21st Century LearningIt’s more than technology that needs to change… Let’s get started! CASA July 2011, T. D’Amico
21st Century Learning•The World has Changed•21st Century Learning•Steps to become a 21st Century Learning School Board•Professional Learning Network•Websites and Resources•Research and Advocacy Agenda
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Kids should learn - like I learned!“I see no hope for the future of ourpeople if they are dependent on thefrivolous youth of today, for certainlyall youth are reckless beyond words.When I was a boy, we were taught tobe discrete and respectful of elders,but the present youth areexceedingly wise and impatient ofrestraint.” (Hesiod, 700 B.C.) (Hesiod, 700 B.C.)
The New / Next Generation Don Tapscott –Is this the Smartest or the Dumbest Generation?
The World is Changing … rapidly 2 Billion Internet Users Over 10 Billion “App” downloads in iTunes 3 Billion searches on Google daily 3 Billion YouTube Videos watched daily
Schools - Change? Why? The Canadian Education Association (CEA) By grade 12 only 45% of students report being engaged!
Information – easily available“If acquiring and retaining information are no How should schoollonger the fundamental goals of the staff adjust?educational system, there are seriousimplications for our beliefs about learning,teaching, and the role of students, teachers,and schools…Technology is an important tool but alonewill not create reformed schools or preparestudents for their future.”Technology for Learning – pg 10
Why Change? What’s the rush! 1971 – 25,000 students in England accessing content via T.V. 1989 - 12 students taking online courses with Phoenix University
Why Change? What’s the rush! 2004 – Khan Academy is founded by Salman Khan – non-profit, free, online educational organization ... For anyone in the world
Why Change? What’s the rush! 2011 – There are 250,000 students in the UK’s Open University – most instruction and learning occurs online
Why Change? What’s the rush! 2011 – There are now more than 500,000 students taking courses at over 200 campuses world- wide with Phoenix University
Why Change? What’s the rush! The Khan Academy videos have been watched more than 41 million times!
Why Change? What’s the rush! Facebook Khan Academy iTunes U School Apps The education landscape has changed!
The Internet has Global Impact Where “Freedom of expression do the right to and we communicate are, in start? ways, being many redefined by the development of and access to new technologies” (UNESCO 2011, Freedom of Connection, pg. 75)
We can’t ignore technological changes impacting the World Moving from what students should We need to know… to what move from… students can doThis is true for Face to Face,Blended, and Online Learning
Becoming a 21st Century School Board21stCentury WhereLearningSchool doBoard we start?
Becoming a 21st Century School Board Where It’s a do dynamic we process, start? not a linear process.
Keep students as the focus Changesin Teacher Practice • Focus Groups • Work with Partners Increased Increased Student Student • Environmental scanEngagement Achievement • Inter-departmental
Creating a Vision • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental Scan • Inter-Departmental
Some of our Partners • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental scan • Inter-departmental
Align Vision to Board Improvement Plans Our Vision . . . Our vision is one where all staff and students in the Ottawa Catholic School Board have the skills they need to excel in the 21st century. We will achieve student success by meeting the diverse needs of 21st century learners.
Policies – Procedures - PeopleGovernance • Multi- - Support -Policies and dimensional WhereProcedures process do • Support of Trustees we • Support of Executive team start?Social Media Policy • • Decrease Filtering (YouTube access etc.) • Remove “Barrier” practices • Change title of Superintendent of IT to Learning Technologies • Re-align departments – Organization chart changes
Infrastructure StabilityReliable • Flexible WhereNetwork Implementation do • Network Stability we • Increased Bandwidth start?Enterprise Wireless • • Bring Your Own Device • Support to VPs and Ps • Parent Presentations • Information to Trustees (WiFi research summary)
Re-tool our schools Mobile Devices • Curriculum Whereand Digital integration • Laptops / SmartBoards /Resources do LCD projectors we • Link to Numeracy and start?Literacy - goals • 21st Century Learning contest and pilot projects • Innovation fund • Digital resources budget (Discovery Education / DreamBox Math K-3) • Learning Commons transformation
Leadership and Capacity Building Building Capacity Focus • Importance Where Groups, of role modelsModelling,In-service do • use of Technology Team Senior Leadership we • 21st Century Learning start?Course(s) • Board-wide 21st Century Learning PD day focus • Variety of training and in- service opportunities – respect generation differences
Capacity Building Opportunities … not just for teachers21st Century Learning MENTORSHIP – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS AND OFFICEAn overview of Where ADMINISTRATORSlearning in the 21stCentury do we INTRODUCTION TODeveloping 21stCentury Leaders start? LEADERSHIP PART 1You, Your Students MENTORSHIP – EDUCATIONALand Technology ASSISTANTSPart II: Great ideas forusing technology tosupport you in Buildingsupporting your Capacity Focus Groups,students Modelling, In-service
Online Course TEACHING AND LEADING IN THE 21st CENTURYStudents and Learning in the Teaching and Learning in the 21st21st Century CenturyWho are the students we are Where What do teachers need to know to teachteaching? What defines their and learn in the 21st Century? How do dogenerations? Do they need 21st they effectively grow professionally? -Century learning? - Adobe Skype weConnect start? Leading for Education in the 21st Century What does leadership look like in the 21stCurrent System Century school environment and how doWhat are some of the we lead the change?characteristics of the currenteducation system? What is 21stCentury learning? What needs to Sharingbe in place to allow for change and What were you able to accomplish in yourmove to a system that supports schools to affect change and move21st Century learning? - Google towards 21st Century learning?
