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Millennials Come of Age: America's Most Stressed Generation

Millennials Come of Age: America's Most Stressed Generation | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
  More information to digest concerning the growing chasm as we move from the Society of Discipline (of which Boomers & Gen-X make the last generation) into the Society of Control (of whic...

Via Keith Wayne Brown, Lance Weihmuller
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Why are they stressed? They are tethered to their technology and have no space to move. Creativity is not a technological function. It occurs in playfulness. Second point is that the pace of life is exhausting. We need to pause and find sacred space at times.

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What if students designed their own schools?

What if students designed their own schools? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The best small town in America (Great Barrington, MA) is experimenting with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn.
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I think students need to have a voice it their learning. They do have a sense of what that means. I think responsible adults can bring that out. I once listened to an administrator ask students what they wanted and later he made up reasons to get rid of the thing they asked for. That disingenuous behaviour is more damaging than never asking for student input.

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Finding Students' Hidden Strengths and Passions

Finding Students' Hidden Strengths and Passions | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is the President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and he has spent a lot of time thinking about how to inspire both. He has some ideas about how we c

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This article suggests we engage in authentic conversations with our students and get to know who they are outside of school.

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 19, 2013 1:18 PM

This is something I've been trying to bring to light in online discussion groups regarding the so-called creativity crisis. As the author points out: "To use the word "hidden" may not be quite accurate because often, strengths are hidden by lack of opportunity to display them." 

Lance Weihmuller's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:16 PM

All great teaching is an act of inclusion.

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Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs

Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165023755325440 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165104390815744 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165343956860928 These tweets got a l...
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This is an interesting post. The author presented some good ideas that go against the grain. I tend to take a view that MOOCs will find a place within the educational structure. It will not replace, but complement.

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Curiosity, Conversation, and Patience: Three legacies of Theodore Sizer

Curiosity, Conversation, and Patience: Three legacies of Theodore Sizer | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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A cursory look suggests this is a good article about the work of an important and real educational reformer. Substantial reform, the kind education needs, requires curiousity. What are the questions that we have not even considered? We need a new conversation where we listen carefully to each other. This will take time. By casting the net wide, we need to consider voices, questions, and emergent ideas that challenge us to think differently.

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Embrace Work-Life Imbalance

Embrace Work-Life Imbalance | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The problem is not your inability to switch off, but to switch on.
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Good point that technology has not imposed itself on us and created the imbalance. There is a need to be aware of the way we let technology take over.

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LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY DIGITAL EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS OF TOMORROW’S TEACHERS

LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTURY DIGITAL EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS OF TOMORROW’S TEACHERS | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Project Tomorrow is a national, education nonprofit organization. Our vision is to insure that today's students are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Obervation of people is a primary way of learning for aspiring teachers. It does not eliminate technology and its importance, rather it suggests the importance of human interaction in face-to-face settings is not done.

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 19, 2013 12:32 AM

Digital plus face-to-face is the go for today's educators.

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An Awesome Innovation Mindmap for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

An Awesome Innovation Mindmap for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Susan Bainbridge, Verdi Huffman
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It is pretty incredible. I was somewhat taken by limited references to digital technologies. I am OK with that.

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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 18, 2013 9:22 AM
Un Mindmap innovation impressionnante pour les enseignants ~ Technologie éducative et l'apprentissage mobile

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An Awesome Innovation Mindmap for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning via @eddebainbridge http://sco.lt/...

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Enginyós... ;-)

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How 'game mechanics' can revitalize education | eSchool News

Many of the elements and engagement factors found in any number of games across a wide range of genres can help inform the shape of tomorrow’s classrooms.
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The way we use technology in any form in education is increasingly important. This will be central to my dissertation over the next year or so. The question should be more about the skills students learn and their attitude towards life-long learning. As well, it has implications for educational leadership and the structure and organization of the institition of school. We tend to approach this as if it is one-dimensional thing.

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There is no app for leadership

There is no app for leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There's an app for just about everything, so wouldn't it be nice if there was an app for leadership? It could tell when you're not paying attention, make decisions for you, handle your fierce conve...
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There is no app for leadership, but this does not stop many from looking for quick fixes, fads, and compliance. What weakly passes for leadership is more often poorly disguised management.

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What Good Teaching Looks Like: Digital Research | Creating Lifelong Learners

What Good Teaching Looks Like: Digital Research | Creating Lifelong Learners | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I am always struck by the use of words research and inquiry interchangeably as if they were synonyms of each other. Just because we use the word research does not mean that is what students are doing. It might set the table for good inquiry and, maybe ultimately, research.

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Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies

Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Without better instruction, children starting school with small vocabularies will struggle with common standards, scholars say.
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It is a by-product of poverty and changing demographics in our North American societies. What should we do to help parents and children close the gap? The wealthy have clear advantages. Are parents reading or able to read to their children as pre-schoolers? Are we teaching printing and writing? Those two are linked to reading skills and neurologically benefit children. We have pseudo-experts out there selling us on digital technology is the only answer. It is a part of a much larger conversation that deals with this complex, not complicated topic.

