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10 Trendy Concepts in Educational Technology Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Trendy Concepts in Educational Technology Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Learning Remix |
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These 10 concepts probably seem a little old hat but they are definitely the trend at the moment.  We sit around the lunch table, in the staffroom and throw these terms back and forth.  We debate the applicability of these to be successful in our settings and yes at times some of these are not practical.  We trial and implement these concepts but ultimately our education system seems to be ruled by curriculum guidelines, school pressures, assessment, and limited timeframes.  This leads us to giving up on these when we are just getting started.  One thing that has changed in teaching is that perseverence pays off.  It worked for Aristotle, it worked for teachers in the 1850s, it worked for teachers in the 1950s and it will work for you today!

danahawkins's comment, August 14, 2013 3:05 AM
I love this list. I think it depends on what kind of teaching context you're in... I'm about to move from a 'pencil and paper' teaching context to a 'required blended learning' context. If you mentioned anything on this list to my previous peers, you would be met with many blank looks. Here's to change and implementation!
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring t...
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"Education is learning, without learning there is no education."


In this TED Talk Sir Ken Robinson puts forth a proposal on how to escape education's death valley in America.  He states that there are three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish which are diversity, curiosity and creativity are the forgotten commodities that enable learning in classrooms.  Due to this neglect is the high dropout rate that is facing education in many western countries.  He challenges educators, educational systems and that the humans involved buy in to these principles which will enable learning to occur. 


Will Australia's new national curriculum stand up to challenges like this?  Will it increase the number of students achieving Year 12 outcomes? 

Will it decrease the number of students who opt out of school prior to Year 12? 

Will the curriculum enable engaged learning?


It's not in our control to ensure the educational system is perfect but it is in our control as educators to create the movement that ensures that this learning actually happens.

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Being Social: How Social Media Can Transform Your School Classrooms | Digital Learning Environments

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Transformative learning starts with the educators and this article really showcases the potential of our classrooms being connected across the global breaking down social and economical barriers.  The uses of social media outlined here show how we as individuals can leave our digital footprint on society, create change for the future, share and create new knowledge.


The graphic shows the dramatic increase in just 3 years of the amount of educational professionals engaging in social media use.  Its full potenital definitely hasn't been realised and it would be fair to say a large proportion of these individuals would only have engaged for this for personal use, still struggling with the application and legalities of it for professional use.

danahawkins's comment, August 8, 2013 10:21 PM
I struggled with the same issues myself when I was writing my dissertation, and I came across two very different arguments. The first argument, which I felt most comfortable with, was to create a 'professional' profile within social media so you can be assured of the content visible to students. With this in mind, is asking students to also create separate profiles for learning beneficial, or will students treat their learning profile as simply 'homework'? The other theory was that there should be transparency between teacher and student, and that giving students access to your 'teacher' profile somewhat lessens the experience. I personally can't ever see myself wanting my students to gain access to my personal profile, nor would I want any legal battle that could come from inappropriate content.
Wes Heberlein's comment, August 13, 2013 12:35 PM
It's a tough one Dana. I agree with you and there are some pretty clear cut rules regarding this sort of stuff but these rules are not always practical as I have found working in a secondary context. You can 'professionally' be doing the right thing yet still cop the consequences should something unfortunate occur. Its a tough predicament.
Elena Keating's curator insight, August 15, 2013 4:29 PM

Some good ideas for application of social media into the classroom.

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6 entrepreneurial skills that can make us better educators

6 entrepreneurial skills that can make us better educators | The Learning Remix |
When we polarize the worlds of education and business, we miss what we can learn from each other. For example, there are many ways to apply an entrepreneur
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This blog post highlights the benefits of having an entrepreneurial approach to education and the skills that can make us better teachers.  The two skills that really stood out were "don't wait for someone else to solve a problem" and "develop relationships with mentors with different kinds of expertise". 


The entrepreneurial skill of "don't wait for someone else to solve a problem" ineducation is always viewed as the systems fault and that without a change in the system nothing else can be done to improve a situation.  This is not entirely true but its not entirely false either.  An innovative educator or team of educators can really provide the inspiration for a district board or state governing body to take on a new path.  The teachers are the foot soldiers on the ground and their work in asking what, who, why, how and when is imperative in an improved educational future. 


The other highlighted entrepreneurial skill highlighted was "develop relationships with mentors with different kinds of expertise".  Working in a high school setting to often you only meet and link with other high school teachers and thus pass around the same shared ideas.  The key is seeking the opportunities to network with experts from other fields and how these can then be brought back to your classroom context. 

