Sunday, October 28, 2007

KLRN ICTT 2007 - Dr. Knezek Keynote Notes

This blog entry includes my notes from Dr. Don Knezek's presentation this morning. Podcast appears below. My notes are in square brackets.

Listen to Dr. Don Knezek's Keynote Address at the ICTT 2007 Conference

Dr. Don Knezek's Keynote: Isolated Acts No Longer! Engaging Digital-Age Learners

I'm really excited about being here. Some of you may or may not know that I have connections in San Antonio. I have a sister who has lived here, a wife who is Director of Library Media Services.

I want to start out talking about what you'll hear as the theme of my piece. You need to connect with each other to take technology where you want it to go. Put an end to teaching and learning as isolated activities.

-Connecting to Make It Go Where You Want It to
[cat herding video]

Engaging Digital-Age Learners

  • A bit about ISTE and ISTE's NETS
  • The refreshed NET-S 2007
  • What's new today
  • Technology and student engagement
  • Implications for digital-age teachers
  • Your wisdom for refreshing NETS-T

Quote

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I should say that in ten years textbooks as the principal medium of teaching will be as obsolete as the horse and carriage are now."
Source: Diaries of Thomas Edison, 1925

Audience Feedback: Red tape is a major obstacle, and getting money out to campuses. In our school district, every teacher has a laptop and digital projector. Get $100 computer, and Internet network

Don: Could you get by with a set of textbooks? It's not automatic.

What's New and Impacted the Revised NET-S:

  • Globalization, multiculturalism, competitiveness: 1 in 5 people speak another language other than English.
  • Implications o the continuing digital divide - A digital divide transfers into a learning divide and their opportunities are diminished, not just in jobs and earning but learning itself.
  • New tools and new structures - Wikis, blogs, shared files on Google Docs, communication structures, tools for building knowledge, wiki-movement wisdom of masses.
  • A learning landscape that is increasingly digital - the resources that come from PBS TeacherLine, opportunities to learn are available to us that we can't give our students.
  • Implications of current accountability strategies

Mission: Providing leadership and service to improve T&L by advancing the effective use of technology in education.

Who is ISTE?

  • Worldwide Network of Leaders in Education and Technology
  • 75 geographic affiliates
  • 16K direct members; reach of 85K with affiliates
  • Direct individual members
  • Corporate Partners - We don't deal with businesses that do ugly things to schools. We keep corporate partners close so that we can influence them
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Array of Strategic Allies
  • Advocates of improved schooling through technology

The TILT Project is working together with ISTE and PBS.

ISTE San Antonio - NECC 2008 - June 29-July 2, 2008

New environments enable more effective strategies that engage more kids more deeply.

High School Courses Interesting (Grade 12 - Age 18)
Back in 1983, we were at 1/3rd, but in 2000 we were at 1/5th. That's 1 of 5 high schoolers that thought that HS education was interesting.

As students are less engaged, they are less likely to finish high school. Engaging students is important.

In 2002-2003, this is the year when Internet use exceed TV use. About 90% expect to continue their schooling after graduating from high school; indicate importance for success. Only about 67% even graduate on time and far fewer continue their schooling (about 24% finish 2 years).

Establishing New Learning Environments:

Traditional -- Incorporating New Strategies -- New environments

Traditional - > New Environments

  • Teacher-centered instruction - >Learner Centered environments
  • Single sense stimulation - > Multisensory stimulations
  • Single path progression -> Multipath progression
  • Single media - > Multimedia; hypermedia
  • Isolated work - > Collaborative work
  • Information delivery -> Information exchange, publication, creation
  • Passive learning -> active/exploratory/inquiry-based learning
  • Factual/literal thinking -> Critical thinking, informed decision-making
  • Reactive response -> Proactive/planned action
  • Isolated, artifical context-> Authentic, real world context

Video of Palmer Junior High - The Bernoulli Principle
Video of students explaining the Bernoulli Principle. This is an example of technology use...project-based learning example. Select a science concept, research it on your own, produce a multimedia presentation that explains it to the class...then you understand that students are motivated by technology. 3 girls in this project. It's a worthwhile use of technology.

ISTE's National EdTech Standards - shift from 1998 -> 2007

Developed standards, essential conditions, implementation resources and assessment resources. Paradigm shift in focus from learning to use the technology to using the technology to learn. New focus: What students need to know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an incrasingly digital world.

Buckets for the standards [I wish I had a copy of the diagram depicting these...]:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Research and information fluency
  • Critical thinking problemsolving and decision making
  • digital citizenship
  • Technology operations and concepts

Wide variety of folks...

