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Title: Schools of the Future


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Schools of the Future
  • New Schools for a New Age

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We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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  • the Internet is bringing us closer than we ever
    thought possible to making learning of all
    kindat all levels, any time, any place, any
    pacea practical reality for every man, woman,
    and child.
  • The Web-based Education Commission, charged by
    the U.S. Congress to assess the potential of the
    Internet for learning
  • Summer 2002

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Over the Horizon Thinking
  • What will education look like in 2012?

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Learning
  • Will not be confined
  • by place and time.
  • to memorization.
  • to the intellectual elite.
  • to childhood.
  • Will be
  • driven by needs and interests.
  • on a need-to-know (just in time) basis

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Embracing the Information Age
  • Enabled by a technology-rich learning
    environment, an Information Age education system
    would be marked by
  • a focus on learning, not schools
  • learning organizations defined by mission, not be
    geography and facilities
  • Student-focused, customized learning, not
    mass-produced, one-size-fits-all instruction
  • Self-directed and holistic learning, not
    regimented recitation
  • Learning on a 24/7 basis and throughout the year,
    not artificial schedules and calendars.
  • Empowerment of families and educators, not
    bureaucracies and
  • A number of options and educational providers for
    each student, not a standard model for all.
  • Michael David Warren, Jr., Michigan State Board
    of Education

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Plugged in Pupils
  • Forget backpacks!
  • Wireless
  • Handhelds
  • PCs
  • E-books
  • Advanced voice recognition will make them easier
    to use.

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Classrooms
  • As students spend more time doing projects, rows
    of desks will give way to cooperative learning
    tables where students work in teams to solve
    problems.

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Distance Learning
  • Students will have far more courses to choose
    from as distance learning explodes. This
    technology also will allow students to take
    virtual field trips, collaborate with experts and
    students around the world.

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Homework
  • More learning will take place at home, as
    assignments become interactive and individualized
    to meet a childs needs. An army of online
    tutorsfrom graduate students to retired
    engineerswill give more students one-on-one help.

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Teachers
  • Teachers will collaborate across the country
    with colleagues to develop lesson plans
    electronically and they will rely less on
    textbooks as they use intelligent search agents
    to develop digital projects.

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Parents
  • Mom and Dad will get more plugged-in as they
    exchange e-mails with teachers and view their
    childrens work online and through Webcasts.

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Administrators
  • Bloated bureaucracies will shrivel as schools
    adopt
  • e-business practices.

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Tests
  • Todays paper-and-pencil relics will give way to
    electronic assessments that provide just-in-time
    updates on student progress while measuring
    performance on complex tasks.

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Improving Student Achievement Through Technology
  • Committed and well-trained staff
  • A solid plan for implementation
  • An awareness of technologys potential benefits
    for teaching and learning
  • Acknowledgment that technology is an essential
    part of todaysand tomorrows world.

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Critical Factors
  • The quality of the teacher
  • The teachers professional development in
    technology.
  • The alignment of the technology use with
    curriculum, instruction and assessment of
    expectations.
  • The strategy behind the use of technology.

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Portable Digital Assistants
  • Getting a Handle on Handhelds

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Why Use Handheld Computers in Schools?
  • Portable
  • Low-cost
  • Addresses equity of use issues
  • Versatile
  • Increased functionality
  • Availability of software

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What Can Handheld Computers Do?
  • Students can
  • Write
  • Draw
  • Animate
  • Present
  • Create concept maps, charts and graphs
  • Attach probes to measure environmental factors
  • Capture text and graphics from the web

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Teaching and Learning Tools
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Scientific Data Probes
  • Data Collection
  • Annotation with notes, sketches, etc.
  • Calibration with teams
  • Analysis of data
  • Skill reinforcement
  • Assistive Technology Solutions

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Whats in It for Teachers?
  • A management tool
  • Access and update information about students such
    as
  • Grades
  • Assignments
  • Deadlines
  • Attendance

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Whats in It for Administrators?
  • Make student information instantly accessible
  • Allows bar code scanning of student ID cards
  • Gathers and organizes information in an emergency
    situation.

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Web Portals
  • Doorways to Discovery

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What Is an Educational Web Portal?
  • A Web portal is a website that provides access to
    many resources and services, such as
    instructional materials, lesson plans, news about
    current events, instant messaging and email, and
    the ability to conduct controlled searches.
  • --SREB

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Educational Web Portals
  • Who?
  • State Departments and Districts
  • Schools (K-20)
  • Teachers
  • Why?
  • To communicate with and provide resources to
    students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

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How To Pick a Portal
  • Decide to develop or purchase
  • For purchases of a commercial Web portal,
  • assess the school/districts needs
  • assess the value and content of the commercial
    Web portal
  • Checklist Web Portals Guidelines for Selection
    (SREB)

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Content Guidelines
  • Supports curriculum
  • Error-free, current timely
  • Bias-free images text
  • Relevant outside links
  • Frequently updated
  • Adequately covers topic
  • Appropriate for student abilities
  • Experienced, reputable researchers provide
    content

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Technical Guidelines
  • How does it work?
  • Technical requirements clearly defined
  • Compatible with networks, filters
  • Easily recognizable icons menus for navigation
  • Mix of text, graphics, sound, motion
  • No software conflicts
  • Standard multimedia formats
  • Advertising does not conflict with schools
    policy
  • Adaptable for special needs students

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Administrative Guidelines
  • How much does it cost? (start-up and ongoing)
    Expected increases?
  • How is the cost assessed? (or how funded, if
    free?)
  • Who provides training?
  • Privacy policies to protect students?
  • Technical assistance 24/7?
  • Can students teachers access resources from
    home?
  • Is there a less expensive alternative?
  • Explain free.

