Edna Workshop

Posted on June 2nd, 2009 in Learning Resources,Professional Development by Kirsty

Edna workshop
Launceston 2nd June 2009
Pru Miller kicked off the morning with an introduction to the day’s activities.
Margaret Meijers started off her keynote with a story about heffalumps and the challenges posed by the introduction of books and pens :-)
Comparing the tools from 1969 (apollo launch) to today’s mobile phones and desktop computers. Question – what has the world been doing wit the technology? Skype, cds, itunes, banking, tax returns, online groceries.
Globalisation – demand for science, engineering, ict growing, US AUS graduates declining change to location of major centres of population.
Kids still the same – want connection, to express themselves, to have choice – tools available have changed.
However – teachers still clinging to being the expert, kids move through school by age, inflexible times and hours.
Stats on restrictions on access – IM, social networking sites.
Talking factories when we are talking schools – still in the industrial age.
(Wonder what the edna people will do with the handheld video camera footage of the powerpoint slides…)
Response to a changed world:
-Concern about standards dropping
-Increase standardised testing
-Teach to the test

What is happening in the classroom is too far removed from the learner’s real world. We need to be looking at the literacies for real life NOW not last centuries problems.
What’s important?
Learning how to learn with passion and curiosity.
Innovation & creativity otherwise a robot can do it.
Critical thinking and problem solving
Technolgical literacy – if they can’t manage technology then they won’t survive.

If you know how to access it, you can find most of what you need to know about almost anything online.

Open Courseware avaialable online – got to MIT for the interaction with the people who designed the courses and those also stdying.

OLPC – opportunity to explore and experiment – designed for learning learning. for the children to control the machine not be controlled and strutured by machine.
Scratch website, picocrickets, gamemaker, squeak etoys, free the goat (curriculum corporation)

Model for 21st Century education

Pedagogy has to go – teacher centred concept.
Excitement about learning is the key.
Fundamentals
Learners to be active particpants, learning how to learn, unrestricted by time place age. creative with skills, work independently aand with others, flexible and adaptable, working with and control tech to achieve their goals. (byo laptop schemes evidence of that – control laptop to make it do what you need)
Q: what is the ebay of education?

3 Responses to 'Edna Workshop'

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  1. Peter Shanks said,

    on June 2nd, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    that was quick! A couple of issues that occurred to me while watching this presentation it occurred to me that open courseware at MIT is a great thing, but the fact that you cannot get assessed without ponying up some cash is interesting, and perhaps points the way to how our hallowed halls of further education will survive into the 21st C.

  2. Jacquie said,

    on June 2nd, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Wow, that JasJam works a treat. Your notes are so thorough – nice i’m gona rss this blog…:D

  3. Kirsty said,

    on June 4th, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Peter – yes opencourseware is an interesting one. Again, it challenges the interpretation of knowledge/ information is power (flipping from having power by hoarding information vs gaining power through sharing information). Essentially what we as consumers would be paying for with assessment/ certification is buying a piece of the credibility those organisations have spent time and energy creating. Some people place more worth on a certification from an Ivy League or Top 8 (AUS) university than others. For some of the middle of the road unis this is scarier than for MIT! You could also argue that people will be paying for access to a group of fellow students and facilitation if they don’t have the skills to find that peer support themselves.
    Jaq – thanks :-) Just wish the jasjam battery had more oomph. It gave up before lunch.

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