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What Students Think About Using iPads in School

What Students Think About Using iPads in School | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

All 870 students at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, Calif. will soon have school-issued iPads that they can use both at school and at home. 

 

 

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Well-integrated technology is helpful to all learning. It about choosing the best tool for the person and the context of that learning. It is about finding ways to help teachers help students.

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do you know networks? on leaving the Garden of Eden | the theoryblog

do you know networks? on leaving the Garden of Eden | the theoryblog | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Eden of *real* print culture is only a Potemkin village now, no matter how the gardeners and the pesticide companies would like to gain control back over the weeds.
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The idea of learning being about weeds is reminiscent of some of the writing of Senryu Suzuki the Zen monk. He talks about the need to use the weeds as part of the growth process. It is all about pedagogy and the way we cultivate our learning gardens and the way we use the weeds that appear there.

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An interview with Canadian MOOC pioneer George Siemens | University Affairs

An interview with Canadian MOOC pioneer George Siemens | University Affairs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
George Siemens, Canada’s MOOC pioneer, opens up about where the movement is headed.

Via manuel area, juandoming
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This is an interesting interview.

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What The Data Says About Students' 21st Century Readiness

What The Data Says About Students' 21st Century Readiness | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What The Data Says About Students' 21st Century Readiness

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Both Whitehead and Dewey suggested that students live very much in the present and do not have long-term goals. There goals are relational. As they mature, this begins to change, but long term is largely an adult phenomenon. We need to embed children and youth in healthy and safe environments where they can pursue interests embedded in a sound curricular matrix. Both of the noted thinkers suggested the genius of the teacher would be required to nuture (educare) and lead (educere).

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Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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The table of contents used questions which is interesting. It is a long read, but hopefully addresses issues openly.

 

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 12, 2014 12:51 PM

Confronting the Challeges of Participatory y Culture. Awesone

niftyjock's curator insight, February 12, 2014 4:24 PM

This is an "occasional paper" (I love this idea that it's only occasional) apart from the name it has some old news and some new ideas around how to teach the new literacies.  

Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:25 AM

This is a fantastic whitepaper about the value of participatory culture in elearning and other digital means of education. This is very much the approach I come from in my own standpoint of using social media in elearning and mlearning, and just gathering information in general. The document is not light reading, but it's very well-written, and seems fairly comprehensive. A must-read for those who are in education, elearning or mlearning. Really good stuff. 

--techcommgeekmom

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Can’t Keep Up with Professional Development? Build Your Personal Learning Network | EmergingEdTech

Can’t Keep Up with Professional Development? Build Your Personal Learning Network | EmergingEdTech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Today’s Savvy Teachers are Putting the “Learn” in Personal Learning Networks. It should be clear to any educator, or any career-minded individual in any field.


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The author makes an interesting point in that many teachers have been engaged in PLN's for years. What has changed is the idea that it has to be or is global. It can be, but does not have to be. Start local and grow global.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:10 PM

Start slowly and build up your network over time. This will help you to stay fresh and current with new teaching and learning strategies.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, February 13, 2014 5:01 AM

I like it! Start slowly and build up your network over time. This will help you to stay fresh and current with new teaching and learning strategies.

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The High Cost of Multitasking [infographic]

The High Cost of Multitasking [infographic] | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Why don't we save ourselves some more time and focus on one thing at a time.

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The unstated cost is the cost to personal relationships. When I am not fully present to another, that costs me a lot as I virtualize them. The greatest cost are relational rather than economic. Correct the first and the second is also remedied.

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Make Cyber Safety a Priority | Social Media Today

Make Cyber Safety a Priority | Social Media Today | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An alarming trend is gaining ground in our elementary schools: teachers using social media in the classroom. Now before you cite all the wonderful statistics about how it improves academic performance and engages students, I’ll beat you to the punch. Are educators so enamored with the results, they are overlooking the risks?

Via Dean J. Fusto
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I think informing parents is more than a smart move. I think is a required move and we need to listen when parents express their concerns. I saw little of that in technology implementation before I left education. It was all about pushing things through.

