Change the Present, Change the Future with Lance Rougeux at DEN SCIcon 2010


Lance Rougeux kicks off the first annual DEN SCIcon 2010 as the keynote by thanking the Leadership Councils for providing 16 live-events across the country.

From PADENLC in Montour comes this link for DEN SCIcon 2010 resources.
Today’s presentations will be housed on the DEN blog, Science in Action.

In changing the present to change the future, we need to realize there are five minds for the future. While we have always recognized this as educators, in today’s classrooms we need to meet them at least halfway if not more to t
each them the way they want to learn,
collaboratively. The strategies we implement and the tools that we use make the difference, especially in science motivation and curricula.

What we need to give our students
are ways to see science as vibrant, authentic, and meaningful to their lives. In essence, we are moving from traditional approaches to using better ways to reach students. The shift is from consuming content to creating knowledge that is transparent.
In Oregon, Discovery Science has been approved as a “textbook.” What we are trying to do today is change our delivery, instructional content, and strategies in how
we create meaningful learning experiences that make our students lifelong learners. (I did not get the final screenshot of The Shift slide.)
As we prepare for the shift and Howard Gardner’s Five Minds, data tell us that educators are not prepared for the shift. Today is about Discovery’s commitment to this shift. Desire, passion, lifelong learning using digital tools and digital content, the first step in better meeting our students needs–first theme of change.

The second theme of change is sustainability. Students come to science with an interest in the subject; we need to tap into changing the future with resources that can change the future. First way is to change the way you search. We all use Google, but why not use Blackle, which is an energy-saving way to search. Next concept: Change On Demand–the endless list of opportunities for sustainability through Discovery’s partnerships with science-rich companies and Discovery Science and Discovery Streaming. Discovery resources abound and continue to grow as Discovery leads in moving us toward sustainability.

Third theme of change is changing our way we ask students to write in science classes. Check out Easy Tips to Keep Our Planet Fit, a great video. Letters to editors or governors are a fine start, but a digital project has more longevity–it lives forever
and creates a more authentic impact for our students.
Another way to change attitudes is with digital posters. Why not let a science fair go digital; instead of a trifold, why not use Glogster. Students can also create and collaborate via voice, animated doodling, and text commenting in a threaded discussion, making students active, not passive, in the learning process where they control their learning content and environment. With Glogster and VoiceThread, you can add daily to the PBL, giving students a voice. As a participant today, you can add your voice to Lance’s VoiceThread question. Change student’s views of the world with GoogleEarth (see Jane Goddall on polar bears). Using GE, students can track their learning within the framework of GE as they track, for example, their research on green companies, communities, initiatives.

The fourth theme of change is to change student’s perspective. Blabberize is a simple free tool to enable students to give voice from an endangered species perspective. The opportunities are limitless. The ultimate change agent is the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Even if you choose not to enter–but you should–there are tons of resources at this site.
Lance’s theme of change provides the framework for the day’s approach to The Shift in which we are all engaged, whatever our content.

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