CLMS (California League of Middle Schools) Conference, Monterey, CA

December 4th - 7th 2008

Susan Patrick -
Keynote Speaker
Friday 8:30

President and CEO for iNACOL the international association for k12 Online learning.

World Future Society

10 breakthroughs in Transforming life over the next 20 - 30 years

  1. Alt Energy
  2. Desalination of water
  3. precision farming
  4. Biometrics
  5. Quantum computers
  6. Entertainment on demand
  7. Global access
  8. Virtual ed.
  9. Nanotechnology
  10. Smart robots

  • all teachers understand how to teach online.
  • 100% of secondary schools are using online learning.
  • Sing. holds E-learning week each year.
  • Are using Second Life to teach.

China -
  • 20 million 18 year olds/ 2.5 million college slots
  • Developing new, webbased, learning to all students and connecting students across the world.
  • Chinese students, with the help of the Internet, students in Tianjin’s number 1 middle school are encouraged to challenge their history text.

Internet Access
    • 1999 4 million had Internet access
    • 253 million in 2008 had Internet access
India -
  • goal is universal access to quality ed. Doing this by Internet access and broadband.
  • Looking at the best quality education out there and planning/ developing education online to teach their students as well as use their instruction as an export. WHAT!?

Turkey -
  • Students taking online courses.

Mexico -
  • All teachers have laptops

Middle East -
  • Rebuilding k-12 educational systems

US - one of the few countries that does not have a broadband development plan.

What students Need to Know

  1. 21st Century Skills and ICT Literacy
Students need to be able to express themselves in digital, creative medias.
  2. Emphasize core subjects
  3. Emphasize learning skills
  4. use 21st century tools to develop learning skills
  5. teach then to learn in 21st century context
  6. tech and learn 21st century content
  7. Use 21 assessments that measure 21st century skills

What do we do?
  • Do we ask teachers to do more with the same amount of time with the same resources?
  • We spend more money on pupils than anyone but switzerland
  • International rankings in science and math (PISA 2006)
    • Science, we're 25th out of 30 countries
    • Math 21 / 30
  • High school drop out rates are highest for minorities.

Does every student have access to the highest, world class, education.
Georgia - there are 88 licensed physics teachers in over 400 schools

Online learning is beginning to play a serious role when you consider the epidemic as stated above. Online learning could spread effective instruction by qualified, triained teachers to more students.

1 solid teacher? Put them online and reach more students.

My Outcome
Based on the model from China, we need to expand our internet speed and access and cover our country therefore empowering students who do not have a quality education. By reaching these students, we can bring higher levels of education as well as solid 21st century skills to our kids.

Blended face to face/ Hybrid learning
F2F used as a remediation and digital exposure used to instruct/respect those students who can learn and develop work independently.


Brush With History
Project Based History Lesson**
Calisphere- image resources

Google LIFE mag. Photo Archive
VoiceThread- comments on photos describe that moment in time

This project is essentially an oral history project that has been transformed with google sites/wiki and the use of images and text (story) online.
Teacher uses student wikis
Looks like she utilizes single subjects for students to add too
By the same token, blog use is similar in that it focuses on a topic and then invites discussion.

Videos to Enhance Leadership
Basically, this is just fun videos that promote discussion, that motivate, or make you laugh

Make a Video in 10 Minutes. Really.

Rushton Hurley

Site lists many worthwhile and interesting links.

David Jakes

Keynote Saturday Dec 5th

Speech focused on connective technologies and their role in learning communities.

Good keynote based on Jake's ideas that focused less on the tools and rather the systematic revision of the system. I liked that Jakes mentioned the need to get beyond the tools that make integration possible, and get on to the difficult task of planning and designing the vision with which to work.

  • Comparison of school districts and sizes of schools/school houses. Poses the question: When do you allow the world in? Is there value in creating a “global” one room school house?

  • Opaque projectors as a reference to how far we've come... then said they were turned into SMART cars -thought that was funny.images.jpg

Do these technologies bring new literacies to educationopaque.jpg

Tool - zinch - showcasing yourself to colleges/colleges to students
up to us to help students to best create their online personal

Open Yale Courses- can take 7 introduction courses
MITOpencourseware - same thing - 1500 courses

Connect, collaborate, create, and contribute - One webpage for every species on earth. A wikipedia project for biology. Will accept contributions from us.
On this site, there is a slide that allows you to tone down the content complexity to simplify and shorten the content to allow for different levels/varied learning levels.

Obama site - - allows folks to “share your vision” or “share your story.”

Learning can be independent of time, space and place

Vision -
  • What do we want learning to look like? Permeability/ Open vs. Walled Garden

Readiness -
  • Is your school/community/student population ready. Do they understand the implications of web 2.0?

In terms of blogging and being networked, blogging has been the hardest writing he has ever done. “You haven’t lived until you’ve blogged and hit the submit button.”

Implementation -
  • Teachers first. Are your teachers networked.

Expectations -
  • Will use be expected? Goal based and systematic? Scope and sequence? S and S, it’s tragic when a student builds on a tool and then moves grades and doesn’t get those opportunities any longer. Pockets of innovation? Are these pockets acceptable?

Literacy -
  • are there new literacies? Is this about tools? 21st century literacies vs. 21st century skills. Standards...
  • Is your focus on the tools or the literacies?
  • There are no new literacies, but there are new skills that improve literacy and that need attention.

Barriers -
  • Filtering - should be by the curriculum folk.

Growth and sustainability -
  • Tools come and go. Targets. How will you sustain momentum and continually grow?

Assessment and Evaluation - D
  • Did the technology improve the project? How will you know it’s better?

The Five Freedoms Project

The strength of weak ties- Jakes blog

Ray Gen, Ed. D.

A Technology Taxonomy

A Teacher who did a doctoral thesis on a tech version of Bloom's Taxonomy.

Observant Principle 1 - Most students would rather use technologies that not.
Observant Principle 2 - Not all technologies are equal.
Observant Principle 3 - No technology is neutral.

Tech Taxonomy
Stratum One - (type) Individual - Word Processing
Stratum Two - One to One - Email, Web Page
Stratum Three - One to Group - Powerpoint, Video
Stratum Four - Group - Discussion Board, Blogs, Listservs
Stratum Five - Network - Facebook, TappedIn
Stratum Six - Co-creator - Open Source, Wikis

Good Google Resources...Linked for you!

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Part 1 - Google stuff

feedback and revision on writing, data collection (forms), historical sites and significance
keeping info for citation
online collaboration and presentation
free blogs for writing, etc.
map sense, lit trips (, using Panoramio pictures for asking questions
safety online (Street View), history (
math and measurement, science and weather, language
literature and history (choose Full View Only for to read the book)
teacher resource homepage
find a storyboard as a PDF
more ideas than could fit in a Googleplex cafeteria
videos for anything - be careful! - (Hyperactive, Airport Applause, Car Commercial)