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Universal Leadership Group; leadership skill development through adult learning, literacy strategies, and systems thinking. This group answers the questions, 'what is leadership' and 'how to become a learning organization'?
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A great article about leaders who value and appreciate the contributions of employees. What an empowering feeling that must be. I cannot recall the last time I had a boss who made me feel worthwhile.

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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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It's Not About the Device, It's About What You Do With It

It's Not About the Device, It's About What You Do With It | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Placing devices within the context of learning theory can help schools and districts prioritize around education technology. One of the most common questions asked when a discussion turns to education technology is “What device should I buy?” For all of the reasons aforementioned, the answer is always “the one that does what you need it to do.”

Via Nik Peachey, Monica S Mcfeeters
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How teachers and stduents use digital tools includes tact and thoughtfulness. The word technology is about a thoughtful conversation and wisdom, not about the tools themselves. If, as Maslow suggested, we only use a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail. We have the wrong tool for the situation.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 21, 11:38 AM

Some sound advice and nicely connected to the work of John Hattie.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, April 21, 12:33 PM

Some sound advice and nicely connected to the work of John Hattie.

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EDUCAUSE Review -- Back to the Future of EdTech: A Meditation

EDUCAUSE Review -- Back to the Future of EdTech: A Meditation | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Transmedia Series -- Back to the Future of EdTech: A Meditation
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Where we have come from can inform where we going. Maybe, and it is a big maybe, we can see some of the possible unintended consequences of technology.
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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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Wakefulness and Digitally Engaged Publics

Wakefulness and Digitally Engaged Publics | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A pedagogy of wakefulness in networked publics allows academics to make connections between research interests and broader societal problems.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Mindfulness is understood to be fully awake to the world. I used hermeneutic phenomenology as my research methodology in my dissertation. Broadly, phenomenology is a wakefulness to the world and hermeneutics is interpreting what we become aware of and is often taken-for-granted (van Manen, 1990 and 2014). Whatever we want to call the pedagogy, mindful and wakefulness work in how we interact with our students.
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Is Online Education opposed to Face-to-Face Education?

Is Online Education opposed to Face-to-Face Education? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Open education is particularly characterized by the removal of restrictions, exclusions and privileges; by the accreditation of students' previous ex­perience.


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They should not be. Online can be used effectively with adults and motivated students. It is about integrating each effectively into the teaching that each students needs.
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This is Why People Leave Your Company

This is Why People Leave Your Company | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Carly Guthrie has run HR for major restaurant groups and startups. Here, she shares lessons for startups looking to hold onto their talent.

Via george_reed
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We have allowed the boundaries between the time we work and our personal time to blur. Also people do leave because of their bosses. Who do we think persists in blurring the lines between work and personal life. I left teaching because of my bossess and their lack of respect for my time.
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george_reed's curator insight, April 11, 12:59 PM
I would retitle this to, "Here are a few reasons why people leave your company." 
 
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What does digital citizenship mean?

What does digital citizenship mean? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Digital Citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use; etiquette, communication, literacy, commerce, law, access, security and

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"Digital Citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use; it can be broken down into eight strategic areas: etiquette, communication, literacy, commerce, law, access, security and rights and responsibilities. Digital Citizenship is more than just a curriculum to be taught in a classroom; it is an ongoing process to prepare youth for a society immersed in technology, personally and professionally."

The word appropriate is essential to the definition and description of digital citizenship. The use of any tool comes with being responsible for certain behaviours that are proper and appropriate. As well, technology is about a conversation about the proper use and behaviour.
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Cartoons on Digital Life

Cartoons on Digital Life | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
For this month, I have selected an array of cartoons that slice-and-dice the influence of digital technologies on our daily lives. Enjoy!                      
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Larry Cuban provides a number of funny (maybe not so funny) looks at how digital tools shape our living and learning.
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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
At times, it can seem as if the march of technology in higher education is unstoppable. But using a laptop in class can significantly damage students’ academic performance, a study warns.

