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How To Fix Education: Flip It Upside Down? - Forbes

How To Fix Education: Flip It Upside Down? - Forbes | Education in General | Scoop.it
How To Fix Education: Flip It Upside Down?
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Nearly everyone agrees the online education is going to be huge, but ask what exactly that means in practice and how that will impact students, and the bickering begins.
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Why Personalize Learning NOW - we asked the teachers!

Why Personalize Learning NOW - we asked the teachers! | Education in General | Scoop.it
We asked teachers and those that know why personalize learning now. Connected Educators Month webinar with some transformational leaders.

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Barbara Bray's curator insight, October 20, 2013 12:10 PM

Check out the webinar archive where Kathleen and I asked teachers from around the world why they personalize learning and how they do it. Thanks Lisa Welch from WI and Kevin McLaughlin from the UK. Then John H. Clarke who is a researcher joined as from VT. We definitely have to do more of this. Thanks everyone who participacted!

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EdTech Books Every Educator Must Know About

EdTech Books Every Educator Must Know About | Education in General | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of some great edtech books any educator and learner should read.

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Here are 14 books that I have read over the last two years that have had a positive effect and impact on me as an educator. Some of these books were read in the book club at Seckman High School, and some were read as part of my doctoral studies. Despite doing a lot more online reading of late (blogs, articles, etc...), I still feel that books play an important role in educator growth and development. Please comment and let me know what you would add to the list. Thank you and enjoy!


The Art of Possibility - Rosamund and Benjamin Zander

- The Zanders really do a great job of pushing you to think "outside of the box." They emphasize the importance of "possibility," and that through traditional thinking we are unfortunately limiting ourselves. An interesting and thought provoking read here.






The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - Patrick Lencioni

- This book hits on some of the most common problems we face when it comes to teams and working together. The message is woven into a story and does an excellent job of providing solutions and alternatives when working with a team of people. This was one of the first books read as part of my doctoral studies.





Winning with People - John Maxwell

- This is a fantastic book about building and establishing strong relationships. This book was well received in book club because it not only had professional advice, but also had personal advice. Strong relationships are the keys to so many doors. I highly recommend this book.   







Tribes - Seth Godin

- Godin describes a world in which nothing is possible without "tribes." Tribes have throughout time pushed and helped our society to evolve, therefore their importance can't be ignored. An interesting read when it comes to establishing groups, teams and followers.

 




The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell does an excellent job of describing how something becomes "something." Once an idea or concept reaches "the tipping point," the idea or concept is really able to take off. This book has some valid points in the educational setting, and will most certainly get you thinking. 







Brain Rules - John Medina

- The brain is a hot topic right now in society, and as educators it has great value to understand more about how the brain works to better meet the needs of our students. Medina addresses some common myths and misconceptions as it pertains to the brain...well worth your time. 






How Full is your Bucket? - Tom Rath

- An inspirational book about filling the buckets of others. When you are negative you end up taking from somebody's bucket; when you are positive, encouraging, and solution oriented, you are able to add to someone's bucket. This book was a book club book and was well received by teachers.






The Fred Factor - Mark Sanborn

- This is the extraordinary tale of a postman named Fred. Fred takes all aspects of his life to the next level. No matter what he is doing he makes sure to do his best. Great inspirational book applicable to all educators. Our entire high school staff read this book this year.





Drive - Daniel Pink

- An extremely popular book right now. Pink outlines the three main factors of motivation: mastery, purpose and autonomy. This book really questions what it means to be either extrinsically motivated or intrinsically motivated. Great read for all educators.







If you Don't Feed the Teachers they Eat the Students - Neila A. Connors

- This is an excellent read for both current and aspiring administrators. If the needs of the teachers (support, encouragement, autonomy...etc) are not met, teachers will be unable and unwilling to meet the needs of the students.







The Energy Bus - Jon Gordon

- This is another book club book. A great story about harnessing and taking advantage of positive energy. This book is applicable to educators of all levels and backgrounds. This was a very popular book among teachers. Check out Jon Gordon's website.





