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The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace

The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What’s the business case for diversity in the workplace? It’s less about what diversity adds, and more about what homogeneity takes away

Via Dianne Hofner Saphiere, David Hain
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I read a blog recently where the author, who has positioned himself as an expert, indicated groupthink was OK. I cannot think of a reason why. This article supports diversity of thoughts in organizations.

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A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling

A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Crunching numbers is only half the battle.
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This is a great title and the article has merit. What stories help us tell the full story behind the numbers?

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Shut up and write the book! 

Shut up and write the book!  | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Austin Kleon is working on the followup to Steal Like An Artist, his brilliant book about how to be more creative in the digital age. He says it’s been a real pain in the ass. Here are five things that have helped him. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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As I am entering that world, this is a great article. It echoed what other i.e. Nicholas Carr suggested about the writing process. It requires serious disconnection.

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Penelope's comment, March 29, 2013 11:36 PM
It seems that we have to get back to simple, doesn't it?
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's comment, March 30, 2013 5:00 PM
It does.
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Are Leaders Made or Are They Born? - Solutions 21

Are Leaders Made or Are They Born? - Solutions 21 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Can a leader be made? Experts believe that leaders can develop their skills by focusing on Emotional Intelligence. http://t.co/ypHkUziG0z


Via David Hain
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Leaders and leadership are two different things. A leader is someone formally appointed and leadership is something that is innate and can be drawn out.

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3 Attachments That Are Dragging You Down

3 Attachments That Are Dragging You Down | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I’ve only just begun a dedicated practice of vairagya, which is non-attachment, and it's a beautiful thing. At times, though, it's frustrating when I get overwhelmed with myriad things from which...

Via Todd Lohenry
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We need to let go and detach from the material things in life, the views of others, and our bodies. They are all transitory.

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Todd Lohenry's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:15 AM

Great advice about breaking ties with the attachments that drag you down...

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Toward Society 3.0: A New Paradigm for 21st century education

The convergence of globalization, the emergence of the knowledge society and accelerating change contribute to what might be best termed a New Paradigm of knowl

Via Sharrock
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We still need to take time and be still, but this does allow a certain understanding to bring that about.

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 28, 2013 12:38 PM

I like the connections made to Toffler's description of the family, learning, and work in the different ages and eras. The hetarchy was something I had been exposed to when reading Michael Maccoby. Some of the statements are kind of empty though. Basically the same as every society era encountered--don't follow, lead. Get rich and be successful hasn't changed either from each era to the next. It's just that communication and sharing of information is faster and we are increasingly more integrated into our machine environments. Systems are starting to learn us just as we are learning our systems. We need to become system thinkers--that's missing from this presentation. 

Trudy Raymakers's comment, March 29, 2013 2:34 AM
An older presentation but very relevant. Provides context to the 3.0 movement.
Sharrock's comment, April 12, 2013 10:05 AM
Thanks, Trudy.
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Overcoming the 5 Barriers to Trust

Overcoming the 5 Barriers to Trust | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Why don't more companies embrace trust as a tangible, learnable, and measurable asset? Because it requires four things that don't fit the business world's current obsession with instant gratification -- time, effort, diligence and character.

For our thoughts on corporate America and trust: http://tolerosolutions.com/in-goldman-sachs-we-trustor-do-we ;


Via Scott Span, MSOD, David Hain
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Trust is earned and when it is broken it takes a lot to re-earn. It is at the heart of all great relationships personal or otherwise.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, March 28, 2013 1:42 PM

What are your barriers?

 

For our thoughts on corporate America and trust: http://tolerosolutions.com/in-goldman-sachs-we-trustor-do-we

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The global one-room schoolhouse

The global one-room schoolhouse | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
James Seely Brown's keynote speech at the 2012 DML conference

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We are a global one-room schoolhouse. Digital technology connects us, but does not build community. We need to attend to that and be present to those we connect with.

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Approaching 100%: The Current Future of Learning Infographic

Approaching 100%: The Current Future of Learning Infographic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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A great visual which does not suggest technology is needed. I would understand that to be a blend and integration of what the student needs and identifies at a given point in a given context

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Are We Creating a Generation of Observers?

Are We Creating a Generation of Observers? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
At the expense of creation, our classrooms have become too focused on celebrating the lives of others, writes Stephen R. Herr.
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We need a blend of listeners, observers, activity, and technology. We need a different approach than what is offered with the polarity of approaches where there is only one way.

