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Learning In Burlington: Some Thoughts On Changes We Need To Make In Education

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Learning In Burlington Some Thoughts On Changes We Need To Make In Education. Some Thoughts On Changes We Need To Make In Education
One of my favorite speakers on the topic of change in schools is Will Richardson.  His ISTE Ignite session below is well worth the five minutes to get you thinking about some of the ways we need to transform so many of our practices in public education.  
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PenPal News

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PenPal News is a web app that uses news as a conversation-starter to connect middle and high school students around the world.
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My third ISTE adventure in America!

My third ISTE adventure in America! | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Expanding horizons was the name of the conference. I think it captures the essence of what we are trying to accomplish in our classroom. To connect students with other students, writers, reporters and ordinary people leaving in different countries. That is the best way to learn about cultures, conflicts, religions and how people leave in different parts of the world. Imagine teaching history, the Second World War, and connecting with people who live in Norway, Germany, France and Great Britain to discuss what happened. Or study indigenous people by connecting students in Australia, Alaska and Norway? To me it makes perfect sense. Laptops, iPads, computers and social media makes it both easy and doable.
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#ISTE12 and the importance of educator connections | SmartBlogs

#ISTE12 and the importance of educator connections | SmartBlogs | Connected educator | Scoop.it
To give students relevant preparation for the world, being a connected educator is the best way we can maintain that relevance.
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Personalizing Flipped Engagement

Personalizing Flipped Engagement | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Three words seem to be dancing around in my head of late when it comes to current thinking about education: “personalization,” “engagement” and “flip.” All three were on display on the vendor floor and in session rooms at last week’s International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego, one of the largest ed tech conferences in the world attended by upward of 18,000 people.
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From Facilitator to Activator

From Facilitator to Activator | Connected educator | Scoop.it
cc licensed image shared by flickr user The Darling Librarian The definition of a motion leader is one who motivates the unmotivated in a way that the unmotivated then thank them for, Michael Fullan, ISTE Conference, 2012. Michael Fullan activated my learning even further, leaving me not only with a direction, but also with some concrete steps as to how to move forward. And, again, it’s not about the technology. Wisdom I gleaned included:

Offer respect to others before it is earned
Engage in impressive empathy, meaning empathy even for those who stand in your way
Invest in capacity building – human capital and social capital
Build social contagion
Eliminate non-essentials
Focus on a small number of ambitious goals.
Perhaps it is paradoxical that at a technology conference I walked away with the message that what matters is not new, but eternal. What matters is what has mattered for millennia: the quality of our relationships, our respect for one another, and the supportive environments we create. I spent the rest of the conference attending some fantastic sessions, learning some impressive technology tools, but most essentially, connecting and engaging with others who care deeply about learning. At a conference about what is current, I focused on what is enduring.
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How to Create Successful Student Blogging - Taking it to A Deeper Level

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How to Create Successful Student Blogging - Taking it to A Deeper Level
One question that pops up in my conversations with people whenever I highlight the blogging I do with my 5th graders is that of safety and commitment.   How to keep them safe while online, how to prevent cyber bullying and also how to get them invested so it is not just another chore on their massive to do lists.  While approaches differ, this is what has worked well for me.
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Powerful Learning Practice featured on Connected Learning TV

Powerful Learning Practice featured on Connected Learning TV | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Howard Rheingold, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson The other week, well known educator, author and educational leader Howard Rheingold interviewed Powerful Learning Practice co-founders Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson on...
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Save the date: PLP Live – Inspire. Collaborate. Shift.

Save the date: PLP Live – Inspire. Collaborate. Shift. | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Save the Date
Friday, September 28, 2012
Philadelphia
Conference keynotes: John Seely Brown, Bruce Dixon, Will Richardson, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, plus two very special keynotes TBA
Join us for PLP Live: Inspire.
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Give your students the freedom to learn

Give your students the freedom to learn | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Google and 3M give their employees sizeable chunks of time to work on their own projects with intriguing results... could the same idea work in schools?
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The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags | Edudemic

The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags | Edudemic | Connected educator | Scoop.it

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That’s why it’s probably helpful for you to check out the following list of popular educational hashtags. They have been curated by Cybraryman as well as by the Creative Education blog, tweetsmarter.com our personal usage list and hashtags.org.

The Most Popular Hashtags

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Commaderie vs Competition | Connected Principals

Commaderie vs Competition | Connected Principals | Connected educator | Scoop.it

I had the opportunity this past week to attend the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship conference in Cypress Fair . It was easily one of the BEST conferences I have attended. The keynote was by someone I had never heard of before, a Mr. Keni Thomas.One of his remarks that day on how a team is only as strong as its weakest link really drew me in. He talks in his book about how when we see someone struggling on our team, we tend to distance ourselves from them.

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What's Our Responsibility?

