Last year, I was task with investigating how ICT is impacting our school and explore ways to move forward and improve. I'm hoping over the next few posts, I can reflect on the overall process and what I've learnt from this experiences. I would love to hear your feedback also :)
As we move towards 2020, we will continue to be challenged by the fast pace of technology adoption in an increasingly interconnected and complex world. The rapidly changing technological world in which our children are growing up in is a vastly more complex one than previous generations. Information on any given topic is now freely available. Our ability to visually communicate with people, anywhere and anytime, is available at our finger tips.
The new Australian Curriculum has developed a specific emphasis on ICT in education. The curriculum places an emphasis upon building innovative capabilities of students within and across discipline boundaries by providing opportunities for all students to become competent, productive, creative and ethical users of ICT. As a ‘general capability’ within the Australian Curriculum, ICT skills are expected to be embedded seamlessly across the disciplines of the entire curriculum (ACARA, 2015).
This review aims to investigate how ICT is impacting teaching and learning at Newington College, and in particular, how it is facilitating the College’s Learning Framework. Through a range of surveys and interviews, it is found that although technology use is well embedded across the curriculum with learning and teaching at the heart of integration, more facilitation is required to improve the pedagogical use of devices in improving workflow and outcomes.
Newington College Learning & Teaching Framework
The five areas the review will focus on are teaching and learning, leadership, evidence of success, professional learning, and learning environment. A range of data will be collected including surveys, one-on-one interviews, small group discussions, and classroom observations. It is hoped that all stakeholders will be involved in the process: students, teachers, general staff, and parents. It is anticipated the review will be completed mid-Term 4 this year. Some of the essential questions around this review include:
At a recent #PubPD organised by Craig Kemp, I again explore the notion of giving teachers more autonomy and explain simple ways to redefine teachers' professional learning, these can include:
I'm keen to hear ways you've seen schools changing the ways professional development are ran.
Below is a hands-on workshop I ran at the TeachTechPlay Conference exploring the idea around:
"How might we facilitate meaningful and engaging professional learning"
You can learn more about the SQUID activity here:
You can learn more about empathy maps here:
Whilst it's still a relatively niche technology to integrate in an educational context, I have been exploring the role of drones in teaching and learning for the past 3 years. Below is a presentation I gave at the National FutureSchools Conference to discuss my successes, failures, and anything in between...
Over the September holidays, I was lucky enough to be a featured speaker at the PEAK Phys Ed ACTivate Conference. It was held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra with educators from around Australia attending.
A special thanks to Andy Hair (@MrHairPhysEd) & Aaron Gardiner (@azzalanche), who dropped into my 3rd Session for the day via Google Hangout to share with participants what it means to be a connected life-long learner. Below are the slides to my presentations, I've added a few extra videos to hopefully explain some of the slides:
An article I read today which talks about the LA iPad program.
What Schools Must Learn From LA's iPad Debacle:
Does this reflect how many schools are approaching technology integration in education?
I'm very excited and humble having been invited to visit Googleplex in Mountain View California as part of the Google Geo Teachers Institute later this month. They only invite 50 educators from around the world for each event...
As part of the Institute, participants will be learning all things Google, from Google Maps, Google Earth, to Tour Builder, and how to incorporate these tools, and much much more, effectively into our classrooms. "Attendees will also learn about innovative instructional strategies, theoretical foundations, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Speakers will share real life examples of how they are using these tools in their classrooms across all subjects."
It would also provide a wonderful opportunity to network with other teachers around the world and share ideas on what makes their classroom tick.
Keep an eye our on my Twitter account @nerdyphyseder for updates!