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The Connected Workplace

The Connected Workplace | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Today’s digitally connected workplace demands a completely new set of skills. Our increasing interconnectedness is illuminating the complexity of our work environments. More connections create more possibilities, as well as more potential problems.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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"Working smarter in the future workplace starts by organizing to embrace networks, manage complexity, and build trust. The 21st century connected enterprise is a new world of work and learning." We are trying to build community and not just teams. Trust is a community quality. What happens when we disagree? Trust answers that question.

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luiy's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:43 PM

On the negative side, we are seeing that simple work keeps getting automated, like automatic bank machines. Complicated work, for which standardized processes can be developed, usually gets outsourced to the lowest cost of labor.

 

On the positive side, complex work can provide unique business advantages and creative work can help to identify new business opportunities. However, complex work is difficult to copy and creative work constantly changes.

 

But both complex and creative work require greater implicit knowledge. Implicit knowledge, unlike explicit knowledge, is difficult to codify and standardize. It is also difficult to transfer.

 

Implicit knowledge is best developed through conversations and social relationships. It requires trust before people willingly share their know-how. Social networks can enable better and faster knowledge feedback for people who trust each and share their knowledge. But hierarchies and work control structures constrain conversations. Few people want to share their ignorance with the boss who controls their paycheck.But if we agree that complex and creative work are where long-term business value lies, then learning amongst ourselves is the real work in organizations today. In this emerging network era, social learning is how work gets done.

Becoming a successful social organization will require more than just the implementation of enterprise social technologies. Developing, supporting, and encouraging people to use a range of new social workplace skills will be just as important. Individual skills, in addition to new organizational support structures, are both required.

 

Personal knowledge management (PKM) skills can help to make sense of, and learn from, the constant stream of information that workers encounter from social channels both inside and outside the organization. Keeping track of digital information flows and separating the signal from the noise is difficult. There is little time to make sense of it all. We may feel like we are just not able to stay current and make informed decisions. PKM gives a framework to develop a network of people and sources of information that one can draw from on a daily basis. PKM is a process of filtering, creating, and discerning, and it also helps manage individual professional development through continuous learning.

 

Collaboration skills can help workers to share knowledge so that people work and learn cooperatively in teams, communities of practice, and social networks. In order to support collaborative working and learning in the organization, it is important to experience what it means to work and learn collaboratively, and understand the new community and collaboration skills that are involved. “You can’t train someone to be social, only show them how to be social.” Practice is necessary.

 

The power of social networks, like electricity, will inevitably change almost every existing business model. Leaders need to understand the importance of organizational architecture. Working smarter in the future workplace starts by organizing to embrace networks, manage complexity, and build trust. The 21st century connected enterprise is a new world of work and learning.

 

For example, traditional training structures, based on institutions, programs, courses and classes, are changing. Probably the biggest change we are seeing is that the content delivery model is being replaced by more social and collaborative frameworks. This is due to almost universal Internet connectivity, especially with mobile devices, as well as a growing familiarity with online social networks.

 

Work is changing and so organizational learning must change. There is an urgent need for organizational support functions (HR, OD, KM, Training) to move beyond offering training services and toward supporting learning as it is happening in the digitally connected workplace. The connected workplace will not wait for the training department to catch up.

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Great Presentations Are Like Ads by @slidecomet

Great Presentations have features that resemble great ads. It's all one big package that hit hard and strong! FREE Download with a tweet: http://goo.gl/X26Ui

Via Baiba Svenca, Ken Morrison
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This is practical and informative

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ICTPHMS's comment, April 22, 2013 11:28 AM
Excellent Scoop! Love it!
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, April 23, 2013 2:32 PM

Very nice presentation about presentations....

 

David Donat's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:34 PM

Revisem les nostres presentacions.

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Avoid the Wrong Reasons for Interactive Learning

Avoid the Wrong Reasons for Interactive Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We need mindful practices in the choice and use of the right tool.

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Open Educational Resources - a SlideShow

The presentation slides for the 2-day OER workshop at IMU (22-23 Nov, 2012). It explores OER and how we can find, reuse, remix, create and share them. It provid

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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214 slides; who decided on that?

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Robert Sims's curator insight, April 20, 2013 8:33 AM

This is a pretty comprehensive introduction to the Open Education concept.  If you have any questions about the idea of Open Education....this presentation will answer your questions and offers a multitude of resources from around the world.

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Christoph Meier's curator insight, April 21, 2013 8:07 AM

Umfangreicher Foliensatz (200+ Folien) von Zaid Ali Alsagoff, E-Learning Manager, International Medical University Malaysia

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#5 Barrier to Leadership – Not Believing

#5 Barrier to Leadership – Not Believing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There is a leadership saying that goes like this: Be sure to share a piece of your heart instead of always sharing a piece of your mind.
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I like the idea of leading from the heart. Where else would leadership come from? It offers both passion for the Job we have with a capital J and compassion for us and others.

