Thursday, July 2, 2015

Conference Overload, Myth of Innovation, etc.

Myth of Innovation in Education
Most new ideas have more enemies than friends. Education needs new ideas and people who can stand up and lead those ideas over rather perilous roads to completion. . . .Once they have the knowledge, teachers need to be supported in collaboration with others to refine, plan, and implement ideas. 

How to Avoid Conference Overload
2. Keep a 3-dance card
Too often I go to sessions and leave with an ever-growing list of things to try but no time to try them. . . .So now I go with a 3 card - that is, a note with three slots. As I hear about new and exciting things, I write them on my dance card to try when I get home. When I get to a fourth "cool new thing" I need to decide to bump an already penciled in tool or strategy or forgo it. While this was difficult at first, it was so liberating to leave with three big ideas to try out when I got home instead of dozens.

When School Leaders Empower Teachers, Better Ideas Emerge
“Distributed leadership is not ‘I empower you to do exactly what I say,’ ” said Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy in an EduCon session about how to effectively distribute power. Often leaders believe they are distributing power, but they are actually just delegating. For teachers to buy into a system like this, which asks more of their time outside class, they must feel they are professionals trusted by leadership.

Reimagining Genius Hour as Mastery Hour
The goal of the creative, passion-driven work our students are doing should be mastery. Mastering a concept, skill, or ability. It’s silly to believe that one year of Genius Hour will lead to true mastery, but does it help? Does Genius Hour build good learning habits? Do those habits then eventually lead to Mastery?

The (Accidental) Power of MOOCs
Perhaps one of the overlooked values in MOOCs is not in sharing Ivy League wisdom with the masses, but in teaching educators—and, in turn, improving traditional K-12 schools.

Capture blur-free iPhone vids with this tip
Your iPhone is set up as a still camera first and foremost, so it tends to automatically focus and expose your images. This is fantastic when you need a quick snapshot, but when you’re taking video, the constant re-focusing and exposure adjustment just makes everything look blurry and amateur.

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