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0

Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post seeks to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to t...

Via Cathleen Nardi
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"Most schools are still living within and functioning through an Education 1.0 model.  Although many would deny this, they are focusing on an essentialist-based curriculum with related ways of teaching and testing." This quote says it all. Our schools have a leadership vacuum.

 

 

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Cathleen Nardi's comment, March 28, 2013 12:42 AM
The question is how do we move our education systems forward if our leadership is stuck at 1.0?
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's comment, March 28, 2013 6:45 PM
We need a new conversation. This one needs to include and not exclude. Most of the change I see is mandated and top-down. As a result, it is oppressive and changes little, only reinforcing a failed system. With this conversation, we need a few brave people to stand up and say there are different ways to do this. It begins with us to shorten a much deeper Vaclav Havel quote.
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The Skills Both Online Students And Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The Skills Both Online Students And Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What does it take to have an effective online classroom? These skills are critical for both online students and teachers.
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I like the idea of knowing about the family. This serves as a precursor to really engaging the family in the learning of the child. The other good one is good and different lines to create effective student to teacher communication.

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Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives

Disconnect: A New Movie Sounds the Alarm About Our Hyper-Connected Lives | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In the 1840s, Benjamin Disraeli, still a long way from being prime minister of England, wanted to wake people up to the plight of the British working class -- and move them to act. The alarm he
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This is a great article supported by neuroscience. One aspect of awareness and mindfulness will be that the digital world is here to stay. What will we do to be mindful in our practice, our daily lives. I disconnect for a full day every week. I still journal. I read books. I am serial single-tasker.

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Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership

Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

If an organization needs to undergo significant change, that's a leadership issue, right? Old dogs will learn new tricks when the lead dog — or ape, or penguin, depending on the management fable of the moment — shows them off. Leaders need to craft compelling elevator speeches, relentlessly deliver the message of change, and above all, walk the talk.

 

But by itself, the lead-animal theory is woefully insufficient for changing large organizations or large parts of organizations.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Certainly, we need to blend the two together. Management is about the non-human things in an organization. Leadership is about the human aspects.

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 15, 2013 10:57 AM

The authors of this good readable HBR blog article (and their new book called 'Leading Successful Change') propose 8 keys or aspects which can be used by change leaders to realize change in organizations.

 

They give two examples (Hyundai and the Roman Catholic Church) to illustrate the use of these 8 key aspects, and to show whether a proposed change is just a hot air balloon or the real deal.

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Building Leaders at Every Level - The Leadership Pipeline

Building Leaders at Every Level - The Leadership Pipeline | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Learn how to develop a strong pipeline of future leaders for your organization. The reward for your efforts? The right skills at the top—and everywhere else in your organization.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Gary Bamford, David Hain
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We do have a leadership crisis as this article points out. What does it mean to manage? We have to be careful. Do we want leadership or management? Both are necessary, but serve different purposes.

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The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken

The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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A very interesting article that indicates what we get out of followers is really the measure of the leader. That means a rethink on hiring, developing, and promoting leaders. We want leaders not managers.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 29, 2013 12:27 PM

I am a big fan of Mike Myatt.  Here is another reason why, from the article:

 

Here’s the thing – you can possess the greatest technical wizardry under the stars, but that doesn’t make you a leader. 

 

If you don’t care, aren’t collaborative, can’t communicate, fail to take input and feedback, and allow your hubris to overshadow your humility, you might be intelligent, but in my book you’re not very bright.

 

The really sad part of this story is how often this type of person is rewarded in a competency-based system.

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's comment, April 24, 2013 5:42 PM
Prior to the global meltdown having managers was best as we needed them to manage growth. Now we strong leadership to get us out of the mess. Trouble is there are too few around in both politics and business.
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InquiryLearn

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Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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As education continues to morph and we find less and less need or call for students to actually attend a brick and mortar building, resources such as this become more necessary.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:21 PM


Award-winning Web-based distance learning projects and multimedia interactives
Standards-based integrated, interactive, inquiry-based curricula, activities, and community action plans


