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Ten facts about K-12 students’ technology use | eSchool News

More than half of students in grades 6-8 now have access to a tablet computer—a percentage that has doubled since last year.
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Several of these "facts" make sense i.e. learning any time and any place, but were we not always doing that? The one that stood out was the flipped classroom. Do students know what it means to learn this way? What about the 40% that did not think it was the best. That is a big number. Was the study that yielded the results of these findings scientifically rigourous or was it a typical survey that was not very rigourous

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Why Finland's public schools are so successful | The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright | CBC Radio

Why Finland's public schools are so successful | The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright | CBC Radio | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The hand wringing over the state of public education in North America has produced a lot of reports, proposals and tensions between teachers, school boards, students, parents and governments.  
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We need change and some aspects of the Finnish model might help.

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University of Phoenix Faces Probation

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So, being a Phoenix may not carry the same clout. I am not opposed to online, but we always need to make sure quality preceeds profits.

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I'm flipping head over heels for no homework in project-based learning

I'm flipping head over heels for no homework in project-based learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A wise veteran teacher told me something my first year of teaching that I will never forget, “Every few years, someone is going to tell you how you teach i
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It does not take a few years where I teach. There is an "expert" who has not taught for years or could not get out of the classroom fast enough. Teach to the students in front of you. That is the best advice and we all should adhere.

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An Invitation to Unknowing

An Invitation to Unknowing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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A great article about questioning, It links the ideas of re-imagining and unknowing that we need in this world. It reminded me fo the concept, the Beginner's Mind. The world is too complex and changing too rapidly to believe we hold the key in single expert minds. The quality of questions and our willingness to listen are imperative

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Best Advice: My Parents, God and Goddess

Best Advice: My Parents, God and Goddess | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Saraswati and KrishnaThe best advice I got in life came from my parents. My mother was the archetypal goddess of wisdom symbolized in Saraswati, and my father was the archetypal healer and warrior.
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Some great words of wisdom for a time when busyness and loneliness prevail. Fearless is a different courage than we often think about.

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The Top 10 Performance Factors for Teams

The Top 10 Performance Factors for Teams | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Image source by Vojko Kalan Memo to the new team, 2/23/13: Raise your hand if you love wasting time on: Meaningless drivel. Frustrating stagnation. Superficial relationships. Worthless discussions....
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We want to build communities in our organizations. If we do not try to achieve functionality it is not going to happen

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Let's Raise Readers!

Let's Raise Readers! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Every parent I know has bright wishes for the future of their children.  They want their kids to be leaders, scholars, heroes, and... happy.  They are constantly asking themselves and each other ho...
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We need good role models and guides in this journey. We need to mindfully choose the technology that works best. We need to build one-on-one relationships.

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11 Great Twitter Etiquettes Teachers should Know ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Great Twitter Etiquettes Teachers should Know ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
11 Great Twitter Etiquettes Teachers should Know ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/wfiLLcJf via @medkh9

Via Kathy Boyd
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This is great. It is common sense and practical.

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Kathy Boyd's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:09 PM

Always a good reminder.

 

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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

Via Sharrock
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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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Customized Instruction: Four Characteristics of Effective Instructional Explanations

Customized Instruction: Four Characteristics of Effective Instructional Explanations | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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The overarching theme is that each student brings skills, strengths, and needs to their learning. These need to be considered and the role of the teacher is as much about learning what is best for the student in consultation.

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The post-job economy | Harold Jarche

The post-job economy | Harold Jarche | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Many MOOC’s are based on an educational model that has a curriculum from a body of knowledge that, so the logic goes, when mastered will prepare someone for meaningful work. Improving one’s education to get a job is often a primary motivator for participation. It’s the way the system has worked for decades. The “job” was the way we redistributed wealth, making capitalists pay for the means of production and in return creating a middle class that could pay for mass produced goods. That period is almost over. America has hit peak jobs TechCrunch informs us. The New York Times calls it  the rise of the permanent temp economy. The recession, combined with technology, is killing middle class jobs, reports the Associated Press.

 

"We will not find a rebalance between jobs and people having them."


Via Jim Lerman
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Jon Kabat-Zinn recently said humans need a Job. This is similar to the thinking of Thomas Merton and Parker Palmer. Meaningful work gives meaning to life, makes us complete, and is a calling or vocation. It is not doing someone else's work. The latter is oppressive and demeaning. Victor Frankl proposed life has transcendant elements and our calling should do that.

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Detroit may easily be a harbinger of what's to come.  An economy of independents may be the new class.  The middle class may go away with the Model-T big auto company ideals that came with it. ~  D

Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, August 23, 2014 8:45 AM

These posts are the foundation for creating new approaches and strategies for working/preparing youth for the post job economy.

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The growing myth that multitasking and moving ever faster is good

The growing myth that multitasking and moving ever faster is good | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I keep seeing ads and other references to speed and multitasking as good, desirable. The implication is that we all know that doing two or three things at once is better and if you can do them all ...
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I am running into more and more articles citing the research supporting single-tasking or doing one thing at a time. Anecdotally, this makes sense to me.

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The Culture of Community and a Failure of Creativity

The Culture of Community and a Failure of Creativity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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It is hard to summarize this article. It is rich and deep. What role does community play in creativity? This might be extended to the role community will play in emergent digital communities.

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Best Advice: Down But Not Out

Best Advice: Down But Not Out | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I’m sitting in floor seats at one of my Golden State Warriors basketball games late last season after I had also recently become an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team
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I used to tell hockey players, and I continue to tell students, it is the respect you have for life (the game), others on your team, people you come in contact with (opponents and officials), and the rules that will get you through.

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Wanting to help with homework, parents learning the 'new' 1-2-3s of math

Wanting to help with homework, parents learning the 'new' 1-2-3s of math | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Helping kids with math homework shouldn’t be more difficult than putting two and two together. But many parents across the country are struggling with even the simplest math problems due to an updated curriculum.
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This is interesting, because our little school did this and more for almost a full generation. We worked closely with parents and children to meet everyone where they were in their learning. It took only a few months for bureaucrats and technocrats to take apart the trust that was needed.

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A Pressing Moral Imperative and Emotional Intelligence

A Pressing Moral Imperative and Emotional Intelligence | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Today's 3D Eye post is a development of recent thoughts on "emotional intelligence", and a reminder of what Daniel Goleman said in his seminal book which he simply called Emotional Intelligence. A ...
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Increasingly, it important to help both adults and students develop emotional and spiritual intelligence.

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Tablets, Smartphones Influence Reading Instruction

Tablets, Smartphones Influence Reading Instruction | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The number of games, apps, and software to help students learn to read and increase their literacy skills is growing fast, and the tools themselves are becoming more interactive and animated.
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Technology will play a role in helping children read, but adults taking time and reading to children will never be replaced. Adults also need to be the decision makers and guides in the learning of children. The closer we are to 1-on-1 relationships with adults and children the more effective this practice can become.

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Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

It's been a long time since I was in elementary school. But I can remember it like it was yesterday. I wasn't the cutest, skinniest or best-dressed girl. I wasn't even a popular girl, but I had an a


Via Nancy Jones
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We have many people who need a refresher on this point. Take time and appreciate what is in your life. Help people for no reason but the gratitude giving.

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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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