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The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated

The Power of a Networked Teacher Illustrated | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
A wonderful visual depiction of how educators can tap into their networks to expand and continually improve their teaching practice from a trove of rich resources. Illustrated by Langwitches, the image refers to Alec Couros’s original post exploring question, “What does the network mean to you?”

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Leslie Minton's curator insight, July 17, 2013 11:49 AM

Great visual of how networks are created to support how best to utilize them in education.

Josi Sierra's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:36 PM

Conectados somos mas ;-)

Lara Strickland's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:06 AM

Depicts exactly what I am exploring at the moment as part of my #H812 studies and MA in Online and Disctance Education.  Chosen however not to 'network' Facebook as I tend to use it socially rather than professionally.

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How to mitigate rapid cyberattacks such as Petya and WannaCrypt – Microsoft Secure

How to mitigate rapid cyberattacks such as Petya and WannaCrypt – Microsoft Secure | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
In the first blog post of this 3-part series, we introduced what rapid cyberattacks are and illustrated how rapid cyberattacks are different in terms of execution and outcome. In the second blog post, we provided some details on Petya and how it worked. In this final blog post, we will share: Microsoft’s roadmap of recommendations
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Starting a Transformation? Don’t Change Everything!

Starting a Transformation? Don’t Change Everything! | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

As organizations of all types — in both the public and private sectors — strive to be more agile, they reorganize more often. Executives are asked to take on new teams, merge related teams, or pivot to a new set of priorities. Such challenges can be exciting: As a leader, your mind may be buzzing with ideas, questions, and possible solutions. The pressure is on, and you are eager to put “points on the board.”

Yet, for your team, a reorganization may involve a reset as much as a new direction. When things are in flux, people naturally tend to slow down on special initiatives — they don’t want to risk marching in the wrong direction. As new players are assigned, processes can easily become muddled, handoffs dropped, and best practices forgotten. Individuals are not yet familiar with one another’s quirks and talents, and may be feeling the loss of their former teammates.

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OpenIDEO - How might we inspire experiences and expressions of gratitude in the workplace?

OpenIDEO - How might we inspire experiences and expressions of gratitude in the workplace? | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
WHAT IS GRATITUDE?
Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components:

“First, it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”

In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people . . . gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”



Another leading gratitude researcher, University of Miami professor Michael McCullough, puts it like this: 

“People feel grateful when they have benefited from someone’s costly, intentional, voluntary effort on their behalf.”



WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EXPERIENCE AND EXPRESS GRATITUDE AT WORK? WHAT’S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GRATITUDE, APPRECIATION, AND RECOGNITION?
Gratitude can, of course, take many different forms at work, just as it does in the rest of our lives.

Often when organizations talk about gratitude, they talk about formal employee recognition programs that praise and celebrate good results or high performance. These programs often come from the top and involve a reward or prize of some kind.

Appreciation of employees and colleagues is something a little different, as business author and consultant Mike Robbins and others have suggested. Whereas recognition involves positive feedback based on results or performance, appreciation focuses on who people are, not just what they do, making them feel valued and cared for as people, regardless of their performance on a particular project. For the purposes of this Challenge, we welcome ideas for fostering more expressions of recognition or appreciation. 

However, we particularly encourage ideas that place more emphasis on the social, interpersonal dimension of gratitude highlighted by professors Emmons and McCullough above. When we experience gratitude for someone else, we recognize that we have benefitted from their work and effort--they have given us a gift of some kind, even though they weren’t obligated to do so, and that gift has improved our life. Expressions of gratitude recognize and thank them for their efforts on our behalf. In the process, they serve to bring people closer together--a vital ingredient to health and happiness.

In the workplace, this can mean acknowledging the ways colleagues have contributed to our own success and well-being. We don’t just tell them that we recognize their good work or appreciate their good qualities in general; we also acknowledge that we have benefitted from their efforts, and we thank them for making our work and our life better in some way. That can be challenging, especially in competitive environments where employees are reluctant to share credit for their work, for fear that it will undercut their status in the organization and their prospects for advancement. Expressing gratitude might bring up feelings of vulnerability or insecurity. 

