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For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Thinkstock In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and answers. What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?

That’s the premise of the Right Question Institute and a new book by its co-directors Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, documents a step-by-step process to help students formulate and prioritize questions about nearly everything.

Coming up with the right question involves vigorously thinking through the problem, investigating it from various angles, turning closed questions into open-ended ones and prioritizing which are the most important questions to get at the heart of the matter.
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The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb”

The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb” | Connected educator | Scoop.it
For ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”.
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So when you can Google everything and all of the information in the world now resides in your pocket, we have to start thinking differently about school.  If I asked a teacher a question, and they used Google, or tweeted out the question and found the information through a social network, many people would consider that adult “resourceful”.  Yet if a student does the same thing, they are considered a cheater.  Ewan McIntosh has talked about the idea of “Google vs. Non-Googleable Questions” that leads to higher level thinking.  It is not that content has become unimportant, but as Thomas Friedman states in his article on how to get a job at Google, “the world only cares about what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it)”.

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"Our" Curriculum vs. "Their" Curriculum

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Sam Levin:
“When people talk about student voice, they’re talking about feedback sessions and letting students be part of hiring committees. When they say, “Let’s give students a voice,” they mean “let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.”

That’s not what they need. They need a lot more. We need to give them a pen and a microphone and a hammer and a shovel and a chalkboard. We need to give them a classroom and an audience and blank sheet that says “curriculum” at the top. We need to give them a budget and a building.

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Will: I’ve been arguing more and more of late that “curriculum” is a major if not the major problem in schools right now. And it’s not just that our current curriculum is in many ways outdated, irrelevant, and bloated.

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Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Will Replace Face-to-Face Interaction”

Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Will Replace Face-to-Face Interaction” | Connected educator | Scoop.it
For ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”.
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Technology can give us the opportunity to enhance face-to-face interactions, not replace them.  We just have to take advantage.

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A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks

A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks | Connected educator | Scoop.it
April 6, 2014
In an earlier post here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning I talked about the 8 elements of the critical thinking process and I argued that critical thinking is  a...
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Finally Office Apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint Are Now Available on iPad for Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Finally Office Apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint Are Now Available on iPad for Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for Variety in Learning

One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for Variety in Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
When you want to improve your physical health, you don’t have to eat one specific type of food or exercise in a specific way. Rather, you need an appropriate mix of healthy foods and exercise -- no one thing is required. Different types of exercise and foods are in some sense interchangeable. What matters is that you get the appropriate dose. Could this common idea from health translate into the world of education?
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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?
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“We need to begin to think about schools in a fundamentally different way,” Richardson said. In his vision of this third narrative, reformers would focus on creating an education system that supportsinquiry-based, student-centered learning, where students are encouraged to find entry points into the mandated curriculum in ways that are meaningful to them. Technology is an integral part of Richardson’s vision because it allows students to create and demonstrate their knowledge. “That piece of it really allows kids to create things and connect with other people, arguably more important than much of the traditional curriculum that schools are built around,” Richardson said

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Most of what is in this article has been understood for some time. I am reading Dewey, Whitehead, and Gadamer about education. There is no one-size-fits-all in their writing and thinking. The first two used a common phrase: "there is no royal road to learning." What is interesting is we seem to be recirculating ideas as if they are fresh and new without change. Ben Levine (2010) suggested their is political resistance to the change. I agree, but is the resistance where we think it is? I think it is in the political, bureaucratic and technocratic  levels and not so much in the classroom. I experienced what real great change was and watched it stripped down to nothing by those outside our little school. What we did was different and well done, but that is scary in education.

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inquiry-centered learning.

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A Quick Visual Guide on How to Create An eBook from Wikipedia Articles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Quick Visual Guide on How to Create An eBook from Wikipedia Articles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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A World Upended..."Get Ready"

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From the “I Really Don’t Mean to Be Debbie Downer Department” comes this analysis from a fascinating and scary newish blog from John Robb:
“ Technological change is rapidly killing entire industries and job categories without replacing them.   Across the board, incremental productivity improvements are making it possible for employers to get by without hiring new people (even the head of the biggest employer in the World has plans to replace most of his workers with robots)....

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ends by saying; 

It’s going to be much, much faster this time due to the speed at which improvements can be distributed (software/data).  Given this catalyst, we may find ourselves more than half of the way there within twenty years.

Not quite the world we’re educating our kids for, huh?

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Connected Leadership & the Purpose of School

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I recently finished a two-day workshop lead by Canadian school leader George Couros and hosted by my school (Sandvika High, near Oslo, Norway). I was not very pleased about the attendance.
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Social media transforms lessons

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Ann Michaelsen, a teacher at Sandvika High School just outside Oslo, has been invited to Bett - the education world's biggest tech fair, held in London - to share her ideas with other technologically minded teachers.

"Social media is first and foremost a place to get connected - we do it every single day outside school or work, sometimes in work," she says.

Ann Michaelsen advocates using social media to develop students

"Most people would encourage connections - school seems to be the last place where that is allowed. It's almost restricted."

