Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breakouts and Keynotes #ulearn14

Confirming Ideas

#Ulearn13 (as seen here in my last year reflections), was an absolute game changer for me and it completely revolutionised my practice.  My journey during the past year has been epic.  Developing Learner Agency in my single-cell class, then trying to make that work over 4 classes with 5 teachers and 120 kids has been one-hell-of-a-journey.

Over the next three days during #ulearn14, I consolidated and confirmed a lot of my ideas and beliefs about teaching and learning in the 21C.  I attempted to connect with some of the twitter peeps I follow, I even printed out my @fuse711 handle so that people might recognise me.  I guess it was pretty hard to figure me out based on my mammoth beard... Lol, actually it wasn't until I changed my profile picture that some people tweeted me "Oh that's who you were!" (@mrs_hyde) made me think I should have changed it before I went... 


Of the people I did meet, @heymilly, @Juliet_Revell, @hull_karla, @CaroBush, Ollie and Jenny from @StonefieldsSch, @mrehu, @CatrionaPene, @steve_katene, @kyliegorrie, to name a few, I really enjoyed our chats about learning, pedagogy, passions, 'this is how we do' and good old fashion fun and enjoyment.  Keep up the good work team. Let's keep up this conversation.

Where to now?

Minecraft, minecraft!  What a cool tool 4 school!

Keep on, keepin' on! I believe, whole-heartedly, that MLE, MLP or whatever you want to call it, IS the way forward.  It makes so much sense and the benefits for the learner by far outweigh the negatives. And that's what we're all here for.

Breakout Two: Chrissie Butler @chrissiebutler

Keynote 2: Adam Lefstein @ALefstein

I switch off here... sorry :)

Keynote 3: Dr Katie Novak @KatieNovakUDL

Breakout Three: Ollie Baker & Jenny Pearson @StonefieldsSch

...And was too busy playing games here...

Breakout Four: Amanda Hyde @mrs_hyde @CaroBush @kasseylee11 @BeLchick1

Breakout Six: Jessica Videl & Amelia Sale @jessiccakatex  @ameliasale 

Keynote 4: Quinn Norton @quinnnorton

  1. hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art; can meet, socialize and collaborate.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Modern Learning Environments: where learning takes place

Breakout One: Mark Osborne @mosborne01

Mark Osborne is hands-down one of the best presenters I had seen at #ulearn14.  His delivery hits the spot every time.  Has he been a Keynote speaker before?  Because he should.  Excellent breakout!
So he took us on a small journey through Education's 1.0 and 2.0 eras.  If you went to ulearn, or you visit them frequently, you are probably well aware of this journey.  However, it's a journey that still baffles me.  I remember going on my OE when I was 20 (12 years ago... you do the math) and 'hotmail' had only just come out.  Nobody had the internet in Mandurah, WA so we had to drive to the local internet shop and pay $6 for 15minutes of internet time.  It seems crazy how far we've come.

Here's a link to a timeline of ICT events that occurred between 1999 and 2005, based on a reflection on a Dorothy Burt (@dorothyjburt) presentation from 2010.  And look at how far things have come since then! It's truly mind-boggling. 

The point is that nobody actually knows what Education 3.0 will actually look like until probably it's over and we're trying to figure out what 4.0 is.  So Mark led us through this idea:
It was both exciting and frightening trying to imagine the possibilities... So how do teachers facilitate learning for jobs that are swiftly becoming obsolete by automation or that already have?  It was beginning to sound like a quote from The Terminator.  Was I going to be replaced by an automation or Google? Mark brought us back to the quote:

Phew!  I think I'm safe.  Because the world isn't concerned about knowledge anymore.  It's not about what you know; it's about what you can do, or improve, or modify, or change, or simplify with what you know.  
"Education 3.0 needs to be involved with complex communication and 
expert thinking and it's there in the ." @mosborne01 @mrs_hyde

Where to now? 

I am on the right journey!  
- More inquiry; real-authentic-learning of maths, writing and reading through inquiry
- Keep challenging my team and coaching my parents and the wider whanau about futurist pedagogy - Keep focussing on split screen thinking when designing learning tasks or challenges.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Prof. Yoram Harpaz: Keynote 1 Reflection

Driving to #ulearn14, I was filled with the feeling of excitement and dread.  Excitement; because I was going to ULEARN14, I would be connecting face-to-face with some amazing educators I have met via Twitter and admire considerably, and because I would be presenting for the very first time.  Dread; because I knew I would feel exhausted by the end of it. Tired, beyond words.

The first Keynote speaker, Prof. Yoram Harpaz, challenged me in thinking what my role is as a teacher or an educator with the sector.  Does my idealogy beliefs about teaching and learning suit the learners I am responsible for?  Or am I just part of a bigger, hidden agenda; to create an ideal student? Does this equip the learner for real life skills to survive in the real world?  Or set them up for failure? 
The challenging idea Prof. Yoram Harpez put forward, was that using a combination of the above "pedagogical sentiment" does not work.  You must choose one and stick with it otherwise the learner will become confused.  I guess I see some sense in this but I intent to trial it before I make an informed choice.  That's how I roll.

A brief reflection, but I enjoyed Yoram's accent, sense of humour and his message.  A collaborative document to contribute to and/or follow during Prof. Yoram Harpaz's keynote speech can be accessed HERE. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

#ulearn14 Challenges

I have just updated the #ulearn14 challenge for our team this year.  @CJsymon dominated last year and won! I wonder who will take it out this year...?