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Taking back our society

Taking back our society | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Society is changing in this era of global digital networks. Messages get around the world in minutes. As a result we are more connected to our fellow humans. We talk with people in every part of the world. Young people identify with other young people. Global social movements can quickly appear, and also disappear. Markets and institutions are being replaced by platforms in banking, lodging, transportation, and a growing number of fields.

The platform economy is also a rental economy, where little is owned and the platform capitalists control the rules [Just ask someone who has had their identity taken on Facebook]. As a result of this connectivity, people can identify with those like themselves. Seb Paquet called this “ridiculously easy group-forming”. However, the tendency to tribalism can be strong, and many of us are not prepared for this ‘change in the human condition’. The reversal of the positive aspects of a globally connected world is seeing everything as binary and dealing with complexity like a reality television show. This seems to be the tendency for many people, aided by the (still) market-oriented mass media. The possibility of Canada’s public broadcaster CBC to eliminate advertising may be a step in the right direction to counter this potential McLuhnesque reversal.

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This is an important consideration. We do not live in a post-truth world where relatiism runs wild. Teachers and teaching will play an essential role.
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The Librarian on the Teaching Team | Technology and Learning

The Librarian on the Teaching Team | Technology and Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

An essential partnership.


Teaching is changing. What was once a solo pursuit has increasingly become a team sport. I’m not talking about co-faculty taught courses. Rather, the team that I’m thinking about includes a mix of faculty and non-faculty educators. I’m here to make the case that a librarian is a key member of a course development and teaching team. First - before we talk about librarians - let’s talk about teaching teams. My experience with building a team of faculty and non-faculty educators to design and run courses comes out of online learning.


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One of the teachers I interviewed spoke about a librarian who took on the tech support role for the school.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 1, 2016 5:02 PM
school librarians and teachers could learn a lot from this. 
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Most Students Don’t Know When News is Fake, Stanford Study Finds

Most Students Don’t Know When News is Fake, Stanford Study Finds | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A study of middle-school to college-age students found most absorb social media news without considering the source. How parents can teach research skills and skepticism.

Via Suvi Salo, Aki Puustinen, Lynnette Van Dyke
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It appears many adults don't either.
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Suvi Salo's curator insight, November 21, 2016 3:54 PM
via @NiemanLab
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, November 21, 2016 4:13 PM
Sadly, not just students have this trouble.
David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 22, 2016 7:25 PM

Neither do adults, but that's another story. ;) Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine

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How To Apply Reflective Practice when Teaching Online

How To Apply Reflective Practice when Teaching Online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
With online teaching, the only person to blame is yourself. That is what being objective means in this industry. An objective and reflective practitioner blames only himself or herself. If there is a problem, you need to consider ways to avoid it in the future by changing what you do and say, as well as how you act.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, August 24, 2016 9:28 AM

Very interesting ways to self-evaluate your online teaching and issues you may encounter teaching online..

Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, August 28, 2016 1:05 PM
Reflective practice useful not just for teaching, learning and or work but possibly a life skill.
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Digital age demands continual adaptation in education

Digital age demands continual adaptation in education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

While many teachers have embraced the digital age, incorporating technology into their classrooms with zeal, there are the holdouts that are simply not comfortable with the change.


Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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It does, because digital technology is changing more rapidly than we ever could have anticipated. We need to gather our thoughts. It is about holdouts. It is about figuring out how we accept the pace and realize we may not keep up.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 29, 2016 3:11 PM

We've talked about the digital native and the digital immigrant, though we've also heard about some pushback on just how tech savvy today's kids might be. My position is that they are tech-fearless, but not really very savvy. But we haven't talked about what I call the "digitally reluctant." That teacher who kinda sorta wants to jump in, but is afraid of the water. Or the teacher who flatly refuses to give technology a try. Those are the folks who can become amazing zealots for the power of technology once they get past their twin fears: 1) fear of something not working or not doing something "right" and 2) fear of loss of control in the classroom.

