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Meaning and Purpose | Connected Principals

So recently I had the wonderful opportunity to re-read one of of my favorite books, In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive”, he talks about the power of intrinsic motivation.

 

Pink often talks about how “meaning” is the new money, and I wonder how much we are doing to emphasize this in the contact days that we have with our students. Are we really looking to connect and relate what we are teaching in a way that allows our kids to see the purpose in it…..or the meaning? Are students leaving our classrooms with a better understanding of who they are, and a better sense of who they can be? I know that they are becoming better readers, and scientists, and mathematicians but are they becoming better people? If it’s not a confident and resounding yes!, then I think we should re-evaluate our own purpose and meaning as educators.

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Connected Educators Radio

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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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Can we keep making small "tweaks"?

Can we keep making small "tweaks"? | Connected educator | Scoop.it

#168318090 / gettyimages.com I can’t remember where I saw it, but I recently read an article about the interruption  that bell causes with many schools when it destroys the flow of learning for a teacher.  I have said something similar before and have not been in a school as an administrator where bells signified the end of a class.  The idea was always that if a kid was deep into learning that the bells would stop that deep learning that was happening in the classroom....

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When I went to visit Ann Michaelsen in Norway this past January, she told me how their high school had got rid of several classes in a day for high school students, and went with one class per day.  For example, you might have English on Monday, Mathematics on Tuesday, and so on.  What she had shared was that this created a significant shift in the way educators taught their classes.  As I watched the teachers in action, it looked more like a workshop model in every classroom, with students doing a lot of hands on work, and the teacher becoming almost like an academic advisor, working with individual students throughout the day and seeing where they were in their studies.  The amount of time that each teacher had with the students had really made an impact on changing teacher practice and mindset towards the way kids were learning throughout the day.  It would be tough to lecture for five or six hours in a day; the students would have to become more involved in their learning.

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5 Free Courses for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Free Courses for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Connected Educator Conference in Norway 2014

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Join us the 21st of October 2014
The conference in Norway in 2012
Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the last two years.
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ISTE14 Impressions

ISTE14 Impressions | Connected educator | Scoop.it
This year ISTE put on what appeared to me to be the biggest education extravaganza to date. The number of participants was said to be somewhere between 20 and 22 thousand educators.
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Teaching in the Digital Age: Reflections on #ISTE2014

Teaching in the Digital Age: Reflections on #ISTE2014 | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Chris Lehmann, [@chrislehmann] a Principal in Philadelphia began his session by asking the participants to consider what schools should help students do. Advocates, lifelong learners, agents of change, etc. were some of the responses.  He didn’t begin with what technology can do for a reason.  He wanted us to discover how we can leverage technology to reach that vision.  He wanted us to realize how technology can amplify student voice, created connected students, drive change, and create opportunities for students that didn’t exist before we had devices in the classroom.  As educators we need to empower our students to raise awareness, start conversations, and change minds.  Bill Ferrier, classroom teacher (@plugusin) reminds of what we want kids to do with technology. With these “right answers” we are sure to make a difference in the lives of our students.  

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5 Characteristics of an Innovative Organization

5 Characteristics of an Innovative Organization | Connected educator | Scoop.it
As the year has wrapped up for most North American schools, I look back at my year and realize how blessed I am to not only be able to travel the world and share my experience with others, but also...
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1.  Promotion and modelling of risk-taking.

2.  Competitive-Collaboration.

3.  Proud of where we are, but know we have a way to go.

5. Relationships, relationships, relationships.

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Work with any file, on any device, any time with new Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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Odds are, you don't use just one device throughout the day—maybe it's a tablet at home over breakfast, a phone on the train to work, and then a computer or laptop once you're in the office. In other words, you expect to be able to get stuff done no matter where you are, which device you’re using, or what you’re working on.

That’s why today, Docs, Sheets, and Slides are getting major updates on both mobile and desktop. With this release, you can now work on any document, at any time, on any device, both with and without an Internet connection.

Mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and now Slides 
We recently launched mobile apps for Docs and Sheets that allow you to create and edit files on the go, even if you’re offline. We’re rounding out the trio with a new Slides mobile app that’s available starting today on Android and in the coming weeks on iOS.

