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  1. 1. Modernizing Education The State of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Lucy Gray Avenues The World School InnovatED Conference July 10, 2013 1 Thank you for the invitation to speak to this audience today. My primary goal today will be to share some thoughts and ideas inspired by my work with a variety of institutions. Each one of you is or has the power to be an influencer or leader in your own buildings, and I hope you will think about how your school can incorporate some of these ideas and share innovations that perhaps you’ve already developed as a school community.
  2. 2. Edmodo  Group­‐lucy Code:  awxzal Blog (links  are  clickable) @elemenous  on  Twitter #innov8ED 2 All slides are available through these links. Please ask questions and share ideas and resources in our Edmodo group and on Twitter using the hashtag #innov8ED.
  3. 3. Technology is changing everything... 3 So let’s talk technology and its effect on our society...
  4. 4. Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL 4 This is my church where technology is abundant in a new building.
  5. 5. 5 This is where Sunday school youth groups meet and play wii games in order to build community.
  6. 6. 6 The teen youth pastor uses technology to engage kids in discussions about real world events.
  7. 7. 7 He even uses Facebook to conduct outreach. Our pastor understand that he needs to go where the kids are and keep them connected to the church through multiple means.
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  9. 9. Comer Children’s Hospital University of Chicago 9 I’ve also seen technology used by child life experts in hospitals recently.
  10. 10. 10 In order to alleviate anxiety before an MRI, my son was soothed by this machine that used a Simon like interface to change the colors of this lava lamp machine. It also projected images on the ceiling.
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  12. 12. 12 The child life expert also gave him an iPad to use.
  13. 13. 13 Children’s Pediatric Dental Health, Chicago IL
  14. 14. Delta Terminal LGA, NYC 14 In your own backyard, technology is abundant. How many of you have gone through this terminal?
  15. 15. 15 You can order your food and sundries to be delivered to you in this lounge.
  16. 16. 16 You can check your flight’s status and play games while you pass time in the Delta terminal.
  17. 17. 17 There are also many tables with outlets for re-charging devices.
  18. 18. 18 Even the NFL is getting rid of paper and leveraging the portability of iPads.
  19. 19. Connectedness is changing everything... 19 Because of technology, we are all becoming increasingly connected, for better or for worse.
  20. 20. Parent Soup on AOL 20 In my case, it has enhanced my life.
  21. 21. 2006 21
  22. 22. Tim Lauer Lewis Elementary, Portland Oregon 22
  23. 23. Serendipity Happens 23 People and places I’ve met along the way have enhanced my work in ways that I never expected.
  24. 24. Advisor Content Developer Curator TrainerTeacher Connector 24 I wear many hats in my work with the Consortium for School Networking, Illinois Computing Educators, Edmodo, the Global Education Conference, the STEMx Global Education Conference etc.
  25. 25. Observer 25 More importantly, I am am an observer, visiting schools and interacting with educators from all over the world.
  26. 26. 26 I’ve traveled to a few countries and throughout the United States to work with educators and companies.
  27. 27. Experiences • Chicago Public Schools • University of Chicago • 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 • Advising Corporate entities 27 Here’s a list of some of the experiences that I bring to the table. While most educators are silo’d in their school buildings, I’ve been very fortunate to visit a wide variety of institutions. My favorite thing to do is to tell stories of the work and initiatives that I find inspiring.
  28. 28. Julia and Henry 28 My biggest inspirations, however, are my two children. I often think about how I (and their schools) are preparing them for a brave world. How can I nurture them to grow up to be innovators? I think here at the Avenues that question has been addressed very comprehensively.
  29. 29. 29 Because of my experiences, I feel that our perspectives need to expand. Continuous improvement is a worthy goal as we try to navigate educational change.
  30. 30. Our perspectives need to E x p a n d 29 Because of my experiences, I feel that our perspectives need to expand. Continuous improvement is a worthy goal as we try to navigate educational change.
  31. 31. What do we value in schools? 30 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?> <poll url=""> <!-- This snippet was inserted via the PollEv Presenter app --> <!-- 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 PollEv Presenter will automatically display your poll in that area. --> <!-- The PollEv Presenter app must also be running and logged in for this to work. --> <!-- To remove this, simply delete it from the notes yourself or use the PollEv Presenter to remove it for you. --> <title>What would you like to see in an ideal school?</title> </poll>
  32. 32. Are  parents  and  educators  asking  for  more   high  stakes  testing,  standardized   curriculum,  and  seat  time?   I  think  not.     31 There seems to be a societal disconnect between the national narrative for educational improvement and what we know and desire based on our work with children.
  33. 33. 2010 - The Key School - Annapolis MD 32 So, let’s think about how your institution is going about grappling with educational change...
  34. 34. This I Believe • Visionary Leadership • Empowered Faculty • Authentically Engaged Students • Progressive teaching and learning practices • Authentic school communities 33 Based on my travels and conversations, these are the things I believe in and want to see more of in our schools.
