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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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Part 8: Contract – Terms of Employment: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 8: Contract – Terms of Employment: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the eight in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 6: The Application: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 6:  The Application: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the sixth in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 4: Qualifications and Experience: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 4: Qualifications and Experience: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the fourth in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 2: Personal Development: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 2: Personal Development: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the second in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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We Should Measure Students' Noncognitive Skills

We Should Measure Students' Noncognitive Skills | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Noncognitive skills are worth measuring and there are reliable tools to do so, writes a former principal turned consultant Jonathan E. Martin.
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I am supporter of a small 'l' liberal education and thus the recognition of non-cognitive skills has always been of importance to me. I have always worked on the basis that children will copy what you do, rather than do what you say they should do. This post suggests that the capacity to accurately measure non-cognitive skills has improved. If this proves true then schools should enter this territory. It will also assist in the improvement of cognitive skill development. It supports what employer groups are now also saying is needed in the world of work. It supports a well rounded education and if we can measure what we value highly then why not...?
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Lost in translation – shattering neuromyths

Research to set right common neuromyths that are held by teachers.

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Much information is transferred by teachers to other teachers via conversations across desks and over a cup of tea or coffee. In such circumstances it is reasonable to assume that accuracy, detail and nuance of research can be lost. It is not reasonable that such conversations are accepted and passed on rather than used as the basis for reading, checking and learning by those teachers involved. After all, we do wish to be regarded as professionals and thus need to act in such manner.
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Pepsi CEO: Break With the Past, and Don’t Play Too Nice

Pepsi CEO: Break With the Past, and Don’t Play Too Nice | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Six management tips from Indra Nooyi, one of the most powerful women in business.
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In terms of school development and innovation, the thoughts outlined in this post run counter intuitive to the prevailing norms, which wee success as 'sensibly' paced and culturally careful. Maybe disruption from various directions might turn more to this style of operation?
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How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Adilene Rodriguez admits she has always struggled with academics. Especially in middle school she hated getting up early, found her classes boring and didn’t really see where it was all going. When she started her freshman year at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, just south of Oakland, she was a shy student who rarely spoke up in class and had little confidence in herself as a scholar.

Rodriguez is now a senior and her approach to school has changed dramatically over her high school career. She attributes her shift to her freshman science teacher, Jim Clark, who taught the class about growth mindset from the very beginning and backed up the discussion with action.

“He would tell me, ‘You need to push yourself, that’s how you’re going to grow. Be confident. You’re not always going to be successful on your first tries, but you can get there,’ ” Rodriguez said

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"She also tries hard to model a growth mindset to her students by being open about her own struggles as a parent and a teacher. “They’re not used to teachers apologizing,” Rodgers said. “But I tell them I’m going to make mistakes all the time. And I think showing that helps them realize they can actually make mistakes.” When teachers and administrators say they want kids to have a growth mindset, the school environment has to back up that rhetoric. At Arroyo, the emphasis on growth mindset came alongside a shift to standards-based grading. Kids can see that mistakes along the way aren’t negatively affecting them and keep working to master the concepts. “When you believe it; they believe,” Rodgers said. “If I didn’t believe this, they wouldn’t buy what I’m selling.”"
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J A Jones's curator insight, February 10, 10:24 AM

Carol Dweck"s book Mindset is a great resource for teachers who want to learn more about this topic.

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The Building Blocks of Learning

The Building Blocks of Learning | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
The good news in education is that attention is finally turning to the psychic and emotional qualities that children bring to the classroom.
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"research... which shows that while some teachers are good at raising their students’ test scores, other teachers are really good at improving their students’ school engagement. Teachers in the first group are amply rewarded these days, but teachers who motivate their students to show up every day and throw themselves into school life may not even realize how good they are, because emotional engagement is not something we measure and stress. Teachers are now called upon not only to teach biology but to create a culture: a culture of caring criticism, so students feel loved while they improve; a culture of belonging, so fragile students feel their work has value. Suddenly, teachers must teach students how to feel about their own feelings; how not to be swallowed up by moments of failure, anger and sadness, but to slow the moment and step outside the emotional spiral." Summed up well!
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The skills needed in the 21st century - New Vision for Education

