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Mission mindfulness « Mind the Gap

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So the Dalai Lama walks into a room full of neuroscientists… That sentence sounds like the revamped start of a priest-rabbi-imam joke. But it's the reality of the Mind & Life Institute — a nonprofit aiming to combine the first ...

Via Jem Muldoon
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It may sound like the begining of  a joke, but the Dalai Lama has worked extensively with neuroscientists.

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, December 27, 2012 9:28 AM

Love this. Eastern and Western beliefs and practices meet to learn from one another.

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Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Salvage Higher Education - US News

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Salvage Higher Education - US News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Some say bringing high technology to higher ed makes it less, not more, efficient.

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I grow weary that we think digital technologies can salvage school at any level. Technologies are tools and must be chosen wisely and prudently.

 

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Why middle class are unplugging their kids | Naomi Schaefer Riley | NY Post

Why middle class are unplugging their kids | Naomi Schaefer Riley | NY Post | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

New York plans to build one the largest municipal Wi-Fi networks in the world, delivering Internet access to poorer areas and, Mayor de Blasio boasts, “bridging the digital divide.”

Setting aside how serious that gap really is — every fifth-grader I see, no matter what neighborhood they live in, has a smartphone — is this really the divide we should be worried about?

One of the most frequently passed around articles in the mommy blogosphere these days reveals Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the iPad. Writing in The New York Times earlier this fall, reporter Nick Bilton recalled asking Jobs when the device first came out: “So, your kids must love the iPad?”

“They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Jobs’ reply left the reporter in “dumbfounded silence.”

Bilton, who went on to interview other tech gurus and received similar answers, should not have been surprised at all. It’s not merely people in Silicon Valley, who as former editor of Wired magazine put it, have “seen the dangers of technology firsthand.” It’s every middle- and upper-class parent walking around with an iPhone.

We are all well aware of the effects of too much screen time on our own ability to concentrate and our social interactions. And we don’t want that for our kids.

A few years ago a friend who was a new parent told me that he never bought his kids anything that required a battery. He told the children’s grandparents to do the same thing. Having your kid press a button over and over again was not his idea of educational play.

Go into any upscale toy store, and you’ll find it littered with wooden blocks, Melissa & Doug pretend food and some simple costumes. The toys intended to teach science or math are not LeapPads, but microscopes and abacuses.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Melissa Marshall
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If the tech gurus limit their children's use of digital technologies, why are others not?

 

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Roger Smith's curator insight, December 8, 4:54 PM

Attention span and the real world are still very important to children.  The new campaign in Australia about getting kids outside should be embraced.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 16, 8:34 PM

very interesting article about limiting technology use at home. 

Wayne Strydom's curator insight, December 17, 3:01 AM

You may think that I am changing tack here when I am advocating an article for less screen time, but I do think that children don't need to be spending every waking moment using tech.

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UAlberta opens access to published research in Canada - University of Alberta

UAlberta opens access to published research in Canada - University of Alberta | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is interesting for those looking for a place to publish academic papers.

 

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Is technology actually making higher education less efficient? - The Hechinger Report

Is technology actually making higher education less efficient? - The Hechinger Report | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
After a full day of teaching at Boston College, Karen Arnold had to find time to read her students’ contributions to an online discussion board.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Using tools properly is important. When I need a hammer, a saw just won't do. The same thing with digital technologies, teaching, and learning.

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10 Things You Can Not Do in A 21st Century Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Things You Can Not Do in A 21st Century Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Educatorstechnology, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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The list includes valid points. When we do something, it has to be authentic.

 

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Adrian Smokestack Lightning Ziller's curator insight, December 15, 3:26 AM

Great words of warning. Its good to be excited about the new tech, but we have to remember the two most important things: the learner and the outcomes. 

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list - see below.  Some have "alw...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Valerie Chernek, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Are there really universals out there that are given? Or, are we always negotiating them in relationship to our particular situations?

 

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Write on Sports's curator insight, December 8, 10:51 AM

A good visual that breaks down a basic list of skills all learners should know in the 21st century! 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 3:08 PM

This article shares some skills that every learner should be able to do. How many can you do?