The paper, based on an analysis of the grades of about 5,600 students at a private US liberal arts college, found that using a laptop appeared to harm the grades of male and low-performing students most significantly.
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The two US academics who conducted the research found that students who used laptops, typically in “laptop required” or “laptop optional” classes, scored between 0.27 and 0.38 grade points lower on a four-point grade point average scale than those who took notes using pen and paper.

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The proper use of a tool is central to its effectiveness.
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Edumorfosis's curator insight, April 5, 7:58 AM

¡Volvemos a lo mismo! Los dispositivos móviles NO se crearon para integrarse en la sala de clase tradicional. Esta tecnología convergente se diseño para adaptarse a los estilos de aprendizaje y trabajo de la Sociedad-Red. Para que esta tecnología impacte la educación, se tiene que derrumbar las paredes del aula, destemporalizar los currículos, eliminar las asignaturas, desmaterializar los contenidos y deshacerse de la cátedra magistral. Los profesionales del siglo 21 aprenden más en ambientes de trabajo y trabajan mejor en ambientes de aprendizaje. La tecnología móvil le sirve mejor a los aprendices cuando estos se apoderan de las herramientas de su tiempo para construir redes de aprendizaje.

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Redesigning the goals of a 21st Century Education

Redesigning the goals of a 21st Century Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Many have addressed how present and future students should learn. Few have examined what students should learn for the 21st century. The rapid increase in the rate of systemic change around the globe creates an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous world and thus is significantly more unpredictable. Six emerging trends will require a diverse set of individual abilities and competencies and an increased collaboration among cultures.


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Do these goals leave some people out?
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carolina andrade's curator insight, March 28, 7:04 PM
Muy interesante vision
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Redesigning the goals of a 21st Century Education
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Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic

Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Using technology in the classroom comes with a host of benefits. But can technology do more harm than good when it comes to helping students succeed?

Via Nik Peachey, Sarantis Chelmis
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Good teachers understand digital tools are a tool that needs to fit the moment.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 4:47 AM

Interesting perspective.

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Cellphones aren’t leaving the classroom, but Canadian educators split on how best to handle them

Cellphones aren’t leaving the classroom, but Canadian educators split on how best to handle them | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Some teachers are now moving to incorporate smartphones and other technology into lesson, but research ..."


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They are not. Each teacher, along with their students, need to work out what that means and how to use them properly in the classroom.
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Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech

Tech Coaching is about Relationships not Tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Forming relationships and listening are essential to teachers and how they learn.
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Are 'machine values' replacing our principles? 

Are 'machine values' replacing our principles?  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"We are losing empathy, compassion, truth-telling, fairness, and responsibility and replacing them with all these machine values," says Michael Bugeja.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is not either/or situation. It is how do teachers integrate computers/machines into their teaching? How do teachers and students experience using computers/machines in thought(ful) ways?
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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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Blogging for Teachers

Blogging for Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Blogging is very popular among students, but what about teachers? They are catching up, and it’s easy to see why as blogging enables them to keep in touch with their students and colleagues outside of work, while at the same time sharing insightful ideas. The following article will teach you why and how to run a blog as a teacher.

Reasons You Should Blog

Share ideas – sharing your ideas and thoughts with the world allows you to become a part of an active online community and exchange ideas with other blogging teachers, as well as readers.Keep up with your students – it will help you become more in tune with the way they think, learn, and live their lives.Develop yourself personally and professionally – another reason why great teachers blog is because it allows them to never stop learning.Lead by example – blogging yourself is one of the easiest ways to get your students to blog as well.
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There are some good ideas. An essential part is to discover one's niche, otherwise the blog becomes inauthentic and formulaic. It is just one of many.
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Angélica Potes's curator insight, April 18, 10:26 PM
At this moment, the evolution of technology allows us to take advantage of every minimal feature to our own benefit. One of the greatest values of the today's technology is the communication since it has improved a lot at such a point that we can choose the way we are going to communicate, texting, talking or by a videocall. Hence, there are some other alternatives like blogs which are something more formal where we can put in use in the role of teachers with our students. In that way, we can avoid having our students in the social networks, something that can be taken as possible misunderstandings in a future. Therefore, we can share documents, write messages, publish ideas and thoughts, post videos and we can ask students to comment important things, create forums and to develop tasks that we can give them by this virtual way.
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Disengaged Students, Part 7: Too Much Information Access?

