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Leadership 2.0 – Open Course #leadership20 | Connected Principals

Leadership 2.0 – Open Course #leadership20 | Connected Principals | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Starting on October 2nd, I am very pleased to announce that Parkland School Division, in conjunction with the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, will be .holding totally open and free sessions on “Leadership 2.0“. This will explore what school leadership looks like in the context of today’s world and how innovative leaders are pushing their schools and organizations forward. The course will be based on the Alberta Principal Quality Standards but these standards are applicable to the success of a school leader anywhere in the world and usually align with most organizational standards.

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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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But at schools built on Deeper Learning principles, the meetings are often turned into student-led conferences, with students presenting their schoolwork, while their teachers, having helped them prepare, sit across the table, or even off to the side. The triad then sits together to review and discuss the work and the student’s progress. The message, once again, is that the students are responsible for their own success. Hill encourages students to reflect on the connection between the effort they have made and the quality of their work. To this end, he asks them to choose three examples that help them tell their parents a deeper story: one that shows they have recognized both a personal strength and an area in which they are struggling. Most students, he says, have never thought about their learning in this way. Nor have most of their parents.

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NMC Horizon Report Europe

NMC Horizon Report Europe | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon Report Europe > 2014 Schools Edition was released on October the 2nde. The goal for this major multiorganizational collaboration is that the key trends, challenges, and technological developments detailed here directly inform...
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How Will You Participate in Connected Educator Month? - e-Learning Feeds

How Will You Participate in Connected Educator Month? - e-Learning Feeds | Connected educator | Scoop.it
October is Connected Educator Month (CEM)! Organized by the U.S. Department of Education, this is CEM’s 3rd year and the calendar is full with online …
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Over 2 Million Historical Pictures Are Now Available on Flickr ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Over 2 Million Historical Pictures Are Now Available on Flickr ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Are You Ready to Join the Slow Education Movement?

Are You Ready to Join the Slow Education Movement? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Teacher and PBL consultant Shelley Wright offers her first draft of a Slow Education manifesto and urges other educators to join in the effort.
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Education must be personalized – responsive to the real needs of each student. This could mean the abolition of grade levels based on age. When education is personalized, it emphasizes student interests, teaches skills using worthwhile content – and most important – shows kids how to tap into their own innate motivation to learn. It puts the onus of learning on those who have the most at stake in school: students.

Personalized learning requires teachers to become co-learners and release their iron grip on the learning process. It requires districts to trust principals, principals to trust teachers, and teachers to trust students. It requires a great deal of conversation about what real learning is and why it matters.

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Some very important facts and interesting ideas! "Give the student the time he needs!" An inspiring read!

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Education is perhaps one of the most fundamental changes that has to be undertaken...

Let's let it emerge autopoïetically...,This does not mean we should not lead on it...

 

"One must constantly rest on an acting “avant garde” (vanguard). There's never preliminary consensus with respect to innovation. One doesn't progress on the foundation of average opinion, which is not democratic; but “mediocratic”. One progresses on the foundation of creative passion. All and every transformational innovation is first and foremost deviance. It diffuses when becoming a trend before becoming a historic power."

Edgar Morin : Freely translated from French

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The Two Worlds of Education

The Two Worlds of Education | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Being connected as an educator offers a unique perspective. It is almost as if there are two different world’s in education, and a connected educator must travel within both. Technology in our comp...
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There is one irony of all of this two-worlds discussion that upsets me most. When I talk to many of the thought leaders in the connected world of education, who are still practicing educators, I ask a simple question. Are you recognized in your school or district for the value you bring to the connected community of educators? Most, if not all, tell me that their district has little or no idea of who they are or what they bring to the world of education. How is it possible that the value of these educators, and their contribution to education, are not recognized within their own unconnected education world?