LET Team's curator insight, December 13, 8:45 PM

Are we ticking all the boxes SHC?

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How You Can Actually Teach Beyond Your Classroom’s Walls

How You Can Actually Teach Beyond Your Classroom’s Walls | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This year, I made a vow to my students that they would become global learners, understanding how to celebrate differences, appreciate cultures, and gain a newfound knowledge of what one can truly do in geography.The Kansas Standards for History, Government...

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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We do not learn beyond the curriculum. We learn in ways that make the curriculum come to life. The mystery Skype example has to be part of the curriculum to make sense. That would not be hard to do in most cases. Using digital technologies, is part of some curricula and having conversations with people in other cultures might meet a Social Studies outcome.

 

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Why Kids Won't Quit Technology

Why Kids Won't Quit Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Even though they admit their devices distract them from class. Now, some educators are incorporating the digital tools into their teaching.
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Who are the experts? Are they in the classroom with students day in and day out? I experienced the debate as one going on over the heads and around teachers and their teaching.

 

Digital technologies are here to stay and the key is how do we help students with their use?

 

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Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Growth Mindset Reflective Questions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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I wonder if we framed the questions around how we experienced these experiences, if that would change the tone of the questions?

 

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Rick Stevens's curator insight, December 14, 1:31 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-a-growth-mindset-leads-to-success-2014-8 ; Great article on Carol Dweck’s research on Growth mindsets. If you have 26 minutes, then watch her lecture on growth mindset research. http://youtu.be/QGvR_0mNpWM ;

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How to Make Students Better Online Researchers

How to Make Students Better Online Researchers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

I recently came across an article in Wired Magazine called “Why Kids Can’t Search“.  I’m always interested in this particular topic, because it’s something I struggle with in my middle and high school classes constantly, and I know I’m not alone in my frustrations.

 

Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again. We never question the vital importance of teaching literacy, but we have to be mindful that there are many kinds of “literacies”. An ever more important one that ALL teachers need to be aware of is digital literacy. I could go off in many directions on this, but for the purpose of this post I’m focusing strictly on the digital literacy of searching.


Via Cindy Rudy, Jamie Forshey
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Research, search, and inquiry are different processes. They are each important and overlap, but are still distinct. Research moves knowledge along. Searching is looking for information. Inquiry is posing questions.

 

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How to use education technology with the Socratic method

How to use education technology with the Socratic method | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There is a large focus in education to try out the hottest teaching trends, best education technology, and basically do whatever others are doing. Your colleague down the hall is doing project-based learning? Why not you! Your parents say you should flip your classroom? Terrific! But sometimes you need to go back to one of …

Via Amy Burns
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It is interesting that some i.e. Biesta, Gadamer, and Ranciere indicated Socratic dialogue is circular and brings us back to what the questioner wants to hear as an answer.

 

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Amy Burns's curator insight, December 8, 6:46 PM

Brief article with a few tools to use with Socrative activities.

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Why tablets are failing miserably in higher education

Why tablets are failing miserably in higher education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
While Apple and Google are fighting a FUD war for the hearts and minds of K-12 campuses, there's one area of education that neither has been able to penetrate with success: higher ed.

Via Julie Tardy, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Learning is about creating not about consuming. That was an important take away from the article. Until we shift our focus in Schools at levels from consuming information to using information to create, the tools we use are doing the same thing we have always done.

 

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Education in the Digital Era: opening a discussion on quality

Education in the Digital Era: opening a discussion on quality | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

New technologies have made massive changes in our way of life, including in education. Within the education field, the effects of technology touch almost every area of practice, including curricula, pedagogy, and assessment. What's more, it is changing the needs and expectations of learners. The traditional modes of teaching are not adequate to meet the needs of today's students in terms of the competencies and skills that they will need for the future. 

 

The new normal of education is based on lifelong learning, open learning, and the use of open educational resources. Courses are expected to be participatory, collaborative, and supportive of distributed intelligences. In this new state of normal, new education providers are emerging that can provide new solutions for the needs of learners in the digital era. 

