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Educational Leadership:Teachers as Leaders:Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders

Educational Leadership:Teachers as Leaders:Ten Roles for Teacher Leaders | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school and student success. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, they build the entire school's capacity to improve. Because teachers can lead in a variety of ways, many teachers can serve as leaders among their peers.

So what are some of the leadership options available to teachers? The following 10 roles are a sampling of the many ways teachers can contribute to their schools' success.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:09 PM

Considering the fact this article is almost 6 years old and we see little evidence that teacher leadership is increasing, what does that say?

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Teachers for the 21st Century. Using Evaluation to Improve Teaching

The publication looks at the governance of appraisal systems, including how standards for teacher appraisal are established and by whom; at approaches and procedures for teacher appraisal and developing capacity for implementing them; and at how appraisal results are used and the consequences that may follow. The analysis is complemented with text boxes that illustrate proven or promising practices in countries.

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Teens & Online Video | Pew Research

Teens & Online Video | Pew Research | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Shooting, sharing, streaming and chatting – social media using teens are the most enthusiastic users of many online video capabilities

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 20, 2013 5:23 AM

Some interesting stats to support the use of more video communication tools in learning.

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180 School Days: A Year Inside an American School | PBS

180 School Days: A Year Inside an American School | PBS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

Premieres March 25 + 26 Only on PBS

“180 Days” tells an intimate story of Washington Metropolitan High School (DC Met) and its first graduating class. There are many ways to connect with the 180 Days project; share the videos, say something to the community, or watch and vote in the student film festival. When it comes to education reform, we all have a story to tell."

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Education Technology Success Stories | Brookings Institution

Education Technology Success Stories | Brookings Institution | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In this paper, Darrell West and Joshua Bleiberg highlight five success stories of innovations in education technology.
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Pathbrite Is Bringing Professional Stories To Life | Fast Company

Pathbrite Is Bringing Professional Stories To Life | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Anya Kamenetz

 

"Pathbrite, a one-year-old startup, aims to re-create that feeling of being in someone's office. It's a simple and intuitive site for creating portfolios. To show me how it works, founder Heather Hiles pulls up her own page. It's got her CV and diploma, a family photo of her with her single mom, and visual highlights from a 20-year career in K-12 through adult education, including position papers written for Gavin Newsom as the San Francisco school board commissioner, press coverage, and photos with Barack and Michelle Obama, being honored as the founder of SF Works, a job training program that helped 5,000 women get off welfare.

 

"Pathbrite integrates all kinds of media, from diplomas and Khan Academy badges to official ACT test scores to video, audio, and photos, with written commentary. It's shareable and updatable from anywhere. None of this is particularly groundbreaking in the world of web apps, but it is in the world of education apps--and that was the big problem, says Hiles.

 

"I learned about e-portfolios three years ago," she says. "They have been proven through longitudinal studies to improve course passing rates, writing, and metacognition, by continuously prompting people to reflect and curate their accomplishments. When I saw this technology, I thought, why don’t we have portfolios in higher ed? Well, the top 10 e-portfolio products for education all sucked. They were kludgy and boring. So we decided we were going to make a Web 2.0 e-portfolio." Hiles, a lifelong social entrepreneur, taught herself enough code to hack together the alpha product."

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Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson

Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"I’m really excited to announce a new undertaking that my good friend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne, Australia and I are launching today: Raising Modern Learners (RML). 

 

"As the proud owner of two teenagers (where’s the handbook?), I’ve been more and more drawn to the question of how we begin to educate parents around the very big learning and schooling shifts that are occurring because of the Web and the technologies that support it. Specifically, how can we develop and nurture in parents a new context for learning that will allow them to understand the changes many of us are fighting for in our classrooms. Neither Bruce nor I have seen any co-ordinated attempts to offer parents a truly different concept of schooling that synthesizes technological change with progressive ideas around learning and a new vision for the role of schools in our communities.  

 

"We’re hoping our free, weekly newsletter and accompanying site will begin that work."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:10 PM

This is a great concept, but should we not have been doing this all along?

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson | Edutopia

Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Renee Jain

 

"Not only are we susceptible to errors in thinking, but we also tend to make the same errors over and over again. The next part of the lesson outlines these common thought holes; this familiarity makes it easier for students to identify and avoid distortions in the future.

 

"Seminal work by psychologist Aaron Beck, often referred to as the father of cognitive therapy, and his former student, David Burns, uncovered several common thought holes as seen below.

