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Prensky seminar.oct2010

  1. 1. Prensky--October 13, 2010 Schoolsʼ job today is to MOTIVATE students. Kids have all the resources but lack motivation. change is happening so fast itʼs SCARY. Most are preferring to walk backwards into the future; well, our kids arenʼt going backwards. The danger here is of fear is to rush blindly to protect that which we love, like paper books; love the feel and smell of books LOL. But even they are moving to electronic. Things are changing..What COUNTS in books is whatʼs IN the books, not the form. itʼs the words and ideas that count. **The change is coming, exponentially!!! THe flat line has become now exponential. **Consider if all the books were in the cloud, many would be willing to shred the books and scan them and put them in the air. This change will happen in one generation; perhaps in 25 years no more new physical books...even email is for old people (Headline in the chronicle of higher education) **Shift should be to SEEK to good in the changes and adapt them for our purpose. students, technology, and pedagogy are all changing; students are mobile mobiles and pedagogy in need of renewal. **Microchips even in restroom--toilets, urinals, sinks, soap, towel dispensers. Our kids will see technology double every year over the next 25 years...Consider the mainframe of the 1960ʼs and todayʼs cell phone. We are at the atomic level now, ex. the nanomachine... new tools come fast and go fast, which is the problem for teaching. It becomes outdated before teachers can learn it. We as educators donʼt have to be the experts at technology Our kids develop differently. Emotional and knowledge used to grow at same rate, but now we are out of sync as their knowledge level grows at a MUCH higher rate than their emotional level. OUR JOB is to teach the BIG IDEAS, CONCEPTS...ex, what are cities? why do we have them? how many are there? who lives there? advantages/ disadvantages? OUR curriculum is IRRELEVANT to them!!!! Our kids are born to the idea of rapid change; we arenʼt. They expect us to change our teaching style in order to keep up and keep them interested. We canʼt use 30 yr old lesson plans. We need to get our students prepared for a context that has changed and continues to change rapidly.. SHOW REVERANCE FOR THE PAST BUT NOT LIVE IN IT ---DEBORAH NEEDLEHAM
  2. 2. THEY NEED THE LATEST/BEST WAY TO NETWORK, COMMUNICATE, PRESENT, CALCULATE, AND LEARN. What nouns/tools do I use now? What COULD we be using? Is it the most appropriate and best noun/tool? Like YouTube perhaps? “I would never use my textbooks to teach again.” said by a teacher. So a textbook is not always the right noun...donʼt overinvest in any one tool. Students want their education to be real, and relevant. Donʼt make them power down. Real=affecting outcomes (like, using cell phone to vote for politician; twitter to reduce phone charges; use knowledge of forces to help skateboard higher; persuade real people to do something; estimate when infrastructure will fail) ****What else could we do to make teaching more real? community events; wetlands project; oil spill; chilean miners; matching news headlines to the actual statistics; GPS problems/apps **Importance of video: video is the new text, like YouTube, Big Think; TED Talks (SEND THESE TO TEACHERS VIA FACEBOOK); make the flip your best friend; keeps everyone connected, like facebook, ePals, Skype--USE THEM! THEY ARE FREE!! Make students have peers from around the world; games (itʼs amazing what they do to get points); intramural sports event for TAKS review!!!; games should be the new worksheet; problem is a lack of curricular games..make them, publish them. Let kids be assigned job of finding “best YouTube video on ______” ***Let kids be involved in policy making for usage!!!! **Importance of cell phones: kids have them; there is at least one classroom with one cell phone; use them!; start evaluating kids with their tools--that would be like a doctor not using their own tool or stethescope! Example, use cell p hone to find out who is who is “J Craig Venter?” “Name 3 important things heʼs done” ACTION ITEM: sharing something important with your teachers..or students.. start looking for games... show panel for students to tell ad show teachers how theyʼd prefer to be taught--eliminate boredom; make 100% engagement ***Our role as the 21st century teacher is to move to a pedagogy of ʻtellingʼ to ʻpartnering”--active learning, PBL; student-centered learning; learning by doing--itʼs all the same thing, they all say students and teachers need to partner in a NEW way besides teacher talk, and students take notes. Let students use the technology to
  3. 3. create, find content, make projects--they are good at it. Teachers can ask the right questions, add rigor, put things into context. Ex. There were 3 causes of the ____war. You have 15 minutes to find out what they are and then weʼll discuss it.; rather, than here they are, take notes. Most kids prefer the 1st choice. Kids still arrive at the content you want them to learn and you didnʼt have to lecture. Kids donʼt like telling..say “teachers just talk and talk and talk”. Letʼs have question-led learning; our textbooks have it backwards...the questions should come first, not at the end of the lesson. “Begin with the end in mind” (Covey). Questions engage, IF they are the right ones. Ones that make someone say “Thatʼs a good question” Tools are changing, and we as teachers are tools. We have to be a 21st century tool. Our role has changed, while we still have to prepare them for TAKS we have to prepare them to find their passion and what they are going to do in life. Their world is not one that is written anymore, itʼs digital. We have to be their coach, guide, and partner, NOT lecturer, controller, or ruler. Have teachers evaluate themselves on this continuum. **show video on making stairs more fun to use...turning them into piano stairs. **study teaching digital natives for more ideas... Problem is, if you want to lecture and use technology , those methods cross and get in the way. Laptops will make no change if the teachers donʼt change . Kids are gonna facebook and not listen. LOL USE THE MACHINES TO FIND OUT WHAT THE CONTENT IS FOR THE DAY. implication: CHANGE TO THE PARTNERING PEDAGOGY. SHOW TEACHERS HOW TO PARTNER. TEACH WITHOUT LECTURING. then the kids will use the technology and take off. (set the bar high; show pic of sumo wrestler skiing) JOB AS DIRECTOR is teachers are afraid of change; we have to help them and show support. It takes work. Guidelines: 1. how teachers should use technology--teachers use powerpoints and think they are awesome, but kids think itʼs just like the chalkboard. The Prensky apostasy (stress- reducer), donʼt wast time learning to create with new tools, kids can and want to do it. Teachers should never use any technology FOR their students, put kids in charge. 2. ensure equity--we have to be a digital multipliers, not dividers. allow greater access to labs; encourage sharing; group them around the technology you do have 3. share successes; have passion--todayʼs students love to share but todayʼs adults donʼt! Knowledge is power keep it close type thinking is what adults have.
  4. 4. THE MORE WE SHARE THE FASTER WE LEARN!!! Share on YouTube. How-to videos... Action item: have teachers and administrators make videos of success stories. Just even one minute. Have them make a one minute video on what they are passionate about. Ex: how to redirect an angry parent? (admin level) kids Video kids leaving rooms and video what was engaging or interesting about the lesson? Five Skills Framework: (his new book) Goal: following your passion, as far as your abilities allow. 1. figure out the right thing to do (morally, ethically) 2. getting it done (goal setting) 3. doing it with others (communicating interacting) 4. doing it creatively 5. constantly doing it better if our people know their passion, and can, in any situation, do these 5 things, we will have successful kids. Easy to do things: 1. know and use student passions 2. use guiding questions/tell less 3. make everything real and affect outcomes 4. distinguish nouns from verbs 5. always partner with students 6. connect with world (epals, skype) 7. employ studentʼs tools, esp video 8. have students use/run/maintain all technology 9. offer students choices 10.use relaxation tools 11.have students self-evaluate 12.share constantly with each other *********turn the “yes, but”’s into “yes, AND”******* Remember, efficient doesnʼt mean effective......