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TIES 2014 Notes 10x's Vision in Education with Google and Minnesota Districts

Jim Leonard, Program Manager for Google, shared What is 10x Thinking?
What does 10x mean for Education?
Are we settiing goals that make the radical change that is important?
When superintendents are asked, "Why is this important?" they say:

  • Student engagement
  • Preparing students for jobs
There WILL be new devices...Who knows what TIES will look like in 5 years?
What are the skils of the future?
The Economist group surveyed teachers, business leaders and they asked:

To what extent are the skills taught in education around the world changing?
  • Problem Solving
  • Team-Working
  • Communications
  • Critical Thinking 
The conversation is evolving...
It's not about "If we give everyone a device," it's a means to an end.
From Tool Substitution to Learning Innovation

Ok, Google... and Photo Math are changing what students need to know.
It's not about why or what, but HOW!



Roofshot rather than Moonshot!
"We choose to go to the roof ot because it is glamorous, but because it is right there! 
Go out there and have huge dreams, then show up to work the next day and make it happen!

Culture
Leyden High School: Turning 140 character rants into School Pride! #leydenpride Jason Markey: We are not doing any good shutting down Twitter, they need to know how to use it well!

Learning Environment
Milpitas Unified Schools: Teachers needed to differentiate, but didn't have the right tools to make that happen. They took a step back and looked at their models and used Blended Learning

Funding and Sustainability
Lee Summit Schools, "A chance to innovate w/ limited funds."
Transitioning all diesel buses to clean energy

Platform

Devices

Content

Vault coming in the ecosystem in January, Hangouts now part of the core package.

Chromebooks are the #1 device in Education.

Play for Education is available within Chromebook management.
Chrome Apps
Android Apps
K-12 Books
YouTube Videos

If you're not doing some things that are crazy, then you're doing the wrong things.

Google Play for Education 
Pretty easy for deploying Android Apps on tablets!


Now the content source through Google Play will work on any device, including Chromebooks.

Google Classroom
Designed to do one thing: handle workflow with Drive
If your needs for an LMS is pushing out assignments, then use it, if you need more, use a different LMS, or use them in combination.
Someone in the audience suggested for the ability to NOT have a due date.
Also, multiple teachers in a classroom is one of the top 3 requests. Hopefully coming soon!


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