After listening to Alan November as part of the Guide To Innovation series on the Thursday for an hour session which just flew, I was really looking forward to spending a day immersing myself in his views on leading learning in the 21st Century. I love that the focus is on the learning and pedagogy, rather than the technology, which is a cool tool…. but just the tool.
Question…it has never been easier to be a teacher
We used Promethean clickers to provide immediate feedback – the results –
Q. It has never been easier to learn something – Response… Agree
How to design a curriculum which involves the whole family in learning…. Those of us considered early adopters have seen many of the benefits and pitfalls of using new technologies, and have developed ways to minimise harm…. many parents often “don’t know what they don’t know”…we need to design curriculum for the whole family in order to have a whole community approach to ethical and responsible use. One way which was suggested was to create parent and family learning videos, to engage families. @HamishCurry mentioned this had been an approach used by the Libraries association and maternal child health practioners to assist in developing parent skills in reading with their children. This was working really well, until funding was lost.
Being able to think critically and validate information on the web was seen as a vital skill for all users of technology, and the old adage “don’t trust wikipedia” is no longer true, as we looked at ways of searching for information on “the earmouse” and realising that wikipedia actually had the correct information, where the more reputable news site (BBC) had information which was not correct.
“Actions of the mob, leads to accuracy” – in the case of wikipedia
3rd source should be a primary source…and by looking at your sources carefully and putting detailed search strings in (back to the Boolean search) such as the “:site” command in Google – site:MIT.edu limits the search to that extension, so you know you will probably be getting researchers data, primary source material, rather than reporters interpretation of the information.
The real revolution is not tech but info…do the kids know how to critical think, getting good quality info more important than being able to present it.
We must teach global empathy, as global citizen. I believe we do this better in Australia than they do in the US, mainly because we have so many more influences in our culture, having said that, showing students how to use country codes in searches to explore geographic and cultural differences in news reports is a great critical thinking skill… being able to view an opinion from both sides of the fence. Alan used the example of the Iranian hostage crisis, which of course was only called this in the Western media, and as the search continued the results in the Iranian news offered a totally different viewpoint.
Using Twitter to expand the conversation: Alan showed how following a hashtag (#) on Twitter could give you a wealth of information, and used the example of #Egypt which was nealy as fast moving as the #sbseurovision was over the weekend. A professor in the US posted a question on Twitter with the hashtag #Egypt, and ended up tweeting with someone on the streets of Cairo, about “What is freedom” This person agreed to then Skype with his class, and there in provide real primary source material. Needless to say the kids were enthralled.
The Flipped Classroom
The way you teach is more powerful than what you know, it’s all about asking the questions, developing inquiring minds
In her book: The Age of the Smart Machine, 1988 Shoshanna Zuboff explored the use of technology and how adding it to the classroom could add value. She generated the terms Automate and Informate
Automate…no change to structure, just adding technology does not lead to improvement on the whole
Informate …changes the balance of control, can lead to huge improvement, empowers and changes relationships. Process change
Flip model…changing the processes. Adding technology without process change adds no value. You can have as many 1:1 devices, but it does not mean there will be value added to the learning if the process is not changed.
All about the flip
Eric Mazur developed a flipped classroom approach in his Harvard Physics classes, to develop deeper understanding of the knowledge the students were covering
In fact Facebook was developed so his students could ask him questions (Mark Zuckerburg was in his class)
Game based learning is going to be one of the next big “things” according to the Horizon Report
Of course kids prefer games to school, you don’t fail if you get it wrong in a game, at school there is punishment/failure if you get it wrong
Kids love learning, and getting to next level…they chose the level, in class teacher sets the level
They know the objective in a game, where often in school they don’t….”why do we have to learn this?”
Mazur’s model is Socratic, an exchange of ideas. Our brains are wired to be social, Socrates meets Facebook. The role of a good teacher is to ask the questions to generate debate
Quality of feedback is important- Hattie
If the brain records a misconception when young, the misconception trumps good teaching. It is harder to unlearn misconceptions.
Flipping saves time
1:1 should be about the teacher talking to each student everyday, not devices
Khan academy shows the whole game – students can choose their sttarting point and path with immediate feedback
Khan academy based on game theory, not punishment model
Beautiful chaos is kids working towards their goals, linear teachers have trouble with this
Coach feature gives teachers a wealth of information
Dan Pink – Drive
Purpose – autonomy – mastery
Our schools and way of teaching often moves on before some students are at mastery level. If you give them the chance of mastery, the kids will flourish. Flipping the classroom gives back time to teachers to develop the creative questioning
WrAP … Www.erblearn.org
The writing assessment program, ai to mark papers….gives data to free teachers from the hours of reading assessment
Kids use a pseudonym to avoid criticism of self, only the work is criticised in reviews
Go figure…posting work to the world for feedback is more motivating than posting to your teacher
Publishing student work for a global audience
Get kids to produce tutorials for other kids
- Look at critical thinking
- Flip model…process change
- Global relationships, world wide audience
Some great reference sites were shared to help harness the information
Www.dipity.com – timeline creator, keep timelines, and build on each year
History pin works well with dipity and google maps
Mathtrain.tv kids making tutorials for kids
Hattie – peer tutoring
Ask a friend is always the first option
The teacher knows too much – explains at a level higher than the child can understand, math train has a rewind.
All in all a wonderful day. I have already started using Socrative Teacher as a feedback tool for my classes….with positive results from students.