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 Education.au 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
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
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.
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 Education.au
a. Understanding the Paradigms
ii. Read Write
iii. Information Rich
iv. Locus of Control
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.
iii. Technology and scientific literacy
d. Between the flags first
ii. Champions and mentors
vi. Recognition – awards
4. Practical Examples from various schools
a. Impact on students
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
5. Executive support
6. Direct support
7. Time and money – grants
c. Partnerships for 21century schools
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
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
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.