Educon: Building School 2.0 — New Tools and Dewey’s Dream

Chris Lehmann


School 2.0

Chris’ bias: School 2.0 is progressive education updated for today’s world.

Neil Postman: Certain technologies are not merely additive, they are transformative

Question 1) What is the purpose of school? (and how has that changed)

  • If we are:
  • Thoughtful
  • Passionate
  • Kind

How do we get there?

Have a vision

  • Inquiry
  • Research
  • Collaboration
  • Presentation
  • Reflection

You have to have a manifesto. What’s your manifesto?

Schools are the greatest socialization tool of our society

Discussion Prompts:

  • How do we create curriculum in this model?
  • What do we teach when this is available 24/7?
  • How do you establish a link between your manifesto and curriculum?
  • What does your assessment look like in your model?

It’s not about us

Inquiry Driven: what are the questions?

Passionate: and it has to matter

Meta Cognitive: make the learning process explicit. What’s the environment that you learn best in?

High School doesn’t start in 9th grade. It starts earlier.

Project based learning: How do you assess it?

Teaching Toward Understanding: Understanding by Design: Grant Wiggins and Jay McTigue


  • You can’t have one mission for your kids and another for the teachers.
  • Understand where every student is starting.
  • Students monitor their own progress.
  • Students are part of the process.
  • Each teacher needs to know the student.
  • What vs. how?
  • Give the how back to the students.
  • Teacher is less interested in what they know but more interested in what they can do.
  • Assess ourselves. How will this measure my teaching?
  • Common rubric: 5 categories used in all classes (see above)

What about the tools?

  • What does digital literacy mean?
  • How do we teach it?
  • What’s the same? What’s different?
  • What tools do we need to accomplish that?
  • How do we have to change?

Parallels between the digital world and the real world.

  • critical thinkers
  • Managers of information
  • not a separate discipline
  • iteritive

Chris’ Tech Manifesto: Don’t talk about “What” before “Why”

Process trumps product

Technology must allow our students to research, collaborate, create, and network

Technology Must be like Oxygen: Ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible

Information Literacy and “The Prosumer”

  • find information
  • analyze information
  • synthesize information
  • judge information
  • create information
  • share information

What is the portrait you want to create of yourself?

Develop a sense of community within your school before extending it to the outside network.

Transparency: What would happen if you invited the world to school?

Building a school portal: Make it easy for teachers one single log in

What’s Teacher 2.0

  • How is a teacher’s life different in this model?

Big Questions

  • How will you create the time and space for teachers to learn?
  • How will you make your faculty meetings part of a running constant dialogue?
  • How will that manifesto we worote earlier inform everthing you do?

Take Aways

  • What could ou do in your school/district immediately?
  • What could you do in your school/district this year?
  • What could you do in your school/district over the next five years?

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