Presentation on theme: "Extracts from the Rotorua Conference 2010. The intentions of this presentation: 1. Introduction of ICT ideas and directions for the 21 st Century Learner."— Presentation transcript:
Extracts from the Rotorua Conference 2010
The intentions of this presentation: 1. Introduction of ICT ideas and directions for the 21 st Century Learner 2. A brief overview of some philosophies presented at the School conference.
Overview 2 Broad categories; –State of Education & New Curriculum –The 21 st Century Learners & their Teachers’ Role
Current Statistics Dr Stuart Middleton Starting school – promise that will lead somewhere 20% disappeared from education by age % Secondary truants each day 4500 leave primary but fail to enter secondary Learning for all? Carry on doing same = will get worse. Similar in Aussie, Britain, Canada, USA
Future Outlook Won’t be able to sustain economy - similar development, similar issues Universal primary, secondary, tertiary Unease socially and politically with education Unprecedented levels of disengagement (Physical, Virtual, Unintended) Disconnect between education and the economy
Diversification Low skill / unskill jobs – immigration, now exporting Successful students are ’s into 1990’s – diversity at bottom end of tertiary Creation of Disengaged – 3 form cohert irregular, retention for 5 years at school 15% to 65% stay
Disengagement Maori physical disengagement Pacific Virtual disengagement Marginally successful, unprepared to go anywhere Learning Triad – Readiness, Quality, Progress Container terminal Bilingual brains are better, being Bilingual is normal Language based on same underlying skills
NZ Curriculum Vision statement Students will need 21 st century skills to enable them to be “confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners” (Ministry of Education, 2007, p.7.)
What are schools doing to work towards this vision?
Cave teacher…. Read rocks 4 through 6 Complete drawings 5 to 7
Read scrolls 4 through 6 Complete exercises 5 to 7 Middle ages….
70s…. Read OHTs 4 through 6 Complete exercises 5 to 7
Today…? Read screens 4 through 6 Complete exercises 5 to 7
So what has changed at school?
“A yawning chasm, (with the emphasis on yawning), separates the world inside the schoolhouse from the world outside.” Wallis and Steptoe, 2006
“Schools are stuck in the 20th century. Students have rushed into the 21st century. How can schools catch up and provide students with a relevant education?” Marc Prensky Author - ‘Don’t Bother Me mum, I’m Learning’ “Outside they are fully engaged in their 21st century lives. If educators want to have relevance in this century it is crucial we find ways to engage students in school.”
Question To Consider 1.How do you use ICT? 2.Where / How did you learn to use ICT? 3.Why would you want your students to use ICT? 4.Why would your students want to use ICT?
Some Background Average age of a Secondary Teacher is 49 Significant lag between the emergence of a technology and its adoption in a school What do these statements suggest?
If I’m 49 I saw / heard the landing on the moon I owned vinyl records and wanted a CD player My family owned a B&W TV – with one channel Video players were amazing and then whole shops appeared that would rent me a video Computers filled a room, then got smaller and could be bought, but they were very precious
If I’m 16 The lunar landing is ancient history I download all my music A 32” LCD TV is small and I have lots of movies on a hard disk I constantly update my Bebo / Facebook / Myspace I communicate constantly by text and chat Computers are a means to an ends. I take and carry photos and videos on my cell phone
Technology Changes E-portfolio’s 24/7 learner Mobility, access, Challenge to current school policies / practices / beliefs Ban v Educate Value for money – connection, service
Professional Development or Professional Learning? PD Is usually focussed on 1 initiative at a time Staff meetings often feel fragmented It sometimes feels overwhelming – like we have “initiativ-itis” PL Embraces several initiatives at once Allows for complementary staff meetings etc It sometimes feels more manageable
Some common examples Usernames/passwords Photocopiers/printing Laptop admin access Access to SMS/LMS/ from home Cables No formal way of requesting ICT support Teachers banned from good PD sites Favourites unused Slow Internet speed due to student abuse of system Notification of outages No student voice No teacher voice Personalisation of desktops blocked Under-use of LMS etc TTWWADI & Fear
…then we can end up with this….. (Beware of pain you get used to!)
The Teachers’ Role Once seen as “Knowledge Holders” now replaced by Google. To support the students with Advice Access Finding solutions Providing (some) resources Confirmation / review
From the e-learning strategy “The lifelong ability to locate, evaluate, use, and create information”
To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize: When information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information and create new information. Information literate people are those who have learned how to learn.
ICT In Schools It’s not about teaching ICT ICT is an enabler for learning!
From “They” to “We” We need to make continuous progress, and stop blaming Them: Focus on Continuous Improvement Not Every Step is a Success Look out for “can’t” when what is meant is “won’t” Celebrate Any and All Progress Remember that the Round Wheels are Already In the Wagon Engage and Enlist the Energy of All
What is an e-Portfolio? “An organised collection of digital and/or analog artifacts and reflective statements that demonstrate growth over time.’ Helen Barrett
Peter Senge says "Success in the old paradigm becomes inertia in the new one" - a great quote when considering why current leadership practices may not be preparing us for the future! "Vested interests fight against change" “The person at the top can't learn for the organisation anymore" "Leaders of old paradigms have great difficulty coping with the new" - noting that the old fashioned "iconic" models that typify the "broadcast" approach to leadership are being replaced by those who are truly networked and participatory.
School Culture Implementing Change
Misalignment is bad enough in a business …. But in a school where ICT can sometimes appear to be managed as “yet another add on”: Disaster is looming Misalignment amongst stakeholders will ensure ICT remains semi-detached from the needs of our learners, and….. …there are serious implications for how we develop and implement NZC
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world: indeed it is the only thing that ever has!” Margaret Mead.
So why are we here?? Improving teaching quality and learning outcomes for all students Strengthening communities of professional practice supported through the smart use of information and communications technologies. MoE – ICT PD cluster objectives
Peter Senge said: "Success in the old paradigm becomes inertia in the new one" - a great quote when considering why current leadership practices may not be preparing us for the future! "Vested interests fight against change"