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Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals

Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

The professional workforce has been quick to adopt new technology tools. We readily accept that tablets and smartphones, teleconferencing and social media are now essential fixtures of the workplace for millions across the globe. Yet we've been slow in extending these advances to our schools, and in particular our K-12 schools. While many children's home lives are abuzz with the same platforms and devices as the 21st century workplace, school just hasn't kept pace, and in many classrooms pedagogies are barely more inclusive of new technology than they were in the 1980s.


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Paul Westeneng (Twitter: paulwest) is Senior Consultant at PulseOn (http://www.pulseon.nl), the unique learning platform that allows every student to learn in his or her own way, at a self-directed pace, with content that meets each student’s unique needs, interests and learning preferences. He is also the founder of learn2grow, supporting innovative learning solutions.

 

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How to create a culture of daily mentorship | eLeadership | Coaching | Mentoring | eSkills

How to create a culture of daily mentorship | eLeadership | Coaching | Mentoring | eSkills | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
According to a study by Harvard Business Review, young high achievers value mentoring and coaching and often leave their current gigs in a quest to have those needs met. Companies like Microsoft and KPMG have caught on by giving employees exposure to peers in different divisions to provide fresh ideas and new ways of thinking.

In addition to more formalized training and education programs, many companies also try to foster mentorship within their organizations, often with mixed results. Like matchmaking, mentorship can seem shrouded in mystique and luck. HR departments eagerly set up colleagues for lunches or other work “dates” and cross their fingers that the chemistry will spark. A seasoned pro will take an eager novice under his or her wing and the next generation of great leaders will be born.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/



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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 19, 9:41 AM
According to a study by Harvard Business Review, young high achievers value mentoring and coaching and often leave their current gigs in a quest to have those needs met. Companies like Microsoft and KPMG have caught on by giving employees exposure to peers in different divisions to provide fresh ideas and new ways of thinking.

In addition to more formalized training and education programs, many companies also try to foster mentorship within their organizations, often with mixed results. Like matchmaking, mentorship can seem shrouded in mystique and luck. HR departments eagerly set up colleagues for lunches or other work “dates” and cross their fingers that the chemistry will spark. A seasoned pro will take an eager novice under his or her wing and the next generation of great leaders will be born.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/


Simon Awuyo's curator insight, June 21, 4:58 PM

As a mentor I need the mentoring sills and knowledge to be a better mentor.

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Top 10 Best Free Math Resources on the Web | eSkills

Top 10 Best Free Math Resources on the Web | eSkills | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Math is often thought of as a dry subject, but math lovers have been working to show the more interesting side of math to students in many formats.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 15, 10:15 AM

Math is often thought of as a dry subject, but math lovers have been working to show the more interesting side of math to students in many formats.


Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, June 15, 11:24 AM

For EFL/ESL teachers who teach content along with English, here are some helpful sites for teaching math.  

Lee Hall's curator insight, June 16, 10:08 AM

Math can be fun.

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What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge

What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.  

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Mrs.Piltz' Kinders's curator insight, June 13, 12:25 PM

There is such value in problem solving and persevering through a challenge.

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200 Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

200 Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

"Looking for some interesting free documentaries to use in your class or probably use for your own professional and intellectual growth? This list from Open Culture has you covered. It features around 200 free documentaries spanning a wide range of topics from history to arts and science. All of these documentaries are provided with a short description about their content together with a link to the page where you can watch them and read more about the contextual information surrounding the topic they cover. It will take you awhile to sift through the entire list but we are pretty sure you will come out with some good documentaries to share with your class."


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Juan Rodríguez-silvar's curator insight, June 13, 3:55 PM

Catro boas ferramentas recomendadas.

Four good tools recommended

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 15, 3:09 AM

Open education est en train d'arriver et mettra des discussion sur le droit d'auteur au placard (au moins un peu). Voici des ressources gratuites à utiliser en classe.

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Bussemaker: betere overgang vmbo'ers naar mbo

Bussemaker: betere overgang vmbo'ers naar mbo | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
RT @VO_nieuws: Bussemaker: betere overgang vmbo'ers naar mbo - Nationale Onderwijsgids: http://t.co/qkkPctAUC7 #mbo #vmbo #opleiding #arbei…
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Online platform maakt leren op eigen tempo mogelijk |

Online platform maakt leren op eigen tempo mogelijk | | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Docenten en leerlingen van vijf Vakcolleges hebben in april deelgenomen aan een enquête. De leermiddelen van Mens & Dienstverlenen en het online platform voor gepersonaliseerd leren PulseOn stonden centraal.
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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.


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لبنانية♥سعودية's curator insight, June 8, 11:54 AM

Using minecraft with students is as liminted only if teachers imagination is limited. You dont need high cost to use it. One english lit teacher asked her students to build the setting of a novel they were reading...a math teacher set a project for students building 3d geometrical shapes ...what fun ! 

