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21st Century Learning Leadership Forum Insight Cafe - Banff October 2011 - How one Ontario K-12 District is transforming to a 21st Century Learning and Teaching District

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  • This presentation was delivered on Oct. 13, 2011 at the 21st Century Learning Leadership Forum in Banff Canada
  • The presentation is a resource to accompany the 30 minute Insight cafe
  • Presentation can be downloaded and links are live
  • Presentation can be downloaded and links are live
  • Need to base assumptions about the new generation based on research
  • Starting point for our Districts discussions
  • It would be nice if there were steps to follow to become a 21st Century Learning School Board
  • Need to recognize that change is a dynamic process
  • In our Board it is a combination of many factors that are having systemic change and impact
  • Our assumption is that engagement leads to achievement
  • We started with a shared vision and linked this to our priorities that are articulated across the system
  • Example of our Board priorities and framework for 21st Century Learning
  • Key steps at the beginning of our journey
  • Our vision is simple – it impacts everyone in our Board
  • Partners can save you lots of time early in the process and can act as critical friends
  • Lots of factors need to be addressed and with most change processes – relationships and communication are key
  • Flexible timelines as there will be challenges and bumps along the road with many side journeys
  • Equipment is one small piece and curriculum is an important component
  • Lots of role models
  • Don’t just focus on students and teachers
  • Sample courses in our Board
  • Teacher community – open to everyone – anytime and anywhere learning
  • Remember that others are already involved in the process
  • Know your provincial directions
  • Creative ways to fund change – it won’t happen if it is seen as an add-on and not a priority
  • Beware Information Overload when you introduce new tools and strategies
  • The traditional model no longer applies given the explosion in information and easy access to facts
  • Unesco and basic rights
  • Move from passive recipients of facts to socially active in the creation of knowledge
  • A great place to start
  • More details in this guide
  • Online check and balance
  • Apps such as FlipBoard can be used to quickly review RSS feeds in a user friendly interface
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  • Research and review White Papers
  • Links to university
  • The NMC Horizon Report is a collaboration between The New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org) the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) www.cosn.org and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) www.iste.org

  • The NMC Horizon Report is a collaboration between The New Media Consortium (www.nmc.org) the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) www.cosn.org and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) www.iste.org

  • Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization
    dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education.
    In fall 2010, Project Tomorrow surveyed 294,399 K-12 students, 42,267 parents, 35,525 teachers, 2,125
    librarians, 3,578 school/district administrators and 1,391 technology leaders representing 6,541 public and
    private schools from 1,340 districts.

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  • Good leadership activities and summaries
  • Look at what works for your District, some beliefs need to be challenged
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  • 21st century learning leadership forum 2011 v2

