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New Teachers: The Joys & Challenges of 21st Century Learning

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Less Teacher, More Student, Teacher Leadership 2.0, The Teaching Life | 8 comments

Is your school not a friendly place for 21st century learning? Don’t lose hope. Stand by your beliefs and remember that it is all about your students. Igniting their passions and teaching them to become connected learners is a gift that will serve them well, no matter what the future brings. Keep finding ways to let students drive their own learning through inquiry and problem solving. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and you will be there to show them that the learning opportunities are limitless.

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Is Your School or Classroom a Comfortable Place to Learn?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Student Life, The Compelling Need for Change, Voices | 17 comments

Prakash Nair asked the audience if THEY’d tried out a student chair lately and wondered if any adult would be willing to sit in such a seat for eight hours at a time? Most in the audience laughed at his question, but it was the laughter of recognition. No way. Why, asked Nair, do the adults get the comfortable chairs, but the kids don’t? Adult chairs are padded. Adult chairs roll. Adult chairs might even have the cool mesh that keeps backs and legs from getting all sweaty. But the learners? Unyielding polypropylene.

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School Leaders: Meet the Wiki

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Connected Leadership, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning, What We're Reading | 53 comments

The professional development programs that are essential today need to focus not so much on the hardware and software — what “cool tools” we can use — but on changing how teachers view themselves as educators. It’s not just about teaching the three “r’s” and the content packaged in textbooks. It’s about preparing our students with the skills that they need for the future within a new learning ecology. In a connected world, educators have to think and teach differently. This book adopts that attitude.

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5 Reasons Why Our Students Are Writing Blogs and Creating ePortfolios

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Creating Global Classrooms, Making The Shift, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 23 comments

I work in an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia, and this year we have made a commitment to help our students (grades 7-12) create ePortfolios, using an Edublogs campus as the platform. Here are 5 reasons why we are making student blogging and portfolio development a high priority. The first: These kids need to establish a positive digital footprint.

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PLP’s Voices from the Learning Revolution: Our Easy Reference Index (Posts 30-65)

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Connected Leadership, Creating Global Classrooms, Less Teacher, More Student, Local Professional Collaboration, Making The Shift, Passion Based Learning, Personal Learning Networks, Teacher Leadership 2.0, The Compelling Need for Change, The How of 21st Century Teaching, The Teaching Life, Voices, Voices Index, Web Tools That Deepen Learning | 0 comments

We launched our PLP group blog Voices from the Learning Revolution just six months ago, and we’ve now shared 65 wide-ranging articles and essays about the future of learning, written by teachers, librarians, IT specialists, principals, district leaders and consultants who are allied with our Powerful Learning Practice communities. Here’s a brief guide to our most recent 36 posts, and a link to our first guide published last May.

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From the Canadian UnPlug’d Conference: ‘Why Social Justice in Education Matters’

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in The Compelling Need for Change, The Teaching Life, Voices | 5 comments

I recently had the privilege of convening for three days with 37 educators who are passionate about education. We forfeited technology for the company of fellow teachers, consultants, administrators, university professors and school trustees. No cell phone reception. No Internet connection. Unplug’d. We were wholly engaged and attentive to the discussions at hand, as we considered what matters and why. This is my contribution.

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