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I hope you find our reflections on the concepts and presenters from EduTech2013 interesting or thought provoking. Feel free to help us build this resource by commenting on the posts. Feel comment on this post if you would like to help us improve our reflective practice.


Alan November- Fostering a culture that supports the flipped classroom

Having heard a lot about Alan November from Nick & Kim after last year’s conference, he was an obvious choice when selecting presentations to attend this year. He certainly didn’t disappoint.


Alan suggests that a Big change that teachers could make tomorrow in the Flip model is to get students to “Ask a question for homework”.

Asking the whole class , do you have any Qs? Doesn’t work because sts don’t know what they don’t know, sts will ask more Qs online rather than f2f.
The Qs of sts are the most important thing to help learning. To work out what to teach.

Mazur – As soon as sts finish taking a test they work in groups to take the test a second time and vote on correct answer. They are scored 1 point for a correct answer, if the answer is wrong they work again to debate the correct answer and get 1/2 point for correct answer, etc. final score = combined score of individual and group.

Problem that flip learning responds to is “who’s suffering the most?” :). Its important that we get the students “suffering” the most! That is, they should be doing the work – learning!

Flip learning- no punishment for not doing homework.
Students to create the learning videos rather than the teachers!
Build up the library of videos over time so that students can access I the information time and again until they are comfortable with it and competent.
Incorporate feedback from other sts
Math train.tv/ videos. Check out.

NAP student conditioning – We need to push past the resistance of sts wanting teacher oriented and driven learning and get them doing the “suffering” !!!

looking forward to the Masterclass with Alan tomorrow.

Ewan McIntosh: Building True Collaboration

Ewan suggested that if you want students to strive to bulid the best products they can then they need to be given choice in seelcting between challenges where the scope is so broad at the outset that no single student can solve it. After that, students will self-select into groups they are interested in contributing to, and the scope of the projects will force true collaboration, as without this, the requisite level of quality or depth will not be achievable.

For me, this will mean that I restructure how I organise my courses to provide more choice, but also to have much greater student voice in the construction of assessment in order to promote true collaboration, and deep learning.

Ewan McIntosh: Allow for students to share their ‘Aha’ moments

One really amazing example Ewan shared was from upper primary students from Brixton in London. These students were being coached to always be able to answer 3 simple questions;

  1. Where have you been (in your learning)
  2. Where are you now
  3. Where are you going

This type of self-awareness scores highly on Hattie’s effect sizes. The beautiful thing about the example was however, that the students were keeping an online journal / diary of these reflections that was open to the other students in their class. Ewan saw some students looking at other students diaries, and so he asked them

“What are you guys doing?”

“We are just looking at learning” they replied. These students were attempting to work out how some of the other students were learning better than they were.

This was a real eye opener for me about the power of enabling students to share their ‘aha’ moments.

BYOD is a hot topic

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a hot topic at the Congress.

As Federal funds for laptops in schools dry up, this is now an urgent consideration for all schools. While some have parents purchasing/renting/leasing specified devices like laptops and tablets for students to bring to school, many other sites have relied heavily on the DER and current round of laptop funding to keep their fleets of devices up to date.

So by moving the cost of many of the devices from the school to the student (parent), BYOD has the potential to let schools meet more of their social justice obligations and the needs of specialist areas.

Many issues exist around having students bring a range of different devices and operating systems on to a site. Mostly schools are worried about the security of their networks from viruses and network hacking software and whether students will be able to access the software teachers require them to use for their learning.

to be continued …

Ewan McIntosh – The Importance of Feedforward as well as feedback

Ewan McIntosh suggested that feedback is extremely important to provide a guide for people to know how they are going, but even more important is the future focussed feedforward, as in what is required for future improvement goals. We saw some great examples of primary school students making suggestions about what they needed to do to improve their learning. I think this is a really important concept.

I think this has implications for PDP processes, as well as helping our students to become more aware of their position in their learning.

Enabling Safe Social Media Use for Education

Peter Geale Global Marketing manager

Netbox Blue is a Queensland software company. Their focus is risk mitigation solutions for Social Media via Pattern Matching.

Social Media is a part of Students’ everday lives.

  • 81% of online teens use some form of social media
  • 77% of these use Facebook
  • 24% use Twitter
  • Instagram is growing
  • Girls more than boys
  • 75% visit several times a day (Pew May 2013)
Social Media is Not Going Away

Social Media is Not Going Away

Risks & Concerns in having Social Media in the classroom

  • Distraction
  • Reputation Risk
  • Just a Gimmick
  • Limiting face-to-face communication
  • Social media keeps changing
  • Embedded malware may be present
  • Boundaries can be crossed/stretched between students and teachers
  • Inappropriate communications

Effectively, text from Social Media is reviewed in real time and compared to identified keywords. These may be teacher names, comments associated with self-harm etc. Instant alerts are provided on critical matches and the messages can be blocked prior to transmission to the internet.

Possible TSC implications:
-Take to ICT Steering committee
-NAP Computing lessons -> Cyber Safety topic
-Cyber Safety Help button – investigate further for College computers Cybersmart resources Cybersafety button download

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