The technology edge


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Presentation given to school librarians in response to Milton Chen's book: Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools

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The technology edge

  1. 1. The Technology Edge: We venture into uncharted waters with enthusiasm and a zest for exploration<br />Lori Franklin, LMS/NBCTOlathe East High SchoolOlathe, KS<br />
  2. 2. Uncharted<br />We know what is available to us in terms of hardware, software and experiences.<br />What we do not know is where we could actually end up on our journey…<br />
  3. 3. The questions…<br />Who’s job is it to determine the journey’s end point and success level?<br />The teacher?<br />The student?<br />The team?<br />
  4. 4. The Box<br />Educators and those who rule education like to say they are thinking outside of the box.<br />Most of the time, they are in the box.<br /><br />
  5. 5. What’s good about The Box?<br />Knowns<br />Tangibles<br />Baselines<br />
  6. 6. What’s not so good about The Box?<br />Missed opportunities<br />Growth<br />24/7 educational experiences<br />21st century student-centered learning<br />Affects desire for lifelong learning<br /><br />
  7. 7. Did you know?<br />In many schools, we still ask students to sit for several hours a day at desks, listening (or not) to a teacher as he or she lectures?<br /><br />
  8. 8. Participatory Learning<br />Chen’s Many to Many model<br />Leaves the “Sage on the Stage” model<br />Requires group collaboration<br />Needs new assessment tools<br />Should be frequently evolving to meet needs<br />
  9. 9. Olathe East High School<br />
  10. 10. One-to-one Palm initiative<br />1,500 students check out Palm handheld devices for the school year<br />Usage varies from word processing to using temperature probes attached to the Palms.<br /><br />
  11. 11. The current scenario<br />500 PCs<br />250 laptops stored in mobile carts<br />Minimum of one PC in every classroom; some rooms have more; labs typically have 25 PCs<br />Average class size is approaching 30<br />
  12. 12. Budget effects<br />Time/personnel constraints<br />Purchasing power<br />Reduced spending per student<br /><br />
  13. 13. NCLB effects<br />Teaching to test<br />Less personal investment in subject matter<br />Lack of context across subjects<br />Focus on end point, not the learning process<br />
  14. 14. OE School Library<br />
  15. 15. Teacher/Librarian Immersion Levels<br />Isolation<br />Semi-isolation<br />Semi-immersion (PC lab)<br />Immersion<br />
  16. 16. Immersion looks like:<br />Collaborative planning<br />Multi-standard driven<br />Real-world problem solving<br />Authentic assessment<br />Ongoing evaluation<br />
  17. 17. Example: the “Country Report”<br />Put the focus on building a knowledge base<br />No PowerPoint allowed!<br />Student collaboration and peer review<br />Made the student the expert<br />Constructive comments expected<br />This project provided frustration, exhilaration, and student learning beyond rote memorization of facts<br />
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  19. 19. Thinking outside The Box:<br />College Prep English IV – blogging about the novel Frankensteinwith a partner school; wiki creation, meeting in person to share results; effects<br />Algebra III, pre-Calculus – all classes podcasted; use of cell phones as “clickers”<br />Edmodo<br />
  20. 20. Some don’t…<br />Using assignments from 5 years ago<br />Isolated teaching<br />Not reaching out with online resources (eBooks, databases, Skype with experts, Edmodo, wikis, pod/vodcasting, Moodle)<br />
  21. 21. Special learners lose out<br />Boys better served by breaking up instruction with physical activity each hour<br />ELL learners left behind<br />SPED students receive modifications but not necessarily modified teaching, which should include a continual assessment/modification cycle to determine if learning is occurring.<br />
  22. 22. 2 Reports<br />Horizon Report: K-12 Edition - The New Media Consortium - Updated annually - Identifies trends, challenges, what’s next<br />Speak Up Study - Project Tomorrow initiative - Nearly 2 million informants (students, teachers, administrators, parents)<br />
  23. 23. Horizon Report Findings: #1<br />Technology is: - means for empowering students - method for communication & socializing - ubiquitous transparent part of student lives<br />
  24. 24. Horizon Report Findings: #2<br />Technology has a profound affect on the way we work, collaborate, communicate and succeed.<br />
  25. 25. Horizon Report Findings: #3<br />Increasing interest in just-in-time, alternative, or non-formal avenues of education: - online learning - mentoring - independent study<br /><br />
  26. 26. Horizon Report Findings: #4<br />The way we think of learning environments is changing<br />
  27. 27. Challenges<br />The Horizon Report outlines several challenges. Especially telling is this statement:<br />“Students are different, but educational practice and the materials that support it are changing only slowly.”<br />
  28. 28. Thinking outside The Box<br />The Horizon Report describes how today’s learning and education must happen outside of physical walls and time/distance constraints.<br />Students expect to seek out expert opinions other than the teacher who is in the room with them!<br />
  29. 29. Speak Up<br />Students identified as “Free Agent Learners”<br />School building, teacher, and textbook no longer have a monopoly on knowledge, content or the educational process.<br />Students seek personalized learning.<br /><br />
  30. 30. More Speak Up <br />Students want: - Social-based learning - Untethered learning - Digitally rich learning<br /><br />
  31. 31. URLs<br />Horizon Reports (2011 & 2010):<br /><br />Speak<br />
  32. 32. How to be there, 24/7<br />LibGuides<br />Databases<br />eBooks<br />E-mail<br />Web presence<br /><br />
  33. 33. LibGuides<br />Helps you reach out to everyone<br />Always available<br />Includes collaborative ability for teamwork<br />Multi-functional<br />
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  36. 36. Databases<br />Meet a variety of reading and comprehension needs<br />Includes format functionality: MP3 files and translations of articles<br />Always available<br />Flexible and powerful<br />
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  40. 40. eBooks<br />Available 24/7 for varied amounts of check out time (2-3 weeks for some eBooks)<br />Personal assistant example<br />Flexibility for assignments (requirement for print and electronic sources)<br />
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  42. 42. E-mail<br />You can help students outside of school hours<br />Gmail student accounts<br />Google Docs and other Google tools<br />File transfer from home<br />My students know I will frequently check my work e-mail and return their queries quickly!<br /><br />
  43. 43. Web Presence<br />Up to date information available immediately<br />Links to other items just discussed - integration<br />Library Thing<br />Podcasts<br />
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  45. 45. Questions in my head<br />What do we need to learn about students in order to best meet their needs?<br />How can we tap into students’ love of their cell phones in order to help them learn more?<br />Can we mesh cell phone use with classroom instruction?<br />How can I make my own library program into a better fit with student learning processes?<br />
  46. 46. One more question:<br />Maybe “Education Nation” needs one more edge…one that interweaves what we know about how school librarians impact student achievement.<br />If not an edge, can the school librarian and all that he or she influences become a guiding force that touches and influences all of the edges?<br />