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Four observations on how OER initiatives are modelled

Four observations on how OER initiatives are modelled | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Eleni Boursinou and I have been commissioned by the EC to carry out a SWOT analysis of Open Educational ...

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In a digital world that is increasingly costly, we need to consider other resources than the ones which we buy at exorbitant rates.

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How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research | Edutopia

How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research | Edutopia | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz considers the implications of a new study by Pew Research about how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms. ...

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

We have a digital divide. What will we do to address this issue.

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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic

27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
So what does it take to become a 21st century teacher? This handy chart details more than two dozen ways to get started. A must-read and share.
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This is a good visual. I don't agree with all the points or they do not go far enough. For example, we need to be thinking Web 3.0 and not Web 2.0.

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Holding back our children | Dangerously Irrelevant

Holding back our children | Dangerously Irrelevant | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Digital technologies are magnifiers and amplifiers of our humanity. They extend the reach of our human voice. They increase a millionfold our
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

The use of digital technology is one form of being in the world. It is not the only way. If we only use a hammer, then everything begins to look like a nail. We need a mindful approach in the selection and use of the tools we want to use for a particular activity. Is it the right tool for this student, for this activity, for this context, etc? Those are key questions.

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Making Agile Learning Spaces

Making Agile Learning Spaces | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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It is not simply a changed space as the article suggests. It is constantly changing and this needs a new approach which is more mindful and engages people in new conversations around critical questions.

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AASA :: Our View: The Limited Use of Technology in Teachers’ Hands

AASA :: Our View: The Limited Use of Technology in Teachers’ Hands | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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There is no such thing as a tool, and that is what technology is, that is one-size-fits-all. We need to ask ourselves and others new and more mindful questions. My experience is the use of technology is faddish. What is the latest new toy? This is an approach that is frustrating for the faux educational leadership of our times and for classroom teachers. What if we talked and listened mindfully and attentively to each other?

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Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model

Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Children are more than one test, once a year, in one sitting. It seems as if many schools and districts have lapsed into a deep state of amnesia of Maslow's hierarchy of needs -- a possible lingeri
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"So here's a radical assertion: When assessing and teaching children, the time has more than come for education to embrace the whole child. This approach calls for schools and educators to curtail the deficit model and replace it with the abundance model."  That is an interesting concept, but what do we mean 'it is time'? The time is long past. We should have been doing this years and generations ago.

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Dakar Consensus: Equitable, Quality Learning for All - Brookings Institution (blog)

Dakar Consensus: Equitable, Quality Learning for All - Brookings Institution (blog) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Dakar Consensus: Equitable, Quality Learning for All Brookings Institution (blog) Exposure to a breadth of learning opportunities across all seven domains (physical well-being, social and emotional, culture and the arts, literacy and communication,...

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Although I think we should have measures for learning, what makes us think those will be quantitative in nature? That is the failing of most equity initiatives. Numbers can be manipulated to make us believe change is happening when it is not.

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, April 5, 2013 11:20 PM

This is a global issue.

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Doc Searls Weblog · How the Web is being body-snatched

Doc Searls Weblog · How the Web is being body-snatched | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Same old blog, brand new place

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

There are many links embedded so will take some time and reflection. What is the message?

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:36 AM

When Anil Dash (@AnilDash) spoke about The Web We Lost at Harvard, I took notes in my little outliner, in a browser. They follow. The top outline level is slide titles, or main points. The next level down are points made under the top level. Some of the outline is what Anil said, and some of it is what I thought he said, or thought on my own based on what he said, and then blathered out through my fingers. Apologies to Anil for what I might have heard wrong. Corrections invited.

David Weinberger also blogged the event This wasn’t easy, because David also introduced Anil and moderated the Q&A. His notes are, as always, excellent. So go read those first.

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‘What Works’ in the Messy Landscape of Teaching and Learning

‘What Works’ in the Messy Landscape of Teaching and Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The title is borrowed from text in an excellent article that challenges our use of the “what works” phrase in relationship to teaching and learning.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

What works is best defined for each person based on context, learner needs, resources available, etc. Etienne Wenger said, "learning and teaching are not the opposites of each other". That is a paraphrase. It makes the process even messier when we add that piece into the equation.

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An Ontological Understanding of Dialogue in Education « Learning Change

An Ontological Understanding of Dialogue in Education «  Learning Change | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

This dissertation develops an ontological understanding of dialogue that is then used to reconsider the forms and purposes of schooling. Employing the works of Martin Buber and Mikhail Bakhtin, the work departs from the literature on schooling that treats dialogue as merely an instrument in the schooling of children in order for them to become good citizens, to join the work force and the like. Instead it is argued that dialogue needs to be understood as constituting the very essence of human existence. In addition the dissertation offers a critique of monological assumptions of modern and postmodern philosophies and critiques non-ontological theories of dialogue that give it a merely instrumental, as opposed to constitutive value. The notion of a polyphonic self is then introduced, which calls for reconsideration of the notions of identity, integrity, and authenticity. A human self is co-authored by others, and can exist and be known only through dialogue with others. A person of dialogical integrity is defined as being consistently different in different situations; and the authentic self is true to the dialogical situation, rather than one’s inner feelings and self-concepts. The dissertation illustrates the ontological notion of dialogue by analyzing types of discourse in classroom communication. Instances of dialogue are not those where students and a teacher take turn in an orderly conversation, according to rules of “dialogical teaching.” Rather, dialogue appears in some moments of disruption, talking out of turn, and laughter. The dissertation defines a successful school as one fostering dialogue in its ontological sense. Such a school should possess systemic qualities of complexity, civility, and carnival. These qualities create necessary conditions for the emergence of the dialogical relation.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Humans are social beings and require dialogue to be in this world. Without dialogue, which includes speaking, listening, processing, and responding, we cease to exist as social beings.

