December 10

Marco Torres – Leadership and Fostering Creative Environments

Imagination is more important than knowledge – Einstein

Firestone
Pony express
Tells the story… Using the telegraph system as a guide to get through…which eventually superseded the pony express
How can you validate information that comes through wires… Pony express only lasted 11 months
Olympics….find the stories…as important as telling the story
How many medals were won sitting down?
good stories build empathy and hence connections
Space race…pen to write in 0 gravity
US had big budget, and made a pen that solved the problem, Russians took pencils
Are you educated? Better is “are you prepared?”
Are we preparing our young people to ask the right questions?
As educators that should be our role
Marco was given the role of determining what makes a principal who can take education to a new level.
How do we create chefs, rather than cooks in the classroom? Need to inspire them to be creative, try new things, ask questions, develop ideas
Principals need to be voracious learners, wonderful person to lead a school – not many show that passion
Making people feel special is important
Coffee, story, Latte art on Flickr
The Barista learned how to create latte art, not through formal classes, but through reading blogs, and YouTube, shares on Facebook
What are the indicators for getting better? Improving performance
Not always the best images posted, images ask for feedback, showcasing learning
Yarn bombing… Passion builds the energy to solve problems
Myth buster – watching people learn.. this is better learning than watching teaching
Learners are more successful teaching
More often experts in telling the story
master chef… Novices become the teachers to inspire cooking
More conscious audience, aware of elements because of normal learners, rather than experts
Learners vs learned
People with passion and curiosity
Love + curiosity + access + multimedia (network) = success
Stay in the question…Don’t rush to the solution, when you are learning the burden is in the question… What you do, not what you know
What makes a work of art?
What is your story?
Look at yourself as a learner with the students
Need to empower others to challenge the way they create learning in their classroom…
Other teachers need to get out there and learn tools and techniques
Pixar – he/she did everything possible to……
Dan Pink – Drive
Do we have a good sentence for our school?
What is my sentence?
Use it to navigate and create
Was I better today than yesterday?
phones…
How do we make a better phone?
This is the wrong question…end up with too many buttons…
Same with education, we over complicate it
Better question… How do we help to personalise how you communicate?
iPhone- 1st device to change as the human interface required
Not just extra keys/buttons, but music, vision, text, video to suit any need
Getting connected – what are the questions being asked?
Going to national curriculum, we need to be mindful of asking the right questions
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one most responsive to change -Darwin
Tower records, Borders, flip cameras…. Made success, but closed, due to not really asking the right questions
Cisco killed flip camera, sacked 550
Kodak
Britannica
App developers, only 3% are professional developers
The app making is easy…the story is hard
Instagram, sold for 4 billion to Facebook…
Ideas sold –
Part 2
Prototype
Beta
All better words than “failing”
iMovie ken burns effect
Sports have a great stories
New Orleans saints… Broken team, broken city, win the world series
Vimeo – ken burns, 1+1 = 3 are the interesting stories
Storytelling is manipulation
Vimeo.com/40972394
Ken Burns – On Story
Iceberg… The facts on the surface, the story, under the surface
The more I learn bout you, the more I care
Digital vs analogue
What has digital added to the story
Einstein – its not that I’m so smart, it’s that i stay with the problem longer
Problem.  QUESTIONS.   Solution
The middle is more important than the end

Stephen wolfram – wolfram alpha
Why are you asking questions which can just be looked up?
Seth Godin quote
Got to get the kids to work at being smarter
Being able to use the apps to get the information
 Word lens, translates posters around the world
Kids can love learning, but sometimes school can get in the way
We have problems measuring “learning” the testing measures “knowing”
Challenge based learning challenge
Using YouTube, teachers don’t have to be experts in their field
YouTube and Siri saved a dog having a heart attack
Snap guide app
Using digital approach can. Learn and share immediately
How to play drums on your keyboard…experts don’t always make learning easy
In the past we relied on school to learn….now we crowd source knowledge, and are learning much more.
Repeat… Love, curious, wants to improve…
Learn, create, share
Cooking with remmi, clear essential question
Leanna, the CEO
Community, create,
Ben -the one man band
Feedback from audience means more than just a grade from a teacher
Commonality with all kids who love learning, are curious, have access to devices, a multimedia network will achieve success.
If things go static the story dies
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September 14

A Model to Transform your use of ICT

The SAMR model has been around for a while, but I think it is time for a revisit. Most of us have been working with some element or other of 1 to 1 access, but has our pedagogy – the way we use the technology to teach in our classes – changed or shifted in that time? I would like you to take some time to reflect on how you are using ICT in your classroom. Think about which level of SAMR you are at, and what steps you can take to get to the next level.

First what is SAMR? was developed by Ruben R. Puentedura  who has shared a wealth of pedagogical development resources on his website.

 Substitution and Augmentation look at keeping things basic, but enhancing the learning, while Modification and Redefinition Transform Learning opportunities for our students.

Substitution

 In substitution technology is a direct replacement for non technical/digital tools. There is no real change to how the learning occurs. Function remains the same.

