Change Agents in Our Schools


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This presentation is the final presentation given by Dr. Leigh Zeitz in the Educational Technology and Design course at the University of Northern Iowa.
The intention of this presentation was to bring closure to our educational technology course. It was exciting to see how many student felt that they could become change agents in their teaching.

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Change Agents in Our Schools

  1. 1. Being a Change Agentin Your School<br />Dr. Leigh Zeitz<br />Educational Technology and Design<br />
  2. 2. Change to Learn, Learn to Change <br />
  3. 3. What Have You Learned in ETD?<br />
  4. 4. Projects?<br />Thematic Unit<br />WebQuest<br />Inspiration<br />Spreadsheet<br />Video Project<br />Digital Portfolio<br />Blog<br />Extra Credit<br />
  5. 5. What else?<br />Technologies?<br />Processes?<br />Organizational Techniques?<br />Ideas?<br /><br />
  6. 6. What . . . <br />do you want to integrate into your teaching when you get your own class?<br /> might be a barrier for integrating new ideas into your teaching?<br />
  7. 7. Barriers to Tech Integration<br />Environmental<br />Curriculum<br />Personal Beliefs of Educators<br />Bauer & Kenton, 2005<br /><br />
  8. 8. Environmental Barriers<br />Time<br />Administration<br />Money<br />
  9. 9. Curriculum Issues<br />Curriculum doesn’t use technology<br />Technology used as an add-on, not to support learning<br />Tech standards are not used<br />
  10. 10. Personal Beliefs<br />Teaching is going well, don’t need tech<br />Value success over adventure<br />Teachers feel vulnerable and ignorant<br />Teachers fear unreliable technology<br />
  11. 11. We need to teach our kids for their futures . . .<br /> . . . not our pasts.<br />Daniel Pink<br />
  12. 12. How Can YOU Effect Change?<br />Become a <br />Change Agent<br />
  13. 13. What is a Change Agent?<br /><br />
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  15. 15. A Change Agent . . .<br />Lives in the future, not the present.<br />Is fueled by passion and inspires others<br />Has a strong ability to self-motivate<br />Must understand people<br />Dennis StevensonToolbox for IT<br />
  16. 16. Build Vision<br />Some men see things at they are and ask “Why?”<br />I dream things that never were and ask “Why Not?”<br />Robert F. Kennedy,<br />
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  19. 19. Look for a New Paradigm<br />Student-centered education<br />Project-based learning<br />Authentic learning<br />Technology-rich learning environments<br />?????<br />
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  21. 21. Learning Can Be Different<br />High Tech High San Diego<br />
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  23. 23. Use the Technology Yourself<br />Get a laptop<br />Use your laptop<br />Use it in class<br />Use it in your everyday life<br />Become “one with your laptop”<br />
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  25. 25. Technology for Your Students<br />1-to-1 computing<br />Cameras<br />Science probes<br />Heart monitors<br />Assistive technology<br />
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  27. 27. Work with the System<br />Get Involved!<br />Get on the Curriculum Committee<br />Get on the Technology Committee<br />Meet with your principal<br />
  28. 28. Listen to Your Students<br />Pay attention to their responses<br />Examine their successes<br />Ask them what is working<br />Assess them formatively as well as summatively<br />
  29. 29. It’s OK Not to Know<br />Don’t be the Sage on the Stage<br />Ask for student assistance<br />Empower student experts<br />
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  31. 31. Push the Limits<br />It’s not about preparing them for the office anymore.<br />It’s about preparing them for their lives<br />
  32. 32. Look for Resources<br />Explore closed closets<br />Talk with your teacher-librarian<br />Talk with your technology coordinator<br />Talk with your principal<br />Look for<br />
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  34. 34. Grants<br />Accessing resources<br />Funding solutions<br />Every foundation has a personality<br />Match to that personality<br />Find a measurable project<br />Develop a usable plan<br />Have a tangible outcome<br />Publish your results<br />
  35. 35. Experiment<br />Build on the work of others<br />If you aren’t failing once in a while, you aren’t trying hard enough<br />
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  37. 37. Be Accountable<br />You are responsible for your students’ success<br />Align with standards<br />Develop your learning environments meaningfully<br />Measure outcomes to measure success<br />
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  39. 39. Learn Continually<br />Read books, blogs, tweets . . .<br />Listen to podcasts<br />Watch lectures at iTunes University<br />Attend classes, seminars, webinars<br />Discuss with your colleagues<br />Discuss with your students<br />Write about what your learn<br />
  40. 40. Moving Beyond Your Classroom<br />What is the process?<br />How do you approach it?<br />Is any task too tall?<br />How much change can we handle<br />
  41. 41. Are YOU a Change Agent?<br />10 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself<br />