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Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement

Solving the Innovation Alignment Challenge With an Ecosystem Approach | Office of Innovation and Improvement | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“The lack of innovation in education is not due to a lack of creativity, but the misalignment of student and educator need to the market supply of innovations.” That’s the guiding premise of Innovate NYC Schools, a 2011 i3 Development grantee that is using technology to increase the degree of alignment and making students and teachers integral to the change process. The project is furthering the development and evaluation of the “Education Innovation Ecosystem,” a network of NYC schools, partner districts, solution developers, and investors that is helping to meet the STEM-related learning challenges of middle and high school students.

 


Via Sharrock
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This is written from an economic perspective. Ecosystems are not economies. They are natural and organic, which is kind of what the author is trying to get at. This requires a local grasp of what is to be done.

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Core Principles of MLE [Media Literacy Education]

Core Principles of MLE [Media Literacy Education] | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

 

As the field of media literacy education has matured over the past 25 years, its focus has evolved from WHAT is taught to HOW we teach.

The Core Principles of Media Literacy Education is a NAMLE project to expand the boundaries of the field and encompass the opportunities and possibilities of 21st century learning technologies to transform both learning and teaching – from kindergarten to college.


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Dean J. Fusto
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I like the idea of combining principles and questions as opposed to rules and answers.

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Neil Krasnoff's curator insight, February 7, 2014 9:23 AM

A field that encompasses teaching Social Media. I like this framework.

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Has Listening Become a Lost Art? | Edu-Vision- ...

Has Listening Become a Lost Art? | Edu-Vision- ... | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Have managers lost the ability to listen? Professor Jim Heskett reviews recent research that suggests we don't even listen to ourselves anymore. What do YOU think? (#edchat #leadership #leadfromwithin Has Listening Become a Lost Art?
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In a busy, hyper-connected world, it is important to listen and ask questions which invite others to speak from their hearts. Technology does not have to be a barrier to this.

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Half an Hour: Theories Related to Connectivism

Half an Hour: Theories Related to Connectivism | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting summary of some of the theories.

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Defining Blended Learning - Blackboard Blog

Defining Blended Learning - Blackboard Blog | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Good to see a defintion. I think there will be different forms of learning depending on student needs. The key will be good communication between students, parents, and educators to make sure the student's needs are met.

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Digital Learning : Tailored or Taylored?

Digital Learning : Tailored or Taylored? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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The use of technology is political, economic, and social. We construct our use of the tools in ways that they shape us and we shape them, sometimes in unexpected ways. What has happened is many people promoting digital technologies spend little time thinking about the choices that are made and the power that suggests. Digital technologies are here. That means we need to be thoughtful, mindful, attentive practitioners, leaders, and pedagogues. Many are not.

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Mobile Learning Curriculum Framework (MLCF) - home

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We need more articles like this. This one acknowledges that there are many challenges and opportunities. It is not one or the other. It is an integration of both and we need mindful practices in technology usage of any form. Remember technology is another word for tools.

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Noam Chomsky on Technology & Learning

Noam Chomsky on Technology & Learning | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

As far as technology itself and education is concerned, technology is basically neutral. It’s like a hammer. The hammer doesn’t care whether you use it to build a house or whether on torture, using it to crush somebody’s skull, the hammer can do either.


Via Nik Peachey, YACOUBAHIEN
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Mindful use of each tool is indispensable in our learning and education. Only in schools, do we worry about mandating and prescribing a particular tool.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 31, 2014 6:20 AM

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 2014 6:50 PM

Tecnología y aprrendizaje.

renee fountain's curator insight, March 7, 2014 7:18 AM

Do not agree technology is neutral like a hammer...

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The Future of Learning Environments: An Issue That Concerns the Students

The Future of Learning Environments: An Issue That Concerns the Students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Following her first article on her experiences as an architect/designer working with kids, Moa Dickmark offers her insights into the future of pedagogy and learning environments, an issue that raises various questions around the world.


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I think the article raises a key point about who we are asking advice on school design or learning environment design. We have to be careful on two levels when we include students and I think we should.

 

First, we have to ask and listen attentively. When something is not achievable, we need to answer in ways that explain what makes that thing unachievable. Is it simply unachievable or are there other ways to see it.

