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How Do We Get From Smart to Smarter?. Kenneth L. Decroo Consultant - Virtual Teacher decrkl@charter.net 909.266.1073. A Little About Me…. Educated at UCR, CSUSB, National and Capella University Mission – Seamlessly infuse technology into standards-based curriculum…..

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    1. How Do We Get From Smart to Smarter? • Kenneth L. Decroo Consultant - Virtual Teacher decrkl@charter.net 909.266.1073

    2. A Little About Me…. • Educated at UCR, CSUSB, National and Capella University • Mission – Seamlessly infuse technology into standards-based curriculum….. • Residence: Running Springs, playa de estero & bahia de los angeles • Married – Tammy – Special ED teacher • Educational Consultant – Chronic Absences & Drop-out Recovery and Transformational Change - RIM • WASC – Team Member – Belmont HS is next • Retired from FUSD – Teacher, AP, Principal and Director • Retired as ACSA State Delegate for Educational Options (Alternative ED) • Teacher – Bilingual Elementary, Middle School Technology and Science, HS CSDR • Programs – Tapped-In,Teach the Teachers, Camp Internet, Classroom Connect, Jason Project, Discovery – United Streaming Video, Promethean – Keynote in England • Hollywood Movies – Owned the WATC, Stunts and Trainer • Faculty – Community Colleges, UC and CSU • Linguistic Research Scientist– Washoe Project – University of Nevada, Reno

    3. Overview: Where Have All the Students Gone?

    4. A School District Near You! 44,000 students Shift in Demographics Drop-outs Chronic Absences Truancy Under Performing Schools Traditional Interventions

    5. Traditional Interventions • Independent Study Programs: Long- and Short- Term • Adult Education • AOD • Expulsion • Continuation High Schools • Teacher and site based – Avid, PLCs, etc.

    6. Citrus High School • Low test scores – API/AYP • SAIT – State managed/Underperforming • Little technology • Talent Underused – AP, Tech Teacher • Several Programs not Part of the Mission- Adult Special Needs Program and ATI. • READ 180

    7. Citrus High School…. • Restructure – Existing Programs – Rm. 10, Panel, etc. • New Talent – Strong in Curriculum and Tech • Remove Programs Not Part of the Mission • Define Mission • Productivity Software – Easy Gradebook Pro • Redefine Communication Email – Webpage – Online Bulletin • United Streaming Video – Discovery • Promethean Boards • Social Networks

    8. New Interventions • Restructuring of Continuation High School: SARB, Spanish, Panels, Leadership Team, Departments,etc. • CBI – Credit Recovery • Twilight Program – After School Program • GED – After School

    9. Transformational Change the Ant Way! • Community Research • Social Linguistic Research & Animal Communication • Animal Behavior • Swarm Theory • Bit Torrent Application • Change at Citrus High School

    10. Community: Networks of Interaction - Anthropology

    11. Community: Networks of Interaction – Animal Behavior

    12. Community: Networks of interaction • Early definition – Geographically defined • Urban Anthropology and Socio-linguistics – Networks of interaction • Ethnography of a Deaf Community - 1978

    13. Internet • Community based on a network of interaction • Knowledge is held both collectively and individually • No centralized control • Access is open and free • Open Sources – Tapped-In, Facebook, WISE, Camp Internet, Classroom Connect, Bit Torrent…..

    14. Communication vs. Language • Non-verbal vs. Verbal • Gestures • American Sign Language (ASL) • Washoe Project

    15. Language • Phonemes – Distinct building blocks of language • Sign Language – Cheremes • Inter-specific Communication – Teaching sign language to Chimpanzees

    16. Washoe Project - 1978

    17. Swarm TheoryIt’s rather perplexing to watch how the individual, local activities of an agent (ants for example) can produce, when aggregated, surprisingly effective outcomes for an entire group. Swarm Theory is a great introduction to the benefits of aggregated individual efforts…Shared Governance.

    18. Swarm TheoryBased on the activities of ants and bees, a discipline/theory/science has emerged which is capable of providing “best options” information in very complex environments.

