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11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology

"I know that all tools are technically technology. However, for the purpose of this post, I'm thinking computers, tablets and mobile devices. This is not a comprehensive list and I admit that it's limited entirely to my own experiences and my own local context:

1. Fear: Implementing new technology can be frightening on so many levels. Whether it's a fear of letting go of control or a sense that one doesn't have the right skills or a concern about digital footprint, privacy or cyber-bullying, many teachers are simply scared.

2. Low Self-Efficacy: When I did my Master's research, I believed that professional development needed address skills and motivation. I wanted teachers to see that technology could be a positive thing. What I found, however, was that they were motivated and somewhat skilled. What they lacked was a belief in their own ability to create tech-integrated lessons."
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A “TO-BE” List For Aspiring Leaders

"I have the privilege each year of speaking to auditoriums full of aspiring young leaders, anxious to go out into the world and make their mark. They are looking for the “book”, the “roadmap” , the “words or wisdom” that will guide them to the things they need “TO-DO” next.

As we know, success in leadership and in the world is not only attributed to what you do; it is dependent on who you are and why you do. Who you are comes across more strongly than what you sell or say. We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before first considering the kind of kind of leader they want to be.

In supporting the kind of leader they must be, we enable and elevate their ability to influence, catalyze, and transform the future in a way we have not yet seen.

I have detailed the following TO-BE List for theirs and your consideration:"
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Let Your Ideas Go

"I started to understand, for any idea to win, I had to let them go, I had to let other people in. After now another 12 years of working through different approaches, I've come to a new understanding. It is this: the future is not created; the future is co-created. Whenever we want something bigger, and better, and faster, we need to be able to let go of a tight grip and open up.

 

Openness is powerful, even catalytic. On a personal level, it not only allows us to share, but to co-create with speed. On an organizational level, it allows for more than collaboration, it enables communities. At a societal level, it is more than distributing power, and allowing for the shift from what is to what will be. It also allow for shared responsibility. Making anyone able, and perhaps even everyone responsible for finding new solutions to old problems, and inventing the future. Openness is a way to enable many people to connect and create in the Social Era.

 

Sure, it feels like we are protecting things when we hold ideas tightly as if in a closed first — maybe we're even hoping that if we do it tightly enough, we'll create a diamond. But we must realize that this comes at a cost. If we embrace openness, we are banking on something else — the indomitable spirit of people's ability to create. And in that one move, we unlock the potential of many."

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Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom

"Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn't a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It's captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and organizations.

 

In education it's been widely hailed as a revolutionary device, promising to transform education as we know it. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as bulk purchasing iPads and deploying them into the wilds of education. Innovation can't be installed. It has to be grown -- and generally from the margins."

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What Is A Good Teacher Worth?

What Is A Good Teacher Worth? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"How much is a good teacher worth -- literally and figuratively?"

"There’s been much discussion of the value, in dollars and sense, of a good teacher (no typo). In many places, a conversation on the value of teachers is underpinned by debates over what’s being taught. In Texas, for example, the Republican Party approved a platform opposing the teaching of critical thinking skills, saying it’s behavior modification with “the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

Such discussions have prompted a “Your Dot” contribution from Janet English, a science teacher at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. She is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching. (Above you can watch a presentation English made last year at last year’s National Academies Summit on Science, Entertainment and Education.) Here’s her piece:

'I was so scared the first time I taught in a high school science classroom, my knees knocked. I had entered a teenage culture built upon years of dominant kids oppressing the not so fortunate; I was the fresh meat in a scene from Lord of the Flies. Six boys lined up across the back of the room with their arms folded across their chests, challenging me for dominance. This was a coup; I wanted power and they didn’t want to relinquish it. School was not working for them; they were bored, apathetic toward schoolwork, and frankly, angry. What they wanted, or should I say demanded, was someone, something, to inspire them and convince them why they should be in school. They wanted to learn but they were tired of repetitive, boring, mind-numbing work and they had become frustrated and disillusioned with school. These kids wanted to become SOMEONE. Someone important. Someone that people noticed. Rote memory and learning for the sake of taking a test were not engaging them or validating their sense of self worth. They wanted more.'
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Conan O'Brien Kinetic Typography

"This Kinetic Typography project was created from the dialogue of Conan O'Brien's final episode of The Tonight Show on NBC. In this farewell address, he describes his feelings towards NBC and the situation at hand. His personality exudes positivity and humor allowing this dialogue to describe his character very well. Even through the hardships of leaving NBC he promotes hard work and kindness."

 

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Britain from Above | Rescue the Past

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Britain from Above is a gallery of more than 16,000 historical aerial images of the U.K. The imagery was gathered between 1919 and 1953. You can search the database of images by clicking through the interactive map. ...

