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The Rant, I Can't, the Elephant, and the Ant

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"I can do that without technology... Actually no you can't!"
My final of 3 presentations at BLC08.
You can find info on this presentation done for SFU students here:
http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/the-ant/
and more recent information here:
http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/the-ant-2/
Both links have the Ustream of the presentation.

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The Rant, I Can't, the Elephant, and the Ant

  1. “I can do that without technology”- Actually, no you can&apos;t!<br />The rant,<br />I can’t,<br />the elephant,<br />and the ant.<br />David Truss<br />http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com<br />Originally created for BLC08<br />
  2. the rant<br />Screaming for help by noamgalai / Noam Galai on flickr<br />
  3. That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
  4. That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
  5. I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />Schools and colleges in the coming decades <br />will be characterized by a new sense of <br />freedom that will make today&apos;s campuses <br />seem like medieval dungeons. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
  6. That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />Schools and colleges in the coming decades <br />will be characterized by a new sense of <br />freedom that will make today&apos;s campuses <br />seem like medieval dungeons. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
  7. What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />
  8. What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />We interrupt this rant<br />for a <br />brief debrief…<br />
  9. What is ONE thing that this conference<br />has shown you to suggest that <br />this statement is true?<br />That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era. <br />I predict that, in the foreseeable future, <br />we will look back to the year 2005 and wonder <br />how learning could have ever taken place in the<br /> jail cells that passed for classrooms. <br />Schools and colleges in the coming decades <br />will be characterized by a new sense of <br />freedom that will make today&apos;s campuses <br />seem like medieval dungeons. <br />James Shimabukuro<br />
  10. Another rant…<br />“But there isn’t enough time!”<br />
  11. Another rant…<br />“But there isn’t enough time!”<br />How true is this statement?<br />“The task of organizing and<br />operating a huge and complex<br />educational machinery has left us<br />scant leisure for calm reflection.”<br />
  12. Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) was an academic and literary critic, noted for his founding role in a movement that became known as the New Humanism. <br />“The task of organizing and<br />operating a huge and complex<br />educational machinery has left us<br />scant leisure for calm reflection.”<br />
  13. Keep the rants coming…<br />Students today depend <br />too much upon ink.<br />They don&apos;t know how to use a<br />pen knife to sharpen a pencil. <br />Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.<br />National Association of Teachers Journal, 1907<br />
  14. Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />We parents must not allow<br />them to wallow in such luxury<br />to the detriment of learning<br />how to cope in the <br />real business world<br />which is not so extravagant.<br />From PTA Gazette, 1941<br />
  15. Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />We parents must not allow<br />them to wallow in such luxury<br />to the detriment of learning<br />how to cope in the <br />real business world<br />which is not so extravagant.<br />From PTA Gazette, 1941<br />to the detriment of learning<br />
  16. Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />Students today depend on these<br />expensive fountain pens.<br />They can no longer write<br />with a straight pen and nib.<br />We parents must not allow<br />them to wallow in such luxury<br />to the detriment of learning<br />how to cope in the <br />real business world<br />which is not so extravagant.<br />From PTA Gazette, 1941<br />to the detriment of learning<br />We don’t still think <br />this way about <br />‘new technology’<br />…do we?<br />
  17. A great rant to check out at your leisure,<br />(and an explanation…)<br />The Rant:<br />“Down in Front” by Jennifer D. Jones<br />http://fon.gs/injenuity/<br />“If you don’t keep your mind open to new experiences,<br />you are in the way of learning...”<br />
  18. A great rant to check out at your leisure,<br />(and an explanation…)<br />The Rant:<br />“Down in Front” by Jennifer D. Jones<br />http://fon.gs/injenuity/<br />“If you don’t keep your mind open to new experiences,<br />you are in the way of learning...”<br />The Explanation:<br />All links have been shortened<br />http://fon.gs/Keyword/<br />
  19. …and finally, some rant relief…<br />The most overlooked advantage of <br />owning a computer is that if they<br />foul up there&apos;s no law against<br />whacking them around a bit.<br />Eric Porterfield <br />
  20. I can’t<br />No Jumping by Leo Reynolds / LeoL30 on flickr<br />
  21. http://fon.gs/paige/<br />
  22. Digital Dividehttp://fon.gs/digitaldivide/Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/Digital Exposure http://fon.gs/digitalexposure/<br />
  23. Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has in the way of <br /> technology and what it needs to have.<br />3. What skills/abilities students enter my class with.<br />
  24. “I come from the Batman era, <br />adding items to my utility belt,<br />while students today are the Borg from Star Trek, assimilating technology into their lives.”<br />
