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20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader

20 Blogs That Will Make You A Better School Leader | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
From the corporate workplace to the elementary school classroom, leaders are everywhere. Even born leaders need inspiration and practical tips to help them reach their highest potential.
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Finnish Education Highlights - Flipboard magazine - compilation of articles, research and reports

Finnish Education Highlights - Flipboard magazine - compilation of articles, research and reports | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
By apuustin | apuustin created a magazine on Flipboard. "Finnish Education Highlights" is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for "apuustin".

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Valia Reinsalu's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:34 AM

Always interesting to read about Finland's school system...

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50 forward-planning questions by @TeacherToolkit

50 forward-planning questions by @TeacherToolkit | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
In March 2014, after a coaching and mentoring session, I posted 30 simple questions for the teacher, middle leader and senior teacher. You can also find some very useful reflection questions for th...

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 29, 11:17 PM

10 planning questions to ask every teacher

10 questions to ask every middle-leader

10 questions to ask every head of year

10 questions to ask every senior teacher

10 questions to ask every headteacher

Suvi Salo's curator insight, Today, 12:28 AM

10 planning questions to ask every teacher

10 questions to ask every middle-leader

10 questions to ask every head of year

10 questions to ask every senior teacher

10 questions to ask every headteacher

 

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Top 10 Facebook Pages for Educators

Top 10 Facebook Pages for Educators | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Facebook Pages are a great resource for educational technology professionals to find companies, thought leaders, groups and organizations to share ideas and experiences with peers while expanding industry knowledge and increasing connections.

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Screw Trust and You Skewer Your Future

Screw Trust and You Skewer Your Future | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

9 tips to build trust: The Veterans Administration and General Motors currently sit center-stage for behavior that has ruptured the trust of customers and employees. But trust breaking goes on all the time—and not just with large hide-bound bureaucracies.


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donhornsby's curator insight, July 29, 5:54 AM

(From the article): Communicate without ceasing. Seek out the employees closest to the customer. Ask for AND listen to their ideas and input. Put the ideas into action and if it cannot be done, let everyone know why.

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What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, July 29, 6:58 AM

This article comes to me by way of my friend, GeekMom.com editor Andrea Schwalm. 

 

I actually feel outraged reading this. The US wonders why it's behind, and when measures are put in place to provide tools to help kids keep up or get ahead, they aren't working. In this case, it looked like the school district didn't come up with a definitive plan before distributing the laptops out. Kids will be kids, but at the same time, I get the feeling that they haven't been taught that laptops are not toys, but equipment or instruments, and need to be cared for. If a teenager had a high-end smartphone, you KNOW there would be consequences for needing to fix or replace one of those! 

 

My son's small private school gives all the kids laptops--MacBook Air laptops, in fact. They distribute them in September, and take them back in the summer. Every year, parents have to signed waivers and such that say that if something happens to the laptop, especially if the kid is given permission by the parent to bring the laptop home, then any repairs or replacement is on the parent.  The same should happen with school districts as well. I guarantee that a lot more laptops would come back undamaged if parents knew that if something happened to them, they need to replace the machine. Many families can't afford one, so it promotes responsibility. 

 

With a better plan in place on how laptops and tablets can be used in the classroom and for school work, with a written understanding that the device is not a toy but rather an expensive tool to be used and mastered, then perhaps there's hope. The article mentions that other places have made it work. Perhaps the districts where this implementation did not work need to take few lessons from those where it did work. You can't implement something like this without careful consideration and a plan. You need a strategy, and it doesn't sound like Hoboken really thought it out. 

 

Perhaps rather than throwing all those laptops out, they should donate them to another school district who has a plan and be more appreciative of the chance to get kids up to speed in technology. 

 

(Oh, and yes, teacher/staff training is important and lacking, but I could go on about that too. That's part of having a good plan, after all. )

--techcommgeekmom

Terri Rice's curator insight, July 29, 8:31 AM

Danielle is correct. this is NOT a terrible idea. It just needs adults to be better prepared before they jump into an expensive endeavor. Donating these laptops to a district that can implement a sound plan for maintaining the equipment will allow this wonderful idea to live on!

Estralita Williams's curator insight, Today, 9:23 AM

Good reading

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5 Leadership Skills you must have to Succeed

5 Leadership Skills you must have to Succeed | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
You may think of leadership skills as something that belongs to corporate culture, but they're just as critical to any entrepreneurial business.

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Jean-Pierre Greeff's curator insight, July 28, 11:38 PM

The Seed SA is passionate about leadership development, and we found this article to be a promising read.

donhornsby's curator insight, July 29, 5:33 AM

(From the article): Ask yourself the following: What do I need to do to keep up with the pace of business with the increasing complexity of today‚Äôs workplace? What can I do today to hone in on my leadership skills to be successful?

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How Leaders can achieve better work life balance? from @TShnall #HRockstars

How Leaders can achieve better work life balance? from @TShnall #HRockstars | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
In a world where more and more people find themselves working longer hours, how do leaders achieve and maintain work-life balance? It is a challenge to say the least. Every day millions of people w...

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Johann Gauthier's curator insight, July 28, 11:42 AM

Great post by my good friend Tal Shnall on a very hot and important topic for leaders across ALL industries. I truly love how Tal set some very convincing background and staging (i.e. broader level take) to then exploring issues further. I also appreciate the focus he brings by providing some practical easy-to-use tips for leaders to achieve a better work-life balance. I thank you Tal for taking on such a significant subject and summarizing it in a very succinct and crisp way. Bravo!

