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Victoria Olivadoti

AI Creates for Users, But at What Cost?

“This AI creates a prompt for me, and I don’t have to even do any thinking,” was used to promote a new AI App. How nice to have someone to think for users. There are helpful aspects of technology, but at what cost? Apps can be helpful when examining what other ideas are out there,

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“Ask Smarter Questions,” Harvard Business Review

While walking the concourse in McCaren airport, I spied the Harvard Business Review on the magazine rack. In big bold letter was “Ask Smarter Questions, The Key to Better Strategic Decision-Making.” Promoting questions has been my focus as an educator for the past 54 years. Students’ questions and my own have been the key to

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The Secret to Engagement is Brain Chemistry

Teachers are competing for attention and they think it is the devices they are competing with. Some think it is the speed at which students are accustomed to viewing images at hundreds of images a minute. They are right to a certain extent. But the real competition is what is happening in the brain when

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AI Challenge-How to Prepare Children for Rapid Change

At no other time in history has there been such rapid change. The news is ,change will continue to happen even more rapidly, so how do we prepare children to adjust? Change is inevitable. If we spend out time complaining about the jobs lost, and not adapting, we will miss out on opportunities the change

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Critical Thinking-Crucial Success Skill

With the focus on passing tests to determine student success being the focus of so many educational institutions since the 1980’s, critical thinking has taken a backseat. It’s crucial that we help students recognize for every one opinion there should be several opposing opinions. Finding opposing opinions was much easier in the 1970’s when students

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Sandbox Mystery Writing Contest

Magic Lenses is my new story book designed to help students see how much better things can be when they are open to listening to others and their different ideas. The Magic Lenses opens the children’s eyes to the real beauty of working together. It also encourages students to imagine what other magic the lenses

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How I Survived 50 Years of Teaching

I’ve been asked, “Hw did you survive 5o years of teaching under the conditions teachers experience?” My answer is simple, “I listened every new next great idea in teaching demanded by administrators. I evaluated it considering the unique needs of each of my students, and if it was no aligned with that, I would nod

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Ban AI and It Becomes the Forbidden Fruit

Banning anything makes it the forbidden fruit and creates more of a desire to use it. Offering the fruit alone is not going to protect our children. Before we put our young people behind the wheel of a car, we warn them of all the hazards connected with driving one. We need to do the

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Weigh in on Today’s Question

Today’s Question: “What can I do if my mother says I have to leave my Chromebook at school locked in my locker, but my teachers assign work that has to be done on the Chromebook?” He shared that his mother was firm on her position. She does not want her son on a device after

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About Victoria

Victoria is an educational consultant, nationally recognized speaker. Her over 50 years in education has been focused on developing resilient self-reliant self-advocates who know how to tap into their innate ability to independently solve challenges.

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