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Top 10 Facebook Pages for Educators

Top 10 Facebook Pages for Educators | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Facebook Pages are a great resource for educational technology professionals to find companies, thought leaders, groups and organizations to share ideas and experiences with peers while expanding industry knowledge and increasing connections.
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4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal

4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal | Connected educator | Scoop.it

#147205418 / gettyimages.com I am so intrigued with the number of people that are jumping into principal positions as I think it is truly one of the best jobs in the world.  It is also one of the the toughest.  Isolation within a school (even though that is a choice that we now make ourselves) has been kind of a norm in past years, so to have a shared focus as a school is foreign territory for many (including principals).  Yet with a constant focus on “change”, many principals bring people together, but often for the wrong reasons.  If you move to fast, that can often lead to strained relationships within a school and resentment towards the new “leader”.  As much as principals want to make it “our school”, many admin really try to make it “their school”, or at least, that is the picture that they paint to their staff.  Sometimes you need to move slow to go fast.

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Principals often want to make a splash with staff and bring in “gurus” to move them ahead, but I truly believe that most schools have everything they need within the building, we just have to find a way to bring it all together.  It is not that you shouldn’t look for outside help ever, as a differing perspective helps sometimes, but you should also balance that with having your own staff deliver professional development as well.  This builds capacity and relationships (see number one) within your building.

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Kahoot- Excellent Web Tool for Creating and delivering Quizzes and Surveys to Students

Kahoot- Excellent Web Tool for Creating and delivering Quizzes and Surveys to Students | Connected educator | Scoop.it
July 28, 2014
Kahoot is another great student response system that teachers can use to create and deliver quizzes and surveys to students. Kahoot provides a learning environment that is ideal for...
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for engaging students for it incorporates the precepts of both game-based learning and inquiry-based learning. Kahoot allows teachers to create quizzes and surreys that include a wide variety of multimedia elements such as videos, pictures and text. Each quiz you create can be accessed by students across different devices . Also teachers have the possibility to create time-controlled quizzes. You can set a specific period of time for the answer of each question. In this way students are rewarded not only for the correct answer but also for their timeliness.

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"Learning is What You Do to Yourself"

"Learning is What You Do to Yourself" | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Joi Ito, head of the MIT Media Lab:
“I’m a three-time college dropout, so learning over education is very near and dear to my heart, but to me, education is what people do to you and learning is what...
people do to you and learning is what you do to yourself.

And it feels like, and I’m biased, it feels like they’re trying to make you memorize the whole encyclopedia before they let you go out and play, and to me, I’ve got Wikipedia on my cell phone, and it feels like they assume you’re going to be on top of some mountain all by yourself with a number 2 pencil trying to figure out what to do when in fact you’re always going to be connected, you’re always going to have friends, and you can pull Wikipedia up whenever you need it, and what you need to learn is how to learn…

…So I think the good news is that even though the world is extremely complex, what you need to do is very simple. I think it’s about stopping this notion that you need to plan everything, you need to stock everything, and you need to be so prepared, and focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware, and super present.

How do we learn to learn what we need to learn when we need to learn it with the people who can best help us learn it? 

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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The pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. “The idea was that it was for students who could manage their time well, were looking for something more than the traditional program, and had a passion for learning,” says Powell, who served as the group’s primary adviser. Academic performance didn’t matter — the group included straight-A students as well as students who were failing many of their classes. The group was fairly diverse in other ways, too, with the students hailing from a range of blue-collar and white-collar family backgrounds.

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10 Great Digital Citizenship Lessons from Google ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Digital Citizenship Lessons from Google ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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These are 10 interactive lessons designed by the folks in Google to help students learn more about different themes related to the general topic of digital citizenship. And while all these lessons revolve around YouTube, most of the principles they include could also be projected on any other digital platform.
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Connected Cafe: Join ISTE & CTQ for Twitter chats every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in October

Connected Cafe: Join ISTE & CTQ for Twitter chats every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday in October | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Connected Cafe is a series of Twitter chats (#ce14) each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-8pm EDT throughout October, co-sponsored by ISTE and CTQ.
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8 Characteristics of the Innovative Leader

8 Characteristics of the Innovative Leader | Connected educator | Scoop.it

“Why are we okay that management hasn’t seen innovation in a 100 or 50 years, but we demand innovation in every other aspect of our lives?” Jamie Notter As we continue to look at and learning becoming more “innovative”, it is important that leadership changes.  As administrators often set the tone for their district or their building, if they are saying the same, it is not likely that things are going to change in the classroom.  Leadership needs to not only “think” different, but they need to “act” different


For leaders to be effective in changing a school or an organization, they need to change themselves first.  It is way too easy to go a leadership conference and get ideas of things that you are going to do with your staff.  What is important is changing your own practice first.  So along the lines of what is happening within “pockets” of classrooms around the world, leaders must embody the characteristics that they seek.  As my good friend Jimmy Casas says, “what we model is what we get.”

