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Too many tools and not enough thinking

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I have a dirty secret. I'm addicted to Twitter. Maybe even in love with it..I use this social-media platform to inform my lesson planning, to see what's happening in the world, to communicate with teachers all around the globe, to present interesting articles to my classes and even to vent about a wide variety of issues... - FYI - Winnipeg Free Press.

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So now I'm quite certain 21st-century learning is good teaching -- teaching that allows students to be autonomous, is authentic and allows students to take action. It will involve new technologies just as much as we use the old analogue ones, such as pencils and glue (which I still love to use.)

Learning and teaching in this century are not about preparing kids for a technological future, but simply about teaching kids how to think deeply about concepts and then apply this new knowledge, something we have been doing since the dawn of education.

Perhaps the ancient Greeks need some royalties from contemporary edu-preneurs.

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Will 3D Printing change the world?

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Watch Will 3D Printing Change the World? on PBS. See more from Off Book.
When you first hear about 3D printing, it seems like a novelty, you can make random little models of whatever you like and there’s no real consequence.
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ObaWorld : Global Education from the University of Oregon

ObaWorld : Global Education from the University of Oregon | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Global Network

Connect your school with learners and educators across the globe & engage in learning beyond the classroom walls!

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Free Technology for Teachers: VideoNotes - A Great Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Academic Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: VideoNotes - A Great Tool for Taking Notes While Watching Academic Videos | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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My first thought when I saw VideoNotes was that it would be a great tool for students to use to take notes, ask questions, and answer questions while watching "flipped" instruction videos. You could assign a video for homework and have your students ask and or answer questions using VideoNotes. Have students share their notes with you so that you can see their questions which in turn can influence how you structure your next lesson plan.

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Alex Watson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 11:16 AM

This seems like a great tool

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 1, 2013 12:40 AM

This looks like it might be nice for makign notes on dance videos I like to watch and comment on.

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Book review: A invaluable resource for connecting young students to the world | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Book review: A invaluable resource for connecting young students to the world | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Connected educator | Scoop.it

I can’t say enough about what an invaluable resource for teachers I found Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades to be. Author and primary teacher Kathy Cassidy has included something for everyone, whether you are just beginning to find ways to connect your students to the world via the Internet and social media, or you have experience using tools like Skype, Twitter, and blogs in the classroom.

In addition to discovering how to provide this incredible learning experience for your students, you’ll learn how to bring experts into your classroom via the Internet, hold interactive student-led conferences, and help your kids develop public digital portfolios.

I was amazed at how much Kathy’s six-year olds could do online. Kathy says it well in this quote:

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“Some people worry that young children should not be online because they cannot be safe. Instead, I worry that young children who are isolated from social technologies will not learn HOW to be safe online. In our increasingly connected world, it is important for even five and six year olds to begin to learn what is appropriate when using technology to connect.”


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TED Talks Education | PBS

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The high school dropout crisis is addressed by Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada and Sir Ken Robinson and other experts on TED Talks Education, a PBS national broadcast.
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TED Talks Education will present one hour of electric, emotional and thought-provoking television. The speaker program is curated by TED curator Chris Anderson, in the interest of teachers, educational administrators, parents, and students.

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CourseSmart E-Textbooks Track Students’ Progress for Teachers

CourseSmart E-Textbooks Track Students’ Progress for Teachers | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Nine universities are testing technology that allows them to track their students’ progress with digital textbooks.
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They know when students are skipping pages, failing to highlight significant passages, not bothering to take notes — or simply not opening the book at all.

“It’s Big Brother, sort of, but with a good intent,” said Tracy Hurley, the dean of the school of business.

The faculty members here are neither clairvoyant nor peering over shoulders. They, along with colleagues at eight other colleges, are testing technology from a Silicon Valley start-up, CourseSmart, that allows them to track their students’ progress with digital textbooks.

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The Control Shift: A Grassroots Education Revolution Takes Shape | MindShift

The Control Shift: A Grassroots Education Revolution Takes Shape | MindShift | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Kids are taking charge of their own learning as educators grapple with their new roles.