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Loneliness & assumptions about geeks

Loneliness & assumptions about geeks | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I currently teach IT at the Secondary level (high school) at a well-respected and high academic achieving private school. It has been an interesting year and there have been many benefits working in this system. Overall, my experience at my current location has been positive due to an overwhelming caring school culture, plus I have experienced…
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Teaching is isolating. Technology might help overcome some of it, but not all of it.
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What is the nature of digital technology? Part 1

What is the nature of digital technology? Part 1 | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Formal education in most of its forms is still struggling to effectively harness digital technology to enhance and transform learning and teaching. Even with a history for 40+ years of various attempts. The reasons for this are numerous and diverse. The following is an attempt to look at one of the reasons. A reason, at…
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Technology is a conversation about and with our tools. Heidegger asked a similar question which is more aptly put: "The Question concerning technology." How we encounter and experience our tools is at the heart of their essence and our essential work. It is no different in school.
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Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child

Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Pam Lowe, Personalized Learning Coach, wrote an insightful post about her young niece questioning why can't learning be personalized.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Nicholas Fragkias
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The comment and question in the image are misleading. Systems are not people. They are made up of people. Teachers understand students are people who have faces, names, and stories. That is how we experience personalizing and realating with students.
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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 17, 2016 2:12 PM
Why can't learning be personalized?
Dorothy Retha Cook 's curator insight, January 24, 7:39 AM

Are there any ways that a personized education can assist children with disabilities denied years of education by their local public schools agencies choice but the personalized education provided at the public schools exspence and the choice of their parent as not only no education but a safe educational environment per the public schools own actions and motives as they reference the students/ children is in question but they need an education? As they a special needs individuals. All responses are appreciated.

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Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class

Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined how much bringing a laptop to class hurts your grades
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Digital technologies are tools that teachers, as good craftspeople, learn to use at appropriate times with their students. Pedagogy remains relevant.
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Rod Murray's curator insight, May 18, 2016 7:38 AM
Insight into tech use and achievement
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Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools

Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
It’s time to admit we don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to educational technology.
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" The moral of this story is increasingly clear. Our intuition, and even our common sense, tricks us when deciding whether a new gadget will help kids learn. 

At the same time, we can’t insist schools fossilize traditional practices out of fear that change might make things worse. Moving forward calls for different strategies, depending on whether a new technology changes how we deliver instruction or whether it changes the content itself."

How we integrate and experience digital technologies in our daily lives, including school, is a thoughtful conversation. This conversation is about thoughtful and sensitive leadership and pedagogy.
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malek's curator insight, May 16, 2016 7:32 PM

Education without direction is a one-sided social value.

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Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams' | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Digital tools are only as effective as the circumstances under which we use them. If we have the wrong tool, it cannot be used wisely, ethically, and properly. As Maslow said, if the only tool we have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. It takes leadership and communication that is not happening in schools.
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A “Finnish Lesson”: Student-Paced Learning in a History Classroom

A “Finnish Lesson”: Student-Paced Learning in a History Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Ever since I observed Pekku Peura's class six weeks ago, I have been wondering how such methods could work in a social studies classroom. Math, it seems to me, is tailor-made for a mastery-based, individual approach. Teachers can sequence a series of concepts for students to master. Demanding proficiency at each step might slow movement through a given course…

Via Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow, juandoming, Stephania Savva, Ph.D
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I think some teachers have been doing this for some time. It is about creating structure, communicating with students, giving them freedom within structure, and continuosly working with those students on the boundaries. Pedagogy and teaching remain central to this process.
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The Future of Learning — Learning {Re}imagined — Medium

The Future of Learning - Learning {Re}imagined - Medium

was recently invited to give a keynote talk at Windays 16, a Microsoft sponsored event hosted on a beautiful island near Poreč, Croatia. The event brought together representatives from the business, education and government communities in Croatia to consider the future of work, the Croatian economy and the role of education. 


After my talk I was invited to give the following interview which is 9 minutes long where I discuss my thoughts on the future of learning, schools, the misuse of EdTech and the need to reimagine assessment and testing. A full transcript follows the video:


Via Kim Flintoff
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Dewey emphasized the immediacy of context for children and learning. It was not about far-off, distant goals.
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Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition

Getting Started with Minecraft: Education Edition | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A K–12 technology leader shares tips for deploying Microsoft’s long-awaited educational game.
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Minecraft sounds like it might have some potential.
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Teaching Information Literacy Now

Teaching Information Literacy Now | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.
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This is important for children and adults alike. It will take more than just shouting about our favourite technological change.
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How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class?

How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class? by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching Create A Cell Phone Jail Have you ever tried to have students leave their cell phones in their lockers and a mysterious glow comes from under their desk? I got tired of the cell [...]

