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Amplify - it's powerful, it's also dangerous.

Amplify - it's powerful, it's also dangerous. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I have just watched a promotional video for a new piece of educational technology called an Amplify. It's a tablet that has been specifically designed for the classroom and it is powerful. Powerful...
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"So here is my first fear – that learning becomes mediated through the tablet rather than through the teacher, that learning ceases being a shared human activity and becomes an interaction between a screen and a student."

 

The use of digital technologies has this potential and that is a grave concern. We need to have the human factor continue to be active and involved and integrate technology in ways that support rather than detract from that feature.

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Would you know a digital scholar if you met one? Are we there yet?

Would you know a digital scholar if you met one? Are we there yet? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Digital scholarship
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These are two excellent questions. There are some who are casting themselves in the role. Is that valid?

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Seven Proven Strategies for Dealing with Liars

Seven Proven Strategies for Dealing with Liars | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Image source by George Hodan Leaders lie because they don’t care enough to tell the truth. It’s too much trouble convincing know-it-alls, for example, so they smile and let them believe they’re rig...
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There are many forms of dishonesty. Some are easier to see. It is good to have effective repsonses.

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Big Data is “not a replacement for the classic ways of understanding the world” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Big Data is “not a replacement for the classic ways of understanding the world” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I read recently that the data educators need is the student right in front of them not another number. Our students bring stories that tell us what we need to know about them. We only need to listen.

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Save the World with Collaborative Leadership

Save the World with Collaborative Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Want to save the world? One way to do it is to learn how to collaborate. Successful collaboration isn't just a happy accident. It's the result of specific factors that can be recognized and duplicated.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Collaboration likely is part of the Darwinian notion of survival of the fittest. Competition, as we understand it, does not lead to survival.

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for the love of learning: Bill Gates and the Cult of Measurement: Efficiency Without Excellence

for the love of learning: Bill Gates and the Cult of Measurement: Efficiency Without Excellence | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Peter Drucker wrote about the effective manager as opposed to the efficient manager. Effective suggests a focus on the outcome rather than just producing an outcome.

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10 Lessons From the Best District in the Country | Scholastic.com

10 Lessons From the Best District in the Country | Scholastic.com | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Mooresvilleâ??s Mark Edwards on how it took his district five years to become an overnight success.
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Strong leaders bring people on board and invest in them. I still am uncomfortable with the management language i.e. stakeholders, strategic alliances, etc. School or education are not businesses that the MBA principles can be applied.

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MediaPost Publications The Pros and Cons of Mixing Personal and Professional Networks 03/08/2013

The Pros and Cons of Mixing Personal and Professional Networks - 03/08/2013
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This is based on a study. As always, there are advantages and disadvantages to our choices. We need to be mindful and integrate social media and other forms of digital technology into our lives.

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7 WARNING Signs You're Addicted to Technology - Lifehack

7 WARNING Signs You're Addicted to Technology - Lifehack | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
It is virtually impossible to live without the aid of some form of technology. Here are 7 signs you're addicted to technology.
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We need to focus on single-tasking or getting each job done before moving on to the next. Imagine how difficult this is for children who have grown up to believe they are good at multi-tasking. Heck, there are adults like that.

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Habits of the Heart-The joy of giving memorable service.: The Three Levels of Developing Leaders

Habits of the Heart-The joy of giving memorable service.: The Three Levels of Developing Leaders | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I rarely see this in evidence. What does that mean about our lack of leadership.

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Mr. T's Fourth Grade

Mr. T's Fourth Grade | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Legacy Academy, Elizabeth, Colorado 80107

Via Maggie Verster, Rose Garofano
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In the digital world where we want quick fixes and results, these are true and scarily funny. Everything worth doing well is worth taking time to do, particularly the learning of children.

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Rose Garofano's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:03 AM

so true!

Adrien Sebbane's comment, March 25, 2013 1:42 PM
Very well thought ! ;)
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14 Things Online Trainers Need to Stop Doing

14 Things Online Trainers Need to Stop Doing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Did you know Henry Ford rolled out the Ford Model T roughly twenty years after the modern automobile was invented? Wouldn’t you like to get in on an industry that early? Well, guess what? Right now, as I write this, you are.
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This is a very interesting article. The problem is for many who use online platforms for learning they simply convert face-to-face instruction to a digtal space. Many of these do not dos are used in our classrooms and are not working there any more.

