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Phil Taylor

15 Reasons Why Educators Should Be Connected - 0 views

  • Being connected is about getting to know new people who can help stretch your thinking
John Evans

Perfecting the Connected Classroom of the future - Innovate My School - 2 views

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    "The technological landscape in schools is always evolving. As consumer trends like social networking, mobile applications and smart devices continue to make their way into the classroom, students are increasingly expecting an atmosphere of more interaction and less presentation. Beyond their expectations, the reality is that - as shown by multiple studies - students learn more through interaction and doing things for themselves, rather than passively absorbing content."
John Evans

The Connected Educator Movement Is Failing, And We're All To Blame | - 0 views

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    "It's been seven years since I made my first education tweet. So- how much has changed since then? Have we all connected with each other? To illustrate this, I made this handy-dandy chart below. Based on EdSurge's headline from last April, does this seem like dominance to you? "
John Evans

The Innovator's Mindset | Connected Principals - 2 views

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    "Carol Dweck's famous book, "Mindset", was one that was (is) hugely popular with educators, not only in helping shape their work and thoughts on students, but also pushing learning in educator with their peers.  There were two simple concepts shared that resonated with many readers; the "fixed" mindset and the "growth" mindset.

    Here is how the two differ according to Dweck:

    "In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."

    The great thing about Dweck's work is that she found that you can move from one to the other.  You may have a fixed mindset, but it is not necessarily a permanent thing.  The other aspect is that you do not necessarily have a "fixed" or "growth" mindset and fall into one of those two categories in all elements.  I have a growth mindset on (most things) education, but have a fixed mindset on fixing things around my house.

    So what I have been thinking about lately is the notion of the "innovator's mindset".  This would actually go one step past the notion of a growth mindset and is looking at what you are creating with your learning.  SImply it would go look this:"
John Evans

ASCD EDge - School Culture Resources for Connected Educator Month - 1 views

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    "ASCD's Connected Educator Month (CEM) resources and discussions this week are dedicated to school culture. We believe a key step to providing a welcoming, supportive environment for students is to offer you professional development resources that emphasize school culture. Visit this ASCD EDge® page for our updating list of overall CEM resources."
John Evans

Building Positive School Culture: 20 Ideas From Principals | Connected Principals - 5 views

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    "School or work environments are like home environments-it doesn't take long to figure out if you are in a happy, productive place or not.

    Last week I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting with our principal association when we were each asked to share at least one idea on building positive environments from each of our schools.

    It was so encouraging that I wanted to share them with you. Here are 20 ideas from 20 principals to inspire you to try something new in your school or organization:"
John Evans

The Connected Educator: All About Connectedness | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "With Connected Educator Month now upon us for the third year, I thought it would be fitting for folks to share their experiences in becoming what we call a "connected educator." I was interested in that "Aha!" moment people get when they go from the unconnected side to the more collaborative, sharing world of connected education, a world where educators share globally, collaborating with thought leaders, authors, administrators, teachers, parents, and even students with less regard for titles and higher regard for worthwhile ideas."
John Evans

The top 4 excuses for not being a connected educator | The Cornerstone - 5 views

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    "I'm not usually the type of person who tells other teachers what they MUST and MUST NOT do. This post is pushier than usual, because I'm more passionate about this topic than usual. Being a connected educator has transformed my teaching and added so much joy to my life that I want every discouraged and overwhelmed teacher to know: You can become energized once again. You can love your job!

    Being a connected educator means creating a personal learning network or community (often called a PLN or PLC.) The people in your personal learning community are those you connect with to share ideas and encourage each other. Some teachers have a lot of people like that in their own schools, but many teachers don't, and they reach out to like-minded individuals online. Through Twitter or Facebook or blogs or whatever medium they choose, the build a community of people they can share success and failures with and enjoy growing together."
John Evans

The Downside to Being a Connected Educator | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension - 1 views

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    "I have written a lot about all that being a connected educator has done for me. I have written a lot about how I would not trade it for anything and that I hope others will choose to become connected as well. I have written about how being a connected educator has enabled me to have connected students, which has radically changed the way I teach. And yet, I have not talked about the downfall of being connected much. Not like this, not in this way.

    Yet, I think in honor of Connected Educator month, (which is a strange month anyway because aren't we always connected?), I think it is time to discuss the downfalls. Those things that I deal with from being a connected educator, because after all, if I am going to encourage others to be connected, I think I need to be honest about all that it entails."
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