Examples: Students use the Internet to search information, as they would have done with encyclopedias in the past. They write up a word document assignment, adding in images collected from web sites and print this out as evidence of their learning.

AugmentationIn Augmentation technology is a direct tool substitute, however function is improved.

 

Examples: Using Google Maps or Nearmaps (in Australia) students can view  up to date changes of global issues. Learning is supported by students being able to view multi modal learning objects, and enhancing the function of the learning. Students are able to play online maths games, and get immediate feedback on results. improving the function through the immediate feedback.

ModificationModification allows for learning tasks to be significantly redesigned through the use of technology.

Examples:  Instead of presenting a poster on a famous person students can create a multimedia presentation, or website which includes video, text and images. This transforms the learning, and students develop deeper thinking about the subject when a range of modalities are used.

RedefinitionNew tasks, previously not even thought of or possible can now be created through the use of ICT.

Example: Students with a topic of civil unrest use Twitter to follow the hashtag #Eygpt (which was the hashtag used during the 2011 and recent civil unrest). They post a question onto Twitter with the Hashtags #Eygpt #Freedom and follow the responses. They end up connecting with a woman on the streets of Cairo, who is a lawyer, and Skype chat with her about what the civil unrest in Eygpt is about. (This is based on a true story) Students can connect with others around the globe and create truly powerful transformative learning opportunities.

I think I use all elements of the SAMR Model… the most transformative in my classrooms has been using Google Drive for students working on a collaborative task to be able to edit together (they are still getting their heads around how that one works, and it is easier for them to slip back into old paper based habits, but after a miss-saved document went missing they are starting to really see the benefits.) The live blogging we are doing sharing processes and products on our blog and on YouTube are pretty exciting. And creating electronic portfolios, as they develop their work – this has been fantastic, as they are finishing off their folios, realising they didn’t take photos, but they are all available on our group Flickr page. I am giving my students the option for producing a presentation on a Fashion Designer… they can present it as a website, podcast, powerpoint or keynote, which will be presented to the class.

So… you have the tools in your classrooms, the kids have the tools in their pockets, what is stopping you from transforming the way your students learn? The most important person in the classroom should be the learner, and we all know that the most engaging learning is the deepest. We are all learners…so add a comment here, particularly those who are using iPads, netbooks and laptops, to share with us which stage(s) you are up to? How are you transforming your classroom?

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June 13

That time again

Reports…. although it is mandated that we write reports to let parents and students know how we believe they are going with understanding the topics we present them, just how much is really relevant? Are there better ways to report on student learning. At the recent Alan November conference which was a part of #ICTEV2012, he discussed the notion that kids respond best to feedback given within seconds, not days or even months. So it does make me wonder how we can improve our response times, and I have started to explore a few tools which do indeed make life and responding to students much simpler and faster. There are so many being developed, there is bound to be one that suits your needs and environment. Teaching on the senior campus, I know the students always have their phones on them, and in surveys I have done in my classes there are generally only one or two in the class who cannot access the internet on their phones. Here are a couple of Apps I have had some success with!

SocrativeThe first one I will mention is Socrative…. available in Teacher and Student versions… beautifully integrates with ANY device. So I am able to set up quizzes, general questions or use those already created on my laptop, PC, Macbook, iPad, tablet, ipod, iPhone or Android phone, any mobile device which is able to access the internet. This also means you can harness the powerful devices found in the students pockets… their phones – regardless of the platform they use. When you create a Socrative Teacher account you are allocatted a “Room Number”. When students login to the m.socrative.com they are asked to enter Your “Room Number” and then join – no creating accounts, or having to remember passwords…. simple and straight to the action. The exit quiz gives you immediate feedback as to how the kids are understanding the concepts you have taught them. Very much in the vein of Eric Mazur and his Flipped Classroom. The feedback I have had from the students I have used this with is very positive, they are engaged, and enthused to learn more.

Teachernotes in the App store

The second one I will mention is Teachernotes – developed for iPhone and iPad – not there for Android yet. I had been looking for a simple recording device where I can take photos of students work, record their progress, and primarily use it as my marking book…. This App offers all that and more. I can create up to 3 classes with the free version… the paid version is $5.49 and you can have unlimited classes. I can enter the names of my students, and record details of assessments on the fly, from conversations, folio development, interaction etc, the stuff that often gets overlooked in the recording and reflection processes, unless you have an amazing memory. Each note can be saved under the student’s name, and come report writing time, you have a list a mile long to draw from, reflecting on their learning over the semester, including potentially images and voice recordings. But wait there’s more….. as I have been recording my assessment of folios, I am then able to email their assessments/my reflections on areas which need work etc directly to the students! Win – win as far as prompt feedback and reflection is concerned!.

The last app I will mention is Nearpod… currently only available for iOS devices (that’s iPhones. iPod and iPads) and I have been hearing wonderful reports about it…. so once I finish my reports I will put together some personal feedback and a plan of attack.