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Some research suggests a tech break every 20-30 minutes. It helps students learn to self-regulate their behavior.
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Empowering Teachers Through Self Publishing

Empowering Teachers Through Self Publishing | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

This is the slide deck from Nik’s Keynote presentation at the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference 6-8 May 2016 (Fri-Sun). It covers his journey through self publishing and has tips advice and links for anyone who wants to publish their own ebook.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 9, 2016 4:04 AM

My Keynote from the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference.

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il self publishing e gli insegnanti
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leading and learning: Jerome Bruner Educationalist 1915- 2016 / the importance of visual education in a digital age.

leading and learning: Jerome Bruner Educationalist 1915- 2016 / the importance of visual education in a digital age. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Don't confuse visual for virtual.
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Online Learning Rocks!

Online Learning Rocks! | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
My Final Say
While online learning has seen a considerable rise in popularity, many still hold the opinion that classroom learning is more effective. However, I think online learning is the way forward for many if not all students and encourages creativity in thinking and acquisition of multiple skills. Looking at my students, I’d say the online classes have made their recent assignments more compelling and interesting to read. Their ability to interpret situations and improvise has impressed me. My little experiment has been a success!

I’d like to conclude by drawing on my personal experience. I have fond childhood memories of classroom sessions and fun with friends. But with changing times and technological advancements, it is important to embrace new trends and keep track of what works best with students. The benefits for my students are too obvious to neglect the digital space in favor of traditional face-to-face classrooms. We must pace learning and alter our teaching styles to make the best of current situations. For me, that means online teaching.

Via Kim Flintoff
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It can. The author acknowledges that being in a classroom with others can be fun. He is a tutor and private teacher. Does that change the motiviation for students? Students continue to need teachers to guide their learning. That can be in face-to-face and on-line settings. They are not mutually exclusive choices.
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Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school

Kids who text and watch TV simultaneously more likely to underperform at school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The more time teenagers spend splitting their attention between various devices such as their phones, video games or TV, the lower their test scores in math and English tend to be. More time spent multitasking between different types of media is also associated with greater impulsivity and a poorer working memory in adolescents, says Amy S. Finn of the University of Toronto. Finn was one of the leaders of a study on the topic published in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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Beyond Words: What’s Missing in Online Connections

Beyond Words: What’s Missing in Online Connections | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“I think she’s a GREAT candidate for the job. ;)” Faith texted her co-worker, Stan, after interviewing people for an opening in their department. Stan’s response: “What did you like about her? How did

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Face-to-face conversations include signals we cannot convey easily on-line. What does that mean for teaching and learning?
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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
Via Cindy Rudy, Dean J. Fusto, Lynnette Van Dyke
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Good teachers use tools wisely and understand that what works well in one classroom may not elsewhere. They understand that digital technology is changing so rapidly and there are commercial interests at play that it is important to learn skills rather than just use tools blindly. Teachers perform as craftspeople who use their tools wisely and teach with them and through them.
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Gilles Boulanger's curator insight, May 17, 2016 8:19 AM
Même si le texte est en anglais, l'étude mentionnée est intéressante sur l'impact d'utilisation d'un iPad en classe.
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Our primitive brains, godlike technologies, and crude attempts to find balance

Our primitive brains, godlike technologies, and crude attempts to find balance | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The next 50 years of human history will be determined by our relationship with machines, according to UK-based futurist and author Richard Watson. He tells Future Tense about the ideas in his new book, Digital vs Human. 

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, malek
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
The E. O. Wilson quote sums up our relationship with technology. It is similar to Don Idhe and Donna Harraway. Heidegger suggested we understand technology as a conversation with and through our tools, similar to a skilled craftsperson. In schools, pedagogy remains central to using digital tools.
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THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, May 14, 2016 11:09 PM

At the end of the day we are human beings - not computers!

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4 radically different school models upending education

4 radically different school models upending education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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Via Anna Hu , Dean J. Fusto
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I don't know how radical these models are. They go against certain principles that make more sense i.e. learning and teaching are grounded in the moment. Making a classroom look like a job site is short-sighted. Do we know what that means?
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Anna Hu 's curator insight, May 13, 2016 10:25 AM
Personalized learning and innovation need to be a focus in schools
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Generation C: The Disappearing Digital Divide

Generation C: The Disappearing Digital Divide | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The digital divide that separated the new generations from the boomers and seniors such a short time ago, is disappearing
Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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With the pace of change in digital tools, perhaps this was inevitable. Even the boomers maybe struggling to keep pace. We are in this together and what that means informs teaching, learning, and school.
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