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Web-based Version of Blooms Taxonomy (30+ digital tools ) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy

Web-based Version of Blooms Taxonomy (30+ digital tools ) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Advocacy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
One of the main objectives underlying our work as 21st century teachers and educators is to use technology to create innovative, creative, and engaging learning environments for our students.The focus now has been shifted from whether or not to use...
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More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We’re Asking The Wrong Question

More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. The real issue is the process of learning.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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There should be more, but that assumes we move past a simple, narrow definition of technolo gy. Technology is from the Greek meaning art (techne) and logos (logic and word), suggesting it is conversation. Heidegger concluded it is a conversation between a craftsperson and their tools.

We want more conversation between teachers, as craftspeople, with, through, and about their tools.
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I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong | Matt Haig

I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong | Matt Haig | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
More and more, it’s clear these platforms create divisions, exploit our insecurities and risk our health, says novelist Matt Haig
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There are some interesting points made in the article. First, social media becomes an echo chamber for ideologies. Second, if the only space we communicate with certain 'friends' is on social media it is commerce-based. Third, the risk of abuse is high.
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Should Professors Ban Laptops? How classroom computer use affects student learning

Should Professors Ban Laptops? How classroom computer use affects student learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Not surprisingly, some professors have banned computers from class. But research shows many remain conflicted about their value: in a 2014 survey by Richard Patterson and Robert Patterson of 90 professors at a liberal-arts school, 57 percent agreed that laptops enhanced learning, but 42 percent thought laptops decreased participation. Two-thirds of professors in a slightly larger survey from the same school had laptop-optional policies, and one in five required them for class.

Via Nik Peachey, Miloš Bajčetić
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
The etymology of the technology is a conversation between a craftsperson and their tools. It is about choosing the proper tool for the task at hand and learning how to use it well.

The study indicates there may be negative impacts on learning and using computers in classrooms.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 1, 7:07 AM

Sounds like some training is needed for both students and professors.

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Obtaining Permission to Blog With Students

Obtaining Permission to Blog With Students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Unsure about how to gain permission to blog with your students? We have outlined a straightforward 3 step process to get you started.
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An administrator I worked for (someone who spent little time in a classroom teaching) insisted we could blog without parental permission and their concerns were irrelvant. They are not. That is the best place to begin. What are their concerns and how do we, as actual classroom teachers (not posers) help educate them? Imagine the trust we could build with parents.
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The myth of the skills gap

The myth of the skills gap | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The idea that American workers are being left in the dust because they lack technological savvy does not stand up to scrutiny. Our focus should be on coordination and communication between workers and employers.
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The article focuses on the need to prepare students for the work place, something I disagree with. Yes, as students move forward in school, they focus on what will get them there.

What Andrew Weaver points out is that as the work place changes so do how people prepare for and do work in new work places. What if we focused on a John Dewey way of preparing students? Perhaps, if we are well-prepared to adapt and continue to grow, we can continue to adapt and grow as adults.
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Is Digital Equity the Civil Rights Issue of the Day?

Is Digital Equity the Civil Rights Issue of the Day? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"The civil rights movement has always been about ensuring that all people, regardless of race, sex, income, religion, or other factors, have equal access to opportunity. In today’s world, technology is increasingly needed to access many opportunities. But not everyone has equal access to technology. The idea of digital equity as a civil rights issue has been raised, and many are calling digital equity the civil rights issue of our day."


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It may not be "the" social justice issue of the day. It is definitely "a" social justice issue of the day.
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Digital Tools and Distraction in School

Digital Tools and Distraction in School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.
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The take away from the article is learning to focus. Daniel Goleman is cited indicating that focus is essential to school success.
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Digital Assignments - Include a Parent Corner - Teacher Tech

Digital Assignments - Include a Parent Corner - Teacher Tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When creating digital assignments, consider also including a parent corner. A specific note to the parent and include reflection questions

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When students did projects that might include parental supervision, I provided guidelines for parents i.e. be a consultant rather than do the project. The reflection questions point is excellent.
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Why teachers’ support is vital to blended learning success

Why teachers’ support is vital to blended learning success | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A guest post by Don Brown Blended learning provides today’s students with some control over their own learning paths. By combining elements of a traditional classroom with digital learning (and student input and customization of that learning), students have more opportunities for success. Royd Darrington and Natalie Darrington are education leaders in Utah’s Juab School District and Royd is the principal of  Juab High School which was recently admitted to the League of Innovative Schools, a network of superintendents and administrators solving the challenges of K-12 learning through research and technology. This is a conversation with them regarding implementation of blended …
Via Ines Bieler, Educational Peaks, Jillian Schaibly, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Teachers need support regardless of the model being used in a school.
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Jillian Schaibly's curator insight, July 25, 9:50 PM
This article takes about the support of teacher for students. Having a blended classroom where you are able to open up and talk with student can encourage learning, students are able to create in a sense their learning. As administrator you need to understand the different types of learning techniques that can be used, and be able to support the teacher when using them.
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How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"iGen (the generation of young people born between 1995 and 2012) is showing mental health issues across a wide variety of indicators. They're more likely than young people just five or 10 years ago to say that they're anxious, that they have symptoms of depression, that they have thought about suicide or have even [attempted] suicide. So across the board, there's a really consistent trend with mental health issues increasing among teens."


