Wikipedia Debate from EDT 520

I am currently teaching a group of Master of Arts in Teaching students. The course is Methods of Teaching with Computer Technology. It is a two week course where we explore the latest emerging technologies and discuss ways to integrate them into their future classroom.

Inspired by the Oxford style debate I saw at NECC this year, I decided to do the same in this class. The topic: Wikipedia. They read a few articles provided by me the night before to provide them with a bit of background.

I broke the class into 4 groups of six students. Two groups would argue for the use of Wikipedia and two groups would argue the opposition. This was great as students would certainly be arguing a point of view they dont’ necessarily believe in. Always a good way to learn more about a topic.

The “against Wikipedia” group had their work cut out for them too. A quick poll before the debate using polleverywhere found 82% of the class thought Wikipedia should be used as a research tool in K-12 schools.

If you are interested in the debate, I Ustreamed it. Check it out. The audio isn’t the best, but it is better than nothing.

In the end, the pro Wikipedia group was declared the winner as another poll found 83% for the use of Wikipedia.

This was a great conversation starter as the group discussed the topic in great depth after the debate. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recording of this discussion because the room was too big to capture it at any level of quality. Maybe next time.

By the way, the group that edited the Orono, ME entry to include me, found that someone (not in our class) had the article fixed within 5 minutes. Yay, Wikipedia.

Two great quotes from “The World is Open”

I am currently reading The World Is Open by e-learning guru Curtis J. Bonk. It is a great book so far and am holding comments until I am finished with. However, I had to share a paragraph that hit home with me. It comes from chapter three, E-Demand Around the Globe and he is talking about different online learning opportunities.

Although there are scores on online learning optimists and pioneers, as well as myriad examples of innovative uses to justify such optimism, there are also many who admittedly are more hesitant, reluctant, or resistant about technology’s role in education. Like medieval European sailors who hugged the shoreline and relied on familiar landmarks, many teachers will not give up the lecture, the canned drills, rote instructions, and twenty years of dog-eared lecture notes. In education, our safekeeping selves too often suppress our risk-taking selves. But with such safekeeping comes an earth with a different soft of familiarity, accompanied by redundancy, complacency, and dryness. In a word, boring!

I also have to share another passage from the same chapter. This time is is a quote from Florida Virtual School president and CEO, Julie Young.

Part of my passion as an educator is to help other educators understand how vital it is that we be willing to pioneer withing this new “open” world on behalf of our children. If you think of pioneering days of old in this country, no one would have dreamed of sending children out to forge a trail to the West ahead of their parents. Yet, so many parents and educators today are willing to throw up their hands and say that they just aren’t good at technology or they are just too old to change their way of teaching. That’s the equivalent of sending our kids into a wilderness with no map or compass. We have to be willing to provide the maps and the compass so that when the get out into this new open world of instant access, they will have guideposts, warning signs, and even a moral compass to keep them on a productive path.

Two great points that should be taken to heart by educators everywhere. If you have added The World is Open to your reading list yet, you are missing out on a great book filled with to-the-point commentary on the wealth of learning opportunities out there.

Raw notes: Tuesday Morning Debate: Bricks and Mortar schools are detrimental to the future of education.

Note on the video: The debate actually starts around the 53 minutes mark. Also, with the video, my notes are pretty much not needed. However, I blog for my own learning as well, so it helps me makes sense of things after the fact.

This session was moderated by NPR All Things Considered journalist Robert Siegal. It took the form of a formal Oxford-style debate. Here are my raw notes, uncorrected and without thoughts.

