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Rethinking Teacher Roles in a New Networked World

Rethinking Teacher Roles in a New Networked World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Author-educators Marc Prensky and Will Richardson opened up this weekend's conference with some big ideas on how technology is changing learning and the many ways schools need to adapt and catch up.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Education in the 21st Century should be an experiment and lab-like in the most Deweyesque way, but it is not. The barriers are an archaic and outdated system that is supported by the latest round of bureaucrats, technocrats, politicians, and others who use catch phrases. We need real change.

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A World Transfixed by Screens

A World Transfixed by Screens | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The continued massive growth of connected mobile devices is shaping not only how we communicate with each other, but how we look, behave, and experience the world around us.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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We frame the world and people within the frame of the screen. Is that how we want to experience the world?

 

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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives.

Via Fred Zimny, Kelly Christopherson
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Deconstruction (Derrida) is about examining something critically and reconstructing it anew (Dewey).

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 5, 1:11 PM

A great visual of how Design Thinking is part of the students' and teachers' lives each day. 

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“ I’ve started recognizing a common thread to the latest trends in teaching. Flipped learning, blending learning, student-centered learning, project-based learning, and even self-organized learning—they all marginalize the teacher’s expertise. Or, to put it more euphemistically, they all transform the teacher into a more facilitative role.”


Via Nik Peachey, Robin Yu, Mark G Kirshner, Lynnette Van Dyke
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There are two things that stood out for me in this article. First, Derrida's concept of deconstruction is a critical deconstructing of what we think is reality. His writing about teaching would not have eliminated the teacher and replaced the teacher with a burger flipper. The teacher's role would certainly transform and move beyond what we understand it to be, but it would be reconstructed to be further deconstructed.

 

The second point is that teaching is about leading and relating to students. That does not mean we do without teachers. It means that teachers are finding their way along the path.

 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 3, 6:04 AM

Interesting article, but can't say that I agree on what the conception of a teachers expertise is. It's not about subject knowledge it's about understanding learning.

RossanaPiccini's comment, April 3, 10:01 AM
This is not just sad news for us teachers, it is a dangerous belief in the power a few powerful people to control education at large. I find this worrying.
Robin Yu's curator insight, April 5, 1:06 PM

The companies that are taking over teachers' roles.

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Multitasking Lowers Your ProductivitySwitch & Shift

Multitasking Lowers Your ProductivitySwitch & Shift | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
66 percent of respondents say multitasking enables them to accomplish more at work, more than a third (36 percent) say the many distractions prevent them from doing their best work. So how does multitasking affect you? Let’s look at the research.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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It does. We have known this for some time. What are doing about it?

 

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What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future?

What Will Education Look Like in a More Open Future? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By David Price In my book, OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live And Learn In The Future, I argue that a relentless focus upon high-stakes accountability — through student testing and teacher evaluation — has done little to improve outcomes, and has...

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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Accountability and responsibility are different phenomenon. The former is external ordering and the latter indicates autonomy in teaching as ethical action.

 

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Moving Beyond "Sit’n’Git" - other models of teacher PD

I often wonder if what we see as teaching at professional learning events would be acceptable in a high school classroom. If the purpose of professional development (Pro-D) is professional learning, then what is our evidence that learning does, in fact, occur? Are we using effective teaching practices in Pro-D?

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Begin with changing the title from professional development to something that speaks about teacher integrity, responsibility, and autonomy. I dislike being developed by anyone when I don't have a say in it.

 

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In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library?

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The main reason most parents go to libraries is to get books for their kids. So what becomes of the magic of being surrounded by books when e-readers become more prevalent?

Via Jen Mac, Caroline Duke
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Libraries remain important. Children need books and other tools which they can find in a library. Librarians become digital guides alongside children and teachers.

 

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Stephen Wood's curator insight, April 14, 3:00 PM

The book is an artifact. It has a life. I don't get that same feeling with e-readers. I want to hold the book in my hand; admire the cover, inside the dustjacket, the font. I want to turn pages. I want to lend it, have others enjoy it and revisit it. I do none of these things with an e-reader.

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Virtual Preschool? Believe It or not, It’s a Thing

Virtual Preschool? Believe It or not, It’s a Thing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A curriculum from Vinci, available to parents by subscription, promises to

Via EDTC@UTB, Suvi Salo, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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We should question this. It flies against medical research.

 

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The College Conundrum: Physical Vs. Virtual Face Off

The College Conundrum: Physical Vs. Virtual Face Off | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I just spent a day touring colleges with my high-school aged son. I learned a lot about the state of education today... but in some ways more about the coming revolution around the corner. This is my second time doing the college tour tromp, and with and 8 year age difference, enough [...]

