NAIS–School Change Hitting the Pavement

Today, arvind grover and I presented at the NAIS Speed Innovation Sessions. Our presentation concentrated on publication, collaboration, and productivity.  The slides are below.  Comments/Questions appreciated.


1:1 — Time to start the discussion again…

During the past few months, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about Information and Media Literacy — I believe that this is one of the most concrete reasons to implement a laptop or 1 to 1 program in a school. To be responsible citizens in the 21st Century, students need to be ethical, life-long learners. To do so, they need to be information and media literate. The need to be fluent in digital and print.

David Warlick was visiting a laptop school and hit the nail on the head in this post :

Bottom line? 1:1 does not provide all the answers. In fact, it provokes lots of new questions, which is the approach of the school’s chief administrator, Stuart McCathie. He believes in, promotes quite eloquently, and offers lots of examples for, facilitating more powerful learning by asking a different kind of question. What occurred to me, as he was talking, was that most of our questions ask for answers. McCathie is suggesting questions that ask for conversations. Engaged in conversation, students become responsible to a community for what they find and learn. Answering a question is merely between the student and the teacher.

I am ever more impressed by the almost overwhelming challenges of working in a 1:1 teaching/learning environment. It requires so many shifts, most of them subtle, but no less difficult for a teacher — even young teachers. Even a first year teacher has 12+ years of experience in traditional classrooms. The challenges are enormous — but we simply have no choice!

I left even more convinced that contemporary literacy can be a potent
angle to make these shifts from, that it isn’t about the new tools on
students desks, but the new access to information and the new abilities
to produce information. The answer, I believe, can be as simple as The Beacon School’s
approach of simply saying, “At this point, no student work will be
turned in on paper. Everything will be done digitally.” It’s a focus on
the nature of the information, not the shape of the pencil.

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He’s right — we have no choice — and we need to focus on contemporary literacy. And what better way to teach our students to be 21st Century Learners than to model this type of learning ourselves in a 1 to 1 program. Cheers to David for putting this so well.

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Information Literacy Wiki – Goals and Location

My Information Literacy post received a few comments asking where we would be collaborating (since I left out that link). The page on the School Computing Wiki under Information Literacy. I placed my goal, readings/podcasts/games links, and my timetable (for this summer’s work) there. I have also created a page with a K-16 tech skills and info literacy skills table. In the last column of this table, I have created links to pages that will contain short stories of how to implement these skills in different subject classrooms.

Check the wiki out here – add to it – tell me what I’m missing or if I’m recreating the wheel…

Let’s get this show on the road!

Information Literacy Professional Development

This summer, my department and I are working on a professional development project to map out a K-12 Information Literacy curriculum for our school, plus write some research based stories on how to implement it… Here’s the outline. What are your thoughts? Do you have other readings that have formed your Information Literacy curriculum? What would you add or take away? Do you have a framework? Lots of questions…

Goal: As a department, our goal is to create a K-12 Information Literacy skills matrix with research based example projects that can be used as a reference for the school.

ALA’s Information Literacy Standards and the Big 6
Classroom Instruction that Works
The Learning Leader: Chapter 7 – Leadership and Effective Feedback: The Dilemmas of Grading
Formative Evaluation Papers
* Stiggins, Richard J. and Chappius, Jan (2006). What a difference a word makes
* Stiggins, Richard J. (2005). Rethinking the Motivational Dynamics of Productive Assessment.
* A list of Formative Evaluation Papers:
Information Literacy Podcast from Bob Sprankle
NCQ Talk — Telling a story Podcast
21st Century Information Fluency Project: Featured Search Challenge

Global Context:
The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman
A Whole New Mind – Dan Pink

Questions to Answer
How do we teach media/information literacy at each grade level?
What are the skills that we want students to have?
What are the narratives/stories about teaching/learning each skill? Podcast them.

Read books by Mid-July.
Document on K-12 Tech and Information Literacy Skills via the wiki.
Have a day in August where we get back together to create narratives then discuss how and where to implement next year.