What's Our Responsibility? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
given the moment, I’m still left to ask: do we as educators who have a somewhat different view of what learning and schooling needs to be have a greater responsibility to really push the conversation, to get outside of our own networks (i.e. read #edreform), to question what others Tweet and post, to engage, respectfully, in the full vetting of ideas, and to write and act accordingly? Is that a fair expectation right now, not just of the way we comport ourselves online but offline as well in our local, face to face interactions?
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5 Thoughts on Maximizing Student Voice

Last night my grad school colleague and friend Brandon Wiley shared with me 17 minutes of thought-provoking lecture – from a student. I was struck by this inspiring Ted Talk from 17 year-old Nikhil Goyal. His insights have me thinking about how to provide for more student input during the upcoming school year at at local level. Five thoughts come to mind to when thinking about the current state of student voice in our school, and others I’ve come to know.

Do we really solicit feedback from our students? If so, in what ways have we shaped our school to respond to their needs?  If not, why not?
What would make it easier for students to maximize learning their learning? What would the students tell us they really need? What would they say isn’t of much value to them?
What meaningful student leadership opportunities do we provide at our school? How are those students selected and are they the same kids each year? What trends are present themselves?
What data collection methods could we employ (qualitative and quantitative) to get to the root of the current state? How will be ensure students across all subgroups will be included?
If we spoke with each parent at the school, what words would capture how their son or daughter describes their school experience? How has it changed or stayed the same as the child has moved through their school years? What patterns would we see?
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Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems

Letting Fourth Graders Solve the World’s Problems | Connected educator | Scoop.it
John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board and lets his 4th-graders solve them. In this TED Talk, Hunter, who’s been named one of Time Magazine’s education activists for 2012, explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

Students must deconstruct a 13-page crisis document with interlocking problems like ethnic and minority tensions, chemical and nuclear spills, oil spills, environmental disasters, water rights disputes, breakaway republics, famine, endangered species and global warming.
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Redefine "Better"

Redefine "Better" | Connected educator | Scoop.it
We don’t need better assessments; we need different assessments that help us understand students as learners and constructors of their own ongoing education instead of knowers of information and narrow skills.
We don’t need better teachers; we need different teachers who see their roles as master learners first and content guides or experts second. 
We don’t need better schools; we need different schools that function as communities of inquiry and learning instead of delivery systems for a highly proscribed, traditional curriculum.
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Seth's Blog: Talker's block

No one ever gets talker's block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in...

The reason we don't get talker's block is that we're in the habit of talking without a lot of concern for whether or not our inane blather will come back to haunt us. Talk is cheap. Talk is ephemeral. Talk can be easily denied.
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Co-operation vs. Competition (vs. Collaboration)

Co-operation vs. Competition (vs. Collaboration) | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Finnish educator and author Pasi Sahlberg writing in yesterday’s Washington Post:
Many reformers believe that the quality of education improves when schools compete against one another. For cooperation to happen, we need to be participating transparently with the idea that others can build upon what we share, reshare it, curate it, connect it or whatever else. In that vein, it’s why we need to promote a “network literacy” that supports our ability to find, analyze, synthesize and share information and knowledge in safe, effective and ethical ways. In my discussions and snap polling of education audiences, I can tell you we’re nowhere near a tipping point with that in schools. 
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Reflections from ISTE 2012

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The annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has become quite an extravaganza. Various reports had registrations around 14,000 and it felt even bigger. The conference involved the entire San Diego Convention Center and the behemoth exhibit hall occupied the whole first floor (multiple city blocks). I've been to 5 or 6 ISTE conferences now, and this one felt qualitatively different; it felt bigger and more "mainstream." That is, this wasn't just an educational technology event; it was more a space where those new to the ed. tech. community came to explore new, inevitable opportunities. What follows are some random thoughts:
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Leaders Should Be Learners

July 4, 2012 By George Couros
Howard Rheingold had recently interviewed me for DML Central on some of the work that we are doing in Parkland School Division.  I thought that I would also share  the video of our conversation:
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Less About Tools, More About Thinking

Less About Tools, More About Thinking | Connected educator | Scoop.it
…Despite the widespread agreement on the importance of digital media literacy, training in the supporting skills and techniques is still very rare in teacher education.
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Sir Ken Robinson: How Do Schools Suffocate Creativity? : NPR

Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems to cultivate creativity.
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5 Reasons Educators Should Blog | Connected Principals

5 Reasons Educators Should Blog | Connected Principals | Connected educator | Scoop.it

1. Writing requires reflection and greater understanding. 2. Blogging begins the cycle of collaboration. 3. Blogging allows the writer a chance to have a digital home. 4. A blog can help to brand the writer and build your platform. 5. Blogging encourages students to do the same.

 

Will Richardson argues that students aren’t really digital natives. In reality, while they may have little fear in using digital technology, they don’t really know how to appropriately utilize those tools. We can model blogging for our students so they can write for a purpose and for an audience.

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11 Years

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we just have to keep “moving molecules” from one heap to the other, shedding old thinking and old practices and old habits for new, day by day, chipping away. On a personal level, it’s easier to do. Every day, I move a few molecules. It’s much harder when dealing with this increasingly dysfunctional education system we’ve built. But that’s now what this space has become. Not tools. Not even technology so much. It’s about ideas, pushing back. Screaming. Trying to get others to move some molecules together.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom in education is that any school reform--be it curriculum, instruction, assessment, or teacher professionalism--is most likely to take hold in schools that have strong leadership. The same holds true for technology. Any educator will tell you the most successful implementation of technology programs takes place in schools where the principal sees him or herself as a technology leader.
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