To thrive in today’s innovation-driven economy, workers need a different mix of skills than in the past. In addition to foundational skills like literacy and numeracy, they need competencies like collaboration, creativity and problem-solving, and character qualities like persistence, curiosity and initiative.
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This is an excellent infographic. 10 of these 16 skills are 'soft' or 'people' skills. It is no longer sufficient to have a good knowledge base. Success is dependent upon a good knowledge base and more.
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3 ‘Knowns’ in Learning Science—and How to Apply Them in Practice (EdSurge News)

3 ‘Knowns’ in Learning Science—and How to Apply Them in Practice (EdSurge News) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"The key to unlocking a brighter future for students lies within the understanding and application of learning science. As a data scientist and edtech developer, I believe our job is not about inventing the next shiny digital device; it’s about improving education outcomes for students, and doing so demonstrably and empirically with research. And the starting point for that is looking at what we already know from the science of learning."

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This is a beautiful synopsis of three significant learning science 'knowns'!
1. Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem, where tutoring one on one leads to significantly better learning outcomes
2. Deliberate practice
- Intentional Practice where practice has to have a very specific intention and needs to match and be appropriate to the current level of skill development and the next targeted level.
- Challenge exceeds skill. Learning occurs only when what we need to be able to do exceeds our skill level. Learners resist being in this zone. All skill development requires staying in a zone for prolonged periods, and we are naturally averse to that.
- Immediate Feedback. In most learning situations the lag between performance and feedback is too long. This is a challenge to teachers given the constraints on their time and resources. Deliberate practice requires that the lag time between performance and feedback approach zero.
- Repetition to Automaticity.
3. 'Nudge analytics', where one of the aims is to discover empirically the right insights along with the small nudges that can make the insights actionable.
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Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report - TeachOnline

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report - TeachOnline | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.
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I'm not sure these are innovations. Good teachers have been doing these or some of these for years! It helps to have been around for a while. That said, it is great to see them listed together. It is always wise to remembers much of a child's learning occurs away from school, maybe 80% is contextual, incidental, informal, or practical experimentation on a weekend, let alone when a teacher uses these strategies within the school day.
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Part 9: Conclusion: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 9: Conclusion: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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This the last in a series I have written to provide background detail to an upcoming conference paper on 'Throwing your hat in the ring: Would you like to be a Principal?'.
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Part 7: The Interview(s): Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 7: The Interview(s): Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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Part 5 Executive Search Consultants: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 5  Executive Search Consultants: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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Part 3: Which School? Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 3: Which School? Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
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Part 1: Shall I throw my hat into the ring? Weighing a decision to apply: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move?

Part 1: Shall I throw my hat into the ring? Weighing a decision to apply: Considering School Principalship: Temporary Insanity or a Great Career Move? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Lodging an application for a position does not commit you to accept such a position, and in some instances the process of selection can help you to clarify thinking, especially regarding a particular
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The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company

The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.
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The #1 Factor That Determines A Toxic or Thriving School Culture

The #1 Factor That Determines A Toxic or Thriving School Culture | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When it comes to the success of an individual classroom, nothing is more important than the relationship between the teacher and the students. When it comes to the success of an entire school, nothing is more important than the relationship of the adults in the building.
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Sensible advice in dealing with conflict - mostly common sense but it is often best to state the obvious over and over again.
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To Find Success, Psychologists Recommend More Listening & Connecting | #EmotionalIntelligence #EQ 

To Find Success, Psychologists Recommend More  Listening  & Connecting | #EmotionalIntelligence #EQ  | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence is a people skill that is not only necessary but powerful when it comes to connecting and engaging with others.

