“Technology is not going to make teaching easier, it’s going to make it different” – Chris Kennedy, West Vancouver School District
New usage models in everyday life
Who would think that Twitter – essentially a digital post it note – could be so disruptive.
Technology is changing how we interact:
New tools, old tricks?
How could we leverage technology to meet in a different way?
Technology for Learning
The investment in technology in classroom hasn’t really paid off. Why?
– worked well for enthusiastic early adopters, not so much for the rest
Technology IN learning
Take the learning first, how can technology improve it?
Feedback has impact – Dylan Williams, John Hattie
How can we use technology to give feedback digitally?
Model for student engagement
Learning is interesting or engaging. Learning through good pedagogy.
Ollie’s components for exciting learning:
– cultural relevance
– real time interaction
– different learning pathways
– authentic audience
This has got teachers talking (and sometimes worried) in his school.
If we invest in digital it has to be really good digital.
Ollie found that games had a calming influence directly after break. Students played Wall-E for five minutes, then updated a Google Doc to lead into a numeracy task.
Google Doodle’s cultural relevance. It is a great opportunity for people to dive into learning about different, but relevant topics around the world.
Choice is important
Each person is engaging with text in some form of another.
Allowing students to access the text in differnt way:
– PDFs or graphic novels?
II. Real time learning
Dumfries and Galloway – delivering music tuition via video conferencing.
[Skype in the classroom](http://education.skype.com)
– mystery skype: guess where the other school is
– can superimpose real time weather maps
– webcam view of other time zones
We shouldn’t just be planning to develop documents, we should also think about collaborative working with 1:1 devices
We are not talking about 1:1 anymore, it is really 2:1 though using mobile phones AND laptops / tablets in class.
Voice is very important: Students use voice search more than adults. This can change classroom culture.
Social media – history event anniversaries, links with NASA. Golden moments.
If we want children to improve their writing, create digital assets to develop skills before returning to traditional forms (e.g. Pixton comics)
Turn work around to show the public during holidays.
YouTube channels can facilitate formative and summative assessment.
Trust and respect – youtube is unblocked for students
EPortfolios leads to students publishing to Wikipedia. Enables discussion about bias and validity of information.
Young people are being prevented from using technology because we don’t teach them the skills they need.
Susan greenfield – “the most important skill is framing the right question”
Develop appropriate skills.