Burning Pencils, Sharpening Questions


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  • Fulbright Follies - Nebraska on the strength of friends, Beethoven’s violin concerto in D-minor and Senator Fulbright (middle not sides), … Zane Grey
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  • Burning Pencils, Sharpening Questions

    1. 1. Burning Pencils, Sharpening Questions Mad Ideas, Risk Assessment, Lunatic Action and Sane Friends – Mad Idea # 7250 Anne Zarinnia LibraryTech 2010, Macalester College S t Paul, MN - March 18, 2010
    2. 2. CAVEAT EMPTOR <ul><ul><li>Matches, a knife, a magnifying glass, string </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless junk, Morse-code tappers, old rifles, various cartridges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound travels through the body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A .22 bullet travels over a mile – and you can make a gun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative ways of making the light come on when Santa delivers the goods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ph.D. Discovery : U.S. is BOTH enabled AND HELD BACK by organizational structures, strictures and habits – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAME OLD reform efforts, SAME OLD matrix organization </li></ul></ul>What do your pockets say about you?
    3. 3. Geographers – Scan! Consider solutions… DREAM UP MAD IDEAS
    4. 4. The Future of Universities <ul><li>Thepathlesspath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2XekQnObxM , 2009 </li></ul>ACADEMIA FOR ALL – Mad Idea # 4351
    5. 5. 1995 - Wisconsin “MESS” <ul><ul><li>School librarians – 50% >55 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>90 people on emergency licenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparation programs closed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University faculty hard to replace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum out-dated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So… I called my colleague in Eau Claire… </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. A Virtual Department… <ul><li>1997-1999 Whitewater / Eau Claire project </li></ul><ul><li>– hybrid program offering access to licenses & degrees </li></ul><ul><li>1999 UWSSLEC </li></ul><ul><li>(University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whitewater (HQ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eau Claire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oshkosh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Superior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Madison </li></ul></ul>CREATING - A NETWORK OF PROFESSORS – Mad Idea # 4352
    7. 7. … Of Wisconsin Faculty <ul><li>1997-1999 Whitewater / Eau Claire project </li></ul><ul><li>– hybrid program offering access to licenses & degrees </li></ul>SERVES STUDENTS NOT CURRENTLY REACHED
    8. 8. The “Mad Idea” - in Reality <ul><li>2007 Shortages, stasis - A NEED FOR REDESIGN… </li></ul>UWSSLEC Student Locations 1997-2009
    9. 9. IMLS Laura Bush Scholarships 2010 Blue = applied Green – award UWSSLEC
    10. 10. NIMBLE – a definition <ul><li>Quick, light, or agile in movement or action </li></ul><ul><li>Quick, clever, and acute in devising or understanding </li></ul>http://www.thefreedictionary.com/nimble
    11. 11. Technologically NIMBLE <ul><ul><li>Understandings and knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Habits of mind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Curious, creative, innovative, problem solver </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Attitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Risk-taker, self remedy, continuous learner, constant change, confident, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aware, skilled, expertise, critical assessment - not a magpie </li></ul></ul></ul>Professionally NIMBLE A? UWSSLEC/ UW SLIS Meeting , Madison SLIS, October 2009 Professionally NIMBLE
    12. 12. Beautiful Statistics <ul><li>Gapminder.org </li></ul><ul><li>Gapminder World </li></ul><ul><li>Gapminder USA </li></ul><ul><li> For UK: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8070000/8070108.stm </li></ul>Hans Rosling www.gapminder.org
    13. 13. TWENTY FIRST CENTURY Student Outcomes Partnership for 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>1. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes </li></ul><ul><li>2. Learning and Innovation Skills  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity and Innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking & Problem Solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication & Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Information, Media and Technology Skills </li></ul><ul><li>4. Life and Career Skills  </li></ul>
    14. 14. 2010 - Wisconsin “MESS” <ul><ul><li>School finance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Globalization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RESULT: LOSS OF POSITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing Demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.getfacts.wisc.edu/ </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Enrollment Projections K-12 Public School - 1994-2016 http://www.apl.wisc.edu/ Richelle Winkler & Sarah Kemp, 2008 Presentation to the 87th Wisconsin State Education Convention
    16. 16. Immediate Problem K-5 K-5 Public School - 2005-2016 www.apl.wisc.edu/ Richelle Winkler & Sarah Kemp, 2008 Presentation to the 87th Wisconsin State Education Convention
    17. 17. High School Diploma - ONLY www.getfacts.wisc.edu/ Applied Population Laboratory <ul><ul><li>RESULT: LOSS OF STATE </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. International Emphasis on Innovation <ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurship and Innovation </li></ul></ul>Christian Science Monitor, Feb 21, 2010, p30 <ul><ul><li>The Innovation Economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>by Mark Trumbull </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. AALBORG – A European Community “University of Innovation” <ul><ul><ul><li>Not afraid to fail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity of perspective </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real world experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Work in groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project based </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SWIM – collaborative information search process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TRIZ Contradictions Matrix – 40 principles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Creativity, Innovation and the Use of Information,” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity, Innovation and the Use of Information –  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aalborg University 2008 Carol Kuhlthau – Keynote Speaker </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. AALBORG: Education for Innovation <ul><ul><li>Creativity – unlimited use of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation – knowledge in use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project based curricula </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse groups of students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation with the Hyper Library , (Rosenstand) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum for Innovation </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Saltire - Information Commons <ul><li>Asked the students: </li></ul><ul><li>“ What would make your work easier…” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>– Working together, Conversations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>– ALL information in one location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>–  Combine art, design, light, computers, family furniture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Result: 97% occupancy </li></ul>Jan Howden , 2006 Glasgow Caledonian
    22. 23. Flexible spaces Movable Inflatable Office
    23. 24. Only in India?
