NECC 2008 - SIGTC Forum
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
1. No recognition of principals as instructional leaders\n
Ferdi outlined five different roles that needed to be involved in discussions about teaching and learning:\n
- Guide (teacher leader) knows about designing learning experiences; has daily experience with children \n
- Scholar (librarian / media specialist) knows about research, organizing knowledge \n
- Hard Hat (technical specialist) knows about hardware, software, and networks \n
- Pilot (principal) knows about managing people, schedules, and budgets \n
- Wizard (technology / curriculum coordinator) knows about managing systems and processes; at district level
Notice the emphasis on the managerial roles of principals. Nary a mention of the instructional leadership responsibilities of building-level leaders. Very disappointing.\n
2. The equity trap\n
There was some discussion about digital equity. Specifically, there seemed to be a fair amount of agreement in the group that when it comes to digital technologies or whatever if we don't have enough for everybody, we can't do it at all because of the complaints from the folks that don't receive it.\n
How are we ever going to move forward if this is the mentality of our school organizations?\n
Other notes from the session\n
Cisco white paper: Equipping every learner for the 21st century\n
21st century pedagogy to teach 21st century skills which is enabled by technology and supported by adapted system reform
The goal is to move from automation to facilitation to transformation\n
Desired educational technology outcomes will occur only if they are supported by the entire system\n
Gartner's hype cycle\n
- Technology trigger \n
- Peak of inflated expectations \n
- Trough of disillusionment \n
- Slope of enlightment \n
- Plateau of productivity
Sources of information on emerging technologies\n
Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
- CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
- Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
From time-traveling billiard balls to information-destroying black holes, the world's got plenty of puzzles that are hard to wrap your head around.
- While it's one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble accounting for certain problems.
- We've evolved to think of reality in a very specific way, but there are plenty of paradoxes out there to suggest that reality doesn't work quite the way we think it does.
- Considering these paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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