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EDC 668: Managing Technology for Change - Summer 2009

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Essential Questions
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Activity Ideas
Political awareness
(Personally, I think this is a sub-set of change management, i.e. something that may be a barrier, etc. to be cognizant of, but not necessarily a separate area for study. -Brett)
(I believe people may be shifting thier view points on what the problems/solutions should be)

What role do politics play in K-12, higher ed, and corporate learning?
What role should government have in education? Federal, state and local levels. -GN
Why do students not have a say in their own education?-Anne

(You need to go through the correct order of personel and God forbid somewhere along that way one person shoots down that idea.)

Finding evidence from books, newspapers, or magazines with articles that demonstrate different situations where politics has played a role in K-12, higher ed, & corporate learning. (What could we do with the research? I'm comparing this to Gary's Ned Kelly and Chicago 7 LA. Doing the research is fine, but what are we going to do/learn from it? Perhaps we could debate some landmark cases or current hot topics, such as evolution/creation science in schools, Bilingual education, Social promotion, School Funding, Technology Funding, Zero Tolorance laws.. Etc... - Greg)

Research and understand current educational initiatives- why is standardized testing the common measurement for assessing schools?-Anne
Technological innovation

Does technology drive advances in learning, or do learning needs drive technological advances?

Try doing case studies for evaluation, then presenting our ideas to the group, followed by a discussion of the merits of each solution. This way we are forced to think on our own, but we can also learn from the group. Different perspectives always help, especially when you have had time to come up with a solution on your own first, so that you can compare them side by side.
Learning is driven by the technological advances. Students can have access to technology but if the technology is not incorporated into the learning curriculum it will not be a benefit to anyone. - Karen
Change management

Why do individuals resist change?
How can people be motivated to change?

How do you become an agent of change? Personally, professionally, leader in change.
How does technology support or diminish change?-Anne

This could be Case Study based as well - "How would you manage this situation...?"

Discuss changes in education, business with current leaders in education/ business models.-Anne

Discuss reasons why people stay in a particular comfort zone, and why a person stays there. - Karen
Philosophies of educational technology

Does technology drive advances in learning, or do learning needs drive technological advances?

I think this would be a great wiki we could all collaborate on - start by coming up with titles or topics, then filling in definitions.
I could probably see about getting Will Richardson, Alfie Kohn or David Warlick to speak with us. This would be a great seminar with Alan November as well.-Anne

What are the qualities of a leader? - GN
How do leaders best implement Change?

How do you become a leader in your professional environment?-Anne

This would be another one where it would be great to talk with some individuals out there creating change: Alfie Kohn, Will Richardon, Alan November- especially if we could do this in small groups.-Anne
Key technology individuals and groups
Understanding of organizations and groups that are actively affecting the global movement in technology utilization
How do you decide which educational leaders to follow?
What makes a productive educational organization? -GN

perhaps compile a list as a group, with short descriptions and resources for those who wish to explore the group/individual further. That would allow us to pick and choose our own avenue, while continually adding to the group list. Perhaps an educational organization wiki showcase similar to the Web2.0 page we did for Margaret in August, each of us pick an organization, research it, and present it to the rest of the group and post a summary on the wiki page.
Follow a group of educational leaders on their blog or twitter- what changes do they emphasize, support and defend. What blind spots do they have for their own position-Anne

BIG IDEA (Saturday 4/11 morning conversation - Skype transcript - Save to desktop and open: ):
If you had the opportunity to implement change at your institution, how would you go about it, and what would you change?
What is the change gap? Why does it exist? What are the barriers? Why are people opposed to change?
  • Evaluating a single learning context (with its current vision, policies, methods of assessment, etc.) through the lenses of several prominent learning theorists, futurists, or change leaders, and seeing how their thoughts would apply, or what they might advocate. Then...
  • Seeing how successful the change initiatives were, and the reasons they worked, or failed. And finally...
  • Establishing our own understanding and vision of how change management works.
Why have we put together this initial learning methodology? There are two essential issues we need to understand: how does change happen, and where should the change have us going?
*The role technology plays would be central to this evaluation

(I'm wondering how this is different from Action Research. (was that the idea?) If we broaden the scope to include any type of change (could change be described as simply learning a new way of doing?) could this idea be applied to our current action research? What if this idea was applied to one of our completed cycles? - Greg)

Greg- I think you're right on with this being similar to Action Research in its methodology, but what is different is the scale, as in we plan to look at things at the macro level for this, while our action research is at the micro level. -Brett


  • Wisdom of Crowds
  • Outliers
  • Blink
  • Diffusion of Innovations by Everett M. Rogers