“Bricks and mortar schools are detrimental to the future of education”

Audience poll before debate
for 37
against 63

mike horn up for first – for
schools modeled after factories. don’t look that different
“learning by definition takes place in a physical place” how we define a school
brick boundaries restricts learning experiences we might other wise provide
people learn the same way, have the same goals, etc. argues agaist
online learning holds the potential to pull from many different learning oppotunities.
research show online learning can work. hybrid and online learning shows great success
limit socialization to limited community – local monopoly
-distance not obstacle anymore
-communities not defined by distance anymore
-easy to learn from other places, not expensive anymore
-must have the ability to interact with others in a global audience
most Americans won’t work in a factory, why school that way
learning happens everywhere
world has changed, schools have not.

brad jupp
us dept of ed – senior advisor – against
-teaching machine – gizmo that made a light go on.
-school are necessary to get together to learn
-helps community grow
-toss things away before we are done with them
-schools are the vessels of the wishes of our democracy.
-hold together our community
-hold the old men like me that play basketball in the gym
-place of access or Internet
-center of community
-education is our generations greatest civil rights issue
-cannot leave the house of learning

Gary Stager – pepperdine university  for
-problem lies with structure of school setup
-nclb = mid evil
-we are robbing kids of great learning experiences
-really going jugular
-need to make student focused learning experiences
-give kids some learning responsibility and that can change the relationship of student/teachers
-whiteboards encourage teacher in front of the room
-stop using “gadgets to sdo the same old things
-

Cheryl Lemke – against
-ceo metiry group
-not here to support the status quo
-here to support learning for all students
-social capital – reconnect student with local communities as well are global communities
-note one or the other. it is a conmbination that we need to provide our students
-need to redefine school to fit in today’s school
-students are not as self directed as they need to be
-nedd to build the ability to do this. teacher need to change for this
-students need to be connected to school. achievement go up  research shows this
-distance learning doesn’t have this ability
-research suggest hybrid models work best
-need the briding to global audiences and environmnets and opportunities
-face to face is needed as well
-build capacity for those global connections in school
-need to be connected at home
-need bricks and mortar plus online

marshall thompson – walt whitman high school MD -
-going beyond bricks and mortar
-argument against the local place – we are not limited o having these learning experiences in a physical location.
-why does the learning have to happen in a physical space
-no longer limited
-can live in an international connected place
-why do I only have to learn with people at the local level
-education shouldn’t be limited to my local community
-need a global perspective
-need to have a basis for community argument
-look through bricks and mortar lens
-b and m doesn’t facilitate that
-don’t want to only learn for 8 hours a day
why does learning have to happen only in shcool

erik bakke – west Springfield high school – Springfield VA – against
-schools are crappy – feels an excitement to come in because of an excitement with learning other people
-we see classrooms are adapting to meets needs of different students
-have classrooms for students of different needs
-coming together in these classrooms create strong connections to local communities
-all student have one need in common – the need to work as a team – only through local group do we learn this skill
-through dedication of teacher that students gain love of learning and subjects
-take these into the work force
-it is through schools that you learn passions in life
-teachers inspire him to love life and learning
-my thought, do you need that in a b and m building?

gary stager up again – summation
-students don’t learn the same way
-not b and m support learning with diverse group of students
-scares the hell out of him that students don’t have ties to others out side of their small groups – age and of other diverse groups
-problem lies within the bankruptcy of our imagination

cheryl lemke up again – summation
-we need online learning
-doesn’t have to be at the expense of a location
-don’t want fathers schools
-need to reinvent the school
-if not school we will lose our local communities
-listen carefully to Obama about a speech at notre dame
-there is common ground no matter what side you are on
-time to open classroom doors. technology can augment
-need that personal connection locally and globally

audience questions
-dave wells – pre k principal VT
-q to horn – we have a teacher. how do we support teachers as facilitator, whereever teaching akes place?
-a – that is the role of PD
-we send teachers to PD that are lecture based
-need to be more “just in time”
-can’t be top down model

-question from isteconnects
-q 2 jupp – what will the end of b and m mean for the socialization of students?
-a – if we were to imagine schools away would have to imagine a social space to engage in social learning that schools construct
-current social situations aren’t as good, but need to change that, can’t do it without b and m buildings
-flase dilema to think it is one against the other side
-hybrid is the way to go

