Delaware Schools Go Flat:Redesigning Schools for 21st Century Learning Tom Welch April 10
The upfronts . . . • Where’s Pat? • All of my Ppts will be left with Wendy • They will also be on my website • Cell Phone instructions • The 3 column Graphic Organizer • Oh. • Aha! • OMG!!!!%^&*( • 5. The Squirm factor
The alternative 3 Column Graphic organizer… • Uh huh • Yeah Right! • OMDB!
My goals for the session • 1. That everyone knows the answer to the Essential Question • --by heart! • And everyone has 3 concrete ideas about what the answer means for them.
The Question you might have thought I was going to ask . . . • What’s Delaware being flat got to do with anything?
Time for today’s Essential Question . . . • (No fair calling a friend or trying to Google it!)
That wasn’t the essential question • It was only the lead up to it.
How many of you BELIEVE it’s 2008?? • Many of you believe it’s still 1996 . . . • with a different set of “toys”
Haircuts and Hairdo’s • And don’ts
Scary to think but maybe the best exemplar is that classic American icon . . .
Because maybe the world really is . . . • beehived
Friedman’s Brief History of the 21st century • Globalization 1.0 • 1492 – 1800 • Shrank world from a size Large to a Medium • Was about countries and muscle • The “Old” World
Globalization 2.0 • 1800 – 2000 • Shrank the world from medium to small • Multinational companies • The “New” World
Globalization 3.0 • 2000 – • Size small to a size tiny • individuals collaborating and • competing globally • The “Next” World
What will a changing world mean in your school and your district? • Will you continue as if your responsibility for student learning is continuous improvement for a 2.0 world?
OR • Will you see that your responsibility is for each student in your school to be successful in a 3.0 world?
One of the greatest difficulty is that we don’t really see the difference between 2.0 and 3.0 • And glass walls are the hardest to cross.
The 3.0 learning world is . . . • Beehived!
Raise your hand if, in the last 3 months, your students have been learning directly . . . • With students from another country! • With students from another state. • With students from another Delaware school. • With students from another school in your district. • With students in another class in YOUR school
Uhhhh . . . • May I ask the obvious? • Why not?
The ability of the individual students in your school to collaborate and compete will directly affect the quality of your schools, as well as the very life and health of your individual communities.
Sooooo… • How’s your 2.0 world working for you?
If you’re a teacher the answer is . . . • Pretty darn well • (Cause for you it’s still 1982!)
Just a quick “sober-upper” • What’s the US High School graduation rate?
Three aspects to consider • Low educational attainment = lost personal opportunities in life • Lost earnings = lost tax revenue • Loss of opportunity is a problem that not only threatens the welfare of the individual, it threatens the welfare of the entire country.
So let me ask again • Delaware . . . • How’s it workin for you?
If you’re a student or a community member • It’s “stuck” • Cause it hasn’t changed since 1982 • Make that ’62 • Make that ’32!
While education attainment levels are crucial to Delaware communities, • Globalization 3.0 is bringing other shifts to our schools and communities . . .
So I ask . . . • As Ed Tech leaders, how are you preparing for, and handling the shift? • (Apologies to Lisa Mims and Scott Richardson . . .)
As if all this weren’t enough . . . • Larger changes are on the horizon and • headed our way. . .
Teachers in Delaware must come to understand that they are part of a world economy, and the world is changing faster than ever before. • Huge shifts are taking place now that will be felt for many decades.
“The only sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to be able to learn faster than your competition.” • --Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline
What about policy issues for Delaware educators? • “Oh! We already have our AUP policies • And our “No No” policies!
No, Not “No No” • “No Know”
“No Know” Policies? • NO accessing unapproved sites • NO cell phones • NO iPods • NO YouTube • No TeacherTube • And above all . . . • NO unapproved learning
The beatings will continue • Until morale improves!
Students and Teachers shall • Know Nothing . . . • But approved instructional technologies
No, not “instructional technology” issues • Shouldn’t you only be talking about • Learning technology?