What does it mean to be a teacher…what does it mean to be a teacher in the 21 st century, with students who are digital natives. Students who can be exposed to a technology and manipulate, manage, create and publish with very little direction?
Our instinct is to cram new technology into an existing model. When this is done, all we are doing is sustaining what already exists. We are not creating a shift.
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21 st Century Learning & Teaching Gregory Kulowiec Plymouth South High School [email_address] Google Voice #: 508-591-0606 Twitter: @gregkulowiec www.kulowiectech.blogspot.com
Teacher: occupation is to instruct, a person who educates others, a person who recommends, or otherwise helps
Will our teaching methods prepare our students for the 21 st Century? What exactly does it mean to be prepared for the 21 st Century?
An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense "intuitive linear" view. So we won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century -- it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate). The Law of Accelerating Returns by Ray Kurzweil TED Talks – Ray Kurzeil on how technology will transform us.
Source: http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0134.html?printable=1 Raymond Kurzweil 2001
<ul><li>“ Most interesting, however, is that classroom observers noticed changes in the behavior of teachers and students. Students were taking more responsibility for their own learning, and teachers were working more as mentors and less as presenters of information.” </li></ul>Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow Project (ACOT). 'The Impact of Technology on Student Achievement"
We have managed, rather gracefully, far more change than we predicted would come; it turns out that our past's vision of the future was not visionary enough. This is often the case: reality puts prophecy to shame. What College Students Don't Know Time Magazine Sept. 21, 2009
We must transform as educators and focus on relinquishing: control perfect order expected outcomes narrow assessment & authority
"What we want to assess is how well prepared people are to learn new things in a non-sequestered environment where they have access to technology tools and social networks." John Bransford University of Washington Grace Rubenstein Edutopia Magazine
Schools are the "conservators" of our culture, and therefore are instinctively conservative in what they do, the resistance comes more from the fact that our public school system has evolved an extremely delicate balance between many sets of pressures…any technological change is bound to disrupt…shifting certainly initially means more work and pressure on educators, who already feel overburdened. Shaping Tech for the Classroom 21st-century schools need 21st-century technology. by Marc Prensky Dec/Jan 2006: Student Fitness , Edutopia magazine as "Adopt and Adapt".
But resisting today's digital technology will be truly lethal to our children's education. They live in an incredibly fast-moving world significantly different than the one we grew up in. Shaping Tech for the Classroom 21st-century schools need 21st-century technology. by Marc Prensky Dec/Jan 2006: Student Fitness , Edutopia magazine as "Adopt and Adapt".
1990 Apple Computer & Oregon Trail 1996 Google was born & I had one friend on the internet. 2000 Two internet labs on campus
Students in 1 st grade this year will graduate from high school in 2021.
The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful and about a hundred times smaller than the one computer at MIT in 1965. Source: Shift 4.0
The average American teen sends _____ text message a month. 2,272 Source: Shift 4.0
“ We need to introduce the innovation disruptively – not by using it to compete against the existing paradigm and serve existing customers, but to target those who are not being served – people we call nonconsumers.” Clayton M. Christensen and Michael B. Horn “ Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education is the Future” OnCue Magazine – Winter, 2010
21 st Century knowledge & information… is not confined to the textbook & our student’s voices can’t be confined to our classrooms.
They won’t remember what you teach them, they will remember how you treat them.
When walking down the street, you can walk in one line perfectly without ever falling over. Now take that same city block, then put it a hundred stories high. You’re going to be so focused on the fact that you don’t have a banister, that you’re more likely to fall because of it. Kanye West & J. Sakiya Sandifer Appears in: Thank You and You’re Welcome
2004 & 2005 – Zero Technology Integration 2006 – Class Blog 2007 – Voicethread, Google Docs 2008 – Personal Blog, Ipods & Podcasting, Animoto 2009 – Student: Websites & Blogs, Delicious, Twitter, Edmodo, Etherpad, SCVNGR, Polleverywhere, GoogleVoice, FlipCamera, Back-Channel Discussions, Synchronous & asynchronous chat.
Where do I start? Joint a NING - Classroom 2.0 Read Blogs - www.freetech4teachers.com http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ http://ilearntechnology.com/ http://peterpappas.blogs.com/ www.kulowiectech.blogspot.com (Shameless plug) Follow Teachers on Twitter - Search #edchat…start following
Gregory Kulowiec Plymouth South High School [email_address] Google Voice #: 508-591-0606 Twitter: @gregkulowiec www.kulowiectech.blogspot.com