Tina Barseghian


For as long as anyone can remember, adults have p
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This revolution is orchestrated by frustrated educators who believe the current school system must be torn down to the studs and rebuilt in order to keep up with the enormous cultural shift wrought by technology and the Internet. And though their own Twitter universe is ablaze with new ideas and practices – check out all the blogs, Tweets and voices on #edchat – it’s happening piecemeal, and under the radar of most teachers.

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My kids, a cause and our classroom blog

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Poking through my Twitterstream the other day, I stumbled across a great quote from digital thought leader Marc Prensky. He wrote: “Technology gives kids power that people their age have never had. Let’s help them use it wisely.”

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Our newest cause is a blog designed to raise awareness about the amount of added sugar in the kinds of foods that tweens and teens eat on a daily basis. In just over a month, my students have written nearly 40 posts spotlighting the added sugars in everything frompopular sports drinks to 26-pound gummy pythons.

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Adventures in Assessment | Ideas and Thoughts

Adventures in Assessment | Ideas and Thoughts | Connected educator | Scoop.it

I've been tinkering with assessment for the past several years. My role at the district had me knee deep in shifting the notion of Assessment and Evaluation from primarily assessment OF learning to assessment FOR learning. Simply put, a stronger focus on formative and less on summative. That's the simplistic summary but it included moving much of the control over to the student.

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I have never given my students a test. I'm struggling to see the value, particularly in my course where the intent is to provide students an overview of the way technology can be used to support learning and the way in which it's influencing learning in 2012. ;

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Free Technology for Teachers: Locate Free History Lesson Plans and Interactive Media Through Smithsonian's History Explorer

Free Technology for Teachers: Locate Free History Lesson Plans and Interactive Media Through Smithsonian's History Explorer | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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The Smithsonian's History Explorer is packed with lesson plans, interactive media, and reference pages for teachers and students. Using the search tools teachers can find lesson plans for every K-12 grade aligned to national standards for U.S. History. Teachers can search for lesson plans and other materials by grade level, resource type, historical era, and cross-curricular connections.

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Khan Academy Launches First State-Wide Pilot In Idaho -- InformationWeek

Khan Academy Launches First State-Wide Pilot In Idaho -- InformationWeek | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Online tutorial site will work with 47 schools and educational programs to make Khan videos a routine part of K-12 learning.
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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift | Connected educator | Scoop.it

For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education.

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“We might have robbed kids’ natural ability to take control of defining their own problems by spoon feeding them little tiny problems one at a time.”

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World book and copyright day today!

World book and copyright day today! | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Today is World Book and Copyright Day 2013 (at least everywhere except the UK and Ireland, that celebrates it in March). April 23 is Shakespeare's birthday and the anniversary of Cervantes' death.
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Things I've learned as an Elementary Vice Principal

Things I've learned as an Elementary Vice Principal | Connected educator | Scoop.it
I have to admit, when I started this job 2 1/2 months ago, I hated it. Really hated it. I think the reasons for this were many.  I'd just spent the past year at the board office as a learning consu...
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 But through this process, I’ve come to realize that there are three things that really crucial to the success of a teacher, any teacher, regardless of experience:  classroom management, pedagogy & content knowledge. And because I moved so far outside of what I knew, I had none of these anymore.


Additionally,  I knew my content well. I’d been teaching it for years.  Because of these two things, I was able to play with my pedagogy a lot. We could experiment with PBL & inquiry, problem based learning & student teaching.  We could succeed & fail because I had strength in the other two pillars.

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In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For? | MindShift

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For? | MindShift | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce "s
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Zhao’s findings have led him to question the value of the tests altogether. If the stated goal is to get kids ready for careers, and careers demand confidence, creativity, and an entrepreneurial attitude, then why focus on test scores that seem to produce the opposite effect?


He’s concerned that national initiatives like the Common Core State Standards could have unintended consequences.

In Zhao’s view, most education systems start out by defining the outcomes. They make a bet about which skills will be important and promise that if students master those skills, they will succeed.


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"Why School?" - The Movie (?)

