MyNotes: Man vs Machine #iplza15 #startwithwhy

This session was shared at iPadpalooza 2015 by Dakota Gordon (Founder, Atlas Learning) on the topic of Man vs Machine: Why Teachers Are More Important than Ever. Listen to the presentation audio and the conversation afterwards...this is not just another vendor wrapping ideas around a product. It's a "start with why" type preso.
Session Description: Don't be afraid - your job can't be replaced by technology. Teachers' responsibilities are evolving, not disappearing. Come see why it's so important for teachers to embrace technology, and what technology developers can do to make that happen.
 In addition to a stimulating conversation, there are some fascinating remarks--in the audio recording--made in the "after-session." Quite stimulating discussion.
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Twitter: @dakotajgordon


  1. twijector is a web-based service that came up for conversation before the presentation started.
  2. Dakota started a company named Atlas (more screens than any other)
  3. What I'm going to talk about is a bit of a hot's a debate whether teacher can be replaced with technology. 
  4. Leave standards (TEKS/Common Core) at the door.
  5. "Computers to replace teachers in classroom by 2016." -Tom McTague, Daily Mail
  6. Will computers ever replace teachers? Justin Reich
  7. Betteridge's Law of Headlines - if a headline ends in a question mark, the answer is always NO
  8. Will computers ever replace teachers? No
  9. Fear-mongering: "They're coming for you."
  10. Technology has swept of other industries...can that happen to teaching?
  11. Teacher 2.0: Classrooms are going to be modified. Instead of teaching the way we do now, we will teach differently.
  12. Technology enables us to do things we weren't able to do before...why do we need to learn this?
  13. When students ask that question, they are usually right. [I think it's the process we go through when we learn rather than what we are learning-Miguel's NOte]
  14. It will become increasingly obvious why we're learning stuff in school.
  15. What it comes down to is a change...Algorithmic Style of Learning to Conceptual Learning
  16. Conceptual Learning: Wolfram Alpha
  17. If you can do it via, why do I need to do it? ask students
  18. A good question to ask: When did you learn about pi? Who could derive constant pi for me?
  19. It's a complete's an important concept (pi) but only a few people can derive it without tech.
  20. How do educate a massive and diverse population? --> How do we do it well/Better?
  21. It doesn't change the root problem...algorithmic learning, which is focused on how. Not related to real things.
  22. So where does existing technology fall short?
  23. The answer is...let me give you some examples:
    1. MOOCS: Taking formulaic learning and apply it to the masses. Can't expect better results than what we're seeing in person now.
    2. Augmenting the real world: Take regular homework assignments, quizzes, notes and move them online. While it saves time, will it make learning that much better?
    3. Where these apps fall short, they don't think about how the classroom of the future could be different.
  24. Teach the's how:
    1. Explore and integrate the real world into your classroom.
      1. hated English...what if we challenged student in a different way? Instead of having them write an essay, or 6 word story (Check Ernest Hemingway's)
      2. Copyrighting is another example. HOw do we sell a product?
      3. Blog series about math...linear algebra.
      4. History is very important once you understand the why...
    2. Experiment with different teaching styles.
      1. PBL: Connections to real world, higher engagement, student inquiry, they understand why.
      2. Become the guide or curator: Instead of data transfer from teacher to student, you are the guide or curator...need someone to tell them this stuff exists.
      3. students should feel challenged--not stuck or frustrated.
    3. Create, don't re-create.
  25. Software developers:
    1. Stop developing software that encourages pre-built courses and content.
    2. Integrate all of the amazing sources of info that are out there.
    3. Think about the future classroom that devices can create--rather than the classroom of today, with devices.
  26. Teachers know all this exists...they can't share this with their students in a timely manner. This is a problem that software developers can help solve.
  27. What can these devices help us do differently in the classroom.
  28. Discussion questions:
    1. When you and your partner started Atlas Learning, what was the pure motivation to create this?
      • Response: Two products, Apollo and Homeroom. I was an electrical engineer and it was the most boring experience in school. We hated lectures, having to sit through lectures. Watching them online wasn't much of an improvement. Apollo takes advantage of devices that enables conversations that couldn't happen before.
    2. It's not the information going from your brain to another, it's smoothing out the path so students can learn. 
    3. Learning/teaching is relational. Teacher of the future has to work together, problem-solve we want to teach kids to solve independently?
    4. Should we teach people to collaborate at a distance rather than just face to face?
    5. How do you feel about the why?

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