2012 Gheens Institute

What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media

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September 28, 2012

Some things to take home with you today


1. Bloom’s / Webb’s

2. How do we know it when we see it?

What does deep learning and teaching look like? How do you know it when you see it? What are students and teachers doing? What kind of conversations, behaviors, products, and other outcomes do you see?

  • ST-centered
  • project-based
  • collaborative
  • energetic
  • ST choice
  • synthesis
  • discourse
  • reciprocal teaching
  • creating and doing and making
  • ST ownership / research
plant a school garden – planning, cost-benefit analysis, local flora and fauna, math – see also landscaping /design grant proposal writing, public presentations
ST-initiated crayon doodlers for tornado relief – product development, selling, raising money, determining which org to give to
5th grade entrepreneur fair – spaces have differential rent, what do they want to sell, advertising – part of economics unit / curriculum – use $ for field trip
elementary STs – distance/time/rate – map of where they lived – estimation if walk/ride/bike/train
social studies – time machine – historical character – dress/play the role –

3. What kind of environments foster creativity and innovation?

4. What can you do to ensure this happens?

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5. How do we balance this with current accountability demands?

See also: Problem- / Inquiry- / Challenge-based learning resources

6. Some guiding questions
  • What can we do to increase the cognitive complexity of students’ day-to-day work so that they are more often doing deeper thinking and learning work?
  • What can we do to better incorporate digital technologies into students’ deeper thinking and learning work in ways that are authentic, relevant, meaningful, and powerful?
  • What can we do to give students more agency and ownership of what they learn, when they learn, how they learn, and how they show what they’ve learned?
  • What can we do to better recognize and assess when students’ deeper thinking and learning work is (or isn’t) occurring?
  • What can we do to build the internal capacity of both individual educators and school systems to be better learners and faster change agents?
  • As we move toward more cognitively-complex, technology-suffused learning environments, how do we bring educators, board members, parents, communities, policymakers, and higher education along with us?
  • As we move toward more cognitively-complex, technology-suffused learning environments, how do we ensure that traditionally-underserved student and family populations aren’t further disadvantaged?
  • As we move toward more cognitively-complex, technology-suffused learning environments, what individual and societal mindsets – and local, state, and federal policy supports and/or barriers – need reconsideration?

8. Scott’s slides

9. Global

10. Crowdsourced

11. Open, accessible, and free

12. Active and interactive

13. Robust student agency and voice

14. Every educator should have a RSS reader (build your own capacity as learners)

15. Technology integration resources

16. Standards, frameworks, and reports you should know about

CASTLE resources

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