• 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
15. Julia and Henry
16. Our perspectives
E x p a n d
17. What do we value in
18. Are parents and educators asking for
more high stakes testing, standardized
curriculum, and seat time?
I think not.
19. 2010 - The Key School -
20. Lucy’s Laundry List
21. 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
22. Empowered Faculty
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.
23. Engaged Students
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.
24. Progressive Teaching
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.
25. Authentic Communities
26. Authentic Communities
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
28. Another Nation at Risk
How do we improve teaching and learning?
How do we effectively assess students?
What is innovation?
29. NAIS IS NOT IMMUNE
31. U.S Department of
• Common Core Standards
• New Assessments
• Personalized Learning
• Digital Textbooks
• More Accountability
32. “The Highly Connected
The National Educational Technology Plan
34. Students and Adults...
• Content consumers
• Content Creators
• Content Evaluators
• Connected and Networked
35. The Power of Social
37. 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
38. NMC Megatrends
39. Why Change?
40. Why Evolve?
41. Project Tomorrow’s
42. Project Tomorrow
• 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
43. Via John Pfluger
44. The Reality
45. 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
46. Independent Schools
• 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
47. 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
48. Examples of
49. Digital Transformation
50. Mooresville Graded School
52. 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,
53. Known as “THE”
54. Don Buckley
DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION
56. Science Leadership Academy
57. Educon 2.5
58. BURLEY SCHOOL
59. Teacher Leadership
61. Design +
21st Century Skills
62. MAKER MOVEMENT
• Make Magazine
• Maker Faire
• Maker Education
San Francisco, CA
65. New Tech High
66. Leadership + Iteration
67. MERCY HIGH SCHOOL
farmington Hills, MI
Worthy of Exploration
Also think about gamification, OER...
70. 21st Century Skills
71. 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
72. The Partnership for
21st Century Skills
73. 4 Cs
74. The Global Achievement
75. Creating Innovators
76. Learning Environments
77. Wired UK
78. The Edgeless School
79. NYC’s iZone
80. 1871.com and Illinois Math
and Science Academy
83. A world class education system
should call for
globally connected schools
84. Apple Distinguished Educators
Global Awareness 2006
• The World is Flat
• A Whole New Mind
• Berlin & Prague
• Rethink. Global
85. Classroom 2.0
86. 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.
88. GEC Network Features
• Searchable member list
• Latest activity
• Discussion forums and
• Links to resources
• Project database
• Videos and photos
89. 2010 - Polar Bears
90. CCSSO and
Asia Society’s PGL
• New resource on
• Download a copy
91. From Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World
92. Connect All Schools
93. WHY NOW?
@oline73: Can you distill why globally connected classrooms are vital in 2010?
94. 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.
95. 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 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
96. Further Explorations
97. ISTE Standards
Students, Teachers, and Administrators
99. Design Share
100. GOOD Education
• 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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