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BYOT? Bring it on | An international forum for all schools seeking to make the best use of BYOT.

BYOT? Bring it on | An international forum for all schools seeking to make the best use of BYOT. | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

An insight into a significant benefit of BYOT that we had not previously envisaged – the pronounced move away from teaching the lower level mechanics of the technology to applying the student’s understanding of their kit in higher order teaching and learning, and in so doing positioning of the school and its teachers to take the learning to ever-greater heights.

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Mal Lee has worked in this area for many years and his comment is salutary "It must be stressed one is talking schools that have well and truly normalised the whole school use of the digital, with astute principals which have put in the hard yards for 15-20 years and in the process have developed a learning ecology able to accommodate the aforementioned shift."

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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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How Steve Jobs Fouled Up Presentations For The Rest of Us

How Steve Jobs Fouled Up Presentations For The Rest of Us | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
VideoUntil his passing three years ago Steve Jobs was widely recognized as the standard bearer for effective presentation method and technique. And he was tremendous. But here’s the trouble with Steve Jobs the presenter: he was an immensely charismatic individual pitching some of the most exciting consumer technology the world [...]
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Presentations: Another view. Perhaps, like me, you're not as good at a 'stand and deliver' presentation as Steve Jobs was, or are not prepared to set aside the time required to get it perfect. In which case this post can provide some other interesting alternatives.

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Six ways Australia's education system is failing our kids

Six ways Australia's education system is failing our kids | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Australia's facing a slow decline in most educational standards and few are aware just how bad the situation is getting.
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As an experienced educator, these six reasons make sense. They need to be addressed, though some of the headline suggestions put forward for improvement seem glib. Perhaps a greater societal focus on values leadership, the development of character, preparedness to take on tougher (learning) challenges, and a recognition that education needs more than worthy platitudes by politicians and policy makers to be successful.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy. Which makes it all the more remarkable that Finland is about to embark on one of the most radical education reform programmes ever undertaken by a nation state – scrapping traditional “teaching by subject” in favour of “teaching by topic”.

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"Finland is about to embark on one of the most radical education reform programmes ever undertaken by a nation state – scrapping traditional “teaching by subject” in favour of “teaching by topic”." This will be an interesting development to observe. I will be very interested in the education component, pedagogical approaches and measure of success gained. I will also be interested in the commentary of education policy makers and politicians who have cited Finland as worthy of emulation.

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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.

 

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

general article about teaching cultural empathy

Avery Liardon's curator insight, March 23, 9:48 PM

Unit 3:

Shines insight on stereotypes that are commonly used throughout the world. Reading this article really made me think about stereotypes that are so commonly used they are considered acceptable. It's a ridiculous idea to think that all people under a culture act and behave the same way. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 12:06 PM

UNIT 3 CULTURE

This article is written to compare and contrast various ways to teach young school children about global cultures. On one hand, we can relate all cultures to each other, due to their common goals and views. For example, all families around the world aim to do what's best for each other, love and cherish one another, and try their hardest to succeed economically. On the other hand, cultures are extremely different around the world, with different music, clothing, and underlying views on life. We can continue to say that popular culture has diffused so greatly, with advanced technologies and means of transportation, so it has influenced and homogenized our landscape quite a bit. Folk culture is obviously still a powerful force, but popular culture does have some effects around the world. I believe that children need to understand the importance of maintaining diversity thy preserving folk culture but they also need to acknowledge the pros and cons of the global diffusion of popular culture and how it connects us at a global scale. 

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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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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.

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, March 26, 9:03 AM

Be strong and courageous.

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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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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid..."

Allan Shaw's insight:

The info-graphic embedded in this post and used as the illustration is a a wonderful list by which to make a self assessment. To my mind leadership is a commitment, transparency, communication to many, etc. are the measures that I excite and inspire me in my school leader role.

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, March 22, 8:58 PM

Imagine if we all became a little bit more innovative...

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11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs

11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
11 reasons why Steve Jobs is still the world's best business communicator.
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11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs. If public speaking and presentations are a part of your role and this would include all teachers and school leaders, then this is worth a look. There are many lessons here that are not much more than common sense, but together they are a very useful set of communication skills.

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Parent Engagement: Where does your school fit in the continuum ?

Moving schools and communities through the Family-School and Community Engagement Continuum. An Infographic.

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Parent Engagement: An info-graphic. This is a neat little thought starter on parent engagement in a school education context.

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Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right | Laura Sicola | TEDxPenn - YouTube

How do we sound credible? Dr. Sicola (http://vocalimpactproductions.com/about/) shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received, and ...

Allan Shaw's insight:

Do you sound like a leader? Do you have vocal credibility? This TEDx talk is worth the time to watch and reflect. As one who never aspired to public speaking, this talk has assisted me to place a framework around the anecdotal learning and copying of good speakers I have conducted over many years.

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Do you sound like a leader? Do you have vocal credibility? This TEDx talk is worth the time to watch and reflect. As one who never aspired to public speaking, this talk has assisted me to place a framework around the anecdotal learning and copying of good speakers I have conducted over many years.

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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.'

Allan Shaw's insight:

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."

Allan Shaw's insight:

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.'

Allan Shaw's insight:

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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