-question from audience
-jm from PA – for jupp
-b and m carry burden of the fear of lawsuit whether real or imagined. can b and m break away from this or will the weight crush them
-jupp paused. Laughter from crowd. Jupp needed clarity. Someone in his position should really understand the threats of lawsuits schools face.
-hadn’t thought of it in that manner
-teacher needs to be vigilant
-clear code of conduct
-have to be rave enough to think we can do it without misbehavior
-not argument from other side
-not really answered that well

Final vote
for 26%
against 74%
very surprising outcome

I think there was a big problem with the way the question was asked. It seemed the “against brick and mortar” side took the statement to mean that the way schools are set up now, currently works against our students. The “for brick and mortar” side took it as a question of should we have physical learning spaces. The arguments came across not on the same point. I think most agreed that there is nothing wrong with a physical space for learning. That is probably why that side seemed to win in the end. I wish the statement they were arguing about was a bit clearer. We may have gotten a bit better clearer debate. However, the points made by all participants were great and well thought out. Gary Stager was certainly the most entertaining if not most passionate about his convictions.

My thoughts on the matter? Local schools are a great place for learning. However, we need to be future focused and start designing what happens within the walls around current students needs. If that doesn’t happen then yes, bricks and mortar schools are a detriment to the future of education.

Raw notes: Tuesday Afternoon Session: Ramapo Islands Year 3: No Avatar Left Behind

The last session from today. Phew. That was a lot of typing. Hope you get something out of these. Again, I will be going back through these sessions after NECC09 and reacting and adding a few things.

Ramapo Islands Year 3: No Avatar Left Behind

Peggy Sheehy, Ramapo Central SD

Session Description: Continuing the Suffern Middle School journey in Teen Second Life, this presentation demonstrates concrete examples of projects that support standards-based curriculum and NETS.

session overview

  • rationale
  • second life overview
  • curriculum connections
  • professional development

Need to have the correct lens
-”A milillion computers cannot replace a good teacher”

Think about shifts in culture and learning got her thinking about different ways to approach learning

  • challenge it to figure out what kids need to know and how to do it
  • need collaboration skills
  • mentions warlick, tapscott, jenkins, pink, gardner
  • Dan’s pink book had a big influence on finding new ways to teach

Again – “Not about technology. It changes so quickly.”

Our kids need to ask good questions.

Peggy told a great story about a pigeon that flew in the computer lab windows. She wanted to take a picture so she went to her media desk and had the clerk get a camera out of the closet. By the time she was back, kids already had cell phones out. Cell phone that they aren’t supposed to have on them. The picture she showed of the kids taking pictures of the pigeon made her point beautifully. After this comes my favorite quote of the day, “Connectivity is today’s kids birthright. We need to stop being scared and blocking it.”

Talked about what she called “The shifted learner”

  • basically explaining the progress from student in rows to real project based learning

Peggy was at some conference talking with people at nasa and they say they need employees that understand the relationship between abstract ideas and reality. She then explained a thought game.

  • You have three lightbulbs hooked to three switches. There is a wall between them. You need to see which switch turns on what light and you can only walk around the walk once. Can you answer it?
  • Highlight after here for the answer: Turn one on, wait, turn on another, walk around. One is hot, that is the first switch. The other one the cool bulb. The third is one turned off.
  • She asks, is abstract thought taught in the classroom? Isn’t that one of the best tools we can give students?

Mentions Disrupting Class as another big influence

  • disruptive innovation
  • extrinsic and intrinsic motication
  • computer based learning
  • playful
  • billions have been spent and not much changed
    • “we have taken new tools and applied them to old educational paradigms”
      • we need a true shift. truly make learning change
      • REALLY move away from sage on the stage

To make the shift

  • what will teachers let go?
  • when will admins start trusting their teachers?

