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How Matchmaking Technology Can Help Reduce Teacher Turnover

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How Matchmaking Technology Can Help Reduce Teacher Turnover - The Huffington Post

 

In fact,30 percent of new teachers quit before three years and almost 50 percent quit before five years.

 

The biggest reason for leaving? Nope, not pay. It's a little more complex than that. The biggest reason for leaving was the culture.

 

It was satisfaction with working conditions, which included relationships with colleagues, quality of professional development, quality of the curriculum, building conditions, etc.

 


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Great corossover use fo known technologies for new and worthwhile purposes. Thanks Gust.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 28, 2013 3:04 PM

A creative response to a significant issue. Great lateral thinking in amending known technologis to new uses. Thanks Gust!

AnnC's curator insight, May 28, 2013 5:50 PM

It is not just about salary.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 29, 2013 2:23 PM

"But filling classrooms with new teachers is only half the battle, retaining them is vital."

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.
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These seven points are excellent. If you read the detail associated with each you'll see that they can be at odds with much of the cultural understanding of the purposes of schooling and modes of thinking we teach in schools.

1. You Are Creative

2. Creative Thinking is Work

3. You Must Go Through the Motions

4. Your Brain is Not a Computer

5. There is No Right Answer

6. There is No Such Thing as Failure

7. You Don't See Things as They Are - You See Them as You Are

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Should You Learn To Code?

Should You Learn To Code? | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

"The release of a new programming language at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this week highlighted one of the most marketable skills in the digital world: the ability to code. How necessary is it, really? And is that even the right question?"

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This is a great little post about extrinsic and intrinsic motivation around the topic of coding. As an educator, it is most useful, as more pressure comes in the form of coding a a necessary 'literacy'.

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400,000 beautiful digital images join the public domain from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

400,000 beautiful digital images join the public domain from the Metropolitan Museum of Art | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

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What a wonderful resource to have available! To be able to see the creativity of others through time without having to visit is such a privilege.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, May 30, 5:53 AM

Collective intelligence growing through the eyes :)

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 30, 11:53 AM

Thanks to Susan Bainbridge

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 5, 9:42 AM

Imágenes Digitales del Metropolitan a Dominio Público.

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32 Habits That Make Thinkers

32 Habits That Make Thinkers | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
32 Habits That Make Thinkers
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Digital creativity (a focus of this topic) is a function of the thinking of the teacher and/or the student and this list shows many thinking characteristics at odds with much 'normal' classroom practice in secondary schooling. Hmmm, what to do next?

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ideasLAB - exploring new possibilities

ideasLAB - exploring new possibilities | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

ideasLAB aims to challenge the way we think about learning and teaching, and find new ways to take technology into the classroom.

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ideasLAB's new white paper explores a new model for Collective Knowledge Construction and is well worth a read. It has some strong concepts that make much sense, and some that are theoretically sensible but perhaps challenging with adolescents and young adults.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 21, 7:43 PM

ideasLAB's new white paper explores a new model for Collective Knowledge Construction and is well worth a read. It has some strong concepts that make much sense, and some that are theoretically sensible but perhaps challenging with adolescents and young adults.

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How schools kill creativity

How schools kill creativity | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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Sir Ken Robinson would suggest that all children, indeed humans are born creative and our school systems manage to stifle it.

The history of schooling unfortunately suggests this result is a direct, in unintended consequence of the goals of schools. Schools were set up to teach young people to read and write, undertake basic maths and given the size of classes, learn to work in 'the system'. School had right and wrong answers and students were rewarded for correct answers. They still are rewarded for correct answers. School is a systems technology designed to achieve certain goals.

Creativity is not often convergent thinking; it is more often divergent thinking, looking for possibilities. It is what young children do naturally. It is fun to play with ideas and they enjoy it, as do I.

This is quite different to knowing how to implement an idea, to make it a reality. That is much harder work and requires many other skills and knowledge. It is easy to mistake creativity with ideas and successful implementation. One might lead to the other but they are different processes.

I want schooling to adapt so that it can manage to nurture student knowledge and skills with one of those skills being able to use with confidence both convergent and divergent thinking and then use other skills to make a creative idea a reality.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 18, 2:41 PM

Sir Ken Robinson would suggest that all children, indeed humans are born creative and our school systems manage to stifle it.

