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How to Raise Mindful Children in a Digital World | Psychology Today

How to Raise Mindful Children in a Digital World | Psychology Today | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

By Jim Taylor

 

"In a previous post, I asked the question: “Is technology making your children mindless instead of mindful?” I think it’s safe to say that it is incredibly difficult for children to be mindful, present, and calm in our culture that is now dominated by the constant flow of information.

 

"Yet, if you want your children to be truly happy, you must give them opportunities to experience mindfulness. In this crazy new world of technology, what a wonderful lifelong gift you give your children when you help them to, paraphrasing a well-known adage from the 1960s counterculture movement, to “turn off and tune in.” You do this by creating regular opportunities for your children to disconnect from technology.

 

"You can start by looking at your children’s lives and seeing all the times when they’re “mindless,” meaning they’re being overwhelmed by information, distracted, and drawn outside of themselves. You will likely find that this state of mind dominates their daily lives."


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This is part of my dissertation topic. What can we do, as adults, to help our children and students navigate the digital waters. They will not subside, but we can help with our own mindful behaviours.

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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

Via janlgordon
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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

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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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First-Year Teachers More Confident in Tech but Use It Less Than Experienced Teachers

First-Year Teachers More Confident in Tech but Use It Less Than Experienced Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
New data from a survey of more than 37,000 educators revealed that first-year teachers aren't using tech in the classroom as much as their more experienced colleagues even though they have a higher opinion of their own technological abilities.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, juandoming
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Although my research was limited in that it was a small cohort and it was not about using technology specifically, I found each teacher described challenges about using digital tools. Two that were universal was they felt students knew more than them and they were not well supported in using digital tools. Age played less of a role.
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20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age

20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What is professional development?  It is pretty much anything that helps one develop professionally. At the heart, professional development is about growth and learning.  In the field of education, it seems like many quickly think of educational opportunities that mimic what they see in their schools. As a result, they turn professional learning and education into schooling.  The problem with that is that schooling is too limiting.  In this age, there are many other exciting and high-impact learning opportunities for teachers that extend beyond traditional notions of schooling.  When we hear the phrase “professional development,” certain practices likely come to mind, things like in-services and conferences. In the digital age, there are countless other opportunities for professional development and restricting one’s thoughts to just a few options limits our insight into what is possible for our students.  With that in mind, here is a brainstorm of 20 options available to educators today. This is far from an exhaustive list, but it is enough to start exploring the possibilities.  Feel free to suggest others in a comment to this post.

 

Learn more:

 

Professional Development: WHY EDUcators And TEACHers Can’t Catch UP THAT Quickly AND How-To Change It

 

LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way

 

 

 


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What teachers likely need more than ever is to choose their professional learning. I use words like andragogy, forming, and learning, rather than development.
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Growth and learning beyond schooling - think outside in-service and conferences/professional workshops.
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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
Via Martin Debattista
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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.


Via juandoming, Edumorfosis, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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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

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Bibiana Vargas
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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.

Via Edumorfosis, juandoming
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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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What is #online #learning? Seeking definition by Tony Bates 

What is #online #learning? Seeking definition by Tony Bates  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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My take away is, like face-to-face teaching and learning, on-line is hard to pin down to one thing.
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Classroom Tech That Doesn't Exist Anymore | Edudemic

Classroom Tech That Doesn't Exist Anymore | Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Cutting edge classroom technology from 2000 was decidedly less advanced than what the average student can expect today.

Educational videos were often shown on video tapes with a TV and VCR that were wheeled into the room. Overhead projectors and floppy disks were classroom staples, and blackboards were still to the go-to teaching tool. In 2000, Wikipedia and iPods were months away, while Facebook, Youtube, and SMARTboards took several more years.

Since the turn of the 21st century, technology has progressed rapidly, leading to new opportunities and a fair share of distractions in the classroom. Educators should take a look back at some of the technology of the past to see how the modern classroom has evolved and which contemporary teaching tools may be on their way out.

Via John Evans, Ines Bieler
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What this article underscored was the speed at which we are experiencing change in schools and life more generally. Teachers and students have a need to learn skills that help them deal with the change and new tools.
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Reflections on the ‘New Groupthink’ and lessons for asynchronous collaborative e-learning

I re-read Susan Cain’s ‘Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’. According to this very well researched book, at least one-third of the population are introverts. The book provides great insights into how introverts live within a culture that rewards and favours... http://elearningfeeds.com/reflections-on-the-new-groupthink-and-lessons-for-asynchronous-collaborative-e-learning-2/
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E-learning does offer a sense of freedom for introverts. There is considerable information suggesting that working alone is not problematic. Many of the great innovators in history did just that. The challeng is not one over the other i.e. e-learning vs. face-to-face, but teaching in ways that treat the two as part of a pedagogic/andragogic continuum. Too often, we end up in a binary situation, choosing one over the other. Groupthink can happen in either scenario i.e. Bay of Pigs and many contemporary examples.
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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

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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.
Via Edumorfosis, Ines Bieler, Yashy Tohsaku, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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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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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

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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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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