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Build a School in the Cloud

 

Watch Sugata Mitra as he addresses these important questions: What is the future of learning? Where does learning come from?   “Could it be…..that we don’t need to go to school at all?, the point of time you need to know something you can find out in 2 minutes?, could it be where knowing is obsolete?”

Professional Learning, Thib Talks, Disruptive Innovation, CSLE, Constructivism, Collaboration

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The Golden Circle “Why”

 

The Power of WHY
Let me tell you my story. In January 2015, I had my second child, Micah. I had gained almost 50lbs. I decided that it was time to start running to lose some weight. After many miles of running and my focus on the weight loss, the pounds just did come off. Day after day, I stepped on the weight scale and nothing happened. I couldn’t figure out why? I was left with the question of “why?” Why am I running? Why am I trying to lose weight. I realized it was time to find my “why.” I started to focus on distance, endurance, and strength. I found that running with a goal of distance and endurance should be my focal point, not the day to day weight loss regiment. I decided I was going to run a 5k this year! Before I knew it, people started asking me, “Have you lost weight?” Weight loss became a bi-product of my new goal, my new “why.” How transformative!! I encourage you to spend the next 18 minutes to watch Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle “Why.”  It could challenge your thinking in many ways where you just might be inspired to do something more than you thought you could.

Read this article to discover why failure is a great way to turn a challenge into an opportunity!
Sinek’s- Art Before Science
https://www.arts.gov/art-works/2016/art-failure

Thib Talks, Behavior, Failing Forward, COVA

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Why Tech Literacy Can’t Wait!


Is data in the cloud protected? It sits on a physical server somewhere. Every password is breakable!

  • The best way to combat ignorance is through curiosity!
  • If we don’t understand where we are, we limit where we can go.
  • Technical literacy allows us to keep up, and it can’t wait.

Use this interactive padlet to post one sentence about what technology literacy in the digital learning age means to you. Consider outside resources, look at the literature, investigate research reports to make your assumption.
Read edutopia’s School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age

Mobile Learning, Thib Talks, Behavior, Collaboration

3 Rules to Spark Learning


“Curiosity comes first, not the other way around.”

Cultivate curiosity

Questions and curiosity are like magnets that draw us to our teachers.
If we place technologies before inquiry, we could be robbing ourselves of our greatest tools as teachers- our students’ questions.
Embrace the mess of learning
Flipped learning should not be the focus – it’s the same dehumanizing chatter wrapped up in fancy clothing.
Confuse/perplex students through questions to tailor robust and informed methods of blended instruction.
Life threatening situation: student questions are the seeds for real learning, not scripted curriculum.
No more disseminators of content; cultivators of curiosity of inquiry, meaning and spark learning!
Practice reflection
Allow student questions to cultivate curiosity, embrace the mess of learning, and reflect on what was impactful and relevant.
3 Rules to Spark Learning
Curiosity comes first, not the other way around
Embrace the mess.
Practice reflection – reflection deserves our care and revision as if one day we will save lives.

Student-Centered Learning, Thib Talks, Behavior

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Do Bullets Kill PD?

Do Bullets Kill Professional Learning?

What is it about the “sit and get” professional development model that we just don’t dare to deviate from? Could it be that we are comfortable doing the same thing over and over again assuming that our instructional delivery is working? So says Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” Instead of making an effort to drill and kill, why not make professional learning engaging? If you want to change, be the change you wish to see. Modeling is key to implementing change.
Check out this link from Global Partnership in Education: Five Models of Teacher-Centered Professional Development
Check out this link from the Center for Public Education: Teaching the Teachers Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Accountability

Student-Centered Learning, Professional Learning, Research, Pedagogy, Collaboration, Feedback/Feedforward

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