The Future of Education – Today!
T. D’Amico
May 28, 2014
The iGeneration
Is post-secondary ready for these digital learner...
K-12 Digital
transformation
K-12 learners
K-12 Learning
environments
Trends and the impact
on post-secondary
education
Lea...
A look back …
Video Link
Technology and Education…
Where
do
we
start
Information
Technology Silo
Information Technology Silo
“It is now clear that ...
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
Overhead projectors – minimal LCDs
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
Minimal Interactive white boards
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
Student withdrawal to use technology
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
No central repository of resources
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
Slow and unreliable network
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
Lockdown philosophy – Filter/Block
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
Wireless routers in some classes
Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010
1 desktop computer in each class
Perfect storm in mid 2000’sFear and Caution
Perfect storm in mid 2000’sFear and Caution
Curiosity and Exploration
Perfect storm in mid 2000’sFear and Caution
Curiosity and Exploration
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iPhone
When it came
to Technology
K-12 tried to keep
the world out!
What’s different this time?
The world has
changed and there
is no turning back
A minute on the Internet
Video source
Is this the minute in the
classroom or ‘lecture hall’ ?
Internet ‘live’ Statistics!
Access live stats
1. Irresistibly engaging
4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
2. Elegantly efficient
and easy to use
4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
3. Technologically
ubiquitous - 24/7
4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
4. Steeped in real- life
problem solving
4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
Canadian Education Association Study
Tell them from me - survey
5 types of students
Survey report
1. Engaged
2. Disengaged
3. Disconnected
4. Struggling
5. Ali...
Survey Results
Students are the focus
•
• Focus Groups
• Work with Partners
• Environmental scan
• Inter-departmental
Changes
in Teacher
...
Connections
• Multiple entry
points for staff
• Infrastructure
• Governance
• Pedagogy
• Learning
environment
• Equity for...
Focus on the 4Cs
Critical Thinking
Communication
Collaboration
Creativity
With and without technology
Skills focus - not devices
Where
do
we go
next?
21st
Century
Learning
School
Board
21st
Century
Learning
Innovation
Focus
Who are these kids
anyways?
Beginning next year
(Sept. 2014) our
H.S. students
entering grade 9
were born in the
year 2000!
Creativity and Innovation
Do we value
Left brain –
Right brain
equally?
Ontario Students – Today!
Link
New communication channels
Social Learning
Social Media
Policy
Myth
Digital Natives
Digital Immigrants
K-12 learning environment
•Network Stability
• Increased Bandwidth
• Enterprise Wireless
•Cloud Storage and
services
• Bri...
K-12 learning environment
•Laptops / SmartBoards /
LCD projectors
•Change in teacher
practice
• Skype / Hangouts
• Digital...
WiFi is now an expectation
for learning and socializing
New School Design
• •Wireless
•SmartBoard/LCD in
classes
•Modular flexible furniture
(no traditional student desks)
•Learn...
Purposeful Design
• •HVAC and solar displayed
for students and teachers
•Boiler room visible to
community and equipment
co...
Classrooms and Pods
•
Learning Commons Video
Not every challenge is financial
Innovation – Power of Networks
Video Link
A new Generation of Learners
Gr. 4 Mystery hangout
with students in Brazil
A new Generation of Learners
Kindergarten students
using voice search on a
Chromebook to learn French
A new Generation of Learners
4 year olds using iPads
and QR codes to simulate
buying and selling
Specialist High Skills Major Program
•
Where
do
we
start?
• Information &
Communication Technology
• Arts and Culture
•Hor...
Current Educational Technology Trends
Open Education
Resources
Mobile Learning
Social Learning
Game based
learning
Digital...
Will this environment continue to work?
all learners?
Source: Wikimedia
Inquiry Learning & Math
The new math…
Video Link
Upcoming Educational Technology Trends
Movement away from text
and … grades
Competency based
learning
Personalized
Learning
Post-Secondary
Preparing a digitally literate workforce
Transition Support
@TDOttawa
Questions?
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  • 4 areas to be covered during the presentation
    A K-12 Digital Transformation
    Successes and Failures along the way
    Today’s K-12 learners
    Today’s K-12 learning environment
    Trends and Post-Secondary Education
  • Activity – this is a generational sort so that we can see who we have in the room

    Please stand
    Sit when you see a component in this video that you were part of or lived through
  • 33 years ago, computer literacy were seen as important as seen in this quote from then Minister of Education in Ontario, Bette Stephenson
  • Most Boards had a culture of Fear and Caution when it came to technology in education
    The fear was that the network would go down, or would be subject to viruses if it was not locked down
    Most Boards filtered sites

    Over the last 5 years we have moved away from this culture to one that focuses on curiosity and exploration and how technology can support learning, not block it.
  • Most Boards had a culture of Fear and Caution when it came to technology in education
    The fear was that the network would go down, or would be subject to viruses if it was not locked down
    Most Boards filtered sites

