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WeWork’s kindergarten is a social disaster – Sean Williams – Medium

Rebekah Neumann, the co-founder of $20 billion shared-office firm WeWork, wants to encourage kids to be “conscious” entrepreneurs. “There’s no reason why children in elementary schools can’t be…
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Really, children creating startups in kindergarten. Who would have thought that would have problems attached?
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Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school

Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There is a correlation between cell phones and teen depression, writes Delaney Ruston, so US schools should follow France's lead and ban students' from having them during school.
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Cell phones reduce social interaction and increase exclusion of some students. It may not be overt bullying, but it is isolating and may feel like it is.
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Smartphones Harm Your Productivity More Than You Think

Smartphones Harm Your Productivity More Than You Think | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
And even if you’re reading this on your laptop of PC, there’s one thing I want to ask you: How important is your device to you? I was shocked when I read a weird statistic a while back. An experiment…
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The argument, based on research, is cell phones change our behaviour. What does that mean in a classroom? What does it mean for teachers and students?
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What We're Watching: Is Technology the Solution to Education Reform? - Education Next

What We're Watching: Is Technology the Solution to Education Reform? - Education Next | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
No, says Rick Hess in this 60-second video produced by AEI.

Via Bibiana Vargas
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Technology is a conversation with, about, and through our tools. That means how we use our tools is situational. Maslow said, if the only tool we have is a hammer, everthing looks like a nail.
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Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Edtech

Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Edtech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Frankenstein as a meditation on monstrosity in the modern world in general and education (especially the edtech discourse).

 

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Miloš Bajčetić
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
It is a lengthy article and it took time to get to the monstrosity of edtech. There is a review of the novel Frankenstein its underlying meaning, and how that reflects the world.

I took this quote out as it summarizes the edtech thesis the author is presenting:

"Future-oriented content is science and technology – disciplines valued not because they reveal the deepest truths about ourselves and our world, but because they sustain the Promethean project of domination. The idea that the search for the truth about the human condition might matter more than programming, knowledge filtering, connectivity and maximizing hardware is not worthy of consideration – a laughably antiquated thing with a yellow eye from the point of view of the edtech futurists."

John Dewey subscribed to the notion that we teach children in the present moment, because that is where they live and learn.
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Citizenship in spite of… #DigCiz

Citizenship in spite of… #DigCiz | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
So I’ve been thinking about this for a few days… a discussion on Twitter re #DigCiz where I asked whether we’ve interrogated “citizenship” before the “digital&#8…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Thomas Merton argued falling in love is painful. This article presents a case along those lines. We love something and someone despite their flaws and it is local in a digital world. The closer we are to people and peoples the better able we are to scrutinize them.
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Teaching Tidbits

Teaching Tidbits | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via The Scout Report

 

"Mathematics instructors and tutors looking for ideas and inspiration will want to check out the Teaching Tidbits Blog from the Mathematics Association of America (MAA). Started in 2016, this blog is authored by a team of mathematics scholars from colleges and universities across the United States. Aimed at fellow college level mathematics instructors, this blog addresses topics that will be of interest to math educators of all levels. Recent entries feature ideas about incorporating reflective writing into the mathematics classroom, ideas about how to best structure office hours, and insights about helping learners with math anxiety. Teaching Tidbits also includes links to a number of external mathematics resources, including free digital tools and other websites of interest. In addition, this blog offers instructors a way to keep abreast of conferences and other networking or learning opportunities."


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A blog that provides useful and practical ideas for teachers.
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Teaching Truth in an Age of Misinformation and Fake News - by JULIE SMITH

Studies show that Americans are now spending up to eleven hours per day with electronic mass media. (source) While media content is not always produced to educate us, much of it does indeed educate our students about the world around them. How do we teach truth, then, when information travels at the speed of light …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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There are good ideas here along with some good online resources.
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This French school is using facial recognition to find out when students aren’t paying attention

This French school is using facial recognition to find out when students aren’t paying attention | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A business school in Paris will soon begin using artificial intelligence and facial analysis to determine whether students are paying attention in class. The software, called Nestor, will b
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Was this what we intended? It certainly does not appear to be the democratization of schooling.
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At Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, a call to empathy

At Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, a call to empathy | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In her speech, titled “How Technology Makes Us Forget What We Know About Life,” the social scientist and author of “Reclaiming Conversation” implored students to learn from her mistake — to slow down, embrace solitude, and, most important, to not shy from the hard work true empathy demands.