  • Micheal Wesch videos
  • TED Talks

Ed Tech Change Leaders:

  • Chris Dede
  • Alfie Kohn
  • Chris Lehman
  • Will Richardson
  • Alan November
  • Sylvia Martinez (founder of GenYES) not founder...that is Denis Harper...
  • David Warlick

Output from 6PM Session in etherpad:

Melissa’s Group:

Learning Outcomes: What the learners gain

What it takes to be an agent of change?
Translate visions
The ability to communicate
Help someone achieve self-actualization
Technology Management
Change Management
Transforming Ideas
Fuel Passion
Balance current realities

Understanding resistance to change
Asychronous versus Synchronous learning
Instructor-Lead versus Web-Based Learning
Performance-based assessments
Personal Learning Network

Goals: Why we teach
Building Personal/Professional Visions
instituting change within your place of work
Understanding how to meet and overcome resistance to change

Content: What we teach- books, audio, video, podcasts, etc
The Big Switch (Nicholas Carr- he wrote Does IT Matter? For education)
_A Different Kind of Teacher_ By John Taylor Gatto
_Dumbing Us Down_ - John Taylot Gatto

Outliers or Tipping Point (Malccolm Gladwell)
Alfie Kohn
Free Podcasts available on iTunes
Articles on Google Scholar
TED talks- excellent idea- or attend TED would be better
Harvard Business Review anthology on "Leading Through Change"
From Dijlah: The book I would like to suggest for Organizational change is this: Organization Change: A Comprehensive Reader
by W. Warner Burke (Editor), Dale G. Lake (Editor), Jill Waymire Paine (Editor)
ISBN-13: 9780470260562

Medium: How we teach- Pedagogy, Form of collaboration, Technology Used, Final Project

Blackboard Discussions- we dont have to use this (Mel)
TI group Meetings
Twitter (Mel)
Google Sites

Output from 9pm Etherpad: Melissa's class:
Learning Outcomes: What the learners gain

A greater understanding of technology leaders in global edcuation.
Information literacy

learners gain knowledge. Experience.
Is experience similar to "information literacy"?

Goals: Why we teach

Make everyone agents of change

Be able to demonstrate skills to effect real and measurable change

Using new tools to become these agents.

We teach in order to empower people to live there best selves, to help them contribute to a greater good, to include and franchise for the greater good of all..in the end we do not know who will deliver great great things...all should be included...particularly the least of these (on a biblical note)

Create new tools. Yes create new tools

teach to help others advance

Content: What we teach- books, audio, video, podcasts, etc

Yes books are like new tech...totally obsolete upon publication

No books, they are too stale for this environment.AGREE. this is about technology, books take us back too far (in time).

I would suggest blogs. perhaps pick a "popular" or "relevant" blogger to read daily.

Audio, yes.
Video and Podcasts, sure if they are relevant.
Podcasts are GREAT! i listen to several every week. faithfully.

Periodicals are very important. The more vingnettes we have the better

Documentation and written work will never loose it's value...but the storage places change and are far more real time....like blogs

Medium: How we teach- Pedagogy, Form of collaboration, Technology Used, Final Project
We should only use new or open source tools. I think TI belongs in the waste bin.haha! I dont like ti either. no sound effects. lets never use it again. :)I totally disagree- we are too reliant on voice:)

I think a blend of techno tools is vital allow a variety of mediums for expression...user are unique in the use of the academic paint brush selections, if u will

Skype should be our standard.What happens when too many people are in?skype is ok, but i prefer other chat mediums. like digsby, yahoo, msn.
If people have their mics in good order then it works fine.

I am up for anything, just not TI. I really hate it when we get kicked off. No propietary software that require heavy installs. (like Elluminate)

a medium i like and seems to work well is elluminate. u have to raise your hand before speaking, etc.That is a good point


Prior to the class we should all be responsible for introducing a new tool for the class.not sure on the purpose of this? havent we done this enough this year? what type of new tool?

if we do group learning/project: it would be beneficial to group people with similar technical skills. in my opinion. not that i dont like teaching others who aren't as technical savvy, but its not fair for me bc i'm not learning if im the most experienced/technical in my group.
> what would a portfolio look like for a technial executive that already has one? something in the education arena?

THEMES are great! fosters communication, new ideas, creativity. Yes, most important, a theme brings out the creative.

Agents of change
Change Management
Information Architecture

Becoming an agent of change means:(add here)
Effecting global change
Building scalable models
Designing tools for edcuational progress
Addressing the digital divide.

Matt's Syllabus was moved here.