Reflections on Edutech
I am always grateful for a couple of days of professional learning. In between giving a couple of talks and preparing for these, I managed to attend some great sessions at this week’s Edutech Conference in Brisbane. I had the opportunity to attend a couple of talks and workshops, from the hundreds of talks that were on offer.
Here are some notes that I took regarding what inspired and challenged me, particularly in relation to current issues and future trends in education, both here in Australia and around the world.
‘How the digital world will change the way we think and Learn’
Baroness Susan Greenfield (neuroscientist, author and broadcaster UK)
A scary fact that Australian teens spend on average close to 18 hours behind a screen each day.
‘Why Libraries need to make some noise’
Kate Torney (CEO State Library of Victoria)
Libraries are more relevant than ever before in our community. We learn from the traditions of the past and hold on to its very best. Libraries need strong leaders who understand their community. Libraries must change with society and the needs of the community. Libraries cane be community hubs, serving others.
The more digitally connected we are to social menid, the more disconnected we are in other ways.
Today’s library has increasingly become a place for those who need access to community resources (equality), help, support and who are distressed and looking for answers. The disadvantaged in our community come for answers in a world were it is difficult to find authentic connection.
Terms of Engagement
Andy Hargreaves @harvreavesBC, Thomas More Chair Lynch School of Education, Boston College
2000 to 2015 – an age of ‘achievement’ where we had to ‘prove’ and ‘measure’ eg NAPLAN. There was a sense of urgency, for good reason for schools to improve and do better.
2015 to 2025 – predict this will be an age of ‘engagement and well-being”. The workforce in USA is statisticall ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’. 43% of US high school students currently ‘somewhat disengaged in their learning’.
Consider the current refuge crisis
- 50% of Syrians out of school, 2 million refugee children, 79% grieving a death, 50% PTSD, Somali refugees have experienced an average of 7 traumatic events
- “Refugee parents have hopes for who their children will become.”
6 ways for achieving engagement
In the age of engagement, we must meet the kids where they are at, and move them forward. We must also meet the teachers where they are at, and engage them too.
‘STEM Education and the need to equip students with the skills to become innovators in our digital economy and prepare them for the future’ David Thodey (Chair of the Board CSIRO)
What are the big trends of the IT world impacting education?
Traits and skills for future employment
Our nation must respect teachers more.
STEM provides a necessary pathway for creativity and innovation.
‘Inspiring School Culture through Entrepreneurship’
Creel Price (Entrepreneur)
The Australian Curriculum mandates entrepreneurial skills.
All kids are capable of great success, especially those who are less affluent and who have less resource – they are more hungry for success in an opportunity.
7 entreprenerial traits
‘Endless Possibilities; Liberating mindsets to effect change’
Dr Anthony Muhammad (Academic and CEO New Frontier 21 USA)
Nelson Mandela quote – “The world’s problems begin with the belief that some human lives are more valuable than others”
‘How I become a Global Educator’
Julie Lindsay (education consultant and author)
It’s imperative that the contemporary educator becomes a global educator, extending influence and learning from educators around the world. Creating opportunities for student learning way beyond the boundaries of the classroom and even the school.
Learn to tweet and follow education hashtags eg #satchatoz, #nzschools, #edchat, #globaledchat, www.globaleducationconference.com
Level 1 (Online interactions) –aim to share classroom activities and expand learning local to global
eg www.travellingteddybear.com , www.quadblogging.com , www.smithclass.org (the Monster project
Level 2 (real encounters) – aim to connect in real time to external learners and experts
Eg. www.fizzicseducation.com.au/ educationskype, www.theschoolinthecloud
Level 3 (online learning) – aim to encourage learning through online interaction and shared artefacts eg www.globalschoolsnet.org, penpalschools.com, globalyouthdebates.com
Level 4 (Community of Practice) –aim for specific learning objectives to foster global collaborative practices eg iearn.org/circles, theglobalreadaloud.com, learn.outofedenwalk.com, www.flatconnections.com
Level 5 (Learning Collaboratives) – aim to foster learning autonomy in global collaboration and co-creation. This is student leadership at its best
Eg. Flatconnectionsglobalproject.net, www.onlineconnectchinacollaborative.com