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Affording the Classroom of the Future

Affording the Classroom of the Future | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

By Bridget McCrea

 

"New technology equipment and tools, state of the art building materials and methods, and experimental teaching practices are all impacting today's K-12 classroom. Districts nationwide are struggling to patch together learning environments that they think represent the future of learning at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. As they adopt campus-wide IT infrastructures, invest in classroom technology, and test out alternatives to traditional learning spaces, the final results of all this innovation remains to be seen.

 

"To help decipher that code and give principals, administrators, IT directors, and teachers an insider look into what might be coming a few years down the road, THE Journal asked a half a dozen educational experts for their take on three different key concerns: what the classrooms will look like, who will pay for them, and whether we'll ever see them during our lifetimes."

 

This article at least scratches the surface of a discussion about the future of educational facilities and hardware. I'm thinking that a lot of the information here tends to conceive of future settings using today's ideas...and doesn't account for the fact that the landscape will be very different even just 3 or 4 years from now. It would take that much time, at a minimum, to implement these changes, but by then, they will already be out of date. The answer is most elusive. -JL


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10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not)

10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lapi

 

"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for “bring your own device”), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphonesfrom home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students.

 

"It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.

 

"Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."


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For President, I Want the Guy Who's Failed

For President, I Want the Guy Who's Failed | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Before Election Day, the presidential candidates will be asked a litany of questions to help us determine their positions on the major issues: Where do you stand on foreign policy; how will you reduce the deficit; who should pay more in taxes and who should pay less? I'll leave it to others to ask these questions. In most cases, the answers will be preprogrammed and predictable.

 

I'd lean toward a different set of answers from the presidential hopefuls — answers to questions I ask candidates for positions in my own company. I don't claim to have the expertise to be president, and I acknowledge the uniqueness of the challenges facing the country's largest enterprise — one with 330 million customers, an equal number of shareholders, and a staff of more than 4.4 million (that's a lot of birthday cakes in the company kitchen). However, I have run enough successful companies to learn a few things about choosing a successful leader. What I want to know most doesn't have to do with plans and promises. What I want to know is how our presidential candidates think and solve problems."

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2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 - Classroom 2.0

2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 - Classroom 2.0 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Learning 2.0 Conference, a worldwide virtual event, August 20 - 24, 2012 - free and online!

Keynote Sessions: Julie Evans, Gina Bianchini, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Lee Rainie, Sugata Mitra, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Marc Prensky, Audrey Watters, Yong Zhao.


Keynote Panel on Technology and Librarians: Gwyneth Jones, David Loertscher, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza.


Pre- and Post-Conference Special Interviews: David Deubelbeiss, Lee Rainie, Alfie Kohn, Gary Stager, Stephen Downes, Howard Gardner, Rudy Crew, Roger Schank, Paulo Blikstein, Rob Fried, Gordon Dryden, Tony Wagner, and Michael Strong.

 

More info at http://www.classroom20.com/page/2012-learning-2-0-virtual-conference


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6 Powerful Strategies for Paradigm-shifting Educator Professional Learning

6 Powerful Strategies for Paradigm-shifting Educator Professional Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

There are some great strategies listed in this post -- some that I have used myself in coaching, CFG work, and various PD effrots. -- SDS

 

"As educators and leaders, we need to re-think every aspect of our professional practice to consider ‘could we be doing this better?’ Here is a brain-dump of the 6 most powerful strategies that I have used or in which I have participated.

 

1. Use a ‘hands-on’ approach that teaches team work

 

2. Run an Open Space workshop

 

3. Encourage as many staff to develop courses or present at conferences or workshops

 

4. Pecha kucha style gatherings

 

5. Take teams on observational journeys

 

6. Join or create a ‘Vision Tour’

 

For an explanation and more details on each strategy, go here: http://wp.me/p11j51-1Ac


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The Olympics' Greatest Feat: An Unpaid, Highly Engaged Workforce

The Olympics' Greatest Feat: An Unpaid, Highly Engaged Workforce | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
They are all over the Games. They greet you at the airport. They direct you from the trains. They guide you through the Olympic Park. Danny Boyle acknowledged them as the key to the success of the opening ceremony.
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Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each

Five types of leadership storytelling & when to use each | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Just how many types of stories are there, you ask? The answer is, as usual, it depends who you ask. Various storytelling aficionados categorize stories in different ways, and there are no hard and fast rules.


