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2013 Thinking and Learning Conference - Day 3 Materials

2013 Thinking and Learning Conference - Day 3 Materials | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Here are my session materials for day three of the 2013 Thinking and Learning Conference in Melbourne.  Hope you find them useful: Enhancing and Amplifying Pedagogy with Digital Tools Caught in the...
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The third day of notes and links from the Thinking and Learning conference. I plan on scooping one of the presentations directly.

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It’s called blended learning (not blended teaching) for a reason

It’s called blended learning (not blended teaching) for a reason | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Many educators now accept the need to provide course materials online in a Learning Management System (LMS) or Online Learning Environment (OLE) for blended learning to occur successfully. This allows students to review learning materials at any time and from anywhere, and it opens significant other possibilities.

However, this is only part of the solution as we move toward blended learning. Building these resources and online courses with an effective paradigm as the guiding force is also vital. Without this, we are simply moving an old industrial model to a different medium.

An incorrect paradigm might appear to be subtly different, but the ramifications can be large and long lasting. A historical analogy helps to clarify this.

Humanity thought the Earth was the center of the solar system for thousands of years. This produced errors in calendars, our understanding of the dates of the seasons and thus the time to plant crops, and later, our understanding of the motion of the planets. Simply changing the sun to the center of the solar system rectified this.

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Teaching and learning are relational. The setting is neither teacher or student centric, rather it is relationship centric depending on context and situation. It is a praxis, a living out, of particular relationships. There is no general rule or universal that guides all teaching and learning. Both Whitehead and Dewey argued there is no royal road to teaching and learning.

 

 

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Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms did not provide new outlets for the discussion of the Snowden-NSA revelations. People who thought their social media friends disagreed with them were less likely to discuss the issues in person and online.

 

Very interesting, a MUST READ!

 


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Who is listening? That is the key question.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 18, 10:49 AM

Very interesting, a MUST READ!


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25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

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The list is totally focused on digital technologies. I think clouds are a good thing from a poetic perspective. They are helpful when it comes to saving my work, as well. We have too many people and teachers who think that clouds are instrumental and digital only.

 

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#3 is my Favorite! Whoop Whoop! for the #Blogosphere! @MCherryStreet

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.


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I was struck by the use of the pronoun I in the statements. For example, how do I move the School in the direction I want? That is actually not effective at all. School is about community where conversation happens and what is held in common is communicated on an ongoing basis.

 

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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Why Sharing Your Good Work Is Necessary, Not Boastful

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Why Sharing Your Good Work Is Necessary, Not Boastful | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, it's critical that we add our voices, the voices of educators, to the conversation. Whether you use social media or not, share your good work. Share the progress your learners are making. BRAG. If you don't do it, no one will!

 


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Sharing what we do well is important. The challenge with social media is that it is not always clear the person sharing is actually in the classroom and when they were last there.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 15, 8:22 PM

However, it's critical that we add our voices, the voices of educators, to the conversation. Whether you use social media or not, share your good work. Share the progress your learners are making. BRAG. If you don't do it, no one will!


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Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away…

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away… | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement. I am …
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Clay Shirky points out what is a universal in teaching that teaching is contextual. Each teaching moment brings with its own particular context which is important to encounter and interpret.

 

His point that setting aside digital technologies was like a breath of fresh air in the classroom is important. Perhaps, the use of digital technologies is becoming so infused we are beginning to notice the difference. As Derrida might have said, we defer to the difference. Teaching, in this way, is hermeneutic.

 

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5 Keys to Using Technology to Help At-Risk Students

5 Keys to Using Technology to Help At-Risk Students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Molly B. Zielezinski and Shelley Goldman, the report includes a review of the literature studying the impact of technology on at-risk students, as well as recommendations for districts.

Via David W. Deeds
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If, and this is a big if, we have small class sizes for at-risk students the suggestions possibly work. For example, blending various modes of learning is important and so is highs-speed Internet. What I found was that many at-risk students needed assistance in the early stages and this takes a different School structure than we have. In Alberta, we are working towards inclusive classes and decreasing the number of teachers. I am not sure that works.

 

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Do you Know What Schools are Doing with Your Kids’ Private Data?: Two Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Child’s Data Is Protected : Yoursphere for Parents – Helping Families Live Healthy Digital ...

Do you Know What Schools are Doing with Your Kids’ Private Data?: Two Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Child’s Data Is Protected : Yoursphere for Parents – Helping Families Live Healthy Digital ... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Elizabeth Milovidov
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I am not sure the Schools know what they are doing with the private data. Certainly, something is done with it, but the people running IT in most Schools are not capable enough to be doing much more than using a computer. That begs many questions.

