Here are my notes from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s keynote at TechForumSW8…it appears I lost my audio recorder with the audio of Sheryl’s keynote and a few other presos. Drives me crazy. So, this is what I have to show for it for now….

1.1  Schooling for the 21st Century – Unleashing Student Passion

  • Thank you so much, how exciting. Fast-paced, changing world…as I walked around the room, I enjoyed seeing…more powerful together than we are apart.
  • Welcome to the Human Network – a place where’re all connected.
  • Human network…when we talk about the 21st century, teaching and learning, we’re not talking about tools, technologies…what we’re really talking about is the human network, what can we do with the human network.
  • Are you ready for Learning and Leading in the 21st Century?
  • Ask kids in the hall:
    • Remember through your educational career…what teacher stood out to you and what the most exemplary lesson—that you knew you had learned—and what was the exciting thing?
    • What was the worst lesson you experienced?
    • Student Responses:
      • Passion – When the teacher really likes what they’re teaching or when students are passionate about.
      • Competency – I would like for the teachers to be more highly qualified or that they actually taught. Sometimes we go in the room and we would copy the notes but they didn’t mean anything to use. I’d memorize the notes and I still wouldn’t get it. The word “teacher” has “teach” in it—get it?
      • Learning with your friends—it’s more fun. Is fun a big deal?
      • Want lessons with purpose—make connections, powerful conversations and understand big ideas.
      • Why is art your favorite? Personal choice is big. I like Art because *I* get to choose.

1.2  Participatory Culture

  1. Relatively low barriers for engagement
  2. Strong support for sharing creations with others
  3. Informal mentorship
  4. Members believe their contributions matter
  5. Care about others’ opinions of self and work
  • “Not every member must contribute, but all must believe they are free to contribute when ready and that what they contribute will be appropriately valued.” – Henry Jenkins
  • Shifts focus of literacy from individual expression to community involvement.
  • Bloom’s taxonomy is nulled out and we’ve moved beyond the new Bloom’s.
  • Were kids producers of information? Create and publish what they had created? Are they connecting, collaborating and sharing?

1.3  Clay Shirky

  • According to Clay Shirky, there are 4 stages to mastering the connected world:
    • Sharing
    • Cooperating
    • Collaborating
    • Collective action.
  • In a participatory culture, we have to get kids to the place where they can connect and see and discuss it with others.
  • Talking about putting kids together online, be safe and responsible digital citizen.
  • We want kids to cooperate…some kids create podcasts in one class, other’s create in another, and then post those in a common place.
  • Cooperation means that if something happened to one group, the others would still continue. The magic happens—when it becomes 21st Century—when kids collaborate. We have a collaborative blog, and what if, someone from around the world leaves a comment. Let’s collaborate together…split them up so that they are cross-connected. The content they are developing is so significant, and true collective action involves creating a product that is so incredible that it leaves the world better than we found it.

(Miguel: My skepticism/cynicism arises at the plethora of awesomeness that may arise. Note to self: cynicism is damaging to achieving potential).

1.4  Trend 1

  • Social and intellectual capital are the new economic values in the world economy.
    • What are you doing about indoctrinate kids about digital literacy and citizenship? How are you translating this to what kids are doing now?
    • We’ve got to get to the place of mutual accountability.
    • Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0
  • By the year 2011, 80% of all Fortune 500 companies will be using immersive worlds—Gartner VP Jackie Fenn.
  • Constant white-water – business as unusual, rather than business as usual.
  • We need to teach kids to “Learn to be” rather than learning about.
    • Help them learn to be.
    • Schools are but one node in the network of learning students have access to.
  • We can’t begin with the end in mind since we don’t know what the end is. We need to be the ones who redefine school.
  • Story of Laura Stockman – Share, connect, collaborate, collective action – 25 days to make a difference
    • Take a good deed and do it every day until Christmas. I’ll blog it and encourage other friends to do that.
  • http://twentyfivedays.wordpress.com
  • Collective action involved others from different places around the world.
  • Laura, how do you decide what to do? Response: I ask my readers.
  • Laura is now moving through Shirky’s buckets. She’s now involved in collective action. A school in Australia and America who want to come up with collective action, transformative actions.
  • http://workingtogether2makeadifference.ning.com/
  • Sad thing – this is all blocked at Laura’s school

1.5  Tony Wagner, Seven Survival Skills – Global Achievement Gap

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  • Agility and adaptibility
  • more….

1.6  Bus vs Bicycle

  • With a bus, you go where the bus goes.
  • With a bicycle, you choose where you go.

(Miguel: This reminds me of trains and train tracks vs cars, as Greg Whitby shared in talk)

1.7  Can’t Give Away What You Don’t Own

  • Tools aren’t the point
  • Participatory culture…it’s what you do with the tools. What can the tools do to help us share, connect, collaborate and leave the world better than it was?
  • Let student passion and interest rule the curriculum.


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