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Blended Learning Implementation Guide

Blended learning means rethinking how class is structured, how time is used, and how limited resources are allocated. Compared to high-access environments, which simply provide devices for every student, blended learning includes an intentional shift to online instructional delivery for a portion of the day in order to boost learning and productivity. Productivity in this sense includes improvements to teacher access of data and its potential to inform instruction. Greater student productivity includes less time wasted on skills already mastered. Increased learning opportunities and improved student outcomes enhance overall system productivity.


Via Nik Peachey, Yashy Tohsaku
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We should have thought about restructing classrooms and the relationship we have with learning as teachers and learners.

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William Henderson's curator insight, September 25, 2013 3:25 AM

BLENDED LEARNING... WONDERFUL IDEA!

robyns tut's curator insight, September 27, 2013 3:01 PM

The integration of technology and teaching is completely a good idea in my opinion. Especially given that we are living in a digital age, where learners have access to a lot of technical devices, which aim at improving and making life efficient. Thus by building curricula that welcomes the use of technology inside the classroom, will change the face of education - hopefully for the better. However my concern is the introduction of a 'customised' form of learning. Education is supposed to be unified experience where learners access information at the same time and at the same pace. It seems unfair that because there wil be fast learners in a class, that means they have to get to the end of the syllabus quicker than others. Everyone should receive attention in a similar manner, whether they understand the work or not. Teaching should not favour one person over the other. 

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Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:42 PM

Blended learning... certainly I will be trying this soon with my students.

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Exhausted, intrigued and all about social media!

Exhausted, intrigued and all about social media! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Kelsey Beninger is a researcher at NatCen Social Research and can be contacted through Twitter @KBeninger.

Via Kandy Woodfield
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It is important to acknowledge the challenges we face about social media and have good conversations about them.

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Kandy Woodfield's curator insight, Today, 9:19 AM

Nice post from Kelsey on social media research and researchers!

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Nearly 75 Percent of Faculty Incorporated Technology into their Teaching in the Past Year

Nearly 75 Percent of Faculty Incorporated Technology into their Teaching in the Past Year | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When it comes to technology in the classroom, phrases like “faculty resistance” and the importance of getting “faculty buy-in” are tossed around with great frequency. But is that perception still valid? Are all instructors so set in their ways, skeptical of anything new, and fearful of deviating from what they’ve done that it’s nearly impossible to get them to try something new?

Via EDTC@UTB, Kevin Kaatz
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Teachers do use digital technologies more readily in their classrooms and their teaching. The challenge is keeping pace with new technologies, their potential, and how they best serve teaching and learning.

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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators


Via catspyjamasnz, Joyce Valenza, Deborah Welsh, Dean J. Fusto, Suvi Salo
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Teachers are curators and gatherers by nature. In a manner of speaking, they are hunters and gatherers as they search for and gather resources for learning.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, June 7, 10:03 AM

Some great information here!

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, June 9, 9:05 AM

In the Learning Commons community, this makes sooooo much sense. Inquiry based learning is all about questioning, gathering, re-thinking, re-purposing and sharing information. Teachers and t-l's who practice and model curation in course design will be better equipped to instruct their students in curation. Love this! 

Nancy Jones's curator insight, Today, 8:18 AM

Why reinvent the wheel? thoughtful presentation that talks about teacher curations.

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School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian.

Members of the American Library Association call it a national crisis, as colleges and careers increasingly req
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At a time when we need teachers and librarians to help overcome the digital divide, School managers, bureaucrats, and politicians are cutting resources. This has been happening in Alberta for at least 10 years, perhaps more.

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Choosing from a learning experience menu

Choosing from a learning experience menu | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A learning experience should be a solution best suited to an organizational need. It is part of a system of aligned solutions. A learning experience menu: A balanced diet In keeping with the Thanks...

Via callooh, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Learning and teaching mingle together. The metaphor of menu is one which suggests we order, but sometimes it takes guidance from others to make good decisions. They are our decisions, but the help is a necessary ingredient.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, July 22, 1:57 PM

Interesting........cast a wide net to engage the most people

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) - InformED | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Alfredo Corell
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There are some interesting global ideas in the article.

