Digital Education Revolution: Education is dead long live learning

Hi all,

Here are my unprocessed nor analysed notes – more thoughts later.

Digital Education Revolution Conference

26 May 2008- Harbour Side Marriott

By Martin Pluss


This was a great Conference today.

The ACER and supported by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations  (DEEWR) presented a series of events in different states to illuminate the possibilities and realities  of the implementation of the Digital Education Revolution. 


DEEWR  Daniel Owen

The Revolution

1.       Objectives

a.       Long term productivity

b.      Economic Growth

c.       Social Inclusion

2.        Components of  Revolution

a.       National Secondary Schools Computers for all

b.      Fibre Connections to Schools Initiative

c.       Online Curriculum Content

d.      Portal for Parents

e.      Best Practice Guide  for ICT in Schools

3.       Web Address


Mark Pesce

Update:  Mark has his talk on his blog now

1.        Those wacky Kids

Get off my  lawn. – looked at Web 2.0 tools

What is perfectly normal?

In July 1993 after work he read the whole WWW in a week.

Mark is a constructivist: learn through though your interaction with the world.

We are not even on the same planet as these wacky kids.

Mizuto Ito  – Personal, Portable Pedestrian Mobile Phones in Japanese Life.

We are social animals – we live to communicate.  Hyper connectivity is coming to us from our blind spot. Cronulla Riots – by mobile phones.  Wikipedia Nature study showing to be accurate.  The kids have the dial to act between the two extremes. 

2.        Well Meaning Adults

They are unplugged from the co presence

Classroom is so disconnected – like solitary confinement – turn everything off.

Learning is about Communication, Connection and Collaboration.

Work has changed . Home life has changed. Schools have not changed.

Students losing respect for the classroom.

Computer is a window not a destination – opens the world to other people.

Classroom is the disruption not the technology.

Hard to manage because the media plays up the problems.

3.        Breaking Through

I am speaking to the converted and we are the seen as the  mutants.

Time of the tides will wipe past us but education will not fade away.

The streets finds its own use for things.

Accidental Revolutions – use of wikis for minute taking and modified.

4.       Questions from the Floor

a.       How to do it all with assessments – renegotiate with students

b.      Paranoia – opposing forces – media and kids mostly well behave.  Be Zen accepting of change, the illusion of control or actual control.

c.       Block things and pressure will come out elsewhere

d.      Letting go of control- right time right place.

Breakout Sessions

1.        State Examples from DET ( Rob Randal), AIS( Julie Thomson) and (Ian Meldrum).

2.       Julian Fraillon ACER Research

3.       Teaching with Technology Gary Putland, General Manager

a.       Understanding the Paradigms

 i.      Mobile

 ii.      Read Write

 iii.      Information Rich

iv.      Locus of Control

 v.      Transformative

vi.      Norms for online participation

 vii.      Sharing of risk taking

 viii.      Open regime of intellectual property

b.      Powerful about learning  – build , amplify and extend

  i.      Informal learning

  ii.      Virtual tours

   iii.      Rich media

  iv.      Accommodate learning styles

    v.      Assessment practices

    vi.      Flexible delivery – work and online.

c.       Literacy

 i.      Literacy

  ii.      Numeracy

  iii.      Technology and scientific literacy

d.      Between the flags first

e.      Success

 i.      Leadership

 ii.      Champions and mentors

  iii.      Plan

  iv.      Strategy

 v.      Infrastructure

  vi.      Recognition – awards

4.       Practical Examples from various schools

a.       Impact on students

 i.      Engagement

 ii.      Confidence

 iii.      Student feedback

  iv.      Test results

   v.      Improvement in SNAP

b.      Recipe James

  i.      Start with a need

  ii.      Reliable easy to use technology

   iii.      Professional Culture

1.       Passion

2.       Initiative

3.       Ideas

4.       Collaboration

5.       Executive support

6.       Direct support

7.       Time and money – grants

c.       Partnerships for 21century schools

i.      Connect

 ii.      Create

 iii.      Collaborate

  iv.      Context

  v.      Content

 vi.      Control

 vii.      Communications


5.         Support for Teachers

a.       Living in an online world

b.      ICT as a tool for teaching and learning.

c.       Make use of AGQPT grants – 2009 50% for ICT

d.      Celebrate excellent teaching – participate in awards

e.      What now

 i.      Regional Workshops –maths Science and English

 ii.      Professional Associations

iii.      ICT subject specific teaching standards

 iv.      Online learning

  v.      Professional Learning resources

f.        Questions from floor

 i.      Exlemplars of best practice

 ii.      Online videos and podcasts

 iii.      Technology coaches – use multiple models

 iv.      Remote area access

  v.      Laptops for teachers

 vi.      Collaboration between departmental sectors

  vii.      Pre-service Education in Universities

   viii.      Connection to IT providers

   ix.      Put ICT component in Naplan?

   x.      Access Roadshow on ACER website

6.        Plenary

a.       Research OECD data – ICT important students love learning, teachers love learning.

b.      Leadership common theme

c.       Australian states do well who have a focus on ICT

d.      Time- don’t have all the answers let alone  the right questions – google time?

e.      National Commitment

 i.      Connectivity

 ii.      Community

 iii.      Professional Development

f.        Perfect is the enemy of the good

g.       Collaborative Learning Communities – natural outcome – evolution

h.      21st Century Classroom – state of mind, no walls, – relationship between who wants to learn and who wants to teach

i.         Education is dead long live learning. 






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