100% Proficiency on Old Skills?


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  • Good morning. My name is Dr. Scott McLeod, assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Minnesota. I’m also 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? Preparing students for the new millennium Dr. Scott McLeod Director, CASTLE May 4, 2007
    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. 11. 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. 12. 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. 13. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    9. 15. The Not-So-Hidden Revolution
    10. 16. 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. 17. Web 2.0 A quick tour <ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </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>Mashups (e.g., Google Maps) </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace & Facebook (social networking) </li></ul><ul><li>MMORPGs </li></ul><ul><li>Video game mods </li></ul>
    12. 19. YouTube
    13. 20. 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>
    14. 22. 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>
    15. 23. 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>
    16. 24. Jump Start 2nd Grade
    17. 25. Millie’s Math House
    18. 26. Kid Phonics 2
    19. 27. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
    20. 28. Stranglehold
    21. 29. Star Heritage: Ship of Ages
    22. 30. Digital natives, immigrants, & refugees <ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2006/10/21/beyond-the-digital-native-immigrant-dichotomy/ </li></ul>
    23. 31. Avoiding Irrelevance
    24. 32. <ul><li>14,383 school districts </li></ul>
    25. 33. <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>
    26. 34. 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>
    27. 36. 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>
    28. 37. Irrelevance, part 3 <ul><li>They say, “We can’t handle this much change.” I say, “Your [relevance is] in jeopardy. What other options 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>
    29. 38. 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>Credits : http://tinyurl.com/2urbsm and http://tinyurl.com/37em64 (see Guhlin comment)
    30. 39. What schools can’t do
    31. 40. What we need <ul><li>leadership </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>management </li></ul>
    32. 41. What we need <ul><li>anticipatory </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>reactionary </li></ul>
    33. 42. What we need <ul><li>future-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>v. </li></ul><ul><li>compliance-oriented </li></ul>
    34. 43. 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>
    35. 44. 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>