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A question of blogging

A question of blogging | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Fig.1. Why blog? A) What is the research trying to find out; what questions is it trying to answer? B) How will the proposed research answer the questions? C) Why is this research worth doing? Punc...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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The questions are formidable. Sometimes it is the questions that are most revealing

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A) What is the research trying to find out; what questions is it trying to answer?


B) How will the proposed research answer the questions?


C) Why is this research worth doing? Punch (2006:05/60)

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How to Become a Culture Building Leader

How to Become a Culture Building Leader | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
*** Leave a comment on today’s post to become eligible for one of ten copies of, “The Culture Secret,” by Dr. David Vik. Winners selected on 3/11/13. *** Lazy leaders blame. Arrogant leaders push d...
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The list is good, but ony if taken as a whole. Separating out the pieces creates even more of what we presently have: micro-management and oppression. It does not mean a leader is good at everything. They each recognize their shortcomings and find ways to support those needs.

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School celebrates Dr. Seuss, legacy

School celebrates Dr. Seuss, legacy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
SANDPOINT — If there is one constant in life, it’s that Dr. Seuss transcends age.
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When you read Dr. Seuss, you gain an appreciation for the social activism in his writing.

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The Tragedy of Insecurity in Leadership

The Tragedy of Insecurity in Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"It's a reflection on them and their insecurity...not on you." Sadly, I must have said this ten times this week to people I care about. It wasn't in reference to Fortune 500 leaders or to any of th...
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We need to be present and mindful as leaders. The person who sets aside ego and is open is a leader.

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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom | MindShift

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom | MindShift | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year. In addition to thinking about tools that help boost educators' teaching practice

Via Chris Balogh
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Great ideas, but will bureaucrats get out the way? Not if it means they no longer have jobs. The flipped classroom has some implications we are not always seeing.

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The Padagogy Wheel

The Padagogy Wheel | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Jan Carey
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Extremely detailed and well-thought out.

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Simon Vuillaume's curator insight, April 29, 2013 5:58 PM

Ipadagogy... 

Deborah Banker's curator insight, May 12, 2013 2:03 PM

WOW!!  How cool is this?!

Louise Lewis's curator insight, September 20, 2013 8:34 PM

Perfect for our research into Web 2.0 tools that we may include in our webmixes

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Why and How to Get to Know Your Online Learners

Why and How to Get to Know Your Online Learners | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Know your audience.  Know your client.  Know your learners.  Whether we are talking about presenting to a large group, working with a prospective client, going on a first date, or teaching a new gr...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is very important. I have had conversations with on-line educators and many indicate they find personal contact, in some form, is essential.

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The Most Misunderstood Aspect Of Great Leadership - Forbes

The Most Misunderstood Aspect Of Great Leadership - Forbes | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I was recently asked what I consider to be the most misunderstood aspect of great leadership; in other words, what makes great leadership great?
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We need to be followers and leaders. There is a paradox that is difficult to hold particularly in an increasingly micro-managed and narcissitic world. There is a time when we need to be at the front, but it is not about always being there. It is about recognizing the moments when someone else is the expert.

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27 Reasons to Blog ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

27 Reasons to Blog ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting mind map. There does appear to be reasons other than being bullied into or it is the latest fad. That would suggest that we should have choice, as adults, and figure out what floats our boats when it comes to blogging.

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Eight Key Indicators For Collaborative Leaders

Eight Key Indicators For Collaborative Leaders | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Traditional versus collaborative leaders: http://t.co/z5oEKI0x1p #leadership

Via David Hain
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The opening lines are about traditional versus collaborative leaders. I think there has always been collaborative leadership. Great leaders through history surrounded themselves not with sycophants but with those who came with questions. Community emerged, trust revealed, and greatness shone through. We need to believe we are not reinventing the wheel. It exists and needs to be dusted off.

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DPG plc's curator insight, March 16, 2013 7:08 PM

love this - where do you sit?

