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Digital Citizenship in the Real World -- THE Journal

Digital Citizenship in the Real World -- THE Journal | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Digital Driver's License is helping students navigate the hazards of the Internet.

Via Deborah Banker
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Schools that seem themselves as connected to the "real world" would understand the needs that exist. Instead, we have buried ourselves in a false dichotomy that the world exists outside schools.

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The Top 50 Education Blogs Every Teacher and Educator Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Top 50 Education Blogs Every Teacher and Educator Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Gary Pascoe, Tom Burton
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I often wonder where we come up with these lists. I worked with a couple of people on the list and do not see them as influential. They certainly spent little time in the classroom. Teaching is not a theoretical activity. It is a praxis where theory and practice merge in a sort of ecotone.

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What's In and What's Out in Education

What's In and What's Out in Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

I really like what's in and what's out of current trends.  I created the following chart of what I hope and wish would be education ins and outs in the NEAR future.

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

 


Via Gust MEES, Nicholas Fragkias
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Relationships are at the centre of education. It is no longer teacher-centred or learner-centred. In a sense, teachers and students are learning alongside each other. I am not sure it will always be the teacher leading the way although they have to be willing to know when to let go and when to take charge. Content is still incredibly important in that unless it connects to the lives of teachers and students it is not practical and meaningful. Technology is rarely seamlessly integrated.

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M Angus MacLean Hix's curator insight, May 2, 2014 4:52 PM

I'm really proud to be in a learning community where these "in" ideas are welcomed with creativity!

Odile Dupont's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:19 AM

Des idées évidentes mais sans doute pas encore pour tout le monde !

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You Think You're Taking Great Notes With Your Laptop, But You're Not

You Think You're Taking Great Notes With Your Laptop, But You're Not | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class.

Via Nancy Jones
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This type of issue is why teachers are needed in the learning of students.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 2, 2014 1:52 PM

I know it is certainly true for me. In addition, there are totally different areas of the brain that are "wired and fired'  when you write notes. The idea of providing students with notes electronically would seem to be counterproductive.

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What is innovation? The current relationship between educators and technologies - Innovate My School

What is innovation? The current relationship between educators and technologies - Innovate My School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What is innovation, exactly? Teacher of French and Japanese Rory Gallagher discusses how teachers and companies affect education-innovation.

Via WebTeachers, Nicholas Fragkias
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

The opening line indicating we are 14 years into the 21st Century and just catching up is 1/2 right. We are 14 years into the 21st Century, but are we catching up? I don't think so. In large part, we have focused on digital technologies as fads i.e. using Twitter, Facebook, etc. and missed the skills, attitudes, and deportment necessary. School is still done the same way in many situations with new tools.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:15 PM

Teachers are important in the innovative and creative processes of student learning.

Maria Richards's curator insight, May 3, 2014 8:40 AM

Has there really been a paradigm shift?

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No More Pencils, No More Books: A District Digital Conversion - EdSurge

No More Pencils, No More Books: A District Digital Conversion - EdSurge | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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No More Pencils, No More Books: A District Digital Conversion
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... domain has been shepherded by its superintendent, Dr. Mark Edwards.

Via J. Mark Schwanz
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There is a need to convert digitally, but not casting aside pencils and books completely. There is still something to said about school learning and its place in the new school landscape.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:14 AM

Their growth in engagement and achievement speak louder than the lack of pencils and traditional textbooks. I also appreciate the mention of the district's creativity in funding, considering technology infrastructure improvement and not capital expenditure. 

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More Brain Points: Mindfulness Enhancing the Executive Work Environment

More Brain Points: Mindfulness Enhancing the Executive Work Environment | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

We have long envied the meditation and lack of anxiety that monks have practiced for thousands of years. This has pushed people for the longest time to try and practice meditating in hopes of relieving our stress. Scientists, with the help of medical imaging and technology, have also pursued the effects of meditation and mindfulness in hopes of applying what seemed to be a psychological phenomena in a an actual neurological manner for treating drug addictions, cancer, anxiety, and depression, just to name a few. While these are outstanding physical and psychological benefits, meditation and mindfulness can even be taken into the context of trying to enhance creativity and productivity in executive work environments.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Meditation and mindfulness are hard work. They are not about corporate bottom lines and are about being present, being a better person, and helping make the world a better place. In the process, corporate bottom lines might be assisted. This might happen even in realizing obscene corporate profits do not make the world a better place and are just as impermanent as anything else.

