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Why Schools Should Be Like a Family Restaurant

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Keynote presentation by George & Alec Couros for #RSCON3.

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Why Schools Should Be Like a Family Restaurant

  1. Why Schools Should Be Like A Family Restaurant By George & Alec Couros
  2. introduction
  3. “We need to teach kids to respect the past but to live in the future.” Marc Prensky
  4. social objects as connectors
  5. “the term ‘social networking’ makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people.”
  6. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.”
  7. “To answer your question, I did use Youtube to learn how to dance. I consider it my ‘main’ teacher.” “10 years ago, street dance was very exclusive, especially rare dances like popping (the one I teach and do). You either had to learn it from a friend that knew it or get VHS tapes which were hard to get. Now with Youtube, anyone, anywhere in the world can learn previously ‘exclusive’ dance styles.”
  8. is our prescribed curriculum enough? how do we embrace social connectors?
  9. leaders must be visible
  10. know your customers
  11. It is always about relationships.
  12. cater to unique tastes
  13. “This generation thinks in pictures, words, and still and moving images and is comfortable mixing them all in the same space.” Nick Bilton
  14. We don’t need to do the same things differently, we need to different things.
  15. Student Led Assemblies Hip Hop Identity Day Forest Green News Student Led Conference 1-1 Laptop Program
  16. continuously assess your menu
  17. Bleep
  18. Visitors vs. Residents
  19. “The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.”
  20. “The average digital birth of children happens at about 6 months.” “In Canada, US, UK, France Italy, Germany & Spain ... 81% of children under the age of two have some kind of digital profile or footprint.”
  21. Text
  22. “Children approach thrills and risks in a progressive manner, and very few children would try to climb the highest point the first time they climb. The best thing is to let children encounter these challenges from an early age, and they will progressively learn to master them through play over the years.”
  23. importance of atmosphere
  24. create repeat customers
  25. Schools need to start realizing that kids and families have a choice.
  26. understand reputation
  27. “Privacy is no longer possible ...”
  28. “Privacy is no longer possible ...” “... the technical infrastructure for creating and sharing content has been simplified to the point where anyone with even limited technical skills can participate.”
  29. “Privacy is no longer possible ...” “... the technical infrastructure for creating and sharing content has been simplified to the point where anyone with even limited technical skills can participate.” “Social spaces and the process of identity creation and growing up require some “forgivability”.”
  30. transparency
  31. Crowdsourcing
  32. network mentors
  33. “Web 2.0 tools exist that might allow academics to reflect and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and service responsibilities - only if scholars choose to build serious academic lives online, presenting semi-public selves and becoming invested in and connected to the work of their peers and students.” (Greenhow, Robelia, & Hughes, 2009)
  34. importance of having fun
  35. final thoughts
  36. Let individuality shine through.
  37. Some of the best learning is social.
  38. Get out there and mingle.
  39. We all need passion for what we do.
  40. Thank You for Learning with Us Alec George couros@gmail.com gec127@gmail.com @courosa @gcouros

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