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TCEA 2013: Teacher development and school improvement

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School improvement is needed but should not be linked to narrow corporate interests.

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Technologies and School Reform: Kissing Cousins*

Technologies and School Reform: Kissing Cousins* | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Over the years, I often get asked how I got interested in the uses of technology in schools and classrooms. I answer the same way each time. When I taught high school history and as a district admi...

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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We often move right past technology as if it is monolithic. There are many forms of technology i.e. digital, cursive, and constructive. When challenged, we should ask questions about the use of technology at hand and the way we are trying to change our Schools.

 

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My (Often Painful) Online Education

My (Often Painful) Online Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
No, I have not been taking part in a MOOC or signed up for an online degree because an NFL player has been hired to promote it. I am here to discuss my online education over the past couple years s...
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Online learning is not a panacea of all good things, but one that should challenge us provoking questions and open conversations.

 

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Rules are Like Rabbits! - Creative Followership

Rules are Like Rabbits! - Creative Followership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Rules are like rabbits, they seem to multiply quickly.

Via george_reed
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When a problem arises, we should ask first "Do we have the right rules and are they being used well?" Too often, we stack new rules on old rules and defeat the purpose behind rules.

 

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george_reed's curator insight, October 29, 2:03 PM

Rules and procedures promote compliance, but not necessarily commitment. When they supplant good judgment they can be stultifying hurdles to creativity and innovation. There are usually second and third order negative effects from implementing rules that cannot envision every possible contingency. 

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How computers change the way we learn

How computers change the way we learn | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. In fact, computers might just make us a bit smarter.

Via WEAC
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I think when we think that are brains are being damaged that might be overstating the issue. The brain is changing particularly if we use computers frequently. What that means is something worthy of exploring.

 

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WEAC's curator insight, October 28, 10:06 AM

"While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. In fact, computers might just make us a bit smarter."

ScienceDiscovery's curator insight, October 29, 10:37 AM

Computers makes us also more impatient.

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6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom - #eLearning

6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom - #eLearning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom. Check the 6 Benefits of BYOD In The Classroom.

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Good pedagogy and practice follows innovation. It is simultaneously aware of the benefits and challenges to the innovation.

 

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The Modern Workplace Learning Landscape: it's more than telling people what to learn

The Modern Workplace Learning Landscape: it's more than telling people what to learn | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I was recently asked to summarise my view on the evolving modern workplace learning landscape and L&D’s role in it. So here it is Although people learn in many different ways, L&D has for a...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I don't think the top-down mechanisms have changed much. They are perhaps changing slowly. Teaching is a profession that should be more self-directed in terms of its learning.

 

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The nature of innovation in education

The nature of innovation in education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The media love simple, superficial images because they are easy to sell to the masses. This is the same with politicians, and it is the opposite of true innovation. It is sheep following a fashion so that they can appear innovative. The truly innovative thing would be a sustainable situation where all pupils routinely supported all their work on electronic devices, not just a few for parts of the curriculum time.

 


Via Nik Peachey, What Just Changed
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"This presents a clear problem for true innovation in education. Political pressure means failure is not an option, yet innovation is a sexy word for politicians. This results in political symbolism and rhetoric using technological gadgets as proxies for educational innovation. Often the truth is that, at best, it is a fashion statement; at worst reinforces traditional pedagogical approaches while giving the impression that there is innovation. A good example is the interactive whiteboard (IWB)."

 

Innovation as a fashion statement. The idea that some are afraid of change and others are the "brave explorers leading us forward" is problematic.

 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 18, 6:56 AM

Worth reading just for the above quote.