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Seven Key Traits of Great Online Content

Seven Key Traits of Great Online Content | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Paul McKillop
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Are we trying to humanize the use of social media? It is long overdue.

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Gail Worthington-Eyre's curator insight, April 22, 2013 10:00 PM

Conversation with the consumer is the key and framing your content to deliver good conversation is vital to social marketing success.

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:42 AM

Macnifiaca reflexión de Jake Sorofman  y de Robinn- Recomiendo el artículo!!!

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Lurkers, Deniers and Virgins New Social Media Personalities [Infographic]

Lurkers, Deniers and Virgins New Social Media Personalities [Infographic] | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An in-depth study identified a dozen breeds of social media users, from the self-promoting ‘peacocks’ to the awkward ‘virgins.’
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This is an interesting article and visual.

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A lesson from the blogging elite: there are many ways to the top

A lesson from the blogging elite: there are many ways to the top | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There’s more than one way to the top of the elite blogging ladder. Here’s lessons from four bloggerati that made it there.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Will be worth watching and digesting some of the ideas these people present.

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for the love of learning: Teachers are overstressed and undervalued

for the love of learning: Teachers are overstressed and undervalued | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I woke this morning wondering what difference I make for students. It is less than ever before.

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Don’t plan for technology; plan for learning | eSchool News

Don’t plan for technology; plan for learning | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
You never know how someone will react when you suggest that they junk their title and replace it with a new one that leads to a different focus of work—not to mention the confusion this could cause across the faculty, or the possible political...
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"Even if all teachers learned how to use all of the available tools—a nearly impossible and hugely time-consuming task—this might not lead to improved learning. I have watched students in laptop schools sitting in rows, taking notes on their machines from a teacher who is giving a decade-old lecture on an interactive whiteboard."

 

We have not and do not seem destined to change the school and instructional model we inherited from the 19th Century. One grand tech leader sits in a classroom with the lights off, a worksheet on the LCD projector, and plays on his laptop.

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Seven Key Traits of Great Online Content

Seven Key Traits of Great Online Content | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Paul McKillop
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This article appears to have excellent points.

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Gail Worthington-Eyre's curator insight, April 22, 2013 10:00 PM

Conversation with the consumer is the key and framing your content to deliver good conversation is vital to social marketing success.

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:42 AM

Macnifiaca reflexión de Jake Sorofman  y de Robinn- Recomiendo el artículo!!!

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21st Century Educator? You Must Know These Skills

21st Century Educator? You Must Know These Skills | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Are you an 21st century educator? Here is a list of skills that teachers should know for 21st century.

Via Gust MEES, Kay Bradford
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It sounds like a wide open approach to technology. We need to help students in their choices, developing skills that protect them, and understand being connnected 24/7 is not always healthy. Technology is a tool. Use it mindfully and develop mindful practice around its uses.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 15, 2013 12:21 PM

 

There is STILL some skill to add to that list ===> Cyber-Security skills!!! As students need to get knowledge who is tailored to the Real-World, this skill is very important!!! When having Cyber-Security skills, their employer doesn't have to invest in special training, which saves him big money!

 

And in times where Economy doesn't look that good worldwide, this is certainly a bonus point to find a new job!

 

Check also:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/learning-basics-of-cyber-security-by-easy-to-follow-steps/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

 

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5 Emerging Technology Categories that Exist Across Horizon Reports

5 Emerging Technology Categories that Exist Across Horizon Reports | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An analysis of Horizon Reports over the past decade reveals five major categories that emerging education technology falls into.

Via EMG Learning
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We need reports like this to guide decision making and move us away from either/or thinking.

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Don’t plan for technology; plan for learning | eSchool News

You never know how someone will react when you suggest that they junk their title and replace it with a new one that leads to a different focus of work—not to mention the confusion this could cause across the faculty, or the possible political...

Via Nancy Jones
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This should not come as a surprise; however there is an absence of leadership in education so it is like a drifting ship.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:54 PM

The title says it all!

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Best Practices For Creating An Online Course

Best Practices For Creating An Online Course | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

To help you create the best online courses, ProProfs have come up with an awesome infographic on the “Best Practices For Creating An Online Course“, which provides you answers to these 3 critical questions...


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A neat infographic brings this to life

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Education Is My Life | Effective Leadership: Are You Committed?

Education Is My Life | Effective Leadership: Are You Committed? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I walked away from that twenty minute conversation reflecting on my impact as a school leader. What I realized is that regardless of how much I believe I have learned over the course of my career as a school administrator, it is ...

