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About MOOC Completion Rates: The Importance of Student Investment

I just finished teaching a Massive Online Open Class (MOOC) titled “Computational Investing, Part I” via coursera.org. 53,000 people “enrolled,” which is to say they clicked...

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Great observations. This is what we should be doing with MOOC's and other learning platforms. What does it mean to be in the digital aged? Is being enrolled enough?

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Four cautionary lessons about education technology

Four cautionary lessons about education technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There's good failure and there's dumb failure. The dumb failure we see over and over again is just dumping technology into schools and hoping for magic to happen; not having a plan, thinking that things will happen automatically because kids are “digital natives,” a term that obscures as much as it illuminates; thinking that just because technology is there your problem is solved."

Via Nik Peachey, Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Digital tools are not a panacea of all things good.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 20, 1:29 AM

A good short read.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 20, 5:27 PM
This emphasises the importance of the teacher in any technology education. Some good follow up sections and blogs
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Can Computers Replace Teachers?

Can Computers Replace Teachers? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A veteran educator reflects on the personalized-learning trend that’s left him wondering if a computer is more capable of doing his job than he is.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., malek, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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The answer is no. What has to change is how we teach and use tools available to us in teaching.
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Pedro Torralba's curator insight, February 17, 6:38 AM
Es una pregunta que recuerda a aquellas que nos hacíamos sobre si el cine y el vídeo harían lo mismo. Considero que en algunas facetas sí seremos reemplazados y con más rendimiento, y en otras seguramente nunca.
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The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Should your driverless car value your life over a pedestrian's? Should your Fitbit activity be used against you in a court case? Should we allow drones to become the new paparazzi? Can one patent a human gene?

Scientists are already struggling with such dilemmas. As we enter the new machine age, we need a new set of codified morals to become the global norm. We should put as much emphasis on ethics as we put on fashionable terms like disruption.

This is starting to happen. Last year, America's Carnegie Mellon University announced a new centre studying the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; under President Obama, the White House published a paper on the same topic; and tech giants including Facebook and Google have announced a partnership to draw up an ethical framework for AI. Both the risks and the opportunities are vast: Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other experts signed an open letter calling for efforts to ensure AI is beneficial to society:

"The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.


Via Trudy Raymakers
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Ethics are lived out in the real world, rather than as abstract propositions. Kwame Appiah has written about ethics and legal moralism.
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Datafication

Datafication | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS TOPIC.  IGNORE ITS INTENTIONS AT OUR NATION'S PERIL; AND THEN PRAY FOR ITS KIDS. The future of our nation depends on our attitude towards children and their schooling DATAFICATION It's here. It's the end of schooling as an interpersonal teacher-pupil interactive learning enterprise. During this century there has been a…
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This is where we come to with big data. The post reminded me of some of Gert Biesta and Bill Pinar's writing about the relational nature of teaching.
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Why the digital divide still lingers, and why it matters

Why the digital divide still lingers, and why it matters | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
If the next president intends to improve American infrastructure and expand economic opportunities, there’s no better place to start than with the millions of people who still lack broadband access and computer skills.

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Digital tools are tools. Do people know how to use them well? Are they thoughtful in communicating with and through their tools? As well, there are social justice and economic implications.
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Donna Farren's curator insight, January 4, 9:12 AM
This continues to be an issue for distance education to allow people to gain equal access.
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The Problem With the Calculator Crutch

The Problem With the Calculator Crutch | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Proponents of using technology in classrooms argue that graphing calculators, particularly those equipped with programs that can compute algebraic symbols, would reduce the need for students to memorize formulas and perform time-consuming computations. But Wilson fears that students who depend on technology will fail to understand the importance of mathematical algorithms."


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We should not ban digital tools, but help students learn how to use them. As well, mental calculations are good for healthy brain growth .
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What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! - The Hechinger Report

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! - The Hechinger Report | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When the AP United States history students at Aragon High School in San Mateo California, scanned the professionally designed pages of www.minimumwage.com, most concluded that it was a solid, unbiased source of facts and analysis. They noted the menu of research reports, graphics and videos, and the “About” page describing the site as a project …

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Yashy Tohsaku
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We should not confuse being born in the digital age as providing a set of skills for students. Just like we had to learn to be literate in respect to our media, so do they. It takes teaching each other what that means. Notice, it was a teacher teaching. Hannah Arendt said that it was a form of oppression for children to be left on their own to learn
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Adult Cyberbullies

