The future of learning is global - a vision for leadership


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Schools want to go global, teachers want to connect their classrooms with the world, but what are the leadership skills needed to 'flatten' a school and launch it into the future. In fact, the future is now, the vision needs to be articulated now, and global learning should be planned across the curriculum now, not as an add on or as something too hard to access. This session will share ideas and resources for planning to move a learning community into a globally connected and collaborative future.

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  • My proposition today is that learning is global, has to be global and therefore classrooms must be ‘flat’. I am talking about a shift in pedagogy, a shift in mindset, and an essential purpose for the integration of technology across the curriculum. In order to embrace global learning and flat learning we need to adopt different leadership styles and modes.
  • What is flat learning and why is it important – also known as ‘connected learning’
  • Teacher to student, student to student, student to teacher. Expert advisors, sounding boards, opportunities to learn from and with anyone
  • Use of mobile technologies, blended learning
  • More than ½ a billion mobile phones in Africa now – how can we harness that connectivity, how can we learn from and with others in Africa and beyond?
  • It is not in the future….it is NOW!
  • What leadership skills are needed? What decisions need to be made? Strategic planning?
  • Flipped classroom a form of blended learningWhere are the collaborative models?
  • Connect yourself, connect your school, connect your students!
  • Daily workflow using technology should include interactions with others. Daily workflow should include ways to share synchronously and asynchronously. This includes the use of search engines and tools to support real time and asynchronous interactions. Skype, educational network memberships, us of Web 2 tools such as a blog and a wiki which is open to others to interact with.
  • Pull technologies bring the information and updates to you.
  • Connected to a PLN or PLC is a 21C skill for all learners. This is not about social media as such, but about using networking tools in responsible and thoughtful ways to support learning objectives. This is about using the technology to make sustained and meaningful connections. This is about professional use of social media for teachers and students.
  • Become a teacherpreneur! Find opportunities through your PLN and bring them to your students and your school. A teacherpreneur is a teacher who sees an opportunity to make a profitable learning experience for students through the forging of partnerships with other classrooms with common curricular goals and expectations.
  • Video streaming to the world – Flat Classroom Conference 2013
  • Hidden curriculum – can be opened by those with technology accessLearning capital – Learning experience of new implementations – success involves both teachers and students
  • Information - where does it comes from? How is it vetted?Location - we need local and global connections to produce well-educated studentsGeneration - how can learners connect across generations?Communication - it is important to include both technological and non-technological pathways of communication
  • Include different connection experiences across the curriculum
  • Although technology is used in communication, digital citizenship is still squarely about relating to people.
  • Promote discussions about individual digital identity – including for older students and adults Personal Branding
  • Starts with access – crucial to a good educationfive areas of awareness: technology, individual, social, cultural, and global – for framing analysis of online situationsFour key “rays” of understanding: Safety, Privacy, Copyright, and Legal; Etiquette and Respect; Habits of Learning; and Literacy and Fluency. Technical awareness is the core awareness that enables a person to be a digital citizen. It lets you put on your “shoes” and run into the 21st century. As a digital citizen, you decide how you will set up your pro- files, interact with others, and behave online. A good digital citizen is aware of social situations bothonline and face-to-face. Social awareness allows the digital citizen to interpret situations and retain interpersonal skills with friends and colleagues whether they are face-to-face or online. A person who is culturally aware is alert for differences in cultures and knows how to build trust relationships so the communication of those differences can flow. Understanding geography, politics, and local bandwidth concerns makes one a complete and effective digital citizen. Nationality transcends culture because most nations are made up of many different cultures.
  • Develop a powerful digital citizenship curriculum – across the curriculum – be open to current events and opportunities to discuss global impact. Keep the topics alive through active research and interactions with others. Bring the world into the conversation
  • Are your teachers and students globally competent? Being in an international school does not necessarily provide passage to this skill. Opportunities to learn with and from others around the world to foster deeper understanding will. Promotion of global confidence – a skill for future employment
  • Educational networks are for community building and collaboration.Wikis are for disruption and collaboration
  • True collaboration can take place face to face AND online – we need to be teaching and modeling both. The use of social media by students is often seen as time-wasting and destructive, however in an educational context it provides skills and learning networks.
