Alan November Keynote

Dumbest Generation Ever-Wall Street Journal

Before 'Watergate' Could be Googled

The Internet is no substitute for hands-on reporting.

: "In big works of journalism the truth that needs to get out usually lies with human sources" and not with documents already somehow online. "The Internet can help, but it is not some 'magic lantern' that illuminates everything."

IUt is the job of teachers to teach students how they learn.....learning to learn is a great skill
Students need to be building gloval collaboration
Find people to make the team work
Teachers need to become-Learning Design Faciltators.

Learning Design---how does technology fits in to improve education. The added value of a teacher----is to answer student questions and correct misconceptions that students have
Build a database of student questions and from those questions design your lesson

The more you know about your subject....the less you know how a new learner acquires information :)

Students want immediate feedback...3 seconds or less....that is why they love video games....they can die 1000x's and never feel like a failure because they are getting immediae feedbak and they can try again and again until mastery!!!

Every teacher needs to build an online community. Teacher need to go global...and extend their classroom to the global community.

From Questions to Concepts-Dr Mazur

  • Teach by questioning not by telling
  • Learning is social
  • Socially engage students
  • Have them defend their answers....question 7 defend
  • Learn how to question!!
  • Socratic Method: The term Socratic questioning is used to describe a kind of questioning in which an original question is responded to as though it were an answer. This in turn forces the first questioner to reformulate a new question in light of the progress of the discourse.
  • In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers. We model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions
  • We can question goals and purposes. We can probe into the nature of the question, problem, or issue that is on the floor. We can inquire into whether or not we have relevant data and information. We can
    consider alternative interpretations of the data and information. We can analyze key concepts and ideas. We can question assumptions being made. We can ask students to trace out the implications and consequences of what they are saying. We can consider alternative points of view. All of these, and more, are the proper focus of the Socratic questioner.

We reward students for getting the right answer...the right answer is not the need to think about the question

The culture of educaion need to change
  • immediate feedback
  • more complicated material
  • peer tutoring...teaching with understand how kids learn and think...can explain in "kids terms"
  • Kids teaching kids
  • student need to own the learn
  •**A** digital History textbook created by students, for students!!! A collaboration between 2 middle schools

  • kids make contribution to the world...rather than doing work for a grade
  • What Motivates Us: Dan Pink RSA Animate

How much of classwork is based on:
  1. Purpose
  2. Atonomy
  3. Mastery

Cathy Cassidy Blog:---kids teaching kids :)
Our class has been connecting and learning with classrooms from many places. The story below was written in cooperation with Mrs. Bair's fourth grade class in Pennsylvania. Our classes took turns adding to the story. We love the way it turned out!