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Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Education vs Learning - What Exactly is the Difference? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Surely learning and formal education are not entirely the same thing? But what exactly is the difference?
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An interesting discussion of Learning / Education that explores each and the impact of the disruption of the internet on each. 

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The Write Stuff: 8 Steps to the Perfect Blog Post

The Write Stuff: 8 Steps to the Perfect Blog Post | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The best way is to not only share ridiculously captivating content but also present it in the ideal way.
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Some good ideas for taking your blog to the next level - if that's what you want to do! 

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Don't Search for "Purpose." You Will Fail.

Don't Search for "Purpose." You Will Fail. | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The big lie behind a Venn diagram meme.
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An interesting view of the diagram and the concept of purpose. 

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Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day—and what you can do about it

Why not even exercise will undo the harm of sitting all day—and what you can do about it | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A large review recently published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute confirms what we've been hearing for years: Sitting can be fatal. It's been linked to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. In this latest meta-analysis, Daniela Schmid and Michael F. Leitzmann of the University of Regensburg in Germany analyzed 43 observational studies, amounting to more than 4 million people's answers...
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So, sitting for long periods of time isn't good for us. What will we do with this? Will it really mean a change in anything we do? We know that pop, fast food, and all sorts of other things are bad for us but the continue on, unabated. We have the knowledge but unless there is change, it is just something more for us to know. 

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25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs -- and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale confe...
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Some great apps for helping you get organized, get around and just make things a little bit easier. 

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3 Difficult-To-Swallow Truths About The History Of Education And The Future Of Technology

3 Difficult-To-Swallow Truths About The History Of Education And The Future Of Technology | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
One part of the current education reform agenda argues that the internet has made the world bigger. Or, more accurately, the boundaries of our everyday experiences have expanded. Therefore, because we are more connected than ever before, the story goes, we need to think about education as the practice of [...]
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What is the purpose of education? What is it that we expect from education? An interesting discussion which definitely makes one think about the current state of education. 

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Autism specific wheel of iPad Apps

Autism specific wheel of iPad Apps | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I first heard of Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson at an Apple Accessibility Summit I attended last year, she spoke of how using the iPad with people on the Autistic Spectrum could be really valuable and also...
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[Infographic] The 9 C's of Digital Literacy

[Infographic] The 9 C's of Digital Literacy | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Today, at my keynote for the California League of Schools Annual Conference North, I will be discussing the 9 C's of Digital Literacy and how to integrate these skills in a Common Core classroom.

We all know that our digital natives are very at ease with technology. In fact, they’re in love with technology, but does that automatically make them digital proficient?

When I originally pondered this question, I began to realize that the 5 C's often discussed in education today - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship - needed to be expanded to include these other areas as well: curation, copyright, character and connectedness. I believe that these digital literacy skills are essential for success in today's modern world. It’s more important than ever for educators to teach students how to become digitally literate so that they are career and college ready.

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4 Life Lessons That Lead to Happiness, Success and Longevity

4 Life Lessons That Lead to Happiness, Success and Longevity | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Devote a great amount of time to their family and friends.
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There are many things in this piece that spoke to me but the one that really spoke to me was the quote above - ""Devote a great amount of time to their family and friends." I also love ARG - Anticipation, Recollection, Gratitude. A morning routine is so important, as I've come to appreciate more and more. There is a reason that there are tons of articles about morning/evening routines of successful people - because they are important! When was the last time you talked to your students about routine? Not told them to do something but discussed why routines are important. Yes, in a classroom they help a large group be able to work together but they also have a psychological impact. Do we talk with our students about 'Why' enough? We know that being successful is much more than "Just doing well in school" but how many educators explore what helps to make people successful? Yes we want to be innovative and there is a need in education to make changes to what is going on in classrooms but how does it connect to the world around? 

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Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish

Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Teacher Cheryl Mizerny is not anti-tech, just anti-bad pedagogy – the kind that crops up when the garnish of tech overshadows the deep learning that can happen when teaching is "brain based, not screen-based." Make the app fit the lesson, she says,...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 19, 2015 9:36 PM

We need to use digital tools in meaningful ways. Technology is about a conversation with and about our tools. Whitehead used the word genius to describe the way teachers care for the place, people, and tools they are in relationship with. Heidegger likened using tools to good and thoughtful craftsmanship.

 

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Good for the other side of the argument in the electronic educational debate. Informative.

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The Golden Treasures of Google! The Fabulous Tools You Don't Know About! #TxGoo Presentation by Kasey Bell

The Golden Treasures of Google! The Fabulous Tools You Don't Know About! #TxGoo Presentation by Kasey Bell at the Texas Google Summit in New Caney, Texas on May 16, 2015.

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Health and data: can digital fitness monitors revolutionise our lives?

Health and data: can digital fitness monitors revolutionise our lives? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

From the instant he wakes up each morning, through his workday and into the night, the essence of Larry Smarr is captured by a series of numbers: a resting heart rate of 40 beats per minute, a blood pressure of 130/70, a stress level of 2%, weight of 87kg, 8,000 steps taken, 15 floors climbed, eight hours of sleep.

 

Smarr, an astrophysicist and computer scientist, could be the world’s most self-measured man. For nearly 15 years, the professor at the University of California at San Diego has been obsessed with what he describes as the most complicated subject he has ever experimented on: his own body.


