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MBCI Technology and Pedagogy Dec 6 13


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Presentation to MBCI staff about good uses of technology in teaching

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MBCI Technology and Pedagogy Dec 6 13

  1. 1. MBCI Inservice Technology and Pedagogy Dec. 6, 2013 R. Redekopp
  2. 2. Backchannels You can post comments or questions by: •Tweeting with @poll 797063 and your message Texting to 37607 with message 797063 and then your comment Web based: (but only if I remember to start the poll) • •
  3. 3. Perspective 1 It is still possible to get a great K-12 education without using any digital technology Other technologies such as books, pens and paper seem to still be necessary. Choose your tech poison(s)!
  4. 4. Perspective 2 “We become overwhelmed by technology when we neglect the pedagogy” Apologies to whoever said this at Riding the Wave, Gimli, 2013
  5. 5. It’s not just a tool • Technology changes how we think • We negotiate with, and try to control, the technology • We dialogue with each other through the technology
  6. 6. It’s not just a tool Technology changes how we think: •Knowledge and Ways of Thinking - what is valued and what is lost/devalued •Technology and control of the environment •Technology as enculturation and globalization •How technology interferes with democracy •Technology and equity
  7. 7. It’s not just a tool We negotiate with, and try to control, the technology: •Design drives the logic and bias of technology •Technology steers the conversation to facts •Relationships are mediated by technology
  8. 8. It’s not just a tool We dialogue with each other through the technology. What changes: •Distance •Time •Audience
  9. 9. Why Use Technology in Education? • New ways to learn - working with the 85% o o Angela McFarlane (sound clip) RWL(P) • New ways to express learning o o writing doesn’t do it well other media take just as much thought • Huge social implications o o we still teach how to behave and stay safe - but there are new contexts digital divide issues - who benefits most?
  10. 10. Babies and Bathwater???? • Teachers are still necessary! • Facts are still necessary! • Learning to write well (gooder) is still necessary!
  11. 11. From Facts to Thinking to ‘Wisdom’ Not the same path for everyone
  12. 12. Facts • Facts are needed at various points - some at • • • the beginning and some at points of contradiction along the way. Facts are fleeting (remember Pluto?). You can’t have a conversation without some facts. Facts are useless without a context (who won game 5 of the 1956 World Series?). [Look it up - see if you remember tomorrow]
  13. 13. Thinking Thinking - working with and questioning the facts. (Is 2+2=5 for really large values of 2?) Creating involves thinking - finding info, organizing it, presenting it.
  14. 14. Wisdom How do you teach experience? How do you teach the ‘big picture’? How, in the age of Snapchat, do you teach long-term perspective? How, in the age of FB do you teach quality relationships?
  15. 15. Fact Learning Apps There is some question as to whether you can learn facts through apps/games or whether they are just good for reinforcing what you already know (still a good thing). Too many subject areas and levels her to make any recommendations.
  16. 16. Facts - Google, Bing, Yahoo Why waste students’ time searching? Better search techniques help a bit, but ... Using the search engine of your choice search for ...
  17. 17. Facts - Google, Bing, Yahoo Louis Riel or Lester B Pearson how many hits? how many on the first page are irrelevant? how do we do better? • • •
  18. 18. Facts - Google, Bing, Yahoo Louis Riel or Lester B Pearson try -hotel (no space) or -airport still on ebay? do you have ONLY 500 000 hits? still going to try the first 3? • • • •
  19. 19. Facts - Google, Bing, Yahoo • Teach good search techniques o yes, BUT these searches can still be a huge waste of time. • Get your cybrarian involved! o they or you should come up with 5 - 10 starting links (on your web space) that will get students started
  20. 20. Facts - Google, Bing, Yahoo Try the same search adding family. Did Louis Riel have parents???? Why did they name his mother after a street?
  21. 21. Important Notes Use right-click “Open in new tab” to follow my links. Use one email/username and one password for all your ‘education’ accounts (but not your school id)
  22. 22. Student Learning - Beyond Facts? Examples: Khan Academy, TeacherTube or Youtube lessons for procedures - at school or at home (using suggestions from your site) TED (and TEDx kids) talks to challenge What have you tried?
  23. 23. Student Expression of Learning Most students do not express themselves best through writing. Teaching writing is important, but if you want to know what they have really learned ...
