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1 1 Are your students ready for the 21 st Century?

2 2 INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL (ICTC) FOCUS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (FIT) February 24, Developing Tomorrows Workforce Today

3 3 …that ICT drives innovation and social change in our communities. The value, opportunity, and impact of these careers needs to be communicated to attract highly qualified workers from all disciplines (arts, business, science). ICTC believes…

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5 5 FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION TECHNOLOLGY (FIT) PROGRAM Enrolment in post secondary IT programs has dropped 50% over the past three years 34,000 new jobs created in IT per year with 8000 new IT graduates Need for 170,000 ICT workers in next 5 years

6 6 Todays Education Systems Must Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century EDUCATION model Existing Education Competitiveness agenda Need for mass, quality education Personalisation at scale Lifelong learning and retraining New knowledge of how learning happens Global pressures Strong basic skills Advanced technical skills 21st Century capabilities Ethics and citizenship Business and society demand a new mix of skills Live an online life Demand a long tail of niche subjects Are device independent Expect technology in education 21st Century learners

7 7 Students of the 21 st Century Todays students…are used to the instantaneity of hypertext, downloaded music, phones in their pockets, a library on their laptops, beamed messages and instant messaging. Theyve been networked …...They have little patience for lectures, step- by-step logic and tell-test instruction. (Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, Marc Prensky, 2001 Todays students…are used to the instantaneity of hypertext, downloaded music, phones in their pockets, a library on their laptops, beamed messages and instant messaging. Theyve been networked …...They have little patience for lectures, step- by-step logic and tell-test instruction. (Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, Marc Prensky, 2001

8 8 Student Virtual Field Trip International newspaper feed Facebook Second Life museum tour Literature Podcast Under Sea TelePresence Wikipedia Global Warming community Writing community YouTube National museum virtual collection iTunes U podcast International library virtual collection Museum virtual tour Museum click-to-talk Digital library Cisco TelePresence session Current Events community Chemistry club Classroom lecture National newspaper feed WebEx Connect History broadcast session Virtual lab IM scientist Expert blog Class lecture VOD Expert Website Video phone call RSS Alerts Open courseware Government research organization Educational Gaming Newsletter Second Life island Todays Virtual Learners

9 9 Turn Off All Technology Now!

10 10 What Have We Learned ? 21 st Century Learning Principles Focus on needs/ preferences of the individual learner Focus on needs/ preferences of the individual learner Learning anywhere, anytime Learning anywhere, anytime Technology as driver and enabler Technology as driver and enabler Continuous improvement Continuous improvement Working across whole or natural system beyond school walls Working across whole or natural system beyond school walls Focus on equity and outcomes Focus on equity and outcomes The integration of learning technologies at the center of teaching and learning requires substantial changes from the practice of the traditional classroom. -- Improving Student Performance Through Learning Technologies, A Policy Statement by the Council Of Chief State School Officers, 1991

11 11 Research shows … Enhanced career development programs in high school leads to more successful transition to adulthood more successful transition to adulthood Developing critical career awareness, exploration, and planning skills resulted in adults who were: more optimistic and proactive about work more optimistic and proactive about work achieved higher levels of education and training achieved higher levels of education and training generally more satisfied with their lives and future directions generally more satisfied with their lives and future directions (Leah Wack, Selkirk College, Masters thesis) (Leah Wack, Selkirk College, Masters thesis)

12 12 Education/ICTC approach to 21 st century learning - FIT program Strategy to organize instruction and student experiences around career themes (Focus on an industry cluster of related occupations) Strategy to organize instruction and student experiences around career themes (Focus on an industry cluster of related occupations) Incorporates existing school strategies (career academies, career pathways, small learning communities, Career Prep) Incorporates existing school strategies (career academies, career pathways, small learning communities, Career Prep) Connects to business and higher education Connects to business and higher education Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace

13 13 Focus on Information Technology Developing tomorrows workforce today Requirements for Certification Core Courses 2 Work Experience 3 Industry Certification 4 Specialized Certificate 5 FIT Basic FIT with Experience FIT with Certificate FIT with Experience and Certification FIT Plus Notes 1.This would include cases of out of province transfers, prolonged student illness, scheduling conflicts, late entry participants. 2.These are the courses based on your selected pathway: networking, media or programming. 3.Co-op Education 120 (2 or 3 credits) or paid work (minimum 200 hours) in an approved IT related work placement. 4.IT Essentials or CompTIA A+ or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 5.IT Essentials and one of CCNA or Java or CompTIA Network + or MOS FIT Pathway Options Networking It Essentials Media, Design and Communication Computer Science Programming Alternative / Individualized 1 Individualized program for special cases where course based programs are not available or possible.

14 14 FIT Certificate Criteria Click on the items which match what you have completed. Core Courses Core Courses Tec h Support 110 Entrepreneurship 110 Business Organization and Management 110 Computer Science 120 Certification Work Experience This includes Co-op course or paid work in related area. Digital Technology 120 Student Name MEDIA PROGRAMMING Click to Start Over Click to Start Over

15 15 FIT: A PROGRAM FOR SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS Focus on: Integrated Information Technology/Computer Studies/ Business Business Industry Partnership Network Articulation Agreements with Post Secondary Institutions Off Campus Education, Work Experience, Summer Internships

16 16 Networking Concentration IT Essentials Discover/ Exploration Articulation with SAIT and NAIT A+ Certification (Industry Credential) Off Campus Work Experience FIT Certificate Programming Database Concentration Oracle Java Articulation with U of A Java Certification (Industry Credential) Off Campus Work Experience FIT Certificate Media, Design, Communication Arts Concentration 12 Pathways through High School Adobe Certifications 3 (Industry Credential) Off Campus Work Experience FIT Certificate FIT Pathways Concentrations

17 17 ICTC WILL PROVIDE FIT Program is FREE Teacher Resource Guide Student Passport and Portfolio documents Five Levels of Certificates: Teacher blog on DiscoverIT web site Reduced fees for A+ Certification Industry Support

18 18 CISCO WILL PROVIDE FREE online ICT curriculum and assessments Instructor Resources, Online Community Certificates of completion FREE Professional Development (conferences across Canada) Reduced fees for Industry Certifications Secondary instructors support and training by post-secondary instructors

19 19 INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS Lab type space is required with space for students to assemble/disassemble computers A source to obtain older computers for students to work on is necessary (unless school already has such computers)

20 20 Partnerships ICTC Between and within school districtsBetween and within school districts Between secondary and post secondary institutionsBetween secondary and post secondary institutions Between business, industry and the communityBetween business, industry and the community

21 21 DESIGN FOR THE 21 ST CENTURY LEARNING Create a Bold Vision Create a Bold Vision Build a Foundation that creates Seamless Options for the future Build a Foundation that creates Seamless Options for the future View the network as your Communications Platform View the network as your Communications Platform Expect the inclusion of Video and Rich Media Expect the inclusion of Video and Rich Media Expand the scope beyond the classroom to the community and beyond to the place that adds impact to the End User Experience Expand the scope beyond the classroom to the community and beyond to the place that adds impact to the End User Experience Think out of the box – Expect the Unexpected – Plan without Limiting the Outcome! Think out of the box – Expect the Unexpected – Plan without Limiting the Outcome! Think Partners and the unique ability of diverse partners to work with us as we design a collaborative Learning Society Think Partners and the unique ability of diverse partners to work with us as we design a collaborative Learning Society

22 Contact Information: Alan Nordal College of New Caledonia ICTC Debbie Vance:


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