Shawn Nason, Director, Xavier Center for Innovation's curator insight, September 20, 9:48 PM

"Education innovation needs to be focused on learning gains, scope for inclusion and reducing costs. If technology helps then it will be obvious." Well said! How will we use technology at Xavier is the question. We want to be on the cutting edge, not the one being cut-out.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 29, 10:44 AM

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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | WIRED

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | WIRED | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Taking apart the idea of school as we know it and getting back to the roots of children and learning is a pervasive thought which I am constantly researching and evaluating. There is no shortage of pedagogies out there but there seems to be a lack of application of relevant methodologies for out of the…

Via Ramiro Aduviri Velasco, Yashy Tohsaku
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We are not rethinking education. We are rethinking School. School is subsumed in the much broader concept education. Pedagogy is about helping students to become self-directed. This works best when teachers are self-directed.

 

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Moral Character Matters | Social Media | Education | eSkills | eCitizen

Moral Character Matters | Social Media | Education | eSkills | eCitizen | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.

 

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

 

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

 


Via Gust MEES, ICTPHMS
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Character matters. That is challenging in the digital age. How do we know the person who is posting?

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 21, 10:56 AM
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.


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


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


Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 22, 2:14 AM
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.
 Developing moral character is something we need to address in schools - and it becomes more pertinent through the lens of social media interactions. 
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At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait

At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Waldorf School’s computer-free environment has become a draw for parents at high-tech companies like Google.

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There is a lot of irony in this. Maybe the experts in our public Schools in Alberta should take a pause. It is not that digital technologies should not be used, but rather the way they are used that needs some work in public School.

 

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Why today’s school leaders must become digital leaders | #frizzle @scholastic

Why today’s school leaders must become digital leaders | #frizzle @scholastic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Grant Montgomery, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Bernard Stiegler pointed out that technology is both a human construct and constructs humans. He goes so far as to indicate that technology threatens children's attention span. What does this mean as a leader?

 

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Benefits of Blended Learning: Student Perspectives

Benefits of Blended Learning: Student Perspectives | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Are students really embracing the benefits of blended learning? When's the last time a student told you how much they love their textbooks?

Via Patric Lougheed
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Good teaching is about being thoughtful and tactful in helping students make good choices in their learning. It is about helping students understand their particular learning needs.

 

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How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing

How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
For students to embrace the skills needed in a changing technology landscape, teachers must coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies to positively influence academic achievement.

Via David W. Deeds, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The first point is critical: take off your expert hat. I worked for School managers who cast themselves as experts failing to grasp the pace of change defies that thinking. Digital technologies and their impacts on School, learning, and teaching are continuing the change.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 14, 4:36 PM

Funny how this topic keeps coming up. ;)

Suvi Salo's curator insight, October 15, 11:56 AM

Nice (short) video.

Yaser Hammad's curator insight, October 16, 2:00 PM

Wie: TPack

Wat: Technologie

Waar: Californié

Waarom:Innovatie

Wanneer: 2015

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Teachers Make a Difference: What is the Research Evidence? / Measuring learning / Evidence-based leadership / Pedagogy and assessment / Home - Educational Leaders

Teachers Make a Difference: What is the Research Evidence? / Measuring learning / Evidence-based leadership / Pedagogy and assessment / Home - Educational Leaders | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The link this research has between teacher effectiveness and eportfolios is feedback. Effective feedback is the number one factor in lifting student achievement as a teacher. Therefore the effective use of an eportfolio is not just the showcasing of learning but the conversation derived from it in forming next steps learning.

 

http://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/content/download/501/3926/john_hattie.pdf


Via Heath Sawyer, Syamsul Nor Azlan Mohamad
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Teachers can make a difference. The more qualified statement (can is not absolute) is that we know something about what the difference is. Does John Hattie move beyond the mainstream, status quo focused message in his work?

 

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Why social media needs to be taught in high school

Why social media needs to be taught in high school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I know it’s not traditional, but some things really are more useful than calculus.

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Many of the people promoting digital technology in School seem to operate on the premise kids will just get it. The uses need to be taught.

 

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When Collaboration Becomes a Type of Echo Chamber

When Collaboration Becomes a Type of Echo Chamber | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In my last post in this space, I began to explore some …
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This is a provocative article that challenges us to step outside the usual collegial framework of Professional Learning Communities and have a civil conversation where disagreement can occur.