Via Paul West, Stewart-Marshall
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It is not an either/or situation. It is an "and" situation which suggests a continuum of choices.

 

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Paul West's curator insight, April 9, 12:49 PM

The expansion of free and low cost education. 

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Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media by Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser, Gameli Adzaho, Bruce Baikie, Jacqueline Baljeu, Matthew Battles, Jacqueline Beauchere, Elsa Brown,...

Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media by Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser, Gameli Adzaho, Bruce Baikie, Jacqueline Baljeu, Matthew Battles, Jacqueline Beauchere, Elsa Brown,... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Reflecting on the 25th anniversaries of the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the adoption of the Convention on Rights of the Child by
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This is a long report that deals with youth and digital media. It takes some reading, but appears worthwhile.

 

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Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources

Teaching in a Digital Age | The Open Textbook Project provides flexible and affordable access to higher education resources | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when everyone,and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.The book enables teachers and instructors to help students develop the knowledge and skills they will need in a digital age: not so much the IT skills, but the thinking and attitudes to learning that will bring them success. [Scroll down for list of contents] Book release date (final version): 1 April 2015
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Do we know what technology? It is narrowly defined as IT here, but that is not what it is. It is about discourse i.e. logos and techne which is the production of something in a crafts-person-like way.

 

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Your Nostalgia Isn’t Helping Me Learn

Your Nostalgia Isn't Helping Me Learn - The Synapse - Medium
Rethinking recent “common sense” claims about technology as distraction in the classroom.
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There is some evidence to support the idea that writing, keyboarding, and speaking use different parts of the brain. Perhaps it is not an either/or scenario, but an "and" situation where teachers and students look for ways to integrate each into learning.

 

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09: Ng-A-Fook | Media : Culture : Pedagogy — [ v15n01/02 : Born Digital and Digital Generation]

09: Ng-A-Fook | Media : Culture : Pedagogy — [ v15n01/02 : Born Digital and Digital Generation] | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Provoking Curriculum Theorizing: A Question of/for Currere, Denkbild and Aesthetics Nicholas Ng-A-Fook Cite this article (APA): Ng-A-Fook, N. (2011). Provoking Curriculum Theorizing: A Question of/for Currere, Denkbild and Aesthetics. Media : Culture : Pedagogy, 15(2).
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This is one article from an online journal worthy exploring in depth.

 

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Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Today's schools are focusing on boosting kids’ technological proficiency and warning them about the perils of the web. But something critical is missing from this education.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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So it is not as simple as labeling one group digital natives and another digital immigrants.

 

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Educator: Digital 'Curriculum Needs to Catch Up With Reality' - Education World

Educator: Digital 'Curriculum Needs to Catch Up With Reality' - Education World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Former journalist and current educator Reuben Loewy as spent recent years creating a digital curriculum that aims to teach high school students beyond throwing new technology at students and instead giving students a complete education on digital...

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Although some curriculum might be considered digital, not all of it is. Teachers need to figure out what tools best serve the situation and people involved.

 

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Seeds of Change: The Value of School Gardens in Education and Community Health | Christine Tran | KCET.org

Seeds of Change: The Value of School Gardens in Education and Community Health | Christine Tran | KCET.org | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Today in El Monte and South El Monte, you can find a number of Asian supermarkets with signs that tri-lingually display the words: supermarket, siêu thị, and supermercado. This wasn't the case thirty years ago. When my family first arrived to the San Gabriel Valley as refugees, they couldn't find particular foods in the supermarket. So we grew them -- lemongrass, herbs, and other hard-to-find vegetables. Gardening was and still is a norm for my Vietnamese family. One vegetable grown in our yard was bắc hà, known as (and looks like) a "giant elephant ear." My dad uses it to cook canh chua (sour soup), a popular Vietnamese meal made of catfish, pineapple, and tomatoes, all simmered in tamarind-flavored broth.

At school, I got to experience gardening activities too. Though these activities were not frequent, they were memorable. In Mr. Marquez's 5th grade science class at Dean L. Shively Middle School, we germinated lima beans by placing seeds between wet paper towels and put them in ziplock bags, then transferred them into disposable cups. In Ms. L'Allemand's biology class at South El Monte High School, we had a garden where I was given a plot to measure, plant, and grow two items. I chose peas and carrots. Students were asked to document plant growth and when our vegetables were ready for harvesting, we concluded the unit by having a garden eating party.

Gardening at school and at home can provide young people with learning opportunities, lasting skills, and positive, memorable experiences. But perhaps most importantly, gardening can help foster healthy lifestyles and encourage healthy eating with more nutritious foods -- something that communities like South El Monte and El Monte urgently need.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Luciana Viter
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John Dewey might have argued teachers and students can link science, math, English, etc. to this kind of project-based learning. The curricula comes alive.