The history of schooling unfortunately suggests this result is a direct, in unintended consequence of the goals of schools. Schools were set up to teach young people to read and write, undertake basic maths and given the size of classes, learn to work in 'the system'. School had right and wrong answers and students were rewarded for correct answers. They still are rewarded for correct answers. School is a systems technology designed to achieve certain goals.

Creativity is not often convergent thinking; it is more often divergent thinking, looking for possibilities. It is what young children do naturally. It is fun to play with ideas and they enjoy it, as do I.

This is quite different to knowing how to implement an idea, to make it a reality. That is much harder work and requires many other skills and knowledge. It is easy to mistake creativity with ideas and successful implementation. One might lead to the other but they are different processes.

I want schooling to adapt so that it can manage to nurture student knowledge and skills with one of those skills being able to use with confidence both convergent and divergent thinking and then use other skills to make a creative idea a reality.

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Free App Lets Teachers Create High Quality Flipped Video on iPads -- THE Journal

Free App Lets Teachers Create High Quality Flipped Video on iPads -- THE Journal | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
See how teachers are combining iPads with a video creation and publishing app to flip their classrooms, and how students are watching along.

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Worthy of consideration even if you have access to a YouTube channel.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:17 PM

awesome. just what we need!!!

Chris Carter's comment, November 17, 2013 5:15 AM
Melissa, it is my pleasure. The more useful these curations, the more happy am I (best Yoda voice)
Melissa Marshall's comment, November 17, 2013 5:17 AM
Amused am I! Thanks again :)
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8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab | Invent To Learn


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learning by doingtechnology as building materialhard funlearning to learntaking timeyou can’t get it right without getting it wrongdo unto ourselves what we do unto our studentswe are entering a digital world

 

 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:06 AM

Short, sweet, and spot on.

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Managing your Digital Footprint [Infographic]

Managing your Digital Footprint [Infographic] | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

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Thanks Gust: Good advice!

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Learning Spaces

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Seven Spaces of Education Technology

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Well worth watching and reflecting upon. Some of the 'spaces' outlined have been incorporated into the learning commons of the new Radford College senior school.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 1, 2013 10:25 PM

Beautiful, thought-provoking 15 minutes. Physical and digital environment becoming one.

Chris Carter's comment, August 2, 2013 5:01 PM
Thank you, Allan! I am happy to hear the news concerning Radford College senior school. Is this the Radford College at College Street Bruce ACT Australia 2617?
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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

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Another list

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Doug Joubert's curator insight, July 22, 2013 5:26 AM

Why not rely on six years of 1:1 experience?

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26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments

26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Need to create online assessments for a flipped classroom or for a blended learning environment? Here are 26 tools to get you started.

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I have tried a couple of these but cannot vouch for all.

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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 23, 4:29 PM

Herramientas para la evaluacion  en enseñanza online

Agora Abierta's curator insight, January 25, 11:55 AM

Listly para compartir recursos de evaluación para el profesorado.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 1, 9:08 PM

I will definitely have some feedback after reviewing these tools to create online assessments. Creating assessments is an important first step because you don't give the prescription on how to fix a business before you've figured out what the problem are-that's why you begin with the assessments- they become your base starting point of reference. This article has tools to help you create those online assessments.Let me know which are your favorite tools. 

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Charlotte’s Project L.I.F.T. Creates New Teaching Roles for More Pay : Education Next

Charlotte’s Project L.I.F.T. Creates New Teaching Roles for More Pay : Education Next | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

"Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture initiative—which highlights the potential of using job redesign and technology to reach more students with excellent teachers."

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Primary school time place arrangements tweaked! "Multi-Classroom leadership" has similarities with the mentoring of neophyte teachers by experts in Shanghai. Change is hard when the midset has not moved. After that, it can even make sense.

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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. [...]

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These seven characteristics read as though they are quite normal and even commonsensical, a good sign they are correct! Digitally competent teachers enjoy their use of technology, new or old but are not seduced by new 'toys' simply for their own sake.

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Vilma Galstaun's curator insight, June 12, 4:34 PM

Some important issues to consider when preparing for becoming ICT literate and competent.

Enrique Robles's curator insight, June 13, 7:36 AM

very very good

Library@NYP's curator insight, June 13, 7:57 AM

The teacher has to be digitally savvy to engage next generation students.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to view the same things as the rest of us, yet see something different?

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 


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As a former designer and goldsmith and then visual arts and design and technology teacher, the seven tenets of creative thinking resonate very positively. They are indicative of my experiences as a professional in a creative field; they are indicative of my experiences as a teacher of others and also indicative of my endeavours as a education leader trying to show a modicum of creativity in making school education a better place for young people. I commend this post to you! Thanks Gust Mees!

