United Kingdom - Stephen Breslin
- 3 Things I Didn't Learn at School
- The Power of Organization, Groups and Networks (These are essential to all of our careers)
- Most of what you learn in the workplace is from colleagues, is this true in schools?
- Depth and Breadth of your Network is important and related to your ability to work
- Web 2.0 Defined - It is made of people not content, Jeff Jarvis
- Barriers & Issues Web 2.0
- Tension between collaborative learning and current assessment system
- Current system measures individuals and not your ability to collaborate.
- e-safety, some of these issues are polarizing
- Teachers need the support, time and space to develop skills and practices
"Revolution does not happen when society adopts new technology, it happens when society adapts new behavior."
Singapore - Horn Mun Cheah
- Motivation, Harnessing & Looking Ahead
- Singapore is focused on fostering self-directed and collaborative learners
- Moving formal learning to informal and informal learning to formal (interesting concept)
- Learning outcomes are becoming very difficult to define
- Enhanced oral skills through podcasting, witting skills through blogs and wikis, video blogs, storyboards
- Focused on building capacity (school leaders, teachers, and Learning communities) and system-wide issues (interoperability if Learning Management System and pedagogy) moving forward
- Cyberwellness - New term for me (It is about access, discernment and ethical use)
- Key Questions: How do informal and formal learning environments interact?
Australia - Garry Putland
- Concentrating on the teacher - teacher gap, and not as much on the student - teacher gap
- The best education systems have quality teachers, that is the reason for the teacher focus
- They are also putting an emphasis on administrator technology training with regards to web 2.0
- Interesting that the government is fueling money into a 1 to 1 program currently
- The government in Australia feels that education is critical to their success and is investing in it
- The shift is changing from what we do to kids with curriculum, to what are kids entitled to with regards to curriculum
- Students view Social Networking as a place without authority. If schools try to go in there the students will leave. Interesting argument...
- Why do we ban things that could be an educational tool... they grapple with this also
- Knowledge building is as much about connections as it is about resources
- Kids are producers
- Locus of control is shifting, we must share and manage risk
- News travel faster on Twitter, Google is better for old news (classic)
Every time that I attend an International event I am reminded that kids are kids. We as an International education community face so man of the same challenges. This is both validating and concerning. Validating in the sense that we are not behind, concerning in the fact that this is a global issue that educators do not have an answer for yet.
So far in this morning's sessions the questions are leading the answers by a landslide...