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Granting Technology its rightful place. John Turner Tuesday 2 October Barnabas Conference 2007 jturner@plc.vic.edu.au. Have you played PowerPoint Bingo?. 5 key points. Computers are increasingly part of each child’s identity development

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granting technology its rightful place

Granting Technology its rightful place

John Turner

Tuesday 2 October

Barnabas Conference 2007

jturner@plc.vic.edu.au

5 key points

Have you played PowerPoint Bingo?

5 key points
  • Computers are increasingly part of each child’s identity development
  • Teachers have a responsibility to be part of identity development
  • Place of computers in schools is unclear
  • Keeping in front of technology change through traditional means is not an option…. or extremely limited at best
  • Need to …. Just Have a Go ….. Together… [use a child’s model … with purpose]
  • The Christian view and journey of understanding and respect can serve us well
what is technology s rightful place
Teacher replacement

Tutor, Tool, Tutee

Efficiency tool for school & work

Student ownership of learning

“Leave for the next generation”

Personal digital world will change education

Window to the world = Web

Bringer of threats

Home use overpowers school use

Identity? [3rd Generation]

1970s

1980

1980s

1980s

1985

1990s

mid-1990s

2001

mid 2000s

2007

What is technology’s rightful place?

And for next year? - Gaming?

student view on changing technologies
Student view on changing technologies
  • Effect of Moore’s Law on students’ view of technology
for those born mid 1950s view on changing technologies
For those born mid-1950s: view on changing technologies
  • Effect of Moore’s Law on 50s view of technology
comparing views
Comparing Views
  • Effect of Moore’s Law on students’ view of technology
today s child
Today’s child
  • Scary 12 year olds
  • Gender differences?
  • Confident, adaptable, even arrogant… but what about the 6% techno-phobic?
  • See computer as personal property of their generation
  • In a world of fast changing technologies, information overload and identity crises.
  • Are we able to handle this? Add value?
  • Schools - plugged in or plugged out?
how are we responding

coworker.com

How are we responding?
  • Ban it! - MySpace - YouTube - rateyourteacher.com - mobile phones
  • Put up the classroom barricades
  • Parent Seminars - “Your child and the Internet - the dangers”
  • But it’s all right for us to play at work!
how different are we do the googlemush test
How different are we?Do the Googlemush test
  • What sort of brain does today’s teenager have compared to you?

http://www.unbound.ru

googlemush test answers
Q1 Y[+1]N[-1]

Q2 Y[+1]N[-1]

Q3 [+1][0] Winston

[-1][0] Almaty

Q4 [+2][-1] totally filled

[+2][-1] pet aversion

Q5 Y[+2]N[-1] HW [+1]

Comp[-1] Both[0]

Q6 Y[+1]N[0]

Y[+1]N[0]

Y[+1]N[0]

Q7 Y[-3]N[+1]

Q8 Y[-1]N[0]

Y[-1]N[0]

Obscure -1

Q9 Y[-2]N[0]

Q10 Y[+1] N[+1] DC[0]

Q11 1min[-4]1-5[-2]5-20[0] 20+[+1]

Q12a 0-2[+2]2-7[+1]7-14[0]15-21[-3] 22+[-5]

Q12b 0[+2] 1-25[-1] 26-74[-2] 75%+ [-4]

GoogleMush Test answers
  • Q13 TV [-1] YT[-2] MyS[-4] Read[+2] Walk [+2]
  • Q14 BM[-2]F[+2] S&C[-1] DA[+2] CC[-2] DN[-2] RB [-3] FF[-2]
  • Q15 0[+2] 1-10[0] 11-49[-1] 50-99[-2] 100+[-4]
  • Q15 Y[-10]N[0]
where does re fit in
Where does RE fit in?
  • What does the Bible have to say about computers?
  • The ethics of computers What is our message?How do we get it through?
  • Where and what is our moral compass?
dangers
Dangers
  • Fads
  • Techno-centrism
  • Educrat decision control
  • History amnesia
  • Technology unreliability
  • Over-reacting / lack of understanding … see Web 2.0
dangers ourselves
Dangers - ourselves?
  • Case Study: A friend gives you a copy of a computer game or CD or movie to use? Do You?
  • There are at least two edges to any new technology.
one school s approach
One School’s Approach
  • 1994: RE/IT
  • 1996: Year 11 Religion and Life
  • Year 7 English/IT
  • Year 9 History/IT
one school s principles
One School’s Principles
  • Bring teachers closer to computer for teaching
  • Exploit child-computer relationship for subject learning
  • Bring God closer to students’ thoughts
  • Develop teacher-teacher working relationships
  • Sustainable, teacher change-proof that extends to other classes
  • Teacher teamwork and mutual respect
  • Willingness to risk new technologies
  • Develop good ICT literacy practices in students [and teachers]
task examples 11 ral
Task Examples – 11 RAL
  • Ethics – Computer Case Studies
  • Battleground Godwww.philosophersnet.com/games/god.htm
  • Know you Bible and its message – www.bibleresources.org
  • Elizawww-ai.ijs.si/eliza/eliza.html
  • Jesus through the centuries
  • God, Robots and the Future
  • Jesus Quiz
the working environment
The working environment
  • Students as web publishers- all students in Years 7-9 have own web site
  • VLE [Studywiz] for • submitting assignments • communication • discussion • providing materials
  • PD material for 24+ software and hardware types
  • Web 2 – wikis, blogs and Ning
  • Mentors working with subject teachers
a christian view
A Christian View
  • Mutual respect
  • Teamwork, Support & Collaboration
  • Focus on students and their potential
  • Emphasis on learning
  • Supporting each other
  • Valuing the spiritual dimension of Moral Law

Pipedream or Possibility. JCN Vol 21, No 3, 2004

[what God can do to transform nursing]

evolution of tasks
Evolution of tasks
  • Year 8 Martin Luther task
the rightful place
The rightful place
  • As part of teacher-student relationship
  • Purposeful
  • Shared knowledge
  • Path to deeper discipline knowledge
  • Path to better classroom learning
  • Path to more engagement
some advice
Some Advice
  • Work out from one software
  • Link to other work you do
  • Focus on RE Learning goals
  • Be willing to Risk to Learn
  • Leadership by example
powerpoint a case in point
PowerPoint…. A case in point
  • Bad Press Technology- Gettysburg Address examplehttp://norvig.com/Gettysburg/
  • What is a good PowerPoint?- example [see Harvard School of Public Health]
  • Powerpoint potential- animated art, kiosk report- research report- hyperlinking
  • Let’s plan own use of Powerpoint for a class task
checklist for pp task
Checklist for PP task
  • Audience - who?
  • Subject - what and why?
  • Best way to use PowerPoint?
  • Learning Objectives - RE - Technology use - General Learning
  • Assessment / Feedback
5 key points1
5 key points
  • Computers increasingly part of each child’s identity development
  • Teachers have a responsibility to be part of identity development
  • Place of computers in schools is unclear
  • Keeping in front of technology change through traditional means is not an option…. Or extremely limited at best
  • Need to …. Just Have a Go ….. Together… [use a child’s model … with purpose]
  • The Christian view and journey of understanding and respect can serve us well