 

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How To Deal With Criticism Online

How To Deal With Criticism Online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Does fear of criticism keep you from putting yourself out there and shining online? These tips to deal with naysayers will insult-proof your ego.

Via donhornsby
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When I began blogging, I had a situation arise where a colleague was quite critical of something I posted. Despite the fact it was self-effacing, he seemed to take it as a personal attack and another person jumped in with criticism, as well. It might have deterred some, but I decided to press on and remain an active, creative blogger which is more than I can say for those early critics.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 28, 10:09 AM

How do you deal with criticism in your life? Or are there any really priceless comments, tweets or shares that you’ve gotten that now make you laugh?


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manifesto for teaching online

manifesto for teaching online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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"Online courses are prone to cultures of surveillance: our visibility to each other is a pedagogical and ethical issue." We need continuing conversations around the use of digital technologies and the pedagogy surrounding their uses.

 

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Technology and Just in Time Learning (EdSurge News)

Technology and Just in Time Learning (EdSurge News) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
While technology has transformed almost every aspect of modern life, our higher education system has barely changed. Universities teach young adults today in much the same way they did in medieval Europe: “Sage on Stage,” the model where a professor lectures in a unidirectional manner to a roomful o

Via Lynnette Van Dyke, juandoming
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Has digital technologies transformed our lives? I think we disperse information more quickly and the pace of life is sped up, but is that the change we want?

 

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7 Trends in education that will disrupt our work as teachers

7 Trends in education that will disrupt our work as teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
From our analysis of education in New Zealand and internationally, as well as from other sources including technological innovation, silicon valley ed-tech and other startups, we see the following ...

Via juandoming
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We do not provide education. We provide Schools where some learning and education might happen. It is sad when neo-liberal economic and political agendas are the driving forces behind School.

 

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Harnessing informal and social learning

The 22nd World of Learning Conference and Exhibition took place on 30th September and 1st October at the NEC in Birmingham. Brightwave's CEO Charles Gould and …
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A person has to read between the lines, but the presentation is interesting. We learn more informally than we do formally. Learning is a social process.

 

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Rewriting the syllabus: Examining New Hybrid and Online Pedagogies

We have to carefully build our classroom and educational space online before we start populating it, lest text, hierarchical menus, and pop-up windows be confu…

Via Suvi Salo
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Communities are spaces where people feel comfortable that they will be listened to whether it is in the classroom or online.

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When Professional Development Underperforms (EdSurge News)

When Professional Development Underperforms (EdSurge News) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“Professional Development.” PD. When this phrase is introduced into teacher circles, many teachers cringe with thoughts of poor instruction, time wasted on doing and learning things that do not apply to them, or initiatives that will go away with the next administrative change.But then again, there

Via Deborah Welsh, Dean J. Fusto
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When teachers can choose and have a voice in their learning, it changes the paradigm.

 

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22nd Century : CHILDHOOD INTO THE 22ND CENTURY: Creativity, the Finland Example, and Beyond | 4-Traders

22nd Century : CHILDHOOD INTO THE 22ND CENTURY: Creativity, the Finland Example, and Beyond | 4-Traders | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“This article explores the meaning and definitions associated with the concept of childhood over time. It sheds light on the social, cultural, and historical constructions of the term childhood and...”


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A long and complex article which points out that childhood is a social construct and we have many cultural influences from the micro to the macro.

 

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11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints by Justin Boyle If you’ve scratched your head over suggestions to manage your “digital footprint,” you aren’t the only one. A surprisingly large percentage of people have never even heard the phrase, let alone thought about how to manage theirs responsibly. Among students, the percentage is probably higher. We’ll talk about ways you can help students understand and manage their digital footprints before they get themselves in trouble.


Via Andrea Zeitz, Peter Mellow
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The article makes excellent points.

 

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