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Is Technology Making You Lonely?

Is Technology Making You Lonely? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Question, Is Technology Making You Lonely? It's a question rarely heard but one we all need to ask. Is technology making you lonely?

Via craig daniels
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It can be isolating. I don't think we realize how much yet.

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craig daniels's curator insight, February 22, 2014 2:25 PM

Have you been asked, Is Technology Making You Lonely?

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My vision for an open textbook

My vision for an open textbook | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Tony Bates,
online learning and distance edcuation resources,
February 20, 2014
Tony Bates is always interesting and therefore so is his vision for an open textbook ("a personal vision for what I want to do, he writes.

Via Blaine Morrow
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This might be an interesting project to follow. I like the focus on teaching. We focus so much on learning we forget the role teaching plays in learning.

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The Fragmented Educator | George @Veletsianos

The Fragmented Educator | George @Veletsianos | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We have a new paper available that continues our research on networked participation/learning and networked participatory scholarship. This one arises out of Royce Kimmons   dissertation, which I had the joy, honor, and good fortune of chairing.

Via juandoming
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Should identity be fragmented? I always think of myself as one person who operates in various ways. I don't think of that in fragmented way. Rather, I try to bring who I am to each way of being in that situation. Certainly, there are nuances based on a particular role i.e. parent, child, teacher, blogger, etc., but it is important to try to see them holistically. I wonder what the concept 'fragmented teacher' means in teaching?

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Digital literacy: what is all the fuss about?

Digital literacy: what is all the fuss about? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"Digital literacy" is one of the fashionable terms that we tend to hear or read about quite a lot nowadays. And, to be fair, it is, undeniably, a topical issue, as it relates to the way we interact...

Via Fishtree Education
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As soon as the word train is used, I wonder what we are doing. It is about learning and using the skills.

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Two Handy Blogging Rubrics for Teachers to Use with Their Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Handy Blogging Rubrics for Teachers to Use with Their Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Blaine Morrow
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There are some good ideas. The one rubric uses quantities which is not always a good idea and I assume the meaning of the qualities are discussed with students or even arrived at with students.

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11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education

11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

So, what do you get when you combine three very cool visuals? Eleven signs that technology is playing an increasingly important role in education—both in and outside of the classroom. From videos to podcasts to mobile devices, learning has definitely gone digital.

 


Via Jamie Forshey
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Technology has always been important. The difference has been in the tools that were and are used.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:33 PM

Some fascinating facts and a great visual to accentuate some of the points too!

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Managing the Phases of Your Child’s Digital Life

Managing the Phases of Your Child’s Digital Life | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Children's attitudes towards electronic devices pass through discrete stages. This post will help you understand these phases and help your children navigate each one on their way to becoming independent adults.


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This is an interesting article that looks at the pros and cons at each stage. That is different than some free-for-all approaches I have witnessed in education.

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What Happens When Students Use Technology Better Than Teachers? - TeachThought

What Happens When Students Use Technology Better Than Teachers? - TeachThought | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

You know the content, you understand pedagogy, and you can navigate the minefield of diplomacy when dealing with parents, students, administrators, literacy coaches, and the local news station when they want to see the iPads glow on the students faces.

You know how to manage and coddle, inspire and organize, assess and deliver content.

But the technology is different. That part you do okay with, but, truth be told, the students are geniuses with technology. Born hackers. And of course they are, you tell yourself. They're digital natives.


 


Via John Evans, Deborah Welsh, Dean J. Fusto, Amy Melendez
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I think, to some extent, this sometimes overstated. There are students who won''t  listen for a variety of reasons. That has always been the case. I found that most students are willing to learn. I am sitting in a university library with some digital natives. Most of them are here to learn and it shows.

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Patsy Carrier's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:37 PM

Hmmm.. something every teacher should look out for

LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, February 19, 2014 7:57 AM

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Martin Pronk's curator insight, February 21, 2014 1:54 AM

Zit wat in... 

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Students are knowledge curators — let’s help them use it

Students are knowledge curators — let’s help them use it | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
With the right guidance, digitally curating knowledge can help students make sense of the world, find hidden passions and learn more deeply.

Via Fishtree Education
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The key words are with the right guidance. I am reading Gert Biesta right now and he makes a point that learning and teaching are linked. Teaching is an active, albeit sometimes not hands-on, experience. Teaching is about being aware and observing. It is about trying to be present for every student as they need it. Some students will curate and use their knowledge with little direct help; whereas others will need varying amounts of increased help.