 

-Jumping to conclusions: judging a situation based on assumptions as opposed to definitive facts

 

-Mental filtering: paying attention to the negative details in a situation while ignoring the positive

 

-Magnifying: magnifying negative aspects in a situation

 

-Minimizing: minimizing positive aspects in a situationPersonalizing: assuming the blame for problems even when you are not primarily responsible

 

-Externalizing: pushing the blame for problems onto others even when you are primarily responsible

 

-Overgeneralizing: concluding that one bad incident will lead to a repeated pattern of defeat

 

-Emotional reasoning: assuming your negative emotions translate into reality, or confusing feelings with facts

 

"Filling in Thought Holes with the 3Cs

 

"Once students understand why one falls into thought holes and that several common ones exist, they are ready to start filling them in! When faced with adversity, students can evaluate thoughts using the 3Cs:

 

-Check for common thought holes

 

-Collect evidence to paint an accurate picture

 

-Challenge the original thoughts"

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If students designed their own schools...

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"The best small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Charles Tsai finds out by spending a week with the Independent Project."

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Student Aid Can Be Awarded for 'Competencies,' Not Just Credit Hours - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Student Aid Can Be Awarded for 'Competencies,' Not Just Credit Hours - Government - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In a long-awaited letter, the Education Department spells out how colleges may apply to use federal aid for new models of education.
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An alarming drop in state support for universities | CBS Money Watch

An alarming drop in state support for universities | CBS Money Watch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Lynn O'Shaughnessy

Summary by Education Dive

 

"The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) released its State Higher Education Finance Report, which tracks the reduction of state funding for public universities and colleges.

 

"The report spotlights the fact that per-student spending hit a 25-year low in 2012, with states shelling out an average of $5,896 per student, which is almost $3,000 less than per-student spending in 2001. 

 

"The report revealed another troubling pattern: net tuition revenue now accounts for 47% of public higher-ed expenses compared to only 23.3% in 1987."

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Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Mozilla Releases Long-Discussed Software to Offer 'Badges' for Learning - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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New Video: the Future of Learning – my presentation at Learning Technologies 2013 in London - Futurist Gerd Leonhard

New Video: the Future of Learning – my presentation at Learning Technologies 2013 in London - Futurist Gerd Leonhard | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Futurist Keynote Speaker & Author Gerd Leonhard

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This video is an edited version of the official video, without the intro and the audience discussion. You can also watch this video with some pretty fancy slideshow overlays here.  Thanks to Donald and the team at LTUK for making this video available to me!

Topics covered include the future of Social-Local-Mobile learning, new technologies that impact learning and training, the future of universities and institutions, new definitions of Learning… and much more.  You can download the slides here, or just go to www.gerdcloud.com (my dropbox shared folder) to download it and many other presos and my free books. Enjoy.


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A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities

A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: To better understand how to support secondary teachers’ engagement in collaborative inquiry, a group of 12 professional development providers deliberately set out to use the same processes and structures in their development and implementation of a PD model. This research examines what this group learned about fostering and sustaining a culture of collaborative inquiry and considers how this can inform PD providers’ support of teachers’ engagement in a collaborative inquiry cycle.

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Shared online videos have become quite popular. These streamed videos are so pervasive that 69% of Internet users and 52% of adults in the United States have watched or downloaded videos online (Purcell, 2010). It was predicted that videos would represent 50% of total data transfers on the Internet by 2012 (Madden, 2007). These statistics leave little doubt as to the rising importance of shared online videos for educational purposes.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 18, 2013 6:01 AM

Useful reading with lots of links to background reading

Ellen Graber's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:16 AM
Videos help raise comprehension, raise motivation, and provide insight into life around the world. What have you been watching lately?
Helen Wybrants's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:43 AM

Marked for T&L interest -

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Box's 65-Year-Old Android Engineer Gives Your Startup Some Unsentimental Advice | Fast Company

Box's 65-Year-Old Android Engineer Gives Your Startup Some Unsentimental Advice | Fast Company | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Ciara Byrne

 

"There are precious few people who have seen and comprehended enough of the rise of computing, and then mobile computing, to have some perspective. "I have seen this curve over and over, and lots of startups fail in that gap because they don't keep at it long enough," says David Maynard. "I think we have lost the idea of the software artist."

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The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning - Edudemic

The Difference Between Contemporary And Traditional Learning - Edudemic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Do you know the difference between contemporary and traditional learning and teaching styles? This handy chart breaks it down quite well.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:37 PM

We need to learn at the edges of what we have done in the past and the unknown future.

Barbara Monica Pérez Moo's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:07 PM

Buena comparación

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:43 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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Google Will Fund Cornell MOOC | The Cornell Daily Sun

Google Will Fund Cornell MOOC | The Cornell Daily Sun | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Jonathan Swartz

 

"With a $50,000 grant from Google, four Cornell professors will transform their class into a massive open online course, or MOOC, enabling them to offer the course to countless students worldwide for free, according to the University. 

 

"The course, ‘Six Pretty Good Books: Explorations in Social Science,’ is taught by Prof. Stephen Ceci, human development, Prof. Jefferson Cowie, labor history, Prof. Jeffrey Hancock, communication and Prof. Michael Macy, sociology. 

 

"According to Macy, because of its integration of technology and emphasis on student participation, the course is already well-suited to become a MOOC."

