Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beyond Tools: Thoughtful 21st-Century School Reform

we need to tell a better story:
caring institution--we teach kids, not subjects

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embed geo info to digital media , pics, video, etc
don't have to have gps, often can drag on map browse for image to upload; move place mark, then click tag photo; download photo

puts it on metadata: exif data in the header that includes
jpg tiff; raw format handled somewhat different, sometimes sidecar xml

beansprout by argus--25 pics $10

geoimgr web based, desktop tools faster:
drag and drop: iphoto09, picasa
gps + pics: microsoft pro photo tools;

iphoto click i then find on map ; places map of all photos tagged so far;
picasa geotag button is a plugin to google earth; rather use places button with google map; can multiple select; can move to picasaweb

if have gps, couple way to collect info ; can do a timestamp match to gps and photo; can use tracks with certain tools; files are gpx format;
gps photolinker for mac is free
MS pro photo tools for windows is free

can also save tracks with apps on iphone

tom baker @trbaker
shannon white

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Classrooms for the Future: Development of 21st-Century Skills and Online Supports for Project-Based Learning in U.S. High Schools

classrooms for the future: one of the largest in nation $180 M project
provided tech and coaching support; nearly 95% of schools in penn

contracted penn state ; built on nets but really about school reform
eval surveys teacerh and students twice a year, observations by principal and submit twice a year, and achievement data dept of ed;

one of 44 research questino
is ther a difference in attention paid to ...

observations :
visual it
sic lit
cultural lit
teaming or collab
exommun skills
social responsibility
self direcdtio

student quesiton : my classes are helping me build skills that will help me be successful int eh modern workplace

used metiri setda 2003 surveys; 60% direct use, not adapted from this

levels on use and importance:
direct instrucitojn
mediate student thinking
collab learning
indpendent study by teams or individual

independent study into 10 schools--no sig difference

teachers are attending to 21cs
many teachers believe that 59% or more of their instruciotn dedicated to 21cs
student increasingly exposed

much pd and coaches

Online supports for pbl

jason ravitz
buck institute for education

gates funded eval found pal is most commonly cited instructional strategy
online featurs contribute to pal use
survey 1200 pal using teachers 400 valid responses ; public hs teachers core subjects; invested in pbl in workshops or products
some high profile school reform models: new tecdh hs, high tech high, envision schools, nor cdar new schools pro, center for effective school practices, san diego renewal
pbl includes: extended investigation, in-depth inquiry, student self directions or choice, presentation of resutlts or conclusions
Online Features: resources lists, project libraries, design and management tools, collab tools, student feedback , teacher feedback, access to experts (in order)

1/2 or more time spent on pbl 25-80%
lack of pd--small schools low percent rate it as a challenge
lack of time in curr to carry out proj--much higher percent

use of :
online collab tools
tools for linking you or students to outside experts or other schools
studet post work to get feedback
you to get feedback
tools created to help you or students desing and manage projects online
online collection of pbl

teachers who spend more time on pbl also use more features above
correlation high

large comprehensive hs much less likely to use online feedback and resources

even when control risk takers, there is still relationship between pbl use and online resource use

further questions: how tech use differs when pbl is used

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Mobile Wireless Devices that Empower Engagement, Learning, and Assessment

national tech plan section on infrastructure talks about traditional infrastructure and then emerging infrastructure

now mobile category that looks like laptop but really scaled up cell phone
can hold charge all day and location aware and couple with cell phone and ereaders, different ecology of mobile network;

not only empower anyplace anytime learning, also novel ways of using

marie qualcom
wireless reach group: we look at underserved populations, many emerging economy ; one group is students in our nation schools

remember how one computer per worker, then work changed;

work patterns have changed with mobile wireless; kids also

1:1 students want to know why limit me to one?

Project K-Nect: north carolina; put math problems on cell devices; each student different problems so talked more about how get answer rather than answer; saw kids develop communities of learning develop and more work getting done outside of school; teachers methods evolved with experimentation--using texting became democratizing ; also saw hots transfer to other classes; 30% increase proficiency but several factors contributed
2 things to take away: not kids magically learn better with cell--rather how community helped learning and devices helped; fun was being a part of a network, whether monsters or math;

wireless reach initiative two categories:
friday institute: mobile impact on assessment
sdsu mobile learning engagement project

if you want teachers to teach with mobile, they need to know mobile
teachers cant teach what they don't know; teachers need to experience that themselves

augmented reality game overlays on real environment;
hp video
info tags in layers on mobile with info and quests

lots of interesting inventions to be made yet

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Next Generation Professional Development: Learning about Teaching and Vice Versa

core challenge
shifts in the knowledge and skills society values
development of new methods of teaching and learning
changes in the characteristics of learners

emerging info tech sreshaping these and changing how we learn
if we were to redisign educ not to make history models of schools more efficient but instead to prepare students for 21c

automation vs amplification

many scientific discoveries make knowledge obsolete

new tools for 21c
microsoft video productivity future vision
life-size telepresence with translation
complex visual interfaces on touch screens
digital ink cards, transfer from screen to paper and back, customized newspaper

precursor to future web2.0:

