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How to Sever Ties to Social Networks and Other Web Sites

How to Sever Ties to Social Networks and Other Web Sites | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Scrubbing your profile from a social networking site isn’t easy; more users make the site look better to advertisers. Here are some tools to make the break.
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Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers

Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it

by Felix Jacomino

 

As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.

 

What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exiting time for a good educator than today and the near future!

 

In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.

 

Bad teachers:

Do not want to learn new things.

Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.

Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.

Never step out of their comfort zone. Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.

Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg). 

Design tests to be easily gradeable.

Think that all progress in education are "fads."

Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!

 

Good teachers:

Care whether their students find the learning relative.

Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.

Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.

Learn from and share with other educators.

Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)

 

My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!


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Hmm...might have been nice to spell exciting correctly in the second paragraph, however, apart from that - great little article!

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Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 2014 3:07 AM

Interesting take, and of course true, i.e. "technology" is not 21st Century.  It is almost a constant - technology facilitates (or can, used correctly) good teaching, and offers opportunities to add variety, flexibility and relevance.  Used badly it can be irrelevant.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 8, 2014 10:30 PM

Diferencias entre Buenos y Malos Profesores

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Sorry Google; you can Keep it to yourself

Sorry Google; you can Keep it to yourself | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Google may think it can waltz into a market that Evernote and others have staked out, but I’m not going to dance.

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How Should Social Media Be Taught in Schools?

How Should Social Media Be Taught in Schools? | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
The power of connected learning expands the classroom to infinity and beyond, but students still need a teacher’s guidance.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 11, 2013 6:22 AM

from the article:

 

The Gift of Social Learning

Social media can provide two things that are critical for student engagement in a literate environment: audience and purpose.

 

Audience refers to those who will see what students create and share. By expanding the audience for classroom content, students no longer write for their teacher or peers alone.

 

A project on a classroom blog or on Edmodo, a safe social media site for classrooms, can now reach other students, family members and teachers across the globe.The feedback from this sharing can help students grow, but it also reinforces the need to teach students the importance of revision and being appropriate when posting online.

 

Purpose is the reason students are doing the work. Before students post their thoughts and work online, essential questions should first be considered.Is my project original and creative? What will my audience gain from what I am presenting? Will it make a positive impact on my community? The world? Can others add to what I shared and collaborate with me, potentially making it better?

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The Nerdy Teacher: Using my @IdeaPaint on the desks #EdChat #EngChat

The Nerdy Teacher: Using my @IdeaPaint on the desks #EdChat #EngChat | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
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This is awesome. What a great idea @IdeaPaint is!

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50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
The 50 tips and projects provide you and your students with 50 ways to incorporate Twitter into important and lasting lessons.

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Twitter, is , for me, one of my most important learning tools. It should be for our students too.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 7:53 AM

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom | Some great ideas! Esp. for #EngChat #SSChat

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Makes Social Media so Influential?

INFOGRAPHIC: What Makes Social Media so Influential? | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
If your impression of social media is limited to your friends posting cat videos and teenagers glued to their iPhones – think again.

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Social media is the best PD source for me right now.

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Classroom Learning Spaces. Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools - T.H.E. Journal

Classroom Learning Spaces. Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools - T.H.E. Journal | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools
T.H.E. Journal
When architects discuss the educational facilities of the next century and beyond, the conversation turns to collaborative spaces.

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100 Things Kids Will Miss ( if they don't have a Teacher Librarian in their school)

100 Things Kids Will Miss ( if they don't have a Teacher Librarian in their school) | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it

To start with...

1.Books that are professionally selected to meet school and personal needs.

2.Equitable access to computers and other forms of technology.

3.Someone to talk to and someone who listens – the school librarian.

4.A place to get help when they need it. A place to assemble with their friends openly


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YEAH!

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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, February 23, 2013 4:07 PM
Let's use it (our unique skill set) :)
Lucy Beaton's comment, February 24, 2013 5:53 PM
Use it or lose it!
Alejandro Tortolini's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:22 PM

Cosas que los niños extrañarán si su escuela no tiene un Bibliotecario.

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Internet Browser Software Review 2013 - TopTenREVIEWS

Internet Browser Software Review 2013 - TopTenREVIEWS | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
We rank the best internet browsers with side-by-side comparisons. Compare features and speed, read in-depth reviews and Learning Center articles, and browse hundreds of screenshots.

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Use a few of these myself. I rate Google Chrome the best!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 2, 2013 7:42 PM

Share this with your staff!

GwynethJones's comment, February 4, 2013 7:26 PM
I have issues with my Blogger & Chrome oddly enough! But I use both Firefox and Chrome :-)
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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram – How Big Is Social Media Around The World? [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram – How Big Is Social Media Around The World? [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram – How Big Is Social Media Around The World? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Interesting look at how prevalent social media is around the world now....

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Clipped | Summarize Anything into bullet points

Clipped | Summarize Anything into bullet points | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Clipped - Summarize Anything

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Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan Breaks Down The Future Of Education And Learning

Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan Breaks Down The Future Of Education And Learning | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
How we can do better.

