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Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones

Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The Rogers Innovation Report looked at parents and young adult children to see how they use their smartphones.
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Smartphones are just little notebooks we are going to use for emergency only. (By the way I am 63!)

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Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones

Study Finds How Parents And Children Actually Use Smartphones | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The Rogers Innovation Report looked at parents and young adult children to see how they use their smartphones.
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Agron S. Dida's curator insight, April 28, 3:16 AM

Smartphones are just little notebooks we are going to use for emergency only. (By the way I am 63!)

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.
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This is a post worthy of your time and reflection! It has a number of ramifications for all associated with schools, be they teachers, school leaders or parents. Having listened to Prof. Carol Dweck today, thus post resonates with her mindset for learning.
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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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A great starting point for those not familiar with digital curation or not confident. Recommended.

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Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, August 18, 9:33 AM

Curation: I use scoop.it, and I think it is important to teach students how to become curators. More ideas here!

Ivo Nový's curator insight, August 18, 10:22 PM

What is content Curation? Great explanation and very interesting interview with Robin Good on curation.

John Gougoulis's curator insight, August 19, 3:34 AM

An absolutely significant skill in any research or investigation, for educators and learners in the digital age - the curation of content- with a clear focus or question in mind, the capacity to target a search field, sift through, reflect on and make decisions about the most suitable resource or evidence to use. What a great learning experience.

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Organisational culture can assist in employee retention!

Organisational culture can assist in employee retention! | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The role of culture cannot be underestimated

We must understand that culture is not easy to changeWe must have a vision and follow itWe must be patientWe must focus on each of the elements like: values, tradition, procedures, symbols, rituals and ceremonies"
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If its worth doing, model the behaviour and/or attitude yourself. Please do not be a hypocrite, expecting others to do something you are not prepared to do yourself.

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Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers?

Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Teacher Andrew Jones explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how they suit different professional development needs
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A neat explanation of the differences between coaching and mentoring.

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, August 5, 4:14 PM

Considering mentoring and what is genuinely beneficial in professional development. Coaching may be a better option for improving practice. 

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Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing | November Learning

Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.
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This post is an excellent summary of the error of mistaking the technology for the learning as the key goal. It sounds so simple when said in one sentence but it is a significant difference.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.
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My experience would suggest these are the five topics most discussed in fora where classroom practice arises. It is up to school leaders to see that they are discussed amongst classroom practitioners, ownership developed and acted upon.

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The Science Of Brainstorming

The Science Of Brainstorming | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Our hunt for the eureka moment may be in vain. New research suggests analogies can help your team come up with great new ideas.
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As a former jewellery designer and craftsman and then visual arts teacher this is as I used to operate. My art history knowledge would strongly suggest it is how many famous artists have developed their work.

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Why the Web won't be Nirvana

"After two decades online, I'm perplexed. It's not that I haven't had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I've met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I'm uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community." Clifford Stoll

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Clifford Stoll's sensible commentary about the pitfalls of the internet is a valuable post for reflection. Stoll makes several key points. Data on the internet is usually unedited, and thus the reliability and validity of the data requires checking.

Perhaps most importantly, people are relational beings and need human interaction to thrive. That interaction is best done face to face with others to allow for a sense of presence, facial expression, body language, nuance of intonation and pacing of verbal communication and even pheromones to play their parts.

The internet has its place and plays an important role in many spheres of life. Like Stoll I simply object to the 'nirvana' style ideology as unrealistic.

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Branding Strategy Insider | Change Management And The Power Of Language

Branding Strategy Insider | Change Management And The Power Of Language | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Language has a huge role to play in the bedding in of new ways of doing things. Language actually defines a culture because it is literally how people connect – changing it significantly shifts the parameters of, and the context for, what is defined, accepted and encouraged. Here are five interconnected ways you can change your language to better complement the actions you intend taking.
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Change the category – when you change the perception of who you are. You can literally invigorate the current culture with the characteristics of a new category.

Change the purpose – when you change where you compete and with whom you compete, you have the opportunity to redefine what you compete for.

Change the story – when you change your purpose, you have the opportunity to change the story that you tell yourselves about what you are doing and what constitutes success. You quite literally reframe the parameters. You also need to reset the notions of what you talk about and reinforce before you redefine the operating rules. That way, changing the actions becomes proof of your new history and the way things will be going forward. Telling your stories in new ways redefines your traditions as a culture.

Change the values – when you change the story, you have the right setting to redefine your priorities as people interacting with each other.

