In mid February I attended the 21st Century Learning Conference
at West Island School in Hong Kong. It was a well run and well patronized conference designed for teachers and school leaders. Everything from dig tools for school leaders, to changing learning dynamics, to examples teachers could take to their classrooms was showcased.
Keynote speakers were Stephen Heppell and David Warlick. As can be seen from the following quotes, they are very much into the changing dynamics of learning and teaching:
- “our business should be making students future ready …. Not about the shoulders but the team” (David Warlick)
- “21stC learning is about value of questions asked and accepting failure as part of the process… purpose of school too often to not get caught being wrong” (DW)
- “21stC teacher must be a master learner” (DW)
- “ problem of /met before’ learning; only good for ‘met before problems’” (Stephen Heppell)
- “assessment is now about whether it works or not” (SH)
- “there is no cap on how far children can go” (SH)
on the conference included
Issues to consider included
- School visits which enabled comparison to approaches in comparable schools
- 10 Tech Tools PD session by Tim Carroll (Vice Principal of Show Tin College) who reported on a Moodle-based pd approach to Web 2 tool use for teacher development
- Stephen Heppell’s report on his BVA (Being Very Afraid) student annual showcasing of student digital work.
- The opportunity to present to and discuss with the Leadership stream on Strengthening the 21st Century Learning Fabric in a school. See a webcast intro here
- David Warlick’s keynote on new relationships with content points to need to move beyond traditional perceptions of content value
- Importance of maintaining and progressing student voice and active involvement in digital learning and IB curriculum
- Schools at a wide variance re 1:1 laptops. No “best way”. Should be seen a journey towards an undisclosed future. But inevitable that new relationships, requirements and opportunities for valued learning are appearing and will appear as journey proceeds
- Consideration of Specialist and Generalist teaching / learning spaces. Are 1:1 a general tool or incorporating specialist tools. If latter, where does teacher specialisation come from? Is there a need for dedicated technology spaces with specialist teachers?