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The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn?

The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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It is a good question. I think that connectivism might be subsumed into many theories including constructivism. We learn as social creatures and through language. The reference to Ivan Illich's work is interesting. He certainly saw digital technologies as a way of delivering part of education and saw the informal networks that local communities could help in delivering education. I don't think he saw digital technologies as the only delivery mechanism but part of a large complex.

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Which Came First? The Objective or the Tool?

Which Came First? The Objective or the Tool? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I’ve learned over the years that we should not let technology drive what we do for instruction. It should be the other way around focusing on the objective.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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The tool always follows the teaching and learning.

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Watch an Incredibly Complex Lego Machine Make Electronic Tunes | Design | WIRED

Watch an Incredibly Complex Lego Machine Make Electronic Tunes | Design | WIRED | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A fantastically complex Lego machine that churns out mesmerizing electronic music.

Via Pekka Puhakka, Suvi Salo
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I love Lego and think kids do too.

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Technology Can Never Replace the Teacher

Technology Can Never Replace the Teacher | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
You have all heard the rumors that technology will be replacing the teacher and that MOOC’s will make it possible to learn anything from home…

Via Deborah Welsh, Catherine Graybosch
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Here, here.

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In the Future Everything Will Learn

In the Future Everything Will Learn | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Each year, IBM releases a list of five innovations that it believes have the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years. This year, the IBM researchers working on the “5 in 5” listing focus on the notion that in the future, everything will learn.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, David R. Perry
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We watched a video last night about the way the future was perceived in 1920. It was pretty interesting and very sci-fi. We have to keep that in mind when we predict the future. The person who presented the video to us is an IT person who made that very point. We don't know what is going to happen in the next moment let alone in 5 years.

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Reading is different online than off, experts s...

Reading is different online than off, experts s... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading (Reading is different online than off, experts say - Washington Post | @scoopit via @joevans http://t.co/2w6i3poOhE)...


Via Tom Perran
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

It is. Nothing more need be said. What is important is reading using different media engages the brain differently so they each serve some purpose as integrated reading practices.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, April 26, 2014 9:31 AM
Important information on the difficulties that students are having with reading for comprehension online.
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Disrupting Education: 8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

Disrupting Education: 8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Disrupting Education: 8 Ideas That Will Break It Once And For All

Via Suvi Salo
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I struggle with the concept that children and students are clients. That form of discourse creates a transactional business environment which is not what education is about.

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How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An SRI International report found that in general, the Khan Academy is not impacting traditional teacher directed instruction, especially when schools have limited access to computers.

Via Suvi Salo
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I used Khan Academy and suggested ways parents could use it at home with their children. The key point in the article is classroom teachers are being dictated to by administrators how to use Khan Academy. Using teaching strategies freely is important in making sense of the learning of children. I learned what it meant to use Khan Academy in my setting and I think that is important.

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What is innovation? The current relationship between educators and technologies - Innovate My School

What is innovation? The current relationship between educators and technologies - Innovate My School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What is innovation, exactly? Teacher of French and Japanese Rory Gallagher discusses how teachers and companies affect education-innovation.

Via WebTeachers, KCenter SKEMA
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Teachers are important in the innovative and creative processes of student learning.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:49 AM

The opening line indicating we are 14 years into the 21st Century and just catching up is 1/2 right. We are 14 years into the 21st Century, but are we catching up? I don't think so. In large part, we have focused on digital technologies as fads i.e. using Twitter, Facebook, etc. and missed the skills, attitudes, and deportment necessary. School is still done the same way in many situations with new tools.

