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Mission mindfulness « Mind the Gap

Mission mindfulness « Mind the Gap | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
So the Dalai Lama walks into a room full of neuroscientists… That sentence sounds like the revamped start of a priest-rabbi-imam joke. But it's the reality of the Mind & Life Institute — a nonprofit aiming to combine the first ...

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It may sound like the begining of  a joke, but the Dalai Lama has worked extensively with neuroscientists.

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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, December 27, 2012 9:28 AM

Love this. Eastern and Western beliefs and practices meet to learn from one another.

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Tech overuse in the workplace is a symptom. Your crappy culture is the disease

Human beings have been fighting distractions for thousands of years. Yet, somehow it seems like the battleground has shifted. Rather than what you’d typically think of as distractions — like…
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Technology is how we experience using our tools. It is about thinking, choosing, and using them in thoughtful and wise ways.
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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The greatest fear of parents and teachers is that the tech industry wants to replace teachers with computers. They fear that the business leaders want to cut costs by replacing expensive humans with inexpensive machines, that never require health care or a pension. They believe that education requires human interaction. They prefer experience, wisdom, judgment, sensibility, sensitivity and compassion in the classroom to the cold, static excellence of a machine.

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This is a Diane Ravitch article. Teaching is relational and adds the human touch computers never can.

There are likely more than five risks. For example, the picture looks and I guess feels like a "traditional" classroom with desks in neat orderly rows.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 4, 4:22 AM

Interesting reading.

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, January 5, 2:57 AM
Interesting read on some real risks of technology in school. Note that the real risk here is the new stakeholders who's goals are for themselves, not for the students. 
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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.

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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…
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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 Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You | Backchannel

The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You | Backchannel | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter won't fix fake news alone, says danah boyd. Today's information wars are also a reflection of us.
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Who is responsible for discerning what fake news is? Each of us is. We need to take time and question what we consume as news.

The article is an interview with Danah Boyd from Wired.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 19, 2017 6:48 PM

I always love reading what danah boyd aka @zephoria is talking about - she's always on point!

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The Rhetorical “We” and the Ethics of Technology

The Rhetorical “We” and the Ethics of Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"Questioning AI ethics does not make you a gloomy Luddite," or so the title of a recent article in a London business newspaper assures us. The most important thing to be learned here is that someone feels this needs to be said. Beyond that, there is also something instructive about the concluding paragraphs. If we…

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"Technologies like AI emerge and evolve in social spaces that are resistant to substantial ethical critique. They also operate at a scale that undermines the possibility of ethical judgment and responsibility. Moreover, our society is ordered in such a way that there is very little to be done about it, chiefly because of the absence of structures that would sustain and empower ethical reflection and practice, the absence, in other words, of a we that is not merely rhetorical."

Technology (techne + logos) is about thoughtful and ethical conversations about, with, and through our tools. That means we have to speak to each other
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Education technology meets its limits

Education technology meets its limits | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Developing skills-based online courses and credentials is the easy part. The hard part is getting employers to pay attention.

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Content is easy to design. The challenge is to get employees to pay attention as to how the content is used.

Technology (techne + logos) is about a craftsperson's conversation about, with, and through their tools. That requires mindful and thoughtful attention to our tools.
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Trading smartphone time for sleep? Your loss

Trading smartphone time for sleep? Your loss | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A new study shows more and more teenagers are hanging out on devices when they should be catching ZZZs, putting their health at risk.
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Part of teaching children how to use computers and smart phones is the negative impacts such as lack of sleep. The lead researcher, Jean Twenge, says lack of sleep can lead to depression. This is an issue of health and well-being.
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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, 2017 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?

Via John Evans, Stewart-Marshall, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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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Laptops in Class are the New Second-Hand Smoke

Laptops in Class are the New Second-Hand Smoke | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Paul A. Kirschner OK; I’ve covered taking notes with or without laptops and whether people learn better if they read from paper or screen. This is the third blog in an apparent, unplanned, trilogy. Disclaimer: Let’s sketch/frame the situation so there are no misunderstandings. Yes, I know that using a computer (e.g., laptop, tablet, smartphone)…
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The blog begins with a disclaimer that it is not a call for the ban of laptops and computers in classrooms.

Technology is a practical wisdom and conversation about, with, and through the tools we use as craftspeople. It is not about the tools alone. Understood this way choices about computers and laptops become situational and contextual.
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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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Educators: We Need More from Education Technology

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"Education technology is pitched as a cure-all for the many problems plaguing K-12 education, though rarely do new technologies move the needle in any significant way – and they often come at a steep price."

When we treat technology as tools, we miss what its essence is: a craftsperson's conversation about, with, and through their tools. It is practical wisdom on how to use those tools. We accept a one-size-fits-all approach in unquestioned and taken-for-granted ways.

The challenge is to engage teacher and student voice in the process of change, whatever that might be.
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The very real health dangers of virtual reality

The very real health dangers of virtual reality | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Before you or your children wear out your shiny new VR gadgets, be sure you're fully aware of the potential health risks of this exciting technology.

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They are tripping over things, eye and ear damage, and motion sickness. Children are at most risk.

One that is missing is we are not aware of the world and people we are around.
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8 common things you should never do when you're trying to get a good sleep, according to an expert — and what to do instead

8 common things you should never do when you're trying to get a good sleep, according to an expert — and what to do instead | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Don't take sleep for granted.

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The first one about screentime is increasingly repeated. Others such as listening to music, exercising before bed, writing things in your head, etc. make sense.
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Biased Information is not the only Problem

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"Biased information — misleading in nature, typically used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view — is a much more prevalent problem than fake news. It’s a problem that doesn’t exist only within Facebook but across social networks and other information-rich services (Google, YouTube, etc.)."

Teachers and schools can play a significant role in this biased information and propaganda.
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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…

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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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, 2017 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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