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  • 1. Modernizing Education The State of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Lucy Gray AFSA The Association of French Schools in North America FEBRUARY 4, 2013
  • 2. All materials are located at: Download the PDF and click on pictures and hyperlinks to visit cited resources. Additional Resources:
  • 3. Technology is changing everything....
  • 4. Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL
  • 5. Delta Terminal LaGuardia, NYC
  • 6. Comer Children’s Hospital University of Chicago
  • 7. Any other examples?
  • 8. Think about leveraging connectedness
  • 9. 2006
  • 10. Tim Lauer Lewis Elementary, Portland Oregon
  • 11. People and places I’ve met along the way have enhanced my work in ways that I never expected.
  • 12. Advisor Content Developer Curator TrainerTeacher Connector
  • 13. Observer
  • 14. Experiences • Worked at University of Chicago and in Chicago Public Schools • Apple Distinguished Educator • Google Certified Teacher • Founder, The Global Education Collaborative • Co-chair, The Global Education Conference • Project Director, The Consortium For School Networking, Leadership For Mobile Learning • Multiple Opportunities to visit and work with schools
  • 15. Julia and Henry
  • 16. Perspective
  • 17. What do we value in schools? Poll Everywhere Question <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> <poll url=""> <!-- This snippet was inserted via the Poll Everywhere Mac Presenter --> <!-- The presence of this snippet is used to indicate that a poll will be shown during the slideshow --> <!-- TIP: You can draw a solid, filled rectangle on your slide and the Mac Presenter will automatically display your poll in that area. --> <!-- The Mac Presenter application must also be running and logged in for this to work. -- > <!-- To remove this, simply delete it from the notes yourself or use the Mac Presenter to remove it for you. --> <title>If you could create the ideal school, what are some ideas, concepts, or characteristics that you would include?</title> </poll>
  • 18. Are parents and educators asking for more high stakes testing, standardized curriculum, and seat time? I think not. Click on the hyperlink for a Google Doc containing others’ ideas on this.
  • 19. • Schools where continuous improvement using a wide variety of criteria is the bottom line. • Schools that see their role is to educate, enlighten, and support kids and their families. • Schools where parents and students are authentically engaged in the community. • Schools that look beyond Common Core standards to prepare kids for a new world. • Schools that provide ample opportunities for hands-on, project and passion based learning during and after school.
  • 20. • Schools who encourage honest community dialogue by acknowledging what the do well and what they don’t do so well. • Schools where intellectual curiosity and variety is valued. • Schools where teachers and administrators have ample opportunities to observe each other, visit other places of learning, and to engage in activities that will promote their own growth as learners.
  • 21. • Schools where teachers have strong backgrounds in pedagogy, child development and in meeting the needs of diverse learners • Schools that see technology as essential to the learning process and use technology in thoughtful and engaging ways. • Schools that believe in raising global citizens.
  • 22. Political Context
  • 23. Another Nation at Risk Moment ? How do we improve teaching and learning? How do we effectively assess students? What is innovation?
  • 25. Education Policy Context
  • 26. U.S Department of Education • Common Core Standards • New Assessments • Personalized Learning • Digital Textbooks • More Accountability
  • 27. “The Highly Connected Teacher” The National Educational Technology Plan
  • 28. Technological Context
  • 29. Students and Adults... • Content consumers • Content Creators • Content Evaluators • Connected and Networked
  • 30. The Power of Social Media Flickr YouTubeTwitter Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Diigo SlideShare I’ve also added Pinterest to the mix:
  • 32. The New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report 2012 • 1 year or less • Mobile Devices and Apps • Tablet Computing • 2 to 3 years • Game-Based Learning • Personal Learning Environments • 4 to 5 years • Augmented Reality • Natural User Interfaces
  • 33. NMC Megatrends The world of work is increasingly global and increasingly collaborative.
  • 34. NMC Megatrends People expect to work, learn, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to. The numbers of cell phone users and those with broadband access continues to skyrocket. We are global and mobile.
  • 35. NMC Megatrends The Internet is becoming a global mobile network - and already is at its edges. The numbers of cell phone users and those with broadband access continues to skyrocket. We are global and mobile.
  • 36. NMC Megatrends The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based and delivered over utility networks, facilitating the rapid growth of online videos and rich media. Think YouTube and Facebook.
  • 37. NMC Megatrends Openness — concepts like open content, open data, and open resources — is moving from a trend to a value for much of the world. Authoritative sources are losing their importance; increased need for validation and curation.
  • 38. NMC Megatrends Legal notions of ownership and privacy lag behind the practices common in society. The cloud is blurring these lines.
