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How Does New Technology Impact Student Learning? (Stand Alone)

A discussion on 21st Century education, new technology and student learning.

Eric Sei-in Remy Jordan

on 8 March 2013

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Transcript of How Does New Technology Impact Student Learning? (Stand Alone)

Who Can I Communicate With? 340,000+ From
Teacher as Lecturer to Teacher as Guide How Does
New Technology Impact Student Learning? Advises Premier on how to strengthen BC’s knowledge-based society
Members (20+) consist of founders, CEOs and former CEOs from BC’s most significant technology companies
Premier is co-Chair Premier's Technology Council "Technology"
is whatever was invented
after I was born But first, who is
Eric Jordan? Student Vision Purpose of the Paper Explore a vision based on research of current thinking
Outsider perspective
To encourage healthy debate
Not focused on implementation
K-12 focus Two Assumptions Assume blank slate
Assume a BC is building a knowledge-based society If BC is going to be a knowledge-based society, then what skills are needed?
What does an education system look like, given those skills are desired outcomes?
What changes would happen to key participants in the education system? Definition
A knowledge-based society is “a society that creates, shares and uses knowledge for the prosperity and well-being of its people.”

More specifically, the economy will be “directly based on the production, distribution and use of knowledge and information.” Technology is more than a widget in a classroom Don Tapscott – Grown Up Digital
Collaboration Students are Changing Countries are Responding Finland - Recognised as an education leader, reforms to encourage greater creativity
Singapore - Plans to enhance student’s creative and expressive capacities
China - Moving away from memorization to methods of inquiry, discussion, application of knowledge and use of technology Society Needs Engaged Students Individual
Each additional year of schooling raises a Canadian’s income by an average of 8%
If the national average educational attainment level is increased by one year, productivity increases by 5 per cent ($60 billion)
More employable, greater career satisfaction, longer life, better health, less crime, greater participation in society Functional Numeracy and Literacy
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Technological Literacy
Communications and Media Literacy
Collaboration and Teamwork
Personal organisation
Motivation, Self Regulation and Adaptability
Ethics, Responsibility and Cross Cultural Awareness Skills From Learning Information to Learning to Learn
From Data to Discovery
From One Size Fits All to Tailored Learning
From Testing to Assess to Assessing to Learn
From Classroom Learning to Lifelong Learning Education System The WORLD is Different
Digital Information is DIFFERENT than Physical Information
Communications technology has completely changed What is Expertise? Shifting Roles Eric Jordan
Proud dad of 3 school-age children
Co-founded a software company, PureEdge Solutions, after graduating from UVic, 1993
Sold PureEdge to IBM, 2005
Executive in Residence, UVic Business Faculty, 2006-08
President of Premier's Technology Council, 2008-11
Co-Author of "A Vision for 21st Century Education", PTC 2010
Co-Chair of Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, 2011-Present Engagement These shifts are part of a long Pedagogical Tradition...
Student-centered learning
Active learning
Problem-base learning
Learning by doing From
Passive Student
Learner From
Parent as Supporter to Parent as Participant Is technology the answer?
Are today’s students “better” with technology? An audience of 30 people NO No The Fine Print...
Outsider to Education
Focus on K-12 When I was a kid, my home movies had My son's home movie has views In the future, there will be no physical textbooks The question is not "IF etexts", but "WHEN etexts" "e-books have grown from 0.6% of the total Trade market share in 2008 to 6.4% in 2010. While that represents a small amount in the total market for formats, it translates to 1274.1% in publisher net sales revenue year-over-year with total net revenue for 2010 at $878 Million."

"Beyond the top-level format figures, the explosive growth of e-books is even more visible when considering certain categories. In Adult Fiction, e-books are now 13.6% of the net revenue market share."

The Association of American Publishers US Trade Wholesale Electronic Book Sales So what do these questions mean? Many students are not
engaged in our current
system of education. New Communications What is a Book? Tech Students just see technology DIFFERENTLY

Students see the WORLD differently
because of technology One Classroom Homework Homework Another Technology is just a tool that opens some new options. We need to
CHANGE To ENGAGE Technology is more than a CLASSROOM in a WIDGET... ...approaches such as
Distance Learning Would I ask my teacher for information? Is my teacher one of the smartest people in my world? Why would I ask my teacher for content? No one person has as much information in their head as the Internet. When I can ask the WORLD? PEOPLE provide the experience and ability to understand, discuss and contextualize content. Over 1 year ago! The important point is this
experience is NOT an exception The ability to communicate with VAST numbers of people is the NEW NORMAL When Can I Communicate? What is a book to your students? Passive Students Classroom Active Learners How? Who Can I Communicate With? Students & Three Questions More Information... A Vision for 21st Century Education, Premier's Technology Council

