Great fun here in Redbridge Teachers’ Centre, free beer, good conversation and interesting ideas. As Ewan put it “Butlins for geeks”
I have been speaking on the issues surrounding Social Software in learning here at the Heads of eLearning Forum meeting in Coventry.
Here are my slides as a pdf
The participants in Learning@School have brought so many laptops it broke the wireless! I am here in New Zealand with Patrick to present at this massive teachers’ conference organised by Core Education. I have two workshops on ‘Delight in Learning’ and a keynote to present on ‘Learners at the Centre’ at the end. In fact I have just finished the first workshop and learnt some really useful ideas of how delight happens in learning, which will be reported on the conference web site (I will edit this post then to include a link).
I was pleased to present these slides at this international pre-BETT event organised by BESA and Steljes – it gave me a chance to glue together the thinking we have developed over the year in Core UK through our projects. Linking the National Archive of Educational Computing (hindsight) to our work to facilitate communities of curriculum innovation with QCA (insight) and to the meeting in Kronberg to consider the future of Knowledge Sharing and Acquisition which we helped to organise with UNESCO (foresight) gave me great pleasure – as did the first outing for my analysis of delight, in part based on John Heron’s work.
Shirley asks about reading:
- What prompts students to read more relevant material?
- Is there sufficient emphasis on appropriate wider reading in the module resources?
- Are there sufficient opportunities for students to discuss their reading?
- How can students make better use of libraries, both on and off line?
- Is there a need for more help on assessing the credibility of reading material?
I would add:
- How can students share the task of assessing the importance of an article?
- How can students tackle the academic style and cultural background of articles?
I’m a strong believer in creating reading groups and structuring the responsibilities so that students take turns in presenting their analysis of articles and being critical friends to each other – a simple, but effective teaching organisation, which soon lifts mutual capability.