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“I can do that without technology”- Actually, no you can&apos;t!<br />The rant,<br />I can’t,<br />the elephant,<br />and ...
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That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
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What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />That day is n...
Another rant…<br />“But there isn’t enough time!”<br />
Another rant…<br />“But there isn’t enough time!”<br />How true is this statement?<br />“The task of organizing and<br />o...
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Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and ni...
Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and ni...
Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and ni...
A great rant to check out at your leisure,<br />(and an explanation…)<br />The Rant:<br />“Down in Front” by Jennifer D. J...
A great rant to check out at your leisure,<br />(and an explanation…)<br />The Rant:<br />“Down in Front” by Jennifer D. J...
…and finally, some rant relief…<br />The most overlooked advantage of <br />owning a computer is that if they<br />foul up...
I can’t<br />No Jumping by Leo Reynolds  / LeoL30  on  flickr<br />
http://fon.gs/paige/<br />
Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has ...
“I come from the Batman era, <br />adding items to my utility belt,<br />while  students today are the Borg from Star Trek...
“I come from the Batman era, <br />adding items to my utility belt,<br />while  students today are the Borg from Star Trek...
Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has ...
Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has ...
Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Often we want compartmentalize ideas<br />(not to mention students...
Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Often we want compartmentalize ideas<br />(not to mention students...
Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Digital competence is a<br /> spectrum, not a dichotomy!<br />
Digital Exposure <br />http://fon.gs/digitalexposure/<br />If Paige engages with ‘toys’ like this,<br />what will she expe...
Everybody please cross your arms…<br />
Everybody please cross your arms…<br />Now switch them around!<br />
Everybody please cross your arms…<br />Keep them crossed and read the next slide...<br />
“As a general rule,<br />adults are much more likely to<br />act their way into a new way of thinking<br />than to think t...
Still have your arms crossed? <br />For many people switching arms is uncomfortable, but the act of switching<br />and sta...
What can we do to <br />help students leave our schools<br />feeling like they are		 <br />empowered learners?		<br />What...
What can we do to <br />help studentsleave our schools<br />feeling like they are		<br />empoweredlearners?<br />
Do we permit our students to make mistakes?<br />our students<br />
ourselves<br />Do we permit our students to make mistakes?<br />
Failure?		http://fon.gs/failure/<br />
I can’t?<br />
I must<br />
I will…<br />
the elephant<br />Close Up by Jason Armstrong on  flickr<br />
Is that an elephant in you pocket?Or…<br />
bRinging tools to class<br />Mr. Truss, I forgot my calculator, can I borrow one?<br />Do you have your cell phone?<br />Y...
We saw what 2 year <br />old Paige could do… <br />What could a: <br />Grade 4 student do?<br />Grade 8 student do?<br />G...
We saw what 2 year <br />old Paige could do… <br />What could a: <br />Grade 4 student do?<br />Grade 8 student do?<br />G...
How many similar tools<br />will be in our schools<br />in 5 years?<br />
Wireless<br />should be like oxygen.<br />We don’t ‘look for’ or <br />think about our next breath.<br />Brian Kuhn <br />...
Let us forget the term<br /> “technical support” <br />and focus on<br /> “innovation support”.<br />Alec Couros <br />htt...
Kathy Sierra http://fon.gs/kathy/<br />
W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
F <br />i<br />l<br />t<br />e<br />r<br />s<br />W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
F <br />i<br />l<br />t<br />e<br />r<br />s<br />A<br />t<br />t<br />i<br />t<br />u<br />d<br />e<br />W<br />i<br />r<...
and the ant.<br />
http://fon.gs/ants/<br />
Red Flags<br />-air comes in<br />Yellow Flags<br />-cabon dioxide out<br />
10 tons of concrete over 3 days<br />
This is a network!<br />The <br />community<br />works <br />together <br />to create <br />more <br />than the <br />indi...
Stephen Downes http://fon.gs/stephen/ (Slide 27)<br />
More from Stephen Downes<br />1. groups emphasize sameness, <br />networks emphasize diversity<br />2. groups emphasize or...
So…<br />Do not go quietly into your classroom!<br />
A Brave New World-Wide-Web<br />Video on blip.tv: http://fon.gs/thevideo/<br />Blog post: http://fon.gs/abnwww/<br />
A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />
A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />
A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />The Elephant: Is in the room… ...
A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />The Elephant: Is in the room… ...
Thank you for checking out <br />my presentation! <br />Feedback?<br />You can contact me:<br />http://fon.gs/contactdave/...
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"I can do that without technology... Actually no you can't!"
My final of 3 presentations at BLC08.
You can find info on this presentation done for SFU students here:
http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/the-ant/
and more recent information here:
http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/the-ant-2/
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  • ToonDoo by me, David Truss.
  • We stopped and talked about this quote.
  • ToonDoo by me, David Truss.
  • Watch Paige interact and engage with this ‘toy’.
  • There are some very tech savvy adults and some not-so savvy students around!
  • This is actually a challenge that will make teaching students more difficult… it is yet another skill set that differentiates students’ abilities in our classrooms!
  • My daughters Cassie and Katie, helping me out! 