BC Education Plan

Changing Education Paradigms, Sir Ken Robinson, RSA Animate

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Dan Pink, RSA Animate

Do schools kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk

A Portal to Media Literacy, Michael Wesch

Salman Khan, Kahn Academy, TED 2011
www.youtube.com We are going to explore three ideas... First, what do we mean when we say... Second, we are going to look at "A Vision for 21st Century Education" by the Premier's Technology Council Finally, we are going to explore Student Engagement What do we mean when we say New Technology? Do we mean a Blackboard?
Blackboards were a revolutionary technology when they were introduced. Perhaps we mean a
Whiteboard? When we say "New Technology", do we mean a laptop or computer in a school? Or perhaps we mean the current darling of educational technology...
IPads and other tablets? Or perhaps a SmartBoard? This means that Students and Teachers have very DIFFERENT answers to the question,
"What is New Technology?" Here is my view.... This video does a good job illustrating... Impact of the report For example... Instructor gives a lecture to the students Students go home and do homework to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts taught in school. Here is another approach which wouldn't have been possible without technology Instead of listening to a lecture in class, students go home and for their "homework" watch a lecture. In class, students can do what would traditionally be the "homework". Now the incredibly valuable resource that we know as the TEACHER can guide and mentor the students, instead of lecture to them. The Teacher's role is to no longer be the "Sage on the Stage" Can you find the Teacher? Can you find the Teacher? A Teacher can now be a "Guide by the Side" There is no BEFORE and AFTER for Students

The Students BEFORE grew up to become Parents and Teachers.

The Students AFTER have NO MEMORY of the "BEFORE" state Has shaped the Student's world view An example of how the world has changed...

When I was a kid, I LOVED the original Star Wars

The basic story is... Princess Leia steals... ...the plans to the Death Star. Then she is
chased around the
galaxy by the
evil Empire Leia hides the plans inside... When I became a parent, I looked forward to sharing Star Wars with my children.

Unfortunately my children would wonder why... When she could have put the plans on: When the Digital Immigrant, George Lucas, finished writing Star Wars in 1976, he did not understand the difference between physical information and digital information. Princess Leia treats the DIGITAL plans for the Death Star in the same way as you would treat PHYSICAL blueprints. The original Star Wars just doesn't make sense to Digital Natives who understand digital information:
Doesn't only having one copy of the plans play into the hands of the Empire?
Given that they are digital plans, why didn't Princess Leia make millions of copies of the plans? When the students of today become the adults of tomorrow, they will be expected to understand how to use technology responsibly.

Shouldn't they be taught responsible use in school?

How can this be taught if the policy is to
ban handheld devices from schools? Technology is a tool that allows new approaches In Conclusion... ...a key foundation for... Embraced by many BC School Superintendents
And... “Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the Earth. They are being besieged with information and calls for their attention from every platform – computers, from iPhones, from advertising hoardings, from 100s of television channels. And we are penalizing them for getting distracted. From what? You know, boring stuff at school, for the most part.”
-Sir Ken Robinson Who has the responsiblity to engage students? What do I mean by Student Engagement?

"Students make a psychological investment in learning. They try hard to learn what school offers. They take pride not simply in earning the formal indicators of success (grades), but in understanding the material and incorporating or internalizing it in their lives." For example:

"[Students] who are engaged show sustained behavioral involvement in learning activities accompanied by a positive emotional tone. They select tasks at the border of their competencies, initiate action when given the opportunity, and exert intense effort and concentration in the implementation of learning tasks; they show generally positive emotions during ongoing action, including enthusiasm, optimism, curiosity, and interest." As compared to:

"The opposite of engagement is disaffection. Disaffected [students] are passive, do not try hard, and give up easily in the face of challenges... [they can] be bored, depressed, anxious, or even angry about their presence in the classroom; they can be withdrawn from learning opportunities or even rebellious towards teachers and classmates." Princess Leia treats R2D2 like a round filing cabinet When the film was released in 1977, no one conceived of WikiLeaks. Questions? Contact me at: seiinremyjordan@gmail.com
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