Learning from friends

This morning I spent time with a wonderful colleague and friend who shared her current story of learning. Her conversations engaged because she spoke about the challenges and contributions that social media added to the mix from many points of consideration.

We will upload this interview onto the South Australian Education collection on iTunes U soon.

Some of the things that has stuck in my mind from her story are:

  • powerfully connecting colleagues over large distances
  • keeping the conversations, contributions and questions progressing after the face to face meetings have ended
  • the importance of growing connections with care and attention
  • encouraging early uptakers and edge dwellers to connect and share their innovation and savvy with those taking the first steps into social media

The ability to capture and share learning conversations through video through social media is a massively untapped resource and one that I want to become excellent at producing.

Thanks M and I look forward to reading your entries on the Committed Cods blog.Image



The Double Edged Sword of Consensus and Leadership

Yesterday, I attended the Erica McWilliams oration. Unlearning Leadership In The Conceptual Age.

Much of what she said has provoked me to think sharply about the conversations we need to be contributing to, as innovative, contemporary educators.

I tweeted frequently because the words coming from her mouth made sense and have kept me thinking.

They included:

  • what is counted must not be the only logic counted
  • there is a need to improvise a life narrative beacuse of the rate of change we experience
  • beware data driven consensus management as a threat to contemporary educational leadership
  • move beyond consensus
  • what enables us can constrain us
  • what are the good and important truths we need to find?
  • unlearn the previous gold standard of education
  • table manners for behaviour at the top can prevent innovation
  • giving offence to the fewest as a high standard of standardness
  • challenge quietism in educational debate

I hope some of these connect with you.

Learning and unlearning in a connected world

Teaching & Learning in the Primary Classroom

Very inspiring words by some of the world’s leading educators:

An important aspect of learning in today’s world is to consider what it means to be a learner in the 21st century. Many of today’s rapidly developing technologies provide an environment in which learning can occur. But simply being in these environments won’t guarantee that learning will take place.

These technologies can make learning more efficient, accessible and flexible. But they can also seem overwhelming, because they present us with large amounts of information simultaneously in a way that does not discriminate the good the bad and the ugly.

Some online environments present us with reality, while others use virtual representations. So a range of skills are required if we are to successfully interact with the many different ways in which information may be presented. If we’re to use online environments to help us learn, we need to be aware…

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Design group think

Classroom Aid

There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”.  Consider collaboration in recent history:  Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google).

But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing?  Yes, those two were of course, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft.

Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually.  Why is this so?

Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas”.  Perhaps information that is discussed is retained in long term memory.  Research by Webb suggests that students who worked collaboratively on math computational problems earned significantly higher scores than those who worked alone.  Plus, students who demonstrated…

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