Westminster Faculty Forum (August

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  • Steven Morris....\n
  • Bill talking saying, “I dont know but I am learning.”\n- Back to school\n- Blessing you\n- Jill Gough\n
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  • The reason that I am here and why I was invited...I am a learner. I have transitioned and seen a different way in my own practice that has made me a better teacher.\n
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  • Really have to talk about the importance of mom and dad placed on school; why it is essential that we make it an important place within our world. Talk about the idea of mom and dad taking stuff out to hit us with.\n
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  • Even though I am a Gen X person, I pretend I am a millennial.\n
  • Share my belief as well...What is our purpose? Relationships and learning. She and I have a different viewpoint but when I explained how I used technology, she agreed with everything I said.\n
  • Share my belief as well...What is our purpose? Relationships and learning. She and I have a different viewpoint but when I explained how I used technology, she agreed with everything I said.\n
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  • Embarked on this great journey with our province\n
  • I thought about this and how it tied in with my own story...\n
  • My connection...my own reluctance in the work I was doing...make sure that is discussed.\n
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  • Now, in terms of modern day computing, this thing couldn’t do much. It printed.\n\nI remember those first few months printing 12 foot long banners using a program called ‘The Print Shop’. I became a publisher overnight and I made my parents crazy as all you could hear from my room was the squeal of the dot matrix printer.\n\n\n\n
  • The first point I want to make is how we’re leaving the era of the personal computer (what was represented by the Apple ][c) and moving into the era of mobile computing.\n\nMorgan Stanley’s recent analysis predicts that we will have more mobile access points to the Internet than desktop access points by about 2012 or 2013.\n
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  • The first point I want to make is how we’re leaving the era of the personal computer (what was represented by the Apple ][c) and moving into the era of mobile computing.\n\nMorgan Stanley’s recent analysis predicts that we will have more mobile access points to the Internet than desktop access points by about 2012 or 2013.\n
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  • This is a photograph of my 5 year old. Here she is learning on her own how to edit and upload video. She does this through immersion, and through mimicking what I do.\n\nAnd I can’t help to wonder, as she grows up, what role will technology have on her education?\n\n\n
  • This is a photograph of my 5 year old. Here she is learning on her own how to edit and upload video. She does this through immersion, and through mimicking what I do.\n\nAnd I can’t help to wonder, as she grows up, what role will technology have on her education?\n\n\n
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  • Share my belief as well...What is our purpose? Relationships and learning. She and I have a different viewpoint but when I explained how I used technology, she agreed with everything I said.\n
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  • As a school that is a “have not”, to be able to do things that we wanted to do, we had to put implicit trust in the students to use things that were free.\n
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  • Many would say that the first technology was fire...it was more than just a tool. It changed everything.\n
  • This is what my a crowd looked like in 1957.\n
  • This is my dad coming into Canada at Halifax at Pier 21 on the Nassau (nas saw)\n
  • When I see my 80 year old father on Facebook, I know that a certain technology has gone mainstream.\n
  • And that’s why you get stats like this that are simply amazing.\n\nThis stat is just from a few days ago from the Youtube blog, stating that there are 35 hours of video uploaded to Youtube every single minute. That is just incredible.\n\n
  • Bieber gets it\n
  • Even Rebecca Black - or at least her parents or publisher - get it.\n
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  • I want to make the case that visual literacy is now as important as reading and writing with text. Our definition of literacy is shifting. The addition of the “with media” is currently being glossed over in schools to at best “great, if we have time” to “we don’t have time”\nI would suggest this is nearing educational malpractice. Those are harsh words but I hope after today and this week, you’ll be thinking that it is.\n
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  • We are not saying to put kids out there on their own, but to guide with them and be a part of the process so that they can partake in the process.\n
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  • One of the touched up photos.\n
  • And there’s the story of this 7yr old girl, Kathleen Edward, who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. She had a horribly abusive neighbour bullying her on Facebook - and the story gained national attention. \n\nBecause of this abuse, people on Reddit, a popular social news site, teamed together to organize a funding drive to raise money to provide a big party for her and a toy shopping spree. This was her message to the social network after her party.\n
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  • By simply changing the columns, he posits that while these changes are happening throughout society, some of these distinct changes have not yet received formal education, especially higher education.\n
  • By simply changing the columns, he posits that while these changes are happening throughout society, some of these distinct changes have not yet received formal education, especially higher education.\n
  • Ze has done other great projects as well. I love this one where he’s asked people to upload photos of themselves years later, trying to recreate a particular pose.\n
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  • Refer to Edna Sackson’s post for powerful questions.\n
  • We need remove roadblocks. \n\nFor instance, existing ‘no cellphone’ and Internet filtering polices need to be rethought.\n\nBlocking access to social media tools or content like blogs, wikis, and Youtube, needs to be reexamined from a perspective of potential learning.\n\nAnd biggest of all, schools need to understand that while they are incredibly important for learning, that we are less likely to hold a monopoly on learning in the future. We must find new relevance as connectors, as facilitators, as nodes.\n\n\n
  • Sharing should be the default.\n\nI grow and learn because others share. Everything in this presentation was a result of someone turning on a computer somewhere and making the decision to share. I can’t learn from you if you don’t share. \n\nAs David Wiley said in his TEDx Talk, “without sharing, there is no education”.\n
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  • My height makes me intimidating to little kids...I have been told over and over again throughout my career the importance of going to where the kids are at. If we really need to teach the way they learn, we need to go to the places they are at.\n
  • And to close, I was recently inspired by a quote by Stephen Downes in the Huffington Post.\n\n“We need to move beyond the idea that education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves.”\n\nThis to me is a fundamental shift for all of us, educators and learners. \n\nEducation should be something that is done TO us, but it is something that we need to fully participate in - and in very different ways than we’ve ever done so previously.\n
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  • Westminster Faculty Forum (August

