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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.

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It is worthy of note that this list is comprised predominantly of affective attitudes and skills, that is, how a teacher handles themselves and their relationships. technology amplifies human behaviours; those behaviours need to be professional, sustainable and relational.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 13, 2013 8:13 AM

There’s been a lot of talk about 21st century learners, 21st century teachers, and connected classrooms. There’s a daily influx of new technology into your inbox and your classroom feels woefully behind the times even if you’re flipping your 1:1 iPad classroom that’s already online and part of a MOOC. What are modern teachers to do with all this jargon and techno-babble being thrown at them all day long?

Simple. Take a step back. Breathe. And pick out just a small number of things you want to try in your classroom. Whether you’re itching to try a BYOD classroom or simply integrating a HyFlex model, it’s easy to take one digital step at a time, right? No need to try and revolutionize your classroom in one afternoon. That’s a recipe for failure.

In my experience, I’ve seen teachers attempt to integrate 30 iPads into their classroom by handing them out and then trying to figure out which apps are worth using. Integrating something as powerful as the iPad takes months of preparation, professional development, and buy-in by the students. If they just think ‘hey a way for me to play Angry Birds during class!’ then you have a steep hill to climb. So that’s why I’d encourage you, the modern teacher, to tackle each modern method one at a time.

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

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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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The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization

The Five Elements Of A 'Simply Irresistible' Organization | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
New Deloitte Global Human Capital Research shows that organizations today must work hard to create a meaningful, humanistic work environment to drive engagement, performance, and a magnetic attraction in the market. And this is good business. The Great Place to Work Institute has published studies which show that the “100 best places to work” outperformed [...]
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"We as individuals also have to take care of ourselves. Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive (just published) can help us understand this issue. Huffington’s book and her new website The Third Metric redefines what success means: slow down, disconnect, get more sleep, and become more mindful about our lives.

“Health creates wealth,” she says. Healthy, focused people are not only happier, they make better decisions, become better leaders, and drive greater value for their organizations."

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Your body language shapes who you are

Your body language shapes who you are | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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This is a great TED talk. I cannot really comment on the psychology or the science but the explanation resonates with my anecdotal experience. This is worthy of 20 minutes of your time to listen and watch and then some more to reflect upon the obvious possibilities but also the long term ramifications for the development of young people.

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Leadership Matters's curator insight, April 9, 3:14 PM

The more you know!

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Choose Your Default Response to Everything

Choose Your Default Response to Everything | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

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"Choose curiosity as your initial response to every leadership situation and encounter."

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"8 powers of curiosity:

Empowers you. The person asking the questions controls the situation.Moves toward.Expresses courage and openness.Strengthens relationships, eventually.Protects organizations.Affirms and gives space to others. Curiosity says you and your situation matter to me.Elevates your status as a leader.Exposes opportunity."
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 4:50 PM

This is a straightforward article about how authentic curiosity overcomes many obstacles.

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20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan - TeachThought

20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan - TeachThought | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
16 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan by TeachThought Staff Literacy is a chief concern for both academic and professional progress. Digital literacy is emerging as a genuine concern in education as technology...

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A useful resource to consider.

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Leading Change - Richard Gerver - YouTube

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My background as a teacher strongly resonates with Richard Gerver's material in this clip. Whether it be about change, or the currency of logical thought, the organic cultural development required for successful change or the anecdotes about what makes for a well developed and balanced life. This is a must to view and reflect upon!

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6 ways to rethink knowledge sharing

6 ways to rethink knowledge sharing | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The quest to effectively share knowledge within a company is one that still appears elusive. How do you keep on top of your competitors’ developments? How do you monitor articles that mention your brand? How do you make sure your teams get the information they need to make decisions and to learn? Continue reading →
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Knowledge curation systems have a niche in how schools share knowledge and processes.

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Educators: Embrace Social Media

Educators: Embrace Social Media | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
What is up with the fear of social media? Many educators are soaring into the next advent of learning while others avoid the digital tools that are available.
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The easing into the use of Twitter and then Scoopit, working out how to also post to LinkedIn at the same time was a great combination to learn. It has allowed me to build a great personal learning network, its so easy and time effective and rewarding.

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1:1 Computing, BYOD and BYOT | BYOT? Bring it on

The research undertaken in the preparation of the forthcoming publications on The Taxonomy of School Evolutionary Stages and Digital Normalisation and School Transformation reveals that 1:1 computing, BYOD and BYOT ...

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What stage is your school at? Where is the next step in its development on this digital continuum? Can you jump ahead a few steps? Important questions. Are you interested in the answers?

