WRITING FOR REAL PURPOSE Writing for the Teacher vs Writing for a Global Audience AUTHENTIC AUDIENCE
PURPOSE "Simply put, school life should become more like real life , with school work organized around projects rather than textbooks, and students working in teams rather than alone. Schools should break down the two enemies of learning: isolation and abstraction .” George Lucas http://tinyurl.com/5gl7an
Ready? “ Maine’s schools are not ready for the 21st century. In order for Maine people to flourish in the radically transformed landscape of this new century, dramatic change must occur in Maine’s schools.” The Learning State: Maine Schooling for the 21st Century http://tinyurl.com/667357 State Board of Education Select Panel on Re-visioning Education in Maine
Information Literacy—handling massive amounts of information
Global Communication: work with people all over the world
“ Real revolution is not Technology. The real revolution is information and communication… Rather than teaching technology skills, I think we need to rename the focus to “Information Critical Thinking” and “Global Communication Skills” ~Alan November www.novemberlearning.com
ENGAGE/PURPOSE/PREPARE “ We learn from the company we keep.” Frank Smith
What’s our role as teachers?
How do we prepare our students to be Global Communicators?
Information Artisans “ Teachers and learners become information artisans , mining for information raw materials, remixing and re-networking what they find, and then communicating their new and valuable information products for re-mining. Teachers become learner models , and students become interactive learners developing and practicing life-long learning skills.” David Warlick
PREPARE MOVING FROM THE INFORMATION AGE TO THE CONCEPTUAL AGE 6 Senses of the CONCEPTUAL AGE: 1. Not just function, but also DESIGN 2. Not just argument but also STORY 3. Not just argument but also SYMPHONY 4. Not just logic but also EMPATHY 5. Not just seriousness but also PLAY 6. Not just accumulation but also MEANING
Are we encouraging these needed skills? Do Our Assessment Match?