That may help to explain why relatively few people actually say “thanks” to their colleagues—the workplace “gratitude gap” described above. Given the benefits of gratitude--stronger social connections, more effective workplaces, more satisfying lives--we believe that solving this problem is vital for individuals as well as organizations.

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Why teachers selling lesson plans have sparked debate

Why teachers selling lesson plans have sparked debate | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

A POV:

 "We want these ideas to flow very freely among everyone, not just teachers who might be willing or inclined to pay for that collaboration."

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Network Segmentation Boosts Wi-Fi Performance, Security for K–12 Schools

Network Segmentation Boosts Wi-Fi Performance, Security for K–12 Schools | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
VLANs keep networks running optimally for some school districts.
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2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study > An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief

2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study > An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
The 2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief uncovers the learner’s perspective of how digital literacy training influences work life after graduation. As a complement to the definitions and frameworks outlined in the 2017 strategic brief on digital literacy in higher education, this study examines digital literacy in action as learners enter the workforce. More than 700 recent graduates from 36 institutions responded to an NMC survey that addressed the experiences they gained at colleges and universities, and how their proficiencies or lack thereof have affected their careers. Funding for this independent research endeavor and publication was provided by Adobe.
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Steve Wozniak created WOZ U - Press Release

Steve Wozniak created WOZ U - Press Release | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Woz U is designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably, creating long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers while providing prepared hires and training solutions for businesses. Arizona-based Woz U launched today with programs online, and plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the country and around the world.

“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” said Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer and invented the Apple II computer that launched the personal computing revolution. “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”

To help, Woz U has created a mobile app to help match people with the technology-based career best suited for them. Current programs will train computer support specialists and software developers; data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity programs are coming soon.

All Woz U programs incorporate the latest technologies and skills in high demand by tech employers, and programs include comprehensive career services.

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ISTE | Standards For Educators ver 2017

ISTE | Standards For Educators ver 2017 | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
ISTE STANDARDS FOR
EDUCATORS

Empower your practice, spark professional learning goals with the ISTE Standards for Educators
The ISTE Standards for Educators are your road map to helping students become empowered learners. These standards will deepen your practice, promote collaboration with peers, challenge you to rethink traditional approaches and prepare students to drive their own learning. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community and learn how to use the standards in the classroom with the ISTE Standards for Students ebook.
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Windows 10 Deployment: tips and tricks from Microsoft IT

Windows 10 Deployment: tips and tricks from Microsoft IT | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
At Microsoft today, we think of Windows as a service. Cloud-powered Windows Analytics have streamlined the upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update for our employees around the world. Our experts share l
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Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’ capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students

Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’ capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Trends in Digital Learning: Building teachers’ capacity and competency to create new learning experiences for students
In June 2017, Blackboard released this new report featuring data from Speak Up 2016 on the readiness of teachers to use digital tools to transform teaching and learning.

Since 2007, Project Tomorrow has collaborated with Blackboard to create a series of annual reports that focus on the year-to-year trends in the use of digital learning tools to change the classroom-learning paradigm through an in-depth analysis of the latest Speak Up data findings. In this report, we examine the trends from our analysis of the Speak Up data collected in fall 2016. These new findings provide a unique lens for examining the current state of teacher capacity for transforming education using digital tools, and identifying promising new practices that can serve as guideposts for this journey. Using various Speak Up data points, we examine not only where teachers are on this journey today, but also what they say they need to be more effective with instructional technology, especially as it relates to preparing today’s students for tomorrow. To provide additional context to this discussion, this year’s report includes thought provoking insights from administrators who are on the front lines with these challenges today.          
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THREAT LANDSCAPE REPORT Q1 2017

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How a Large District Scales up to One-to-One

How a Large District Scales up to One-to-One | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
With 210,000 students, Florida's Hillsborough County Public Schools is the eighth-largest district in the country. Implementing one-to-one on that scale is no easy task but that hasn't stopped the district from moving in that direction.
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Microsoft in Education Class of 2030 

New insights into the future of learning Thank you for your interest in this research on the next generation of learners. Results from the study “The Class of 2030 and Life-Ready Learning”—conducted in collaboration with McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice—reveal that the future of learning will be profoundly social, student-centric, personalized, and supported by technology. Key findings outline the knowledge and experiences students will need to be “life-ready” and not simply “work-ready.” Sign up to receive a summary of the study, and to receive updates about other Microsoft Education resources, programs, and products that can help schools and students both inside and outside the classroom.