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Teaching in a Digital School: The Differences and Attributes Needed ...

Digital schools, operating to the fore of the school evolutionary continuum (http://www.schoolevolutionarystages.net) are already fundamentally different environments to the traditional, are evolving and transforming at pace ...

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We should be working towards this future; it is a reasonable extrapolation from known research and technology usage. The alternative will be disengaging for students and demeaning for teachers. It should be noted that the known attributes of great teachers are required in this model.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 20, 2:53 AM

This is where we are headed. I hope so, as the alternative will be demeaning of teachers and disengaging for students and thus not likely to be successful.

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In Education Technology, Startups With Big Impact Tend to Be Rather Simple

In Education Technology, Startups With Big Impact Tend to Be Rather Simple | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Edmodo, Remind101, ClassDojo and StudyBlue break out from the pack, but not because of some complex technology.

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“There’s a lot of conservatism built in the system, and for good reason,”  I think it’s going to be a slow-boil revolution, but eventually technology will be a natural major component of how kids and grownups learn.”

Betsy Corcoran, ... had a slightly different view. “The thing that’s incredibly important in schools is: First, that the technology work; second, that the technology work; and third, that the technology work.”

Both of these perspectives are important. Another is that learning and  schooling are inherently relational. Children need to learn about themselves and how they relate to others, other students, adults and groups, as well as learn 'stuff'! Do not underestimate social skills, EQ development and a sense of belonging as a important outcomes for children in schools.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 3, 5:47 PM

Interesting and informative.

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A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs

A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

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This seems a comprehensive resource and thus worthy of deeper investigation.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, March 9, 8:15 PM

Exactly what it says!  Via @Robin Good

Terheck's curator insight, March 10, 1:01 AM

A good selection of search engines organized according to what you need to find.

Fatima Formariz's curator insight, March 31, 2:41 PM

Refining research by choosing best fitting search engines..

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7 Ways to Find Graceful Boldness

7 Ways to Find Graceful Boldness | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Humility is the heart of healthy boldness. Put others at the centre, not yourself. The greatest freedom is seeking another’s highest good.  “You develop courage by doing courageous things, small things, but things that cost you some exertion– mental and, I suppose, spiritual exertion.” Maya Angelou"

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This particular post resonates at a very personal level. I have worked consistently over many years to develop the qualities of graceful boldness and diminish the characteristics of 'bad boldness'. It remains a work in progress, but progress has been made! Learning to treat successfully people with kindness and generosity and hold them to high expectations has been a significant step. Learning that 'love' does not always have to be 'tough' in a work environment!

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A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist

A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are."
Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fuzz on a baby’s ear. Read in the backyard with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived"

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Remember "There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely,..."

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Why Change Is Difficult

Why Change Is Difficult | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Change is more difficult than you believe. Having an intellectual understanding the reason something needs to change isn’t enough. An emotional need to change is necessary and more powerful. Change...
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These are nine very practical and useful points to remember and use to advantage in considering innovation in schools.

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Trying to Create Tomorrow’s Company with Yesterday’s Rules and Tools: Part 3 - Moving from the Old to the New

Trying to Create Tomorrow’s Company with Yesterday’s Rules and Tools: Part 3 - Moving from the Old to the New | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Last time we explored some of the new innovation methods that are unseating the established conventional approaches that many companies still use. This time we will discuss the dynamics of this
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Great commentary! The generational adjustments are probably inevitable. The list of advantages and disadvantages are useful and well worth considering. Over time, it will be interesting to note the overall balance.

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BYOD HOME

BYOD HOME | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
This page has a bit of info on BYOD and then collation of information that may be of use. Our Journey: Newington College, like many other schools, was all Windows except for a few isolated Macs in ...
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Worth a read if you are in this territory.

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Fear is a potent human emotion that can sabotage success for even the brightest minds and biggest organisations. It can also undermine an organisations ability to harness the potential of those within it. Learning how to create a ‘culture of courage’ in which employees feel safe to push back, take risks and explore new possibilities is becoming an ever more valuable skill in today’s marketplace
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Trust, sensible risk taking, clear focus on learning and care for those around you all sound like very obvious things to cultivate in a school culture. Yet all to easily, trust can dissipate through errors for which an apology is not forthcoming. When this occurs ego can stand in the way of care. Fear and distrust is the result. Innovation and improvement dissolves! So sad! Do not let it occur in your environment.

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Ledcome's curator insight, March 28, 3:15 AM

This graphic is captures a key characteristic of leadership...