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Schools shift from textbooks to tablets

Schools shift from textbooks to tablets | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The classroom of the future may be filled with iPads instead of textbooks, but will it be a distraction?
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Do we need textbooks of any form? If we do, for who? I think this is corporate profiteering as opposed to a recognized student need.

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Managing is Not the Same as Leading

Managing is Not the Same as Leading | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Here is my simple concept on the difference between managing and leading: if you're doing something for your business it's managing, if you're doing something for your people it's leading. That's a...
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They are not the same thing. The opening paragraph is accurate. I simplify it with "You lead people. You manage things." The problem is what passes as management or leadership has moved into a narcissistic phase which is a source of real concern.

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Qualities of a Good Leader

Qualities of a Good Leader | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This post is dedicated to one of the best leaders I know- My dad. My dad is a true leader. Not only has my dad been a leader within our family and within our community all of my life, but he has al...
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Sometimes we look to far afield for leaders. They are often close to us.

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10 Things to Remind Yourself on a Daily Basis

10 Things to Remind Yourself on a Daily Basis | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Bad days can be extremely overpowering sometimes. When we're having a bad day, everything feels wrong and the day seems to get even worse as we sink further into frustration and despair. By the...
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One of them is to remember we are only human. We are prone to make mistakes and have regrets. Take them in stride and learn from them

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How Power, Authority, and Obligation Impact Your Leadership

How Power, Authority, and Obligation Impact Your Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The thoughtLEADERS Blog covers leadership, communications, strategy and operations. All posts are practical and applicable to help you apply the methods we teach.
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I think that when we confuse power and authority with each other we run into problems. Power is, at best amoral, whereas authority is earned or authored through our actions. I doubt that authority earned this way can be amoral or immoral. It has to be set at a high level to be authority. As well, I think that obligation and stewardship are different. Obligation is something we have to do, but stewardship is something we choose to do. Having power and being obliged do not a leader make.

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for the love of learning: Cuts to education hurt our kids

for the love of learning: Cuts to education hurt our kids | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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"There are many impressive reasons to use technology in the classroom, and increasing class sizes is not one of them." That quote makes perfect sense except to the people running education at the government and local levels.

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Five Ways Free Online Classes Will Change College, or Not

Five Ways Free Online Classes Will Change College, or Not | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Nothing moves fast in higher ed, except for MOOCs.A year ago very few people had heard of the acronym for Massive Open Online Course. Now stories about the courses attracting tens of thousands of
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Increasingly, I see articles like this which are bringing out the positive and negative potential. MOOC's are likely here to stay, but what they will deliver is hard to say at this early stage.

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Digital Learning Priorities Influence School Building Design

Digital Learning Priorities Influence School Building Design | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Facilities are being designed and re-designed around the belief that classrooms should mirror the workplaces of today and the future.
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It makes sense to design and build schools in ways that make them most functional today and adaptable for the uncertain world of tomorrow. This is a major challenge.

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Students Teaching Teachers Technology | eSchool News

Dr. Roland Rios turned the tables on education by having the students teach the teachers instructional technology. With a select group of trusted Tech Interns,
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I think the roles of learner and teacher need to constantly be in flux.

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Defining Bullying Down

Defining Bullying Down | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The word “bullying” is overused — expanding, accordionlike, to encompass both appalling violence or harassment and a few mean words.
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The biggest bullies in school are the adults.

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A Good School: What Teachers Make ?

A Good School: What Teachers Make ? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is making the rounds again which is good if we move beyond it as a feel good video. What teachers make is not a quick fix solution. It takes time, patience, compassion amongst many qualities.

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Building the Digital District

Building the Digital District | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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What if we had been modernizing all along? That would have taken true and truthful leadership, not just management.

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On the Art of Communication: Generation Gap or Just Plain Rudeness?

On the Art of Communication:  Generation Gap or Just Plain Rudeness? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Nick Belton, a young "guru" on the digital age, offered a recent rant about excess text messages, especially ones that say things like "thank you." Belton hates wasting even one extra minute on any...
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This is an interesting article. The reason I found it interesting is we have self-proclaimed gurus of the digitl age. What are their background and credientials?

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