Monday, October 15, 2007

Technology Summit Conference - Keynote Karen Cator


Blogging from the conference...


Karen Cator – Directs Apple’s Leadership and Advocacy efforts in education.

21st Century Skills and Learning:

Why 21st C Skills?
Partnership for 21st c Skills – partnership of technology groups, AASL, technology companies - (such as Apple, Dell), cross section of entities involved in developing framework.

Route 21 will be on this website - standards, assessments .

Why do we have to talk about doing things differently in schools?

1. Global Competition: “Did You know” video on youtube. The top 25% of students in China outnumber the entire population of the US.
2. Global Interdependence – global warming, internet security, where are those things stored? A virus will travel the world 6x before it burns itself out. This is what kids have to think about.
3. Information is ubiquitous – if I can google the answers to the test is that cheating or is that resourceful? {What do YOU think???} Do we have to completely rethink the assessment systems?
4. Workplace Innovation – the workplace has completely changed with the advent of the Internet. What are companies looking for in the next 5 years that are not coming out of schools today? –->TOP two things they are looking for are:

  • Creativity and Innovation – that has to be our niche if we want to compete.
  • The ability to operate in a global environment – international trade –entire of integration of business and person relationships. The workspace has completely change.
5. Student Experience – outside of school has changed tremendously. Texting, communicating, problem-solving – not multi-tasking but parallel processing. Students are totally connected to each other –text each other, etc., when they come into school we tend to shut that down. We tend to shut down their creative collaborative side.

Individuals – ---->Sharing Content------>Virtual Communities

Today’s Challenge: Student Engagement
We have tremendous nonretention issue in the US. Every student, whether they are successful or not, every experience is about relevance – how do we engage them in a relevant experience; and a social and emotional connection –kids don’t care about NCLB, they care about that someone knows they are there. It used to be OK that 30% of our kids dropped out of school. It’s not anymore.

For every 100 9th graders in the US only 69% graduate, 40% enroll incollege immediately; 27% are still enrolled in college and 18 graduate college on time from National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education Policy Alert April 2004.

Tony Wagner, Harvard 2007 THE SCHOOLING DISCONNECT
Schooling today -


  • Getting right answer and performing well on multiple choice tests
  • Working alone
  • Learning within academic disciplines
  • Memorizing fixed info
  • Adhering to external and inflexible time segments

21st C Schooling:


  • Figuring out right questions and using skills to solve new problems
  • Working in teams
  • Working across disciplines
  • Learning how to find info, communicate it and apply it
  • managing time and commitments and prioritization
Creativity:

26% of employers use google myspace and facebook to look up potential employees – students are CEO's of themselves – what do you want the world to see you as?

Where do they publish - where is theiroutlet for creativity? One place Apple Student Gallery -
Apple has insomnia film festival – 3000 teams were producing and publishing videos. Students were collaborating, writing, - think of the process that could be assessed!

There’s a whole new growth center for creative industries – how do we get our kids aware of this? Digital media careers will go from over 1 million employed to over 7 million by 2014.

What does innovation look like in education?

  • How do we create that environment for students to be producers – to create, distribute, access and environment.
  • Content creation tools. Communicate effectively with multiple media types – text, video, phtot, music, podcast, websites. What are professionals using? ILife is the pro set.
  • Distribution environment: iPod + iTunes – mobile device to take away from your computer. iTunes education content from national geographic to David Warlick. iTunes U is now in regular music store. Open free public access in the itunes store. Gives you access to 30 public college and universities – this is amazing. Changes everything concerning distribution and content. Apple is thinking aout how to publish content specifically for k12. Look at usf --university of south florida-- has audio books for kids for all ages.

Collaboration -video ichat, online global community global awareness unit-peace, conflict and security on apple learning exchange.

Technologies to build relevant engaging learning environments.



1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts..... but I challenge this (devil’s advocate). How we do find time to foster creativity and cultivate collaboration in a world where lawmakers and politicians are using education as a soapbox selling tool? This opens up a whole new debate on how to assess student learning… Should it be quantitative or qualitative?

    With so many people looking at teacher accountability (as if we are the sole person responsible in the “partnership” of education), how can we as educators convince teachers, administrators, the general public and ourselves that these skills must be nurtured and developed?

    The world of our students is ever changing, and ideas, tools and skills that are prominent now may very well be obsolete in 5 years (or maybe by the time I finish typing this comment!) I like how Ms. Cator speaks about what employers are looking for in the next five years. We have a responsibility as educators to teach and empower our children to be lifelong learners. As such, we also have the great responsibility to model this behavior (like everything else) and make sure that we embrace new resources as well. Teachers must be part static, part dynamic.

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