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District transformation region two may 2013


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This presentation was delivered to OCSOA region two in May 2013. The focus was on the role of leadership in helping to transition a K-12 school district to learning and teaching in the 21st Century.

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District transformation region two may 2013

  1. 1. Learning and Teaching in the21st CenturyT. D’Amico, 2013K-12 DistrictTransformation
  2. 2. Learning GoalsBy the end of this presentation youshould have a better understanding of:• One district’s change process• The connection betweenpedagogy, technology, and changeknowledge• The important role of leadership in thechange process
  3. 3. Looking back… 3 years agoWheredowestartOverhead projectors – minimal LCDsSmall number of InteractiveWhiteboards – various brandsDesktop computer in each classSome wireless spots in some classesLock down philosophy (Filter/Block)No central repository for informationSlow and unreliable networkNo help desk or tracking of issuesStudents with special needs –withdrawn to use locked downlaptopsTechnology ?
  4. 4. Systemic Review in 2010•The world haschanged and thereis no turning backAdults actively keeping technology out ofthe school systemNoCellPhonesNoBYOD
  5. 5. Fear and Caution orCuriosity and ExplorationWhich approachreflects your District?
  6. 6. Trivia Time!Get Ready…
  7. 7. The world has changed!•HowmanyInternetusersare thereworldwide?Source:
  8. 8. The world has changed!•HowmanyInternetusersare thereworldwide?Source:
  9. 9. The world has changed!•Howmanyemailsare senteachday?Source:
  10. 10. The world has changed!•Howmanyemailsare senteachday?Source:
  11. 11. The world has changed!•HowmanyGooglesearchesoccureveryday?Source:
  12. 12. The world has changed!•HowmanyGooglesearchesoccureveryday?Source:
  13. 13. The world has changed!•How manyusers arethere onFacebookand onYouTube?Source:
  14. 14. The world has changed!•How manyusers arethere onFacebookand onYouTube?Source:
  15. 15. The world has changed!•How many“likes” aregiven onFacebookeach day?Source:
  16. 16. The world has changed!•How many“likes” aregiven onFacebookeach day?Source:
  17. 17. The world has changed!•How manyYouTubeviews takeplace eachday?Source:
  18. 18. The world has changed!•How manyYouTubeviews takeplace eachday?Source:
  19. 19. The world has changed!•Do you have a moral obligation toensure that every student, in everyclass, in every school has access tothe learning opportunities andresources that are accessible on theInternet?
  20. 20. Source:
  21. 21. Our Initial Steps…Key Components•Need for change•Technology Tipping Point•Core Priorities•Governance•Devices and Applications•Learning Environment•Instructional Practice•Higher Order Thinking Skills•Catholicism•Professional Development•Equity•Business Management
  22. 22. Multiple Entry Points –Systemic Change
  23. 23. Source:
  24. 24. Board Priorities
  25. 25. System Change – PoliciesSocial Media•Policies
  26. 26. WiFi has had a major impacton EquityInfrastructure decisions have an impact on Technologyand Pedagogy – System Impacts (Change Knowledge)
  27. 27. Excellent ResourceSocial Media1. Its Potential for Schools2. School Safety3. School Management4. Enhancing Learning5. Future TrendsPractical examples andadvice, along with links tosupport materials and resources
  28. 28. Social MediaJune 2012 – hired acommunity engagementand multimedia specialistWho uses Social Media:- teachers- students- administrators- trustees- superintendents- support staff- parents… Who doesn’t?Social MediaActive Use in the OCSB
  29. 29. Sampling of Tweets
  30. 30. Wireless = Accessibility100% increase in 1 year Key Points• On a typical day we haveover 28,000 uniquedevices connecting to ourwireless network• iPad access has had a400% increase in 1 year• iPod Touch remains themost popular device
  31. 31. A different Generationof LearnersIs this the Smartest or the Dumbest Generation?Click here to view
  32. 32. Fullan’s Impact - Ontario•IntegratingTechnology, Pedagogy, andChange Knowledge
  33. 33. Ontario is doing well… whychange?In Ontario – Technology hasnot played much of a role tothis point, which could explainwhy top-end higherorder skills havenot movedmuch(pg. 3)
  34. 34. Canadian Education Association Study
  35. 35. Canadian Education Association Study
  36. 36. Are students Compliant orEngaged?Engagement is always aboutrelationship with aperson, situation, or activity (pg. 7)Karen HumeDistrict and school leaders need toensure that all necessary conditionsare in place to support the kinds oftechnology use that can make a realdifference in student engagementand achievement. (pg. 186)
  37. 37. 4 Criteria to integratetechnology and pedagogy:•1.Pg. 4Irresistiblyengaging
  38. 38. 4 Criteria to integratetechnology and pedagogy:•2.Pg. 4Elegantlyefficient andeasy to use
  39. 39. 4 Criteria to integratetechnology and pedagogy:•3.Pg. 4Technologicallyubiquitous24/7
  40. 40. 4 Criteria to integratetechnology and pedagogy:•4.Pg. 4Steeped inreal-lifeproblem solving
  41. 41. Think Back to the lastdecade of teaching…2000 - 2010Irresistiblyengaging
  42. 42. Think Back to the lastdecade of teaching…2000 - 2010Elegantlyefficientand easyto use
  43. 43. Think Back to the lastdecade of teaching…2000 - 2010Technologicallyubiquitous24/7
  44. 44. Think Back to the lastdecade of teaching…2000 - 2010Steeped inreal-lifeproblemsolving
  45. 45. 1. Irresistibly engaging2. Elegantly efficient and easy to use3. Technologically ubiquitous - 24/74. Steeped in real-life problem solvingHow does your Board measure using thiscriteria?
