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Discuss: Teaching the Teachers
May 3, 2011
12:35 pm
Richard
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Facilitator: Derek Wenmoth

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Working in an environment that is increasingly enabled by the use of digital technologies, together with the opportunities afforded by the high speed connectivity of Ultra Fast Broadband presents some significant challenges for teachers, and raises significant concerns about the provision of professional development for teachers. Both the scale of change required and the pace at which is needs to happen mean that traditional approaches may no longer be appropriate. Any approach adopted must cater to the needs of the entire teaching profession, and it has to be a continuing process – and the impact must be effective immediately.

In this session we’ll consider the following:

  • What contributions can ICT make to the changing roles of pupils and teachers in schools?
  • What new kinds of skills do teachers need for working effectively with these new tools and environments?
  • Which conditions must be in place if staff development is to be successful for making and impact on practice?
  • In what ways can the change required be accelerated?
  • Which school conditions are important if the effective use of ICTs is to succeed?

 

June 1, 2011
6:55 am
ClaireAmosNZ
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Hi Richard,

 

I am really keen to share my experiences as Director of eLearning at Epsom Girls Grammar School, and would really like an opportunity to hear from others as well. Might there be an opportunity to share and hear recent experiences from educators on the frontline?? Looking forward to it!! Smile

 

Cheers

 

Claire

June 7, 2011
1:52 pm
Stephen Aitken
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I am looking forward to discussing the ideas around online delivery of content, specifically the use of browser based software to encourage creativity and learning. I am Creative Technology Manager at Capital E in Wellington and we are exploring developing an online delivery of programmes that will help teachers and students to use digital media in creative ways to produce media works that enhance learning, enable sharing of ideas, and allow collaborative approaches.

I am interested to see what levels of expertise exist within teaching and learning institutions and how we can help to provide professional development while offering fun and engaging learning experiences.

I am interested in 3d animation, music, video, gaming and live broadcasting in educational settings.

I am also looking forward to spending some time with like minded educators in Auckland.

June 7, 2011
4:35 pm
aletheiachowfin
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This will be  a fabulous session to attend, especially because it will be a collection of voices from around the country. I'm currently looking at similar material as part of my e-Learning course at the UC and it is just facinating. Learning at the next level!!!!

June 9, 2011
10:39 pm
Derek Wenmoth
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Hi Claire

 

how wonderful you're attending this session - will be looking forward to what you have to share. We'll certainly be creating the opportunity for people to share their experiences on the 'frontline' as you say - our focus will be to identify some key themes and concerns about the whole area of teacher preparation and professional learning in an internet-connected world.

 

Cheers, Derek

 

ClaireAmosNZ said:

Hi Richard,

 

I am really keen to share my experiences as Director of eLearning at Epsom Girls Grammar School, and would really like an opportunity to hear from others as well. Might there be an opportunity to share and hear recent experiences from educators on the frontline?? Looking forward to it!! Smile

 

Cheers

 

Claire

June 9, 2011
10:42 pm
Derek Wenmoth
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hi Stephen

really looking forward to having you in this session - your specific areas of interest and expertise will help add to a rich discussion. The focus of our discussion in this thread is as you identify in your para.2 below - how we can help provide the appropriate kinds of PD to help build the capability of teachers.

 

Cheers, Derek

 

Stephen Aitken said:

I am looking forward to discussing the ideas around online delivery of content, specifically the use of browser based software to encourage creativity and learning. I am Creative Technology Manager at Capital E in Wellington and we are exploring developing an online delivery of programmes that will help teachers and students to use digital media in creative ways to produce media works that enhance learning, enable sharing of ideas, and allow collaborative approaches.

I am interested to see what levels of expertise exist within teaching and learning institutions and how we can help to provide professional development while offering fun and engaging learning experiences.

I am interested in 3d animation, music, video, gaming and live broadcasting in educational settings.

I am also looking forward to spending some time with like minded educators in Auckland.

June 9, 2011
10:45 pm
Derek Wenmoth
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Learning at the next level indeed!

Will be excellent to have a learner perspective in this session, your experiences as an e-Learner will be a valuable contribution to this discussion.

 

Cheers
Derek

 

aletheiachowfin said:

This will be  a fabulous session to attend, especially because it will be a collection of voices from around the country. I'm currently looking at similar material as part of my e-Learning course at the UC and it is just facinating. Learning at the next level!!!!

June 10, 2011
10:24 am
Stephen Aitken
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Derek Wenmoth said:

Learning at the next level indeed!

This is indeed true and I am enjoying reading research by Mark Prensky http://www.marcprensky.com/dgb.....t.asp and the debate that has begun over "Gamifying Education" http://www.onlineschools.org/e.....ls/ where the benefits of a "levels" approach and the collaborative possibilities that emerge through these platforms are being discussed.

June 17, 2011
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Richard said:

In this session we’ll consider the following:

  • What contributions can ICT make to the changing roles of pupils and teachers in schools?

ICT (for want of a better term) offers both teachers and students to collaborate on the learning process. Having a wide range of tools available - and someone who can start the ball rolling with a basic overview of how to do [function] is incredibly empowering to learning. Leveraging the Parent community, especially while students are young and it's cool for Mum/Dad/Uncle/Aunt/(whoever) to come in and help in the classroom, is key for getting over this initial inertia. Schools also should be encouraged to share resources between themselves internally as well as externally with other educational institutions in an effort to make a better product for teaching particular subjects. I believe wikieducator.org is on the right track, but as with all community driven content, it needs wider exposure and more contributors to realise it's full potential.

