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Teaching in the Age of Screens

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Teaching in the Age of Screens

  1. 1. Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Our Students & Shaping the Future Molly B. Zielezinski PhD Microsoft E2 March 14, 2018 TEACHING IN THE AGE OF SCREENS
  2. 2. SOCIO-MATHEMATICAL NORMS Yackel & Cobb (1996)
  3. 3. SOCIO-TECHNOLOGICAL NORMS By individuals within one or more groups Spoken & unspoken rules that guide behavior Of or related to use of technology
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  5. 5. Hidden Programs More often than not, socio-technological norms act like silent programs running in the background of our lives. SOCIO-TECHNOLOGICAL NORMS Missed Opportunities Do as I Say….
  6. 6. Hidden Programs More often than not, socio-technological norms act like silent programs running in the background of our lives. Missed Opportunities Schools and teachers can have a profound influence on the way students think about and act with technology but most don’t know where to start. Do as I Say…. Unhealthy norms aren’t unique to students. As adults, if we are going to teach our students how to have a healthy life alongside technology, we must begin doing the work for ourselves first. SOCIO-TECHNOLOGICAL NORMS
  7. 7. 1Understanding our own relationship with technology
  8. 8. SELF-CHECK ◉ Our habits range from healthy to unhealthy, to everything in between ◉ Your relationship with technology might be unhealthy if…
  9. 9. q You feel anxiety when you are apart from your device q Your screen is the last thing you look at before bed & first thing you reach for in the morning q You think about your life progress when looking at status updates from friends on social media q You maintain your digital life while driving q You take out your phone, forget what you are doing and get distracted instead by what was on the screen
  10. 10. q You delay sleep because you are engaged with a screen q Your friends and loved ones ask you to put your device away q You hold your breath when you checking email q You can't make it through a meeting without checking your phone q You do several tasks across multiple devices at one time q You have trouble estimating how much longer you will be using your device before switching tasks
  11. 11. SELF CHECK RESULTS The truth is… WE HAVE A CHOICE about what we want our relationship with technology to look like & feel like.
  12. 12. SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING Techniques to Improve Socio-technological Norms SELF AWARENESS: Noticing & naming what you are doing in the moment & figuring out why you are doing it. SELF REGULATION: Monitoring your actions & adjusting when they don’t serve your higher purpose.
  13. 13. SELF AWARENESS: NOTICING & NAMING Teach yourself then teach your students Ask yourself: ◉ What am I doing right now? ◉ Why? What is motivating this activity? Exercise: For one whole day pay attention to each new activity you do with technology. Notice what you are doing and give each activity a playful name.
  14. 14. SELF REGULATION Knowing when & how to adjust the plan Learn to recognize your common pitfalls. Plan ahead to overcome them. 1. Using the right technology at the wrong time 2. Using the wrong tool for the job 3. Misestimating the time required and refusing to stop
  15. 15. 2Shaping the way our students relate to technology
  16. 16. YOUR STUDENTS MAY NEED HEALTHIER HABITS IF….
  17. 17. NOTICING THE PURPOSE OF SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIVE PRACTICES FOR K-12 SAME OLD STUFF
  18. 18. Making the hidden visible for ourselves and our students MODELING
  19. 19. MODELING: MAKING HIDDEN NORMS VISIBLE VISIBILITY Norm s Thinkaloud Goalsetting Reflection Diagram format from http://slidemodel.com When you notice and name something about your technology use, share it with those around you. When done regularly, this becomes a model for self-awareness for teachers and students. It will help individuals begin to recognize the hidden norms controlling them. Model by thinking aloud. Reflect regularly and openly on your goals, norms, preferences, and emotions related to technology. Create the space for students and teachers to do the same. Model regular reflection. Set frequent achievable goals about how you will interact with technology, as an individual, a teacher, and a school. Make goals part of an ongoing conversation so that everyone understands we have the power to control how we use technology. Model goal setting. At home with family, in the classroom, or at a staff meetingà notice the current norms and brainstorm potential alternatives. Playfully try out new norms to decide if they are a fit. Name & negotiate norms.
  20. 20. MESSAGINGReplacing unhealthy stories we tell ourselves with healthier ones. Finding words that will stay with students beyond school walls & into the future.
  21. 21. HEALTHY MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, LEADERS & GLOBAL CITIZENS Clarity over clutter….. We choose to notice what we are doing with technology & seek to understand why. We choose activities with clear purpose over those with mental clutter. I have a choice… We choose to notice unhealthy behaviors & make changes to improve them. We make choices about what works for us instead of letting these choices be made for us. Fail forward fast… We know that failure is not a bad word. In fact, we want to reclaim it. We believe in failing forward fast because failure is actually the best way to learn and grow.
  22. 22. THANK YOU!Questions? Get in touch. molly@mbzlabs.com Presentation template by SlidesCarnival Photographs by Unsplash
  23. 23. PRESENTATION DESIGN This presentation uses the following typographies and colors: ◉ Titles: Oswald ◉ Body copy: Source Sans Pro You can download the fonts on this page: https://www.google.com/fonts#UsePlace:use/Collection:Source+Sans+Pro:400,700|Oswald:400,700 Click on the “arrow button” that appears on the top right Sky blue #00cef6 / Bright green #aff000 / Blue #3c78d8 / Dark blue #28324a You don’t need to keep this slide in your presentation. It’s only here to serve you as a design guide if you need to create new slides or download the fonts to edit the presentation in PowerPoint®
  24. 24. TEACHING IN THE AGE OF SCREENS: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Our Students & Shaping the Future Model Self awareness & Self regulation Model goal setting & self reflection Name existing norms & experiment with new ones Teach the messages you want students to remember for life

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