Unleashing Learning…

Unleashing Learning… 

A conference by educators for educators -13/14 March 2016

Imagine and experience the powerful learning that happens when learners feel they are valued members of a learning community, empowered by ownership of their learning.

  • Be inspired by the personal messages of other educators in the field.
  • Participate in interactive, hands on workshops engaging with big ideas.
  • Choose your own learning from a broad range of options.
  • Connect with educators from other schools in Melbourne to exchange ideas.
  • Have an opportunity to reflect on your practice and share it with others.
  • Suggest ‘unconference’ topics for impromptu discussions with like-minded people.

Join our learning community in any of the following ways:

  • share ideas for and help organise the event in any way you can
  • attend our conference on 13 and/or 14 March 2016 as a participant
  • present an inspiring 5 minute talk, based on a personal learning experience or powerful message of your own.
  • present a 90 minute interactive workshop exploring an aspect of ‘unleashing learning’ – powerful learning that happens when learners feel they are valued members of a learning community, empowered by ownership of their learning.
  • facilitate a group reflection session.
  • if you’re coming from afar, spend a few more days at our school, observing, engaging and exchanging ideas.

Unleash the Learning here!  (expressions of interest)

What does ‘unleashing learning’ say to you?

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Thanks to #Learning2 for the inspiration.

New directions…

Considering whether, what and how to blog about ACEC 2010, the inspiring conference which I attended last week, made me think further about what learning looks like.  (I posted ‘What does learning look like?‘ last week ).  As a learner myself, I needed some time to process everything.  I needed to talk with other learners about what I had heard  in order to construct meaning for myself.  I needed to relate it to other learning I have done.  I needed to think about how I might apply what I learned.

Rather than detailing the content of the sessions I attended, all of which are available online anyway I’m sure, I’ve chosen one of the thinking routines from Project Zero, as a way to share what I came away with.  For examples of how other routines work, see my posts using 3-2-1 Bridge,  I used to think.. Now I think,  4 C’s and Connect Extend Challenge. These are excellent routines for scaffolding thinking, no matter what age your students are!

Compass Points:  (slightly adapted, but that’s an advantage of thinking routines)

  1. E = Excited
    What excites you about this idea or proposition? (or conference!)
  2. W = Worrisome
    What do you find worrisome about this idea or proposition? (or conference!)
  3. N = Need to Know
    What else do you need to know or find out? What additional information would help you to evaluate things?
  4. S = Strategies for Moving Forward
    What are your strategies for moving forward?
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What Excites me?

  • It was exciting to be at a conference with so many enthusiastic educators, proving  that teachers are and should be lifelong learners themselves, in order to inspire learning!
  • I am excited to have been part of a conference, where one could feel that education has changed, can change and is changing with the times.
  • Participants were loaned Ipod touches and encouraged to tweet during the conference. The twitter stream and back channel made the whole conference more engaging and relevant and alive than any conference I have ever attended!
  • I heard a great deal that supported, validated and reinforced what I was already thinking.
  • It’s exciting to know that learning at our school has changed and that gradually teachers are beginning to implement technology in a way that is meaningful.

What Worries me?

  • How to get more teachers on board, using technology to enhance learning.
  • How to share the big picture of change in teaching and learning with all teachers.
  • I get so much benefit and stimulation from my active online PLN, through blogging and Twitter, that I have become addicted to the internet… BIG worry 🙂

What additional information do I Need?

  • When’s the next ACEC conference??
  • Whatever other information I need, I can get through my PLN or by searching the internet, using new skills acquired via  Alan November at ACEC 2010.

What’s my Strategy for moving forward?

  • I’d like to attend more of this type of conference in the future and encourage other teachers to do so too. I used to think that they were just for ICT teachers!
  • I plan to try out new tools and techniques in my classroom, but always bear in mind that the learning is what needs to drive it, not the technology.
  • I hope to step aside and hand over the learning to the students even more.
  • Staying actively involved in the worldwide educator community, through Twitter, blogs, webinars and nings is really important.
  • Encourage other teachers through voluntary groups focusing on  integrating web 2.0 tools, how to make learning more meaningful, creating awareness of trends in teaching and learning, how to set up a PLN.

It was only after I had chosen ‘Compass Points’ as the thinking routine I wanted to use, that I realised the appropriateness of the metaphor.  Education is moving in new directions!


Series of posts based on Project Zero Thinking Routines #6


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You didn’t have to be there…

I’m trying to focus on all the all the things I need to do, really I am.  But each time I go past the computer, I just have to peep at Twitter and see what people are saying in the #educon hashtag.  Educon is an education conference that I wish I was at, in Philadelphia.

The guiding principles behind educon are stated as:

1) Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members
2) Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our students — the 21st Century Citizen
3) Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around.
4) Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
5) Learning can — and must — be networked.

Exactly what I believe!

Every conversation session sounds interesting. If  I was there, I’d have a hard time choosing which to go to.  Many are facilitated by educators whose names are familiar from blogs and Twitter and other online reading.  Fortunately, you didn’t have to be there in person. Sessions are livestreamed on Eluminate and will be archived after the event too.  Read more about Educon here and here.

This slideshare on change was created by participants in one of the workshops…

Vodpod videos no longer available.