Jenny Lewis, David Warlick and Michael Furdyk Presentations

Hi all.

Top morning session 3 hours of intensive listening and learning.

Singapore Day 5 Conference Presentations

Jenny Lewis.  CEO ACEL Australia

Jenny Lewis

Jenny is a teacher/ Principal who is the CEO of ACEL.  Her story focused all on learning and she cleverly woven in the use for technology.  She was Principal of Noumea Public School in the SW of Sydney with 580 students mostly from the Pacific Islands.  It was a school with special needs and special things needed to happen for learning to occur.  The school needed to develop an amazing learning space; they had to reward and recognise everything.  Teachers were encouraged not to create busy work but learning work.  The focus on assessment was to assess them today so you could work out what they had to learn tomorrow.  Everything was recorded.

On the notion of collaboration everything n the school was about dialogue, discussion, tea coffee chocolate – anything to get the teachers to talk about learning.

Also you have to collaborate with the big people otherwise it won’t help the little people.

Is your vision liveable?

Have a shared language – show what works – share the good stuff.

Singapore is known for its shopping but also Singapore are fantastic shoppers of learning.

In Australia we have this situation where we can teach in one system and put your own children though a private school.  Can you make your school good enough for your kids?

Lots of discussion on leadership – everyone shares responsibility.

Every day you have to add value to a child.  If you are lazy the teacher who has your students the next years has a harder job.  So this builds cultures of working together.

Developed a philosophy based on the Bee – be busy learning.

References to John Hattie’s work and looked at the features of the disasters and the winners in terms of learning.  Suggested looking at the Tallis OECD Report in 2009. Also look at JF Rischard High Noon 2020.

Did you learn about learning in your degree?  How people learn:

  • Knowledge centered
  • Learner centered
  • Community centered
  • Assessment centered

Broad strokes:

  1. Have a learning Platform.  There are 38 universities in Australia so we get a range of teachers who come to our schools.  Jenny prefers a teaching and learning program that is messy and chaotic because it is being used. Get rid of tests – assess everyday – report on learning in a visible way.  When students are asked what makes an excellent teacher? The answers come back as kind, give time and listen.

2. Authoritive Pedagogy – research based Gartner, Blooms, de Bono…do they add value to learning or are they busy work.

3. Personal Pedagogy – what personal talents do you have and why do you teach the way you do?

4.  The Promises: Jenny got the school to make promises – the teachers promise to do certain things so do the students and the parents.  This model can apply to technology.  She went through the BST scores and Naplan graphs and showed how results improved with this approach to learning.

David Warlick

David Warlick

David started his session with 4 pictures on the screen and asked us if we knew who they were.  The he asked us to speak to the person next to us and then ask did you know another name by asking someone else. Well that is the power of sharing in learning.

I wanted to see David Warlick’s more hand on demonstration and it was worth the second visit.  David spoke about the notion I have used a lot Personal Learning Networks, but he gave it a lot of context for me.  He did not introduce any new learning tools for me but he gave us two ideas which when linked help make sense of web tools – mining your PLN and mapping your PLN.

For him his PLN in its current state started when he started blogging in 2004.  He described the process of his blogging very clearly and how it connected him to others he know and did not know and his learning went ahead.

On text books he makes the comment that their days are numbered but he also said the web alternative is like fast food – which he likes- but you have to go beyond this.  This is where mining and mapping the web comes in.

David defines a PLN in summary as a network of people and sources of information helping me to do my job.  David then went live showing his approach to mining blogs, podcasts, micro blogging social networks, social media and virtual worlds.  He said he uses some more than others – for example he does not get Facebook and spent months trying to get off the Orientation Island in Second Life.  He sees the blogosphere as the exhaust of the human consciousness.

The way you map your mining is by using RSS feeds.

David finished his presentation off with the blog that started after the London Bombings where a man created an open blog where people would take photos of themselves saying “We are not afraid”.

Michael Furdyk  TakingITGlobal

Michael Furdyk

Michael spoke about Project based learning.  He is just inspiring – Google him to find his story.

What would you do if anything was possible – Social networking for social good.

He spoke and showed us three case studies.  It was the sort of presentation where you just sat and listened.  More will come through from this in my evaluation.

The case studies were:

  1. Global Issues Film Festival – for poor students in Canada
  2. Tread Lightly – in the lead up to Copenhagen
  3. Real World Action
  4. Generation YES – Youth Educators Succeeding

More later – hope you enjoy my brief notes.

cheers Martin


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