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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Get the seven steps (and a roundup of valuable resources) you need to help bring social media in your classroom.
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Not simple in schools, but not sure if it can or should be avoided.

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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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A fight or a feed? Making progressive politics in schooling • Inside Story

A fight or a feed? Making progressive politics in schooling • Inside Story | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Dean Ashenden writes a well argued and insightful review of "Who is afraid of the big bad dragon? Why China has the best (and worst) education system in the world" by Yong Zhao.

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Dean Ashenden writes a well argued and insightful review of "Who is afraid of the big bad dragon? Why China has the best (and worst) education system in the world" by Yong Zhao. Ashenden points to a worrying, perhaps increasing, tendency to use polemic and in particular, false dichotomies in the complex field of debate regarding the measuring of success of outcomes and what should be the standards in school education.

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Parental Engagement in Learning

The evidence base and definition developed by an ACT Department of Education and parent groups partnership for improving parental engagement in their child's education.

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"Parental engagement involves partnerships between families and schools to promote children’s learning and wellbeing. It involves:- family‑led learning focused on high aspirations for children, shared reading, a positive environment for homework, parent‑child conversation, a cognitively stimulating home environment and support for social and emotional wellbeing; and- family‑school partnerships that encourage positive parent‑teacher relationships, communication about children’s progress, and engagement in the school community, while equipping parents to effectively support and encourage their children’s learning

and well-being."

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How Lewis Carroll’s Rules of Letter-Writing Can Make Email More Civil and Digital Communication Kinder

How Lewis Carroll’s Rules of Letter-Writing Can Make Email More Civil and Digital Communication Kinder | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"If your friend makes a severe remark, either leave it unnoticed, or make your reply distinctly less severe."

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In the mid 19th century, Lewis Carroll wrote a few sage rules for the art of letter writing. Over 150 years later much of what he wrote remains valid. While the medium of communication may have changed, the inherent qualities of human nature and the need for relationship have not. These 'rules' are well worth reading. 'Only when we step out of the reactive ego, out of the anxious immediacy that text-messaging and email have instilled in us, and contemplate what is being communicated — only then do we stand a chance of being civil to one another, and maybe even kind.' The quantity of work related communication has grown exponentially, yet that means we have more correspondents and thus a greater opportunity for positive influence.

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The neuroscience of leadership

The neuroscience of leadership | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'Neuroscience research is helping fill in critical gaps. While we are nowhere near being able to scan a leader's brain while running a meeting (even if that was a good idea), we can study some of the building blocks of what leaders do - making decisions under pressure, solving complex problems, negotiating a transaction, or trying to persuade others. There are been some big surprises in the research. Here are just a few.'

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This post on the neuroscience of leadership is well worth reading and reflecting upon. While my knowledge of neuroscience is pitifully limited, the overview presented here resonates with both my leadership experience and knowledge base.

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Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions

Leadership And The Art Of Making Tough Decisions | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"My “wisdom” as a leader has primarily come from getting feedback from a great team, persistence, and learning from failure. And my training is never complete. Now, I make a rigorous effort to face the tough decisions head on, before they become even larger obstacles. Here are some tips for being a more decisive leader. These go for leaders at all levels, not just at the top."

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This post Leadership and the Art of Making Tough Decisions' lists 7 things to do or approaches to take. They are all sensible and reasonable and may not be a surprise to those well read in the area. That said, they are useful, practical and applicable in most contexts and levels of school leadership, if the odd piece of military vocabulary is passed over.

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Introducing ... Edu360online - YouTube

'Edu360online is a quick and easy tool to help teachers, lecturers, governors, administrators and other members of educational & sporting communities evaluate their work by providing structured, confidential feedback. It can help with evidence-based review & analysis and therefore enhance performance by enabling targeted professional development and improvement effort. Its like a tool kit for front line people.'

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This YouTube clip on 'Edu360online' is worth a look and if you like what you see, please explore further. I know one of the key players in this venture and know him to be credible and professional, though I have no direct experience of the product.

