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Why schools must move beyond 'one-to-one computing' | eSchool News

Why schools must move beyond 'one-to-one computing' | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Adding a digital device to the classroom without a fundamental change in the culture of teaching and learning will not lead to significant improvement.
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Alan November makes some great points. There is a need and has been for some time to change the way we approach technology, its distribution, and usage. It does begin with leadership, but that is the fly in the ointment. We have leadership far removed from classrooms and application. At best, it is a theoretical exericise and that might be generous. November loses me when h talks about new training for leadership as if it as simple as reading a book or jumping on the next leadership bandwagon. That is what we do. Acknowledging this point does not take away from the rest of the article and its content.

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How to Find a Balance between Teaching and Technology

How to Find a Balance between Teaching and Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
So, in hopes of finding a balance between technology and teaching, here are some ways to make sure there is a balance between teaching and technology.

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Give teachers control. That is the first suggestion. It is reasonable to give teachers autonomy to make responsible decisions in how to use the tools available to them and their students. Will they make mistakes? Yes, they will and responsible teachers will grow.
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How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite show and you become a couch potato…
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Books, chosen well, lead to conversation and questions. TV and screens can have negative effects on us and limit conversations. The research cited should inform parents and teachers. It is not that we would kick digital and visual tools to the curb, but use them more carefully, as we would books.
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Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher

Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Three strategies to make sure your content—not your technology—is your students’ main focus.
Via Vicki Moro
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Each teacher is respnosible for teaching. They create a sound pedagogic setting and enter into healthy pedagogic relationships with students to teach. They make choices and guide each student in assuming responsiblity for their learning.
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Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era

Reading: How to Teach it in the Digital Era | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Reading has always been an invaluable skill, but in the digital era it will be even more important.
Via Ines Bieler, Yashy Tohsaku, Pantelis Chiotellis, Makena Conteh
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The challenge is not to make digital tools the default process of teaching reading. My experience was children who struggled with reading needed continuous adult support even with a digital reading system. I discovered they tended to lack vocabulary and left to their own devices did not benefit.
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Edtech Developers, Please Leave The Pedagogy To Teachers

Edtech Developers, Please Leave The Pedagogy To Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Imagine then how frightening the world would be if education was dictated to by edtech companies. Where pedagogy and educational policies and thus the futures of millions of students became shaped by and subservient to the interests of companies out to make money first. Oh, sorry that world is also very much here too. Or is it?"


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, juandoming, THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, Stephania Savva, Ph.D, Dan Kirsch
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The late Ted Aoki said that teachers teach children with faces and stories. This is the pedagogy that counts. Pedagogy is a practical and ethical undertaking and responsiblity that happens in a particular time and place.
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Does Digital Media Have a Place in Hands-On Science Learning Space? - DML Central

Does Digital Media Have a Place in Hands-On Science Learning Space? - DML Central | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Barry Joseph interviews the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Rebecca Bray about the museum's innovative, interactive education lab, Q?rius.

Via Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Tools can be used in thoughtful ways to bring resources into classrooms that we would otherwise not be able to access. Thoughtful is essential.
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Preparing beginning teachers for technology integration in education: Ready for take-off?

Preparing beginning teachers for technology integration in education: Ready for take-off? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The overall aims of this study are to explore 1) how beginning teachers integrate technology in their practice and 2) the connections between teachers’ technology uses and their pre-service education programs.


Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, Jim Lerman, Ines Bieler, Yashy Tohsaku
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It is not enough to simply say young pre-service and beginning teachers know how to use digital tools in their teaching. How they are prepared and supported to that is essential.
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Preparing beginning teachers for technology integration in education: Ready for take-off?
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When robots replace teachers

When robots replace teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We’ve known for decades now that eventually, robots will replace all of us.

Robots in factories. Robots that will clean your house. Robots that will diagnose your illness. Robots that will write poetry and compose symphonies and paint church ceilings–and then robots that create the robots that write poetry and compose symphonies and paint church ceilings.

