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Playing, Hacking and Making Your Way Toward the Life You Want to Live | Bud the Teacher

Playing, Hacking and Making Your Way Toward the Life You Want to Live | Bud the Teacher | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"... folks feel helpless more than I think they actually are.  Learning, or school, or whatever, seems to happen to them, rather than the other way around.  It’s supposed to be the other way around.  Folks are supposed to own their actions and habits and the way they spend their time.  And our culture too often supports passivity and compliance.

I feel like folks forget they are the agents of their experiences.  We have agency.  Power. Control.  Maybe not over everything that happens.  Certainly not all.  But over more than we realize more often than not.

So how might we work to build agency in teachers and learners?  Let me simplify that question – how can we help folks develop the ability to recognize the constraints of a situation and to begin to play with them?

As I delve more into elements of play and hacking, and even maker culture, it seems to me that there’s fertile ground there.  Play, if you recall, is the ability to move freely within constraints.  Hacking is the ability to see the system – and a problem with it – and work to improve it.  Making is creating.  It’s fiddling with the constraints of lots of different systems.  Yarn.  Blocks.  Food.  Circuits.  Classrooms.  Textbooks.  Laws.  Whatever. "

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The Relationship School

The Relationship School | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The New American Academy in Brooklyn is an exciting experiment in education reform that centers everything around the teacher-student relationship."

"The New American Academy has two big advantages as a reform model. First, instead of running against the education establishment, it grows out of it and is being embraced by the teachers’ unions and the education schools. If it works, it can spread faster.

Second, it does a tremendous job of nurturing relationships. Since people learn from people they love, education is fundamentally about the relationship between a teacher and student. By insisting on constant informal contact and by preserving that contact year after year, The New American Academy has the potential to create richer, mentorlike or even familylike relationships for students who are not rich in those things.

It’s too soon to say if it will work, especially if it’s tried without Waronker and the crème-de-la-crème teachers he has recruited, but The New American Academy is a great experiment, one of many now bubbling across the world of education."
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The KY Virtual Library for Kids Research Portal - Why UDL?

The KY Virtual Library for Kids Research Portal - Why UDL? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Kentucky Virtual Library has creared a visual tool to help students do research.  This is an excellent model of how to present a step by step approach in a visual way that includes a set of tasks that students can follow in conducting research. The basic steps are:

 

1.  Plan

2.  Search for Information

3.  Take notes

4.  Use the Information

5.  Report

6.  Evaluate

 

Why UDL?

Multiple Means of Representation and Engagement

 

 


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100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom | Online Universities

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom | Online Universities | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Social media may have started out as a fun way to connect with friends, but it has evolved to become a powerful tool for education and business.
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iPhoneography

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"iPhoneography is a powerful new artform for digital storytelling and creative expression. Learn how to use it to engage students, build community, and enhance teaching."

 

Nicole Dalesio and Lisa Highfill have used great creativity in synthesizing a unique approach to digital storytelling through the use of iPhone photography and numerous iPhone apps -- they call it iPhoneography. The site offers a compelling examples of a digital story, links to recommended apps, a handy how-to section, a list of iPhoneographers to follow, a place for social networking (called untitled), a collection of interesting articles and blog posts, and how to get in touch with the principals. I think iPhonegraphy is really going to go places. -JL


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15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology

15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Out of 125 responses from teachers indicating their top 3 apps, these are the apps that were listed most often.
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Telling the Story in Your Organization

Telling the Story in Your Organization | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
How can you increase the storytelling culture within your organization? Here are 11 tips to help you and others in telling the story.


Stuck for ideas about where to find stories in your organization? Looking for concrete practical advice for how to support storytelling within your company?


Then you are going to love these quick easy tips to get you started!


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Karen Dietz's comment, March 26, 2012 11:08 PM
Thank you for re-scooping this article Dennis! Have a great week :)
Ken Morrison's comment, March 27, 2012 5:37 AM
Hi Karen.
Wow! Scoop.it score of 91! I have my students starting their 10-week scoop.it project this week. If you you have a few sentences of advice, I would be glad to pass it on to them.
Best wishes.
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Karen Dietz's comment, March 27, 2012 12:58 PM
Hi Ken! Yep, pretty proud of that score :) Here's my advice -- write reviews and add tags. Both are invaluable and make the distinction between an 'aggregator' of information and a curator who carefully selects, reviews, comments, and catalogs the articles to create a meaningful context for readers. Sounds like a fun class! Looking forward to hearing more about it.
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Fourteen reasons schools are troubled (and no, it’s not all about teachers)

Fourteen reasons schools are troubled (and no, it’s not all about teachers) | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"After a decade of studying U.S. K-12 education, in some cases up close and personal, I think it is likely that a larger fraction of underprepared, besieged, or dogmatic K-12 principals and superintendents are accountable. The two former conditions trace to marginal preparation for the organizational and management tasks faced, a product of sub-par managerial training, and an organizational culture that is more complex than most private sector firms a multiple in asset size or head counts.

