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Jeffrey Piontek

Jeff Piontek is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly).  Jeff is also the Head of School for the innovative Hawaii Technology Academy.  He has worked with US school districts nationally on affecting educational change and reform.  Jeff is a former Director of Instructional and Informational Technology for the NYC Department of Education and State Science Specialist for the Hawaii Department of Education.  Jeff is an educational innovator and the keynote speaker for the Computer Using Educators of BC Conference (CUEBC) this fall.  He has received many accolades including an award for “Innovation in the Economy by an Individual” from the Governor of the State of Hawaii for his STEM education work.  For detailed bio and video, click here.

The generational gap in technology use for education is enormous

The BIG Opportunity ...

The social graph just connects people

Communication, collaboration and creation is what makes the difference


Smarter collaboration

Deeper integration

Richer content

Better personalizatiom

Web 3.0 -> Web 4.0

We have moral obligation to our kids to stop educating them in Flintstone schools!

Teaching Jetson Children in Flintstone Schools


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Book: Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom

How do we educate for the future?

Schools have been designed in 19th century

Educators focus on 20th century paradigms

How do we move from the paradign based on standardized testing and graduation rates ...

to schools focused on learning!

How we do it in my school?

Hired teachers with the mindset that education should be different

We embraced social media

We focus on the inter-generational gap

The 20 year old had very different educational experiences with technology than the 15 year old

... now take that with 10 or 5 year olds?

How do we get the teachers prepared?

We don't!

We really have to wait for the generation studying to be teachers today to enter the classrooms

... the change over the last 25 years will appear slow compared to the change in the next 25 years!

We honestly don't know what will emerge 25 years from now

and from what?

What kids want

They want to be able to create and share that with others to learn and get feedback

E.g. in a highly tech school, kids can download from YouTube, but can't upload

student collaboration is key to students success

today project teams use amazing web tools to collaborate

the world is flat ..., ... more so, the organization is now flat, Education should be flat too!

In the future ...

location will not matter

if you can do the job, no one will care where you come from

Virtual collaboration will dramatically increase

social media map in the view of a 15 year old student, 1: Web site, 2: Blog, 3: Twitter, 4: MySpace, 5: Facebook, 6: Youtube, 7: Flickr

Kids already try to build their own online presence