  24. 24. Student Expression of Learning Not every assignment Can be quick response Can be a major project
  25. 25. Student Expression of Learning Quick response Try this: Using Educreations (app or web) create a two or three page visual and audio creation to explain your use of your web page on the school site. Demo of Educreations
  26. 26. Student Expression of Learning Can require more planning and effort WARNING: Multimedia is the ‘black-hole of time’
  27. 27. Student Expression of Learning Samples: Can I do a Podcast? (Amanda - GoAnimate) Connected (Warren - GoAnimate) Important Ideas (Amanda - Powtoon) Assessment Ideas (Nicole and Andrea)
  28. 28. Stretch and bathroom break 3 minutes Also - a tech break. Feel free to check your texts and email and maybe even Facebook!
  29. 29. Student Expression of Learning Demo of Powtoon Your turn: In your group (or re-group) create a plan and use goAnimate or Powtoon show how you might assess this type of ‘essay’
  30. 30. Student Expression of Learning Group work: Students can make decisions about responsibilities and then work on their own piece when they can. Demo: Google presentations - volunteers? Prezi, MS SkyDrive and wikis also allow this easy collaboration.
  31. 31. Student Expression of Learning Podcasts and video are also good ways to express learning The same essay research and planning go into these creations and students often put in more effort. Pride - have you ever had a student want to show you their essay bloopers? Or show
  32. 32. Student Expression of Learning If we have time. Your turn to create a 1 - 2 minute: Group video or audio about the ways that you could better use your web space.
  33. 33. Good Tech for Teachers Your web presence(s) Your teacher sites are useful to get info and forms out there! To get students to contribute and share you need more - blogs or wikis
  34. 34. Good Tech for Teachers Wikis - the easiest way for students to contribute and share. Can be private or public. Examples: Teacher and Tech Course Digital Game Design Course High School Courses
  35. 35. Good Tech for Teachers LMS (Learning Management Systems) Controlled class work spaces eg. edmodo, schoology, moodle
  36. 36. Good Tech for Teachers PLN - Professional Learning Network Diigo groups - social bookmarking Twitter - find and follow good people (@rredekopp) and hashtags (#umtandt) ( Education hashtags) SAGE mailing lists Good blogs
  37. 37. Good Tech for Teachers PLN - Professional Learning Network Try this (buddy up with someone who uses Twitter) Twitter - find and follow good people (@rredekopp) and hashtags (#umtandt) ( Education hashtags)
  38. 38. Good Tech for Teachers PLN - Professional Learning Network •Don’t read everything •Not necessarily a daily obligation - if it is good, it will appear over and over. •Sign-up for weekly summaries
  39. 39. Stretch and Tech break 3 minutes and perhaps a funny video (time permitting)
  40. 40. Assessment What to do about this unfamiliar world? Content matters because production is easy, although time consuming. Apply the flinch rule!
  41. 41. Assessment Marking may take you longer (limit time to a few minutes!) It will be more interesting! Don’t complain about your marking - you assigned it!!!!!
  42. 42. Assessment “Once you mark it, the learning stops.” What happens when you hand back an essay? So don’t give a mark until you have to, but give lots of feedback.
  43. 43. Assessment Peer editing happens on its own - they want to see and comment on other’s creations. The audience becomes larger Encourages student voice - time, space and anonymity
  44. 44. Digital Games and Learning Games don’t teach Create the learning environment Play or create games - both can be valuable Unexpected outcomes - talking and writing
  45. 45. Digital Games and Learning The current thinking James Paul Gee - Grading with Games (1:15 3:23), Textbooks, Problem Solving Katie Salen - Learning With Games (0:44 4:44) Angela McFarlane - Gamers Need Communities
  46. 46. Copyright Matters Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Teach students about fairness, not legalities. Be an example. Show them
  47. 47. Apps and Learning Some samples apps that go beyond facts: Educreations - quick way to show learning SoundBrush - to generate goofy ideas iTunes U - U course free and online (enrichment) Khan academy - content videos Dragon Dictate - speech recognition
  48. 48. Apps and Learning Look at some lists - for ideas and for anything that goes beyond fact acquisition/reinforcement. Too long list - Middle School School_iPad_Apps.html High School A more organized list -
  49. 49. Q&A What makes sense? What concerns you most? What doesn’t make sense? Next steps?
  50. 50. Thank-you The end.