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The first implication for digital leadership was insight based on good learning. Those are qualities of mindful leadership

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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…

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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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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In life there is even more than practicle advice available
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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.

Via Miguel Zapata-Ros, juandoming
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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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¿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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Digital myths, digital pedagogy, and complexity

Digital myths, digital pedagogy, and complexity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I’m currently doing some research with Sarah Horrocks from London CLC for their parent organisation, the Education Development Trust. As part of this work, I’m looking at all kinds of things related to technology-enhanced teacher professional development.

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The six myths are interesting. They include confusing information and knowledge, new tools do not draw on what we know about old tools, we must new tools because they are there, etc.

The first myth does not include the idea of understanding, which is different from knowledge and information. It is more like John Dewey's concept of knowing, which is a fluid process and ties into complexity and chaos theory.

The conclusion is that pedagogy should be a focus over tools. Technology itself is not a tool, so I stay away from conflating the two. Technology (techne + logos) is a thoughtful way of choosing and using our tools.
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Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens by Anya Kamenetz

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens by Anya Kamenetz | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
By Anya Kamenetz

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Teachers and parents need to be aware of research about screen time. I don't think issues with it are limited to younger children.
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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students told researchers they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.

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There is something about a book that is more intimate.
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What happened when I made my students turn off their phones – Joelle Renstrom | Aeon Ideas

What happened when I made my students turn off their phones – Joelle Renstrom | Aeon Ideas | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As a teacher who has long witnessed and worried about the impacts of technology in the classroom, I constantly struggle to devise effective classroom policies for smartphones. I used to make students sing or dance if their phones interrupte

Via Martin Debattista
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With time, the teacher/professor discovered choice was the vital point in his experiment. Technology does not mean tool. It is a thoughtful conversation (techne + logos) about, with, and through one's tools. This includes wise choices. How do our students learn to choose and be responsible for those choices?

We have excised the word of its broader meaning. Even the etymology of the word tool, decribes usefulness (in French it is outil).
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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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the medium is the message

the medium is the message | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting article that looks at technology in a different light.
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Six Things Principals Are Thinking When They Get Pitched Edtech - EdSurge News


As a principal, I get pinged by edtech providers almost every day. Everyone has a new solution that is going to “disrupt” my school. Most of th
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The idea of disrupting is a little tiring after awhile. Learning is a complex process, which is about equlibrium-disequilibrium-elquilibrium whether we are adults or children.

Digital tools come with questions and challenges for teachers and administrators alike that are largely overlooked in someone external to the school deciding what will be implemented in the school. The include cost, teacher readiness, practicality, etc.
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Students' use of contract cheaters who auction off homework to dark web ghostwriters rising, professor warns

Students' use of contract cheaters who auction off homework to dark web ghostwriters rising, professor warns | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"There's been an increase in university students doing "contract cheating" — hiring out ghostwriters or someone to take tests, warns a University of Calgary professor."


Summary from Academica Group - Friday 20 October 2017


" Contract cheating is on the rise in Canada, warns a University of Calgary professor. 


The practice of hiring ghostwriters to write papers or test-takers to sit exams now only requires a Google search and a credit card, says Sarah Eaton, acting associate dean of teaching and learning at the Werklund School of Education at UCalgary. 


This Wednesday marked the second International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, which called for increased awareness against firms that aggressively market contract cheating services to students on campus. 


Eaton said that while contract cheating has been studied extensively elsewhere in the world, there has been little data compiled about just how common it is in Canada."


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Part of what teachers have to make themselves aware of in the digital age.
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Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors - EdSurge News


A decade ago professors complained of a growing “epidemic” in education: Wikipedia. Students were citing it in papers, while educators largel
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Like any tool, use and developing the tool can make a difference. What sets Wikipedia aside is that the tool was subject to refinement to a more significant degree than traditional tools.
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