 


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5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Teacher feedback must be informative and encouraging for students to fully understand whether they're learning and what they can do to improve the learning process.
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Be as Specific as Possible

In a review of the available research titled "The Power of Feedback," University of Auckland professors Helen Timperley and John Hattie highlight the importance of supplying learners with specific information about what they are doing right or wrong.

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5 Questions You Should Ask Your Principal

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Principal | Connected educator | Scoop.it

   I was recently asked by a superintendent if I had some questions to ask his principals to start off the year.  The questions I gave him were based on the following...

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What are you hoping teaching and learning looks like in your school and how do you communicate that vision? (Embodying Visionary Leadership) – There are many leaders in schools that often communicate a BIG PICTURE of what schools should look like, but can’t clearly communicate what it looks like for teachers and students. It is important to be able to discuss elements of learning that you are looking for in the classroom.  Not only is important to hold this vision, but to help develop it with staff and be able to communicate it clearly. 

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Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders

Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Todays connected learners need connected school and system leaders.  Further to the presentation prepared for  TEDxKitchenerED about the work that is/needs to be done in the area of personally owne...
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CONTEST for CEM! (Cross Post from TECH TIPS FOR TEACHERS World Education)

CONTEST for CEM! (Cross Post from TECH TIPS FOR TEACHERS World Education) | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Just returned from a great meeting with the folks at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)  in Washington, DC to brainstorm together how they will be celebrating Connected Educator Month with us worldwide. And speaking of worldwide, look what came across our Google Alerts today! A contest from World Education for Connected Educator Month and a post from an educational leader in Norway as they start to plan their own Connected Educator Month in October. Hopefully Norway will be joining CORE Education in New Zealand  and the Department of Education in Victoria, Australia in holding a full scale Connected Educator Month of their own in October. Anyway, check out the contest from the folks at World Education below. Then start planning what you and your organization/school/classroom will do for Connected Educator Month. Be … More
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Can I Use This Picture- A New Wonderful Flowchart for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Can I Use This Picture- A New Wonderful Flowchart for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Teachers Visual Guide to Google Drive Sharing

Teachers Visual Guide to Google Drive Sharing | Connected educator | Scoop.it
August 11, 2014
With the approach of the new school entry teachers are busy getting themselves around the technology they might need for this coming school year. Obviously, it goes without saying...
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An Educator’s Conference Perspective

An Educator’s Conference Perspective | Connected educator | Scoop.it
If there is one thing that could be said of what I do professionally it might be that I do get around to many education conferences.
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 It was there that I saw a keynote by Michael Fullan, a Canadian education researcher and former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. From that speech my main take-away was that in education today Pedagogy is the foundation and technology is the accelerator. For me that was a statement that was clear, concise, and right on the money.

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Connected Educators Radio

Connected Educators Radio | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Amplifying the voices of the education community (RT @snbeach: RT @BAMRadioNetwork: Three Big Changes for October's Connected Educator Month 2014 #CE14 http://t.co/ihTwjrORp2 @middleweb)...
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A Wonderful Poster on Failure ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Poster on Failure ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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At 30 years old, Steve Jobs was left devastated and depressed after being removed from the company he started. Few years after this,  Steve came back stronger than ever and spearheaded a team of engineers to create and launch a series of hand-held devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) that transformed the mobile technology and human life forever. Steve Jobs is only one example among many that shows how failure can be the impetus for  groundbreaking achievements.

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Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator

Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Elana Leoni, Edutopia's Social Media Marketing Manager, is back from ASCD's annual conference with ten tips to become a connected educator, including making the time to connect, following educators you respect, and being open to making mistakes. (Updated 10/2013)
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Maria Persson's curator insight, October 13, 5:01 AM

Connectedness can no longer be viewed as an advantage or luxury but should be encouraged as a necessity for  the 21 st century and beyond.