Intros Second life

  • supports constructivist learning
  • participatory culture
  • conveys a sense of presence
  • harness lots of different types of technology
  • require students to participate
  • students are engaged
  • engages problem solving in context
  • Your world. You build it.

SL for educators

  • a supplement to face to face
  • extended learning
  • introduce and explore concepts
  • demonstrate mastery and create new meaning
  • “Over 13,000,000 residents. How can we ignore that?” -David Warlick

Purchasing and Island

  • 16 acres o virtual space
  • secure “intranet”space
  • or open and public
  • $700 one time + 147.50 monthly

Main Grid = Adult place – Not Xrated place. There is a difference. X rated content is on its own continent. Have to seek our x rated content, you won’t find it by accident.
Teen Second Life = 13-17

  • press got on the adult content. educators have to fight stigma of this.
  • made the point that the Teen Grid is for Teens. Adults are there as guests. IT IS FOR TEENS.

Safety and security on ramapo islands

  • private islands
  • adults have rigorous background check
  • no access to TG residents or content
  • constant adult supervision
  • have a security sript in place to allow kids onto the islands only when adults are there
    • equates it to a lunch room without supervision
    • she open it up at night and that seems to be when the most creative things happen

Teachers learned SL by getting on the Main grid and learning there

  • 45 teachers have gone through her main course to get up to speed to delivering learning and tie to curiculum

First brought a group of 9 students that were labeled as learning diabled, etc.

  • called them peer leaders
    • in hind sight this was probably the best things she could have done.
  • empowered these students in ways that they weren’t before

Science

  • nasa contributed content to them
  • weather center
  • catastrophic events
  • ecology debates
  • nasa rockets
  • noticed it leveled the playing field

Family and Consumer Science

  • entrepeneur reseach, interviews, business proposlas,
  • kids started telling teachers ow to teach them
    • they started adding rigor themselves
    • got them engaged in improving because they wanted to run their own business

Math

  • modeling math objects
  • add notecards describing explainations
  • then students started to increase it
    • students would include a problem with the model and if others solved it they would give them a dollar
  • math teacher wanted to go to store and have them buy things
    • gave them $100 and had to buy things and still have enough left over
      • planning, buying, saving, study % off
    • students started just buying things they wanted and out of money quickly
      • they started a back channel chat and started trading
    • great way to learn financial literacies

Social Studies

  • rebuilt ellis island
  • She then asked the kids what they could have done better
  • students told teachers that they should have role-played
  • students were completely involved and immersed
  • students developed empathy due to changing roles and understanding immigrants and officers though role-play

Health and Wellness

  • showed dove real campaign to students as a starting point
  • had students create representations of themselves
  • talked about how the media lies to us about what people look like and encouraged them to think about it
  • students did what media does and dolled up avatars
  • great conversations and deep discussions
  • changed gender roles
  • then switched back and students realize the pressure that is on them
  • Middle schooler “Maybe we should reevaluate what beuaty is.”
  • my thoughts- Peggy is really doing a fantastic job here. VERY powerful presentation. My notes do not do it justice.

Multimedia Island

  • Music studio
  • soundstage
  • wrote and sell music

Foreign Language

  • cultural investigations
  • voice immersion
  • authentic artifacts
  • shared experience

This year, student are designing the curriculum. Students designed experiences. Students were able to collaborate with their research on the planets. Had discussions on how to place planets correctly and what to include for an effective experience for other students.

When students act in the avatars identity (which it part of theirs) it allows students to participate in a safe and profound way.

Students are motivated like no time before.

Mentions What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy by James Paul Gee.

  • SL allows users to explore alternate identities withough repercussions.
  • The fact students identify under the SL avatar allows them to open up more then in face to face.

Places to go
rezed.org and atlantis rising campus (a Sheehy project)

LL Lab is looking to make a better way to get teachers in to sl

Ramapo Island Blog

Here are her slides:

NECC2009

View more documents from PeggySheehy.

