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Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news.

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But there is work involved as the online environment is different to that of a classroom. That said, this is one of the destinations where we are headed and skills and resources need to be developed to support this goal.

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iddlhokie's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:37 PM

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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, 2014 6:16 AM

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

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Prototyping, Learning Spaces, and Assessment.

Prototyping, Learning Spaces, and Assessment. | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Below are some of my thoughts to the process of prototyping in terms of learning spaces and assessment.
How might space and time be adapted to allow more scope for self- and peer-assessment, and for action to be taken on the back of that?
Time must be given to students to be able to self and peer assess as outlined by Ron Berger (2012) in the video about ‘Austin’s butterfly’. It is important for teachers to build in the time when developing lesson and project timelines. This sort of activity is

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This is an excellent post, linking a philosophical approach to learning, the use of space, the design criteria for appropriate spaces for learning and teaching strategies and assessment. :)

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 26, 12:09 AM

This is an excellent post, linking a philosophical approach to learning, the use of space, the design criteria for appropriate spaces for learning and teaching strategies and assessment. :)

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Why leadership-development programs fail | McKinsey & Company

Why leadership-development programs fail | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Sidestepping four common mistakes can help companies develop stronger and more capable leaders, save time and money, and boost morale. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company

Decoding leadership: What really matters | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"We’re not saying that the centuries-old debate about what distinguishes great leaders is over or that context is unimportant. Experience shows that different business situations often require different styles of leadership. We do believe, however, that our research points to a kind of core leadership behavior that will be relevant to most companies today, notably on the front line. For organizations investing in the development of their future leaders, prioritizing these four areas is a good place to start."

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Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"A group of schools calling itself the “Deeper Learning Network” has codified some of what its members believe are essential qualities of deep learning. Some of the goals include learning designated content, critical thinking, communication skills, collaborating effectively and connecting learning to real-world experiences."


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Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students. This is worthy of reflection and study. 


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Andres Garcia Alvarez's curator insight, August 5, 6:13 PM

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.


Наталия Вяткина's curator insight, August 6, 11:02 AM

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.


Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 8, 8:48 PM

Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.


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How to Succeed with People in Authority

How to Succeed with People in Authority | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Seek the highest good of your organization, even if it isn’t what’s best for you personally. Don’t compromise ethical standards for authorities...
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The 12 points listed here by Dan Rockwell are the essence of teamwork, even though the points are used in relation to gaining success with figures in authority. Worth a read.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 11:05 AM

The 12 points listed here by Dan Rockwell are the essence of teamwork, even though the points are used in relation to gaining success with figures in authority. Worth a read.

Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 1:29 PM

The 12 points listed here by Dan Rockwell are the essence of teamwork, even though the points are used in relation to gaining success with figures in authority. Worth a read.

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Why Technology Will Never Fix Education

The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.
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This post goes some way to explaining the 'Law of Amplification' and the social context in which good learning thrives. There are probably more reasons to consider, such as the type of motivation the learner exhibits, the encouragement and expectations of family and friends (not only staff), and the good disposition or habit of acceptance of delayed gratification.

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.
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This post correctly connects adult attitudes to learning to those of children and adolescents. Humans are learning creatures; we enjoy and need to keep learning, whether it be formal or informal learning. This post comments on both Dweck's Growth Mindset as applies to children and could apply to adults. Worth reading! Thanks to Andrew Ferguson for passing on and Keith Heggart for authoring the post.

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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that as learners progress to the higher grades, there is less use of images and visuals to teach concepts.

The power of the use of vision for learning is emphasized by developmental molecular biologist, John Medina, where in his publication, Brain Rules, he states:

Vision Trumps All Other Senses

We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%. Professionals everywhere need to know about the incredible inefficiency of text-based information and the incredible effects of images (http://www.brainrules.net/vision).

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With regard to learning, we forget this basic information regarding memory and visual stimuli at our peril. Our own learning and that of students deserves greater use of and focus on visual learning cues and aids, as well as an understanding of visual literacy.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, July 18, 7:32 AM

There have been lots of research papers written on visual learning. Many learners need to see things as well as hear them and do them. Brain science aside, it seems common sense to ensure that we deliver material to learners in a variety of modes in order to help them to retain it and than connect it to prior knowledge. 

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One Minute to Make a Difference

One Minute to Make a Difference | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"One minute praisings:
Praise the behavior.
Do it soon. Be specific.
Say how good you feel about it.
Pause to let people feel good too.
Encourage them to keep up the good work."

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The key to these successful points are:

praise the behaviour not 'talent', be specific, not general, articulate and enjoy your own feelings and let others see that, pause to let it sink in for others and provide encouragement.