 

NearPod

Engage and create

 

Of course all of these apps can only be really useful with effective teaching practices. These tools give us the opportunity to reflect on how we teach the kids we have in our classes, and it has the potential to transform the way we teach to produce better outcomes….. if we use the tools and don’t change how we teach, the bottom line will be not much change will happen! Let’s transform learning and teaching!! What do you think? Would love to hear from other people as to what apps they find most useful! And how they have transformed your classrroom…. are you flipped yet??

 

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July 31

Showcasing your talents

Once again I am putting the College eLearning update on my blog, and hope to get some feedback about what everyone is doing. It was great to hear the beginnings of some wonderful conversations about how we are each developing our ability to use technology in the classroom.

For those of you who were not at the whole staff meeting last week  here is a snippet

My presentation was created with prezi, and can be found here

Using Technology in the classroom is not a passing fad, which, if you wait long enough, will blow over. It is an integral part of 21stC life, and now is a good time to jump on board and prepare your skills and your own confidence for using a range of these in the classroom, and in your day to day life. I am here to support you in that, expose you to a range of tools, let you know what has worked for me, and others, and work with you to find what works best for you. The fact that we don’t have the infrastructure and technology to do these things in every classroom right now should not be stopping you from developing your own skills and understanding of the potential of these 21stC tools.

I mentioned Moodle, and we are hoping to have external access to this shortly.

Moodle is a Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment – which means it is an online space where you can create dynamic learning for your students, and teams you may work in. You can put links, files, quizzes, games, digital learning resources, forums, assignments, chats rooms, etc for your students to add to and create with.

Domain teams can have spaces where they share resources across the college – no reinventing the wheel. Cross campusing can be made easier less need for having to get there the share resources. Teams across the college or across a campus can have a space to share and reflect, which is private.

The other project I discussed was the Redback Project

This project can help you to develop your understanding and capacity to use a range of Web 2.0 tools. It is self paced, and can take from a couple of weeks to complete to a year or more, working at your own pace.

Starting with finding your starting point by using the ePotential tools and track your eLearning journey with reflections in a blog. Those of you who are power users may already be beyond blogging( ahh my working title for the next project) and may just choose areas to focus on. Regardless of whether you work through the Redback Project or not, we would like all staff to complete the ePotential survey, as they informs the leadership team on areas we need to focus on with PD etc.

There will also be some Redback support on Moodle

How are you using ICT/eLearning/technology/21stC tools in YOUR classroom? Reply to my post here, and share with the rest of us. (If you would rather keep your links private – this is an open blog, please post them on the Redback Forum in Moodle (this link will only work at school)

My Textiles classes both have blogs, and the Year 11s are beginning to work on their own blogs you will find them here

Year 11 Design and Technology – Textiles

Year 12 Design and Technology Textiles

My year 10 Media Production class

I also have a Ning group for my textiles classes, and Moodle course for my Media class.

Are there other tools you use in your class? Please feel free to add your comments 🙂

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November 19

Weeding through some tools

This end of the year should be winding down, but somehow it always ends up being crazier than usual. Anyway, next Monday and Tuesday I am presenting at the VITTA conference, one session on Cool Web 2.0 tools and the other sharing the “Redback Project” engaging staff to explore some tools, and show them how they can actually make life easier. I always get a bit apprehensive when I present at something like the VITTA conference, because although I use all these tools, and I guess I have become a bit of an early adopter, and innovator in the classroom…. I am generally talking to IT teachers…  They know… stuff about computers… way more than me… anyway I generally go in over prepared, and nervous, and hope my point gets across….

The theme for this year’s conference is “Shift Happens: Technology alone will not save us”

The Redback one hopefully will be good, I hope it makes sense to other educators, and I know those of us who have already embedded so much of these we can forget what a challenge it is to get started with these tools, I think that is the kep point, keeping it all simple, taking little steps, and before they know it the participants have completed a range of tasks using Web 2.0 tools, and are starting to feel the confidence, and the desire to take them further.

Where do you start with the amazing range of tools available to us? I am going to take people through some of my favourites, and looking specifically at how they can be used in the classroom…

  • starting with blogs and wikis and moblogs
  • communication and sharing – del.icio.us, Diigo, Twitter and Clipmarks
  • Keeping track – RSS and Google tools
  • Social stuff – Ning
  • Other stuff… mobile technologies, fun stuff, and where to go to find things Go2Web2Go2Web2 Blog  and Killerstartups
  • Global Teacher

I only have an hour, and I think I will be racing to cover it all… so will put my thoughts, discussions, links on my Redback wiki, as some good starting off points for that as well.

New venue this year… so I think I get to go on the new freeway… Looking forward to it 🙂 I always get a heap of great ideas… and love being able to give back with some ideas of my own.

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December 5

Moodle Moot

Last night I went to a wonderful networking opportunity in Richmond. It was a group of people from the Melbourne Moodle Users Group (on the edulist as Moodle – www.edulists.com.au)

We got together to network, share ideas and inspire each other with the wonderful potential of Moodle in the classroom.

It was held at gRandMa fuNk’s in Swan St Richmond, we had notebooks everywhere, data projectors, and a screen. The cables passed around and many different schools were able to showcase how they are using this wonderful tool.

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