 

Second, and connected to the first, we have to be genuine in asking questions and answering. Several years ago, a principal approached students and asked what they wanted to make an ideal school. They mentioned, among other things, a library and cafeteria. The first was presented as a bunch of books in containers sitting on shelves in an area of the building our students rarely went to. Students later questioned that and had they been listened to more carefully that principal would have realized part of the library was a regular time to look through books and a reading time. As a teacher, I did some of the latter, but struggled to find ways for the former. The cafeteria was laughed off, but why it never materialized was never explained to students. Many students explained they wanted something different once or twice a month and to eat with their friends in a common area.

 

It becomes disingenuous if we ask questions and do not listen deeply. Ironically, that principal has gone on to bigger and better things as an emissary of change.

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Elizabeth Bowden's curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:17 AM

"...she believes that students and teachers should have a say and be a part of the development and implementation process."

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10 Reasons High Schools Students Say They Prefer Learning Online

10 Reasons  High Schools Students Say They Prefer Learning Online | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

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Ever wonder how students feel about learning online? At the recent iNacol Virtual Schools Symposium participants were treated to an experience that is surprisingly is rarely available at education conferences. We had the opportunity to hear directly from a panel of students who explained why they preferred learning online. Here are some of the reasons shared by these students and others I heard from explaining why students preferred this method of learning.


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Each point has merit, but has questions which need to be addressed. What does it mean to follow your passion? What does it mean to communicate with someone whenever you want? Is this a new hidden curriculum item where we train students they and others are on 24/7? Technology or any tool needs to be used mindfully.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 13, 2014 1:21 AM
10 Reasons High Schools Students Say They Prefer Learning Online
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 13, 2014 2:06 PM

Nothing new here, but these are our future students. 

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 13, 2014 2:46 PM

Porque los alumnos prefieren aprender on-line.

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Their/Our Media Lives

Their/Our Media Lives | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
 
(My Media Life Simile)
One of the many excellent activities that you can find in the CommonSense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum (free!) is...

Via Dan Kirsch
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What does it mean to consume lots of information. We need the skills to discern what is useful, valid, accurate, etc. This is about having wisdom to turn the bits into practical knowledge which makes lives and the world better.

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With Digital Literacy Comes Digital Ethics

With Digital Literacy Comes Digital Ethics | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Our world today is driven by digital technologies.  From cell phones to tablets, to electronic readers, and computers, almost all our work and the majority of our entertainment is delivered, shared, and enjoyed digitally. We communicate via emails and texts, and many households no longer even have

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Sarantis Chelmis
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This is another good article on a very complex and sometimes understated issue.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 11, 2014 9:44 AM

Digital literacy and  online safety article.

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How Can Busy Teachers Learn Next-Gen Skills?

How Can Busy Teachers Learn Next-Gen Skills? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

“Most of today’s classroom teachers are digital immigrants, who need to not only learn the latest technologies but also help students learn skills for workplaces that don’t yet exist. The post How Can Busy Teachers Learn Next-Gen Skills?”


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It could be an exciting time to teach. The key learning points are important for both teachers and students. We are less teachers today than ever and more learners. It is very ecological, but the structures do not match. We still inhabit industrial age schools in many ways and continue to foster the underlying foundations even with digital technology.

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11 Signs That Technology Is A Key Part Of Education - Edudemic

11 Signs That Technology Is A Key Part Of Education - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The current trend of education technology is nothing to sneeze at. There are iPads and Android devices popping up in classrooms around the world.

Via David W. Deeds
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I agree that tools are important and I guess by technology we mean digital which are also important. It is not the tool. It is the way it is chosen. Is it the right tool for this context, this person, this group, this moment, etc? There has to be certain mindfulness involved that is not always evident.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:08 AM

Good stuff.

Zoraini Wati Abas's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:20 AM

Isn't it obvious yet?

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A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North

A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor | Contact North | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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This sounds like the pedagogy that should have been happening all along albeit lower tech. It is like government employees are doing busy work.

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5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"I'm not very tech savvy" is the response I usually hear from teachers that struggle with technology. Whether it's attaching a document to an email or creating a PowerPoint, some teachers really have
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These are good suggestions which, if applied well, could be integrated into the practices of teachers. The other key and I think it goes with making it relevant recognize that some people do know what they are doing and let them run with the way they use technology. There is no one way for adults just like there is no one way for children.

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Tuttle SVC: Strands of Standards is an Anti-Pattern

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It is not for a lack of trying that other subjects are not relegated to bags of stuff that can be manipulated by those furthest from the classroom.

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