Obvious are they not? Yet why do we so often ignore this basic connection with people? Most people get it right most of the time, yet we spend so much time on when it goes wrong!

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Music education key to raising literacy and numeracy standards

Music education key to raising literacy and numeracy standards | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Instead of agonising over why Australian students can't or won't study maths or science perhaps we should concentrate on improving the nation's cognitive capacity via music lessons.
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This is an interesting post and another good reason to be prudent in thinking that improved literacy and numeracy only occurs through more time on task in literacy and numeracy. Learning is complex. looking only for simple causal relationships is risky!

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Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road | eSkills

Travel safely with your tech: How to prevent theft, loss and snooping on the road | eSkills | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/dangers-of-wifi-in-public-places/

 


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Useful advice. Thanks Gust Mees

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 14, 10:36 AM
All your pricey electronics are juicy targets for hackers and sticky-fingered thieves. Here's how to reduce your risks while traveling.


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Barbara Knab's curator insight, June 14, 12:45 PM

Summer is here and so are vacations - stay digitally safe!

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Perceptions of BYOT

Perceptions of BYOT | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When you see a student with a personal mobile device in the classroom, what do you think is happening with that device? In the above illustration, what is the student doing? Here are some possibili...

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This post sums up the conundrums facing school school leaders. Where is the balance drawn. Ban devices, run hard with BYOT or somewhere in between? To my mind the balance must include not only the staff at the school (not just teachers, though they are critical) but also parents and students. The community needs to be involved in an ongoing dialogue where decisions will move with discussion and time.

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The Incredible Importance of Body Language

The Incredible Importance of Body Language | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
From how to stand to internal psychology, here are the benefits of being mindful of how you act.
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Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 27, 7:09 PM

Being mindful of how you act and are perceived is an important component of how a school leader should operate. Sometimes you might feel like you are carrying the weight of the world or at least the school, but attention to little things, gentle confidence and care with body language can all assist in making the role a little easier and more successful.

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Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company

Change leader, change thyself | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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"Organizations don’t change—people do

...A new strategy will fall short of its potential if it fails to address the underlying mind-sets and capabilities of the people who will execute it.

McKinsey research and client experience suggest that half of all efforts to transform organizational performance fail either because senior managers don’t act as role models for change or because people in the organization defend the status quo. In other words, despite the stated change goals, people on the ground tend to behave as they did before. Equally, the same McKinsey research indicates that if companies can identify and address pervasive mind-sets at the outset, they are four times more likely to succeed in organizational-change efforts than are companies that overlook this stage.

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Changing change management | McKinsey & Company

Changing change management | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Research tells us that most change efforts fail. Yet change methodologies are stuck in a predigital era. It’s high time to start catching up. A McKinsey & Company article.
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"Digital tools and platforms, if correctly applied, offer a powerful new way to accelerate and amplify the ability of an organization to change. However, let’s be clear: the tool should not drive the solution. Each company should have a clear view of the new behavior it wants to reinforce and find a digital solution to support it."

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"Digital tools and platforms, if correctly applied, offer a powerful new way to accelerate and amplify the ability of an organization to change. However, let’s be clear: the tool should not drive the solution. Each company should have a clear view of the new behavior it wants to reinforce and find a digital solution to support it."

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A MUST READ! What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

A MUST READ!  What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

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

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/privacy-in-the-digital-world-shouldnt-we-talk-about-it/

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These are some of the issues we are grappling with or some of us are realising that we need to grapple with at school. In a real school situation school leaders and classroom teachers also have to acknowledge and professionally balance parental expectations and society's views on what constitutes schooling along with the state mandated demands of curriculum and outcomes, with what we, as professionals, see as what students increasingly need as their future unfolds.

 

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Schooling for Personally Significant Learning: Is it possible? - Erica McWilliam - - Linkis.com

What’s the difference between schooling and learning? Most schools claim to meet the individual needs of students, but is this the same as ensuring that learning is personally significant to every one of those students? And how much credibility does the entire schooling sector have – government and non-government – when it comes to delivering on its marketing promises?

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This a superb analysis of the constraints of the system we know as schooling. better than just analysing the constraints Erica McWilliam then goes on to describe a work-around process, which is compelling and will work. For those interested in a focus on student learning within our current systems of schooling, this is a must read.

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This a superb analysis of the constraints of the system we know as schooling. better than just analysing the constraints Erica McWilliam then goes on to describe a work-around process, which is compelling and will work. For those interested in a focus on student learning within our current systems of schooling, this is a must read.

