I really enjoyed my recent conversation with Jane Gingerich, head of music at Southwood Secondary School where we examined music education then and now, leveraging technology and change. I think you will find the perspectives interesting.
Examples of theory instructional videos
As a frequent blog reader and online content curator, I am fascinated by the idea of synchronicity in reading. One interesting example of this happened last week when I read a new blog post by Donna Miller Fry, came across a connected reference by Seth Godin posted in my twitter stream (thanks PLN) and had a quote “jump out” at me in a Flipboard article. I thought you might find these articles of interest and perhaps the connections will poke your thinking a bit.
In a recent post titled Emotional Uncertainty in Exponential Times, Donna Miller Fry writes: “How do we describe and define the intense feelings we experience when we see people we care about, colleagues in our profession, working their fingers to the bone at tasks that just don’t matter anymore? Exponential change is our reality, yet many of our institutions continue to work hard to be exceptional at what mattered yesterday.” Read Donna’s full post at Emotional Uncertainty in Exponential Times.
In his post Teaching Certainty, Seth Godin writes:
“Here’s how we’ve organized traditional schooling: You’re certain to have these classes tomorrow. The class will certainly … what to do when the certain thing doesn’t happen?”
In my 3rd connection, Andrew Tonner identifies a great Steve Jobs quote in his Fox Business article 7 Steve Jobs Quotes on Business, Technology and Life. I felt like this quote jumped out at me:
In reflecting on these 3 interconnected articles, I wonder , in the context of education, our rapidly changing world and the importance of education being relevant, if we have enough people who truly get it, that really understand innovation, how to change and the need for it and are empowered to take action to change? I invite your comments and thinking, here by comment or via @markwcarbone on twitter.
Thanks to Flickr user GregHeo for making the creative commons photo available.
The start of this school year has an extra kick of pizzaz for me. WRDSB is launching a 1:1 Chromebook program for all grade 9 students in the system. The intent is for students to keep their chromebook for their 4 years of secondary school.
The learning space has changed: access to digital resources for all, leveraging online learning environments such as Google Classroom and Google apps noting that over 60% of WRDSB staff and students currently use this environment daily for writing, researching, collaborating, exchanging ideas, providing feedback, documenting and sharing their learning. In many respects, moving to 1:1 is a scaling up based on the successes of the Futures Forum project.
Graphic from http://michaelfullan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/13599974110.pdf
On Sept. 1st, I had the opportunity to attend the grade nine orientation session at Cameron Heights CI. Principal Ray Teed estimated that over 90% of grade nine students were present. It was great to feel the energy and excitement in the building. Here are a few highlights from the tour, lunch and chromebook pickup.
… and a nice touch at Southwood SS.
Make it a great learning year!