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  1. 1. Weapons of Mass Instruction:Every Learner, Digital Tools, Modern Learning Horry County Schools Adult Education TLC at the Beach, March 15, 2013 Milton Chen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow George Lucas Educational Foundation San Francisco Bay Area milton.chen@edutopia.org 1
  2. 2. My Learning Journey:Longest Street in the World to aGalaxy Long Ago & Far, Far Away
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  4. 4. Imagine an Education Nation…A learning society where education ofchildren is the highest priority, on parwith a strong economy, highemployment, and national security.A nation is only as good as itseducational system.
  5. 5. The U.S. an Education Nation?• Of 50 1st-grade students behind in reading, 44 still behind in 4th-grade• A HS student drops out every 26 seconds, 6,000 each day (Tough Choices or Tough Times, 2006)• CA students 1 year behind U. S. average, 2-3 years behind best states (NAEP 2007, 8th-gr. math)• Closing the gap could contribute $2 trillion per year in GDP (McKinsey & Co., 2010)
  6. 6. America’s Strength:School/Community PartnershipsA “ladder of learning” from pre-K through“gray” blending formal and informallearning through schools, universities,media, museums, libraries, companies,churches, youth groups, parksA New Day for Learning: 24/7/365
  7. 7. • Innovation: The Key to an Education Nation• A “Must Do,” Not Just “Nice to Know”• Internet Time: Google 15 Years Old, YouTube 8 Years• Every 30 seconds, 24 Hours of New YouTube Video
  8. 8. Education Innovation = Authentic LearningSchool Life = Real Life“the great waste comes from [the child’s]inability to utilize the experiences he getsoutside the school…within the school…on the other hand, he is unable to apply in dailylife what he is learning at school.”John Dewey, The School and Society lecture,University of Chicago, 1899
  9. 9. 6 Leading Edges of K-12 Innovation:Any Time, Any Place, Any Path, Any Pace1. Thinking2. Curriculum & Assessment3. Technology4. Time/Place5. Co-Teaching, inc. Parents!6. Youth
  10. 10. 1. The Thinking Edge: New Roles! 21st C. Job Description: End of Solo Practitioner, Rise of Team Collaborator• Schools/Programs -> Learning Centers• Teachers -> Mentors, Team Leaders• Students -> Team Members, Scholars
  11. 11. Neuroscience & Cognitive Science:Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences1. Verbal2. Logical/Mathematical3. Visual4. Musical5. Bodily/Kinesthetic6. Intrapersonal7. Interpersonal8. Naturalist
  12. 12. Maya Angelou “Any book that helps a child forma habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
  13. 13. 6th & Greatest Edge: Today’s Youth• 95% of Stakeholders• Digital Natives Carrying Change in their Pockets• Generation YES: Students as TAs genyes.org• Edutopia’s Digital Generation edutopia.org/digital-generation
  14. 14. edutopia.org/digital-generation
  15. 15. edutopia.org/digital-generation
  16. 16. 3rd Edge: Technology• Weapons of Mass Instruction, 1:1 edutopia.org/maine-project-learning- schools-that-work• iPod, iListen, iRead sites.google.com/a/eusd.org/eusd-iread/• Intelligent Text• Online Learning edutopia.org/stw-online-learning- new-breakthroughs
  17. 17. What’s your definition of a great school? Make it short and measurable!
  18. 18. Do the studentsrun in at the same rate they run out?