What Great Teachers do Differently - Todd Whitaker

- This book illustrates 14 traits and characteristics that make a great teacher. Simple and straight forward read that was enjoyed by many teachers. Whitaker also has another book What Great Principals do Differently. This book is not that entirely different than the "teacher" version, but does introduce a few new ideas. (here is a greatPrezi)





The Radical Leap - Steve Farber

- Awesome book on extreme leadership. Farber explains why we need a new form of extreme leadership, as well as ways one can accomplish this. This book is a simple read full of great ideas and motivational moments.







Emotional Intelligence 2.0 - Travis Bradberry

- Bradberry argues that one's emotional intelligence could actually be more influential than one's IQ. Once you are better able to understand and respond to your emotions you will have found a new way of approaching life. This is an interesting read that debunks most traditional thinking of IQ versus EQ.   


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Why technology is not always the solution for better education - Wamda

Why technology is not always the solution for better education - Wamda | Education in General | Scoop.it
Why technology is not always the solution for better education
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Until quite recently, I was a keen advocate of transforming education through technology.

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Carolyn Wiberg's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:25 AM

"...Carr puts it best: “As we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.” "

While we dive, headfirst, into technology for education we must be sure to find balance, not letting curiosity and exploration of real world die at the hands of a single device.

Les Howard's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:54 AM

An interesting and thought-provoking article. For me, underscores the need to teach thinking.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Education in General | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools.

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Selin Gelinci's curator insight, October 27, 2013 12:40 AM

This source is valuable to me as a future teacher as it explores further into research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. It can be beneficial as it includes many different ways you can implement learning techniques and help encourage the students with their development at the same time. Practising these different techniques within a classroom should establish a creative learning environment. 

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Reimagining Learning Space Report


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 21, 2013 2:02 AM

Reimagining Learning Spaces reports findings from an empirical study to inform the design and use of physical school facilities, and examine the ways in which these constructions influence pedagogy. The study focused on newly established school libraries in Queensland.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 22, 2013 1:12 PM

Another thought provoking Australian report

 

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Education-2020 - Disruptive Innovation

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Teachers Must Build Character, Not Just Test Scores

Teachers Must Build Character, Not Just Test Scores | Education in General | Scoop.it
Teachers Must Build Character, not Just Test Scores Teachers Build Characters They are known for shaping a child’s personality and a nation’s future at large. But what if some of them are not perfo...
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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

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A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life can also be read at www

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Could Teaching Differently Unleash a Generation of Geniuses?

Could Teaching Differently Unleash a Generation of Geniuses? | Education in General | Scoop.it

"Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy. And yet the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else. That’s why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process." | via Wired


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Assessment of Educational Process by Students

Assessment of Educational Process by Students | Education in General | Scoop.it
Quite a number of monitoring and assessment methods and approaches are used in the educational system.

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In digital age, librarians are needed more than ever [infographic]

In digital age, librarians are needed more than ever [infographic] | Education in General | Scoop.it
It's so good such infographics like the one presented below are created. They don't only list challenges both librarians and library patrons face in times

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8 Strategies To Make Lasting Change In The Way You Teach - TeachThought

8 Strategies To Make Lasting Change In The Way You Teach - TeachThought | Education in General | Scoop.it

"You’ve likely read about something recently that caught your eye.

Game-Based Learning. A new app. A comprehensive literacy strategy.

 

And that recognition was probably followed up by something else–a tweet with a link to a YouTube channel that blew you away. Or a quote about learning that’s causing you to rethink what you thought you knew about education. Maybe even an idea for project-based learning, participating in a fantastic PD session, reading a book, or discovering a new community online.

 

While there are many new ways to learn in our digital age, encountering new ideas is different than internalizing that thinking and working to integrate it meaningfully. Below are some tips to help you make that transition–from seeing to using the best ideas you see on a daily basis."


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