Integrating Technology into our Professions

Joseph A. Putrino Jr., Ed. D.
Contact: jputrino@montclair.k12.nj.us

So.....What am I about?
1. Start a conversation about change.
2. Challenge your ideas about everything you think that can't be changed.
3. Begin the process of applying change to education.

This is not a new concept!
"It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change" – Charles Darwin
"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." -- 
Alvin Toffler
“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” — Eric Hoffer
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

The world is changing .....So why do educators refuse to change with it?
In the field of education, now more than ever, we are faced with a generational gap between educators and students which stands to inhibit the the healthy academic, social and emotional growth of our children. 

Some Questions.... 
 - You can't teach an old dog new tricks.....What?
 - Why do educators refuse technology?

Let's try a little experiment................

 - Create a Google account
 - Click on "more" and select "even more"
 - Flounder in "free"dom.

    - Google Docs
    - Google Earth
    - Custom Search
    - Sites
    - Blogger

So...... What are the issues?
Do we need to be scared?
We are in a race with our students, but they're in the faster car!
(Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant)
 - They are growing up with technology not learning it. (like learning a new language....it's easier when you're younger)
 - They are living through it not just trying to use it. (we are trying to unlearn.... they are just learning)
 - They create with it and it creates them.

Do you have a Facebook???....Some numbers.....
71% of students with online access use social networking tools on a weekly basis (NSBA)
75% of college students have a Facebook site

2008 Educause (ECAR) Study

Every year, Judy Caruso, a member of the CIO office of my department at UW, conducts a survey of about 25k students to see what they think about Girl with Laptoptechnology. Here is the complete ECAR study. Here are some findings that caught my eye. Some of these numbers are for only for the University of Wisconsin Madison:

  • Only .3% don’t own a computer
  • Only .9% use dial up internet (the rest have broadband)
  • 59.6 own an internet capable cell phone (16.4% plan to get one in one year)
  • 18% of freshman spend more than 16 hours/week on social networking
  • Fine Arts use the least amount of technology well, Engineering uses the most
  • Students believe that instructors do NOT understand their IT skill level
  • 47% of students believe that IT improves learning in courses, 37% were neutral
  • Only 26% believed that online recording of lectures tempt them to skip class more often
  • 76% believe they like to learn through internet searches, followed by 50% for games
  • 56.7% use social networking to set up conversation with other students about course material, only 1.7% use it for contacting their instructor 

DoIT Student Technology Report

This study was conducted by the DoIT communications team. The main thing I notices were the differences between the student and faculty uses of tech. Here are my favorites:

  • 88% of students, but only 59% of faculty use wikipedia
  • 78% of students, but only 39% of faculty use portable media devices
  • 85% of students, but only 45% of faculty use youtube
  • 75% of students, but only 35% of faculty use SMS
  • 65% of students, but only 31% of faculty use IM
  • 41% of faculty use google apps / gmail
  • 32% of students use a gaming console

Children use entertainment media more than 53 hours per week.

So..... What does it all mean?
We need to find effective ways to utilize the tools technology offers us in order to remain relevant to our children, students and each other.

The World is Flat ...... That Should Make It Easier to Travel.

A Practical Example...... Mexico
Bring the world to your classroom!

SO.... Can You Be Heard?

SO.... Can You Feel It?

So..... Are You Published Yet?

Say it like it is.

My iphone .... and other mobile devices.
Other tools of interest ....