"Why School?" - The Movie (?) | Connected educator | Scoop.it
(Note: If after reading this you want to help, please fill out this interest survey. Thanks.)
So here’s the question: You think our little edu-network could make a movie? Like, a REAL full-length...
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We decided from the start that we want you, all you nodes in our networks out there who have been thinking and writing and creating and designing and pushing and working hard to deeply understand this profound moment of change in education, we want you to play an important role in making this happen if you choose to. We don’t want this just to be “our” project as in Doug, Josh and me. If we do this, we want it to be “our” project as in the global community of connected educators that care deeply about what schools must become for our kids to flourish in their futures

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To Teach is Human: Part Two

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Daniel Pink speak at my Alma Mater, North Central College. He was doing some speaking engagements related to his newest book, To Sell is Human, and was brought in by the wonderful Anderson Bookshops.   As with Drive and A Whole New Mind, his newest book has some cross over into the world of education. I already mentioned the three characteristics Pink outlined for salesmen that I thought had cross over into education. In addition, Pink discussed the notion of information asymmetry and information parity, which I think, has huge implications for educators.

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Let’s take a look at classrooms and schools and how that notion plays out there. Twenty years ago the teacher and schools had the information and knowledge that students wanted and needed. A student had to come to a school in order to get that information. The information asymmetry existed and the teachers were at an advantage in that they were the key to accessing that information. Yet, is that the case anymore? I don’t think so. We are in an age of information parity in our schools as much as we are on the car lots. But what does that mean for educators?

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Share and Share Alike!

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Education is about the free exchange of ideas. The exchange part is where the sharing comes in. Without sharing, there is no exchange. At one time content was a commodity that was doled out for a price by institutions that housed the texts that contained the content. That is no longer the case. A combination of content on the Internet as well as the advance of social media and it is a whole new paradigm. Of course this only works if exchanges of information takes place.


If we are to benefit from the Internet as a profession or a society we need to feel an obligation to be more than takers. We need to be makers and exchangers as well. We need to keep the exchange alive by not counting on the few, but by involving the many. We need to believe in the premise of Share and Share alike.

 


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Connected From The Start

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It’s my pleasure to announce the publishing of Kathy Cassidy’s new book about primary learners. Kathy is a long time friend and colleague who I’ve long admired and watched her own growth as a connected learner and teacher.
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Beyond Pockets of Excellence in Blogging

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There are many, many pockets of excellence in classroom/student blogging out there. These blogs are driven, coached and nurtured by educators who "get it". They get how blogging makes a difference n student learning, supports 21st century modern learning skills and literacies and at the same time basic reading and writing skills. These educators understand blogging FOR their students....

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I see how the  Yokahama International Middle School  (Grades 6-8), has laid the foundation with their student blogs for a CONTINUOUS effort to document, reflect and assess their students progress ACROSS time. My current school, Martin J Gottlieb Day School also has an opportunity to implement student blogfolios across ALL grade levels (K-8) and build on skills from year to year. George Couros on The Principal of Change blog wrote in a post titled 5 Reasons your Students Should Blog about his school division and effort to developing blogs as portfolios with their students. They are bringing blogs to approximately 10,000 students!

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This is a great starting point for those thinking about blogging for the classroom

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Announcing: Raising Modern Learners!

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I’m really excited to announce a new undertaking that my good friend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne, Australia and I are launching today: Raising Modern Learners (RML). 
As the proud owner of two teenagers (where’s the handbook?
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Liberate the Learners

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Seymour Papert (1998):
“ The presence of digital technologies is rapidly moving us into a period where learners can learn what they need to know on their own agenda rather than on the predetermined.agenda of a curriculum. We will soon be able to give up the assembly line model of grade after grade, exercise after exercise..

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But this does not alter the fact that present-day schools, to which…they have to cater in order to sell their products, are relics from an earlier period of knowledge technology.

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Google Shows 'How Search Works' With New Site

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Google released a new website Friday appropriately called How Search Works to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process from start to finish.
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'Hole in the Wall' Wins Indian Educator $1 Million TED Prize

'Hole in the Wall' Wins Indian Educator $1 Million TED Prize | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Sugata Mitra started a self-learning program for children in a Delhi slum.  Mr. Mitra said in a statement posted on the TED Web site that he would use the prize money to build the “School in the Cloud,” a learning lab in India, where children can engage with information and mentors online.

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In Mr. Mitra’s closing remarks while accepting the TED Prize, he shared an anecdote: “A little girl was following me around. I said, ‘I want to give a computer to everyone,’” recalls Mitra. “She reached out her hand and she said to me, ‘Get on with it.’”

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