 

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Elizabeth Milovidov's curator insight, September 12, 6:37 AM

Is your school protecting your child's private data?

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The Need For Courageous Leadership

The Need For Courageous Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I was astonished to see that Sweden turned over their country Twitter account to a different person that lived in the country for a week. Even though it was meant to be an "experi...


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I am not sure what makes Jason a courageous and exceptional leader.

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What is open education? | Opensource.com

What is open education? | Opensource.com | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge.

Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and they work to eliminate barriers to this goal. Such barriers might include high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars and educators.


Via Kim Flintoff
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Breaking down the barriers to access is important.

 

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To overcome the problems of today and tomorrow, we need to think differently than we are right now. Open Education is one such move that provides all people with access to learning and gives new space to new ideas for creating new knowledge. 

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A Difference: Are Laptops Really Bad For Learning?

A Difference: Are Laptops Really Bad For Learning? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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The learning is not in the device and research of this nature does call for consistency in instructing participants. Having said this, there is a time and a place for using laptops and a time and place for using pen and paper. Learning and teaching are contextual, relational, and personal. Those factors have to be negotiated in the process.

 

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Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly

Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but then we’d slap on a graduation cap and let them take off into the big blue sky. Not only would it likely be ineffective, it would be borderline criminal. Yet when it comes to professional development for classroom teachers, that’s almost exactly what we do.


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In this article, learning and training are somehow interchangeable. Learning is a human process which involves imagining what the meaning is in what is being learned. Training is a checklist process used in industrial settings where we go through the prescribed steps. The two are not the same thing, Having said this, good learning should help us fly and take off in new and adventurous ways. @ivon_ehd1
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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 10, 4:25 PM

PD is vital for teacher growth and sustainability yet it is often undervalued and often is not focused on what individual teachers need but, instead, on generic ideas and concepts or on "feel good" presentations about topics that are nebulous and non-specific like using technology or implementing reading programs. A shift is needed to move PD towards a growth mindset that focuses on how individual teachers can improve their teaching by beginning where they are as a teacher and sharing their ideas and growth with other teachers. It's not about presentations, even by "real teachers in real classrooms" but about change for individual teachers through support and collaboration of other teachers who also have a growth mindset. 

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Has the Internet Killed Deep Engagement With Books—or Are We Nostalgic for a Reading Eden That Never Was?

Has the Internet Killed Deep Engagement With Books—or Are We Nostalgic for a Reading Eden That Never Was? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Slate is an online magazine, which means you are almost certainly reading this on a screen. It is more likely to be morning than evening. You are perhaps at work, chasing a piece of information rather than seeking to immerse yourself in a contemplative experience. You probably have other tabs...

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It is about finding a way to integrating various reading into our lives. Statistically, male and females read differently. It is in diversity and blending, we will find that book, e-books, the Internet, etc. come to life.

 

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We Justify Human Suffering Because We've Never Had a Choice in the Matter

We Justify Human Suffering Because We've Never Had a Choice in the Matter | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Buddha believed the way to end human suffering was the regular practice of meditation and introspection. But Buddha didn’t have biotech.

If our

Via Sílvia Dias
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Suffering is not something that biotech will resolve. I have watched elderly people aging and it is not a pleasant sight. Technology is prolonging the suffering and has gotten us engaged in specious debates over assisted suicide. Meditation does not end suffering. It helps us come to terms with it in different ways.

 

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5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain | IFLScience

5 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain | IFLScience | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The persistence of social media is certainly changing how things are done. In a matter of minutes, you can wish an old friend happy birthday on Facebook, find a recipe for dinner on Pinterest, watc...
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Social media and the use of technology are changing our brain structure. With these physical changes, come behavioural changes.

 

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.

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There is an interesting definition of grit in the article. Although I agree with the premise, I would add that it also includes the ability to get up and shake ourselves off in the course of daily life and work. It is overcoming and responding to challenges we face on a daily basis.

 

Grit is hard to measure in non-digital settings and this is a necessary attempt to figure out what it looks like in a digital world.

 

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Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in...

Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in Your Teaching on TechTalk curated by Mel Riddile (RT @PrincipalDiff: Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in Your Teaching http://t.co/27pztdgLCH...

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It is important to remember that this applies to teacher and student needs.

 

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Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Apple’s leader limited his children’s screen time, and a surprising number of other technology executives do too.

