HCPS’s Path to 21st Century-ish Stuff in 5 minutes
In case you’re feeling masochistic, here’s my 5 minute Ignite style presentation on Henrico’s path to 21st century skills.1
You can see the other 5 min presentations here. It’s an interesting national look at what people are trying to do. I’m always interesting in how these things overlap.
1 Yes, I plan to transition to awkward PPT based comedy in the near future.
Sat in a panel on encouraging creativity today. Thinking about it, it was a mix of creativity and productivity from a business view point. I think that’s good when thinking about trying to encourage creativity in the classroom. Both business and education seem to want a consistent, for lack of a better word, organized creativity.It’d be interesting to see if “business creatives” (broad category I know) have less suicides, drug deaths and other issues than say creative people in literature or music. Is that kind of creativity that drives Edgar Allen Poe different than the kind that drives the Dyson guy who made that vacuum on a ball? Here’s the my take on the presentation by Behance.comAll this is based on a book they wrote/are writing after interviewing all sorts of creative people. No, I don’t know how they (or we or you) define creativity. I would be interested in reading the book. They say there are three buckets that influence the amount of productive creativity going on in a place.I do like the idea of productive creativity in a way because it makes things more focused on doing/making things and less about just the idea of being creative. You can be super creative and/or super smart but if you don’t apply it and do something it doesn’t really matter. […]
This is an interview with Wiley Hunnicutt who discusses a unit she did on tolerance with 8th graders at Byrd Middle School. This particular version is for a PTA night there having that focuses on 21st century skills and technology integration. WileyFor those who’ve been around since the Bionicteacher days, Wiley was one of the teachers who did the Richard III blog with me back when I worked at Byrd and actually saw students occasionally. The other teacher was Jim Coe, who used to write on this blog before retiring. is an amazing teacher and speaks passionately and intelligently about this unit. I’d be happy to have my children in her class. Tolerance Unit from Tom Woodward on Vimeo. Things about this video that I don’t like. The sound is all jacked up. We had to shoot this in a room with multiple servers running and it was incredibly noisy. I tried dropping it out but the result is pretty tinny and slightly mechanical sounding. Additionally, I learned that if you edit the audio after clipping the video it won’t apply across clips and you’ll have to edit each clip individually. I do not recommend this. It’s not bad for one camera man (me) shooting from two cameras but it’d be nice to have some B roll to mix in. […]
Henrico has had a long and interesting relationship with digital content. We’ve been struggling with this issue since we first went to 1:1 back in 2001. We’ve used everything from simple networked directories to full blown learning management systems (Blackboard and Angel). We’ve bought content. We’ve made content. We’ve had content submitted openly from any teacher and content only shared after careful vetting by content specialists. So we’ve tried most thing I can think of. Now the pressure is on to make a scale move to digital content and to do it well. Goals Use digital content to help define and reinforce best practice in the classroom. Digital content and digital curriculum are not the same but if you are making this kind of shift it makes sense to think hard about how to use this content to shape teaching in the classroom. Duplicating a text in PDF format won’t get at any sort of change, nor will the slightly modified “rich” online textbooks that most publishers put out. Invest Internally The current model in education is to pay outside vendors for “expertise” on a regular basis. This ends up causing a variety of problems. The most important being that our own teachers end up being “given fish” over and over again and then people are surprised to find that […]