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IT4K12 – Lee Crockett

November 17, 2016


These are my notes from various sessions at IT4K12 in Vancouver Nov 17-18, 2016. They may be messy, and there may be mistakes, and it may not be exactly what the presenter wanted to be remembered, but it’s what resonated with me. – Todd

Keynote Thursday: Lee Watanabe Crockett

Lee opened the day with an entertaining conversation around what’s going on, some of the lies our parents told us that we’ve passed on. And then some of the change that we’re seeing today. The pace of change is phenomenal, things like 300,000,000 photos per day going into Facebook.

We also have some big problems, our technology “waste” fills cities the size of Vancouver. Some places where things and clothes are manufactured have no environmental regulation whatsoever. People in other parts of the world are living in our garbage.

In Los Angeles along 10 metric tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean every day. Plastic production uses 8% of the world’s oil production. Every bit of plastic ever created still exists today.

But how do we deal with this? How do we talk to our children about this?

Lee reminded us of the Tsunami and nuclear fallout that hit Japan, and the thousands of people in his “family” who lost their lives, and are still homeless. There are piles and piles of radioactive waste in soil that no one can find a place for.

Lee was in Palestine / Israel and the number of kids under 12 who have been arrested and coerced to do things they don’t want to.

Youtube documentary: “5 broken cameras”

What can we do? Even without talking to people, we can stop doing things on our own, like drinking water out of a plastic bottle. And then once we’ve reached that capacity, what can we do with our family, and then our community, and so on. Move from despair and hopelessness to actually do something amazing.

40% of jobs that exist today, will disappear in 10 years. One factory in China closed and eliminated 60,000 workers as they turned to automation. The only job class that is increasing is the Creative class, and he figures this is directly related to the introduction of the personal computer.

Service class jobs are replaced by technology.

Creative Class jobs are facilitated by technology.

The Arts are not ornamental, they are fundamental. It is the only growth area of the workforce.

90% of the data in the world was created in the last two years.

What are the critical skills students need to be successful in life beyond school? (Audience)

  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Analytical thinking
  • Collaborate
  • Communicate
  • Ethics, action, accountability

Same answers from 10 years ago, but why don’t they show up in curriculum…

The essential fluencies have nothing to do with hardware, they are about headware and heartware

How do we do this?

  1. Give them problems that matter, to them
  2. Give them access to the tools.
  3. Find the courage to stand aside.

Interest precedes learning

Lee shared a number of examples where kids and classrooms as young as Year Two made a difference. – Litter Bugs / The Playground is Closed!

Don’t change the furniture of the tech, first change the pedagogy.

Invest in your people, they are your only non-depreciating assets. <- PD

Lee talked a lot about assessment, and how his company does things. Their “Planner” is with lots of tools available for teachers. Teachers can collaboratively build plans and share plans within their schools, and look at plans from all around the world. 20% off code ERAC20



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