“Inventing the New Boundaries”

David Warlick Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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 David Warlick, a 30 year educator, has been a classroom teacher, district administrator, and staff consultant with the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. For the past ten years, Mr. Warlick has operated The Landmark Project, a consulting, and innovations firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. His web site, Landmarks for Schools, serves more than a half-million visits a day with some of the most popular teacher tools available on the Net. David is also the author of three books on instructional technology and 21st century literacy, and has spoken to audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America.
Twitter: @dwarlick

Presentation Title “Inventing the New Boundaries”

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Description: For decades, education has been an easy institution to define. It consisted of a set of accepted literacy skills, a definable body of knowledge, and the pedagogies for teaching those skills to willing students who were arranged in straight rows. Today, for the first time in decades (in generations of teachers), we are facing the challenge of changing our notions about teaching and learning to adapt to a rapidly changing world. We are struggling to rethink what it is to be educated, to reinvent the classroom, and redefine what it is to be a teacher and a student. There is much that has changed, and for much of it, we have responded to by attempting to ignore, filter, or to block it out.This presentation, by 30+ year educator, author, and technologist, David Warlick, will explore some of these changes and challenges and arrange them as a set of converging conditions that might just help us to redefine and retool the 21st century classroom.


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  1. Maria Rivera says:

    David was easy to follow and listen to. I like his sense of humor. I agree about some students being connected and others not, but that could be someone’s definition of a digital divide. I agree with his view on the side trips being more memorable and enjoyable when learning.

  2. Jose Fuentes says:

    After watching this presentation I could not help noticing one true statement made by the presentor. The gap between computer savvy people and non-savvy computer people is constantly getting bigger and bigger. Problaby there is not way to stop it, but there might be one way to cope with it; and that is to start learning more about technology. I specifically liked the statement made about how teachers hold an opinion about their students and how they expect them to behave during instructional time. I have just recently began to make this connection to my own students, and began to notice that computer or technological jargon is present in my classroom, and I do not know which students actually have access to a computer, either at home or at school or whereever. So I think that we as teachers have to be really careful about casting stones when it comes to this topics. Some of us teachers are not computer savvy and could be losing touch with our students. We teachers need more technological professional developments.

  3. Ann Marie Di Iorio says:

    As teachers, we should never stop
    learning. Educational technology
    is a dynamic force in creating
    the classroom of tomorrow. This online conference is an excellent
    way to close the gap on the Digital Divide. Teachers across the nation can log on and learn easy ways to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

  4. Mike Skramstad says:

    Things have changed, and will continue to change. Technology has always played an instrumental part in this change. Now, the personal computer, IPod and digital camera are playing a more significant role in these changes than ever before. As computer can process more and faster, the tasks usually only in the hands of a few are in the hands of many. Perhaps to project forward, we must only consider those areas of the world that are limited to the common individual, and imagine that eventually even those elite and specialized tasks will be available (due to technology) in the hands of everyone, and then can you imagine what will be possible.

  5. Julia Kalmens says:

    There is no argument about the fast growing importance of technology, about all those modern changes that are brought to a classroom with technology, about the non stop process of learning for teachers… But I think that technology should not substitute a teacher who still has to to remain a role model for students, be a significant person in students’ life. Maybe even more than before, when we all lived in a “analog” (not digital) world.

  6. Alice Barr says:

    I struggle when working with teachers to help them see how our students are a different kind of learner. They in turn must wrestle with the daily expectations of delivering a certain content. How can we meet in the middle?

  7. I’m still thinking about the line from the movie David’s son had created, “You’ve got to know the territory”. How many teachers are starting to feel that they have lost their knowledge of the “territory” within the boundaries of the classroom? I love the fact that I have the job of helping these teachers define these new boundaries. It’s wonderful to see teachers retool themselves with the addition of technology and more importantly information in digital form. Just like the train tracks David mentions, some of these journeys can be a bit bumpy.

  8. Lynn Hannapel says:

    Your comment about changing our sense of pedagogy to look at the classroom 2.0 to adjust our teaching is helping me to think about how to adjust my thinking about technology in my classroom.
    I am a novice when it comes to technology but, I understand how it engages my learners and I am curious about what I need to do differently as a teacher. The educational goals or essential learning for the 21st century that we want for our students needs to be a topic for discussion by the entire learning community where I live.

  9. Lynn Hannapel says:

    Additionaly, the role of the teacher will change. As it has in one small way with myself, looking and inquiring deeper into the world of collaboration through technology and communicating beyond the walls of my classroom is creating “thinner” walls in my attitude about technology. In the back of my thinking is how to use the tools available then, bringing it to my learners…

  10. I work with young students (ages 5-10) and I agree with David that we are educating them for a future we can\’t begin to predict. I don\’t think many of our parents have realized that yet and they are reluctant to embrace technology as a vital element in the learning setting of their children. It seems that parents think of technology as games that may or may not be healthy activities for their child and then they fear the access to the Internet and socializing because of the media hype about safety concerns. We need to keep educating parents about a future where skills of autonomy, creativity and collaboration are highly valued and need to be inculcated at an early age.

  11. Deborah says:

    There were several good points that David made throughout the video about teaching/learning in the 21st century. However, most interesting to me is something I noticed about my learning while watching the video. I thought I was so relieved when he was going to state 3 concise key conditions converging on our classroom; I like bullet points. But the reality was I learned more from the casual conversation approach as he hopped from place to place in the video than the bullet points. Interesting!

  12. Elissa Reichstein-Saperstein says:

    Although I am watching this WAY after the fact….I really did enjoy many of the points that were made throughout the presentation.

    Musicians need to be able to work both as individuals AND ensemble players AT THE SAME TIME. As a music teacher, I strive to teach my students how to do this. Technology assists in this process.

    Using technology, my students are able to create projects (as individuals or small groups) and collaborate for opinions and ideas. In this “highly specialized” world, I believe that technology, while not teaching “social skills” in the traditional definition of the word actually allows our kids to cross boundaries and borders….pretty exciting stuff.

    I also LOVED that he spoke of the SELF-DIRECTED learning that takes place when the kids use the technology to create.

    I continue to work diligently to be an educator that does NOT chop the “tentacles” that my students create with their natural desire to explore, create and learn!

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