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Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype

Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There are a lot of dangerous stereotypes out there. "Asian students are always better at math." "Boys are always better at sports." And perhaps the most dangerous of all: "The current generation are

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I like the term adept. It allows me to say I don't know, but know who I can call on. It opens a different learning and teaching space. Am I always the expert teacher? Or am I sometimes the student?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 14, 2012 10:33 AM

No excuses!  You don't have to have been raised with it to "get it"~!  : )

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3 Simple Words Will Set You Free – Personal Growth – Medium

3 Simple Words Will Set You Free – Personal Growth – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about human communication lies hidden in one, 4-minute monologue from one of the greatest actors of all time.
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"The result of all this, the lack of confidence, the false images, the weak technological replacement for true friendship, true love, is that we keep spinning in circles."

I critiqued "Dead Poet's Society" in a Master's class. Teaching is about being free and responsbile to create. It is relational and there is no tool that replaces true friendship, love, compassion, and communication. Machines pass on information. Humans communicate.

Thomas Merton said "We call it falling in love for a reason. It can hurt."
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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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Beginning the School Year: It’s About the Learners Not the Content

Beginning the School Year: It’s About the Learners Not the Content | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Too many classes, all grade levels, begin the school year with getting down to academic business - starting to cover content, discussing expectations regarding academic requirements, giving tests, and other academic information provided by the teacher to the students in a mostly one-way communication.  The human or social element is often disregarded. I believe that…

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To be clear we are teachers and we teach. Facilitating and being a facilitator might be a role we assume within teaching.

The general premise of the article is to reach and form relationships with students. Begin each school year doing that with a variety of activities that helped you learn who students are and their interests.
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It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium

It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Just over ten years ago, Karl Fisch wrote a blog post that has stuck with me through the years. In it, he asked if it was OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher. Even though we’ve learned greatly in the last decade about the merits of using technology to replace teachers, I think Karl’s arguments back then are even more relevant today. In this post, I’ll explain why.

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Part of the literacy that often goes overlooked is that a digital tool is not always the best tool. Teachers are both learners and teachers. To say otherwise misses the point of teaching an learning.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 21, 1:36 AM
Teachers do an amazing job! We need to help those who are uncomfortable with technology to embrace it. 
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AMA approves policies on social media use, screen time

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"Mobile phones and tablets undoubtedly have educational and recreational benefits, but it is critical, particularly for young people, that screen time be balanced with physical activity and sleep."


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Did technology kill the truth?

Did technology kill the truth? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
We carry in our pockets and purses the greatest democratizing tool ever developed. Never before has civilization possessed such an instrument of free expression. Yet, that unparalleled technology h…

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The short answer is no. What digital tools have done is amplified the telling of lies and the narcissim of those who thing it is all about them. We do not live in a post-truth society. We need to be better than we are at times, particularly those in positions of power.
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Choose your words carefully

Choose your words carefully | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
learning, technology, education, steve, wheeler, social media, internet, mobile, school, teachers

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Machines cannot replace humans in a human way. We lose something when we think they can. That does not mean machines do not play a role in our lives. They do when chosen and used in thoughtful ways. The challenge is being thoughtful.
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David Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 7:41 PM
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Rules on Cellphone Use in Schools Varies Widely

Rules on Cellphone Use in Schools Varies Widely | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"While there is little national data on how school systems handle such issues, it appears that approaches vary widely. Some schools ban smartphones, while others allow them in hallways or during lunch periods, or actively incorporate them into instruction."

 

“I really don’t see a consensus,” said Elizabeth Englander, a professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. “Nobody really knows what to do. I think everybody’s trying out different things and seeing how they work.”


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I wish I treated cell phones access differently. Giving students 5 minute digital breaks to check their cell phones every 30 minutes might be an effective way for them to learn self-regulation.
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Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking - Shorenstein Center

Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policymaking - Shorenstein Center | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
This report was published by the Council of Europe, with support from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and First Draft. Reproduced with permission of the Council of Europe. The opinions expresse
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A key point in the introduction is rumours, conspiracy theories, and fabricating information are not new. What is new is the pace with which information is spread.