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Best Practices and Strategies for Migration to the AWS Cloud

Best Practices and Strategies for Migration to the AWS Cloud | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

Best Practices and Strategies for Migration to the AWS Cloud 


The AWS Cloud impacts all corners of campus and beyond. It sparks innovative uses of technology in education, while reducing costs, improving service delivery, and expanding student reach.
Do you face storage limitations?
Are you spending time and money on frequent security, hardware, and software installations?
Are you exhausting energy and resources on renewals, updates, and upgrades at the expense of teaching?
If so, it might be time to migrate to the AWS Cloud.

Get started with the Migrating to AWS: Best Practices and Strategies eBook. Learn how AWS can help you bring your legacy and obsolete on-premises systems onto the cloud to take advantage of the benefits many of your peers now enjoy.

eBook Highlights:

• Dive deeper into the five-phase migration process that AWS recommends
• Take advantage of six common migration strategies
• Access additional resources and best practices to help streamline your journey to the cloud
• Learn from case studies and experiences of institutions already using AWS
• Leverage AWS help in one click regarding your cloud migration

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Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them - The Hechinger Report

Impatient with universities’ slow pace of change, employers go around them - The Hechinger Report | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Scott Gordon had just arrived in his job as provost of Eastern Washington University when an alumnus approached him at a meet-and-greet in the Skyline Ballroom of Spokane’s Hotel RL. The event was new, too. Called the Eagle Summit after the public university’s athletics mascot, it was meant to build enthusiasm among the school’s supporters. …
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Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning

Blended Instruction vs Blended Learning | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

Schools continue to make investments in technology to engage students better, improve outcomes, and prepare all learners for the new world of work. We are beginning to see more and more innovative uses of technology not just to personalize, but also to make the learning process more personal. When a solid pedagogical foundation is in place, the stage is set to challenge students to demonstrate thinking and learning in ways that we could never have imagined a few short years ago. This, combined with relevance grounded in authentic contexts and applications, empowers students to own their learning.

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What CEOs are reading in 2017 | McKinsey & Company

What CEOs are reading in 2017 | McKinsey & Company | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders of some of the world’s biggest organizations share which books will keep them occupied in the weeks ahead.
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How to create an agile organization | McKinsey & Company

Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start.

Rapid changes in competition, demand, technology, and regulations have made it more important than ever for organizations to be able to respond and adapt quickly. But according to a recent McKinsey Global Survey, organizational agility—the ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities—is elusive for most.1 Many respondents say their companies have not yet fully implemented agile ways of working, either company-wide or in the performance units where they work,2 though the advantages are clear. Respondents in agile units report better performance than all others do, and companies in more volatile or uncertain environments are more likely than others to be pursuing agile transformations.
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Making 'Big Data’ useful rather than scary for teachers - The Hechinger Report

Making 'Big Data’ useful rather than scary for teachers - The Hechinger Report | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Atlanta Public Schools is on the leading edge of a new trend in education: getting helpful data to teachers in formats they can understand and leverage with their students. For years, districts nationwide have monitored standardized test data and other measures, reporting it to the state and watching trends across schools. Some have passed along that data to principals and instructional leaders to guide school improvement work, but few have sent it all the way to teachers, who make the day-to-day decisions in classrooms.
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High School Reform Archives - The Hechinger Report

High School Reform Archives - The Hechinger Report | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Experts often urge educators to catch struggling students “before it’s too late,” but high schools are charged with educating all students, regardless of their past. The Hechinger Report is spending two years exploring high schools successful with diverse groups or trying innovative approaches.
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Help Accelerate Your Presentation Skills With These 7 Performance Tips

