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  1. 1. Weapons of Mass Instruction:Digital Learning for Every ChildLenox M. Reed Seminar, Neuhaus Education Center Houston, February 21, 2013 Milton Chen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow George Lucas Educational Foundation San Francisco Bay Area 1
  2. 2. My Learning Journey:Longest Street in the World to aGalaxy Long Ago & Far, Far Away
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  4. 4. Imagine an Education Nation…A learning society where education ofchildren is the highest priority, on parwith a strong economy, highemployment, and national security.A nation is only as good as itseducational system.
  5. 5. The U.S. an Education Nation?• Of 50 1st-grade students behind in reading, 44 still behind in 4th-grade• A HS student drops out every 26 seconds, 6,000 each day (Tough Choices or Tough Times, 2006)• CA students 1 year behind U. S. average, 2-3 years behind best states (NAEP 2007, 8th-gr. math)• Closing the gap could contribute $2 trillion per year in GDP (McKinsey & Co., 2010)
  6. 6. America’s Strength:School/Community PartnershipsA “ladder of learning” from pre-K through“gray” blending formal and informallearning through schools, universities,media, museums, libraries, companies,churches, youth groups, parksA New Day for Learning: 24/7/365
  7. 7. • Innovation: The Key to an Education Nation• A “Must Do,” Not Just “Nice to Know”• Internet Time: Google 15 Years Old, YouTube 8 Years• Every 30 seconds, 24 Hours of New YouTube Video
  8. 8. Educational Innovation = Authentic LearningIt’s Simple: School Life = Real Life“the great waste comes from [the child’s] inability toutilize the experiences he gets outside the school…within the school…on the other hand, he is unable toapply in daily life what he is learning at school.”John Dewey, The School and Society lecture,University of Chicago, 1899
  9. 9. “Average students learn subject matter in a third or less ofpresent time, pleasurably rather than painfully.” George Leonard, Education and Ecstasy, 1967
  10. 10. 6 Leading Edges of K-12 Innovation:Any Time, Any Place, Any Path, Any Pace1. Thinking2. Curriculum & Assessment3. Technology4. Time/Place5. Co-Teaching, inc. Parents!6. Youth
  11. 11. 1. The Thinking Edge: New Roles! 21st C. Job Description: End of Solo Practitioner, Rise of Team Collaborator• Schools/Programs -> Learning Centers• Teachers -> Mentors, Team Leaders• Students -> Team Members, Scholars
  12. 12. Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: Students & Teachers
  13. 13. Neuroscience & Cognitive Science:Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences1. Verbal2. Logical/Mathematical3. Visual4. Musical5. Bodily/Kinesthetic6. Intrapersonal7. Interpersonal8. Naturalist
  14. 14. 3. The Technology Edge• Weapons of Mass Instruction, 1:1 schools-that-work• iPod, iListen, iRead• Online Learning new-breakthroughs• Wiki-Based 8th-Gr. US History• Intelligent Text• Assistive Tech/Universal Design
  15. 15. 4. The Time/Place Edge• Schools as “Prisoners of Time” e/Prisoners.html• A New Day for Learning, Beyond the Bell• Place-Based Learning: Museums, Libraries, Parks, Gardens
  16. 16. 5. The Teaching Edge: Collaborative Co-Teaching• Parents as Co-Educators• Linking Home, School, Community• Experts as Co-Educators: Museum Educators, Scientists, Historians, Writers, Artists
  17. 17. 6. The Greatest Edge: Today’s Youth• 95% of Stakeholders• Digital Natives Carrying Change in their Pockets• Generation YES: Students as TAs• Edutopia’s Digital Generation
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  20. 20. LearningAny Time, Any Place, Any Path, Any Pace