Google Teacher Academy - Vicki Davis - Keynote Part 2


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Keynote for Google Teacher Academy - 7 steps to a flat classroom. I talk about the steps for teachers to "flatten" their classrooms based upon the award winning Flat Classroom project (, Horizon Project (, and Digiteen Projects (

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  • - Green Stairs by extranoise accessed 4/8/2008 – In this workshop we will teach how to “flatten your classroom” and you may ask – “Why would I want to do that?”
  • Google Teacher Academy - Vicki Davis - Keynote Part 2

    1. 1. 7 Steps to a FLAT Classroom
    2. 2. This is not CRUSHING a classroom
    3. 3. It is about EXPANDING a Classroom
    4. 4. <ul><li>7 Steps </li></ul><ul><li>CONNECTION </li></ul><ul><li>COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><li>CITIZENSHIP </li></ul><ul><li>CONTRIBUTION & COLLABORATION </li></ul><ul><li>CHOICES </li></ul><ul><li>CREATION </li></ul><ul><li>CELEBRATION </li></ul>
    5. 5. Connection Step #1 <ul><li>Yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Your Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Your Students </li></ul>
    6. 6. Step 1A: Connect yourself <ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get an RSS Reader - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share bookmarks - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen in – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>K12 online – </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Teacher Academy </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 10. The Connection Function
    8. 13. <ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Examples – </li></ul><ul><li>Discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose & Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget! </li></ul><ul><li>Honest assessment of preparedness for this! </li></ul>
    9. 14. Policies, Filtration, Admin
    10. 15. <ul><li>2 choices: </li></ul><ul><li>Remove the obstacle. </li></ul><ul><li>Be the obstacle. </li></ul>
    11. 16. Step 1C Connect your students Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
    12. 17. Step 1C Connect your students Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
    13. 18. Step 1C Connect your students Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
    14. 19. Step 1C Connect your students Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
    15. 20. Step 1C Connect your students Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
    16. 21. Backchannel Jumps In Here!
    17. 22. Step #2
    18. 23. Communication Continuum
    19. 24. What does a flat classroom communication look like?
    20. 25. TWO types of communication methods: SYNCHRONOUS and ASYNCHRONOUS
    21. 26. <ul><li>Synchronous </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instant Messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice over IP (Skype) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face to Face Interactions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul></ul>
    22. 27. <ul><li>Asynchronous </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: NOT at the same time </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual classroom recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recorded Video </li></ul></ul>
    23. 28. Traditional Classroom Austria Qatar USA Separated by Time
    24. 29. Flat Classroom Student in Austria writes a blog post USA student responds Group Blogging Platform Unified by asynchronous communications
    25. 30. Traditional Classroom Austria Qatar USA Separated by Space
    26. 31. Flat Classroom Wiki Cooperating Teachers unified space via Internet
    27. 32. vs. Traditional Classroom Flat Classroom Separated by LOCATION Unified by the INTERNET Separated by TIME Unified by ASYNCHRONOUS communications tools
    28. 33. Principle The effective FLAT classroom structure has BOTH ASYNCHRONOUS and SYNCHRONOUS communications methods.
    29. 34. Step 1C Connect your students Five Phases of Flattening your classroom
    30. 35. Unified by asynchronous communications (wiki)
    31. 36. Students wonder WHERE DO I GO? <ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Create a “launch page” or PLN for each project </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Communication Habits </li></ul>
    32. 37. Students need a “home base”
    33. 40. Backchannel Jumps In Here!
    34. 41. Step #3
    35. 42. 'Digital Citizenship in Schools' by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey:
    36. 44. C itizenship Why did you delete stuff off the wiki? BTW I didn’t delete anything Sorry for accusing you, the history makes it look like you OMG I JUST SAW THE HISTORY ON THE WIKI..Really sorry for any problems Presenter Julie Lindsay Qatar Academy
    37. 45. Digiteen Julie Lindsay, Presenter
    38. 46. Digiteen Activities
    39. 47. <ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Problems (how to handle them) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a common knowledgebase </li></ul><ul><li>Join educators in staying abreast – </li></ul>
    40. 49. <ul><li>Affection </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Language Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ analyze” vs. “analyse” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cultural Sensitivity </li></ul><ul><li>Responses to others </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright & Fair Use </li></ul>
    41. 50. Create a “contract” page Spell it out!
    42. 51. <ul><li>Everyone needs to be “on the same page” </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about issues before they happen </li></ul><ul><li>Understand that issues WILL happen but can be minimized </li></ul><ul><li>My school uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Criddle – Look Both Ways </li></ul>
    43. 52. Backchannel Jumps In Here!
    44. 53. Contribute & Collaborate Step #4
    45. 54. Collaboration with individual contribution
    46. 55. C ontribute Wiki history
    47. 56. Accountability: Every student has their own ID!
    48. 57. C ollaborate Ning discussion
    49. 58. Taken with permission from Student Reflections Westwood Schools Horizon Project 5/26/07
    50. 60. Teacherpreneurs are researchers!
    51. 61. Message to students…… Contribute to your team by recording short video clips for your partners to use in their videos. Do not be a non-contributor and lurk somewhere in the darkness. Come out and be part of the construction. C ontribute
    52. 62. Choice Step #5 <ul><li>Acquire knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Produce artifacts </li></ul><ul><li>Discern </li></ul>
    53. 63. Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller
