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Digital thinking


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Recent keynote on the development of quality thinking in digital environments. Not entirely self-explanatory (sorry).

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Digital thinking

  1. 1. TrinityCollegeDublin
  2. 2. How can we generate intellectual rigour in digital environments? In ages past, great teachers took students to a library, and supported them in learning from those resources. We must now do the same with digital environments ie take them there, and support them in learning from those resources.
  3. 3. Dodecahedron thinking Digital thinking Teacher learning Passion Four approaches
  4. 4. A pending Web 3.0 World Of Thinking Constructivism Instructivism Metacognitivism Connectivism
  5. 5. Why really has the world developed ICT?? If we started all over again, how would we design schools?
  6. 6. Dodecahedron thinking??
  7. 7. Dodecahedron thinking??
  8. 8. •The internet as a brain •Processes for utilising collective intelligence •Brain implants for online access Dodecahedron thinking??
  9. 9. Dodecahedron thinking??
  10. 10. Dodecahedron thinking??
  11. 11. Dodecahedron thinking??
  12. 12. Dodecahedron thinking??
  13. 13. Dodecahedron thinking??
  14. 14. The 20% policy??!
  15. 15. •Virtual learning delivery (eg Second Life islands; gaming environments;Wiimotes; I-Pads; brain caps) •Global classroom inquiries - Kids Helping Kids •Your IP for sale at ITunesU; also rated on some version of Rate My Learning •E-Learning? M-Learning? B-Learning concepts? Second Decade learning??
  16. 16. Brain caps??
  17. 17. Some techno-issues!!? • Online ‘space’ must be used creatively. It’s not just for collating content. • Some (many?) students have more time than many teachers do to skill themselves online. • Many students have little idea of how to advance their learning with ICT. • Low level thinking projects can encourage online plagiarism. Intellectualise everything!
  18. 18. Plagiarism sites?
  19. 19. Possible responses?
  20. 20. Digital brain issues • Multi-tasking? Single-tasking? • Shorter attention spans impeding the ability to ponder and solve a lengthy problem? • The word ‘memory’ is spelt g-o-o-g-l-e • Capacity to ascertain the validity of online content?
  21. 21. Some dodecahedron thinking options •Develop a Future Focus • Possible / Probable / Preferable •Generate daily Challenges •Endlessly search for Best / Next / Zest Practice exemplars
  22. 22. Present and future action •What do we presently do well? •What else could we do? •What else will we do?
  23. 23. THINKING CLASSROOMS Practical strategies for promoting higher order thinking and deep understanding Tony Ryan 6th November 2010 Digital thinking
  24. 24. How could we code ‘digital thinking’? 1.Students are engaged only in lower-order thinking; i.e., they either receive, or recite, or participate in routine practice and in no activities during the lesson do students go beyond simple reproduction. 2.Students are primarily engaged in routine lower- order thinking a good share of the lesson.There is at least one significant question or activity in which some students perform some higher-order thinking. 3.Almost all students, almost all of the time, are engaged in higher-order thinking. Productive Pedagogies, DET, Q’land
  25. 25. Poor Sensational Creative intent Dry content Irrelevant to the topic Interesting material Highly thought- provoking Degree of research ๏ Hasn’t been authenticated Strongly substantiated Wiki thinking??
  26. 26. How could we code the quality of thinking while playing WOW?
  27. 27. WOW does have some merit!
  28. 28. • There is no ‘formula’ for developing these questions • They can be: Philosophical / provocative / quirky / thought- provoking / unusual / intriguing • Examples of focus questions? • How could we viral market our school? • Are we really what we eat? • Which toy would choose you? • Is more ever enough? • Why did FaceBook become so successful? • Does happily ever after really exist? Rich focus questions for units
  29. 29. Provocative questions?? • Why do you believe...? • Could you give an example of that? • Are you suggesting...? • What reasons do you have for saying that? • Could you clarify that comment? • Why did you find that interesting? • How do you know that?
  30. 30. Student inquiry!?? Q.What do we already know about this issue? Q.What are our questions? Q.What learning steps will we take? Q.What and how will we research; and is it useful in answering our questions? Q. How will we share our findings?
  31. 31. Zestful inquiries!! • When possible, develop an inquiry about contemporary issues in their lives • Base the inquiry upon an intellectually rigorous question • Generate interest with a provocative intro lesson • Give your inquiry units some exciting titles (name them after a movie or a piece of music) • Design an icon, a metaphor or a general image to represent the inquiry
  32. 32. Some great ICT applications
  33. 33. • A specific awareness of their own thinking • Begin with an explicit self-talk lesson • Constantly model your own self-talk • Ask them: What (and how) are you thinking as you work on this learning? The most critical single factor in teaching children to think: Self-talk
  34. 34. Thinkers Keys
  35. 35. An example of using the Thinkers Keys in a process
  36. 36. Solutions Free I-Phone app for you
  37. 37. What we really need to use as a unit study: Real life with real people
  38. 38. 47 WeBreathe Another free app for you
  39. 39. Visual Stimulus • Children process images 10 000 times faster than text • Students can recall 90% of images 72 hrs later, after 10 secs exposure of each; even 63% after one yr (‘Brain Rules’ - Lee Crockett) • Only 10% retained from verbal • Can rise to 65% even if you reinforce the verbal with a visual • Develop a visual database of ongoing classroom achievements
  40. 40. Jamie Livingstone
  41. 41. Cool Iris
  42. 42. The impact of a single image!
  43. 43. The origin of the expression: ‘Daylight robbery’
  44. 44. How to find a degree in Beijing: Just call one of these numbers!
  45. 45. Some digital thinking options • Develop coding for digital pedagogy elements • Inject intellectual rigour into digital tasks and focus questions • Get very visual
  46. 46. Present and future action! •What do we presently do well? •What else could we do? •What else will we do?
  47. 47. Teacher inquiry!?? Q.What do we already know about this issue? Q.What are our questions? Q.What learning steps will we take? Q.What and how will we research; and is it useful in answering our questions? Q. How will we share our findings?
  48. 48. Into practice • What teacher inquiries are taking place in your school over the next six months? • What explicit teacher learning opportunities take place every day in your school? • What great practices have been retained in 2010? What new practices have been developed?
  49. 49. Factors involved in a 1-on-1 implementation Choice of device/s Funding models Support mechanisms Insurance Reliability + resilience of devices Security (on- and off-line) PhaseOne
  50. 50. Teacher learning Re-writing of assessment tasks for a digital world Student voice in the implementation phase The school’s pedagogy models supporting a one-on-one philosophy The connectivist theory in practice PhaseTwo
  51. 51. Use the Genius Bar concept
  52. 52. Some Teacher Learning Options?? • A Centre For Teacher Excellence within the school • A requirement that each teacher clarifies his / her philosophy on teaching • Worldwide collaborations / sharing mechanisms • Professional buddy systems
  53. 53. Present and future action •What do we presently do well? •What else could we do? •What else will we do?
  54. 54. Refining our humanity in a digital environment??
  55. 55. Sustainable practice in schools? •Professional learning •Professional dialogue •Continuous reflection
  56. 56. How do you sustain good practice?? • When you manage to sustain a worthwhile practice in your life (eg healthy eating; saving money), what strategies keep you going? • When you manage to sustain a worthwhile practice in your professional life (eg a teaching process that you hear during this day), what strategies keep you going?
  57. 57. ‘The Leadership Coaching Guide’ A possible dialogue 1.What do you need to achieve? 2.What’s happening right now? 3.What could you put into action? 4.What will you put into action? 5.What will be the process for implementation? 6. How will you keep this going??