Wednesday, June 08, 2011

#iel11 Technology-enabled Learning for the 21st Century

Caught up with some co-workers. Ate quickly, then spent some time in a dark conference room to re-charge my batteries (both laptop and my own).

It is so nice to see the tribe again. It is great to see some of these ideas congealing. To confirm that I am still on the right path in spirit, even though my work may not necessarily go as far as I would like. It's that dance between what you know you should do and what the client wants.

Got some great ideas from Koreen and Clark's presentations (no surprise there).
Very excited by the research Chris Dede presented. (Look folks! Research! From Harvard! SEE?!?!?!)

Only frustration - maybe its just me, but Twitter (or my phone) do not want to load my pictures. Or my blog posts. Maybe I will get them up sometime before the conference ends.
Presentation: Technology-enabled learning for the 21st century
Presenter: Nancy Knowlton, CEO SMARTTechnologies

Challenge - creativity, innovation and invention
- Gets to problem solving and critical thinking

Important that we use the right tools and right pedagogy as think about things
- By creating tools, understanding that it is not the ONLY tool.

SMART - moving from paper-based command center to all digital center.
- Trying to be mindful of world outside classroom
- Multiple displays of information

Today - information explosion.
- Helping students sort and sift impt part of education process.
- Part of development of 21st century skills.
+ Critical thinking
+ Problem-solving
+ Communication
+ Collaboration

More focus on visual element

What is the information explosion doing to our brains?
- Many overloaded.
- Company - creating "point space" so time to ponder strategic items
- Place technologies in proper context
- What is your time between interruptions?
+ How do you deploy the technology appropriately

SMART - near-term objective, whole-class (as in classroom)
- Focused on ILT. Minor step from traditional classroom to interactive whiteboard classroom. From individual computer to "group" computer.

Small group, in person
- collaboration, in person, sharing.
- Tables you can work around and interact with (still classroom furniture based)

Thinking about user interfaces and design of this furniture.
- (I fear my biases regarding classrooms are going to show in my notes. I guess interactive classroom tables are cool....)

Looking at how to create device like iPad and seeing how can be integrated with the large display setup in classroom.
- (Thinking there are ways to do this that are cheaper with existing tools at your disposal. Collaborative technologies you have lying around, an inexpensive projector, personal laptops or iPads, etc......)

Trying to support Blended / Distributed learning
- Combining synchronous / asynchronous
- Personalized
- Virtual collaborations
- Multi-user virtual environments (not directly)
- Videoconferencing
- Dataconferencing (voice + data)

(still looking for the gee whiz..... Maybe I am too jaded.)

Near term possibilities
- Frenzy around touch interfaces. (Thanks iPad)
+ No clear articulation regarding what the iPad will actually do (esp in the K-12 space)

- Multi- monitor as a possibility with interactive table (basically a setup I already see my colleagues using on their own.)

- Experimenting separation of group-shared vs. stuff you just see.

(Very focused on meeting rooms, classrooms etc. Makes sense for this individual's company. This is currently feeling like an extended sales pitch for supporting old models. Again, jaded.)

(Question comes to mind - where is the point where we have inadvertently over-complicated our environment? Teaching is stressful enough. For example, I and some of my colleagues still find ourselves fighting with the SmartBoard occasionally. Often due to need for re-calibration.)

(So I'm guessing the new products from SMART Technologies - display + installed web conferencing capabilities).

Can possibly use these isolated environments (with enough high def fancy monitors) to create interesting immersive rooms.

Going towards "smart appliance".
- Who "owns" a meeting room or training room
- Trying to make room "foolproof" (for when you absolutely have to have in person sessions)

The Rule of 3
- Settled on 3 connected displays in their meeting and class rooms
- Strong incremental results from multiple displays (esp in K-12)

What do you do with multiple displays (for remote folks)?
- Should be able to choose which image share (again, have to be careful about how do this and not make it too complicated for the moderator / instructor. Finding best laid ideas tend to get very squirrelly in practice during the actual class. Too many moderators have a tough time switching slides, much less applications)

Future of interactive displays - People's expectations are rising
- (I think the "wow that's cool" factor is disappearing when I touch a smartboard.)

(Sees a future of really big and ubiquitous touchscreens everywhere.)

Tools and technologies seamlessly available and unexpected workspaces.
(Welcome to your dystopian future)

Think sharing in group environment and groupwork will be accentuated and emphasized in the in-person classroom environment.

(True - this is the only reason why we still have 2 staff-designated training rooms. The collaboration needed when implementing new applications and developing the workflows necessary to have these things be at least functional.)

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