Via Linda Alexander
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This begs a question. Why the hard sell of digital technologies in public Schools? It contradicts what is happening in other settings i.e. Silicon Valley execs send children to Waldorf Schools.

 

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 13, 8:52 AM

We've read about tech leaders strictly limiting access in their homes (and selecting the low-tech Waldorf Schools), yet another article with additional, helpful information.  Children under 10 are the most susceptible to becoming addicted.  Some parents limit text messaging to Snapchat (as it deletes your messages).   

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No need to teach girls differently online

No need to teach girls differently online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one. Female students, for example, are …

Via David W. Deeds
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We should teach each student as we encounter them, as a unique person whose learning experience will be particular to them.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 12, 6:08 PM

Absolutely right! 

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 12, 11:27 PM

Have to agree with @Ivon Prefontaine, we need to teach them as individuals, meeting them where they are and moving forward. 

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Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web

Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects
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Several slides in the presenter, Stephen Downes, suggests that constructivist learning is creating our own learning. Constructivist learning is constructing meaning and involves making connections, but it is not creating our own learning.

 

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Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom - The Hechinger Report

Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom - The Hechinger Report | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year. Four thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of hours of digital media content U.S. youths aged 8 to 18 absorb each year. (If you doubt that’s possible, be sure you’re taking into account the …

Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D
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A good point is made. We think and debate a lot about what happens in School and little about the learning that happens outside. When taken together, they form the educational experience of students. Isn't it worth discussing both.

 

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, September 12, 10:25 AM

I don't know why we underestimate "informal" education, or even make that distinction. We know we learn under all sorts of circumstances and in all sorts of situations. Yes, we can even manage to eek out some learning as a result of studying for a test.


Classroom teachers talk about integrative learning, but too often seem to discount what kids can and do learn outside of the classroom. Learning is "the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught." That means that learning isn't limited to the classroom. I have to think more about this and see what I can learn about it. ;)

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New Infographic – The education of tomorrow – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Infographic – The education of tomorrow – Stephen's Lighthouse | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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If we create an infographic that says this is the School of tomorrow, it will be so. We could not predict the future 20 years ago. What makes us think we can today?

 

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Are You A Reflective Teacher? -

Are You A Reflective Teacher? - | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Are You A Reflective Teacher? by TeachThought Staff So this #reflectiveteacher blogging challenge for teachers has been quite a revelation. The desire for teachers to reflect, connect, and share their ideas has been–truly–a beautiful thing....


Via Malachy Scullion
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Writing a blog and tweeting are products of reflective practice. Reflective practice is a means of living and thinking. I use blogs, twitter, and written journals as the products. They mingle with each other and are all helpful in various ways.

 

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Malachy Scullion's curator insight, September 11, 12:05 PM
Guess I better start blogging?!???
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The 7 habits of effective digitally competent teachers - Daily Genius

The 7 habits of effective digitally competent teachers - Daily Genius | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Share on FacebookTweet ThisGoogle+Pin ItLinkedIn Figuring out the best way to effectively leverage technology in (and out of) the classroom is critical for all digitally competent teachers. In order to learn from how others use education technology to inspire effective learning, you might want to stand on the shoulders of giants, so to speak. In …

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I always love it when someone who spends little or no time in a classroom can render a complex relational process as teaching into 7 habits.

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BYOT network digital age learning ecosystem

BYOT network digital age learning ecosystem | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

An ecosystem is a system formed by the interaction of a community of living organisms with each other and their environment. (Dictionary.com, 2014)

When I visit a digital age classroom where students are actively using technology tools for inquiry and creating new products to show their learning, I see a similarity to an ecosystem. The students and teacher interact within the classroom environment in an organic way to construct learning experiences. What are the components of this digital age learning ecosystem? What facilitates a sustainable learning environment that endures over time and through adversity? After reading my suggested attributes of a digital age learning ecosystem, post a reply with your own suggestions that I may have overlooked and should consider for future reflection.


Via juandoming, Edumorfosis, Rui Guimarães Lima, Yashy Tohsaku
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John Dewey's suggestions about the teacher being and becoming responsible for the environment learning occurs within came to mind. That invitation is processes emerging from what Whitehead described as the genius of the teacher. @ivon_ehd1
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En Français - Alix Creuzé's curator insight, September 10, 11:17 AM

L'écosystéme de l'apprentissage.

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, September 10, 4:28 PM

A key component for this type of classroom is for the teacher to have a growth mindset and a desire to collaborate and share with students and other teachers. 

june holley's curator insight, September 11, 12:40 PM

Not just for schools but for all network learners!