  • How many of you as educators, as leaders, as classroom teachers, as administrators have co-created something with someone else at a distance? Consider the skills involved, consider the tools needed, consider the Internet access, timeframe etc
  • How do teachers learn to collaborate?How do students?What are the best tools?How do you teach collaboration?
  • How do you learn to collaborate?Know about of Web 2 toolsKnow how to sustain a learning community – online and offlineDevelop technopersonal skills
  • Connected LearningCitizenship, with a splash of Global CompetencyCollaboration – but the sort that includes Co-Creation
  • How do we make sense of these carefully chosen words?
  • Admirable and sought after standards to reach….but how?
  • Teachers have the potential to exercise new and dynamic leadership in schools, thereby enhancing the possibility of social reform
  • The future of learning is global - a vision for leadership

    1. 1. The Future of Learning is Global - A Vision for Leadership Julie Lindsay MA Education Technology Leadership, EdD Student Global Educator, Leader, Innovator, Author Director and Co-founder, Flat Classroom® @julielindsay
    2. 2. Part A: Recipe to Flatten Part B: Leadership Your Classroom for a Global Future
    3. 3. Let’s Go Global!…….what is ‘flat learning’?
    4. 4. …..use oftechnologyto virtuallyeliminatethe physicalwalls of theclassroom
    5. 5. …bringing theworld into theclassroom andopening theclassroom to theworld….
    6. 6. ……discovery, engagement, collaborationand co-creation withothers who are notin your physicalspace
    7. 7. ‘flat learning’ is important because…
    8. 8. …it connectslearnerswith theworld andimpacts thecontext inwhich welearn
    9. 9. …it is apedagogysupported bytechnology
    10. 10. …it goes …it canbeyond just change theconnecting…. world as we know it - local and global
    11. 11. flat learning isthe future?global learningis the future? is……NOW!
    12. 12. how do you…..go flat?
    13. 13. Holistic – Flat embraces all modes Inquiry -based Flipped Blended Learning Flattened Classroom Challenge -based Project -based
    14. 14. Part A: Recipe to Flatten Your Classroom ….three ingredients
    15. 15. #1 Connection
    16. 16. Connection Habits of lifelong learners“The next best thing tobeing wise oneself is to livein a circle of those who are”C.S.Lewis
    17. 17. Connection Daily Workflow
    18. 18. Connection Pull Technologies
    19. 19. Connection Connected PLN
    20. 20. Connection Teacherpreneur Good teacherpreneurs arent renegades; they are connectors
    21. 21. Connection Connected Learning
    22. 22. Connection Curriculum agility and stability The hidden Contexts curriculum Learning capital Communities
    23. 23. Connection Virtual Participation
    24. 24. Connection Strategy for Curriculum Development Information Communication Location Generation
    25. 25. Connection Taxonomy © Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay, ‘Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds’. Pg 55
    26. 26. Connection is not enough……… ………it is only the first step of going globaland flat learning
    27. 27. Connection! • What does your daily connected life look like? • Who do youHow connected communicate with? Collaborate with? Co- are you as an create with? • Are they local or educator? global? • What does it mean to be a connected learner?
    28. 28. #2 Citizenship
    29. 29. Citizenship Digital Identity
    30. 30. Citizenship Digital Citizenship – an enlightened model ©Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay 2012
    31. 31. Citizenship Global awareness and impact
    32. 32. Citizenship Global competency
    33. 33. Citizenship! DISCUSS! Although technology is Digital used in communication, Citizenship digital citizenship is still squarely about relating to people.