These are overviews of each (read the full article for more details and prompts to help you come up with each type of story):

1. Introducing me

2. Conveying values

3. Teaching

4. Jumpstarting action

5. Inspiring


Here's the link to the full article: http://www.internal-monologue.com/2012/07/careful-around-campfire-five-types-of.html ;


These 5 broad categories and the examples shared in each are really good and will build a good foundation for leadership storytelling. According to Paul Smith in his forthcoming book on leadership storytelling "Lead With A Story" (August 20112), there are actually 21 different categories/applications for leaders to know about and use.


But this article brings clarity to the topic and will definitely get you started!


Thank you to fellow curator Gimli Goose for this article!


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What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings?

What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Dear Principals, I've got a professional challenge for you: I want you to flip every faculty meeting during the 2012-2013 school year. Doing so would be a breeze, I bet. You could: (1). Use YouTube's video recorder and your laptop's...

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The Film | Celebrate What's Right With the World

The Film | Celebrate What's Right With the World | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"'Celebrate What’s Right with the World” is a film I [Dewitt Jones] made to help folks approach life with confidence, grace and celebration.

 

The stories and lessons it includes came from my years as a photographer with National Geographic. Those years gave me a perspective that changed my life and other lives as well.

 

Because it turns out that Celebrate has become one of the most successful training films ever produced. That’s not me, folks, that’s the message. That’s just a lot of people knowing in their hearts that there’s a better, more positive way of looking at the world. That celebration really can be a way of life. So, please, enjoy the film. Then go out and celebrate what’s right with the world!'"

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Negotiating on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

"Tiziana Dearing, CEO of Boston Rising, outlines the three key ingredients for a productive negotiation: trust, open communication, and a willingness to compromise."

 

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On Rewarding Good Ideas That Fail

On Rewarding Good Ideas That Fail | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Kyle Zimmer of the nonprofit First Book says that when it comes to hiring, she looks for people who have tried great new things, failed and overcome the disappointment."

"Q. Tell me more about your culture.

A. We have a very informal culture, and we also have very high standards. Some people can get confused by that, because they assume that if you have jeans on, then somehow the rigor of your work product is not the same as the work from somebody in a starched shirt. We’re also playful. It’s a very creative place. The people who do best in the environment are people who are very mission-driven but also have very significant business skills. Almost everyone in the organization is from the private sector.

We look for people who are already pretty accomplished — even young people, but they don’t have to be accomplished in the traditional sense. We want people who have tried things, and have failed, and have risen above it. Those indicators that you’re a builder are profoundly important. Because if you’re bright, and you’re a builder, and you’ve overcome the winds that blow against anybody trying to build anything, a lot of other things fall away, like defensiveness. I’ve found the people who have tried things on their own and struggled are the ones who are least protective of their work and the most collaborative.

They’ve learned that in order to put something together, you can’t do it by yourself. Anything in the world that’s been accomplished has been a team sport. And those are the people we want in the organization. If somebody gets in and doesn’t fit, the culture now is so strong that they leave pretty fast."
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On the Allure Of Ostriches And New Paths In Climate Communication

On the Allure Of Ostriches And New Paths In Climate Communication | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The study, published last November in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, substantiates that when confronted with a distressing and complex issue that they know very little about, such as climate change, people are motivated to avoid learning more about it. Shepard and Kay, the authors of his paper call this 'motivated avoidance.' Their article explains how an 'ignorance is bliss' philosophy may thwart important social information from penetrating the minds of the public.