"One problem with this set of standards is that it is difficult to work out how it would interact with subject-area Standards."
Source: Tom Hoffman (TuttleSVC.com)

Implications for teachers: ISTE is in the middle of revising these standards...http://www.iste.org/nets-refresh

Teacher employment and turnover...we have a teacher supply issue that is facing us. We seem to not be taking action. We're not doing a bad job recruiting but look out how many are leaving. By the 5th year, we lose 50% of beginning teachers. Salary is a concern in the richer schools, but administrative support is the concern in poorer schools. If we don't recruit or retain more teachers, the older group of teachers will retire or die.

Teaching as a world is flat enterprise:

  • Preparing teachers against up to date, international standards
  • Teachers fit for export
  • Globalization of education
  • Bringing an end to teaching as an isolated endeavor

Philipines and China are preparing teachers to ship to the U.S. and U.K. as an export...providing teachers for the U.S. when we don't have any more teachers. Tutoring and academic services are coming from off-shore. Maybe those teachers will come physically or virtually. You have to prepare yourself for a multicultural experience. We have a lot of work to do.

Then: What teachers should know about and be able to do with tech
Now: What teachers should know and be able to do to promote students' abilities to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world. A fine distinction but a a FINE distinction.

Imperatives for the NETS-T Refresh?

What do you most want ISTE to hear?

prefer email to dknezek@iste.org

Subject Line should contain: ICTT 2007

What do we know? National boundaries do not matter:

  • Expectations for technology are global
  • A shared vision is critical
  • Knowledgeable leadership is necessary
  • Essential conditions are essential
  • Skilled teachers are key
  • Measurement Must inform transformation

Everywhere, they want to foster creativity and innovation to build up their human capital?

What's better? For Whom? at the end of the day.

Four challenges:

  • Study digital-age learners and what engages them
  • Foster creative and inventive thinking for innovation
  • Prepare yourself to thrive in multicultural environments
  • Bring an end to learning and teaching as isolated endeavours


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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Isolated Acts No Longer

This blog entry includes my notes from Dr. Don Knezek's presentation this morning. Podcast appears below. My notes are in square brackets.

Listen to Dr. Don Knezek's Keynote Address at the ICTT 2007 Conference

Dr. Don Knezek's Keynote: Isolated Acts No Longer! Engaging Digital-Age Learners

I'm really excited about being here. Some of you may or may not know that I have connections in San Antonio. I have a sister who has lived here, a wife who is Director of Library Media Services.

I want to start out talking about what you'll hear as the theme of my piece. You need to connect with each other to take technology where you want it to go. Put an end to teaching and learning as isolated activities.

-Connecting to Make It Go Where You Want It to
[cat herding video]

Engaging Digital-Age Learners

  • A bit about ISTE and ISTE's NETS
  • The refreshed NET-S 2007
  • What's new today
  • Technology and student engagement
  • Implications for digital-age teachers
  • Your wisdom for refreshing NETS-T

Quote

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I should say that in ten years textbooks as the principal medium of teaching will be as obsolete as the horse and carriage are now."
Source: Diaries of Thomas Edison, 1925

Audience Feedback: Red tape is a major obstacle, and getting money out to campuses. In our school district, every teacher has a laptop and digital projector. Get $100 computer, and Internet network

Don: Could you get by with a set of textbooks? It's not automatic.

What's New and Impacted the Revised NET-S:

  • Globalization, multiculturalism, competitiveness: 1 in 5 people speak another language other than English.
  • Implications o the continuing digital divide - A digital divide transfers into a learning divide and their opportunities are diminished, not just in jobs and earning but learning itself.
  • New tools and new structures - Wikis, blogs, shared files on Google Docs, communication structures, tools for building knowledge, wiki-movement wisdom of masses.
  • A learning landscape that is increasingly digital - the resources that come from PBS TeacherLine, opportunities to learn are available to us that we can't give our students.
  • Implications of current accountability strategies

Mission: Providing leadership and service to improve T&L by advancing the effective use of technology in education.

Who is ISTE?

  • Worldwide Network of Leaders in Education and Technology
  • 75 geographic affiliates
  • 16K direct members; reach of 85K with affiliates
  • Direct individual members
  • Corporate Partners - We don't deal with businesses that do ugly things to schools. We keep corporate partners close so that we can influence them
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Array of Strategic Allies
  • Advocates of improved schooling through technology

The TILT Project is working together with ISTE and PBS.

ISTE San Antonio - NECC 2008 - June 29-July 2, 2008

New environments enable more effective strategies that engage more kids more deeply.

High School Courses Interesting (Grade 12 - Age 18)
Back in 1983, we were at 1/3rd, but in 2000 we were at 1/5th. That's 1 of 5 high schoolers that thought that HS education was interesting.

As students are less engaged, they are less likely to finish high school. Engaging students is important.

