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Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype

Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There are a lot of dangerous stereotypes out there. "Asian students are always better at math." "Boys are always better at sports." And perhaps the most dangerous of all: "The current generation are

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I like the term adept. It allows me to say I don't know, but know who I can call on. It opens a different learning and teaching space. Am I always the expert teacher? Or am I sometimes the student?

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No excuses!  You don't have to have been raised with it to "get it"~!  : )

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School burnout and engagement profiles among digital natives in Finland: a person-oriented approach: European Journal of Developmental Psychology: Vol 13, No 6


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ABSTRACT

Applying a person-oriented approach, this study set out to examine what profiles

of school engagement and school burnout (i.e., exhaustion, cynicism, inadequacy)

can be identified among elementary school children at age 12, a generation also

often referred to as the generation of digital natives. We compared the group

memberships in their use of socio-digital technologies and related functioning as

we expected to find a gap between some digital natives and current educational

practices which do not include socio-digital technology in feelings of cynicism

towards school. Latent profile analysis identified five groups: Engaged (50%)

students, who formed the majority; Stressed (4%) students, who reported high

exhaustion and high inadequacy as a student; Students High in cynicism (burnout

group) (5%) with high scores on all the components of school burnout, particularly

cynicism, but also on exhaustion and inadequacy as a student; students Moderate

in Cynicism (15%), whose cynicism was directed in particular towards studying and

school; and, finally, students Emerging Cynicism (bored group) (26%), whose feelings

of cynicism were nevertheless elevated. These results thus revealed that almost

half (46%) of the elementary students felt some degree of cynicism towards school,

thereby supporting our gap hypothesis: these groups of cynical students reported

that they would be more engaged at school if socio-digital technologies were

used at school. These results indicate that one way to promote the engagement

of cynical students might be to offer them the possibility to make greater use of

socio-digital technologies at school.

 

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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.

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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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Encounterslonka2013long - Classroom of Tomorrow by Kirsti Lonka

This is my keynote on Friday 22, 2013 www.encounters13.org Haaga-Helia and Laurea Porvoo Campus, Finland

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I think there has always been a gap between students, educational practices, and the thinking of adults who propose what is to be learned. The research being done in Finland is intriguing, blending psychology, well-being, digital tools, etc.

What if we focused on skills? What if we used projects and problems?
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Shifting Needs in a Digital World

Shifting Needs in a Digital World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
  Recently, Gerald Fussell wrote a blog post examining how our priorities in schools support our students and their diverse, dynamic needs. Based on his thinking around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs using a school lens, and the graphic he created above; he explores the challenges schools face in supporting students through to the Self Actualization…

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The post links Maslow and a digital world.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 23, 5:15 AM

An interesting read.

Denis Lundie's curator insight, June 24, 9:12 AM
Interesting, but tone, as often, is on the defense, e.g. parents should and teachers should 'set' good examples. Problem is, they really are either behaving in the same 'bad' manner as children, only further removed from the benefits of online life so that they experience neither.
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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushing back on these generational generalizations, noting that assumptions regarding their attitudes, hobbies, and abilities are hurting them academically.


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Students use their digital tools for things other than learning i.e. communicating, entertaining, selfies, etc.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 24, 12:55 PM

I have said REPEATEDLY that students are not tech savvy. They are tech fearless, but they are NOT savvy. They don't know how to change margins or set up a page. What's worse is that they don't seem to know where to look to figure it out. We also make assumptions about what kinds of access students have at home. The elementary schools in which I work are usually cognizant to student technology limitations, but that is less true at high schools or for commuter students. At some elementary schools, part of students' technology specials rotation is learning how to type. Kids hate that because they want to play games but I know middle schoolers and high schoolers who regret not learning how to type. We've got to find some balance in providing technology solutions and learning options for our kids, including some videos that explains how to change margins or use headers and footers.

Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 26, 12:07 PM
We need to ensure that students do have the necessary tech skills. We cannot assume.
Lindsay Hoyt's curator insight, June 26, 11:48 PM

Teachers need to understand how to use technology effectively and help their students use it successfully.

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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."