The latter condition is more problematic, a function of Lord Acton’s most famous lament (“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”), and the discontinuity between qualities required by a de facto educational CEO versus how they are recruited and hired. Few local school boards have the experience to hire a superintendent, who may hold an EdD or PhD, and needs the vetting aligned with the management challenge of a complex system.

Aggravating the challenge, in the writer’s home state the only requirement to become a superintendent, given prior district or system service, is a one-page application and check payable to its Department of Education, along with a job offer as a superintendent. The department lacks even the manpower to verify degrees claimed.

This is just a beginning to understanding why our teachers should not be burned at the stake. There are 12 other entities that play a major role in whether a district, or school, or even a classroom can meet our learning goals:"
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Absolutely Everything You Need to Know about Health-Reform Supreme Court Debut

"Today's the day. The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments as to the constitutionality of various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Note that phrase: 'Various provisions.' The Supreme Court is not looking at the act as a whole. Rather, they're considering four separate questions related to separate parts of the law. Here's my colleague Sarah Kliff with a primer of what they are, and why they matter. And after that, a special round-up of news, analysis, and opinion on the subject. And after that, your regularly scheduled Wonkbook:
On Monday morning, at 10 a.m., the Supreme Court of the United States will open oral arguments on the health reform law. The hearing will last six hours and stretch over three days, the longest arguments in 45 years.

One reason these oral arguments will last so long has to do with the variety of the topics that the justices will address. The Court won’t consider the Affordable Care Act as one single issue, but rather has broken the case into four, separate issues. Here’s a Wonkblog guide to what those issues are, how each side will argue, when it happens, and why it matters.

One quick programming note: While the Supreme Court’s arguments will not be broadcast live, C-Span has said it will make them available within a few hours of their conclusion each day here."
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Personalized Learning (Teaching) … What Is Your Perspective?

Personalized Learning (Teaching) … What Is Your Perspective? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Richard provides his perspective about personalized learning from four different perspectives:

 

"When I think of personalized learning in light of these roles I find that my mind-set (perspective) can not help but influence my views.

 

as a …

Parent – I am all for personalized learning. I really am not all that concerned how it happens as long as it is good for my son and helps him develop the qualities of an engaged life-long learner.

 

as a …

Curriculum Developer – I find that personalized learning is not so much about the content of the curriculum (I am speaking of learning outcomes, in particular mathematics outcomes and processes) but about the modes through which students are able to meet the outcomes.

 

as a …

Student – I can only say yahoo. About time.

 

as a …

Teacher – I believe that personalized learning is a good thing for students and I hope to promote a classroom atmosphere that supports personalized learning. I am also really nervous about how this is to be done as my learning was certainly not personalized so I am working it out as I go."

 

What is your perspective?


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Doodleslide for PowerPoint

Doodleslide for PowerPoint | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Amazing hand-drawn images and templates for presentations and documents.

Read Doodleslide’s slide design and presentation tips.


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Research and an Infographic About Research

Research and an Infographic About Research | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Infographics are viral.

 

In my own PLN, one of us discovers an infographic relevant to learning or libraries or research and it’s all over the edtech/library world in a matter of minutes.

 

The infographic, Wikipedia: Redefining Research appeared on Open-Site recently, documenting the end of Britannica’s long print-based history and Wikipedia’s growing prominence as a reference source.

 

After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica has decided to halt the presses and go out of print. Facing the realities and the stiff competition from Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica will now focus primarily on their online services. But even then, it might be too late. Wikipedia has grown to be the number one source for students. In fact, many students will stop research and change topics if it’s not on Wikipedia.

 

As I looked more carefully at the infographic, as I really read it, I began to see some distorted truths and some opportunities for information literacy explorations.

 

I saw many jumps in logic. But I will focus here on just a few that are closest to my heart."

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Research to action: 5 Must Read Bullying Research Briefs

"A recent post by danah boyd, social media researcher announced some new resources in the effort to combat bullying, created for the new Born This Way Foundation, created by Lady Gaga and her mother.

“The Foundation wants to create a kinder, braver world so that youth can be the change-agents that we all need them to be. For youth to be empowered, the Foundation recognizes that 1) youth need to be safe; 2) youth need to have skills; and 3) youth need to have opportunities.”

danah, along with many other notable folks, are working with the new foundation. In her post, she announced a working paper series, starting with five new resources that synthesize research for the Foundation – and help schools and communities easily get the best, accessible advice to inform their local efforts. Best of all, the foundation and these working papers emphasize that youth empowerment needs to be a main focus for these efforts. This kind of insight and commitment is admirable - this is NOT a feel-good celebrity cause for the cameras."
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Nature-Deficit Disorder

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"There’s a term for the consequences of this divorce between human and habitat — nature deficit disorder, coined by the writer Richard Louv in a 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods.” It sounds trendy, a bit of sociological shorthand, but give the man and his point a listen.