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7 Ways to Deal with Old Leaders

7 Ways to Deal with Old Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Old leaders who ignore or belittle young leaders close the door on the future. To young leaders: Prepare: Old foolish leaders are inconsistent. They despise your sense of entitlement, but they feel...
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'7 Ways to Deal with Old Leaders' is the title of a post that has some good advice about relationships between leaders or between staff who have differing perspectives or values, be they differences in age or other factors.

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Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | eSchool News | eSchool News

Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | eSchool News | eSchool News | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

Via Chris Carter
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The thought behind this presentation model of Pecha Kucha aligns reasonably with the neuroscience of attention and engagement for an audience.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 22, 8:28 PM

They are powerful when one has the time to nail the timing. Emphasis on the visual plays to the power of presentation software.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, January 23, 7:35 PM

The thought behind this presentation model of Pecha Kucha aligns reasonably with the neuroscience of attention and engagement for an audience.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 6:45 PM
Thank you for sharing. Also, it is reassuring to know that neuro-scientific evidence broadly supports the Pecha Kucha approach!
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About the Toolkit | Evidence and Data | The Education Endowment Foundation

About the Toolkit | Evidence and Data | The Education Endowment Foundation | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. The Toolkit currently covers 34 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost.'

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The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve attainment. The Toolkit currently covers 34 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost. So simple to access and be provided with an indication of what works and how much it costs (in the UK).

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How Values Expedite Connection and Integration

How Values Expedite Connection and Integration | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Shared values:

Shared values establish strong ties, engagement, and, most importantly, they generate energy on the team.

You don’t have to like your team mates. You do have to share values.
Allan Shaw's insight:

This post is both excellent and disappointing. The core matter under discussion is valid and tried and tested. 'Shared values establish strong ties, engagement, and, most importantly, they generate energy on the team.'

The remainder of the post is shallow. If greater depth is is needed check out the writing of Dr Julia Atkin www.learning-by-design.com/

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It's Only the Beginning: The Internet R.I.P. (Mikko Hypponen) - YouTube

It's only the beginning - Security expert Mikko Hypponen warns about the monster we have created with our connected world.

Via Gust MEES
Allan Shaw's insight:

I'm not sure how to react to this YouTube clip. It is worth watching and reflecting. Perhaps all I can do is be more careful, read user agreements, not use 'free' services where my privacy and data are traded and influence others to do the same.

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Dimonekene Ditutala's curator insight, January 21, 8:33 AM

A nice and very important trends analysis.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 21, 9:35 PM

Chilling.

Polly A. Sheppard's curator insight, January 23, 6:00 PM

This really gives you something to think about!

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10 Reasons You Lose Gratitude and 16 Ways to Find It

10 Reasons You Lose Gratitude and 16 Ways to Find It | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Gratitude is a form of happiness. Ungratefulness, unhappiness, and ugliness travel in the same circles. Ungratefulness paints everything ugly....Gratitude is a way of seeing. Two people experience similar circumstances. One grows ugly. One finds gratitude. It’s up to you."

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"Gratitude is a way of seeing." having kept score for a good part of my life and having managed to move past that (at least some of the time), I agree that gratitude is an attitude, a way of seeing the world. There is always plenty to do as a school leader and some of it is unpleasant. Thus the way you approach the tasks and the people involved is critical. Your attitude matters. Working at being positive and grateful for the opportunities and people around you builds your own well-being.

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Some Thoughts on Hope, Cynicism, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Some Thoughts on Hope, Cynicism, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

To live with sincerity in our culture of cynicism is a difficult dance — one that comes easily only to the very young and the very old. The rest of us are left to tussle with two polarizing forces ripping the psyche asunder by beckoning to it from opposite directions — critical thinking and hope.

Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.

