Dealing with New Realities: What Matters Now

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  • 1. DEALING WITH NEW REALITIES Dean Shareski SeLNO Thunder Bay, ON November 18,2013 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yohann-aberkane/2836258475 WHAT MATTERS NOW
  • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkuropatwa/8972853954
  • 3. Why evidence-based teaching methods are a bad idea.
  • 4. “My argument is not with educational research but with the imperative of evidence-based education policy. At its best, educational research can provide important insights into the relationship between various social and cultural variables and pedagogic outcomes.” Why evidence-based teaching methods are a bad idea.
  • 5. But the principal problem educators face today is not the dearth of educational research or a lack of evidence about ‘what works’, but the increasing absence of any opportunity for them to exercise professional judgment and to learn the value of rather what Aristotle call phronesis – the virtue of judgment. Experimentation in education should be part of a teacher’s everyday life. Why evidence-based teaching methods are a bad idea.
  • 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonbecker/4625331304
  • 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/flossmoorhistory/3642378152
  • 8. “People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren't so crazy about the first time around.”  ~Author Unknown http://www.flickr.com/photos/flossmoorhistory/3642378152
  • 9. What Matters Less Now?
  • 10. school
  • 11. school
  • 12. grades
  • 13. grades
  • 14. “MEASURABLE OUTCOMES MAY BE THE LEAST SIGNIFICANT RESULT OF LEARNING” Dr. Linda McNeil grades
  • 15. reading and writing http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkuropatwa/4554087615
  • 16. reading and writing http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkuropatwa/4554087615
  • 17. Consumption Creation Reading Writing Listening Speaking Viewing Representing
  • 18. Consumption Creation Reading Writing Listening Speaking Viewing Representing
  • 19. Consumption Creation Reading Writing Listening Speaking Viewing Representing
  • 20. DEALING WITH NEW REALITIES http://www.flickr.com/photos/yohann-aberkane/2836258475 WHAT MATTERS NOW
  • 21. MindfulNess
  • 22. MindfulNess
  • 23. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22539747@N06/3447814831/
  • 24. Abundance http://www.flickr.com/photos/22539747@N06/3447814831/
  • 25. Abundance Scarcity http://www.flickr.com/photos/22539747@N06/3447814831/
  • 26. Abundance Scarcity http://www.flickr.com/photos/22539747@N06/3447814831/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/68187942@N00/3287986172/ information
  • 27. Abundance Scarcity http://www.flickr.com/photos/22539747@N06/3447814831/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/68187942@N00/3287986172/ information attention
  • 28. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alainbachellier/2572801898/
  • 29. Photograhpers having Breakfast
  • 30. Photograhpers having Breakfast
  • 31. “At this age, they get stuck on Wikipedia being the answer to everything and they forget that people can be a really great resource.”
  • 32. Research suggests over and over again that people are using mobile devices and social media to connect more with others, even face to face. The technologies of isolation and loneliness were the automobile and the television, and even though we’re starting to see a reversal of the long term rise in social isolation , there continues to be cultural insecurity around loneliness. Which is understandable, but misplacing our worries on one of the few trends that is pushing back against isolation isn’t helpful.
  • 33. Research suggests over and over again that people are using mobile devices and social media to connect more with others, even face to face. The technologies of isolation and loneliness were the automobile and the television, and even though we’re starting to see a reversal of the long term rise in social isolation , there continues to be cultural insecurity around loneliness. Which is understandable, but misplacing our worries on one of the few trends that is pushing back against isolation isn’t helpful.
  • 34. Research suggests over and over again that people are using mobile devices and social media to connect more with others, even face to face. The technologies of isolation and loneliness were the automobile and the television, and even though we’re starting to see a reversal of the long term rise in social isolation , there continues to be cultural insecurity around loneliness. Which is understandable, but misplacing our worries on one of the few trends that is pushing back against isolation isn’t helpful.
  • 35. My goal, as a technology writer, would be to discover what the internet had done to me over the years.