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Institutions launch informal network to innovate and inspire humanities programs | Inside Higher Ed

Institutions launch informal network to innovate and inspire humanities programs | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Carl Straumsheim

 

"Doomsayers about the job market for humanities Ph.D.s are everywhere. In response to a growing number of graduates unable to find a job in academe, seven universities are starting a new project to prepare students for a career that may lead them out of the classroom or into new kinds of classrooms.

The initiative, known as the Praxis Network, will showcase how different institutions are using innovative approaches to expand humanities education to help other colleges and universities do the same.

"Of the seven institutions participating, Duke University, for example, offers a one-year program for Ph.D. students to help them develop digital skills. University College London is combining humanities and computer science in a master's degree program that involves both thesis writing and work placement. The City University of New York Graduate Center has doctoral fellows working with the provost to design a new website and serving as technical consultants for faculty members.

 

"As different as the programs appear, common themes uniting them include not just interdisciplinary cooperation and a desire to explore how new technologies affect research, but also the mentality that their students should broaden their understanding of the sort of career options an advanced degree in the humanities can lead to. “[T]his is about sharing a model,” said Bethany Nowviskie, who founded the network in response to a surge of interest in a fellowship program that brings students from different academic fields together to learn software development and design."


Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/21/institutions-launch-informal-network-innovate-and-inspire-humanities-programs#ixzz2OBOmxSPC
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Creativity Rubric from Grant Wiggins

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Nancy White's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:26 AM

When you click on the title, it will download as a PDF.

 

This is a great tool to provide students with guidance on the creative process. Very descriptive!

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Climate Control: Six Ways to Improve Your School Environment | Edutopia

Climate Control: Six Ways to Improve Your School Environment | Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Allen Mendler

 

"School climate is hard to quantify but very palpable when you are in the same place every day. It is such an integral part of the daily experience and is largely determined by the leadership, your colleagues and a host of other influences, but it is primarily about feeling appreciated for what you do -- and it begins with you. Too often we fail to see how crucial each of us can be to improving our own well being and the school's climate simultaneously. Begin by seeking positive feedback for yourself and noticing the positive contributions made by others. You’ll feel better, and so will they. Here are some strategies: "

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Michigan may drop foreign language rule for schools | Detroit News

Michigan may drop foreign language rule for schools | Detroit News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Even as foreign language immersion grows in Metro Detroit, districts around the country are dropping foreign language classes, mostly in rural and poor areas, according to a nationwide survey.
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HOMAGO: A Guidebook | DMLcentral

HOMAGO: A Guidebook | DMLcentral | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"This is a handbook designed to be used by people who want to create a space for youth cultural production. It is based on our exploration that began in June 2012, which included the launch of our first open studio class at Yollocalli Arts Reach called Experimental Sound Open Studio. Our primary inquiry was focused on how to take a model of an existing drop-in teen technology program and modify it to create open studio art courses. We wanted to invent a program where teaching artists became collaborative learning partners with youth. This was perhaps our greatest challenge. During the course of our investigation we found that we were heavily influenced by our experience as traditional classroom art teachers, but we were strongly motivated by our mutual belief in the power of youth as public intellectuals.

 

"HOMAGO (Hang Out, Mess Around & Geek Out) is an experiential learning theory based on research by Mimi Ito on how youth learn in new and social media environments. Our goal was to explore how HOMAGO could be applied within a space of cultural production and how we could translate it into a method that would be useable by our teaching artists."

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The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Steve Kolowich

Summary by Education Dive

 

"The Chronicle of Higher Education released the results Monday of its electronic survey of MOOC instructors, to which 103 professors responded out of a total of 184.

 

"Despite a majority of respondents feeling that MOOCs could drive down the price of college and almost half feeling that their MOOC was as rigorous as their face-to-face courses, only 28% believe the courses deserve formal credit from their institution and 34% said they believed their institution would eventually grant formal credit to students who did well in their MOOC; however, 79% respondents did believe that MOOCs are worth the hype.

 

 "A majority of the survey's participants were long-time professors with no online teaching experience prior to their adoption of MOOCs, and more than two-thirds were tenured faculty"

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 18, 2013 7:19 PM

Interesting data, although it is somewhat a small sample.

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Open Badges reaches v1.0!

Open Badges reaches v1.0! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

I’m at the DML Conference 2013 this week where, I’m delighted to say, Mozilla is launching version 1.0 of the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). Given how long I’ve been banging on about badges this may seem surprising, but it just goes to show the extent to which Mozilla works in the open with the community!

 

You should check out the newly-redesigned website and badge backpack (note new URL for latter now it’s out of beta!)

I don’t usually do this, but I believe the text below put together by our new Communications Director Erica Sackin  puts things way better than I could:


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Pedro Fernandes's curator insight, March 16, 2013 3:42 PM

Bioinformatics commiunity. Get ready to  use badges to recognise your avchievements, namely in training.