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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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5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words

5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
http://LindaCaroll.com

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Another one for me is "lots of." The list is longer than five or six words. When I began my PhD, one of the professors advised a group of us to avoid using words ending in -ly. He said we should always ask if adds to our writing.
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Penelope's curator insight, June 13, 12:12 PM
Here's a nice, quick tune-up for fine writing. Skim your work for these ugly 5, and hack 'em out. Your readers will thank you for it.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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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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(dis)Owning Tech: Ensuring Value and Agency at the Moment of Interface - Hybrid Pedagogy

(dis)Owning Tech: Ensuring Value and Agency at the Moment of Interface - Hybrid Pedagogy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Authority over, & ownership of, education has been distributed to a wide variety of stakeholders—many who frame the purposes of education in economic terms.

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There is a growing concern about the underlying issues of digital tools, software, and social media in schools.
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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 …
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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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What fake news is doing to digital literacy

What fake news is doing to digital literacy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Yesterday I keynoted a virtual conference on digital literacy and fake news.  Actually, I helped organize an opening panel, then took notes on sessions, then offered a closing presentation. Here are my notes, with a couple of the slides.  The whole slidedeck is on Slideshare, and embedded right here: I'd like to begin by thanking Sandy…
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Here are the key points the post summarizes from a discussion:

The importance of a civic role of digital literacy learners and teachers;
The emergence of new technologies and practices;
That there are multiple forms and responses to fake news;
Curation: libraries curate, but also teach users (or patrons) to curate content;
The importance of teaching critical thinking; and
Adding other information forms beyond text document: images, data, infographics.

The role of librarians may take on greater importance in this teaching of new skills and identifying "fake news."
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The technology revolution transforming education

The technology revolution transforming education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology can empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. The students we equip with digital skills today will work in careers we haven’t even thought of yet, and build new technology that we can’t even begin to imagine. Educators, parents, and technology companies have a responsibility to provide them with the best education and tools possible to make this future a reality. Technology is the key to helping our students succeed, think creatively, and ultimately create a better world.

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This is a Microsoft article. What is the bias that creates a partcular subtext? Who says that the only tools to use are digital?
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 14, 6:30 AM

Very utopian view of edtech.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 15, 9:30 AM
Utopian  but some great points
Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, June 15, 11:21 AM
Ensuring our students become fluent technology users for their future careers is part of the learning process. Engage them in ways they will want to learn.
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Digital Literacy + Fake NewsMini-Conference Resources


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There is a substantial amount of material to look through. There is no question this is the great challenge of contemporary teaching.
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Library 2.017: “Digital Literacy + Fake News” Mini-Conference | June 1, 2017
Bonus Resource Pack - a work in progress kept at www.literacy.digital

Conference Network: http://www.library20.com
Conference Registration (free): https://digitalliteracyandfakenews.eventbrite.com/
A Learning Revolution Project: http://www.learningrevolution.com

 

KEYNOTE PANELISTS

From Bryan Alexander:

Event Summary: What fake news is doing to digital literacy https://bryanalexander.org/2017/06/03/what-fake-news-is-doing-to-digital-literacy/

Digital Literacy > An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief https://www.nmc.org/publication/digital-literacy-an-nmc-horizon-project-strategic-brief/

Syllabus: Social Media Literacies, Instructor: Howard Rheingold, Stanford Winter Quarter 2013 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pIxVqXT6EO_CoxCCD3tj9uYujVzhHzGWcYgT31LGQhc/edit

https://bryanalexander.org/2017/02/09/digital-literacy-and-anti-authoritarian-politics/

From Doug Belshaw:

See post at http://literaci.es/fake-news-resources

1. My own work
The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies (book, pay what you want/can)
The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies (video, TEDx Warwick)
A Brief History of Web Literacy and its Future Potential (blog post, DML Central)
Curate or Be Curated: Why Our Information Environment is Crucial to a Flourishing Democracy, Civil Society (blog post, DML Central)
Reclaiming the Web for the Next Generation (blog post, DML Central)
Digital Literacy, Identity and a Domain of One’s Own (blog post, DML Central)
What does it mean to be a digitally literate school leader? (blog post, Literaci.es)
Can digital literacy be deconstructed into learnable units? (blog post, Literaci.es)
Digital Literacy is about power (blog post, Literaci.es)
Digital literacies have a civic element (blog post, Literaci.es)
2. Other links/resources
Everything is Broken (blog post, Quinn Norton, The Message)
Facebook’s Secret Mood Experiment and the Challenges of Living Online (blog post, Ian O'Byrne)
Digital literacy and democracy (blog post, Helen Beetham)
How to Increase Our Digital Literacy Literacy (blog post, Bonnie Stachowiak, Teaching in Higher Ed)
Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One? (blog post, Mike Caulfield)
‘Fake news’: the best thing that’s happened to journalism (blog post, Charlie Beckett, LSE Polis)
Did Media Literacy Backfire? (blog post, danah boyd, Data & Society: Points)
According to Snopes, Fake News Is Not the Problem (blog post, Jessi Hempel, Backchannel)
Bots aren’t spreading fake news on Facebook; humans are (blog post, Joon Ian Wong, Quartz)
Is ‘fake news’ a fake problem? (Jacob L. Nelson, Columbia Journalism Review)

From Lisa Hinchliffe:

DIGITAL AND INFORMATION ALITERACY: https://lisahinchliffe.com/2017/05/28/digital-and-information-aliteracy/

This blog post has gotten more readers than anything else on my blog and relates to information literacy - https://lisahinchliffe.com/2016/06/19/information-literacy-constellation/ - but it's very "inside baseball" for the academic library community as we worked through a major policy change in ACRL.

This is a more scholarly-ish piece from 2006 and not so much on the digital literacy/fake news angle but on how newspapers are a resource for teaching global perspectives and developing media literacy - "Digital News: Key to Global Literacy and Information Literacy Education (https://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/papers/079-Hinchliffe_Schmitz-en.pdf).

Finally, this editorial I wrote also brings in the idea of mindset - which is part of (to me) what we need to inculcate in students - Information Literacy as a Way of Life (https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/94855).

As to other links, I think this report is incredibly important and useful - also with a May 2017 publication date ... contemporary: Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online (https://datasociety.net/output/media-manipulation-and-disinfo-online/).

Also: Digital Polarization Initiative (https://adpaascu.wordpress.com/category/digital-polarization-initiative/), which is lead by Michael Caulfield (and his personal blog is a gold mine of reflective essays as well as teaching ideas - https://hapgood.us/ - including this insightful critique of methods that libraries use to teach information evaluation - https://hapgood.us/2016/12/19/yes-digital-literacy-but-which-one/ and this great book for students on web literacy/fact checking: https://hapgood.us/2017/02/13/web-literacy-for-student-fact-checkers-is-out/).

From Mnar Muhawesh:

‘Fake News’ Isn’t New: Dissecting Two Decades Of War Propaganda http://www.mintpressnews.com/fake-news-isnt-new-dissecting-two-decades-of-war-propaganda/224022/

SESSION PRESENTERS

From Sarah FitzHenry:

We created a teaching kit that we want to share and get feedback on as a companion to our article, Supremo’s Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out (School Library Journal).

Teaching Kit @ thimbleprojects.org/techkim/258242

From Kristin Fontichiaro:

http://dataliteracy.si.umich.edu

From Mark Ray:

Truthiness: Seattle Op/Ed
http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/save-the-children-by-fighting-truthiness/

RU a Curator?
https://medium.com/amalgamated-futures/meditations-in-a-transformat...

Feedback: Creating Digital Citizens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-6ybglSYfc

Future Ready Librarians
http://futureready.org/librarians

Digital Citizenship: The Next Big Legislative Trend?
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/kids-action/blog/the-digital-citizenship-movement-the-next-big-legislative-trend

From Frank Baker (cancelled session):

http://www.frankwbaker.com/mlc (The Media Literacy Clearinghouse)
http://frankwbaker.com/mlc/fake-news-recommendations/ (Fake News Remedy Recommendations)

From Shannon Steimel:

http://liftforlifeacademyreads.wordpress.com

From Joyce Valenza:

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world | http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2016/11/26/truth-truthiness-triangulation-and-the-librarian-way-a-news-literacy-toolkit-for-a-post-truth-world

From Melda Yildiz:

Yildiz, M.N. (2016). Media binds or blinds? Deconstructing myths and misconceptions in global media education. J. Singh, P. Kerr & E. Hamburger. (Ed.) MILID 2016 Yearbook: Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Retrieved from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002463/246371e.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170301-lies-propaganda-and-fake-n...

