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Technology Study Group

3/21/2012 Meeting 

Why Change?

Our world in which our students are entering is rapidly changing. The type and quantity of information available alters how we understand the world. This technological change is not just additive (faster, greater, brighter) it is ecological. There are winners and losers with any change. It is job to help our students succeed in world that changes by the second. Wayne Gretzky said, "a good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." Many schools teach students to skate to where the puck was, not where it going to be. I think we can do better...

Meeting Notes / Thoughts: 

Culminating Project: Expand to 4-8 across MCCPS. 21st Century Learning, Resource Sharing (Pinterest for School)... Teaching Students How to Fail... and then Succeed. Patience Problem Solving. Process orientated, reflection. 

Crap Detection, Curation, Evaluation, Reflection. (Twitter, Google Reader) Beyond the Textbook, what skills are necessary in 21st Classroom, Resources, vote up or down, why do or bad, getting past the enthusiasm. App and resource list... Geeking out on the back end (our new mantra)

Tasks for 3/21/2012

  • Start a Google Reader Account:
  • Add 5-10 Subscriptions, Feeds, Sites 
  • Bring back one think you learned, and a one question to share for our next meeting

Geekery (Apps, Sites, ETC):

4/4/2012 Meeting

How is Information Different in the 21st Century?

Knowledge is actionable information -Skip Walter

We have reason to fear the multitude of books which grows every day in a prodigious fashion will make the following centuries fall into a state as barbarous as that of the centuries that followed the fall of the Roman Empire. -Adrien Baillet, 1685

When the individual is plunged into a fast and irregularly changing situation, or a novelty-loaded context . . . his predictive accuracy plummets. He can no longer make the reasonably correct assessments on which rational behavior is dependent. Sanity, itself, thus hinges” on avoiding information overload. - Alvin Tofler, 1970

It isn't information overload. It's filter failure. -Clay Shirky, 2010

The massive increase in the amount of information available makes it easier than ever for us to go wrong...

Books do not express the nature of knowledge. They express the nature of knowledge committed to paper cut into pages without regard for the edges of ideas, bound together, printed in mass quantities, and distributed, all within boundaries set by an economic system. To think that knowledge itself is shaped like books is to marvel that a rock fits so well in its hole in the ground...

But now that ideas are freed of bound pages for their embodiment, it turns out that long-form works were never nearly long enough. They find order in the jumble of ideas they’re clarifying, but they do so by imposing a discipline that keeps the reader’s eyes focused directly on the path the author is treading. Released into the wildness of connected human difference, ideas foliate endlessly. There are no isolated ideas, and there never were; there are only webs of ideas. -David Weinberg, 2012

Meeting Notes / Thoughts: 

It can be hard to discover and add feed. Sometimes it easier to add a bunch and then pair back. How do we organize the info once we get it. Posterous has some rough edges to post. We should develop a norm about what info we share collectively.

Tasks for 4/4/2012:

Optional Reading(s):

Geekery (Apps, Sites, ETC):

4/25/2012 Meeting

Final Project Meeting: Select a network that provides may be useful stream of information for your professional growth. 

Potential Learning Networks
  • Twitter
  • Edmodo
  • Pinterest
  • Ning
  • Google Reader
  • Facebook (?)
  • Google+
  • Skype

5/2/2012 Meeting

Edcamp Debrief

- Unconference Model
- Rule of Two Feet
- Participant vs. Attendee
- Educator as professional
- Human Filter

- iPad use QR Codes
- iPad Apps
- Twitter
- Edmodo

- Smackdown 2mins, Trick, Tip, Resource to Share
- FedEx Day Project: Or Genius Hour

Worksession: Putting Learning Networks Through Their Paces.

5/9/2012 Meeting

Develop Metrics to Measure PD Product / Assessments: Using 21st Century Skills.

Nicole Bingham: Essential question: what skills/tools do teachers need to teach in a 21st century global world? How can we apply those skills and use those tools in the classroom?
  1. Information, Digital, and Media Literacy:

    How do vast amounts of accessible information change how we learn?
  2. Collaboration and Communication:

    How do we find value and meaning within a ceaseless stream of information

  3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

    How do find the best piece to finish the puzzle?
Related Skills: Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation. Colloquialisms: Crap Detection, Filter Failure, Analysis Paralysis, Echo Chambers, Claims out of Context (anyone can find a fact supporting or refuting a claim, what matters is the context of the claim. ex. Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Facts provide support for either claim. What is important in the context in which you are viewing Columbus. Or deciding which context is more important)

pHarold Rheinhold: 

5/23/2012 Meeting

How do we Change?

Did we Change?