  • 39. NMC Megatrends Real challenges of access, efficiency, and scale are redefining what we mean by quality and success. Solutions that scale are very important. Look to other parts of the world for innovations in this area.
  • 40. NMC Megatrends The Internet is constantly challenging us to rethink learning and education, while refining our notion of literacy. Think Henry Jenkin’s New Media literacies. Traditional literacies are not enough.
  • 41. NMC Megatrends There is a rise in informal learning as individual needs are redefining schools, universities, and training. Politically, socially and intellectually. Traditional authority is also being challenged in academia.
  • 42. NMC Megatrends Business models across the education ecosystem are changing. Everyone is re-thinking their missions. Look to libraries, colleges, and the publishing industry.
  • 43. Why Change?
  • 44. Why Evolve?
  • 45. Project Tomorrow’s SpeakUp Survey
  • 46. Project Tomorrow Recommendations • Un-tether learning and leverage mobile devices to extend learning beyond the school day and meet all learners in their own world • Create new interactive, participatory learning spaces using tools such as online classes, gaming and simulations, online tutors, and virtual reality environments • Incorporate Web 2.0 tools into daily instruction especially those that develop collaborative or social-based learning and provide unique opportunities for students to be content developers • Expand digital resources in the classroom to add context and relevancy to learning experiences through new media tools • Get beyond the classroom walls and make learning truly experiential such as using high tech science instrumentation and creating podcasts with content experts
  • 47. Via John Pfluger
  • 48. The Reality
  • 49. U.S Public Schools • Increased pressure via Race to the Top, AYP, RTI • Less funding • Less Time • Emphasis on standards and high stakes testing • Teacher Proof curricula • Less instruction in the arts, World Languages, etc. • Longer school days • Technology seen as a content delivery Mechanism • Constant seeking of silver bullets
  • 50. Independent Schools • Time • Resources • Streamlined bureaucracy • Organizational vision • Community Consensus • Administrative and collegial support • Authentic curriculum • Recognition of the Importance of 21st century skills • Professional development • Teacher autonomy • Prepared students • Commitment to developing the whole child • Parental support
  • 52. Examples
  • 53. Greene County Schools Snow Hill, NC
  • 54. Mooresville Graded School District Mooresville, NC
  • 55. The School at Columbia New York, NY • K-8 • Columbia University faculty and local kids • Innovation driven • 1 to 1 laptop program • 3 technologists plus tech staff • Extensive Google Apps for Education and new media use • Other: field trip guides, computer programming, robotics, conference
  • 56. Known as “THE”
  • 58. Science Leadership Academy Philadelphia, PA
  • 59. Educon 2.5
  • 60. New Tech High Napa, CA
  • 61. MERCY HIGH SCHOOL farmington Hills, MI
  • 62. BURLEY SCHOOL Chicago, IL
  • 63. BrightWorks San Francisco, CA
  • 64. Themes and Concepts Worthy of Your Attention
  • 65. Personalized Learning Mobile Technologies 21st century skills generational Diversity Learning environments Design Thinking Cloud Computing Textbook Revolution Curated Learning New Media Literacies Flipping The Classroom Global Collaboration Also think about gamification, OER...
  • 66. 21st Century Skills
  • 67. A Pedagogical Shift • New models of teaching and learning are emerging • Rigorous content + 21st century themes • “Sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” • New literacies need to be taught strategically • Examples: • developing a search mentality • Student personal learning networks (PLNs) • Standards and accountability still are important; assessments need revision
  • 68. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  • 69. The Global Achievement Gap Critical Thinking and Problem- Solving Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence Agility and Adaptability Initiative and Entrepreneuri alism Effective Oral and Written Communication Accessing and Analyzing Information Curiosity and Imagination
  • 70. Creating Innovators
  • 71. MAKER MOVEMENT • Make Magazine • Maker Faire • Maker Education
  • 72. EdSurge
  • 73. Managing Generational Diversity
  • 74. Teachers and Students • Adults have different learning styles. How are we taking this into account in terms of professional development and human capital? • Baby Boomers • Gen Xers • Gen Yers • Kids have had different levels of exposure to technology. The period of time at which our schools have been wired is fairly short.