And artificial intelligence is also coming. Machine learning will guide your life in ways that you may not notice–more of a gentle nudge in the direction of the fastest way to avoid traffic and get to work, or a suggested alternative product to the one you’re currently browsing on Amazon. These algorithms will be embedded in robots, of course, to diagnose those illnesses and write that poetry. We already have bots that write poems on twitter.

We have algorithmic art, too. Soon we’ll program the imminent robots to act out these otherwise purely digital tasks for the comfort of anthropomorphism. Not only will they know if you’re sad, but they knew you were going to be sad before it happened. They monitor vital signs, evaluate family history, your productivity, sleep patterns, and more, ultimately accessing trillions and trillions of bytes of always-accruing data for patterns.

Via Edumorfosis, Suvi Salo
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It is a bit of a tongue in cheek look at what this means.
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Will Computers Free Teachers to Teach More Creatively?

Will Computers Free Teachers to Teach More Creatively? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
At a party of a friend recently I got into a discussion with someone about education and the use of computer technology. The person I was conversing with suggested that educational software could and should be developed to relieve teachers of the technical aspects of teaching. Why should each teacher have to figure out how…
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Computers add a technical level to teaching. The apps and software we would use are algorithmic in nature. Teaching is relational. The last paragraph sums up the post well. I think that teachers who teach well understand how to use tools well. They read and interpret the pedagogic lay-of-the-land and respond.
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More Cartoons on Using Technology

More Cartoons on Using Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Yeah, I know I have been showing lots of cartoons about using technology. But I cannot help myself since I do laugh at how technologies have penetrated our (I include myself) lives. Taking a step back to laugh at ourselves as immoderate users of new technologies is, I believe, healthy. So enjoy this batch of…
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I always enjoy a little humour.
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Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach?(Part 2)

Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach?(Part 2) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Summing up results from the Silicon Valley teachers across nine schools in five districts who responded to my questions, nearly two-thirds of the teachers I interviewed and observed said that digital tools had changed how they teach with frequent mention of saving time in doing familiar tasks and being able to individualize their work with…
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Larry Cuban concluded his two part post about technology changing how teachers change. Change is not an easy phenomenon to research. He concludes that teachers (insiders) make incremental change and researchers and others (outsiders) look for fundamental change. He feels researchers and teachers have to honour both perspectives and stories to achieve a mutual understanding of what change might mean in teaching.
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10 books that will make you a working writer. (And why.)

10 books that will make you a working writer. (And why.) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Chances are pretty good that you’re telling stories for other people to read and enjoy. If that’s true, then the bare bones truth is that you need to start thinking of yourself as not only an artist…
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The list ranges in subjects i.e. perseverance, promoting one's writing, and creativity in general.
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Don't Give Up on Your Blogging

Don't Give Up on Your Blogging | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What makes a Blogging Champion? Persevering through the the planning process and continuing to write when you'd far rather giv

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I think blogging is one good form of writing. I blend it into other forms and reading on a regular basis. They overlap and support each other well. I discovered a niche, which allowed me to be creative and explore being and becoming a teacher. What was essential in blogging for me was the creative element.
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janlgordon's curator insight, April 27, 7:14 PM

I selected this article from Curatti written by Adeel Sami
 because it provides insights on how to keep the momentum in your blogging strategy.

 

It takes consistent dedication to make your blog successful.

 

How to Become a Blogging Champion

 

It's easy to to want to give up on your blog. I agree that you can be successful by realizing that the end results are rewarding.

 

Sami explains the best ways to keep your focus and stay positive.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • A great blogger produces content on a regular basis. Consistency is the key to staying in the game and keeping your blog moving forward.

 

  • Keep the perspective that being a content producer is a long-term job. This will help you become more competitive in your niche.

