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The Science of Creativity

The Science of Creativity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Even though I was not creative back then, it does not stop me from wondering, am I really creative? Why I am not like other designers who are a blend of creative juices where ideas flowing in and out as easy as breathing?

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"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." (Mary Lou Cook)"

 

This is a great list and one that does not exist in many workplaces.

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Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024

Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Professor Larry Cuban:

 

With all of the above occurring, one would think that by 2024, age-graded schools and the familiar teaching and learning that occurs today in K-12 and universities  would have exited the rear door.

I do not think so. Getting access to powerful electronic devices for all students and teachers is surely a victory for those who believe in better technologies solving teaching and learning problems. But access does not guarantee use, especially the kind of use that vendors and ardent technophiles seek.


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"None of these incremental changes herald the disappearance of K-12 age-graded public schools or the dominant patterns of teacher-centered instruction. What these gradual changes will translate into is an array of options for teaching and learning available to both teachers and students."

 

This is particularly disconcerting. Without a shift away from the way we have always done things, will education really meet the demands of th 21st Century?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2013 1:53 PM

I recall arguing with English teaches about their apocalyptic predictions about word processing back in the mid-80's.  I agree with Dr. Cuban, access does not quarantee use. Still the future is bright and change is accellerating to the point that even the inertia of the education establishment might be overcome.  We'll see!  Here's to ten years of positive change in teaching and learning! 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, December 26, 2013 11:04 AM

Tech in education - enhancement not destruction, just my not-so-humble opinion.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 26, 2013 1:34 PM

Better technology to solve learning and teaching problems is a great thought but should not be seen as the bottom line. Identifying the problems accurately so they can be focussed  on with purpose, practicing to put into the long term memory, motivating  and rewarding the student...have to be in the  mix too, not to mention self discipline and good mental and physical health. 

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Information Overload, Past and Present | Dan Cohen

Information Overload, Past and Present | Dan Cohen | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Blair identifies four “S’s of text management” from the past that we still use today: storing,sorting, selecting, and summarizing. She also notes the history of alternative solutions to information overload that are the equivalent of deleting one’s Twitter account: Descartes and other philosophers, for instance, simply deciding to forget the library so they could start anew. Other to-hell-with-it daydreams proliferated too:"


Via Howard Rheingold
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We need to know how to wisely use information or it becomes inert in the words of Alfred North Whitehead.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 23, 2013 12:31 PM

I've scooped before about Ann Blair's book of pre-modern info-overload -- and what was done about (http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300112511). This is a nice short musing about today's information overload discourse.

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Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.

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I did not need external proof from an expert outside of what I was doing in the classroom. The proof that I sought was in the negotiation of what students and I negotiated on a daily basis.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 23, 2013 11:10 PM

Where are we in this area?

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 23, 2013 11:11 PM

Where is yoru program on thsi chart?

 

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:27 AM

This would be a great tool to begin discussions on professional learning for teachers using technology.

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vintage social networking

vintage social networking | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Cartoons by John Atkinson ©2011-2013 (by Wrong Hands)

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Some good humour in this post

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The great innovation myth

The great innovation myth | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs see themselves as innovators. And rightly so in many cases. However, one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is believing that they have to keep...
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The opening paragraph is important in education. The number of pilot projects that go on in schools at the expense of student learning is a problem. We have educators who think they are entrepreneurs and are now managing rather than leading.

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Seven Must-Read Books About Education for 2014

Seven Must-Read Books About Education for 2014 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”   Mortimer Jerome Adler At the close of every year I draw up a...
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I have read the first two and find them very interesting.

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Pencil Metaphor

Pencil Metaphor | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Today my colleague and PLN member, Kevin Jarrett, shared this infographic. It was too good not to share.   This particular metaphor references the willingness of individuals to embrace technol...

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The people who get out in front are not always the ones we want out there.

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What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)? - Edudemic

What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)? - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Distance learning, e-learning, mobile learning, blended learning.

 

There are a slew of educational learning trends that have been happening for years now. And now, we’re adding social learning to the mix. The something-learning trend is continuing to move forward, this time putting popular social media to use.


Via Ivo Nový
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We have to be careful. There is a considerably more Internet access, but is it accessible for all?

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:14 PM

The term Social Learning was coined by Bandura, a behavioural Psychologist, in 1977. His Social Learning Theory states that children learn through observing the behaviour of adults and copying, or modelling their behaviour. We learn by observing the behaviour of others in our environment and seek acceptance in society by imitating others.

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Opening up Education

Opening up Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

At present, over 60% of nine year olds in the EU attend schools which are still not digitally equipped. The action plan aims to tackle this situation and remove impediments to schools and universities delivering high quality education and digital skills. The situation seems even more pressing as 90% of jobs are likely to require digital skills by 2020: thus digital literacy is a top priority.

