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

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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

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. Why?
    3. 3. SELF-RELIANCE
    4. 4. CRITICAL THINKING
    5. 5. INQUIRY
    6. 6. CREATIVITY
    7. 7. PROBLEM-SOLVING
    8. 8. INNOVATION
    9. 9. TEAMWORK
    10. 10. COLLABORATION
    11. 11. CROSS-CULTURAL
    12. 12. TECHNOLOGICALLITERACY
    13. 13. CONNECT
    14. 14. ACROSSTOPIC AREAS
    15. 15. Credit: Scott McLeod – danngerouslyirrelevent.orgOur kids have tasted the honey
    16. 16. Whatcould be
    17. 17. DO OLD THINGSBETTER
    18. 18. “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
    19. 19. DO NEW THINGSYOU COULDN’TDO AT ALL
    20. 20. “If I’d asked mycustomers what theywanted, they wouldhave told me ‘A fasterhorse.’” Henry Ford
    21. 21. People prefer things that are easy to think about
    22. 22. Everyone benefits
    23. 23. Thegoal
    24. 24. It’s not technology
    25. 25. Relevant, connected, unlimitedWhat many want for their children is thebenefits of personalized learning
    26. 26. Create a newnorm for how teachers andstudents learn
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. AccessDirection
    29. 29. Technology can help overcomebarriers of access andgeography
    30. 30. Learning, not technology, is the driver
    31. 31. Good writingstill matters. . . and it maybe moreimportantthan ever
    32. 32. Networks matter – for kids and adults
    33. 33. For all students,on any device, from anywhere
    34. 34. Communication and collaborationAt home and at school
    35. 35. Personalized web spacesDon’t want social tool – kids want to stay focused
    36. 36. TRENDS
    37. 37. • 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
    38. 38. NEXTCHALLENGE
    39. 39. PERSONALIZED=XINDIVIDUALIZED
    40. 40. Luke: I can’t believe itYoda: That is why you fail
    41. 41. Where you can find me: ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca 604-202-4379 @chrkennedy Chris Kennedy cultureofyes.cawww.sd45.bc.ca

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