Kurt Steinhaus is Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education in New Mexico. (He’s also a marathoner who ran 4:38 at the 2007 Duke City Marathon.) The title of his talk is “Enjoying T-Time by the Sip or by the Gulp?”. His slides will be available on the conference wiki.
Kurt wants us to take action in three areas:
- 21st Century Skills
- Robust support systems that function “just in time.”
- Innovative teaching and learning to keep pace in an increasingly digital world.
Kurt visited Minnesota a couple weeks before his keynote (something I’ve never seen before) and stopped to visit some schools.
- He saw the 1-to-1 program at Oak-Land Junior High School in Stillwater.
- Andy Weaver at using technology to study falcons.
- American Indian Magnet School and World Cultures Magnet School in St. Paul.
- New Country School
- Scot Hovan, Kate Noreen, and Patrick Crothers at Mahtomedi High School
- Dave Casey at Buffalo Community Middle School who is doing amazing things with his social studies students
- Edina Public Schools
- Northrop Urban Environmental Learning Center in Minneapolis
What trends did he see?
- Relentless, intense passion
- Support system (technical and teching and learning)
- More school-wide integration
Kurt observed some transitions underway in Minnesota and elsewhere:
- From purchased licenses to Web 2.0 and open source
- Application-based to Web-based and mobile learning
- Isolated and offline to collaborative and online
- Copyrighted content to shared content
- Submitting reports to blogs and web publishing
What is the future of technology in education? It’s already here, it’s just not in every school yet.
How can we move forward?
- Step 1: Where are we?
- Step 2: Reach a broad consensus on a clear message (vision or goal).
- Step 3: Meet them where they are and use your “bag of tricks” to move resources toward achieving the vision.
Kurt talked about how to advocate for your vision. Prepare a “One-pager” that you can give to key decision makers. Include the following things and customize your one-pager for each audience.
- Compelling vision
- Brief overview of history
- Rationale (why is this essential)
- Funding request (include recurring and non-recurring costs)
- Research base
Also, develop an “elevator pitch” that you can deliver to a decision maker in 30 seconds in any setting. One of Kurt’s recommendations: “Make your friends before you need them.”