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Is Learning Increasingly Self-Directed in the Digital Era?

Is Learning Increasingly Self-Directed in the Digital Era? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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It is vital that educators be trained to recognize and nurture self-directed learning using technology and be capable of creating learning environments that support it....

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Androgogy and pedagogy are different. Adults are able to know why they want to learn something or why they are expected to learn something. Can we say the same thing for 6 year olds?

 

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Abigail Yates Soto's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:27 PM

"as early as the first century AD, Plutarch proposed that 'a learner is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lighted.'" Indeed, many educational philosophers including Malcolm Shepard Knowles and Paulo Freire have echoed this sentiment of student as creator, not merely a receiver, of knowledge. My question is, building on the idea of "scaffolding" as described in this article, how can a teacher provide activities that present questions for critical thinking. So much benefit comes from face-to-face interactions and so much of self-directed learning does take place in the digital realm. How can the modern instructor merge these two roles? 

 

 
Emily K. Reuter's curator insight, July 24, 2015 1:01 AM

When it comes to online higher education, personalized learning is a concept for structuring classes that is in need of more research. In order to better define and classify personalized learning for proper application in the online classroom, how does self-direction fit into the equation? Is self-directed learning a necessary component of personalized learning? Take a peek at this article and identify both the similarities and differences between self-directed and personalized learning. Consider that  in light of their differences, perhaps personalized learning is only successful if students are self--directed by nature.

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Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity

Teaching Critical Thinking in Age of Digital Credulity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By the end of 2014, more than 3 billion people will have access to the Internet, which means that they (we) have the power to ask any question at any time and get a multitude of answers within a second.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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We are the filters not the digital technologies. It is important students learn to filter information.

 

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The Digital Lives of Teens: "If You Don't Have a Plan for Them, They Will Have a Plan for You"

The Digital Lives of Teens: "If You Don't Have a Plan for Them, They Will Have a Plan for You" | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Teachers should make an effort to understand how best to operate in their students' digital world if they hope to make learning engaging and relevant.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Marisol Araya Fonseca
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The tension being experienced between people and digital technologies is there for students as well. The pace of change is such that perhaps even students are unable to keep pace. Using each other's expertise seems particularly relevant which means entering into new relationships between teachers and students where the rules are less rigid.

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There is Something Different About 2014 - Michael Fullan - (Digital Transformation)

There is Something Different About 2014 - Michael Fullan - (Digital Transformation) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Message from Michael I have been working on educational change for almost 50 years. There is something different about 2014. There is a grand convergence spontaneously erupting. I think it is a natural dynamic of push and pull.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Rod Murray
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The key line is about alienation of teachers and students. We are rarely asked what we think and what makes a difference in the classrooms.

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How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Remember the good old days of reading textbooks in school and taking notes from a chalkboard? Yeah, neither do we. PBS Learning Media, in preparation for Digital Learning Day on... (RT @dp_geopol: How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

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This is definitely an important question. What uses do they have for technology? What criteria helps them make decisions?

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Digital, connected and mobile

Digital, connected and mobile | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"In today’s digitally connected world, using technology to improve education institutions and processes is not a question of if, but of when and how.

Strategic technology suggested:

1. Adaptive learning

2 Adaptive e-textbooks

3. Customer relationship management (CRM)

4. Big data

5. Sourcing strategies

6. Exostructure

7. Open microcredentials

8. Digital assessment

9. Mobile

10. Social learning


Via Leona Ungerer, Lynnette Van Dyke
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It is more a question of how. There is a lot of neo-liberal thinking in this article i.e relationship management. Is that what we want?

 

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Communicating with parents in the digital world

Communicating with parents in the digital world | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This post was written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who works in professional development at Green Light Learning





Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.


Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world: 





Keep a Class Blog


Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.


Have your students do most of the blogging. Assign one student a week to be the class chronicler. Have that student take photos, record interviews with other students, and summarize what the class learned. Weebly is an easy platform for students of all ages to use.     


Get your class blog linked to your school’s homepage to show all the exciting work your class is doing!


Use a Messaging Service


Sending individual texts or emails to parents is time consuming and not very private. Let a messaging service, such as ClassDojo Messenger, do all the work for you. Once students and parents opt into the system, it allows you to easily send text message blasts to update all parents at once, or you can privately message them to keep them up-to-date on their child’s progress. You don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours. This is a great option for families who may not have home Internet but do have smartphones.


Set Up a Class Social Media Account


If parents don’t want to have their phones buzzing all the time, consider starting a class Twitter account or Facebook page. You can use the page to share updates, photos, and links to student work. If your students are under 13, be sure to set the account to private. To view the page, all parents will need to have Twitter or Facebook accounts (many of them probably already do). Before setting up any class social media accounts, review your school’s Privacy Policy and check with administrators.


Make Parents Feel Welcome


Let parents know that your classroom is a welcome space for them. Consider inviting parents to your classroom on days when students are giving presentations or sharing projects. Working parents can use Skype or Google Hangouts to visit virtually.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Use of social media is important, but the key is good choices and uses. One so-called expert, who spent little time in the classroom, suggests Twitter is a great tool to report learning results to parents. It has never been clear how 140 characters will accomplish that. It is important to use social media and other tools artfully.

 

The key takeaway is letting parents know the classroom environment is welcoming. I took it a step further and invited parents into classroom and provided meaningful ways for them to engage when there.

 

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Audrey Menard's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Great ideas!

Colette Cole-Saner's curator insight, August 4, 2014 9:53 AM

For beginners, many good suggestions are offered to optimize communication.

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The Rise of the Super-Digital Native

The Rise of the Super-Digital Native | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

The super-digital native will be bold. The super-digital native will be fearless. The super-digital native will be equipped with best practices for engaging critically with technology for teaching and learning.


Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Jamie Forshey, Lynnette Van Dyke, TechinBiz
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Reading Stuart Kaufman's work in complexity science suggests it might look quite different than this. He proposes that technology will come and go which means, as Marcus Wright suggests, we need to provide wisdom and understanding to the current generation so they can teach the next generation.

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aanve's curator insight, March 15, 2014 10:59 PM

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:53 AM

Who are the super digital natives, anyway?

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:58 PM

Somewhat Utopian, but interesting article. 

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Digital Citizenship….10 Ideas For Rich Academic Student Discussions On The Internet

Digital Citizenship….10 Ideas For Rich Academic Student Discussions On The Internet | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This is a good beginning and can be built upon.

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, June 18, 2013 7:31 PM

Great start for initiating student forums, thank you for sharing!