 

Across the EU, between 50% and 80% of students never use digital textbooks, exercise software, broadcasts/podcasts, simulations or learning games. Most teachers at primary and secondary level do not feel digitally confident or able to teach digital skills effectively, prompting some 70% to request more ICT training. A digital divide between those who have access to technology-based education and those without access is on the rise as a result of fragmented approaches and markets, according to an EC statement. A look at Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic shows that more than 90% of pupils there are most likely to have internet access at school. But the percentage is just 45% in Greece and Croatia.


Via Miloš Bajčetić, Andrew Boulind, juandoming
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We need to open up education, but we need to make sure we do not lose the necessary vigour.

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Invisible technology: visible benefits in the classroom

Invisible technology: visible benefits in the classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

With the prevalence of mobile devices in the classroom, Simon Hay explains that it's only a matter of time before ubiquitous computing becomes a reality in education


Via Nik Peachey, Dean J. Fusto
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Technology is important, but it does not replace quality human relationships.

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Ron Hershey's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:20 AM

While this article is from the UK, the trend for mobile computing in the classroom will spread globally, which only supports the need for companies to implement the means to distribute digital content electronically.

Audrey's curator insight, December 19, 2013 4:51 PM

It is already a reality in certain educational establishments, particularly those where there are 5 or less students in the class.  Education then becomes group facilitated learning.  For example, a student whose first language is Russian or Chinese, studying in the UK may not fully understand an English word.  They are able to type the word into their mobile device.   The result is an explanation of the word . They  share the meaning with the other students. The new word they discover has now expanded all students vocabulary.

 

Here is an example:  What is the meaning of infer?  The moble device may suggest conclude.  The teacher suggests deduce  and assume. Another student may suggest understand.

 

The result:   Students have increased their language, in about two minutes.

Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

Carlos Lon Kan Prado's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:03 PM

Esta cerca la movilidad en las aulas

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Lars-Göran Hedström
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These are all important, but look at the ones that lead the list as essential. They are critical in non-tech environments.

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CrazyConversations's curator insight, September 27, 2014 12:50 PM

These most needed skills are here right now. In competitive business environments, finding information quickly is a necessity. Judging the quality of information is crucial to decisionmaking.

Rosa Saló Sagué's curator insight, May 7, 2015 4:32 AM

ICT skills ranking

Maie Nuudi's curator insight, May 8, 2015 7:46 AM

Väga olulised tulevikuoskused, et olla edukas. 

1.oskus hinnata informatsiooni sisu, oluline, sest info maht on tohutu

2.effektiivne kirjutamine, märksõnadega kirjutamine

3. infoallikate kasutamine ja korrektne käitumine allikatega

4. oskus leida infot kiiresti

5. esitlusoskus ja tehniliste vahendite kasutamise oskus

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New survey reinforces the need for innovative technology in schools - Innovate My School

New survey reinforces the need for innovative technology in schools - Innovate My School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A survey of more than 1000 UK 13-17 year olds points to a future workforce that is ‘digital first’ in everything it does, and whose digital talents could bring significant economic value to the UK.

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What do employers think the future holds? It is not always the same thing as what 13-17 year olds think.

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Qualities of an EdTech Specialist (Professional & Personal)

Qualities of an EdTech Specialist (Professional & Personal) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“ Discover. Share.Utilize (Professional & Personal Qualities of an #EdTech Specialist #techintegrationist #techcoach http://t.co/Uvf3vxZJGP http://t.co/XhCjIxgbZW)...”


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What are the skills that we need to demonstrate in the classroom? What makes them different than the skills we used before?

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Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A new Follett-sponsored initiative aims to raise awareness of how important school librarians are to the success of digital learning.
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I think school librarians have been important in many ways. This is just a new way.

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The Road to Digital Literacy.

The Road to Digital Literacy. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A great poster on Digital Literacy.


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This is an excellent and straightforward infographic.

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"‘Connectivism’: Who is the New Kid on the Learning Theory Block?"

"‘Connectivism’: Who is the New Kid on the Learning Theory Block?" | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This paper reports the findings of a meta-interpretation into of the emergence of a new learning design concept and its positionality within the learning and teaching theory landscape.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Sanford Arbogast, J. Mark Schwanz
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Who is connnecting? That is an important question. I know a number of people who connect and what they have to offer is limited at best. An important consideration is creating praxis as we make meaning of theory in real-life situations.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:56 AM
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This paper reports the findings of a meta-interpretation into of the emergence of a new learning design concept and its positionality within the learning and teaching theory landscape. The purpose of this examination of the concept of ‘connectivism’ is to ‘dig for nuggets’ and contribute new knowledge to the current debate about the validity of ‘connectivism’ as a new and emerging learning theory. The deconstruction and systematic analysis of the concept ‘connectivism’ is based on a newly developed coding system that is also applied to other, established learning theories, providing a comparative evaluation of commonly agreed properties of well-known learning theories. The results of our analysis are discussed and possible implications for practice and further research are outlined.

