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The Rise of MOOCs: Past Successes, Future Challenges - By Stephen Downes

The Rise of MOOCs: Past Successes, Future Challenges - By Stephen Downes | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects

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Has education at all levels become an extension of economic interests. Digital technologies are here to stay, but there is use seems to be justified by some underlying economic agenda rather than teaching and learning.

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Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum

Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What we as adults experienced in school, as educators and students, will bear little resemblance to what lies ahead. Here's a look at current trends, their

Via Olga Evstifeeva
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I am not sure these are trends that change a great deal. Yes, digital technologies can be used for some students, but not all. It will still take great teachers to make learning possible. The challenge is do we have those teachers and are we willing to let them teach? Reading an article like this it sounds like we are interested in bypassing teachers and teacher-proofing curriculum. That is what has gotten education in the curricular mess we are in.

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Special Issue on "Game Based Learning for 21st Century Transferable Skills: Challenges and Opportunities"

Special Issue on "Game Based Learning for 21st Century Transferable Skills: Challenges and Opportunities" | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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This looks like an interesting issue.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 24, 2014 10:35 AM
Special edition by the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 2014
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Learning with 'e's: Education, schooling and the digital age

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There is still a need for teaching. It may be teaching as a quest which is the flip side to learning as a quest. Those are both preferable to teaching to the test. We make it sound like that is classroom teachers' fault. It is not. It is a product of people who are never in classrooms and do not have to live with the fallout.

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Digital Learning Never Stops Infographic

Digital Learning Never Stops Infographic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Educational apps are breaking down classroom walls and placing education at childrens’ fingertips. Digital learning is expanding young minds and the Digital Learning Never Stops Infographic provides interesting stats that prove it. http://elearninginfographics.com/digital-learning-never-stops-infographic/


Via elearninginfographic, Suvi Salo
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It does stop. People go to bed and sleep. Learning is not a given just because we are using digital technologies. It is a tool that helps with learning and education under the right circumstances.

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Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

Via Amy Burns
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I am not sure I would have called it a matrix, but it certainly is a rubric. It appears very detailed and would serve as an excellent guide in forming practice.

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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
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Charter schools? The best seem fantastic, but is the typical charter school really better than the typical conventional public school?

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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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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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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed

This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture.

Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning.

 

This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response.

Worse, those outside the bubble of education can understandably struggle to understand the problem.

 

What are the teaching in those schools anyway? How is it any different from when I was in school?

 

Well, as it turns out, much of it is different from even five years ago.

Starting with literacy.


Via Patric Lougheed
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It is interesting the way we can summarize the world and lives into 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 habits and things. Living, teaching, and learning are complex phenomena that cannot be so easily summarized.  I certainly did not see much evidence of equity as a common theme in education. There always seemed to be somebody deciding what was fair, what that meant in the lives of others, and how it was to be corrected.

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The Digital Disruption of Education Publishing

The Digital Disruption of Education Publishing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The shift to online learning has given U.S. publishers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to expand their share of the $1 trillion spent each year on education.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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The last paragraph is particularly important and potent. Education is a $1 trillion business. That means children's learning and teaching are not necessarily at the heart of education, but are displaced and deformed by economic and ideological agendas.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 24, 2014 9:52 AM

Publishers have unparalleled access to content and authors, or subject matter experts. This is a compelling and remarkable point in time as we are in the throes of beginning to rethink and, I hope, truly reimagine how we educate our kids. Publishers could have a role, but they have to scan the horizon and plan for the future as well as the present.

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Understanding the Learning Personalities of Successful Online Students

Understanding the Learning Personalities of Successful Online Students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

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This type of research might help decide where technology is best directed in learning.

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Do Video Lessons Reinforce Learning, or Just Reinforce Pre-existing Incorrect Understanding?

Do Video Lessons Reinforce Learning, or Just Reinforce Pre-existing Incorrect Understanding? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What Goes on in a Student's Mind as They Watch an Instructional Video may be Different Than you Think! Have you ever shown a video to a classroom of students
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This may not have a particular answer. Rather, it may be yes and no depending on the situation and the student or students involved. In a group setting, it may work for some and not for others with many spots in between those two points.

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Teaching Ethics in the Age of Technology

Teaching Ethics in the Age of Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ethical decision-making should be included as a 21st century skill (overused term but don't know of an alternative).  Some would profess that ethical decision-making has always been a needed skill....

 

Society is a dynamic system. It must, by nature, evolve in order to survive. As we develop the new definitions of appropriate behavior in the online environment it is imperative that many members of society be engaged in this ongoing dialogue.

 

An informed community and active discussion of ethical issues will enable society to determine civil and just manners to deal with the nuances of technological advancement (Rezmierski, 1992).

 

By opening this dialogue within the K-12 environment, teachers will be able to prepare students to understand the proper use of technology and explore the issues that will continue to unfold (Using Moral Development Theory to Teach K-12 Cyber Ethics).

 

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 


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An informed community and active conversations about what it means to be ethical is important. Technology is here to stay. That is not the question or the answer. More importantly, we need to talk about that means in revealing ways.

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ANA's curator insight, March 21, 2014 3:24 PM

Very good reflection

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 22, 2014 6:54 PM

Teaching ethics is the digital age is essential! Here are some ideas.

Natalia López's curator insight, March 27, 2014 5:57 PM

very importan theme, please read this page...

 

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What do we share online? This is how our brains decide!

What do we share online? This is how our brains decide! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Studies show that four basic emotions combine to create our experiences. Here's what that means for the way content is shared online.

Via Karen Dietz, Bart van Maanen
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It is an interesting article with neuroscience research involved. It is about the emotional suggestions that our brain makes leading us to share on the Internet. The challenge might be is contributions become Technique and focused on being positive in a contrived way. What does it mean in education?

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 2014 2:45 PM

What a terrific summary article this is about emotions in marketing. It covers not only why emotions work, the author Courtney Seiter also talks about WHICH emotions get shared and why.


Seiter covers happiness, sadness, fear, plus anger and the types of reactions each creates. I also like the charts and graphics she uses to make her points. 


And what I think is really cool is how she shares recent research from IPA dataBANK who validated -- once again -- that pure emotional content wins out over a combination of rational and emotional.


So check out the article. It is well done. If you want to gain mastery over crafting stories with specific emotional content, then this post will bring a lot of clarity to your work.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:58 AM

Interessant artikel over waarom mensen dingen delen via internet. Zowel positieve als negatieve emoties kunnen zorgen voor het virale effect. De woede die Wilde Geert momenteel en regelmatig effectief oproept, helpt om zijn dubieuze boodschap verder te verspreiden. Daar komt waarschijnlijk ook het ontzag vandaan als mensen zeggen: "Hij durft het toch maar te zeggen'. Dat zijn mensen, Nederlanders, die hun verstand overslaan, de emotie gaat voor. MInder mensen dan maar? Dat is een heel ander pleidooi.

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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

21st Century Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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/