These are my notes from notes from Jim Carleton And Mali Bickley’s keynote at NECC 2008 in San Antonio on 1 July 2008. Jim and Mali were introduced by Lester Hope, and Lester facilitated a television-style interview “show” with them as a NECC keynote. MY THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS.
According to the current WikiPedia article for Lester:
Lester Holt (born March 8, 1959 in Marin County, California) is an African American anchor for NBC News who started out as a local Chicago news anchor and presently is the co-anchor of Weekend Today seen on weekends on most NBC stations and affiliates and is also the weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News, the flagship news program of NBC News.
Lester showed a video clip segment prior to introducing Jim and Mali
– quote : “we know that the NBC news clips are authentic and accurate”
THIS IS AN INTERESTING PLAY FOR AUTHORITY
– immersive, safe environment where users can collaborate and learn together”
– “iCue connects you to a community of friends and fellow learners for support, sharing, and discussion through the iCue Friends Network and Discussion Forums.
a shift in how young people access and use information
BUT DOES IT ALLOW ANYONE TO UPLOAD THEIR OWN CONTENT? (CITIZEN JOURNALISM)
Hot Chalk is the website used extensively by Jim and Mali and now sponsored by NBC
HotChalk is a learning environment for K-12 teachers, students and parents that includes a learning management system (LMS), a rich library of teacher-contributed lesson plans, premium digital content like NBC News video, and professional development for teachers in a Web-based environment. Available through any Internet browser, the HotChalk Learning Environment is an easy to use system and brings teachers, students and parents together to improve education.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
question for Jim and Mali: How do you definite collaboration?
communication, creatively, collaboration, change, co-learning, collective intelligence
– connecting and transforming our world
– all these web 2.0 tools: children’s ability to publish
My Hero Project- http://myhero.com
– students can create artwork, produce films, publish for a worldwide audience
– level of achievement come up through these projects
– kids can go home and share their projects with parents at home, which is published online
telling stories that tug at your heartstrings
we now have the ability to teach our students so they become lifelong
our kids are “lords of the eflies”
– it’s our job to help these kids learn to use these projects helpfully
one example is using webconferencing, we have been using Elluminate
– connecting students from all over the world to share their project: Mali, Israel, US, others…
– it is is so important to make live, interactive connections between classes
question: “Do you find kids today are more interested in current affairs and reading newspapers?”
MY THOUGHT: WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE OR SUPPORT FOR THE ASSERTION THAT KIDS TODAY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN READING NEWSPAPERS? I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT THINK THIS IS SUPPORTED BY ANY EVIDENCE OR RESEARCH.
“are the kids driving the curriculum?”
MY THOUGHT: THE ANSWER TO THIS IS NO! THE POLITICIANS IN THE US WITH NCLB ARE DRIVING THE CURRICULUM. WE SHOULD BE PERMITTING KIDS TO HELP SHAPE THE CURRICULUM, BUT IT IS DISINGENUOUS AND MISLEADING TO SAY THAT KIDS DRIVE THE CURRICULUM TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES. NO ONE IS TALKING AT ALL ABOUT THE REALITY IN OUR CLASSROOMS TODAY, AND THE HUGE CULTURAL MINDSET WHICH EXISTS AGAINST DOING COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS LIKE THESE. THESE ARE GREAT PROJECTS AND GREAT IDEAS. BUT I THINK POLITICAL AND PRACTICAL REALITY IN OUR CLASSROOMS IS BEING IGNORED BY THE PRESENTERS. THE PRESENTERS WERE TEACHERS FROM CANADA WHO HAD LOST THEIR PASSION AND LOVE FOR TEACHING IN THE CLASSROOM.
it’s not about the technology, it’s about the learning, the connections
our school is now all involved in this
I’D LIKE TO SEE KIDS FROM THEIR SCHOOL TALK ABOUT THIS. I’D LIKE TO SEE KIDS ACTUALLY HERE IN PERSON TO ADDRESS AND DISCUSS THIS. I’D LIKE TO SEE THE PRINCIPAL HERE TALK ABOUT HOW THIS PROJECT FITS INTO THE LEARNING THAT TAKES PLACE
question: “Some of the events we are talking about in some of these countries, like Sierra Leonne, are pretty heavy. Have you run into too much reality, too soon?”
answer: Some email communication from kids have included US kids asking about girls in classrooms in countries where girls are not permitted to go to school.
Some students have been interacting with students in Iraq
– Commit to Character traits are from our school board
– from these communications with Iraqi students, students were cultivating optimism, empahty, and other characteristics
these projects change kids and others in the world
– we are invigorated as teachers using these tools and doing these projects
now showing a video about child soldiers in Sierra Leonne
– One Dream Project
“we are getting computers for kids in Sierra Leone. It makes us proud to know we are changing other people’s lives.”
MY QUESTION: HOW ARE PEOPLE’S LIVES BEING CHANGED IN SIERRA LEONNE BY THIS? CERTAINLY THE PERCEPTIONS AND UNDERSTANDINGS OF CANADIAN STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROJECT ARE BEING CHANGED, BUT I’M NOT SURE ANY EVIDENCE HAS BEEN PRESENTED IN THIS SESSION ABOUT THE LIVES AND LIVING CONDITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES OF PEOPLE IN SIERRA LEONNE BEING CHANGED.
we are now listening to a song about “one dream, one hope” set to images…
WHAT IS THE WEBSITE URL OF THIS PROJECT? IT IS NOT BEING SHARED OR DISCUSSED IN THE KEYNOTE. I CANNOT FIND IT ON GOOGLE. ALSO, WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE CANDADAN SCHOOL WHERE JIM AND MALI TEACH NOW? THE PROJECT WEBSITES HAVE BEEN SHARED BUT NOT
Come to the NBC booth here at NECC (SHAMELESS PLUG THERE!)
now asking for advice for peers, a call to action
answer: be willing to take a risk
– following your passion
THOSE ARE GOOD PIECES OF ADVICE, BUT DANGEROUS
answers continued: collaborate
– please ask for help
– go to takeitglobal and iEarn
ready, fire, aim: don’t wait until you think you understand all the technology before you do it!
I AGREE WE SHOULD DREAM BIG BUT I DISAGREE WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE TEACHERS TO “READY, FIRE, AIM.” PARTICULARLY IN OUR LITIGIOIUS US SOCIETY, THAT IS A POTENTIAL RECIPIE FOR DISASTER FOR A TEACHER
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