Proud husband and father I’m long time suffering Canucks fan.When I take to the time to be present and open to my children – they continue to provide the wisdom and insight I need as an educator and human beingI’ve been a professional educator for 18 years – from the moment I entered the profession we’ve been talking about the role of technology. Sometimes I catch myself getting a little frustrated….
I am passionate about learningI am passionate about educating the whole child - heard, heart, body and soulI believe every child is unique – Schools need lean in and adapt to students – not the other way aroundStudents are my greatest of inspirationCurrently an associate superintendent - my passion for students and teachers and their learning is taking me back to the school level next as principal of Vancouver College Teachers make the biggest impact on schools and students – not systems, programs or initiativesA liitle pet peeve - Some recent frustrations I that I have
We lose students and parents and the general public on the fog of edu speakSome examples….Instead we need to reclaim our storyOur focus needs to around the realities of LEARNING today
If there nothing else, my main message is, when it comes to technology - we need to just try something…
We live in exponentionaltimesChange is the new normalThe information age is hereAlvin Toffler sums this up beautifully for me
In education, we have been talking about school changing to reflect 21st century learning for years – realizing that we are 15 years in the 21st centuryHere is model of put forth by the Partnership For 21st Century Learning Group Skills and competencies BUT also learning environments and assessment modelsAnd yet despite some’s desire to change we still see a large number of educators and the public expressing this
Been there done that….Open Classroom of the 1970’s. Walls went up as fast as they went downSullivan Commission in 1988 recommended sweeping changes. From no grade levels up to age 8 to no letter grades on report cardsThe government of day call for sweeping changes under the program call THE YEAR 2000Given our past, I am not surprised that there has been a stall in reform or reimaging education
And yetI would suggest that there are forces at play today that are dramatically different from the past Forces that are impacting schools, teachers and students
One force that is undeniable is
My only Catholic reference – the announcement of Pope Francis vs Pope BenedictWe live in a mobile technology world
This web based, social and mobile technology is dramatically effecting how teacher networks and the information available to them This was me in 1995PLC - department in schoolsIf we agree that most learning is inherently social - the networks we have feed our learning
This is potential reality for todays teachersThis is me today - #cpchatSimon Sinek Story
Example of 21st network in action
How are students reacting to this technoloigyThe story of Tommy…..
Broadening the Vision and understanding the implicationsWill Richardson – why school Internet and the time of information abundance - With this abundance we are also seeing scarcity in terms of our ability to access the abundance Parable of the long spoons
Are our schools meeting the needs of students?My answer is yes – but we are starting to see some signs that may not last for much longerThis picture sums up the past 300 years of schooling and the changing serving purposesFarmingTo industryTo retailPost Secondary EducationStarting to see some shifts - Post secondary ios the a ticket to well paying but times they are a changing….
Giving the changing landscapesI would like to suggest a way forward and to give some examples of this is working in schools today
Keeping our priorities clear
In my 19 years of experience here is my truth Recent Gallpop poll of 600k students on how engaged they are at school = Engaged = hope in their abiliites50% responded “hopefully” - that leaves half of students disengaged - school as irrelventThose who had hope – tied that to a positive connection to a teacher who cared for them - and built their strengths
Crowd sourcingLearning is social Power of WikipediaSocial mediaStephen Johnson - where to good ideas come from
This has been a key piece to our technology integration journey – related to building the capacity among the teachersWe felt that we need to make the case, and create the space for teachers to learn from each other, in a risk free, “play like” environment and with no “strings attached”
With that in mind we initiated our “Building Experts” Personalized Pro-D No professional goals, no smart goals, etc. We modelled this personalized professional learning on Google’s 20% timeLet’s listen to someone from google….
From teacher to learner: a catalyst for re imaging school (cefpi)