Professional
Development
of Teachers in
technology.
Experiences, ideas and leaf blowers

Dean Groom
Macquarie University
@...
Assumptions in
 this presentation:

     Teachers
 are good people
 who care about
   the quality of
  their practice.

  ...
I’m a leaf blower.
I care about this ...
because ...
•Young people are shifting
 values from parents and
 teachers to peers - they now
 have a better way to do thi...
the big five skills of
leaf blowing ...
Knowing the challenges.
Understanding what does and
doesn't work with teachers
Pers...
cha nges
   chno lo g y
te              k ab out
       we  thin
 ho w               pur pose
         ture  and
 th e na
...
teacher barriers to    •Novices for a short time (under-
                        graduate), 1st year out
re-thinking pract...
•Units of work are not          integrate vs integral
 designed with technology
 in mind (no time to do it)

•Standards ar...
Technology:
               no stopping rule
               Requirements:
               Incomplete, contradictory
        ...
cyberculture
Blooms Taxonomy
never accounted for
cyberculture in learning
and teaching ...



Rituals
Meanings
Values
Prac...
K12 kids spend 10,000
hours in online games.




  (almost the same time as in school)
The problem with pedagogy:
it is dominated by teachers.
The problem with technology:
it is dominated by cyberculture.
Building digital-capacity means
working on your game plan.

textual literacy
knowing how to read and write online
social l...
Does
work.                      •Goal orientated learning
                            (today you are going to solve)
The w...
Finding
humanity in   •You: Realising that this is
               about complex culture and
technology     behaviour - and...
•Teachers: Negotiated, self-
               directed (facilitated) professional
               development - using effecti...
Leadership Teams
                              [no one works alone - ever]

                 negotiate, communicate, argue...
technology, is
      of itself empty.
  Begin by finding the 'bottom'
      Work with the 95%
       (you are the 5%)
Desi...
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A presentation to new eLearning leaders about the point, importance and ways which may help them (the minority) find effective ways of working with the majority.

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Catholic Education Office Sydney 2010

  1. Professional Development of Teachers in technology. Experiences, ideas and leaf blowers Dean Groom Macquarie University @deangroom
  2. Assumptions in this presentation: Teachers are good people who care about the quality of their practice. Students are not villains. Technology is not a twisted fairly tale.
  3. I’m a leaf blower. I care about this ...
  4. because ... •Young people are shifting values from parents and teachers to peers - they now have a better way to do this in public (technology) •The ability to learn (anything) without a 'teacher' has been magnified (by technology). •Information rich society comes with: confusion, error and bias •What feels natural to young people, feels like Electro-shock to teachers. (avoidance)
  5. the big five skills of leaf blowing ... Knowing the challenges. Understanding what does and doesn't work with teachers Persuading teachers to be self-directed learners Deciding on a robust strategy that can be maintained and delivered in their context Confirmation that what they do actually has a learning benefit.
  6. cha nges chno lo g y te k ab out we thin ho w pur pose ture and th e na e wo rld. of th
  7. teacher barriers to •Novices for a short time (under- graduate), 1st year out re-thinking practice •Experts for a long time 1 year + •No direct imperatives, lack of repertoire, experience in technology •Non-millennials (age, culture) •Lack of strategic and tactical, persistent professional development (so they think!) •Poor articulation of what, when and how they want students to learn using technology •Coach for the test vs build critial thinking (institutional pressure)
  8. •Units of work are not integrate vs integral designed with technology in mind (no time to do it) •Standards are not set out or understood clearly (what do I need to do it) •Group bias often discounts, devalues or dismisses (no need to do it) •New tools work poorly with old methods (stick) •Technology, Pedagogy and Content unaligned (pass)
  9. Technology: no stopping rule Requirements: Incomplete, contradictory and changing Uniqueness: No two wicked problems blems are the same p ro Complex: Many interdependencies Solutions: Not right or wrong - worse, good enough, not good enough
  10. cyberculture Blooms Taxonomy never accounted for cyberculture in learning and teaching ... Rituals Meanings Values Practices Identity
  11. K12 kids spend 10,000 hours in online games. (almost the same time as in school)
  12. The problem with pedagogy: it is dominated by teachers.
  13. The problem with technology: it is dominated by cyberculture.
  14. Building digital-capacity means working on your game plan. textual literacy knowing how to read and write online social literacy working with others online attention focus learning with ICT, not distract from it participation being involved in learning communities co-operation finding ways to work with others critical consumption crap detection! network awareness who is out there to help no two people are the same. HTTP://BLIP.TV/FILE/3333374
  15. Does work. •Goal orientated learning (today you are going to solve) The web raises the bar of what we realise our •Just in time - buddy support peers are capable of ... (run to me, I’m the tank) •Tiers of support that create 'flow' in their learning •Throwing out everything you think you know (often) •Having a team that intuitively knows what will happen next and how to best prepare
  16. Finding humanity in •You: Realising that this is about complex culture and technology behaviour - and less about hardware, software and skills. (You can’t do I.T. to people) •Us: no-one works alone, no-one gets to make you feel bad or deny your worth to anyone else. •Students: Goal orientated pedagogy (project, game, scenario, challenge - based learning) ... less information.
  17. •Teachers: Negotiated, self- directed (facilitated) professional development - using effective models/strategies - well. •Executives: Helping them to constructively align cognitive technology with existing Finding frameworks and requirements meeting their needs. humanity in •Parents: Differentiated learning - technology well articulated at the individual student level - showing it works.
  18. Leadership Teams [no one works alone - ever] negotiate, communicate, argue, defend, Tank attract, lead, build, solve, review, report. lead, train, show, help, support DPS DPS DPS maintain, defend, improve, make. Healer repair, repoint, remedy, report, repeat Each person has dependencies, support and diversity in their roles, skills and talents.
  19. technology, is of itself empty. Begin by finding the 'bottom' Work with the 95% (you are the 5%) Design professional development and support around human needs, not technology. you can only fill it one tank at a time. Collaborate.

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