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Finding Focus in a Distracted World

Finding Focus in a Distracted World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In this Age of Distraction, being able to pay attention is a competitive advantage. Our tips on finding laser-like focus for your creative projects.

Via Susan Taylor
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The opening quote from Herbert Simon is a telling one. Without mindfulness and presence, we become impoverished in our ability to effectively discern in a world full of information.

 

We can find whatever we want on the Internet, but what does that mean?

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:46 PM

This is Age of Information.  It is also the Age of Distraction.

 

We are "on" 24/7 -- confronted with vast amounts of information on a continuous basis every single day.  Some of our workplaces have open-plan cubicles, bringing with them the noise of others' activities. The Internet provides an infinite source of distraction. And smartphones have increased our ability to obtain new information any place and anywhere at any time.

 

"In a world filled with distraction, attention is our competitive advantage". To help you stay on task, Jocelyn Glei has pulled together a selection of top tips to help you find focus in a distracted world.

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The Global Search for Education: It's an App App App App World! - Huffington Post (blog)

The Global Search for Education: It's an App App App App World! - Huffington Post (blog) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Global Search for Education: It's an App App App App World!
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Today in The Global Search for Education, Dr.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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This goes with my last scoop. We need to make sure the app or the technology is the right one for the learning that is to take place.

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The Daily — Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2013

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This might be useful for my dissertation.

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Content Curation: 10 Tips To Help You Curate Ethically

Content Curation: 10 Tips To Help You Curate Ethically | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Excerpt from the article by Pawan Deshpande and published on Content Marketing Institute:
"Many content curators are still unsure about what constitutes ethical curation, and how they can share third-party content without running afoul of copyright laws.
Here’s our 10-step checklist to help you curate ethically and effectively.

1. Draw from a variety of sources;
2. Prominently link to the original source;
3. Avoid “nofollow” links;
4. Quote sparingly;
5. Insert your own point of view;
6. Fill in the gaps;
7. Use thumbnail images;
8. Give readers the option to close an iFrame or share bar;
9. Add a new title;
10. Claim Google authorship, as appropriate..."

Each step is analyzed with more information. Read full original article here:
http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2013/11/ethical-content-curation-checklist

 


Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Margarida Sá Costa
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This is interesting and worth having.

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Franck Pelagatti's curator insight, December 3, 2013 2:52 AM

Un excellent post qui rappelle les règles d'éthique professionnelle à respecter lorsqu'on (re) diffuse du contenu déjà publié. (grâce à Scoop.it, c'est plus facile ^^)

Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, January 5, 2014 3:18 PM

Excellent steps to look at how you are doing Content Curation.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:32 AM

Content Curation: 10 Tips To Help You Curate Ethically

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8 Brain Research Discoveries Every Instructional Designer Should Know About

8 Brain Research Discoveries Every Instructional Designer Should Know About | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Educators, eLearning professionals and trainers should be interested in the brain because after all, they teach brains!

Via Raquel Oliveira
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My brain does not work like the Internet. The Internet works like the human brain.

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, January 8, 2014 5:57 PM

8 pesquisas sobre o cerebro humano que todo DI deveria conhecer:

1- neuroplasticidade

2- premiacoes na parendizagem

3- cerebro adulto pode aumentar o numero de celulas

4- aprendizes USAM boa parte do cerebro

5- celulas- use-as ou perca-as

6- nao existe "canhotos"e destros

7- cerebro humano NÃO é multitarefa

8- cerebro trabalha como a internet


delicie-se !

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Educators, students, and parents have noticed how schoolwork suffers when attention is split between homework and a buzzing smartphone. Read how teachers are responding.

Via John Evans, Katrina Spicer-Lindquist, Dean J. Fusto
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A key will be that students need to learn when and how to use technology responsibly. This will require adults who are able to setting excellent examples for students. It will be about learning together rather than teaching and learning as two separate concepts.

 

We will need leadership not management in education.

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Woodstock School's curator insight, December 9, 2013 1:05 AM

Are devices all bad?

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, January 8, 2014 6:47 PM

Do we remove all digital distractions from the classroom, or is it important to learn a new set of behaviors that need to be taught and modeled? What to do about it?

 

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The Disappearance of Location-Based Learning

The Disappearance of Location-Based Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Speaking of coding (as I was in the previous entry), Wired recently posted an interesting opinion piece speculating about how Software is Reorganizing the World. The whole article is worth a read f...
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Digital technologies and the Internet do make a difference in some ways that school and learning can be organized. It does not mean location is obsolete. It might make us think when location is appropriate and when it is not.