 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/07/britain-from-above-16000-historical.html

 

 http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/galleries

 

 


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Personalized Learning - It's All About Learning

Personalized Learning - It's All About Learning | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

T. Henriksen includes excerpts from an #edchat that took place recently.

 

The great debate in education in British Columbia seems to be Personalized Learning or Personalized Education. The focus for the chat was based on the following question:

 

“What do we mean by the personalization of education & is it desirable & achievable today?”

 

Many of the participants shared their thought and tweets on the meaning of Personalized Learning.  Here are just a few:

 

"To me, personalized learning is really about choice: choice in topics (or strand of a topic), choice in how students want to learn about a topic, and choice in how students want to demonstrate their learning."

 

tweet by @stephe1234 “Student engagement increases when goal setting, passion based learning, making a contribution, and ownership are high.”

 

"Some questions for you….

> What does Personalized (or personal) learning mean to you?

> What is necessary to make this a reality in today’s schools?

> What about the curriculum?"

 

IMHO (BB)

Personalized education implies something done to learners. Either by the teacher, the curriculum or from the powers above. Adaptive courseware refers to algorithms adjusting to how a learner responds to a question based on previous questions. The curriculum does not take into account how the learner learns best.

 

Personalized learning refers to the type of learning environment the teacher designs that encourages learners to take ownership of their learning.

 

Personal learning implies the learner owns and drives their learning. The teacher is a partner in learning guiding them as they meet their fullest potential.


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White Bison Is Born In A Connecticut Farm

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A white bison, a revered symbol by some American Indians, was born a month ago on a farm in Northwest Connecticut and will draw many visitors for its naming ceremony.
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Planning To Teach From A To Z

Planning To Teach From A To Z | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"As you plan to create a place of teaching and learning, think through these aspects of your classroom. I've shared some important points of teaching and a tip for each as well as books that I love that help me in each area. Feel free to add your favorite letter in the comments or on your own blog!"
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99 Slides To Get You Started

99 Slides To Get You Started | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
I'm collecting what I feel are the best slides from the Great Quotes About Learning and Change Flickr pool. Here are 99 to get you started.
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Apple - Environment - A Letter From Bob Mansfield

Apple - Environment - A Letter From Bob Mansfield | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.

It’s important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever. Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly, and much of our progress has come in areas not yet measured by EPEAT."
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A Flipped Classroom - Students As Curators With Storify

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"Sherry Stones is presenting the workshop: “A Flipped Classroom: Students as Curators with Storify”.

Storify will be used to demonstrate design multimodal/multimedia research-based assignments, due to its features such as Hashtag specific Tweets, Flicker and Instagram images, Soundcloud audios and Youtube videos.  

Most of the expected outcomes of the workshop can be associated to teaching and learning in general.

 

Important ideas:

 

a) Storify has a great educational potential;

b) You can organize Storify content based on theme or topic;

c) You can easily embed Hashtag specific Tweets, Flicker and Instagram images, Soundcloud audios and Youtube videos;

d) It helps students develop research, synthesis and presentation skills;

f) It helps students to evaluate the credibility and relevance of web sources;

g) It enables teachers to set assignments and rubric;

h) You can embed a Storify page into a Blog;

i) Other types of Open Access Content are great for embedding on Storify, such as: Xtranormal, Goanimate, Animoto animations; Infographics and Flicker images; Google Docs; Vimeo, Big Think, and Academic Earth videos; Webcomics; Prezi and Google Slideshows; Learning Objects.

 

Check the Wiki FrontPage for information about the COLTT 2012 Conference (http://coltt2012.pbworks.com/w/page/48067721/FrontPage)"


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I've just used Storify to collect all the tweets from two diff. conferences. Now I'll look at these ides too - Thanks all.
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Resources For Teaching Middle School

A student I taught 12 years ago (when she was in the sixth grade) emailed me recently sharing that in the fall, she will become a middle school English teacher. "That was the best year of school for me," she said, "I just want to help other kids have an experience like that." I was thrilled; what more could I want?

"How can I prepare?" She wrote .... "What are the best resources available?"

I have a short list and am hoping that the Edutopia community can add to it.
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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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Open Access Journals Reaching The Same Scientific Impact As Subscription Journals

"BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine is pleased to be able to add scientific rigour to the debate about open access research, by publishing an article which compares the scientific impact of open access with traditional subscription publishing and has found that both of these publishing business models produce high quality peer reviewed articles.

 

The debate about who should pay for scientific publishing is of continuing importance to the scientific community but also to the general public who not only often pay for the research though charitable contributions, their taxes, and by buying products, but are also affected by the results contained within these articles.

