“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Thursday, March 06, 2014
digital learning futures: a speculation: trends with existing technologies
kids are not impressed by technology - they're impressed by relationship we share
mobile phones are a game-changer
Internet access is a human right?
our thinking must keep pace with technology: the future is smart mobile: why are we banning phones in the classroom?
digital native thinking is erroneous: i'm a digital resident
the future of publishing video
mooc: massive open online courses
teaching/learning is not about knowledge, it's about knowing who to connect with to access knowledge
the power of twitter
we learn by teaching: students creating content eg create a new Wikipedia page + leave it there for a year
paragogy: what we teach and learn from each other
education 2.0 = connection, context, complexity, connotation
skills, competencies, literacies, mastery
leadership, technology + transformation: key elements for lasting change
stephen lethbridge principal taupaki skool: personal www @stephen_tpk
teachers write collaborative vision, principal supports
focus on ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING processes: focus on what we want to CREATE: paper portfolios/conferences to eportfolio and collaboration throughout the year, not just twice a year... whole family involved in student's learning journey! feedback + feedforward
slow is better. take time to set up well. travel together.
infrastructure, student-driven use of byob (browser) kids can choose what to bring + can "live" (upload/connect/collaborate) anywhere in the cloud.. we don't teach kids how to connect, we teach how to learn.
future: using code etc to make digital "real"
where to from here?
talk to TTS - they see loads of skools, they can connect us to people + ideas
martin hughes Telco Technology Services (TTS)
making professional learning meaningful, memorable + motivating
teaching before technology
needs before devices
nudging instead of forcing
personalised instead of one size fits all
reality instead of delusion
opportunities instead of limitations: teachable moments
PL instead of PD
teachers: finding time to plan, collaborate + co-construct
teachers' ICT challenges: baffled + overwhelmed
BYOD bring your own distraction: we need to heighten our expectations
kevin honeycutt: use technology to afford accessibility for all (ipad guitar, speech-to-text)
simon sinek ted talk here
innovators, early adaptors, late adaptors
teachers also need to be confident, connected, actively involved lifelong learners
tame the technology: personalised devices, maximum of 3 mouse-clicks, make accessibility easier