I was really struck by the keynote by Ron Canuel. I have never heard him before, but I could listen to him all day. What great ideas!
Here are some of my notes and my thoughts since then -the italics are my comments tonight.
Impressive But not convincing – this was the name of the talk
Technology and integration into the classroom – this was the key point – technology is great, but how is it implemented? This should be the major challenge for the administrator
If teachers are not on board, nothing happens. Average number of teachers a child will see K-12 is 55. Teachers have an enormous challenge.
You want to move an agenda forward? Surround yourself with people more intelligent and talented than you – to really move things ahead. A good note for all admin
CEA – Transforming Education – research-based , best practices based organization. We do not base practice on solid research – this is what we need to do. Join us! Excellent point – what research do we have to know that we are doing the right thing? What really is effective, what do we really know?
Domains that we need to focus on:
• Student engagement – yes, but what about parent engagement
• Teaching the way we aspire to teach
• Challenges to change – a keynote in itself – covered very well by George Couros’ keynote on the Friday
• Effective integration of technology into classrooms – what is effective? Nothing worse than bringing tech into the classroom and doing the same old thing.
• Neuroscience and the classroom
Technology that is transformational –
Students and teachers have done great things with chalk, pencil, etc technology is a portal to the imagination – who is on the other side – the student. What an important point!
Tech is not a tool – it is a portal to students – a really good point, we can’t see our new technology as ‘just another tool’ it is so much more than that!
“The more you trust teachers and decrease regulation achievement goes up” What a great point – do boards listen to this , does the province consider this?
“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge”
Seymor Papert – this is the basic idea that motivates the work we are doing on Makerspaces
Constructivism, Technology and the Future of classroom Learning – - quote on change in teaching methods http://ww.alicechristie.org/classes/530/constructivism.pdf
technological changes that have swept through society at large have left the educational system largely unchanged. In the course of 20 years, a dramatic rift has opened between the process of teaching and learning in the schools and the ways of obtaining knowledge in society at large, a rift made obvious by the fact that the process of teaching has not changed substantially, even in the past 100 years everything that you do has to be in moderation – it has to be in balance – 10% effective integration over 90% mindless implementation
Four common strategies from resistors of change: John Kotter Phi Delta Kappa magazine Dec 2010/Jan 2011
• Fear mongering eg. Wifi is harmful
• Death by delay eg. Pilot projects – what happened to that idea? Piloting create a very specific base of teachers trained – what happens when they move? We have to train the base, not jus a specific group of teachers.
• Confusion eg. Media focus
Early adoption – we have to see, how will it transform practice?
Blaming current technology on declining relationships in schools is disingenuous, to say the least – totally agree – technology connects people, helps kids to collaborate
Machines have nothing to do about encouraging positive relationships – this is what the teacher does.
We are in a structure that was created in 1894 and 1895 – designed to mimic the industrial system at the time. When will we finally act on this and change our structures??
Students value teachers more on who they are than by what they say.
Learning how to think differently is what is important
Are students engaged? Rapid decrease from grade 5 to grade 10 -we need to change this, why are students not engaged – a question for all of us.
No courage = no change
Early adaptors don’t convince mid-adaptors do -what a key point!