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:22 AM

This looks to be a really good dissertation. 

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Cybergogue: A Critique of #Connectivism as a Learning Theory

Cybergogue: A Critique of #Connectivism as a Learning Theory | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

I can use this as I begin to explore my dissertation topic more extensively. The challenge here might be that we simply are making up new theories when the old ones are fine. What is not fine is that we are not changing the organization and structure of our educational system to meet new learning needs.

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Brad Ovenell-Carter's curator insight, April 5, 2013 2:37 PM

This critique is a welcome sign that our conversations around educational technology are maturing, a sign that we are moving from (mere) blogging of ideas to richer dialogue. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 5, 2013 5:02 PM

There is a new take on Pedagogy learning in the cyberworld! Very useful picture.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, April 7, 2013 1:58 AM

Connectiveness comes from sharing value adds!

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Pedagogy Wheel

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We need to think about what Bloom's work might look like in a digital age.

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The Practical University

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The promise of online education lies in taking care of the technical knowledge so that universities can focus on transmitting practical knowledge.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

We need to continue to develop hybrid models and business model that can be effective without stunting learning or access to learning.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 8, 2013 4:44 PM

Are universities mostly sorting devices to separate smart and hard-working high school students from their less-able fellows so that employers can more easily identify them? Are universities factories for the dissemination of job skills? Are universities mostly boot camps for adulthood, where young people learn how to drink moderately, fornicate meaningfully and hand things in on time?

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North

A New Pedagogy is Emerging...And Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This is a Canadian article which fits where I am going with my dissertation. Focuses on hybrid learning and teaching rather than just digital or just face-to-face.

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Ten of the best virtual field trips | eSchool News

Ten of the best virtual field trips | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
To help educators save time, we've chosen these 10 virtual field trips based on their relevancy, depth and quality of resources, and potential for student excitement.
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There are some great ideas here.

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Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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We can move beyond being mindless consumers and to a level of mindful integration.

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Everything I Know About Social Media I Learned In Kindergarten

Former kindergarten teacher Angela Maiers offers social media lessons we can all learn from kindergarten students.
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This is a great way to approach all learning. Ken Robinson spoke about the stamping out of creativity as children move through school. Yes, young children can be creative and see the world through eyes of wonder or, as Buddhists say: "With a beginner's mind'" and we need that in our learners. We also need to make sure the tool is the right one for the child, the task, the learning, and the context. It is not always a digital tool.

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Contemporary Education Reform and "A Cult of Ignorance"

Contemporary Education Reform and "A Cult of Ignorance" | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Writing in Newsweek (1980, January 21) in the cusp of America's shift into the Reagan era of conservatism that included the roots of the current education reform movement built on accountability, s...
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

The three most powerful words in the English language are "I love you" and a close second is "I don't know." We create vulnerablity with both sentences and begin to defeat the 'cult of ignorance'. We can no longer be experts in all things and sometimes we are not in those things we claim expertise in, but we cling to the delusion we can.

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for the love of learning: The power of curation

for the love of learning: The power of curation | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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I like practical, pragmatic posts. This one begins by pointing out students need help getting organized. I know too many educators who simply function as if technology is the end-all-to-be-all without considering the learning side of it. Makes me more fully understand Wenger when he said, "Learning and teaching are not opposites."

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Four observations on how OER initiatives are modelled | littlebylittlejohn.com


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

We need more open source in the world of rapid technological change.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:32 AM

European OER initiatives are based (largely) on the traditional view of instructor using OER as content for teaching

  • Most leaders of initiatives view that their content is used by teachers (school teachers, HE teachers, adult educators).
  • There is some emphasis on students or lifelong learners using content (prioritisation given to ‘prospective students’ – emphasises marketisation motivation).
  • Though –responses suggested that future emphasis should be on communities.
  • The view was that OER users were mainly ‘teachers’ – with some divided views focusing on ‘students’ or ‘projects’ as key users.
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The Plusses and Pitfalls of Teaching Online

The Plusses and Pitfalls of Teaching Online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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What are the pitfalls and plusses? This suggests we need a conversation and not just more failed leadership.

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Thomas Wooldridge's comment, April 6, 2013 2:25 PM
Ana my first impression is you taught one class to 140k students at the same time.. :)
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, April 6, 2013 3:02 PM
No Thomas, have taught to many students at the same time, but wouldn't put it in those numbers! Perhaps one day :-) Do you?
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, April 7, 2013 1:55 AM

Both Plusses and Pitfalls need to be taken in a stride for the value that online teaching learning brings!

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Writing Next - Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 11:17 PM

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:41 AM

Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

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Can open educational resources rise again? | Digital

Can open educational resources rise again? | Digital | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

OER had a proud beginning with MIT releasing video, outlines, syllabi and other materials for all its courses online beginning in 2001. Today the OCW (Open Courseware) Consortium has hundreds of university members in dozens of countries. But discovery, uptake, sharing and remixing of these resources has never been as robust as the movement would have hoped.

 


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We will need open source digital technology if for no other reason than cost.

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Can't Focus...There's a Pill for That

The recent news about the number of youth diagnosed with ADHD is staggering, and should cause us all to reflect on what we do.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

I watched a digital Ken Robinson presentation several years ago. He made a passing reference to using technology, but the bulk of his presentation discussed the stamping out of creativity in children as we diagnose and medicate more of them in the age of standardized tests. I mention the technology, because one person took that as being the thesis in the presentation and not the stamping out of creativity.

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:12 AM
Although a US article (where testing is rampant) some points to consider by my friend Peter Dewitt.
Chris Wejr's comment, April 7, 2013 11:32 PM
Yes, I think he touched more on it in his RSA video... using a map of the US.