  46. 46. Technology is Dangerous•
  47. 47. How does your community viewtoday’s learners?• DumbestgenerationSpoiledgenerationSelf-centeredMegenerationCheaters
  48. 48. Discussion TimePerspectives of Education Community?Parents? Teachers? Trustees? Administration? Board staff?Are today’s students theDumbest Generation?
  49. 49. Chapter Three: Pedagogy andChange•Stratosphere will make the lives ofboth students and teachersexciting (pg. 17)Create conditions for deepengagement of both students andteachers (pg. 30)
  50. 50. •1.Doing less telling – allowing students toresearch the answers2.Connecting what is taught with the real-worldoutcomes3.Distinguish between Skills and Tools4.Treat students as learning partners5.Allow students to use their own tools forlearning (Smartphones) (pg. 31/32)Mark Prensky, “The Reformers are Leaving our Schools in the 20th Century”, 2012 –pg. 16Prensky – 10 measures that impact learning
  51. 51. •Mark Prensky, “The Reformers are Leaving our Schools in the 20th Century”, 2012 –pg. 16Prensky – 10 measures that impact learning6. Use more peer to peer teaching7. Allow more choice for students8. Allow students to be the primary users ofclassroom technology9. Share success via short videos posted online10.Connect students with the world via tools likeSkype (pg. 31/32)
  52. 52. •How do you rate your Board ?1. Doing less telling – allowing students to research theanswers2. Connecting what is taught with the real-world outcomes3. Distinguish between Skills and Tools4. Treat students as learning partners5. Allow students to use their own tools for learning (SmartPhones)6. Use more peer to peer teaching7. Allow more choice for students8. Allow students to be the primary users of classroomtechnology9. Share success via short videos posted online10.Connect students with the world via tools like SkypeLevel 2 ?Level 3 ?Level 4 ?
  53. 53. Chapter 4 – DigitalDisappointments•1.The organizational support for theuse of technology in schools isbadly underdeveloped…-Availability of digital media-Shared vision-School culture-Technical support-Leadership-Assessment systems (pg. 37)
  54. 54. Chapter 4…Links the work of Hattie to Stratosphere-High yield practices rely on the influence ofstudent peers, feedback, transparent learningintentions, success criteria, and adjustmentsof instruction-The teacher is the change agent who helpsstudents learn how to learn and how tomonitor their own learning (pg. 48)- We need to get our pedagogy and ourtechnology straightChangesinPedagogyTechnology ChangeKnowledge
  55. 55. Don’t confuse tech plans withDistrict Transformation•
  56. 56. Don’t let Technology dictatethe change•
  57. 57. Avoid IT department silos•
  58. 58. Is PD tied to the tool or to theInstructional Practice?•
  59. 59. Balance Technology PD withInstructional Practice PD•
  60. 60. Learning and Teaching need tobe the drivers•
  61. 61. Determine your SuccessCriteria•
  62. 62. One of our first mistakesLaptop Program• Focus wasn’t on teachingand learning•Focus was on buying andimplementing devices• PD was focused onusing devices
  63. 63. EdLeader 21 Resources•
  64. 64. EdLeader 7 Steps to District Reform•
  65. 65. Source:
  66. 66. Superintendents:Change Knowledge•“Motion Leadership –leadership that causespositive movementforward forindividuals, organizations, and entiresystems”- pg. 66----------“Our challenge is tocombine the best ofchange knowledge with thebest of technology andpedagogy” – pg. 70Normal to fear change“Pedagogy and technologyprovide the directional vision;change knowledge helps usachieve it, learning while wego - pg. 66
  67. 67. Learning Walk Observations•Be careful of20th centuryteachingpractice using21st CenturytoolsPosting notes on aSmartBoard for students tocopy on their iPadsElectronic worksheets withmath problems completedin a computer lab
  68. 68. Student Success Visitsand District Reviews•Be careful of20th centuryteachingpractice using21st CenturytoolsAssignments such as creating aPowerPoint presentation tohighlight the main features ofFrance“Khan Academy is a great 20thcentury pedagogue using 21stcentury technology… improvedthe delivery system of the oldway”. (pg. 38)
  69. 69. Are you asking theright questions?Is this the rightquestion?What is the computer tostudent ratio in our school?
  70. 70. Are you asking theright questions?How many iPads do I havein my class?Is this the rightquestion?
  71. 71. Are you asking theright questions?Do you show digital moviesfrom YouTube?Is this the rightquestion?
