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Thinking without Professional Recognition

Thinking without Professional Recognition | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I work in and around higher education in the United States, but I am not a professor. I sometimes say that I am in the academy but not necessarily of the academy. This does not imply, however, that...

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It is interesting who is recognized in education at any level. It is rarely those carrying the biggest load.

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Lance Weihmuller's curator insight, February 14, 2013 12:47 PM

~~thinking and living for your self~~

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"Networked Norms: How Tech Startups and Teen Practices Challenge Organizational Boundaries" | dana boyd

"Networked Norms: How Tech Startups and Teen Practices Challenge Organizational Boundaries" | dana boyd | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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"Are you preparing learners for the organizational ecosystem of today? Or are you helping them develop networks so that they're prepared for the organizational shifts that are coming?"

 

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"Those are but two of many burning questions posed in this danah boyd article (deftly disguised as speech notes) titled, "Networked Norms: How Tech Startups and Teen Practices Challenge Organizational Boundaries." The self-described "work-in-progress" provides significant anecdotal evidence from startup culture and teenage digital practices that suggests an impending doom of sorts for organizational culture as we currently know it.

 

"That's not to say risk-taking whiz kids and saavy teenagers represent future work practices. Boyd readily offers that "teenagers are in a particular life-stage and cultural configuration that mean that they will 'outgrow' many of their practices."


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Real change or transformation occurs on the boundaries of tradition and the frontier in the form of bricolage. Teenagers might live on those boundaries. Wenger suggested this is what effects change in communities of practice.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 14, 2013 3:53 PM

boyd is one of the most provocative thought leaders in ed tech and its social effects. This piece both dazzles and leaves one wanting more conclusiveness, which obviously can't be provided due to the transitory nature of the subject matter.

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Quotes About Learning (624 quotes)

Quotes About Learning (624 quotes) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
624 quotes have been tagged as learning: Mahatma Gandhi: 'Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.', Dr. Seuss: 'The mo...

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Mostly because I love quotes and will be helpful with dissertation.

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eSchool News – Current Issue | eSchool News

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Gamification should be this.

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Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Who's Creative?

Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:Who's Creative? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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None of the examples used technology which is positive. It would not preclude technology, but it is, more importantly, about building trust in the human relationships in classrooms and learning. Creativity is essential to learning in the 21st Century. There is no certainty in the future and creativity will help meet many challenges.

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MOOCs and Pedagogy: Part 2

MOOCs and Pedagogy: Part 2 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Hard as it is for me to keep up with the spread of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education and the sizable issues accompanying how they are organized, taught, and what students take...
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Larry Cuban presents a view of the growing conversation that needs to be considered. Are we mindful in our practice. Teaching, he points out, is different than information delivery which can be done digitally. Teaching and learning are not always the opposites of each other. Etienne Wenger in his work on communities of practice makes this distinction. Learning can happen without teaching, but there will be many times the human component is essential.

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Lance Weihmuller's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:48 AM

Strong point that needs to be taken up more by other voices, both advocates and skeptics:


"Conflating MOOCs with instructional methods misleads professors, students, and the public about what teachers teach and what students learn."

Ivon Prefontaine's comment, February 15, 2013 4:02 PM
Agreed. Lance the more voices we have that offer sound views makes the conversation more effective.
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for the love of learning: Part I: Parental Involvement in education: What kind? To what ends?

for the love of learning: Part I: Parental Involvement in education: What kind? To what ends? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I agree that we need to build relationships with parents to help them with the learning of their children. This is hard work and many educators find themselves on the defensive. Parents, conversely, feel they need to protect their children. There is middle ground that brings the two together, but we have to know what we want, the purpose of what we are doing, and work through the bumps along the way.

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A Look At The Next Generation Model Of Education - Edudemic

A Look At The Next Generation Model Of Education - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Posted by Lucien Vattel

 

Figuring out the next generation model of education isn't as hard as you'd think. Interactive learning and making are already here.


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The next generation will be a bricolage of something old, something current, and something new. Those will all likely be plural. I am not convinced their will be one new model. I think there will be many and we will need to be more aware of our educational and leadership roles.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 13, 2013 10:38 AM

The part of this article I like the best comes toward the end, when the author describes "What We Can Do to Make Education Better." So cogently expressed, it gave me a warm glow.

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Getty Images With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there's a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-traini

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I don't think we are, but that is not a problem. The question is "do teachers have the skills, the adaptability, and the learning aptitude?" We cannot fully imagine the next wave or generation of technology.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 13, 2013 11:22 AM

A MUST read!!!

 

Lance Weihmuller's curator insight, February 13, 2013 1:58 PM

Answer: not really. 

 

But! "...55 percent say they’ve learned how to use interactive whiteboards." 

 

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Where are the Education Leaders?

