Friday, May 30, 2014

Government Service Learning Project Continues to Grow!

A few highlights from this year's South View Middle School Service Learning Project. This year's event moved from the Media Center to the Gym, and over 200 people came to attend and learn from the students. 


In this video by Claude Sigmund, Cool Planet Founder, Paul Thompson shares his experience working with the students.



And in this video, Susana Valdez of the National Youth Leadership Council shares her thoughts on what she observed today:

This event continues to grow, and I was impressed by how students incorporated digital age learning to collaborate and share their learning with the world.
Later today, I'll add links to some of the student Websites.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

MultiTasking...Take the Test!

I'm putting together some resources for our eLearning2 students this summer. One of the topics we will be covering is managing distractions.
I found this resource on multi-tasking at Opensite.org and thought it might get students thinking about how they currently work, and help them to consider focusing on one task at a time. In some respects, I found I was above average (single tasks) but man did I struggle with more than one! Here are my results:






Take it for yourself and let me know how you did! It might help students take multi-tasking more seriously!

Note: You may need to use the arrow keys to scroll down on the site!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Minnesota Google Summit Keynote: Mark Garrison on Technology and Adventure

White Bear Lake Technology Director, Mark Garrison gave the opening keynote at the Minnesota Google Summit. Here are my live blog notes from the session. 
He talked about growing up in Minnesota idolizing Will Steger and Paul Schirke.
His goal: Embrace change and be a beacon for life=long learning!

Interesting times with some hanging on to 20th century pedagogy with others moving forward in the 21st. There is a professional acheivement gap today between these two practices.
IWB's went into teacher's classrooms, but the training was around using the product instead of changing pedagogy.

Great change requires vision, skills incentives , recources and an action plan to acheive lasting change.

Filling the gap between these two pedagogical realities requires a bridge of these NOSTR model, via the strategic plan of the district, building and classroom.
All of us are responsible for improving and honing our skills. 
Elliot, Minnesota is "all carrot and no stick."
We need the tools, AND an action plan. We can't think of the tech department as the suppliers and fixers of stuff. None of us can be stagnant.

Garrison showed the SAMR model, talking about ladder and pools as metaphors. Garrison likes Hooker's model here.

Garrison argues that it's ok and you can have a lot of fun in the shallow end, and by the end of the day, all of the participants should get towards augmentation. It's when you pull yourself out of the pool and take your learning to a new context where true redefinition happens. You might even start seeing new uses for water!


Garrison started his teaching career in a remote fishing village in Alaska. After 10 years of teaching he and his wife went on a 4 month canoe trip from Minnesota to the Arctic Circle. He talked about the amazing experience and bonding that happened through that experience. They created a Website so that their students could track their progress. They had to use fax to send the info to his sister-in-law to get it up on the site, as this was long before the iPhone, Twitter or other tools.
He read excerpts from their experience with images from their journal. They soon started getting e-mails from all over the world. Upon returning, he pursued his Masters in Educational technology, and has found that educational technology is much like adventure, with the planning, deployment and implementation that is required for both.

An audit of their Tech Plan showed that they had done some great things in silos, but needed to continue to improve. Now they have passed a bond referendum, and are continuing to move forward. They are also offering choice in teacher devices.

They are moving to a model where students are touching tech every day. They are moving away from labs, and trying to get the state of MN to make sure their tests work on a Chromebook! 


"Technology isn't an event it's a tool for learning!"

Areas for growth includes incorporating more digital citizenship k-12. 
He mentioned 
Teachers need a broad reach of understanding, and a digital footprint!
What do students find when they Google you? If you don't have a digital footprint today, what does that say about you?

Interaction and engagement are what the 


Learning is CREATION, not consumption!

For those who don't like the SAMR model, there's TPACK. They're pretty similar, as when you meet the middle of the TPACK model, you're at the deep end of the pool!
Boring things on an iPad are still boring things!

Moving forward, we need to:
  • Start
  • Stop
  • Share 
  • and Disrupt!
Oprah says, you need no more than 33 items of clothing in our closet. 
What old pedagogical practices are we hanging on to that are taking up space? If you don't get rid of old belongings you can't make room for new!

What are you proud of that you can share? Every staff meeting should begin with this!
Garrison ended by sharing a project he did with his students on Shackleton, where he had created a Website and content. Technology gave his students the abiltiy to become explorers and create content similar to what he had done.  

His coach asked, why not do that for every unit? He realized that he didn't. He just needed to model enthusiasm for life long learning. As educators, we have chosen to spend our careers in learning institutions. 


We are mirrors!


Tech integration requires teachers to learn from and with students. It's the perfect place to model life long learning! We need to leverage the knowledge of everyone in the classroom to raise the bar for all of us!!

We can model this for everyone!




Weinberg-If our students are not engaged in the fray, they can't be ready for life-long learning. This is the greatest time to be a knowledge seeker.

20% of students of color are more likely to use technology for drill and practice, instead of creation. This gap needs to change, as students with more hands on experience, have better understanding!

We need to give our students the tools and the skills for the freedom to thrive! 
Technology=Change
These conversations are negatives. Gone are the days of mastering one tool (The overhead) and be set for 10 years of tech integration!

Are we better teachers than we were 10 years ago? 

Sean Beaverson tweeted out a link to this great video during the talk. 



The iPhone has 240,000 times the power of the Voyager space craft. What are we doing to leverage that in the classroom?

We need to change and grow to match the change we demand in our students. 


Learning=Change
We need to span the chasm, 

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Garrision finished by challenging us to look for things that we will


Start                 Stop                Share

He invited us to share those ideas here.