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Kristy Poteete-Kriegermeier's curator insight, July 21, 6:31 AM
How is mobile technology democratizing education?
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 22, 2:20 PM

Improving access to mobile learning ultimately begins with educators themselves. Here’s how you can help make a difference in this important movement:

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-educators-are-practicing-mobile-learning/#ixzz38EbWeSzN

ExamTime's curator insight, July 23, 1:50 AM

Really great article, full of insights.

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Information Literate

Information Literate | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What 10,000 students and 1,200 librarians told us about research skills.  GUEST COLUMN | by Emily Gover and Michele Kirschenbaum The education landscape is constantly changing. Understanding the in...
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This is an interesting article that suggests teaching is important in the learning students undertake. Teachers need to improve their pedagogy. They need to improve the relationships they have with students as pedagogy is about inviting students into relationships where they can acknowledge they might not know something and express what is important in their learning.

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Beyond institutions: Stephen Downes at NetworkEDGE

Beyond institutions: Stephen Downes at NetworkEDGE | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Yesterday I attended our new series NetworkEDGE: The Future of Education online, because we live stream (and record) these things and therefore I could. We were lucky enough to have Stephen Downes ...
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Are we really beyond institutions? I think we are changing the way we understand institutions. For something to be post i.e. post-institution, there has to be something it is grounded in and preceded it.

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Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Key TakeawaysA university-wide survey on students' mobile learning practices showed that ownership of mobile devices is high among students and that tablets are the most popular devices for academic purposes.The survey also found that mobile learning typically occurs outside the classroom, with only limited guidance from instructors.To improve mobile learning effectiveness, students and instructors need help adopting more effective learning and teaching practices across content areas.
Via Kim Flintoff, What Just Changed
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The key issues section is important. Many factors exist that have not been fully explored. They might never be with the pace of change. That is not bad if we have a plan to try make sense of what happens in classrooms, how teaching and learning are impacted in local situations.

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Daniel Tan's curator insight, June 13, 12:48 AM

Universities should go beyond ICT Plans to SMICT (Social Mobile Information Communication Technologies) strategies. And even the, this would just be the tip of the ice-berg. While synergized, it will change and create new business models for campus teaching, learning, living, wellness, performance/assessment modes and measurements, learning space designs,

 

Really, you ain't see anything yet!

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Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing?

Is School Disruptive Innovation a Good Thing? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The challenge of implementing disruptive innovation within a school has never been more apparent than in recent weeks, as skeptics turned giddy when Rocketship Education, one of the most innovative school systems in the nation, stumbled....

Via Chris Carter
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Disruption is not a totally dismantling of the organization or institution. Even though I think School is an overly bureaucratic, technocratic technology, it is about trans-forming structure based on what works, what does not, and what new needs to be added. Trans is the in-between space this work happens in.

 

Most School re-form, de-form is undertaken by those furthest from the action. Some of those folks were in classrooms and could not wait to get out. It is like changing Mars from Earth. It cannot be done as an external ordering by bureaucrats, technocrats, and vested interests.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 19, 1:16 PM

Discussion starter.

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Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges - Edudemic

Why The Future Of Education Involves Badges - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. Defined as a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest, Open Badges are not only a hot topic as of late, but are also debated by some critics as the latest threat to higher education. A closer look at this emerging …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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What is interesting is that most research on assessment indicates that assigning grades or, in this case, badges is counter to learning.

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Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media?

Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Social media isn't just about cyberbullying and selfies. Journalist Lucy Ward explores how schools are using the likes of Twitter and Facebook to engage parents • 10 tips for how schools use social media.

 

Learn more:

 

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

 


Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen, Dean J. Fusto, Nancy J. Herr
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There is no doubt that social media provide excellent ways to communicate with parents, but they are not the only ways. It is one way that includes face-to-face conversations. It would be interesting to find out what Derrida might conclude in using his concept differance which was not a correctly spelled word.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 18, 12:28 PM

As more schools and administrators are seeing the value of social media,  topics like this one can help.

Mark McLendon's curator insight, July 19, 7:21 PM

Tweeting for teachers.

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, Today, 2:19 PM

Twitter tips for reaching parents. 

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ISTE 2014: A Tale of Two Paradigms

ISTE 2014: A Tale of Two Paradigms | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A veteran attendee to edtech's big show provides an in-depth analysis. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Gura Now that the dust has settled on the massive ISTE event in Atlanta, part conference and part all a...
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When we mix business with School, we end up with something that might be learning but is non-educative as an extension in John Dewey's thinking. I am for using digital technologies in learning, but not at the expense of education which includes cultivating responsible people in each new generation. Can we do with an instrumentalized version called instruction? Or do we need teaching and pedagogy which are relational?

