CAIS 21st Century Learning


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This is the keynote presentation we didn't have time for on Thursday, 21 January 2010. It was regarded very highly by those who saw it ahead of time.

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  • Andrew: A student who receives a computer as part of a learning-differences IEP, or after a psychological evaluation, often has a different attitude.   She says, &amp;quot;this is a learning machine, so I should use it to learn.&amp;quot;  It&apos;s a much more professional attitude, and one which we have to cultivate in schools — and harder when pop culture is so Facebook-oriented.
  • Bill: David Gray put together this poster for what he calls The Collaboration Age.  Here, he outlined three critical skills - the ability to Learn, to Create and Collaborate with others. This image crystallized our previous discussions; it also inspired new folks as we shared it with colleauges back at our schools.
  • Andrew: A kid making a film for a class looks  different than a kid writing an essay, but they&apos;re both learning something, and they&apos;re both engaging in highly complex tasks.   One may be writing to create an end-product, or writing as a waypoint to something else — a game, a film, a screenplay, a podcast, an art project. Any of them can lead to rewarding, challenging and profitable work. None is necessarily more valid than the other.
  • Andrew : Once Bill and I started teaching with computers in our classroom every day, we found that digital tools helped a lot. But they produced inconsistent results.   This person wrote a blog entry that garnered over 500 readers in four days.  Like a great newspaper article in the old days, people kept passing it on. A far cry from his usual &amp;quot;mom and a dozen friends&amp;quot; readers&apos; base.   Should he get the A?
  • CAIS 21st Century Learning

    1. 1. Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century Chase Collegiate School January 21, 2010
    2. 2. One of our favorite &quot;Teaching Films&quot; <ul><li>Robin Williams as John Keating, Teaching Genius Extraordinaire </li></ul><ul><li>(...and we'll pretend that little suicide didn't happen...) </li></ul>
    3. 3. One of our favorite &quot;Teaching Films&quot; <ul><li>The students react in wonder to a teacher who is out of the ordinary. </li></ul><ul><li>'Rip out pages of your book!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Stand on your desk!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Walk different!&quot; </li></ul>
    4. 4. Reality is... we want this. <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    5. 5. Active, engaged students, ready for... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    6. 6. ... graphical design ... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    7. 7. ... programming ... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    8. 8. ... blogging ... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    9. 9. ... photography ... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    10. 10. ... animation ... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    11. 11. ... presentation ... <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    12. 12. ... and above all, SHARING <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    13. 13. And yet we're doing this...
    14. 14. Maybe we should imitate the CIA? <ul><li>  </li></ul>
    15. 15. Pre-9/11/2001 <ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-1995 technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Large amounts of paper analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No search functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No sharing of information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Layers of secrecy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Largely Russo-centric/European theater </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Slow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solitary — most analysts worked alone </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. The intelligence community failed to connect the dots... <ul><li>but they had ALL the information they needed. </li></ul>
    17. 17. The Myth of the Solitary Educator <ul><li>Keating wanted his students to succeed and to stand out. </li></ul><ul><li>The administrators wanted students to be quiet, respectful and orderly. </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Myth of the Solitary Educator <ul><li>In a 21st century learning environment, those goals may not be compatible. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Standing out doesn't have to mean standing up, though.
    20. 20. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>It's a new kind of creativity
    21. 21. And there are times when it's noisy
    22. 22. And times when it's silent,                                      but data-driven
    23. 23. And times when it crosses school boundaries.
    24. 24. We have to make the leap the intelligence agencies made.
    25. 25. We have to adopt and adapt to the changes of a networked world.
    26. 26. Introduce yourself to three people    <ul><ul><li>Trade business cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what they do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them why you're here </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write them a note after </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them what you got </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report on your successes and your failures . </li></ul></ul>We need to know what's going on. We need to know what's not working. We need to evolve our best practices.
    27. 27. Network! <ul><li>We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. </li></ul><ul><li>— Martin Luther King, Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963. </li></ul>