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Shocker! The more people use the Internet, the less they like Web censorship

Shocker! The more people use the Internet, the less they like Web censorship | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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In the United States, defending free-speech rights is a longstanding tradition. It comes naturally to people. That's not always the case in other countries, where government restrictions on the Internet are often accepted as a fact of life.

Via Trudy Raymakers
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This is very interesting. It suggests that there is a self-organizing democratic process involved despite the best efforts of technocrats and bureaucrats.

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Two Economists on School Reform: We Know (A Few) Things That Work - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Two Economists on School Reform: We Know (A Few) Things That Work - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Two Economists on School Reform: We Know (A Few) Things That Work
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Charter schools? The best seem fantastic, but is the typical charter school really better than the typical conventional public school?

Via The Rice Process
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It is probably a matter of redistributing some resources. We need to think about the way we allocate the resources and where we place them. A key question is "do all children have adequate, caring teachers each day?"

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Future-focused learning and teaching / Pedagogy / Teaching / enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning


Via Ros MacEachern
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I like the idea of teachers and students working together. That should be happening in all settings online and offline.

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Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture In a BYOD Environment | Digital Learning Environments

Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture In a BYOD Environment | Digital Learning Environments | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

by Eric Sheninger

 

"I hear a great deal of conversation in the education world about transforming school culture.  I have even added to that dialogue on numerous occasions.  It wasn’t until now that I realized the most significant piece to the change and transformation process is our students.  This most important stakeholder group is often left out of this conversation.  So what are the secrets to transforming school culture? Make it a student-centered process, give up control, respect their ideas then implement them, and get out of the way. For it is they, our students, who ultimately transform school culture. We are just playing in their sandbox."

 

- See more at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/leadership/secrets_creating_positive_school_culture_byod_environment#sthash.CPtgD9Zp.dpuf


Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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A key seems to be that there is room for the detail work involved to be done at the teacher and student level. When that space is not there, it is difficult to make innovations work.

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Via iPamba
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There are positive outcomes to using Khan Academy is part of learning in schools. Teachers, and this is critical, will need support in integrating these types of programs into their work and the learning of children. This cannot be done with gurus showing up and doing a workshop. It would be best to have on site collaboration amongst teachers, bearing in mind that Khan Academy is more than just Math. It includes Science and Art Appreciation. The latter can be used in Social Studies and in Language Arts.

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5 Things I Wish Everyone Understood About Educational Technology

5 Things I Wish Everyone Understood About Educational Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Lynnette Van Dyke
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The first one is huge. It is not about technology. It is about good pedagogy which figures out when to use technology appropriately as part of a complex conversation.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:15 PM

This is really so important. The first one in particular - in that it is not about the technology. Tech should always be the vehicle, not the driver, of good education, and we cannot get hung up on learning discrete skills. Instead, it is a case of what works best for the kids and engages them? 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 18, 2014 12:54 PM

Excellent points made here. 

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The Secret Power Of The Generalist - And How They'll Rule The Future

The Secret Power Of The Generalist - And How They'll  Rule The Future | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

We’ve become a society that’s data rich and meaning poor. A rise in specialists in all areas - science, math, history, psychology - has resulted in tremendous content. But how valuable is that knowledge without context?

 

Despite the corporate world’s insistence on specialization, the workers most likely to come out on top are generalists - but not just because of their innate ability to adapt to new workplaces, job descriptions or cultural shifts. Instead, according to writer Carter Phipps, author of Evolutionaries generalists will thrive in a culture where it’s becoming increasingly valuable to know “a little bit about a lot.”

 

Meaning that where you fall on the spectrum of specialist to generalist could be one of the most important aspects of your personality - and your survival in an ever-changing workplace.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Miklos Szilagyi
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Complexity scientists, such as John Holland, see specialists and generalists playing complementary roles. The challenge might be we have moved so far to the specialist and expert end that generalists are not valued. It may be less about one being dominant and more about an integrative value being seen in both roles.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 16, 2014 11:38 AM

I like this article because it's the argument I've been making for several years, especially when looking for positions. I know plenty about lots of things, but I'm not a specialist in just one topic. This makes me much more flexible and able to see the bigger picture in different contexts. I would think that the ability to be that flexible would be seen as an asset, not count against me. Fortunately, the company I work for now did see that as an asset, and continues to find value in what I can contribute for them.  Many companies missed this opportunity where I know I could've helped them out, because they were too narrow minded in what they wanted.  Hence, this is why I advocate self-promotion as a multi-specialist. I hope more companies come around with their way of thinking sooner than later. 

--techcommgeekmom

DKW Online's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:49 AM

This is certainly becoming an essential trait to have.