    1. 1. It’s more than technology that needs to change… 21st Century Learning Leadership Forum, Oct. 2011
    2. 2. Insight Café Format 1. Overview 2. Key Responses 3. Questions … in 30 minutes!
    3. 3. Executive Brief Source Link The full presentation can be downloaded from SlideShare.net http://www.slideshare.net/TDOttawa/ During the Insight Café we will only cover the highlights of the system reform that is taking place in the Ottawa Catholic School Board (Ontario, Canada) as we transition to a 21st Century Learning and Teaching District. Click here to download a copy of the full presentations
    4. 4. “House Keeping” items Source Link Throughout the presentation if you see this symbol – click on it to either visit a website or to download a copy of the referenced document. Full source information is available on each website. You have permission to copy and share this presentation with others.
    5. 5. Changes in our students/staff Don Tapscott – Is this the Smartest or the Dumbest Generation?
    6. 6. Starting Beliefs Infusion of technology in classrooms must be combined with research based instructional practices
    7. 7. Becoming a 21st Century School Board Where do we start? 21st Century Learning School Board
    8. 8. Becoming a 21st Century School Board Where do we start? It’s a dynamic process, not linear… more than one path
    9. 9. Where do we start? Don’t let the Focus slip away
    10. 10. Students are the focus • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental scan • Inter-departmental Changes in Teacher Practice Increased Student Engagement Increased Student Achievement
    11. 11. Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment Board Priorities and Vision
    12. 12. Board Priorities
    13. 13. Creating a Vision • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental Scan • Inter-Departmental
    14. 14. Align Vision to Board Improvement Plans Our Vision . . . Our vision is one where all staff and students in the Ottawa Catholic School Board have the skills they need to excel in the 21st century. We will achieve student success by meeting the diverse needs of 21st century learners.
    15. 15. Work with Partners • Focus Groups • Work with Partners • Environmental scan • Inter-departmental
    16. 16. Policies – Procedures - People Where do we start? • Multi- dimensional process • Support of Trustees • Support of Executive team • Social Media Policy • Decrease Filtering (YouTube access etc.) • Remove “Barrier” practices • Change title of Superintendent of IT to Learning Technologies • Re-align departments – Organization chart changes Governance - Support - Policies and Procedures
    17. 17. Infrastructure Stability Where do we start? • • Network Stability • Increased Bandwidth • Enterprise Wireless • Bring Your Own Device • Support to VPs and Ps • Parent Presentations • Information to Trustees (WiFi research summary) Reliable Network Flexible Implementation
    18. 18. Re-tool our schools Where do we start? • Curriculum integration • Laptops / SmartBoards / LCD projectors • Link to Numeracy and Literacy - goals • 21st Century Learning contest and pilot projects • Innovation fund • Digital resources budget (Discovery Education / DreamBox Math K-3) • Learning Commons transformation Mobile Devices and Digital Resources
    19. 19. Leadership and Capacity Building Where do we start? • Importance of role models • Senior Leadership Team use of Technology • 21st Century Learning Course(s) • Board-wide 21st Century Learning PD day focus • Variety of training and in- service opportunities – respect generation differences • Director’s System Address Building Capacity Focus Groups, Modelling, In-service
    20. 20. Capacity Building Opportunities … not just for teachers Where do we start? MENTORSHIP – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS AND OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS 21st Century Learning An overview of learning in the 21st Century INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP PART 1 Developing 21st Century Leaders MENTORSHIP – EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS You, Your Students and Technology Part II: Great ideas for using technology to support you in supporting your students Building Capacity Focus Groups, Modelling, In-service
    21. 21. Online Course TEACHING AND LEADING IN THE 21st CENTURY Where do we start? Current System What are some of the characteristics of the current education system? What is 21st Century learning? What needs to be in place to allow for change and move to a system that supports 21st Century learning? - Google Students and Learning in the 21st Century Who are the students we are teaching? What defines their generations? Do they need 21st Century learning? - Adobe Connect Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century What do teachers need to know to teach and learn in the 21st Century? How do they effectively grow professionally? - Skype Leading for Education in the 21st Century What does leadership look like in the 21st Century school environment and how do we lead the change? Sharing What were you able to accomplish in your schools to affect change and move towards 21st Century learning?
    22. 22. Professional Development Community
    23. 23. Politics and Literature Review Where do we start? • Learn from others • Learn from other Boards • Review your provincial directions • Learn from other provinces • Learn from other Countries Literature Review – Political Context New Brunswick 21st Century Leadership
    24. 24. Teaching and Learning …in a Digital World 1. Vision, guidelines and expectations 2. Learning: How does it help and what do kids need to learn? 3. Privacy, rules of use and digital citizenship 4. Teaching practice and teacher preparation 5. Assessment 6. Digital media and content 7. Access and equity 8. Infrastructure 9. Innovation 10. Community involvement Ontario: 10 Emerging Themes
    25. 25. Transformational Change is expensive (time and money) Where do we start? • Show me the money • Prioritizing – refresh cycles • Cancelling programs not aligned with Board priorities • Over 1 million per year from cancelled initiatives • Transitioning teacher resource centre • School councils and school funds • Grants and Vendor rebates • Reserves Budget
