Core Content Standards and 21st Century Learning

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Sandy asked me to talk today about a New Jersey initiative tied into the new core curriculum standards which all include a technology requirement. I want to give you some background and we’re going to spend the bulk of the time working on the new web site for Saint Michael teachers. I sent you all a link a while back through email. Some of you have signed on at least once, a few have poked around looking at some of the content. A couple have even taken the time to post to a discussion. I have a couple of stories to tell first. It will take about 10 minutes then we will practice using the Saint Michael Teacher web site that I have called “Help Me To Learn Myself”.

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When I first knew that I would be teaching computer class at Saint Michael, I thought of the job as a two-fold process: preparing students for high school and eventual work. Using my 20th century brain, I felt that if all the students came away being able to type paragraphs neatly and visually pleasing in Word - enter information into Excel to create a basic spreadsheet, prepare an informative and professional looking electronic presentation - and search Google effectively that they’d be better prepared than most for what lies ahead.

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What I forgot along the way is that my world at work had been changing over the years. When I first started working as a corporate trainer in my last full time job standard operating procedure was to train the trainers then send them on plane trips around the world to Sea-Land’s containership offices. By the time I left eight years later, I was leading a team of developers to create the Sea-Land Online University. We created multilingual multimedia CD training programs to deliver the material that we used to travel to teach. It was an improvement in the cost of sending people around the world. The people being trained were learning in their own language. If a system changed, we could just send an update so training was more timely. Also, everyone received a consistent message. We developed questions to assess the effect of the training and worked hard to seize multiple intelligences and worked through different levels of Blooms Taxonomy. We were heading in a 21st century direction.

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Another thing I forgot was that students were not just preparing for one career. When I left my second full time job, I clearly remember my boss sitting down with me and asking me if I was sure I was making the right decision. He said that new bosses were going to wonder why I was switching from job to job. It was important to find a career and stick with it. <click> The reality is that our students will need to be flexible. The job they start this year may choose to let them go next year. They will have to most likely keep recreating themselves.

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In addition to New Jersey putting out core content standards which include technology, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, just put out a tentative national technology standard. It is open for comment through mid-May. If you think about your husband and grown children at work, many of them live the life of my husband: he works in our kitchen two days a week and his office at home and at work is his laptop. First thing in the morning, he turns on his instant messaging system called Same Time. He reads his email and electronic status updates. He occasionally starts the day early to have conference calls with associates in England and Australia to talk about a project that includes associates from three continents. In a previous job in the same company, he would start everyday with a conference call to people who worked in India to see where they left off on a project so that the American team could continue their work. When they have team meetings, they are expected to create multimedia projects. In his job, collaboration is everything. The people he collaborates with are not in New Jersey. They are in a town in New Jersey 5 miles away from his office desk, in another town two hours away in Pennsylvania, and in Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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I attended a phase one introduction to creating 21st century schools back in October at Kean University. The intent of the session was to make teachers, principals, superintendents, and school boards aware of the changes in the state of New Jersey. We are going to be part of this change. Today I will give you a little background about our students and teachers so that we can begin to practice these habits of mind for technology use.

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Our students at Saint Michael are digital learners. The Internet has ALWAYS existed for them. The possibility of creating their own content on the Internet has ALWAYS existed for them. From Kindergarten on up they communicate with other children online. They have a facility with online environments. We need to teach them how to use the tools to enhance their own learning. I have heard it stated that children learn better when they hear other children teach the same content as an adult. We all know that you learn something better and deeper when you teach someone else. Phase one is not about tools, but about thinking about helping students learn deeper by creating.

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The faculty at Saint Michael is amazing! I know that our computer systems are not the best they could be, but they are better than they were when I started in 2002. We didn’t have computers that would allow us to print from any room. We didn’t have Internet connections in every room. Now we do. Sandy and I are working hard on finding funding solutions that will allow you to have better equipment to teach our students. At every grade level, teachers are doing something with their students. It could be that you use Accelerated Reader or Accelerated Math. You might bring the tablet PCs to the students. You might update Schoolnotes.com. You update our book count using the Books folder. You help me create projects that your students share with children around the world. You make time in your schedule so our children can have Skype calls (which is video conferences) with other schools.

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Since January of this year, two really cool projects were tried by Toni and Rosemary. They independently created web tools using student participation to help them in their subject areas. Toni and Rosemary can you tell us…

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There has been a big shift. In 2002, I used our one digital camera to take photos around the school. When you see the picture of me on the right, you might think about the Scholastic webinar we attended in grades four to eight. What I will always remember is that Barbara saw a digital camera on the window ledge, picked it up and started shooting photos. In 2002, I’d never have evidence of my participation. Now I do because you are starting to see the camera as common as a pen or pencil.

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Over the years, I’ve looked at many tools with you. My thought has been that if I show you different tools, you can think of them as you decide what it is that you want the students to learn. This year, Sandy has given us a tool to share that is different because it will allow us to communicate in the building better than ever. It is a technology tool, but its purpose is to allow us to share what works well for us and what we want to do. It does not have to have anything to do with technology, but it will help you build a deeper confidence with technology. It is just for us. Even though it is online it is what is called a walled garden. You cannot get in unless you have a key. It will take you time to learn how to use it, but at the beginning, you can just read it like a book. When you feel a little more confident, you can begin posting things. I will let you try on your own today. If I said I want to fix up my house, you could tell me a number of ways. If I told you I want to paint my hallway, you might have a more specific tool in mind. The same goes with our classrooms. If you were wondering how other teachers do things in the classroom, you can ask a specific question. The answer might be something so obvious, you’d wonder why you never thought of it yourself. Also, you will find that as more people become comfortable with sharing, a discussion can develop that will lead to newer and more complex ideas. Teachers around the world do this on a daily basis. We will be able to do it in an environment that might feel more comfortable to you as it is just the teachers in the building. As you become more confident, it will help you work with your students in different ways. You won’t want to include technology components if you don’t feel confident using them in your personal lives. I have one last story.

