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A Digital Skills Continuum: Differentiating Technology

ECOO 2012 presentation: from datasphere to minilab to digital mastery

Timothy King

on 2 February 2013

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developing digital literacy through differentiating technology byod: a reward for fluency mini-lab: diverse school devices that teach digital fluency basic labs for beginners undirected/School Lab/BYOD Edtech what we have now where we could go: Centralized IT
no differentiation
no digital diversity
no opportunity to learn variations in technology
irrelevant to the world students are graduated into
results in poor digital literacy
fair in the same way that making all students wear size 5 shoes is fair BYOD
randomly instituted
little oversight or training
left to individual teachers, who then off load management due to lack of digital fluency
played as a money saving move
enhances digital divide
no steps to earn/achieve it
unpedagogically supported School computer lab for beginners secure, directed environment develop familiarity with basic digital fluencies system designed to slowly open options as skills are demonstrated consistently
(objective skills: mastery learning!) DIGITAL FLUENCIES TO BUILD IN BEGINNERS
Computers as a learning & research tool - break habitual use patterns!
Familiarity with personal usage in order to prepare for effective personalization of technology
Internet as a source of information/not just entertainment
Critical analysis skills
Internet as a collaborative tool
digital citizenship
social computing (social media, cyber bullying, digital footprint awareness)
The goal: to develop digital fluency around something other than an entertainment paradigm learning evolves into a more open system
(when students demonstrate an ability to cope with it) Mini-lab Concept Access to diverse equipment & online environments an experienced digital coach/digital mentor development of awareness of personal style in approaching digital fluency ability to choose correct digital tools to maximize effectiveness of digitally enhanced learning Mid-level digital fluencies awareness of various hardware and software approaches to digital access
development of a personalized approach to effective digital skills
ability to self moderate online behavior in a productive manner in an otherwise unstructured environment
effective troubleshooting abilities The Ideal Digital Learner technically competent/confident digitally self-aware (citizen, footprint) interrogative: questioning of online content able to maximize effectiveness on a variety of digital tools Apprentice Journeyman Mastery DIGITAL FLUENCY CONTINUUM DIVERSIFYING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY lab-mini-lab-BYOD: a digital skills continuum What relationship are we developing with digital technology?
Where are the implications of this relationship for education?
How can we integrate digital fluency into schools? BOOKS THAT INFORMED THIS TALK: http://singularity.com/ http://www.theshallowsbook.com/ http://www.matthewbcrawford.com/ Who Am I? Olympus EPL-3
pro quality super portable micro-SLR, bluetooth connectivity to the web, many lenses. MY
TECH CLOUD i7 Toshi laptop
my tech has to be fast & enduring phablet! i7 desktop multiboot: win7/8/OSx/Linux, 32Gb RAM, SSD, 2x4Tb drives My personal technology choices Computer Technician Network Administrator Computer Engineering Qualified Instructor timothy.king@ugdsb.on.ca @tk1ng www.atking.ca artist writer blogger The State of Educational Technology what do I believe about technology? I got my first computer when I was eleven (1980)
I taught myself to program on it by modding games
I first got on the internet in 1992, I was a regular user by '94
if I'm a digital immigrant, I'm a very early adopter we need to be digitally agnostic! if you don't understand it, it will use you! what we use influences how we appear digitally digital clouds? ... or is this technology revolution doing something deeper to us? web designer GAMER! ...has it begun to insinuate itself into our very sense of self? Is technology something that surrounds us? Follow me on some reflection... introduction The Shallows synopsis: We are becoming low attention, widely dispersed thinkers - we are unable to think deeply about anything any more in a world of constant distraction and continual transformation Shop Class As Soulcraft synopsis: in a 'creative economy' we value management double talk and consumer based passivity over objective (ie: skills based) learning. It's a world of idiots who say much but can actually do nothing The Singularity Is Near synopsis: we are living on the cusp of a change in human evolution that will make the industrial revolution look like a blip. We are on the verge of creating greater than human intelligence, which by its very nature is beyond our ability to comprehend - the world is about to become stranger than we can comprehend Yes! BYOD as a reward for proven skills!
It isn't the Alpha, it's the Omega! The Mini-lab The next step in our evolution toward decentralized, differentiated technology access in education bet it isn't this... The School COMPUTER lab centrally administrated
heavily intranet dependent
costly to maintain
bloated software image
slow to change
frequent breakage and vandalism (no on-site ownership)
high student to computer ratio (30:1 per student:computer per school)
limited access through school desktop labs