What role do teachers play in teaching about misinformation and information literacy?
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Whatever happened to the promise of online learning? | Wonkhe | Analysis

Whatever happened to the promise of online learning? | Wonkhe | Analysis | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Online learning advocates have always made big promises and sweeping statements - but more than 20 years on where are we? Richard Garrett of OBHE takes a global look at the myths and realities of online learning.

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Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus have written that at some point we need a teacher who we have a face-to-face relationship with. Technology (techne + logos) is a conversation about, with, and thriough our tools. We wanted a quick fix that was never there.
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Miguel Zapata-Ros's curator insight, November 4, 3:45 AM
¿Ha cumplido sus promesas el aprendizaje en línea?
"Del aprendizaje en línea siempre se habla en grande. Se ha prometido una combinación efectos: de crecimiento de la matrícula, de enseñanza y aprendizaje mejores, de acceso más amplio, de más gente a la universidad y a menores costos. Se ha hecho en nombre del aprendizaje en línea durante los últimos 20 años. Estas promesas a menudo se han formulado en términos de nuevos participantes en la oferta de estudios y de la disrupción de las instituciones convencionales."
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The Illusion of Freedom in the Digital Age – Project Syndicate – Medium

The Illusion of Freedom in the Digital Age – Project Syndicate – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Illusion of Freedom in the Digital Age. The biggest danger in the coming years is not that technology will put free and autocratic societies increasingly at odds with one another…
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Soren Kierkegaard expressed concern about consolidating information in the hands of too few in the 19th Century. More recently, Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus have critiqued social media and the Internet

What role do teachers play in teaching information literacy in an era of too much information in the hands of too few?
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Assessing Student Learning | Teaching Commons

Assessing Student Learning | Teaching Commons | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"How do you know if your students are achieving your specific learning goals for a course? Class evaluations and observations provide excellent feedback about student satisfaction and teaching style, but they don’t provide the important detail of how much your students are learning."

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Assessing is an ongoing process and can have multiple sources i.e. teacher, peers, metacognition, etc. It is too often conflated with grading, which is a one-time events.
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Patricia laronze's curator insight, October 25, 10:49 AM
" Changing the way you assess student learning can dramatically improve your teaching effectiveness, as it provides immediate feedback on what works and what doesn’t."
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Editors’ Choice: Where is the Humanity in the Computer Science Curriculum?

Editors’ Choice: Where is the Humanity in the Computer Science Curriculum? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I’ve been struggling to write this post for a long, long time. Every time I see calls for teaching coding to young people or to girls or to minorities, I get frustrated. First off, the need fo

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The title is a great question and lead in to a short, thoughtful post.
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Stewardship in the "Age of Algorithms" | Lynch | First Monday

Stewardship in the "Age of Algorithms"
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What is the human role in algorithms and their use in machine learning, AI, and untapped developments?

The pace of change is such that we cannot abdicate human responsibilities to that queston. Technology (techne+logos) is a wisdom and conversation about, with, and through our tools.
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Pause Before Downloading: Rules and Resources for Reusing Digital Content in the Classroom

Pause Before Downloading: Rules and Resources for Reusing Digital Content in the Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“Why can’t I use this picture?” This is a question my students often ask whenever they are looking for images on the Internet for projects they create in

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This is ann informative read.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 17, 1:44 AM
Just because it is there does not mean you can take it. 'Educational purposes' does not mean you do not have to teach copyright! 
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We Need Cellphones In School Because They're Distracting - Looking Up

We Need Cellphones In School Because They're Distracting - Looking Up | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Cellphones in schools is a subject I’ve discussed at length before and one that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. It’s a bellweather issue, an issue that indicates clearly where you sit on the educational spectrum. Do schools teach students “the rules” or help students learn effectively?

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A key question about digital tools is students learning to self-regulate their use. What if we gave students a cell phone break every 30 minutes?
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Mark Cottee's curator insight, October 29, 5:59 PM
Saw this argument in full swing recently and very pleased to happen across this article today. Nothing is ever black and white but this issue may hold the answer to the more fundamental question of - "What is school there for?"
Carol Hancox's curator insight, November 3, 7:52 PM
Yes cell phones are distracting so they should be banned in school, but we need to keep them in school so that we can teach students how to regulate their use, so they are not distracted as adults
 
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 24, 1:04 AM
It really is important for students to learn how to regulate their use of their phones. Where better than in school where they are using them anyway whether we like it or not. 
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How schools are steering social media