 

  • After taking the first action do not throw in the towel and give up. Those who continue to take action are the winners in the blogosphere.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

Read full article here: http://ow.ly/MQ0t30bfb92

 

Stay informed on trends, insights, what's happening in the digital world become a Curatti Insider today

Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 29, 7:45 AM
As a regular blogger for the past 15 years, I would fully endorse the concept of 'working out loud', if you want t build an audience.
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On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This The Future You Want?

On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This The Future You Want? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Here are 4 primary reasons teachers, parents and students should pay attention to artificial intelligence for the future.

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This question is one we have to face as educators. What does the future hold? What does than mean in school and teaching children?
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Why Carmel doesn't want one laptop or iPad per student

Unlike its neighbors, the district is rejecting the '1:1' trend.
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Good teachers make good choices with their students about what is the best tool for a the job. Technology is about having wise and knowing conversations about those tools. Teachers learn about the tools so to inform those decisions and their conversations.
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The Uberification of the University: How much further could the public university be disrupted?

The Uberification of the University: How much further could the public university be disrupted? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As a natural extension of wider trends towards greater privatisation and deregulation, plans are currently underway to make the UK a global centre for the so-called ‘sharing economy’. Gary Hall examines the potential effects of this transformation on higher education. The data available on certain platforms could be used to develop an intermediary business model for education services. Higher education workers would have little choice but to sell their cheap and easy-to-access courses to whoever’s prepared to pay for them in the ‘alternative’ education market.

Talk about being careful what you wish for. A recent survey of UK vice-chancellors identifies a number of areas of innovation with the potential to transform UK higher education. Among them are ‘uses of student data analytics for personalised services’ (the number 1 innovation priority for 90% of VCs), ‘uses of technology to transform learning experiences’ (MOOCs, flipped classrooms etc.), and ‘student-driven flexible study modes’, leading not least to the ‘demise of the traditional academic year’. Responding to this survey, an editorial in the Times Higher Education laments that, ‘the UK has world-leading research universities, but what it doesn’t have is a higher education equivalent of Amazon or Google, with global reach and an aggressive online strategy.’ Yet one wonders whether any of those proclaiming the merits of such disruptive innovation have stopped to consider what a higher education institution emulating the expansionist ambitions of Amazon and Google would actually mean for those currently employed in UK universities.

Via Kim Flintoff, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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In education at any level, does uberfication mean we contract out teaching? Is that prudent? Hannah Arendt warned that it was unethical to simply leave children and youth to their own devices.
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Lateral Thinking - How can Lateral Thinking help you? | #Creativity #ProblemSolving

Lateral Thinking - How can Lateral Thinking help you? | #Creativity #ProblemSolving | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
With logic you start out with certain ingredients just as in playing chess you start out with given pieces. But what are those pieces? In most real life situations the pieces are not given, we just assume they are there. We assume certain perceptions, certain concepts and certain boundaries. Lateral thinking is concerned not with playing with the existing pieces but with seeking to change those very pieces. Lateral thinking is concerned with the perception part of thinking. This is where we organise the external world into the pieces we can then 'process'.

A healthy human brain does not want to always be creative, it is designed to figure out how to do things or how to think about things and then 'locks' that automatic response or behaviour into a subconscious process so that your conscious brain can focus on other matters.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Thinking

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Think-Different

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Think+outside+the+box

 


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Edward deBono's work makes a comeback. Not all thinking is creative. Some of it is making meaning of the world as we experience it.
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Thanks Gus-A healthy human brain does not want to always be creative, it is designed to figure out how to do things or how to think about things and then 'locks' that automatic response or behaviour into a subconscious process so that your conscious brain can focus on other matters.
Begoña Pabón's curator insight, May 15, 4:24 PM
Pensar de forma diferente...mirar mas allá de lo evidente... conduce a soluciones inesperadas a viejos problemas.
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The Rise of Machines Means You will Never Finish your Education!