Raw notes: Tuesday Morning Session: Wikinomics 2: How Mass Colloboration Fundamentally Changes Learning

More raw notes. I will correct and edit in time. Stay with me. I hope you like these mind dumps. Feel free to add some things in the comments and I will add it.

Wikinomics 2: How Mass Colloboration Fundamentally Changes Learning

Yvonne Marie Andres, Global SchoolNet Foundation
Lucie deLaBruere

Session Description: Bestseller “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” sends educators a critical message. So, how can we best integrate collaborative tools and content and implement strategies?

Intro: Started with 1984 – FREdMain network – tex-base email and newsgroups – found that when she shared student work over the internet, it engaged studetns to a deeper level

1992 – global school house, video audio chat

2009 Global SchoolNet
-2500 porjects
194 countries
100,000 educators registered at the site.

globalschoolnet.org

Vision is to set up a scope and sequence to have studenst participating in collaborative projects.

If you want your students to be globally literate, then they need to engage in global audience.

At Global SchoolNet, students gather info about local issues and engage them at the global scale.

Based on constructivist learning.

Standards-based, collaborative, and geared to connecting US students with students worldwide…to explore community, cultural and scientific issues!

Wikinomic:
4 premises:
-openes
peering
sharing
acting globally
3 influential forces:
-technology (always connected and interactivce web 2.0
-net gen
-global economy

we are always connected- to all of our devices – they provide us with better an more involved experiences

US Now – www.usnowfilm.com
-”We are living in a different world now. THe value of the human being, the connected human being is coming through.” JP Rangaswami
watched part 1 of 7

How does the concept of Wikinomicsimpact learning?
-eportfolios
-flexbooks – textbooks on line – content being updated by people in the field
-co-created content
-virtual field trips
-virtual worlds
-global competitions
-global exhibitions
-collaborative porjects
-blended learning spaces
-collective wisdom

education benefits o social networking
“Students using social networking site are actually practicing the kinds of 21st century skills we want them to develop to be successful today.”
-Science Daily July 1, 2007

Net Gen Ethics
-have a different set of ethics
-as employers think of way to attrack workers, need to look at openess, freedom, playfulness, authenticity, innovation. the things that matter to youths today.

What are the implementaiotn obstacles and challenges?
-time
-managing th elearnign environment
-assessment decisions
-identifying reputable grade appropriate projects
-learning the right new tools
-acceptable use and student safety
-administrative support
-it issues
-knowsing when enough is enouhg

PBL – 2 years later students in pbl experiences retain 80% more content

Need to not put emphasis on the tool used as they are always changing.

ipod notes

http://bit.ly/TVAtX

http://bit.ly/yWzSf

appshopper.com

Yvonne doesn’t like twitter. Doesn’t think it is always being used correctly. Defining it as an educational tool. Not a true social (without definition constraints) tool.

Talking abotu edu.googleapps.com
-released at this conference
-emerging to a higher education tool to a k-12 tool
-first step in collaborating globally, is to collaborate in the class with the same tools that connect you to the world.

A few tools
-Photoshow- photo sharing
-Twitter -
-globalschoolnet.org – Collaborative learning center – categorize tools, content, and other resources.

Crowds favorite web 2.0 sites
-er2.weebly.com – guy in crowd put it up. teachers rate social networking tools
-SSO
-VoiceThread
-Buzzword
-WikiSpaces
-Podcasting, camtasia, jing, audacity
-Ning
-Protopage
-Picwiki
-tokbox.com – my addition for web based collaboration

I will find the slides on the revisit to this post.

Raw notes: Tuesday Morning Keynote. Debate on “Bricks and mortar schools are detrimental to the future of education.”

Another raw note dump from the Tuesday morning keynote at NECC09. Updates and corrections to come. It was an oxford-style debate moderated by NPR All Things Considered journalist Robert Siegal.