 

Questions of Quality

 In the framework of new modes of teaching and learning from new providers, one of the big questions is that of quality. Some of the questions that we wish to address at the conference and in the pre-conference dialogue include:

 

· How can we identify and assess high-quality new content when it is developing and changing so rapidly?

· Which tools and which online learning environments best support quality of learning? 

· How can we be sure about the quality of the teaching approach or about the teacher's qualification and assessment?

· How can we develop a quality assurance mechanism that could ensure quality at all levels in formal, informal and non        formal education?

· Does EU need to provide some specific quality standards/guidelines in order to have a common understanding of what is good quality in Education?

· What is the current state of Quality in Education in Europe?

· Is there a European policy regarding Quality in Education?

 

Quality Assurance in Europe

 

In the current European quality assurance landscape, the European Parliament and Council has adopted a resolution promoting the uses of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance  (ESG). The ESG is implemented in member states through independent quality assurance agencies that are registered with the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) for higher education.

 

The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)  is an umbrella organisation which represents quality assurance organisations from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) member states. ENQA promotes European co-operation in the field of quality assurance in higher education and disseminates information and expertise among its members and towards stakeholders in order to develop and share good practice and to foster the European dimension of quality assurance.

 

EQAVET is a community of practice bringing together Member States, Social Partners and the European Commission to promote quality assurance in vocational education and training. Two more important initiatives connected to quality in e-Learning and to Open Education are The European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL) and Open Educational Quality (OPAL). 

 

Join the discussion

 

There are numerous ways to join the debate. Your thoughts, opinions, and questions are welcome:

· On this website, visit the conference page

· On Facebook, join the group

· On Twitter, use the hashtags #EdDigEra_quality, #EdDigEra or #OpenEdu


Via QLET, Harvey Mellar, Julie Tardy, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The pace of change is such that eloquent questions which have no presupposed answers are essential to getting to the heart of learning and how to use the tools, old and new.

 

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QLET's curator insight, November 21, 6:12 AM

"The EC and the Italian Presidency of the EU are hosting a high level conference on Education in the Digital Era on December 11th. The pre-conference dialog has already begun on various online platforms and you are all welcome to participate. The main topic of discussion is quality and relevance in learning."

Deborah Banker's curator insight, December 7, 7:24 PM

Very interesting

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New teaching model a 'game changer' - Cornell Chronicle

New teaching model a 'game changer' - Cornell Chronicle | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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There is no one royal road to teaching and learning (Whitehead).

 

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Outlook on instruction: Class around the clock

Outlook on instruction: Class around the clock | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Better ways to use data. High-tech professional development. Differentiated instruction.

Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. While they sound technical, the bigges
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We already have the potential to learn 24/7 if we are awake. The question we should ask is, "What are we learning 24/7?" Is it enough to just learn?

 

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Potential Power of Blogging for Pedagogy.

Potential Power of Blogging for Pedagogy. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

I believe in the potential power of blogging. I believe it can be harnessed to be a powerful pedagogical tool in the 21st Century.


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Blogging has the potential to be one tool in the tool box. It is not the only tool and digital technologies are not the only tools just as traditional approaches are not the only tools.

 

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What Happens When Kids Don't Have Internet at Home? - The Atlantic

What Happens When Kids Don't Have Internet at Home? - The Atlantic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Roughly half of low-income families nationwide lack access to the web in their houses.

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Are we sure that not having the Internet at home denies students something. Perhaps, it provides opportunities to wonder differently? Certainly, we have to provide access in School, but that is a different issue.

 

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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Vladimir Kukharenko, Luciana Viter
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This is an interesting approach. I am still not clear whether critical digital literacy is part of critical theory, but it does not seem to be. It should be in the sense that the etymological roots of persona suggests the masks we wear and the roles we play in life. What does that mean when we manage our online persona? Is it a free-for-all?

 

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Transition in learning and education through technological trends by John Leek

Transition in learning and education through technological trends by John Leek | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
technology and new media have a deep influence on the way we learn as individuals and how learning takes place. Learning used to be the main domain of schools, universities etcetera. These days the acceleration of all sorts of informal and non formal learning is astonishing. Schools, museums, libraries and other 'centers of learning' have to redefine themselves. Every employee has to keep learning in a rapidly changing society. The classroom is flipping but also the museum and the workplace.