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Live first. Post later.

Live first. Post later. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

This past weekend I was at a concert in Vegas for my birthday. It was a tour opener for the bands Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, each iconic bands in their own rock genres. I’ve seen Nine Inch Nails a few times in the past; it’s always an unforgettable energetic show where the whole crowd becomes a connected entity to the pulsing, loud music and the visual experience on the stage.

This time something was drastically different — the crowd seemed disconnected. Countless people were sitting down with their heads down and faces illuminated by the glow of their cellphones.

Soundgarden’s lead singer Chris Cornell pleaded during the concert for people to “get out of their seats and off their phones.”
Our era of digital disrespect

He was making the point that even if the band isn’t the band or type of music you want to see, have some respect for the performers and the fans around you. This made me extremely sad and even a bit angry to see this happen during this concert, I’ve personally been waiting more than 10 years to see Soundgarden live and to see such a legendary band like this “digitally disrespected” had me thinking … have we become so connected to our online lives that we forget to live?

I’m connected. I understand the feeling. You get this itch to go to your phone like a security blanket for a child. It’s a comfortable feeling knowing the connection to the whole world is in your pocket. The feeling that you must capture and share every experience online.

I admit, I took a few photos at the concert and sent some tweets out about the concert, but I mostly waited till the intermission or after the show to send anything out. I knew better than to spend the entire time sitting down with my phone while these bands are playing their hearts out.

It gets down to this. It’s not about the technology. It’s about respect.
The irony of disconnected connection

This is the reason I cringe every time I see a couple out at dinner and both of them spend the entire time on their phones. Don’t even get me started on how many digital zombies almost ran into me (and our cars) on the streets of San Francisco and Vegas in the past week while they’ve got their face in their phones and headphones on. It seems we are more than ever connected to the world with smartphones but at the same time the disconnection to the real world around us has never felt greater.

While I was writing this article someone asked me, “I haven’t seen you tweet anything in two days or much from Vegas? Did everything go okay?” My response was, “Yep, I threw my phone off the balcony.”

Metaphorically of course.

I was just busy traveling and enjoying my vacation but I realized something on this trip — What we post, and the life we live online is not ours; it’s for others. I was having an amazing time living my life offline, but to the online world; I was virtually dead for two days.

Don’t type your life away for the benefit of others … Live first. Post later.

Are you with me?

 


Via Vilma Bonilla
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The irony of disconnected connection is an interesting term. School provides opportunities for responsible adults and children to have conversations about taking time to be present and take time away from their gadgets. It is important that we, as adults, model behaviours including time away from digital technologies reading, playing, conversing, meditating, etc.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, Today, 12:05 PM

Yes! Great message. Enjoy your weekend!

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Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation ~ Huffington Post

Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation ~ Huffington Post | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

by Matthew Lynch

 

"...technology has made it possible for students who fall off the traditional path to jump back on and finish what they spent most of their childhood working towards. This may be in the form of taking remote classes from home, remedial classes in on-campus computer labs or even by enrolling in full-time online schools, public or private. The technology available for these options benefits students who face difficulties with a normal school schedule including teenage parents, students with short-term or long-term illnesses, teens with substance abuse struggles, or those who had poor academic performance due to learning disabilities or bullying."


Via Jim Lerman
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What is interesting is that other sources indicate there is a growing digital divide. Could it be both are happening? We have some communities graduating students in greater numbers and others struggling. Is it possible what we look for is what we find in research sometimes?

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Submitting a doctoral thesis on online learning? Some things to keep in mind

Submitting a doctoral thesis on online learning? Some things to keep in mind | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Get a good supervisor is essential in any thesis/dissertation process.

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: 8 Tips for Making Beautiful Presentations

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: 8 Tips for Making Beautiful Presentations | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

by Michele Pecansky-Brock

 

"Humans are visual creatures. Creating and engaging with visual content was more innate to our species than text.  But beyond the "what came first" argument, we must understand the power of images to engage the affective domain of learning.  For a moment, reflect on your childhood memories. What comes to mind? How much of what you remember is imprinted in memory because someone took photographs of those moments?  "Our personal memories, our lives are shaped through images. And as they have become more accessible to educators, understanding how to use them effectively to persuade, impact, empower, and inspire others is an important part of communicating."


