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The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet - Edudemic

The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet - Edudemic | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
There's a whole galaxy of terminology that you should know about when it comes to education technology. From PLNs to Blended Learning to Synchronous Online Learning... it can get overwhelming.

Via John Evans
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You too could aspire to educational leadership: role up to ACEL conferences and stun them with your terminology. Why get a Masters when you can master all the acronyms?

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Highlights issues for NSW educational leaders like me: a one-stop resource for everything from BOS Memos to politics.
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Staffroom bullying - is it on the increase? - TES Resources - Blog - TES Resources - TESAustralia Community

Staffroom bullying - is it on the increase? - TES Resources - Blog - TES Resources - TESAustralia Community | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Surprising and not surprising. This research suggests that one of the sources of tension in our staffrooms may be bullying and the vulnerability to bullying. Once again, the foundation of a happy staffroom is trong, ethical leadership.

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Preliminary - Board of Studies NSW

Preliminary - Board of Studies NSW | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
The Board of Studies NSW Australia serves teachers and a million students in both government and non-government schools. HSC examinations, School Certificate, state-wide curriculum online, e-Assessment, school registration.
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One for all the senior teachers in NSW!

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ICTs and Literacy (the old fashioned kind)

ICTs and Literacy (the old fashioned kind) | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress recently announced a set of literacy awards to recognize and honor pioneering efforts in the United States and around the world. That's all well and good, you might say, literacy is certainly a worthy cause, but what does...
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An article that highlights how little we really 'know' in the scholarly, peer-reviewed sense, about the contribution and impact of ICTs on traditional literacies and learning in general.

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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...
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Great list with some good discussion:

Critical thinking and problem-solvingCollaboration across networks and leading by influenceAgility and adaptabilityInitiative and entrepreneurialismEffective oral and written communicationAccessing and analyzing informationCuriosity and imagination 

But, says the author, what about:

GritResilienceHope and OptimismVisionSelf-RegulationEmpathy and Global Stewardship
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Solving the 'Boy Crisis' in Schools

Solving the 'Boy Crisis' in Schools | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
If we want to understand boy's underachievement in writing, literature, and languages we need look no further than the way boys perceive these subjects.
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I've waited quite some time to read a piece in the media where masculinity was identified as the issue rather than schools. There is a great fear in society of compromising our understanding of 'what makes a man', a view out of step in a society where everything else has changed.

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NAPLAN: results are only a guide to future performance

NAPLAN: results are only a guide to future performance | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
A million students sat down yesterday for the first day of the three-day National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). It wouldn't help to tell them that one day they will wonder at all the fuss their parents and teachers are making.
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The SMH is taking a rather optimisit view of the NAPLAN tests, but I remain convinced that we could assess the nation's literacy and numeracy (and maybe more) at the school level without mass testing. The money saved could provide teachers with diagnostic tools that gave far quicker feedback and a more finely focused diagnosis of student need.

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If we don't gang up together and invest in education we'll be hit hard

If we don't gang up together and invest in education we'll be hit hard | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
We are about to produce a generation of children who are worse off than their parents. What a disgrace!
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I particularly liked this article because I found it on the business pages of the Sydney Morning Herald. One of my chief gripes about business is its expecation that the education system will produce grist for its employment mill, but consistently refuses to make an equitable contribution to the national finances so that it can be paid for. National investment means that everyone has to pay; and if that means that themillions invested by business in tax avoidance is redirected into health, education, disability insurance and paid materanity leave – all of which contriubte to a more productive and effective workforce– then so be it.

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Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education

Some thoughts on teachers, students and the Future of Education. If there's a bookish child in your life, you should get them a copy of The Way Things Work: ...
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Well, I could be a spoil sport and say that this utopic vision will never come to be; but I'm actually in no doubt that the future of learning is going to be based around the intelligent agent on some smart digital device. What I don't think this means is the death of the teaching profession. It means we are free to be what we do best: mentor, care and grow our students. The other thing that such projects ignore is a great deal of the research on the relative advantages of direct instruction and socialised learning. Digital Aristotle will provide a flexible learning environment, but the essence of learning is disequilibrium. Unless the program goes outside the learning comfort zone, learning will not be faster, just more 'personalised'. There will be a balance struck!

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Print Article: Freedom to fail

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A nice reflection by Sarah MacDonald on failure and some of the different ways in which men and women respond to failure.We heard this presentation, so this article is a memento of a very good day.

