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Unlocking creativity with technology - Kokomo Tribune

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Unlocking creativity with technology
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Northwestern School Corp., Eastern Howard County School Corp. and Western Community School Corp. all have K-12 1:1 technology, which means one tablet per student.

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Do all students and schools have 1:1 access? Are teachers, students, and others able to reimagine the new roles that will emerge?

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Online Learning Rocks!

Online Learning Rocks! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
My Final Say
While online learning has seen a considerable rise in popularity, many still hold the opinion that classroom learning is more effective. However, I think online learning is the way forward for many if not all students and encourages creativity in thinking and acquisition of multiple skills. Looking at my students, I’d say the online classes have made their recent assignments more compelling and interesting to read. Their ability to interpret situations and improvise has impressed me. My little experiment has been a success!

I’d like to conclude by drawing on my personal experience. I have fond childhood memories of classroom sessions and fun with friends. But with changing times and technological advancements, it is important to embrace new trends and keep track of what works best with students. The benefits for my students are too obvious to neglect the digital space in favor of traditional face-to-face classrooms. We must pace learning and alter our teaching styles to make the best of current situations. For me, that means online teaching.

Via Kim Flintoff
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It can. The author acknowledges that being in a classroom with others can be fun. He is a tutor and private teacher. Does that change the motiviation for students? Students continue to need teachers to guide their learning. That can be in face-to-face and on-line settings. They are not mutually exclusive choices.
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Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school

Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The more time teenagers spend splitting their attention between various devices such as their phones, video games or TV, the lower their test scores in math and English tend to be. More time spent multitasking between different types of media is also associated with greater impulsivity and a poorer working memory in adolescents, says Amy S. Finn of the University of Toronto. Finn was one of the leaders of a study on the topic published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Via Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Beyond Words: What’s Missing in Online Connections

Beyond Words: What’s Missing in Online Connections | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“I think she’s a GREAT candidate for the job. ;)” Faith texted her co-worker, Stan, after interviewing people for an opening in their department. Stan’s response: “What did you like about her? How did

Via Pavel Barta
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Face-to-face conversations include signals we cannot convey easily on-line. What does that mean for teaching and learning?
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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
Via Cindy Rudy, Dean J. Fusto, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Good teachers use tools wisely and understand that what works well in one classroom may not elsewhere. They understand that digital technology is changing so rapidly and there are commercial interests at play that it is important to learn skills rather than just use tools blindly. Teachers perform as craftspeople who use their tools wisely and teach with them and through them.
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Gilles Boulanger's curator insight, May 17, 8:19 AM
Même si le texte est en anglais, l'étude mentionnée est intéressante sur l'impact d'utilisation d'un iPad en classe.
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Our primitive brains, godlike technologies, and crude attempts to find balance

Our primitive brains, godlike technologies, and crude attempts to find balance | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The next 50 years of human history will be determined by our relationship with machines, according to UK-based futurist and author Richard Watson. He tells Future Tense about the ideas in his new book, Digital vs Human. 

Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, malek
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The E. O. Wilson quote sums up our relationship with technology. It is similar to Don Idhe and Donna Harraway. Heidegger suggested we understand technology as a conversation with and through our tools, similar to a skilled craftsperson. In schools, pedagogy remains central to using digital tools.
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At the end of the day we are human beings - not computers!

Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 15, 12:18 AM
Here are some interesting and scary forecasts for the human species from UK-based futurist Richard Watson.  Watson's warnings have been sounded before by Isaac Asimov, Aldous Huxley, Simon R. Green and a host of other future-looking writers, not to mention groundbreaking  films and television series that depict the merging of machine intelligence and the human brain. The film "Blade Runner" with Harrison Ford comes to mind.  While some believe machine dominance over humans will never happen, that could occur if our machines become sentient and produce copies of themselves independently of human intervention.  The age of the Cyborg is upon us.  One of these days, we will become slaves to our own machines if we don't learn to survive on our own and get along with our fellow humans.  Far too many of us rely on our digital assistants to think, plan, and manage our affairs.
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4 radically different school models upending education

4 radically different school models upending education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Via Anna Hu , Dean J. Fusto
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I don't know how radical these models are. They go against certain principles that make more sense i.e. learning and teaching are grounded in the moment. Making a classroom look like a job site is short-sighted. Do we know what that means?
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Anna Hu 's curator insight, May 13, 10:25 AM
Personalized learning and innovation need to be a focus in schools
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Generation C: The Disappearing Digital Divide

Generation C: The Disappearing Digital Divide | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The digital divide that separated the new generations from the boomers and seniors such a short time ago, is disappearing
Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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With the pace of change in digital tools, perhaps this was inevitable. Even the boomers maybe struggling to keep pace. We are in this together and what that means informs teaching, learning, and school.
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Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead) (EdSurge News)

Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead) (EdSurge News) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Classroom technology is everywhere. Schools are filled with shiny, interactive devices, and new gadgets and apps flood the market every day. Teachers in districts with limited funding for technology are turning to crowdfunding sources to obtain technology for their classrooms.
Is technology the pan

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Miloš Bajčetić
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Digital technology is not a panacea. Pedagogy and thoughtful teachers continue to be the key.
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Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, May 11, 2:46 PM

Great article by @beccarecco regarding the myths of using technology in the classroom!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 12, 9:42 AM
What myths exist out there regarding classroom technology?
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Only humans, not computers, can learn or predict

Only humans, not computers, can learn or predict | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In late January, Nature magazine announced that a computer designed by Google’s DeepMind defeated a human master in the ancient Chinese board game, “Go."..