 

So, if current educational strategies turn people off and motivate them to defer to government authorities or scientists to make decisions rather than trusting themselves to think critically or to change the world, how do we teach about troubling topics? A key to teaching youth about climate change is to teach critical thinking and to teach youth to take action on what they have learned.

 

The ability of a person to believe in their power to make change in their own life and in the world at large is called self-efficacy. In his book 'Self Efficacy: The Exercise of Control,' Albert Bandura of Stanford University’s Department of Psychology documents “efficacy beliefs” in people’s lives and how they affect personal and social change. 'Efficacy beliefs shape the outcomes people expect their efforts to produce… 'People of low self-efficacy are easily convinced of the futility of effort in the face of impediments. Those of high self- efficacy view impediments as surmountable through perseverance.'"

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10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

Understand the unique brain and personality types of your employees to keep them invested in work. You'll see amazing results.
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Starving the Future

"If you compare investments made in education by the United States with initiatives in China and India, Americans have reason to be afraid, very afraid."

"Now compare that with the report’s findings on China. It estimates that “by 2030, China will have 200 million college graduates — more than the entire U.S. work force,” and points out that by 2020 China plans to:

• Enroll 40 million children in preschool, a 50 percent increase from today.

• Provide 70 percent of children in China with three years of preschool.

• Graduate 95 percent of Chinese youths through nine years of compulsory education (that’s 165 million students, more than the U.S. labor force).

• Ensure that no child drops out of school for financial reasons.

• More than double enrollment in higher education.
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Why Do We Focus On Finland? A Must-Have Guidebook

Why Do We Focus On Finland? A Must-Have Guidebook | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Read this well-written article to learn why so many education reformers are enamored with Finnish education and what their system can teach us about reforming our own.


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Video: The Voice of the Active Digital Learner

This is a very cool video on the active digital learner. 


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100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark (Updated for 2012)

100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark (Updated for 2012) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Read on, and you'll be able to check out the very best sources for educational videos on the web.

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Clutter-Free Classroom: How to Prepare for a Sub {w/ FREE PRINTABLES}

Clutter-Free Classroom: How to Prepare for a Sub {w/ FREE PRINTABLES} | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Here’s what I include:

 

- a photo directory: head shots with their names
- a seating chart
- class schedule
- pull-out / in-class support schedule
- classroom rules and behavior management plan
- signals you use to get their attention
- procedures for: attendance, lunch, recess, lining up, bathroom, dismissal and what to do when they finish their work
- a list of 2-3 reliable students
- a list of any medical issues that they would need to know about
- any additional student info that would be helpful (who will require extra help, who may try to act silly and how to deal with it, etc)"


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15 Tips for the New Principal

15 Tips for the New Principal | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"This is the season of new beginnings. Administrators search for novel ways to inspire their staffs and balance exciting initiatives and necessary mandates into a vision that will move a faculty. But for many educators, it is their first taste of the Principalship as they receive an endorsement from a School Board and Superintendent to be a building leader for the first time.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Bals, a fine administrator from New Jersey and member of my PLN at an Apple Conference in Boston a while back. Last week he direct messaged me this:

To answer Kevin in 140 characters is impossible so here are 15 suggestions (and more like 6000 characters) for him:"
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10 Telling Teacher Experiments in the Merit Pay Debate

"2012′s election cycle means, no matter what, the two most prominent candidates are likely to start pushing merit-based pay for American educators. Provided they don’t alter their platforms based on polling data and special interest support, anyways. But research on such a structure, which — at its simplest — sees raises and bonuses doled out based on how well students perform, unearths mixed results. It works in some places, doesn’t in others, and teacher’s unions find it a deplorable practice. Sometimes. Informed voters should know exactly what the system entails, and what sort of studies and experiments exist showcasing the various outcomes. The following are a nice place to get started."