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Teachers taught to ground helicopters

Teachers taught to ground helicopters | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
Schools are introducing rules for how parents and teachers should interact as part of a growing push back against families who hover too much.
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Ahh, the helicopter parent! Our worst nightmare perhaps, but so often the behaviour of both parent and child masks a real need with which we need to have some sensitivity. I like these rules:


Expect to wait 24 hours for a response to an email.
If the matter is urgent, ring the school office.
Don’t call or text your child’s mobile during class time.
Don’t call or text your child’s teacher directly.
Make an appointment to discuss an issue with a teacher, don’t accost them at the start or end of the school day.
Leave the classroom when the first bell rings.
Don’t discuss your concerns with administration staff.


Most of the problems can be resolved with appropriate openness on both sides. A parent contactedin a timely manner will always be your friend.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teachers-taught-to-ground-helicopters-20130427-2ilb7.html#ixzz2RiF2SKTn

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Testing times: making the case for new school assessment

Testing times: making the case for new school assessment | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
When we were growing up, my father occasionally stood each of us against the back door and marked our height on the door in pencil. He wrote our initials and the date alongside each mark.
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I'm not sure that Geoff Masters has said anything radically new here: most research and intelligent comment has been saying this for decades. It is, after all, the basis for much that we understand about assessment for learning, which comes down to the link between endeavour, feedback and learning outcome.

What is different is the calibre of the commentator: ACER has shown the polical savvy to gain a considerable leverage with Governments and bureacracies. It may well be that this contributes to a harmonising of some of the quality teaching stuff promoted by AITSL and others. The biggest change needed is the legislative requirement to give reports with letter grades, which is now an embarrassment – and was never very helpful for those schools already doing more progressive reporting.

As always, New Zealand is leading the way with the widespread adoption of on-line portfolios accessible by parents. Could we have a Kiwi coup, please?

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Beaten but not Gonski: the wait for leadership on schools continues

Beaten but not Gonski: the wait for leadership on schools continues | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
The A$14 billion federal government proposal based on David Gonski’s call for a better school funding system has not been agreed to at this week’s COAG meeting.
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Maxine McKew's article is a reminder that the whole Gonski process has been fraught from the beginning. Perhaps the greatest omission from her analysis is, however, the failure to accept that Gonki's committee worked against the unremitting sectoral confrontation that has bedevilled Australia education since the bad old days of sectarian conflict. One looks rather enviously across the Tasman.

The danger lies in postponing a move to a fairer and more effective system of funding. Like a pressure cooker, there will be a point where reaction will no longer be measured but sudden. While such a response might be a final salvation for the government sector, which carries the burden of public education in Australia, a reactive correction would disenfranchise parents of studetns in the non-government sector (30%) and would almost certainly lead to further politicisation and division over education policy. We need this reform and we need it now.

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How (And Why) Teachers Should Blog - Edudemic

How (And Why) Teachers Should Blog - Edudemic | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
There's a learning curve when it comes to blogging and education. First, you should know that teachers should blog. Period. Here's why.
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Given that most schools in Australia now have access to some kind of LMS, it makes sense to get teachers blogging. If it can be combined with a specific purpose, like feedback to the class, so much the better. Personally, I see any kind of blogging as a chance to engage in reflective practice. This is very much how I have come to use Scoop.it, which buyilds upon what I used to do with my Wordpress blog (and which copies over to cbdomain when I want it to).

 

I'm often asked where I find the time to keep in touch with stuff (mostly it's around the tech side of things, which I no longer place enormous value on, because most of my intellectual life is taken up with questions of pedagogy and leadership). The anwer isn't the time; it's just that I have long had the habit of reflecting on things and trying to fit it into my world view. Any kind of reflection encourages ghange and development. Kids should be going it. Teachers need to to do it: one sentence at a time, one day at a time…

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Engage Me!

Pupils from Robin Hood primary school, Birmingham, worked with a film crew from the National College for School Leadership to express their desire to use the...
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This is just fabulous: an example of kids asking for control of their education and demonstrating the capacity to achieve it.

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Buyer beware: are you really purchasing a ‘better’ education?

Australian parents are increasingly choosing to spend more money on their children’s education.
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I love it! A very naughty and tongue in cheek article from Catherine Scott that points out what we all should know: that we can't believe that private schools provide a better education, just a different education. In my experience, it's not the academic standards that cause parents to send their children to independent schools (and I leave systemic schools out of this because they are in a different category). The children come to these schools for the range of co-educational opportunities, the philosophy of the school (which is hopefully lived out!) and because they want their children to be like the school's students who they see down the street. And that, in some ways, is as it should be.

