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Shifting Education - Embracing the Transformation #OTRK12

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On The Rise K12 - #OTRK12 Spotlight Presentation: David Truss is Vice Principal and Lead Administrator of Coquitlam Open Learning and Inquiry Hub Secondary School, (as well as co-founder of Inquiry Hub). The Inquiry Hub was just recently named the recipient of the Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning from the Canadian Education Association. David has been in education for 17 years, with two of those years as a Principal in China, and the rest of his experience in Coquitlam, BC. He has worked in schools from Pre-K to Adult education, and he has an interest in blended learning and the use of technology to create open, connected learning environments. His 'Pair-a-Dimes for Your Thoughts' blog has been his open learning journal for the past 9 years: pairadimes.davidtruss.com

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  • Awesome. Speaking of change, the dictionary consistently breaks words into syllables in the wrong places. Watch for that. 'metaphor' sounds like/ me ta phor/ because all syllables inside of words begin with consonant sounds. I didn't make this up, it's the upshot of Linking. Anyways, I am in the process of changing the dictionary to be a more accurate therefore useful tool for learners.
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Shifting Education - Embracing the Transformation #OTRK12

  1. 1. Shifting Education - Embracing the Transformation - David Truss Thurs. April 25th, 2015 10am @datruss #OTRK12 http://2di.me
  2. 2. Who am I? A husband, a parent… An educator, a student… A thinker, a dreamer… An agent of change. Think Good Thoughts, Say Good Words, Do Good Deeds. ~~~ Vice Principal Coquitlam Open Learning Lead Administrator Inquiry Hub Secondary School
  3. 3. Share with you the amazing transformation happening in education. Inspire you to see that you are part of the change that you want to see in education. Learning intentions:
  4. 4. Since you chose a session like this, I am going to make a few assumptions:
  5. 5. You think our educational systems can be better? Do you believe the youth of today, 'our' children, deserve the best education that we can give them? Do you want to contribute to making that change, even in the smallest of ways? Yes No
  6. 6. You think our educational systems can be better? You believe the youth of today, 'our' children, deserve the best education that we can give them? Do you want to contribute to making that change, even in the smallest of ways? Yes No Yes No
  7. 7. You think our educational systems can be better? You believe the youth of today, 'our' children, deserve the best education that we can give them? You want to be part of the change, a change agent, even if in the smallest of ways? Yes No Yes No Yes No
  8. 8. Great! Then please do me a favour… Because it will do you a favour… (And help us all shift!)
  9. 9. Everybody please cross your arms…
  10. 10. Everybody please cross your arms… Now switch them around!
  11. 11. Everybody please cross your arms… Keep them crossed (relax) and watch the next video...
  12. 12. Welcome to the Bronze Age
  13. 13. “As a general rule, adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.” Surfing the Edge of Chaos pg. 14
  14. 14. Still have your arms crossed? For many people switching arms is uncomfortable, but the act of switching and staying switched, makes it more comfortable. You’ve acted your way into a new way of thinking…
  15. 15. Do you know someone like this? Naysayer Status Quo Keeper Prophet from another land Early adopter
  16. 16. Shifting language and perspective: Are we working from the right perspective in education? Are we using the right metaphors? Maybe we need to shift our thinking too!
  17. 17. “Metaphors We Live By ”— metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.” Lakoff & Johnson met·a·phor
  18. 18. If our metaphors shape our perceptions and actions, then why don’t we shift to more compelling metaphors when we talk about educational transformation?
  19. 19. Transforming NOT Broken Education is:
  20. 20. Transforming NOT Broken Abandon Repair Fix
  21. 21. Transforming http://2di.me/myphilosphy
  22. 22. MariaTeresaAmbrosi Shifting Education http://2di.me/1shift To the unshifted ->
  23. 23. MariaTeresaAmbrosi Shifting Education http://2di.me/1shift (Be a Learner first) To the unshifted -> Shift or retire!