  • My daughters Cassie and Katie, helping me out!  This slide was not in the original presentation, I asked participants to do this, and I kept them in this position while I re-read the next slide.
  • If there is an elephant in the room… Introduce it!
  • …but if all I am doing is using the phone as a calculator then that too is a disservice to students!
  • ToonDoo by me, David Truss
  • Transcript of "The Rant, I Can't, the Elephant, and the Ant"

    1. 1. “I can do that without technology”- Actually, no you can&apos;t!<br />The rant,<br />I can’t,<br />the elephant,<br />and the ant.<br />David Truss<br />http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com<br />Originally created for BLC08<br />
    2. 2. the rant<br />Screaming for help by noamgalai / Noam Galai on flickr<br />
    3. 3.
    4. 4. That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
    5. 5. That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
    6. 6. I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />Schools and colleges in the coming decades <br />will be characterized by a new sense of <br />freedom that will make today&apos;s campuses <br />seem like medieval dungeons. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
    7. 7. That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />Schools and colleges in the coming decades <br />will be characterized by a new sense of <br />freedom that will make today&apos;s campuses <br />seem like medieval dungeons. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
    8. 8. What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />
    9. 9. What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />We interrupt this rant<br />for a <br />brief debrief…<br />
    10. 10. What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />Schools and colleges in the coming decades <br />will be characterized by a new sense of <br />freedom that will make today&apos;s campuses <br />seem like medieval dungeons. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
    11. 11. Another rant…<br />“But there isn’t enough time!”<br />
    12. 12. Another rant…<br />“But there isn’t enough time!”<br />How true is this statement?<br />“The task of organizing and<br />operating a huge and complex<br />educational machinery has left us<br />scant leisure for calm reflection.”<br />
    13. 13. Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) was an academic and literary critic, noted for his founding role in a movement that became known as the New Humanism. <br />“The task of organizing and<br />operating a huge and complex<br />educational machinery has left us<br />scant leisure for calm reflection.”<br />
    14. 14. Keep the rants coming…<br />Students today depend <br />too much upon ink.<br />They don&apos;t know how to use a<br />pen knife to sharpen a pencil. <br />Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.<br />National Association of Teachers Journal, 1907<br />
    15. 15. Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />We parents must not allow<br />them to wallow in such luxury<br />to the detriment of learning<br />how to cope in the <br />real business world<br />which is not so extravagant.<br />From PTA Gazette, 1941<br />
    16. 16. Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />We parents must not allow<br />them to wallow in such luxury<br />to the detriment of learning<br />how to cope in the <br />real business world<br />which is not so extravagant.<br />From PTA Gazette, 1941<br />to the detriment of learning<br />
    17. 17. Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />We parents must not allow<br />them to wallow in such luxury<br />to the detriment of learning<br />how to cope in the <br />real business world<br />which is not so extravagant.<br />From PTA Gazette, 1941<br />to the detriment of learning<br />We don’t still think <br />this way about <br />‘new technology’<br />…do we?<br />
    18. 18. A great rant to check out at your leisure,<br />(and an explanation…)<br />The Rant:<br />“Down in Front” by Jennifer D. Jones<br />http://fon.gs/injenuity/<br />“If you don’t keep your mind open to new experiences,<br />you are in the way of learning...”<br />
    19. 19. A great rant to check out at your leisure,<br />(and an explanation…)<br />The Rant:<br />“Down in Front” by Jennifer D. Jones<br />http://fon.gs/injenuity/<br />“If you don’t keep your mind open to new experiences,<br />you are in the way of learning...”<br />The Explanation:<br />All links have been shortened<br />http://fon.gs/Keyword/<br />
    20. 20. …and finally, some rant relief…<br />The most overlooked advantage of <br />owning a computer is that if they<br />foul up there&apos;s no law against<br />whacking them around a bit.<br />Eric Porterfield <br />
    21. 21. I can’t<br />No Jumping by Leo Reynolds / LeoL30 on flickr<br />
    22. 22.