In 2002-2003, this is the year when Internet use exceed TV use. About 90% expect to continue their schooling after graduating from high school; indicate importance for success. Only about 67% even graduate on time and far fewer continue their schooling (about 24% finish 2 years).

Establishing New Learning Environments:

Traditional -- Incorporating New Strategies -- New environments

Traditional - > New Environments

  • Teacher-centered instruction - >Learner Centered environments
  • Single sense stimulation - > Multisensory stimulations
  • Single path progression -> Multipath progression
  • Single media - > Multimedia; hypermedia
  • Isolated work - > Collaborative work
  • Information delivery -> Information exchange, publication, creation
  • Passive learning -> active/exploratory/inquiry-based learning
  • Factual/literal thinking -> Critical thinking, informed decision-making
  • Reactive response -> Proactive/planned action
  • Isolated, artifical context-> Authentic, real world context

Video of Palmer Junior High - The Bernoulli Principle
Video of students explaining the Bernoulli Principle. This is an example of technology use...project-based learning example. Select a science concept, research it on your own, produce a multimedia presentation that explains it to the class...then you understand that students are motivated by technology. 3 girls in this project. It's a worthwhile use of technology.

ISTE's National EdTech Standards - shift from 1998 -> 2007

Developed standards, essential conditions, implementation resources and assessment resources. Paradigm shift in focus from learning to use the technology to using the technology to learn. New focus: What students need to know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an incrasingly digital world.

Buckets for the standards [I wish I had a copy of the diagram depicting these...]:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Research and information fluency
  • Critical thinking problemsolving and decision making
  • digital citizenship
  • Technology operations and concepts

Wide variety of folks...

"One problem with this set of standards is that it is difficult to work out how it would interact with subject-area Standards."
Source: Tom Hoffman (TuttleSVC.com)

Implications for teachers: ISTE is in the middle of revising these standards...http://www.iste.org/nets-refresh

Teacher employment and turnover...we have a teacher supply issue that is facing us. We seem to not be taking action. We're not doing a bad job recruiting but look out how many are leaving. By the 5th year, we lose 50% of beginning teachers. Salary is a concern in the richer schools, but administrative support is the concern in poorer schools. If we don't recruit or retain more teachers, the older group of teachers will retire or die.

Teaching as a world is flat enterprise:

  • Preparing teachers against up to date, international standards
  • Teachers fit for export
  • Globalization of education
  • Bringing an end to teaching as an isolated endeavor

Philipines and China are preparing teachers to ship to the U.S. and U.K. as an export...providing teachers for the U.S. when we don't have any more teachers. Tutoring and academic services are coming from off-shore. Maybe those teachers will come physically or virtually. You have to prepare yourself for a multicultural experience. We have a lot of work to do.

Then: What teachers should know about and be able to do with tech
Now: What teachers should know and be able to do to promote students' abilities to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world. A fine distinction but a a FINE distinction.

Imperatives for the NETS-T Refresh?

What do you most want ISTE to hear?

prefer email to dknezek@iste.org

Subject Line should contain: ICTT 2007

What do we know? National boundaries do not matter:

  • Expectations for technology are global
  • A shared vision is critical
  • Knowledgeable leadership is necessary
  • Essential conditions are essential
  • Skilled teachers are key
  • Measurement Must inform transformation

Everywhere, they want to foster creativity and innovation to build up their human capital?

What's better? For Whom? at the end of the day.

Four challenges for 07-08:

  • Study digital-age learners and what engages them
  • Foster creative and inventive thinking for innovation
  • Prepare yourself to thrive in multicultural environments
  • Bring an end to learning and teaching as isolated endeavours


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Charging Multiple iPods

Although I don't own an iPod myself, and have no interest, someone asked this question recently:

I know there are several disticts utilizing iPods in the classroom. We are looking for an efficient way to charge multiple iPods. Any information would be appreciated.

While I didn't find all the answers in 10 minutes of Googling, here is what I did find. Feel free to add more:

  1. ChargePod (7 devices)? http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/hughes/12611 Est. Cost: $100
  2. Desktop Family Charging Station (3 devices) http://www.smarthomepro.com/50612.html
  3. Powered USB hub http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_hub

Know of any other ways to handle charging multiple iPods in a classroom setting?



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Saturday, October 6, 2007

In Memoriam - 1 Year Later

Note: This post was written a long time ago. I'm transferring it here from my old blog address. My Dad died of lung cancer in October, 2006 and the original blog entry (shown below) appeared in 2007.






