SAISD - The Times They Are A-Changin'

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  • Good morning. My name is Dr. Scott McLeod. I’m coordinator of the educational administration at Iowa State University and formerly of the University of Minnesota. I’m also the Director of CASTLE, the only university center in the country dedicated to the technology leadership needs of school administrators. Today I’m going to talk to you about schools.
  • SAISD - The Times They Are A-Changin'

    1. 1. The times they are a-changin’: Preparing students for the 21st century Dr. Scott McLeod Director, CASTLE
    2. 2. Quick questions <ul><li>How many of you are in the audience today? </li></ul><ul><li>How many of you are the parent or grandparent of an elementary, secondary, or undergraduate student? </li></ul>
    3. 5. Technology is changing us <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>
    4. 6. YouTube
    5. 7. YouTube
    6. 8. How many of you have… <ul><li>watched a video on YouTube? </li></ul><ul><li>uploaded a video to YouTube? </li></ul>
    7. 9. Distributed computing <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>United Devices Smallpox Research Grid Project </li></ul><ul><li>Find-a-drug </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Muon1 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Screensaver Lifesaver </li></ul>
    8. 10. Wikipedia
    9. 11. How many of you have… <ul><li>read an article on Wikipedia? </li></ul><ul><li>edited an article on Wikipedia? </li></ul>
    10. 12. Global ideagoras
    11. 13. Prosumer communities
    12. 14. Global collaboration <ul><li>arXiv </li></ul><ul><li>Human Genome Project </li></ul><ul><li>OpenWetWare </li></ul><ul><li>European Bioinformatics Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Intel Open University Network </li></ul>
    13. 15. Rise of the Creative Class
    14. 16. Importance of creativity <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><ul><li>- Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind </li></ul></ul>
    15. 29. Are we 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>
    16. 30. We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing <ul><li>No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age. </li></ul><ul><li> - David Warlick </li></ul>
    17. 31. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    18. 32. 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>
    19. 34. Putting the power in the hands of the users <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Disintermediation </li></ul><ul><li>Reach </li></ul>
    20. 36. High school dropout rate
    21. 37. “ engage me or enrage me” - Marc Prensky
    22. 38. Digital natives, immigrants, & refugees
    23. 39. What schools can’t do
    24. 43. <ul><li>They say: We can’t handle this much change. </li></ul><ul><li>I say: Your job and career are in jeopardy; what other options do you have? </li></ul><ul><li>- Seth Godin, The Big Moo , pp. 49-50 </li></ul>
    25. 44. <ul><li>They say: Times are changing. </li></ul><ul><li>I say: Everything has already changed. Tomorrow is the first day of your revolution . . . or you’re toast. </li></ul><ul><li>- Seth Godin, The Big Moo , pp. 49-50 </li></ul>
    26. 45. <ul><li>They say I’m extreme. </li></ul><ul><li>I say I’m a realist. </li></ul><ul><li>- Seth Godin, The Big Moo , pp. 49-50 </li></ul>
    27. 47. <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>
    28. 48. <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>
    29. 49. 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>
    30. 50. What we need <ul><li>leadership </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>management </li></ul>
    31. 51. What we need <ul><li>anticipatory </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>reactionary </li></ul>
    32. 52. What we need <ul><li>future-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>compliance-oriented </li></ul>
    33. 53. Get past the dip
    34. 54. Change your location <ul><li>The trick is to change your organization’s instinctual location on the curve. if you get used to being exceptional, you’ll probably stay there. - Seth Godin, The Big Moo , pp. 90-91 </li></ul>
    35. 55. We have to stop being afraid
    36. 56. Avoid death by risk aversion
    37. 58. <ul><li>14,383 school districts </li></ul>
    38. 59. <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>
    39. 60. This is meaningless
    40. 61. This is important
    41. 65. Thank you! <ul><li>Dr. Scott McLeod </li></ul><ul><li>Director, CASTLE </li></ul><ul><li>Iowa State University </li></ul><ul><li>www.schooltechleadership.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.scottmcleod.net/saisd </li></ul>

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