Dialogue and Debate
“Bricks and mortar schools are detrimental to the future of education”

Audeice poll before debate
for 37
against 63

mike horn up for first – for
schools modeled after facotries. don’t look that different
“learning by definition takes place in a physical place” how we define a school
brick boundaries restricts learning experiences we might other wise provide
people learn the same way, have the same goals, etc. argues agaist
online learning holds the potential to pull from many different learning oppotunities.
research show online learing can work. hybrid and online learning shows great success
limit socialization to limited community – local monopoly
-distance not obstacle anymore
-communitites not deined by distance anymore
-easy to learn from other places, not expensive anymore
-must have the ability to interact with others in a global audience
most americans won’t work in a factory, why school that way
learning happens everywhere
world has changed, schools have not.

brad jupp
us dept of ed – senior advisor – against
-teaching machine – gizmo that made a light go on.
-school are neccesary to get together to learn
-helps community grow
-toss thigns away before we are done with them
-schools are the vessels of the wishes of our democracy.
-hold together our community
-hold the old men like me that play basketball in the gym
-place of access or internet
-center of community
-education is our generations greastest civil rights issue
-cannot leave the house of learning

Gary stager – pepperdine university  for
-problem lies with structure of school setup
-nclb = midevil
-we are robbing kids of great learning experiences
-really going jugular
-need to make student focused learning experiences
-give kids some learning responsibility and that can change the relationship of student/teachers
-whiteboards encourage teacher infront of the room
-stop using “gadgets to sdo the same old things
-

Cheryl Lemke – against
-ceo metiry group
-not here to support the status quo
-here to support learning for all students
-social capital – reconnect stuentt with local communites as well are global communities
-note one or the other. it is a conmbination that we need to provide our students
-need to redefine school to fit in today’s school
-students are not as self irected as they need to be
-nedd to build the ability to do this. teacher need to change for this
-students need to be conneted to school. acheivement go up  research shows this
-distance learning doesn’t have this ability
-misconnections
-research suggest hybrid models work best
-need the briding to global audiences and environmnets and opportunities
-face to face is needed as well
-build capacity for those global connections in school
-need to be connected at home
-need bricks and mortar plus online

marshall thompson – walt whitman hitschool MD – for
-going beyond bricks and mortar
-agrguement against the local place – we are not limited o having these learning experiences in a physical location.
-why does the learning have to happen in a physical space
-no longer limited
-can live in an international connected place
-why do I only have to learn with people at the local level
-educaiton shouldn’t be limited to my local community
-need a global perspective
-need to have a basis for commuity argument
-look through bricks and mortar lense
-b and m doesn’t facilitate that
-don’t want to only learn for 8 hours a day
why does learning have to happen only in shcool

erik bakke – west springfiedl high school – springfield VA – against
-schools are crappy – feels an excitement to come in because of an excitement with learning other people
-we see classrooms are adapting to meets needs of different students
-have classrooms for students of different needs
-coming together in these classrooms create strong connections to local communities
-all studet have one need in common – the need to work as a team – only through local group do we learn this skill
-through dedication of teacher that students gain love of learning and subjects
-take these into the work force
-it is through schools that you learn passions in life
-teachers insipire him to love life and learning
-my thought, do you need that in a b and m building?

gary stager up again – summation
-students don’t learn the same way
-not b and m support learning with diverse group of students
-scares the hell out of him that students don’t have ties to others out side of their small groups – age and of other diverse groups
-problem lies within the bankruptcy of our imagination

cheryl lemke up again – summation
-we need online learning
-doesn’t have to be at the expense of a location
-don’t want fathers schools
-need to reinvent the school
-if not school we will lose our local communiites
-listen carefully to obama about a speech at notre dame
-there is common ground no matter what side you are on
-time to open classroom doors. technology can augment
-need that personal connection locally and globally

audience questions
-dave wells – pre k principal VT
-q to horn – we have a teacher. how do we support teachers as facilitator, whereever teaching akes place?
-a – that is the role of PD
-we send teachers to PD that are lecture based
-need to be more “just in time”
-can’t be top down model

