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Classroom of Future



Building the Classroom of the Future… but I’m here now! ...

Building the Classroom of the Future… but I’m here now!

Superintendents, principals and administrators want to bring their classrooms into the 21st century, but where does a school district start? How do you communicate with real world experts, sort through tidal waves of information and build media rich classroom experiences starting with what you have? You have the personnel, you have the finances and it’s time to move forward. We will discuss 21st century classroom expectations, the concepts of starting small, building success, collaborating and getting things done.



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  • HelloCCSD62NLST
  • Relationships & conversations over time
  • The kinds of information available to usOn all the timeConstant pipeVideoJug “How to Make a Burning Laser Flashlight”
  • 3-5 minutes with 2 or 3 peopleBig take awayThe idea you can implement now- Acknowledge difference
  • Administrators – do you recognize yourselvesDo we let our classroom teachers be bold decision makers
  • Strategy to work with committee’s or stakeholdersTry to define what good work has always been, and redefine what it is now
  • Take any unit and describe what student should be able to doAdd transferable skills
  • Don’t short change good workStudent A may still be getting an A
  • But student B is literate and immersed in the read/write web.Know the opportunities or benefits and also the shortcommings
  • Is classroom technology expensiveLoad balancing routers & switchesFiberSISBusiness databaseVirtual servers
  • Be bold, take risksReward newness & risk-taking
  • Sue BarwickCould not get her emailVoting buttons“I want to try something new”
  • I want to podcast… what do you podcastI didn’t care what she podcastPersonal On Demand Casting (Broadcasting)
  • Take these people with small successes & exploit themTurkey trotI don’t want to talk!Here’s another example
  • Why isn’t there a help guide – it’s pdf! – it stinks – maybe you need to make a new one!Jenny MiltimoreTom Schmitz
  • 60 Modern language studentsMiddle schoolGoogle ChatAnonymous usernamesOpen bookPrint chat transcriptNow incorporating Mandarin
  • Build user knowledge early in the yearBuild your classroom resourcesWhat if – ask students to find great lessons on the internet
  • What if they helped you build search databases for class
  • What if you could share information from anywhereYour students can
  • Don’t add extra work to students that finish earlyMake them expertsAdd to their repertoire
  • Create safe houses of informationMake it easy for everybody
  • Integrate technology skill into every lessonWord of the dayValentine for motherDO NOT TEACH TECH
  • I build my own machines, I have a Linux server in my houseHave you seen any of us take full advantage of the PrometheansI still use AudacityGet them microphones, cameras, doc camsMake sure one persona in every wing knows what they’re doingUse jealousy, manipulationMake sure students say “why do they get to do cool stuff” Promote & celebrate
  • Seth, what am I going to write letters? I hate newsletters.
  • Remember Sue – this is her first wiki
  • She’s an expert
  • Remember the Color of Love?
  • need to change our relationship withYoung learnersEducationIt’s ok not to understand everything the first timeGive away expertise – it’s already been taken away
  • Who has more knowledge – us or the device in the student’s handsWhy are we banning these things anaywayIs a question on a test that can be answered on a cell something we should be assessing?
  • big is your classroom
  • Students as experts
  • What if they put this kind of work into their class portfolios
  • Remember that it also generates discussion & fervor
  • VideoJug’s “How to Speak Geek”

Classroom of Future Presentation Transcript

  • 1. bµ1£Ð1n9 7h3 (£4$$r00m 0ƒ 7h3 ƒµ7µr3
    Director of Information & Instructional Technology, CCSD62 Des Plaines, Illinois
  • 2. blc09
    I say to students "if you are not talking you are not learning - learning is a conversation”
    Darren Kuropatwa #blc09 by way of John Davitt by way of
  • 3. Information
  • 4. Friday review
    An inventory
    What is a classroom in 2009
    How do we get there
  • 5. Decision makers
  • 6. A day in the life – students A & B
    What are the differences between literacy now and literacy ten years ago
  • 7. Challenge
    Student reports on a recent event in history
    prove that the event happened in the manner most widely accepted by using valid primary and secondary eyewitness reports
  • 8. Student A
    I found a lot of eyewitness reports on the Internet, in fact I almost had too many
    The best site was allowed people to post their experiences for others to share
    Selecting some of the best, I built my report step by step, providing an almost hour-by-hour view of the event.  I almost feel like I lived through it.
  • 9. Student B
    I really liked the reports I saw on this site, but wanted to assure that they were valid
    I performed a “Whois” lookup and found out that the site was owned by a fiction writer’s club
    After some more searching, and validating, I found some legitimate sites that allowed me to collect the quotes I needed
  • 10. Describe
    What did good work look like before
    What does it have to look like now
  • 11. By the way…
  • 12. Start small
    Merlin Mann
  • 13. First time sex
    and the beauty of 1.0
  • 14.
  • 15. Podcast a poem
    Aaron “Red”
  • 16. Create experts
  • 17.
  • 18. Try this at home – IM in ModLang
  • 19. Give students meaningful tasks
  • 20. Google custom search
  • 21. Social bookmarks
  • 22. Screencapture
  • 23. School Toolbox
  • 24. Don’t teach tech
    Get out of my lab
    Technology Benchmarks
    By the end of Kindergarten students should be able to:
    use the left mouse click to navigate documents and pull-down menus, hyperlinks and the internet.
    use the scroll bar (thumb) to move up and down.
    locate and open a program from the desktop and Start Menu.
    print a document from an application like MS Word or Kidspiration.
  • 25. Make things easy
    Mount the projector
  • 26. Start small again
    Blog homework
    Podcast reading passages
  • 27. Build stories of success
  • 28. Dave
  • 29.
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  • 31. Marcie
  • 32. Whoa are the learners
  • 33. There is no spoon
    Relationship with education
    Attitude about ownership
  • 34. Connect with outside experts
  • 35. Is a classroom space, people, or things
  • 36. Adopt a feature
  • 37. Adopt a feature
  • 38. Adopt a feature
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  • 41. Sorry about that
  • 42. Have a great trip home