    Over the last 5 years we have moved away from this culture to one that focuses on curiosity and exploration and how technology can support learning, not block it.
  • Most Boards had a culture of Fear and Caution when it came to technology in education
    The fear was that the network would go down, or would be subject to viruses if it was not locked down
    Most Boards filtered sites

    Over the last 5 years we have moved away from this culture to one that focuses on curiosity and exploration and how technology can support learning, not block it.
  • We were denying our students the opportunity to learn
    As a culture we didn’t believe that learning took place outside of the class
  • Prensky notes 4 key drivers of success
    These drivers are different in today’s technology climate than in the past
    Prensky coined the term digital native and digital immigrant, we had to explain to our teachers that our students as digital natives were not digital learners, they were good at socializing in an online environment but needed to be taught how to learn in a digital environment
  • Prensky notes 4 key drivers of success
    These drivers are different in today’s technology climate than in the past
    Prensky coined the term digital native and digital immigrant, we had to explain to our teachers that our students as digital natives were not digital learners, they were good at socializing in an online environment but needed to be taught how to learn in a digital environment
  • Prensky notes 4 key drivers of success
    These drivers are different in today’s technology climate than in the past
    Prensky coined the term digital native and digital immigrant, we had to explain to our teachers that our students as digital natives were not digital learners, they were good at socializing in an online environment but needed to be taught how to learn in a digital environment
  • Prensky notes 4 key drivers of success
    These drivers are different in today’s technology climate than in the past
    Prensky coined the term digital native and digital immigrant, we had to explain to our teachers that our students as digital natives were not digital learners, they were good at socializing in an online environment but needed to be taught how to learn in a digital environment

  • This Canadian study helped to show that our students are not engaged at the high school level and we need to change what we are doing to keep them engaged if we wanted more of them to meet with success
  • Colleges are getting all of our students, and not 100% were engaged scholars



  • The culture we are creating is a need to change teacher practice to increase engagement and this will result in increased achievement
  • Our new environment
  • Our new environment
  • WiFi impact is significant and is now expected by all employees and students
    Social learning is part of life and is not banned from education


  • Examples of how the culture change impacted all areas of our Board including the design of our new schools and the transition of our libraries
  • Example of a teaching building
  • Learning takes place outside of classrooms as well as in them – new school design includes teaching pods
  • Learning commons is an example of system transition that differs from site to site but focuses on the interactions of text and media
  • Move to Google Apps to focus on collaboration and cloud access and storage has had a major impact on collaboration and networking
  • No longer trying to scale innovation and replicate practices across 82 schools but instead we are trying to scale our networks so that they can innovate based on their unique challenges and needs
    Ex. BlackBoard, D2L, Edmodo, Google Sites … all have been effective LMS in different situations across our Board
  • Engaged learners using technology beginning at the age of 4
  • Engaged learners using technology beginning at the age of 4
  • Engaged learners using technology beginning at the age of 4
  • Specialized career path programs for students

  • Open Educational Resources
    Impact of Common Core
    CK12, LearnZillion, GooruLearning.org

    Mobile Learning
    BYOD, student access to resources on SmartPhones, and other devices, supporting 2 or 3 devices on network
    - Ministry Desire 2 Learn license, Moodle, BlackBoard

    Game Based Learning
    - acceptance of games
    - development (TechUme)
    - Grade 12 careers

    - Digital Literacy
    - redefining literacy and media literacy
    - Responsible coduct and digital citizenship

    Blended Learning
    - no shortage of resources
    - personalized learning
    - focus on assessment loop and impact of technology to provide verbal and audio feedback

  • This instructional strategy may work for some students – but, does it engage all learners?

  • Across Canada there have been complaints of the math instruction and International Pisa results
  • Challenges still exist even with new teaching environments, example of math
  • Personalized learning – different resources, differentiated tasks and differentiated assessment

    Competency based – slow in Ontario – how do we eliminate the grade based system and groupings of students based on an arbitrary cohort date of birth?

    Move to video based instruction and multimedia and multimodal, and not just text

  • As students leave our HS environment, they need to ensure smooth transitions in terms of instructional practice and access to digital resources
  • The iGeneration - the Future of Education Today! - Are Post Secondary institutions ready for these digital learners?

