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The Landing: More on Connectivism: a response to Stephen Downes

The Landing: More on Connectivism: a response to Stephen Downes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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A theory without practice is empty. Practice without theory is idling along. The two go together and connect within a particular situational praxis.

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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine, PhD I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Why I’ve disabled the clock on my computer – A Life of Productivity

Why I’ve disabled the clock on my computer – A Life of Productivity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Disabling the clock on your computer sounds like a stupid hack—and it is—but it’s also a nice nudge to become more organized, and more mindful of how much energy you have throughout the day.

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This is an interesting proposition. Does it take us back to the concept of flow? I think times I was in the moment teaching and the clock only intruded. For 14 years, the clock was not something that dictated my teaching except in the broadest sense. I read the room so to speak. Were students engaged in their learning? It is not just about productivity. It is about engagement.
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When it comes to productivity, energy is more important than time

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Absorbing view, engagement comes ahead of productivity in human communication. Strive for both, and you're a sure winner
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Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2017

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2017 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Since 2011, ELI has surveyed the higher education teaching and learning community to identify its key issues. The community is wide in scope: we solicit input from all those participating in the support of the teaching and learning mission, including professionals from the IT organization, the center for teaching and learning, the library, and the dean’s and provost’s offices.

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At the heart of these should be placed the idea of how do we form relationships with each other, our subjects, and tools.
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Jose Omar Jaramillo's curator insight, March 9, 8:48 AM
In this survey conduct every year you can find a recompilation of all the problems which education is facing in a general context. As teachers we need to be cautions of the problems the education system is facing and look for ways to fix or overcome this problems. Take a look at the survey results and try to identify which problems the Colombian educational context is facing. As you can see we are pretty much facing most of them and now is time to solve the problems one by one!
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Universal basic income is the operating system of a post-industrial state

Universal basic income is the operating system of a post-industrial state | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There are very few policy ideas that attract support from all sides of the political spectrum these days. Universal basic income is one of them. The idea of replacing existing welfare systems by giving everyone unconditional cash payments—regardless of income, work status, or anything else—is appealing to conservatives who want to shrink government bureaucracy

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Ontario is implementing three different communities in a pilot project over the next few years.
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I do see the enormous advantages of having a unconditional, universal basic income. 

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Change #leadership: how to give employees a sense of control

Change #leadership: how to give employees a sense of control | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The critical factor when it comes to deciding on or agreeing to doing anything differently (this is a simple definition of change), is that there is usually something beneficial in it producing a co-created outcome.

Put simply; draw your leaders out so they understand not only the reasons for change, but also how they can influence the way that change is implemented - this will mean they feel part of the solution.

The same goes for bringing about change within the team; really involve them, talk to them at length, listen to them at length, ask for their solutions and find ways of incorporating their ideas for the changes needed, as well as good reasons as to why some of their ideas may not be applicable.


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When we are asked to change things in a wholesale manner, it is daunting and overwhelming. The example of changing my golf swing resonated. I did that several years ago and it was a terrible experience. Once I adjusted, it worked well. Teachers given small bites of change and taking on some leading might manage those changes better
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Sir Ken Robinson: “There are processes that are more likely to encourage innovation than not.”

Sir Ken Robinson: “There are processes that are more likely to encourage innovation than not.” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sir Ken Robinson gave the most viewed TED talk of all time,

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Robinson's point about organizations, on average, lasting about 30 years is important. We have used the same model of schooling for much longer i.e. warehousing and preparing children for the work place. Why have we not changed?
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Get Rid Of Your High Expectations – Art Of Practicality – Medium

Get Rid Of Your High Expectations – Art Of Practicality – Medium | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How many times in your life have you experienced hurt, disappointment, anger, or stress, from the difference between your imagination and reality? We’re very creative creatures. And when we set out…

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One has to have reasonable expectations. High and low get us into binary and impractical ways of thinking. As a teacher, understanding what was reasonable for each student helped me establish my expectations.
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In Just 3 Words, Amazon's Jeff Bezos Taught a Brilliant Lesson in Leadership

It's a great lesson for the workplace. And outside of it.
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I would like to believe "disagree and commit" will work in schools, but there is little evidencce of this being the case. It cannot be wholesale anarchy, but what does each teacher's experience tell them. It is always going to be different from the next teacher.
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friday’s good finds

friday’s good finds | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

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There are some interesting points made in the quotes and comments. The Frank Sonneberg quotes point out the need to understand we live in a world where there is a lot of in-between that goes unnoticed and is taken-for-granted
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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class - NYTimes.com

Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class - NYTimes.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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It is not only children, but adults.
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I watched our "guru" of all things tech turn the lights off, sit at his desk, blog and tweet, and put worksheets up on the overhead for students. Even with new tools, we teach and learn much the same way we always have, sitting at desks and with a front of the room. Activity is essential in learning and teaching.
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Peter Senge: How to Overcome Learning Disabilities in Organizations

Peter Senge: How to Overcome Learning Disabilities in Organizations | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As an organization grows, managing the flow demands work items to move from one team/department to another. In quest to make these teams accountable, very specific KPI’s are established and that breeds non-systemic thinking. People look at meeting their own numbers and push the work to next stage

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A quick overview of how to overcome not being a learning organization.
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Why do we work so hard?

