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Presentation for the BC Teacher Librarians Association PSA - October 19, 2012.

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  • To better prepare students for the future there will be more emphasis on key competencies like:
  • . . . With the world outside of school
  • We can’t wait for the decisions of others – it is go time . . . now
  • All the necessary infrastructure is in place
  • Do old things better
  • If I'd have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me "A faster horse.” – Henry Ford
  • It is access to the benefits of a digitized world that is the greater goal. For our students to thrive in this world, they need to have ACCESS and DIRECTION.
  • To be clear, one-to-one computing is not the solution to any challenge – it may, though, be part of the answer to going forward.
  • If we think by placing an Internet appliance in a student’s hands alone will create a more creative, innovative, or more intelligent student, we are missing the point. Like the paper and pen of the last generation, it is the “oxygen” to breathe in a digital world.
  • Won’t this further divide our students (and teachers) into haves and have-nots?Given that it is unlikely any grand plan will come together to support all students and staff with technology, implementation will be incremental.
  • If we believe technology is crucial for students moving forward, we need to find a way for all students to have a base level of access.
  • Complex problems often have a simple solution
  • External inventions will continue to dramatically impact what we do, and we have no control over it!
  • There will be teachers who continue to push the boundaries, who will do amazing and edgy stuff – teachers always have and always will. This should be encouraged, but it is not the base expectation.
  • Focus on a web environment / space for learning / personalization that allows a common structure that changes the norm of how we do business
  • Have high expectations for leadership with your administrators and librarians
  • Find your “simple thing” that changes the norm – it could be:1.    Digital writing2.    Digital content3.    PortfolioNote all 3 fit into the content, learning, assessment triangle. Need to find the one sticky piece to expand learning.
  • Link technology to physical activity and the arts – it is not just about language arts – integrate, integrate, integrate!  (High Tech High examples)
  • Not allow technology to solely report to the business side of the organization
  • More staff (and not just students) will be bringing their own devices to workDistricts will own and store lessTension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!Digital content will increase / devices will get cheaper
  • Tension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!
  • Digital content will increase / devices will get cheaper
  • More staff (and not just students) will be bringing their own devices to workDistricts will own and store lessTension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!Digital content will increase / devices will get cheaper
  • Moving from a space to a plan – how will we manage personalized learning in the digital space?Use the Khan Academy map of an individual plan – layered into assessment and demonstrations
  • Link technology to physical activity and the arts – it is not just about language arts – integrate, integrate, integrate!  (High Tech High examples)
  • Start at Grades 4–7 (maybe 6-8 if a middle model) – spill both ways over time – the “sweet spot” extends from 4 – 10 depending on your school organization
  • Tension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!

Leading from the Library - BCTLA -- October 19, 2012 Leading from the Library - BCTLA -- October 19, 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • CHRIS KENNEDY Superintendent, West Vancouver School DistrictLeading from the Library “We’re In! Inquire, Inspire, Innovate” BCTLA Coquitlam Oct 19 | 2012
  • ? Awesome Or Not With thanks to Bill Selak: http://www.billselak.com/2012/thingsthatsuck
  • ? Learning Commons
  • ? e-Readers and e-Texts in School Libraries
  • ? Incentivizing Students to Read Books
  • “A tribe is a group ofpeople connected to oneanother, connected to aleader, and connected toan idea.” —Seth Godin
  • “Tribes need leadership.People want connectionand growth andsomething new.” —Seth Godin
  • Twitter and Facebook and group meetings andnewsletters are all TOOLS. Tools matter, because toolsimpact the way you interact. You don’t need to use everytool, but every tool you use you must use well. —Seth Godin
  • Why?
  • SELF-RELIANCE
  • CRITICAL THINKING
  • INQUIRY
  • CREATIVITY
  • PROBLEM-SOLVING
  • INNOVATION
  • TEAMWORK
  • COLLABORATION
  • CROSS-CULTURAL
  • TECHNOLOGICALLITERACY
  • CONNECT
  • ACROSSTOPIC AREAS
  • Credit: Scott McLeod – danngerouslyirrelevent.orgOur kids have tasted the honey
  • Whatcould be
  • DO OLD THINGSBETTER
  • “Students today depend toomuch upon ink. They don’t knowhow to use a pen knife tosharpen a pencil. Pen and ink willnever replace the pencil.”National Association of Teachers, 1907
  • DO NEW THINGSYOU COULDN’TDO AT ALL
  • “If I’d asked mycustomers what theywanted, they wouldhave told me ‘A fasterhorse.’” Henry Ford
  • 5 obstaclesNo needNo moneyNo hurryNo desireNo trust
  • People prefer things that are easy to think about
  • Thegoal
  • It’s not technology
  • Relevant, connected, unlimitedWhat many want for their children is thebenefits of digital learning
  • Create a newnorm for how teachers andstudents learn
  • Can’t scale and sustainwithout technology
  • AccessDirection
  • What does this mean?Moving to one-to-one opportunities
  • What aboutequity?
  • Technology can help overcomebarriers of access andgeography
  • MOBILE TECHNOLOGY CANCHANGE LEARNINGGOOD WRITING STILL MATTERSUSING SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDS TOBE TAUGHTNETWORKS ARE ESSENTIALTHE REAL WORLD IS ADDICTIVE
  • Teachers will always push the boundaries
  • For all students,on any device, from anywhere
  • Key Staff Contacts Teacher- Librarians Administrators“Just-in-time” solution
  • TRENDS
  • • Will make it easier Teachers for students... • Will make it easier Schools for teachers... • Will make it easier Districts for schools... • Will make it easierGovernments for districts... To be FLEXIBLE
  • Under deliver Overpromise
  • NEXTCHALLENGE
  • PERSONALIZED=XINDIVIDUALIZED
  • TELL THE STORIES OF THE LIBRARY OF 2020CONNECT TO COMMUNITY LIBRARIES AND OTHER PARTNERSBE THE CHAMPIONS OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNINGLEAD DON’T BE LED BY TECHNOLOGYREMIND PEOPLE THAT LITERACY MATTERSBE THE GATHERING PLACE
  • Luke: I can’t believe itYoda: That is why you fail
  • He says the problem with teachers isWhat’s a kid going to learnfrom someone who decided his best option in lifewas to become a teacher?
  • He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s truewhat they say about teachers:Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.
  • ...I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor.Be honest. What do you make?
  • This is . . .
  • OUR WORLD
  • OUR LIVES
  • OUR CHILDREN
  • OUR CURRICULUM
  • OUR CHALLENGE
  • OUR WORK
  • OUR ART
  • OUR JOY
  • You want to know what I make? I make kidswonder,
  • I make them question.
  • I make them criticize.I make them apologize and mean it.
  • I make them write.I make them read, read, read.
  • I make them spell definitely beautiful,definitely beautiful, definitely beautifulover and over and over again until they willnever misspelleither one of those words again.
  • ...and if someone ever tries to judge youby what you by what you make, you give them this.
  • ...Here, let me break it down for you, so youknow what I say is true:
  • Teachers make a goddamn difference! Nowwhat about you?
  • Thanks for Leadingfrom the Library. Excerpts from poem: What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali
  • Where you can find me: ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca 604-202-4379 @chrkennedy Chris Kennedy cultureofyes.cawww.sd45.bc.ca