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How does blogging help you to be a better teacher? - Dave Dodgson | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

How does blogging help you to be a better teacher? - Dave Dodgson | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat, Dean J. Fusto
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It can do all of those things, but should not be the only we reflect, connect, and dialogue.

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Mikko Hakala's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:31 AM

Very good reflections on blogging.

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7 Steps for Training Faculty

7 Steps for Training Faculty | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Guest post from Geralyn Stephens, Associate Professor – Clinical College of Education at Wayne State University, and C.

Via Blaine Morrow
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One of my biases is I want to learn, rather than be trained. There is a huge difference. Learning is based on personal and deep meaningfulness; whereas training only looks at relevancy in terms of re-presenting the materials. There is a disconnect there in my mind.

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iTeach: We need to prepare students for their future, not ours

iTeach: We need to prepare students for their future, not ours | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Grant Montgomery, The Rice Process
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is an interesting article. I agree that ed tech needs to be integrated into the learning and the skills children need. Because they live in the present, it is important to understand that is what the focus of their learning should be, including that which involves ed tech and that which does not involve ed tech. It is not an either/or, but an "and" situation. We also need to discontinue the idea we know what that future looks like or even might look like.

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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

Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 4, 2013 5:27 PM

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

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Archive! Humanizing Online Grading with Voice & Video

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Archive! Humanizing Online Grading with Voice & Video | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Blaine Morrow
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I was reading John Dewey today and he said humans have the unique capacity to consider community as remote. All other sentient beings, are unable to do that effectively. Those five bullets are important to what humans do.

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Helping students create positive digital footprints by getting them to blog

Helping students create positive digital footprints by getting them to blog | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
How you choose to utilize student blogs is up to you. Nevertheless, choosing to integrate blogging into your classroom to support existing curriculum is fundamental to a new millenium approach to education.

Via Fishtree Education
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I like the idea that we choose and integrate blogging. That suggests a mindful approach that is not always evident.

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Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide

Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
It's estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

You would think we have more access. I think of all the educators who tell me they are computer and tech experts and, now that I think of it, none of them actually taught a computer science course of any form.

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The Problem with the Flipped Classroom Movement

The Problem with the Flipped Classroom Movement | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"The flipped classroom is just that, a classroom with the times attributed to certain tasks that are flipped. It is not student centered, but just a rehash of sage-on-the-stage direct instruction.

Via EDTC@UTB, Curtin Teaching and Learning, Blaine Morrow
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Mark Page-Botello makes a good point about the need for student motivation. I think teachers have to be as active, but in different and, perhaps new ways. I think of Whitehead's phrase about learning being about the character of the pupils and the genius of the teacher.

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iPamba's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:22 PM

It's neither the delivery model nor the tools that enable learning. It's the experience.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, February 23, 2014 10:42 AM

For my teaching friends out there;

I must agree this is a problem as the classroom becomes a place of "easier and easier learning" the work place becomes a place of "continuously more difficult working demands". If we tie together the flipped classroom with a schedule of the time in the classroom it may be a way to address this valid issue. 

John McDermott Neill's curator insight, October 12, 2014 11:45 PM

A different view of the usefulness of the flipped classroom. Something to think about!

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Promoting Student Engagement: Using Technology to Transform Teaching & Learning

Promoting Student Engagement: Using Technology to Transform Teaching & Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Grant Montgomery, The Rice Process
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Engaging and empowering are two different things. Empowering students is also different than them becoming liberated in their learning through self-discipline. Part of that freedom earned is knowing when to ask and accept help.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, March 5, 2014 8:39 AM

Great examples from York County Schools in Virginia shared by the superintendent, Eric Williams.

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What Is a “Flipped” Classroom? Is Your Kid in One Right Now?!

What Is a “Flipped” Classroom? Is Your Kid in One Right Now?! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
If you are in college, I don’t mean to alarm you—but you are probably being experimented on. Stop checking for both of your kidneys; it’s not that kind of experiment. But chances are, one or more of you courses is currently being administered upside down, or “flipped.” Everything is backward:...

Via Chris Carter
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

I think we will work hard to find what works for many. It is not enough to say this is good for all students. It is very important that this does not become the new one-size-fits-all in learning.

