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What are educators' professional obligations to learn from social media channels? | Dangerously Irrelevant

What are educators' professional obligations to learn from social media channels? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Paul Bogush pushed back (in a nice way) on my recently-popular post, If you were on Twitter. First he wrote about how most educators are too busy to be involved in social media. Then he wrote about all of the wonderful things that happened during the time when he wasn’t on Twitter

 

t’s hard to argue that there is little learning value in social media. There are numerous ways in which teachers and administrators could be using blogs, Twitter, Facebook, online videos, podcasts, online slideshows, and other social media tools to advance their own practice. Whether it’s subscribing to other innovative educators’ feeds, interacting and sharing resources with global colleagues, or consuming and using high-quality peer-created resources, there are myriad teaching ideas, lesson plans, Web resources, conversation spaces, technology tools, reflections on practice, and other pedagogical fruits that are ripe for the picking by online-savvy educators. Peer-to-peer online learning networks can help educators sort the wheat from the chaff and curate what’s relevant and powerful.

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Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments

Dispelling the Myths About 1:1 Environments | Connected educator | Scoop.it
In my last post, I shared what we learned last year during our 1:1 iPad and Google Apps for Education launches. In this post, I’d like to dispel myths about 1:1 environments.

 

I like to quote Chris Lehman anytime technology integration comes up. Chris said, "Technology should be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary and invisible." Technology should not stand out; it should simply blend with dynamic teachers and the engaging curriculum they design. To validate technology integration simply because this generation gets it and needs it is a thin assertion. In fact, many students deemed "digital natives" prefer analog formats for learning and organizing. Integrate technology because you know it is purposeful and helps create engaging learning environments for students.

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7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom | Connected Principals

7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom | Connected Principals | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Transforming Classrooms with Inquiry

Transforming Classrooms with Voice

Transforming Classrooms with Audience

Transforming Classrooms with Community:

Transforming Classrooms with Leadership

Transforming Classrooms with Play

Transforming Classrooms with Networks:

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Why School? Will Richardson tells you why.

Why School? Will Richardson tells you why. | Connected educator | Scoop.it

“What doesn’t work any longer is our education system’s stubborn focus on delivering a curriculum that’s growing increasingly irrelevant to today’s kids, the outmoded standardized assessments we use in an attempt to measure our success, and the command-and-control thinking that is wielded over the entire process. All of that must be rethought.”

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Teaching using web 2.0

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire lead a cast of stars in a new public service announcement urging young voters to use social media to express the issues most important to them in the upcoming election. Zac Efron, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres, Jonah Hill and Joseph Gordon Levitt also appear in the Vote 4 Stuff video unveiled Monday, joining other stars in a call to voters to post tweets, photos and short videos about concerns they feel deserve presidential attention. This is a campaign where they aim to use the power of social media to incite bipartisan conversation around real issues, encourage registration and voting in November.”
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Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6

Top 10 Secret Features of iOS 6 | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Apple released iOS 6 this week, bringing a handful of new features to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. While they defined many of the flagship features, several were left unsaid. These are our 10 favorite secret features in iOS 6.
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Another Stunningly Bad Vision for Learning

Another Stunningly Bad Vision for Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it

On another note, I’ve been thinking lately that there’s a whole ‘nother level of problem with the “personalized learning” term. You can’t really personalize learning can you? You can personalize content with the aim that students will learn something. But the learning isn’t fait accompli.Personal learning is just that. Personalized? #notsomuch

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Skills Every 21st-C Teacher Should Know

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What does it mean to master the 21st century skills every teacher should know? Susan Lucille Davis has answers.

 

Can you conduct an effective online search?

Do you pop your topic into your preferred search engine and skim the first page of responses for something that looks good enough – just like our students do?

Do you know how to conduct a “clean” search that doesn’t predict what it thinks you are looking for based on your past searches?

Do you take the time to play with Google Scholar?

Can you narrow your search by date or country?

Can you reverse search a source to find its origin?

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Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback | Connected educator | Scoop.it

What is true feedback—and how can it improve learning? I recently read this article in “Educational Leadership Feedback for Learning” by Grant Wiggins. 