Change the permissions – refreshed values provide the best backdrop for resetting what constitutes success and therefore how people feel empowered to behave. When you highlight humanity over greed for example or teamwork over individual brilliance, you not only change how people can behave, you also change what they feel they can celebrate and emulate.

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10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership

10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
We are in the employee feedback business. Answers become conversations about what is most essential and meaningful for the team and the company.
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These are great questions and resonate strongly with my anecdotal experiences.

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7 Power Tips for Facing Turbulence

7 Power Tips for Facing Turbulence | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Turbulence grabs attention, focuses energy, stretches relationships, tests resolve, and shows you who you are. Leadership tips during turbulence. ..

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"Turbulence is useful when it:

Strengthens connections. People who trust each other pull together during tough times; people who don’t, pull apart.Disrupts stagnant patterns.Challenges old ways of thinking and invites creativity and innovation.Drives self-reflection, rather than blame and irresponsibility.Motivates outward focus. Turning inward without turning outward is organizational suicide. Don’t hunker down and ride it out.Purifies mission. Is it time to get back to basics?Provides an enemy. Defeating enemies energizes armies."
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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Sometimes you need to go beyond listening.
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This is an excellent post and well worth the effort of reading and reflecting upon the contents. Listening is a good start and the additional three points made in this post build of being open to the views of others. Raising topics that are known to be contentious, teaching the skills of speaking candidly and listening well and finally and possibly most importantly, letting go of ego in discussions. The last is often easy to say and much harder to do! As a colleague has said to me, 'being open to our own frailties is the right challenge'.

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Growth Mindset Launch

Growth Mindset Launch | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Back in March I blogged about becoming a growth mindset school following our staff launch event.  Since that time we have been very busy preparing to roll out the ethos to the whole school. Here's ...
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Having just heard Carol Dweck speak, this is a timely complementary perspective.

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pru's curator insight, August 19, 1:09 AM

Growth mindset is a key priority for a growing number of schools in 2014, and a great professional learning path to follow for teachers and leaders to follow.

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Teacher - ACER - Digital Normalisation

Teacher - ACER - Digital Normalisation | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"If you want your school to grow, the school and its community needs to take charge of that growth. Every pathfinder school operating at the ‘Networked’ or ‘Digital Normalisation’ stage of the school evolutionary stages continuum has taken charge of its own evolution."

 

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Digital normalisation is a considerable task for schools but one that cannot be avoided and one that can be handled and managed by the staff, school leadership and community of the school concerned. It cannot be mandated but can grow and flourish.

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical.
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High level advice that holds true with many details to be worked out. This process needs a positive attitude, confidence and moral support as much as technical skills and good classroom managements skills.

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On Leadership, Communication and Learning From the Arts

On Leadership, Communication and Learning From the Arts | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"For anyone to be a successful leader, they will have to master the art of communication. This is because leaders are judged by their communication skills, whether they know this or not..."

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"Speakers, like other artists, are working with the emotions of their audience. Most good speakers take their audience on an emotional journey, ending with a strong Final Emotion that propels their audience to act on the message of their speech.
In this regard, speakers are remarkably similar to other artists and can glean valuable tips on delivering memorable speeches by studying artists who have achieved greatness in their fields."

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How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain - Edudemic

How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain - Edudemic | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
As we all know, our minds are changing as technology integrates more and more into our lives. The use of technology in traditionally social situations has become so rife it that games have been invented in order to keep people off their phones. In schools, it is evident that children and teenagers spend more time taking …
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There is little scientific doubt that the activities and influences on children does have an effect on the wiring of their brains as they grow and develop. Their neuro-plasticity makes this inevitable, Whether this is a good thing remains debatable and open to significant differences in perspective and values. There seems little doubt they will be different, just how different remains unknown. For those interested in perspectives, read the work of Professor Susan Greenfield.

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Handwriting still matters - Principal's Blog

Handwriting still matters - Principal's Blog | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Computers and handwriting are both important tools for our young people, whether they be in our Junior School or Year 12 and about to enter tertiary learning. Both have a role to play and the balance in their use will change over time.

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The neuroscience of how young people learn might be indicating that handwriting remains an important skill for learning in a number of ways.

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10 Ways to Create a Sense of Ownership

10 Ways to Create a Sense of Ownership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Where taking ownership prevails: Organizational mission feels right. Compelling mission drives organizations where taking ownership rises above sleazy manipulation. But, where mission is obscure, people just go through the motions...."