Paula Correia's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:04 AM

Projeto de aprendizagem de ensino à distância (multimédia e interativo) premiado com as seguintes distinções, entre outras: Best Museum Website 2004" (Museums and the Web); AAM Muse Award, "Best Distance Learning Program via the Internet, K-12" (USDLA/Telecon); "Best Non-Profit/Public Service Web Site in Massachusetts" (Massachusetts Interactive Media Council); three first place national distance learning awards (USDLA & Telecon); 2005 Parents' Choice Gold Award, Website Category (Parents' Choice Foundation)award for Conservation Central, an online habitat conservation education program developed for Smithsonian's National Zoo; 2005 Webby Worthy Award (International Academy of Digital Arts and Science) for Conservation Central. Leading International award recognizing excellence in Web design, functionality, and creativity.; 2004 Best of the Web - “Best Museum Web Site Supporting Educational Use,” Finalist (Museums and the Web 2004).

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What is digital literacy and why is it needed? - Innovate My School

What is digital literacy and why is it needed? - Innovate My School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Technology affects all of us: from our working lives, to our home and social lives. There is no denying that the growth of technology, particularly in the last ten years, has been at an unprecedented pace.

Via Nancy Jones
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"It is likely that schools will have to regularly update their IT programme of study so that they can keep up with the rapid advances of technology. This is particularly prevalent with the increasing use of online research and educational software being used as teaching and learning aids through the use of mobile devices"

 

If we know what our values are and can stay true to them, this is doable. If we do not, not so much.

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Disruption Vs. #Innovation: What's The Difference?

Disruption Vs. #Innovation: What's The Difference? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
People are sometimes confused about is the difference between innovation and disruption.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We need both disruption and innovation. Innovation is largley a product of disruption. Something had to change.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 28, 2013 1:43 PM

Innovation and disruption are similar in that they create something new. Both are change-makers and builders. Disruption takes a left turn by literally displacing or uprooting how we think, behave, do business, learn and so on. A disruptor will go after an entrenched industry or established company, profitable business model, traditional way of doing things, or processes of any kind — and turn it on its head.

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Words Matter, Context Matters More

Words Matter, Context Matters More | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Regardless of what we say, we need to recognize the context and the humanity of the other person.

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for the love of learning: New Years and improving school

for the love of learning: New Years and improving school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This looks like a great video which challenges us to ask questions and accept that change will not be an easy path. Nor will change involve just dumping one more faddish idea on top of a system that does not work. We need to ask: What is school for? We need to have new and open conversations based on reflection and inclusiveness. We need a process that is ongoing and brings people together. Will we always agree? No, so the process needs to be safe and allow resiliency.

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How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology

How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As a tech advocate, I often find myself coaxing established educators to incorporate new tools & technologies. Here are some ways I've found to be successful.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

There are some great ideas in the article. We need to approach teachers without a fix it attitude, understand their needs and the needs their students might face, and treat technology as something to play with. Those are some excellent ideas. It is about heatlhy relationships.

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First Take: Here a Screen, There a Screen, Everywhere a Screen Screen…A Good Thing for our Kids?

First Take: Here a Screen, There a Screen, Everywhere a Screen Screen…A Good Thing for our Kids? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

We need to find ways to integrate those screens into the lives of children and adults alike. Without adults being adults, we will find children will do what they want and not what is always best. We need a different conversation and real leadership; not what passes for leadership.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:43 PM

We need to find ways to integrate those screens into the lives of children and adults alike. Without adults being adults, we will find children will do what they want and not what is always best. We need a different conversation and real leadership; not what passes for leadership.

Mirko Ganarin's curator insight, March 28, 2013 3:42 AM

First steep in my opinion: Parents need to know at least a bit of what the Internet, Facebook and Co. is about. I'll try to keep an open mind and engage myself in the new field of social interaction, but it is challenging. However, I feel that only by experiencing the whole thing by my self I can be of any help to my offspring. Either by encouraging or restricting the use screens in our lives.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's comment, March 28, 2013 5:48 PM
That is leadership.
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What is the Meaning of The Medium is the Message?


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We need more Marshall McLuhan thinking in our promotion and use to digital technology in schools, communities, and for children.

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5 MOOCs Teachers Should Take As Students - Edudemic

5 MOOCs Teachers Should Take As Students - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
MOOCs may or may not save higher education, and if they save it they may further widen the gap between elite and lesser-known schools.
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Worth looking at. We should be aware of what is out there. The one that caught my attention was the one about living in a knowledge economy. We have been saying that for a long time and little change occurs broadly. There are some pockets of the shift.

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