 

Many publically funded agencies, such as the Wellcome Trust and NIH require that scientific research sponsored by them is made freely available to the public. However the issues aren't as simple as just putting the results of your research on line. Scientific research goes through the quality control filter of peer review and journals act as gatekeepers performing quality-assuring peer review, and who provide web-based repositories. Scientists currently rely on publishing in peer reviewed high quality journals to show that their research itself is of good quality, is of importance to their field of research, and consequently improves their chances of obtaining funding to continue their work."

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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level

"As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.

 

Even before the expansion, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, the founders of Coursera, said it had registered 680,000 students in 43 courses with its original partners, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Now, the partners will include the California Institute of Technology; Duke University; the Georgia Institute of Technology; Johns Hopkins University; Rice University; the University of California, San Francisco; the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Washington; and the University of Virginia, where the debate over online education was cited in last’s month’s ousting — quickly overturned — of its president, Teresa A. Sullivan. Foreign partners include the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the University of Toronto and EPF Lausanne, a technical university in Switzerland."

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Education's pendelum: Thinkers or test takers?

Education's pendelum: Thinkers or test takers? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"The people of a large and mighty nation wonder why their schools can't do more to imitate those of another large, powerful nation across the Pacific Ocean.

But this time it's not the United States seeking to emulate the schools of an Asian country — it's China seeking to emulate ours, at least to some extent.
China is pushing for more emphasis on building creative skills and less on high-stress, high-stakes testing, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

Under the existing system, a single entrance exam determines whether students attend college, and which one. Talk about teaching to the test: The last year of high school is often given over to cramming for the exam. In at least one classroom, students were placed on intravenous drips of amino acids in preparation for the test, in the belief that it would help their memories and provide an energy boost; in another sad case, a girl was not told about her father's death for two months to avoid disrupting her studies."
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25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos

Directory of the Web's best educational video resources. Includes 5min, Academic Earth, BrainPOP, Brightstorm, iTunes U, YouTube EDU, and many more sites.
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Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing

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By Troy Hicks

 

The author's deatailed notes and reflections on his co-leaderhip of a 3-day workshop on Historical Thinking and Argumentative Writing, in which his focus was the argumentative writing. Zotero was used as the multimedia tool.-JL

 

"Beckie and Tim asked me to bring a focus on argument writing, with the clear goal of integrating credible, web-based sources and, to the extent possible, digital writing with multimedia tools beyond slideware. When we first met, we immediately began constructing a working agenda via a wiki, and I knew that Zotero would be a key component of our teaching and learning. While somewhat fearful that the topic would be one that teachers would find mundane, Tim helped guide us through thinking about Truman’s decision to drop the bomb as a time-period appropriate dilemma that we could use to teach historical empathy and argumentative writing.

 

"Thus, we decided on two main tasks for the teachers to complete over the three days by engaging in a digital writing workshop that would involve lots of research, collaboration, and development of both a written individual essay and a group multimedia presentation from one of three perspectives: Truman’s advisors who supported the bomb, those in his cabinet who were against it, and the scientific community. As Tim led the group through many exercises on historical thinking, DBQ (document-based questioning), and historical empathy, I took the lead on teaching the argument writing."


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College Professors Fearful of Online Education Growth

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The fears of college faculty are sustained by the consistent rise in popularity of online education during the past decade. The number of college students enrolled in at least one online course increased for the ninth straight year, with more than 6.1 million students taking an online course during fall 2010—a 10.1 percent increase over fall 2009, according to a separate Babson report.


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Want Students To Be More Creative And Innovative? Give Them The Gift Of Time.

"At the end, the video states Creativity is not inspired by the pressure of time but by the freedom, the playfulness, and the fun. Does that describe most secondary classrooms you know? I know many that fit that description, but not anywhere near enough. Too many pressures regarding content coverage and/or accountability…"

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As Membership Plummets, NEA Retools Mission

As Membership Plummets, NEA Retools Mission | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
With a loss of some 100,000 members in the past two years—and more expected—the teachers' union is striving to buttress its political clout.
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Sky Show Sunday: See Celestial Triangle At Dawn

A celestial triangle of the brightest nighttime objects will huddle together in the eastern sky early Sunday.
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Learning And Teaching With iPads: Learning Isn't About The Apps

Learning And Teaching With iPads: Learning Isn't About The Apps | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"'If we are to get the most for student learning from mobile technology like the iPad or other tablets we need to move beyond the question 'Is there an App for that?'

 

A worthwhile blog post to read, for moving beyond a focus on Apps is 'How can the iPad Transform Classroom Learning?' http://ow.ly/cdOrn ; Ben Johnson postulates a few examples of using the iPad in learning and ends with a key question we should all consider:'"


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