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Learner = Driver & Digital Technologies = Vehicle

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Started by Hamish McLean 26 Aug 2014 7:23pm () Replies (18)

In the "Digital Literacy Progressions" thread we got off topic, but had some good discussions.  So created this topic to let us discuss how to enable eLearning pedagogy in schools to, how to move forward dropping off irrelevant education content....  Digital Educational Philosophy...


  • Maria Persson (View all users posts) 27 Aug 2014 8:44am ()

    Morning Hamish and Abbie!

    Thank you for moving this discussion Hamish - I was feeling a bit guilty supplying info not related to the question/topic Embarassed

    I'm a parent - of adults now - but I hear my own daughter telling me that when my grandson starts school (4 years time) she doesn't want him in a school that has too much tech!  This is coming from a 28 year old!

    I'm a 'geeky' teacher and love tech and teaching combos but students who love to engage in their learning will do so, with or without the tech, if we know where we stand in terms of our pedagogy (your quite right Abbie) and if we are willing to place ourselves in a learner position (agree with you Hamish).  

    Parents usually come on board if you can concretely demonstrate that the learning of their child is being positively affected with the incorporation of tech! This conversation will not exist in 5-10years time Laughing Who still talks about the introduction of the blackboard and or using a feather pen?

    Thanks Hamish for this great learning conversation!

  • Maria Persson (View all users posts) 27 Aug 2014 5:15pm ()

    I'm in the tertiary sector working with students from all faculties trying to come to grips with their tertiary studies. I mainly work with pre-service teachers actually.

    More and more are coming with 'odd' tech incorporated into their assessment tasks and I'd hate to say this out loud but they resemble the 'S' from the SMAR model unfortunately!  The tech becomes so overwhelming that students are forgetting to get across their thinking and the learning takes second place.

    I'm primary trained (still registered) with a couple of other quals but lately I've been itching to get back into a classroom but jobs are difficult to come by where the attitude is like you describe at your school Hamish!  

    I have a couple of resources here - not sure if they are of any value to anyone but I like reading and trying to gather resources to help get a better picture of potential changes I could make - if I ever get back...

    This doc is a great rubric (with the folder that contains posters that work alongside) that helps to point out areas/tasks that teachers and students could be responsible for in their learning/teaching and gives 'levels' to aim for.  It has a SMAR feel to it, developed with CORE in mind (American curriculum) but still useful.  I have included the links from the blog that this all comes from - no copyright issues here - stick to the rules of.



    This article (very excellent well researched read - Niemi et al., 2014) touches on some of the very ideas we have chatted about so far; developing ways of thinking and moving forward in terms of developing skill areas for future work environments (don't like using the word 'jobs') and exploring 'digital storytelling as a vehicle for learning:

    • creatively
    • critically
    • problem solving
    • decision making
    • collaborating (globally)
    • communicating (globally)


    Thanks for being here!


  • Maria Persson (View all users posts) 28 Aug 2014 11:44am ()

    Awesome links Chris! Thanks for sharing.

    I think I understand where my daughter is coming from and in fact being no technophobe myself I do wonder what some of us might do if there was a mass power outage!

    Funny to think about but I'd still have a 'self directed' learner environment, real books, pens and other resources to ensure my students could still tap into their creative, imaginative, collaborative and communicative selves!

    I also watched another doco that invesigated similar outcomes on tech on young brains.  This is also a good read:


    Especially like that the point of view it comes from is that of parents!

    Cheers all. Must work now!

    Couple of other links some might like to have a look at:



  • Maria Persson (View all users posts) 29 Aug 2014 3:27pm ()

    So Hamish you are stirring I see!

    I don't believe in a one size fits all curriculum!  I best be careful now because I may never be employable again but it's true - I've been listenting to Sugata Mitra and the work he did with children in India (see link below) and there was no curriculum - just a desire, hunger to learn. He points out quite nicely that the future of learning may not be in the gaining of knowledge - it may even be obsolete?

    View this at 16.23

    "I think what we need to look at is we need to look at learning as the product of educational self-organization. If you allow the educational process to self-organize, then learning emerges. It's not about making learning happen. It's about letting it happen. The teacher sets the process in motion and then she stands back in awe and watches as learning happens. I think that's what all this is pointing at."

    I think that this is not curriculum as we know it today? Where is the awe, excitement and curiosity for/of learning? That's the curriculum I believe in!

    Check out the concept of SOLE : http://solemodel.wordpress.com/



  • Maria Persson (View all users posts) 01 Sep 2014 3:15pm ()

    Awesome stuff! 

    I would so love to work with your team! Have dreamt of a school like this in NZ.  I know there are one or two..I modelled my primary classrooms based on the principles of this model!

    Here is the High School I graduated from and you'll understand why I appreciate the very worthwhile direction you are going:

    Bishop Carroll HighSchool - Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

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