Why do we work so hard? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Our jobs have become prisons from which we don’t want to escape.


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This is a good question, which is well-explored in the article.
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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 17, 5:05 AM

Work follows us home on our smartphones, tugging at us during an evening out or in the middle of our children’s bedtime routines. It makes permanent use of valuable cognitive space, and chooses odd hours to pace through our thoughts, shoving aside whatever might have been there before. It colonises our personal relationships and uses them for its own ends. It becomes our lives if we are not careful. It becomes us.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 22, 8:03 AM

Is this a true picture of work?

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Marc My Words: I Took a Birding Course and Got a Lesson in Performance Support by Marc Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine

Marc My Words: I Took a Birding Course and Got a Lesson in Performance Support by Marc  Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“Maybe I have too much time on my hands, but I recently took a birding course. Exciting, huh? The four-hour course, offered by the Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples, Florida, was terrific. I learned a lot about birds, but not in the way you might think.”

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This is an interesting article. The last line about finding things where we least expect themn is great.
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How the Idea of a ‘Normal’ Person Got Invented

How the Idea of a ‘Normal’ Person Got Invented | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The notion that there is a “normal” height or a “normal” salary is a relatively new one, and it's had a profound effect on how people think about each other and themselves.
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We have to be carefulf when we want to normalize, standardize, and average people. Each person is a unique human with their story that cannot be averaged out. Walk into a classroom and as for the stories of children and teachers.
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The purpose of school? / Gifted children / Big Picture Company / ability grouping? / David Perkins and Guy Claxton

The purpose of school? / Gifted children / Big Picture Company / ability grouping? / David Perkins and Guy Claxton | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Time to think out of the box ! Education Readings By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across
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I think the first link is great. What if we kept questions about the purpose of school, teaching, curriculum, etc. at the heart of our conversations?
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All or Nothing Productivity: How Excellence Creates Excellence

All or Nothing Productivity: How Excellence Creates Excellence | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It’s true, of course. Nothing good in life comes without a tradeoff. But many people misunderstand this. I’m interested in a lot of things — philosophy, entrepreneurship, biohacking, movement…

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I think we get into grooves in life and things flow well. At other times, it can be a struggle. Perhaps we need to have strategies to pull us up and be aware of when things are in a bit of decline. I experienced these grooves in teaching.
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How to Be an Inspiring Leader

How to Be an Inspiring Leader | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You need one standout strength.

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If I apply this to teaching, it would focus on a question: "Which teacher inspired me? How did they make me feel?" For me, those teachers stood out for some particular reason that was singular to them and me. On the other hand, they may not have been each student's cup of tea.
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Inspirational leaders recognize the need to pick their moments carefully to reinforce a performance culture in a way that can also be inspiring. These are real moments of leadership and truth.
 
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People Don’t Want Something Truly New, They Want the Familiar Done Differently.

People Don’t Want Something Truly New, They Want the Familiar Done Differently. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I’ll admit, the bento box is an unlikely place to learn an important business lesson. But consider the California Roll —
Understanding the impact of this icon of Japanese dining can make all the difference between the success or failure of your product.




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Something that is totally new is challenging. Hans-Georg Gadamer contended little changes and most of the change occurs on the periphery/margins. Consider how little schools have changed. They make look a bit different, but are they? Do we teach totally different? I don' t think so, but it is OK. When we change everything all at once, the risk of failing is daunting. If we fail, it means starting over. John Dewey argued we conserve what is useful and morally right and replace what is not in both categories.
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There's a lot of truth in this concept. Change and continuity one of the great both/ands of our time
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School Choice Advocacy Exposes Political Cowardice

It has become fashionable for pundits to argue that fake news has created a post-truth America; however, mainstream media, in fact, carry the brunt of the responsibility because too often journalists are trapped in press-release journalism and traditional expectations of objectivity. Evidence of this can be found in how the media routinely cover education and education…
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School choice is not a big issue in Alberta. It has flown below the radar using what are called academies embedded in a public school as cover. The problem with school choice, and I think this article points us in that direction, is there are challenges based on whether families have the resources and understanding of what it means to make choice.
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Disbobedient Teaching

