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In November I was asked to share thoughts at our divisional principals’ meeting about the importance of leadership to technology integration. As I was working on some notes about what I was going to present when I came across Shelly Wright’s post I used to think… on the Power Learning Practice blog. After reading this great post, I decided to start my message with “the why” for me personally using a similar format. I also wanted to model a new presentation format so I decided to try the Haiku Deck app on my iPad. This app was easy to use and made me synthesize my message on each slide. Here is the link to the end result and below are my notes that I used to elaborate for each slide:
Slide 1: I used to think that my own kids should never have their own computer. Now I realize that I want my kids to be literate.
The Definition of 21st Century Literacies according to the National Council of Teachers of English:
Here is a list of our top 5 favourite pre-k apps according to the pre-k students. These apps are an engaging way to develop fine motor, speech and thinking skills:
1. Cookie Doodle: This app lets the students be creative and it develops their fine motor skills at the same time!
” I like cracking the egg.”
” I like to roll it and bake it.”
2. Cyber Toy: This app develops fine motors skills by pushing and sliding buttons with their fingers.
” It transforms!”
” I like Bumble Bee.”
3. Toca Hair Salon: This app also let’s student be creative and giving their fine motor skills a work out!
“I like to cut the hair.”
” It’s fun because you get to blow dry the hair!”
“The guys are funny.”
4. Talking Tom: This fun app repeats anything you say! It gets students talking and practicing proper speech in an engaging way!
” He’s funny!”
” I can hear what I say!”
5. Meet Biscuit: This app has the read aloud story, coloring pages, sticker book, memory game and puzzles!
” I like the puzzles!”
” The story is funny!”
Stephen Covey describes the Win-Win Habit as the “Habit of Mutual Benefit”. The mentality that one must have for this habit is of abundance: “There is plenty out there for everyone, and more to spare”. I am amazed at my own children and how they have acquired a win-win attitude. They love to share their ideas with others and enjoy having their ideas “remixed” by others for the benefit of everyone. I think I grew up in a more competitive time. I was taught to not share my work because others would “steal” my ideas or copy me. I was not encouraged to collaborate often enough and thus have more of a competitive attitude. This paradigm has evolved for me due to the nature of my work and even more so due to interacting with others using social media such as Twitter. I wonder if my children became more tuned into abundance due to their interaction with Web 2.0 /social media tools?
When I think about 21st century learning, collaboration is at the heart of it and having an abundance mentality is a prerequisite! I ask myself…have I held children back from sharing and collaborating as often as they should due to my mentality? Do the adults in children’s lives have the scarcity mentality and do our children have the abundance mentality? If so, what does that look like for our learning environments at home, at school and at the hockey rink/soccer field/dance studio, etc.? A win-win paradigm is crucial. This leads to creative cooperation that result in innovation and invention. Isn’t this what we want for our own children and our students? What paradigm are you coming from and has it evolved?
I’m looking back at my tweets from the fantastic ATLE 2011 conference last week. The great thing about Twitter at a conference is that it is collective note taking. You are left with all of the information & ideas that resonated with you as well as from other people. My learning is also reinforced by tweeting key points in the session or just reading what others tweet in the hashtag stream. Here are some “Tweetbites” from the three engaging keynote sessions: Scott Kinney from Discovery Education, Stephanie Hamilton from Apple and Michael Furdyk from TakingITGlobal.
- Why digital? interact with content differently, access to current & relevant content, to meet the needs of all learners
- Retention and speed of learning increases with digital media
- Digital media reaches students in many different ways
- Joe Non-Netbook Video
- Students ages 8-18 spend 71/2 hrs interacting with media per day=101/2 hr of content intake
- The learning needs to drive the technology not technology driving the learning
- Does the physical environment match an effective environment for learning?
- Our brains are naturally social. We need collaboration maximize learning
- Learning environments need to be user/student centric
- SAMR Model
- SAMR: Substitution is when you have the technology but you don’t change the pedagogy
- Schools need to focus on pedagogy not just the technology
- Teachers become paralyzed when they don’t know what 21st century learning looks like
- “Job of teachers today is to create the conditions for invention”- Seymour Papert
- Schools need to be providers of context not content or schools will be irrelevant…Content is everywhere
- Information can double 3 times in 1 class period
- Great book about change: Switch
- Students want school to be less boring, real world application, interact with media and they want more choice!
- Students don’t want to be the receivers, they want to be part of creating
- Real world application for students
- Giving kids voice throughout the world
- TakingITGlobal actually giving voice to youth in changing the world. Powerful!
Let’s improve learning one slide at a time!
Flickr photo by aforgrave
Please add your slide to this Google Doc !
My goal with this project is to gather global exemplars of what pedagogy looks like and sounds like in effective 21st century learning environments. This project will be organized into five areas of teaching. I believe that change will happen in small chunks. Just like good teaching and coaching, chunking skills for educators can result in mastery little by little. My hope is that change will be less overwhelming and paralyzing for educators if they see exemplars in smaller chunks. They will feel confident and say “Hey, I can do this…”.
The slide should include a picture or document or video, link, etc. of a great example in the areas below. Please also include the age/ grade level for your exemplar and your twitter handle.
Area 1: Formative Assessment
student self-directed projects
writing using contemporary literacy
tools such as blogging
…etc., etc. ?
Area 2: Collaborative Culture and Routines
How do you establish an effective collaborative culture and set of routines for 21st century learning?
Area 3: Planning
What are some examples of effective planning or planning tools you use for 21st century learning?
Area 4: Evidence of Learning
How do you know the students have mastered the intended outcomes of learning?
Area 5: Interventions and Inclusion
How do you engage all students in the learning?
What strategies and/or tools do you use to assist students with different learning needs?