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He discusses wow far we have come with technology. Imagine a clock representing the last 3,000 years. A minute would last about 50 years.
It took 49 minutes until the printing press was invented.
6.5 minutes later the telegraph was invented.
2.5 minutes later came television.
1.5 minutes later the Internet was invented.
30 seconds later came smart phones.
The rate of change has quickened!
We should reframe the idea that “schools must change” to “how can schools improve?” (and not just change for change sake) to “why should schools improve?” What is the real rationale for why schools have to improve? It is not just because other countries score higher on standardized tests.
Student engagement drops off over time.
76% of elementary students report feeling engaged in work.
64% of middle schools are engaged.
44% in high school.
Kids feel tired, stressed, bored in school.
Kids will face challenges of social inequity (99%) and climate change.
Can we use technology to make learning engaging, equitable, empowering, and effective? Is technology disrupting inequity in schools?
Education technology vendors should have companies as diverse as their clients.
Learning should be interest driven, personal inquiry, and authentic outcomes.
He shares a recent unit from his class.
Gave students 10 topics and asked what they want to learn about. They choose racial, criminal, refugee, and LGBTQ+ justice.
“I am learning with my students because I gave them this choice.”
Daily work is small group instruction, writing, Skype/Google interviews, peer revision, and research.
Put “hearts before hardware”.
Hyperseeing: the ability to see what is not there, but could be. “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo
What can schools do that have the greatest impact: developing student self-expectations.
“As a teacher, I need to be in the boat with the students. There might be rough waters”.
We are always doing high–5’s in my classroom. The brain is more productive when it is positive.
How can we empower teachers, so that they feel that they have the ability to truly care for students.
Gallup poll: Teaching is 2nd most stressful job (1st is doctors), 69% of teachers are “not engaged” in their work, and are least likely to agree “my opinions seem to count”.
Teachers need to be able to rely on each other for support.
Teachers need to feel like they are involved in meaningful work.
Everyone literally had a hand in my development, makes smacking gesture with hand:)
Parents were both middle school teachers.
Was 4 for moon landing in 1969.
Talking about actress Grace Nichols who played Uhura on Star Trek, and influence on race and gender in 1960’s. She met MLK and he told her not to quit the show. NASA later hired her to recruit women and minorities.
Made his own skateboard, example of childhood engineering.
Tells a story of the Merita Bread truck his dad bought to use as an RV. They re-engineered it over the summer. “Anything we do can be a teaching moment”. “That is when I became an engineer”.
Got a chemistry set was age inappropriate. “I blew things up in the living room”, “that is when I became a scientist”.
Played high school football. He dropped the ball during the homecoming game. Coach told him to try again, ran the same play and he caught the ball to make a touchdown. This led to him receiving scholarship for University of Richmond.
Played for the Lions and then the Cowboys, then went back to college after an injury prevented him from playing.
Worked on a design for a replacement to the Space Shuttle, eventually applied for astronaut program.
Shows picture in which he was the only black astronaut in his class.
Lost hearing during EVA suit training in a pool. It s lowly came back, but was medically disqualified from flying space.
Became a recruiter to get kids interested in space.
After the Columbia disaster, was sent to talk to David Brown’s parents. They tell him “we must keep flying”.
Gets a medical waiver to be allowed to fly.
Path from blue flight suit to orange pumpkin suit was full of mistakes.
2008 and 2009 went to ISS. Job was to work on the robotics. He had to use the big robot arm first flight. Added a module for the German program.
The orbital perspective, or orbital shift: seeing a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes, seeing all of humanity below, and working with an international family.
Shows video of Space Shuttle launch.
“Only possible because I had a team that believed in me.”
Stupid astronaut tricks get kids stoked to be astronauts.
Don’t write just an equipment list. Think about what is going to change.
Draft your dream in a few sentences:
Students will use mobile technology as a daily part of their education. Teachers will take advantage of the equipment to not only augment the learning, but also to transform the way that students learn. Students would have a high enough access to technology that obtaining devices for a lesson or project poses an insignificant obstacle to the teacher. Technology would be accessible in a manner that students can pull out devices on short notice.
Build a dream team.
Find a critical friend to help edit.
Work with community partners, such as a local business that will provide food during meetings.
We used conductive foil that was adhesive on one side so we could tape a circuit onto a piece of paper. Diagrams showed how to create different circuits, such as an LED light that had an on and off switch by folding the paper over two sides of a battery.
The MaKey Makey kit includes wires and a board with an USB port that can be connected to a computer. The computer adds the USB device as an external keyboard, so that the wires are mapped to keys. I was able to make a simple piano by plugging the wires into some fruit.