Classroom of the Future – What might it look like? How will cyber be integrated, or will it?
• James Wright, CEO, Classroom of the Future
• Liz Fraumann, Executive Director, Securing Our eCity Foundation
Segment 1 – Schools and Cyber – is it on the radar?
1. Currently, we know that opportunities for students exist through clubs and after school
activities. What’s happening in the classroom and at what grade levels?
• We heard from Donna Woods of CyberHub about some of the changes coming but,
what’s the current state of affairs in the classroom?
• Out of the 42 school districts in SAN County, what percentage do you estimate are
engaged in some fashion and what do perceive the barriers are given the state of the
globe and cyber?
2. Let’s touch on the afterschool programs and clubs…
• It is well known that “coaches” for the primary sports receive a stipend for their
afterschool efforts with football, baseball, and the like. Why not the “coaches” for cyber
challenges who give up just as much or more to supports teams that can actually bring
in money by winning the competitions and Challenges?
• We have heard of “dis-advantaged students” needing a hand-up but, when offered the
schools seem to look the other way when it comes to cyber opportunities. Do you see
the same things and how can we break these barriers?
• Home, Charter and Private schools – Do you see advantages they have in the area of
Segment 2 – Classroom of the Future
1. So, let’s look into the crystal ball of 2018 and share what you see as the vision for the “real,”
“live” classroom of the future.
a. Local vs. virtual
b. Drivers – business or academia, parents? Who’s behind the wheel of this bus?
c. Pathways for the students vs. opportunities to change; pigeon-holed with wings clipped
2. Great ideas…How do we get there from where we are today?
a. Slow change vs. radical,immediate change?
b. County adoption vs. state vs. national
c. What is the view from the East Coast and Federal Government on cyber education?
3. Baby steps?
a. In the area of math… Eons ago, you might recall the debate of imperial vs. metric
measurements for gasoline, etc. The debate raged for several years saying the U.S.
needed to adopt the imperial system, i.e. liters vs. gallons. Obviously, we now know
what system won – imperial. So, why have we not adopted baby steps in math,
language, etc. i.e. convert a giga-bit to a megabit, or questions like “which is faster
throughput for data, 2GB or 2000MB?”
b. And, in the language area; What is a boot? Something you put on your foot? What mom
wants to do their 18-year old son? Or, starting your computer? Or, all of the above?
How is one to know?
Segment 3 – Knowledgeable and TRAINED staff…
1. Time is everything BUT, are we focused on the “right things?”
a. “I don’t have time to even cover what is required now!” “I cannot add one more thing!”
“I already spend 20 min. a day with “pull-outs” for special this and that! Now, you say I
need to ADD cyber? You’ve got to be crazy!” “I would not even know where to begin!”
These are the laments we hear directly from the teachers…business perception is that
“they” get three months off for summer vacation each year. Not true, most of the ‘good’
teachers are using their ‘vacation’ to build out new programs or evolving things they are
currently doing. In fact, many work 12-hour days just to keep up with innovation and
grading – all the way from K-12! How would you suggest we begin to have cyber-savvy
teachers? Even in the areas of the basics?
2. Training the teachers/administrators
a. Continuing Education (CE credits): What is your take on requiring 10 CEs in the area of
cyber/digital training with at least 5 focused on cyber security?
b. What ideas can you propose that might work, given your current understanding?
c. Jacksonville State University – Week-long training for MS/HS teachers (5-days)
d. Thoughts for something like this at USD, NU, Coleman, etc.?
3. Links to materials:
lessons-on-hacking/ – continued in 2017, unknown for 2018\
Segment 4 – The Immediate Future – What Can We Do?
1. Evolution vs. Revolution
a. Society favors evolution, not revolution. However, takes more time. There are
advantages to engaging people rather than forcing them into things. May we suggest
that there are many opportunities both for students and teachers alike to engage in
cyber learning, even now.
i. SoCal Cyber Cup Challenge
iii. Code.org /Code Day
b. Nike approach – JDI! (Just Do It!)
2. Next time… NCIS sleuths… law enforcement representative discussing Cyber Forensic careers
01/05/17 The Tech Classroom of the Future Part 11 Schools and Cyber – is it on the radar?