 

Allan Shaw's insight:

"What storytellers do — and this includes journalists and TED and everyone in between who has a point of view and an audience, whatever its size — is help shape our stories of how the world works; at their very best, they can empower our moral imagination to envision how the world could work better. In other words, they help us mediate between the ideal and the real by cultivating the right balance of critical thinking and hope. Truth and falsehood belong to this mediation, but it is guided primarily by what we are made to believe is real."
"Yes, people sometimes do horrible things, and we can speculate about why they do them until we run out of words and sanity. But evil only prevails when we mistake it for the norm. There is so much goodness in the world — all we have to do is remind one another of it, show up for it, and refuse to leave."

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Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference

Teaching Cultural Empathy: Stereotypes, World Views and Cultural Difference | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"I am torn about how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world:

People and cultures are different all over the world.

People and cultures are the same all over the world.

These points may seem like a contradiction, but when put into proper context they teach important truths about culture."


Via Seth Dixon
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This is a neat synopsis of some of the complexity around cultural difference and cultural similarities. The views expressed carry an unstated need for education and empathy as vehicles to improve understanding.

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Bharat Employment's curator insight, February 12, 12:22 AM

http://www.bharatemployment.com/

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I've posted several resources here about some of the intriguing cultural interactions in the Middle East stemming from globalization.  I thought there was some excellent public dialog after the Charlie Hebdo shooting, but I was disheartened by some of prejudiced responses that I've heard since then--that inspired me to pull some of them together in this this article I wrote for National Geographic Education.

Cass Allan's curator insight, February 17, 7:44 PM

general article about teaching cultural empathy

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10 Ways to Divest and Distribute Control

10 Ways to Divest and Distribute Control | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'Centralized control makes weak leaders feel powerful...

“My primary focus…was to divest control and distribute it to the officers and crew.” Captain David Marquet, former Commander of the USS Stanta Fe.

If the Commander of a nuclear-attack submarine can divest and distribute control, I bet you can too.'

Allan Shaw's insight:

This post lists 10 ways to divest and distribute control and all make good sense. However, while all sound quite simple and straightforward, they are not simple, nor straightforward to enact in any context. They require considerable thought, planning, and self-regulation. In the case of school leaders, they also require care due to the lack of prescriptive procedure (perhaps unlike a submarine) that exists in most schools, that is a lack of clarity about how to undertake the business of teaching and learning. Schools often have more procedural clarity with the administration of the school than with the school's core business, teaching and learning.

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How to Turn Passive Followers Into Active Leaders

How to Turn Passive Followers Into Active Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Stop controlling, outdoing, and limiting. Release by giving control, developing competence, and providing clarity of purpose....

The next time someone asks, “Is it alright if I …” say, “Tell me what you intend to do.”

Ask, “What do I need to know?” Then, if appropriate, sign off."

Allan Shaw's insight:

'David Marquet former commander of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Santa Fe, embraces a leader-leader model and rejects a leader-follower model. In other words, his goal is turning passive followers into active leaders'. His book, 'Turn the Ship Around' is an excellent read and a useful book for reflecting upon leadership style, and how leadership sits within your organisation's systems, processes and communication.

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6 important things you should know about how your brain learns

6 important things you should know about how your brain learns | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

'While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our brains take in new information, and knowing how this works can help us choose the most efficient strategies for learning new things.'

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If you are interested in 'how the brian learns' and want a good starting point from which to build your knowledge, this post is a good introduction. The 6 subheadings used are:

1. We take in information better when it is visual

2. We remember the big picture better than the details.

3. Sleep largey affects learning and memory.

4. Sleep deprivation significantly reduces your ability to learn new information.

5. We learn best by teaching others.

6. We learn new information better when it is interleaved.

Another source of good information is "Brain Rules" by John Medina.

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The 3 Most Dangerous Things Leaders Don’t Do

The 3 Most Dangerous Things Leaders Don’t Do | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Sincere leaders fall flat because of things they don't do.

1. Acknowledge when it isn’t working.

2. Forgive and give second chances

3. Intentionally create positive experiences with and for teams

Allan Shaw's insight:

'The 3 Most Dangerous Things Leaders Don't Do' states a few very simple actions, which are easy to write and much harder to execute consistently.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 23, 11:48 PM

doing these things is not that hard- juts requires a different mindset/ commitment!