Damarque's comment, April 16, 2013 11:05 AM
Ivon makes a good point. Is this not true however for most 'new' business and leaderships ideas. Even with (internet) technology as major disruptor in many industries, the fundamentals of value creation (management/leadership and innovation) have not changed. At the root of all value creation (which is the purpose of business) lies collaboration. The more unique the players in the collaboration game, the more value can be created, provided the game is played according to some key rules of engagement. Yes, collaboration as a powerful concept is not new. Facilitating productive collaboration is a whole different story. Perhaps that is where the challenges and opportunities for new leadership lie.
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Building Informal Learning Habits

Building Informal Learning Habits | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Via Jay Cross, Tom Hood
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We need communities of practice and trust to be in place. There was no reference to digital technologies, but it could be we allow practices of community to appear in those setings.

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Jay Cross's curator insight, February 1, 2013 6:41 PM

Build good habits. 

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Character Education Seen as Student-Achievement Tool

Character Education Seen as Student-Achievement Tool | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Character education is on the upswing as research points to its effectiveness and policymakers seek ways to curb improper behavior.
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It should never have been on the downswing. The problem is now we are faced with manager-types in our schools who lack character and think it is in an off the shelf, one size fits all container. It is 'taught' rather than learned and comes off as disingenuous.

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Show and Tell PD for Teachers

Show and Tell PD for Teachers | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
How can educators re-awaken the desire for learning on our own? Teacher Susan Lucille Davis suggests we revive a learning tool from childhood: Show and Tell.
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The key here is to let teachers interact with each other. This means more prep and PD time where teachers get to actually work with those in their communities, locally and globally. The local aspect is important for those who struggle. I find there are many tech-savvy teachers. What we tend to do is demean their abilities and create ivory tower positions for a chosen few who are not collaborative or learners. Let teachers work with teachers.

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Nurturing the Next Van Gogh? Start With Small Steps | MindShift

Nurturing the Next Van Gogh? Start With Small Steps | MindShift | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
If it's true that fostering creativity in learning is not just a nice notion, but an imperative, then educators must find a way to integrate it into a system
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One thing about creativity is it does need quiet time to foster. We emerge from solitude and quiet sometimes with the mind ready and active with ideas.

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21Classes – Classroom and Education Blogs - Home

21Classes – Classroom and Education Blogs - Home | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Blogs for your students. Classroom blogging made easy

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This looks like a great resource worth digging into more deeply

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Teaching Values: Let's End Our Misguided Approach

Teaching Values: Let's End Our Misguided Approach | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Educators need to be as deliberate about how young people develop values-based identities as they are about the academic standards they meet, write two experts in education leadership.
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I always struggle when I read or hear that we should teach values or character. This diminishes it to a rational and cognitive process rather than a lived process. Character and values are learned and lived.

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Three Ways Even the Best Leaders Kill Team Spirit

Three Ways Even the Best Leaders Kill Team Spirit | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The most elite teams have it and we’ve all felt it. It’s that tangible energy that surrounds the highest performing teams. Research shows the most innovative teams have it far more than others, and it’s strongest when there’s a reciprocated pos...
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Can you imagine what the the leaders who are the best are able to do?

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Smart Leaders and the Power of Collaboration - Forbes

Smart Leaders and the Power of Collaboration - Forbes | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Forbes Smart Leaders and the Power of Collaboration Forbes Some of us are wary of collaboration because we feel threatened by it. Will I get credit for my contribution? And who wants to be one of many, just a cog in the wheel?


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A recent article I came across suggests that we are much more engaged in management than leadership. Management is about control and power. Leadership is about getting the job done, building community, and not worrying about who gets credit. We are in short supply. Where have all the leaders gone?

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How To Be A Happy Freelancer

How To Be A Happy Freelancer | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently I wrote about all the reasons that freelancing can be dangerous for your mental health. Now, let's look at the other side: four ways to be a happier freelancer.
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This has some good insight and is important as I shift into a new phase of life. What will it take to freelance effectively and maintain healthy integration between work and home lives?

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#MOOCs – The Opium of the Masses

#MOOCs – The Opium of the Masses | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“MOOCs are the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. They are the opium of the people.

