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The Moral Imperative of Sharing
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

The Moral Imperative of Sharing

By on Oct 19, 2018 in Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies | 0 comments

We are all on our own learning journey. All of us have different experiences and backgrounds. Some of us have been reflecting on the paradigm shift in education longer than others. No one else can accelerate the speed of our own journey but ourselves (self-motivated/self-directed), but there are also pieces to that journey, that no matter how much someone else...

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From Engaged to Empowered Learners
Silvana Scarso

From Engaged to Empowered Learners

By on Oct 17, 2018 in Lifelong Learning | 0 comments

We have heard a lot about engaged students. Now we hear about empowered learners. What is the difference, and what is the shift in thinking? As we consider empowering our students as self-directed learners, which are the steps or strategies to make that happen? Fortunately, there is enough research nowadays to support steps towards that goal. One step, even if it...

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New Courses:  Building Digital Citizens Part 1 & Part 2
Silvana Scarso

New Courses: Building Digital Citizens Part 1 & Part 2

By on Aug 12, 2018 in Announcements | 1 comment

The need for Building Digital Citizens starts as soon as kids pick up a digital device, certainly by kindergarten. To thrive in the digital ecosystem that infuses both their personal and educational world, students must understand the culture of the online world and how to use it effectively while doing so safely, morally, and legally. In this two parts online...

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Our Notion of Being Literate or Illiterate Calls for an Update
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Our Notion of Being Literate or Illiterate Calls for an Update

By on Jul 5, 2018 in Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies | 0 comments

What does it mean to be literate? What does it mean to be illiterate? I think about the definition and the notion of literacy quite a bit. I define literacy as the ability to read and write and being able to express and communicate our ideas to others. Looking back at history, we know that the ability to read and write was in the hands of the clergy (male) and the...

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Teacher Clarity: A Visible Learning Approach
Silvana Scarso

Teacher Clarity: A Visible Learning Approach

By on Apr 4, 2018 in Announcements, Professional Development | 0 comments

Teacher clarity, described below as one of John Hattie’s influences on student achievement, implies visibility of learning intentions.  Visibility of learning intentions goes hand in hand with the visibility of student learning. For too long, we have kept teaching and learning inside our heads, inside students heads, inside notebooks, inside of folders, inside...

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No Longer EITHER OR of Technology Integration: It Is About the Learning MIX
Silvana Scarso

No Longer EITHER OR of Technology Integration: It Is About the Learning MIX

By on Nov 30, 2017 in Announcements, Lifelong Learning, Modern Literacies, Professional Development | 0 comments

Many of us have now lived through the adoption of student laptops, Google Docs, cellphones and other technologies in schools. Many people involved may have had mixed feelings about all of the technology. However, a lot of discussion and research has already taken place about the true value of technology integration in the classroom. The old idea of “tech for tech’s...

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A Sense of Urgency in Education Innovation
Silvana Scarso

A Sense of Urgency in Education Innovation

By on Oct 26, 2017 in Announcements, Lifelong Learning, Professional Development | 0 comments

This is a cross post from silvanameneghini.com During the closing roundtable at Graded School Innovate 2017 Conference, Alan November was very emphatic when justifying the urgency for change in education. He mentioned an interview with Rahaf Harfoush, who was part of Barak Obama’s Presidential Campaign. His point was that as social media started having a...

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The important role of a teacher in the 21st Century Education
Katrin Barlsen

The important role of a teacher in the 21st Century Education

By on Oct 25, 2017 in Announcements, Lifelong Learning | 0 comments

So here we are…the 21st Century Education is the “new” way of learning and teaching. What do we mean when we talk about this revolutionary education? First of all, it’s not a new but an adapted approach to this rapidly changing world. So let’s take a closer look at this: Teachers used to be the owners of content and the ones responsible...

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#amplifiEDUbookclub: My Reading to Make My Ideas Happen

By on Sep 5, 2017 in Announcements, Book Recommendations | 0 comments

I am currently reading a book called Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality, by Scott Belsky. I started reading it as an entrepreneur in education, because I wanted to find strategies to help bridge my ideas and the hard work to actually make them a reality. As I am going over the strategies shared in the book, which are based on...

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