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6 Skills You Need To Be A Social Media Professional - Convince & Convert | #TheMarketingAutomationAlert

6 Skills You Need To Be A Social Media Professional - Convince & Convert | #TheMarketingAutomationAlert | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The skills needed to be a social media professional have changed significantly. Here are 6 skills you need to be a great social media pro. Basic/ Digest... Listening This one is still very much true, and perhaps even more so. The best social media pros listen the most actively and most aggressively. Pattern Recognition Instantly identifying patterns and being able to capitalize upon them are some of the skills that separate good social practitioners from great ones. Visual Thinking Today, with every social network embracing visuals and multi-media, being able to represent the brand visually is absolutely critical. Statistical Analysis Understanding what works, what might work, why it might work, and under what circumstances is a major differentiator within the social media professionals ranks. Improvisation Understanding how to handle a wide variety of situations with aplomb, humor and empathy is a huge part of the business now, especially for front line community managers Public Speaking If you really want to make a run in this business, you are going to have to merchandise your success internally and externally. ___________________________________ ► Receive a FREE daily summary of The Marketing Technology Alert directly to your inbox. To subscribe, please go to http://ineomarketing.com/About_The_MAR_Sub.html (your privacy is protected).


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This is a good article.

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Gamification - What is it and What it is in Moodle

This presentation focuses on a number of areas. It first deals with an ov

Via Paulo Simões, Juergen Wagner, Elke Lackner
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Gamification can be one aspect of a new educational model.

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Being In The Moment

Being In The Moment | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Being present is important. Putting phones aside and having a conversation with the person we are with is essential and life-giving.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:37 PM

The phone.  It feels like a lifeline for so many- I am totally guilty.  Still, there is a moderate place that involves some essential questions:  When?  Why?  Why Not?  

 

To me, it can be a useful tool that helps us learn and connect.  It can, though, interfere with relationships.  It can interfere with the degree with which you experience situations.  The video explains this well.

 

Why not?  Don't pick it up if you are sitting with people interacting. Don't pick it up until you have soaked in the experience.  Capture that, if you must, and put it down until later.  Embedding pockets of time for reflection WITH the photos you have captured is "When".  Capturing the moments, reflecting and sharing with others to stay connected is "why".  

 

Art the System:    http://www.artthesystem.com/2013/12/after-i-saw-this-i-put-down-my-phone.html?m=1

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 6, 2014 10:14 PM

What is needed today? More digital social apps? A push away from so much "virtual connectedness" and "social media" to a more authentic connectedness and life-giving relatedness to others is due. Being in the present moment is a beginning. This video helps clarify what is really going on today.

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Students Need The Right Information At The Right Time

Students Need The Right Information At The Right Time | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students Need The Right Information At The Right Time   by Terry Heick Google puts a universe of information at the end of any internet connection. This is both true and unhelpful. It offers up the...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Learning is contextual, contingent, and relational.

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10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Lars-Göran Hedström
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We are all learners. The cartoon speaks volumes.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 5, 2014 11:20 PM

Ten trends for Personalised Learning for 2014 ... good and clear advice (people are still confused about personalised learning) from Bray and McClaskey remembering to start with small baby steps.

Mickey Gast's curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:48 PM

What personalized learning is and how it can be optimized. Now that learning is available to "the masses", what is preventing "the masses" from taking advantage of learning opportunities?

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 26, 2014 8:47 PM

I like to see good change and this looks like the right direction. Going to make the changes in vocabulary now. 

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Posting a Child’s Life For the World to See is a Privacy Issue

Posting a Child’s Life For the World to See is a Privacy Issue | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As fun as it is to share all of our kids' funny stories and embarrassing mishaps, we need to think of their right to privacy and not just our right to share.

Via Gust MEES, J. Mark Schwanz
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We have educators and educational systems posting school events under the auspices that they have permission. I watched a video the other day with an 'educator' doing just that under the auspices of being a leader.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:06 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/privacy-in-the-digital-world-shouldnt-we-talk-about-it/

 

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 4, 2014 12:14 PM

Now is the time for more public (and private) discussion about how much is enough when it comes to sharing the private lives of our loved ones. I do believe children have rights and should not be exploited by their parents or older family members.

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Yet Another Blog » Blog Archive » Course 1, Final Project: The 21st ...

Yet Another Blog » Blog Archive » Course 1, Final Project: The 21st ... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

As a Curriculum Coordinator with a passion for technology integration, I find myself more and more in the realm of teaching where the learners are my colleagues. As my school quickly moves towards 1:1 iPad adoption for the ...


Via Daniel Edwards, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Yes, the 21st Century is now. That is part of the problem. We are using 20th and 19th Century educational models to bring in new technologies. They are simply overlaid on an existing system. Many of the people I know making the decisions are not in the classroom, have not been there for a long time, and, in some cases, did not want to be there. Are those the right people to make decisions?

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Reading Writing Responding: What's So Digital About Literacy Anyway?

Reading Writing Responding: What's So Digital About Literacy Anyway? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In a post titled, 'The Importance of Modeling Positive Use of Social Media', +Chris Wejr suggested that schools need to do more to both model the appropriate use of social media, as well as promote more positive stories.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Dean J. Fusto
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Digital literacy and offline forms of literacy are incredibly important. We can find whatever we are looking for online, but does that mean we have the skills to discern whether it is appropriate? I think not.

