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Presentation on theme: "21 ST CENTURY LEARNERS: WHAT STUDENTS WANT AND NEED IN THE CLASSROOM Presented by: Dr. Avis Williams Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC."— Presentation transcript:


2 OBJECTIVES To explore current trends in classroom technology To examine student survey data about classroom technology To determine obstacles and explore solutions to improved technology access Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

3 COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Do you know the role that technology plays in the move to Common Core State Standards? Consider this question as we continue. Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC


5 CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT TECHNOLOGY IS NOT: Overhead Projectors “Worksheets” on the Computer Tape Recorders/CD Players Films or Movies YIKES!!! How many of you have used these in your classrooms? Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

6 CURRENT TRENDS BYOL – Bring your own laptop One-to-One Laptop Initiative Moodle WebEx Hybrid Learning Mobile Labs Skype/Podcasting Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

7 MORE TRENDS Video Gaming Systems Social Networking Mobile Technology Netbooks Digital Readers Tablet Computers Google Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

8 STEM OFFERINGS Science Technology Engineering & Math Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

9 WHAT STUDENTS WANT “The world is going portable and there needs to be more laptops and iPads in schools. Most schools don’t offer wireless networks for students and the computers are outdated. My school has prepared me to some degree but only students in Advanced Placement courses are allowed to bring their laptops to school. This should be offered to all students.” Aaron Brazelton – Sr. Class President of Buckhorn High School. Attending The University of Alabama in the fall. Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

10 FROM A 6 TH GRADER… “We should be able to access YouTube at school. When I am researching a topic, I like to see video clips that are detailed. Looking it up on Google is fine but YouTube is much better because I can see it instead of just reading about it.” Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

11 A NASA SCIENTIST SPEAKS… “Young people need to know how to research the ‘good’ information on the internet. Anyone with a willingness to learn needs to have the skills to know how to find quality information. Young people need to be taught the difference between reputable information and non reputable information, and to think critically about the information presented.” Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

12 WHAT TYPES OF TECHNOLOGY SKILLS ARE NEEDED IN THE WORKFORCE? “I would have to say that all aspects of Power Point and Excel.” – 1SG John Butler, U.S. Army “I think it is very important to notify our youth the proper way of communicating through technology. So many times they send emails and complete applications as if they were texting a message to a friend. This is not acceptable in the workplace. I feel that it will hurt them when completing applications for both college and for internships.” – Cassie Scott, Program Director, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

13 GOT SKILLS? “Assuming the 'young person' is going into a STEM field: > Combined & computer-math skills > PowerPoint briefing skills > Process flow-charting skills > Typing and written communication skills  Meeting management skills (especially for teleconferences)” - Eric E Hunt, Stockpile Reliability Programs SME Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

14 RETURN TO SENDER BY DAN GORDON “Schools continue to deliver new graduates into the workplace lacking the tech-based “soft skills” that businesses demand. Experts blame K-12’s persistent failure to integrate technology.” - the JOURNAL, March 2011 - Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

15 TURN AND TALK What 2 things are you doing in your classroom, school or district that will help prepare students for the 21 st century workforce? Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

16 BEYOND THE THREE R’S According to Gordon work readiness is about: Turning information into knowledge through web searching Developing effective multimedia presentations Seamlessly using digital tools to collaborate and problem solve Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

17 THE FOUR C’S Critical thinking Communication Collaboration Creativity These are not new skills but they need to be taught differently for our students to thrive! Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

18 AND THE SURVEY SAYS… What types of electronic devices do you have access to for your own use? Cell Phone50% Smart Phone33% Laptop60% Desktop65% Music (MP3)78% Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

19 HOW DO YOU USE TECHNOLOGY FOR SCHOOL WORK? Access class info63% Writing assignments73% Internet research72% Collaborate on FB33% Online textbooks27% Work w/ foreign sts 6% Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

20 OBSTACLES TO USING TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOL Cannot use cell/MP353% Teachers limit use32% School rules27% Websites blocked44% NBD, don’t use it13% Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

21 POINTS OF INTEREST… 55% are not interested in online course 72% have high-speed internet at home 70% include dictionary to online textbook 4% use library books for research 70% want greater internet access at school 44% believe their school is doing a good job of using technology to enhance learning Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

22 THINK, PAIR, SHARE Think – What obstacles have you encountered that limit your ability to use 21 st century technology? Pair – Pick a partner & brainstorm solutions Share – Enlighten us! Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

23 IT IS WHAT IT IS…BUT CAN WE DO? Solid research is key! Do you talk to your students? How often are needs assessments done? How much professional development is offered? Do you take advantage? Do you have fears or reservations? Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

24 TEACHING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP “Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Too often we are seeing students as well as adults misusing and abusing technology but not sure what to do. The issue is more than what the users do not know but what is considered appropriate technology usage.” Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

25 DIGITAL ETIQUETTE MUST BE TAUGHT Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure. Technology users often see this area as one of the most pressing problems when dealing with Digital Citizenship. We recognize inappropriate behavior when we see it, but before people use technology they do not learn digital etiquette (i.e., appropriate conduct). Many people feel uncomfortable talking to others about their digital etiquette. Often rules and regulations are created or the technology is simply banned to stop inappropriate use. It is not enough to create rules and policy, we must teach everyone to become responsible digital citizens in this new society. Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

26 RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL CITIZENS Consider a School/District Pledge I will treat others the way that I wish to be treated when using technology. I will keep in mind that my technology use affects others. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message that is not appropriate. If I do I will tell my parents or responsible adult right away so that they can contact the proper groups. Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

27 THE 21 ST CENTURY COLLABORATIVE CLASSROOM Teacher as facilitator Shared knowledge among teacher and students Shared authority Heterogeneous grouping Students are responsible for their learning and make an investment by establishing goals and classroom guidelines. Moodle is a great tool to create a collaborative classroom. Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

28 MORE ABOUT MOODLE MoodleMoodle is the biggest open source course management system in the world. It competes head-to-head with Blackboard on features and crushes the commercial competition on price. Blackboard Post assignments & lesson plans Provide examples and online resources Communicate with parents and students CYA – clear documentation of expectations Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

29 TECHNOLOGY AND THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS While the Common Core State Standards focus on math and English language arts, they also emphasize technology as a way to learn knowledge and skills in these areas.Common Core State Standards The College and Career Readiness standards that anchor the K-12 standards call for students to learn skills through technology and multimedia. When technology initiatives are properly implemented they enhance all aspects of the Common Core State Standards. Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

30 SUGGESTIONS Don’t overdo it! Choose 1 or 2 tech related initiatives and implement them fully. Take an online course and learn by doing! Collaborate with other educators Research and write grants for funding Follow policy but be a change agent! Understand and embrace the changing role of 21 st Century Educators! Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC


32 THANK YOU AND HAVE A GREAT SUMMER ! Avis Williams, Ed.D. 256-428-7330 Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

33 REFERENCES the Journal and; “Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students” Copyright 2011, SYeNERGY, LLC

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