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The revolution may very well start here....

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Mack James's curator insight, January 1, 2013 9:03 PM

Khan Academy has great media information that some of our schools are using for many integrated subject

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Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education

Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
  via The Journal As social media becomes ubiquitous, schools and districts should shift from trying to control its use and toward teaching faculty and students how to build successful learnin...

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post seeks to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to t...

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So true. In Australia we need to allow teachers the freedom and resources to do this, but the message just ain't getting through!

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Mack James's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:20 PM
The educational system need to speed up its pace with technology. This would enable the system to better connect its curriculum with the speed of new technology being developed
Marie-Chantal SCHMITZ's curator insight, April 5, 2013 9:22 AM

a méditer et à partager pour nourri notre réflexion sur l'école de demain

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:54 AM

G

reat revison of the 3 types of educations throug time and technology

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Should School Be a No Whining Zone?

Should School Be a No Whining Zone? | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Seven ways to help children avoid academic entitlement.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:20 AM

Student scores on K-12 achievement tests have remained relatively constant over the years. Yet, K-12 grades have increased dramatically. This suggests that today’s students are receiving higher grades for the same performance as students in previous decades. Some studies show that even the most talented students earn success by cleverly circumventing hard work.

What happens when students develop unrealistic expectations toward college or the work world? They respond with anger and disappointment when their goals are not achieved. Feelings of entitlement have been correlated with a host of negative outcomes, including hostility,depression, difficulty in relationships, and greed.  

Parents and K-12 teachers can minimize the risk of academic entitlement in college and the world beyond by instilling positive values toward learning and success during the formative years

Sue Osborne's comment, March 19, 2013 6:23 PM
Problem is, it's not just the kids who have that sense of entitlement - a lot of them get it from their parents...sigh....
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 19, 2013 10:33 PM
Entitlement, instant gratification, an unbalanced sense of self-centredness.....as you say Sue, they get it from someone else.
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Social media advice for pupils

Social media advice for pupils | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Pupils in Wales could soon get advice on avoiding the pitfalls of using social media and prevent damaging their future career prospects.

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All schools should be letting their pupils know the pitfalls of life on line, but also showing them the joys too! Greater connnectedness CAN be good!

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Kris Byam's curator insight, April 7, 2013 10:10 PM

Every student needs to know the consequences of their actions on social media.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 8, 2013 11:02 PM

Article about advice provided in Wales about social media.

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Montana school superintendent apologizes for plagariarizing a...

Montana school superintendent apologizes for plagariarizing a... | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
A rural Montana school superintendent has apologized for plagiarizing a column written last December by Fulton County Schools superintendent Robert Avossa. (Montana school superintendent apologizes for plagariarizing a...

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Great example to use for classes....even those in "authority" can be caught out plagarising content!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 11, 2013 2:28 PM
How ironic, right? A school superintendent of schools cheating!?? It's WAY worse than spelling "plagiarizing" wrong in an article title! ;-) As in all things, ATTRIBUTION is key!
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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get studen

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This guy, he's a smart guy! Looking forward to reading this - should be a mind-stretcher!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:14 AM
Great piece! Really difficult to change the habit of some teachers and students who like to be handed the photocopied piece of research though. Would love to see more of this!
John Rudkin's comment, February 26, 2013 3:16 AM
I has to change though. The continuation of the tardy old ways has to be swept aside. That approach can have its place - there needs to be a blend (of course), but attitudes need to change.
Deborah Owen's curator insight, February 26, 2013 9:19 AM

Help students become more engaged in their learning by directing their own learning, at least to some extent.

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool
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Scoop.it and Evernote are my favourite tools thus far. Learning and sharing LOTS!

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What's Missing From These Quotes? QR Codes Hide the Answers!

What's Missing From These Quotes? QR Codes Hide the Answers! | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
I made a series of posters that I often hang around the room when I facilitate workshops. It's fun for participants to get up and scan them at break time. Each poster features a quote about education or technology .

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Great idea.  Might have to pinch this one for later in the year....

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:55 PM

Having experimented with QR codes, this use works well for me.

Kathy Atchison Shoemaker's curator insight, March 25, 2013 5:46 PM

love this idea

Brittany Leach's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:56 AM

QR codes!

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Find Content Quicker On The Go With Twitter's - Search Engine Land

Find Content Quicker On The Go With Twitter's - Search Engine Land | Learning  and Libraries: practice and possibilties | Scoop.it
Users will now be able to find more on the go as a new round of mobile updates have been launched for Twitter. The updates rolled out center on content di.

 


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Hooray! Love the one-click for opening tweeted links!

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 9, 2013 9:49 PM

add your insight...

GwynethJones's curator insight, February 10, 2013 3:14 PM

Go ahead, seach me Twitter!

Sue Osborne's comment, February 10, 2013 5:09 PM
Hooray! Finally one click to a tweeted link!
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Report - Connected Learning (Jan 2013) - Research and Design around Social Learning


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How to Organize & Find in Google Drive


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