Monika Macias's curator insight, June 9, 5:18 AM

Creating your own virtual world is easy - so much so that elementary school researchers have discovered that children who play Minecraft make better readers! http://bit.ly/1dst3Hm

Mark Rasi's curator insight, June 9, 6:41 PM

So many opportunities for schools to do great things and connect with where students are at...

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Without anyones permission: The open web and online learning

Without anyones permission: The open web and online learning | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
As teaching and learning activities move into online and blended learning environments we need to think carefully about how we use those spaces, which is often determined by the features of the pla...

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Vwo'ers hoeven niet naar universiteit van Bussemaker

Vwo'ers hoeven niet naar universiteit van Bussemaker | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Scholieren die een vwo-diploma hebben gehaald moeten niet vanzelfsprekend naar de universiteit gaan.
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Dekker wil snel internet voor alle scholen beschikbaar maken

Dekker wil snel internet voor alle scholen beschikbaar maken | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
RT @PO_nieuws: Dekker wil snel internet voor alle scholen beschikbaar maken - Nationale Onderwijsgids: http://t.co/YNfXw17LaV #internetsnel…
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Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

Why Technology Will Never Fix Education | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.


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For me the most interesting quote from this article are:: "the technology’s value is in direct proportion to the instructor’s capability" and "technology's law of amplification".

This matches fully with our own experience with PulseOn as stated clearly by one of the school principles: "using PulseOn my good teachers get even better, but ..." 

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Pamela Hills's curator insight, June 5, 9:01 AM
If our past self could give students today any advise it is this. Learn all you can in school because you will be further ahead when you graduate. We live in a fast pace world a world so different from when we went to school. Be the dreamers. you are the future . The only one holding you back is you and being lazy only you can make the difference .
Sieg Holle's curator insight, June 5, 9:38 AM

Interesting food for thought -motivation is a quality issue?

Peter Rettig's curator insight, June 5, 12:45 PM

This certainly also applies to learning a foreign language. As a learning "tool", technology will only help if you really want to build something, e.g. your knowledge or skills....

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instantly capture the wisdom of your crowd with instavibe

instantly capture the wisdom of your crowd with instavibe | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

Pulse audiences for free using mobile devices: from a group of friends to hundreds at events. Watch results appear instantly and share them easily. Zero setup, it's a web app.


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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, June 3, 8:34 AM

Interesting, will certainly test it ...

 

Katja Bier's curator insight, June 3, 9:38 AM

Definitely will try this!

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, June 27, 11:48 AM

Looks like this will be fun - you ask the question out loud and they provide their responses on their devices which appear on the big screen.  I like that.  Things to consider, you can't really add text - just select numbers, yes/no and average.  You can add text for a question if you wanted to but needs some thought to ensure discussion

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Why Online Students Succeed

Why Online Students Succeed | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Improving online student success can be overwhelming, but findings from a recent Eduventures study suggest that it is not as complicated as it seems.

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Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, June 18, 2:00 AM

Loved the checklist!

 

ERBRAINS MICROSOFT DYNAMICS's curator insight, June 18, 2:07 AM

Real Time and the conversation

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From Nik Peachey.

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Onderwijs en leren in 2032 - E-learning made easy

Onderwijs en leren in 2032 - E-learning made easy | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Wat zijn jouw wensen als het gaat over onderwijs en leren in 2032? In dit artikel lees je mijn 5 wensen...
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Alle zieke kinderen in België hebben voortaan recht op Bednet - Het Nieuwsblad Mobile

Alle zieke kinderen in België hebben voortaan recht op Bednet - Het Nieuwsblad Mobile | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Alle kinderen die langdurig ziek zijn, moeten vanaf 1 september via de webcam les kunnen volgen. Bednet krijgt daarvoor één miljoen euro subsidies van onderwijsminister Hilde Crevits (CD&V).
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How Experience API Can Support Personalized E-Learning in Organizations | Origin Learning – A Learning Solutions Blog

How Experience API Can Support Personalized E-Learning in Organizations | Origin Learning – A Learning Solutions Blog | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
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10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | eLeadership | eSkills | Leadership

10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders | eLeadership | eSkills | Leadership | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

No one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator.

Great leaders connect with people on an emotional level every time they speak. Their words inspire others to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Great communicators are intentional about it, and there are 10 secrets they rely on to deliver a powerful message. Put these secrets to work in your communication and watch your influence soar.

1. They Know Their Audience

2. They Are Experts In Body Language

3. They Are Honest

4. They Are Authentic

5. They Speak With Authority

6. They Speak To Groups As Individuals

7. They Have Ears (And They Use Them)

8. They Use Phrases Like "It's My Fault," "I Was Wrong," and "I'm Sorry"

9. They Solicit Feedback

10. They're Proactive

Leaders with the best communication skills don't waste time playing catch-up. They're quick to head off the rumor mill by sharing bad news in a timely manner. They also give clear, concise goals and directions so people don't waste their time heading in the wrong direction.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip

 


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Ian Berry's curator insight, June 12, 3:43 AM

Great list. It all begins at number 1

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, June 12, 4:01 AM

I want to become and mentor a great leader.

