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Preparing Students for Their Future....Not Our Past

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  1. 1. <ul><li>Preparing Students for Their Future… </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of Our Past </li></ul>By Cindy Wright Instructional Technology Specialist Columbus City Schools
  2. 2. Engaging today’s students means tapping into what is important to them.
  3. 3. We have a responsibility to prepare them for their future, not our past.
  4. 4. <ul><li>The traditional classroom is being challenged and must compete with the outside world to be a place of learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Technology allows learners get their information <ul><ul><li>When they want it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How they want it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wherever they want it </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Today’s students are Digital Natives ( Marc Prensky ) <ul><li>Visual learners </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-taskers </li></ul><ul><li>Short attention spans </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology to express themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Information analysts </li></ul><ul><li>Content producers </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time learners - instant messages, text messages </li></ul>
  7. 7. How students live with technology Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures. Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Baylor College of Medicine
  8. 8. <ul><li>Educators must get over the idea that technology will replace them. Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer absolutely deserves to be, because they just do not get it. </li></ul><ul><li>Ian Jukes </li></ul>
  9. 9. When I Become A Teacher
  10. 10. Technology is changing <ul><li>Impossible to keep up with it </li></ul><ul><li>Skills learned today will be irrelevant in the near future </li></ul><ul><li>Focus less on the technology skill </li></ul><ul><li>Focus more on the 21 st century skill </li></ul>
  11. 11. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul>
  12. 12. Applied skills refer to those skills that enable new entrants to use the basic knowledge acquired in school to perform in the workplace.
  13. 13. What Employers Want: <ul><li>Professionalism/Work Ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Oral and Written Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork/Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking/Problem Soving </li></ul>
  14. 14. • Professionalism/Work Ethic , Teamwork/Collaboration and Oral Communications are rated as the three “most important” applied skills needed by entrants into today’s workforce. • Knowledge of Foreign Languages will “increase in importance” in the next five years, more than any other basic skill, according to over 60 percent (63.3 percent) of the employer respondents. • Making Appropriate Choices Concerning Health and Wellness is the No. 1 emerging content area for future graduates entering the U.S. workforce as reported by three-quarters of the employer respondents (76.1 percent). • Creativity/Innovation is projected to “increase in importance” for future workforce entrants, according to more than 70 percent (73.6 percent) of employer respondents. Currently, however, more than half of employer respondents (54.2 percent) report new workforce entrants with a high school diploma to be “deficient” in this skill set.
  15. 15. <ul><li>• Between 2000 and 2015, about 85 percent of newly created U.S. jobs will require education beyond high school. </li></ul><ul><li>~The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works , 2005. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Essential Questions for the 21st Century Learner are: <ul><li>How do you know information is true? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you communicate effectively? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be a global citizen? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I learn best? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we be safe? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Welcome to Web 2.0
  18. 18. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Open source content and applications </li></ul><ul><li>Sites that get their value from their users </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking Sites </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul>
  19. 19. Open Source Content and Applications <ul><li>Anyone can be a publisher </li></ul><ul><li>All open source material is free </li></ul><ul><li>Relies on a community that encourages reusing materials </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for commentary/free expression-text, audio, video </li></ul><ul><li>Supports social networking </li></ul>
  20. 21. Impacting the Classroom With Web 2.0 Tools
  21. 22. Create your own Personal Learning Network <ul><li>How can web 2.0 tools help you become a better teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you work smarter not harder? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you feel connected to teachers with similar issues, feelings, worries, struggles? </li></ul><ul><li>Get a Network! </li></ul>
  22. 23. Not this type of network
  23. 24. But a professional network of educators
  24. 25. Impacting the Classroom With Learning Management Systems
  25. 26. Learning Management Systems <ul><li>Web-based </li></ul><ul><li>2 LMS platforms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many good free sites are available </li></ul><ul><li>Any time, any place, any pace learning </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for teacher productivity </li></ul>
  26. 27. The “HotChalk” Online Learning Environment <ul><li>Add assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Attach files </li></ul><ul><li>Add comments </li></ul><ul><li>Attach video clips </li></ul><ul><li>Create messages through a class message board </li></ul><ul><li>Create online quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize an online gradebook </li></ul>
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  28. 33. Impacting the Classroom With Wikis
  29. 34. Wiki <ul><li>A free online writing space that is created and edited by multiple authors </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Student interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Easy-to-use interface for creating Web pages </li></ul><ul><li>No software - all you need is Web-based </li></ul><ul><li>Public or private, and you can invite participants </li></ul>
  30. 35. What can you do with a Wiki? <ul><li>Build a classroom/school newspaper online </li></ul><ul><li>Publish student projects and research </li></ul><ul><li>Manage documents </li></ul><ul><li>Use as a presentation tool </li></ul><ul><li>Debate course topics, assigned readings </li></ul><ul><li>Design a student-created “Solutions Manual” </li></ul><ul><li>Support service learning projects (build a website about a challenge in your city) </li></ul>
  31. 36. Wikis <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  32. 37. Wikis
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  34. 39. Wikis <ul><li>http:// /Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Http:// </li></ul>
  35. 40. Now we're taking the next step - we want to give away 100,000 free K-12 Plus wikis. That includes all the features and benefits that normally cost $50/year - for free. No fine print, no usage limits, no advertising, no catches.
  36. 41. Impacting the classroom With Blogs
  37. 42. Blogs <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>An online journal for reflections, comments, and links to other Internet resources and users provided by the writer. Allows readers to write comments in response to postings, connect with others in the “blogosphere” </li></ul>
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  40. 45. Make your own blog!
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  42. 47. ePALS SchoolBlog
  43. 48. RSS <ul><li>Really simple syndication, a way of aggregating web content in one place. Users subscribe to sites with RSS feeds and the aggregators collects new content and sends it to your desktop. So the content of 30 sites is visible in one place. </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  44. 49. <ul><li>Instead of checking out all 25 student Weblogs every day, you could just collect their work in your aggregator using their RSS feeds. </li></ul>
  45. 50. Google Blog Search
  46. 51. Impacting the Classroom With Digital Storytelling
  47. 52. VoiceThread <ul><li>Powerful way to share images, documents, and videos </li></ul><ul><li>What is a VoiceThread? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  48. 53. Impacting the Classroom With Social Bookmarking
  49. 54. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Web based service where shared lists of user created Internet bookmarks are displayed. Allows user to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources by tagging sites. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  50. 55. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Saves links to web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Web based so your bookmarks are available anywhere-not just on one computer in the favorites </li></ul><ul><li>Share web page links with others </li></ul><ul><li>Create “networks” of people with like interests and bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Organize your web pages with tags </li></ul>
  51. 56. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>Users create “clouds” of tags to easily locate resources </li></ul>
  52. 57. Impacting the Classroom With Slideshare
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  56. 61. What will you do today? <ul><li>Build digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Use the right tool for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Use the tools to communicate more effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Create learning networks for teachers and students </li></ul><ul><li>Provide learning whatever, whenever, wherever </li></ul><ul><li>Provide authentic learning experiences-engaging and contextual </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities beyond the classroom </li></ul>
  57. 62. Don’t prepare us for your world, prepare us for our world.
  58. 63. Questions
  59. 64. Thank You! <ul><li>My contact information: </li></ul><ul><li>Cindy Wright </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus City Schools </li></ul><ul><li>737 E. Hudson St. </li></ul><ul><li>Columbus, OH 43211 </li></ul><ul><li>614-365-5102 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>