Modernizing Education at METC


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Keynote address for the 2013 Midwest Educational Technology Conference

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Modernizing Education at METC

  1. 1. Modernizing Education The State of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Lucy Gray Midwest Educational Technology Conference February 2013
  2. 2. All  materials  are  located  at: Download  the  PDF  and  click  on  pictures  and  hyperlinks  to   visit  cited  resources. Additional  Resources:
  3. 3. Mojo
  4. 4. Technology is changing everything...
  5. 5. Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, IL
  6. 6. Comer Children’s Hospital University of Chicago
  7. 7. Delta Terminal LGA, NYC
  8. 8. Connectedness is changing everything...
  9. 9. Parent Soup on AOL
  10. 10. 2006
  11. 11. Tim Lauer Lewis Elementary, Portland Oregon
  12. 12. Serendipity Happens
  13. 13. Advisor Content Developer Curator TrainerTeacher Connector
  14. 14. Observer
  15. 15. Experiences • Worked at University of Chicago and in Chicago Public Schools • Apple Distinguished Educator • Google Certified Teacher • Founder, The Global Education Collaborative • Co-chair, The Global Education Conference • Project Director, The Consortium For School Networking, Leadership For Mobile Learning • Multiple Opportunities to visit and work with schools
  16. 16. Julia and Henry
  17. 17. Our perspectives need to E x p a n d
  18. 18. What do we value in schools?
  19. 19. Are  parents  and  educators  asking  for  more   high  stakes  testing,  standardized   curriculum,  and  seat  time?   I  think  not.    
  20. 20. 2010 - The Key School - Annapolis MD
  21. 21. Lucy’s Laundry List
  22. 22. Schools  where  continuous  improvement  using  a  wide  variety  of   criteria  is  the  bottom  line. Schools  that  see  their  role  is  to  educate,  enlighten,  and  support   kids  and  their  families. Schools  where  intellectual  curiosity  and  variety  is  valued,  where   educating  for  compliance  is  not  the  norm.   Visionary Leadership
  23. 23. Empowered Faculty Schools  where  teachers  have  strong  backgrounds  in  pedagogy,   child  development  and  in  meeting  the  needs  of  diverse  learners. Schools  faculty  have  ample  opportunities  to  observe  each  other,   visit  other  institutions,  and  to  engage  in  activities  to  benefit  their   own  learning. Schools  where  professional  development  is  personalized  and   supportive  of  teachers.
  24. 24. Engaged Students Schools  where  student  voice  is  taken  into  consideration   throughout  the  school  culture. Schools  where  students  are  encouraged  to  identify  and  pursue   their  passions. Schools  that  show  evidence  that  their  faculty  really  knows  and   understands  their  students.  
  25. 25. Progressive Teaching and Learning Practices Schools  that  look  beyond  Common  Core  standards  to  prepare   kids  for  a  new  world.   Schools  that  provide  ample  opportunities  for  hands-­‐on,  project   and  passion-­‐based  learning  during  and  after  school. Schools  that  view  technology  as  essential  to  the  learning  process   and  thoughtfully  plan  for  its  use.
  26. 26. Authentic Communities Schools  where  parents  and  students  are  authentically  engaged  in   the  community. Schools  that  provide  a  multitude  of  means  for  parents  to  get   involved. Schools  who  encourage  honest  community  dialogue  by   acknowledging  their  strengths  and  areas  targeted  for   improvement. Schools  that  educate  their  parents  and  community  members   about  what  it  means  to  be  a  21st  century  learner.
  27. 27. Political Context
  28. 28. Another Nation at Risk Moment ? How  do  we  improve  teaching  and  learning? How  do  we  effectively  assess  students?   What  is  innovation?
  30. 30. Education Policy Context
  31. 31. U.S Department of Education • Common Core Standards • New Assessments • Personalized Learning • Digital Textbooks • More Accountability
  32. 32. “The Highly Connected Teacher” The National Educational Technology Plan
  33. 33. Technological Context
  34. 34. Students and Adults... • Content consumers • Content Creators • Content Evaluators • Connected and Networked
  35. 35. The Power of Social Media Flickr YouTubeTwitter Facebook LinkedIn Google+ Diigo SlideShare
  36. 36. EdSurge
  37. 37. Managing Generational Diversity
  38. 38. Teachers and Students • Adults have different learning styles. How are we taking this into account in terms of professional development and human capital? • Baby Boomers • Gen Xers • Gen Yers • Kids have had different levels of exposure to technology. The period of time at which our schools have been wired is fairly short.