Louv argued that certain behavioral problems could be caused by the sharp decline in how little time children now spend outdoors, a trend updated in the latest Recreation Participation Report. The number of boys ages 6 to 12 who engage in some kind of outdoor activity, in particular, continues to slide.

Kids who do play outside are less likely to get sick, to be stressed or become aggressive, and are more adaptable to life’s unpredictable turns, Louv said. Since his book came out, things have gotten worse.

“The average young American now spends practically every minute — except for the time in school – using a smartphone, computer, television or electronic device,” my colleague Tamar Lewin reported in 2010, from a Kaiser Family Foundation study."
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Model for School Reform

A letter from the headmaster of a Brooklyn school that David Brooks praised.

To visit the school's website, go here: http://thenewamericanacademy.org/
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Readings: The New American Academy

Readings: The New American Academy | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture by Kirsten Olson “How do we recognize the ”wounds” caused by outdated schooling policies? ...
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Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

Can Collective Intelligence Provide Answers to Climate Change Questions? | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The Climate CoLab project, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (M.I.T.) Collective Intelligence Lab, uses an online forum to encourage institutional and citizen scientists alike to develop proposals for addressing climate change and then improve those proposals based on Web community feedback. The proposals—broken down into “global” and “local” categories—are then judged as part of a multi-phase global competition where the winners are invited to present their ideas to public officials.

This year’s competition asks the question: “How should the global economy evolve through 2100, given the risks of climate change?” The competition is in its second phase, during which teams and individuals writing proposals seek to improve upon their original ideas with help from the more than 2,100 members of Colab’s online community. After the second phase wraps up on October 31 a team of judges will choose the most practical proposals to move on to the third and final round.".


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Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical

Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
One of the most valuable #edtech lessons that I ever learned came from Hall Davidson, who suggests that teachers interested in incorporating digital storytelling projects into their classrooms create digital kits that students can use as starting...
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30+ great ways to promote your self-published eBook | Cendrine Marrouat

30+ great ways to promote your self-published eBook | Cendrine Marrouat | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Before the release of your eBook The day of the release and afterwards One of the most common questions authors ask me is this: “How can I promote my upcoming ...
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20 questions for parents about K-12 school reform

20 questions for parents about K-12 school reform | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"In an earlier post, I made a case for taking a broader perspective about the causes of U.S. school learning challenges, rather than simply focusing on its teachers.

The list of entities that play a major role in whether a district, or school, or even a classroom can meet the public’s learning goals include local school boards, state boards of education, the testing industry and more. (You can see them all here.) And finally, I said this:

“The observant reader may note that the above list is one short. Here it is, though it is not politically correct to say: ‘America’s K-12 parents.’ ”

If you are a parent, here are 20 questions for you to answer that will reveal how you would support a local school system that wanted to seriously reform.

Take the test. To how many of the following 20 propositions can you honestly say “yes?”"
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Sub Plunges 7 Miles to Earth's Deepest Place: Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific.

Sub Plunges 7 Miles to Earth's Deepest Place: Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific. | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"Film director James Cameron returns to the surface after becoming the first person in 50 years to reach the deepest point in the ocean, the Mariana Trench."

 

"Hollywood director James Cameron has returned to the surface after plunging nearly 11km (seven miles) down to the deepest place in the ocean, the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific.

 

He made the solo descent in a submarine called "Deepsea Challenger", taking over two hours to reach the bottom.

 

He spent more than three hours exploring the ocean floor, before a speedy ascent back to the surface.

 

His craft was kitted out with cameras and lights so he could film the deep.

 

This is only the second manned expedition to the ocean's deepest depths - the first took place in 1960.

 

The earlier descent was made by US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard.

They spent about 20 minutes on the ocean floor but their landing kicked up silt, meaning their view was obscured."

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

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"Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain."

"The collective evidence from a number of such studies suggests that the bilingual experience improves the brain’s so-called executive function — a command system that directs the attention processes that we use for planning, solving problems and performing various other mentally demanding tasks. These processes include ignoring distractions to stay focused, switching attention willfully from one thing to another and holding information in mind — like remembering a sequence of directions while driving."
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Every Single Social Network Explained Through Donuts| The Committed Sardine

Every Single Social Network Explained Through Donuts| The Committed Sardine | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

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Encourage Wandering

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Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find yourself. Encourage wandering.
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“How Big Is Our Solar System?” Infographic

"The BBC has created a very, very large infographic titled “How Big Is Our Solar System?” Scroll down (which is a little odd) and it will take you from the surface of earth to the far reaches of space."
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