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Re-Decentralised Web [...]

Fake news. Algorithmically created content. Siloed hubs. The challenge currently faced is . A part of all of this is the need for a decentralised web. As Doug Belshaw explains, > We need to re-decentralise the Web. I wrote a few years ago about the dangers of newsfeeds that are algorithmically-curated by advertising-fuelled multinational tech companies. What we need t...

 

Care in Educational Social Spaces [...]

There has been a lot written about the . However, there is just as much discussed around the and the ease to with which we can . One aspect that has arisen over time is the and with this some negative attributes, such as . In a recent post, Marten Koomen wonders about the place of **care** in such spaces. > Many educators approach education from an ethic of care an...

 

Digital Identity vs. Digital Citizenship [...]

Bon Stewart reflects on the contradiction associated with digital identity and citizenship. > Digital identity, as a practice, operates counter to the collaboration and cooperation that need to be part of digital citizenship. Although not quite the same, this reminds me of the contradiction that Gert Biesta touches upon in his notion of a ....

 

What Does it Mean to be Digital Literate? [...]

Doug Belshaw responds to the question as to the biggest mistake when it comes to **digital literacies**. After pointing out that they are plural, context-dependent and socially-negotiated, he explains that it is not something that one necessarily becomes. > There is no stance from which you could call someone ‘digitally literate’, because (as Allan Martin has poin...

 

Leadership: Flat-Footed or Future Focused? [...]

David Culberhouse discusses the need to be proactive as a leader or else actions will be pushed on you. > In the end, the worst stance is to be flat-footed and motionless, when change and disruption comes a calling, determined to pull the rug out from under you, to have the future forced upon you.  Rather, we need leaders drenched in awareness, connecting dots, searc...

 

Leadership Like Rock Climbing [...]

Paul Browning discusses the challenges associated with leadership. In particular, he focuses on responding to the *unknown*. > Leadership is a bit like rock climbing (my son took me indoor climbing over Easter). When you look up the cliff face looks formidable, unachieveable. Half way up your arms begin to shake, particularly if you are using the wrong technique. If y...

 

Technology Designed to Meet a Demand [...]

What comes first, the technology or the hoax? Michael Caulfield examines a hoax involving people living on the surface of the moon in the 19th century. He makes the case that this event was not created to promote newspapers, but vice versa. Newspapers and mass print was designed to promote such events: > In other words, you can think of the hoax as meeting a demand t...

 

People Are Always Your Best Resource [...]

In a short post, George Couros argues that **people** are any organisations most important resource. Although there may be the most outstanding values statements in place, if this does not connect and respect the individuals then it will always be limited. >To do work that matters, people need to know that they are the best resource your organisation will have, and th...

 

Collaboration Should Be Natural [...]

Gary Stager wonders about all the hype surrounding Google Docs and it's collaborative edge. In discussing his decades of experience, he suggests that writing is selfish and that collaboration should not be forced. Instead, he argues that for collaboration to work it needs to be natural. >Cooperation and collaboration are natural processes. Such skills are useful when ...

 

Collective Network [...]

Andrea Stringer discusses the voices of teachers within education, the power of coaching to develop expertise and the overall potential for collective efficacy. Aspects such as social media provide a way of supporting this. >For expertise in the classroom and in leadership, colleagues, my professional learning network, professional reading and discourse support me. I ...