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This is an interesting and provocative article using research to support its claims.
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The digital native is a myth

The digital native is a myth | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people — and is no better at multitasking.
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Even Marc Prensky the originator of the idea has backed off from the concept of an entire generation being a monolith of people who share the same skills.

One teacher I interviewed spoke about her students being more adept with digital tools. This does not mean they can use them in their learning.
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‘Not Everyone Is Built for It’: Students Offer Their Take on Virtual Schooling - EdSurge News

‘Not Everyone Is Built for It’: Students Offer Their Take on Virtual Schooling - EdSurge News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Virtual schools—a fiercely debated topic. Some, like Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the American Legislative Exchange Council, are in favor. Others, including researchers like Columbia University professor Aaron Pallas, have pushed back. In fact, last January, Pallas called out DeVos for presenting misleading graduation rates quoted from K12 Inc. while presenting her case for virtual school expansion.

But politicians and researchers aside, what do the students who attend virtual schools think? Are they pleased with their experiences, or wishing they could return to the brick-and-mortar, traditional schools where they started?

This week, EdSurge sat down with Amanda Regan, a graduate of Virtual High School in Ontario, Canada, and Kiaha Raigoza, a product of California Virtual Academies and the Flex Program through the University of Wisconsin. Unlike the aforementioned researchers and politicians, both Regan and Raigoza experienced virtual schooling for themselves, and shared with us the pros, cons, and questions they still have around the roles that virtual schools can play in both K-12 and higher education.

Via Jim Lerman
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One of the great challenges is school reform people think there is one great solution. There is not. There are many small solutions. At the heart of it all is teaching.
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STILL following “WE have ALWAYS done it this way” OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? | #ModernEDU #CriticalTHINKing 

STILL following “WE have ALWAYS done it this way” OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? | #ModernEDU #CriticalTHINKing  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

STILL following "WE have ALWAYS done it this way" OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? Well, when analyzing posts from EDUcators, TEACHers from around the world on Social-Media twitter since 2009 already, I must admit (excuse-me please...) that MOST of THEM are still on a Fixed-Mindset! Very rare are those who have already adapted their…

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=growth+mindset

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 


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Technology is a conversation about how to choose and use tools in schools.
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STILL following "WE have ALWAYS done it this way" OR ALREADY on Growth-Mindset!? Well, when analyzing posts from EDUcators, TEACHers from around the world on Social-Media twitter since 2009 already, I must admit (excuse-me please...) that MOST of THEM are still on a Fixed-Mindset! Very rare are those who have already adapted their…

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=growth+mindset

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 

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Why pedagogy first, tech second stance is key to the future

Why pedagogy first, tech second stance is key to the future | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan ..."


Via Leona Ungerer, Vicki Moro
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Pedagogy and pedagogic relationships are essential to teaching. Technology is a conversation about, with, and through ones' tools. It is about choosing the right tools for the job, therefore contextual.
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Information in the ecosystem: Against the “information ecosystem” | Norris | First Monday

Information in the ecosystem: Against the “information ecosystem” | Norris | First Monday | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Information in the ecosystem: Against the “information ecosystem”
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This is a long, complex, academic article. It included references to scholars such as Walter Ong, Aldo Leopold, Jacques Ellul, Rachel Carson, Gregory Bateson, Aristotle, and David Abram.

Some of these authors i.e. Carson, Leopold, and Abram wrote about the environment. Others i.e. Ellul and Ong were philosophical and Bateson was trans-disciplinary.
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All the routine jobs

All the routine jobs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
All the routine jobs will eventually be replaced. Someone talking on the radio one morning 1 It’s the morning routine. I’m driving to work, and thinking about my job, and all around me …
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"To craft good pedagogy, we need more than fancy chairs. We need to be vigilant."
 
Good teachers remain vigilant to the needs of their students. There are no routine tasks in good teaching and fancy chairs only act as the fidget spinners.
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Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones

Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As smartphones have become more common, educators have struggled with the question of what to do with smartphones in the classroom. For K-12 educators, the answer has been to ban smartphones from the classroom completely. College professors have also banned smartphones in increasing numbers. But now there’s some evidence to suggest that banning smartphones in the college classroom isn’t such a good idea. A study conducted by researchers in Singapore found that undergraduate students who were allowed to keep their phones with them actually scored better on tasks that measured their cognitive functioning. Even when they weren’t allowed to use …
Via Ines Bieler
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
The article is clear that using cell phones in a class is not a given. In K-12 settings, allowing students to have their cell phones is a way of teaching them self-control. Instead of banning them, teachers might consider using digital breaks everyt 30 minutes or so.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 30, 1:15 AM
If professors/teachers found a way of integrating the phone into their lectures/lessons  they will begin to be a tool for learning rather than just socialising. Small steps will lead to greater understanding and use. 
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How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Former Insider