  39. 39. Basic online entertainment (online videos, playing games) E-commerce (online shopping, banking, and travel reservations) Research and information gathering (product research, news, health and religious information searches) Email and search Active engagement with social media (visit SNS, create SNS profile, create blogs) More advanced online entertainment (download videos, music and podcasts) More advanced communication and passive social media use (instant messaging, visit SNS, read blogs) From: State of the Internet 2009: Pew Internet Project Findings and Implications for Libraries The vast majority of online adults from all generations uses email and search engines. While there are always exceptions, older generations typically do not engage with the internet past e-commerce. The majority of teens and Gen Y use SNS, but fewer maintain blogs. Online adults older than Gen X are less likely to use SNS. Online activity pyramid: by generation
  40. 40. Beloit College’s Mindset List
  41. 41. 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 K-12 Classroom Internet Connectivity Classroom Internet Connectivity 2007 Coming Soon to Campus: The New "Free Agent" Learner Julie Evans, CEO-Project Tomorrow Campus Technology 09 Jul 27, 2009
  42. 42. Class of 2012 – recently graduated seniors ! ! ! ! 7th Grade Class of 2014 – current juniors ! ! ! ! 5th Grade Class of 2016 – current freshman class ! ! ! ! 3rd Grade How digitally “native” are these students? What are their expectations for learning?
  43. 43. Implications for Schools • Need for strategic human capital planning • Need for increased targeted, sustained, personalized and thoughtful professional development • Need for long range planning for students’ use of technology • Requires schools to think of skills sets needed by students at various points in their academic careers while gauging the future of technology
  44. 44. The New Media Consortium K-12 Horizon Report 2012 • 1 year or less • Mobile Devices and Apps • Tablet Computing • 2 to 3 years • Game-Based Learning • Personal Learning Environments • 4 to 5 years • Augmented Reality • Natural User Interfaces
  45. 45. NMC Megatrends The  world  of  work  is  increasingly  global   and  increasingly  collaborative.
  46. 46. NMC Megatrends People  expect  to  work,  learn,  socialize,  and   play  whenever  and  wherever  they  want  to.
  47. 47. NMC Megatrends The  Internet  is  becoming  a  global  mobile   network  -­‐  and  already  is  at  its  edges.
  48. 48. NMC Megatrends The  technologies  we  use  are  increasingly   cloud-­‐based  and  delivered  over  utility   networks,  facilitating  the  rapid  growth  of   online  videos  and  rich  media.
  49. 49. NMC Megatrends Openness  —  concepts  like  open  content,   open  data,  and  open  resources  —  is  moving   from  a  trend  to  a  value  for  much  of  the   world.  
  50. 50. NMC Megatrends Legal  notions  of  ownership  and  privacy  lag   behind  the  practices  common  in  society.  
  51. 51. NMC Megatrends Real  challenges  of  access,  efficiency,  and   scale  are  redefining  what  we  mean  by   quality  and  success.
  52. 52. NMC Megatrends The  Internet  is  constantly  challenging  us  to   rethink  learning  and  education,  while   refining  our  notion  of  literacy.
  53. 53. NMC Megatrends There  is  a  rise  in  informal  learning  as   individual  needs  are  redefining  schools,   universities,  and  training.  
  54. 54. NMC Megatrends Business  models  across  the  education   ecosystem  are  changing.  
  55. 55. Why Change?
  56. 56. Why Evolve?
  57. 57. Project Tomorrow’s SpeakUp Survey
  58. 58. Project Tomorrow Recommendations • Un-tether learning and leverage mobile devices to extend learning beyond the school day and meet all learners in their own world • Create new interactive, participatory learning spaces using tools such as online classes, gaming and simulations, online tutors, and virtual reality environments • Incorporate Web 2.0 tools into daily instruction especially those that develop collaborative or social-based learning and provide unique opportunities for students to be content developers • Expand digital resources in the classroom to add context and relevancy to learning experiences through new media tools • Get beyond the classroom walls and make learning truly experiential such as using high tech science instrumentation and creating podcasts with content experts
  59. 59. Via John Pfluger
  60. 60. The Reality
  61. 61. U.S Public Schools • Increased pressure via Race to the Top, AYP, RTI • Less funding • Less Time • Emphasis on standards and high stakes testing • Teacher Proof curricula • Less instruction in the arts, World Languages, etc. • Longer school days • Technology seen as a content delivery Mechanism • Constant seeking of silver bullets
  62. 62. Independent Schools • Time • Resources • Streamlined bureaucracy • Organizational vision • Community Consensus • Administrative and collegial support • Authentic curriculum • Recognition of the Importance of 21st century skills • Professional development • Teacher autonomy • Prepared students • Commitment to developing the whole child • Parental support
  64. 64. Examples of Modernization
  65. 65. Digital Transformation
  66. 66. Mooresville Graded School District Mooresville, NC
  67. 67. Innovation
  68. 68. The School at Columbia New York, NY • K-8 • Columbia University faculty and local kids • Innovation driven • 1 to 1 laptop program • 3 technologists plus tech staff • Extensive Google Apps for Education and new media use • Other: field trip guides, computer programming, robotics, conference
  69. 69. Known as “THE”
  70. 70. Don Buckley DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION
  71. 71. Inquiry
  72. 72. Science Leadership Academy Philadelphia, PA
  73. 73. Educon 2.5
  74. 74. BURLEY SCHOOL Chicago, IL
  75. 75. Teacher Leadership
  76. 76. #playdate13
  77. 77. Design + 21st Century Skills
  78. 78. MAKER MOVEMENT • Make Magazine • Maker Faire • Maker Education
  79. 79. CoderDojo
  80. 80. BrightWorks San Francisco, CA
  81. 81. New Tech High Napa, CA
  82. 82. Leadership + Iteration
  83. 83. MERCY HIGH SCHOOL farmington Hills, MI
  84. 84. Other Modernizing Themes
  85. 85. Personalized Learning Mobile Technologies 21st century skills generational Diversity Learning environments Design Thinking Cloud Computing Textbook Revolution Curated Learning New Media Literacies Flipping The Classroom Global Collaboration Also think about gamification, OER...
