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Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What do you think they’ll actually use it for?
Via Martin Debattista
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Digital tools can be a distraction. When students engage in conversations, they can learn more and share their views on what they are learning. Laptops are a tool and need to be used wisely.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 14, 2:54 PM
Digital tools can be a distraction. When students engage in conversations, they can learn more and share their views on what they are learning. Laptops are a tool and need to be used wisely.
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Space Matters: Lessons Learned from an Active-Learning Classroom - EdSurge News

Too many discussions of edtech focus on tools (like tablets, clickers, learning-management systems, smart boards, etc). More thought should be spent o
Via Martin Debattista
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More thought should be given to the human aspect of learning with digital tools, the Internet, social media, etc. We should think about content, classroom design, the tools, etc. but they play a seconary role to people
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A reformed techie (me) considers the value of a fuzzy education

A reformed techie (me) considers the value of a fuzzy education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In 2005, the late writer David Foster Wallace delivered a now-famous commencement address. It starts with the story of the fish in water, who spend their lives not even knowing what water is. They…
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Hermeneutics can play a role in interpreting the context, pretext, and subtext that are part of the policies and norms in schools. Ricoeur concludee that critical hermeneutics helps us question what appears rational and logical on the surface. Gadamer proposed the concept of eloquent questions to open up dialogues about the way we pre-judge the world in taken-for-granted ways.

At the end of the day, teaching is a human enterprise that is both ethical and practical.

"As much as code and computation and data can feel as if they are mechanistically neutral, they are not. Technology products and services are built by humans who build their biases and flawed thinking right into those products and services — which in turn shapes human behavior and society, sometimes to a frightening degree."
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Learning at the Intersections 

Learning at the Intersections  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students were writing about & for asylum seekers in a tumultuous political climate. A service learning initiative quickly became a matter of life or death.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Pedagogy is essential in a world that is changing as rapidly as our world. How we use our digital tools, the Internet, and social media is essential to good digital citizenship. Technology is a thoughtful conversation with, through, and about our tools.
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You Can’t Automate Good Teaching

Any professor who cares one whit about teaching understands that education involves a lot more than just conveying information.
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You cannot.

A good teacher "who cares one whit about teaching understands that education involves a lot more than just conveying information. There's the teaching of particular skills. There's applied learning. There's the unpredictable relationship between two humans whenever they try to to accomplish anything complicated."

There is a need for pedagogy, pedagogic relationships, and teaching wisdom in what the author calls "edge cases."
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Waiting for the ed tech rapture

Waiting for the ed tech rapture | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This piece by Beth Singler argues that much of the language of Artificial Intelligence has religious connotations. Audrey Watters also writes about myths and faith in Silicon Valley and ed tech. Th…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is a thought provoking and deeply concerning article. The underlying question wiht the "uberfication of learning" (Biesta refers to the learnification of school) is that we will have to have a deep faith this will work. We are replacing deep religious beliefs with deep beliefs in technical solutions. Moreover, we are placing our faith in a handful of people who want to control schooling, learning, and teaching. We will replace the haptic pedagogic hand with one that is more cyborg-like.
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In a Fake Fact Era, Schools Teach the ABCs of News Literacy

In a Fake Fact Era, Schools Teach the ABCs of News Literacy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Schools across the country are educating students in how to sift through today's online avalanche of alternative facts.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Nancy Jones
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This is not a new problem. It is an amplified problem with the speed of information moving on social media and the Internet.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 9, 2:06 PM
This is essential in teaching and learning.
Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 12, 9:59 AM
There are some interesting approaches to address the issue of media literacy in the classroom as well as some tools to help
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The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What Kind Of World Are We Preparing Students For? The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Sarantis Chelmis, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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"Students need to be prepared to make good choices and have built the skills that they need to succeed outside of computer-generated content."

Students need skills that will enable them to solve problems and think critically. Content and tools become a means to an end.
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Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher

Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Three strategies to make sure your content—not your technology—is your students’ main focus.
Via Vicki Moro
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Each teacher is respnosible for teaching. They create a sound pedagogic setting and enter into healthy pedagogic relationships with students to teach. They make choices and guide each student in assuming responsiblity for their learning.
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Preparing beginning teachers for technology integration in education: Ready for take-off?

Preparing beginning teachers for technology integration in education: Ready for take-off? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The overall aims of this study are to explore 1) how beginning teachers integrate technology in their practice and 2) the connections between teachers’ technology uses and their pre-service education programs.


Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, Jim Lerman, Ines Bieler, Yashy Tohsaku
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It is not enough to simply say young pre-service and beginning teachers know how to use digital tools in their teaching. How they are prepared and supported to that is essential.
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Preparing beginning teachers for technology integration in education: Ready for take-off?
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Will Computers Free Teachers to Teach More Creatively?

Will Computers Free Teachers to Teach More Creatively? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
At a party of a friend recently I got into a discussion with someone about education and the use of computer technology. The person I was conversing with suggested that educational software could and should be developed to relieve teachers of the technical aspects of teaching. Why should each teacher have to figure out how…
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Computers add a technical level to teaching. The apps and software we would use are algorithmic in nature. Teaching is relational. The last paragraph sums up the post well. I think that teachers who teach well understand how to use tools well. They read and interpret the pedagogic lay-of-the-land and respond.
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Educational myths / test taking / feedback is tricky / corporate takeover of education

Educational myths / test taking / feedback is tricky / corporate takeover of education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me a
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There are some intriguing links and articles in the post. An older article about valuing rebelliousness and creativity caught my eye. How teachers respond to each student, including those who give them the most challenges, is an ethical response. We do not know who each child will grow up and be.
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How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers (EdSurge News)

How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers (EdSurge News) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
At the recent U.S. Education Learning Forum, Bill Gates talked about an exciting shift in ed policy, which puts a strong focus on what happens inside the classroom. The focus not only elevates understanding and admiration for the invaluable role of effective teachers, but aims to support all teac

Via Dr. Lisa Gonzales, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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What if we began by sitting with teachers and asking them what was essential to their teaching? I did not see once in this article that what was what proposed. Treat teachers like professionals and expect them to be professionals.
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Dr. Lisa Gonzales's curator insight, November 7, 2015 2:41 PM

Valuable tips for designing PD.

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Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Edtech

Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Edtech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Frankenstein as a meditation on monstrosity in the modern world in general and education (especially the edtech discourse).

 

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Miloš Bajčetić
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
It is a lengthy article and it took time to get to the monstrosity of edtech. There is a review of the novel Frankenstein its underlying meaning, and how that reflects the world.

I took this quote out as it summarizes the edtech thesis the author is presenting:

"Future-oriented content is science and technology – disciplines valued not because they reveal the deepest truths about ourselves and our world, but because they sustain the Promethean project of domination. The idea that the search for the truth about the human condition might matter more than programming, knowledge filtering, connectivity and maximizing hardware is not worthy of consideration – a laughably antiquated thing with a yellow eye from the point of view of the edtech futurists."

John Dewey subscribed to the notion that we teach children in the present moment, because that is where they live and learn.
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Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“ By challenging the assumption that every child growing up today is a one-size-fits all digital native, we can make sure each of them can find their own way to relate to technology — whether using it to accomplish basic tasks or to create new technologies and worlds. Being aware of our kids’ differences now is what could help keep them from drifting apart.”
Via Nik Peachey, Norton Gusky, Vicki Moro
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The concept of digital natives is outdated and is being replaced by three new concepts. Digital orphans are adept, but received little guidance. Digital exiles have had little exposure to digital tools and the Internet. Digital heirs have received guidance and are adept. The essential message is adult guidance, pedagogy, is key to the use of digital tools, the Internet, and social media.
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Chris Carter's comment, July 5, 9:37 PM
A much more nuanced view, and one that I appreciate. I have long called so-called digital natives "digital naives" because the majority of kids only know enough about tech to use it to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. Tech does not really come any easier for them. Tech is simply more common to them.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 6, 5:17 AM
Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet
Edward Russell's curator insight, July 7, 10:51 AM
beyond these over-simplified tags. this distinction is always interesting, as is how young people actually use tech.
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Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Anxiety about losing your job to technology is both a rational and growing fear. Andy Haldane, the chief economist at the Bank of England, recently estimated that 15m jobs in the UK were threatened by automation. Technology is reaching such levels of sophistication that it is capable not only of manual tasks but cognitive ones too, putting a wide range of jobs are at risk. The areas most vulnerable include driving and administrative work. But according to a report from Oxford University that looked at over 700 areas of work, teaching at all levels across the educational spectrum is a safe bet.

Via Edumorfosis, Yashy Tohsaku, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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"The best teachers will use technology in the classroom as part of an expanding toolkit, and hopefully they’ll see the benefits of smarter technology in the form of reduced clerical work. Classrooms will continue to change shape, but it’s safe to assume that there will be a human teacher at the front of them for a long time yet."