 

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sian davies's curator insight, April 21, 1:46 AM

Hands on approach to teaching allows students to stay motivated and intrinsically motivated 

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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology.


Via Dean J. Fusto
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In a world that is more digital and connected, libraries in schools and communities, take on new roles.

 

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Virginia Delasoie's curator insight, April 16, 8:37 PM

añada su visión ...

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Used Effectively or Simply Used?

Used Effectively or Simply Used? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Beth Holland shared her presentation "Used Effectively or Simply Used" from the ASCD conference 2015 as a slide deck via Twitter. The message from her slides caught my attention... I kept thinking ...


Via Gianfranco D'Aversa
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Technology has to do with an artful conversation suggesting that it is through the process of conversing with students, instruments, and curriculum teachers can use the tools effectively.

 

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Media, kids and mad parents

Media, kids and mad parents | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Most kids growing up playing Minecraft don't remember why people needed video-rental stores. They don't care which toys will be on display in the department store 'grotto' in six months time. Old p...
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This is a provocative article which challenges some thinking out there. Technology is a conversation. It involves actions and words that are carefully crafted.

 

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3 Things That Have Slowed the Change Process Down in Education (And What We Can Do About It)

3 Things That Have Slowed the Change Process Down in Education (And What We Can Do About It) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of talk on the idea that education as a whole takes a long time to change.  As an educator, this is a challenging notion, since we are seeing many people doing some amazing things that did not exist when I was a student.

Via Yashy Tohsaku, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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The opening sentence begins suggesting there has been a lot of talk, but provides no sense of who is talking. I know people who talk to themselves a lot and think that constitutes a lot of talk.

 

What if I touched the soul of students each day? I think that is what teaching is about. It is not about glib catch phrases about twitter and powerful teaching.

 

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How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Spend more time teaching learning skills. Klemm recommends memory tricks like mnemonic devices, and visualizing ideas as complex images, to help students expand their working memory. “If they knew these things, they wouldn’t have to work so hard and school might even become fun,” Klemm said. “Once students start reflecting and become more self-aware, they have the opportunity to become better students.”

“Working memory gets overloaded,” Kleem said. “Most people can only hold four independent ideas in working memory.” But if images are used to represent a constellation of ideas, people can remember much more. Words are hard to remember, but images stick with people. “It’s like a zip file,” Klemm said. “This is a way to get your working memory to carry more.”

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/category/learning-to-learn/

 


Via Gust MEES
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This is an interesting article with some good practical points i.e. protected learning/teaching times.

 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 9, 12:51 PM
Spend more time teaching learning skills. Klemm recommends memory tricks like mnemonic devices, and visualizing ideas as complex images, to help students expand their working memory. “If they knew these things, they wouldn’t have to work so hard and school might even become fun,” Klemm said. “Once students start reflecting and become more self-aware, they have the opportunity to become better students.”

“Working memory gets overloaded,” Kleem said. “Most people can only hold four independent ideas in working memory.” But if images are used to represent a constellation of ideas, people can remember much more. Words are hard to remember, but images stick with people. “It’s like a zip file,” Klemm said. “This is a way to get your working memory to carry more.”


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/category/learning-to-learn/


Nancy Jones's curator insight, April 10, 11:31 AM

Teaching learning will help the process. It is about the process, always; that's the life skill.. Students need to get that message, early and often.

لبنانية♥سعودية's curator insight, April 10, 6:24 PM

Study smarter not harder

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There are many possible teaching and learning approaches. When we limit the definitions of words and they serve a technical purpose, we struggle. Technology is a conversation about how we use tool and those experiences.

 

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Contributions and Connections | Higher Ed Beta | InsideHigherEd.com

Contributions and Connections | Higher Ed Beta | InsideHigherEd.com | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Conversations are important and metrics are not as important.

 

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Computers take learning out of equation

Computers take learning out of equation | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
No more listicles. I just read a listicle about 12 things to get yourself through hard times. First suggestion: Google state parks and see which ones hire canoes. Oh, do sod right - New Zealand Herald

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Technology is a conversation that involves decisions about what is best at a given time, given place, and for that person.

 

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4 Ways Technology Can Help Empower Teachers And Students

4 Ways Technology Can Help Empower Teachers And Students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ed tech should be a means, not an end, to improving our education system.

Via Suvi Salo
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Alfred North Whitehead proposed that we have to turn the information into knowledge to be wisely used which echoed a German philosopher's view, Hans-Georg Gadamer.

 

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