Adult Cyberbullies | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I am beginning to believe that there are some folks out there that are deep, toxic pits of need so great that no amount of anything will ever be enough for them. Rather than take responsibility for their own inhumane and destructive behavior they continue to ask innocent people to suffer just so they can…
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Adults set examples for children and youth. Hans-Georg Gadamer said "elders create images for children's imaginations and memories." It is heavy responsibility. Imagine that there are "leaders" out there who do not take it seriously.
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Artificial Intelligence Is More Artificial Than Intelligent

Artificial Intelligence Is More Artificial Than Intelligent | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Opinion: If AI is so smart, why does it fail at tasks that regular people take for granted?
Via David W. Deeds
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Technology is about a conversation with one's tools and through them. It is about being a craftsperson.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 14, 2016 8:21 PM

This is interesting.

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Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition

Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A K–12 technology leader shares tips for deploying Microsoft’s long-awaited educational game.
Via Yashy Tohsaku, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Minecraft sounds like it might have some potential.
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Teaching Information Literacy Now

Teaching Information Literacy Now | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.
Via Bookmarking Librarian, Ines Bieler, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is important for children and adults alike. It will take more than just shouting about our favourite technological change.
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How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class?

How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class? by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching Create A Cell Phone Jail Have you ever tried to have students leave their cell phones in their lockers and a mysterious glow comes from under their desk? I got tired of the cell [...]

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Some research suggests a tech break every 20-30 minutes. It helps students learn to self-regulate their behavior.
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Empowering Teachers Through Self Publishing

Empowering Teachers Through Self Publishing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

This is the slide deck from Nik’s Keynote presentation at the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference 6-8 May 2016 (Fri-Sun). It covers his journey through self publishing and has tips advice and links for anyone who wants to publish their own ebook.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 9, 2016 4:04 AM

My Keynote from the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference.

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il self publishing e gli insegnanti
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Minecraft isn’t just a game. It’s an art form.

Minecraft isn’t just a game. It’s an art form. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Minecraft is famous for being a game. But it’s also become an artistic medium with its own possibilities and risks.

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I know of at least one teacher who uses it in their classroom and beyond. He said that many of his students are familar with it and use it at home.
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The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs

The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
DE's Blog voted #2 in The Edvocates list of 68 must-read K-12 Teaching & Learning. https://t.co/Zc6h2a904t

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 15, 11:39 AM
Sadly, my little corner of the webiverse is not on the list (haha!) but what IS on the list is great stuff! From pedagogy to edtech to classroom management, everyone will find something useful from this list that will improve teaching practice - even those of us in school libraries! So much of what constitutes quality work in the classroom translated to our world quite nicely - bookmark your favorites!
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10 reasons to use Virtual Reality in the classroom

10 reasons to use Virtual Reality in the classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Although still an emerging technology in terms of recognizing its full potential, virtual reality offers the opportunity to step into places, roles, and experiences that were previously impossible, or at the very least, inaccessible to most.

As Terry Heick said in Why Virtual Reality is So Important, “Through the use of digital technology, virtual realities can be designed precisely for human interaction for very specific reasons to create experiences not otherwise possible.

By suspending disbelief the same way we do when we read a novel or watch a movie, an artificial reality can be designed to enable experiential learning, scenario-based learning, social learning, workplace training, and more. Virtual reality can be used for pure entertainment–digital toys, video games, or to swim with whales.”

Sylvia Duckworth, sketchnoter extraordinaire, put together a graphic of ideas from Maria Galanis and Andrea Trudeau on Top 10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom to help bring the world (and beyond) to your students with technology.

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Virtual reality is a complement to real experiences.
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8 digital skills we must teach our children

8 digital skills we must teach our children | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen – all these factors will greatly influence children’s development.
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Digital use should be first on the list. How do we create that healthy integration between life and sitting in front of screens. Part of this is understanding how to use digital tools to find information in discerning ways.
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A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making

Wise executives tailor their approach to fit the complexity of the circumstances they face.

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This is an interesting article.
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Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One?

