What Our Kids Need – A Look at Innovation in Education on Bowen Island and Beyond

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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
  • Focus on a web environment / space for learning / personalization that allows a common structure that changes the norm of how we do business
  • 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
  • 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

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  • 1. CHRIS KENNEDY Superintendent, West Vancouver School DistrictWhat Our Kids NeedA Look at Innovation in Education on Bowen Island and Beyond Engage, Connect, Learn Oct 17 | 2012
  • 2. “A tribe is a group ofpeople connected to oneanother, connected to aleader, and connected toan idea.” —Seth Godin
  • 3. “Tribes need leadership.People want connectionand growth andsomething new.” —Seth Godin
  • 4. Why?
  • 5. Credit: Scott McLeod – danngerouslyirrelevent.orgOur kids have tasted the honey
  • 6. SELF-RELIANCE
  • 7. CRITICAL THINKING
  • 8. INQUIRY
  • 9. CREATIVITY
  • 10. PROBLEM-SOLVING
  • 11. INNOVATION
  • 12. TEAMWORK
  • 13. COLLABORATION
  • 14. CROSS-CULTURAL
  • 15. TECHNOLOGICALLITERACY
  • 16. CONNECT
  • 17. ACROSSTOPIC AREAS
  • 18. Whatcould be
  • 19. DO OLD THINGSBETTER
  • 20. “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
  • 21. DO NEW THINGSYOU COULDN’TDO AT ALL
  • 22. “If I’d asked mycustomers what theywanted, they wouldhave told me ‘A fasterhorse.’” Henry Ford
  • 23. 5 obstaclesNo needNo moneyNo hurryNo desireNo trust
  • 24. People prefer things that are easy to think about
  • 25. Thegoal
  • 26. Relevant, connected, unlimitedWhat many want for their children is thebenefits of personalized learning
  • 27. Create a newnorm for how teachers andstudents learn
  • 28. Can’t scale and sustainwithout technology
  • 29. AccessDirection
  • 30. What does this mean?Moving to one-to-one opportunities
  • 31. What aboutequity?
  • 32. Technology can help overcomebarriers of access andgeography
  • 33. For all students,on any device, from anywhere
  • 34. TRENDS
  • 35. • 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
  • 36. NEXTCHALLENGE
  • 37. Under deliver Overpromise
  • 38. PERSONALIZED=XINDIVIDUALIZED
  • 39. No going back . . . they had seen what waspossible with real-world learning
  • 40. Luke: I can’t believe itYoda: That is why you fail
  • 41. Where you can find me: ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca 604-202-4379 @chrkennedy Chris Kennedy cultureofyes.cawww.sd45.bc.ca