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4 Qualities of a Great Hackers: They Have PEEP

Hackers have PEEP

Hackers have PEEP

What’s a hacker? Some people think of hackers only as nefarious people who try to steal your identity or break into your computer files. These aren’t hackers, though; they are criminals.

Real Hackers are people who improve the world. They take existing ideas or products and make them better than they are.

Here, at Hack Learning, we create amazing hacks every day. We share them on Twitter, Facebook and in blog posts. Best of all, we put them into books, contained in the Hack Learning Series. Still not sure what makes someone a Hacker? Simple. Great Hackers have PEEP.

4 Qualities of a great Hacker–PEEP

1-Perspective: A Hacker looks at problems objectively, combining experience with a unique view of the problem. In many professions, especially education, shareholders are too invested to maintain objectivity. If I believe reading is the most important thing in school, I want more books at all costs and I’m not going to hear that there isn’t enough money for more books. I’ll just stomp my feed and say, “Dammit, get me the books.” The great education Hacker may love reading as much as anyone, but she will take a step back and see this issue in ways that the English teacher or librarian may not. This objectivity brings a powerful perspective to every problem. The Hacker knows how much teachers want those books, while understanding the fiscal constraints that the administrator is considering. She’ll find a simple solution that satisfies both.

2-Experience: Hackers have experience not only with problem solving but in the field they are hacking. An Education hacker is or has been a teacher, counselor, principal, or thought-leader. I can’t hack education if I’m a politician. Hackers aren’t politicians, and they aren’t opportunists. They have been in the trenches and have a laser-focused understanding of the problem and how it impacts all shareholders.

3-Expertise: Sure, doing something for 20 years gives a person experience, but it doesn’t make them an expert. Hackers not only hone their crafts over decades, they look, listen, read, practice, experiment and lie awake at night thinking of how to do the job better than everyone else. This unique combination leads to expertise.

4-Perseverance: The true Hacker will not stop until the problem is solved. Barriers only embolden hackers. When they hear, “This is how it is and we can’t change it,” hackers become inspired; they view seemingly insurmountable mountains as just one more challenge they can conquer. Hackers breathe problem solving. They won’t be denied.

Great Hackers have PEEP. Without these qualities, you may be an onlooker; you may be a shareholder, but you can’t be a hacker.

What do you think? Do you have PEEP?

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Twitter Gives You Two Videos in One

Not only does Twitter’s in-app video feature give you and students a great opportunity to easily create and tweet short videos, it stores the videos on your device for posterity.

Now, after tweeting your video to the world, why not upload it to Youtube and embed it on a blog post like this one?

Imagine the possibilities for this feature in the classroom.

As of this post, Twitter’s in-app video is only available on iPhone. The feature will soon be available on Android and other mobile devices.

So, shoot a video today; tweet it to #HackLearningSeries. Then, upload it to Youtube and embed it on your favorite blog or website. Create an amazing library of 30-second hacks.

Soon, you’ll be a Hack Learning star.

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Hacking Twitter: Video and Social Media Engage All Learners

Check out the power of Twitter’s in-app video feature, which marries social networking and video–two irresistible digital learning tools.

Consider what you can do as a teacher with this amazing feature. Engage all students in learning in a variety of ways with video, which they love.

Create your own learning hacks today and post them to the Twitter hashtag #HackLearningSeries.

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3 Ways to Hack Teacher Time

Teacher time is a problem that needs to be hacked.

The Center for Teaching Quality recently considered the problem of teacher time. After discussing this problem, representatives from the CTQ challenged educators to consider major changes in how teacher time is handled in schools.

Here is what the CTQ suggests for creating more teacher time:

1. Redesign school schedules to prioritize learning for students and teachers

2. Promote teacher-driven Professional Learning Communities

3. Rethink classroom structures and needs

This infographic contains more details on these strategies. Are these reasonable solutions to the problem of teacher time? What stumbling blocks do they present? Are there better ways to increase teacher time?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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A version of this first appeared at Brilliant or Insane.

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How to Use Voxer for Amazing Teaching and Learning

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Voxer is a new app that is mobilizing professional development.

With Voxer, you can record your voice and share your recording with selected members of your network. Best of all, you can create special interest groups

Learn more about Voxer for professional development and feedback for learning and see a list of groups you can join at this Brilliant or Insane blog post.