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Chris Carter's comment, February 20, 2014 12:55 AM
Ivon, I agree in that we cannot say of any methodology, it is one-size-fits-all. However, within flipped, we have the ability of students who need additional support having access to Khan Academy, for example, maths, or HippoCampus in several high school level courses. This is a form of differentiated instruction within the flipped environment. Also, there is always the check for understanding in the classroom.
Suvi Salo's comment, February 20, 2014 2:57 AM
My class is involved in Flipped Classroom pilot. Due to my own experience, contributing to contains of the videos is educationally best activity and also most exciting experience for children. For example, the playing test of music subject was video recorded with three different instruments (performed by pupils). Every applicant got to choose their most favorite instrument. With the means of video recording they could practice for the test in both home and school. At the moment the pupils are doing recap of atoms and molecules by means of making subtitles (with aid of their textbooks) to a video I've created. We have studied the subject already by doing practical assembly. Theory is therefore confirmed afterwards. I haven't yet chosen whose subtitling will end up to the video. Or should I publish of everyone's?
Chris Carter's comment, February 20, 2014 7:26 AM
Hi Suvi, I tend to celebrate everyone. If a student didn't do their best, they tend to try harder. Sometimes, kids just want to excel so as to stand out in the crowd.
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Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? | NEA Today

Should Schools Embrace “Bring Your Own Device”? | NEA Today | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Ushering classrooms into the 21st century is an expensive undertaking, but painful budget cuts have made purchasing tablet computers, iPod Touches, Kindles and other devices unfeasible, say district officials. So schools are asking students to “BYOD,” or Bring Your Own Device. Over the past year, BYOD or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) programs have been piloted in Ohio, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, with more states possibly on the way.


Via Simon Vasey, Jamie Forshey
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We are still ushering classrooms into the 21st Century. That is not only expensive it is time-delayed. Having said this, there are many unknowns that even pilot programs will not reveal. If schools are going to do it, they should work on what that means in their community, their school, and their classrooms.

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Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Helping teachers get up to speed with technology is always a challenge, some teachers have a difficult time navigating basic computer skills.

Via Constantine Andoniou, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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My experience is that there is not a lot of time to work together. It is certainly an ideal, but most of the 'learning' was training which was thrown at us. Where I taught is trumpeted as a cutting-edge school jurisdiction by some. I would not want to see the laggards.

 

I found an interesting way to learn together was with the students. They had skills I needed and I, in turn, had skills they needed. It worked well.

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21st Century Learning in Academy 20 - home

21st Century Learning in Academy 20 - home | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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This looks like an interesting site that will take time to visit and revisit and revisit.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:19 PM

21 ST Century Learning in Academy 20- Great One

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The Flipped Classroom: Tips for Integrating Moments of Reflection

The Flipped Classroom:  Tips for Integrating Moments of Reflection | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“Students in inverted classrooms need to have more space to reflect on their learning activities so that they can make necessary connections to course content” (Strayer, 2012).


If you were to observe a flipped classroom, what do you think would it look like? Maybe students are working in groups. Maybe each group is working on a different problem. Maybe the instructor is walking around the room talking with each group and checking on the students’ progress. And each group of students is probably asking a different question each time the instructor walks by. It’s probably noisy since everyone is talking to each other or engaged in a task. And students are probably standing up or leaning in towards one another to hear their group members talk about the next task. Students might be writing in a workbook, typing on their laptops, or watching a video on the screen of some new technological device.

Via Blaine Morrow
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It is the spaces in-between that a lot of learning happens in. One key is that teachers need to provide the role model for reflective practice. Setting aside visible time, setting aside keyboards and tablets, and taking time to journal and reflect would be great modeling.

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21 Century Learning Resources from Ontario's EduGains' site

21 Century Learning Resources from Ontario's EduGains' site | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , simondcollins
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There is a real focus on economics here. Is that what motivates children to learn? Or is it more accurately the adult aims? I think we can prepare children for their futures without the focus on work skills. Learning should be playful and, when I look at the classroom picture with two children and one tablet, I sense that might be the case.

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simondcollins's curator insight, February 18, 2014 12:35 PM
A view from Ontario.
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Virtual Worlds/Digital Media and its Impact on Education

Virtual Worlds/Digital Media and its Impact on Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The following discussion is based on the video and research of Dr. Bailenson which can be seen here: Affects on the Mind or Psychology: Dr. Bailenson discusses Avatars and the affect of digital med...

Via Helen Farley, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is an excellent article and video. One thing about the way we use technology is we create virtual identities. For example, not having met someone other than through digital technology Others them differently than if we met them.

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