  • 36. My goal, as a technology writer, would be to discover what the internet had done to me over the years. “But the internet isn't an individual pursuit, it's something we do with each other. The internet is where people are.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathycassidy/4936218669
  • 37. Digital Dualism
  • 38. Digital Dualism
  • 39. Digital Dualism
  • 40. Digital Dualism
  • 41. Digital Dualism offline
  • 42. Digital Dualism offline online
  • 43. Digital Dualism offline online real virtual
  • 44. Digital Dualism we have been taught to mistakenly view online as meaning not offline. The notion of the offline as real and authentic is a recent If we can fix this false separation and view the digital and physical as enmeshed, we will understand that what we do while connected is inseparable from what we do when disconnected. invention, corresponding with the rise of the online.
  • 45. 2148
  • 46. attention literacy
  • 47. attention literacy
  • 48. Do you regularly change routine and structure to focus ATTENTION?
  • 49. Do you regularly change routine and structure to focus ATTENTION? How are you practicing MINDFULNESS?
  • 50. Do you regularly change routine and structure to focus ATTENTION? How are you practicing MINDFULNESS? What are you doing to help your students more INTENTIONAL with their thought and actions?
  • 51. COMMUNITY http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/education/pics/4_11_one_rm_school_520.jpg
  • 52. COMMUNITY http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/education/pics/4_11_one_rm_school_520.jpg
  • 53. The smartest person in the room, is the room. Dave Weinberger cc licensed flickr photo by torres21: http://flickr.com/photos/torres21/484675706/
  • 54. Tell that to Chris Avenir
  • 55. Tell that to Chris Avenir Ryerson University sites 3 reasons for the case against him. 1.Learning should be hard. 2.There is no structure of regulation for online behavior and that makes it incompatible with academic work. 3.It is our job to protect academic integrity from any threat. i.e. Unless learning is hard and is directed by certified persons, it’s not valid.
  • 56. Mind Your Own Business http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwentechaney/5438197592 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/4309317689
  • 57. Mind Your Own Business http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwentechaney/5438197592 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/4309317689
  • 58. Mind Your Own Business http://www.flickr.com/photos/rwentechaney/5438197592 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristic/359572656/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionicteaching/4309317689
  • 59. What did you learn from others? What did you contribute learning of others? to the
  • 60. “Bringing smart people together is an ancient and effective technique for developing ideas. The Net also lets smart people connect and communicate... David Weinberger, Too Big To Know
  • 61. David Weinberger, Too Big To Know
  • 62. But the Net brings people together in new and occasionally weird configurations—a weirdness that is now being reflected in how expertise works....” David Weinberger, Too Big To Know
  • 63. My Learning Project
  • 64. My Learning Project
  • 65. My Teaching Staff
  • 66. "Weird configurations"
  • 67. "Weird configurations"
  • 68. "Weird configurations"
  • 69. How are building COMMUNITY?
  • 70. How are building COMMUNITY? Have they experienced “WEIRD CONFIGURATIONS”? Have you?
  • 71. How are building COMMUNITY? Have they experienced “WEIRD CONFIGURATIONS”? Have you? How do you insure they LEARN from others beside you?
  • 72. JOY http://www.flickr.com/photos/22326055@N06/4181823128/
  • 73. JOY http://www.flickr.com/photos/22326055@N06/4181823128/
  • 74. Feel-Bad Education The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy by: Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  • 75. Feel-Bad Education The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy by: Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm "Why are our schools not places of joy?" http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  • 76. Feel-Bad Education The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy by: Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm "Why are our schools not places of joy?" http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  • 77. Feel-Bad Education The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy by: Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm "Why are our schools not places of joy?" http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  • 78. Feel-Bad Education The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy by: Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/feelbad.htm I’m appearing to accept an odious premise—namely, that joy must be justified as a means to the end of better academic performance. Not so: It’s an end in itself. http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/2333068171/
  • 79. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bandytam/8172260876/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohioseagrant/9342941423 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatesfoundation/6143867445 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebolasmallpox/1066368855 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2908834853 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rocketboom/4400552343 It's an end in itself.
  • 80. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bandytam/8172260876/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohioseagrant/9342941423 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatesfoundation/6143867445 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebolasmallpox/1066368855 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2908834853 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rocketboom/4400552343 It's an end in itself.
  • 81. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bandytam/8172260876/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohioseagrant/9342941423 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gatesfoundation/6143867445 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebolasmallpox/1066368855 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2908834853 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rocketboom/4400552343 It's an end in itself.
  • 82. Thanks shareski.ca @shareski Dean@shareski.ca