    34. 34. #3 Collaboration
    35. 35. If Collaboration is a needed &required 21st Centuryskill, educators need to not onlyteach it, but employ & model itas well
    36. 36. Collaboration Social vs Educational
    37. 37. Collaboration Technopersonal skills - Synchronous
    38. 38. Collaboration Technopersonal skills - Asynchronous
    39. 39. Collaboration Co-Creation © Emily McCurran, Flat Classroom® Certified Teacher
    40. 40. Collaboration Co-Creation
    41. 41. Collaboration Learning to Collaborate and Co-Create
    42. 42. Collaboration Teacher – Student - Learners
    43. 43. Recipe toflatten your classroom
    44. 44. Three ingredients to flatten your classroom Connection Citizenship Collaboration
    45. 45. Part B: Leadership for a Global Future What does this look like? What type of leaders will successfullysupport flat learning?
    46. 46. ISTE NETS.A NETS.C
    47. 47. ISTE NETS.A also include…• Digital Age Learning Culture – create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students• Excellence in Professional Practice – promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources• Systemic Improvement – to continuously improve the organization through the effective use of information and technology resources• Digital Citizenship – model and facilitate understanding of social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to an evolving digital culture
    48. 48. Implementing the Vision• How do we allow students and teachers to find their own voice and take charge of their own learning?• How do we promote a culture of sharing and collaboration?• Do we have the courage to do this?• Do we consider change as a normal process?• Are we seduced by the mission of the technology?
    49. 49. A New Paradigm for Educational Leadership• Online learning communities are leveling the playing field to advantage learners• Leadership must address: – School revitalization in a digital world – Teachers as providers of new forms of leadership in schools and communities – Support of the ‘teacherpreneur’
    50. 50. What is a Teacherpreneur?“A teacher who sees an opportunity tomake a profitable learning experiencefor students through the forging ofpartnerships with other classrooms withcommon curriculr goals andexpectations”“The teacherpreneur accepts theresponsibility and risks for the endeavorand is accountable for the outcome”
    51. 51. What do Teacherpreneurs do?Teacherpreneurs take all the best practices ineducation and latest advances in technology anduse them to blaze new trails in teaching andlearning that focus on connection andcollaboration.See Teacherpreneurs -
    52. 52. The rise of the Teacherpreneur Leader• Champions for change – realizers of the vision• New methods of publication and sharing information – keep on teaching!• Building and facilitating communities• Researchers• Pedagogical excellence• Innovate from within• Working within and beyond the school culture• Managers, directors, mentors, guides
    53. 53. Teacherpreneur Leadership A group of teachers Fosters excitementA teacher gets an come together to amongst otheridea for learning do something teachers significant
    54. 54. Community Connector builder Pedagogy Change expert maker IntegratesInnovator Teacherpreneur new technologies
    55. 55. How do school leaders foster the Teacherpreneur Leader?• Encourage customization of learning experiences to local standards while being flexible to embrace the world• Support innovation and encourage pedagogical excellence• Encourage an agile curriculum• Equip teachers to investigate new global relationships and design solutions
    56. 56. Principal Enablers• New role of principals – to enable teacher leadership – Incorporate the aspirations and ideas of others – Make space for individual innovation – Know when to step back – Create opportunities from perceived difficulties – Build on achievements to create a culture of success
    57. 57. Parallel Leadership* Teacher leaders and school principals engage in collective action to build school capacity Three distinct qualities – Mutual trust – Shared purpose – Allowance for individual expressionFor a real-world example refer to interview with Showk Badat Principal at Essa Academy, UK *A form of distributed leadership developed through research by author Frank Crowther in Developing Teacher Leaders, 2nd edition, 2009
    58. 58. When you go flat, you never go back Global collaboration is vital to the classroom of now(remember - the future is now)
    59. 59. A good leader is one who getsout of the way of the learning!
    60. 60. We have so much to learn from jazz- band leaders, for jazz, like leadership, combines the unpredictability of the future with the gifts of individuals From ‘Leadership Jazz’, by Max De Pree
    61. 61. Julie LindsayMA Education Technology Leadership, EdD Student Global Educator, Leader, Innovator, Author Director and Co-founder, Flat Classroom® @julielindsay