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When: Friday, June 8th
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, June 8, 2012
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Communication, Technology and Education
Guests: Lewis A. Rhodes and Lisa Kimball

MP3 File

Call talking points: Communication, Technology and Education (pdf) 
Call resource: Knowledge Icebergs (pdf)
After the call, Madelyn Blair shared her blog on the NYT article Let Kids Rule the School "Susan Engel - Finding the Power of Decision"


How do we think about technology, and how do adults think differently than children who never knew a world without social media? What does that mean in the classroom and community?Lewis A. Rhodes has been an association executive, leader of national technology projects for the Ford Foundation and the US Office of Education, and two national educational associations. He served as consultant to federal and state government, as well as to Apple and Microsoft. These efforts have focused on issues of systemic leadership and management for schools and service organizations.

His interest and concerns about technology and education are reflected in this list of over 45 articles, films, videos that capture his continuing frustration that something’s missing... when we think about education and technology the dots don’t connect. That concern may be evident in some of the titles: "Technology is the Answer--But What was the Question?" "Marshalling McLuhan to the Problems of Learning," "All We Really Need to Know about Technology ...We Can Learn in the Restroom.” He is a principal of SABU, Inc., a thinking partnership that deals with problems of organizations as coherent work systems. This work integrates principles of collaborative knowledge-building and quality management with information technologies to develop infrastructures to support schools as they transform from organizations of natural learners into natural learning organizations. Read his blog SabuSensehere.

As Associate Executive Director, Instructional Leadership and Technology for the American Association of School Administrators, he provided leadership in systemic issues related to learning and instruction culminating in the video and publication Schools That Make Sense -- which presented a new paradigm for systemic school system change that linked the continuous knowledge-building needs of students and adults in schools; and "Connecting Leadership & Learning," a major strategy paper for AASA's Center for Connected Learning that noted the Paradoxes we accept without thinking that prevent the dots from connecting. During the call he will share what he has learned about the X-Factor at the root of our generation’s thinking paradoxes and why it must be addressed to deal with the ways that today’s children think.



Lisa Kimball is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience as an organizational consultant with business, government and nonprofit organizations. As CEO of Metasystems Design Group and Executive Producer of Group Jazz she supported the efforts of teams, task forces, communities and organizations and specialized in helping them leverage the power of new technology and social media. She is active in online community work, organizational development (she also serves on the Board of the Organization Development Network) and is skilled in applying complexity-inspired principles. Much of her work has been around designing meaningful ways to engage stakeholders in significant organizational processes. For the past three years she has been working with hospitals and health care facilities applying Positive Deviance methodology to the problem of eliminating transmission of hospital acquired "superbug” infections. She has trained PD consultants and coaches as well as designed and developed materials to support hospital teams to use and train others to use PD methods. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology; Cognition and Learning from Catholic University of America where her research focused on problem solving strategies of senior executives in complex systems. She is also president of Plexus Institute.


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