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WELCOME! 
WEBINAR SERIES: 
SIMPLE RULES FOR CHANGE MAKERS 
Focus on the True & Useful: Gatsby & Electrical Circuits in Eng...
CHANGE MAKERS! 
WE ARE EXPLORING A SHORT SET OF SIMPLE RULES TO SET CONDITIONS FOR GENERATIVE CHANGES IN CLASSROOMS, CAMPU...
© 2014. HUMAN SYSTEMS DYNAMICS INSTITUTE. USE WITH PERMISSION. 
In HSDwe try to encourage “generative learning.” “Generati...
ADAPTIVE ACTION 
So What? 
Now What? 
What?
WHY WE NEED SIMPLE RULES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS 
Dysfunctional Patterns 
•Fragmentation 
•Confusion 
•Isolation 
•Conflict 
Si...
SIMPLE (YET RADICAL) RULES 
•SEARCH FOR THE TRUE AND THE USEFUL. 
•TEACH AND LEARN IN EVERY INTERACTION. 
•ATTEND TO THE W...
SIMPLE RULE: FOCUSING ON THE TRUE AND USEFUL 
What? 
So what? 
Now what?
CONNECTED EDUCATORS 
•We are connected educators! 
•#CE14 
•Online, social media, blogging, PLC/Ns! 
•We are also Educator...
IT STARTED WITH A PD SESSION AT NCTE & NWP ANNUAL MEETING, NOVEMBER 2013…. 
1.Concept of remix 
2.“Hacking the Notebook” 
...
21STCENTURY NOTEBOOKINGCOMMUNITY 
•JieQi, MIT Media Lab 
•LED Circuit Stickers 
•Chibitronics: http://chibitronics.com/ 
•...
REMIXING A PROJECT… AND A NOVEL 
•The Great Gatsby 
•Light symbolism 
•Dark conflict/ characters 
•Usual methods of teachi...
HOW TO “ILLUMINATE” GATSBY? 
What thinking or skill do I want to “illuminate” with 
the circuitry activities and work?
ILLUMINATING OUR THINKING 
•Remix materials 
•Remix workshops 
•Remix prior knowledge acquisition 
•Goal: to learn about e...
THE REMIX APPROACH 
MATERIALS 
WORKSHOPS 
PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
THE REMIX APPROACH 
PRODUCTS 
COLLABORATIVE WORK 
ACTUAL TASKS
OUR WORK
MIXING WITH THE TRUE AND USEFUL? TESLA AND EDISON.
THE PROJECT: ILLUMINATE A TRUTH OR CONFLICT FROM GATSBYUSING ACTUAL LIGHT.
THE PROJECT: ILLUMINATE A TRUTH OR CONFLICT FROM GATSBYUSING ACTUAL LIGHT.
THE PROJECT: ILLUMINATE A TRUTH OR CONFLICT FROM GATSBYUSING ACTUAL LIGHT.
CRITICAL THINKING. LITERARY ELEMENTS. AUTHOR’S TECHNIQUES. LIFE TRUTHS. REAL, AUTHENTIC LEARNING. AND MAKING.
SIR KEN ROBINSON, ON CREATIVITY 
“AND THE THIRD PART OF THIS IS THATWE'VE ALL AGREED, NONETHELESS, ON THEREALLY EXTRAORDIN...
“ 
” 
WE ARE CONNECTING THEORY TO PRACTICE IN AN AUTHENTIC, CREATIVE WAY.
THEIR INNOVATION SURPASSED MY IMAGINATION. THE LEARNING WAS MEANINGFUL, LASTING, AND COMPLEX. 
“A truth about life I would...
THEIR WORDS. 
“I learned through this project that I knew more about circuits than I thought. I was able to reteach the su...
“ 
” 
BODIES BEGIN MOVING IN UNISON WHEN WE START FOLLOWING SIMPLE RULES 
DR. LESLIE PATTERSON AND HSD 
WHY CAN’T THIS APP...
RESOURCES 
•SIMPLE RULES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=25BYDK70-VG 
•HTTP://WWW.HSDINSTITUTE.ORG 
•H...
THANKS! 
Mary Nations, Webinar Producer 
Royce Holladay, Human Systems Dynamics Institute 
rhalladay@hsdinstitute.org 
@rj...
Illuminating gatsby hsd prez 10 16-14-revised
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From a presentation on a webinar for Human Systems Dynamics Institute, this is an overview of my work on an offshoot of the 21st century notebooking/"hacking the notebook"/writing and circuitry work introduced to me by Jie Qi, Paul Oh, David Cole, and Jennifer Dick. We are continuing to work together on a pilot project called "21st century notebooking." See last slide for Google+ information about this work.

