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The EduTECH National Congress and Exhibition was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 3 to June 5 2013. I attended the first two days and listened to some renowned and engaging speakers. The slides which follow contain some of the key "takeaways" from these two days. I've included key ideas from four of the keynote speakers and a few from "local luminaries."

NB: The quotes are close approximations that I live tweeted at the time. This is a public presentation which you are free to use. Each slide has accompanying notes with the full quotation and an explanation of the context.

EduTECH Brisbane 2013

Published at Nov 18, 2015

A collection of "takeaways" from the 2013 Brisbane EduTECH Conference. This deck includes insights from such well known figures as Daniel Pink, Stephen Heppell, Alan November and Sir Ken Robinson. Created in the latest version of Haiku Deck, this deck has accompanying public notes.

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

EDUTECH

Brisbane, Australia, June 2013
The EduTECH National Congress and Exhibition was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from June 3 to June 5 2013. I attended the first two days and listened to some renowned and engaging speakers. The slides which follow contain some of the key "takeaways" from these two days. I've included key ideas from four of the keynote speakers and a few from "local luminaries."

NB: The quotes are close approximations that I live tweeted at the time. This is a public presentation which you are free to use. Each slide has accompanying notes with the full quotation and an explanation of the context.
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DANIEL PINK

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"SELF DIRECTION IS WHAT WE NEED."

Former White House speech writer Daniel Pink is now an acknowledged expert on motivation. In his opening keynote he spoke passionately about HOW to motivate young people. The snippet on this slide was part of a longer, very pertinent key point ...
"Management is a technology designed to get compliance. Nobody engages by being managed or controlled. Self direction is what we need."
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"... IT'S THE NON-COMMISSIONED STUFF."

Daniel Pink was intent upon backing up every key point with the findings of appropriate research. At one stage he spoke of a study of artists which found that their non-commissioned works were clearly more creative than anything "... bought and paid for." Technical skill remained the same. This has obvious implications for the classroom; especially for those like myself who believe in giving students "innovation time." (Call it 20% Time or Genius Hour if you wish.)
But as Daniel Pink said ...
"If you want breakthroughs, it's the non-commissioned stuff."

STEPHEN HEPPELL

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"Turn up with a browser, BYOB, that is the future..."

In his day two keynote, Professor Stephen Heppell spoke of a whole range of interrelated issues. BYOB was one of his predictions for the years ahead. He was particularly interested in the rate of change ... His 2007 predictions for 2020 "... have all happened already."
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" ... GIVE THEM POCKETABLE PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY ..."

Who needs "pocketable personal technology?" According to Professor Heppell, especially those under six years of age.
When do they need it?
"... do it flippin' now!"

ALAN NOVEMBER

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"CHANGE THE PROCESS."

In Alan November's keynote, he focused to a large extent upon "flipping the classroom." He is a great advocate of technology but bemoaned the use of a laptop as "... a thousand dollar pen."
He reminded the audience to...
"Change the process. Without process change, the what simply doesn't matter..."

PS: I'm not advocating the change of the process shown in this image!
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"YOU JUST CAN'T HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL."

Alan November has long posed the question ... "Who owns the learning?"
For him, the answer is obvious; it must be the students. During his address, he made this telling point...
"You can have a good school where teachers own the learning. You just can't have a great school."

SIR KEN ROBINSON

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"LIFE ISN'T LINEAR, IT'S ORGANIC ..."

This is not the first time that I've heard Sir Ken make this key point. He doesn't want to see kindergarten children concerned about building a portfolio in order to get into the best college! Let young minds explore and grow ... In fact, the full quote goes further.
"Life isn't linear, it's organic: a conversation between ourselves and our circumstances."
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"EDUCATION IS A HUMAN PROCESS ..."

Although he was (only) "live by video link," this fact did not diminish Sir Ken's power as a communicator. He reminded us all that ...
"Education is a human process. It is a personal, non-mechanical process... It's about understanding the climate under which people flourish."
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AND NOW ...

SOME WISDOM FROM THE LOCALS

KYNAN ROBINSON

"PUBLISH YOUR FAILURES AND LEARN ..."
Kynan Robinson (Twitter: @kynanr) is a multi-talented "artist"; a jazz musician, a composer and an educator. His EduTECH presentation focused largely upon online publishing. He certainly came out with an intriguing conclusion based upon his experiences with blogging and student "digital storytelling."
Students "... publish their failures to their network and learn from it." Online publishing is therefore, in Kynan's opinion, a "conversation." He encourages teachers to join this dialogue. All teachers have to do is "... publish your failures and learn..."
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STEPHEN HARRIS

"... THE SUBLIMINAL DOMINANT CULTURE..."
Stephen Harris (Twitter: @Stephen_H) is the founder and Director of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning. The SCIL is renowned for its creation of extraordinary, non-traditional learning spaces. In all his presentations, Stephen focuses on student learning. He believes that the "secret" is to "... create a learning culture (which is)... the subliminal dominant culture within the school."
I'm convinced I could create a separate deck focusing simply upon Stephen and the SCIL but I'll give you just one more "gem."
" (Allow students to ...) shape the environment and stop teachers reverting back to where they came from."
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MARTIN LEVINS

"TAKE THE FIRES FROM OLD ALTARS, NOT THE ASHES."
Martin Levins (Twitter: @martinlevins) is the Director of Information Technology at The Armidale School in New South Wales. During his presentation, he reminded us that there is always a place for great teachers. We must not push these educators aside because they are slow to adopt technology. Martin went on to say that his school focuses on "... changing whilst remaining the same."
And that surely, is the challenge for all of us.