Where are the Education Leaders? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I read a post recently talking about education leaders coming from teachers. That, in my experience, is a very difficult transition for really dedicated classroom teachers to make. They are too oft...
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Part way through the article, the question "Why were educators removed from the conversation about change in education" was asked. I take educators to be synonomous with classroom teachers. Time is an essential part of the question. The reasons why we lack time are about oppression. If we oppress our teachers, what makes this good for our learners.

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Kevin Kruse - Super Human Capital - Forbes

Kevin Kruse - Super Human Capital - Forbes | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Despite the certainty of some of the points i.e. work from everywhere, that may not always be true. What might be more accurate is we have more flexibility to do that so the key is the first point of flexibility. This might be the way to tap into innovation.

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The Problem With Facts

The Problem With Facts | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Good strategy is always becoming, never being. The mindless quest for absolute substantiation leads to false certainty, not greater rigor.


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This is a very interesting article. The concept of cargo cult marketers is intriguing. It fits with ideas I see in the education: the love of today's fad, self-proclaimed expertise, and anointing the next big thing.

 

More we need to let go and claim the learner's role.

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Driving me crazy

Driving me crazy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Like most gadgets we have for toys in our modern electronic world, my computer makes me wonder. I put it in sleep mode when not in use and let it idle down. When I "wake" my computer I always get a...
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A poem about the frustrations of digital technology. It might work at some point in my dissertation

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
After years of experimentation and reflection, English and digital media teacher Paul Barnwell offers his current take on smart—and not-so-smart—ways to use technology in the classroom.

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There are things that work and things that don't. We learn from each other about what does and doesn't

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Digital-Leadership.pdf


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The first implication for digital leadership was insight based on good learning. Those are qualities of mindful leadership

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30 Powerful Ways To Promote Your Blog - Edudemic

30 Powerful Ways To Promote Your Blog - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started, here are some powerful ways to promote your blog that will help you out.
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I am not always a big advocate of lists of things that make us better somehow. I wish my life were so simple that I could learn 7 Habits to make things always work the way I want, but there is enough wiggle room in 30 it might work.

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eSchool News – Current Issue | eSchool News

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Four great suggestions of which the one I think is most important is teacher help for struggling learners. What a novel concept- human to human relationships.

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Districts Move to the Cloud to Power Up, Save Money

Districts Move to the Cloud  to Power Up, Save Money | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Cloud-computing programs run the gamut in terms of services, offering everything from math tutorials and virtual science labs to classroom management and administrative tools.
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If this saves money, makes the use of technology more effective, and improves student learning it makes sense.

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
After years of experimentation and reflection, English and digital media teacher Paul Barnwell offers his current take on smart—and not-so-smart—ways to use technology in the classroom.
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This is a good article with some practical solutions. I think the message I take away is do not ignore the traditional face-to-face conversations. Digital technology, like face-to-face has appropriate times to use. I also think it is important to trust students to know more than I do about technology and to accept that not as a limit but as part of the bricolage.

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What Does It Mean To Disconnect? | The Thinking Stick

What Does It Mean To Disconnect? | The Thinking Stick | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is a great article. What does it mean to find a quiet space in life or place where we are with others in ways other than digitally? The author poses a great question about whether we are creators, contributors, or users (I guess lurkers in the graph)?

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Connectivism in Practice – How to organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org

Connectivism in Practice – How to organize a MOOC | Peeragogy.org | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Good theories work together in some form of harmony. It is not always smooth. Humans will still construct their learning in social settings and with people who challenge them.

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Lance Weihmuller
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The risk of online education is maintaining high quality education for all students. Calling off the course is commendable.

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Lance Weihmuller's comment, February 6, 2013 3:16 PM
With this story's expanding to broader and broader news outlets, as I've been noticing, it will be very interesting to see how the narrative here will influence the zeal over MOOCs in both venture capitalists' and the public's eyes.
Keith Wayne Brown's comment, February 6, 2013 3:44 PM
I concur. These things are cooling a bit in the eyes of the VCs because they are not seeing a quick enough buy in from the gubment. Most VC investment in such things is tied to how quickly the public dollar can be pulled into the framework.
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What is Employee Engagement - Forbes

What is Employee Engagement - Forbes | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What the heck is employee engagement anyway? Let's start with what it's not... Employee engagement does not mean employee happiness.

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Similar to numbers or statistics, employee engagement is contextual. What is happening now might mean we are unhappy at this moment, but still engaged in the long term

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Why Our Numbers Are Always Wrong

Why Our Numbers Are Always Wrong | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In the end, our numbers will always be wrong.  It is our choice whether we want to blindly believe or continue to test and refine them.
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Numbers measure a moment in time or place. Frequently, they are used to support a particular arguement. We need to use numbers differently and recognize their limts.

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Disrupting Class: A Reflection on Transforming Learning

Disrupting Class: A Reflection on Transforming Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This is a collaborative VoiceThread created in response to this article: Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education Is the Future [I made my comments directly in the VoiceThread but wanted to put ...
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The line "We need to use technology in strategic, measured, planned ways that allows students to learn the way they need to learn" leaps out. It suggested a mindful approach.

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