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The 50 Best Books for New Teachers

The 50 Best Books for New Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

 

Education and teaching website TopMastersInEducation.com has published a list of the 50 Best Books for New Teachers. The list is a compilation of the books most recommended for new teachers by experienced teachers and principals. The goal is to provide new K-12 teachers with a ready-made list of books they can turn to for inspiration and guidance.


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I think many of these books are best buys for experienced teachers i.e. Parker Palmer, Paolo Freire, and Jonathon Kozol jumped off the pages and were not alone. The challenge with these books is they demand we reflect on our practice. That should be an opportunity. A part of that opportunity is the diversity represented in the list: poverty as an issue, the need for spirituality in teaching, and understanding context of all learners i.e. Erin Gruwell. Not one was about technology specifically.

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14 recommendations for taming the ‘wild, wild West’ of ed tech | eSchool News

14 recommendations for taming the ‘wild, wild West’ of ed tech | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A disruptive factor exists today in educational technology, according to a new report, because while virtual schools, personal digital devices, and open-source materials are transforming education, these forces are still fragmented and rapidly...
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We do need to look at school and technology in a more holistic manner without taking away from the uniqueness of each school community. This is what is suggested in this article and particularly in the first point. It is not about one-size fits all on one extreme, which is very much the current context of the bureaucrats and technocrats. At the other end of the spectrum, it is not about anything goes. A mindful approach has to be found.

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The most powerful of teaching tools is REFLECTION

Bird Droppings February 20, 2013 The most powerful of teaching tools is REFLECTION “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” Helen Keller Helen Keller was one of the most envisioned peopl...
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We need to stop at times collectively and individually and reflect on what is going on in our world. We just need to pause and let when comes come to us.

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What's Missing From The New Digital Classroom?

What's Missing From The New Digital Classroom? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology is just a tool; it’s how we apply it that will determine the future of education.
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I love articles that take a view that there is not one thing that fits learning. This is one of those. The author presents a balanced view. Technology is a tool and the word's roots suggest artful or mindful usage.

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More schools consider ads on websites | eSchool News

In Broward County, Fla., the website for Coral Springs High School has an advertisement for a movie theater complex. The website for Fort Lauderdale High School carries an ad for a local dance studio.
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What will the full and real price be?

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Globalization, Social Movements, and Education

Globalization, Social Movements, and Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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Looks at complex and intertwined topics using John Dewey as a reference. Who is benefiting? Has the benefit for all really emerged? Or is their substantial self-interest for the 1%?

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Educating for Creative Minds

Educating for Creative Minds | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I just returned from San Francisco, where I gave a keynote at the "Learning & the Brain" conference. In my talk, "Creative Teaching for the 21st Century," I described the learning outcomes stud...
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This will be useful for future reference and looking for research into creativity.

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.

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I will take it beyond transformative leadership and to servant-leadership. Making others feel safe to speak is part of the servant role. Asking questions suggests a willingness to listen deeply which is both an attribute of mindfulness and servant-leadership.

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 18, 2013 4:53 PM

Teachers are learning leaders of knowledge workers. As we focus more on facilitation of achieving learning goals and the building of relationships, we develop our skills as transformative leaders. This list is just as useful in the classroom as it is for the building leader and for today leaders in general.

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No. 1 aha moment: media are different

No. 1 aha moment: media are different | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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This would require a mindful practice in choosing the right medium for the person, the learning, and the context.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, February 18, 2013 6:47 PM

A nice look at how differnt media have different effects when used as educational technology.

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10 Things Science (and Buddhism) Say Will Make You Happy | glad.is

10 Things Science (and Buddhism) Say Will Make You Happy | glad.is | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ten things that have been shown by science to make us happier, with a little Buddhism.
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I am reading the Buddha Brain by Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius. Science is confirming what various wisdom traditions held true for eons.

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Happiness: In its Pursuit, Is it Possible? Part 1

Happiness: In its Pursuit, Is it Possible? Part 1 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
  In my daily life I see all kinds of peo­ple. In the clinic I see many peo­ple with var­i­ous health mat­ters. Of course, many of these prob­lems are founded on phys­i­cal issues. But, at least 80...
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This is a provacative question. Based on research and wisdom, it seems to be, but it is hard work.

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10 Great Resources on 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Resources on 21st Century Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I am always wary when someone uses superlatives and makes lists. It is like 7 Habits that will make me more effective. I wish life were so simple. Having said this, there might be enough in this to make some of it worthwhile.

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A Selection Of Nelson Mandela Videos | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

A Selection Of Nelson Mandela Videos | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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We are doing an activity about Shishi (Japanese term) which are people who work to change life and shift things in a group. Sometimes they are treated as criminals and, over time, it is understood they were on the moral high ground. Individuals like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and many others qualify. This would be a great resource to enhance that activity.

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