 

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Email Enigma: When the Boss's Reply Seems Cryptic

Email Enigma: When the Boss's Reply Seems Cryptic | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Many employees labor over emails seeking guidance from the boss, only to receive a cryptic reply such as 'Great!' or 'Sounds good'—or no answer at all. The result: Confusion and frustration.
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'Email Enigma: When the Boss's Reply Seems Cryptic' is the title of a short Wall Street Journal article that is well worth reading. It provides a few hints on how to avoid ambiguity, or the wrong tone in email, especially in replies. It also includes some sage advice to those who write emails to their 'boss'.

 

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Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks

Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The human ingenuity within any organisation are it's greatest competitive advantage. Yet according to the latest statistics, over half of todays workers are disengaged . When leaders are committed and actively working to engage, inspire and embolden – they unleash untapped potential and raise the bar not just on productivity, but on the value their organization contributes to all stakeholders.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
Allan Shaw's insight:

'Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks' is the title of a beautifully succinct article that sums up the leadership challenge for all school leaders (and many others). A tough ask but both necessary and an engaging challenge to pursue.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 27, 8:02 AM

Líderes comprometidos..Leadership Courage: Creating A Culture Where People Feel Safe To Take Risks | @scoopit via @eddebainbridge http://sco.lt/...

Andrea Payne's curator insight, January 27, 3:23 PM

I've been reading "Real Influence" by Robert Ullman and John Goulston (http://www.amazon.ca/Real-Influence-Persuade-Without-Pushing/dp/081442015X), and they talk about the importance of connecting authentically.  In Real Influence, Ullman and Goulston refer to this authenticity as "Connected Influence".  

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, January 28, 4:38 PM

The future need innovators and the present needs innovative teachers to nurture them.   Creativity and the ability to innovate are natural characteristics but they must be built up and encouraged in our students, colleagues, and selves.


IteratED is committed to bringing out and nurturing the best in all of our faculty and students. We understand that this requires greater autonomy to make decisions and more trust in the natural ability to learn through exploration.


Are you a teacher who wants to reach for your highest potential? We are here to help you get there. Contact IteratED for more information on how together we can provide exceptional 21st-century education.

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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
It’s about listening, empathy and having more women.
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This research into the effectiveness of teams is well worth reading. The results are interesting and the comparisons between face to face and online teams are also interesting. The most important ingredients for a smart team remained constant regardless of its mode of interaction: members who communicated a lot, participated equally and possessed good emotion-reading skills.

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Learning the facts about learning

Learning the facts about learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

The most cost effective ways to improve learning are Meta-cognition and self-regulation, Feedback, and Peer-tutoring.

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The most cost effective ways to improve learning in schools are Meta-cognition and self-regulation, Feedback, and Peer-tutoring. A neat diagram.

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The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students' attention.
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As an educational leader, such posts certainly fit into my parameters of leadership. Explicit understanding of what you wish to achieve in a lesson, student engagement and linking the lesson to other learning - all good components to good learning.

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Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve - YouTube

"The power of yet! Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems.

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This is a wonderful little synopsis of Carol Dweck's 'growth mindset' work. Well worth showing to those who believe academic destiny is ordained by IQ or those who are lazy!

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Brad Merrick's curator insight, January 19, 6:38 AM

Carol Dweck's work has been seminal in enhancing our understanding of an individual's capacity to develop and grow their ability. This video is an excellent resource to use in exploring this aspect of psychology.

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How to Expand Leadership with Gratitude

How to Expand Leadership with Gratitude | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Think of gratitude as a behavior not a feeling. Never allow your problems to prevent you from saying thank you to others.
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'Think of gratitude as a behavior not a feeling. Never allow your problems to prevent you from saying thank you to others.' It works - my commentary is a simple as that - it works! Try it out - but do not feign gratitude. 'Faking it' is worse than not saying thank you.

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