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 6, 8:25 PM

Creativity is something that can be nourished but can it be learned? I'm not able to decide on that yet.

Josie Gibson's curator insight, June 8, 6:24 PM

Some excellent reminders - 'All experiences are neutral...you don't see things are THEY are, you see them as YOU are'.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 10:27 AM

Don't let your creative juices run dry! We are all students of life!

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

'..the nagging question still remains for many teachers – what exactly is digital literacy?

Because it is a relatively new term, many teachers are able to define it as it pertains to their specific classroom. A quick Google search yields .. the very vague definition of: the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies. It requires one “to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms”. Being that vague almost requires you to define it specifically for each class you work with.

That said, Doug Belshaw has made a really excellent attempt at defining digital literacy -in fact, he wrote his dissertation on the topic.'


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The eight C's devised by Doug Belshaw are a neat framework to consider for use in thinking about digital literacy. There are others that are also useful and that is also useful. It will be interesting to note how this field is defined over time.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 20, 3:58 PM

The three R's and a DL (digital literacy)?  I'd prefer the term Information literacy (and actively promote information fluency).  Using tech to think. Using tools to make.  Being digitally literate is a but a step on the 21st century path.


Miep Carstensen's curator insight, May 22, 7:06 PM

Digital literacy and 21st century citizenship are becoming inseparable

Josie Gibson's curator insight, May 23, 10:52 PM

Just as applicable for executives...

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Tools to Protect and Raise Digital Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Tools to Protect and Raise Digital Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

Some helpful technological aids.

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There is a lot I do not know! The more I learn, the more I realise how ignorant I am.

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Creating An iPad Workflow For Teachers, Students, And Parents

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Creating An iPad Workflow For Teachers, Students, And Parents

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This looks to be useful for reflection purposes as a minimum. Any move from the teacher as the sole conduit for communication and/or publication requires a change in mindset for teacher, students and parents.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 3, 3:34 PM

Highly useful. 

Chris Carter's comment, April 4, 2:57 PM
My pleasure Dean, as always.
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Teaching in a Digital School: The Differences and Attributes Needed ...

Digital schools, operating to the fore of the school evolutionary continuum (http://www.schoolevolutionarystages.net) are already fundamentally different environments to the traditional, are evolving and transforming at pace ...

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This is where we are headed. I hope so, as the alternative will be demeaning of teachers and disengaging for students and thus not likely to be successful.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 20, 2:57 AM

We should be working towards this future; it is a reasonable extrapolation from known research and technology usage. The alternative will be disengaging for students and demeaning for teachers. It should be noted that the known attributes of great teachers are required in this model.

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer

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The Most Important Question Every Assessment Should Answer
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Perhaps we should be doing more assessment for learning and less assessment of learning?

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The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps [Infographic]

The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps [Infographic] | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Let's look at Brain Essential Learning Steps. In other words, how does the brain process information in the learning process

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Thanks Gust! While not essentially digital in construction, this infographic is useful in designing good learning.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 29, 2013 3:32 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Infographic

 

Trevor Galbraith's curator insight, September 29, 2013 8:42 PM

Simple reminder to what we in the classroom are on about

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Your Digital Footprint, your future – Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

Your Digital Footprint, your future – Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

Just goes to show how adolescent behaviour is best forgotten! These days that means do not publish it in the first place!


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I suspect teenagers will 'get this'!

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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first.

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Is it surprising that 'play', something that adults used to do naturally leads to good learning?

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Learn On Your iPad: 10 Essential Apps For Mobile Learning

Learn On Your iPad: 10 Essential Apps For Mobile Learning | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

Discover the most useful and engaging iPad apps for lifelong learning on your tablet.


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A few ideas for those wishing to 'dip the toe in the water' and get started.

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The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners - Edudemic

The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners - Edudemic | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
If you use technology to bolster your understanding of a particular topic, use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle tough questions, or simply collaborate across networks (online and in-person), then you've got some of the skills...
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If you ask, these are some of the key skills/dispositions that parents and students list as exit outcomes. Would it not therefore be the role of professionals to lead our communities in making these a focus?

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, July 7, 2013 5:38 PM

If you ask, these are some of the key skills/dispositions that parents and students list as exit outcomes. Would it not therefore be the role of professionals to lead our communities in making these a focus?