  86. 86. 21st Century Skills
  87. 87. A Pedagogical Shift • New models of teaching and learning are emerging • Rigorous content + 21st century themes • “Sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” • New literacies need to be taught strategically • Examples: • developing a search mentality • Student personal learning networks (PLNs) • Standards and accountability still are important; assessments need revision
  88. 88. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
  89. 89. The Global Achievement Gap Critical Thinking and Problem- Solving Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence Agility and Adaptability Initiative and Entrepreneuri alism Effective Oral and Written Communication Accessing and Analyzing Information Curiosity and Imagination
  90. 90. Creating Innovators
  91. 91. Learning Environments
  92. 92. Wired UK
  93. 93. The Edgeless School
  94. 94. NYC’s iZone
  95. 95. and Illinois Math and Science Academy Chicago, IL
  96. 96. YOUMedia Chicago, IL
  97. 97. The Third Teacher
  99. 99. A world class education system should call for globally connected schools
  100. 100. Apple Distinguished Educators Global Awareness 2006 • The World is Flat • A Whole New Mind • Berlin & Prague • Rethink. Global Awareness.
  101. 101. Classroom 2.0 Link
  102. 102. The Global Education Conference and Network
  103. 103. Mission The Global Education Conference Network is a community of practice where people connect and build the professional relationships necessary for effective collaboration across borders. Via this social network, educators and organizations from all over the world share conversations, resources, projects, and initiatives with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real-world problems. Our ultimate goal is to help prepare students for a rapidly changing and complex world.
  104. 104. Over 600,000 unique visitors
  105. 105. 15,000 members from 150+ countries
  106. 106. GEC Network Features • Groups • Searchable member list • Latest activity • Discussion forums and blogs • Links to resources • Events • Project database • Videos and photos
  107. 107. 2010 - Brian Mannix
  108. 108. 2010 - Polar Bears International
  109. 109. CCSSO and Asia Society’s PGL • New resource on global competence! • Download a copy here.
  110. 110. From Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World
  111. 111. Connect All Schools iEARN
  112. 112. The IEARN Project Book
  113. 113. WHY NOW? @oline73: Can you distill why globally connected classrooms are vital in 2010? Photo source
  114. 114. We  have  urgent  problems  that  need  to  be   addressed  and,  in  order  to  prepare  our   students  to  work  on  these  problems,  we   must  connect  them  globally.  We  must   teach  them  how  networked  learning   leads  to  networked  problem  solving.
  115. 115. So what? 21st  century  Skills:  The  art  of  teaching  comes  through  via  the  weaving  of    21st  century   themes  into  core  content.    Focus  on  inquiry  and  the  thoughtful  use  of  technology  in   classrooms.  It  is  not  about  the  tools.   Learning  Environments:  There  has  been  emphasis  on  educating  the  whole  child.  Shift   the  discussion  to  address  the  whole  learning  environment.    Personalized  learning  for   both  students  and  teachers  is  important. Global  Collaborations:  It’s  so  easy  to  connect  classrooms  today.  It’s  essential  that  we   bring  the  world  into  our  classrooms  and  inspire  students  with  the  possibilities.  
  116. 116. Further Explorations
  117. 117. ISTE Standards Students, Teachers, and Administrators
  118. 118.
  119. 119. Design Share
  120. 120. GOOD Education
  121. 121. Ideas • Administrators can encourage experimentation by awarding small innovation Grants. • Consider adding a Year of Innovation theme to your PD efforts (H/T to Don Buckley) • Attend and host EdCamps, Playdates and other informal unconferences. • Leverage informal learning opportunities. • Consider using after school time to experiment with Maker Spaces, CoderJojos, etc.
  122. 122. Share your ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #METC.
  123. 123. Twitter:  elemenous