e innovation by studying best practices at Intel, Google and other companies
2) Create a supportive administrative infrastructure similar to Finland, the top educational system in the world.
I like the topic posted by Scott McLeod on his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant: "...how to lead in an era of disruptive innovation." It is well worth the read for anyone interested in staying up-to-date one how technological innovation can be managed. For me it is the most relevant question for Mr. Duncan.
We undoubtedly live in an age of disruptive innovation when human knowledge is creating powerful new tools that will supplant the old. Our educational system has been obsolete for decades. This has required companies to spend significant funds on training their workers to meet their needs. Now with open-source learning systems schools are becoming increasingly irrelevant.
So what is the solution? I happen to be fond of learning from the examples of best practices of educational systems throughout the world. In my book, the Finnish sytem is arguably the best with impressive wins on major international comparative tests of student learning. And what was the secret of their success? Build the system ground up by supporting teachers! The role of administrators was turned upside down. Administrators in Finland are support personnel, not channels to administer top-down mandates. Their role is to facilitate and provide whatever a teacher needs in the classroom.
Imagine no more district level blocking of Web 2.0 tools, but a administration that treats a teacher as an adult-professional capable of selecting any Web 2.0 tool or multimedia appropriate for the lesson. Contrast that to an administrator that requires each teacher to fill out paperwork for each video they download or Web 2.0 tool they use. The current system stifles teacher-led innovation.
In exponential times, the only system that has a hope of keeping up is one that empowers the majority of players. That means allowing both teachers and their students to create, innovate and lead the system into the 21st century.
So Arne, support us, let us blossom and remove the barriers to innovation that a top-down system imposes. Read all you can about the innovation society and learning organizations and model the educational system based on the principles firmly demonstrated by google, mozilla and other IT companies that are leading us all into the future.
Thanks for listening!
Gravelly Hill Middle School
nguage in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): School teachers and college educators
Short Session Description (one line):
Professor's love for technology ignites the passion for teaching with technology in her students, future teachers.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
A professor passionate about teaching with technology creates an environment for pre-service teachers to be inspired and to follow the example set by the professor in using technology in their own future classrooms. Passion is contagious! It radiates and spreads around touching hearts and minds of the beginning teachers. I have experienced this process many times throughout my pedagogical career in different educational settings. So --- come to learn about my passion and share your passion with me and other like-minded educators. This is the right place to exchange our ideas and experience!
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
My wikiEducators page: http://goo.gl/CVl1iv
My College webpage: http://goo.gl/smqV8y
URL to a Slides or a Video Showcasing Your Presentation Skills:
Facilitating Pedagogy of Engagement viewed on slideshare 4,785
My current session PPT: http://goo.gl/Fx9jJC
Slideshow of the Summer 2014 course and edMedia conference
Presentation at a virtual conference:
Presenting at the Conference for Adolescent Teachers