Via Jean-Pierre Blanger
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The title alone speaks volumes. Teaching is about human relationships that involves humanizing language. Technology is conversation with and through one's tools.
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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
100 Search Engines For Academic Research

Via Jim Lerman, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Amy Slatter's curator insight, May 5, 8:06 AM
More search engines to keep in mind. I have a lot of exploring to do!
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Technology increasing alienation of tertiary students

Technology increasing alienation of tertiary students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology use is at an all-time high for tertiary students, including through online courses, but many still yearn for face-to-face contact with staff and fellow students.

Via Peter Mellow, Miloš Bajčetić
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Pedagogy remains important in teaching and learning. Teaching and education are about relational language and involves leading.
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Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan.
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Teaching is about teaching someone something which makes it relational and pedagogical. Teachers who focus on tools first and people second are not teaching.
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leading and learning: Creative teacher readings - to code or not to code/ PISA /Teaching in flexible spaces/ Sir Ken Robinson and lots more

leading and learning: Creative teacher readings - to code or not to code/ PISA /Teaching in flexible spaces/ Sir Ken Robinson and lots more | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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There are some articles about edtech which are worth exploring. The key question is "How do we use digital technology in classrooms and in learning?" One articles questions whether digital tools get in the way of learning. The key is treating technology like a conversation rather than a given way of doing things.
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What is the nature of digital technology? Part 1

What is the nature of digital technology? Part 1 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Formal education in most of its forms is still struggling to effectively harness digital technology to enhance and transform learning and teaching. Even with a history for 40+ years of various attempts. The reasons for this are numerous and diverse. The following is an attempt to look at one of the reasons. A reason, at…
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Technology is a conversation about and with our tools. Heidegger asked a similar question which is more aptly put: "The Question concerning technology." How we encounter and experience our tools is at the heart of their essence and our essential work. It is no different in school.
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Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child

Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Pam Lowe, Personalized Learning Coach, wrote an insightful post about her young niece questioning why can't learning be personalized.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Nicholas Fragkias
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The comment and question in the image are misleading. Systems are not people. They are made up of people. Teachers understand students are people who have faces, names, and stories. That is how we experience personalizing and realating with students.
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Pam Lowe shares her story about her 4 year-old niece and her insight into personalized learning:
 
"Basically at the wise old age of four, the question my niece was asking me that currently many educators and schools are struggling to comprehend was,

“Why can’t learning be personalized?”

When a child can recognize the need for personalized learning, why can’t our education system? My niece is not viewing personalized learning as a buzzword or a fad. She is viewing personalized learning as a right that is due her as a learner." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/#sthash.yHJTVyEu.dpuf
michel verstrepen's curator insight, March 15, 3:20 AM
Pam Lowe shares her story about her 4 year-old niece and her insight into personalized learning:
 
"Basically at the wise old age of four, the question my niece was asking me that currently many educators and schools are struggling to comprehend was,

“Why can’t learning be personalized?”

When a child can recognize the need for personalized learning, why can’t our education system? My niece is not viewing personalized learning as a buzzword or a fad. She is viewing personalized learning as a right that is due her as a learner." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/#sthash.yHJTVyEu.dpuf
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 17, 2:12 PM
Why can't learning be personalized?
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Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class

Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined how much bringing a laptop to class hurts your grades
Via Rod Murray
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Digital technologies are tools that teachers, as good craftspeople, learn to use at appropriate times with their students. Pedagogy remains relevant.
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Rod Murray's curator insight, May 18, 7:38 AM
Insight into tech use and achievement
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Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools

Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
It’s time to admit we don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to educational technology.
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" The moral of this story is increasingly clear. Our intuition, and even our common sense, tricks us when deciding whether a new gadget will help kids learn. 

At the same time, we can’t insist schools fossilize traditional practices out of fear that change might make things worse. Moving forward calls for different strategies, depending on whether a new technology changes how we deliver instruction or whether it changes the content itself."

How we integrate and experience digital technologies in our daily lives, including school, is a thoughtful conversation. This conversation is about thoughtful and sensitive leadership and pedagogy.
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malek's curator insight, May 16, 7:32 PM

Education without direction is a one-sided social value.