    23. 23. http://fon.gs/paige/<br />
    24. 24. Digital Dividehttp://fon.gs/digitaldivide/Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/Digital Exposure http://fon.gs/digitalexposure/<br />
    25. 25. Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has in the way of <br /> technology and what it needs to have.<br />3. What skills/abilities students enter my class with.<br />
    26. 26. “I come from the Batman era, <br />adding items to my utility belt,<br />while students today are the Borg from Star Trek, assimilating technology into their lives.”<br />
    27. 27. “I come from the Batman era, <br />adding items to my utility belt,<br />while students today are the Borg from Star Trek, assimilating technology into their lives.”<br />many<br />
    28. 28. Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has in the way of <br /> technology and what it needs to have.<br />3. What skills/abilities students enter my class with.<br />
    29. 29. Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has in the way of <br /> technology and what it needs to have.<br />3. What skills/abilities students enter my class with.<br />#1 I can change.<br />#2 will never change fast enough.<br />#3 is the idea of competence.<br />
    30. 30. Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Often we want compartmentalize ideas<br />(not to mention students!)<br />
    31. 31. Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Often we want compartmentalize ideas<br />(not to mention students!)<br />Digital competence is a<br /> spectrum, not a dichotomy!<br />
    32. 32. Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Digital competence is a<br /> spectrum, not a dichotomy!<br />
    33. 33. Digital Exposure <br />http://fon.gs/digitalexposure/<br />If Paige engages with ‘toys’ like this,<br />what will she expect from learning tools?<br />Remember this quote?<br />“That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era…”<br />What is she going to expect from schools?<br />
    34. 34. Everybody please cross your arms…<br />
    35. 35. Everybody please cross your arms…<br />Now switch them around!<br />
    36. 36. Everybody please cross your arms…<br />Keep them crossed and read the next slide...<br />
    37. 37. “As a general rule,<br />adults are much more likely to<br />act their way into a new way of thinking<br />than to think their way into<br />a new way of acting.” <br />Surfing the Edge of Chaos pg. 14<br />
    38. 38. Still have your arms crossed? <br />For many people switching arms is uncomfortable, but the act of switching<br />and staying switched, makes it more comfortable. <br />You’ve acted your way into a new way of thinking…<br />
    39. 39. What can we do to <br />help students leave our schools<br />feeling like they are <br />empowered learners? <br />What can we do to <br />help students leave our schools<br />feeling like they are <br />empowered learners? <br />
    40. 40. What can we do to <br />help studentsleave our schools<br />feeling like they are <br />empoweredlearners?<br />
    41. 41. Do we permit our students to make mistakes?<br />our students<br />
    42. 42. ourselves<br />Do we permit our students to make mistakes?<br />
    43. 43. Failure? http://fon.gs/failure/<br />
    44. 44. I can’t?<br />
    45. 45. I can…<br />
    46. 46. I must<br />
    47. 47. I will…<br />
    48. 48. the elephant<br />Close Up by Jason Armstrong on flickr<br />
    49. 49.
    50. 50. Is that an elephant in you pocket?Or…<br />
    51. 51.
    52. 52.
    53. 53.
    54. 54.
    55. 55. bRinging tools to class<br />Mr. Truss, I forgot my calculator, can I borrow one?<br />Do you have your cell phone?<br />Yes?<br />Then you have a calculator.<br />Really? I can use my cell phone?<br />Really!<br />http://fon.gs/tools/<br />
    56. 56. We saw what 2 year <br />old Paige could do… <br />What could a: <br />Grade 4 student do?<br />Grade 8 student do?<br />Grade 12 student do?<br />
    57. 57. We saw what 2 year <br />old Paige could do… <br />What could a: <br />Grade 4 student do?<br />Grade 8 student do?<br />Grade 12 student do?<br />What could a<br />teacher do?<br />
    58. 58. How many similar tools<br />will be in our schools<br />in 5 years?<br />
    59. 59. Wireless<br />should be like oxygen.<br />We don’t ‘look for’ or <br />think about our next breath.<br />Brian Kuhn <br />Manager of IT <br />Coquitlam School District<br />
    60. 60. Let us forget the term<br /> “technical support” <br />and focus on<br /> “innovation support”.<br />Alec Couros <br />http://fon.gs/alec/<br />
    61. 61. Kathy Sierra http://fon.gs/kathy/<br />
    62. 62. W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
    63. 63. F <br />i<br />l<br />t<br />e<br />r<br />s<br />W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
    64. 64. F <br />i<br />l<br />t<br />e<br />r<br />s<br />A<br />t<br />t<br />i<br />t<br />u<br />d<br />e<br />W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
    65. 65. and the ant.<br />
    66. 66.
    67. 67. http://fon.gs/ants/<br />
    68. 68. Red Flags<br />-air comes in<br />Yellow Flags<br />-cabon dioxide out<br />
    69. 69. 10 tons of concrete over 3 days<br />
    70. 70. This is a network!<br />The <br />community<br />works <br />together <br />to create <br />more <br />than the <br />individual!<br />
    71. 71. Stephen Downes http://fon.gs/stephen/ (Slide 27)<br />
    72. 72. More from Stephen Downes<br />1. groups emphasize sameness, <br />networks emphasize diversity<br />2. groups emphasize order and control, <br />networks emphasize autonomy<br />3. groups emphasize borders <br /> and membership, <br />networks emphasize openness<br />4. groups emphasize additive, <br /> cumulative knowledge, <br />networks emphasize emergent knowledge<br />
    73. 73. So…<br />Do not go quietly into your classroom!<br />
    74. 74. A Brave New World-Wide-Web<br />Video on blip.tv: http://fon.gs/thevideo/<br />Blog post: http://fon.gs/abnwww/<br />
    75. 75. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />
    76. 76. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />
    77. 77. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />The Elephant: Is in the room… Introduce it! <br />
    78. 78. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />The Elephant: Is in the room… Introduce it! <br />The Ant: Be a networked teacher and learner!<br />
    79. 79.
    80. 80. Thank you for checking out <br />my presentation! <br />Feedback?<br />You can contact me:<br />http://fon.gs/contactdave/<br />Or comment on this blog post:<br />http://fon.gs/thepost/<br />

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