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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Global & Technological Change & its Role in Transforming Education

Finish your homework, there are children in India starving for your job

February 06, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

If the educational system of Michigan is going to prepare students to be productive citizens in society, school districts must be equipped to handle change. The world that our students are being prepared to enter is a global economy that is changing rapidly. In a global society, technology is an integral part of the transformation of local economy to global economy. However, in some areas of education, technology is seen as an optional part of the educational system. In order to prepare our students for their future and not our past, educators must be ready to be change agents and embrace change in order to prepare our students. For this to happen, Michigan’s educational system needs to be transformed.

In order for the educational system of Michigan to be transformed, educators must be prepared to handle change. Our thought provoking presentation will feature examples of challenges facing schools in light of our changing global economy (making the world ‘flat’) and the changes in education brought through technology. The intent is for the participant to have a greater understanding of the needed changes in education in light of the changes occurring in the global economy. We will also discuss the concept of change and some items for consideration as districts embrace the changes needed.

Learning Team Members:

Louis Burgess
Kathy Humphrey
Gayla Mann
David Mills
Mike Oswalt
Jeanne Tomlinson
Tracy Van Peeren

Pre-session Activity:

  • Review the articles listed under Resource Materials
  • Visit http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/266/ and view the presentation by Thomas Friedman at MIT about the book ‘The World is Flat’

Agenda:

1:00 p.m. Introduction/Purpose of the Day.....………..Mike Oswalt & Kathy Humphrey
1:15 p.m. Flatteners & Convergences..………..…….Kathy Humphrey & Louis Burgesss
1:25 p.m. KWL Activity Introduction & ‘KW’ for Globalization…………Tracy Van Peeren
1:35 p.m. Green Tea & Starbucks...........................……............……..Dr. Yong Zhao
2:30 p.m. ‘L’ activity for Globalization.....................................….Tracy Van Peeren
2:35 p.m. Questions for Dr. Zhao ..................................................Dr. Yong Zhao
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. ‘KW’ activity for Technology in Schools..................…….Tracy Van Peeren
3:25 p.m. Technology Use & Barriers ....................................…….....Melissa White
4:00 p.m. ‘L’ activity for Technology in Schools....................……...Tracy Van Peeren
4:05 p.m. Questions for Melissa .................................................…...Melissa White
4:15 p.m. Beginning to Understand Change .................................……...Mike Oswalt
4:45 p.m. Session Review using CPS Technology.............................………David Mills
5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Resource Persons:

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Director, Center for Teaching and Technology
Director, US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence
College of Education
Michigan State University
115D Erickson Hall
East Lansing , MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-4325
Web: http://zhao.educ.msu.edu

Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, where he also serves as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He holds a BA from Sichuan International Studies University, an A.M and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1996 after working at Willamette University, Hamilton College, and Colgate University as a specialist in technology and language education. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education. Zhao ’s research interests include diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, globalization and education, and international and comparative education. Zhao has published extensively in these areas. His articles have appeared in American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record and other international scholarly journals. He has published seven books in China and the US. He has developed and managed numerous network-based learning environments and educational web sites. He received the 2003 Raymond B. Catell Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association for his significant contribution to research in education. Zhao has extensive international experiences. He has consulted with government and educational agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries including Chile, China, England, Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is currently leading the Education Research Group of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) education network (EDNET). His current work focuses on the impact of globalization on education and the integration of Eastern and Western educational practices. Dr. Zhao serves on editorial boards for numerous scholarly journals, including Educational Researcher, theInternational Journal of Educational Technology, and the Journal of Language Learning and Technology.

Melissa White
Supervisor of Media and Technology
Ingham Intermediate School District
Mason, MI

Melissa White has been a K-12 Media Specialist for 17 years. For the past 7.5 years, she has been the Supervisor of Media and Technology at Ingham Intermediate School District.  Melissa has also been an instructor for 5 years in the Educational Technology Certificate program at Michigan State University. Currently, she is teaching a CEP 811 course in Birmingham.  Melissa was the MACUL Outstanding Technology Using Educator Runner Up for 2002 and the MAME Program Chair from 1997 to 2006.


Resource Materials:

Web Based Resources
www.eschoolnews.com A free school technology news e-newsletter
www.edutopia.org Edutopia News, the weekly electronic newsletter from The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Each issue features original stories on K-12 topics and practices, as well as editorial highlights from other news sources. (Note: some links expire.)
www.mcrel.org T he Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) e-Newsletter, a bi-monthly e-mail publication with links to current McREL research, products, and services and other sites containing research and practical applications relevant to K-12 education.
www.edweek.org edweek.org's monthly e-newsletter about educational technology issues. EdTech Trends includes stories from Education Week about the latest trends and news developments in the world of K-12 educational technology, roundups of technology reports, statistics from the EPE Research Center about issues such as student computer use and online learning, and updates about upcoming edtech conferences, seminars, and grants.
www.PublicEducation.org Information on education issues and grant possibilities.
www.ascd.org Smart Brief, a source for current education information and news.
www.wested.org WestEd is a nonprofit research, development and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity and improve learning for children, youth and adults.

Downloadable Resources
21st Century Schools Need 21st Century Technology
School Administrator, Changing of the Guard
Diffusion of Innovations
Edutopia
The Triple Convergence
The Ten Forces that Flattened the World
KWL Chart

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