Mike Masin's curator insight, March 28, 3:36 AM

Great leadership of any group, from employees to volunteers to family is at the union of trust, share, and, nurture. People are more likely to step up and commit when they want to work with you, understand your decisions, and are confident that you will be there for them in return.

david o'connor's curator insight, March 28, 4:12 AM

This is a really great post.

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The Current State of Blogging | Social Media Today

The Current State of Blogging | Social Media Today | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"One of my favorite Thoreau quotes has long been, “Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” You should hunger for whatever it is that you’re blogging about and make it your mission to know all within that area you possibly can. When someone writes about a topic that matters to them or is on a subject they’re genuinely excited to see grow and shape over the years, the passion for it shows and draws in the reader. As far as my “picky” portion of this title goes, that’s more of a nod to remaining fastidious in your work."

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This is sensible advice and appropriate advice for educators. The intent should be about quality learning. Having something decent to say in your commentary is the top priority in nay writing. A quality profile will come with quality writing. The obverse also holds true.

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LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents

LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
After decades of growth and innovation—in 2000, the company was the fifth-largest toy maker in the world—LEGO hit a major slump. In January 2004, it announced a huge deficit. It was, by its own accounts, bleeding cash to the tune of $1 million a day. Owner and CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, grandson of founder Ole...
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The key messages here are adults need to watch, listen, discuss and reflect. Patterns and answers emerge as a result of these processes carried out by intelligent people.

A second and no less important insight considers the priorities children have in their play: "These ... findings led the researchers to identify the key patterns: children play to get oxygen, to understand hierarchy, to achieve mastery at a skill, and to socialize. The patterns were simplified into four categories: under the radar, hierarchy, mastery, and social play."

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Evolution Not Revolution - Considered

Evolution Not Revolution - Considered | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Of course most teachers and schools are good (and the best always realise they can improve). But some aren’t; and, however much support they’re given, will never be. And they can do enormous damage....

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This a cracking good example and discussion of the reasons for  external accountability in schooling to bring about quality and also about building systemic trust in internal accountability within a school to ensure high quality learning and teaching.

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Leading a Digital School | Mal Lee

While some would rightly argue all schools need successful leadership teams and not simply an astute principal the point made by Peter Drucker (2001) of industry equally holds with schools that all organisations ultimately must have a CEO who takes...

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This 2008 publication is well worth reading and while some details will have changed through time, the underlying principles will be useful. The notion of the principal as a key to school development is entirely appropriate and a required factor.

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How schools kill creativity

How schools kill creativity | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
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Sir Ken Robinson would suggest that all children, indeed humans are born creative and our school systems manage to stifle it.

The history of schooling unfortunately suggests this result is a direct, in unintended consequence of the goals of schools. Schools were set up to teach young people to read and write, undertake basic maths and given the size of classes, learn to work in 'the system'. School had right and wrong answers and students were rewarded for correct answers. They still are rewarded for correct answers. School is a systems technology designed to achieve certain goals.

Creativity is not often convergent thinking; it is more often divergent thinking, looking for possibilities. It is what young children do naturally. It is fun to play with ideas and they enjoy it, as do I.

This is quite different to knowing how to implement an idea, to make it a reality. That is much harder work and requires many other skills and knowledge. It is easy to mistake creativity with ideas and successful implementation. One might lead to the other but they are different processes.

I want schooling to adapt so that it can manage to nurture student knowledge and skills with one of those skills being able to use with confidence both convergent and divergent thinking and then use other skills to make a creative idea a reality.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 20, 1:47 PM

Sir Ken Robinson would suggest that all children, indeed humans are born creative and our school systems manage to stifle it.

The history of schooling unfortunately suggests this result is a direct, in unintended consequence of the goals of schools. Schools were set up to teach young people to read and write, undertake basic maths and given the size of classes, learn to work in 'the system'. School had right and wrong answers and students were rewarded for correct answers. They still are rewarded for correct answers. School is a systems technology designed to achieve certain goals.

Creativity is not often convergent thinking; it is more often divergent thinking, looking for possibilities. It is what young children do naturally. It is fun to play with ideas and they enjoy it, as do I.

This is quite different to knowing how to implement an idea, to make it a reality. That is much harder work and requires many other skills and knowledge. It is easy to mistake creativity with ideas and successful implementation. One might lead to the other but they are different processes.

I want schooling to adapt so that it can manage to nurture student knowledge and skills with one of those skills being able to use with confidence both convergent and divergent thinking and then use other skills to make a creative idea a reality.