The use of a wide rage of tools also drive the behavior of investigative learning "I need to cut up a video" > "What tools exist" > "Let's install this one and try it" >"Hey everyone, I learned how to do [x] with [y] - let me show you". This learning builds upon itself and drives the desire to learn how to learn, to try, maybe to fail, but to also bring those around you along on your discovery once you have something to share.

  • What new kinds of skills do teachers need for working effectively with these new tools and environments?

In my experience (and I am *not* a teacher) the best skill teachers can hone is that of facilitation and open learning. I spend half a day a week at a local primary school taking a group of interested kids through extra-curricular 'ICT' based work. It's unfair and unreasonable (IMO) to expect teachers to know all that I know about ICT and it's ever changing landscape, but what we do practice during the lunchtime sessions is trying out new tools, discovering functionality and sharing your learnings back to the group, and that is something that the kids take back to the classroom. It takes the onus off the teacher as being the font of all knowledge and enables them to be more of a guide in the process.

  • Which conditions must be in place if staff development is to be successful for making and impact on practice?

I think I can better cover this if combined with the next point

  • In what ways can the change required be accelerated?

Again, I can only comment from my own small and very limited window into the teaching world with it's sample size of one (soon to be two) schools. Change is best driven when there is an urgent motivator (usually from 'above'), and a desire from below (hat tip: Kotters 8 steps of change) - in my experience (and colored by how I needed to operate to gain a mandate), getting the principal of the institution on board, demonstrating a low/no impact on teaching non-contact time, and getting some quick wins and enthusiasm via the students, as well as free, friendly and confidential professional development in terms of using the 'basic' tools of the trade e.g Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint etc (wow - longest sentence in the world, see why I'm not an educator?). Interestingly, the PD was constrained by concerns that other staff may find out how little the individual knew and, once that fear was quashed, the questions came rolling in - many were very basic, but that's fine - it's a confidence thing and once the first few tricks were learned, more self investigation started to happen. Very analogous to the lunchtime class findings.

  • Which school conditions are important if the effective use of ICTs is to succeed?

From where I sit (outsider, IT related day job, parent), it's come down to the task of migrating from one incumbent platform to another platform which offers more choice, more freedom and doesn't come with a hefty licensing hurdle which eliminates the ability to replicate the learning environment on the students home PC. As always, there are the funding issues and the amount of headspace required for teachers and students to have more than one look/feel in use at any one time. The vendor lock-in is by no means insurmountable, but getting the first of the 8 steps (HT again to Mr Kotter) to initiate the change has thus far been an issue. Coupled with the assignment of ICT lead to whoever graduated T.Col last, or mentioned they like/understand computers - it's hard (as a parent) to see school funds continuing to go in the 'wrong' direction.

So, to answer the question the conditions need to be:

  • A desire (and reason) to change
  • Outside, low/no cost assistance in making a good decision balancing the whole picture (including students home environment)
  • Funding
  • Expertise
  • Time -
    • to learn new systems,
    • to learn new teaching methods,
    • to spend with students guiding them rather than instructing them.

My hat is off to the educators, this ICT is just one of a myriad of things they need to balance while the teach the generations who will be running the country when we retire.  Eeesh.

June 28, 2011
10:47 pm
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Will try to follow online and keen to view any video capture of the event.

In my view there is an opportunity that lies in the development from this event of a community folks with an ongoing set of relationships that could filter into the worlds of those of us who will be 'stuck in our day jobs' - perhaps, via educamps, u-learn, retakethenet, etc etc and future ad-hoc online opportunities.

Whilst, I'm tragically jealous of you for wangling the opportunity to be there or simply making it happen 🙂 ...

I do hope you get the chance to draw on the wisdom and provocative thinking from non-educ folks and thereby broaden our existing communities and thinking ... and 'bring it all back home' to wherever and by whatever means you can.

 

  • What contributions can ICT make to the changing roles of pupils and teachers in schools?

altering the dynamics of power and ownership of knowledge thereby making the shared use of knowledge the focus of the attention and consequently, the key area of learning

  • What new kinds of skills do teachers need for working effectively with these new tools and environments?

not necessarily 'new' (for many)  - collegial support for each other, open-minded-ness, risk-taking, reflection, (many of the things our curric encourages to develop in our students - now we can develop these alongside them

  • Which conditions must be in place if staff development is to be successful for making and impact on practice?

as above plus a mandate from the school leadership, BoT and community to persevere with the growth/change process in the face of any doubt in the 'dip' phase of learning

  • In what ways can the change required be accelerated?

by the concious capture (and dissemination) of success narratives (struggle narratives) in written, audio, and video form 

  • Which school conditions are important if the effective use of ICTs is to succeed?

effective and insightful leadership and governance and the development (or - more likely, for early adopters - the retention) of a strong culture of purposeful change (as i saw in a tweet recently "culture beats strategy hands down)

 

all a bit lacking in 'how to' and 'nitty gritty'  but it's getting late 🙂


 

have fun and give it heaps !!

Ed

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