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Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals

Why Our Schools Need EdTech Professionals | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The professional workforce has been quick to adopt new technology tools. We readily accept that tablets and smartphones, teleconferencing and social media are now essential fixtures of the workplace for millions across the globe. Yet we've been slow in extending these advances to our schools, and in particular our K-12 schools. While many children's home lives are abuzz with the same platforms and devices as the 21st century workplace, school just hasn't kept pace, and in many classrooms pedagogies are barely more inclusive of new technology than they were in the 1980s.

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Newsletter 22nd January 2018

Newsletter 22nd January 2018 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Welcome to my Educational Technology and ELT Newsletter. This is the second issue of 2018 and we are off to a great start to the year with lots of really useful tools and articles to enhance your teaching and development.

 
In this issue I have:
  • 2 ebook offers
  • 8 great tools for digitising your teaching and getting learning online
  • 1 dynamic training presentation from my ebook - Digital Tools for Teacher - Trainers' edition 
  • 6 interesting articles that explore how technology is reshaping education
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My latest edtech newsletter.

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Teaching — It’s about Inspiration, Not Information

Effective teaching focuses on why and how, not what. The goal should be to spark each student’s imagination, to find a hook in their heart and mind so that they feel a need to learn the material.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 19, 9:22 AM
Inspiration, imagination, wanting to know more...and knowing how to find more information easily in various forms
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The Benefits of Online Teaching | Bright Classroom Ideas

The Benefits of Online Teaching | Bright Classroom Ideas | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The top 5 challenges and top 5 benefits of online teaching. Teach effectively using the tools of the future. | Bright Classroom Ideas
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Basic stuff, but all true.

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Taking the time to think

Taking the time to think | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We begin the process by recognising that taking our time, slowing down and being deliberate in the processes of thinking is a pathway towards becoming more productive, more creative and more attuned to the world around us. In what seems like a contradiction in terms, the best strategy for coping with the rapid pace of our lives is not to speed up but to slow down.
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The Future of Online Learning Will Look a Lot Like Amazon

The Future of Online Learning Will Look a Lot Like Amazon | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Real personalization of learning will come from the collected interactions of each learner and the ability to pair them with the right courses, tools and experiences to propel the learner forward.
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Interesting article.

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4 Reasons why teaching students to use technology in the classroom is a no-brainer | PeacheyPublications.com

4 Reasons why teaching students to use technology in the classroom is a no-brainer | PeacheyPublications.com | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Both sides in this debate regularly site research or the lack of it to enforce their arguments that technology should or shouldn’t be used, but much of this research is either very small scale and carried out within a very limited context or looks at how technology can be overlaid onto an antiquated approach to transmission teaching that itself has no foundation in research and was only used in the absence of any other approach.

So, I feel like common sense should be our guide and here are four reasons why teaching students how to use technology should be a no-brainer.
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A bit of a rant.

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Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition by Nik Peachey on iBooks

Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition by Nik Peachey on iBooks | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

In this book the first four chapters are provided as a guide for teachers who want to use the book for teacher training and development.
Using the tools, tips and activities provided in these first chapters a teacher with some basic experience of using technology in the classroom should be able to create motivating hands-on edtech training for their peers or for pre-service trainee teachers.

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The new edition is now available as an iBook and includes chapters on e-safety, conceptual models for integrating technology as well as chapters on VR and gamification.

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Five Steps to a Digital Classroom – Stephen Mosley – Medium

You need to create a digital environment for your class. But know this, a digital environment is not created overnight, but in incremental steps. Gradually introducing each step will alleviate any technophobia on the part of the students and most importantly, alleviate any uneasiness of a technophobic teacher.
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Some useful steps.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, January 10, 2:03 PM

A pesar que la tecnología esta a la palma de la mano, esta no llega con facilidad a las aulas. Para evitar la tecnofobia natural de muchos profesores Stephen Mosley sugiere seguir cinco pasos para aprovecharla de manera efectiva como medio de aprendizaje

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10 Creative Risks to Take with Students This Year

10 Creative Risks to Take with Students This Year | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

Ultimately, the most powerful creative element in the classroom is the teacher. You have the power to inspire students to take creative risks by modeling the process and being open and even vulnerable about your journey. You also have the power to create epic learning experiences that encourage students to take creative risks. So, in 2018, I would encourage you to choose one big creative risk and make it happen.

