Technology in Education – From Novelty to Norm | Joel Handler | TEDxHIllsboroughLibrary



hi today I want to talk to you about the role technology should play in the classroom and what we in Hillsboro are doing with technology in our schools I want to start off with asking a question and that is should classroom today be the same as they were when we went to school when I went to school about thirty years ago students sat in rows stared forward listen to the teacher lecture took notes what about a hundred years ago 100 years ago students sat in rows they stared forward they listened to the teacher lecture though not much has changed in the past 30 40 even hundred years ago nothing else in our society is the same if we had a time machine it took somebody from 30 years ago and brought them to today they would be utterly lost and confused they wouldn't know what was going on until we brought them into a high school classroom and they'd walk in and go ah this is like it was when I went to school at least something hasn't changed I'd like to ask another question should technology play a role in our schools and in our classrooms as the director of technology I look at this question quite often if a world is so different now why our classroom structures still very similar in the same with people having so much more technology available and ubiquitous around them why aren't we using it more in the classrooms things such as wearable technologies and smart phones are more prevalent yet we're not seeing them yet in our in our schools so if we as an educational institution are educating our students for jobs that don't yet exist in jobs are going to exist in using technologies that haven't even been invented yet why aren't we in schools I do want ask another quant to talk about technology in in fear of Technology because we've had that in our society that people tend to get scared of technology and we look at some quotes from the experts when quote is students today depend on paper too much they don't know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves they don't know how to crane the state properly what will they do when they run out of paper I was from the 1800s so this fear of technology has been for many years but let's look more recently less than 30 years ago computers give students an unfair advantage therefore students who used computers to analyze data and create displays will be eliminated from the science fair I don't know any science fairs today that don't encourage if not require the use of computing technology to analyze data and that was only 30 years ago let me ask one other question and that is should using technology in the classroom be fun should be exciting and fun I know when I went to school going to the computer lab was fun you went maybe once every two months it was exciting was like yeah we're going to school to go into the computer this is great let me ask that question differently how many of you have a smartphone just by a quick show of hands how many of you have a smartphone Wow nearly everybody how many of you got up this morning grab that smartphone so this is awesome I have a smart phone and I can call and text and do all these things okay two people three people but the majority almost all of you did not most of you though you did get up you picked up that phone and the things you did with it that's what was exciting that was interesting that's what was engaging and that's what we're starting to see in Hillsboro so in Hillsboro we changed the culture here where technology used wasn't this special thing that was unique and fun though we're using computers today instead we changed the culture where technology used as part of the norm and it's ubiquitous and it's everywhere we implemented a program where all students in grades K through 12 have access to a digital device throughout the entire day it doesn't mean that they're sitting in front of their computers always typing but it does allow them access to these devices and these resources all the time and so what have we seen as a result of that we've seen this rise in asynchronous learning where students are able to learn at their own pace and own time another question for you how many of you think learning algebra advanced algebra at 7:30 in the morning is the best time that to learn algebra no hands that time however you call some Bell schedules when we have to get kids to and from school we have students who are taking algebra at that time in the morning with the use of these digital devices now what we're finding is that students are able to access resources all the time 24/7 and with asynchronous learning they're able to learn when it's appropriate them when it's correct time for them we're also seeing a rise in the changes of the classrooms no longer are we seeing this kind of model where students are sitting in rows listening to the teacher lecture it happens and it's and it's expected as it's useful but not all the time like it was we're seeing teachers challenging themselves and taking risks and trying new things one of the changes for our teachers has been the teaching education was always about being the sage on the stage the person standing in front telling the students this is what you need to know I'm going to tell you everything to be more of this guide on the side somebody who's kind of helping students find relevant information make connections and understand and learn with our new classrooms and new structures that we are starting to see we have lots of districts wanting to come see us and start to model what we're doing here we have one educator administrator come from another district and he was looking winner of fifth grade classrooms and he went over to the student it tapped him on the shoulder and said don't you find it really odd that your back is facing the front of the room stood thought about that for a second he was kind of confused and looked up and said hey that's the front of the room pointing to where the whiteboard was because to him his educational environment was always wherever he was whoever he was working with and whatever he was learning not necessarily facing in front of the room we're also seeing connections happening now that can never happen before as a result of the technology we're seeing that classes are starting to be able to collaborate with each other very interesting story early on in our journey was when we had two students in a science class working together teacher didn't know this though teacher went over them at the end of class and said I see the two of you guys working on the same document through our class I'm gonna give you guys detention you guys we're passing notes you weren't paying attention and the students got really defensive they so what do we do we weren't doing if he said you guys were you know not paying attention you were passing oh it's like my day we used to pass paper notes and