Apple Learning Event
Apple in Education
Teaching is a risk averse profession. We don't want to lead but follow things that have been proven somewhere else.
Don't talk about technology but what you're trying to do with it.
With a mobile device you can personalize your education.... Now we can go back to the 16th century education (where you had to bring your own tutor to university).
Changing role of IT: Going from a department of NO to. Department of 'how can we help you?'
From lock down and make my job easier to open and we are helping students. Why have to change how the system serves the users instead of having them going around the system.
Have IT workers sit in the classroom to see what they need and how we can bring that to them.
Isn't my network beautiful as long as nobody uses it...
Monetary / revenue driven
Software solutions are functional
Total cost of ownership
Knowledge creation and dissemination
Highly collaborative, interactive and ad-hoc
Software solutions are expressive
Total opportunity of ownership
IT should build hurdles but not make their jobs easy but the teachers and students jobs easier and better.
You have to plan for learning when you plan for technology so it doesn't interfere with learning.
Losing money on IT decisions.... 7 minutes per class in average signing in and that is a lot of money.
The biggest bandwidth has to go to users and not administration.
Measure success by not how cheaply you got your devices but if you were able to reach your goals.
The company the Apple Kid...
What do students want from school?
5. To work with interactive technologies. If not they consider the learning environment irrelevant
4. Their teachers to be mentors. Students work the apple desk and help teachers with learning projects not fixing the macs.
3. Learning to be more interesting... Or schools be less boring
2. To have choices... And the older they are they want less choice because we have programmed them to ask us what to do and how to do it.
1. To do real and relevant work. Always asking why... We forget the why in schools and we just tell them "trust me you are going to use this". That is a lie. We have to come up with real reasons to WHY? Critical to the why.
"Schools is like sitting in an airplane: Sit down, face forward, strap yourself in and turn off all your electronic devices...."
Kids drop out of college and university because they can't handle being in charge of their own learning. We have to fundamentally change how we do school earlier.
Information is: digital (ubiquitous), democratized (Wikipedia) and free.
"Brain activity during a lecture is flat, brain activity during sleep is more... So the next time a student sleeps in class then he is working harder!"
The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.-Seymour Papert.
In a great classroom you can not find the teacher right away because there is so much activity going on and everyone is a teacher.
Definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
No wonder people / teachers discourage from using tech when they don't get that tech is part of learning and not adding on to everything else.
Task : write a 500 world paper... Then the focus is one the word count and not showing what you know.
You should say: produce a character analysis of one of the characters in the story... Them they get a choice of how to do it...movie trailer, paper, photo, presentation, radio mock interview with the character.
Dan Meyer -TED TALK - ADE 2011.