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Leadership Bytes

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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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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."


Via WEAC
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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 [...]

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Monica S Mcfeeters
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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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leading and learning: Jerome Bruner Educationalist 1915- 2016 / the importance of visual education in a digital age.

leading and learning: Jerome Bruner Educationalist 1915- 2016 / the importance of visual education in a digital age. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Don't confuse visual for virtual.
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Online Learning Rocks!

Online Learning Rocks! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
My Final Say
While online learning has seen a considerable rise in popularity, many still hold the opinion that classroom learning is more effective. However, I think online learning is the way forward for many if not all students and encourages creativity in thinking and acquisition of multiple skills. Looking at my students, I’d say the online classes have made their recent assignments more compelling and interesting to read. Their ability to interpret situations and improvise has impressed me. My little experiment has been a success!

I’d like to conclude by drawing on my personal experience. I have fond childhood memories of classroom sessions and fun with friends. But with changing times and technological advancements, it is important to embrace new trends and keep track of what works best with students. The benefits for my students are too obvious to neglect the digital space in favor of traditional face-to-face classrooms. We must pace learning and alter our teaching styles to make the best of current situations. For me, that means online teaching.

Via Kim Flintoff
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It can. The author acknowledges that being in a classroom with others can be fun. He is a tutor and private teacher. Does that change the motiviation for students? Students continue to need teachers to guide their learning. That can be in face-to-face and on-line settings. They are not mutually exclusive choices.
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Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school

Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The more time teenagers spend splitting their attention between various devices such as their phones, video games or TV, the lower their test scores in math and English tend to be. More time spent multitasking between different types of media is also associated with greater impulsivity and a poorer working memory in adolescents, says Amy S. Finn of the University of Toronto. Finn was one of the leaders of a study on the topic published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Via Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Beyond Words: What’s Missing in Online Connections

Beyond Words: What’s Missing in Online Connections | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“I think she’s a GREAT candidate for the job. ;)” Faith texted her co-worker, Stan, after interviewing people for an opening in their department. Stan’s response: “What did you like about her? How did

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Face-to-face conversations include signals we cannot convey easily on-line. What does that mean for teaching and learning?
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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.

Via Anne Caspari
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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.
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Digital age demands continual adaptation in education

Digital age demands continual adaptation in education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

While many teachers have embraced the digital age, incorporating technology into their classrooms with zeal, there are the holdouts that are simply not comfortable with the change.


Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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It does, because digital technology is changing more rapidly than we ever could have anticipated. We need to gather our thoughts. It is about holdouts. It is about figuring out how we accept the pace and realize we may not keep up.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 29, 2016 3:11 PM

We've talked about the digital native and the digital immigrant, though we've also heard about some pushback on just how tech savvy today's kids might be. My position is that they are tech-fearless, but not really very savvy. But we haven't talked about what I call the "digitally reluctant." That teacher who kinda sorta wants to jump in, but is afraid of the water. Or the teacher who flatly refuses to give technology a try. Those are the folks who can become amazing zealots for the power of technology once they get past their twin fears: 1) fear of something not working or not doing something "right" and 2) fear of loss of control in the classroom.

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Loneliness & assumptions about geeks

Loneliness & assumptions about geeks | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I currently teach IT at the Secondary level (high school) at a well-respected and high academic achieving private school. It has been an interesting year and there have been many benefits working in this system. Overall, my experience at my current location has been positive due to an overwhelming caring school culture, plus I have experienced…
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Teaching is isolating. Technology might help overcome some of it, but not all of it.
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What is the nature of digital technology? Part 1

What is the nature of digital technology? Part 1 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Formal education in most of its forms is still struggling to effectively harness digital technology to enhance and transform learning and teaching. Even with a history for 40+ years of various attempts. The reasons for this are numerous and diverse. The following is an attempt to look at one of the reasons. A reason, at…
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Technology is a conversation about and with our tools. Heidegger asked a similar question which is more aptly put: "The Question concerning technology." How we encounter and experience our tools is at the heart of their essence and our essential work. It is no different in school.
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Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child

Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Pam Lowe, Personalized Learning Coach, wrote an insightful post about her young niece questioning why can't learning be personalized.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Nicholas Fragkias
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The comment and question in the image are misleading. Systems are not people. They are made up of people. Teachers understand students are people who have faces, names, and stories. That is how we experience personalizing and realating with students.
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Lars-Göran Hedström's curator insight, March 15, 2016 2:29 AM
Pam Lowe shares her story about her 4 year-old niece and her insight into personalized learning:
 
"Basically at the wise old age of four, the question my niece was asking me that currently many educators and schools are struggling to comprehend was,

“Why can’t learning be personalized?”

When a child can recognize the need for personalized learning, why can’t our education system? My niece is not viewing personalized learning as a buzzword or a fad. She is viewing personalized learning as a right that is due her as a learner." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/#sthash.yHJTVyEu.dpuf
michel verstrepen's curator insight, March 15, 2016 3:20 AM
Pam Lowe shares her story about her 4 year-old niece and her insight into personalized learning:
 
"Basically at the wise old age of four, the question my niece was asking me that currently many educators and schools are struggling to comprehend was,

“Why can’t learning be personalized?”

When a child can recognize the need for personalized learning, why can’t our education system? My niece is not viewing personalized learning as a buzzword or a fad. She is viewing personalized learning as a right that is due her as a learner." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/#sthash.yHJTVyEu.dpuf
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 17, 2016 2:12 PM
Why can't learning be personalized?