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The Connected Educator Culture

The Connected Educator Culture | Connected educator | Scoop.it
This is the original post that I submitted to Edcsurge. Under the expert editorship of Christina Quattrocchi it appeared under this title Board The Bullet Train: The Culture of Connection I have be...
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A connected 21st Century educator is an educator who is digitally literate, or at least open to learning the technology needed to basically connect and collaborate with others. It requires at the very least the same openness to learning as we ask of our students. It is a life long learning mindset. Connected educators find a value in, or even a moral imperative to share ideas and sources with others. They also trust enough to openly ask for help of other connected educators.

The dynamic of teaching is changing from a content expert disseminating information to students, to that of a learning expert of sorts, acting as a source in guiding students to learn. In this role the teacher often becomes a learner to be a better educator. Connected educators are constantly shifting between the role of learner and teacher. It is part of the mindset of a life long learner.

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3 Questions To Focus On the Learner

3 Questions To Focus On the Learner | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The teacher evaluation process sometimes seems a little ridiculous.
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What are you strong at?

Where do you need to improve?

What are some things that you are going to do to become a better educator?

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11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education

11 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education | Connected educator | Scoop.it
November, 2014
Twitter is a social network of huge importance for us in education. We have posted several articles about it here inEducational Technology and Mobile...
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Three Powerful Chromebook Tools to Collect Feedback from Students

Three Powerful Chromebook Tools to Collect Feedback from Students | Connected educator | Scoop.it
November 19, 2014
Today we received a request from a teacher asking about web tools to use on Chromebook for creating polls and surveys. We went through our archive and pulled out these titles. These...
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18 Things Great Principals Do Differently

18 Things Great Principals Do Differently | Connected educator | Scoop.it
November 13, 2014
School improvement efforts rely heavily on quality leadership. Educational leaders are tasked with establishing a collective vision for school improvement and initiating change to...
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Skype Becomes Regular Tool in Classrooms, Educators Say

Skype Becomes Regular Tool in Classrooms, Educators Say | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Since 2003, Skype has offered people to connect with others all around the world, and as it continues to advance, teachers have scooped it up to use in their classrooms.
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Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning

Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Learning through inquiry requires more student agency and demands that teachers and administrators trust that students will ask when they need help. It also places the responsibility for completing tasks and meeting deadlines on the shoulders of students. Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia is a partnership between The School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. It has become well-known for its project-based, inquiry focused teaching style, which asks students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. Students like the approach, but acknowledge that sometimes it puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to testing – they aren’t used to them.
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Great school! Been there and have seen what they do!

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Crowdfunding contest: Win a trip to Norway!

Crowdfunding contest: Win a trip to Norway! | Connected educator | Scoop.it
It’s never been a better time to donate or help raise money for Connected Educator Month’s crowdfunding effort. For every $50 you raise or donate between now and November 16th, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a week-long trip to Norway!
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All the Connected Educator Month events you won’t want to miss October 22-28

All the Connected Educator Month events you won’t want to miss October 22-28 | Connected educator | Scoop.it
It’s time for yet another week of Connected Educator Month goodness!
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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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You Have Been Warned

You Have Been Warned | Connected educator | Scoop.it
From Audrey Watters ebook “The Monsters of Education Technology,” now on sale in various forms for $4.99 and worth every penny:
As Cassandra, I must warn you that education technology’s monstrosity will bring about our doom.
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5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be A Blog

5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be A Blog | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, I wrote five reasons why your portfolio should be online.
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What’s the distraction from learning?

What’s the distraction from learning? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
One of the things many people hear about devices in the classroom, is how easily they can become a distraction.
Does this exist?  Absolutely.
But this is not just for students, but also teachers.
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The 5 Recent Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know About

The 5 Recent Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know About | Connected educator | Scoop.it
November 8, 2014
As you might have noticed, Google has recently released some powerful updates to its Google Drive rendering it more user-friendly. I have already reviewed each of these new updates...
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All the Connected Educator Month events you won’t want to miss October 28-31 (and beyond!)

All the Connected Educator Month events you won’t want to miss October 28-31 (and beyond!) | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Wow! It’s the final week of Connected Educator Month goodness! Each Tuesday in October, we’ve posted a roundup of featured events for the upcoming week – here’s your last one!
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ASCD EDge - A reflective, collaborative mindset for Connected Educators

ASCD EDge - A reflective, collaborative mindset for Connected Educators | Connected educator | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge
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Reflection is key to a collaborative mindset. The more we discuss this with our unconnected colleagues the faster we can connect more educators. If we reflected on our need for change and felt that change was not needed in what we do as educators, there would be no need to collaborate and we would continue with the status quo. Although there might be a few educators thinking along those lines, I believe most see a need for, at the very least, some change in what we do and how we do it. The more reflective we are about this, the more we will seek to expand that reflection with guidance, experience, support, validation, sources, and colleagues through the collaboration provided by our connectedness. I see them as separate entities that support each other. The more we collaborate, the more we reflect. The more we reflect, the more we need to collaborate. Being connected, for me, has expanded both my collaboration and my reflection. My goal is to get others to do that as well. Using technology to connect more educators with a reflective and collaborative mindset is the best hope for an education system in need of change.

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4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator | Sch...

4 Big Ideas Around the Connected Educator | Sch... | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Cross posted to the Langwitches Blog by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano We are in the middle of the Connected Educator Month. I am looking at 4 big ideas around the connected educator through the ...
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The U.S. Electoral College and the Election Process

The U.S. Electoral College and the Election Process | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Recount
Is a chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida. Before watching the movie in groups of two answer these questions:
What is the Electoral College?
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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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