Help Accelerate Your Presentation Skills With These 7 Performance Tips | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
HELP ACCELERATE YOUR PRESENTATION SKILLS WITH THESE 7 PERFORMANCE TIPS
Do you want to brush up on your presentation skills? Three professional speakers share ways you can make a positive, lasting impression at your next talk.
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Cloud Killed The Firewall -- Virtualization Review

Cloud Killed The Firewall -- Virtualization Review | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Cloud Killed The Firewall
Date: Tuesday, August 15th at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT
Presenters: Michael Beesley, Skyport Systems & Dan Backman, Skyport Systems

Cloud and DevOps changed everything. Existing DMZ and network perimeter architectures are not built to properly secure new cloud-connected applications now dominating the hybrid enterprise. Likewise, as DevOps and cloud drive faster application deployment, legacy DMZ architectures are simply too slow and complex to accommodate the highly agile cloud-connected enterprise.

In this webinar you will learn:

Why existing firewall and DMZ architectures are not suited for securing cloud applications
How “Cloud-Aware” security policy can secure your cloud-connected applications
How to make your enterprise “Cloud-Ready”, and fix your aging DMZ architecture
… and how to transform your enterprise and become a Cloud Enabler
Register now!

Date: 08/15/2017Time: 11:00 am PT
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Empirical Education Inc. - Ed Tech Research Guidelines

Research Guidelines for the ESSA Era

The Education Technology Industry Network, a division of the Software & Information Industry Association commissioned Empirical Education Inc. to provide guidelines for research given the accelerated development of cloud-based technology and the important policy changes brought about by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidelines will help developers and publishers ride this wave of change from NCLB’s sluggish concept of “scientifically-based” to ESSA’s dynamic view of “evidence” for continuous improvement. 


https://www.empiricaleducation.com/pdfs/guidelines.pdf

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4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12 -- THE Journal

4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12 -- THE Journal | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
4 Education Technology Trends That Are Redefining K–12
By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
04/03/17
Usually articles that talk about education technology trends and predictions appear at the end of year (e.g., Schaffhauser and Kelly’s predictions) or at the beginning of the year (e.g., Kajeet’s predictions). Throwing tradition to the wind, in this week’s blog post, coming during the home stretch of 2016 income tax filing season, we identify four trends that we predict will redefine K–12 education over the next five years. Redefine K–12? Yes! We understand the serious nature of that claim. So, without further ado, let’s see if we can’t convince you of our vision!

Trend 1: Paper-based textbooks are disappearing.

Yes, textbooks are some of the last paper-based books to stick around since, yes, districts are still purchasing paper-based textbooks. (Want a reference? Check with your local school board!) But the paper-based textbook industry is not growing; just the opposite. Textbook publishers are cutting their workforces and regrouping to produce… digital materials!  

Trend 2: Digital curricula is increasing.

Curriculum drives K–12:

"Research tells us that high-quality, aligned instructional material is important in helping teachers support their students…" Bob Hughes, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Teachers must have their curriculum! So as the paper-based curriculum industry is dying, the digital curriculum industry is emerging. For example, OER marketplaces (e.g., gooru, Edmodo, CK12) that focus on OER content continue to expand (Amazon is about to open Inspire, an OER website), while organizations that provide full OER-based curricula are beginning to hit their stride (e.g., EngageNY, Open Up). The latter provide the curriculum free — since it is based on free OER materials — but make money, and stay afloat to produce more curricula, by providing PD and other support services.

And yes, teachers too are producing digital curriculum — though, we (as well as others, e.g., Learning Counsel and the Rand Corp) have voiced concern on more than one occasion about the challenges classroom teachers face in producing "high-quality" curriculum while doing the zillion other things teachers are already required to do. Bill Schmidt, a well-regarded, math ed researcher concurs:

"It’s a rather elaborate and extensive endeavor to write instructional materials for a whole year, and I think that no one should expect that teachers have the time nor the professional background to do that."
The above caveat and concerns notwithstanding,
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