Sheryl first commented on how much technology has changed even in the year since she was here at Tech Forum SW 07.
She used the Cisco clip “Welcome to the Human Network” as the theme for the keynote. “We drag and drop people wherever they want to go’.
Are we ready for 21st century learning? We are 8 years into it. She is the 3rd year of a Microsoft Partners In Learning grant in Alabama. Sheryl picked 10 of their best schools…went looking for “where they are” getting ready to begin the 4th year of the grant. She found the teacher excited and using the technology. The kids, not so much…they were still watching, not participating.
Sheryl talked to the kids, and asked these 2 questions:
- What teacher stood out to you, and what was the lesson you walked away knowing you had really learned?
- Teachers with passion
- Teachers with competency
- Teachers who allowed students personal choice.
- Teachers who care.
- What is the worst teacher, lesson, experience in your learning?
- Teachers who give nothing but notes
- Quotes to Sheryl from students:
- “I’m a teenager…I don’t like to read…if you give me 20 pages of notes, I’m going to skim it, plug in the words, not learn it.”
- “I want lessons with purpose so I can retain it.”
- From a 4th grader: “You know the word teacher, it has the word ‘teach’ in it”.
Participatory Culture-Henry Jenkins
- Relatively low barriers for engagement
- Strong support for sharing creations with others
- Informal mentorship
- Members believe their contributions matter.
- Care about others’ opinions of self & work.
2 years ago…were kids producers of content?
Clay Shirky…Here Comes Everybody: Four stages to mastering the connected world:
The magic happens when the kids collaborate. Students publish their work and even share with other groups, but what happens when someone from around the world comments on their work? We have then moved from cooperation to collaboration.
Trend 1-Social and intellectual capital are the new economic values in the world economy.
We should be shifting from:
We should be shifting to:
|a teaching focus
||a learning focus
|teaching as a private event
||teaching as a collaborative practice
|school improvement as an option
||school improvement as a requirement
If we are going to prepare kids for their “right now”, we must make these shifts. Are we teaching kids to be good digital citizens–to use the tools they are already using responsibly?
Moving from mandated accountability to mutual accountability:
“By the year 2011 80% of all Fortune 500 companies will be using immersive worlds” –Gartner Vice President Jackie Fenn
“Learning to be creates passion.” –Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
“Schools are only one node on the network of learning.” –Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
When we were in school, learning stopped an started at the schoolhouse door…today, learning can take place any place and anywhere. We have done a great job of preparing kids for the present…the rules have not been created yet for preparing them for the future.
Sheryl shared the following example of true collective action:
Laura Stockman-share, connect, collaborate, collective action. Laura was a 10 year old who created a blog when her grandfather died called 25 days to make a difference. She wanted to do and record 25 days of good deeds. It became an international project, and is still ongoing, almost 2 years later. WOW!!!!!
Types of communities:
- interest or passion
Personal Learning Networks
Community–in and out of the classroom
Are you “clickable”-Are your students?
Moving from classroom metaphor to community metaphor.
“They come to you with a chip in their head anyway!” Tony Wagner-The Global Achievement
Learning Ecology: http:/www.elearnspace.org/Articles/google_whitepaper.pdf
The tools are not the point…becoming a participatory culture using the tools is the point.
In the I knew this, but it really hit me when she said it department:
“We are the last generation of teachers who have the choice whether or not to embrace technology.”