Created with Haiku Deck. This deck, along with the Ken Robinson speech, will be a PD Presentation to a group of 70+ high school teachers. The aim will be to "provoke" teachers to adopt a new approach to technology integration.
English born in 1950. Author, speaker and international advisor to governments on educational matters. Spent a little over a decade as Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick. Now resident in Los Angeles. Much of his focus on the idea and value of creativity.
His TED talk "Bring on the Learning Revolution" runs for 15 minutes. Easily accessed via YouTube, the TED iPad app or the following link ...
In his speech, Robinson references a TED talk from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who spoke of "fast food" and "agricultural" styles in cooking. Robinson applies this to education, believing that we must abandon the mass produced, standardised model in order to have an "agricultural model" ... in which we tend for individual students, monitor their growth and meet their individual requirements.
Robinson quotes from Abraham Lincoln and goes into raptures over Lincoln's use of the word "disenthrall." Robinson asserts that too many teachers are "set in their ways" believing there is "only one way." Teachers must be prepared to be learners.
Use this "screen capture" from my Twitter feed to show that it's not about "what I had for breakfast." Emphasise in particular the fact that Twitter has become a place for jobs in education to be advertised. Also provides great links and resources ...
Pose the Question: What would you do if in your next job interview a principal asked you to name your favourite education hashtags?
I will admit that this is a personal "bugbear" of mine ... i work in a school that has largely unproductive staff meetings where information is delivered (and there is little if any discussion!) Yes, I'm trying to be provocative but every school needs to put a huge emphasis upon LEARNING.
Experts agree that a person's "digital presence" will replace a paper CV within the next 5-10 years. Young, pre-service teachers are already being encouraged to build a "digital portfolio" as they prepare for seeking employment.
WILL YOU GIVE STUDENTS TIME JUST TO EXPLORE AND CREATE?
Refer back to Robinson's discussion of creativity ... and the fact that he believes schools are "killing creativity."
Suggest to teachers that students would benefit from "Innovation Time" or "Appy Hour" where they decide what they want to learn/do. Why must they be compelled to learn what we decide? Why be constrained by the extent of the teacher's knowledge?
So, I just don't get it ... my school has 1:1 Apple laptops, but in 2012 our photocopy bill was higher than ever before! There are SO MANY simple ways to drastically reduce the amount of paper we use. But it seems that many teachers still see digital copies as having "less authority."
Would you ever consider writing material on a whiteboard and then letting students simply photograph this with a smartphone?
Students should be given input; get to know them, let them tell you what they want to learn. If, for example, there is a choice of 3 units in a subject, why should the teacher go simply with what he or she is comfortable with? When it comes to showing learning ... would you allow students to choose the way in which they present their discoveries?
If you set an assignment and get back 30 identical responses, you didn't set an assignment, you gave out a recipe!