  24. 24. Shifting Education http://2di.me/1shift To the shifting -> Be Brave Brave new WWW http://2di.me/bnwww KevinCheng
  25. 25. Shifting Education http://2di.me/1shift To the shifting -> Be Brave Brave new WWW http://2di.me/bnwww KevinCheng Alec Couros http://2di.me/acouros
  26. 26. KimCofino
  27. 27. Shifting Education http://2di.me/1shift To the shifted -> Serve/Lead DebBassett
  28. 28. Shifting Education http://2di.me/1shift To the shifted -> Serve/Lead DebBassett http://2di.me/1lonewolf
  29. 29. Model what we want to see. Teachers will become even more important!
  30. 30. So what does the future hold? Teachers will become even more important!
  31. 31. http://2di.me/2shift
  32. 32. http://2di.me/2shift
  33. 33. http://2di.me/2shift
  34. 34. http://2di.me/2shift I used the wrong word here:
  35. 35. Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3 http://2di.me/pdiV3
  36. 36. Blended Learning Past Present Future Bricks and Mortar Distributed Learning - Blended Learning - another example of the TRANSFORMATION “I believe that blended learning will soon be ‘invisible’ in that varying degrees of blended will be ‘just what we do’.” Flexible Learning Opportunities http://2di.me/FLO4DL14
  37. 37. Transforming NOT Broken http://2di.me/igniteyvr
  38. 38. Other useful metaphorical SHIFTS in educational thinking...
  39. 39. Streams NOT Silos
  40. 40. Streams NOT Silos Departments Subjects Units
  41. 41. Streams NOT Silos
  42. 42. Streams Climate Change Biology Sociology Big Data Weather Per- spective Research Energy
  43. 43. Climate Change Biology Sociology Bio- Diversity Inquiry Big Data WeatherBiomes Politics Graphing Per- spective Research Energy Inno- vation Presenta- tion Endang- Streams
  44. 44. Scaffolding NOT Standardization
  45. 45. Scaffolding NOT Standardization Pre-determined Teaching to test Lock-step
  46. 46. Scaffolding
  47. 47. Journey NOT Destination
  48. 48. Journey NOT Destination University Prep Counting Marks Content
  49. 49. Journey Learning is a VERB:
  50. 50. Journey • Designing • Improving • Developing • Inventing • Examining • Creating • Constructing • Promoting Learning is an ACTION:
  51. 51. But changing the metaphors isn’t enough… We need to change what we do!
  52. 52. Here are the TOPICS discussed: • Homework • Award Ceremonies • Marks/Grading/Assessment • Zeroes and Late Penalties • High Stakes Testing • Personalization & Professionalism • 1:1 and Bring Your Own… • Facebook • Filters • Change • Learning Spaces Challenging the Status Quo: http://2di.me/ChallengeSQ
  53. 53. You are the Lead Learner! It STARTS WITH YOU, and then…
  54. 54. What can we do to help students leave our schools feeling like they are inspired and empowered learners?
  55. 55. There is a SHIFT happening! A CHANGE in PERSPCTIVE…
  56. 56. What a CHANGE in PERSPCTIVE can do…
  57. 57. What a CHANGE in PERSPCTIVE can do… Allow you to see new possibilities Increase the importance Reduce excuses
  58. 58. What a CHANGE in PERSPCTIVE can do… Allow you to see new possibilities Increase the importance Reduce excuses
  59. 59. http://2di.me/edshift
  60. 60. Key elements to support the SHIFT: TIME -> Collaboration as well as prep time. TOOLS -> Not just the tools… How you use them! HOW -> 7 Ways to Transform your Classroom WOW -> Share the good stuff you are doing! NOW -> Being ‘Open’– Blogging, Twitter, ‘Be Brave’ http://2di.me/edshift
  61. 61. TIME -> Collaboration as well as prep time. http://2di.me/learnbiz
  62. 62. TOOLS -> Not just the tools… How you use them! http://2di.me/edtools
  63. 63. HOW -> 7 Ways to Transform your Classroom http://2di.me/7trans4m
  64. 64. WOW -> Share the good stuff you are doing! An imperative to share http://2di.me/shareski SHARING:
  65. 65. NOW -> Being ‘Open’– Blogging, Twitter, ‘Be Brave’ Why Blog http://2di.me/blogspaces
  66. 66. NOW -> Being ‘Open’– Blogging, Twitter, ‘Be Brave’ Twitter EDU http://2di.me/twitEDU
  67. 67. NOW -> Being ‘Open’– Blogging, Twitter, ‘Be Brave’ Be in Perpetual Beta http://2di.me/perbata
  68. 68. Winner of the Canadian Education Association’s Ken Spencer Award For Innovation in Teaching and Learning http://2di.me/ihubaward