“My message today goes beyond a generational challenge to do better than we did — to recognize what is difficult and call it what it is. It extends to a challenge we all face together, every day. We all have to live in our technological world, but remember what we know about life. Life teaches that presence matters. People respond to commitment and deliberateness. When you put away your phone to have a conversation, that’s the decision that counts: People care about your offer of attention.

 

Empathy is built on such little gestures, the ones that communicate that you don’t know what someone else has to say but that you want to learn.”

 


Via Edwin Rutsch, june holley
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
I have heard Sherry Turkle present twice. Her message is an important one in today's world wtih digital tools and social media at our finger tips. Being present and mindful of others is the first essential step in reclaiming conversation and empathy. As she noted, empathy is hard work.

For teachers, the hard work begins with recalling we were once students who wanted our voices heard and to be listened to. This is not something that can be done via social media and digital tools.
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How to Find a Balance between Teaching and Technology

How to Find a Balance between Teaching and Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
So, in hopes of finding a balance between technology and teaching, here are some ways to make sure there is a balance between teaching and technology.

Via NikolaosKourakos, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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Give teachers control. That is the first suggestion. It is reasonable to give teachers autonomy to make responsible decisions in how to use the tools available to them and their students. Will they make mistakes? Yes, they will and responsible teachers will grow.
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How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There’s a perception that books are good, while TV is bad. Spend a day curled up with a book and you’re an intellectual, but spend a day watching your favorite show and you become a couch potato…
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Books, chosen well, lead to conversation and questions. TV and screens can have negative effects on us and limit conversations. The research cited should inform parents and teachers. It is not that we would kick digital and visual tools to the curb, but use them more carefully, as we would books.
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Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher

Students’ Best Tech Resource: The Teacher | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Three strategies to make sure your content—not your technology—is your students’ main focus.
Via Vicki Moro
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Each teacher is respnosible for teaching. They create a sound pedagogic setting and enter into healthy pedagogic relationships with students to teach. They make choices and guide each student in assuming responsiblity for their learning.
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The Stories We Were Told in 2017 about Education Technology

The Stories We Were Told in 2017 about Education Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This was the eighth time undertaking this year-end project, and it was, by far, the most difficult one yet. In part, 2017 was just a very bad year. A bad year for the politics of education. A bad year for the politics of technology. A busy year, full of bad education technology. There were many ed-tech storylines to follow, almost all of them dystopian. In part too, this project is just a lot of work, as there’s a ton of writing and as (I hope) there’s some big thinking as well.

This undertaking would not be possible without the scholarship of many other writers and thinkers. (So credit where credit is due.) And it certainly would not be possible without the financial and moral support of readers. Thank you everyone who read and shared my work this year.

Via Miloš Bajčetić
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Audrey Watters presents links to other posts she wrote in 2017 about digital technology. It takes time to go to each and read them. The ones about "fake news" and weaponization of data are intriguing.
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Thinking about thinking about what to do about technology

A number of events in 2017 have caused more people to do what few people have done until now — ask whether mechanisms and media billions of people have adopted enthusiastically might be more harmful…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Technology is not what we think it is. Technology (techne + logos) is a way of thinking and conversation about, with, and through tools we use as craftspeople.

A tool poorly understood and used is not useful. It reminds me of Abraham Maslow's quote: "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
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The tech industry needs a moral compass – Doteveryone – Medium

The tech industry needs a moral compass – Doteveryone – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Not just to deal with the uncertainties of the future, but to navigate how platforms, products and services are playing out in the present.
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It is people within an industry who need moral compasses. When we conflate industries and systems with people, we give people a pass on their behaviour.
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How to Create an E-Learning Portfolio | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

How to Create an E-Learning Portfolio | The Rapid E-Learning Blog | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What Goes in the Portfolio?
The portfolio represents your skills and expertise. You need to decide if you want the portfolio to be static where you only do occasional maintenance and updates. Or do you want a site that’s more dynamic and continually updating?

Via Dennis T OConnor, Stewart-Marshall
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I might be able to use this when I begin teaching at the university level.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 6, 2017 1:31 PM

Here's a "Tool Review" article that also covers the basic elements of an online portfolio. This is aimed at instructional designers, but also speaks to online teachers. 

