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  • I noticed these two signs as I drove in to Stettler on December 12. The first was on my left in front of the Campus Alberta office and advertised Campus Alberta programs for upgrading and employment skills. The second was on my right a half-block farther along the road and advertised an agronomy seminar to be held at the Rec Centre that night.What struck me was the sense that this is a learning community…and that this creates great opportunity for purposeful collaboration. Could a modernized school be a hub of community learning? Shouldn’t it be?
  • Framing the conversation about technology in Inspiring Education.
  • Framing technology in capabilities needed – so that we wouldn’t be discussing technology for its own sake.
  • Thinking about technology from the perspective of youth.
  • A visual to support the previous slide.
  • Even very young learners are accessing technology – this sets different expectations.
  • Although most teens indicate that they accessed the internet through a desktop or laptop computer, what is significant here is the number of “non-traditional” mobile devices. Using these kinds of devices, leveraging student owned devices can be a way for schools to get much closer to one to one, and leverage technology in the learning process.
  • 49% of teens indicate that they used a cell to access the internet, yet only 23% report owning a smart phone. This could be a problem with how smart phone is defined by teens.
  • This is a form of communication – this is how learners express their desire to be connected to each other.
  • This satisfies many values – information, relationships, communication, and empowerment (if we allow students to personalize their technology choices).
  • It was interesting to observe how the K-5 classrooms were organized with students in small, collaborative groupings, but at the grade 6 level and above, desks in rows was the order of the day (the exception being the CTS fabrication and foods labs).
  • There are three libraries in the three schools, three gyms, and so on – no common, shared spaces. Not surprisingly, there are three distinct cultures, and a feeling of disconnect between the schools. It seemed to be a strange way to organize learning. All three buildings were connected and accessible, yet there was no feeling of broader community.
  • There is an open area in front of the high school office that’s full of ramps and stairs. I thought the space would have been great as a student gathering space, but the placement of ramps and railings broke the space up too much. Students don’t come here to hang out. I wondered what a different design could look like to not only enable accessibility but to encourage connection.(This slide and the next were added on the fly)
  • I wondered if the Framework for student learning couldn’t be used as a framework for the modernization of the school.
  • At the outset of the conversation, Avi framed the challenge: high demand for facility modernization across the province puts this ask in direct competition with everyone else for scarce resources.I asked if the principles outlined in Inspiring Education might create a starting point for tradeoff discussions – because not everything can be done.(Added on the fly)
  • Stettler Middle School VM Presentation

    1. 1. Changes in Learning,Teaching and Technology School Technology Services Program Update andSchool Stettler Middle Next Steps Clearview School Division December 12, 2012
    2. 2. A Learning Community
    3. 3. Framework for Student Learning
    4. 4. Capabilities Required to Realize InspiringEducation Technology to support: 1. Analysis, planning and design for learning 2. Access to learning resources and supports 3. Communication, collaboration and creation of knowledge 4. Assessment and Assurance
    5. 5. [Today’s youth] valuerelationships, communication,information, diversity andempowerment, and technologyknits it all together for them. (Mintz, 2008)
    6. 6. The Big Five: Youth Values Communication Relationships Empowerment Technology Information Diversity (Valiquette, 2009)
    7. 7. Percent of children who have ever used amobile device to play games, watch videos, oruse other apps 0-1 year olds 2-4 year olds 5-8 year olds 10% 39% 52% (Commonsense Media, 2011)
    8. 8. Over the last 30 days what device or deviceshave you used to access the internet? Tablet Computer or iPad 16% Game Console 30% Mp3 Player or iPod 34% Cell Phone 49%Desktop or Laptop Computer 88% (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2012)
    9. 9. Cell Phone Ownership: Teens 12-17 23% 54% 23% Smart Phone Cell Phone None (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2012)
    10. 10. 3,417Average number oftexts sent each monthteens aged 13 to 17 (The Nielsen Company , 2011)
    11. 11. 95% of teens go online80% of teens online use social networking (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2011)
    12. 12. Overall, in your experience, are peopleyour age mostly kind or mostly unkind toeach other on social network sites? People mostly kind 69%People mostly unkind 20% Depends 11% Dont know 1% (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2011)
    13. 13. What does it mean for you?
    14. 14. ShiftLess… More…Technology for Teaching Technology for LearningComputer Labs Bring Your Own DeviceWired Network Infrastructure Wireless Network InfrastructurePhysical Print Media Digital Multi-mediaRoom-Based Videoconferencing Desktop-Based VideoconferencingLearning about Technology Learning with Technology
    15. 15. Traditional
    16. 16. Tradigital
    17. 17. Too far?
    18. 18. Flexible
    19. 19. Traditional
    20. 20. Digital
    21. 21. Flexible Learning Commons in Progress – Georges Vanier Elementary, Surrey, British Columbia
    22. 22. Designed for Some and Retrofit
    23. 23. Designed for All
    24. 24. Physical Media Digital Media Real World OR Virtual World In Class Everywhere ElseLearning from AND Learning from the Teacher Everyone
    25. 25. Framework for School Modernization?
    26. 26. Inspiring Education: Guiding Principles Learner-centred Shared Responsibility and Accountability Engaged Communities Inclusive, Equitable Access Responsive, Flexible Approach Sustainable and Efficient Use of Resources Innovation to Promote and Strive for Excellence What are the implications of these principles when considering modernization of a school? How do we manage tradeoffs?
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