Some highlights from Alan November’s keynote:
- Rigor is expected not only by teachers and parents, but also by students.
- Lifestyle we give our students here can be dangerous as compared to Chinese students
- they are earning their lifestyle
- we are giving our students a sense of entitlement
- produces 500,000 engineers per year
- we produce 50,000
- Cisco is moving their headquarters to India
- 80% of the world’s population is within a five-hour plane ride from India
- that part of the world is growing faster than this part.
We have to overhaul what we are doing
- rethink creativity, innovation and imagination
- We are the last industrialized nation that values test scores the way we do.
- It’s a numbers game-gifted children v. total children in America
What is your role?
- how do you teach children who will have to compete globally?
- Tear this apart; debate it
- Who owns the learning? Who should own the learning?
- Who knows more about technology?
- If technology was gone tomorrow, would you still be able to teach?
- Let go.
Commander of West Point ordered his staff to introduce Islam into the curriculum whenever possible.
- Literature student from West Point anecdote about the Pope quoting from a 14th century scholar
- Professor asks students to do a web search on the impact of Pope’s speech in Turkey
- host, link, URL
Job of a teacher: Idea #1-You must teach critical thinking as early as possible
Job #2 You can have fantastic social skills over the web.
Job #3 You should become a fantastic researcher using the internet.
Job #4 You should have the ability to empower children to be a learner. Give them a stake.
would adding an authentic audience add value to your teaching?