Yes, Digital Literacy. But Which One? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
One of the problems I've had for a while with traditional digital literacy programs is that they tend to see digital literacy as a separable skill from domain knowledge. In the metaphor of most educators, there's a set of digital or information literacy skills, which is sort of like the factory process. And there's data,…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, LLZ Uni Halle, Ines Bieler, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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It does not have to be one. Hopefully, we test many different forms and continuously inform ourselves.
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Deflection behavior and the narcissist

Deflection behavior and the narcissist | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Deflection behavior is when the narcissist blames the victim for their bad behavior and feels justified in bullying them. A malignant narcissist will even go as far as using the victim's own self defense against them. For example, posting a maliciously mean song about the victim and even using the victim's name in the title.…
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This is about the role narcissitic people play in cyberbullying.
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Innovation Tech Paradox in Education

Innovation Tech Paradox in Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
(This is something that I have been thinking/reading/talking about for a while now & is the likely start of my journey into beginning a Masters degree.) Governments are throwing money at Innovation initiatives ($405 million in Queensland). Big Business are constructing innovation labs in their offices to promote innovative startup thinking from their employees. What is…
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"To increase the digital technology performance, skills and knowledge of a school will require that teachers have time to learn, play and understand technology. Leadership needs to support this, not just once here and there, but in a big, long-term way"

The first sentence is true about all innovation in schools. Teachers do not have time to learn and play. Worse yet, they teach in isolation so the purported collaboration that is supposed to be happening, is not.

The second sentence conflates what administrators do with real leadership. Most of what we see in schools is hierarchical and bureaucratic manageralism. I have worked with many charlatans who claim to be tech gurus and tech savvy, when they only have a degree from some diploma mill handing them out online.
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Taking back our society

Taking back our society | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Society is changing in this era of global digital networks. Messages get around the world in minutes. As a result we are more connected to our fellow humans. We talk with people in every part of the world. Young people identify with other young people. Global social movements can quickly appear, and also disappear. Markets and institutions are being replaced by platforms in banking, lodging, transportation, and a growing number of fields.

The platform economy is also a rental economy, where little is owned and the platform capitalists control the rules [Just ask someone who has had their identity taken on Facebook]. As a result of this connectivity, people can identify with those like themselves. Seb Paquet called this “ridiculously easy group-forming”. However, the tendency to tribalism can be strong, and many of us are not prepared for this ‘change in the human condition’. The reversal of the positive aspects of a globally connected world is seeing everything as binary and dealing with complexity like a reality television show. This seems to be the tendency for many people, aided by the (still) market-oriented mass media. The possibility of Canada’s public broadcaster CBC to eliminate advertising may be a step in the right direction to counter this potential McLuhnesque reversal.

Via Edumorfosis, steve batchelder, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is an important consideration. We do not live in a post-truth world where relatiism runs wild. Teachers and teaching will play an essential role.
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The Librarian on the Teaching Team | Technology and Learning

The Librarian on the Teaching Team | Technology and Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

An essential partnership.


Teaching is changing. What was once a solo pursuit has increasingly become a team sport. I’m not talking about co-faculty taught courses. Rather, the team that I’m thinking about includes a mix of faculty and non-faculty educators. I’m here to make the case that a librarian is a key member of a course development and teaching team. First - before we talk about librarians - let’s talk about teaching teams. My experience with building a team of faculty and non-faculty educators to design and run courses comes out of online learning.


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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One of the teachers I interviewed spoke about a librarian who took on the tech support role for the school.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 1, 2016 5:02 PM
school librarians and teachers could learn a lot from this. 
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Most Students Don’t Know When News is Fake, Stanford Study Finds

Most Students Don’t Know When News is Fake, Stanford Study Finds | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A study of middle-school to college-age students found most absorb social media news without considering the source. How parents can teach research skills and skepticism.

Via Suvi Salo, Aki Puustinen, Lynnette Van Dyke
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It appears many adults don't either.
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Suvi Salo's curator insight, November 21, 2016 3:54 PM
via @NiemanLab
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 21, 2016 4:13 PM
Sadly, not just students have this trouble.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 22, 2016 7:25 PM

Neither do adults, but that's another story. ;) Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine

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How To Apply Reflective Practice when Teaching Online

How To Apply Reflective Practice when Teaching Online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
With online teaching, the only person to blame is yourself. That is what being objective means in this industry. An objective and reflective practitioner blames only himself or herself. If there is a problem, you need to consider ways to avoid it in the future by changing what you do and say, as well as how you act.

Via Nik Peachey, Virginia Katsimpiri
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, August 24, 2016 9:28 AM

Very interesting ways to self-evaluate your online teaching and issues you may encounter teaching online..

Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, August 28, 2016 1:05 PM
Reflective practice useful not just for teaching, learning and or work but possibly a life skill.
Chris Carter's curator insight, September 10, 2016 6:32 AM
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