  72. 72. Are you asking theright questions?How many SmartBoards dowe have in our school?Is this the rightquestion?
  73. 73. What practices still need tochange at your Board ?How does differentiatedinstruction andassessment fit withtechnology at yourschool?Do you still use Scantron – automated marking?Do you still have computer labs?Do you use technology to automate correction ofmainly multiple choice questions?
  74. 74. Why did we changeour email system?
  75. 75. New Learning Environments•
  76. 76. Is your focus on the tool or onskill acquisition?•Let’scomplementthe 3Rs withthe 4Cs as webecome 21stCenturyLeaders &LearnersCritical ThinkingCommunicationCollaborationCreativity
  77. 77. Is your focus on the tool or onskill acquisition?•How often doactivities focus onremembering(memorizing) vs.Creating andEvaluating?
  78. 78. Studentsremain the focusChangesin TeacherPracticeIncreasedStudentEngagementIncreasedStudentAchievement
  79. 79. What’s needed to change thispractice?Pedagogy – Technology – Change Knowledge
  80. 80. Changing a school culture is morecomplex than changing one classMoving from whatstudents shouldknow… to whatstudents can doWe need tomove from…This is true for Face toFace, Blended, and OnlineLearning
  81. 81. 21st Century LearnersTraditional schools involved teachersand textbooks delivering information tostudents, and students reflecting thatinformation back.To better serve their future, today’sclassrooms should facilitate teachingand learning as a conversation – two-way conversations between teachersand learners, conversations betweenlearners and otherlearners, conversations amongteachers, and new conversationsbetween the classroom and the homeand between the school and itscommunity.- David WarlickPage 3
  82. 82. Shifting Practices?Page 38
  83. 83. 21st Century Learning ≠ ComputersPg. 59“Electronic classroom tools such as PowerPointpresentations, online videos, and high-techpresentation equipment were still tied to the samematerial in the same school environment.Certainly these tools made education moreinteresting and allowed for opportunities topresent content in new and different ways, butthey were still tied to static material presented ina static learning environment.Today’s learners need something more attunedto their daily lifestyles – connected, and oftenvirtual. That’s where mobile learning comes intoplay.”
  84. 84. Teaching Practice… it’s not aboutthe tools!Pg. 95“Stop Talking… and Start Doing!”“Even though this research has been around fordecades, many educators continue to dependcompletely on the “stand and deliver; sit andlearn” full-frontal lecture method. If we were tobe really honest with ourselves, we knowintuitively that this isn’t working”.(2011 – Ian Jukes, Lee Crockett, Andrew Churches)
  85. 85. Brain based research…“Children raised with the computer thinkdifferently from the rest of us. They develophypertext minds. They leap around. It’s asthough their cognitive structures wereparallel, not sequential. Linear thoughtprocesses that dominate educational systemsnow can actually retard learning for brainsdeveloped through game and web-surfingprocesses on the computer”. (pg. 79)…Digital Natives crave interactivity…So itgenerally isn’t that Digital Natives can’t payattention, it’s that they choose not to. Pg. 81)(2012 Marc Prensky – From Digital Natives to DigitalWisdom)
  86. 86. 21st Century Learning ≠ TechnologyPg. 140Simply insertingtechnology intoclassrooms and schoolswithout considering howthe contexts for learningneed to change, will likelyfail.Allan Collins
  87. 87. What lies ahead?We can’t predict the device of the future… and that’s ok
  88. 88. Future Trends for Leaders…1. It’s all about access2. Tension between access and security continues3. You can’t keep abreast of everything4. Relations with IT Dept. are critical5. Social media can extend learning6. Stay out front, but not too far aheadof your communityPg. 210(Williamson and Johnston, 2012)
  89. 89. Collaborative, a joint effort of industry stakeholders, schoolofficials and non-profit leaders to encourage collaboration across theecosystem, accelerate the development of digital textbooksand improve the quality and penetration of digital learningin K-12 public education.
  90. 90. State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principalassociation serving, supporting, and representing US state and territorialeducational technology leadership
  91. 91. Edweb - Acommunity ofeducators who areusing socialnetworking toshareinformation, createresources, andcreate onlinecommunities ofpractice toimprove teachingand learningFree WebinarsExpand yourProfessional Learning Networks
  92. 92. 21st CenturyProfessional Learning NetworkReview the resources based on the CBC’s Learning 2030 series
  93. 93. Personal Learning NetworkScoop.IT
  94. 94. Digital Learning & The Common
  95. 95. Impact of The Common
  96. 96. The Skinny is simple but powerful ...•Make it all about learning•Let technology permeate•Engage the whole system123
  97. 97. Superintendents look into thefuture… and then make it happen
  98. 98. Teacher’s Matter Most!“ I had a lot of greatteachers, and they were greatbecause they knew how topersonalize learning for all oftheir students, not because theystuck us in front of a computerscreen”Krista Moroder, (Learning and Leading with Technology ISTE, April 2013, pg.40)
  99. 99. Whether youbelieve youcan, or youbelieve youcan’t – you’reright.Henry Ford@TDOttawa