Via John Shank, Lynnette Van Dyke
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There are excellent links here i.e. Neil Postman and Marshall McLuhan. It will take time to look through them all.

 

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John Shank's curator insight, December 12, 3:48 PM

Nice compilation of videos on how technology is impacting teaching & learning.

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How To Teach Kids Up From The Early Age About Cyber Security And Digital CitizenShip

How To Teach Kids Up From The Early Age About Cyber Security And Digital CitizenShip | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
. Image credit:  First Steps When Kids Go Online The first steps before the kids go online are to protect the computer and Smartphone(s) at its BEST as possible to make sure that a BAD click will N...

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One of the key highlighted points is classroom teachers were trusted by parents as sources of information. That is important as they are close to the children.

 

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Muddling with Intention: On Moving from the Academy to the Academy

Muddling with Intention: On Moving from the Academy to the Academy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As the end of my PhD was drawing near, I started to worry, like many grad students do, about what would come next? How would I transition from being a doctoral student in the academy to the world o...

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The academy is changing and so are we.

 

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It's not about adding technology to training, but about changing training

It's not about adding technology to training, but about changing training | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Which technology will be the gamechanger? This is a question I am often asked, and when I read Jane Bozarth's post on Changing the Game, her answer hit the nail on the head. She said ... "The thing...

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Learning and teaching are the keys. Technology is a tool that enables learning and teaching.

 

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College Lecture Series - Neil Postman - "The Surrender of Culture to Technology" - YouTube

A lecture delivered by Neil Postman on Mar. 11, 1997 in the Arts Center. Based on the author's book of the same title. Neil Postman notes the dependence of A...

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I don't scoop many videos, but Postman is someone I think is worth listening to and reading.

 

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John Shank's curator insight, December 9, 12:38 PM

"...my five ideas about technological change. First, that we always pay a price for technology; the greater the technology, the greater the price. Second, that there are always winners and losers, and that the winners always try to persuade the losers that they are really winners. Third, that there is embedded in every great technology an epistemological, political or social prejudice. Sometimes that bias is greatly to our advantage. Sometimes it is not. The printing press annihilated the oral tradition; telegraphy annihilated space; television has humiliated the word; the computer, perhaps, will degrade community life. And so on. Fourth, technological change is not additive; it is ecological, which means, it changes everything and is, therefore, too important to be left entirely in the hands of Bill Gates. And fifth, technology tends to become mythic; that is, perceived as part of the natural order of things, and therefore tends to control more of our lives than is good for us."

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The Synchronized Organization

The Synchronized Organization | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

We can no longer rely on hierarchies. The problem is not that they have suddenly become illegitimate, but that they are slow and the world has become fast. It is no longer enough to merely plan and direct action, today we must inspire and empower movements of belief.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 8, 7:32 PM

Research into network science has begun to shed light on how synchronization happens and how we can make our enterprises function more effectively.


Geemik Maria Açucena Da Silva's curator insight, December 9, 4:00 AM

3So in addition to the role in formulating strategy and optimizing financial performance, managers must also seek to create synchronized organizations to carry out strategic intent. That requires a focus on small groups, loosely connected but united by a shared context.3

David Hain's curator insight, December 11, 7:03 AM

Synchronisation (addressing dysfunction) requires a focus on small groups, loosely connected but united by a shared context.

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Digital Citizenship in the Time of "Instant Celebrity"

Digital Citizenship in the Time of "Instant Celebrity" | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

I have to admit it...I could watch Vine videos all day. I didn’t really think much of the “6 Second” service until I met Ray Ligaya. Ray was at a speaking event I had in Waterloo, Ontario, where I ...

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I did not get the connection between the title which included digital citizenship and the instant celebrity. Yes, it will be tricky to navigate the waters, but what does that mean? Are all people caught up in this phenomenon of the instant celebrity?

 

Are the conversations complex or complicated or both? Those words have different meanings.

 

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