Teaching is a performance.
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6 Online Teaching Lessons From Albert Einstein

6 Online Teaching Lessons From Albert Einstein | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Albert Einstein did more than re-write the laws of physics. His personal philosophies are fascinating, and many of his ideas are directly relevant to the practice of online teaching. These online teaching lessons from Albert Einstein offer inspiration for how we, too, can leave a lasting legacy - on the lives of our students."


Via WEAC
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The lessons point us towards a continued need for good teachers and their teaching. For example, the first one is about not confusing knowledge with information. This goes with digital tools exceeding our humanity.
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Education technology is spreading fast, but there’s no recipe for success

Education technology is spreading fast, but there’s no recipe for success | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This article was written by Nichole Dobo Many people are seeking the “secret sauce” for digital learning. As educators expand the use of education technology, they often face a tricky balance. These tools offer the possibility for innovation – trying something new in a quest to improve teaching and learning. But technology isn’t cheap, and the risk of failure looms. To assure success, many educators try to find and follow a recipe for digital learning. But many crucial ingredients can’t be found in a case study about “best practices,” said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that advocates …
Via Ines Bieler, Yashy Tohsaku
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Like other aspects of teaching, how teachers and students use computers, software, and social media is a broad conversation. We use words like education and technology as if they mean something they do not, school and digital tools respectively.

To educate means to lead etymologically. That means teaching is leading and helping students figure out what is appropriate use of tools. Technology is forming wisdom over time so the craftsperson (teacher) can have a conversation with, about, and through their tools. They grow to understand how tools limit and expand their teaching.
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Jillian Schaibly's curator insight, July 25, 5:08 PM
How do you implement technology without trying it out first? Using technology or trying out new things can be expensive for school, so finding something that can be tested first is the best option. This resource talks about how there is no right way for digital learning, but there are best practices by some teacher which can help. This could help a principal by having teachers collaborate with the technology they use and share and teach other staff on what they know.
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Turtle Art project, and the concept of “doing” or “making” before any explicit instruction has been given, is part of the school’s attempt to shake up its teaching. Lighthouse Community Charter has to cover the same standard curriculum as district schools, so teachers have to choose carefully the times when they’ll spend a little more time and creativity on a difficult subject.

Via John Evans, Chris Carter, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Digital tools and software can play a role in learning and doing as discovery. Teaching can also involve solving problems without digital tools. John Dewey was pointing us in this direction regardless of tools available.

When indigenous curricula and provincial curricula are overlayed with each other, they move us beyond the classroom and digital tools.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 26, 2016 7:55 AM

Cool ideas!

Norton Gusky's curator insight, June 8, 10:42 AM
Informal approach to learning - let kids discover through exploration and tinkering
Chris Carter's curator insight, June 10, 12:16 PM
And this is why my school has three official Maker Spaces, and treats the whole school as a place for making. 
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Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this

Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The inequality of badly-run states is boosted by technology – but technology also makes it easier to destabilise them. So: which future will prevail?

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Technology (techne and ology) is a conversation about how we choose to use tools and care for them. Humans in conversation with each other will fix the problem. This may have to begin in our schools where the problems of inequality are reinforced daily.
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How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite show and you become a couch potato…
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Books, chosen well, lead to conversation and questions. TV and screens can have negative effects on us and limit conversations. The research cited should inform parents and teachers. It is not that we would kick digital and visual tools to the curb, but use them more carefully, as we would books.
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Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era

Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Reading has always been an invaluable skill, but in the digital era it will be even more important.
Via Ines Bieler, Yashy Tohsaku, Pantelis Chiotellis, Makena Conteh
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The challenge is not to make digital tools the default process of teaching reading. My experience was children who struggled with reading needed continuous adult support even with a digital reading system. I discovered they tended to lack vocabulary and left to their own devices did not benefit.
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Education Readings May 5th

Education Readings May 5th | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Teacher knows best? Not any longer as parents muscle in on the classroom Feel familiar to you? ‘Abusive behaviour by parents is experienced by a third of primary teachers, either online or on the school…
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There are several links to articles about using digital tools in classrooms.
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True engagement not dependent upon tech

True engagement not dependent upon tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"The multibillion dollar educational technology market has created a sense of pressure on teachers to incorporate new tools in the classroom. The idea that a changing economy requires tech literacy for any level of post-secondary success is also pervasive. But schools that rush technology without the teaching pedagogy to support it are doing a disservice to students."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Lynnette Van Dyke
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This artilce delivers an essential message. When students engage in their learning, it means teaching is drawing them in somehow. I discovered what worked one day did not always work the next and I adjusted to meet new needs.
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Developing students' digital literacy

Developing students' digital literacy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Dean J. Fusto
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Teachers play a signicant role in each student's learning, including digital literacy.
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