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5 Simple Ways To Inspire Innovation In Learning

5 Simple Ways To Inspire Innovation In Learning | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

How can we make our classrooms more engaging, creating "spaces that help students connect, get inspired, and achieve deeper learning and better results."

This post provides five simple ideas. Each is followed with short descriptions. Three are listed below:

* Try out new teaching techniques, don't just read about them.

* Try out technology tools that allow you to work side by side with your students rather than positioned next to the board.

* Explore new learning opportunities by accessing a web portal and connecting with another classroom studying the same topic.


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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 12:34 PM

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

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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, Today, 11:02 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, Today, 9:45 AM

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

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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, Today, 6:58 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.

Via Mika Auramo, Suvi Salo
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Mika Auramo's curator insight, July 28, 10:50 AM

Facebook is for grandmas...and publishing things without user permission.

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Doctopus (Add-on) - New Visions CloudLab

Doctopus (Add-on) - New Visions CloudLab | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

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Donna Browne's curator insight, July 28, 7:30 AM

Doctopus makes it easier for teachers to share, organize, and assess student work in Google Drive.

It's tentacles copy and "hand out" Drive files to a roster of students, giving teachers full control over starter template, sharing configuration, folder organization and file naming, as well as full visibility over all work in progress -- including the ability to bulk revoke and revert student editing rights.

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Varhaiset perustaidot ennustavat lukutaidon ja matematiikan osaamista neljännellä luokalla — Jyväskylän yliopisto


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Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, May 23, 1:03 AM

Erityisesti parhaiten osaavien oppilaiden lukutaidon ja matematiikan osaamisen kehittymistä on tuettu kotona jo ennen kouluikää. Näille lapsille on merkittävästi muita oppilaita useammin luettu kirjoja, ja heidän kanssaan on leikitty ja pelattu kirjain-, sana- ja numeropelejä. Edelleen hyvät lukijat pitävät lukemisesta muita neljäsluokkalaisia enemmän.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 23, 3:21 AM

Tärkeää asiaa pienten lasten vanhemmille! Ja myös lahjakkaita pitää tukea ja kannustaa. Nyt näyttää kuin he jäisivät enemmän syrjään sekä kotona että koulussa...

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Nik's QuickShout: Why do students frequently drop out of online courses?

Nik's QuickShout: Why do students frequently drop out of online courses? | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Over the past couple of years 'MOOCs' (massive open online courses) have become the latest trend in the attempt to harness the power of online learning. MOOCs though, just like other forms of online learning have suffered from very high drop out rates.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 28, 7:12 AM

This is a quick and simple research questionnaire to explotre the causes and solutions to the problem of learner drop out in online courses.

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7 syytä brändätä itsensä

7 syytä brändätä itsensä | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Yritykset ja julkisuuden henkilöt yrittävät jatkuvasti luoda positiivista julkisuuskuvaa. Itsensä brändäämisestä on kuitenkin tullut osa myös tavallisten ihmisten arkipäivää ja työelämää.
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11 Ways to Use Images on Social Media

One of the interesting developments in social media over the past few years is the rise of visual aspects of social sharing. Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine are three...

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A free 3D modeling app for iPad

A free 3D modeling app for iPad | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

We believe in the power of 3D thinking and our vision is to make 3D modeling, designing + printing more accessible and affordable for people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds.
There are many potential uses for Morphi - prototyping, visualization, making functional products and wearables, creating decorative items, rendering quick architectural models, building 3D models to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Math), literacy and much, much more.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 3:02 AM

This is a great app to get students started creating and designing 3D objects and printing them on a 3D printer.

Maru Peltonen's curator insight, July 28, 7:28 AM

Ja lisää kokeiltavaa.

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Syksyllä aloittavien lukiolaisten on hankittava oma tietokone

Syksyllä aloittavien lukiolaisten on hankittava oma tietokone | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
LOHJA | Tänä vuonna lukion aloittavat opiskelijat tarvitsevat opinnoissaan oman henkilökohtaisen tietokoneen. Ylioppilastutkinto muuttuu sähköiseksi ja ensimmäiset sähköiset kirjoitukset on tarkoitus järjestää syksyllä 2016.

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How Technology is Changing Conferencing Rooms, Work Spaces and Classrooms

How Technology is Changing Conferencing Rooms, Work Spaces and Classrooms | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Via Ramiro Aduviri Velasco, juandoming
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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, Today, 8:54 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, Today, 9:58 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, Today, 11:31 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!

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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, Today, 2:38 AM

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

donhornsby's curator insight, Today, 8:33 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, 2:42 PM

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

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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.”


Via Maijaleena Kupiainen, Sirpa Ahde
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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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