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Does (the Use of)Twitter Improve Education?

Does (the Use of)Twitter Improve Education? | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

"There has been post after post acknowledging how educators love Twitter while also encouraging others to use it themselves. With that though comes skeptics (as there should be), questioning whether the use of Twitter is beneficial to educators. I have thought about that question a lot and I can give a definitive answer: yes and no ( I am 100% certain of this).

 

So to prove this, we have to look at a few things. First off, we have to look at how educators are using Twitter. Simply signing up for Twitter doesn’t improve anything in your classroom (similar to the notion that having a Twitter account will make people do inappropriate things and cyberbully). It all comes down to the use of it. I offer two scenarios in my own use of Twitter below."


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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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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.

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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.”


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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, 10:38 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, 10:25 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 28, 1:00 AM
Too much false information, including topic.
Debra Evans's curator insight, July 28, 5:54 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.

Yet tech a...

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 27, 3:00 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

The Possibilities Of A 3D Printer | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
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, 3:23 AM

Every lecturer should read this.


Leona Ungerer's curator insight, July 27, 3:57 AM

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

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 27, 7:42 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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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin. Take a moment a...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 7:12 PM

Interacting with one another is essential in learning and problem-based learning. Creating spaces where this happens naturally is important and echoes the work John Dewey suggested was critical in teaching.

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Build an awesome class website with Google Apps - ISTE

Build an awesome class website with Google Apps - ISTE | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Get parents involved in your classroom – and in their kids’ education – by putting all the information they’ll need on a class website. No web design skills or budget? No problem. Google Apps make the process easy and free.

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Seven Ways to Get Smarter

Seven Ways to Get Smarter | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Given my druthers, I'd choose smart over dumb. Sadly, all of us do things that prolong dumbness. 4 qualities of smart leaders who stay dumb: Persistence: Staying dumb requires persistence. Growing ...

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Video Games That Are Actually Educational

Video Games That Are Actually Educational | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
One of the secrets of many successful video games is the fact that they can teach you stuff without you even knowing 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, 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.

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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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