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Where do you build your PLN?

Where do you build your PLN? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Research into where teachers build personal learning networks and which platforms they choose.

Via Nik Peachey, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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PLN's begin close to home and build outwards.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:05 AM

 I follow @NikPeachey and appreciate the opportunity to participate in this survey.  I voted for Twitter and Scoop.It--Lou

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Nik, you're doing a great job. Thanks for sharing. 

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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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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/

 


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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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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

Via Peter Mellow
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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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3 Ways to Support Flipping Faculty -- Campus Technology

3 Ways to Support Flipping Faculty -- Campus Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In 2012, the University of Washington provost's office, information technology department and Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) came together to develop an initiative about active learning, with a focus on flipping the classroom. They created five learning communities with a total of 62 faculty members. Each community was led by a facilitator and met every other week for a quarter.

"The agenda was designed by each faculty group," said Beth Kalikoff, director of the CTL. "It is the nature of these learning communities that the agenda is determined by the people in the room." Among the issues they addressed was how to explain the flipping concept to students. "No matter how carefully you set it up, you have to do a good job of explaining to students why you are doing this," she said.

Via Kim Flintoff
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This is more support than most K-12 teachers in Alberta get. The question I have is how much freedom does each teacher have?

 

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Students cheated by posting test questions on social media

Students cheated by posting test questions on social media | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In the latest twist on high school cheating, two Maryland 10th-graders taking a statewide English assessment posted test questions this month on Twitter .
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The more important questions are what is cheating and should we be testing students in these ways?

 

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a...

74% of teachers say educational technology is a... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.

Via Eve Lackman
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Yet, new research suggests digital natives want to have hard copies to read.

 

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An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital

An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

An Identity Crisis: When Students See Themselves As Digital


Via Bookmarking Librarian
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We become more and more embedded in an idem-identity (Ricouer) where we are one of many. Our selfhood and personhood are diminished in anonymous settings.

 

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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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Why We Post Nothing—Nothing—About Our Kid Online. You Should Do the Same for Your Kids. 

Why We Post Nothing—Nothing—About Our Kid Online. You Should Do the Same for Your Kids.  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

I vividly remember the Facebook post. It was my friend’s 5-year-old daughter “Kate,” (a pseudonym) standing outside of her house in a bright yellow bikini, the street address clearly visible behind her on the front door.


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And, I worked for a principal who insisted it was perfectly safe for children to be using various social media platforms. He went so far as to say the police were wrong.

 

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Digital natives still clamor for print materials | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Two images sure to strike fear – or, at least, early-onset ennui – in the hearts and viscera of book lovers of a certain age and pulp-centric persuasion:
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This is interesting and goes against what some argue about the future.

 

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How do You Choose Good Online Sources? (Infographic)

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? (Infographic) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, "Well, what do you think?" Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Suvi Salo
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There are good ideas. What I find interesting, is I know some Internet sources i.e. blogs that are followed extensively and are written by people who spent little time in the classroom and no nothing about teaching.

 

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, March 24, 3:19 PM

Yes! A guided "funnel" to help students look more critically at content online. It can't help but "spill over" to other areas beyond schoolwork, right?

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 26, 12:05 PM

Mia MacMeekin's useful poster for student assessment of credibility

Sally Tilley's curator insight, March 26, 6:13 PM

We need to continually reinforce these skills for our students to master this, thanks for sharing