The spectrum of web2.0 media
sharing (asocial bookmarking, photo share, etc)
thiknking (blogs, podcasts,)
cocreating (wikis, mashups, collective media creation, collaborative social change commuities)
may 2009 educational researcher

science is now done by distrubuted teams sharing

implications for research
thru commmuncal bookmarking geo distributed research group could continuously scan for resources

web2 requires fluency in rhetoric
almost any piece of info can be found online
greatest change in epistemology: represented by wikipedia vs britannica
strengths and weakness to both; understand knowledge is now bottom up and adult top down

Jenkins framework for new literacies
play, performance, simulation, appropriation, multitasking, distributed

Leu's characteristics of new Literacies
novel skills for emerging ict tools
new literacies central to full economic, civic, and personal participation

one big challenge for teacher PD: education infeasible to use industrial model; rather distributed model in time, space, people
parent tutors, informal educator coaches, community mentors
schools of education prepare teacher, tutors, coaches mentors

core principles of PD
important issue is not technology usage but changes in content, pedagogy, assessment, and learning outside of school
continuous peer learning is the best strategy for long term improvement

web2 and

collaborative problem resolution via mediated interaction:
problem finding before problems solving
comprehension by a team nto indiv
making meaning out of complexity: using sophisticated tools, recognizing and matching patterns, judging value of alternative forms

situated learning and transfer
eg medical internship
classrooms removed from opportunities


how do you measure sophisticated psycho-social? paper measures invalid;

NSES model of inquiry
identify question that can be answer thorugh sic investigation...

students complete virtual quests; logfiles indicate with timestamdps:
where studnt went, whi whom the commun, what artifacts they activated, what database they viewed; what data they gathered , what streenshots

backend database so teacher can read through what student do

what does this mean for pd

differences from item based tests: multiple forms of complex measures
products of inquiry: create conclusions and select evidence
gather data and interview people

formative diagnostic rather than summative
measure while still able to do something about itl; richer more substantive; can replace summative

much based on mobile devices; to get out of industrial school, something NOT a laptop

national tech plan not technology but different system of education
read the learning section of the plan

hardest problem in PD is not learning but rather UNlearning

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Empathy: The 21st-Century Skill
Developing countries have a sense of urgency for using the internet not for search for stuff in google but rather extablishing relationships

The main focus: globalize the curriculum
eg principal who finds teachers around the world to connect for each teacher in the building

children should graduate with a network of people they can tap beyond school
knowledge and skill is not enough

schools in developing countries students work harder than teachers;

biggest bank in the world moved from london to china
ceo: what skill to be successful in banking:
"easy, it's empathy" "most important skill are people who can hold different views at the same time--that is the most important skill"

military has learned the most important mission is not to win the war but rather win the peace

education needs to change the mission:
in a global economy, you cannot make test scores your mission; if NCLB wins, the us economy loses

stunned at how many kids do not understand the grammar of web search; there is a basic skill set
root zone database of country codes

read british students essays on american revolution; that should be first assignment;

teachers worry about students cut/paste: not a problem if you give an assignment where they can't plagiarize

staff development for teachers on how to change assignments for students
compare contrast american british versions; have students send their ideas to a teacher in britain; not all respond but students find connection

if we teach teachers to use internet what is the mission? its not teh internet, its for kids to think globally; using google docs collaboratively internal rather globally and give a cult

our kids have to manage relationships; our response is to block the most powerful relationship building tools; the tools needed to become the us president are blocked

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Tuesday Morning Keynote Innovation & Excellence: Buzzwords or Global Imperative?Tuesday Morning Keynote Innovation & Excellence: Buzzwords or Global Imperative?
dictatorship of standardized tests

learning to learn:
what if I want to know more do I begin to think about something? Do I just go to wikipedia?
denmark now letting students use internet to answer questions on final exam

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