EduTech 2015: Panel. Some great questions and statements.

DiscussionThis post is really just a jotting down from the panel. I’ve missed stuff, reworded some and added my own spin to a lot. Imagine dot points – it’ll make it hurt less. Take it as you will. I’ll be fixing it up some time in the future. Maybe.

PD in the morning. Great idea. Always exhausted by the end of the day. My takeaway… are we starting at 4 in the morning?

Yammer for public conversations about what’s going on in your classroom. If you want to really go public, how about blogging, twitter, youtube? I think they’re all great ideas with some great (and scary) implications for our learning, as well as our kids learning.

Use online modules ifor stuff that doesn’t

Stop spending so much time quantifying everything – it takes way too much time and effort. Focus on what you need to do well and do that. Stuff the quantification.

Have a purpose (the why?) and keep bringing it back to that. The purpose of hte whyu is to centre that.

I want to visit Ormiston College. Tamara Sullivan, Dean of E-Learning,

Getting going effectively

1. There’s something that everyone wants to try, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

2. those who don’t want to do aren’t allowed to stop those of use who do want to do it from doing it.

Kids voice being heard in decision making

MOOC: New school creation (had students on the panels)

MOOC: How to teach us (by students) – already joined

What would you encourage people to not do:

“I come from a family of shepherds, I lead from behind”. Try to lead from behind. Don’t just walk into a staffroom and say “This is what we’re doing… suck it up!”

EduTech 2015: Learning Analytics for the Whole School

Learning AnalyticsBreakout session: TrackOne Studio presented this session. They’re an analytics platform which I’d seen used by another teacher previously. I love the idea of analytics because we have so much data on our students but often don’t have an effective way, or even the time, to actually make sense of the data and then use it to really differentiate on an individual learner’s needs.

Some questions which need answering:

1. Who will access the data and for what purpose?

  • School leaders
  • Teachers – access to your classes data e.g. NAPLAN. Access to this data can help you really target your teaching on an individual basis focusing on strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students – Kids seeing where they are at is incredibly powerful, but needs to be handled carefully.
  • Parents –

2. What data is available and where is it stored?

  • Schools tend to have one main data store (School Management System) – academics, behaviour etc. But where else is it kept? Your LMS (e.g. Moodle), spreadsheets?
  • Exams? ICAS, NAPLAN, surveys, in-class tests?
  • where is it?
  • what is it?
  • who currently uses it?
  • who would benefit from using it?

3. What are the requirements of a Learning Analytics solution?

  • Integration with your existing systems. If you have to put your data in more than once – you’re going to lose your staff.
  • Cater for the needs of all members of the school community – Principal, Teachers, Parents, Students.
  • Flexible without being complex. It should be fairly intuitive. It should be able to give the information that’s needed when it’s needed.
  • Target the appropriate data to the appropriate people. Should be delivering the data that a person needs, and only the data that that person needs.
  • Able to be extended and refined

4. How can we visualise the data so it is easy to understand?

  • Tabular, comparison charts (internal v. external, internal v internal etc)
  • Using the data, you can quickly identify the outliers and act upon it. So someone who does well academically, but under-performs in NAPLAN may need more test preparation, someone who is achieving okay academically but really excels in NAPLAN may not be working to their potential in class.

TrackOne has a heap of ways of quickly grabbing the data you want and presenting it in a variety of ways so that we, as educators, parents, or even the students, can see where someone is at, and what areas need more focus, and which bits are going really well.

TrackOne Studio: http://www.trackonestudio.com/

Analytics… grab that data and make it work for you.

Why I banned Google slides in class

NOTE: this is a repost from Teaching the Teacher. It’s not my work, but I do agree with it all… And it applies to all presentation software. Use the right tool for the right job.

Teaching the Teacher

I love Google Apps for Education the services keep getting better. There are oodles of scripts and extensions to further enhance the experience for both kids and teachers. As far as ease of use, ability for children to collaborate and a teacher to give feedback nothing beats Google.

Yet there has one been one tool that has been a niggling problem in class.

Slides.

The first thing that most of the kids in my class do when faced with a classroom task is open a presentation. Despite modelling and guiding the kids in design principles, showing them other creation tools, I was still receiving multiple poorly designed slide decks.

Lots of information, bad photos, poor design and a couple of YouTube videos embedded with no context.

When the kids were giving presentations, they were reading off the slide decks. More problematically they weren’t demonstrating a high level of understanding of…

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