What the Best U.S. Principals do to Support Education Technology


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  • Justin, thank you for your sharing with us yesterday at the SST. I really liked your point about role modelling. My sharing with the community out there, would be my facebook page, which was set up by my students and which I currently maintain. See http://www.facebook.com/scssprincipal In a sense, this is my current contribution to ‘how I can make my learning visible to my peers’. Will think about your point and put it to application. Mr Liu Earnler, Principal, Swiss Cottage Secondary School
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  • With 30 years of history since the introduction of the personal computer, we have a pretty a good sense now of how it’s changing labor markets.
  • Early theory that computers would complement high skilled workers and replace low skilled workers, but more complicated Computers are really good a rules-based tasks Airline check in as an example of rules based task- only a limited set of possibilities, communication ins simple and can be scripted
  • This is where humans have a comparative advantage over computers…
  • Big decline in routine cognitive: the filing and bookkeeping are being done to a large extent by computers and to a lesser extent work is sent off shore. The cognitive demands of the labor market are greater than at any time in U.S. history.
  • Not just job composition that is changing, but the jobs them selves.
  • These ideas form the basis of the 21 st century skills movement, which argues that education needs to prepare students for the increasing cognitive demands of the workplace.
  • What the Best U.S. Principals do to Support Education Technology

    1. 1. Changing Cultures: How U.S. School Leaders Support ICT Justin Reich EdTechTeacher.org Co-Director Harvard Graduate School of Education Doctoral Researcher Berkman Center for Internet and Society Fellow
    2. 2. Four Strategies for School Leaders <ul><li>Answer the Why Change question? </li></ul><ul><li>Be the change you want to see </li></ul><ul><li>Empower teachers as Edupreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Create the vision, Immerse teachers as learners </li></ul><ul><li>BONUS!!: Two specific suggestions for guiding teachers </li></ul>
    3. 3. Slides http://tinyurl.com/sl_edtechteacher
    4. 4. http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/world-accordign-to-USA.jpg
    5. 5. U.S. Ed Policy, PD, and ICT – 14,000 independent school districts – 50 sets of state standards – Teacher education curriculum unique to every university. – Professional development unique to every district – Technology investments devoid of learning goals.
    6. 6. http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/world-accordign-to-USA.jpg 17 S'pore Finland Education Ontario
    7. 7. Collaborative Learning
    8. 8. Self-Directed Learning Collaborative Learning
    9. 9. Technical Change vs. Adaptive Change Does promoting SDL and CoL require the application of well-established procedures and technical skills?   Or does it require a paradigm shift in culture, values and mindset (along with a shift in procedures and technical skills)?  Ron Heifetz, The Work of Leadership ,   http://mowgli.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/laurie-jump-off-balcony-leadership.pdf
    10. 11. Why Change?
    11. 12. Wave #1: Computers and the Labor Market
    12. 13. Skills for 21 st Century Work and Life: The New Division of Labor Richard J. Murnane Harvard Graduate School of Education
    13. 14. Computerizing Routine Tasks: Self-Service Check-In
    14. 15. Types of Tasks Computers Do Not Well <ul><li>Tasks that cannot be described well as a series of if-then-do steps because: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The boundaries of the problem are ill-defined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solving the problem requires imagining novel solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We learn to define the task and accomplish it through social interactions </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Economy-Wide Measures of Routine and Non-Routine Task Input: 1969-1998 (1969=0)
    16. 17. Changes in Task Mix Within Occupations: Example: Secretary <ul><ul><li>1970 description of a secretary’s job: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Secretaries relieve their employers of routine duties so they can work on more important matters. . . .” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 description of a secretary’s job: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ . . . Office automation and organizational restructuring have led secretaries to assume a wide range of new responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. Many secretaries now provide training and orientation to new staff, conduct research on the Internet, and learn to operate new office technologies.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Handbook </li></ul></ul>
    17. 19. A Homework Question <ul><ul><li>Examine the homework that teachers in your school typically assign: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the homework push students to develop expert thinking skills (non-routine problem solving) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What about communication skills? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or does the homework ask students to do the kind of rules-based tasks that computers can be programmed to do? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The answer may tell you a lot about the types of jobs your school is preparing students to do. </li></ul></ul>
    18. 32. It’s the hardest work I ever undertaken in my career. We’re trying to effect change in scale, and we have to “play on two playing fields” at once. We’re still being judged by the criteria for “Adequate Yearly Progress” and state accountability standards, while we are holding ourselves to a much higher standard. We have to succeed at both. It’s hard work, but it’s the right work to be doing. - Jim Merrill, Superintendent of Virginia Beach Public Schools (in Wagner, Global Achievement Gap)
    19. 33. Be the Change you Wish to See in the World
    20. 34. I’m talking to the Man in the Mirror, I’m asking him to make that change.
    21. 35. http://pwoessner.com/2008/12/15/21st-century-literacy-network-literacy/
    22. 36. Are you connected?
    23. 37. http://pwoessner.com/2008/12/15/21st-century-literacy-network-literacy/
    24. 38. Expert Structured / Guided Participant Structured / Unguided Formal Online Courses/ Programs: ICT Mentors WIDE World PBS Teacherline Personal Learning Networks Facilitated Individual Classroom 2.0 NCSS Network Ning ETT Webinars ISTE Webinars “ Self-catered” Twitter chats Blogging RSS Readers
    25. 42. Twitter Chats <ul><li>#edchat- Education broadly </li></ul><ul><li>#ntchat- New teachers chat </li></ul><ul><li>#cpchat- Connected Principals </li></ul><ul><li>#sschat- History and social studies </li></ul><ul><li>http://cybraryman.com/chats.html </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ultimate guide to twitter chats </li></ul></ul>
    26. 43. Diigo- Social Bookmarking
    27. 44. Diigo Groups
    28. 45. Ning Social Networks <ul><li>EdTechTeacher </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>English Companion </li></ul><ul><li>Making Curriculum Pop </li></ul><ul><li>NCSS Network Ning </li></ul>
    29. 46. Webinars <ul><li>EdTechTeacher Webinar Series </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE Webinar Series </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful Learning Practice Webinar Series </li></ul>
    30. 47. Empower your teachers as Edupreneurs
    31. 48. Cycle of Experiment and Experience Fear - Growth + Institutional Capacity + Experiment Review (Experience) Plan
    32. 54. Nurturing Eduprenuers <ul><li>Provide access to hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Provide time for planning and co-planning </li></ul><ul><li>Provide motivation for experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide protection from the consequences of mistakes and failures </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrating and showcasing successful projects and lessons </li></ul>
    33. 55. Create the Vision, Immerse your Faculty
    34. 56. Sharing Practice <ul><li>Lesson Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Study </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Plan Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Video Evaluation </li></ul>
    35. 57. Teaching for the 21 st century program Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. April. May. Face to Face : Skills Focus Face to Face : Reflection Focus Face to Face : Leadership Focus Asynchronous Online Course: Free tools for collaboration and media production Asynchronous Online Course: Idea Garden: Exemplars of 21 st Century Learning T-21 Webinar T-21 Webinar EdTechTeacher Webinar Series
    36. 58. EdTechTeacher.org
    37. 59. Teaching History with Technology THWT.org
    38. 60. BONUS ROUND!
    39. 61. Important to Understand Difficult to Teach and Learn Technology Provides Advantage Focus Technology on a Target of Difficulty
    40. 62. ICT in Lessons vs. ICT in Units/Project
    41. 63. Leadership <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXnT84Eu-oA </li></ul>
    42. 64. ji Visit us at EdTechTeacher.org! [email_address]