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Six degrees of separation

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Six degrees of separation

  1. 1. Presented by Jennifer Smithers Marten RSCON4 October 11, 2013
  2. 2. “Today, when the shelf life of any specialized knowledge is so fleeting, we need to think of readiness as not merely a collection of specific skills, but as a broader set of human aspects- self-direction, curiosity, persistence, and the willingness to take risks.” Daniel Pink (American School Board Journal, September, 2007)
  3. 3.  What year are you preparing your students for?  "Every textbook you have is dated. Look at curriculum that way...think of the word binder - bound - shackled.”
  4. 4.  Real World Relevance  Multiple Sources/Perspectives  Collaboration  Share with a wider audience
  5. 5.  Investigate the World  Learn about Different Perspectives  Communicate Ideas  Take Action  Create a Growth Mindset
  6. 6.  Field Trips  Assemblies But… Budget cuts have impacted both Plus… They were still limited in focus
  7. 7.  15 minutes free  Growing list of authors  http://skypeanauthor.wikifoundry.co m/
  8. 8.  Lesson plans  Connect with Classrooms  Guest Speakers  https://education.skype.com/
  9. 9.  The 21st century version of the penpal letter plus a whole lot more!  http://www.epals.com/
  10. 10. Classmat es Colleagu es Friends Family
  11. 11.  Google forms › http://google.com  Survey Monkey › http://surveymonkey.com
  12. 12.  Sharing with my social networks › https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L28Et MaoEPYsxbjNbao4-GauRSbZhRMuGOzyv6d- E9I/viewform  Sharing with school alumni › https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1L28Et MaoEPYsxbjNbao4-GauRSbZhRMuGOzyv6d- E9I/viewform  Sharing with teachers in my district › https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oytv MbVtOHI- KhUdZKv1VMV9nBAurkmHheOqafoG8SA/vie
  13. 13.  Create a spreadsheet with survey results (Google forms does this for you)  Connect teacher needs with experts and allow individual teachers to contact experts  Depending on the age of the students, have them initiate the contact with the expert
  14. 14.  Etiquette › Cultural manners and verbal expressions  http://www.videojug.com/interview/manners- and-verbal-expressions-across-cultures › Cultural body language  http://www.videojug.com/interview/manners- and-body-language-across-cultures-2  Speaking › Tone of voice › Eye contact › Speed of speech › Register of Language
  15. 15. The initial assignment: Relocating Internationally  A local company is looking to build a factory in the Middle East.  They have asked for help in researching which area/ country would be the best to build.  You will research a country in the Middle East
  16. 16.  Through conversation we realized many of us had connections living in the Middle East  We contacted them to ask permission for our students to reach out to them  Students sent an initial email asking them to participate in the class project & for a best way to communicate
  17. 17.  Some experts were only able to connect via traditional email because of connectivity issues. › Great way to get students to work on written communication skills!  Some were able to use video email.  One was able to Skype during the class period › Students had prepared questions › The session was recorded and later
  18. 18.  Students were engaged/focused on speaker  Because background research had been done, questions asked were relevant  The answers produced more questions  The students were not ready to leave when the bell rang
  19. 19.  Remember the initial assignment – helping a company relocate to the Middle East  Students now had relevant, real world information to help them decide which country would be best
  20. 20.  Start small  Don’t be afraid to ask  Ask even if you don’t think there is a connection  Enlist your colleagues
  21. 21.  http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/p df/eli3009.pdf  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs Ugj9_ltN8  http://heidihayesjacobs.blogspot.co m/2011/02/preparing-our-kids-for- 1982-time.html  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006) Carol Dweck