SITKOWSKA Marta's curator insight, March 18, 2014 5:59 AM

"...  because a single-minded person can’t predict variables they don’t know anything about" 

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The Rise of the Super-Digital Native

The Rise of the Super-Digital Native | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The super-digital native will be bold. The super-digital native will be fearless. The super-digital native will be equipped with best practices for engaging critically with technology for teaching and learning.


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Jamie Forshey, Lynnette Van Dyke, TechinBiz
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Reading Stuart Kaufman's work in complexity science suggests it might look quite different than this. He proposes that technology will come and go which means, as Marcus Wright suggests, we need to provide wisdom and understanding to the current generation so they can teach the next generation.

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aanve's curator insight, March 15, 2014 10:59 PM

www.aanve.com

 

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:53 AM

Who are the super digital natives, anyway?

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:58 PM

Somewhat Utopian, but interesting article. 

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4 Pillars & 11 Indicators Of Flipped Learning

4 Pillars & 11 Indicators Of Flipped Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
4 Pillars & 11 Indicators Of Flipped Learning

Via iPamba
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The article provides deep insight into flipped classroom pedagogy. The idea that the teacher is even more important is quite important and telling.

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» Does teaching presence matter in a MOOC? Virtual Canuck

» Does teaching presence matter in a MOOC? Virtual Canuck | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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It is an interesting study. The key point made in the article is about a responsibility to meet the needs of all students. Some will be able to 'succeed in some form' without teacher, but that does not apply across the spectrum. There will always be a demand for teachers. There roles may morph over time.

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The Manifesto

The Manifesto | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We believe that learning technology offers the possibility for creating uniquely valuable learning experiences. We also believe, with a sense of sadness and profound frustration, that most elearnin...

Via Valary Oleinik
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It will improve with time, but, similar to all learning ventures, it will always have flaws and not be the ideal way in every situation. It is important to move these projects forward.

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Valary Oleinik's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:04 PM

The Serious eLearning Manifesto is now available. Check it out and see how you can help improve the world of elearning. Save the learners from bad elearning. Be a super hero. :)

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Digital Age Teaching & Leadership

Digital Age Teaching & Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Three new books tackle what it means to teach and lead "in a digital age.

 

Image credits: Francisco Salgueiro / http://bit.ly/1gtKv8E"


Via Fishtree Education
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A complement is an add on. Leadership is an integral component of what teachers regardless of media. Pedagogy, at its roots, is about leadership which we have gotten away from. Teachers are leaders by the very nature of their work which is a vocation and gives voice to what they do. It is the dream job many of us aspired to as opposed to being an administrator.

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Cyberbullying on the rise at Canadian universities, studies show

Cyberbullying on the rise at Canadian universities, studies show | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Cyberbullies have grown up. Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities.
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This is not a surprise. Several of the tech gurus working in Alberta's public education system denied for several years the risks that existed in the use of online tools.

 

The challenge for educators is the kids have an awareness level that makes them quite savvy. Last year, administration in our school blocked Facebook because of some issues. The next day several students accessed Facebook through their G4 technology. We need to work with the students rather than make decisions that make us look foolish.

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Dean Kamen to Tech Community: "We're Not Creating Enough Innovators"

Dean Kamen to Tech Community: "We're Not Creating Enough Innovators" | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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The famed inventor says technologists need to work harder to attract more kids to engineering
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Do we create innovators? Or do we create spaces where innovation forms? It is more likely the latter, which suggests we may have to consider the way we teach and educate. Also, it is not all about science and math. There are other forms of creativity which when integrated effectively support science and math making for a more well-rounded person.

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To Foster Your Creativity, Don't Learn To Code; Learn To Paint

To Foster Your Creativity, Don't Learn To Code; Learn To Paint | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

And if you want to foster those creative, problem solving skills, the solution isn’t learning to code – it’s learning to paint. Or play an instrument. Or write poetry. Or sculpt. The field doesn’t matter: the key thing is that if you want to foster your own innovative creativity, the best way to do it is to seriously pursue an artistic endeavor.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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We need to think about our relationship with technology. It is real and present in our lives. What does that mean? This article raises interesting points. Maybe more fine arts in school would be in order.

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An Overview of the Online Education Industry & MOOCs

An Overview of the Online Education Industry & MOOCs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Adelina Silva, Javier Sánchez Bolado
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for the love of learning: Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First

for the love of learning: Dear Google, You Should Have Talked to Me First | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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I loved watching the "proverbial non-reader" in a corner reading a book. It is a rewarding experience for a teacher to watch a student choose to read and enjoy reading. I wonder if that can happen with technology the way it does with a real book.

