I am interested in the conversation about where education needs to be in 5, 10, and 20 years.
Below are a few of the books I’m accumulating for summer reading. What else would you recommend?
Daring Greatly — Brene Brown — Definitely check out her TEDx Talk too. Brown tackles vulnerability and shame. Her work has changed the way I approach leadership teaching, and my family. Engaging your family, colleagues, students from alongside and working to see what they see and feel what they feel.
The Secrets of Happy Families — A great book on parenting and being a better parent in our intensely competitive and over scheduled world.
Creating Innovators — Tony Wagner — What we should be doing/thinking about in education to prepare our students for their futures.
If you’d like to discuss what books you are recommending and how you are helping your faculty look towards the future, please let me know.
Over my almost 15 years as an educator, I’ve always been on a search for the new textbook, or how to consolidate the textbook onto one device. Right now, there are numerous eReaders out there. How we use those devices in education is up in the air.
Last Friday a group of educators assembled to organize resources that would help us all move closer to an truly electronic book model. The group organized resources around Devices, Pay and Free Content, and Examples of eTexts. We recorded much of the afternoon via uStream.
There was a consensus at the end of the day that we direct our futures by building some examples of what we may see in the future, whether web based or specifically for tablets or eReaders.
Since this is an ongoing project, I moved this wiki to OPuS1 – The Future of the Book and started a Community of Practice around the resources. OPuS1 is a good container for this type of project. Let me know if you ‘re interested in being part of this next work we’ll be doing via twitter or a comment on this post.
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The goal of this lesson is to give students awareness of what it means to have a digital footprint.
Ask the students, “What is a digital footprint?”
- What can be found when you Google yourself.
- Data collected by different web sites you visit.
- Data recorded by email, social networking, cell phone and video game companies.
- Anywhere where you use a username and password.
Digital Footprint on Wikipedia
Pew Internet & American Life Research on Digital Footprints
I then show this video:
I then ask them to think for a minute about their digital footprint and then lead a short discussion around the following questions:
- Why would people Google you?
- What is your digital reputation?
At this point, I ask them students to take out their footprints (see link above) and list the accounts the have online: websites, social networks, phones they text with, video games they play online, etc.
Once they have done this for 5 minutes, I have them enter this data into our homework submission site. This is good data to start conversations about Internet safety in the future.
How do you teach about Digital Footprints?
We had Dr. Angela Duckworth in for a professional development day two years ago. Here’s a video where she describes her concept of grit. If Dr. Duckworth is correct in her concept of grit, what would you change to help your students develop more grit?