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Presentation given at the Ismali Centre on April 22, 2012.

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  • Tobetter 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
  • Result:Everyone benefitsThe “state-of-the-art” progresses and changesIncrease in [number] and diversity of learners (also financial goal of SD . . .)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teachers and schools are not going anywhere (sense of community/social-emotional learning)
  • All efforts need to be learning efforts. The goal is to increase personalized learning that improves engagement, relevancy and achievement. The technology is there to SUPPORT this goal.
  • Complex problems often have a simple solution
  • External inventions will continue to dramatically impact what we do, and we have no control over it!
  • Focus on a web environment / space for learning / personalization that allows a common structure that changes the norm of how we do business
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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

Learning for a Changing World - Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders Learning for a Changing World - Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders Presentation Transcript

  • CHRIS KENNEDY Superintendent of Schools / CEO, West Vancouver School DistrictOwn It, Guide It, Engage With ItLearning for a Changing World Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Leaders April 22, 2012
  • 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
  • People prefer things that are easy to think about
  • Everyone benefits
  • Thegoal
  • It’s not technology
  • Relevant, connected, unlimitedWhat many want for their children is thebenefits of personalized learning
  • Create a newnorm for how teachers andstudents learn
  • TOOLS matter, because tools impact the way youinteract. You don’t need to use every tool, but every toolyou use you must use well – Seth Godin
  • AccessDirection
  • Technology can help overcomebarriers of access andgeography
  • Learning, not technology, is the driver
  • Good writingstill matters. . . and it maybe moreimportantthan ever
  • Networks matter – for kids and adults
  • For all students,on any device, from anywhere
  • Communication and collaborationAt home and at school
  • Personalized web spacesDon’t want social tool – kids want to stay focused
  • 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
  • NEXTCHALLENGE
  • PERSONALIZED=XINDIVIDUALIZED
  • Luke: I can’t believe itYoda: That is why you fail
  • Where you can find me: ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca 604-202-4379 @chrkennedy Chris Kennedy cultureofyes.cawww.sd45.bc.ca