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Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | MindShift

Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | MindShift | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
As with any behavior involving kids, mistakes will be made with online behavior -- and that’s a vital part of the learning process.
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We should be giving this article to every incoming year 7 parent!

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teachwatts: Personal Apps & iPads: The OnGoing Debate in Schools

teachwatts: Personal Apps & iPads: The OnGoing Debate in Schools | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
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Scratch a school administrator or a parent – or most teachers – and we turn into police officers bent on enforcement. We forget that education involves risks and errors, both of which are the source of development. If kids are getting it right all the time, then no learning is taking place.

 

Press button B for a rant about the ethical and philosophical dimensions of the lock-them-in position! Monitor, don't control; care, don't police; encourage, don't frighten.

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...
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Good find, Fi. It's not just a feeling, the data is in (Mr Hattie, thank you). It's what we do at Chev…

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How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing?

How do Finnish kids excel without rote learning and standardized testing? | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
The OECD’s PISA studies show Finnish students are among the best in the world in reading, math and science.
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I'm not sure that one can extrapolate entirely from the Finnish experience (and success); but there is much in this article that we should absorb when thinking about the future of Australian education.

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Student mad at teacher at Duncanville high

Jeff goes off in Mrs. Phung!! check out his news interview here follow link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSxElvdd0R4 THIS IS THE ORIGINAL ALL OTHERS ARE CO...
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Oh! Three cheers for this kid. He is so spot on. Everyone one of us in the profession should look at this and beg for forgiveness for everyday we have walked in a 'handed out a package'. This kid even understands differentation!

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Teachers iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
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Love this page!

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5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
There are some big myths about writing with mobile devices. But are they actually true? The EdTechTeacher team weighs in on a controversial topic.
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I scooped this initially because I am interested in the relative value of writing as opposed to word-processing. There is no doubt that the student in today's classroom writes much less, hence out concern about the ability of students to communicate their learning in examination situations. This concern is misplaced, however – the brain-dump has never been particularly valued in the exam room and the Board's research suggests that 800–1000 words is probably optimal for a legible, concise and intelligent Band 6. They need to be able to write, but not write like us ancient types did.

So that disposes of the first objection to word processing, or indeed to writing on mobile devices. This article certainly attacks the notion that one can't write in extended forms on a mobile device (more value judgements in that sentence, by the way!!). My championing of the iPad comes from a number of sources, often connected with the ability of students with a tablet to move around with it, converse with others face-to-face, interact more effectively with the teacher, all sorts of important aspects of social learing. One factor that has always been in the back of my mind, however, has been that an ipad can co-exist on a desk with a writing pad. Writing, it seems, has some significant cognitive benefits. Without quoting all the research, read this review:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704631504575531932754922518.html

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Why Shakespeare is still relevant today

Why Shakespeare is still relevant today | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
Why do we study Shakespeare in school? How can plays written four centuries ago still be relevant today? Especially when...
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I'm not going to argue. My position is simpler — it's fun to teach and therefore the kids learn! 

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FED: NSW first to sign schools funding deal | Australian Teacher Magazine - No.1 national education sector publication

FED: NSW first to sign schools funding deal | Australian Teacher Magazine - No.1 national education sector publication | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
SYDNEY, April 23 – New South Wales has become the first of the states and territories to sign up to the Federal Government's education funding deal. This is a historic announcement, Prime Minister
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Admittedly, NSW has the most to gain, but where one goes, others may follow. One wonders about the economic advice Western Australia is getting as the mining boom tails off – would it not be in their interest to tie up the expenditure now?

 

Good move, Barry!

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iPads in Math and Science - iPads in Education

iPads in Math and Science - iPads in Education | Learning, Teaching, Leading | Scoop.it
I thought it may be interesting to start a discussion around some of the more innovative learning activities occurring with mobile technology in Math and Scien…
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Sam Gliksman is something of a trailblazer in this area and it is always comforting to know that somewhere in the world, someone is facing the same challenges that we are. I suppose my greatest disappointment has been the failure of the UK to lead in this area, because for the last fifteen years they have certainly done all the hard yards on ICT in Education; but I suppose the savage cuts by David 'We are all Thatcherites now' Cameron have spelt the death of this kind of innovation on a large scale in the UK. Shame.

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