There is always a lot of debate going on about classroom instructions and, how students learn and how teachers assess their work. At our school we spend a lot of time scheduling the tests for the school year, and each year both students and teachers complain. Too many tests during too few weeks. The focus on tests that seem to be the drive for how the school year is planned, combined with how many teachers teach,  lectures and instructions, makes me think about how we give feedback and if we are improving learning the way we could. In this article Grant Wiggins writes that research shows that less teaching plus morefeedback is the key to achieving greater learning. And there are numerous ways—through technology, peers, and other teachers—that students can get the feedback they need. I have listed his 7 keys here! Even if formative assessment is a term most teachers are familiar with I wish teachers and school leaders spent more time discussion how to achieve effective feedback. It should be an ongoing discussion in all schools!


 
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Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools

Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools | Connected educator | Scoop.it
As gathering data about student performance becomes a bigger priority in education, schools are faced with different choices on how to capture that data. A slew of tech companies offer a variety of products they’ve developed for schools, but some school districts are creating their own data systems.

 

Teachers can see whether the entire class is struggling on a particular math standard, for example, or whether specific students are falling behind. The idea is to help teachers decide what tack to take with individual students.

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Toward a New System of Education

Toward a New System of Education | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Stephen Downes:
“ We must develop the educational system outside the traditional system because the traditional system is designed to support the position of the wealthy and powerful. What is most important is how education is thought of in such a system.

 

An education is property of a person (‘property’ in the sense of ‘quality’ or ‘attribute’, not in the sense of ‘ownership’ or ‘possession’) just in the same way as health and fitness are properties of a person, something they have all their lives, something they develop and grow and maintain, something they are themselves ultimately responsible for.

 

In this model, the public education system isn’t something you put aside 18 years your life to go to and ‘access’, no more than a child spends the first 18 years of his or her life in a health institution developing strength and fitness.

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Meet Suzie Boss, PLP Live – Inspire. Collaborate. Shift. Keynote Speaker

Meet Suzie Boss, PLP Live – Inspire. Collaborate. Shift. Keynote Speaker | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Powerful Learning Practice is hosting a new type of conference. In this interview meet Suzie Boss, one of the PLP Live keynote speakers.

 

*Active, creative collaboration with educators and educational leaders from across the globe to solve issues from the classroom to policy makers

*Most importantly, shift: why we need it, how to make it happen in your own teaching, your classroom, your school, your local community, how becoming a connected educator accelerates the shift, and how to inspire others to ride the wave of change with you

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What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online

What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Lenny Gonzales The onslaught of information from the wired world can be overwhelming to anyone -- even the savviest online audiences.

 

The onslaught of information from the wired world can be overwhelming to anyone — even the savviest online audiences. But rather than completely shut out the digital world, the smarter solution is to learn how to manage it, says author Howard Rheingold.

In his book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, Rheingold outlines the potential merits of the vast digital landscape, and offers ideas on how to lasso the unwieldy aspects and use it for good.

In a recent conversation on the Forum talk program, Rheingold stresses the importance of intention when it comes to managing digital noise. Knowing that every click will likely to lead to a chunk of time spent on what follows will help people decide if that’s worthwhile. Every click counts.

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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

New research suggests that American schoolchildren are becoming less creative.

 

If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity. “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at least not as measured by smallest percentage in poverty), nor the healthiest (far from it), nor the country whose kids score highest on standardized tests (despite our politicians’ misguided intentions to get us there), but we are the most inventive country. We are the great innovators, specialists in figuring out new ways of doing things and new things to do. Perhaps this derives from our frontier beginnings, or from our unique form of democracy with its emphasis on individual freedom and respect for nonconformity. In the business world as well as in academia and the arts and elsewhere, creativity is our number one asset. In a recent IBM poll, 1,500 CEOs acknowledged this when they identified creativity as the best predictor of future success.[1]

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Meaning and Purpose | Connected Principals

So recently I had the wonderful opportunity to re-read one of of my favorite books, In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive”, he talks about the power of intrinsic motivation.

 

Pink often talks about how “meaning” is the new money, and I wonder how much we are doing to emphasize this in the contact days that we have with our students. Are we really looking to connect and relate what we are teaching in a way that allows our kids to see the purpose in it…..or the meaning? Are students leaving our classrooms with a better understanding of who they are, and a better sense of who they can be? I know that they are becoming better readers, and scientists, and mathematicians but are they becoming better people? If it’s not a confident and resounding yes!, then I think we should re-evaluate our own purpose and meaning as educators.

