100% Proficiency on Old Skills?


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Dr. Scott McLeod, CASTLE, University of Minnesota, presentation to the CAREI Assembly, January 26, 2007

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  • Good morning. My name is Dr. Scott McLeod. I’m the Director of CASTLE, the only university center in the country dedicated to the technology leadership needs of school administrators.
  • 100% Proficiency on Old Skills?

    1. 1. 100% Proficiency on Old Skills? A candid conversation about the demands of NCLB and preparing students for the New Economy Dr. Scott McLeod January 26, 2007 www.scottmcleod.net/CAREI
    2. 2. The Times They Are A-Changin’
    3. 4. Technology is changing us <ul><li>This is about our way of life. An historical analog would be the Industrial Revolution, but compressed into 15 years - not played out over a century. Hang on - this will be quite a ride. </li></ul><ul><li>- Joseph S. Kraemer </li></ul>
    4. 5. Globalization <ul><li>Economic and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>The World is Flat , Thomas Friedman </li></ul><ul><li>The Flight of the Creative Class , Richard Florida </li></ul>
    5. 7. The Rise of the Creative Class
    6. 9. Importance of creativity <ul><li>Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can someone overseas do it cheaper? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can a computer do it faster? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Relationships, collaboration, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, pattern detection, synthesizing, adding value </li></ul>
    7. 10. Are schools focusing on the right things? <ul><li>No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age. </li></ul><ul><li> - David Warlick </li></ul>
    8. 12. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    9. 14. The Not-So-Hidden Revolution
    10. 15. Revolution <ul><li>Web 1.0 v. Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Putting the power in the hand of the users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disintermediation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reach </li></ul></ul>
    11. 16. Web 2.0 A quick tour <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – me , the big guys </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts ( audio , video ) </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube ( online video ) </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr (online photo) </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (social bookmarking) </li></ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps mashups </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>MMORPGs </li></ul><ul><li>Video game mods </li></ul>
    12. 17. Web 2.0 <ul><li>Interconnected </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Personalized </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomous </li></ul><ul><li>Freewheeling </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering </li></ul>
    13. 19. Are schools teaching the right things? <ul><li>While we teach whatever we teach at school, the kids go home and learn the skills they need to survive and prosper in an interconnected global economy. </li></ul><ul><li> - Clarence Fisher </li></ul>
    14. 20. Video games <ul><li>Brain-rotting waste of time or high-octane learning environments? </li></ul><ul><li>Kids who can’t sit still in class for five minutes can be mentally locked in for hours at home playing video games </li></ul><ul><li>“ Engage or enrage me” (Prensky) </li></ul>
    15. 21. Jump Start 2nd Grade
    16. 22. Millie’s Math House
    17. 23. Kid Phonics 2
    18. 24. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
    19. 25. Stranglehold
    20. 26. Star Heritage: Ship of Ages
    21. 27. Digital natives, immigrants, & refugees <ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2006/10/21/beyond-the-digital-native-immigrant-dichotomy/ </li></ul>
    22. 28. Avoiding Irrelevance
    23. 29. <ul><li>14,383 school districts </li></ul>
    24. 30. <ul><li>95,726 public schools </li></ul><ul><li>+ 29,273 private schools </li></ul><ul><li>= </li></ul><ul><li>125,000 schools </li></ul>
    25. 31. Irrelevance, part 1 <ul><li>Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . . </li></ul><ul><li>- Gwynne Dyer </li></ul>
    26. 33. Irrelevance, part 2 <ul><li>When the rate of change outside exceeds the rate of change inside, the end is in sight. </li></ul><ul><li>- Jack Welch </li></ul>
    27. 34. Irrelevance, part 3 <ul><li>They say, “We can’t handle this much change.” I say, “Your [relevance is] in jeopardy. What choice do you have?” </li></ul><ul><li>They say I’m extreme. I say I’m a realist. </li></ul><ul><li>- Seth Godin </li></ul>
    28. 35. We need to somehow change faster <ul><li>No one jumps a 20 foot chasm in two </li></ul><ul><li>10 foot jumps. – Miguel Guhlin </li></ul>
    29. 36. What schools can’t do
    30. 37. What we need <ul><li>leadership </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>management </li></ul>
    31. 38. What we need <ul><li>anticipatory </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>reactionary </li></ul>
    32. 39. What we need <ul><li>future-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>compliance-oriented </li></ul>
    33. 40. Change is hard <ul><li>What does it mean when something changes how it’s always been? </li></ul><ul><li>- Liz Phair </li></ul>
    34. 41. Thank you! <ul><li>Dr. Scott McLeod </li></ul><ul><li>Director, CASTLE </li></ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>www.schooltechleadership.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.scottmcleod.net/contact </li></ul><ul><li>www.scottmcleod.net/CAREI </li></ul>