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Picking From the Portal Field
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www.ed.gov/index.jsp
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www.eduplace.com
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http//www.edhelper.com
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http//pbs.org/teachersource
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http//earthsciencesportal.gsfc.nasa.gov/Cool/
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The State Web Portalwww.alex.state.al.us
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The State Partner Portal
http//www.marcopolo-education.org
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The Portal Peck You Pick Should.
  • have quality resources that your audiences will
    use
  • always have up-to-date local information
  • be accessible easily by all users
  • promote communication and collaboration
  • be affordable money, time, resources

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Virtual Libraries
  • Connecting You to a World of Knowledge

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AVL Includes
  • Full text magazine articles
  • Electronic reference books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Consumer health information
  • Statistical sources
  • Homework aids

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Three Primary Building Blocks
  • Equity
  • Every student in every public school
  • Economy
  • Substantial savings by licensing databases for
    statewide access
  • Excellence
  • Accurate and timely information

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The AVL Is a Good Deal.
  • It provides valuable up-to-date easy-to-use
    information to the people of Alabama.
  • It is a model of cooperation and balance among
    public institutions.
  • It spends public funds efficiently and
    beneficially.
  • It supports educational equality by offering the
    same information statewide.

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E-Learning
  • Anytime, Anyplace Services for the 21st Century

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What Is a Virtual School?
  • An educational organization that offers K-12
    courses through Internet or Web-based methods
  • As defined by the Distance Learning Resource
    Network (www.dlrn.org)

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Delivery Methods
  • Synchronous
  • Interactions happening live or in real time
  • Asynchronous
  • More common
  • Can be scheduled to be completed during a common
    time frame or be self-paced

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Rapid Rise
  • 30,000 U.S. students have taken an online course
  • Technology is now in place to make it feasible.
  • Access to courses regardless of geography.
  • Flexible scheduling of courses.
  • Educational access for specialized groups.
  • A model for the development of 21st century
    learning skills of working and collaborating with
    others at a distance.

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Ready or not, here it comes!
  • 98 of all U.S. public schools and 77 of
    instructional rooms are connected to the Internet
  • Vendors are rapidly developing products and
    strategies to tap the huge emerging market
  • Legislatures and school districts are being
    heavily lobbied to make hasty purchasing
    decisions
  • Policymakers are not driving the agenda
  • Some fear the public education system could
    disintegrate

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Quality Assurance
  • Content and Instructional Design Issues
  • Role of the Online Teacher
  • Role of the Student
  • Management and Support Systems
  • Technical Infrastructure

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The Value of E-Learning
  • Necessary technology skills for our
    cybercivilization
  • Potential to deliver high-quality education
  • When used appropriately
  • Allows individualized education using multiple
    learning styles
  • Reduces geographic barriers
  • Every student in the front row
  • Power to transform the education system

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Policy Issues
  • Students may take courses offered by schools and
    teachers in another state.
  • Certification of teachers?
  • Curriculum and assessment concerns
  • Is a local coordinator required?
  • Funding and credit issuance
  • How will seats be prioritized?

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NASBE Study GroupPurpose
  • Provide policymakers a context for thinking abut
    education technology
  • Describe the toughest policy challenges
  • Suggest questions to explore
  • Provide examples of policy solutions
  • Highlight key resources

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Study Group Core Message
  • E-Learning is inevitable and it is desirable.
  • State education policymakers should seize the
    opportunity to demonstrate leadership and assure
    that e-learning spreads rapidly and equitably, is
    used well, and strengthens the public education
    system.
  • The need for leadership is urgent.

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Obstacles to the creation of an Information Age
Education System
  • A reluctance to consider new approaches to
    teaching and learning
  • A lack of incentives and external pressures to
    motivate change
  • Insufficient training and professional
    competencies
  • Resource allocation methods that perpetuate the
    status quo
  • Governance obstacles

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E-Learning State Initiatives
  • Alabama Online High School
  • University of Alabama
  • Program for Rural Services and Research
  • Asynchronous instruction
  • Toyota project
  • TCP/IP video conferencing among 3 school systems
  • Madison County, Madison City, Huntsville City
  • IITS network
  • Dedicated ISDN phone lines connecting specific
    locations

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How do we get from here to there?
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Moving forward
  • Define the gap between where you are and where
    you want to be.
  • Understand that the real issues involve headware,
    not hardware.
  • Realize that it starts with us.
  • Differentiate between sight and vision.

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So what about schools?
  • Schools have been immune to change forever
  • Education has traditionally been an information
    delivery business with a focus on content.

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What does this mean?
  • Education is a value added endeavor
  • The Internet will force educators to clearly
    articulate the value they add to process
  • Why should kids come to school when they can
    learn at home?
  • What value is it that you add?

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Never happen????
  • Largest growth sector in education in North
    America
  • Alternate schooling (25 of the student
    population without access to Internet learning)
  • Combine this with the trend of working from home
    and the growing concerns about quality of public
    schooling and personal safety

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Dont be a yabbut!
  • Need to acknowledge that this is really
    happening.
  • The power of the Internet to deliver instruction
    and transform education is enormous.

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Where do we start?
  • Understand the Internet as a friend and not a
    foe.
  • Shift from content to process based curriculum.
  • Embrace the teaching of effective information
    literacy skills.

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Presentation materials
  • http//www.asc.edu/seminars/schoolsofthefuture.ppt

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