Nadège CORDENTE's curator insight, June 12, 4:32 AM

Cela paraît presque trop simple et pourtant...

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How Open Badges scaffold a better learning design and improve ePortfolio management

How Open Badges scaffold a better learning design and improve ePortfolio management | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Presentation by Dominique-Alain Jan on How Open Badges scaffold a better learning design and improve ePortfolio management at Mahara Hui on 9 April 2015.

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Is het een beweging?

Is het een beweging? | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Onderwijs van onderop. Als ik een mentale rondvlucht maak over het onderwijs in Nederland, zie ik hoopgevende trends. Schotjes worden afgebroken, de verschillende lagen zoeken elkaar op, leren wordt meer als de persoonlijke weg van ...
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Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching

Defining "Best Practice" in Teaching | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Teachers stand on the shoulders of giants who developed tried-and-true strategies by testing them out, reflecting on the outcomes, and honing those strategies over decades or longer.

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Commonwealth of Learning - Large-Scale, Government-Supported Educational Tablet Initiatives

Commonwealth of Learning - Large-Scale, Government-Supported Educational Tablet Initiatives | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

A growing number of countries are embarking on large-scale, government-supported initiatives to distribute tablet devices to students in the K–12 schooling sector. Unfortunately, there is a misconception that by simply putting this technology in the hands of students, educational access issues will be resolved and educational transformation will occur. In this research project, a systematic review of current government-supported tablet initiatives around the world was conducted to understand their origins, underlying principles, financial and organisational models, and expected outcomes. An extensive literature search and data extracted from identified documents showed that 11 countries have launched government-led tablet initiatives. The review concluded that the majority of these initiatives have been driven by the tablet hype rather than by educational frameworks or research-based evidence. Download the COL Report at: http://www.col.org/PublicationDocuments/COL-Tablet-Initiatives.pdf


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 5, 7:59 AM

A growing number of countries are embarking on large-scale, government-supported initiatives to distribute tablet devices to students in the K–12 schooling sector. Unfortunately, there is a misconception that by simply putting this technology in the hands of students, educational access issues will be resolved and educational transformation will occur. In this research project, a systematic review of current government-supported tablet initiatives around the world was conducted to understand their origins, underlying principles, financial and organisational models, and expected outcomes.


An extensive literature search and data extracted from identified documents showed that 11 countries have launched government-led tablet initiatives.

The review concluded that the majority of these initiatives have been driven by the tablet hype rather than by educational frameworks or research-based evidence. 


Download the COL Report at: http://www.col.org/PublicationDocuments/COL-Tablet-Initiatives.pdf


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Tablets


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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | innovation in learning | Scoop.it

Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.


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bernieshoot's curator insight, June 7, 3:43 AM

#education #homeworks 

Michel Bergeron's curator insight, June 8, 4:56 PM

Les principes de la classe inversée s'appliquent très bien à la formation dans les organisations.

Pamela Hills's curator insight, June 17, 12:15 PM

 Face Book is not just social media , expand your horizons  , you can talk to people all over the world and learn new language, how to cook something different. With Skype you can take tour and never leave your home. You can get real news as it is unfolding. The world became so much smaller .  There is a whole world out there  waiting for you .

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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.

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Mary Getzke's curator insight, June 3, 11:33 AM

Love this statement in article "what's important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have". ...priceless!

LET Team's curator insight, June 3, 7:37 PM

Who's for Duct Tape Ninja?

Rachel Benoit's curator insight, June 4, 8:56 AM

'Fearless learners', now that is a great concept, and who doesn't love duct tape. 

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs | Blogging | eSkills

Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs | Blogging | eSkills | innovation in learning | Scoop.it
By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/practice-using-blogs-for-home-work-to-get-ict-skills-and-creativity/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/practice/

 

https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/put-your-title-in-here/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Blogging

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 2, 4:05 AM
By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/practice-using-blogs-for-home-work-to-get-ict-skills-and-creativity/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/practice/


https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/put-your-title-in-here/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Blogging


Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, June 2, 9:14 AM

A reading transformation can occur in your school much like it has in my classroom, replacing fear and dread with excitement and self-expression. Students will read if they choose the books. They will write with voice and clarity if they have the ability to express their thoughts. They can change from reluctant to inspired readers if it happens on their own terms. All you have to do is flip the experience, turning the practice of reading on its head by making them the creators of their own learning.

RESENTICE's curator insight, June 3, 3:49 AM

Inverser sa classe avec des BLOGS