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The Top 50 Education Blogs Every Teacher and Educator Should Know about

The Top 50 Education  Blogs Every Teacher and Educator Should Know about | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“ I have seen several lists featuring 'top education blogs' but I never dared cite them here because their authors do not have the recommended authority in the field for them to compile and rank...”
Via Dafnord , Debbie Upchurch Frank
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How technology enables bLearning

How technology enables bLearning | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
We wanted to transition from traditional education to a flexible, 21st century model, and we were determined to support our schools in any way we could," Song says. So far, the district has invested in new networking equipment, Wi-Fi and about 5,000 Acer, HP and SamsungChromebooks. Innovative districts such as MUSD are recognizing that they can no longer take a business-as-usual approach to instruction. Today's students — and, increasingly, teachers — are tech-savvy, and they want an interactive and engaging classroom experience. To adapt, these districts are investing in more technology and embracing new instructional models. IT leaders from these districts say it's important to get technology into the hands of every child and to extend the classroom beyond the school day, so they're focusing their limited budgets on mobile devices, cloud applications and other online educational content. They're also building out their wireless infrastructures to support all of these new efforts.
Via Edumorfosis, Teaching, Learning & Developing with Technology
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The district administrators started with a great, yet simple, question about the future and then they let the principals and the teachers develop their own plans! I love it. A transformed educational system will get to the point where the students participate in developing their own plans for learning. If you could design a school of the future, what would it look like?
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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
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Absolutely believe in this. The trick is to get administrators to also accept teacher self directed learning in the same way that teachers are now evaluated on encouraging and developing students that are self directed.

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Teacher-Led Professional Learning: The Latest Revolution In Education - Edudemic

Teacher-Led Professional Learning: The Latest Revolution In Education - Edudemic | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“ I’m both in awe and encouraged at the current trend of teacher-led professional learning occurring across our country. Our nations’ teachers are taking control of their own learning and are using a wide variety of social media platforms to do so.”
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Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development

Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
The term professional development (PD) has taken on many incarnations during the time I've been involved in education. When I first starting teaching, professional development was constructed in a ve
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I really like this. If we need teachers to create student-centered, differentiated classrooms, we need to create teacher-centered, differentiated PD.
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21 Quotes That Will Change the Way You See Education | inspirationfeed.com

21 Quotes That Will Change the Way You See Education | inspirationfeed.com | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“ The moment you become aware of your existence, you start learning. In school, you are confined into a system that you trust will teach everything you should know. But, do you really know what education is or its role in your life? Find out what educators, writers, and philosophers have to say about it.”
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A Student-Led, Flipped, Inquiry-Based Learning Classroom Doing Authentic Work

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"A recent popular magazine asked what education will be like for the class of 2025. While the accompanying article mostly rehashed the ongoing debate between content and process, I saw the cover and had a one-word answer: research."
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Great teachers? How do you know?

Great teachers? How do you know? | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“ Dave McIntire, a fellow history guy, recently asked a simple question. It's one we've heard before: What principles define great teaching? But Dave tweaked it in a way that I like. He's asking the ...”
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Why Throwing Money at Schools Actually Is the Answer

Why Throwing Money at Schools Actually <i>Is</i> the Answer | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Why Throwing Money at Schools Actually Is the Answer
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14 recommendations for taming the ‘wild, wild West’ of ed tech | eSchool News

A disruptive factor exists today in educational technology, according to a new report, because while virtual schools, personal digital devices, and open-source materials are transforming education, these forces are still fragmented and rapidly...
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There are some things that I like about these recommendations and some I don't. I think the disruptive force of educational technology is actually a good thing and that rather than trying to tame it, we should learn to adjust to it's wild behavior. I do think we are moving toward more of an individualized, student-centered learning environment with the help of technology. However, I also recognize the incredible pressure that teachers are already under. More training would be nice. More time for training would be even better. Most of all, if we are headed toward an individualized, student-centered environment then we should allow the teachers to approach their training in the same manner.

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It Sure Is Complicated: Teen Life in the Digital Age | MiddleWeb

It Sure Is Complicated: Teen Life in the Digital Age | MiddleWeb | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it

As parent of two teenagers and as a teacher of pre-teens, I took away a lot of information from It’s Complicated. First and foremost is the idea that young people have less and less access to public spaces and time in which to socialize with friends and peers. The days of our moms and dads kicking us outdoors in the morning and saying, “Don’t come back until dinner time” are over.


Via Nik Peachey, Ron Monin
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I love this statement about teens/students, "What they do have is natural curiosity and a willingness to dive into the unknown, figuring out how a website or app or device works on the go. This can lead to discovery, and to mistakes. By focusing on the mistakes, we lose sight of the powerful potential of technology.." 

I also love the ending. We are the guides and our role has never been more important or more complicated!