soon said no we weren't we and they brought up your document and sure enough they were actually taking collaborative notes in class the two of them did this on their own organically they thought to do this and this would become very common in Hillsboro now that student to open a shared document and take common notes and it's so much better because now instead of one T one student taking notes another student doing the exact same thing to do them together working and I'm taking notes and what the teacher may be writing on the board and somebody else is taking notes what the teacher is talking about and together we have a great log of what's happened in that class this has grown so much that's become common with our staff that when you go to department meetings it's very common for staff time to open up their device and share out instantly a document put the agenda on and say let's go and everybody aired notes on that one agenda and afterward you have a nice catalog of what's happened in that meeting we're also seeing not only collaboration with our classrooms but also between classes we have second grade students who were posting science questions on an online blog and then we had our seventh grade students look at those questions and record video answers and send them back to the second grade students the second grade students loved learning from their older peers and the older students loved and felt so empowered being the teacher but we're not only bridging the walls between our classes and students collaborating within classes in between our schools we're also doing it outside of our schools in this example you see here these were Hillsborough students working with another school district out in Pennsylvania and one picture shows the Pennsylvania school when she's picture shows the health of our school what they did for this project was they were required to partner up to student help our students to two students from the remote school then they use their devices one device was used to create a video connection the second device was used to open a shared document and the four students together to Hillsboro to other remote school within solving real-world problem that they were introduced to the day before in class and this is becoming very commonplace in Hillsboro these kind of activities but not only is that our upper grade students doing this we're also seeing it with our younger students in this picture just a couple days ago we had a first grade class connected with another first grade class in another state the first graders then we were able to ask each other questions and talk about what first grade was like in their school and what was unique and what was different when lowboy went home and told his mom said mom is so cool we have to talk to other students and they told us what first-grade was like for them and the different books that they read we're also doing things called mystery hangouts so in a mystery hangout you don't know who you're connecting with well the teacher does so but the students don't know and sometimes they do this individually one-on-one sometimes as a whole class and what will happen is the students will then have to ask eliminating questions to ascertain where the remote school is from so they'll ask questions like does it rain where you are are there beaches does it snow at all and those type of questions help them ascertain where they're located I've talked about all these different examples where we're now collaborating just like in the real world just like in the workforce but we're also able to use the technology to go to places we've never been before things such as using Google Maps we can visit remote locations see things such as like the Great Wall of China things that we couldn't normally have our students take part in do they're even able to cross boundaries of time and space and visit places such as ancient Rome and tore through the Colosseum as it was back then we're also connecting with experts from around the world numerous times we've brought in experts to talk to our students some examples include former first lady barbara Bush scientists at the South Pole numerous authors of book step the students have read dairy farmers the list goes on and on so as a result of technology what are we seeing the cost of the technology students are able to have more personalized and targeted education teachers are seeing engagement levels in our students rise costumes are becoming more paperless and resources are available 24/7 for the students to learn from we're starting to see organizational skills we all know the story student walks into the classroom papers always plan out pulling out of their binder they can't find their homework from last night the dog ate the homework they don't even have a dog now that everything's available digitally and accessible 24/7 organization student students are able to be much more organized and we're seeing gains especially there some of her most achieving students because of that when we surveyed teachers teachers told us they feel the students are more organized they feel they're better able to individualize the curriculum and line it to vary standards and goals when we asked parents parents the majority of parents said they felt their students were more connected outside of school with their peers as a result of having their devices and when we asked students the most important members of our community whether they felt 70% believe they learn better by having the device seventy-five percent believe the more connected with their peers now than before they had devices and 80 percent believe the more organized as a result of all this technology that we're introducing in our schools and the innovative and creative ways teachers and students are pushing the envelope on traditional teaching and learning models we're starting to see amazing things happen and I'm so interested in seeing what the future like this classroom that you see here reminds me more of a startup culture where people are engaged in creative ideas than it is traditional classrooms thank you

4 Comments

  1. Wolfram Greis said:

    Good Contest, but bad presentation!

    May 22, 2019
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  2. Isabel Alonso said:

    Great! Thanks for sharing these new innovative ways of teaching and learning! We really need to changes and move from the traditional models to meet the needs of the new generation of students. We are in the early stages of the 4th industrial revolution, time to evolve!

    May 22, 2019
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  3. Abhay Giri said:

    good content sir

    May 22, 2019
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  4. Dragon MidPen said:

    Too funny. I do get up every morning and think, "WOW! I can watch TV wherever I am!"

    May 22, 2019
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