Elena Keating's comment, August 15, 2013 4:32 PM
I agree with your insight Wes it is something I have tried to apply to my teaching. MY view? Why be a follower when you can be a leader - with a little help from our friends.
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45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators

45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators | The Learning Remix |
45 Design Thinking Resources For Educators
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A great resource for teachers and their students.  The article makes reference to Edison's invention of the light bulb as being design thinking. Its a solution-based approach to learning which is something that has not really been common practice previously.  Could this be successful in the 21st century classroom? Yes.  Reading this article made me think of a proportion of Victorian schools who run alternative Year 9 programs.  Perhaps, this is just a pre-cursor to the future of education and the skills that will be needed by successful teachers in the digital world.

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9 Digital Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Use

9 Digital Learning Tools Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Use | The Learning Remix |
What are the kinds of a tools a 21st century teacher should be expected to master? Here are 9.

Via Kylie Joyce
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A great article that Kyle has found here.  I can't say that I've mastered all of these however, there is clear evidence in reading this article that a good 21st century teacher needs to have mastery in these tools.  Just another way that a teacher in the 21st century needs to 'remix' themselves.

Brett Taylor's comment, August 12, 2013 6:55 PM
Once again a toolkit of skills that community and workplace educators should be across in order to truly offer their students the best mix of learning experiences and outcomes.
Brett Taylor's curator insight, August 12, 2013 6:56 PM

Almost a must-read for community and workplace educators even if only to convice them that there is so much more to contemporary education than a laptop/data projector.

Wes Heberlein's comment, August 13, 2013 12:29 PM
Such a big portion of our learners in Australia are in the community sector. Definitely some skills that could be used to engage those learners who are probably some of the toughest.
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Education Futures | Designing Education 3.0

Education Futures | Designing Education 3.0 | The Learning Remix |
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Education Futures presents a series on Education 3.0


This series of articles and presentations really jumps out for anyone who is an educator as it really forces you to look not only on your perspectives as an educator but also on your perspective of society and what it held valuable in the past, now and into the future.  Phrases such as innovative thinking, action, accelerating change, globalised relationships, complex creative, intentional, self-organsing, synergetic, contextualised and globalised provoke thought on the current knowledge economy and the practice of education. 


I would find this extremely relevant in teacher PD and also in student personalised learning.  If students can be informed of what education 3.0 is and should look like then it would make them much more accessible to targeted personalised learning allowing the buy-in of student, parent and teachers.  Again as a teacher PD resource it would productively allow educators to reflect on their current practice and determine opportunities for areas of growth and PD that has not already been accessed.

Brett Taylor's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:23 PM

Education 1, 2 ... 3 - really need to allocate time as an individual and with my team to putting some serious thought into where we would like to see community and workplace education heading - don't wish to be the one working in the realm of 1.0 while other educational sectors are at 3.0+!

Wes Heberlein's comment, August 13, 2013 12:39 PM
I agree with you to Kylie but as I say to my colleagues at work that sometimes its more beneficial in the long run to have these conversations or allow students time to undertake alternative activities if you can see results being reaped in the end.
Wes Heberlein's comment, August 13, 2013 12:41 PM
Elena thanks for the compliment :) I know they appreciate the enthusiasm, motivation and support. Really helps them to thrive.
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27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic

27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic | The Learning Remix |
So what does it take to become a 21st century teacher? This handy chart details more than two dozen ways to get started. A must-read and share.
Wes Heberlein's insight:

This really amazing infographic by Mia MacMeekin shows the varying and extensive skillset required of an educator in the 21st century.  The many terms in this infographic evoke thoughts of an IT guru, social media analyst, photographer, curriculum planner, video production and many more.  Education is so multi-faceted which is a true reflection of the society in which we live.  So how could it be practically implemented?  A school principal could use this as the basis for determining professional development areas and needs of particular staff.  A school that is truly successful will not neglect the society from which its students hail but rather embrace the challenges and enrichment it provides.  All the more reason for staff PD reflecting these 27 areas! 

Elena Keating's curator insight, August 15, 2013 4:34 PM

reflect on your teaching methods. As a teacher we too are life long learners.

Justine Crompton's comment, August 17, 2013 2:15 AM
This infographic is a great reminder of how we can always better our teaching and as Brett pointed out it might also prompt some teachers to realise they are already operating well with reference to some of the terminology. I often feel some teachers lose confidence when change is occurring if they are not being instructed (PD) in a constructivist learning method - what do you already know or do well - BUILD ON THAT. I like how the blogger associated (linked) with this infographic prefers the term "modern connected teacher" to 21st Century teacher. I believe this is a term that would continue beyond the latter. The seven general capabilities (Australian National Curriculum) to develop in students links well to this chart. If you explore further the creator of the chart, Mia McKee, has a great infographic "Preparing Students To Present: 27 Ways To Have an Awesome Presentation" on her blog site. Presentation features heavily in the realm of eLearning.
Mary Coghlan's comment, August 21, 2013 3:38 AM
This could easily be applied in my workplace. As a librarian, I need to have both feet firmly planted in the 21st century and create learning experiences that are real -make it relevant. Other phrases that are "screaming" out at me are; Question, Focus, Be, Document, Relate. A really great infographic to have close by.