poor digital literacy in staff & students (maintenance and repair is handed to off-site specialists - teachers & students have no chance to develop familiarity or ownership, and have no control) The Mini-lab A small grouping of heterogeneous devices around a digitally literate teacher that offer access to digital information, digital creation and online collaboration in a variety of forms operations The digital coach (a teacher) maintains and monitors the hardware.
A clear sense of ownership and responsibility (reduces vandalism).
Teachers who want to use the mini-lab must demonstrate sufficient knowledge (yes, the digital literacy I'm asking for in students must be demonstrated by teachers too)
DCs help to develop digital fluency across staff, administration and students Imagine a cloud of technology that orbits a digital coach (a teacher who knows the equipment and is exploring and pushing back the boundaries of digital pedagogy). Now imagine empowering that teacher to support their less digitally literate colleagues... Centralized, remotely board controlled, error prone, limited access desktops What do you wish your teaching tech-cloud would look like? cloud computing personalized electronics from scarce appliance to personal extension What is a mini-lab you ask? Any digitally literate person has a tech cloud around them... MY
TECH CLOUD i7 Toshi laptop
my tech has to be fast, flexible, open & enduring phablet! My personal technology choices Steps toward differentiation of educational technology - A VITAL CHANGE - and one of the main reasons edtech seems so out of touch with everything else! personalization of technology cloud computing mobilization technical illiteracy unfamiliarity with technology generic educational technology social media transparency technology assisted individualized learning 2013 The problem: Educational technology that is poorly optimized to teach digital literacy Followed by a bad solution:
a desperate grab at BYOD without thinking about the true goal: enabling better learning through effective technological usage expensive rare specialized personalizing miniaturizing massive cheapening more commonplace slow size halving while speed doubling every 18 months - Moore's Law keeps happening! general purpose, cheap, fast, personalized, common... Where's it going next? digital empowerment self-taught, habitual users digital impoverishment no coherent development of digital skills I aim to take Kurzweil's boundless optimism and faith in our technological evolution, Carr's concerns about how we are losing our ability to think in a technological morass, and Crawford's belief in the value of objective skills development in order to build a digital skills continuum based on increased access to differentiated tools that helps digital natives and immigrants both gain mastery of technology, instead of being habitual users SYNTHESIS NEVER as a starting point! It's like buying a car for someone who doesn't know how to drive! http://prezi.com/h7ms3hw7jx7-/mini-lab/ Don't think this is an expensive option,
We're doing the expensive option now!
To spoon-feed students board maintained clones is far more expensive than differentiating technology in order to develop real digital mastery! ... for the full Mini-Lab argument (that's staff or students) boundless optimism transformative technology the value of objective skillsets apprenticeship learning - always personalized, hands on and dependent on demonstrable skills With some invaluable PLN input on BYOD from Andrew Campbell (@acampbell99) and Gary Stager (@garystager) http://stager.tv/blog/?p=2397 http://acampbell99.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/what-is-the-d-in-byod-discrimination-divide/ the threat of habitual use creating negative feedback the blind leading the blind curriculum continuum of digital fluency open access to more technology as skills are proven no more generic, system wide #edtech digital apprenticeships with clear developmental goals recognize mastery - these are objective, measurable skills differentiation of technology leads to deeper mastery BYOD: highest level of demonstrated digital mastery Leverage digital mastery to spread deep, meaningful digital literacy Educational technology for learning digital skills, not ease of management! More Information: http://prezi.com/qdrcjew4eerr/mechanics-of-future-school/ http://prezi.com/mlmks5pq65dz/dancing-in-the-datasphere/ http://temkblog.blogspot.ca/2012/10/forming-ecoo-presentation.html In 2012/13 we have an education system that is grasping at digital learning opportunities, often recklessly, with little regard for pedagogy. We assume 'digital natives' know how to effectively use the technology we toss at them in hopes of magically producing greater learning opportunities... We're also seeing technology radically shrink, personalize and cheapen, meaning many people now carry a connected personal computer with them all the time. This personalized technology quickly becomes an extension of the user's psyche, and they become very distraught if prevented from exercising it. (yes, I still read books) greater integration, greater personalization it's external now, it'll get more intimate in the future! Your tech-cloud reflects your preference and knowledge of these tools - poorly chosen tech-tools are the hallmark of a weak user if we're to teach students how to use this personalized technology, we need to begin in school...
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