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Dr. Scott McLeod, CASTLE, University of Minnesota, presentation to the CAREI Assembly, January 26, 2007

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  • Good morning. My name is Dr. Scott McLeod. I’m the Director of CASTLE, the only university center in the country dedicated to the technology leadership needs of school administrators.

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  • 100% Proficiency on Old Skills? A candid conversation about the demands of NCLB and preparing students for the New Economy Dr. Scott McLeod January 26, 2007 www.scottmcleod.net/CAREI
  • The Times They Are A-Changin’
  •  
  • Technology is changing us
    • This is about our way of life. An historical analog would be the Industrial Revolution, but compressed into 15 years - not played out over a century. Hang on - this will be quite a ride.
    • - Joseph S. Kraemer
  • Globalization
    • Economic and cultural
    • The World is Flat , Thomas Friedman
    • The Flight of the Creative Class , Richard Florida
  •  
  • The Rise of the Creative Class
  •  
  • Importance of creativity
    • Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind
      • Can someone overseas do it cheaper?
      • Can a computer do it faster?
      • Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance?
    • Relationships, collaboration, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, pattern detection, synthesizing, adding value
  • Are schools focusing on the right things?
    • No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age.
    • - David Warlick
  •  
  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  •  
  • The Not-So-Hidden Revolution
  • Revolution
    • Web 1.0 v. Web 2.0
    • Putting the power in the hand of the users
      • Collaboration
      • Creativity
      • Disintermediation
      • Reach
  • Web 2.0 A quick tour
    • Wikis
    • Blogs – me , the big guys
    • Podcasts ( audio , video )
    • YouTube ( online video )
    • Flickr (online photo)
    • Delicious (social bookmarking)
    • Digg
    • Google Maps mashups
    • MySpace
    • MMORPGs
    • Video game mods
  • Web 2.0
    • Interconnected
    • Collaborative
    • Personalized
    • Autonomous
    • Freewheeling
    • Empowering
  •  
  • Are schools teaching the right things?
    • While we teach whatever we teach at school, the kids go home and learn the skills they need to survive and prosper in an interconnected global economy.
    • - Clarence Fisher
  • Video games
    • Brain-rotting waste of time or high-octane learning environments?
    • Kids who can’t sit still in class for five minutes can be mentally locked in for hours at home playing video games
    • “ Engage or enrage me” (Prensky)
  • Jump Start 2nd Grade
  • Millie’s Math House
  • Kid Phonics 2
  • Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
  • Stranglehold
  • Star Heritage: Ship of Ages
  • Digital natives, immigrants, & refugees
    • http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2006/10/21/beyond-the-digital-native-immigrant-dichotomy/
  • Avoiding Irrelevance
    • 14,383 school districts
    • 95,726 public schools
    • + 29,273 private schools
    • =
    • 125,000 schools
  • Irrelevance, part 1
    • Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . .
    • - Gwynne Dyer
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  • Irrelevance, part 2
    • When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight.
    • - Jack Welch
  • Irrelevance, part 3
    • They say, “We can’t handle this much change.” I say, “Your [relevance is] in jeopardy. What choice do you have?”
    • They say I’m extreme. I say I’m a realist.
    • - Seth Godin
  • We need to somehow change faster
    • No one jumps a 20 foot chasm in two
    • 10 foot jumps. – Miguel Guhlin
  • What schools can’t do
  • What we need
    • leadership
    • v.
    • management
  • What we need
    • anticipatory
    • v.
    • reactionary
  • What we need
    • future-oriented
    • v.
    • compliance-oriented
  • Change is hard
    • What does it mean when something changes how it’s always been?
    • - Liz Phair
  • Thank you!
    • Dr. Scott McLeod
    • Director, CASTLE
    • University of Minnesota
    • www.schooltechleadership.org
    • www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org
    • www.scottmcleod.net/contact
    • www.scottmcleod.net/CAREI