 

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

 


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Emotional intelligence is a skill set. It can be developed through attention and practice. In doing so, you set yourself and others up for greater success in your joint endeavours, be they work projects, family life or as a teacher the learning of the students you work with each day.
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This work also supports the Conversational Intelligence work of Judith Glaser, known as C-IQ, or #CIQ.  A reference on Judith's work is here:  

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The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"Believe That Your Students Can Learn

Students know their shortcomings, and so many -- especially minority males -- act up, act out, or drop out to rebel against the prevailing, unsubstantiated notion that all one has to do is work harder."

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Convince Your Students That High Expectations Are Attainable 
- Create Reachable, Intermediate Acceleration Goals With Your Students
- Help Your Students Mitigate Their Fear of Failure
- Use Data to Foster Short-Term Wins
- Scaffold Instruction and Goals
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5 Tips on Being an Inspiring Leader

5 Tips on Being an Inspiring Leader | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Regardless of your confidence and drive, without a handful of traits it's hard to get people to follow you.
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While this list of leadership traits comes initially from a world different to schools, the traits are nonetheless entirely appropriate for school leaders. Thanks to my good friend Phillip heath for passing this post to me.
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SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING: EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING: EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
In the report ‘New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology', the World Economic Forum explores how "character qualities" such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking will equip students to succeed in the swiftly evolving digital economy.

To thrive in the 21st century, students need more than traditional academic learning. They must be adept at collaboration, communication and problem-solving, which are some of the skills developed through social and emotional learning (SEL).

In 2015, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published the report New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology that focused on the pressing issue of the 21st-century skills gap and ways to address it through technology. In that report, WEF defined a set of 16 crucial proficiencies for education. Of those skills, 10 were labelled either “competencies” or “character qualities”. Competencies are the means by which students approach complex challenges; they include collaboration, communication and critical thinking and problem-solving. Character qualities are the ways in which students approach their changing environment; they include curiosity, adaptability and social and cultural awareness.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/a-holistic-view-of-what-will-influence-education-in-the-future/

 


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It is interesting that 10 of the 16 skills listed in this report as required to thrive in the digital economy of the 21st century are 'soft' or 'people' skills.
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In the report ‘New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology', the World Economic Forum explores how "character qualities" such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking will equip students to succeed in the swiftly evolving digital economy.

To thrive in the 21st century, students need more than traditional academic learning. They must be adept at collaboration, communication and problem-solving, which are some of the skills developed through social and emotional learning (SEL).

In 2015, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published the report New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology that focused on the pressing issue of the 21st-century skills gap and ways to address it through technology. In that report, WEF defined a set of 16 crucial proficiencies for education. Of those skills, 10 were labelled either “competencies” or “character qualities”. Competencies are the means by which students approach complex challenges; they include collaboration, communication and critical thinking and problem-solving. Character qualities are the ways in which students approach their changing environment; they include curiosity, adaptability and social and cultural awareness.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/a-holistic-view-of-what-will-influence-education-in-the-future/

 

 

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Infographic: Teaching handwriting in schools

The 2015 WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) survey asked global education experts – including teachers and academics – about the skills that should be taught in schools.
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Recently I have found that my mostly intuitive and practical separation of typing and handwriting for personal use may have some basis to it. Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014) have found in three studies that laptops, when used for taking notes by US college students, lead to shallower mental processing than with notes taken in handwriting, and performance on conceptual questions was also lower than for students who took handwritten notes. Their research showed that taking more notes can be beneficial but using a keyboard led to a tendency to transcribe the lecturer’s words verbatim rather than undertaking the processing and reframing of the words in the student’s own writing that the relative slow speed of handwriting notes requires.
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Top 10 List to Improve Your Child's Memory

Brain imaging shows what you can do with your child to boost memory for test study. Check out the top ten tips to cut your child's study time, increase test success, and let you avoid the unpleasant, high-drama of test time.
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If you have not seen these ten memory hints then follow the links. They are worthy of practice as they work.
Destress
Grab attention
Colour
Novelty
Personal meaning
Relational memories
Patterning
Mental manipulation for long-term memory
Practice makes permanent
Syn-naps

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