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Some nice suggestions for 2018

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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The greatest fear of parents and teachers is that the tech industry wants to replace teachers with computers. They fear that the business leaders want to cut costs by replacing expensive humans with inexpensive machines, that never require health care or a pension. They believe that education requires human interaction. They prefer experience, wisdom, judgment, sensibility, sensitivity and compassion in the classroom to the cold, static excellence of a machine.
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Interesting reading.

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Mary Galleno's curator insight, January 4, 7:18 AM
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magnus sandberg's curator insight, January 5, 2:57 AM
Interesting read on some real risks of technology in school. Note that the real risk here is the new stakeholders who's goals are for themselves, not for the students. 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 6, 5:04 PM
This is a Diane Ravitch article. Teaching is relational and adds the human touch computers never can.

There are likely more than five risks. For example, the picture looks and I guess feels like a "traditional" classroom with desks in neat orderly rows.
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Top 20 Inspiring TED Talks On Storytelling, Filmmaking And Creativity

Top 20 Inspiring TED Talks On Storytelling, Filmmaking And Creativity | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In this post you’ll find our specially curated list of the very best TED talks on storytelling, writing, filmmaking and creativity.
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Useful stuff if you want to skill up in the art of storytelling.

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Graphics Design's curator insight, December 28, 2017 7:42 AM

Material handling equipment Houston is valuable in an assortment of organizations. Material taking care of hardware are utilized for moving or putting diverse kinds of materials.

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The Future of Education is Unstructured Learning, and Here's Why

The Future of Education is Unstructured Learning, and Here's Why | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Unstructured learning is an authentic real-world way of learning. That’s because the real world itself doesn’t have neat compartments or set disciplines for success. It demands adaptability, patience, and a willingness to learn and to use what is learned in the moment. Most of all, it requires us to take full responsibility for what we learn.
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So what do you think?

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 26, 2017 8:36 AM

“El aprendizaje no estructurado ocurre cuando dejamos que los estudiantes jueguen sin una guía para que puedan sacar conclusiones por sí mismos. Sin embargo, todavía este tipo de aprendizaje requiere del apoyo del maestro, particularmente en las primeras etapas del proceso. Esto sucede en forma de diseño de escenarios, desarrollo de plantillas, formulación de preguntas orientadoras, etc. Al final, sin embargo, todos estos métodos están diseñados para apoyar y guiar a los estudiantes mientras caminan felices a través de lo desconocido”. (Global Digital Citizen Foundation, 2017)

Gust MEES's curator insight, January 4, 8:57 AM
Unstructured learning is an authentic real-world way of learning. That’s because the real world itself doesn’t have neat compartments or set disciplines for success. It demands adaptability, patience, and a willingness to learn and to use what is learned in the moment. Most of all, it requires us to take full responsibility for what we learn.

 

It’s time to play and to let go of rigid teaching in favour of unstructured learning. For this to happen, teachers have to foster trust in their students. They have to be willing to take a step back and put a little slack on the reins of traditional pedagogy. In short, we need to let things get a little messy. Ease into it—it’s a bold step and it will transform everything.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 5, 8:14 AM

Unstructured learning brings real to your workshops and classroom. Its not YOU the teacher doing all the presenting but its about guiding and facilitating people through real world problems and allowing them to innovate,apply principles ,models  and come to their own conclusions. Just like there are many ways to lead and sell there are many ways to learn ... 

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When the Robots Come for Our Jobs, They’ll Spare the Teachers - EdSurge News

When the Robots Come for Our Jobs, They’ll Spare the Teachers - EdSurge News | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Machine learning can recognize patterns, make recommendations and process information at an incredible rate, but the data science applied in today’s classrooms is still narrow in scope compared to the science and art combined in the mind of a human teacher.
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And of course we will remain quite a bit cheaper than anything they could make to replace us for quite some time yet.