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10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps to help teachers with  classroom management. Some of the tasks you can do with these apps include: conduct instant formative assessments in class, create seating charts, record class attendance, randomly pick students for classroom participation, create and share permission slips, visualize and assess students understanding, set timed tasks in class, improve students behaviour by providing real-time feedback, poll your students and many more. The apps featured in this list are among the best titles you can find in the category of classroom management. Enjoy

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Great apps to help with managing classrooms
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10 Great Classroom Management Apps
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Polling student ideas on hot topics related to units being taught - example, the plight of refugees, could be quite effective. Showing visuals on results and re-polling views after learning in the lesson could help students see how their views developed and grew over the course of the term.
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Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
We all have goals that we want to achieve in our lives. These goals may include learning a new language, eating healthier and losing weight, becoming a better parent, saving more money, and so on. But there's a point when you need to stop planning these goals and start working towards them.
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Sometimes we forget the importance of practice and the dedication it takes to improve in whatever fashion. Study is important but without any action it's, well, just study. 

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Matthew May, on the Art of Adding by Taking Away

Matthew May, on the Art of Adding by Taking Away | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The author of “The Laws of Subtraction” says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 4, 2015 11:38 AM

"I discovered an essay by the management educator Jim Collins, in which he confirmed the ancient philosophy: “A great piece of art is composed not just of what is in the final piece, but equally important, what is not. It is the discipline to discard what does not fit — to cut out what might have already cost days or even years of effort — that distinguishes the truly exceptional artist and marks the ideal piece of work, be it a symphony, a novel, a painting, a company or, most important of all, a life.”


If you have more than three initiatives, your teachers are feeling overwhelmed.

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Malcolm Gladwell: ‘No one thinks of me as a potential terrorist any more’

Malcolm Gladwell: ‘No one thinks of me as a potential terrorist any more’ | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The writer, 50, on board games, being pulled over at immigration and why he prefers a selfie. Interview by Tim Lewis
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An interesting bit of this and that from Gladwell. 

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What I Do When I Fail : zen habits

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It's not the failure that is important but learning from it about ourselves and the world in which we live. Failing, making mistakes, being unsuccessful - none of these are in-and-of themselves going to help us in any way unless we are able to improve, make adjustments, reflect on our actions to alter them or look at the results in a way that helps us to shift and change. Fail fast is just a quicker way to pain if we don't have a way to learn and improve. 

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Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started

Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A collection of Twitter tips for beginners, including who to follow, how to engage, and many ways to make the most of your time.
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If you're just starting out on twitter or working with people who you are just starting out, these are some good ideas and insights about using twitter. 

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What is design thinking? Can it work in my classroom? | John Spencer's Blog

What is design thinking? Can it work in my classroom? | John Spencer's Blog | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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I believe Design Thinking is a great way for schools to embrace a new mindset and look at ways that innovation can be implemented in the classroom. My own use of DT through a Stanford University MOOC was a great experience and I recommend people read Tim Brown's Change By Design. There are a number of great resources for educators online but this toolkit for teachers is a great place to start http://www.ideo.com/work/toolkit-for-educators as is this site http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com . Whatever subject or grade you teach, the Design Thinking process can be implemented and used. 

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Matthew May, on the Art of Adding by Taking Away

Matthew May, on the Art of Adding by Taking Away | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The author of “The Laws of Subtraction” says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.
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What a great quote - "To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day." Education continues to add, trying to cram more and more into an already full day. What if we focused on subtracting things - peeling away the layers of what not to do? 

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How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

It shouldn’t involve email.
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Taking time to plan your day and being specific is important - as many teachers know - planning is a critical part of being prepared. But it shouldn't over-ride those "teachable moments" that occur each day around us. Instead it should allow us to see them and take advantage of them. Being prepared opens us up to possibilities that cross our path as they free us from worrying about "what's next"! 

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Do we actually want to close the achievement gap? - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Do we actually want to close the achievement gap? - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I end this small run of blog posts with the question posed by Professor Brian Boyd at the beginning of our evening: Do we want to close the achievement gap? We know we can close the gap. It’s been done or almost been done before in Scottish education, but the answers have been ignored as they pass us by. The...

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Eliminating the vocational/professional divide is not a new idea. John Dewey proposed that all life is a vocation and then we choose specific vocations within that are of interest to us. Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk, connected vocation and voice. What we do should give our lives voice. If it doesn't we are doing the wrong things, likely doing someone else's work which is labour in Arendtian terms.

 

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Ednak - Intersection of Education & Tech

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Intersection of Education & Tech

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What's The Value Of Appsmashing? - Musings From The Island

What's The Value Of Appsmashing? - Musings From The Island | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The key to a great appsmash is not the number of apps that you manage to smash together into a final product but the pedagogical thought behind the smash itself. Ask  yourself why are we completing this activity? What is the educational purpose of it? If your answers are simply the students will enjoy it or it will greatly enhance collaboration in my class I would ask you to have a rethink.   Many multi app appsmashes are very complex, way too complex in my humble opinion.  In schools we are time poor and an incredibly complicated appsmash can suck hours out of your teaching time. For me, the best appsmashes are those with learning at their heart and by learning I mean intrinsically linked to that which you are teaching and learning in class.

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