  • 75. Basic online entertainment (online videos, playing games) E-commerce (online shopping, banking, and travel reservations) Research and information gathering (product research, news, health and religious information searches) Email and search Active engagement with social media (visit SNS, create SNS profile, create blogs) More advanced online entertainment (download videos, music and podcasts) More advanced communication and passive social media use (instant messaging, visit SNS, read blogs) From: State of the Internet 2009: Pew Internet Project Findings and Implications for Libraries The vast majority of online adults from all generations uses email and search engines. While there are always exceptions, older generations typically do not engage with the internet past e-commerce. The majority of teens and Gen Y use SNS, but fewer maintain blogs. Online adults older than Gen X are less likely to use SNS. Online activity pyramid: by generation
  • 76. Beloit College’s Mindset List
  • 77. 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 K-12 Classroom Internet Connectivity Classroom Internet Connectivity 2007 Coming Soon to Campus: The New "Free Agent" Learner Julie Evans, CEO-Project Tomorrow Campus Technology 09 Jul 27, 2009
  • 78. Class of 2012 – recently graduated seniors ! ! ! ! 7th Grade Class of 2014 – current juniors ! ! ! ! 5th Grade Class of 2016 – current freshman class ! ! ! ! 3rd Grade How digitally “native” are these students? What are their expectations for learning?
  • 79. Implications for Schools • Need for strategic human capital planning • Need for increased targeted, sustained, personalized and thoughtful professional development • Need for long range planning for students’ use of technology • Requires schools to think of skills sets needed by students at various points in their academic careers while gauging the future of technology
  • 80. Learning Environments
  • 81. Wired UK
  • 82. NYC’s iZone
  • 83. and Illinois Math and Science Academy Chicago, IL
  • 84. YOUMedia Chicago, IL
  • 85. The Third Teacher
  • 87. A world class education system should call for globally connected schools
  • 88. Apple Distinguished Educators Global Awareness 2006 • The World is Flat • A Whole New Mind • Berlin & Prague • Rethink. Global Awareness.
  • 89. Classroom 2.0 Link
  • 90. The Global Education Conference and Network
  • 91. Mission The Global Education Conference Network is a community of practice where people connect and build the professional relationships necessary for effective collaboration across borders. Via this social network, educators and organizations from all over the world share conversations, resources, projects, and initiatives with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real-world problems. Our ultimate goal is to help prepare students for a rapidly changing and complex world.
  • 92. Over 600,000 unique visitors
  • 93. 15,000 members from 150+ countries
  • 94. GEC Network Features • Groups • Searchable member list • Latest activity • Discussion forums and blogs • Links to resources • Events • Project database • Videos and photos
  • 95. Steve Hargadon
  • 96. 2010 - Brian Mannix
  • 97. 2010 - Polar Bears International
  • 98. 2010 - Catlin Gabel School • Program Information
  • 99. CCSSO and Asia Society’s PGL • New resource on global competence! • Download a copy here.
  • 100. From Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World
  • 101. THINK Global School
  • 102. Connect All Schools iEARN
  • 103. The IEARN Project Book
  • 104. WHY NOW? @oline73: Can you distill why globally connected classrooms are vital in 2010? Photo source
  • 105. We have urgent problems that need to be addressed and, in order to prepare our students to work on these problems, we must connect them globally. We must teach them how networked learning leads to networked problem solving.
  • 106. So what? • 21st century Skills: The art of teaching comes through via the weaving of 21st century themes into core content. Focus on inquiry and the thoughtful use of technology in classrooms. It is not about the tools. • Learning Environments: There has been emphasis on educating the whole child. Shift the discussion to address the whole learning environment. Personalized learning for both students and teachers is important. • Global Collaborations: It’s so easy to connect classrooms today. It’s essential that we bring the world into our classrooms and inspire students with the possibilities.
  • 107. Further Explorations
  • 108. ISTE Standards Students, Teachers, and Administrators
  • 109. Various Approaches to Technology Integration • LoTI • University of South Florida Matrix • Arizona matrix • Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works • Challenge Based Learning • TPACK • SMAR
  • 110. University of South Florida’s Tech Intergration Matrix
  • 111. ISED-L
  • 112.
  • 113. Esther Wojcicki and Michael Levine Teaching for a Shared Future: American Educators Need to Think Globally EdWeek: Global Learning blog by Tony Jackson
  • 114. Tips • Have a plan. • You don’t need to be the tech expert in the building; empower others. • Build infrastructure first. • Consider hiring a person for IT and another for academic technology. • Put people on your board that have a technology background.
  • 115. Poll Everywhere question <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> <poll url=""> <!-- This snippet was inserted via the Poll Everywhere Mac Presenter --> <!-- The presence of this snippet is used to indicate that a poll will be shown during the slideshow --> <!-- TIP: You can draw a solid, filled rectangle on your slide and the Mac Presenter will automatically display your poll in that area. --> <!-- The Mac Presenter application must also be running and logged in for this to work. -- > <!-- To remove this, simply delete it from the notes yourself or use the Mac Presenter to remove it for you. --> <title>What idea(s) presented today intrigued you and potentially warrants further exploration by you and your leadership team?</title> </poll>
  • 116. Twitter: elemenous