Thursday began bright and early at:
#1 The School Leader Summit
‘Maintaining The Ability To Learn In A Digital Landscape’: with so much focus on learning through technology, some questions have been raised about the ability of pupils to learn through traditional methods. This session will address an integrated approach; where by students understand their own ability to learn through e-books.’
Tricia Kelleher inspired us with how Perse Foundation have redesigned their learning spaces, share resources and also develop content for and with staff and students.
We got a glimpse into how information and content is interacted with in shared spaces and outdoor areas via devices and Apple TV, essentially creating micro libraries. Tricia referred to education today being a world of the mind where the traditional model of schools receiving published materials for learning is changing into schools becoming capable publishing houses.
Perse Foundation integrates iTunes U – GAfE – iBooks textbooks and iBeacons as key resources. For example, iTunes U serves as a platform to share content in different forms for learning materials that include video, audio, interactive, tailored resources. This enables learning content to be readily differentiated, down to individual education contract levels. It is accessible via specific stages where students can simply click on what’s appropriate to them, subsequently, ‘centralizing the learner’.
In response, questions from the floor included:
- Do you check content accuracy e.g. scientific or French grammar books if you don’t have that expertise in house? – Yes, expert advise sought.
- What’s the impact of creating own resources? – Opportunities for collaboration. A range of people with different areas of expertise can work on authoring a book/s. Mindset is key as it is a different way of working.
- How has it changed teacher CPD and how digital pedagogues are taught? – School developed ongoing after school CPD sessions and promotes peer2peer support.
For more information, check out the Stephen Perse Foundation website.
#2 STEAM Village – STEM: Is It Too Early?
Graham Farrow set off a lively discussion on Twitter with the question STEM in Primary: is it too Early? I joined in >>
#3 BETT Launch of EdTech UK
BETT Launch of EdTech UK featured a quick intro by each of the start-ups developing future technology. Clicks links for more info:
To summarise the introductions and questions from the floor, EdTech UK feels that impact is most important, using and engaging with technology through contextual, relevant content.
Their companies focus on free, open-source content where making is equally important as coding. They stressed the necessity to offer a high quality product that allows convenient access, and is pervceived as quality, and often linked to education lead players such as universities, e.g. FutureLearn is linked to University of London, UK.
#4 Minecraft: Education Edition
The Minecraft Team presented updates on MinecraftEdu, with changes such as login via Office365 and lesson plans available through the website.
> > Day 3 Highlights here
> > Day 1 Highlight s here