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In May 2008, I spent several hours talking about different methods of learning online. This image may or may not look familiar to you. We’re going to get into the Wayback Machine so I can tell you my story of learning.

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I was looking for a way to integrate technology into my math class. I did a search for middle school math fractions on wikis. One of the top hits was Sargent Park Math Zone. I noticed that the person charbeck could be contacted via email, so I sent a quick message.

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We sent a few messages back and forth. I thought it was Char Beck, it turned out to be a Chris Harbeck. He was very helpful and pointed me in the direction that brought me to many of the resources I shared with you back in May 2008.

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We’ve stayed connected over the last three years through many different teacher related websites. The other day, I posted an image that I created for my 7th and 8th grade computer classes and he posted a comment and a suggestion. For me, a lot of my learning occurs online because they are teachers who stretch my abilities.

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In my computer classes, as in your classes, I can’t teach each individual student everything I need them to learn. I’ll have a group lesson, I’ll teach one child more specifically, and then have them teach someone else.

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There are so many amazing things we all do. We will prepare each other to meet state and national technology standards by using the Saint Michael Teacher site. I called it Help Me To Learn Myself because that’s what you will be doing as you explore this protected area with the entire faculty. It’s what we need to do to prepare for phase II.

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Phase two training has already started in the state of New Jersey. There are free and inexpensive classes that we can sign up for. In some cases, you will have to go in a group of three teachers. Critical transformations include changing the learning environment to make it more student centered and student driven. Project based learning is one method of doing this. In project based learning, the teacher takes more of a back seat while student work on investigating problems that cross the curriculum. Toni (as a content area specialist), Margaret (as a school board member), and myself (as the technology specialist) went to the leadership class last month. What we are beginning in a minute is the start of a professional learning community. I have become a member of several different professional learning communities over the last three years. Each serves a different need. The two I am very connected with are an Elementary Technology Teachers group and a large group of teachers who communicate through Twitter. In each group, I can share what I do with projects and become challenged by other teachers projects. They help me find resources and give me information when I’m stuck for an answer. Sandy will be talking more about content areas, instructional strategy, learning environments, and changing teacher roles over time.

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This begins our hands on portion of the afternoon. This is a screen shot of our Saint Michael web site. If you have not created an id yet, please sign on to your email account. It is the one you gave me a couple of weeks ago. If you have created an id, please pair up with someone who has not. Help them sign on, then go to another computer and sign on yourself.

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21st Century Skills State and National Technology Standards 2010 March 24

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Preparing Students for Work

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I Forgot

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I Forgot

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Preparing Students for Work Now

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Creating 21st Century NJ Schools Phase 1: Awareness and Familiarization Create A Sense Of Urgency Of The Need For Change Understand students as digital learners Model a state vision for 21st century learning, teaching, and leadership Facilitate communication through onsite sessions, and through face-to-face and virtual professional learning communities Initiate the “habits of mind” for technology use Provide profession with current information about the changes necessary to educate students in a rapidly changing world

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Students As Digital Learners

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You Are Amazing!

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Toni Rosemary …and then some!

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What’s Going On? 2002 vs. 2010

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Pedagogy vs. Tool

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May 2008

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I’m Only Doing This Three Years

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eMail Connection First

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Many Connections Now

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Teach Each Other

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Me<You

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Phase 2: Critical Transformations Content Areas Instructional Strategies Learning Environments/ New Technologies/ Changing Teacher Roles Assessing Learning Leadership* Professional Learning Communities* PBL

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Sign on to your email Click the link Create a password Help each other sign on

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Citations “Maersk Sealand Container Ship the Sea-Land Racer at Miraflores.”<http://www.canalmuseum.com/canalphotos/ships-02-0119.html> 17 Mar 2010. “History facts and pictures of twa airlines (trans world).”http://www.aviationexplorer.com/twa_airlines.htm 17 Mar 2010. “Apple Studio Monitor.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/blatch/276966837/ 23 Oct 2006. 17 Mar 2010. “Category: S | Page: 100 - Logo Vector Download Free (Brand Logos) (AI, EPS, CDR, PDF, GIF) | seeklogo.com”. http://www.seeklogo.com/category.html?q=S&Page=100&Sort=Format-Desc 17 Mar 2010 “Arne Duncan-New Developments for Students in the U.S Official Blogspot of your hidden potentials.” <http://yourhiddenpotential.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/arne-duncan-new-developments-for-students-in-the-u-s/> 17 Mar 2010. “Audience development Collaboration for the arts! Audience Development Specialists Blog!.”http://audiencedevelopment.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/audience-development-collaboration-for-the-arts/> 17 Mar 2010.

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Citations “New Jersey Department of Education.” http://www.state.nj.us/education/ 17 Mar 2010. Cleaver, Alan. “Time to start painting.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/4121413003/ 21 Nov 2009. 19 Mar 2010. “wrench rust.” http://www.flickr.com/photos/hvargas/2114683166/ 16 Dec 2007. 19 Mar 2010.

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