    19. Swarm TheoryIt would appear that functioning in truly complex spaces moves us beyond centralized vs. decentralized debates, and puts us instead in a philosophy of simple rules, local activity, and high levels of connections/contact…Social Networks.

    20. Swarm TheoryThe most overwhelming problems can be attended to with this simple model. The solution is not something we work on directly…instead it emerges when we attend to the individual elements…Clear Mission.

    21. Ants in the Pants!An Overview • Real world insect examples • Theory of Swarm Intelligence • From Insects to Transformational Change • Real World Application – Citrus High School

    22. Real World Insect Examples

    23. Ants

    24. Ants • Organizing highways to and from their foraging sites by leaving pheromone trails • Form chains from their own bodies to create a bridge to pull and hold leafs together with silk • Division of labor between major and minor ants

    25. Bees

    26. Bees • Colony cooperation • Regulate hive temperature • Efficiency via Specialization: division of labor in the colony • Communication : Food sources are exploited according to quality and distance from the hive

    27. Social Insects • Problem solving benefits include: • Flexible • Robust • Decentralized • Self-Organized

    28. Summary of Insects • The complexity and sophistication of Self-Organization is carried out with no clear leader…Shared Governance – Facilitator. • What we learn about social insects can be applied to the field of Intelligent System Design – Transformational Change. • The modeling of social insects by means of Self-Organization can help design artificial distributed problem solving devices. This is also known as Swarm Intelligent Systems.

    29. Swarm Intelligence in Theory

    30. An In-depth Look at Real Ant Behavior

    31. Interrupt The Flow

    32. The Path Thickens!

    33. The New Shortest Path

    34. Adapting to Environment Changes

    35. Adapting to Environment Changes

    36. Problems Regarding Swarm Intelligent Systems • Swarm Intelligent Systems are hard to ‘program’ since the problems are usually difficult to define…Identify and Articulate….. • Solutions are emergent in the systems – Observing “best Practices…. • Solutions result from behaviors and interactions among and between individual agents – Practitioners….

    37. Four Ingredients of Self Organization • Positive Feedback • Negative Feedback • Amplification of Fluctuations - randomness • Reliance on multiple interactions

    38. Types of Interactions For Social Insects • Direct Interactions • Food/liquid exchange, visual contact, chemical contact (pheromones) • Indirect Interactions (Stigmergy) • Individual behavior modifies the environment, which in turn modifies the behavior of other individuals – Teacher Leaders

    39. Communication Networks • Routing packets to destination in shortest time • Similar to Shortest Route • Statistics kept from prior routing (learning from experience)

    40. Shortest Route • Congestion • Adaptability • Flexibility

    41. Bit torrent

    42. Bit Torrent & Transformational Change • Bit Torrent Protocol – Mission/Rules of Engagement • Tracker - Principal • Seed – Teacher-Leader • Peer - Teacher • Swarm – Transformational Change • Clog/Obstruction – Centralized Control

    43. Welcome to the Real World:Citrus Continuation High School

    44. Where Have All the Students Gone?

    45. Where Have All the Students Gone?..... • The best teaching and interventions will not work if students are not present to take advantage of them… • The Interventions can not be measured if students are not present to take part in the assessments! • Chronic Absences (10 Absences or more in a school year)

    46. Mission of School • Facilitate students in recovering credits and graduate • Improve student attendance • Help students foster a positive connection to school

    47. Attendance

    48. Virtual Programs • Twilight Program – Credit recovery • During the school day and after school • A+ platform • Align with essential standards – Marzano – Power Standards • Make rigorous • Signed off by departments

    49. Virtual Learning • At Citrus we use technology to help the needs of our students. • During the day we offer computer based instruction in every content area. This allows greater fluidity in our schedule and gives the students the opportunity to work at an accelerated rate. • We also have developed a virtual after school program called Twilight School. This program services students that are 18 years old but still need to complete come graduation requirements. We give them the opportunity to finish their diploma, work towards their GED, or study for the CAHSEE, all within a flexible distance learning environment.