Via Kathy Boyd
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This is a good article. The line that stood out was the one about "the school does not belong to me." Despite this, many administrators I deal with talk like it does and the teachers are their personal lackeys.

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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:55 PM

This article helped me step back and reflect on how I am supporting the staff, students, as well as, myself.

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Administrators share top 10 thoughts on digital learning | eSchool News

More and more educators, parents, and education technology advocates see the need for classroom technology and digital learning, but say that stagnant or shrinking budgets continue to impede progress in many cases.
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I wonder why so few teachers do not want to be evaluated on the use of digital technology? Could it be that there is a lack of coherent vision and time to learn effectively? Digital technology is not helping learning. It is simply dumped on schools, teachers, and students as some sort of panacea without enough resources in place.

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Tendrils of Digital Habitats

Tendrils of Digital Habitats | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
It was a lovely surprise to see "Digital Habitats" show up visually in my Facebook stream today, via the graphic recording of Draw2Think, also known as Irene Mynthe. She was capturing a Skype prese...
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Interesting the graphic is done by hand. The word tendrils has a bit of negative connotation to it, but asks us to develop a mindful practice around the digital habitats we inhabit.

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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...

Via Nik Peachey, Karen Johnson
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Excellent graphic that many of self-ordained tech gurus need to read and adhere to.

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Karen Johnson's curator insight, April 17, 2013 10:17 AM

A useful check list to help you evaluate your own engagement with technology.

Myriam Davies's curator insight, April 20, 2013 7:02 AM

Reality check.

Laina McDonald, Ed.D's curator insight, May 20, 2013 7:23 PM

Infuse technology into your classroom-it is about what the students are using

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50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today

50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Finding the best education technology tools is a time-consuming task. It may even be viewed as a chore (for some). Not with this fabulous list, though!

Via Gust MEES, Cathleen Nardi
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It looks very helpful and practical. We cannot be expert in all things digital.

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Cathy Carlson's curator insight, April 18, 2013 3:20 PM

How can these apps support what we do in the classroom? This list helps to motivate me.

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, April 19, 2013 2:16 PM

Need to look into this... I love it when people take the strain off by finding sites for me.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 19, 2013 4:51 PM

Thanks for the great list of tools. Symbaloo itself is a great one for using with students. I try to use a small set at a time with children.

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Framing the School Technology Dream

Framing the School Technology Dream | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
For decades, advertising has promised faster, better, easier learning with technology, Larry Cuban writes.
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It is the way we choose and use technology that needs to be examined in combination with an outdated school system. We are just changing for the sake of change without thought.

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Strapping Jet Engines to Stagecoaches; or iPads in Schools

Strapping Jet Engines to Stagecoaches; or iPads in Schools | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Greg Kulowiec's keynote address at the iPad Summit borrows an evocative analogy from Seymour Papert on the challenges of technology in schools.
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"And while Papert wrote the analogy to describe the effect of bringing desktops computers into schools in the 1980s, the metaphor still resonates deeply with us today. Our hardware is orders of magnitudes more powerful than what Papert could access, and yet these gains in power all too often simply lead to a greater degree of throttling rather than translating into more impactful learning. Greg, again, offers a helpful illustration of strapping iPads on top of existing school systems."

 

This quote summarizes what I believe is the greatest challenge to the use of any form of new technology. What, if any impact, does it have on teaching and learning, if we only 'strap it on' to a aged, crumbling system?

 

I woke up this morning asking, "What difference am I making?" I don't think I make the difference I used to with students. It is not a lack of effort; it is a failed system.

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Guest Post: Why Khan Academy is Not the Answer

Guest Post: Why Khan Academy is Not the Answer | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An Ontario teacher's take on the distance learning trend. Part of Learning 2030, our education series. 

Via Blaine Morrow
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We have to be careful that money does not prevail over the learning of humans.

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Blaine Morrow's curator insight, April 16, 2013 11:47 AM

"We need to focus on using and developing technological tools that make learning more interactive and collaborative. It’s a more effective and innovative way of improving learning than simply finding new ways to deliver content."

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for the love of learning: Best. Bubble Sheet. Ever.

for the love of learning: Best. Bubble Sheet. Ever. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Politicians and bureaucrats need to consider when they decide that standardized tests are a good investment.

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We Are Teachers

We Are Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The introduction of the iPad, followed by numerous other tablets, has put technology into the hands of students in a way unprecedented in the years before.

Via Tom Perran
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It sounds like we as teachers need to develop mindful practices in our choices and uses of technology. It is not all about adult agendas. It is all about children's learning.

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