The Rise of Machines Means You will Never Finish your Education! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
IN JULY 2011 Sebastian Thrun, who among other things is a professor at Stanford, posted a short video on YouTube, announcing that he and a colleague, Peter Norvig, were making their “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” course available free online.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Chris Carter, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Education and learning have never been finished. What we assumed could be finished was school. Teaching should focus on skills that allow students to continue to learn as they move forward in life.
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Zan Chandler's curator insight, May 9, 1:25 PM
"Artificial intelligence will have implications for policymakers in education, welfare and geopolitics"
M.A.P.'s curator insight, May 9, 5:10 PM
Another long article that covers many areas, AI's impact on HE (e.g. Adaptive learning), apprenticeship model, govt policy.  In a nutshell, all is related to skills in the future job market.
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The Rise of Machines Means You will Never Finish your Education!
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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson discusses where good ideas come from, and TeachThought offers takeaways for teachers.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Stewart-Marshall, Dean J. Fusto
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Reading the pedagogic lay-of-the-land is an essential and challenging skill for teachers to learn. Good ideas emerge in the classroom, but it takes a practiced eye to recognize them and turn them into teachable moments.
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ongoing by Tim Bray · Still Blogging in 2017

ongoing by Tim Bray · Still Blogging in 2017 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I tell stories on my blog and shared poetry. I think there are multiple ways to blog and don't want to narrow my focus.
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Education Readings May 5th

Education Readings May 5th | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz Teacher knows best? Not any longer as parents muscle in on the classroom Feel familiar to you? ‘Abusive behaviour by parents is experienced by a third of primary teachers, either online or on the school…
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There are several links to articles about using digital tools in classrooms.
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Schools as Factories? Alternative Metaphors for Thinking about Digital Age Schooling - Etale - Ideas that Matter

Schools as Factories? Alternative Metaphors for Thinking about Digital Age Schooling - Etale - Ideas that Matter | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In Metaphors We Live By, Lakoff and Johnson make a compelling case for the significance of metaphor in our individual and collective lives.  As they note, “Metaphors are powerful mechanisms Continue Reading →

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Some are more compelling than others, but fit in some way into thinking differently about schools.
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Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine? (EdSurge News)

Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine? (EdSurge News) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Education innovators love to talk about adoption curves. It’s a fancy way of looking at a pretty basic concept: the rate at which a given tool, model or approach saturates a market.
Lately, I’ve been seeing these curves crop up a lot in the conversation about personalized learning. As more school
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This article raises an essential question about the tools we use in schools in teaching and learning. The refrigerator was accepted into our homes because homes could accomodate them. On the other hand, washing machines and dryers needed specialized water access and disposal and electrical outlets. I live in a house that we had to install wiring and plumbing. We did so by raising the house and putting a basement under it. The challenge in schools lies in the question "what are we able to accomodate i.e. skills-wise and structure wise?" As well, is the pace of change such that we will feel we are on a hamster wheel?
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True engagement not dependent upon tech

True engagement not dependent upon tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"The multibillion dollar educational technology market has created a sense of pressure on teachers to incorporate new tools in the classroom. The idea that a changing economy requires tech literacy for any level of post-secondary success is also pervasive. But schools that rush technology without the teaching pedagogy to support it are doing a disservice to students."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Lynnette Van Dyke
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This artilce delivers an essential message. When students engage in their learning, it means teaching is drawing them in somehow. I discovered what worked one day did not always work the next and I adjusted to meet new needs.
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Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach? (Part 1)

Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach? (Part 1) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Have the 41 exemplary teachers in integrating technology into daily lessons that I observed and interviewed in Silicon Valley in 2016 changed their practice as a result of using new devices and software? Straightforward as the question sounds, it is tricky to answer. Why? In a society geared to constant change as America is, the…
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Larry Cuban presents a critique on technology and how teacherers use it in classrooms in Silicon Valley. He sets the table for his next post by reviewing what change has occurred and how it may have impacted and benefited teachers. He also points out that there are different expectations for digital tools and their use depending on roles i.e. teachers, admin, parents, etc. As well, the dumping of the factory model of school has not been so easy. Bill Pinar argued in 2012 that digital tools have exacerbated the factory model.
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