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Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
To foster growth mindsets in students, teachers can coach students to try different learning strategies that make the brain work smarter. Educator praise can be used to acknowledge specific strategies students have tried and can push students to reflect on themselves as learners. This process is more complex than it looks and ultimately should help lead students to become more independent thinkers.
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Dealing with Digital Distraction in the Classroom

Dealing with Digital Distraction in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Digital devices put the world at our students' fingertips, whether with their own cell phones or with school-provided computers and tablets. But along with opportunities for powerful learning come the risks -- and realities -- of distraction. So what are the best ways to manage digital distraction in the classroom?
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Some useful tips and a nice collection of videos for teachers.

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Perspective | What teens wish their parents knew about social media

Perspective | What teens wish their parents knew about social media | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I’ve interviewed middle school and high school students about secrets they wish parents knew about their online use, but don’t necessarily want to tell them. These are three of the secrets students shared.
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Applying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to Edtech  - Presentation

Applying Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to Edtech  - Presentation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

This paradigm is a useful one for education because it can help to focus us on what education is really for, helping students to realise their own potential and lead fulfilling lives, rather than achieving what can be rather abstract syllabus goals.

The relevance to educational technology is that it can help us decide which tools we choose to use to with our students and how we enable our students to use these tools.

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An dynamic presentation from my ebook -
Digital Tools for Teachers - Trainers' Edition V.2: https://payhip.com/b/B34N

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 21, 3:30 AM
This is interesting. 
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Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods — and Research Explains Why

Customers Won’t Pay as Much for Digital Goods — and Research Explains Why | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
We think that the difference in ownership that people feel for digital and physical goods may be due to a weaker sense of control over digital objects. People feel ownership for a good to the extent that they can touch, hold, and control it. Indeed, we found that people with little need to feel in control over their environment reported no preference for physical relative to digital goods, whereas people with strong need to feel in control reported a substantial preference for physical relative to digital goods.
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Some interesting findings that could impact on design of online courses too.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Around the Corner. Educators Should Take Note

Artificial Intelligence Is Around the Corner. Educators Should Take Note | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence itself presents K-12 educators, managers of educational institutions, and education policymakers with a range of complex and often paradoxical problems. In the classroom, the questions will be challenging: What must curricula contain to educate students for AI-related work? How can they be taught the social and political implications of a world deeply penetrated by artificial minds?
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A really interesting look at the potetial impact of AI in education.

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Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market - EdSurge News

Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market - EdSurge News | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. After all, what better way to secure a foothold in the market than impressing one’s brand to future consumers at a young age?

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An interesting comparison.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 9, 1:27 PM

I remember when Bill Gates lost a law suit. His answer to it was to give computers to schools instead of paying a cash fine if I remember correctly. At the time Mac was king of schools...after that mac was never king again in schools. Gates is also behind to push to divert public tax dollars to privatize education. The Walton family also is seeking to turn education into venture investment profits.

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Analysis: Teaching, Technology, Transformation — 5 Ways to Talk (and Think) About Personalized Learning

Analysis: Teaching, Technology, Transformation — 5 Ways to Talk (and Think) About Personalized Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is gaining momentum; it deserves scrutiny and rigorous implementation and testing. It’s time to engage in lively debate about what we know and don’t know, the values of the theory, the limits and opportunities in practice, and the ways to close the gaps in between.
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A useful read on personalised learning.

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7 solid reasons to suppose that chatbot interfaces will work in learning

7 solid reasons to suppose that chatbot interfaces will work in learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
So can this combination of AI and Socratic UI have an application in learning? There are several reasons for being positive about this type of interface in learning.
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An interesting view of AI in education.

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Storytelling with Data Visualization

Storytelling with Data Visualization | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Does your data tell a story and can you visualize it? We look at the history and thought processes behind data visualization and successful infographics.
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Worth thinking about in terms of how we use data in the classroom.

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Beatrice J. P. Vasconcelos's curator insight, December 26, 2017 5:19 PM
Achei bem legal...vou exercitar...
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Children’s screen-time guidelines too restrictive, according to new research | University of Oxford

Children’s screen-time guidelines too restrictive, according to new research | University of Oxford | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Pryzbylski adds in conclusion: ‘To be robust, current recommendations may need to be re-evaluated and given additional consideration before we can confidently recommend that these digital screen-time limits are good for young children’s mental health and wellbeing’.
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They should be thinking in terms of quality not quantity.

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