    26. 26. Information – easily available How should school staff adjust? “If acquiring and retaining information are no longer the fundamental goals of the educational system, there are serious implications for our beliefs about learning, teaching, and the role of students, teachers, and schools… Technology is an important tool but alone will not create reformed schools or prepare students for their future.” Technology for Learning – pg 10
    27. 27. The Internet has Global Impact Where do we start? “Freedom of expression and the right to communicate are, in many ways, being redefined by the development of and access to new technologies” (UNESCO 2011, Freedom of Connection, pg. 75)
    28. 28. We can’t ignore technological changes impacting the World Moving from what students should know… to what students can do We need to move from… This is true for Face to Face, Blended, and Online Learning
    29. 29. Resources to help along the journey Where do we start? A free toolkit for change • A toolkit developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, to help with the implementation of 21st Century Learning Self Assessment Tool : • Knowledge and Skills • Education Support Systems (e.g., curriculum, assessment, etc.) • Education Leadership • Policy making • Partnering • Continuous Improvement
    30. 30. Resources to help along the journey Where do we start? Comprehensive free guide for change (123 pages) Topics include: • Understanding technology • Planning for eLearning • Establishing policies and procedures • Driving effective leadership • Creating professional development systems • Using digital content in curriculum • Employing a sustainable infrastructure … and much more!
    31. 31. Check your progress along the way Where do we start? Free online tool to check your progress towards becoming a 21st Century Learning School Board or District
    32. 32. Professional Learning Network: The Ultimate Search Engine/Filter There is no longer a need to go looking for information … let the “sorted” information come to you
    33. 33. Where do we start? New community - with links to teacher resources 21st Century Professional Learning Network
    34. 34. Where do we start? Online community for educational leaders Over 2300 educators 21st Century Professional Learning Network
    35. 35. Where do we start? A community of educators who are using social networking to share information, create resources, and create online communities of practice to improve teaching and learning Free Webinars 21st Century Professional Learning Network
    36. 36. Where do we start? A social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education A large variety of special interest groups that you can join for free 21st Century Professional Learning Network
    37. 37. Where do we start? Weekly interviews and discussion groups on topics related to transformational practices in education 21st Century Professional Learning Network
    38. 38. EdLeader21 PLC for 21st Century Educational Leaders 7 Steps to becoming a 21st Century District 21st Century Professional Learning Network
    39. 39. 21st Century Websites Where do we start? Free tip sheets on a variety of Web. 2.0 tools
    40. 40. 21st Century Websites Where do we start? Key 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking Communication Collaboration Creativity
    41. 41. 21st Century Websites Key 21st Century Fluencies: Creativity Information Collaboration Media Solution
    42. 42. 21st Century Websites Pearson 21st Century Learner Resources Experts Videos School examples And more…
    43. 43. 21st Century Websites Edutopia Tutorials Strategies Project Based Learning Instructional Practice Focus
    44. 44. White Papers and Research Where do we start? Free downloads of industry white papers on a variety of 21st Century Learning topics
    45. 45. University Research – Stay Current with Trends Critical Review and Analysis of “Skills, Technology and Learning” Trends 1. Open Source 2. Adaptive and Assistive Technologies 3. Engaging Parents Themes 1. Digital Naifs 2. Computers in Schools – still underused 3. Environmental Impact of ICT
    46. 46. Trends – Horizon Report Horizon Report – 2011 K-12 Edition The report helps to describe emerging technologies that are likely to have an impact on teaching and learning around the world. New Media Consortium (NMC) Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
    47. 47. The New 3 E’s of Education Speak Up 2010 National Findings K- 12 Students & Parents (April 2011) 1. Enabled 2. Engaged 3. Empowered The 3 E’s of Education The 3 Trends 1. Mobile Learning 2. Online and Blended Learning 3. E-textbooks
    48. 48. The New 3 E’s of Education Speak Up 2010 National Findings K- 12 Teachers, Librarians & Administrators (May 2011) Role of Librarians and Technology Coordinators: To enable student use of the emerging technologies Role of Classroom Teachers: To engage students in rich, compelling learning experiences Role of Administrators: To empower both teachers and students to creatively envision the future of digital learning, and to provide opportunities for exploring the elements of a new shared vision for learning
    49. 49. Research and Advocacy Canadian Education Association …influencing educational transformation in Canada “The most powerful thing teachers do to engage students is to design engaging, meaningful, and authentic work and technology-enhanced learning experiences.”
    50. 50. Research and Advocacy Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL) Participate in Leadership Forums Review the document See the section entitled “Leading Education in a Digital World Valuable Web Sites” Canadian Perspective
    51. 51. Re-tool our schools Where do we start? • Final Points Thought Provokers ===================== • our goal is not 1:1 program • myth of digital natives • 21st Century Learning does not rely on technology • Library transformation to Learning Commons with skilled library staff • our new elementary school – no desks!
    52. 52. Questions? Tom D’Amico Twitter: @TDOttawa Thomas.DAmico@ottawacatholicschools.ca 21st Century Learning / Teaching Blog 21st Century Learning Curated Resources

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