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'Digital dementia' for our screen-addicted kids - The Seattle Times

'Digital dementia' for our screen-addicted kids - The Seattle Times | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
'Digital dementia' for our screen-addicted kids
The Seattle Times
AUSTIN, Texas — The national obsession with all things digital, from smartphones to online games, has some health experts worried about kids today — especially their brains.

Via Yasemin Allsop, Melissa Marshall
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This is interesting. I know adults who already are demonstrating this 'disease.'

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21st Century Learning

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This is the new buzz world this year in our schools. But, is it really new or is it just integrating the computer lab into the classroom? Or is it doing what some of the best teachers already do? T...

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Reucover
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Being as tech savvy as students means knowing when we do not know something and being open about it. Student voice needs to be taken into consideration along with the teacher voice in healthy dialogue. It is not all about technology. It is using it well and knowing when to use it well. 

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Lena Leirdal's curator insight, August 30, 2014 6:45 AM

27 ways to become a better 21st century teacher. Many interesting aspects, and I believe many teachers already follow many of these. However, some reminders are always useful and inspirational! I particularly like the suggestion to participate in conference calls around the world with your class. Or perhaps follow a MOOC, either with you students or to develop your own teaching further? 

 

(Check out this MOOC (in Norwegian) about smart learning http://www.mooc.no/course/smart-laering-2/

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Tips to Make Time for Tech in the Classroom

Tips to Make Time for Tech in the Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Make time for TECH? I can barely get off the computer doing mundane chore after chore. Where is the time for meaningful planning and execution of lessons?

Via Suvi Salo
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There is no question technology is something that inserts its way into the day. Teachers need to find ways to integrate into their active teaching and remain active in their teaching. Technology is not an island where we cast students adrift. Perhaps, less red tape and paper work would be in order.

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Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?

Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson, in the second half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, suggests that U.S. students are losing ground because educators put access and resources ahead of knowledge and learning.

Via Dan Kirsch, Suvi Salo, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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School is about the latest gadget. Education is about mindfully working with students and helping them find the path that suits their particular learning. The latter requires time and effort.

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Thanks to technology, our brains are being rewired -- for better or worse.

Via Anne Leong
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Being aware of these things is important. It does not make them good or bad, but allows us opportunities to effectively deal with them when possible.

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Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

n el Pasado, los Maestros le DIO Vida AL APRENDIZAJE párr Las Generaciones de Estudiantes - Que no sean Distintas a la de Hoy. Pero Ellos Estaban Operando en Un ambiente de Escasez Que Hacen los maestros de Hoy estremecen (y lo Hacen, Cada Vez Que el Internet Es Por Algo Más Que
des corto Tiempo). A Medida Que La Información Disponible y de Nuestra palabra capacidad, párr acceder a este Aumenta ella, this Nueva Economía de la Información no está Transformando la Práctica de la Enseñanza y el los papeles de profesor y alumno.

 


Via Nik Peachey, Marco Pozzi, Christine Heine, Nicolás Dominguez
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Information is not knowledge which is not wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to turn information into usable knowledge.

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Julia Beck's curator insight, March 13, 2014 11:39 PM

And now for the strategies!

Paz Barceló's curator insight, March 14, 2014 8:18 AM

En una Economía de la Información, el profesor que todavía insiste en la distribución de información a través de conferencias o clases tradicionales, está compitiendo con la diversidad de información que se presenta en múltiples medios y formatos.  Está impidiendo, o no fomenta el que  los estudiantes a participen activamente en maneras mucho más profundas que la simple escucha.

Nicky Mohan's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:10 PM

We live in an age of infowhelm. How do we cope and teach our students to wade through this information?

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Rethinking SAMR, TPACK and using technology well | Ditch That Textbook

Rethinking SAMR, TPACK and using technology well | Ditch That Textbook | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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I used to think of using the SAMR and TPACK tech integration models as "climb as high as you can" models. Now I see them differently.

Via Matt Polaniecki
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SAMR and TPACK have popped up in some of the research I am looking at for my dissertation. This article is a straightforward explanation of what they are.

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Rebecca Penina Simon's curator insight, March 18, 2014 6:01 PM

Great read!  I can totally relate.

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...

Via Beth Dichter, Suvi Salo
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Maslow in his book, Maslow on Management, was skeptical about the technological pace and the impact it would have on people.  The article offers something important that needs to be considered. Are students and teachers needs adequately being met? Where does cyber-bullying fit into the hierarchy?

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David Baker's curator insight, March 15, 2014 7:21 PM

This is the second perspective on Maslow's hierarchy I have seen in the past few weeks.  As we try to make learning more rigorous and more inclusive for all students the importance of meeting student needs in a variety of ways is very important.  This must include Social/emotional as well as technological.  

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:42 AM

A fresh perspective on Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:43 PM

I really like this pyramid. It certainly makes the psychology of learning clear.