  35. 35. Visionary Leadership 34
  36. 36. 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  norm.   Visionary Leadership 34
  37. 37. Empowered Faculty 35
  38. 38. 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. 35
  39. 39. Engaged Students 36
  40. 40. 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.   36
  41. 41. Progressive Teaching and Learning Practices 37
  42. 42. 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  after  school. Schools  that  view  technology  as  essential  to  the  learning  process   and  thoughtfully  plan  for  integration. 37
  43. 43. Authentic Communities 38
  44. 44. Authentic Communities Schools  where  parents  and  students  are  authentically  engaged  in   the  community. Schools  that  provide  a  multitude  of  means  for  parents  to  get   involved. Schools  who  encourage  honest  community  dialogue  by   acknowledging  their  strengths  and  areas  targeted  for   improvement. Schools  that  educate  their  parents  and  community  members   about  what  it  means  to  be  a  21st  century  learner. 38
  45. 45. Political Context 39 So, let’s talk context. What are we dealing with here? We’re operating in a political context comprised of many stakeholders with differing priorities.
  46. 46. Another Nation at Risk Moment ? How  do  we  improve  teaching  and  learning? How  do  we  effectively  assess  students?   What  is  innovation? 40 We are all struggling with these important questions. How do we reach consensus and act in the best interest of children?
  47. 47. 41 Are we being short sighted?
  48. 48. 42 Why are we not talking more about authentic student engagement?
  49. 49. 43 What are the consequences of such stress and pressure?
  50. 50. Education Policy Context 44 We also need to think about the impact of educational policy. This affects independent schools... I read an article recently about how some parents are dissatisfied about current public schools and are opting for private schools. I also think that independent schools can serve as models for how any type of school can get education right.
  51. 51. U.S Department of Education • Common Core Standards • New Assessments • Personalized Learning • Digital Textbooks • More Accountability • Increased broadband connectivity 45 Here are a few themes addressed by the current administration.
  52. 52. “The Highly Connected Teacher” The National Educational Technology Plan 46 Highly connected teachers are connected to data, to resources, and to each other.
  53. 53. Connected Educator Month 47 Out of this interest in connections, CEM was born. It will take place this year in October. Free activities are available to educators from around the world.
  54. 54. ConnectED 48 This is the most recent initiative put forth by the Obama administration. Obama recently traveled to Mooresville NC to announce new efforts to upgrade connectivity, train teachers, and build on private-sector innovations.
  55. 55. Technological Context 49
  56. 56. Students and Adults... • Content consumers • Content Creators • Content Evaluators • Connected and Networked 50 Many of my peers in education are doing these things. I would argue that to be successful in our rapidly changing world, adults and kids must be proficient in creating and analyzing digital media in addition to learning to leverage learning networks.
  57. 57. The Power of Social Media Flickr YouTubeTwitter Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Diigo SlideShare 51 I’ve also added Pinterest to the mix:
  58. 58. EdSurge 52 EdSurge is an start up co-founded by a friend and their goal is to present information about the current ed tech bubble that is growing.
  59. 59. Managing Generational Diversity 53
  60. 60. 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. 54
  61. 61. 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 55
  62. 62. Beloit College’s Mindset List 56
  63. 63. 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 57
  64. 64. 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? 58
  65. 65. 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 59
  66. 66. The New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report 2013 • 1 year or less • Cloud Computing • Mobile Learning • 2 to 3 years • Learning Analytics • Open Content • 4 to 5 years • 3D Printing • Virtual and Remote Laboratories 60 For additional verification on trends that are emerging in adoption horizons, please take a look at the 2013 K-12 Horizon Report. These recommendations come with concrete examples of how these technologies are manifested in education.
  67. 67. NMC Megatrends The  world  of  work  is  increasingly  global   and  increasingly  collaborative. 61 NMC also identified megatrends at its Horizon Report anniversary summit in 2012.
  68. 68. NMC Megatrends People  expect  to  work,  learn,  socialize,  and   play  whenever  and  wherever  they  want  to. 62 The numbers of cell phone users and those with broadband access continues to skyrocket. We are global and mobile.
  69. 69. NMC Megatrends The  Internet  is  becoming  a  global  mobile   network  -­‐  and  already  is  at  its  edges. 63 The numbers of cell phone users and those with broadband access continues to skyrocket. We are global and mobile.
  70. 70. 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. 64 Think YouTube and Facebook.
  71. 71. 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.   65 Authoritative sources are losing their importance; increased need for validation and curation.
  72. 72. NMC Megatrends Legal  notions  of  ownership  and  privacy  lag   behind  the  practices  common  in  society.   66 The cloud is blurring these lines.
  73. 73. NMC Megatrends Real  challenges  of  access,  efficiency,  and   scale  are  redefining  what  we  mean  by   quality  and  success. 67 Solutions that scale are very important. Look to other parts of the world for innovations in this area.
  74. 74. NMC Megatrends The  Internet  is  constantly  challenging  us  to   rethink  learning  and  education,  while   refining  our  notion  of  literacy. 68 Think Henry Jenkin’s New Media literacies. Traditional literacies are not enough.
