Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Here Comes Learning

More Power to the Unconference

I have to say that I haven't had much time to reflect during the conference, but I notice as I sit in the blogger cafe the number of folks who have been leaving sessions formal approved session, and coming to the bloggers cafe' to exchange information, share ideas.  I left a byol session where once I took a minute to experiment with the tool, was left 5 steps behind the speaker frustrated and discouraged. The real learning at this conference isn't going on behind closed doors, seated in rows, with the speaker in the front shuffling their powerpoints--showing and telling. It is in places where people can get together in small groups share, converse, and experiment. 

As I listened to the debate this morning I think we do need places for teachers and kids to go..to discuss..to learn...to research...to share, but it must be side by side not one to many.

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Bricks & Mortar Schools are Detrimental to Education

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Malcom Gladwell Keynote at NECC

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Can public schools fundamentally reinvent themselves?

I arrived a little late at this GREAT conversation led by Jon Becker and Scott McLeod about whether or not schools can reinvent themselves...

Below are my notes: reflections in italics- things that stood out to me in bold.

As I arrived at the session and sat down David Jakes made the statement If we were having this conversation in 1977 would my English class look the same in 2009 as it would in 1977....Do you think 20 years from now it will look the same...20 years from now you may STILL see rows of kids writing essays?
I am concerned that this just may be.  I haven't seen many fundamental changes..perhaps this is why I am getting my admin cert, but I wonder if I (like many others) will get frustrated that I can't instill changes.

Collette Cassinelli brought up this point...what if the kids aren't there---drop out rates have been extraordinary.  It was the feeling of the group that we are now at the beginning of the S-Curve there is innovation happening, but it is just not rapid change...

Sylvia Martinez made a great point...if you go back to 1878 there was a huge social movement that had nothing to do with education that forced the changes...that caused a movement that resulted in the public schools we have today...Sylvia seemed to feel that it will be a social crisis a social problem that will force the change.
Are we there yet?  Are we in that kind of crisis? I don't think we should have to wait for another Sputnik
Tim Stahmer pointed out that in the 1800's the push was as a result of industrial revolution NOW we don't have a focus, it is spreading out it many directions.  It was pointed out however that there is no market in our country for unskilled labor. There is a labor shift but as Tim pointed out it is not as focused as it was during industrial revolution. 

Partnership for 21st c skills is doing that but how many of schools are having these converstations.  Better question still how many are going beyond just talking about it and how do you get them to go there.

Scott Floyd asked whether dcharter schools is going to be the answer

Jon believed that there is an argument that there is a crisis and Scott pointed out that if you look at technology and the globalization that is happening as a result--maybe you could say that...after all, the internet is only a decade old and it is already destroying entire industries: newspaper tv just it may just take a little longer

One of the biggest hot topics that has been nagging at me was brought up by Doug Johnson and that is assessment, you can't have innovation in instruction without innovation of assessment (to which David Jakes pointed out that the curriculum then needed to change too)-  Until we see a model that described an educated person in a variety of ways we are going to continue to have problems

Scott argued that the reason the conversations aren't happening are because the leaders don't get it one of my goals for becoming an instructinal leader...but as Doug pointed out we have never been about changing the status quo...to think that schools are an agent for change it fine in our little group, but that in the real world of schools that isn't the case.  Parents are happy with the status quo and Karen Janowski repsonded that parents see school in a certain way we are all the early adopters but we need to influence our parents

Josh Paluch until we start to question the assessment we can't change: pedagogy, curriculum, instruction because administrators are still focused on AYP

David Warlick GREAT analogy of face puzzle there always seems to be something in the way of creating the whole puzzle  Can't come from CHANGING things but doing something brand new.  How can we move into new places not new WAYS new THINGS?

This is what I will spend this conference thinking about.

Adina Sullivan who I got to know last year at NECC reminded us that folks need to see success because they aren't willing to take the leap and take the risk until they see some sense of success.

One example of this was in Oregon where in their college of engineering they started partnering with STEM program to train teachers with tech, robotics partnerships with university can be very powerful because it is seen as OUR problem

Doug standardized tests are not about measuring student achievement they are about discrediting public education so there is more political capital for vouchers and private school: rich in rich schools and poor in poor schools.
BOOK TO CHECK OUT...How Lincoln Learned to Read
Talks about all the things that learned that didn't happen to school
Teaching as a Subversive activity
What other profession stands by and lets what they know isn't working continue to happen...WE have a responsibility. 

