Did You Know? is intended to be a conversation starter. As you use the presentation with various audiences, leave plenty of time at the end for questions and discussion. Questions such as the following are good ways to start conversation (note that Version 5 also has its own discussion guide):
  • What are your initial reactions to what you saw in the presentation?
  • How are these changes manifesting themselves in your personal lives? professional lives?
  • What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century? What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
  • Do we need to change? If so, how?
  • How do we get from here to there?
  • What challenges must we overcome as we move forward?
  • What supports will we need as we move forward?
  • What kind of training will we need to move forward?
  • What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other, our students, and our community) to move forward?
  • Who's scared? Why?
  • What will we do next? What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?
  • Is it possible for a teacher to be an excellent teacher if he/she does not use technology? [see this key questionfor another way to ask this]

Other ideas
  • Pause the presentation after 'Shift Happens.' Show the rest of the presentation at the very end of your session.
  • Show an additional presentation as a follow-up activity. Continue the conversation.
  • Throw a quote or two up on the screen. Ask your audience if they agree or disagree with the statement (and why).
  • Reconvene a month or two later and discuss what changes have been made since the initial conversation.
  • Embed each of the presentation - "What if?", "Did you know?" and "2020" in your blog or wiki so that it can be shown behind classroom firewalls. Then other teachers and administrators will be able to access them.
  • Make the presentations available at PAC meetings, have links on school web sites so parents and community leaders can happen upon them.
  • Show it to students (middle school or high school) and ask their reactions. Do they feel they need to be taught differently then they are now?
  • Use the presentation as a conversation starter for a staff development course (online or in person) for teachers. Activities could include:
    1. A group discussion based on some of the guiding questions mentioned.
    2. Encourage participants to join this wiki and explore the posts, resources, etc. and report back to the group on key points made in the discussions or resources that really resonate with the participant.
    3. Assignment: have each course participant in group share the message with a group they are part of (educational community (colleagues, administrators, content area department, etc.), facebook friends, twitter followers, etc.)

Additional Follow Up
  • Share key points/concerns beyond the walls of your building. Awareness builds the support and momentum for change.
  • Now share Sir Ken Robinson from Ted.com to understand the true impact of what we can accomplish by taking our faculty and staff (and everyone forward). It's funny, it's thought-provoking, it's real!
  • Read Shift Happens -- Now What? for ideas on how to begin implementing change across your campus or district after viewing or presenting this presentation to your administrators or faculty.