Left to Right: Marguerite Lowak, Jaime Casap, Mary Ray

“Collaboration,” says Jaime Casap, “is the new normal.” Amen to that! Jaime did a great job on this keynote delivered at TCEA 2013 State Conference’s Google Academy.

On Monday at TCEA 2013 State Conference, I had a chance to attend the GoogleAcademy Keynote given by Jaime Casap. A few years ago, at the request of a dear friend, Micha Villarreal, I had the chance to moderate a panel featuring several people who would later play a greater role in my work. One of those persons was Amy “@FriedTechnology” Mayer, a phenomenal, unstoppable force for GoogleApps in Education in Texas (go Amy!). Another was Jaime Casap.

As a result of that brief encounter with Jaime Casap, I felt comfortable putting him on the spot to get his autograph (sorry, Jaime, you didn’t remember me and I was having fun), as well as encourage two of my colleagues–Mary Ray (@mray29) and Marguerite Lowak (@mlowak), both pictured posing with Jaime Casap of Google–to interrupt Jaime as he leaned incognito (almost) against a wall in the Austin Convention Center.

Podcast 29 – GoogleAcademy Keynote by Jaime Casap

Notes from the Keynote by Jaime Casap:

  1. Education is the silver bullet for so many families.
  2. All the social science research is showing that the gap is getting worse, not better. The gap is between rich and poor and becomes evident in 4th grade. By 6th grade, math gap is greater.
  3. Rich parents spend more ($5K) on enrichment programs than poorer parents.
  4. Where were you born, who you were born into, determines your success. But that is changing. The world is at our fingertips.
  5. Education hasn’t been able to keep up
  6. Technology is not new if you are born into it.
  7. The technologies we now have–new–will be what furnishes our children’s apartments for decoration…they will get it in thrift stores.
  8. How students learn is different than the way we learn…the web is changing how our students learn….
  9. On one machine, my son is playing Minecraft. On his lap, he’s watching how to play Minecraft. No one tells him that school happens Monday through Friday from certain time to another. He is learning how to play Minecraft on his own, anytime/anywhere. 
  10. “We all just figured it out”
  11. Learning happens any place anytime.
  12. What are the skills are children need in this world?
  13. We need creative geniuses…Gordon McKenzie wrote a book where we have to find our ceative genius.
  14. “Every shot that doesn’t go in is a bad shot.” The next shot is an iteration of the one that came before it. Students need to understand that there is constant improvement. We don’t have to be the black boxes of information…since the world is at our fingertips.
  15. Curiosity is human…
  16. I work for a search engine, I’m not the search engine. When my son looks it up, then it’s my responsibility to follow-up. How to make sense of info, how to be better searchers.
  17. Collaboration is the new normal.
  18. We want digital leaders…not consumers or just digital citizens.
  19. Pay attention to what’s going on in higher education. If you have an administrator in higher ed, they will be going to a meeting on MOOCs this week, I guarantee you.
  20. We have a generation of kids who are comfortable with WiFi around them.
  21. Blended learning, flipped classrooms, PBL…these are design models that are taking advantage of new connectivity.
  22. Professional development has to be about how to utilize the web to teach kids how to design solutions to problems that haven’t been identified yet.
  23. Digital collaborative experience (Harvard High School)…part of what they’re doing is being used to report out on stories.
  24. The web as part of their learning environment…creating a world where this is part of the infrastructure.
  25. Creating a personalized collaborative learning environment.
  26. Do you know why desks are arranged in rows? Easier for custodians to clean.
  27. Web-based collaborative language learning with Duolink
  28. “Real time personalized learning” – Knewton adaptive technology.
  29. Making big, structural changes to education are needed to transform the learning environment…”The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically”


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