ASCD Connect 21 Camp- Here we come!

So…what is Connect 21 Camp? 

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It is NOT about  the technology.   It is NOT about  the hardware.   It IS ABOUT the expansion of each educator’s command of the new literacies coupled with the design of deliberate curriculum integration possibilities for your setting.

 

Our focus:   INTEGRATING Digital Learning Directly into Curriculum and Teaching

Our focus:  CREATING a genuinely personalized three day learning pathway full of creative excitement and practical take-backs.

The CONNECTIONS:

Bridge the gap between the hardware- the tablets, laptops, and smartboards AND teaching and learning!  

  • Connect with our children and young people who are clearly residents of the 21st century hungry for relevant and motivating projects and investigations!
  • Integrate the digital literacy and media savvy productions directly into your lesson plans!
  • Bring the world into your classroom and school through global partnerships and networks.
  • Develop a connected plan to engage your faculty in a long term plan to support a dynamic approach to the integration of the new literacies tailored to your setting.
  • Engage in a range of options from media production labs to digital workshops to film study to coaching sessions.

CHECK OUT the program and our experienced team in detail: http://www.connect.curriculum21.com

I have never been more enthused about a professional learning experience as ASCD’s upcoming Camp Connect 21 scheduled for August 6-8, 2015, at National Harbor, MD.

JOIN US and CONNECT.

 

Heidi

Ephemeral, Aerogel, Plinth: 6th Grade Vocab on State Test

Cross-posted to ASCD EDGE.

Let us peruse a list of words  featured on the recent sixth grade New York state exam:     

ephemeral 

aerogel

plinth

ominous situation 

paroxysm

clamorous

tutelage

furlong

absconders

surmised

Perhaps each of us should commit to using  these words today in our communications.  Surely one result would likely be alienation from our recepients. ( “Hey, how’s your aerogel?“)

Arguably there is universal admiration for a command of vocabulary, but the thought of eleven and twelve year olds wrestling with these words in a timed pressure cooker suggests an “ominous situation“.      What were these test makers thinking?  Perhaps they yearn to design those  SAT exams for seniors.  The sobering fact that the results will have a direct impact on how a teacher is evaluated points to a profound disconnect.   However, there is one phrase used in one of  the test items that is telling: “transitory moment of presence in a distinct location”.   Let us hope this is a transitory aberration.  

Against Technology (the word)

by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Heidi-3-c-croppedUbiquitous in every sphere of education; the word “technology” is splattered loosely. No subliminal messaging here, the term is to mean that schools with wifi, tablets, one to one laptop programs, and smart boards are preparing students for the future. Simply having a computer doesn’t mean that the curriculum and instruction are contemporary and relevant. Students can be using the internet to research irrelevant and dated content. A word processor does not ensure quality writing competence. When a group of middle school students runs around campus with flip cameras, it is unlikely they will produce a first rate documentary. Perhaps there is some kind of magical thinking, that digital tools will prompt innovative outcomes.I share this concern as a firmly committed advocate for the modernization of learning opportunities.

laptopsMost telling is our current obsession with dated assessment forms. Teachers are not encouraged to innovate when their institutions are pushing time traveling to the past. Although mission statements are packed with phrases like “tomorrow’s school” and “careers of the future” and “global preparedness”, the truth is that all fifty states in my country value assessments that are basically identical in format to those used thirty years ago.Multiple choice, short answer essay prompts to de-contextualized paragraphs are the raison de vivre. Some national publishers are creating on-line testing, but the items are still the same type as those used when standardized testing first was developed. Certainly our learners need ACCESS to the global portals and dynamic applications available through digital media in order to become literate and connected, but access is insufficient.

We should pay attention to school faculties, leaders, and individual teachers who are actively and boldly upgrading curriculum content to reflect timely issues and problems and crafting modern assessments such as digital-media-global project based learning opportunities. Website curation, app design, global network research, and video/audio production are indicative of modern learning environments not only for students but for their teachers as well. What might happen if in our discourse we replace the loose use of the word technology with the phrase contemporary learning environments?

Cross-Posted to ASCD edge.

Lead 21: slides- HHJ

Leading the New Literacies

Curriculum Mapping Rubric/ CCSS

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SOCRATES FAILS TEACHER EVALUATION

So, it came down to one day, one test, at the Acropolis as the young men of Athens took out their #2 chisels to answer 30 questions on stone tablets.   It is the annual timed test to prove the students’ knowledge and competence as they seek to become philosopher-kings.  This valued test is the ultimate prize  demonstrating not only the achievement of students, but also serves as the one key evaluation of the teacher.

Credit should be given to the test making company for developing multiple choice items with one correct answer given the challenging subject matter:  philosophy and governance.  Short answer constructed responses are a bit easier in those fields.

The results were been posted in the Agora for all to see  the quality and performance of their teacher.   Socrates failed.    He simply spent too much time asking them to think.   A walk- through evaluation by his supervisor (undisclosed), determined that “ sometimes Socrates’s  students meander through endless dialogues examining challenging questions that do not have one right answer.”    Hopefully, he will be replaced or perhaps go through an intensive summer professional development program in Sparta.

 

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

 

http://edge.ascd.org/_SOCRATES-FAILS-TEACHER-EVALUATION/blog/5822005/127586.html