How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Former Insider | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that…
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How do we use this information to help ourselves and our students learn to use digital tools well in our teaching and learning. Technology is a conversation with, about, and through our tools. It is not the tools themselves.
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Technological and Human Metaphors and Their Impact on Education

Technological and Human Metaphors and Their Impact on Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently, I woke up thinking about language, how it can reflect and shape our beliefs and values. When we use contemporary metaphors about technology, for example, to describe the human brain, some can look at that as what a missionary might call contextualization. We are using the language of the day to communicate an important truth. However, modern metaphors are not neutral. They don’t just help us explain. They also change how we understand something. As such, there are important considerations when we start to describe the human experience using technological metaphors, and when we begin to describe the technological using human metaphors or language associated with the human experience.

Cell phones do not die. Computers do not have memory. I’m sorry Descartes, but the human body is not a machine. I am not suggesting that it is wrong to use such metaphors, but they are also not without influence on our individual and collective understanding of self and the world. Such language might even contribute to our treating people more like machines, treating machines more like humans or living creatures, or finding ourselves increasingly content with technological substitutes for the fundamental truth about human needs implicit in the words, “It is not good for man to be alone.” We are relational beings. Without creating some new set of man-made laws or moral boundaries, I suspect that we are wise to become more intentional about the use of language that draws us toward what it means to be human.

Via Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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"Technological metaphors technologize the way that we think about education, and metaphors associated with life and humanity offer us another opportunity to humanize education. This is true even as we explore the benefits of learning analytics and big data, metric-driven learning, competency-based education, computer-assisted education, blended and online learning, or a dozen other developments."

The Buddha said "what we think we become." Metaphors have a way of doing that to us. We begin to think of schools as businesses, students as consumers, and teachers as entrepreneurs. What is interesting is that technology is a conversation, not a tool in the strictest sense of the word.
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8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment #Infographic 

8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment #Infographic  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Rigor, data-based decision making may lead teachers to errors in assessing student learning. Find out how to address these issues thoughtfully.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 15, 1:34 PM
This is an informative infographic for teachers. Good teachers continuously learn about their students and their needs.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 16, 9:34 AM
8 Takeaways on Thoughtful Assessment
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Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate

Why Education Is the Hardest Sector of the Economy to Automate | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard the warning cries: automation will disrupt entire industries and put millions of people out of jobs. In fact, up to 45 percent of existing jobs can be automated using current technology. However, this may not necessarily apply to the education sector. After a detailed analysis of more than 2,000-plus work activities for …

Via Artur Coelho, juandoming
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Empathy is not something that can be written up in a set of algorithms. I begin with that premise and it might be impossible to replace teachers with robots.
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From the Back of the Classroom – The Synapse – Medium

From the Back of the Classroom – The Synapse – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I believe statements such as these, that often make great Tweets, create compounding problems for educators. Technology isn’t just “there”. It doesn’t just permeate the classroom like the air we…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
"As teachers, we need to be professional about the decisions we make about technology use."

I agree with virtually everthing in the article. One key point is that digital tools and tools of any kind should not just disappear into the background. Our choices, as suggested in the noted quote, have to be thoughtful, well-planned, and caring. In short, teachers need to choose the right tool for the given moment.

The point about professional photographers in the article is valid. Good professionals take good care of their tools and are aware of them at all times.
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The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy

The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Juergen Wagner, Ines Bieler
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Well used tools can benefit teaching and learning. A key here might be the autonomy students experience, which can lead to them being responsible for their learning.
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Strategies for engaging

 
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NZ's digital curriculum misses the point

NZ's digital curriculum misses the point | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
'This document feels as though it has been written by someone who has never stepped foot in a classroom.'
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When we decide to whittle our subject, tool, and skills down to learning outcomes that can somehow be measured, we excise the life from what we are doing. Furthermore, this exercise in futility is often done by those furthest from the classroom who have forgotten what it means to teach or never undertood it.
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Essay: 'How do we really seize the day?' by Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author

Essay: 'How do we really seize the day?' by Roman Krznaric, philosopher and author | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The spirit of this centuries-old philosophy has been hijacked. It’s time to get back to its original meaning, says Roman Krznaric

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"n our age of distraction, where we are checking our phones an average of 110 times a day, grasping these different meanings is more important than ever. They are an antidote to the reality that we are, as Dead Poets’ Mr Keating (and also Shakespeare) put it, “food for worms”. Life is short and our time is running out.

But here’s the problem: carpe diem has been hijacked, and the result is that its potential to transform our lives is rapidly slipping away from us. This hijacking is an existential crime of the century – and one we have barely noticed."

I used the movie Dead Poet's Society to write a paper about teaching while doing my M Ed.
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bobbygw's curator insight, July 30, 11:19 AM
Roman Krznaric is an Australian philosopher and the author of international bestseller Empathy: a Handbook for Revolution. He is a founder of the Empathy Museum. Visit his online Empathy Library here. His latest book is Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day