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Shaftesbury HS 2016


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A presentation to high school teachers looking at best uses of technology in education.

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Shaftesbury HS 2016

  1. 1. Shaftesbury HS Technology and Pedagogy Dec. 2016 R. Redekopp
  2. 2. 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)!
  3. 3. Perspective 2 “We become overwhelmed by technology when we neglect the pedagogy”
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. It’s not just a tool We dialogue with each other through the technology. What changes: Distance Time Audience
  8. 8. Why Use Technology in Education? New ways to learn - working with the 85% RWL(P) New ways to express learning writing doesn’t do it well other media take just as much thought Huge social implications we still teach how to behave and stay safe - but there are new contexts digital divide issues - who benefits most?
  9. 9. Babies and Bathwater???? Teachers are still necessary! Facts are still necessary! Learning to write well (gooder) is still necessary!
  10. 10. 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?
  11. 11. 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). There are many good apps for memorizing details and vocabulary
  12. 12. Facts - Google, Bing, Yahoo Teach good search techniques yes, BUT these searches can still be a huge waste of time. Get your cybrarian involved! they or you should come up with 5 - 10 starting links (on your web space) that will get students started
  13. 13. 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?
  14. 14. 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 ...
  15. 15. Student Expression of Learning Not every assignment Can be quick response Can be a major project
  16. 16. Student Expression of Learning Can require more planning and effort WARNING: Multimedia is the ‘black-hole of time’
  17. 17. 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 friends?
  18. 18. Good Tech for Teachers Wikis, Edmodo, or Schoology - 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Assessment What to do about this unfamiliar world? Content matters because production is easy, although time consuming. Apply the flinch rule!
  22. 22. 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!!!!!
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. Copyright Matters Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Teach students about fairness, not legalities. Be an example. Show them
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Q & A What makes sense? What concerns you most? What doesn’t make sense? Next steps?
  28. 28. Thank-you The end.