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Growth Mindset

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Based upon "Mindset: The Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck. 2006


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This is a neat little poster for use with students outlining some of the major the dispositions of a growth mindset. The last paragraph at the bottom of the page is useful. It warns that reality is not the false dichotomy of either a growth or fixed mindset but perhaps more of a mix of the two that can be 'tuned' through modelling, teaching and school culture.

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The Science of “Intuition”

The Science of “Intuition” | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The power and fruitfulness of intuition has had innumerable and celebrated champions — from Einstein, Anne Lamott, and Steve Jobs to some of history’s greatest scientists and philosophers. But what, exactly, lies behind this amorphous phenomenon we call “intuition”? That’s precisely what CUNY philosophy professor Massimo Pigliucci explores in a chapter of Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life (public library)."

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Brilliant post, linking intuition to domain specific learning and to deliberate practice! Makes good sense - an intuitive response!

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In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

..."boredom is not only an adaptive emotion but a vital one — with its related faculties of contemplation, solitude, and stillness, it is essential for the life of the mind and the life of the spirit, for art and science in equal measure."

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Boredom, stimulus, presence and mindfulness - an useful post for school teachers and leaders to read.

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Digital Transformation, Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption: Spin the Dial | WIRED

Digital Transformation, Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption: Spin the Dial | WIRED | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Agile Architecture approach leads to emergence  – business agility in the face of any disruption, self-organization that leads to adaptation and drives innovation. Isn’t that the Digital Transformation you’re really looking for?"

 

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The basis of the paper is making both people and technology more flexible at the same time within the one organisation. Phew! Hard work but worthy of the effort to make the organisation adaptable enough to not only deal with but embrace deal disruptive change.

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The basis of the paper is making both people and technology more flexible at the same time within the one organisation. Phew! Hard work but worthy of the effort to make the organisation adaptable enough to not only deal with but embrace deal disruptive change.

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Complexity Of Change: From Pain Masking To Pain Mapping

Complexity Of Change: From Pain Masking To Pain Mapping | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
“When we experience the world as “too complex” we are not just experiencing the complexity of the world. We are experiencing a mismatch between the world’s complexity and our own at this moment. Th...
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The medical analogy mentioned here makes some sense in that the deeper reasons for 'pain' in an organisation need to be delved into as they may not be the obvious point where the 'pain' is manifest. But to any experienced school leader that is stating the blindingly obvious. I would have liked this post to have provided some insight into how this deeper insight might be gained. But perhaps like much in leadership, the context heavily influences the tools required to be used.

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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"Brave new world" style post that has much truth, potential and potential problems to be thought through and overcome for the benefit of children. But will it all happen? I think so! Just about inevitable and it is our role to see the future develop in the best interests of children.

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Donald Clark Plan B: 3 fallacies about exaggerated teacher impact in education (Pasi Sahlberg)

Donald Clark Plan B: 3 fallacies about exaggerated teacher impact in education (Pasi Sahlberg) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Pasi Sahlberg, who knows a thing or two about Finnish education, has repeatedly warned us about the misrepresentation of Finnish education, used for political and policy statements  Sadly, in the world of educational theory and policy, the keystone myths have been taken up with a fervour by both politicians and professionals. He’s exasperated by countries who flog the following dead ponies:"

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Pasi Sahlberg is a wise man! Nothing in education is simple, if only because people are involved and people, their motivations and interests are complex. This is an excellent read. Thanks to @vickisteer

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Are You A Professional LEARNER or a Professional Leaner?

Are You A Professional LEARNER or a Professional Leaner? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Recently I got the opportunity to work with one of the state’s top performing schools....One of the defining characteristics of the school is the clarity and commitment that all the professionals in the place have regarding the following statement:  WE ARE LEARNERS.  Leaners or leaning behaviours are simply not tolerated in this workplace.  Leaners prop up against the comfort zone and maintain a strong sense of complacency.

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This is a neat post from Tracey Ezard. The distinction between teachers as 'learners' or 'leaners' is useful. The alliteration of 'learners' or 'leaners' is simple to remember and the image of complacent teachers as 'leaners' is evocative. The examples given are also true in my experience. While I do not often find false dichotomies attractive, this simple distinction would be good to use with fellow teachers. The post also provides access to an infographic on the same topic.

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Recently I got the opportunity to work with one of the state’s top performing schools....One of the defining characteristics of the school is the clarity and commitment that all the professionals in the place have regarding the following statement:  WE ARE LEARNERS.  Leaners or leaning behaviours are simply not tolerated in this workplace.  Leaners prop up against the comfort zone and maintain a strong sense of complacency.