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Announcing: Educating Modern Learners

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Today, I’m happy to announce that my friend and colleague Bruce Dixon and I are starting a new membership website, Educating Modern Learners (EML). It’s a site and an accompanying newsletter that’s...
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This is about: 

Here’s some of where we’re starting from in our thinking about this:

We believe that we live and learn at a moment of rapid and radical change across institutions and cultures, and that technologies are in large part driving those changes.We believe that today’s students will be immersed in creative and connected technologies throughout their adult learning lives, and that they require new skills, literacies, and dispositions to succeed in the modern world.We believe that the web and other technologies can be a powerful source for good in the world.We believe that schools must move away from “delivering” an education to, instead, empowering students to organize their own education.We believe technology implemented with vision can be a powerful part of effective teaching and learning in schools.We believe that relevant reforms are occurring too slowly because not enough of our efforts are aimed at those who make decisions regarding technology’s role in learning in schools.We believe that top level decision makers often act without a relevant, global, modern lens for how technologies can best serve progressive teaching and learning. This is through no fault of their own as much as it is the consequence of leading at a moment of rapid and radical change.We believe there is a real need for a diverse set of expert voices to use a global lens to intelligently curate and contextualize the changes, new technologies, future trends, best practices and more on a regular basis.We believe this is a time of unprecedented opportunity. A time for boldness, and a time for well-informed leadership to shape new thinking around what schools could and should be; about where, when, and how learning takes place.  A time for us to truly rethink the possibilities that technology offers education, and a time for creative and courageous leadership to show the way.
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The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Look here for lists on how to make Google forms, Google docs, Google Drawing, Google slides, Google sheets, and work on Google Drive Offline

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Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students?

Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The Gates Foundation released a report today surveying teachers and students on the kinds of digital tools they'd like to see available in classrooms.
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The networked teacher

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Why sharing is the key to learning!
This week I have been reminded why sharing is important, mostly because Ingunn Weka from Sogndal vgs visited our school the whole week.
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Lyn Hilt: Learning in Technicolor

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Today, because of the ease with which I can access, save, share, curate, publish, critique, create, remix, and request information, my personal learning process looks much different. As administrators, teachers, and leaders, we should be able to articulate to our school communities what our own process looks like, and why it’s important to be able to model this process for our students, who no doubt are navigating the same digital waters we are.

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

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When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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In classes where students connect ideas from the abstract to real-life events, the role of the teacher — as Wilhelm illustrates — moves from being a distributor of information to one of nurturing students as they collect, evaluate, and process information into unique learning products. The students’ role consequently moves from that of a receiver of the teacher’s knowledge to that of a researcher, curator, and creator. Products of student creation and individual expressions of learning become important parts of the learning process that are shared, evaluated by classmates, and built upon by the teacher.

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15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education @coolcatteacher

15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education @coolcatteacher | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The Best Google Drive Add Ons for Education will help you be more productive and add cool academic content into Google Drive. Revise better and more...
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Add-On #1: EasyBib

You can insert citations directly into Google Documents directly within the Document using EasyBib. MLA, APA and Chicago Style are available. The EasyBib Add On for Google Drive is one of the first you should enable if you are a writing teacher.

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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

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What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers' emotional investment, among just a few criteria.
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Students like to know why they’re learning something and they want to access that information through a lens that interests them. “If teachers give broad guidelines for the project and then have students do something they’re interested in it will bring students along the whole time,” said Gramann. “Treat students like adults. If the students feel like they’re worth it they’ll act more like adults.”

 
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Being mindful or...?

Being mindful or...? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that I believe in the importance of technology and it's impact on relationships and learning in education.  If you asked people twenty years ago how they found information, their ...
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he ends by; 

Here would be my first question when I hear that argument…What are some meaningful ways that you would suggest students use technology in their learning?  I often get a question on the other side of the spectrum dealing with some of the “pitfalls of technology” and I answer it often from a place of experience as opposed to avoiding the question altogether.

If we can’t offer the negative impacts of technology without sharing the positive, are we truly being mindful or are we simply hiding a negative bias with a more acceptable term?

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Professional development- one size does not fit all

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A need for urgent change
Lately I have been thinking about how professional development is arranged and what we learn compared to how much time we spend on it.
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A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Virtual Field Trip Using Google Earth ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Virtual Field Trip Using Google Earth ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Schools Improvement Net - How a Norwegian teacher has replaced textbooks with blogging and social media

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Ann Michaelsen, a teacher at Sandvika High School just outside Oslo, has been invited to Bett – the education world’s biggest tech fair, held in London – to share her ideas with other technologically minded teachers.

“Social media is first and foremost a place to get connected – we do it every single day outside school or work, sometimes in work,” she says.

“Most people would encourage connections – school seems to be the last place where that is allowed. It’s almost restricted.”

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Steve Hargadon: Learning Revolution - Ed Tech Down Under at OZeLive - Exploring the Learning Process - Student Liberation Handbook

Steve Hargadon: Learning Revolution - Ed Tech Down Under at OZeLive - Exploring the Learning Process - Student Liberation Handbook | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Proud to have my students be a part of this! 

 

Student Liberation Handbook: Volume I. The Student Liberation Handbook Volume I is almost here! Chapter contributions in this volume come from Blake Boles, David Loertscher, Marc Crompton, Ann Michaelsen, Lisa Nielsen, Mattias Davidsson, and Jackie Gerstein. Look for an announcement in coming weeks.
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Above and Beyond

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While I was working on a presentation on the plane, and was extremely tired, a flight attendant came up to me and she said, "I saw your screen is really dirty so I went and found this screen cleaneer for you.  We don’t want you to hurt your eyes.”  I watched her do these types of things not only for me, but for as many people as she could.  It wasn’t that she just gave me the screen cleaner, but the way she delivered it as it wasn’t her job, she was doing something extra for another person because she could....

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and more: I have always said that if you only teach the curriculum to a child, you will have failed them.  There is so much more to teaching than “stuff”. The best teachers know this and go above and beyond each day, not because it is their job, but because they know that these little things can make a big difference today and tomorrow.

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