Disbobedient Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Disbobedient Teaching Surviving and creating change in education Welby Ings This book is about disobedience. Positive disobedience. Disobedience as a kind of professional behaviour. It shows how teachers can survive and even influence an education system that does staggering damage to potential. More importantly it is an arm around the shoulder of disobedient teachers who…
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Neil Postman and Charles Wiengartner wrote a book called Teaching as a Subversive Activity in 1969. They decried the outdated teaching methods of the time. I was in school then and my experience is teaching/school remains largely unchanged. It may look somewhat different, but it feels eerily the same. I think each teacher has the opportunity to be more than a pirate or rebel, becoming subversive and disobedient.
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Education Readings April 21st

Education Readings April 21st | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz The hidden dangers of caring about your career too much ‘This is one of the most important social justice and economic issues of our time. Until teachers feel valued and supported in their pursuit of…
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Among the links are two articles about digital literacy, including one that focuses on dispelling certain myths, and how computers in classrooms are a "scandalous waste." The latter has some echoes of Larry Cuban and computers as over sold and under used
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The Price of Resistance: Chris Hedges

The Price of Resistance: Chris Hedges | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
To resist radical evil is to endure a life that by the standards of the wider society is a failure. It is to defy injustice at the cost of your career, your reputation, your financial solvency and at times your life. It is to be a lifelong heretic. And, perhaps this is the most important point, it is to accept that the dominant culture, even the liberal elites, will push you to the margins and attempt to discredit not only what you do, but your character. When I returned to the newsroom at The New York Times after being booed off a commencement stage in 2003 for denouncing the invasion of Iraq and being publicly reprimanded by the paper for my stance against the war, reporters and editors I had known and worked with for 15 years lowered their heads or turned away when I was nearby. They did not want to be contaminated by the same career-killing contagion.

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The resistance at any level is high. Consider how hard it is to bring about real change (transforming change) in organizations such as schools? It is even more challenging in larger organizations and institutions. Paulo Freire's work has been diluted into Inquiry Based Learning, rather than being a means to lift oppression.
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Education Kills Our Creativity, Here Is How We Can Regain It

Education Kills Our Creativity, Here Is How We Can Regain It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
School equips us with knowledge we need, and we have more than enough training in convergent thinking, but to be creative once we leave the education system, divergent thinking is what we need to work on, and here’s how:

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"Society stresses the importance of education. Good grades in school propel a kid to a prestigious institution; and getting into a world-renowed college leads to a bright, successful future. And this generation is lucky, we are mostly well-educated."

We confuse school with education. If we replace educate and its various forms above with school, that focuses us on what the real issues are.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 30, 10:31 AM

Sad but true.

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Diversity of ideas is essential in teaching and learning. Ask questions that do not have pre-determined answers. It can hold a space open for conversations.
John Rudkin's curator insight, April 4, 5:01 AM
I was promised things would change as I became a Design Educator - but "those who know best" just keep cocking it up.
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Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge

Disciplines of a Learning Organization: Peter Senge | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If there is one book that has influenced my business thinking the most, it is Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline – The Art and Practice of Learning Organization” and I have referred to it many times over past years on this blog. Written in 1990, the insights contained in this book are even

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Schools by their very definition should be learning organizations, but are not.
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Everyday Sociology Blog: Neoliberalism: A Concept Every Sociologist Should Understand

Everyday Sociology Blog: Neoliberalism: A Concept Every Sociologist Should Understand | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Peter Kaufman I have a confession: When I teach sociology I am often guilty of ignoring one of the most important concepts that every sociologist should understand. In fact, one of the main reasons for writing this pos
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"neoliberalism is a “political economic practice” that promotes the total free will of individuals as economic actors. Neoliberals advocate for “strong private property rights, free markets, and free trade” with as little government intervention and regulation as possible. They seek to privatize institutions such as education, health care, and social services, and deregulate industries such as energy, communication, food, drugs, and finance."

The last line should be of greatest concern to educators. Gert Biesta and Bill Pinar question the pervasive nature of neo-liberalism in our schools.
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It's the Small Things That Make a Great Leader

It's the Small Things That Make a Great Leader | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Leadership development is slowly becoming like late night TV ads. Over the past few weeks, I get these notifications of leadership development seminars that promise to make you a terrific and dynamic leader:

“Become an effective leader if you do these 5 things”

“Leadership training to become the leader of tomorrow.”

If it were that easy everyone would be doing it, was one of my father’s favorite quotes.

My eyes roll as I read each one. There is no magic wand to becoming a better leader. Whether it is 3 days or 5 days, it is not going to happen.


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"“Become an effective leader if you do these 5 things” “Leadership training to become the leader of tomorrow.” If it were that easy everyone would be doing it, was one of my father’s favorite quotes. My eyes roll as I read each one. There is no magic wand to becoming a better leader. Whether it is 3 days or 5 days, it is not going to happen."

When we pay attention to the details of our relationships, we lead.
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