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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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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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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."

Allan Shaw's insight:

"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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A Principal's Reflections: A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections: A Wake Up Call For School Leaders | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

Eric Sheninger challenges educators and schools that are either resistant to or unsure about using social media, to move from a fixed to a growth mindset to create schools that work better for kids and establish relevance as a leader in your district, school, or classroom.

Allan Shaw's insight:

Eric Sheninger's post provides significant advice for a school community, parents students and staff to move into a more collaborative and trusting relationship. My challenge is to see it happen reasonably smoothly.

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12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making

12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

By Carey Rossi

"Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control -- the death of a loved one, a job loss or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize..."

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The positive facets of life that lie under these 'mistakes' are - be present in the moment, self monitor, keep a spread of activities in your life and remember humans are relational beings, the people around us matter.

These 12 habits are mistakes when they become indicative of a loss of balance in life and thus indicate potential problems.

Self monitoring the extent to which you do these things is possibly a good barometer. A little of each will not hurt but ....

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Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity

Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Education author/presenter Mark Barnes explains why it's time for teachers to stop giving their opinions to students and to rethink assessment.

Via Patti Kinney
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An interesting post with much to recommend it, especially the differences implied in the post between learning and ranking. There seems to some confusion between opinion and professional judgement.

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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.'

Allan Shaw's insight:

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.

Allan Shaw's insight:

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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5 Non-Evil Ways To Get People To Do What You Want, From Dan Pink

5 Non-Evil Ways To Get People To Do What You Want, From Dan Pink | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
Science has some answers about how to deal with difficult people. Here NYT bestselling author Dan Pink breaks down how to make people behave better.
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Great advice!

"Five lessons from Dan’s experience on “Crowd Control”:

First, Get Their AttentionTelling People What To Do Doesn’t Work, Showing Them DoesMake Them Feel SomethingWhen Nothing Else Works, DistractTell Them Why "
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Why Student Voice is Essential at Edtech Conferences (EdSurge News)

Why Student Voice is Essential at Edtech Conferences (EdSurge News) | Leadership in education | Scoop.it
When making big decisions about how learning will happen in my classroom I always consult my students. They are the reason I arrive at school before the sun rises and leave after it sets. They are the most important stakeholders in education, and their voice should be at the forefront of all decisio
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Student voice is well worth cultivating. Building a staff culture ready to handle frank student feedback is a significant challenge in many settings.

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Do We Need A Startup Mindset (In Education)?

Do We Need A Startup Mindset (In Education)? | Leadership in education | Scoop.it

"We live in a time where promises of stability, constancy and permanence can no longer provide our organizations and people the same foundations that we’ve been afforded in the past…and can often do more to destabilize, disrupt and disturb the current state of things."

 

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This post addresses the issue of “why teach an old dog new tricks.”  If the prevailing culture is risk averse or fails to acknowledge that change and risk is not 'needed, necessary or incorporated in any systemic way.'

'Abolishing risks will most certainly eliminate a questioning culture.  If we are not willing to take risks, to engage in experimentation and learning, then why ask the questions that will eventually lead us down that path.

So, if we are unwilling to take risks, or ask the difficult questions, we will definitely have a difficult time embracing or moving quickly on new, novel, creative and innovative ideas and thinking.  We will struggle to pivot and adapt with the quickness and rapidity that is necessary to match pace with the speed of change in today’s world.'

 

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