 

Adults and children can learn together.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 14, 2014 1:36 AM

This is an excellent article - and I do like the chemistry reference!

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Social media key to getting ahead, PhD students hear

Social media key to getting ahead, PhD students hear | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Skills, reputation and peer networks can be built online even when stuck in the lab

Via Karen Johnson
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Social media is part of the broader connections that we need. Face-to-face is still important. What ways can they be integrated?

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Karen Johnson's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:41 AM

I just love it when a paper like the THE says this.  It's what we have been teaching our PhD students for about three years and have extended it to our undergraduates too now.  Some still need help to get going but that's what we're here for, isn't it :)

 

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Not All Private Universities Jumping Into Online Courses

Not All Private Universities Jumping Into Online Courses | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
While most schools are eager to augment their offerings with online courses, not all schools are ready and willing to make the leap.

Via iPamba
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There needs to be an integration of what we have done with what is new and can move us forward in education.

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One amazing example of how to train teachers on technology | eSchool News | eSchool News

One amazing example of how to train teachers on technology | eSchool News | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Explore how one district accomplished what so many others are struggling with across the country: How to train teachers on technology.
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"The more you link the technology to the curriculum, the easier teachers find it—the less scary it will become—because it’s less of a foreign object and more a tool to help them instruct."

 

This only makes sense.

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Learning with 'e's: Breaking down the silos

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Educational silos are deeply embedded in the education system. They protect positions and jobs rather than enable the learning of children.

 

The point about the blending of subjects is not new. We only need to read Dewey and Whitehead.

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Interesting Flow Chart on Teacher Confidence in Use of Technology

Interesting Flow Chart on Teacher Confidence in Use of Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Alfredo Calderon, Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Lynnette Van Dyke
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With the pace of change, this is an ongoing cycle.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, January 7, 2014 12:40 PM

Teachers catching up on technology

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Digital Humanities: critical engagement with the digital infrastructure that permeates every aspect of our lives.

Digital Humanities: critical engagement with the digital infrastructure that permeates every aspect of our lives. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Humanities programs are teaching students to deconstruct technologies, not just texts.

Via Paulo Moekotte
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Yes, digital technologies are important however not the end all.

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Paulo Moekotte's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:02 AM

Expanding these programs (like digital humanities minors, PM) also presents problems. Unlike another hot technology innovation, the massive open online course, or MOOC, project-oriented digital-humanities classes don't easily lend themselves to mass broadcast. And faculty members qualified to teach them aren't easily found. New-media programs abound, Ms. Drucker notes, but the digital-humanities community remains small. "It's the difference between the restaurant critic and the cook in the kitchen," she says. "Can you make it, or can you only assess it?"

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Learning Never Stops: 8 Incredible online museums for kids to explore

Learning Never Stops: 8 Incredible online museums for kids to explore | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Dennis T OConnor, Cindy Riley Klages
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Has an American flavour, but it points out a way that technology can bring the world into classrooms.

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Anna Rauvenpoor's curator insight, January 12, 2014 10:32 AM

A great resource to pull up when the students ask if they can get on the computer during free time.

 

Epict Italia's curator insight, January 13, 2014 4:29 AM

da esplorare...

KatieMacDonald's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:27 PM

Something work checking out...

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Americans' Tech Tastes Change With Times

Americans' Tech Tastes Change With Times | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Americans' ownership of different technology devices has changed markedly over the past decade, with far more owning laptops (64%) and MP3 players (45%) than did so in 2005.

Via Gordon Dahlby, Dean J. Fusto
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What is revealing is the quickness of change.

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21st Century Learning & Teaching

21st Century Learning & Teaching | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
3 Awesome Visuals on Today's Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (3 Awesome Visuals on Today's Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/gK5CG0tbDg)...

Via David W. Deeds
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Yet, I have walked past classrooms with the tech guru of the school sitting at his desk, using his laptop, the lights off and using the LCD projector to deliver the lesson of Math worksheets. Active learning is essential for all learners.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 6, 2014 7:35 AM

2014's gonna be another great year for infographics! 

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Four Milestones For Edtech in 2014

Four Milestones For Edtech in 2014 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Boulder Creek, nestled amid the great redwoods of California’s Big Basin state park, was once a logging town. In this rural outpost, pavement still gives way quickly to dirt roads. But on the edge of
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Schools where teachers and students are collaboratively learning and making smart use of technology to reach goals that they have set;Teachers who are together learning and helping move their local communities to new ideas about what school and learning can be;Technology that is flexible enough that learners and teachers discover ways that it supports their goals that surprise even the people who developed it;Administrators who demonstrate their support for the culture of learning in their schools and districts by giving more autonomy to leading educators.

 

Learning is contextual and relational. Understanding the role of technology is a critical aspect of both. The use of technology is not a given.

 

A key question is "who decides who the leading educators are?" Many who are designated are not in the classroom, have not been there for a long time, never were there, and, often, did not want to be there.

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