Cadre 9's References and notes from the Florida Education and Technology Conference

January 2007

Josh's Notes from FETC 2007

Receptive Teaching: a presentation by Gary Stager:
Make Your Mark: a presentation by Peter H. Reynolds:
Games, Simulations, and VR: a presentation by Gary Bitter:
Augmented Realities: a presentation by Chris Dede and Matt Dunleavy:
Hall Davidson: guest speaker on January 25, 2007:
Literacy Instruction and Podcasts:
FETC Panel on Action Research:
Finally, Staggeringly Good Things Mixing Google Earth and Media:

Robert's stuff from FETC 2007

Spending time in the media centre was quite enlightening while at FETC. I observed a podcast interview and discovered that FETC organizers had been developing a series of podcasts, see link below:
FETC podcasts

Cherilyn's link from FETC 2007

link for one hour discussion by Thomas L. Friedman about his book "The World is Flat":
Survival Strategies for Technology Leaders by Chris O'Neal of University of Virginia session:

Brad (cadre9) shares recommendations he got from reading Rolling Stone

(As people view them, maybe they will group them under appropriate headings) (cellphone picture upload) (different/unique)

David reflects on narrative, stories and learning

The creation of a personal narrative is one of the byproducts of reflecting on the milestones, events and people that define a person’s life and legacy. In “Narrative and Intelligence, Robert Schank One of the best ways of doing this it through a narrative or story: "We have difficult remembering such abstractions, but we can more easily remember a good story. Stories give life to past experience". Using and understanding these life events to construct personal narratives and stories will assist an individual to learn and understand their lives. Schank writes that "Intelligence, in the popular mind, refers to the capacity to solve complex problems, but another way of looking at the issues might be to say that intelligence is really about understanding what has happened well enough to be able to predict when it might happen again. .... Explaining the world (at least to yourself) is a critical aspect of intelligence. Comprehending events around you depends on having a memory of prior events available for helping in the interpretation of new events".

Writing that "...intelligence is really about understanding what has happened well enough to be able to predict when it might happen again. To be a successful predictor of events, one has to have explained confusing prior events successfully" Schank create a definition of the acquirement of wisdom. Wisdom, after all is the ability to learn from past experiences in such a way that a person does not make the same mistake twice, but is also able to extrapolate from the experience and apply it to new, different (yet similar) experiences.

One important component of reflecting on a personal narrative is the process of identifying and indexing the important and meaningful events, experiences and milestones. This index adds continuity and context to the narrative that is meaningful and will allow the individual an easy way to recall and apply the previously learned knowledge. "We learn from reconsidering experiences we have already had in light of new information" (Schank, R.).

The importance of stories in learning cannot be underestimated. Many times people cannot not remember straight data, but will remember the same data if there is a story involved. This story can be related to the data itself, the way that the data is presented, or a personal event or memory related to the data or even connected to the moment or event during the time that the data was presented.

This idea is exemplified when one considers how world societies and cultures pass knowledge from one generation to the next in the form of stories, epics and narratives. Subjects of these narratives include histories, medical remedies, recipes, and work skills such as building, farming, metalwork, and every aspect of life. The method of transmission of these stories- story telling- then not only created the personal narrative for the individual learner, it also helped perpetuate a community of learners as the stories were told.

Stories can be customized to the learner, to address the best manner that the individual learns. This then relates to the theory of multiple intelligences because it allows for similar data to be transmitted through different methods, language or nomenclature- each targeted to a specific way of understanding.