Engaged Learning for Today’s Students Today’s Students Today’s Students
Dr. Richard Voltz
Illinois Association of School Administrators
Everybody wants schools to get better
nobody wants them to change.
What is stopping us?
Change is here...
Blogger: Anne Peoples , University of Ulster
Helene Blowers has identified the new Digital Divide ( Reality Check 2.010 ), as one between those with the skills to find and use information and those without. Among some of the skills she highlights are:
Knowing how to “think” about search
Knowing how to validate soft information
Knowing how to get information to travel to you instead of chasing it
Knowing where to find information in new “hot” channel
Have you ever Googled yourself?
Education vs. Everyday
Analog vs. Digital
Tethered vs. Mobile
Isolated vs. Connected
Generic vs. Personal
Consumption vs. Creator
Closed vs. Open
Source: David Wiley, BYU
1/2 students in school are not paying attention
Reading textbooks is very important to academic success
83% of students like to discuss controversial topics in school
Source: Dr. Mike Schmoker http://web.me.com/rvoltz/Site/Podcast/Entries/2010/5/21_Schmoker.html
Students think school is boring... Source: International Center for Leadership in Education
Do you ask students what they think of school?
Do you involve students in school improvement?
When you involve student/learners you become “future focused.” Source: International Center for Leadership in Education
Mooresville, NC Trip
IASA Podcasts on Mooresville at http://bit.ly/Mooresville http://bit.ly/Mooresville http://bit.ly/Mooresville
From 38 to 8 to 2 in student achievement in three years after 1:1
All 34 sub-categories meet NCLB except 1
Is the Internet a good or a bad thing?
It is important to teach students to be safe, effective and ethical on the Internet. Source: Will Richardson
Can schools discipline students for bad conduct online?
It depends...on campus yes with written and communicated rules.
Schools have to be careful if the action takes place off of school grounds. Can report to police.
Off campus that causes substantial and material threat on campus...???
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year
Build a Blog
To communicate information to parents and students
To create a running journal of classroom activities and lessons
Students use blogs to read and reflect on their own learning
Students can be contributing authors on a class blog
Build a Wiki or Ning
Students to record and share knowledge about topics they have researched.
Students to create digital portfolios
You can put written content, movies, pictures, graphics, etc... into a Wiki
Example of Biology Ning
Build a website
Calendar of assignments (Google Calendar)
Post reference videos and documents
Scribes Team: Have students use Google Docs to take class notes
Google Docs to Prepare Tests
Mathtrain-1.TV Probability with Ben and Jerry
Tutorial Team: Students and teachers can use Jing to Create Screencasts
Teachers can record lessons
Put on web site
Absent students can view
Students on homebound instruction can view
Students who need to view and hear for further understanding can view
When teacher is absent, real teacher is actually teaching
Record Lecture Using ProfCast Save to GarageBand Embed in iWeb Upload to WebPage
A new way to do classroom discussion...
Digital checking for understanding...
Try Backchanneling in Your Classroom
A backchannel is another word for chat, your students type their comments as the class is discussing an item or when you are presenting.
Allows all types of learners to actively participate.
Join a Social Network for Your Professional Training
Twitter, Classroom 20 and The Educators PLN are great places to learn and share information with teachers just like you.
Use an Online Service To Save Your Bookmarks
Using an online bookmarking service allows you to access all of your favorite websites from any Internet-connected computer anywhere
Use an online service to drop files
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Where do you think education is heading?
Have you had this discussion yet in your district or school?
Have you included students in this discussion?
What should the classroom of tomorrow look like?
Will paper copy library books ever be replaced with digital books?
At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a select group of freshmen received Kindles, an online book reader, instead of the textbooks.
Reading on the Kindle will get students to read books independently, but it is also all-inclusive and boosts their reading and critical thinking skills regardless of reading level, said Deanna Isley.
How young professionals say they learn.
“ I can look it up on-line, find an expert and then collaborate with that person on a solution.”
Can education be fun? Can work be fun? Can work be fun?
Change is difficult…make it fun
How do you handle safe Internet access?
Topic + Students + Creativity = Learning
Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow
What technology do you think students want in the classroom today?
Technology kids want in their classrooms...
Bus Discipline... There is an app for that There is an app for that
Is this your school?
Would you like your school to look like this?
Improving literacy with iPod touch
Morning announcements with iPod touch
Google MagicFill and LookUp Function
Do students learn different today, should educators change?
Do you think students can multi-task? Adults?
Ustream video with your iPhone
What is the best way to train teachers?
Technology costs, where can you save?
Try new paradigms
Teacher made materials
Free Internet resources
Paid Internet resources
What I’d Buy Instead of an Interactive Whiteboard by Bill Ferriter, The Tempered Radical
Give me $5,000-$6,000 to spend on a middle school classroom with 25 students and I’ll buy:
5 Netbook Computers Cost: $1,250
Give me one netbook for every 5 kids in my classroom and I can create instant workstations for groups.
5 YEARS of VoiceThread for my Students Cost: $300
With little digital skill, kids of all ages can interact in Socratic style conversations on school related topics with one another both in and out of school.
5 YEARS of Brainpop Access for my Classroom Cost: $731
Brainpop is a service that creates short (3-5 minute) animated videos on topics across the curriculum.
5 YEARS of Access to Poll Everywhere Cost: $645
What makes Poll Everywhere—an online application that allows teachers to create and deliver quick surveys—unique is that students can respond to surveys via text message from their cell phones, making the need for student responders obsolete in most middle school classrooms considering the number of students carrying cell phones to school each day.
A Mid-Range Data Projector Cost: $595
Total = $3,521
Camtasia Screencasting Software Cost: $179
Students need to be more involved in their own learning
Connect with experts
Virtual Field Trips
Accessing previously unavailable courses
Teaching the teachers
The single most important factor in a student's achievement is the quality of his or her teacher. Reports by: The National Council on Teacher Quality ("Increasing the Odds," 2005) and The New Teacher Project ("The Widget Effect," 2009)
Google Teacher Example
Research team: Use Google and AltaVista for students to do research
Curriculum Team: Have Students Make Video and Audio Podcasts
Started in February 2005
Bought by Google in November 2006 for $1.65M
Already has more content than TV and TV started in 1940’s.
If TV played 24/7 since inception, YouTube still has more content.
Global team: Teachers can use e-pals and Skype to connect to others all over the world.
Teachers can use Skype In their classrooms
3 Ways, Other Than Skype, to Bring Experts Into Class
Skype Teacher Resources
Start an audio Podcast and update regularly For students For parents