    54. 65. The Fallacy of excellence
    55. 66. Excellent students learn the way we tell them to MYTH:
    56. 67. Excellent students learn the way we tell them to.
    57. 68. <ul><li>“ According to Dyslexia Research Institute, 60% of those diagnosed with ADD are, to some degree, dyslexic. Yet, because only five percent ever receive the proper diagnosis and assistance, many children grow up illiterate, thinking they aren't intelligent.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Demystifying Dyslexia - The Challenge and the Gift “By Sonia Weir </li></ul>
    58. 69. Who are we missing? <ul><li>“ Entrepreneurs five times more likely to suffer from dyslexia than the average UK citizen.” </li></ul><ul><li> Nov 2004 </li></ul>
    59. 70. Creative students learn differently
    60. 71. ALL students learn differently
    61. 72. We need …
    62. 73. Excellent schools accommodate learning differences.
    63. 74. Excellent schools differentiate instruction
    64. 75. An auditory learner stuck in a text-only classroom is like Helen Keller stuck in a classroom where the teacher only lectures .
    65. 76. Digital Storytelling <ul><li>Script Writer </li></ul><ul><li>Call Sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Production Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Asst Director </li></ul><ul><li>Acting </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Flow & movement </li></ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboarding </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Music Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Capture </li></ul><ul><li>Scene Scout </li></ul><ul><li>Scene set up </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboarding </li></ul><ul><li>Acting </li></ul><ul><li>Directing </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Vision Casting </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting </li></ul><ul><li>Status Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Journal process </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas </li></ul>
    66. 77. Wikis <ul><li>Wiki Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing </li></ul><ul><li>Widget finding </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Acting </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting </li></ul><ul><li>(Get on film) </li></ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Design </li></ul><ul><li>“ looks” </li></ul><ul><li>Record audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity editor </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor dig storytlng or photography </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental research </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion mgt </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone enabled </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging or pics, twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Live streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting on group issues </li></ul>
    67. 78. Social Network (Ning) <ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing Site </li></ul><ul><li>Linking sharer </li></ul><ul><li>Acting </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting </li></ul><ul><li>(Get on film) </li></ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Camera Op </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto </li></ul><ul><li>Record audio files </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity editor </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li>Animoto </li></ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor video </li></ul><ul><li>Gcast remotely </li></ul><ul><li>“ Roving” reporter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone enabled </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging or pics </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Reading & opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Debates </li></ul>
    68. 79. Integrating their Interests
    69. 80. The Gordian Knot
    70. 81. New Ways to Solve Problems
    71. 82. Many Voices for Darfur Project
    72. 83. Students responded in their way <ul><li>Unblocked facebook and myspace and signed petitions and shared w/ friends </li></ul><ul><li>Blogged </li></ul><ul><li>Created Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Videos to CNN and Fox </li></ul><ul><li>Called the White House </li></ul>
    73. 84. <ul><li>What if the world could see what is happening in Darfur? </li></ul>Doodle For Google
    74. 85. Give Students Choices! <ul><li>Wiki Assignments with choices </li></ul><ul><li>Question of the week with choice of text response (blog post), </li></ul><ul><ul><li>audio response (podcast) or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>video response (digital storytelling) </li></ul></ul>
    75. 86. Technology is our vehicle! But not the ONLY vehicle!
    76. 87. Good Teaching is Not Platform dependent <ul><li>Online & Offline </li></ul><ul><li>Oral & Written </li></ul><ul><li>Video & Audio </li></ul><ul><li>One on One & Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Inside classroom & OUTSIDE! </li></ul>
    77. 88. What students want! <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul>
    78. 90. Discernment The Internet is our library of Alexandria and our trash heap.
    79. 91. Create Step #6
    80. 92. 21 st Century Learning Objectives Blooms Revised Taxonomy
    81. 93. Creating Content
    82. 94. Student Artifacts
    83. 95. Convergence as We Speak
    84. 96. Invent This!
    85. 98. Celebrate Step #7 Presenter Julie Lindsay Qatar Academy
    86. 99. Student Summit and Awards Ceremony Presenter Julie Lindsay Qatar Academy
    87. 100. Westwood Schools Summit Presenter Vicki Davis Westwood Schools
    88. 101. LACHSA Summit Presenter Vicki Davis Westwood Schools
    89. 102. Vienna International School Summit Presenter Vicki Davis Westwood Schools
    90. 103. Popcorn Conversations
    91. 104. <ul><li>7 Steps </li></ul><ul><li>CONNECTION </li></ul><ul><li>COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><li>CITIZENSHIP </li></ul><ul><li>CONTRIBUTION & COLLABORATION </li></ul><ul><li>CHOICES </li></ul><ul><li>CREATION </li></ul><ul><li>CELEBRATION </li></ul>
    92. 105. Backchannel Jumps In Here!
    93. 106. Why do we still need a Teacher?
    94. 107. Obstacles to Learning Stress Lack of Sleep Brain Rules John Medina
    95. 108. My most important Teaching Tactic
    96. 109. As they enter class Eye contact Call by name
    97. 110. My most important Teaching Strategy
    98. 111. Finding individual Strengths
    99. 112.
    100. 114. Secret:
    101. 115. Secret: Paul Potts is you & me!
    102. 116. Pick your Big Three Share in the Backchannel
    103. 117. Don’t change me!
    104. 118.