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• Worked at University of
Chicago and in Chicago Public
• Apple Distinguished Educator
• Google Certified Teacher
• Founder, The Global
• Co-chair, The Global
• Project Director, The
Consortium For School
Networking, Leadership For
• Multiple Opportunities to
visit and work with schools
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 intellectual curiosity and variety is
valued, where educating for compliance is not the
Schools where teachers have strong backgrounds in
pedagogy, child development and in meeting the
needs of diverse learners.
Schools faculty have ample opportunities to observe
each other, visit other institutions, and to engage in
activities to beneﬁt their own learning.
Schools where professional development is
personalized and supportive of teachers.
Schools where student voice is taken into consideration
throughout the school culture.
Schools where students are encouraged to identify and
pursue their passions.
Schools that show evidence that their faculty really
knows and understands their students.
and Learning Practices
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
Schools that view technology as essential to the
learning process and thoughtfully plan for its use.
Schools where parents and students are authentically
engaged in the community.
Schools that provide a multitude of means for parents to
Schools who encourage honest community dialogue by
acknowledging their strengths and areas targeted for
Schools that educate their parents and community
members about what it means to be a 21st century
The New Media Consortium
K-12 Horizon Report
• 1 year or less
• Mobile Devices and
• Tablet Computing
• 2 to 3 years
• Game-Based Learning
• Personal Learning
• 4 to 5 years
• Augmented Reality
• Natural User
• Un-tether learning and leverage mobile devices to extend
learning beyond the school day and meet all learners in their
• 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
• 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
U.S Public Schools
• Increased pressure
via Race to the Top,
• Less funding
• Less Time
• Emphasis on
standards and high
• Teacher Proof
• Less instruction in
the arts, World
• Longer school days
• Technology seen as
a content delivery
• Constant seeking of
• Organizational vision
• Community Consensus
• Administrative and
• Authentic curriculum
• Recognition of the
Importance of 21st
• Teacher autonomy
• Prepared students
• Commitment to
developing the whole
• Parental support
What do effective schools
seem to have in common?
• A WIDE RANGE OF EFFORTS TOWARDS
CULTIVATING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS AND
IMPLEMENTING ROBUST TECHNOLOGY
• THE SUCCESS OF ANY PROGRAM DEPENDS ON:
• VISIONARY LEADERSHIP
• STRATEGIC PLANNING
• COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
• THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SCHOOL IS PRESSURED
TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A CHANGING WORLD
The School at Columbia
New York, NY
• 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
• Other: field trip guides, computer programming,
Worthy of Exploration
Also think about gamification, OER...
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
• developing a search mentality
• Student personal learning networks (PLNs)
• Standards and accountability still are important;
assessments need revision
The Global Achievement
The Global Education Conference and
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.
GEC Network Features
• Searchable member list
• Latest activity
• Discussion forums and
• Links to resources
• Project database
• Videos and photos
@oline73: Can you distill why globally connected classrooms are vital in 2010?
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.
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 all about the tools.
Learning Environments: There has been an 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. This is where you apply the
• Administrators can encourage experimentation
by awarding small innovation Grants.
• Consider adding a Year of Innovation theme to
your PD efforts (H/T to Don Buckley)
• Attend and host EdCamps, Playdates and
other informal unconferences.
• Leverage informal learning opportunities.
• Consider using after school time to experiment
with Maker Spaces, Coderdojos, etc.
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