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Links Gathered At ISTE 2012 - YU eLearning

Links Gathered At ISTE 2012 - YU eLearning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Below are links to sites that I [Eliezer Jones] came across at the recent ISTE 2012 conference I attended. Some of these sites I was familiar with, but most were new.
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The conventional wisdom in education is that any school reform--be it curriculum, instruction, assessment, or teacher professionalism--is most likely to take hold in schools that have strong leadership. The same holds true for technology. Any educator will tell you the most successful implementation of technology programs takes place in schools where the principal sees him or herself as a technology leader.


'The role of the principal is one of facilitation and modeling behavior,' remarks Robert Farrace, senior director of communications and development with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. 'The principal who models these behaviors is going to be able to inspire innovation in their school much more effectively than a principal who simply requires that teachers use technology, or collaborate, or take risks.'


T.H.E. Journal recently surveyed principals from across the country to identify the attributes they think a principal who wants to be an effective technology leader should demonstrate. The consensus settled on the seven attributes most frequently mentioned. They constitute our list of "Seven Habits." At the same time, we solicited Farrace's expert insight into why each of these habits is important.


We then spoke with three highly effective technology leaders among the ranks of principals to see how these habits have led to the successful implementation of educational technology in their schools. Patrick Larkin, of Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, and Eric Sheninger, of New Milford High School in New Milford, NJ, were recently recognized as NASSP Digital Principals. Lyn Hilt is both the principal and technology integrator at Brecknock Elementary School in Denver, PA. She and Larkin will speak on the topic of 21st century leadership at ISTE 2012.


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Crowdsourced School Social Media Policy Now Available

Crowdsourced School Social Media Policy Now Available | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"I’ve [Jeff Dunn] been seeing a lot of people on social media looking for a social media policy and / or an acceptable use policy. So I offered to help spearhead an initiative where some of our amazing readers could help craft these policies from scratch. It started out very basic but, 400 edits later, has materialized into a thoughtful and well-organized document that’s a great template for any school. It may not be perfect for you, but use this as a jumping-off point to get your own policy started."
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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and the best tool for the job."

"Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, 'Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.'

Manager and leader are two completely different roles, although we often use the terms interchangeably. Managers are facilitators of their team members’ success. They ensure that their people have everything they need to be productive and successful; that they’re well trained, happy and have minimal roadblocks in their path; that they’re being groomed for the next level; that they are recognized for great performance and coached through their challenges.

Conversely, a leader can be anyone on the team who has a particular talent, who is creatively thinking out of the box and has a great idea, who has experience in a certain aspect of the business or project that can prove useful to the manager and the team. A leader leads based on strengths, not titles.

The best managers consistently allow different leaders to emerge and inspire their teammates (and themselves!) to the next level."
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Liza Featherstone for Aljazeera: The US Public School System is Under Attack

Liza Featherstone for Aljazeera: The US Public School System is Under Attack | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"New York, NY - The US public school system, once a model for the world, is under sustained attack by the nation's elites. Philadelphia, the latest casualty, is getting ready to sell off its schools - and their governance - to profiteers and snake-oil salesmen. We already know how this story ends.

 

The Philadelphia school system announced in late April that it was on the brink of insolvency and would be turned over to private operators, dissolving most remnants of democratic governance. Specifically, if the city's leaders have their way, 64 of the city's neighbourhood public schools will close over the next five years, and by 2017, 40 per cent of the city's children will attend charter schools. These are are privately run schools that use public funds. Perhaps most disturbingly to those who value democracy and doubt the wisdom of corporate elites, the city will have no oversight of its own school system. Schools will instead be governed by "networks", control of which will be auctioned off through a bidding process, and could be bestowed on anyone - including a CEO of a for-profit education company.

 

The situation in Philadelphia, which has received amazingly little attention from the national media in the US, offers a disturbing window onto what the US elite is planning for the rest of our public schools - disturbing because Philadelphia's experience has already demonstrated that turning public education over to private entities will ultimately lead to its destruction."

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