-question fro isteconnects
-q 2 jupp – what will the end of b and m mean for the socialation of students?
-a – if we were to imagine schools away would have to imagine a social space to engage in social learning that schools construct
-urrent social situations aren’t as good, but need to change that, can’t do it without b and m buildings
-flase dilema to think it is one against the other side
-hybrid is the way to go

-quesiton from audience
-jm from PA – for jupp
-ba dn m carry burden the fear of lawsuit whether real or imagined. can b and m break away from this or will the weight crush them
-a – pause and laughter. and another law – needed clarity
-hadn’t thought of it in that manner
-teacher needs to be vigilant
-clear code of conduct
-have to be rave enough to think we can do it without misbehavior
-not arguement from other side
-not really answered that well

Final vote
for 26%
against 74%
very surprising outcome
the question wasn’t phrased correctly

Raw notes: Beyond 1:1 Session – Monday

Another raw notes dump. I will update with thoughts when I get a chance and solid network access.

Beyond 1:1 – 21st Century Learning in a Textbook-Free Digital School
Bill Morrison, Rapides Parish School Board, Gary L. Jones, Misty Slayter

Session Description – Follow the creation of a textbook free, all-digital high school and learn professional development strategies, instructional management, infrastructure, and curriculum resources for successful all-digital learning environments.

Why go beyond 1-1, moved to digital curricula.

50 schools in district

try to move beyond textbooks. was a safety net for teachers. struggled with that.

found it an environment that students liked the freedom they had to learn. had relevant 21st century content and environment

goal: engage kids in 21st centruy learning skills. get beyond fact recall. 80% of what they get out of educaiton is the ability to extract information from text. Not reall high skill in the real world.

the what of project
not a technology project – people wanted to think of it that way.
had a hard time getting it in there. Getting the teachers to change was a problem. bound by tradition.
tried to communicate to parents and community that it was about depth of knowledge. not rote memorization.

what does it look like?
students are working by themselves or in small teams to solve engaging problems or answer compelling questions. -THey are synthesizing their own experience, ideas from the teacher and sources they can find on the web.
-the teacher has come down from the lectern and is moving throughout the room, watching what studnts are doing, asking question, posing challenges
-periodically the action is topped. the teacher instructs the class to clost th laptops.. they talk. they share their insights, their solutions and their obstacles. the socratic exchange is fuelde by the insights developed though electronic inquiry. the powerful face to face questiooning isn’t competing with the laptops; instead it depends on it.
-get and use real world data and use that to learn.
-direction of learning is by curiosity not mandated from above

thought it funny, they didn’t do test online thoough. thought it to tempting for them to cheat.

started
saw empire high school and they went from there

how did the do it?
-started with jr and sr. found it easier to fund at that level as a pilot.
-core courses are all digital
-new teaching strategies
-all-digital content
-community hotspots – haven’t done this. need internet access on campus and home.
-internet cafe
-campus-wide wireless
-on-site repair center
-600+ laptops
-assignments posted and graded in digital environment
-full parental involvement with content and assignments
-thoughts – still not sure what they mean by digital content. Just no textbook? What does it really look like.

Hearing lots of “tech” solutions. Yes the technical detail are important but that isn’t what the session is supposed to be about. I care about the learning.

this point i am realizing that Maine is already doing this. not now. but in 2001. all their lessons about pushing 1-1 initiatives we have already figured out. the talk was about lesson already learned in ME. More evidence that ME is truly ahead of the game with changing education through technology.

used abc-clio, gizmos for science, sketchpad, debate master, office, inspiration, blackboard

students see web portal to quick access to materials

papers, blackboard drop box, goes to turnit in, or on paper. Paper? in this environment?

must haves
committed teacher devoted to continuous improvement
community support
clear vision that gets communicated to all
need tech integrators

post the slides to iste slides site