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Deeper thinking Common Core and Technology

A presentation looking at today's education landscape and the role of technology. Also included is a view of how Google Apps for Education can be used within the instructional program

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Deeper thinking Common Core and Technology

  1. 1. Deeper Thinking, the Common Core and Integrating Technology to Ensure Success Chromebook Seminar
  2. 2. Today’s conversation Look at landscape of education today Look at what is being required/expected of students, teachers and administrators Where does technology fit in
  3. 3. Today’s Education Landscape Common Core curriculum and assessments APPR Shrinking budgets Research that challenges education models that were used when we were in school
  4. 4. Horizon Project Charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and research, creative inquiry Purpose - to help educators build upon innovation taking place at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis  - New Media Corporation
  5. 5. Horizon Report – Key Trends Focus of assessments shifting from “what you know” to “what you can do” Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and communicate New emphasis in the classroom on more challenge based, active learning
  6. 6. Horizon Report - Challenges Faculty training does not acknowledge that digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession Innovating pedagogy is a complex process requiring research into impacts, responsive state of mind to technology changes, and understanding what strategies can make innovation in pedagogy possible K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.
  7. 7. PISA Report Provides a snapshot of a nation’s performance Provides important insights into policies and practices that can inform education leaders as they refine their education systems Provide guidance to U.S. as states move to implement standards for college and career readiness
  8. 8. PISA Questions Test whether students can apply their knowledge to real-world problems and to “analyze, reason and communicate effectively as they pose, interpret, and solve problems in a variety of situations.”
  9. 9. PISA Findings Nations with top performers have clear expectations for student learning that include emphasis on using knowledge to solve real-world problems ensure that teachers are deep learners, and can lead classrooms where students think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively
  10. 10. Not one path to change Culture and environment of each school/district is unique It needs to be considered and honored Important to plan and strategize Develop action and plan and implement Less is more - although plan can envision many changes implement one or two at a time Include constituents in planning
  11. 11. A Tale of Two Schools
  12. 12. Gray School Principal meets daily for one period with one grade level - occasionally does formal observations, rest of the day in her office Knows some students by name Purchased $350,000+ of technology equipment based solely on input from vendors Teachers vocalize that expectations are not clear - procedures change very often, with little or no warning
  13. 13. Red School Principal meets daily for one period with one grade level - rest of the day spent doing informal observations, formal observations, has lunch in her office with students Knows just about every student by name, greets students and teachers everyday at front entrance Has concrete, clear, well-articulated expectations of students and teachers
  14. 14. School Environment 4 computer carts housed in a “Staff development” classroom -hardly if ever used Smartboards in every room - more than half not used at all Computer lab - students go once a week use drill and practice software Two classroom computers used for word processing and drill and practice Google Apps for Education school 4 computer carts in use continually - teachers decide among themselves when used Smartboards in every room - used continually No computer lab Two classroom computers used for word processing Google Apps for Education school
  15. 15. It’s not about technology it’s about learning and teaching
  16. 16. Our accepted beliefs? Schools need to provide and create opportunities for students to engage in deeper thinking Teaching and engaging in deeper thinking is hard work - (can’t be done with an app!) The skill and knowledge of teachers critical to the process of student learning and achievement
  17. 17. “Can we change our traditional culture of teaching and learning so that students are empowered to take more responsibility for making important contributions to their own learning and to their learning community.” - Alan November
  18. 18. Teachers need to be deeper thinkers too! Need to engage in deeper thinking activities Need to see what deeper thinking lessons and activities look like Need professional development Need to be supported in taking risks to try new approaches show some video clips from Ed Leader 21 youtube
  19. 19. Some paths to consider Using data to inform instruction Alternative classroom settings e.g. flipped classroom Students taking responsibility for their learning Access to equipment and network connectivity
  20. 20. What should student learning include? Students need to deal with information to construct new knowledge Find - Analyze - Manage - Present -Share/Collaborate 21st century skills Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking
  21. 21. Important to think about how you can and want to use technology
  22. 22. Technology in the Common Core http://commoncore.fcoe.org/sites/commoncore.fcoe.org/files/resources/SPIRAL%20FINAL.pdf
  23. 23. Google Can Be a Support Tool Find - Google Search and Google Scholar Analyze - Google spreadsheets and forms Manage - Google Drive organizing files social bookmarking sites (not Google!) concept mapping software (not Google!) Present - Google presentations Share / Collaborate - Google Suite
  24. 24. Using Google Docs in the Classroom
  25. 25. Google Drive Enables Students to Access their work from any computer, anywhere, with an Internet connection Create and submit work electronically to teachers Work collaboratively peer editing collaborative projects Organize and analyze data Collect information
  26. 26. Google Drive Enables Teachers/Admins to Access their work from any computer, anywhere, with an Internet connection Teachers can create and submit content to students teachers comment directly on student work Provide student feedback and extra-help Work collaboratively curriculum writing data analysis, and more! Collect information from various constituencies
  27. 27. Role of Education Leaders Model what we believe in Provide an environment of communication and collaboration Support (reasonable!) risk taking eSchool News Article - 5 Qualities of a Tech Savvy Administrator Role of Leaders in 21st Century Education
  28. 28. What does this look like in your school? Access to technology Professional development Is it available? Are you evaluating its effectiveness? Technology plan Do you have one? Are you using it? Do your constituents know about it?
  29. 29. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein
  30. 30. Questions ???
  31. 31. For info on this presentation and resources cited http://tinyurl.com/custom-june-2014
  32. 32. Example of Deeper Thinking Student Activity “Tools not as important as the connections made possible by them”
  33. 33. Hallmarks of Connected Classroom 1.Reliable broadband and Wi-Fi internet access 2.One-to-one and/or bring-your-own-device 3.Teachers who give up control 4.Students and teachers learn together 5.Administrative support 6.Communication and collaboration between IT and curriculum leaders •eSchool News article
  34. 34. What Educators Want from Digital Tools Deliver instruction Diagnose student learning Vary delivery method Tailor learning experiences Support student collaboration and interactivity Foster independent practice •Survey results from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  35. 35. College and Career Ready Students Demonstrate independence Build strong content knowledge Respond to varying demands of audience, task, purpose, discipline Comprehend and critique Value evidence Use technology strategically and capably Come to understand other perspectives and cultures http://coretaskproject.com/2013/04/12/wagners-21st-century-learning-skills-and-the-ccss/
  36. 36. Collective Intelligence • “How can people and computers be connected–so that collectively–they act more intelligently than individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?” MIT Center for Collective Intelligence