2007 MPS Future-Oriented Schools


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Future-oriented schools: Preparing students for the new millenium rather than the industrial age. A presentation given to the Minneapolis Public Schools. January 19, 2006. Dr. Scott McLeod, CASTLE, www.schooltechleadership.org & www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org.

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    1. 1. Future-oriented schools Preparing students for the new millenium rather than the industrial age Dr. Scott McLeod January 19, 2007
    2. 2. Get this presentation! <ul><li>www.scottmcleod.net/MPS </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Times They Are A-Changin’
    4. 4. Societal trends <ul><li>Increased diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Increased technology </li></ul><ul><li>Aging population </li></ul><ul><li>Globalization </li></ul>
    5. 6. Hang on! <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>- Joseph S. Kraemer </li></ul>
    6. 7. Globalization <ul><li>Economic and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>The World is Flat , Thomas Friedman </li></ul><ul><li>The Flight of the Creative Class , Richard Florida </li></ul>
    7. 9. Aging population <ul><li>Most of the current folks in charge don’t really “get it” when it comes to technology </li></ul><ul><li>By 2030, there will be twice as many retirees as now but only 18% more workers </li></ul>
    8. 10. Aging population <ul><li>Neither education nor technology is generally high on senior citizens’ list of interests </li></ul><ul><li>Different views of work, education, and life </li></ul>
    9. 11. The Rise of the Creative Class
    10. 13. Importance of creativity <ul><li>Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can someone overseas do it cheaper? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can a computer do it faster? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relationships, collaboration, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, pattern detection, synthesizing, adding value </li></ul>
    11. 14. Are schools focusing on the right things? <ul><li>No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age. </li></ul><ul><li> - David Warlick </li></ul>
    12. 16. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    13. 18. The Not-So-Hidden Revolution
    14. 19. Revolution <ul><li>Web 1.0 v. Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Putting the power in the hand of the users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disintermediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach </li></ul></ul>
    15. 20. Web 2.0 A quick tour <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – me , the big guys </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts ( audio , video ) </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube ( online video ) </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr (online photo) </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (social bookmarking) </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps mashups </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>MMORPGs </li></ul><ul><li>Video game mods </li></ul>
    16. 21. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Interconnected </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomous </li></ul><ul><li>Freewheeling </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering </li></ul>
    17. 23. Are schools teaching the right things? <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li> - Clarence Fisher </li></ul>
    18. 24. Video games <ul><li>Brain-rotting waste of time or high-octane learning environments? </li></ul><ul><li>Kids who can’t sit still in class for five minutes can be mentally locked in for hours at home playing video games </li></ul><ul><li>“ Engage or enrage me” (Prensky) </li></ul>
    19. 25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
    20. 26. Millie’s Math House
    21. 27. Kid Phonics 2
    22. 28. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
    23. 29. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
    24. 30. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
    25. 31. Digital natives, immigrants, & refugees <ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2006/10/21/beyond-the-digital-native-immigrant-dichotomy/ </li></ul>
    26. 32. Avoiding Irrelevance
    27. 33. <ul><li>14,383 school districts </li></ul>
    28. 34. <ul><li>95,726 public schools </li></ul><ul><li>+ 29,273 private schools </li></ul><ul><li>= </li></ul><ul><li>125,000 schools </li></ul>
    29. 35. Irrelevance, part 1 <ul><li>Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . . </li></ul><ul><li>- Gwynne Dyer </li></ul>
    30. 37. Irrelevance, part 2 <ul><li>When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight. </li></ul><ul><li>- Jack Welch </li></ul>
    31. 38. Irrelevance, part 3 <ul><li>They say, “We can’t handle this much change.” I say, “Your [relevance is] in jeopardy. What choice do you have?” </li></ul><ul><li>They say I’m extreme. I say I’m a realist. </li></ul><ul><li>- Seth Godin </li></ul>
    32. 39. We need to somehow change faster <ul><li>No one jumps a 20 foot chasm in two </li></ul><ul><li>10 foot jumps. – Miguel Guhlin </li></ul>
    33. 40. What schools can’t do
    34. 41. What we need <ul><li>leadership </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>management </li></ul>
    35. 42. What we need <ul><li>anticipatory </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>reactionary </li></ul>
    36. 43. What we need <ul><li>future-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>compliance-oriented </li></ul>
    37. 44. Change is hard <ul><li>What does it mean when something changes how it’s always been? </li></ul><ul><li>- Liz Phair </li></ul>
    38. 45. Thank you! <ul><li>Dr. Scott McLeod </li></ul><ul><li>Director, CASTLE </li></ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>www.schooltechleadership.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.scottmcleod.net/contact </li></ul>