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 21, 2013 11:09 AM

With MOOCs on the mind we have to see if Connectivism is a theory or just a new twist on Constructivism. Most recognize that we are facing a new world of instructional modalities but that we just don't have enough data to know what it all means yet.

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The Second Economy

The Second Economy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Digitization is creating a second economy that’s vast, automatic, and invisible - thereby bringing the biggest change since the Industrial Revolution. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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This is an interesting article. What does it mean that the second economy is automatic and invisible? We need to be mindful and attentive to our choices.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 21, 2013 12:40 PM

Excerpt from article: 


Something deep is going on with information technology, something that goes well beyond the use of computers, social media, and commerce on the Internet. Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically. They are taking place in an unseen domain that is strictly digital. On the surface, this shift doesn’t seem particularly consequential—it’s almost something we take for granted. But I believe it is causing a revolution no less important and dramatic than that of the railroads.


It is quietly creating a second economy, a digital one.

Cesar Ajuria's curator insight, December 23, 2013 10:47 AM

Not that we didn't see it but putting into perspective....adapt!

Michael Ravensbergen's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:49 AM

Insight in a new time!!

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Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners

Building Technology Fluency: Preparing Students to be Digital Learners | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
On a given day, how much time do your students spend working on their fluency? At the elementary level, hours are devoted to reading and speaking fluency. In middle and high school, students read alo
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There are still many students who do not read with fluency. What that means is a central and ongoing conversation that has to be part of what it means to use technology.

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Distance Learning: An Alternative to the Traditional Classroom

Distance Learning: An Alternative to the Traditional Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Distance Learning is well known concept but still hasn't reached its full potential. This post explores what distance learning still has to offer us.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Augusta Tech Learning Support Center
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We have had distance learning for some time. We do it poorly and just because technology appears does not mean it will be better. We lack effective leadership for that.

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Bernard Molinier's curator insight, January 8, 2014 2:32 AM

Quelques repères historique sur la distance en formation

Megan Schormann's curator insight, January 13, 2014 12:37 PM

Though not critical to my project. I thought important that I know how the schooling has changed and how it has been enforced through the internet. 

Damon Ing's curator insight, July 3, 2016 12:16 AM
This article discusses in detail the alternatives to the traditional classroom. It offers a different variety of ideas that could be used to enhance the traditional distance education model. It is interesting to see that flexibility is one of the strongest benefits to distance learning and has become very popular in other countries. Read on to see the authors opinion on some very important topics. 
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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


Via Gust MEES, Dean J. Fusto
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These two concepts fit. They also need a rethinking of the roles of teachers and learners as curriculum is no longer a plan, but a way of living.

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Bianca Partyka's curator insight, March 31, 2014 2:39 PM

I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 2014 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:19 AM

Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.

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Personal Learning Environments as Enablers for Connectivist MOOCs

This paper presents how platforms initially designed to enable the construction of personal learning environments can help teachers and learners to aggregate th

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We need to find balance in the formal and informal ways that learning is organized.

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Frederic DOMON's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:05 AM

Le PLE ou EPA (Environnement Personnel d'Apprentissage) est l'élément de base du social learning. Il permet se mettre en place des routines utiles au développement de l'apprenance. 

Les Moocs actuels n'offrent que peu de possibilités de les utiliser alors qu'ils devraient être construit comme des meta-ple

Pedro Demian's curator insight, December 21, 2013 4:43 AM

Las plataformas se convierten en las aulas del futuro con la ventaja de que te permiten organizar tu tiempo, acudir a ellas en el momento más inspirado o relajado, etc

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Unlocking creativity with technology - Kokomo Tribune

Unlocking creativity with technology - Kokomo Tribune | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Unlocking creativity with technology
Kokomo Tribune
Northwestern School Corp., Eastern Howard County School Corp. and Western Community School Corp. all have K-12 1:1 technology, which means one tablet per student.

Via Sharrock
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Do all students and schools have 1:1 access? Are teachers, students, and others able to reimagine the new roles that will emerge?

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Maslow and Malware: Developing a Hierarchy of Needs for Cybersecurity

Maslow and Malware: Developing a Hierarchy of Needs for Cybersecurity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Posted by: Kevin Sullivan, Principal Security Strategist, Trustworthy Computing
The pervasive use of computing and the Internet means that cybersecurity is now a major concern for organizations around the world.

Via Dan Kirsch
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When you read Maslow on Management, he expressed concerns about technology.

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The Elephant In The Room No One's Talking About

The Elephant In The Room No One's Talking About | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
While we laud the Internet for its speed and its convenience, the darker side is often neglected or rarely discussed. The topic of cyberbullying is the elephant in the room.

Via Luísa Lima, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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We don't want to acknowledge it because it means having to deal with something some see as an educational panacea. The other key is adults bully regularly. I have been bullied on the Internet and dealing with adults bullying means something different than with children.

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