  69. 69. Inquiry Hub: A small BYOL Gr. 9-12 Secondary School of choice. http://inquiryhub.org
  70. 70. We are attempting to reframe the learning experience through the use of student-driven inquiry learning activities, topical workshop and online instructional activities. ~Stephen Whiffin
  71. 71. Students bring their own laptop; Work on online courses that are complimented by teacher-designed topical workshops; http://inquiryhub.org
  72. 72. Students work on Inquiry Questions – projects and challenges that they are interested in. http://inquiryhub.org
  73. 73. • Topical workshops instead of daily classes A typical day at iHub starts with:
  74. 74. • In a learning commons environment A typical day at iHub is spent:
  75. 75. • Use of extensive online learning resources A typical day at iHub includes:
  76. 76. • Use of extensive online learning resources Moodle Drop Box Google Docs YouTube Math – Video instruction. A typical day at iHub includes:
  77. 77. • Dedicated Inquiry Time! A typical day at iHub provides:
  78. 78. http://green.inquiryhub.org Our Garden
  79. 79. http://2di.me/greeninquiry
  80. 80. What are our students doing? Current inquiries include: • Designing a portable aquaponic garden • Improving writing in different genres • Developing a commercial glass recycling program • Inventing longboarder protective gear • Examining how colour influences food purchasing • Creating a mural with community influence • Building and designing 3D Printers • Coding facial recognition software • Promoting healthy living with activity breaks
  81. 81. What are our students doing? Current inquiries include: • Designing a portable aquaponic garden • Improving writing in different genres • Developing a commercial glass recycling program • Inventing longboarder protective gear • Examining how colour influences food purchasing • Creating a mural with community influence • Building and designing 3D Printers • Coding facial recognition software • Promoting healthy living with activity breaks
  82. 82. And some of them will fail…
  83. 83. (Or at least I hope so!) And some of them will fail…
  84. 84. Because if none of them did… (Or at least I hope so!) And some of them will fail… Then we didn’t push them hard enough!
  85. 85. http://2di.me/fail2learn By David Truss
  86. 86. http://2di.me/inquirypoints
  87. 87. (Students learning about learning.)
  88. 88. Foundations of Inquiry http://2di.me/inquiry11 Applications of Digital Literacy http://2di.me/diglit10 How do students get credit (courses) for their inquiry studies?
  89. 89. What’s next? (What are Students AND Teacher Learning?) Continue with cross-curricular themes: http://2di.me/365binary
  90. 90. What’s next? (What are Students AND Teacher Learning?) As well as: • A fully integrated Grade 9 curriculum • Continued student (& parent) feedback • Portfolio development Continue with cross-curricular themes:
  91. 91. Note: None of this is about technology! Challenges for us include how to use technology to better meet our needs? (Student created videos, Moodle, Fresh Grade, Twitter/Social Media…) The shift is in blending…
  92. 92. http://inquiryhub.org “Technology is at its best when it allows us to be more human.” Dean Shareski
  93. 93. http://inquiryhub.org QUESTIONS?
  94. 94. Share with you the amazing transformation happening in education. Inspire you to see that you are part of the change that you want to see in education. Learning intentions:
  95. 95. “As a general rule, adults are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than to think their way into a new way of acting.” Surfing the Edge of Chaos pg. 14
  96. 96. Do you know someone like this? Naysayer Status Quo Keeper Prophet from another land Early adopter
  97. 97. Can you be/help someone like this? Needs support Needs collaborators Prophet in YOUR land Leader, supporter (Shifting your perspective)
  98. 98. _ _ _ _ _ NOT _ _ _ _ _ _ What metaphors will you transform?
  99. 99. All of Us NOT Alone Because ‘our’ shared journey matters! Let’s Transform Education
  100. 100. There is a wonderful SHIFT happening! Thank you for being an agent of CHANGE! David Truss http://2di.me @datruss

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