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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 9:34 AM

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

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 3:17 AM

This is my latest post. Based on my experiences of helping teachers to cope with creating courses in Moodle.

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Three Elements I Always Add to Classroom Blogs

Three Elements I Always Add to Classroom Blogs | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

As the new school year approaches many of us will be setting up new classroom blogs or revamping the ones we've used in the past. If you're setting up a classroom blog for the first time, here are the three elements that I always add to classroom blogs.


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Finnish Augumenta makes smart glasses work

Finnish Augumenta makes smart glasses work | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Finland-based software provider, Augumenta released development tools that define a new user interface for navigation and control of applications running on smart glass devices. — We believe smart glasses are a truly new class of computing platform and...

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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, July 30, 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, July 30, 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

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111166240740728636143

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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.

Susan Bender Phelps's curator insight, July 30, 8:05 PM

This article very elegantly outlines how important being mindful can be for corporate leaders. It is just as true for civic, political and non-profit leaders.

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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.

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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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Leading in the 21st century

Leading in the 21st century | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Wharton School professor Michael Useem scopes out the leadership challenges facing executives today:

 

Because the world is now more complicated and more uncertain, I think that on top of always having a great vision there will be a premium on thinking strategically and on being able to come back from setbacks, and maybe above all, on being very good at reading the increasingly ambiguous and uncertain universe we operate in.

 

Companies probably focus too much on the bottom line, too much on meeting quarterly analyst expectations, and this has cost us companies paying attention to what the country needs or what the world needs or certainly what the community requires.

 

 

 


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Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School

Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
“Principal Shortage: Principals encourage teachers to become principals!”Teacher observation works best when expectations are clear and participants understand how to use and benefit from the process...
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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 30, 1:35 PM

Teacher observation works best when expectations are clear and participants understand how to use and benefit from the process...


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11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your iPad

11 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Your iPad | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
A collection of tips and tricks for getting more out of your iPad.

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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.