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Save the World with Collaborative Leadership

Save the World with Collaborative Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Want to save the world? One way to do it is to learn how to collaborate. Successful collaboration isn't just a happy accident. It's the result of specific factors that can be recognized and duplicated.


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Collaboration likely is part of the Darwinian notion of survival of the fittest. Competition, as we understand it, does not lead to survival.

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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.

Via Peter Mellow
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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.

Via John Evans, Ines Bieler
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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…

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

Via juandoming
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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
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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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 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…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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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.

Via Martin Debattista
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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

Via Bookmarking Librarian
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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?

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, 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!  

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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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.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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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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