How schools are steering social media | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Crafting a strong and well-balanced social media policy requires considerable time and effort. The policy must be flexible enough to accommodate new tech trends yet thorough and specific.
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There are several points to consider in how we establish rules for the use of any tools. First, what role do teachers and students play in this policy setting? Second, are the rules helping students learn how to self-regulate. Third, what are the behavioural outcomes?
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Pen or iPad? Taking Notes in a Digital Age - There's Research on That

Pen or iPad? Taking Notes in a Digital Age - There's Research on That | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As the fall final exam season creeps up, students are returning to their notes and — hopefully — recalling everything they learned this semester. But what kind of notes do they have, and will those notes be helpful? We wondered whether taking notes via pen and pencil versus typing made a difference for students. Here’s what we found!  

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The conclusions seem to be that students who use laptops are less engaged, taking notes with an iPad requires less processing, and the benefits digital tools may hold for those who struggle with writing.

I argue in my disserationtechnology (techne + logos) is a conversation about, with, and through our tools. Digital tools are no different. To choose and use them well is a thoughtful conversation by a craftsperson.
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The digital divide is much wider than you think

The digital divide is much wider than you think | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.

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The third leg of the digital access, digital skills, is the one that is most often forgotten and taken-for-granted. If we have access and the tool, do we have the skills to use it? That begins with understanding technology (techne + logos) is a thoughtful conversation about, with, and through our tools. It is not limited to the digital.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 15, 8:38 AM
A lot of people think that everyone, just about has access. Not true. A lot of people believe that access to a cell phone is all that is needed for most people. They have a lot to learn and a lot to gain. This article shares a lot of the information.

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, November 16, 10:33 PM
The third leg of the digital access, digital skills, is the one that is most often forgotten and taken-for-granted. If we have access and the tool, do we have the skills to use it? That begins with understanding technology (techne + logos) is a thoughtful conversation about, with, and through our tools. It is not limited to the digital.
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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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Learning machines

Learning machines | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ben Williamson When educators talk about theories of learning they are normally referring to psychological conceptions of human cognition and thinking. Current trends in machine learning, data analytics, deep learning, and artificial intelligence, however, complicate human-centred psychological accounts about learning. Today’s most influential theories of learning are those that apply to how computers ‘learn’ from 'experience,' how…
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The idea that learning can be directed by algorithms without teachers is troubling. It is the latest uptake in a neo-liberal agenda.

To connect John Dewey to this type of teaching and learning is doubly troubling. He proposed that the simple learning of large amounts of information was a way to lose one's sould.

I am of the firm belief that learning and teaching are human enterprises.
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Any computer that can be replaced by a teacher, should be

Any computer that can be replaced by a teacher, should be | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
learning, technology, education, steve, wheeler, social media, internet, mobile, school, teachers
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The title and article are a play on an Arthur Clark quote about replacing teachers with quotes. Technology (techne + logos) is a thoughtful conversation craftspeople have about, with, and through their tools. It is not the tools. Good teachers realize this and understand the role they play in educating children and being pedagogues, both of which have to do with leading.
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Do social media threaten democracy? – The Economist – Medium

Do social media threaten democracy? – The Economist – Medium | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being shabby…
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Yes they do. Teachers and parents, as pedagogues, play a role in teaching children how to be information literate.
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Where is the Humanity in the Computer Science Curriculum? - DML Central

Where is the Humanity in the Computer Science Curriculum? - DML Central | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Maha Bali explains why it's necessary to work on consciousness-raising for computer scientists.
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The screen shot of the tweet part way down the page asks the essential question: "If I have to learn to code, why don't the geeks have to learn social theory?"
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Teens Are Sleep-Deprived, and Screens Are Why, Study Suggests | American Council on Science and Health

Teens Are Sleep-Deprived, and Screens Are Why, Study Suggests | American Council on Science and Health | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Portable media devices are of special importance for insufficient sleep as they not only directly displace or delay sleep time by increasing arousal that interferes with sleep," the authors wrote in their paper titled, "Decreases in self-reported sleep duration among U.S. adolescents 2009-2015 and links to new media screen time," published in the journal Sleep Medicine, "but are also easily carried into the bedroom and used in bed before sleep while emitting light that can affect sleep-wake rhythms."


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This is research parents and teachers need to be aware of.
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