Disengaged Students, Part 7: Too Much Information Access? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In this 20-part series, I explore the root causes and effects of academic disengagement in K-12 learners and explore the factors driving American society ever closer to being a nation that lacks intellectualism, or the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. It’s no secret that we are living in an information age, one that has lifted data barriers across the world and opened up access to knowledge like never before seen in the history of modern humankind. On the surface, this access to information appears to be a democratization of knowledge – a way that more people can learn about …
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With easy access to information (false and otherwise), teaching is about helping students make sense of it and form skills.
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ASCD EDge - Educators will never be 100% connected. - Linkis.com

ASCD EDge - Educators will never be 100% connected. - Linkis.com | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge
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And, they shoul;d not be.
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The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon

The push for educational technology exists within a broader political, economic, ideological, and technological context. The all-too-common ignorance of this context and the subtleties of learning itself may prove problematic for edtech — and higher education's future.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Monica S Mcfeeters
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The artitcle critiques the neo-liberal ideology schools have gone down with digital tools.
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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 11, 2:17 PM

Key Takeaways


The rise of educational technology is part of a larger shift in political thought, from favoring government oversight to asserting free-market principles, as well as a response to the increasing costs of higher education.


The technocentric view that technology can solve these challenges combines with a vision of education as a product that can be packaged, automated, and delivered to students.


Unless greater collaborative efforts take place between edtech developers and the greater academic community, as well as more informed deep understandings of how learning and teaching actually occur, any efforts to make edtech education's silver bullet are doomed to fail.

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There’s an emotional side of edtech—and it’s affecting school innovation - via Rob Evans

There’s an emotional side of edtech—and it’s affecting school innovation - via Rob Evans | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Change management expert Rob Evans discusses how to understand the human side of integrating change in schools and manage the loss of control.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Those who manage schools need to read this. Pressure on teachers to simply change because they are told to does not work.
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The Top #Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

The Top #Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech') | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab

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The top trends are about the ideologies of digital tools and social media. That is thought-provoking.
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The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting

The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Taking care of small children can get tedious. I wouldn’t have made it through without a certain amount of distraction.

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Sherry Turkle writes about this extensively. What makes her writing so compelling is she was not always critical of the role of digital tools and social media.
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malek's curator insight, March 26, 4:29 PM

Parents at the playground looking at their phones while their children play, unsupervised.

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Why students love a game-based learning experience 

Why students love a game-based learning experience  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Gamification in learning is an established trend, and uses the core elements of what make games fun – mastery, narrative, instant feedback, competition, and reward, to create new ways for learners to internalize information.That's why students simply love a game-based learning experience.

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This should not come as a surprise. Students enjoy play.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 21, 10:37 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Tom D'Amico. 

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gamification

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 23, 3:24 AM
Just in case you had doubts... let's play and learn!!!
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What the Good Doctor Taught Us: 10 Unexpected Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss  

What the Good Doctor Taught Us: 10 Unexpected Social Media Tips from Dr. Seuss   | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are some of the lessons that Doctor Taught taught us, and how we can incorporate them into our everyday social media life.

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His work is amazing.
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donhornsby's curator insight, March 3, 9:41 AM
Be yourself. The Internet may seem like a great place to play a part, exaggerate, and bend the truth, but in the end it will do more harm than good. Be genuine and true. Don’t try to be anyone else – you’re already unique! Let your personality shine! And be consistent as you brand yourself across your social media platforms. This will help people recognize YOU!