21st century literacies conference Thursday eve

The 21st Century Partnership (P21) conference began Thursday evening with dinner and several speakers in Berkeley at the Claremont Resort and Spa (a jam packed schedule so no spa time).  Each name badge had a table number on it which caused us to not sit with the people we already knew.  I was pleased to sit with two members of Verizon who helped to sponsor this event – Al and Nancy (forgot to get their last names).  Also in the room were various representatives from business and education including Howard Rheingold and Linda Roberts (former head of the US Dept of Ed Tech).  Evening speakers included Karen Cator, chair of the P21 group, Jack O’Connell, California State Superintendent of Schools and Roy Pea, Professor from the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning.  Roy Pea has done tremendous research about learning, social networking and the 21st century.  Here is a summary of each of their talks. 

Opening – KAREN CATOR – Board Chair (from Apple Computers) This gathering has been in the works for over a year.Thank the sponsors – Verizon and Apple  The major documents produced by the 21st Century Partnership are the ICT maps in the different subject areas.Also working on “State Route 21” to further integrate the skills in education. Completed a survey of business – shared findings. The purpose of this conference is to take the ICT maps further.  We knew that in order to do this, we needed to bring the content areas together which is why we have the different subject groups with us.   Why is this important?

  • Live in a global, world economy
  • Nature of the workplace is changing
  • New devices are being seen in school (even though they aren’t always thought of as educational)

What did survey reveal?  Need for 21st century learners who:

  • Are global learners
  • Have financial, economic, business and entrepreneurship literacies
  • Have Civic literacy
  • Have Health and Wellness

Design specifications for 21st century education:

  • Develop consensus
  • Created teacher professional development opportunities
  • Imbed 21st century skills in core subjects
  • Incorporate full range of assessments to measure 21st century skills.

JACK O’CONNELL – California – State Superintendent of Education  
California is a unique state.
In California, 39% of students in Kindergarten this year do not speak English.Appreciate the growth we have made in
California and continue to support:

  • Content standards
  • Yearly assessments
  • California
    High School
    Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

For NCLB – we support the goals, even if we cannot all agree on the methodology. In California, we need to close the achievement gap in our targeted populations because if we don’t, we are robbing the future of many children.  We will be having a large summit in California to discuss this achievement gap in November. Overall, what we know the magic occurs in the classroom.

We believe that the best is yet to come! 

ROY PEA – Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning

Outstanding speaker with great 21c ideas supported by research.  I’d never heard him speak nor had read his work.Fascinating person. Those in education should become familiar with his work. The term should NOT be 21st Century skills, it should be “21st Century Expertise”.  Research of the years has shown that thinking skills must be integrated with learning content knowledge in the learning process.  (Not isolated as has been attempted in the past). What Develops – Competencies and Dispositions (Thinking Skills Integrated)

  • Knowledge and skills
  • Metacognition
  • Sense of self
  • Social network relationships with others
  • Uses of and innovations with technologies and materials
  • Values (e.g. dimensions of valuation – not the type of values we’ve thought about in the past)

Quoted Thomas Friedman about
China saying their goal is to innovate.  However, a country can’t mandate innovation after education.
 Quoted from Tough Choices or Tough Times

  • Global outsourcing of expertise
  • Best employers look for the most competent, creative and innovative people

Leadership in innovation is essential to the U.S. New area of study – “Services Science”.  Important to learn about this new area. In education, we are preparing today’s children for yesterday’s world.  Quoted Arthur Clarke – paraphrased: “With technology, most people over-estimate it in the short term and users estimate it in the long term.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke’s_three_laws  Shared this picture from Reader’s Digest.  Notice how much this girl is doing all at once.

Roy has a ninth grade daughter who is just like this.

myspace-rdrsdigest-dec2006.jpg

 

Shared a graphic that showed how much time students spend in “formal education” vs. “informal education”.  Some of the percentages of the graph:

  • K-12:  18.5% time spent in formal education.  81.5% time spent in informal education.
  • College:  7.7% time spent in formal education.  92.3% time spent in informal education.

Talked about a book we should all read called Hidden Power of Social Networks.   Final thoughts…

  • Include 21st Partnership youth voice
  • Young people today involved in knowledge learning as well as knowledge sharing.
  • There is a need for adaptive people and organizations.

Roy said he would send me his PowerPoint – I’ve emailed him asking for it – he shared some great diagrams the speak volumes about the 21c learner.

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