    1. 1. The Future of Education – Today! T. D’Amico May 28, 2014 The iGeneration Is post-secondary ready for these digital learners?
    2. 2. K-12 Digital transformation K-12 learners K-12 Learning environments Trends and the impact on post-secondary education Learning Outcomes
    3. 3. A look back … Video Link
    4. 4. Technology and Education… Where do we start Information Technology Silo Information Technology Silo “It is now clear that one of the major goals that education must add to its list of purposes, is computer literacy. The world of the very near future requires that all of us have some understanding of the processes and uses of computers” - 1981 Dr. Bette Stephenson
    5. 5. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 Overhead projectors – minimal LCDs
    6. 6. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 Minimal Interactive white boards
    7. 7. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 Student withdrawal to use technology
    8. 8. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 No central repository of resources
    9. 9. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 Slow and unreliable network
    10. 10. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 Lockdown philosophy – Filter/Block
    11. 11. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 Wireless routers in some classes
    12. 12. Ottawa Catholic School Board in 2010 1 desktop computer in each class
    13. 13. Perfect storm in mid 2000’sFear and Caution
    14. 14. Perfect storm in mid 2000’sFear and Caution Curiosity and Exploration
    15. 15. Perfect storm in mid 2000’sFear and Caution Curiosity and Exploration Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iPhone
    16. 16. When it came to Technology K-12 tried to keep the world out!
    17. 17. What’s different this time? The world has changed and there is no turning back
    18. 18. A minute on the Internet Video source
    19. 19. Is this the minute in the classroom or ‘lecture hall’ ?
    20. 20. Internet ‘live’ Statistics! Access live stats
    21. 21. 1. Irresistibly engaging 4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
    22. 22. 2. Elegantly efficient and easy to use 4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
    23. 23. 3. Technologically ubiquitous - 24/7 4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
    24. 24. 4. Steeped in real- life problem solving 4 Key Drivers of Technology Success
    25. 25. Canadian Education Association Study
    26. 26. Tell them from me - survey 5 types of students Survey report 1. Engaged 2. Disengaged 3. Disconnected 4. Struggling 5. Alientated
    27. 27. Survey Results
    28. 28. Students are the focus • • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental scan • Inter-departmental Changes in Teacher Practice Increased Student Engagement Increased Student Achievement
    29. 29. Connections • Multiple entry points for staff • Infrastructure • Governance • Pedagogy • Learning environment • Equity for all • Digital citizenship Link Link
    30. 30. Focus on the 4Cs Critical Thinking Communication Collaboration Creativity With and without technology
    31. 31. Skills focus - not devices Where do we go next? 21st Century Learning School Board 21st Century Learning Innovation Focus
    32. 32. Who are these kids anyways? Beginning next year (Sept. 2014) our H.S. students entering grade 9 were born in the year 2000!
    33. 33. Creativity and Innovation Do we value Left brain – Right brain equally?
    34. 34. Ontario Students – Today! Link
    35. 35. New communication channels
    36. 36. Social Learning Social Media Policy
    37. 37. Myth Digital Natives Digital Immigrants
    38. 38. K-12 learning environment •Network Stability • Increased Bandwidth • Enterprise Wireless •Cloud Storage and services • Bring Your Own Device • Tablets (iPads) • Chromebooks
    39. 39. K-12 learning environment •Laptops / SmartBoards / LCD projectors •Change in teacher practice • Skype / Hangouts • Digital resources • Learning Commons transformation • Move away from computer labs
    40. 40. WiFi is now an expectation for learning and socializing
    41. 41. New School Design • •Wireless •SmartBoard/LCD in classes •Modular flexible furniture (no traditional student desks) •Learning Commons (books/digital resources) •Assisted listening technology •Building systems as teaching opportunity
    42. 42. Purposeful Design • •HVAC and solar displayed for students and teachers •Boiler room visible to community and equipment colour coded for display •Folding walls for team teaching and collaboration •Multiple teaching walls/white/tack boards •See through flooring for teaching purposes
    43. 43. Classrooms and Pods •
    44. 44. Learning Commons Video
    45. 45. Not every challenge is financial
    46. 46. Innovation – Power of Networks Video Link
    47. 47. A new Generation of Learners Gr. 4 Mystery hangout with students in Brazil
    48. 48. A new Generation of Learners Kindergarten students using voice search on a Chromebook to learn French
    49. 49. A new Generation of Learners 4 year olds using iPads and QR codes to simulate buying and selling
    50. 50. Specialist High Skills Major Program • Where do we start? • Information & Communication Technology • Arts and Culture •Horticulture & Landscaping •Energy •Non-Profit • Health and Wellness •Justice, Community Safety, and Emergency Services •Environment •Transportation •Sports
    51. 51. Current Educational Technology Trends Open Education Resources Mobile Learning Social Learning Game based learning Digital Literacy Blended Learning
    52. 52. Will this environment continue to work? all learners? Source: Wikimedia
    53. 53. Inquiry Learning & Math
    54. 54. The new math… Video Link
    55. 55. Upcoming Educational Technology Trends Movement away from text and … grades Competency based learning Personalized Learning
    56. 56. Post-Secondary Preparing a digitally literate workforce Transition Support
    57. 57. @TDOttawa Questions?

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