In about two hours, it will be midnight in San Antonio, Tx. And, one year ago, my Dad died. I wrote about his dying, his death, and his final moments here. I'm going to share the entry again. It's the first time I've read it since I wrote it on October 6, 2006. It seems like an eternity ago. Since then, I had the good fortune to visit New Zealand, Panama, work on countless projects and deliver some wonderful workshops. Each has helped assuage the grief, one troubled step at a time. There's also been the daily overcoming the grief, of focusing on the present so as to not dwell on the past. Digital storytelling helped play a part in that...you can watch Garbed in Silver (YouTube Version | TeacherTube Version).
My father died at 5:32 PM on Saturday, October 7th. As my mom, wife and I watched, at 5:22 PM his gasps became more shallow, then stopped. His pulse continued for a few minutes, then stopped altogether at 5:32 PM. The official time of death was 5:40 PM.
I miss Dad, I miss his presence, the impact he had on my son. I know that my son misses him, too. Nevertheless, the grief seems a bit apart now. At first, it felt like it lay across a chasm, untouchable, unknowable...something so achingly far away that I would never gain on it, never approach it. But now, I'm not so sure. It doesn't feel like a chasm anymore, a separation to be spanned. Rather, it is a road to be walked. It is a path through tall, dry grass, the heat, the grass, both pressing up against me...a walk not unlike I might have taken when a child walking through the bush, "el monte" of my first home, Panama.
Here's what I wrote so long ago, yet, it seems but yesterday:
In 30 minutes, it will be Saturday. It will be the day my father dies.
I cannot imagine what I will feel or experience at that moment, when he breathes his last. I cannot imagine what life will be without him. When I visited the house today to pick up some things, I sat in his Lazy boy chair. Sobs ran through me as I walked from room to room, seeing everything that reminded me of him, that reminded me he would never touch them again. I saw the toys he'd bought for my son, the movies and books that we both viewed and read, the furniture which I had grown up with as a child for whom death is a distant shore.

I saw the table where the 3 of us--my father, mother and I--had eaten for 27 years, although I was a less frequent visitor for 17 of those years. I saw the place setting where my son would drink his milk and eat his macaroni, the couch he would lay upon and thrust out his hand like an emperor, silently demanding another cup of milk. Obediently, my father would smile and refill the bottle with milk. My son's toothbrush lies upon the table next to the stack of papers my father scribbled his notes on--tasks to complete, people to call, phone numbers, and more.

Yesterday, I thanked the doctors. My father, a sergeant first class, was always tickled that his Army service had earned him unlimited medical care. He was delighted and humbled, too, that colonels, majors, captains, and other officers would lavish such attention and care upon him, a lowly SFC. Yesterday, I felt they understood. One of their own had come home to die, had entrusted himself to their care. And, they, like warriors of old honoring their fallen, cared for him.

In 20 minutes, it will be Saturday. It will be the day James Gordon Guhlin, Sr. dies.

As I walked to my truck, I retraced the steps my dad would take. I remember now how he would follow me out to the car, always with a conversation. I would put his grandson in the car, and the boy would insist that his Papa kiss him and strap him in. I would kiss Dad's cheek, then get in the truck. He would talk me out of the driveway, and many a time, I felt terrible about leaving. His face would have the look of a man who has more to say, but no one to say it to. I was reminded of the hearty greeting he would give me, or wait until we were out in the driveway to speak to me of something serious. I wish for many things, but the tyranny of time, work, family, plain selfishness of living were things that gave me the power to back out of the driveway.

In 10 minutes, it will be Saturday. It will be the day my daddy dies.

As I sat in the truck, the fit of sobs having passed, I felt a sadness on me. A sadness I have wrestled with for a year, ever since his cancer returned. But now, I know that sadness. Tomorrow, it loses it's power over me. At 10:00 AM, my dad begins his journey to a time and place where happiness is unending, where he will be greeted by his brothers and sisters, his parents, all those who have gone before. I know that his arrival on the distant shore will be a joyous one, and that when my time comes, he will be there to greet me. Then, I'll be a wiser man, one who has known the loss of his father, one who will value time spent in the driveway, at travel's start.

I remember him when I was a boy. He always gave me something, a pen, a musical instrument, something. He wooed me, loved me, and when other boys complained about their fathers, I only smiled. I was grateful, my father loved me.

It's now midnight. It is Saturday. Today, the heart of our family dies.

Oh God, was I a good son? Did I make him proud? I can only guess. I can rest in the fact that my son brought him joy in his last years. Oh, I so hope that he smelled his grandson's hair, became his velveteen rabbit.

As I look around at the other children he had, I know my father was proud. I know because I'm proud of my son, because I am a father...I now know that...A father's love is not earned, but he freely gives it to his children. His pride in us flows from that love. I find comfort that he found joy in my son, who was by his side and needed him.

I find rest in God, only He gives me hope. (Psalm 62:5)
It's 10:44 PM. In but a short time, it will be Sunday, the day I celebrate the memories of my father. I pray that our humble prayers, our quiet tears, our unspoken longing for him will find him where he is, nestled in the arms of God. Like a man gasping for breath, I pray.



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