    1. 1. “If we are going to succeed in this rapidly changing world, we face two challenges: making sense of the changes around us, and makingprogress in an increasingly unfamiliar world.” John Seely Brown
    2. 2. Conquering the Myths of Technology & LearningWestminster Faculty Forum August 11, 2011
    3. 3. http://moourl.com/#wmatl
    4. 4. http://todaysmeet.com/wmatl
    5. 5. introduction
    6. 6. About Me
    7. 7. Focus onRelationships
    8. 8. Old School
    9. 9. “We need to teach kids to respect the past but to live in the future.” Marc Prensky
    10. 10. These thoughts drive me...
    11. 11. “If you dont like change, youre going to like irrelevance even less.” General Erick Shinseki From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasarobonaut/5478897371/
    12. 12. “...as educators, our struggle is especially acute. We notonly have to “train” our kids for the twenty first century, we have to train ourselves.” - Will Richardson From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/familymwr/5007446641/
    13. 13. context
    14. 14. The Westminster Story... Learning for life.
    15. 15. Our schools can barely keep up with the knowledge that isdeveloping in the world today. Even when they succeed at thislevel, what we learned in school does not help us keep up to speedwith rapidly evolving knowledge flows once we’ve graduated.- John Seely Brown
    16. 16. "You dont lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." ~ Ken Kesey
    17. 17. http://georgecouros.cahttp://connectedprincipals.com
    18. 18. ChangesEarly Day of PC in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
    19. 19. What about the ‘real’ world?
    20. 20. Consider these stats:•60 percent of Fortune 500 businesses are using socialmedia spaces to reach out to customers.•95 percent of colleges and universities are using socialmedia spaces to reach out to customers.•70 percent of school districts have policies that specificallyBAN social networking in schools.
    21. 21. David Wiley Then vs Now Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating@opencontent Closed Open
    22. 22. David Wiley Education vs Everyday Analog Digital Tethered Mobile Isolated Connected Generic Personal Consumption Creating@opencontent Closed Open
    23. 23. What about our kids now? Remixed from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/margolove/3139034331/
    24. 24. Does technology serve ourhuman purpose? ~ Sherry Turkle
    25. 25. the myths
    26. 26. From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ vagawi/3155400274/
    27. 27. Do we understand the technology we have?
    28. 28. “Just as the telephone, automobile, andairplane reshaped our society in the first half of the twentieth century, the new digital infrastructure is beginning to reshape institutions in the twenty-first.” John Seely Brown 43
    29. 29. Pier 21, 1958
    30. 30. Dad
    31. 31. http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-scott-over-35-hours-of-video.html
    32. 32. Justin Bieber
    33. 33. Rebecca Black
    34. 34. Rebecca Black
    35. 35. On Digital Video • “Ten years ago, not one student in a hundred, nay, one in a thousand, could have produced videos like this. It’s a whole new skill, a vital and important skill, and one utterly necessary not simply from the perspective of creating but also of comprehending videoStephen Downes communication today.
    36. 36. The greatest digital divide is between those who can read and write with media, and those who cant. Elizabeth Dalycc licensed flickr photo by jayRaz: http://flickr.com/photos/shnakepup/2935979173/ 51
    37. 37. Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office
    38. 38. Blogging vs. Journals
    39. 39. Twitter vs. Google
    40. 40. Is this how wewant the Internet to be?
    41. 41. Students Leading the Way
    42. 42. Learning Reciprocated
    43. 43. Learning from each othercreates more opportunities
    44. 44. Talking to strangers online...
    45. 45. ...then meeting them offline.
    46. 46. ...and for those who have never lived ina world without the internet, there’s nodistinction between online and offline.
    47. 47. Why Do Students Go to University? Content Degrees Social Life Support Services (Wiley, 2010)
    48. 48. Why Do Students Go to University? PLoS GCTWikipedia MCSE Google Scholar ACT OCW Content DegreesFlatworld K arXiv.org CNE CCNA Open Courses Facebook Twitter Skype Social Life Support Services MySpace Yahoo! Answers MMOGs Quora ChaCha (Wiley, 2010)
    49. 49. We need to rethink our learning spaces
    50. 50. It comes back to this... Focus on Relationships
    51. 51. Do you think our kidscan use this sometimes?
    52. 52. We have to allow our studentsto create their own content.
    53. 53. Identity Day
    54. 54. Identity Day “Your post about the Identity Fairheld at your school was exactly the type of activity I thought wouldhelp accomplish my overall goal of being proactive against bullying.
    55. 55. Identity Day
    56. 56. Watch your kids inspire
    57. 57. Courage
    58. 58. conclusion
    59. 59. What is best for kids?
    60. 60. From: http://goo.gl/RbGBD Would you want to be a student in your classroom?
    61. 61. Let Go Of Controlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/admitchell08/2574455073
    62. 62. Create a Culture of Sharing http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolmansaxlil/4802611949/
    63. 63. Learning Side-bySide
    64. 64. With all of this, what willcontinuously make schools indispensable?
    65. 65. Relationships
    66. 66. Contact MeEmail - georgecouros@gmail.com Email - gcouros@psd70.ab.ca Twitter - @gcouros Blog - georgecouros.ca

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