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Illuminating gatsby hsd prez 10 16-14-revised

  1. 1. WELCOME! WEBINAR SERIES: SIMPLE RULES FOR CHANGE MAKERS Focus on the True & Useful: Gatsby & Electrical Circuits in English Class Molly Adams A. MaceoSmith New Tech High School in Dallas, TX A New Tech Network School
  2. 2. CHANGE MAKERS! WE ARE EXPLORING A SHORT SET OF SIMPLE RULES TO SET CONDITIONS FOR GENERATIVE CHANGES IN CLASSROOMS, CAMPUSES, AND DISTRICTS. AGENDA: 7:00 Welcome/Leslie Power of Simple Rules in a Complex System Focusing on the True and Useful 7:10ishWhat? / Molly The project, the work 7:35ishSo What? / Questions Molly’s Reflections and Q&A Responses to Questions 7:45ishNow What? / Questions Molly’s Next Steps and Q&A 7:55ishClosure/Aha’s
  3. 3. © 2014. HUMAN SYSTEMS DYNAMICS INSTITUTE. USE WITH PERMISSION. In HSDwe try to encourage “generative learning.” “Generative learning” is the capacity to adapt appropriately to changing realities. We try to see, understand, and influence patterns of generative learning in schools and beyond.
  4. 4. ADAPTIVE ACTION So What? Now What? What?
  5. 5. WHY WE NEED SIMPLE RULES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS Dysfunctional Patterns •Fragmentation •Confusion •Isolation •Conflict Simple Rules •Shared agreements about how we work together. Generative Patterns •Coherence •Collaboration •Adaptive Capacity
  6. 6. SIMPLE (YET RADICAL) RULES •SEARCH FOR THE TRUE AND THE USEFUL. •TEACH AND LEARN IN EVERY INTERACTION. •ATTEND TO THE WHOLE, PART, AND GREATER WHOLE. •SEE, UNDERSTAND, AND INFLUENCE PATTERNS. •RECOGNIZE AND BUILD ON ASSETS. •ENGAGE IN JOYFUL PRACTICE. •ACT WITH COURAGE.
  7. 7. SIMPLE RULE: FOCUSING ON THE TRUE AND USEFUL What? So what? Now what?
  8. 8. CONNECTED EDUCATORS •We are connected educators! •#CE14 •Online, social media, blogging, PLC/Ns! •We are also Educator Innovators! •#connectedlearning, #clmooc •Maker Movement •@writingproject •NWP: connecting academics to interests, learners to mentors/peers, educational goals to higher order thinking skills and real-world ideas/ work Photo taken from ConnectedEducators.org
  9. 9. IT STARTED WITH A PD SESSION AT NCTE & NWP ANNUAL MEETING, NOVEMBER 2013…. 1.Concept of remix 2.“Hacking the Notebook” 3.Using paper/flat circuits to “highlight” ideas
  10. 10. 21STCENTURY NOTEBOOKINGCOMMUNITY •JieQi, MIT Media Lab •LED Circuit Stickers •Chibitronics: http://chibitronics.com/ •Her work: https://www.youtube.com/user/qijies •http://simonetti.media.mit.edu/~jieqi/ •Paul Oh, NWP Senior Program Assoc. •His work: http://dcomposing.com/, http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/nwp_au/1102 •“Make. Write. Remix. Share.” –Edutopia •David Cole, CV2 Founder, Pearson Foundation Consultant •http://www.cv2.co/about/ •Jen Dick, formerly of Nexmap, now at National Academy Foundation •http://www.jennifer-dick.com/
  11. 11. REMIXING A PROJECT… AND A NOVEL •The Great Gatsby •Light symbolism •Dark conflict/ characters •Usual methods of teaching •Yes, an analysis •Making it PBL •Let there be… light? •Let’s illuminate what we think is important •Mentor texts changed: Tesla/Edison, direct/alternating current, types of illumination •Reasons we illuminate anything
  12. 12. HOW TO “ILLUMINATE” GATSBY? What thinking or skill do I want to “illuminate” with the circuitry activities and work?
  13. 13. ILLUMINATING OUR THINKING •Remix materials •Remix workshops •Remix prior knowledge acquisition •Goal: to learn about electricity in a nontraditional way, so we can use circuitry in a nontraditional way, so we can learn about the power of literature and writing… in a nontraditional way REMIX: making new meaning out of existing learning; not about curriculum; about experience
  14. 14. THE REMIX APPROACH MATERIALS WORKSHOPS PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
  15. 15. THE REMIX APPROACH PRODUCTS COLLABORATIVE WORK ACTUAL TASKS
  16. 16. OUR WORK
  17. 17. MIXING WITH THE TRUE AND USEFUL? TESLA AND EDISON.
  18. 18. THE PROJECT: ILLUMINATE A TRUTH OR CONFLICT FROM GATSBYUSING ACTUAL LIGHT.
  19. 19. THE PROJECT: ILLUMINATE A TRUTH OR CONFLICT FROM GATSBYUSING ACTUAL LIGHT.
  20. 20. THE PROJECT: ILLUMINATE A TRUTH OR CONFLICT FROM GATSBYUSING ACTUAL LIGHT.
  21. 21. CRITICAL THINKING. LITERARY ELEMENTS. AUTHOR’S TECHNIQUES. LIFE TRUTHS. REAL, AUTHENTIC LEARNING. AND MAKING.