Maria Richards's curator insight, May 3, 2014 8:40 AM

Has there really been a paradigm shift?

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10 Things You Must Consider Before Digitizing Your School

10 Things You Must Consider Before Digitizing Your School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"In an age of new buzz words, of digital disruption, where the model for delivering education will change in the face of new methods  of delivery, schools will have to normalize the use of digital within their walls. While there’s no one model that fits all schools (each will digitise at its own pace), there are a number of things which all should consider:"


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Katrina Spicer-Lindquist
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It is interesting that teachers are not mentioned in any great depth.

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Introduction to blended learning

Introduction to blended learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An overview, definition and introduction to several different models of blended learning

Via Alfredo Calderón
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Blended learning has been with us for some time. I think what is happening is it is being defined and formalized.

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Tech Integration and School Culture

Tech Integration and School Culture | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The more I work with schools that are seeking out device integration, the more I stress the importance of developing a school culture around those devices. I've seen technology initiatives falter or
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Culture is important. Being open and knowing when digital technology are the appropriate tools is important. They are not always despite what some tech gurus and change managers say. Sometimes, one student might be well-served to use a particular digital technology, another a different one, and a third something non-digital. Remembering that technology is the study of a craft and art is important in education.

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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
And you can't rely on the facts to make your case, either.
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I see leadership and authority as intertwined. Leadership which is authentic authors its own authority. What often passes as authentic and authoritative leadership is management. Management is necessary, but is not the equivalent and is a technical process. What we see in education is management. People outside classrooms decide what is to be done, or so they think, in classrooms. That is management. Leadership would be including teachers in conversations.

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Creating an Online Learning Community

Creating an Online Learning Community | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Illinois Online Network (ION) is a collaboration of all community colleges in Illinois and the University of Illinois working together to advance utilization of technology enhanced and Internet-based instruction and service.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, iPamba
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A very important point is that a team and community are different. The former has external direction and goals i.e. the boss determines. The latter is organic and may be influenced externally, but the group finds a way to understand and minimize the influences.

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Brainstorm in Progress: Why Connectivism is a Learning Theory

Brainstorm in Progress: Why Connectivism is a Learning Theory | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Theories are always works in progress. Connectivism builds on constructionism using newer work from quantum physics. Karen Barad has added substantially with the idea of entanglement where everything is connected and yet separate.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, April 29, 2014 6:12 PM

A defense and definition of Connectivism. 

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How Is Technology Affecting Kids?

How Is Technology Affecting Kids? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology brings so many awesome things into our lives. A world of information is at our fingertips, not much is out of reach, and there is seemingly a new, awesome, must-have device released every week.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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What do these statistics mean? The statistics are irrelevant unless educators and parents put meaning to them and explore that with children in real ways.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 28, 2014 4:51 PM

And what about the parent who is so absorbed into their own device they almost completely ignore the child? I'm not a fan of electronic babysitting but I am also no fan of modern day parenting where kids don't know how to have a conversation, how to respect adults, how to read social cues, and how to behave in public all because Mom and Dad have their noses buried in a mobile device and don't notice the difference.

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Asynchronous Improvisation

Asynchronous Improvisation | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When I was a grad student teaching creative writing I used to walk a mile-and-a-half to class. My walk was valuable time for me to think about my lesson plan, and to tune in—in that psychic way tha...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Several teachers who use online spaces in various ways find asynchronous spaces are beneficial to reflection and communication. Research indicates that asynchronous provide potential to take online beyond teams to community forming. Teams are still very top-down and communities are organic.

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8 Obsolete School Supplies and the Tech That Replaced Them

8 Obsolete School Supplies and the Tech That Replaced Them | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Classrooms in 2014 are focused on making learning fun, interactive, and trackable.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

It is something to think about. Students do need to experience the real experience of sites and events like the Lewis and Clark Trail, Old Quebec, the Grand Canyon, National Parks, etc. Technology can begin the journey, but it is a tool on the journey and not the journey.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 26, 2014 8:31 PM

Something to think about...