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Empowering Rural Schools for Tomorrow


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Presented to Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance on 11-13-13

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Empowering Rural Schools for Tomorrow

  1. 1. Empowering RURAL SCHOOLS FOR TOMORROW Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Nov. 2013
  2. 2. Resources & Digital Handout
  3. 3. Katie Morrow
  4. 4. O’Neill Public School O’Neill, Nebraska
  5. 5. OPS 24/7 Learning v2.0
  6. 6. How do you measure success?
  7. 7. What can we do now that we couldn’t do before?
  8. 8. Opened Opportunities
  9. 9. Changing ecosystem brings opportunity. Authors Artists Programmers
  10. 10. In the last 24 hours on Facebook...
  14. 14. How did we do it? Our process
  15. 15. Access 24/7 Access
  16. 16. Choice in Device
  17. 17. “We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves.” ~Stephen Downes
  18. 18. Student Choice & Involvement Bottom-up
  19. 19. Meet Addie
  20. 20. Creators, not just Consumers of Content 24
  21. 21. Community Commercials and Public Service Announcements 25
  22. 22. 4th Grade Nebraska History
  23. 23. “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”    ~Sydney J. Harris
  24. 24. Community of Learners Community
  25. 25. Break down classroom walls
  26. 26. iBooks Author iTunes u courses
  27. 27. Publish and Promote
  29. 29. Harness the Back Channel Edmodo Socrative iChat
  30. 30. Develop and maintain a PLN Twitter Symbaloo Facebook
  31. 31. "Learning must be lifelong, life-wide, and available on demand." ~National Educational Technology Plan
  32. 32. Do things differently? Do Different Things
  33. 33. Challenge Based Learning 1. Real problems. 2. Learn together. 3. Do something!
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  35. 35. Reduce your school’s paper waste Design an app to improve communication on your campus. Increase recycling in your community Cultural Shift: Disprove a misconception about your generation Make your town more energy efficient Improve the online behaviors of youth in your community Increase the percentage of students in your class who stay in school for one more year. Change a policy in your school. Transform apathy into engagement Create cross-cultural connections in your school and/or community. Increase the number of healthy food choices served at school (or at home). 41
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  38. 38. Making  a  Difference... CBL is effective in building 21st Century Skills 90% of teachers reported significant improvements in twelve key 21st century skill areas CBL Engages Students in Learning Over 75% of students, across every age group, felt they learned more than they expected, worked harder than they normally do, and were part of solving a big problem. Teachers find CBL engaging, effective, & a good use of time. Over 90% of teachers, across every grade level, felt that CBL was a good use of their limited time and would use it again. 2009 CBL Pilot Report, New Media Consortium; 2011 CBL Implementation Report, New Media Consortium
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  40. 40. Never stop learning!
  41. 41. iPad Action Research English 8 at OHS
  42. 42. Video Reflections
  43. 43. Reflection: What simple but powerful things can you do to promote technology-impacted learning in your school?
  44. 44. Entrust our Students Shift some of the control
  45. 45. Start with the “WHY” Focus on the verbs, not the nouns
  46. 46. Stay in the Question
  47. 47. Publish and Share! Transparent learning process
  48. 48. Take Responsible Risk Celebrate failure!
  49. 49. Be the Change Small steps towards progress
  50. 50. Don’t Just Do Things Differently... ... Do Different Things
  51. 51. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
  52. 52. Leveraging Technology in a Meaningful Way
  53. 53. “It’s about the journey, not the destination.”