future. I'd like to take this idea and predict what education will be like in 2020. Next blog post maybe?

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