November 2013 Update:  Totally new workshop given to EMSB teachers on November 1 & 8. The emphasis was on getting kids to use their smartphone in the classroom. Poll Everywhere and Socrative were throughout the workshop which was titled: Reaching the i-Generation: Using Technology in Schools Today, Not Tomorrow !

Reaching  the i-Generation (LCEEQ conference, February 14th, 2011, Sheraton Laval).

Understanding the Digital Student (PROCEDE, April 28th, 2011, Sheraton Airport Hotel).

The purpose of the workshop was to help administrators and center directors understand some of the latest technologies so they may embed these technologies in their school/center technology plans.  The workshop was divided into 5 parts:

Part 1: A Vision of Students Today

Part 2: “the media is the massage” (McCluhan)

Part 3: from Web 1.0 to 2.0

  • 1994-2004
  • 2004 to present
  • it’s about creating not just consuming
  • Alan November & Michael Wesch

Part 4: the tools and materials needed

Part 5: Technology Plan

  • Five Lessons Learned (ASCD Educational Leadership, Februrary 2011)
    1. It’s not about the technology
    2. Let the plan fit the school
    3. Build in professional development
    4. Give collaboration its due
    5. Become turnover-proof
  • Digital Literacy
    1. ability to use information well
    2. ability to use media and digital technologies to communicate & collaborate
    3. development of digital citizenship
  • Future Developments and Challenges
    1. The Sixth Sense computer (positive) ?
    2. Too Much Information (negative) ?

Questions? Comments? Take Away?

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