  25. “I come from the Batman era, <br />adding items to my utility belt,<br />while students today are the Borg from Star Trek, assimilating technology into their lives.”<br />many<br />
  26. Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has in the way of <br /> technology and what it needs to have.<br />3. What skills/abilities students enter my class with.<br />
  27. Digital Divide(s)<br />http://fon.gs/digitaldivide/<br />What I know and what I need to know.<br />2. What the school has in the way of <br /> technology and what it needs to have.<br />3. What skills/abilities students enter my class with.<br />#1 I can change.<br />#2 will never change fast enough.<br />#3 is the idea of competence.<br />
  28. Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Often we want compartmentalize ideas<br />(not to mention students!)<br />
  29. Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Often we want compartmentalize ideas<br />(not to mention students!)<br />Digital competence is a<br /> spectrum, not a dichotomy!<br />
  30. Digital Competencehttp://fon.gs/digitalcompetence/<br />Digital competence is a<br /> spectrum, not a dichotomy!<br />
  31. Digital Exposure <br />http://fon.gs/digitalexposure/<br />If Paige engages with ‘toys’ like this,<br />what will she expect from learning tools?<br />Remember this quote?<br />“That day is now dawning; <br />we are on the brink of a new era…”<br />What is she going to expect from schools?<br />
  32. Everybody please cross your arms…<br />
  33. Everybody please cross your arms…<br />Now switch them around!<br />
  34. Everybody please cross your arms…<br />Keep them crossed and read the next slide...<br />
  35. “As a general rule,<br />adults are much more likely to<br />act their way into a new way of thinking<br />than to think their way into<br />a new way of acting.” <br />Surfing the Edge of Chaos pg. 14<br />
  36. Still have your arms crossed? <br />For many people switching arms is uncomfortable, but the act of switching<br />and staying switched, makes it more comfortable. <br />You’ve acted your way into a new way of thinking…<br />
  37. What can we do to <br />help students leave our schools<br />feeling like they are <br />empowered learners? <br />What can we do to <br />help students leave our schools<br />feeling like they are <br />empowered learners? <br />
  38. What can we do to <br />help studentsleave our schools<br />feeling like they are <br />empoweredlearners?<br />
  39. Do we permit our students to make mistakes?<br />our students<br />
  40. ourselves<br />Do we permit our students to make mistakes?<br />
  41. Failure? http://fon.gs/failure/<br />
  42. I can’t?<br />
  43. I can…<br />
  44. I must<br />
  45. I will…<br />
  46. the elephant<br />Close Up by Jason Armstrong on flickr<br />
  47. Is that an elephant in you pocket?Or…<br />
  48. bRinging tools to class<br />Mr. Truss, I forgot my calculator, can I borrow one?<br />Do you have your cell phone?<br />Yes?<br />Then you have a calculator.<br />Really? I can use my cell phone?<br />Really!<br />http://fon.gs/tools/<br />
  49. We saw what 2 year <br />old Paige could do… <br />What could a: <br />Grade 4 student do?<br />Grade 8 student do?<br />Grade 12 student do?<br />
  50. We saw what 2 year <br />old Paige could do… <br />What could a: <br />Grade 4 student do?<br />Grade 8 student do?<br />Grade 12 student do?<br />What could a<br />teacher do?<br />
  51. How many similar tools<br />will be in our schools<br />in 5 years?<br />
  52. Wireless<br />should be like oxygen.<br />We don’t ‘look for’ or <br />think about our next breath.<br />Brian Kuhn <br />Manager of IT <br />Coquitlam School District<br />
  53. Let us forget the term<br /> “technical support” <br />and focus on<br /> “innovation support”.<br />Alec Couros <br />http://fon.gs/alec/<br />
  54. Kathy Sierra http://fon.gs/kathy/<br />
  55. W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
  56. F <br />i<br />l<br />t<br />e<br />r<br />s<br />W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
  57. F <br />i<br />l<br />t<br />e<br />r<br />s<br />A<br />t<br />t<br />i<br />t<br />u<br />d<br />e<br />W<br />i<br />r<br />e<br />l<br />e<br />s<br />s<br />
  58. and the ant.<br />
  59. http://fon.gs/ants/<br />
  60. Red Flags<br />-air comes in<br />Yellow Flags<br />-cabon dioxide out<br />
  61. 10 tons of concrete over 3 days<br />
  62. This is a network!<br />The <br />community<br />works <br />together <br />to create <br />more <br />than the <br />individual!<br />
  63. Stephen Downes http://fon.gs/stephen/ (Slide 27)<br />
  64. More from Stephen Downes<br />1. groups emphasize sameness, <br />networks emphasize diversity<br />2. groups emphasize order and control, <br />networks emphasize autonomy<br />3. groups emphasize borders <br /> and membership, <br />networks emphasize openness<br />4. groups emphasize additive, <br /> cumulative knowledge, <br />networks emphasize emergent knowledge<br />
  65. So…<br />Do not go quietly into your classroom!<br />
  66. A Brave New World-Wide-Web<br />Video on blip.tv: http://fon.gs/thevideo/<br />Blog post: http://fon.gs/abnwww/<br />
  67. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />
  68. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />
  69. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />The Elephant: Is in the room… Introduce it! <br />
  70. A 30 second summary:<br />The Rant: Accomplishes nothing.<br />I Can’t: Yes, you can! <br />The Elephant: Is in the room… Introduce it! <br />The Ant: Be a networked teacher and learner!<br />
  71. Thank you for checking out <br />my presentation! <br />Feedback?<br />You can contact me:<br />http://fon.gs/contactdave/<br />Or comment on this blog post:<br />http://fon.gs/thepost/<br />

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