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How technology enables bLearning

How technology enables bLearning | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
We wanted to transition from traditional education to a flexible, 21st century model, and we were determined to support our schools in any way we could," Song says. So far, the district has invested in new networking equipment, Wi-Fi and about 5,000 Acer, HP and SamsungChromebooks. Innovative districts such as MUSD are recognizing that they can no longer take a business-as-usual approach to instruction. Today's students — and, increasingly, teachers — are tech-savvy, and they want an interactive and engaging classroom experience. To adapt, these districts are investing in more technology and embracing new instructional models. IT leaders from these districts say it's important to get technology into the hands of every child and to extend the classroom beyond the school day, so they're focusing their limited budgets on mobile devices, cloud applications and other online educational content. They're also building out their wireless infrastructures to support all of these new efforts.
Via Edumorfosis, Teaching, Learning & Developing with Technology
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If you could design a school of the future, what would it look like? This is a great question to start with. I think it is very easy to get caught up in what it takes to get through the day, the year. Too little is spent on long range planning.
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Joystick Learning: Understanding the EdCamp Paradigm Shift

Joystick Learning: Understanding the EdCamp Paradigm Shift | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
If you’re unfamiliar with the “EdCamp” movement, the time has come to familiarize yourself. (Keep reading, friends. I promise clarity ahead.) If you are familiar with the “EdCamp” movement, you’re likely a diehard, a believer, a self-proclaimed EdCamper… and proud of it. For those of you who are unacquainted with the term, here is the gist: Professional development has historically been a stinky thing. (That’s not to say that it is always stinky. Sometimes, there are flashes of brilliance. Sometimes, PD strikes just the right note. Sometimes, PD is awesome. But, more often than not, it reeks of poopy whiffs.) An “EdCamp” is a deliberate effort to reverse some of the core features associated with traditional “Professional Development.” I expect that the infographic below will clarify some of these differences: http://goo.gl/wvIbfY
Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
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This is what I believe as well. Thank you for these gems: The power of this kind of PD model is readily apparent...“performance” can be motivating in and of itself, sans “carrots and sticks”… in channeling that passion and expertise through a blank session board, you get this organic, made-to-order, high quality learning experience... the bottom-up, participant-driven approach that EdCamps offer will do wonders for PD.
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Try This One Phrase to Make Feedback 40% More Effective

Try This One Phrase to Make Feedback 40% More Effective | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Employees deserve feedback. So we give it--sometimes with great results, sometimes not so much. But there's one phrase you can use that will instantly improve the impact of the feedback you give--whether the actual feedback is positive or negative. The following comes from Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code (one of the few books I actually give to friends) and The Little Book of Talent (a book I've written about before) and ablog about performance improvement that belongs on your must-read list.
Via David Hain, Jody Prevost
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Just 19 words! Inclusive, accepting, and demanding.
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Federal appeals court rules Colorado TABOR lawsuit can move forward

Federal appeals court rules Colorado TABOR lawsuit can move forward | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
“ A federal appeals court on Friday said it would allow a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights to go forward.”
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Two Must Have Resources for Every Academic and Student Researchers

Two Must Have Resources for Every Academic and Student Researchers | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it

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Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide - Purpose and Executive Summary

Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide - Purpose and Executive Summary | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
The field of K-12 education contains a vast array of educational interventions - such as reading and math curricula, schoolwide reform programs, after-school programs, and new educational technologies - that claim to be able to improve educational outcomes and, in many cases, to be supported by evidence. This evidence often consists of poorly-designed and/or advocacy-driven studies. State and local education officials and educators must sort through a myriad of such claims to decide which interventions merit consideration for their schools and classrooms. Many of these practitioners have seen interventions,introduced with great fanfare as being able to produce dramatic gains, come and go over the years, yielding little in the way of positive and lasting change - a perception confirmed by the flat achievement results over the past 30 years in the National Assessment of Educational Progress long-term trend. This guide is intended to help identify strategies that have rigorous research supporting them.
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A Principal's Reflections: Control or Ownership

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For over a century, the industrial model of education did a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. Those careers are no longer relevant in today's rapidly changing world. With obvious remnants of this system still in place, new changes are being pushed through under the guise of education reform. Instead of preparing students for an industrialized world the education system is now being tasked with preparing all learners to be college and career ready in order to compete globally with their peers.
Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
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[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action

[Infographic] Leadership Qualities | Leadership In Action | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
We put together an infographic that describes some leadership qualities that can be developed and put in your own skills filing cabinet. Text body Click on
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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.
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Does this translate to the field of education?

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Are School Leaders Prepared for the Job?

Are School Leaders Prepared for the Job? | On Education Leadership | Scoop.it
Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground. He can be found at www.petermdewitt.com.
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