I have to say the comment that struck me the most was made by a special Education teacher, Deven Black from New York who said
"The difference between school learning and outside learning- in school you get a grade for it.  In school, we tell them what to learn, and how to learn it...and then fail them when they don't learn it the first time...
Outside they get a second chance..."

Wow..pretty powerful and exactly what I see with my own son's learning.  He will fail over and over on a video game until he is successful

In what other profession do we neglect our clients?  It all comes down to what the goal of education is...perhaps we need to come up with a better goal...

A little later on I attended a session where I didn't take many notes but there was a representative from the National School Boards Association who asked us tgh think about what we need in schools
what kind of policies do we have we don't have
what do we as a group do to push it forward
Penalty has to be more than
Jgates I want board that is knowledgeable, well read and URGENT
cippa coppsa understood

Making business with the public more transparent
Immerse them slowly into hot water and give them PD
Educational networking & social learning
I am sure I have much more to learn and think about but I know that I want to be a part of the solution

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Let's Get it Started...Edublogger Con 2009

So NECC for me is the one time each year that I get to connect with the folks with whom I "work" all year long. My favorite part of NECC is getting to connect --REALLY connect with these folks. I started the day u-streaming and coveringlive Vicki Davis's Web2.0 Tools Smackdown. There is SO much great conversation happening.
Here is a feed of the #EBC09 hashtag that I'm following on twitter: Should be a lot to reflect upon

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Remembering the VCR...Impact of On Demand Social Media

Yesterday I was running a workshop on Google Tools. When I returned from lunch at 12:45 I began to see tweets that Farrah Fawcett had died. She had struggled with cancer for some time, so folks new it was coming but the fact that I was sitting in a workshop and the information came to me. I announced it in my class-and the fact I had learned about it on twitter didn't seem to phase anyone...wow...Farrah Fawcett...I remember being the same age as my son heading into fourth grade and getting to stay up to watch the Angels on summer nights, WAITING for the episode to airt, hen trying reinact the scenes in my basement... Since I was teaching google tools I thought this was a great time to introduce google news to my participants. Instantaneously we were viewing thousands of news articles, video clips and pictures. Within the hour Wikipedia had been locked for editing by new users and by 5 pm even Encyclopedia Brittanica online had been updated with her life span. I was fascinated but not surprised at how quickly the news traveled. Pretty much everyone (except my husband who had been on a plane all day) knew the news before the nightly news broadcast.

As I getting ready to head home I saw this in my tweetdeck...are you KIDDING ME...Michael Jackson. I got in my car and as I listened to KYW news radio. I was intrigued that they were citing TMZ and that social media sources were getting (and reporting information about Michael's condition much faster than mainstream media sources). Wow...Michael Jackson...I remember being a sophmore in high school BEGGING my mom and dad to FINALLY get cable so we could watch the Thriller premiere. We had a VCR by now...I think I actually still have my original tape.

Then I find myself back in my basement thinking about how media and news is delivered is going to be so different for my three children.
This morning, still reflecting on yesterday's events, I was doing laundry and trying to get ready for NECC. Not easy to do when your toddler gets up at the crack of dawn so I did what all good 21st C parents do, I parked my 2 year old in front of an Elmo video. In our basement, we have have only a cable line (no fancy box for on demand) and a VCR (no DVD) on this TV (kind of like my life in the Michael Jackson era). After the Elmo's World episode we were watching was over, Emma chimed in with "watch it again mommy"...hmmm would I be able to hold my child's attending for the "rewind" process...? "watch it again mommy", watch it AGAIN mommy", watch it AGAIN MOMMY", "WATCH IT AGAIN MOMMY"- Apparently the VCR is not for her...

Social Media...On Demand...Connecting with others to process information. This post by librarybeth that Chris Lehmann retweeted makes me wonder what the impact will be one the world of media, news and broadcasting, and finding, evaluating information?

Of course the big thing *I* can't help thinking is "can't we come up with process to speed up my laundry."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tech Skills every Student needs: Doug Johnson

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Punishing or Preventing Plagiarism Doug Johnson

Managing the Transition

2 part workshop for Educational leaders

Leading the Learning for the Net Generation KEYNOTE

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