https://galeri.wikispaces.com/UNESCO

OTHER

http://informationliteracy.org/

Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News https://www.connectsafely.org/fakenews/

The Media Frames Corpus: Annotations of Frames Across Issues http://homes.cs.washington.edu/~nasmith/papers/card+boydstun+gross+resnik+smith.acl15.pdf

Project Censored www.projectcensored.org

Project Censored in the Classroom http://projectcensored.org/project-censoreds-commitment-to-independent-news-in-the-classroom/

Censorship Guide for Teachers http://projectcensored.org/censorship/teachers-guide/

Independent News Links http://projectcensored.org/independent-news-links/

Action Coalition for Media Education www.acmecoalition.org

Challenging Big Media News and Censorship http://www.acmecoalition.org/challenging_censorship_acmes_project_censored_tool_kit/index.html

Questioning Media - Ten Basic Principles of Media Literacy Education http://www.acmecoalition.org/files/ACME_questioningmedia.pdf

Our 21st Century Media Culture: Eight Shifts http://www.acmecoalition.org/our_21st_century_media_culture_eight_shifts/

http://www.slj.com/2017/03/webcasts/experts-share-insight-tools-to-help-students-fight-fake-news/#_

http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2016/11/26/truth-truthiness-triangulation-and-the-librarian-way-a-news-literacy-toolkit-for-a-post-truth-world/

http://www.slj.com/2017/04/opinion/the-fake-news-fad-let-it-fade-opinion/ Michelle Luhtala

https://www.facinghistory.org/calendar/web2017nat7-student-summit-viral-rumors-and-fact-checking

RumorEval http://alt.qcri.org/semeval2017/task8/

Pathology of a Fake News Story https://medium.com/thoughts-on-journalism/pathology-of-a-fake-news-story-aa572e6764e8

Pheme https://www.pheme.eu/

http://digitalcitizenship.org/

http://nypost.com/2017/05/06/medical-studies-are-almost-always-bogus/

Is Fake News a Machine Learning Problem? http://approximatelycorrect.com/2017/01/23/is-fake-news-a-machine-learning-problem/

https://www.wikitribune.com

TED and TEDx Videos

 

How to choose your news | Damon Brown | TED-Ed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Y-z6HmRgI

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYAQ-ZZtEU&ab_channel=TEDxTalks

How to defend yourself against misleading statistics in the news | Sanne Blauw | TEDxMaastricht https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ63-bQc9Xg

Why most news stories aren't true stories | Sarah Smarsh | TEDxTopeka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN2KBCFdKO0&t=4s

Fixing the News | Coleen Christie | TEDxVancouver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwmGTM5Py8Y

Creating critical thinkers through media literacy: Andrea Quijada at TEDxABQED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHAApvHZ6XE

Literacy is not enough: Kushal Chakrabarti at TEDxBrussels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN_1hJRgG3U

Finding truth in a post-truth world | Elliot Higgins | TEDxAmsterdam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mozxTk3Brqw

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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.

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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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Learning in the digital age - theory and practice

Learning technology is just about everywhere in education. Universities are replete with lecture capture tools, interactive media, web based content and person…

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We have been preparing children for a future we cannot fully describe for some time and how new tools might disrupt that future.

John Dewey argued habits and skills were learned in the present moment where children lived. Technology is a conversation between craftspeople, in this case teachers and students, and their tools.
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Learning in the digital age - theory and practice
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I'd add another layer - mobile learning - into this solid slide deck, but worth the flipping. Learning in a smartphone empowered age is different as this presentation deck makes clear. 

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Technology Has Become Water – James Allworth – Medium

Technology Has Become Water – James Allworth – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This opening to David Foster Wallace’s famous commencement speech is coming to my mind more and more often these days. Somewhere along the way — I’m not sure when, but recently—it became in vogue to…
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Don Idhe proposed that humans have always lived and worked with tools. Heidegger returned to the etymological roots of the word technology (techne + logos), which is about a wise and practical conversation with, through, and about our tools.

Unlike fish, humans have the capacity to realize the world they live in has tools that can become taken-for-granted. They have the capacity to untether themselves and think about the consequences of being tethered to their tools. Heidegger argued we should not blindly fight against or simply accept.
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Global academic collaboration: a new form of colonisation?

