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A Digital worksheet is still a worksheet.

A Digital worksheet is still a worksheet. | Like Learning | Scoop.it
I have read what seems like several, but in reality is probably a few blog posts recently that have claimed to have examined technology in schools and found that it has made little difference in le...
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I must admit ... Tom Whitby's recent post reflects what I have been saying about early uses of text based technology tools, 'a textbook on a screen is a textbook you don't have to hold' ... 'and not necessarily any better then the original'. 

 

Technology integration without formal training and a formal purpose is usually a waste of time. Us 'innovator / early adopter' types will always fight through the glitches and persevere; but if we need the late majority to adopt a new strategy, its up educational leaders to make sure the purpose and the intent are equally supported through facillitation and guidance.

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Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach | Like Learning | Scoop.it

"The central question of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) surrounds the idea of barriers to learning: Is the child “disabled”? Or, could we more accurately say that many of our school environments are disabling to children?


Via Kathleen McClaskey, Beth Panitz, Ed.D., Michelle Woodard
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What a perfect lead-in / intro to a staff meeting discussion around inclusion and integration with adaptations! Katia Reid puts it in perfect 'focus' from a perspective we can all appreciate:

 

"Sitting in a large lecture theatre for a presentation that I was attending voluntarily, I reached into my purse for my glasses and realized I had forgotten them at home. The lecture was two hours long and although my hearing is fine, being within a visual fog that made it impossible to see the lecturer was frustrating. After a while, I gave up trying to listen, and I took out my cell phone instead." 


How many of us experience this scenario on similar levels ... yet we know there are students in every classroom experiencing this same scenario. They're usually the easist to identify ... they 'self-identify' through inappropriate behaviour! 

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The Best Twitter Tools and Tips Teachers should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Twitter Tools and Tips Teachers should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Like Learning | Scoop.it

Via Patty Ball
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A great resource for a relative newby like me ... great tips and tools!

 

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Patty Ball's curator insight, January 26, 2013 10:19 PM

twitter links for educational use

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How Twitter will revolutionise academic research and teaching

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Social media is becoming increasingly important in teaching and research work but tutors must remember, it's a conversation not a lecture, says Ernesto Priego (SHS leading the way with the use of Twitter as a tool for engaging learners -12 departments...
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My first 'go round' with Twitter didn't go so well. My kids got me set up and I was off and running in no time flat. I told them, 'hey I finally 'got' Facebook', and I remember my oldest saying, 'dad, seriously, NO ONE uses Facebook anymore ... we use Twitter. Facebook is all about the drama!" That was last year, when she was in grade 12.

 

So right then and there ... @principaldd was born and the first 'follow' on recommendation of my 14 year old son was 'biznasty' the Phoenix hockey player. Funny, inuitive and as it turns out waaay inappropriate for a high school principal to be following publically! and for a 14 year old ;-)

 

Twitter part 2. I've spent most of January reflecting and acknowledging personal areas in need of growth. The professional / personal learning network stood due to its absence. And www.likelearning.ca was the result. Still very much under construction ... 

 

Here's what I will acknowledge; Twitter is critical to the development of my PLN and as a tool, we can make amazing connections to grow professionally. I am exploring where it can fit in K-12 education, but we need more people in my role recognizing and understanding the tool to join the conversation.

 

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Timelines.tv - History, documentary and television on the web

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This module explores how far we'd come by the turn of the 20th century. It tells the story of Edwardian Blackpool, the annual mecca of seaside fun for hundreds of thousands of mill families across the North West.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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An amazing resource for educators that are looking for a tactile, visual and audio connection to historical events.

 

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Denise Cruz's curator insight, February 9, 2013 8:49 AM

Ms. Cruz's students, select America Voices. Choose a topic in Black America. Summarize your topic. Identify and state a problem in your topic. If Internet technology would have been readily available, how might it have been used to solve the problem? Be specific. Use terms you already know to communicate your ideas. Earn 20 XP. Close date 2/13/14.

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Grade Six Teacher "Extraordinaire" : Professional Learning Communities vs Personal Learning Networks | Lorraine Boulos

I think Timothy Scholze, from our etmooc, hits the nail on the head in his post on Google+.  "I really dislike group work because I want to be in control of my learning."  Timothy also says that principals "need to make sure that they are not forcing people together ... Collaboration should be open to choice".


Via Peter B. Sloep
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Fully support the importance of choice and the critical component that we often forget ... 'prior knowledge' that leads to understanding of a discussion topic. Something else to consider: if a group of colleagues day to day work experiences have been in the same place doing the same things with the same people ... 'it' is normal. Often, it's not until they join discussions outside of their 'normal' that they grow. Community and network are both important. @principaldd

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 6, 2013 3:40 PM

This is a post by someone who struggles with the difference between an imposed professional learning community and an optional personal learning network. She notices that, however much sense the community may make, she and her colleagues are wont to participate in it, not so however with the learning network. How come? Lorraine offers the ability to choose, the imposed versus the optional character as the explanation.

 

This post is interesting, first because it illustrates what we already know since Dewey and perhaps even longer, that learner autonomy matters. It is also interesting because Lorraine nor the people who react to her blog seem to be aware of this fundamental tenet of modern pedagogy. It thus illustrates a short-coming of social learning: if nobody knows the pertinent literature, you simply miss out on it. And finally, because this neatly illustrates the predicament of how to structure learning without imposing or how to give people autonomy without just letting them figure out themselves (@pbsloep)

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Fully support the importance of choice and the critical component that we often forget ... 'prior knowledge' that leads to understanding of a discussion topic. Something else to consider: if a group of colleagues day to day work experiences have been in the same place doing the same things with the same people ... 'it' is normal. Often, it's not until they join discussions outside of their 'normal' that they grow. Community and network are both important. @principaldd
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Leading from 60,000 feet: Why should K-12 Education CIOs and Technology Directors be on Twitter? Part 1

Leading from 60,000 feet: Why should K-12 Education CIOs and Technology Directors be on Twitter? Part 1 | Like Learning | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Here's how I am intending to use Twitter as my 'go to' starting point for a PLN...

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