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The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind

The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Clive Thompson, author of the new book, “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” argues that technology is making us more intelligent and creating an ambient awareness of the people around us.
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2 Student Beliefs That Can Change Everything

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The 9 Skills Students Must Master to Succeed ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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The Myth of Student Engagement

The Myth of Student Engagement | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Each day that you enter your classroom, are you educating students? Or are you teaching at them? Do your lessons only improve their academic knowledge? Or do they foster their personal growth? We all want our teaching to make a difference—otherwise, we wouldn't spend our nights, weekends, planning periods, and, often, our own money putting together dynamic lessons we think will help students learn. Here's the rub: some teachers really do have student engagement going on. You know what I mean—despite the struggles we all face, their lessons always appear to be a success. Student absences are a rarity and discipline problems almost nonexistent—no one skips their class to hide out in the bathroom. And you want that for yourself: maximum student engagement. If you just had a handful of the magic fairy dust that teacher is spreading, you'd be great, too. But nothing you do seems to matter. New units, fresh seating charts, rewards systems (if you buy into that), class work, group work, computer work, individual work...yet nothing's working. Maybe you need to put every lesson on the computer. Or nothing on computers. Should you adjust your lessons to read fewer books, show better movies, make more videos, have more rewards...? Or, even more radical, you could shift your perspective to stop teaching at students and begin learning about them. Teaching and Learning: The Chicken and the Egg You can't have teaching without learning something. And, as with all conundrums, there is no learning without teaching. Learning does not require a formal teacher, just a lesson with an integral meaning that speaks in a way that you understand. But when teachers forget that a large part of being a successful educator relies on being a learner yourself, student perception begins to shift. Instead of creating a meaningful classroom experience, the classroom becomes “just a place to do work.” Instead of feeling invested in their learning, students only see more “stuff” to do. This dichotomy cuts to the heart of the student engagement myth: that adding or changing classroom elements, doing a new project, or exposing a student to a new technology or method of instruction will magically transform apathy into a white-hot fire of curiosity. And that couldn't be more wrong. Igniting student passion isn't about adding more options. Sure, there's a value to trying a variety of approaches for the sake of exposure. But like throwing spaghetti against a wall, these changes won’t stick for long. Why? Because you're applying an external solution to an internal problem. What Did the Teacher Learn Today? True engagement comes when a teacher knows a student's strengths and interests beyond the classroom and uses that knowledge to deepen relationships. If we go into our rooms each day to teach but not connect, we can't expect students to care beyond a test score, if that. Can you answer these questions about your students? If you can, how do you apply that knowledge to connect with them? *What home issues are affecting their work? *Do they have a non-academic passion? *What are their favorite shows, games, songs, or books? *Do they have a preferred learning style? *What is their hidden talent? *What goals do they have for themselves in the future? And if you can’t answer those questions, it's time to start learning. Because caring about students beyond the boundaries of the classroom is the first step of sparking engagement. Beth Morrow is a middle school ESL teacher in Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio. She blogs on educational and classroom issues at: www.CanWeJustRead.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @BethFMorrow
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6 Myths of Digital Technology - Mark Anderson's Blog

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education, learning & technology
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The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning

The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning
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Chris Carter's comment, April 12, 7:44 PM
Thank you, Grant. The philosophical shift must follow the experience on the ground.
Donna Fry (@fryed)'s curator insight, April 12, 10:18 PM

This is an important read.  Great Ken Robinson quote about dangerously irrelevant.

Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 12:46 AM

Resources are not only becoming more available, but more applicable as well! Maybe the way of the future is not sitting in a classroom, but that would require more self-directed learners... and there is a lack of such in my experience, at least in the commonly recognized academic fields. Everyone has their own interests, whether inside or outside the classic realm of academia, but maybe that's a distinction worth respecting.

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Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School

Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Project Tomorrow's 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators digs into how students and teachers are us
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How Is The Internet Changing Education? - Edudemic

How Is The Internet Changing Education? - Edudemic | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The internet has brought many wonders to our lives. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t get lost much anymore (thanks to my Google Maps app), I never have to look up hot spots for meals ahead of time when I travel (thanks, Yelp), and when I want to know more …
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Teaching the Teacher – 21st Century Style - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Teaching the Teacher – 21st Century Style - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
How Fairmont Private Schools successfully evaluated the use of technology in learning environments.
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Canadian teens beat much of the globe in problem-solving skills | Toronto Star

Canadian teens beat much of the globe in problem-solving skills | Toronto Star | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
OECD's latest assessment ranks Canadian students ahead of most of the West in many skills thought most important by 21st century employers.
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How Do You Design a Great School (& A Great System)?

How Do You Design a Great School (& A Great System)? | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Too much of what passes for innovative thinking today is really just an effort to perfect our ability to succeed in a system that no longer serves our interests. But two recent articles light a different path -- on that might actually help us reimagine education for a changing world.
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What Teachers Need to Know About 'Networked' Teens

What Teachers Need to Know About 'Networked' Teens | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Middle school teacher Jody Passassini says that youth researcher danah boyd's new book dispels many preconceived notions about teens and technology.
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How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information? | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Beyond increasing the amount of information that students can access, the new abundant economy of information has far greater implications. It represents both a shift in the way that future classrooms will operate as well as in the student behaviors that we will value and expect.
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Education Technology Startups Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars In Q1 | TechCrunch

Education Technology Startups Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars In Q1 | TechCrunch | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Education technology-focused startups raised over $488 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed..
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Three Things Every Leader Needs

Three Things Every Leader Needs | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
I love helping leaders.  And I’m blessed to be able to work with so many great leaders. And it’s awesome to see leaders in so many areas of life - in the home, in the workplace and in the church.  ...
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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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Always Communicate the Why - George Ambler

Always Communicate the Why - George Ambler | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Communication is most importance to leaders. One problem we spend too much time communicating the "what" and the "how" and don't devote enough time to the "why".
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Growing our mindset

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This time last year I read Dweck's 'Mindset'.  Since then we've done quite a lot of work at DHS to develop and embed a growth mindset with our students  - especially during the last term.  We are t...
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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.
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Why Change Is Difficult

Why Change Is Difficult | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Change is more difficult than you believe. Having an intellectual understanding the reason something needs to change isn’t enough. An emotional need to change is necessary and more powerful. Change...
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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.
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New Ontario Study Calls for Provincial Digital Learning Strategies

New Ontario Study Calls for Provincial Digital Learning Strategies | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Is the Digital Divide Impacting the Skills and Employment Gap Amongst Our Youth? By Robert Martellacci, Co-founder and Vice-president, C21 Canada It was a
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Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic presents the attributes that are paramount for a quality educational leader.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 12:56 AM

I agree with the points on the infographic and they make sense. The problem is I did not see it in the school division I worked in for almost 20 years. Most days it was the 180 degrees different for me and others.

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Technology Can Never Replace the Teacher

Technology Can Never Replace the Teacher | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
You have all heard the rumors that technology will be replacing the teacher and that MOOC’s will make it possible to learn anything from home…
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review - The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact | MiddleWeb

review - The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact | MiddleWeb | Leadership to change our schools' cultures for the 21st Century | Scoop.it
In addition to reviewing the pitfalls principals can face, Michael Fullan focuses on leading learning, being a district and system leader, and being a change leader.
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