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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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Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace

Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Despite a statewide competency-based learning policy, some New Hampshire high schools are focusing their energies on different kinds of innovation.
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“In a true competency based system — and we opened with it — you did not have a letter grade,” said Dennis Perreault, a veteran social studies teacher at Campbell. “You were either advanced, proficient or NC (not demonstrating competent).” In less than a year local education officials told Campbell to get rid of that system and adopt a traditional A-F grading system.

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Handy Google Hangout Cheat Sheet for Teachers

Handy Google Hangout Cheat Sheet for Teachers | Connected educator | Scoop.it
June 26, 2014
One of the best features of Google Plus I like so much is called Hangout. Hangout is a great way for teachers to  host group discussions online . Google Plus Hangout allows you to...
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Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks | FutureBook

Adaptive, Attractive, Interactive: A New Chapter for Digital Textbooks | FutureBook | Connected educator | Scoop.it

"I don't use textbooks at all because I think that limits how you teach,” says Ann Michaelsen, a teacher at Oslo’s Sandvika High School and speaker at the recent Bett Show, the education world’s biggest technology fair. “I post something on the front of my blog and tell my students: 'This is what we're going to do today'”, she says. While Michaelsen may not yet be typical, she points the way toward a new breed of teacher; one capitalizing upon technology, digital collaboration and social media interaction. With more and more educational institutes incorporating BYOD (bring your own device) schemes, education has come a long way from the slate tablet to the digital tablet.  


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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A Handy Google Image Tip for Teachers and Students

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June 17, 2014
One of the essential features of Google Image, but overlooked by most students,  is to search for images using images instead of text. This is especially important when searching...
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Ann Michaelsen on "Creating a global classroom" - YouTube

This session will cover all the basic topics needed to start collaborating across networks and developing proficiency with the tools of technology. As a clas...
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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Good writing is all about clarity of the communicative intent. This clarity is materialized through the appropriate use of a set of elements including: good grammar, fewer or no spelling errors, punctuations, and word choice to mention but a few. The threeTED Ed talks below offer a great illustration of how these elements work together to render a good piece of writing. These videos have been featured in TED Ed blog  and for more lessons on writing, grammar and linguistics check out TED Ed lesson series “The Writer’s Workshop” and “Playing with Language.”

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What’s worth learning?

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What’s worth learning and how to educate for the unknown.
On Will Richardson’s page I found this: David Perkins, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education Perkins considers what’s worth learning and how to educate for the unknown.
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What Does Every Person Need to Know?

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Peter Greene:
“But The List approach is, in fact, List-centered, and I’m well-anchored to an approach to teaching that is student-centered. It is, I have become convinced, the only way to teach. We.We cannot be rules-centered or standards-centered or test-centered or teacher-centered or list-centered, even though we need to include and consider all of those elements...

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Teaching Brick Lane

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Brick Lane is the story of Nazneen, a young Bangladeshi woman given into an arranged marriage to Chanu Ahmed, a man almost twice her age. Chanu takes her to London, where he has lived and worked for almost two decades.
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Educators Will Never Be 100% Connected.

Educators Will Never Be 100% Connected. | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Educators like all learners have a preferred way of learning. Some think of it as different “styles of learning”, but even that theory of  “learning styles” has been questioned by some. In a  profession, which resides in a world where content and information constantly change and evolve at a rapid rate of speed, educators need to maintain relevance in order to create an authentic and meaningful environment for their students to learn and create....

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Educators have always needed to master the understanding of at least two fields of endeavor to be successful. First, they needed to master their content field. They are required to be experts of content. Second, they needed to master the field of education with a clear understanding of the latest and greatest methodology and pedagogy available. The 21st Century has now further complicated the teaching profession by requiring an additional third area of mastery, digital literacy. This is required to accomplish many of the necessary tasks in the space occupied by our nation in a computer-driven world. It is the mastery of this third element that educators struggle with today. It is this third element that also directly affecting the evolution of content and education.

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ISTE14 Impressions

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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

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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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5 Characteristics of an Innovative Organization

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As the year has wrapped up for most North American schools, I look back at my year and realize how blessed I am to not only be able to travel the world and share my experience with others, but also...
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1.  Promotion and modelling of risk-taking.

2.  Competitive-Collaboration.

3.  Proud of where we are, but know we have a way to go.

5. Relationships, relationships, relationships.

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Work with any file, on any device, any time with new Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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Odds are, you don't use just one device throughout the day—maybe it's a tablet at home over breakfast, a phone on the train to work, and then a computer or laptop once you're in the office. In other words, you expect to be able to get stuff done no matter where you are, which device you’re using, or what you’re working on.

That’s why today, Docs, Sheets, and Slides are getting major updates on both mobile and desktop. With this release, you can now work on any document, at any time, on any device, both with and without an Internet connection.

Mobile apps for Docs, Sheets and now Slides 
We recently launched mobile apps for Docs and Sheets that allow you to create and edit files on the go, even if you’re offline. We’re rounding out the trio with a new Slides mobile app that’s available starting today on Android and in the coming weeks on iOS.

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Recordings Archive

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17 June 2014
Michelle Pacansky-Brock from the Learning 2.0 - on Can't You Just Lecture to Me?

http://youtu.be/47F9zqxap14

Jaime Casap from the Global Educa…
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15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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How to name documents and foldersHow to choose sharing options: Edit, Comment, and ViewHow to share a document with specific peopleHow to share a document as a linkHow to use foldersHow to create folders for your documentsHow to put your documents in foldersHow to share a folderHow to use folders as staff handout foldersHow to use folders as student turn-in foldersHow to use forms to turn in assignmentsHow to create and use templatesHow to use comments in the grading processHow to use revision historyUse Voice Comments
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Flat Connections Sydney 2014 #flatconnect

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Learning about the world, with the world I'm on my way to Sydney Australia to participate in the Flat Connection Conference. The theme of the conference is 'What's the other story?', encouraging pa...
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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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11 Fantastic TED Ed Talks for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Fantastic TED Ed Talks for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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One of the wonderful video resources I have been recommending for teachers and students is TED Ed video library on YouTube. This library features a wide variety of educational videos curated specifically for education community. These TED Ed videos are explanatory tutorials and animations  that cover a given topic . Many of these animations are created by educators and teachers in partnership with professional animators.

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Student-centred learning

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Wrapping up the school year
 
Students working in groups collaborating with a school in Alaska
I like the Merriam Webster definition to wrap up: to bring to a usually successful conclusion.
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The Gift of Failure

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Life is interesting. You think you’re going to end up in one place, and, surprise, you end up in another. I think that’s very much like the world we’re preparing our students for. Nobody really knows what the world will look like 10 years from now.
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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Connected educator | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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Work that matters” has significance beyond classroom walls; it’s work that is created for an authentic audience who might  enjoy it or benefit from it even in a small way. It’s work that isn’t simply passed to the teacher for a grade, or shared with peers for review. It’s work that potentially makes a difference in the world.

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A Voice for Everyone

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I always talk about the power of technology for student voice.  Then I saw this video.
Try not to cry.
Not much I can say other than “wow”.
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