There were so many awesome ideas at the summit - here's a few of my favourite links.
Julie Lindsay had these great tips for using Google Search:
I stalked Jim Sill around the conference, because every presentation he did was AMAZING! Inspiring, funny, talented - it was like watching a comedy show and learning at the same time.
Check out the resources below:
Jim's youtube site - Jim's site that will teach you how to tame you tube, make it safe in the classroom and use it to its' full potential.
Jim's map site - Make sure you are using the NEW version of google maps!
Jim's guide to the google art project- this is one of the most incredible resources I have ever seen. The art project will make you want to pack your bags and travel the world's museums! Truly beautiful. Make sure you visit the art project site.
Jim also recommends http://photopin.com/, for free images to use on your blog/ site.
Another piece of key learning for me, was to always SIGN IN to a google site - maps, art, youtube, chrome - takes what you can do to a whole new level.
It was amazing to have the opportunity to attend the GAFE south summit in the first week of the holidays! (Just dropping in their that yes, teachers do work in the holidays!) Speakers and presenters from around the world presented about teaching and learning using Google Apps for Education.
In terms of collaboration and learning anywhere, anytime, Google Apps are certainly an awesome tool for teaching and learning.
This post kind of serves as my notes for the conference, but I hope you can get some ideas too!
Keynote: Adam Naor
We need to make sure we are teaching WITH technology, not teaching technology.
Focus on the real goal. For example, improving writing, not teaching WORD or PAGES. Teachers must know how to use tools well.
The google design philosophy: What is the idea that will be transformative, a catalyst for immense change?
Adam discussed current technological trends. He believes were are almost there with technology being mobile and 24/ 7. Within the next three years there will be a focus on learning analytics and open content. Within five years, 3d printing and virtual and remote learning laboratories will be the norm.
Adam recommended a sound knowledge of Google Search - later in the programme, Dr Mark Wagner presented on this. Find the resources here.
The fabulous team at Clarkville school were our hosts for the first MLE PLG for 2014. I was excited to return to Clarkville after my visit during my sabbatical term, to see how they were going on their journey using Modern Learning Practices. (Original blog post.)
Pene and her teaching team relayed their story so far:
Bells, homework, desks, students only learning in class, students as learners of facts, curriculum coverage.
Choice - students are self regulated learners, there is a high trust environment.
Connectedness - between the school, the community, the students and the teachers.
Culture - a culture that is focused on learning.
Consultation - student consultation team that provides authentic student voice, community in action (CIA) groups and workshops, relationships with early childhood providers and high schools, to develop transitions for students.
Authentic learning opportunities.
The development of a professional learning community.
Critical friends - seeking feedback from professionals such as Christian Long. ( Christian Long blog post)
A dynamic, responsive curriculum.
Student think tank.
All teachers teach all kids.
Clear data shift.
Enablers of a school wide culture shift:
A strong strategic plan owned by everyone.
Principal/ Board support.
Teaching as Inquiry.
Clear appointments process.
After this excellent introduction, some of the Clarkville students lead tours around the school. Teachers were able to spend time in each area of the school, talking with the students and teachers and seeing student work and learning environments. It was exciting to hear that some of the classrooms are going to be renovated and linked together, to enable collaborative teaching in a more open environment. The teachers and students are really excited for this next step to happen.
There were almost 100 registrations to attend this PLG and all around I could hear teachers discussing what they saw, chatting together and being inspired by new ideas. A huge thanks to the Clarkville staff and students for sharing their vision, hard work and innovations.
My name is Ngaire Shepherd-Wills. This website is a record of my TeachNZ sabbatical, Term 2, 2013 and then I have continued to share my wonderings and discoveries about Innovative Learning Practices. I now work for CORE Education. Views are my own.