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Guest Post | Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning

Guest Post | Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Author Will Richardson suggests three ways to rethink teaching and learning at a time when technology has "upended the basic premise of school."...

Today, there is no doubt that the Web has changed things more than most of us could have imagined way back there at the turn of the century. Every day we have access to more information, more knowledge and more people. In many ways, I can’t imagine there has been a more amazing time to learn.

I also, however, can’t imagine a more challenging time for schools.
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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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