Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#TIES!7 Using 3D Design Thinking to Impact Learning and Innovation

Susan Nelson, Coordinator of 3D Design Thinking, Innovation and Personalized Learning for  Spring Lake Park Schools presented on Design Thinking and their 3D model of design.

Design Mindsets
  • Tap Into Your Creative Confidence
  • Learn from failure
  • Embrace Ambiguity
  • Be urgently Optimistic
  • Iterate, Iterate, Iterate
Why Human Centered Design? 
Education full of challenges and opportunities
Focus has been on tweaking the system that is fundamentally the same
We can't solve our problems using the same kind of thinking we used to create them! -Einstein
Human Centered-We are designing for real people
Creativity-harness the potential

She shared this video to illustrate the importance of design thinking for Fortunate and her mother!
Nelsen then shared the background behind making the Embrace warmer and how students at the Stanford dSchool developed the product.
Incubators were expensive
Children were dying from low birth weight.
The Stanford team wrote a grant to visit Nepal to learn more about the problem. There were plenty of incubators, but instead the issue of needing a mobile warmer. 
They designed and built a prototype and went to India to test, but the mothers didn't warm it enough. They didn't trust western medicine to warm it to the full 37 degrees Celsius, so they updated it to only say OK when it reached the correct temperature. Success!

  • Discover
    1. Innovation
    2. Insight
Define: What is the real challenge?
  • Design
    1. Ideate
    2. Prototype
  • Deliver
    1. Implement
    2. Refine

They have used the process to change  food service delivery as well as lesson design changes.
Nelsen then had the group try design thinking around the idea: "Attending a Conference."
First we worked to understand the user experience. Someone pointed out there is no defined lunch break!
Next what were our assets and liabilities?

Ask "How Might We..." questions such as "How might we make ice cream more portable?
Define Methods...Playing field
What would a "home run" look like?
What would be fair? What would be foul?

Norms for Design:
  • Defer Judgement
  • Encourage Wild ideas
  • Build on each other's ideas
  • Have one conversation at a time
  • Be visual
  • Stay Focused
  • Go for quantity
Rapid prototyping
Design space to deliver

#TIES17 Ken Shelton: Designing A Culturally Relevant & Responsive Pedagogy

Ken Shelton followed up his Monday Keynote with a session on Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy.

Shelton noted that there are many instances where students are funneled to different classes based on gender and skin color/ethnicity.

In his experience, he was the only person of color in the AP and upper level classes when he was in high school. This is his story. What are the stories of the students coming in to our schools?

Game of Phones- (Nice tech infused Community Building activity)

  1. Introduce self
  2. Last picture taken-That's appropriate! Context
  3. Group Chooses top photo
The talk had 3 main parts:

  1. Culture
  2. Learning
  3. Technology
Much of this talk is based on the work of Pedro Nogieri.
The addition that Shelton makes to this work is technology, as he believes that today it is not culturally relevant not to include it!

In school, he wanted to be in the front, but was always told to go in back.
If instruction is only happening in front, that is a problem.
If raising your hand is the only way you'll get called on, 85% of the people called on will be in front. 
He used a back channel to encourage EVERYONE to contribute to the conversation.

If students don't have hope, they will not be successful.

5 Characteristics of a Culturally Relevant Teacher
  1. Socially Conscious-If you're not on social media or aware of how they communicate and make connections, you aren't relevant.
  2. Students backgrounds are ASSETS, not liabilities!
  3. Identify/Create a moral imperative that EVERY student can be successful.
  4. Know your students lives
  5. Technology-What do we have access to to make learning contemporary and relevant!

Are we designing lessons for the high acheivers, low achievers, or are we making it possible for every student to be a part of a shared learning experience in accordance with their needs?

Adaptable Learning Environments
Is there a prescribed formula for success? If a "rubric" is a prescribed formula...Shelton says that won't cut it. The high flyers will only do the minimum. It MUST be adaptable! The intended learning outcome must have multiple pathways for the student to demonstrate mastery.

Equity-Giving people what they need based on their individual needs
Equality-Giving everyone the same thing

6 Themes of Culturally Relevant Education
Engagement- where the student is
Relationships- what kind are we encouraging and modeling? With peers, too! 
Cultural Identity- What do I identify as my culture and how does it fit into the learning environment?
Vulnerability- Am I willing to make a mistake and own them?
Asset Focused Factors- Students backgrounds are assets not liabilities
Rigor- Higher order thinking  and deeper learning

He then asked us to fill out this form with a partner. All but the last one seemed fairly clear.

For question 1, Shelton notes, you can't have Rigor without Engagement!! In some cases there are multiple options.

Merging the use of educational technologies with culturally responsive learning experiences to help students develop essential skills!

Shelton noted that learning about stories (Fables and Myths) requires tying in to cultural relevant themes. 

  • Game of Phones was an example of Cultural Identity, Engagement and Collaboration.
  • The backchannel combines engagement and cultural relevance for many in the audience.