    24. 25. Salad Bar
    25. 26. Innovation Unlimited!
    26. 28. US Lags in Elementary Education <ul><li>Importance of education in the early years </li></ul><ul><li>Remoteness </li></ul><ul><li>Educational level of parents </li></ul><ul><li>School finance </li></ul>Groups of children (6-12 years old in groups of 4 or so), given unrestricted and unsupervised access to the Internet can learn almost anything on their own. It doesn't matter who or where they are. We know this from 20 years of research, standing on the shoulders of Aurobindo, Piaget, Vygotsky and Montessori. Barefoot in the Head, Sunday, July 12, 2009 http://sugatam.blogspot.com/ – Mad Idea # 4353 This kind of learning is activated by questions, not answers.
    27. 29. Gylemuir Elementary School Edinburgh Central Education Resources
    28. 30. “ EXPLORATORIUM” <ul><li>“ an inquiry approach that engages the inquisitive energy children bring to learning – “ </li></ul><ul><li>Nine Thousand Straws Jean Sausele Knodt </li></ul>
    29. 31. Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public Library <ul><li>This collection of photos, available on Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's Teen Website at www.libraryloft.org , showcases teen events at Library branches throughout Mecklenburg County. </li></ul>
    30. 32. Sugata Mitra: Future of universities <ul><li>There is no need for classes with hundreds </li></ul><ul><li>The university will be about research and assessment… </li></ul><ul><li>“ If you say you are an engineer… …come for a month and prove it.” </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs9B0di3CmI – Mad Idea # 4355
    31. 33. JISC/ BL GOOGLE GENERATION <ul><ul><li>“ Information skills are needed more than ever and at a higher level if people are to really avail themselves of the benefits of an information society.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Emerging research findings from the US points to the fact that these skills need to be inculcated during the formative years of childhood: by university or college it is too late to reverse engineer deeply ingrained habits, notably an uncritical trust in branded search engines to deliver quick fixes. This will require concerted action between libraries, schools and parents.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ CONFIDENCE LEVEL: HIGH (AND THE STAKES ARE ENORMOUS)” </li></ul></ul>Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future , 2008, p32 This study was commissioned by the British Library and JISC.
    32. 34. Children Learn Without Teachers <ul><ul><li>Sugata Mitra: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hole-in-the-wall PROJECT, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TED talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =lVkIALoYiA4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sugata Mitra: NULL HYPOTHESIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Tamil children with no teachers and who know no English cannot learn biotechnology on their own.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre- Post Test: Biogenetics from England’s GCSE exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( General Certificate of Secondary Education ) </li></ul></ul>
    33. 35. Lankes and the New Librarianship <ul><ul><li>Fundamental purpose of librarians: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To improve society through knowledge creation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education to bootstrap society out of poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for the remote and underserved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help innovate and engage in entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actions not stuff </li></ul></ul>“New Librarianship”–Slides, Audio, and Screencast of R. David Lankes Keynote @ Charleston Conference, Nov. 2009 <ul><ul><li>“… a view of a new librarianship, one focused on knowledge and action instead of artifacts and collection” </li></ul></ul>– Mad Idea # 4357
    34. 36. American “Holes in the Wall” <ul><ul><li>We need EVERYONE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our CHILDREN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>especially in K-5 now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ARE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What MAD ideas have you had? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The future is NOW! </li></ul></ul>
    35. 37. HOW? <ul><li>“ Cook up” MAD ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Entertain unusual notions and views </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore the structures that separate us </li></ul>Actively engage in: <ul><ul><li>Thank you </li></ul></ul>
    36. 38. CONTACT <ul><li>Anne Zarinnia, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. Education Foundations, Chair </li></ul><ul><li>University of Wisconsin – Whitewater </li></ul>[email_address]
    37. 39. Additional References <ul><li>UWSSLEC: www.uwsslec.org </li></ul><ul><li>British Library: http://www.bl.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Google Generation downloads from University College, London: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/downloads / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intute http://www.intute.ac.uk/ (created by a consortium of seven universities to help students find useful information on the web) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory Presentations related to demographics and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( http://www.apl.wisc.edu/briefsreports.html#presentations) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Richelle Winkler & Sarah Kemp. Wisconsin’s Public School Enrollment Past, Present, & Future. Presentation to the 87th Wisconsin State Education Convention January 24, 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive data mapping demographics www.getfacts.wisc.edu/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Carol Kuhlthau, Professor II Emerita, Rutgers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~kuhlthau/ ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interactive TRIZ Contradictions Matrix ( http://triz40.com/ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Sugata Mitra Hole-in-the-Wall TED Talk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.html) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SWIM training modules http:// www. swim info.dk/pdf/hyperlibrary.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Photo: Ring of Brodgar, Orkney (Photo by Zarinnia) </li></ul>
    38. 40. TRIZ40 Contradictions Matrix http://www.innovation-triz.com/TRIZ40/