For infectious connections with Tal @Tal Shnalland myself @GauthierJohann

To join the thriving unstoppable #HRockstars tribe:

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Hyvinvointi tulisi ottaa politiikassa vakavasti

Hyvinvointi tulisi ottaa politiikassa vakavasti | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

“ Suomalaisen yhteiskuntapolitiikan painopistettä tulisi siirtää taloudesta ja hyvinvointivaltiosta kohti kansalaisten hyvinvointia.”


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Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions

Why Mindful Individuals Make Better Decisions | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is practiced in board rooms from Silicon Valley to Wall Street. But just how much does it improve the quality of your decision-making?


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 7:38 PM

Mindfulness does not improve bottom lines unless it improves the person practicing the practice and make for a better world. Mindfulness is compassionate and is directed towards a better world. Thinking about meditation is a key component; the opposite is premeditation. What does that bring up. For example, in School we calculate what is important in advance and write curricula. That calculation is premeditated and does not require being mindful and attentive to this particular child's needs. Chogyam Trungpa suggested the practice on the mat prepares us for the real practice in life.

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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 7:25 PM

I rarely assigned homework. It seemed counter-productive and counter-intuitive. The exception, if can be called homework, were projects which engaged students and their parents at home. This provided an untapped resource, excited students and parents, and was highly successful. I always provided more time for these projects so they did not work against learning.

Mika Auramo's comment, July 27, 10:00 PM
Too much false information, including topic.
Debra Evans's curator insight, July 28, 2:54 PM

Good piece, but need to consider also; this country is not really catering to multi-cultural group.  But, we should learn from their examples - we in Australia definitely moving towards over-educating, with even prep losing its play-based approach.  Also worth noting - the teacher in the classroom has the biggest impact on whether or not the students will learn - effective teachers=effective learners.

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8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid: Has your brain been 'googled'?

8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid: Has your brain been 'googled'? | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
People assume that iPhones, laptops and Netflix are evidence of progress. In some ways, that's true. A moderate amount of Googling, for instance, can be good for your brain, and there are apps that can boost brain function and activity.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 27, 12:00 PM

Pay attention to #4

  1. Background knowledge is a key to learning.
  2. The idea that students no longer need to know information when they can "google it" is a myth.
  3. The more you know about a particular subject, the faster you acquire new knowledge about that subject. 
  4. The more vocabulary words possessed by a student, the faster and better that student reads, comprehends and applies new knowledge.
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The Possibilities Of A 3D Printer

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Hola: Una infografía sobre las posibilidades de una impresora 3D. Un saludo Find more great infographics on NerdGraph Infographics

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Twenty terrible reasons for lecturing

One reason for lecturers not responding to their everyday experience is, I believe, their ignorance of alternatives. If you can't imagine what else you might do than lecture, then it hardly matters what your everyday experience is telling you. Lecturing is taken for granted. Courses are designed around lecture topics. Knowledge is packaged in our heads in one-hour-lecture-sized chunks. Why is this?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 12:23 AM

Every lecturer should read this.


Leona Ungerer's curator insight, July 27, 12:57 AM

Wonder what more recent literature would suggest (on lecturing as a teaching tool).

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 27, 4:42 AM

All educators should read this! Great in thinking about presenting any info.Makes me think of all school faculty meetings and how we could do it differently!

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Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer (thanks to Richard Byrne)

Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer (thanks to Richard Byrne) | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

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How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Value creation is no longer one-and-done.

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Fabrizio Faraco's curator insight, July 29, 11:33 PM

Thanks to over-the-air updates, new features and functionality can be pushed to the customer on a regular basis. The ability to track products in use makes it possible to respond to customer behavior. And of course, products can now be connected with other products, leading to new analytics and new services for more effective forecasting, process optimization, and customer service experiences

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How To Add Links To Your Blog That Get Outstanding Results

How To Add Links To Your Blog That Get Outstanding Results | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Adding links to your business blog enhances your readers’ experience and can have benefits for your business as well. While it does take extra time and thought, it is well worth the effort. This post will cover:

- Internal versus external links

- The three crucial elements of an effective link

- Five best practices for business blog links...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 29, 8:02 AM

Here's how to get link love and better SEO results.

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PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations

PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

PresentationTube Recorder is a simple tool designed to help instructors, students and business professionals record their presentations from the comfort of home or office, and without the need to have Internet connection while recording. The Recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids including PowerPoint slides, Webcam streaming, whiteboard, drawing board, Web browser content, Desktop recording .


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 29, 6:45 AM

This looks like a very useful desktop tool for creating flipped and online learning. Unfortunately the software is only for Windows at present.

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, Today, 9:23 AM

Let me see, I{m going to try it.

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If Twitter Is Not PD, What Is It?

If Twitter Is Not PD, What Is It? | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
I was recently contacted by Barbara Madden, a Missouri educator with a Mississippi dialect, who is conducting a survey of educators, who use Twitter for Professional Development asking for some fee...

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Elena Elliniadou's curator insight, July 29, 3:58 AM

The answer is not. Read why! comments of the post also help. 

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10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore

10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
With the explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social networks popping up. Here are 10 up-and-coming social networks worth exploring.

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