Tequity Assets- is a link to resources Shelton shared.

He encouraged us to take a look at a current lesson and use the Techquity lens to see how it might be improved and share out with the world!
Here is the transcript of the backchannel.

#TIES17 Keynote: Jennie Magiera- Our Untold Stories

Jennie Magiera, Chief Program Officer for EdtechTeam was the Tuesday Keynote at the 2017 TIES Conference. 
She began by crowd-sourcing the best recipes for Tater-Tot-HotDish. 

Telling a story touches your emotions and touches your identity, giving a part of yourself to the audience. Teachers do this every day.

She told the story of a little girl from Seoul, South Korea . Her father immigrated to New York, but she was unable to go right away. When she looked at the streets, being told they were paved in gold, she was disappointed. The next day, she learned she would be going to City Hall to get a new "American" name. The name, suggested by a neighbor was "Carol!"  The clerk asked for the spelling, and her mom didn't know. The mom, with Korean pronunciation said, "Kello." 
Her first teacher asked her name and how she got it, and she said, Well it was kind of a mistake.
Her peers bullied her because of this. 
In 4th grade, her teacher asked her, "What do you want to be called this year?"
She responded, "Katie!"
She grew up to be strong, brave and Jennie's mom.....

Growing up, Jennie's mother said, listen to your teachers because...
Teachers can help you be your whole self!

The Danger of a Single Story- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Stereotypes aren't untrue, they are just incomplete, and become the only story that is told

Chapter 1
The Story of Student Self-Image
Last year, Jennie's school district won a grant for Dash-N-Dot robots to encourage coding in the elementary schools. She imagined all the kids running in like "Black Friday" excited!
Instead, she saw a group of girls with the robots pushed aside, saying, "Ms. Magiera, we can't code, we're girls..."
This caused her to get upset, but as a district administrator she knew she needed to step back...She said, "I believe you can code, and I tripple-dog-dare you the challenge that if you can't code by the end of the week, they could do whatever they want. Here's what happened!
They had created the code by Thursday!
They said they they hadn't learned it all, but decided that that was what they wanted to do. "Did you know coding is a language and that you can use it to solve problems?" They decided to code "Dash" to be the 4th girl in the dance they were doing. In the end, they were embarrased that they felt like they couldn't do it, and created a viral video encouraging girls to code!

How do we unlock this:
The Untold Story of Limitless Potential

Chapter 2
The Single Story of Teachers
In talking about identity, Magiera's husband is a Cub fan, loves craft beer, but doesn't consider his job to define who he is.
Magiera on the otherhand wears the fact she is a teacher on her sleave. All because of Ms. Buckman in 4th grade...Ms. Buckman asked the students to help her find her pet dinosaur...Then she said, 
" Sorry, I forgot I left it at home next to the fountain of youth..Sit down, I'm Ms. Buckman, get ready for an adventure!" Everything she did was intentional to introduce students to the topics they would be learning about that year.
Buckman shared "The Hobbit" with Magiera. Gandalf says to Bilbo, "I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging..." 
Magiera's take, "OMG- Teachers are Wizzards!!"

How do we unlock this story:
The Untold Story of Wizzards

Chapter 3
The Single Story of What We Tell the World
Magiera shared the New York Times article, "Don't Let Facebook Make You Miserable!" People spend 6 times the amount of time washing dishes then they do playing golf, but no one tweets or instagrams about washing dishes...
Circus Circus has the same number of rooms as the Belagio, but the Belagio has 6 times the number of check-ins.

The National Enquirer has many more subscribers than the Atlantic, but the Atlantic has 45 times the number of article shares!
"Don't compare your insides to other people's outsides!" We never see people's insides...
How can we as people break this cycle? Compare Facebook posts to Google searches. Google is much closer to reality...

Magiera did a look at her wall and found she had many #bestlifeever posts.
She decided that the next time she had a struggle she would post it on Facebook. She and her husband had spent 6 years to start a family, and they were struggling. When you struggle, other people's posts make things much harder. 
She decided to post that they were starting IVF after 6 years of struggle. Soon she had over 288 comments and e-mails from people with similar struggles and doubts, and that she wasn't alone. Magiera talked about how freeing it was to know that she had a community behind her to walk with her on the journey. It has given her strength to try and do things that never would have happened had she not shared her struggle.
How many untold stories are out there about struggles that educators face?
While teaching in Chicago, she had created several videos to support student learning in the classroom. The kids were silent listening, and she felt like a wizzard. Then one day, she thought she had synced a video on pyramid volume, when in fact she linked to Hot Tub Time Machine, and she didn't discover it for 3 minutes! It's important to share the failures on our innovation journey just like the successes!

How do we unlock 
The Untold Story of Our Inner Selves

Chapter 4
How Does Technology 

Technology should enhance our connection to each other!
We need to share our untold stories with one another! Now, you can tell your story and then get an audience.
You can use tools to amplify your story and share it with the world!