Politics and Literature ReviewLiteratureReview – • Learn from Where Political Context others do • Learn from other Boards we • Review your provincial directions start? • Learn from other provinces New Brunswick 21st Century Leadership
Teaching and Learning In a Digital World Ontario: 10 Emerging Themes1. Vision, guidelines and expectations2. Learning: How does it help and what do kids need to learn?3. Privacy, rules of use and digital citizenship4. Teaching practice and teacher preparation5. Assessment6. Digital media and content7. Access and equity8. Infrastructure9. Innovation10. Community involvement
Transformational Change is expensive (time and money)Budget • Show me Where the money do • Prioritizing – refresh cycles we • Cancelling programs not aligned with Board priorities start? • Over 1 million per year from cancelled initiatives • Transitioning teacher resource centre • School councils and school funds • Grants and Vendor rebates • Reserves
Resources to help along the journey A free toolkit for change Where • A toolkit developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, to help with the do implementation of 21st Century Learning we start? Self Assessment Tool : • Knowledge and Skills • Education Support Systems (e.g., curriculum, assessment, etc.) • Education Leadership • Policy making • Partnering • Continuous Improvement
Resources to help along the journey Comprehensive free guide Where for change (123 pages) do Topics include: we • Understanding technology start? • Planning for eLearning • Establishing policies and procedures • Driving effective leadership • Creating professional development systems • Using digital content in curriculum • Employing a sustainable infrastructure … and much more!
Check your progress along the way Free online tool to Where check your progress do towards becoming a we 21st Century Learning School start? Board or District
21st CenturyProfessional Learning Network New community - Where with links to teacher do resources we start?
21st CenturyProfessional Learning Network Online community Where for educational do leaders we Over 2300 start? educators
21st CenturyProfessional Learning Network A community of Where educators who are using social do networking to we share information, create resources, start? and create online communities of practice to improve teaching and learning Free Webinars
21st CenturyProfessional Learning Network A social network Where for those interested in Web do 2.0 and Social we Media in education start? A large variety of special interest groups that you can join for free
21st CenturyProfessional Learning Network Weekly interviews Where and discussion groups on topics do related to we transformational practices in start? education
21st Century Websites Free tip sheets Where on a variety of do Web. 2.0 tools we start?
21st Century Websites Key 21st Where Century Skills: do we Critical Thinking start? Communication Collaboration Creativity
21st Century Websites Key 21st Century Fluencies: Creativity Information Collaboration Media Solution
How do you staycurrent witheducationaltechnology?Your Turn
White Papers and Research Free downloads of Where industry white papers on a do variety we of 21st Century Learning topics start?
University Research – Stay Current with Trends Critical ReviewTrends and Analysis of1. Open Source “Skills, Technology2. Adaptive and Assistive Technologies and Learning”3. Engaging ParentsThemes1. Digital Naifs2. Computers in Schools – still underused3. Environmental Impact of ICT
Trends – Horizon Report Horizon Report –The report helps to 2011 K-12 Editiondescribe emergingtechnologies that arelikely to have animpact on teachingand learning aroundthe world.New Media Consortium (NMC)Consortium for SchoolNetworking (CoSN)International Society forTechnology in Education (ISTE)
The New 3 E’s of Education Speak Up 2010The 3 E’s of Education National Findings K- 12 Students & 1. Enabled Parents 2. Engaged (April 2011) 3. EmpoweredThe 3 Trends1. Mobile Learning2. Online and Blended Learning3. E-textbooks
The New 3 E’s of Education Speak Up 2010Role of Librarians and National Findings K-Technology Coordinators: 12 Teachers,To enable student use of the Librarians &emerging technologies Administrators (MayRole of Classroom Teachers: 2011)To engage students in rich,compelling learning experiencesRole of Administrators:To empower both teachers andstudents to creatively envision thefuture of digital learning, and toprovide opportunities for exploringthe elements of a new sharedvision for learning
Research and Advocacy Canadian Education Association …influencing educational transformation in Canada“The most powerful thing teachers do to engage studentsis to design engaging, meaningful, and authentic work andtechnology-enhanced learning experiences.”
Research and Advocacy AdvancedReview the document Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL)See the section entitled Participate in“Leading Education in Leadership Forums a Digital World Valuable Web Sites”Canadian Perspective
Questions? T. D’Amico Twitter: TDOttawaThomas.DAmico@ottawacatholicschools.ca