  75. 75. NMC Megatrends There  is  a  rise  in  informal  learning  as   individual  needs  are  redefining  schools,   universities,  and  training.   69 Politically, socially and intellectually. Traditional authority is also being challenged in academia.
  76. 76. NMC Megatrends Business  models  across  the  education   ecosystem  are  changing.   70 Everyone is re-thinking their missions. Look to libraries, colleges, and the publishing industry.
  77. 77. Why Change? 71
  78. 78. Why Evolve? 72
  79. 79. Project Tomorrow’s SpeakUp Survey 73
  80. 80. 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 74
  81. 81. Via John Pfluger 75
  82. 82. The Reality 76
  83. 83. 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 77
  84. 84. 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 78
  86. 86. Modernization Themes 80
  87. 87. Digital Transformation 81
  88. 88. Mooresville Graded School District Mooresville, NC 82
  89. 89. Innovation 83
  90. 90. 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 84
  91. 91. Known as “THE” 85
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  93. 93. 87 The School uses social media extensively throughout its school, providing real life digital citizenship experience for kids. They develop their own profiles and avatars in a school-run social network. These profiles are archived each year, so that everyone has a fresh start and numerous opportunities to practice the skill of establishing a digital footprint.
  94. 94. 88 They even create profiles for historical figures, and tag clouds allow them to see connections between real and historical figures in terms of interests.
  95. 95. 89 They use Google Sites for reviewing books and commenting on the reviews of others. It is organized by class so that you can see the reading habits of kids throughout their time at the School at Columbia.
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  97. 97. Tools  at  School 91
  98. 98. Don Buckley (former) DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION 92
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  102. 102. Spencer Technology Academy Chicago, IL • New Classrooms (School of One) • IPads • Gaming in PE Classes • Classes for Parents 96
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  110. 110. Inquiry 104
  111. 111. Science Leadership Academy Philadelphia, PA 105
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  113. 113. Educon 2.5 107
  114. 114. BURLEY SCHOOL Chicago, IL 108
  115. 115. Teacher Leadership 109
  116. 116. #playdate13 110
  117. 117. EdCamps 111
  118. 118. Design + 21st Century Skills 112
  119. 119. MAKER MOVEMENT • Make Magazine • Maker Faire • Maker Education 113
  120. 120. CoderDojo 114
  121. 121. BrightWorks San Francisco, CA 115
  122. 122. New Tech High Napa, CA 116
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  128. 128. Leadership + Iteration 122
  129. 129. MERCY HIGH SCHOOL farmington Hills, MI 123
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  132. 132. Other Modernizing Themes 126
  133. 133. 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... 127
  134. 134. 21st Century Skills 128
  135. 135. 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 129
  136. 136. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills 130
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  139. 139. 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 133
  140. 140. Creating Innovators 134
  141. 141. Learning Environments 135
  142. 142. Wired UK 136
  143. 143. The Edgeless School 137
  144. 144. NYC’s iZone 138
  145. 145. and Illinois Math and Science Academy Chicago, IL 139
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  148. 148. YOUMedia Chicago, IL 142
  149. 149. The Third Teacher 143
  151. 151. A world class education system should call for globally connected schools 145
  152. 152. Apple Distinguished Educators Global Awareness 2006 • The World is Flat • A Whole New Mind • Berlin & Prague • Rethink. Global Awareness. 146
  153. 153. Classroom 2.0 Link 147
  154. 154. The Global Education Conference and Network 148
  155. 155. 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. 149
  156. 156. Over 600,000 unique visitors 150
  157. 157. 15,000 members from 150+ countries 151
  158. 158. GEC Network Features • Groups • Searchable member list • Latest activity • Discussion forums and blogs • Links to resources • Events • Project database • Videos and photos 152
  159. 159. 2010 - Brian Mannix 153
  160. 160. 2010 - Polar Bears International 154
  161. 161. CCSSO and Asia Society’s PGL • New resource on global competence! • Download a copy here. 155
  162. 162. From Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World 156
  163. 163. Connect All Schools iEARN 157
  164. 164. The IEARN Project Book 158
  165. 165. WHY NOW? @oline73: Can you distill why globally connected classrooms are vital in 2010? Photo source 159
  166. 166. 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. 160
  167. 167. 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  tools! 161
  168. 168. Further Explorations 162
  169. 169. ISTE NETS Students, Teachers, and Administrators 163
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  171. 171. DML Research Hub 165
  172. 172. Playful Learning 166
  173. 173. Design Share 167
  174. 174. GOOD Education 168
  175. 175. Moving Ideas Forward • Work as a school to set goals and to develop a multi-year innovation plan. • 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. 169
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  177. 177. What’s  YOUR  big  idea? Share  your  ideas  for  furthering  innovation  on  Twitter.   #innov8ED 171
  178. 178. Remember....   You  are  a  potential  leader  and  influencer  in   your  school!   172
  179. 179. @elemenous  on  Twitter   173