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#WhySchool Written by Chris Kennedy

#WhySchool Written by Chris Kennedy | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Will Richardson’s blog was one of the very first educational blogs I followed.  For close to a decade I have been reading, learning and engaging with Will.  In his section on “New School” Richardson lays out six key themes for educators and the system:

 

Share everything (or at least something)

Discover, don’t deliver, the curriculum

Talk to strangers

Be a master learner

Do real work for real audiences

Transfer the power

 

Richardson concludes, “Just imagine the learners they could become if we made these skills [using technology to solve real problems and think independently] the focus of our work; if, instead of passing the test, we made those ever-more important skills of networking, inquiry, creation, sharing, unlearning, and relearning the answer to the ‘why school’ question. Imagine what our kids could become if we helped them take full advantage of all they have available to them for learning.”

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8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine

8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine | Connected educator | Scoop.it

A great presentation is more than just a vehicle for delivering facts and information. You know this because when you've witnessed a great one you've walked away entertained, refreshed, and inspired.

Chances are you'll remember certain things about it that really resonated with you, and you'll find it much easier to retain the content because it was offered to you in such a unique way. Great presentations are a combination of carefully chosen visuals, concisely plotted information, and often a very simple approach meant to connect to an audience rather than overwhelm them with bullet points and embedded media. In such presentations, everything has a purpose and place.

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Teaching using web 2.0

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If you teach in a 1:1 school I’m sure you have considered closing Facebook, Youtube, Skype and other popular applications/programs. Whenever I give instructions or have conversations with my students I always ask them to close the lid of the computer.

 

By all means, start teaching the students to be sensible users of the internet. But as an addition I don’t see why we can’t use technology to help us stay more focused as well. I have tested some tools that might come in handy. And they are meant to help the students concentrate, not as a punishment. It has to be up to the students if they want to use this. I might tell the students that if they block Facebook in Crome, it will still work in Firefox, and I’m not going to check your computer.

 

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Leadership 2.0 – Open Course #leadership20 | Connected Principals

Leadership 2.0 – Open Course #leadership20 | Connected Principals | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Starting on October 2nd, I am very pleased to announce that Parkland School Division, in conjunction with the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, will be .holding totally open and free sessions on “Leadership 2.0“. This will explore what school leadership looks like in the context of today’s world and how innovative leaders are pushing their schools and organizations forward. The course will be based on the Alberta Principal Quality Standards but these standards are applicable to the success of a school leader anywhere in the world and usually align with most organizational standards.

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What the Web Does and Does Not Scale

What the Web Does and Does Not Scale | Connected educator | Scoop.it

George Siemens writing in a new blog that he’s sharing with Dave Cormier and Bonnie Stewart as they craft a new book about the future of higher education:
“ Our thesis with xEducation is that the internet is happening to higher education and that successful universities of the future will be those that find ways to generate value for its many stakeholders that go beyond content provision and teaching.

 

If our focus is not in developing learners through the face to face nudging, modeling, questioning, feedback that stems from our human selves, that stuff that technology, to date at least, has not been able to provide, then I think we run the risk of irrelevance.

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Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform : NPR

Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform : NPR | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Teachers' expectations about their students' abilities affect classroom interactions in myriad ways that can impact student performance. Students expected to succeed, for example, get more time to answer questions and more specific feedback.
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What should be my (our) guiding questions? | Dangerously Irrelevant

What should be my (our) guiding questions? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Connected educator | Scoop.it

I believe that guiding questions are important. As our world changes radically and rapidly, we may not have answers (yet) but we can at least try to ask the right questions. Here are some guiding questions that I’ve been bouncing around for my own work with educators, schools, communities, and policymakers [note that they're often very different from the questions that most educational reformers, legislators, and the public are asking right now]:

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What are you doing to make writing real in your classroom?

What are you doing to make writing real in your classroom? | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Are your students writing for you or themselves? Are your students writing for you or for a real audience? Are your students writing because they have to and don’t know or because they want to and have a purpose? Have you thought about what you are doing to make writing real in your classroom?

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A Principal's Reflections: Great Reads for School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections: Great Reads for School Leaders | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Below is my reading list that I highly recommend to all school leaders and any educator for that matter:

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Drive by Daniel Pink

The No Complaining Rule by Jon Gordon

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelh

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This About Says it All

This About Says it All | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Pasi Sahlberg:
“ Overall, Finland invests 30 times more funds in the professional development of teachers and administrators than in evaluating the performance of students and schools, including testing. 

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