Monday, December 10, 2018

#TIES18 Monday Keynote: Jaime Casap-The Problem Solving Generation

Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist with Google was the Monday Keynote at the 2018 TIES Conference
Jaime helped launch Google Apps, Chromebooks and helped found the Phoenix Coding Academy. He also teaches Communication to 10th graders. 
He authored the book, "On Our Street," a children's book about poverty. He grew up in Hell's Kitchen in the 70's, so he knows a little about the topic.
Education disrupts poverty!
 All of the milestones he has achieved were based on Education. He was invited to speak at the White House to help launch Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative. What we sometimes forget is that the impact we have on students goes on for generations! Since he went to college, her daughter just assumed that she would go on to college. The life his children have comes from the educators that impacted Jaime.

The State of Education

Casap doesn't think education is broken, because it worked for everyone in this room. AND it has changed in the last 100 years....AND technology has had an impact! However, since 1995, it really hasn't changed much. The world on the otherhand has changed a lot! How many in the room haven't used technology today? No hands....Remember calling the Internet with our home phones? And sometimes it was busy and you needed a different number?!

Expectations today are that everything is instantaneous. We were the generation that were minding our own business before the Internet showed up. What do people who have always had it think about learning?

This generation just starts learning, BUT, they really don't know how to use the tools! Helping them take advantage and learn to use the tools safely and responsibly is our responsibility. We now live in a different economy-The Digitalization Economy. Change happens gradually AND suddenly!

Digitization Economy

What will this technology look like in 10 to 20 years? 4.5 million people currently drive for a living. Workers won't be needed for as many tasks. Self-Driving cars can be purchased today.

In Minnesota, 13,477 open computing jobs in the state right now. 3 times the average demand for every other job. What is the economic impact of this?
895 graduates of Computer Science in 2017. Only 13% female. Only 59 schools offer the AP Computer Science course in Minnesota.
We need to understand the future and where we are headed. Process work is going away. Just look at the checkout lanes at supermarkets! Nobody needed a PD session on how to self checkout, either!

Jobs are changing, not going away. Think about how we used to fill out pieces of paper to go to a bank teller instead of an ATM. Yet, there are more banking jobs now than 20 years ago. 
Now instead of checkout and stockers at stores, now there are nutritional consultants to support people buying ingredients for quality meals. ALL work will be digitized to some degree.

What does being educated mean in today's economy?

We need to re-examine what learning is. What did the world look like in 1864? Look at everything in front of us now. ALL of the things available now were also available in 1864! Why didn't we invent it then? Learning was slower. Today, we can learn anything we want at much higher speeds. Learning how to use a camera is a lot different today than 10 years ago, but there are 10,000 videos explaining how to do it! In 3 months, he has been able to learn what he needed and get thousands of views of his photos.

Skills Needed for Generation Z

A study asked which skills were needed moving forward

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Team-Working
  3. Communications
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Creativity 

Topped the list. Here is Casap's adaptation.

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Collaboration
  4. Ability to Learn
  5. Creativity
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is the wrong question! What we should be asking is,

  1. "What problem do you want to solve?" 
  2. How do you want to solve it? 
  3. What skills do you need and what knowledge do you need to solve that problem?"


Collaboration is how problems are solved. Unfortunately, education is set up to be a "single player" sport. Why are we teaching kids that collaboration is cheating!
At Google, they asked people about their leadership skills. How do we build that  skill?

We're Just Getting Started

Today, only 30% of the world is online. We need to iterate and innovate. We are currently creating the new learning model for the future, to bring education to the next level. A Google example is this picture of what it used to look like and what it looks like now!
Electricity had a similar start. It took businesses to see the possibilities of what it could look like before it really took off.

Casap closed with this idea:
Think about a 4 or 5 year old and what they think of the world around them, and then think of the technology you have around you. The tech now is their "Commodore 64!" It will be in the $.50 box in the thrift shop 20 years from now, and she will pick it up remembering that's what dad used to have! AND it had to be plugged into a wall for hours!! How did they live like that?! 
"Do we have the right models in place to support these kids coming to our schools, to solve the problems they will be interested in solving?"