Via Jim Lerman
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We are visual learners who enjoy a good story. Sometimes that needs digital technology and sometimes it does not.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 24, 5:39 AM

Michelle Pacansky-Brock offers tips for presentations and lectures.

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Making learning more connected

Making learning more connected | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Teachers know that the classroom is a complex ecosystem and that they constantly draw from the best of various models at any given moment in their teaching in order to tailor instruction to the needs of their students; plus, many models overlap to the point that teachers could be adhering to several of them simultaneously. And so, as I set out to talk about Connected Learning with educators, I kept wishing that it didn’t have a name that sounded so impressive and self-contained, and instead could just be called A Vision for Learning that Encompasses Many of the Best Practices You Already Implement in Your Classroom but Maybe Introduces You to Some New Strategies. Not as catchy, but more accurate.

 


Via Edumorfosis, Suvi Salo
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To be connected means to share a common experience. It is not about sameness but about similarities in those experiences. This has a John Dewey quality. I paraphrase but essentially community is a space where we communicate things we hold and come to hold in common.

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Heather Thompson's comment, July 23, 6:32 PM
leads to bad gateway 502?
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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning"


Via EDTC@UTB, J. Mark Schwanz
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This applies to adults, youth, and children in their learning whether it is digital, blended, or face-to-face. Learning should be about questioning, problematizing, getting emotional about something that is important, etc. and sharing those things. Good teaching helps create spaces where that can happen.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 21, 4:33 PM

I'm putting this helpful list in the course design hopper right away. Whether in the classroom or online, we all struggle with distractions.

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Cybergogue: A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory

Cybergogue: A Critique of Connectivism as a Learning Theory | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Whether connectivism is a learning theory or a curriculum or something entirely different feeds a conversation which has to be good for School, if not education.

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Improvisation Blog: Stephen Downes on the Personal Learning Environment at the LSE

Improvisation Blog: Stephen Downes on the Personal Learning Environment at the LSE | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I am not as convinced that personal learning environments do shift the learning from institutions to individuals completely. What it might be doing is shifting our understanding of institutions. There also are economic interests involved. Are those not institutions of a sort?

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How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing.

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing


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We talked about this the other day and the challenges of keeping pace with the styles out there because of social media.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, July 21, 12:42 AM

Good reference guide - there are some loose ideas at university level but it is hard to know what to put down. 

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Looking Ahead: The Future of the Internet

Looking Ahead: The Future of the Internet | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What will the internet look like in the near future, 20 years, 100 years? We explore the possibilities in this illustration.

Via Lauren Moss, Ilkka Olander, robosheauk, ICTPHMS
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How do we know? Many futurists thought we would live like the Jetsons by now.

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Lola Howle's curator insight, Today, 9:21 AM

Networking in the clouds (via balloons) and wearable books. Catch up on your work and sleep now, because nothing much productive might be happening after that?

Hint: stock up on balloons now?

Rose Marie DeSousa's curator insight, Today, 9:54 AM

add your insight...

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, Today, 2:11 PM

Thinking about the digital age...how does this make you feel?

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Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology

Education Needs to Change as Fast as Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
More Americans go to college than ever. But how many think about the return they will get from tuition payments that can easily reach $200,000? Up to half are unemployed or underemployed a year after graduation.

Via Robert Hubert
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Education and School are not synonymous although they are used that way all the time. Education happens 24/7 in a non-prescribed ways. School, at all levels, is a monolithic, technocratic, bureaucratic institution which is difficult to change course with.

 

The general sentiment of the article is one I agree with. We need to trans-form School at the same time and overcome structural inertia.

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What Does Success Look Like For Your School?

What Does Success Look Like For Your School? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Yesterday I posted some reflections on how schools can more effectively move from broad vision statements that sometimes sound formulaic or canned to a real pathway of strategic implementation.  On...
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There are good points made. The one thing is that one can never preplan success. It is a journey which has detours and bumps along the way. It is good to have a road map, but don't get lost using it. Keep your eyes on the terrain.

 

One example might be about professional learning communities. Are they communities which are organic and diverse? Or are they teams with a predetermined destination outlined by School manager and management team? There is a huge difference.

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