Global academic collaboration: a new form of colonisation? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Hanne Kirstine Adriansen, Aarhus University Higher education in Africa is as old as the pyramids in Egypt. But the continent’s ancient institutions have long disappeared. The type of higher education that’s delivered in Africa today, from curriculum to degree structure and the languages of instruction, is rooted in colonialism. This has led many to question whether African universities are still suffering from a sort of colonisation – of the mind. The story of renowned climate change researcher Cheikh Mbow is an example. Mbow was born in Senegal in 1969 and studied there. Looking back at his experiences during his first …

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Collaborate means to give in to the dominant group.
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Google's Eric Schmidt: We need critical thinking now more than ever

Google's Eric Schmidt: We need critical thinking now more than ever | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Alphabet boss says the world is entering an age of abundance, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning

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What does it mean to think critically in the digital age we live in? I disagree with the premise that we live in a "post-truth" world.
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Teachers give low marks on schools' ed tech use

Teachers give low marks on schools' ed tech use | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

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The teachers I interviewed, albeit a small group, described a lack of quality learning opportunities in how to use new software and digital tools. One teacher, with a computer science background, said one way would be to let teachers help each other, but felt that was discouraged. I experienced that it was the wrong teachers giving the help.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 15, 6:38 PM

Absolutely, people like me need to make the decisions!! 

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Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

Edtech in the Classroom: Improving Learning Opportunities for Students with Special Needs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The number of students with special needs is on the rise across the United States, making it increasingly difficult for educators to teach effectively to their entire student body. Did you know that there are approximately 7 million students in the United States with disabilities? Did you know that only 62.7% of students with special needs in the US graduate high school? With the increase of students with special needs in the US and the current trend in education to increase inclusion in the classroom, educators are experiencing difficulties dividing their time and attention equally across their students.

Advances in technology are making it possible for teachers to best assist students with special needs and or limited language skills, to learn alongside the average student. Through the use of computer programs and games and other devices, students with special needs can participate in the same activity as their peers or a slightly altered program based on their specific needs and skill set.


Via John Evans, MIND Research Institute
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The teachers who used digital tools with their students with special needs suggested it still required teaching to help students and sometimes families to learn how to use the tools.
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The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones - LitHub.com

The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones - LitHub.com | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"It’s hard to think of anywhere in the world where becoming a poet is a canny career move, but this is especially true for the poorest and most disadvantaged."


Via Penelope
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Writing poetry is one way of lifting one's self above the oppression and naming it.
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Penelope's curator insight, June 20, 12:39 PM
This is not just a story of would-be poets, but a story of hope. These factory workers in China may be at a disadvantage, but they have their dreams, and finding a way to write. An enriching read for your day!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin - Hybrid Pedagogy

A Guide for Resisting Edtech: the Case against Turnitin - Hybrid Pedagogy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students often find themselves uploading their content — their creative work — into the learning management system. Perhaps they retain a copy of the file on their computer; but with learning analytics and plagiarism detection software, they still often find themselves having their data scanned and monetized, often without their knowledge or consent. — Audrey... Read More
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The picture is appropriate. In choosing software and digital tools for schools i.e. plagiarism software, are we aware of the challenges we might face in using that tool? Will someone other than the teacher and students profit from the products they produce? The reference to Luddites is interesting. Luddites were social activists, not necessarily opposed to the new tools of the industrial revolution. Instead, they opposed the oppressive, often hidden underbelly the new tools produced. Paul Ricoeur described critical hermeneutics as a task that looks below the surface of what seems reasonable to seek out the unreasonable and oppressive.
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Using laptops in class harms academic performance, study warns

Using laptops in class harms academic performance, study warns | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Researchers say undergraduates who use computers in class score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Via Peter Mellow
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This is interesting.
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How Should We Teach Our Kids to Use Digital Media?

How Should We Teach Our Kids to Use Digital Media? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As a developmental behavioral pediatrician, parent of two young boys and lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement “Media and Young Minds,” I hope to help parents shape tech use in their homes based on their human ideals and values.

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There are good ideas here i.e. time limits and rules. Parents and teachers can work together to meet common goals.
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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…

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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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