NECC 2009: Sunday Leadership Symposium (Working Groups)

Notes from group 1:  “Access to High-Quality Learning Experiences”:

What would it look like to achieve this goal:

All students have access to high quality, rigorous learning experiences

  • Access to technology and personal devices
  • Administrator support
  • Focus on what kids are going to do. Learning has to be truly ubiquitous with guided practice and leadership. Harness the learning that goes on despite of school
  • Customizable learning environments that are student-driven
  • Globally connected
  • Complex projects
  • Broadband access with individual student devices and unfiltered access.
  • Student-centered
  • Equity of access
  • Hands-on activity, collaboration, student-produced knowledge
  • Personalized learning determined by students
  • Different paradigm for a place called school/classroom (learning space? Could be space and time)
  • Opportunities for teachers to learn
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Authentic, nothing seems above us, one-click, creative and critical thinking, directed, differentiated, multimedia, continuous, customized, Pre-K – 90 learning

Mike Kozak comments:

Importance of 1:1, device doesn’t matter!!!!! Students and teachers need the tools. 1:1 is becoming more of an expectation. Research shows that engagement and motivation goes up. For intervention strategies, 80% of improvement is at the student level.

Bandwidth: Access is key!

Online Education: mostly post-secondary now, spiral this down to K-12.

Opening Education Resources (OER): content, tools, and software. Biggest hurdle is time to find, explore, and integrate.


Best Best Recommendations from table groups:

  • Powerful, real-time, collection tool
  • We propose the creation of an education-system supported, high-quality cross-cultural collaboration system, like the eTwinning program in Europe or the Flat Classrooms Project, that provides for synchronous and asynchronous, formal and informal,  classroom-to-classroom and student-to-student collaboration with an emphasis on participating in real-world issues.
  • More focus on using technology skills (application), not the skills themselves.
  • PK-90, Continuous, Individualized, standards-based Learning.
  • Bandwidth, access, focus on learning experiences.
  • We need to engage in a revolutionary system that is more open and transparent  for both teachers and students.  
  • Use White Spectrum to provide online access for schools and libraries and museums within their community. Take this cost out of school budgets and make it part of the overall infrastructure. (Stan Silverman) This is already paid for by the public. Use devices that students have now and that their families own (use cell phones for student response systems in the class rather than buying student response systems). Make school buildings available for learning by community members outside of school hours or school days so there is true lifelong learning. Let grannies and teens learn how to do things they want to learn, side by side and from each other.
  • Personalized, customizable, and flexible learning environment based on national standards that includes access to any type of technology and resources needed.
We need a comprehensive online system, securing the white space spectrum, incorporating and supporting 21st Century skills, accessible anywhere anytime, that incorporates the capabilities for a personalized, flexible learning plan, cross-cultural collaboration, authentic performance assessment, and open learning resources.
This is step one of what will be a long process of sorting and sifting.

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