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The ten hints at developing ownership in an organisation are 'rough gems'. The concept at the base of each hint is pure and reasonable, but the semantics comes across as a little negative. I also have some reservations about the implementation of some of the concepts. The ambiguity and complexity of real world relationships and contexts makes some of these concepts good 'lights' guiding the way rather than a 'road map' to adhere to in your leadership journey.

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Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology

Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"There is no significant linear connection between the use of digital technologies and enhanced student attainment. It is time to appreciate the traditional, simplistic way of looking at  the impact of digital technology on student learning has to fundamentally change and for all associated with schools to understand that the impact of digital technology on student learning can be profound if a suitable school ecology is created." Mal Lee

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There is much written about the positive effects of a good school culture and how it is difficult to attain. The reverse also holds true and a negative school culture is deleterious to a child's development and a good culture can be easily lost. Mal lee has made the key connection between between school culture and expectation and the embedding of good digital thinking and practice in a school environment. Bravo Mal!

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, July 22, 1:49 AM

Technology is about enhancing learning, and relationships. There are things never before possible, but central to the use of digital technologies is an attitude, a mindset of collaboration, not of the individual learning in the traditional competitive classroom. Many educators aren't quite there with that one yet.

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, July 22, 1:49 AM

Technology is about enhancing learning, and relationships. There are things never before possible, but central to the use of digital technologies is an attitude, a mindset of collaboration, not of the individual learning in the traditional competitive classroom. Many educators aren't quite there with that one yet.

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10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Tips To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The How To Build Your Professional Learning Community Infographic presents how you can curate your own professional learning community.
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"Educators are no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so they can get into what really interests them, even if the expert is on the other side of the globe, and their colleagues are scattered about and have never met in person. Everyone has a personal, professional learning community, and curating that group of people takes some time and effort.

Don’t be afraid to do some hard work and make some mistakesFigure out what you want to learn about, and join discussions on these topicsParticipate in the discussions! Show you are a thought leaderTalk to your colleagues who are interested in collaboratingDon’t be afraid to build a new community of colleagues onlineTake an online course or watch some instructional videosStart a blog or other outlet to share your ideas and thoughts – start building an audienceTalk to a ton of thought leaders – on Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora, etcAttend meetups and conferencesKeep in touch with the new people you meet!"
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Two Steps and Four Landmines

Two Steps and Four Landmines | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Blazing new trails is tougher than staying where you are. We usually chose escalating frustration over the perils of moving forward. There are two steps in forward movement." Stepping towards a defined new goal is harder than stepping away from a problem...

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'Peter Drucker said it best, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”'

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Make Mistakes - Avoid Screw Ups

Make Mistakes - Avoid Screw Ups | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Anyone who says mistakes are no big deal needs an attitude adjustment. When you celebrate the wrong mistake it's a strong negative. The way you handle mistakes makes or breaks leadership....

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"Celebrate learning experiences; take action to prevent screw ups."

 

There is an important difference between errors made in learning and developing and unacceptable mistakes or just plain bad decisions. Crime, lying, backstabbing and unethical decisions fall into the last category of bad decisions and consequences flow from these decisions. Repeated errors, sabotage and neglect are unacceptable mistakes.

 

Mistakes made while learning to change or improve, develop or grow new skills should be seen as an investment in the future.

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Cutting Edge-ucation: Assigning Optional Homework?

Cutting Edge-ucation: Assigning Optional Homework? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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"As teachers we have the choice to calculate homework into a grade or not.  Most teachers I know have homework as a small percentage of a students overall performance, yet many of the report card conversations between teachers, parents and students, from my experience and as shared with by many other teachers, revolve around the topic of missing or late homework.  Now I don't believe that something should be changed to avoid a conversation, but these conversations can often become distractors or points of contention between parent and student, student and teacher and teacher and parent, thus creating problems in partnerships that are vital to real learning. These homework conversations are another draw away from the important conversation about learning, true student needs and areas of growth."

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(INFOGRAPHIC) Mindfulness Meditation - Prevention - Depression

(INFOGRAPHIC) Mindfulness Meditation - Prevention - Depression | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Research continues to emerge linking mindfulness based meditation to better physical and mental health. Here are the many reasons you should start living in the...
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As one who has meditated for the last 25 years, I can recommend its beneficial effects. I hope I have also become a little 'wiser' with age anyway. My experience suggests meditating regularly, not looking for positive effects and not being judgmental in terms of 'cost/benefit', is prudent.

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