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Recordings Archive

Recordings Archive | Connected educator | Scoop.it
17 June 2014
Michelle Pacansky-Brock from the Learning 2.0 - on Can't You Just Lecture to Me?

http://youtu.be/47F9zqxap14

Jaime Casap from the Global Educa…
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15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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How to name documents and foldersHow to choose sharing options: Edit, Comment, and ViewHow to share a document with specific peopleHow to share a document as a linkHow to use foldersHow to create folders for your documentsHow to put your documents in foldersHow to share a folderHow to use folders as staff handout foldersHow to use folders as student turn-in foldersHow to use forms to turn in assignmentsHow to create and use templatesHow to use comments in the grading processHow to use revision historyUse Voice Comments
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Flat Connections Sydney 2014 #flatconnect

Flat Connections Sydney 2014 #flatconnect | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Learning about the world, with the world I'm on my way to Sydney Australia to participate in the Flat Connection Conference. The theme of the conference is 'What's the other story?', encouraging pa...
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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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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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Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Teachers at a Norwegian school use video games to teach everything from language and literature, to ethics, art, and science.
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Should We Unconnect from Our PLNs Over Summer Break?

Should We Unconnect from Our PLNs Over Summer Break? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
I just finished participating in an #educoach chat. Topic for the evening: How to work with reluctant teachers from an instructional coach perspective. A large number of educators participated, included an author on the topic.
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Schools at the Crossroads

Schools at the Crossroads | Connected educator | Scoop.it
John Hagel, from his “A 21st Century Global Declaration of Independence:”
“We find ourselves now at a crossroads in history. The institutions – commercial, educational, political and civic - that we...
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How can you make relevant decisions about curriculum, budget, technology, assessments, staffing, infrastructure, pedagogy, scheduling, support and all the other things you deal with on a daily basis if you yourselves are not powerful, connected learners with technology in a modern context?” I’m not saying that those folks weren’t trying their best to serve the kids in their boards. I’m also not saying that their current decisions are all terrible. But, to paraphrase Gary Stager, you can’t make relevant decisions about 21st Century learners if you haven’t learned in this century.  

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Margaret Spellings on the Future of Education

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g that she is right in many of her assumptions here. What do you think? Is this school in 20 years? Our school was recently showcased in the national newspaper in Norway as the school of the future. According to this article we have a long way to go. And I think somehow this is the direction we need to take.  Read full article here.The school of the future is 20 years from now? I recently read this article in the Wall street journal. It is a prediction of the future that might be closer than most educator think. I'm predictin...

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School Leaders: Are You the Role Model for Professional Learning?

School Leaders: Are You the Role Model for Professional Learning? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
When it comes to professional learning and building relationships in schools, we should not have the "Do as I say, not as I do" philosophy.
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Praxis - this involves "reflecting on reality so that you can act, and reflection isn't possible unless people feel free to choose how to make sense of what they are learning."Reciprocity - Principals need to approach teachers humbly, and see themselves as learners in the school as well. Just because they are leaders, doesn't mean they aren't learners. Same holds true for teachers in the classroom.
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Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace

Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Despite a statewide competency-based learning policy, some New Hampshire high schools are focusing their energies on different kinds of innovation.
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“In a true competency based system — and we opened with it — you did not have a letter grade,” said Dennis Perreault, a veteran social studies teacher at Campbell. “You were either advanced, proficient or NC (not demonstrating competent).” In less than a year local education officials told Campbell to get rid of that system and adopt a traditional A-F grading system.

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Handy Google Hangout Cheat Sheet for Teachers

Handy Google Hangout Cheat Sheet for Teachers | Connected educator | Scoop.it
June 26, 2014
One of the best features of Google Plus I like so much is called Hangout. Hangout is a great way for teachers to  host group discussions online . Google Plus Hangout allows you to...
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Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks | FutureBook

Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks | FutureBook | Connected educator | Scoop.it

"I don't use textbooks at all because I think that limits how you teach,” says Ann Michaelsen, a teacher at Oslo’s Sandvika High School and speaker at the recent Bett Show, the education world’s biggest technology fair. “I post something on the front of my blog and tell my students: 'This is what we're going to do today'”, she says. While Michaelsen may not yet be typical, she points the way toward a new breed of teacher; one capitalizing upon technology, digital collaboration and social media interaction. With more and more educational institutes incorporating BYOD (bring your own device) schemes, education has come a long way from the slate tablet to the digital tablet.  


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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A Handy Google Image Tip for Teachers and Students

A Handy Google Image Tip for Teachers and Students | Connected educator | Scoop.it
June 17, 2014
One of the essential features of Google Image, but overlooked by most students,  is to search for images using images instead of text. This is especially important when searching...
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