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On-line education is not always better, although it can be bigger. We need to use a critical theory perspective not to not use online learning, but to try to understand that there are corporate interests at play. What do they want? They want to improve their bottom lines. Marx has been quoted by spiritual luminaries such as Thomas Merton and Parker Palmer. What are we to make of that?

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Overhauling how we teach leadership

Overhauling how we teach leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ethical leadership and ethical leaders are not the same thing.
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The challenge with studying leaders is we confuse what many do with leadership when it is not. Frequently, those we study are vested with power from a position which does not equate to real leadership. I only need to think of the leaders who evoke real leadership. They were or are humble, servants, followers, and demonstrate through their examples the model of leadership we might want in our world of increasing complexity and uncertainty.

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Critical Thinking Is Best Taught Outside the Classroom: Scientific American

Critical Thinking Is Best Taught Outside the Classroom: Scientific American | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is a teachable skill best taught outside the K–12 classroom

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I agree, but believe classrooms can promote and enhance what happens outside the classroom. I tell students and educators my critical thinking skills were developed and honed at the supper table in the late 1960's. I learned to doubt, question, and challenge both the thinking of others and myself. Reminds me of the preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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Soft skills can be hard to measure : Youth Development Insight ...

Soft skills can be hard to measure : Youth Development Insight ... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
If you, like me, evaluate and study youth programs, you should know about a new resource for measuring soft skills outcomes. Soft skills -- communication, relationships and collaboration, critical thinking and decision making, ...

Via Jem Muldoon
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Peter Block and Einstein spoke about the things that are hard to measure and count. I like the links embedded in this article. It looks deep and rich.

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:49 AM

Good! As Peter Block says, Sometimes the things that matter most can't be measured.

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Before You Innovate, Ask the Right Questions

Before You Innovate, Ask the Right Questions | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Make sure you're not solving the wrong problem.

Via Don Dea, Tom Hood
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We are a quick-fix society. We need a much different approach and this article speaks to defining the problem. I would go one step further and use David Bohm's thinking. Most of what we think of as a problem is a paradox. Problems and their solutions often lead to more problems. Paradox with the right approach lead to understanding, dissolution, and resolution.

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Don Dea's curator insight, March 2, 2013 3:34 AM

Disruptive Innovation: The most troublesome area is disruptive innovation, which target light or non-consumers of a category and require a new business model, because the value they create isn't immediately clear. While every new Apple product turns heads, when Google comes out with something most people won't even understand what it is, much less how they'll make money on it. From Google Maps to autonomous cars, they manage to fill needs we didn't even know we had. 3M, the company that pioneered scotch tape and post-it notes, derives up to 30% of its revenue from products launched in the past 5 years.

Both companies use a version of the 15% / 20% rule, where employees are required to devote a fixed portion of their time to projects unrelated to their jobs. Other firms have dedicated innovation labs where they can "test and learn" without excessive risk. A VC approach, in which small investments are made in emerging firms, can also be successful.

While focus is important, no company should limit itself to just one quadrant. Apple, for instance, is mainly a sustaining innovator, but iTunes was certainly an important disruptive innovation. While Google might be the greatest disruptive innovator on the planet, they spend considerable resources to improve existing products.

So it's important to develop an effective innovation portfolio that has one primary area of focus, but also pursues other quadrants of the matrix and builds synergies between varied approaches. Innovation is, above all, about combination.

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Why Johnny Can't Read or Win Wars

Why Johnny Can't Read or Win Wars | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Johnny isn't able to think critically - and that's the point of a corporate-business model of education.

Via Keith Wayne Brown, Lance Weihmuller
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Quanitfying to distraction in education is a remarkable way of legitimizing the tyranny of numbers. Chaos and complexity theories point us towards using them in the context and understanding the stories they are embedded in. Too many educators are incapable or unable. Worse yet we dream up ways to gather bogus data to justify our pet projects

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, March 1, 2013 2:20 PM

Numbers are often neither definitive nor unequivocal, yet we continue to elevate them and profess our belief in them. The cautionary words of the economist Jacob Viner echo here: "When you can measure it, when you can express it in numbers, your knowledge is still of a meager and unsatisfactory kind."