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Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams' | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance
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Digital tools are only as effective as the circumstances under which we use them. If we have the wrong tool, it cannot be used wisely, ethically, and properly. As Maslow said, if the only tool we have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. It takes leadership and communication that is not happening in schools.
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A “Finnish Lesson”: Student-Paced Learning in a History Classroom

A “Finnish Lesson”: Student-Paced Learning in a History Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ever since I observed Pekku Peura's class six weeks ago, I have been wondering how such methods could work in a social studies classroom. Math, it seems to me, is tailor-made for a mastery-based, individual approach. Teachers can sequence a series of concepts for students to master. Demanding proficiency at each step might slow movement through a given course…

Via Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow, juandoming, Stephania Savva
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I think some teachers have been doing this for some time. It is about creating structure, communicating with students, giving them freedom within structure, and continuosly working with those students on the boundaries. Pedagogy and teaching remain central to this process.
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The Future of Learning — Learning {Re}imagined — Medium

The Future of Learning - Learning {Re}imagined - Medium

was recently invited to give a keynote talk at Windays 16, a Microsoft sponsored event hosted on a beautiful island near Poreč, Croatia. The event brought together representatives from the business, education and government communities in Croatia to consider the future of work, the Croatian economy and the role of education. 


After my talk I was invited to give the following interview which is 9 minutes long where I discuss my thoughts on the future of learning, schools, the misuse of EdTech and the need to reimagine assessment and testing. A full transcript follows the video:


Via Kim Flintoff
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Dewey emphasized the immediacy of context for children and learning. It was not about far-off, distant goals.
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What if teachers were also researchers?

What if teachers were also researchers? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Michelle Cordy, a third grade teacher from Ontario, Canada, calls herself an applied researcher. She believes more teachers need to be researchers who test out new approaches and analyze the results.
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Teachers are researchers.
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30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators | Innovation Excellence 

30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators | Innovation Excellence  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Many of us read blogs about learning and discuss the learning process with our colleagues, but few of us actually bother keeping up with the latest science. Maybe it’s because, if we do manage to identify a source or two, we are immediately turned off by all the dense scientific jargon. Or maybe it’s not always clear which resources provide information specifically on learning and not just education in general.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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What Educators Need to Know About Technology Addiction

What Educators Need to Know About Technology Addiction | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Common Sense examines the latest scientific research about problematic media use in our new report.

Via Ken Morrison
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We have "teachers" who cannot find the balance or how to responsibly integrate digital tools into their lives. How do we help children is an important consideration and involves good role models.
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Good resources towards the bottom
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Confessions of a Luddite professor

Confessions of a Luddite professor | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I had the good fortune on Wednesday to hear economist Robert Gordon talk about his magnum opus, “The Rise and Fall of American Economic Growth.” Gordon has a somber tale to tell. He argues that U.S. economic growth ain’t what it used to be, and that ain’t gonna change over the next 25 years. This is due to myriad headwinds such as demographic slowdowns, rising inequality, fiscal constraints, and — most important — the failure of newer technologies to jumpstart economic growth the way that the Second Industrial Revolution did.

[U.S. economy slows, with GDP growing 0.5% in first quarter]

It’s his last point — about the effect of information technology on productivity — that prompts so much fierce debate. Economists are furiously debating whether the visible innovations in the information sector are leading to productivity advances that are going undetected in the current productivity statistics. On the one hand, the aggregate data suggests a serious productivity slowdown over the past decade. On the other hand, Google’s chief economist, Hal Varian, insists that “there is a lack of appreciation for what’s happening in Silicon Valley, because we don’t have a good way to measure it.”

Surely, there are sectors, such as higher education, in which technological innovations can yield significant productivity gains, right? All that talk about MOOCs and flipped classrooms and the like will make a difference in productivity, yes?

As an optimist, I’ve long resisted Gordon’s argument — but this is one area where I’m beginning to suspect that he’s right and Silicon Valley is wrong.

Via Miloš Bajčetić
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Data is raw information that has to be interpreted and judged as to what it means. The risk we run with digital technologies, including the Internet, is that we present data as meaningful without thoughtful consideration. It is why teachers remain vital to the educational enterprise.
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Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge

Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“ Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge model - ideas, framework and practical applications.”
Via Kirschty Birt, Shane Symonds
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Pedagogy leads the way. It is relational and about leading rather than putting the tools in front with content. Without pedagogy, do teaching and learning happen?
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Jennifer Hincapie's curator insight, May 4, 7:59 PM
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is a framework that identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology.The TPACK framework extends Shulman’s idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

The TPACK framework is highly important as teachers in dvelopment, since we should not only master the content of the topics being taught, but also how it best suits the learners' needs, and how  they will be able to understand it in a simple manner, and once these two elements have been mastered, it is needed to reflect upon the impact of thecnology in the learning and teaching processes. So, in this article we will find information about the TPACK model and its impact in the processes of teching and learning.

Moreover, the author shows us hoe to build the teachers' confidence in the use of technology, and some tips to best enhance its development in the classroom

 
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Good TPACK model here
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