  22. 22. SIR KEN ROBINSON, ON CREATIVITY “AND THE THIRD PART OF THIS IS THATWE'VE ALL AGREED, NONETHELESS, ON THEREALLY EXTRAORDINARY CAPACITIES THAT CHILDREN HAVE --THEIR CAPACITIES FOR INNOVATION…. WHAT YOU HAVE THERE IS A PERSON OF EXTRAORDINARY DEDICATIONWHO FOUND A TALENT. AND MY CONTENTION IS,ALL KIDS HAVE TREMENDOUS TALENTS.AND WE SQUANDER THEM, PRETTY RUTHLESSLY.SO I WANT TO TALK ABOUT EDUCATION ANDI WANT TO TALK ABOUT CREATIVITY. MY CONTENTION IS THATCREATIVITY NOW IS AS IMPORTANT IN EDUCATION AS LITERACY,AND WE SHOULD TREAT IT WITH THE SAME STATUS.”
  23. 23. “ ” WE ARE CONNECTING THEORY TO PRACTICE IN AN AUTHENTIC, CREATIVE WAY.
  24. 24. THEIR INNOVATION SURPASSED MY IMAGINATION. THE LEARNING WAS MEANINGFUL, LASTING, AND COMPLEX. “A truth about life I would illuminate would be the fact that trust is fragile and loyalty is a blessing.” “Wealth blocks Gatsby’s view of his true emotions, tricking him into thinking he’s happy.” “It’s not that bad things happen to good people…it’s that bad things happen in general. Lives begin and suddenly end. What we want to do with our lives, our plans, mean nothing to other people as we continue to try to reach a higher level of success.”
  25. 25. THEIR WORDS. “I learned through this project that I knew more about circuits than I thought. I was able to reteach the subject of circuits to a whole table group. I was proud of myself.” “I learned more about currents/electricity in this class than in any science class. I think it was the different approach.” “A lot of us had the same theme but expressed it in such different ways.” “I liked that it really made me think bigger than the classroom and that what I learned is A) cool and B) actually applicable. I feel like we get too wrapped up in one subject at school and don’t take time to integrate others, so this was a nice change.” “I learned how to make a simple circuit. I learned craft vocabulary like ‘apoxy.’ I learned time management, the importance of planning ahead, and following through with those plans. I also learned the importance of understanding metaphors, similes, and symbolism because it can make a difference in the ‘truth’ you see.”
  26. 26. “ ” BODIES BEGIN MOVING IN UNISON WHEN WE START FOLLOWING SIMPLE RULES DR. LESLIE PATTERSON AND HSD WHY CAN’T THIS APPLY TO CREATIVITY, MOTIVATION, THE LEARNING OR WRITING PROCESS, AND STUDENT CHOICES?
  27. 27. RESOURCES •SIMPLE RULES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=25BYDK70-VG •HTTP://WWW.HSDINSTITUTE.ORG •HTTP://WWW.ADAPTIVEACTION.ORG •HTTP://WWW.HSDINEDUCATION.WORDPRESS.COM •HTTP://WIKI.HSDINSTITUTE.ORG/ •EOYANG, G. & HOLLADAY, R. (2013). ADAPTIVE ACTION: LEVERAGING UNCERTAINTY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION. CALIFORNIA. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. •PATTERSON, L., HOLLADAY, R., AND EOYANG, G. (2013). RADICAL RULES FOR SCHOOLS: ADAPTIVE ACTION FOR COMPLEX CHANGE. CIRCLE PINES, MN: HUMAN SYSTEMS DYNAMICS INSTITUTE. •PAUL OH’S“MAKE. WRITE. REMIX. SHARE.”BLOG ON EDUTOPIA •TCTELAWINTER 2013 NEWSLETTER, TEXAS VOICES, P. 19 –“WHAT THE HECK IS A HACKJAM?” •JIEQI’S SITES: HTTP://SIMONETTI.MEDIA.MIT.EDU/~JIEQI/AND HTTP://TECHNOLOJIE.COM/ •PHOTOS EITHER COURTESY OF MOLLY ADAMSOR FOTER.COM/PUBLIC DOMAIN. •HTTP://EDUCATORINNOVATOR.ORG/AND HTTP://CONNECTEDEDUCATORS.ORG/ •CIRCUITRY HELP? CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS! GETTING STARTED IN ELECTRONICSAND MAKE: ELECTRONICS •MENTAL FLOSS ARTICLE ABOUT TESLA AND EDISON •21STCENTURY NOTEBOOKING: NEXMAPRESOURCES, GOOGLE+ COMMUNITY, CHAD SANSING’SHACK YOUR NOTEBOOK KIT, JIEQI’S PROTOTYPE AND INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
  28. 28. THANKS! Mary Nations, Webinar Producer Royce Holladay, Human Systems Dynamics Institute rhalladay@hsdinstitute.org @rjholladay Leslie Patterson, Human Systems Dynamics Institute Site Director for NWP’s North Star of Texas Writing Project Leslie.Patterson@unt.edu @lesliepatterson Molly Adams, A. MaceoSmith New Tech High School Dallas ISD North Star of Texas Writing Project Teacher Consultant fridayswithfrogs@gmail.com @finchgirl10 Don’t forget to tweet about our session! #CE14 @writingproject Join us for upcoming HSD webinars! http://hsdineducation.wordpress.com/webinar-series/

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