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No Longer EITHER OR of Technology Integration: It Is About the Learning MIX

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No Longer EITHER OR of Technology Integration: It Is About the Learning MIX

Many of us have now lived through the adoption of student laptops, Google Docs, cellphones and other technologies in schools. Many people involved may have had mixed feelings about all of the technology. However, a lot of discussion and research has already taken place about the true value of technology integration in the classroom. The old idea of “tech for tech’s sake’ should be dead by now. A strong movement towards placing learning at the forefront of technology integration has been very “loud” for many years. Surprisingly...

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A Sense of Urgency in Education Innovation

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A Sense of Urgency in Education Innovation

This is a cross post from silvanameneghini.com During the closing roundtable at Graded School Innovate 2017 Conference, Alan November was very emphatic when justifying the urgency for change in education. He mentioned an interview with Rahaf Harfoush, who was part of Barak Obama’s Presidential Campaign. His point was that as social media started having a crucial role in political campaigns, new skills in democracy involve being social media / information literate. You can listen to the full interview in the link Alan November – An...

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The important role of a teacher in the 21st Century Education

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The important role of a teacher in the 21st Century Education

So here we are…the 21st Century Education is the “new” way of learning and teaching. What do we mean when we talk about this revolutionary education? First of all, it’s not a new but an adapted approach to this rapid changing world. So let’s take a closer look at this: Teachers used to be the owners of content and the ones responsible to transmit it to their students. As a teacher you stand in front of your class and teach while your students (hoepfully) pay attention. But today there is no way to compete with...

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#amplifiEDUbookclub: My Reading to Make My Ideas Happen

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#amplifiEDUbookclub: My Reading to Make My Ideas Happen

I am currently reading a book called Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, by Scott Belsky. I started reading it as an entrepreneur in education, because I wanted to find strategies to help bridge my ideas and the hard work to actually make them a reality. As I am going over the strategies shared in the book, which are based on research about creative/productive entrepreneurs, I am happily surprised to see parallels with our amplifiEDUcation philosophy! One of the strategies shared in the book is about...

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What do you Want to Know about Blogging?

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What do you Want to Know about Blogging?

In a recent presentation at Alan November’s BLC17 conference, I had 60 minutes to share my work and thoughts about Blogging as Pedagogy. I asked participants to share questions they had about blogging via a Google Form at the beginning of the session. While I tried to address as many of them as possible during the presentations, 60 minutes got us only that far. Sharing the questions (I have combined a few questions) and answers on the Langwitches Blog and crossposting on the amplifiEDU Blog will extend the session across time and...

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Dare to Visualize the Future

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Dare to Visualize the Future

We may often hear that we need to prepare students for “jobs that don’t exist yet”, or that we need to prepare students for what will be “their” future: a different reality from what we have lived so far, knowing that everything is changing faster and faster. But do we fully grasp what that means? Do we really stop to think about what we need to change “now” to prepare students for “their future”? We may be so immersed in our present reality that it seems so absolute. We may even forget...

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When a Blogger Writes a Book: Amplifying Analog Writing

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When a Blogger Writes a Book: Amplifying Analog Writing

I have been writing, writing, and writing. I have been writing a book! I am co-authoring a book with Janet Hale titled Documenting Learning: Making Thinking Visible, Meaningful, Shareable, and Amplified. The book will be published in early 2018 by Corwin Press. We have handed in the first manuscript and are awaiting the first wave of feedback from reviewers. Documenting Learning is designed to aid educators in exploring, gaining insights into, and personally applying responses to these questions: What is learning? What is evidence of...

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Travelling Tales Amplification

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Travelling Tales Amplification

We are thrilled to share with you a guest post by Joel Bevans, an International school teacher, currently living and teaching in Luxembourg. Joel is sharing a project called the Travelling Tales to create meaningful and purposeful global collaborations. Check out the project’s website and follow @travellingtale on Twitter. This post was cross-posted from Joel Bevans Blog Future Wise. Travelling Tales has grown and grown in the past 8 months and has allowed students in my class to create meaningful and purposeful global collaborations....

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How are you dealing with 21st Century Education and Technology Integration?

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How are you dealing with 21st Century Education and Technology Integration?

It is no secret, we are already living towards the end of the second decade of the 21st century. The terms “21st Century Education” and “Technology Integration” have been buzzing around for a while and you know that you, as an educator, need to be involved to stay relevant when it comes to transforming teaching and learning. The big question emerging here is: How are you dealing with it? Overcoming Enemies of Learning The most important thing you have to know is that all of us (and I really mean all of us!) are...

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If Students Learn How to Learn, How Do You Teach Your Subject?

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If Students Learn How to Learn, How Do You Teach Your Subject?

If you think back to what made you become a teacher, most likely it was a need to infuse students with values and the passion for your subject. Together with this passion you have for your subject is an entire body of knowledge that you have. For you, this body of knowledge is where you draw inferences from and what helps you make sense of new information in your area. But here is the challenge we all face today as educators when we hear about reducing curriculum content and focusing more on teaching students to “learn how to...

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