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12 Strategies for Dealing with Worry

12 Strategies for Dealing with Worry | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"...successful leaders worry. I've come to appreciate and respect the worries of my team. Trust worried leaders; doubt the rest. Lack of worry results in over-confidence. Confidence doesn’t eliminate worry, it answers it.

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"Plan for things to go wrong. They will."

.. (some) "strategies for dealing with worry:

Explore don’t ignore.Create contingency plans. Planning answers worry.Rank your worries on a scale of 1 -10. Prepare for the big ones. Preparation answers worry.""Determine who is trustworthy. How has the team performed in the past? Trust answers worry.Establish accountability. Ambiguity is legitimate reason for worry.Ask for progress reports.Welcome the worries of your team. Don’t fight them. “I see what you mean,”Take the next step toward success. The downside of worry is inaction. Ask, “What will we do if the worst happens?”Seek counsel from experts.

 

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Successful leaders respond to worry with plans and action."

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10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning

10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Formative feedback is the annual checkup at the doctor. Summative feedback is the autopsy. The former gives one feedback that can be used to improve the patient’s well-being or the learner’s progress toward meeting the course goals. The latter doesn’t do much for the person being assessed. With that in mind, why not put most of our energy into designing high-quality formative feedback plans in our online courses? This is the feedback that helps learners discover how they are progressing toward one or more goals."

Formative feedback is the annual checkup at the doctor. Summative feedback is the autopsy. The former gives one feedback that can be used to improve the patient’s well-being or the learner’s progress toward meeting the course goals. The latter doesn’t do much for the person being assessed. With that in mind, why not put most of our energy into designing high-quality formative feedback plans in our online courses? This is the feedback that helps learners discover how they are progressing toward one or more goals. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/10-assessment-design-tips-increasing-retention-satisfaction-student-learning-online-courses/#sthash.Jj59mi3J.dpufFormative feedback is the annual checkup at the doctor. Summative feedback is the autopsy. The former gives one feedback that can be used to improve the patient’s well-being or the learner’s progress toward meeting the course goals. The latter doesn’t do much for the person being assessed. With that in mind, why not put most of our energy into designing high-quality formative feedback plans in our online courses? This is the feedback that helps learners discover how they are progressing toward one or more goals. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/10-assessment-design-tips-increasing-retention-satisfaction-student-learning-online-courses/#sthash.Jj59mi3J.dpufFormative feedback is the annual checkup at the doctor. Summative feedback is the autopsy. The former gives one feedback that can be used to improve the patient’s well-being or the learner’s progress toward meeting the course goals. The latter doesn’t do much for the person being assessed. With that in mind, why not put most of our energy into designing high-quality formative feedback plans in our online courses? This is the feedback that helps learners discover how they are progressing toward one or more goals. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/10-assessment-design-tips-increasing-retention-satisfaction-student-learning-online-courses/#sthash.Jj59mi3J.dpufFormative feedback is the annual checkup at the doctor. Summative feedback is the autopsy. The former gives one feedback that can be used to improve the patient’s well-being or the learner’s progress toward meeting the course goals. The latter doesn’t do much for the person being assessed. With that in mind, why not put most of our energy into designing high-quality formative feedback plans in our online courses? This is the feedback that helps learners discover how they are progressing toward one or more goals. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/10-assessment-design-tips-increasing-retention-satisfaction-student-learning-online-courses/#sthash.Jj59mi3J.dpuf

 


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Assessment should reflect purpose. We require summative assessment in our society and yet we know learners thrive, grow and develop on a diet of formative assessment. The balance is the key! Feedback and the use of authentic assessment tasks are critical positive factors.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 24, 2:46 PM

They make sense, but ask teachers about authentic assessment. It is still thought of as an isolated activity where the student does their project alone. That is not the way of the world and has not been forever. We work and learn together. Why not assess together?

Dr Seroya Crouch's curator insight, February 25, 12:09 AM

Good ideas for better assessment of online courses!

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, February 25, 6:19 AM

Wonderful article that challenges us to think through the online assessments and their prep!

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7 reasons educators secretly fear creativity - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

7 reasons educators secretly fear creativity - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Educators actually fear creativity - whether we like to admit or not, whether we're conscious of it or not."

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As a visual arts and design and technology educator my experiences would suggest there is much truth in this commentary. The reasons suggested as to why this might be the case are valid. The suggestions to assist people are also valid, sensible and able to be implemented. Thanks Deb Welsh @galloised for the lead.

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