Students said having the opportunity to amplify their voice and tell their story was the best part of learning in her classroom! Students became more open about sharing and reminded them of who they are!

We can allow students to remember that they matter everywhere, even when we aren't sitting with them in the classroom. 
She closed with the story of Lyndsay, a story "This isn't Chirac" Students share with reporters that outsiders really don't know them and they're neighborhood. 

How can we use technology to shatter the single story.
She is starting a non-profit, "StudentVoice.org" to give students a voice. In addition, OurVoiceAcademy is allowing teachers of color to connect and share their story. She challenged us to use our phones to share our story with the world sometime today at TIES. 

Chapter 5
The Blue Bird
Magiera finished by sharing that she knew she wanted to be a teacher, and went back to see Ms. Buckman. She tracked her down and they met for lunch. She was so excited to see her and tell her that she was going to be a teacher. Before she could get that out, Ms. Buckman said, "You are going to be a teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Buckman then pulled out an envelope with letters between her and Jennie's mom that had been going on since she was in the 4th grade!

Magiera said, "I'm going to be just like you!" Buckman said, "No. I don't want you to be just like me. I want you to be you. Don't try to be your role model, be better!" Buckman then pulled out a ceramic blue bird that had been on her desk and invited her to use it as an inspiration, but everything else in the classroom needs to be 100% YOU!"

Magiera challenged us to find and tell our Untold Stories and set them free!

Monday, December 11, 2017

#TIES17 Monday Keynote: Ken Shelton-The Power of Voice in the Digital Age

The TIES 2017 Conference kicked off with Ken Shelton, an educator, educational consultant, new media designer. The theme of this year's conference is "What Is Your Story?"

Shelton spoke about the importance of "story," which is the representation of our voice. Technology gives us the opportunity to amplify our voice, both positively and negatively.
He had us share our prediction of what our story would be 3 days from now.

While many see tech as making us less social, Shelton sees it amplifying our connections and stories, in ways that are exponential. The 2017 Internet minute looks like this:

The world online is becoming more connected, with more platforms that can amplify our voice, just like this ad...


With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility!

-Voltaire (Stan Lee)

We can use tech and this power to establish a digital footprint. 

If you think about the power of our voice, then it gets retweeted, shared, reposted...but with that power comes responsibility.

Justine Sacco's story...

When she posted, she had 200 followers. After that tweet, by the time she landed, #hasjustinelandedyet was trending for over 6 hours. She was publicly shamed, which is the same as bullying. 
(Shelton pointed out later in his talk that due to this incident, groups raising funds for AIDS research and support in Africa increased dramatically.)

Now there are sites like reputation.com and Xpire to help you control your social media. 
"Don't you already have control of your social media?"
It's really a Digital Tatoo...

Shelton shared the story of Celeste Davis-Carr and Aaron, a teacher who learned that one of her students was experiencing homelessness, and the aftermath.
What if there were a Story Corps booth at every school?

Justice Page School
Shelton pointed to the story of students at Alexander Ramsay Middle School (In my neighborhood) that worked to change the name to Justice Page School, after they learned what Ramsay did to promote mass genocide of native peoples. Shelton visited with Justice Alan Page, who told him that football was secondary to him growing up. He realized by 9th grade that he loved words and their power.

If students are active members of their community they will have ownership of that community.
Leyden School district in Illinois uses this to turn negative social media to tell a positive story.
Nina & Airbnb
Nina really wanted to work for Airbnb but struggled to get their attention. She decided to make a Website that mirrored Airbnb's site. She was of Jordanian heritage and after tweeting out the link, Queen Noor retweeted it, and it ultimately led to her being hired.

Gramming for Good is a site that matches people with local non-profits to post images that they can use. 100 Cameras allows students to take pictures to tell a story, so that the "danger of the single story" doesn't happen. This gives students agency.

Shelton shared a video of a student in Utah who wanted to read, and the man who learned of it, shared the story and then was able to get several donated books the child. What was really cool is now the student is hoping for more, so that he can share with other classmates who like to read.

Shelton shared the story of a trip he took recently to Lebanon, where he met a young woman who had started the an organizaton to empower women. Along with three other students, they started Nour International and used online funding to raise over $30,000 to support education in refugee camps for students to learn english. "Don't lose a generation to a lack of education!"
Think of the power of kids who do not have as much hope as they should, but understand the importance of education and are working to break the cycle of poverty and lack of hope.

What are all of the platforms that we have available to amplify our voice and tell our story?
We ALL have the power to do that and to amplify one another. 
Why do todays students have to wait to solve the world's problems?
They should not have to wait to become "adults" to make that happen. We should be encouraging them to use the tools they have available to make it happen now!

It was an inspirational kick-off to the conference. Now to throw cold water on some of it with the importance of knowing Terms of Service and Privacy Policies on the tools we use with kids!