Jillian Schaibly's curator insight, July 25, 2017 5:31 PM
This is a great resource for a leader in a high school. This can help a student to create a online e portfolio to collect important items that can help with getting into college or getting a job out of high school. This also can be helpful for a school as it can be use to create a school portfolio and display student accomplishment.
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Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life

Following a workshop on liberal arts colleges and digital citizenship, representatives from four higher education institutions share their varied experiences in cultivating digital citizenship capabilities among their students.
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The chart towards the end of the article points to a growing trans-displinary movement in digital citizenship and teaching it.
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Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this

Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The inequality of badly-run states is boosted by technology – but technology also makes it easier to destabilise them. So: which future will prevail?

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Technology (techne and ology) is a conversation about how we choose to use tools and care for them. Humans in conversation with each other will fix the problem. This may have to begin in our schools where the problems of inequality are reinforced daily.
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The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What Kind Of World Are We Preparing Students For? The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Sarantis Chelmis, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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"Students need to be prepared to make good choices and have built the skills that they need to succeed outside of computer-generated content."

Students need skills that will enable them to solve problems and think critically. Content and tools become a means to an end.
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Millennials Are Struggling With Face To Face Communication: Here's Why

Millennials Are Struggling With Face To Face Communication: Here's Why | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

We love talking about what millennials know. As a group that’s become the dominant force in the workforce, we applaud their smarts on tech, social media, and even the age-old practice of branding. Yes, millennials might arguably be one of the overall most intelligent generations to come around. However, that’s not to say they still don’t have a lot to learn, especially when it comes to face-to-face communication.

As the generation that grew up with communication becoming more efficient via digital, their biggest strength could also be a critical weakness. While the way they say things has become more direct, their messages sometimes lack. Why?

Because as one of the first to grow up in a digital world, they’ve been afforded a privilege not found in our day-to-day.


Via The Learning Factor, Dennis Swender, Ines Bieler
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To connect is technical .and temporary. To relate is to communicate and live in community. It provides a sense of belonging to a place and people.

It is not just the millenials who struggle. I have seen "teachers" who could not conduct a decent conversation or greet me properly because they were too busy on their Twitter feed.
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Education Technology as 'The New Normal'

Education Technology as 'The New Normal' | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This talk was given today at CENTRO's symposium
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"If we want the future to be something other than an exploitative dystopia, I think our task must be to resist the narratives and the practices and the technologies that further inequality"

I think those two lines are essential to the whole article by Audrey Watters. She refers to Seymour Papert in arguing the computer has reinforced "school's ways." It reinforces the neo-liberal and neo-colonial ways of school. It excludes teachers' voices and decisions.
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The Importance of Balancing Classroom Technology Use

The Importance of Balancing Classroom Technology Use | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By Kate Durocher - Classroom technology has made the lives of teachers and students more efficient, but it's important to balance tech with life skills.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Good teaching is about making proper decisions about how to use tools available to us. Technology is a thoughtful conversation about the tools and not the tools themselves. One of the challenges we face is are we turning children over to the devices and their own devices? Hannah Arendt questioned the ethics in that kind of teaching, if it is teaching at all.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 24, 2017 10:43 AM

As the end of the school year beckons and teachers are already thinking about plans for next year, let us remember this word: balance. This is true for many things including how we use technology in the classroom and at home. I know a teacher who was able to demonstrate the improvement of her kindergarten students' literacy skills because of their use of specific apps. But we also know, as this article states, there are many students who are reading below grade level, and often well below grade level. Is that because of technology? Well, in all honesty, technology is probably a factor for some of these students who figure they can just ask Siri a question without trying to write it or figure out what the best question might be. I've also seen students frustrated when Siri returned an article rather than providing the immediate and specific answer, even to a poorly worded question. So, yes, there are learning deficiencies when students aren't able to balance how they use technology. I don't blame Siri, by the way, or any other voice-activated system. But students going almost immediately to Siri or Google to get an answer is clearly a situation calling for a balance of technology with life skills.

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On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This The Future You Want?

On the Brink of Massive Change: Is This The Future You Want? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Here are 4 primary reasons teachers, parents and students should pay attention to artificial intelligence for the future.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This question is one we have to face as educators. What does the future hold? What does than mean in school and teaching children?
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Why Carmel doesn't want one laptop or iPad per student

Unlike its neighbors, the district is rejecting the '1:1' trend.
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Good teachers make good choices with their students about what is the best tool for a the job. Technology is about having wise and knowing conversations about those tools. Teachers learn about the tools so to inform those decisions and their conversations.
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