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We don’t need no educator : The role of the teacher in today’s online education

We don’t need no educator : The role of the teacher in today’s online education | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Stephen's Web, the home page of Stephen Downes, with news and information on e-learning, new media, instructional technology, educational design, and related subjects

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While the video is not great quality the audio has excellent content and the slides support well. The medium may be average but the message is worth the effort.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 16, 2013 10:27 AM

A MUST read and watching the video from conference also...

 

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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, 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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Reading literary fiction improves empathy, study finds

Reading literary fiction improves empathy, study finds | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
New research shows works by writers such as Charles Dickens and Téa Obreht sharpen our ability to understand others' emotions – more than thrillers or romance novels, writes Liz Bury
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Reading literary fiction improves empathy, study finds. This is an interesting finding given that so many writers suggest that EQ skills and dispositions are so crucial to success in the 21st century.

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Julie Coiro, a professor of education, examines four critical thinking disciplines for helping middle and high school students determine the value of information they read online.

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A generation ago knowledge available to school students was filtered by teachers, parents, librarians and publishers. That cannot occur to the same extent anymore. Thus while access to information is

ubiquitous, the skills of verification and discrimination by young people are now required to a far greater extent.

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Mark McLendon's curator insight, September 1, 10:30 PM

Super necessary skills for our kids.

Scott Spargo's curator insight, September 4, 1:16 AM

One of the most difficult skills for students to do well - this provides a nice framework to hang our evaluations on and ideas for how to work with the students as they practise these skills.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 4, 9:50 AM

Helping your younger students determine the worth of what they find on the Internet.

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5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis

5 Things Successful Leaders Do in a Crisis | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Running your own business can be difficult, and sooner or later it's going to test you. Here are the traits you'll need to remain a successful leader during those challenging times.
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They are sensible and when listed seem commonsensical. Pity they are not necessarily easy to implement.

Successful leaders don’t let their emotions get in the way

Successful leaders are brave

Successful leaders are accountable for their victories and their losses

Successful leaders don't take failures personally

Successful leaders possess positive attitudes from start to finish

 

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Kryptonite: The Thing That Weakens Leadership

Kryptonite: The Thing That Weakens Leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Kryptonite is mythical material from Krypton that drains Superman of his superpowers. Kryptonite of leadership: The belief that self-evaluation trumps the evaluation of those directly impacted by your leadership weakens your effectiveness. What you think of your leadership isn’t as important as what others think."

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John Hattie's analyses of research into learning effects also shows that feedback is one of the greatest contributors to improvement. As in teaching and learning, so in leadership. Work to give quality feedback but more importantly, work even harder to receive quality feedback.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 22, 10:50 AM

It is vital to get feedback from those you lead if you want a true assessment. Just because you are working hard and putting in a lot of time doesn't mean you are being effective. 

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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

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

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, August 19, 1:22 AM

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

John Gougoulis's curator insight, August 19, 6:34 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.

N Kaspar's curator insight, September 2, 12:33 PM

Intriguing idea.

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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, 7:14 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

Allan Shaw's insight:

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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10 Rules for Moving Forward without Permission

10 Rules for Moving Forward without Permission | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The path of least resistance is a long path to mediocrity. All leaders press through resistance. If there’s no resistance you’re not reaching high enough. Don’t play dead if it really matters."

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This is a good post and well worth reading. It is about transparency, perseverance, honesty and integrity in leadership and thus is not simple nor easy to accomplish.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 8, 7:47 PM

There are other rules including just doing it and letting the chips fall where they may. Many people we refer to as "leaders" are managers. Sometimes, when it is the right thing to do, asking forgiveness is easier than permission and it is not dishonest.

 

To equate teaching and leading as one, we have to allow teaching and leading to co-exist.

 

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Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery

Culture Of Courage: Creating A Culture That Breeds Bravery | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
People are innately wired to avoid risk. During times of times of change and uncertainty, our risk aversion is amplified. Yet the number one way to gaining competitive edge is by creating a culture where people feel safe and emboldened to innovate and challenge the status quo thinking. The first key to creating a 'culture of courage' is leading from possibility, not probability.
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This is an excellent read! Well worth your time. I would have to admit it is easier to read than enact!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 1, 8:02 AM

Learn more:


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


Nancy Jones's curator insight, September 1, 11:37 AM

This is a great visual representation of the power and learning opportunities of mistakes. The parent population needs to realize that greater and deeper understanding comes from making and correcting mistakes than memorizing merely to get the reward of a grade.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 1, 6:34 PM

All good insights I particularly like Lead from possibility, not probability.

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Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute

Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

For those adults working on, writing about, or generally pondering the fate of our education system, “teachers” are thought of as a stakeholder group, a fulcrum for change. But most of us are likewise bought into the idea of lifelong learning—that is, formal schooling may end, but we continue to be students of life. As such, who are your teachers? When you encounter a thorny problem, where do you turn?


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Sensible, professional commentary.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 24, 9:34 AM

These pieces are so well researched, and also thoughtful. While I do not always agree with the articles' assertions, I find myself impressed with the depth of them. Simply superb discussion starters.

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The Need for Courageous Leadership

The Need for Courageous Leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"I recently saw Jason Markey, a good friend and principal, share that they have turned over their school account to one person a week within Leyden School in Illinois,....  If you have followed Leyden Schools at all, you will know that they are doing some amazing things and their #LeydenPride hashtag is a favourite for me to follow because they have really empowered the kids."

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"We should encourage and build a culture of participation in a conversation and celebration of our schools online.  I know some people are concerned about this, there is the possibility someone hijacks the conversation and uses it negatively.  If you are concerned about this you should be, it is already happening.  The story of your school is being told on Twitter and on Facebook pages you are just not participating.  This is why I believe if we launch the conversation, invite participation, and build a positive culture around the conversation we can have a tremendous impact on not only our school culture, but our students’ understanding of what it means to build their digital footprint."


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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, 4:09 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, 4:49 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, 4:49 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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