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In this Ted Talk, Dr. Wiechmann talks about the importance of technology-enhanced curriculum
The Future is Now
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We often hear about how K-12 schools are creating technology-enhanced curriculum via the iPad, but what happens when these students move on to higher education? Here at iPadEducators we are very passionate about seeing innovative learning across all areas of education. Whether it’s a group of first graders who have no fear of technology to a lecture hall of 500 students who have grown up using pen and paper, we’re actively involved in introducing new and innovative strategies to help redefine the student learning experience.
In March 2014 the iPadEducators participated in the first iPads in Higher Education Conference that took place in Cyprus. Site founders Steve and Luke presented on Nearpod and how it can be used to redefine direct instruction. Sabba and Rebecca presented on Bridging the Gap between High School and University. Dr. Nicos Souleles did a remarkable job of beginning a much-needed conversation – how is higher education preparing students for today’s rapidly changing world? Dean Florez had some great thoughts to share on this topic in our recent interview with him.
Three years ago, Fairmont Private Schools launched the Center for Innovative Learning Design in an approach to 21st century teaching and learning. Like with everything in school it’s always wonderful to be able to have our students make connections to the real world. Through Dr. Wiechmann’s presentation our students were able to see firsthand how technology is being used in the real world, more specifically the field of medicine.
Dr. Warren Wiechmann, Dean of Instructional Technology at UCI Irvine delivered a powerful message to the Advanced Science and Engineering Students at Fairmont Preparatory Academy on Friday May 16, 2014. The message was simple yet profound - “The future is now.” This message was at the heart of a presentation delivered by Dr. Warren Wiechmann. Dr. Wiechmann is a UC Irvine emergency medical physician who spearheaded the School of Medicine's innovative iPad program known as iMedEd. Last week UCI SOM announced that they will be doing a pilot that integrates Google Glass into the curriculum, an initiative also spearheaded by Dr. Wiechmann.
Dr. Wiechmann highlighted a key idea in his presentation about today’s changing world – how people access information. According to his research 35% of individuals go online to figure out a medical condition.
This reinforces a key idea that we discuss on a regular basis about the importance of teaching students how to navigate a world that has an abundance of information.
Dr. Wiechmann’s presentation was outstanding and there are two key lessons that really stood out that all organizations looking to integrate technology into the curriculum could learn from.
Lesson One: Using Technology to Create
The use of technology in the higher education settings is not as common as it is in the K-12 setting. In fact according to Dr. Wiechmann’s research of the 150 medical school in the United States, only 30 integrate the use of technology via mobile devices. UCI is the only school in California to integrate technology into their curriculum.
What is most impressive about their use of technology is that the focus is not on how students consume information but rather on how they create using the iPad and now Google Glass. “[With Google Glass], now you can really see what your doctor is seeing, or what a surgeon is seeing, or what a specialist is seeing,” Wiechmann says. “And then you have all of the information that can come to your fingertips.” This has led to a more constructivist approach to learning medicine leading to a 23% increase in Step 1 USEMLE scores. In addition to using tools like the iPad as a creation device he highlighted how students participated in app development by collaborating with students in other fields such as computer science.
Lesson Two: Cross Platform Fluency
With so many new tools and devices being released its hard to keep up and even harder to choose what will best work for your learning environment. In an era of iOS vs. Android it is becoming increasingly clear that schools need to teach a key 21st century skill that is often overlooked – cross platform fluency. It is important for students to become comfortable with different devices and different platforms. Before using any device or tool we should ask ourselves, “What do I want to accomplish and what tools will help me get there.”
When we begin with our goals and when we begin with a vision the technology becomes secondary. Often times the answer is not a single device that will help you achieve all your goals. It is in this moment that instead of becoming frustrated one must learn to extract the power of different tools to achieve their goals. One must be fluent across all platforms.
According to Dr. Wiechmann, “Medicine is really changing and we have to adapt a little bit more. We have to look at new technologies to make ourselves more nimble." I was incredibly impressed with UCI and their approach to creating technology-enhanced curriculum. They have successfully created a learning environment that welcomes the use of any and all tools that enhance the students learning experience and as a result are enjoying the best of what Apple and Google have to offer.
Experiences like this are wonderful for both students and our faculty. Dr. Wiechmann’s presentation left our students and faculty with a deeper appreciation for the tools they have available to use on a daily basis.
Fatima Chishti, a student in the ASEP program commented, “I hadn't realized how entwined technology and medicine were before the talk on Friday, and I found it interesting just how advantageous technology can really be in medicine and real life, outside of school.” Rebecca Choi, a student in the ASEP program found Dr. Wiechmann “was very excited about his topic that, although I wasn't initially a fan of technology integration ive come to realize how valuable it can be and hearing Dr. Wiechmann speak peaked my interest and made me want to learn more about its benefits!”
Dr. Wiechmann left us with some great ideas to think about – the future is now, are higher education institutions ready for to teach students the way they are learning in today's day and age? Are today’s K-12 institutions preparing students for higher education institutions like UCI SOM? Dr. Wiechmann takes a progressive approach, saying “We’re learning from schools like this (Fairmont Private Schools) about how learning actually should happen.”
The School of Medicine at the University of California Irvine is taking the lead in creating innovative learning experiences so that they are prepared for a generation that is used to a different way of learning and instead of banning mobile devices they’ve embraced them and integrated them into their curriculum to enhance the student learning experience.
The UCI SOM is an Apple Distinguished School and is led by Dr. Warren Wiechmann, an Apple Distinguished Educator.
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” –John Dewey.