Yesterday – Wes Fryer, today – Hall Davidson and Steve Dembo, I’m in tech-teacher heaven!
Here are my notes from “A Day of Discovery with Discovery Education”
Moving from Trees to Bits: Leading Digital Learners ~Hall Davidson
Make sure your phones are out and on – ring tones set to applause :)
Analogy between banning calculators in classroom to banning cell phones in school
Wallwisher for collaborative note-taking – notes from today’s presentation
What skills will our students need to succeed in the future?
Why this time is so important
2010: “The year predicted when digital [music] sales will surpass physical sales in revenue.” ~Wall Street Journal, Feb. 2010
Online university courses for free from MIT, Harvard, Stanford, etc. (iTunesU)
The textbook has been the gatekeeper for curriculum
The way your students think has changed: influence of media on attention span; kids are spending more than 40 hours a week in media; they are “wired to learn in a visual way”
We have the tools to teach them faster, better, longer, if we use media to do it
Let’s check attention speed – students spend 2 seconds looking at search results before deciding to move on
The world is about to change. Really.
Reason for the disappearing gatekeeper – California adopted zero textbooks this year – with digital resources, “there is no chapter 1, chapter 2, and chapter 3 can change based on what happens in chapter 2″
Money from textbooks being repurposed to fund devices and technology access for students
Tim Childers builds differentiated assignments for each student to access digitally through Classroom Manager
Every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
Teacher and student created videos enhance content learning (Blabberize for audio, music is built in to the Discovery video editing program)
“Mankind created 150 exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data in 2005. This year, it will create 1,200 exabytes.” ~The Economist, Feb. 25, 2010
Google Public Data Explorer (a la Gapminder)
Wordle for mission statement
Two way video communications: Local and Global
How do we keep up? – stay connected to each other, share resources, ideas, etc.
What is the biggest obstacle to becoming fully 21st Century classrooms? – lack of shared vision
Publishing editable clips from Discovery online is permissible as long as it is behind a password
Policies, Safety, and Social Networking: What to do about what you may be ignoring. ~Steve Dembo
Discovery Educator Network
Steve’s Blog: Teach 42
Gary Hayes’ Social Media Counts widget
How do you keep your students safe?
Education: a filter that will follow them
Filters: fact and fiction
Google: “How do I bypass my school’s filter?”
In Australia, $84,000,000 of protection . . . cracked in 30 minutes by a 16-year-old who said:
Filters aren’t addressing the bigger issues anyway. Cyber bullying, educating children on how to protect themselves, and their privacy are the first problems I’d fix. They really need to develop a youth-involved forum to discuss some of these problems and ideas for fixing them.
They can’t block what they don’t know about
Create your own with the Add Letters: Bart Simpson Chalkboard Generator
Why do we filter? – CIPA – 11/08 update – “open for interpretation”
E-Rate’s CIPA Policy Primer
Make sure when people Google your students, they find “good stuff” – have students search for each other and rate what they find in terms of how positive their digital footprint is
*This reminds me of the Digital Dossier video
How do we get there?
- building a profile
- commenting on a blog
- posting on a discussion forum
- publishing their own blog
- collaborating on a wiki
- live broadcasting
- airing a podcast
- sharing photos
- releasing digital stories
- asynchronous presenting
National School Boards Association report on social networking
Creating the Walled Garden: Setting Up Web 2.0 Apps on School District Servers
Ed-friendly alternatives: Elgg.net, Ning.com, TakingITGlobal.org
Virginia requires Internet safety integration
Ideas for Integrating Internet Safety into the Curriculum
Digital resume – online portfolio – digital footprints with lots of “good stuff” requires posting first and last name
Skills people use in WoW are the same skills people use to be successful in business
Judson’s Stop-Motion App-uh-lu-cat-ion for a job at CrowdSpring
Google search application
“There’s a time to think, and a time to act. And this, gentlemen is no time to think.” ~from Canadian Bacon
How do we predict the classroom of the future? – invent it!